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Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

Hi everyone! I am sooooo excited to share this gorgeous mixed media scrapbook layout with you today! I picked up Vicki Boutin’s All The Good Things collection plus her paints, glitter, and mixed media paper and pulled it all together in this layout. I absolutely love the results and I hope you do too! You can watch my full process video here.

I was so excited to receive my package with All The Good Things and couldn’t wait to try all the new paints and products I had bought! I was really anxious to try the mixed media paper, which has been designed especially to accept paint and other mixed media and not buckle or warp. It worked beautifully for this layout!

Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

My first step in creating this layout was to go ahead and gesso the whole page, even though I don’t think you have to do that to the Vicki Boutin papers. I like to do that just to get warmed up and feel like I am not working on a blank page (yes, weird, I know!). Once I had the gesso down, I used modeling paste to build my background. Notice the floral elements I added to the page, starting at the upper left hand corner and traveling across to the bottom right.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

Once I had the floral elements down, it was time to add paint. My favorite part of the creative process is laying down wet paint and then turning the paper to allow the paint to flow. Watching the paint flow into all the crevices and tiny places created by the modeling paste is so cathartic to me! For this layout I allowed the purple to flow to the edges and then worked it around the page for the border. The purple and orange paints also flow across to the individual elements on the page so they are all tied together. I added a bit of teal to each flower, and I also splattered a little to add more depth and dimension to the background.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

Once all the paint was down, I added a little glitter mixed with glaze onto the page. I used the text stencil from Vicki, not necessarily to have a noticeable text, but just to have a way to put the glitter down in small places near the embellishment clusters. For me, the painted floral elements become home bases for my embellishment clusters, and the gold glitter adds more texture.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

Another awesome part of creating this layout was adding the die cut embellishments. The All The Good Things collection ties in beautifully with the paint colors, so I chose elements with purple, orange, and green, plus I added a little pink and yellow. I absolutely LOVE using color, all the colors (!!!) in my layouts! 

Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

The last thing my layout needed was a bit of journaling and a title. The glitter foam words describe my expression in the photo, and the emotion I wanted this layout to convey perfectly! I also stamped my date using a roller stamp, and wrote my journaling with the help of a few stamped lines.

What an awesome layout to create and I hope you enjoyed watching the process! Have you tried the new Vicki Boutin products? I’d love to see! Thanks for following along today, see you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

Hi lovelies! Today I am sharing this lovely layout about bad Mondays – do you have them?! I did this week and oh boy, it set me back a bit. So I settled in to practice a bit of creative self care. In this layout I am working with Paige Evans brand new collection called Turn the Page and the Triangle cut file from Paper Issues!

 

Here is a look at the completed layout:

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

There are so many yummy things about this layout, so let’s start with the cut file from Paper Issues. I love the triangles and I wanted to cut the 2×2 papers to fit behind the cut file.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

I used my Studio Calico paints to create a really subtle background, and you can just see it peeking out behind my title work. Paint is one of my favorite ways to practice creative self care: moving the brush around the page is so very satisfying to me!

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

My title began with the days of the week wood words from Freckled Fawn and I have borrowed the words of Monday Monday, a song by The Mamas and The Papas. I know, can’t you just hear it in your head now? The rest of the title is made using the alphabet from Turn the Page. My journaling fit perfectly in between the lines here.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

At the top of the page I added just a tiny banner from the 2×2 paper pad. This establishes the boundary of the layout here, so your eye knows exactly where this layout ends. 

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

I am so glad you joined me today! This was a fun layout and a great way to practice creative self care during a really rough week. See you soon!

~Theresa

12×12 Layout Using Felicity Jane Kate | Not So Daily Routine

Hi guys! Today I am sharing a layout I created using my Felicity Jane kit from July called Kate. This is a mixed media layout using all the good things: gesso, paint splatters, fibers, and all the pretty things from the kit.

Ah the Kate kit is simply exquisite! I had these cute selfies that I took a few weeks ago in the car (my husband was driving, everyone was safe!) and I decided to create a layout about how I don’t really wear make-up that often, even though I do love it.

Larkindesign 12x12 Layout Using Felicity Jane Kate | Not So Daily Routine

I cut and layered the patterned papers underneath my photos. There was a great space to the right of the photos for my title, and of course I had to use the glitter alphabet along with the daily die cut!

Larkindesign 12x12 Layout Using Felicity Jane Kate | Not So Daily Routine

My journaling is at the top of the page, underneath the tab I created using some of the sheer ribbon (not included in the kit), plus a word strip and a few hearts.

Larkindesign 12x12 Layout Using Felicity Jane Kate | Not So Daily Routine

I love Kate and love the emphasis on her eyes, so of course she has a place on my layout as well! She is on the left hand side along with some stamping and puffy hearts. 

Larkindesign 12x12 Layout Using Felicity Jane Kate | Not So Daily Routine

The doily, sheer ribbon, and pink fabric strips were the only things I used not included in the kit. The fabric is a strip I tore from a fat quarter and then sewed the pleats into. The ribbon and doily are probably from Michael’s or AC Moore.

Larkindesign 12x12 Layout Using Felicity Jane Kate | Not So Daily Routine

Thanks for joining me today! How are you using your Felicity Jane kits? I would love to see! 

~Theresa

Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!

Hi guys! I was inspired to use some of my Summer kit from Felicity Jane to create this layout about having dinner out on our back porch with my family. My panoramic photo was the jumping off point, and the Summer kit gave some great journaling prompts.

I have been inspired lately by this kit and the Lens story kits from Ali Edwards, and particularly this idea of documenting what we see as a journaling prompt and as a photography prompt. I love using the pano feature on my iPhone to capture the space around me, especially when our whole family is together like this!

Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!

The Felicity Jane Summer kit was perfect for bringing this layout to life. Lots of pretty colors and the alphabet made a great title, and I always love the florals! I began the layout by painting these floral elements onto my white card stock. Stencil is by Deco Art.

Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!

When I created my title I didn’t want the alphabet to get lost against the white background, so I used this frame and backed it with a tiny bit of the pink solid card stock, and then tucked a few embellishments around it. 

Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!

Above the photo are a few simple paper strips and embellishments. I repeated the strongest pattern, the black and white stripe, both above the photo and at the bottom of the layout to tie the layout all together.

Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!Larkindesign Traditional Layout | What I See ft. Felicity Jane Summer!!!!

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will take a few moments this week to take in what is happening around you and capture it!

~Theresa

My Very First Felicity Jane Kit Willow | A 12×12 Layout BE

Hi guys!!!! I am so very excited to share my first layout created using a Felicity Jane kit, Willow! And I am in love! This is another layout in my series called Things I Need to Hear, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

Have a look at the completed layout!

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I began with this gorgeous black and white patterned paper as my base, and layered on several coats of gesso to help the embellishments stand out. 

Larkindesign My Very First Felicity Jane Kit Willow | A 12x12 Layout BE

I used the delightful triangle stencil that was included in the kit to add a pop of color and also to give my embellishment clusters a home base. There are three clusters which now form the visual triangle around my photo.

Larkindesign My Very First Felicity Jane Kit Willow | A 12x12 Layout BE

The floral die cuts in the kit were so much fun to layer around Willow! My photo is layered on top of patterned papers, and the floral die cuts are layered in between. I also stamped some random flowers around each cluster. There is so much to look at!

Larkindesign My Very First Felicity Jane Kit Willow | A 12x12 Layout BE

My title came about because of this stamped sentiment – my purpose in creating these layouts is to bolster my own self-esteem by reminding myself of things that I need to hear but often don’t get to hear. I hope we will all be our own kind of beautiful today! We all embody beautiful in our own unique ways, and that is awesome!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I need to Hear series. Today is a reminder that it is ok to feel beautiful and it is ok to embrace ourselves especially in ways that help us feel good about ourselves. I am using Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane collection, which is just amazing to work with!

Oh you guys, I had to order a little of the Magnolia Jane collection from Heidi Swapp and when it arrived, I just had to use it right away! I had this quick snap of myself that felt pretty neutral and would be perfect for a layout with Magnolia Jane.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

My starting point for this layout was this beautiful pink patterned paper and I knew I wanted to layer my gesso on top for white space. The white space then became the home base for stencils, watercolors, and embellishments.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

I used the stencil from Prima to add floral embellishments and then I allowed the watercolors to flow over those shapes. I also added some lovely black splatters, because no layout is complete without a little black!

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

A second embellishment cluster is at the bottom of my layout. I used some of the embellishments from the Magnolia Jane ephemera and also a folded flower from Recollections (Michael’s brand).

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

I wrote my journaling on the left hand side in space that was provided by the gesso. One of the very clear casualties in surviving trauma was my self-esteem, and my journaling addresses that challenge. I hope that we all feel self worth today, I hope we all feel as beautiful as we truly are, both inside and out.

~Theresa

 

Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Lovely ft. Hazelwood!

Hi guys! Today I am sharing another layout in my Things I Need to Hear series. This is a mixed media layout using my Jane Davenport watercolors and stencils, and then papers and embellishments from Hazelwood.

 

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I had a really quick fun selfie of myself in my studio and I knew I wanted to use my watercolors today, so those were my jumping off points. I used the Jane Davenport stencils with modeling paste to create the floral elements on my cardstock, and then filled them in with layers of watercolor.

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I layered on patterned papers and embellishments around my photo using the Hazelwood collection from American Crafts, and added my title underneath the photo.

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My journaling is a simple reminder to myself that even when the world makes us feel ugly, we are still lovely and still pretty.

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Look at these dreamy colors.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Lovely ft. Hazelwood!Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Lovely ft. Hazelwood!

I hope you feel lovely today, both inside and out. See you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I Need to Hear Series. In this layout I am journaling a bit about carrying other people’s anger and how to move forward from that. I used one of my favorite mixed media techniques – creating patterns using floral stencils and modeling paste, and then painting with acrylics. I then embellished using some of the glorious Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.

I find that every week when I complete these layouts I cannot wait to share them with you. I am loving this artistic process and combining mixed media with photos and journaling.

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My journaling for this layout was, quite frankly, brutally honest and painful, but so much worth it to write it out and get it out of my brain. These are the kinds of journaling that absolutely can be covered up and be made into a portion of the artwork itself, which is what I did here. I layered modeling paste right over top of the words in a symbolic move to remind myself not to park in the negative spaces.

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I then layered distress paints and acrylics over top, and a layer of gesso over top of that as well. Underneath my photos I layered some cut files I picked up from the Silhouette store: Totally Jamie floral cluster and leafy branches.

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After that I layered my photos with patterned papers and my title. At the end of my journaling I left the invitation for myself to take charge and only own emotions that are mine to own. I admit I don’t really know what this looks like but I am already doing it and I am already working hard to make important changes in my life and self-awareness, so I wanted my title to be a reassurance to me that I do, indeed, have this. Change is always scary, but this is a very good thing. Disclaimer: as a survivor of trauma anger often becomes a coping mechanism for dealing with the reality of what happened to that person, and often trauma arises from the projection of other people’s anger onto the victim. This means that victims carry the anger of their perpetrator, often in the form of visible scars and always in the form of invisible, emotional scars. In prolonged trauma, the survivor is groomed to hold that anger and accept that anger because the perpetrator leads them to believe they deserve it. An important part of healing from trauma is identifying misplaced anger, and it is this type of anger that I am referring to in my video and layout.

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Look at all those yummy layers! 

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And yes, I absolutely did use this adorable deer with the glitter hooves and gingham fur.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Thanks so much for following along with my process today, I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today. See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

{Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

Hi guys! Today I am continuing my Things I Need to Hear series with a traditional layout called Take Time to Recharge.

Thank you so very much to each and every person who has encouraged me along this series. These layouts are a joy to create and I am loving the affirming reminders every week, along with creative process. These feed my soul, and I hope you are gaining inspiration too. This is my completed layout for this week.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My layout began with a photo of me and my gold polka dot tea mug. I recently found a vanilla tea that reminds me of my childhood in Germany and so I have been taking time throughout the week to just sit down and enjoy a cup. Photo credit: Alan.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

I took a little time to add a mist background using the Rosey Posey cut file available at The Cut Shoppe, link here. After that I added stitching using my sewing machine, in concentric circles around the floral designs. This became the basis for all my embellishments.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My embellishment clusters each center around a round ephemera or chipboard circle. To each of those I added a shaped paper clip, a floral embellishment, or a chipboard phrase.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My title is stamped using the Oasis alphabet set and stickers from Simple Stories. Not complicated at all, and most definitely a gentle reminder to be good to ourselves.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

I think what has motivated this whole series is the fact that I miss my mom and I miss her words of wisdom and I miss her reminders to me to take care of myself. I miss the days she came to visit when I was sick, and in one quick afternoon she would have the whole house cleaned, dinner made, and the kids taken care of. So my journaling are what I wish her words would be to me, if I could talk to her on the phone.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

Products used include: Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills embellishments and ephemera; The Cut Shoppe cut file; Heidi Swapp Shine spray mist in coral; Ali Edwards Me and Tough story kits stamp set and chipboard pieces; American Crafts Hazelwood shaped paper clip; Freckled Fawn shaped clip and wood veneer coffee cup; Maggie Holmes Confetti wood hearts; Tim Holtz epoxy flower. 

 

 

 

 

Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis & Jane Davenport

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout about myself about “Things I Need to Hear.” This is a traditional, mixed media layout using Crate Paper Oasis collection and Jane Davenport watercolors and stencil.

So last week I shared a layout about myself and some of the affirmations that I need to hear in my life right now. So many of you told me how much you really liked that layout and the concept of the layout, and I enjoyed making the layout too. So I decided I would definitely try to do more of that. Yay for 12×12 traditional layouts!

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I started this layout with the wood grain patterned paper from the Oasis collection. Oh you guys, it is gorgeous and while my first instinct is to hide it away and never use it, I promise I didn’t ruin it and I am sooo happy I used it. First I ran the patterned paper through my printer to get this really big title.

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Then I really wanted these florals from the Jane Davenport stencil around the title itself, so I used my modeling paste to achieve that.

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Then, because I love color and wanted to play with the Jane Davenport watercolors, I painted and swirled and dripped those beautiful colors all around the flowers themselves. Ah so pretty.

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And then I began to layer my photos and ephemera in the opposite corner of my title.

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My journaling reads as follows:

I know lots of people tried to tell you different, and that makes it hard to hear the truth. So here are a few reminders. Yes, you are beautiful.

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Thanks so much for following along today! See you back here again soon!

~Theresa