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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

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.

 

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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!

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

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.

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

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

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

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.

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

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

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

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.

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

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

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border A Poem by Taslima Nasrin

Hi guys! I have an art journal layout today that I hope will inspire you as we begin a new week and new creative endeavors!

 

I began my layout today inspired by this great poem written by an Bangladeshi woman named Taslima Nasrin. She writes frequently about the experiences of women in her culture and some of the injustices they bear in their life.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

This is the complete poem:

Border
by Taslima Nasrin

I’m going to move ahead.
Behind me my whole family is calling,
my child is pulling at my sari-end,
my husband stands blocking the door,
but I will go.
There’s nothing ahead but a river
I will cross.
I know how to swim but they
won’t let me swim, won’t let me cross.

There’s nothing on the other side of the river
but a vast expanse of fields
but I’ll touch this emptiness once
and run against the wind, whose whooshing sound
makes me want to dance. I’ll dance someday
and then return.

I’ve not played keep-away for years
as I did in childhood.
I’ll raise a great commotion playing keep-away someday
and then return.

For years I haven’t cried with my head
in the lap of solitude.
I’ll cry to my heart’s content someday
and then return.

There’s nothing ahead but a river
and I know how to swim.
Why shouldn’t I go? I’ll go.

The part of the poem that resonated with me is the idea of crossing a river, or any journey really, only to find emptiness on the other side.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

The part of the poem that resonated with me is the idea of crossing a river, or any journey really, only to find emptiness on the other side. Recovery can feel an awful lot like crossing a wide river, and finding emptiness on the other side. There is tremendous value in the journey, because you discover things about yourself you never knew.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

And the whole time you are on your journey, you believe once you get to the destination you will have the answers you were looking for. This is true, you will find the answers you are looking for.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

But when you reach that destination, and you look at the emptiness, and you weep at how empty it is. You weep at what you had hoped it would be, what you deserved for it to be.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

And you begin to look inside yourself, since around you is empty. It is there you learn you had the answers inside yourself all along. But you needed the journey to reveal them.

~Theresa

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 02 | Past

Hi there and happy Monday! I have to admit I ran out of week last week and was not able to post on Thursday or Friday! Sad face! But there is never enough time in the day to get everything done I want to get done, so I decided to move forward and see if I could get a full week published this week. Have a look at my Art Journal process today:

I am exploring more with the idea of cracks in the surface, although I did not reflect on this layout in my video today. The poem I was working with is written by Pablo Neruda, and in it he speaks of waves of water.

Art Journal 03 Layout 2 | Past

Lately I have been feeling waves of emotions come over me, sometimes happy and sometimes overwhelming sadness. Nothing that is unexpected, but nonetheless it is there. I wanted to create an ocean on my page, so I reached for this bubble stencil from Studio Calico and my texture cream from Art C.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

I laid down some patterned papers that I had torn into strips, and also pieces of a map. The map, our location, collides with the ocean and sand.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

The stencil created a lovely cascade of bubbles, sort of like the wild ocean when it meets the sand and it foams. The texture cream swirls around it like sand in between our toes when the tide returns.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

For color I used a combination of blues, greens, and black. The colors spread across the page adding depth and dimension. What is left when the tide returns is all this lovely swirling color and texture, the depth and width and breadth of life.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

I am in process of closing a chapter in my life. A chapter filled with swirling realities that no longer are, nor need to be.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

The present chapter is wrapping up, the ocean has touched the sand and crashed upon its shores. The tide of emotions passing, sometimes returning because that is what oceans do, but what happens to the sand is fresh and new.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol. 03 Layout 01 | I Rise with an Effort

Hi guys and happy Labor Day Monday, if you are in the US. I found a new art journal a couple of days ago and decided this week I would try working in this one for a page or two. Have a look at my process here:

First things first: I am learning how addicting art journaling is, and also how much fun it is to collect art journals themselves. I found this one for about $5 at Wal-Mart, and I wanted to try it because it lays flat and it has kraft paper!

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

Typically when I begin working on a layout, I start by collecting a few things around my studio that look interesting. This week I found a gold doily that was really big, 10″, a geometric stencil from Faber Castell, and a poem by Philippe Jaccollet.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

When working in lay flat journals like this one, it is always a good idea to cover your center seam with washi tape. This reinforces your pages and also provides a bit more stability. I also found that paint and watercolors will collect in that seam and the washi was good to have for that, as well.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

Then I added the gold doily directly on to the kraft paper, using my matte medium. I added a light layer of gesso, leaving some of the kraft paper visible underneath the layers.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

I also added my poem, which is torn from an old book of poetry I found years ago. The book itself has water damage and is of no value by itself, so no guilt.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

I spoke a little about why I chose this poem in my process video, so I hope you had a chance to listen to that. The idea of light in the context of suffering is not unfamiliar to me, and I explore that idea artistically on this layout. Last week I worked with the concept of cracks and how those seeming imperfections become the part of our art that draws us in. Light plays an important role in revealing those tiny crevices too – light catches on those places and highlights those places more than darkness ever can.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

The paper stencil I used reminds me of stained glass, and so I laid the pattern down with my modeling paste, and then began adding colors to the page. Bit by bit the colors ran across the page, picking up the textures and crevices on the page, going around the pattern, making these cracks become apparent.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

Here is one more look at the layout:

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

I wish for you an inner peace today, and a light that shines on your imperfections in the best way. These are the places that allow the light to shine, my friends. See you tomorrow.

~Theresa