I’ve been a fan of the More Than Words Challenge for well over a year now. The design team always makes such fabulous example pieces, and the winners of each monthly challenge are truly inspiring. I’ve been tempted to enter before, but time always got away from me. This month, however, I found some time to sit down and do my very first scrapbook-type mixed media layout.
The challenge this month was “Forever” and “Hearts.” Fitting for the month of Valentine’s Day. I had found a cute photo on Pinterest of two lovebirds and it inspired me to do this layout.
I primarily used elements from Prima’s new Lavender collection, with a few other flowers and chipboards from my stash. My take on the challenge words is a bit subtle. I found a flair button with the word “Forever” on it. I had a larger chipboard heart I was planning to use, but I felt it detracted from my photo, so I went with several smaller wooden hearts.
I greatly enjoyed creating this piece, and I hope it won’t be my last entry into this wonderful challenge!
Update 3/8/2018: Truly honored to have received an honorable mention for this layout!
A few months ago, I had posted a card I made to a Facebook crafters group. It was a thank you card and I had mentioned that I’d made the card simply to play with some new dies I’d just gotten, as I really didn’t have anyone to send a card to. Another member of the group jokingly said I could send one to her, so I asked for her address. And she sent it to me.
But instead of sending “just” a card, I decided to take it one step further and make a small canvas to send with it. I’d just watched a YouTube tutorial on a tag project, and since I had the same paper collection used in the tutorial, I thought I could make something similar on a small, 5×7 canvas panel.
I used the Indigo skies paper collection from Kaisercraft for this project. I first glued down a piece of the Washed Out paper to use as my background. Since I was using a canvas panel, I just wrapped the paper around the edges and glued them to the back of the panel.
Next I cut out strips from the 6.5×6.5 Breeze paper and distressed the edges. The strips looked like pieces of washi tape, so I added a few strips of washi from my stash as well, though most of it eventually got covered up.
I added a little texture by using some modeling paste through a floral stencil down the sides as well.
I took some grid chipboards from 2Crafty and painted them with white gesso before gluing them onto the the background. I let all this dry for a few hours before coming back to add some color.
Using a couple of Faber-Castell gelatos, in Elderberry and Satellite (from the Iridescent set), I applied my color in random places, then spread it out using a water brush and my fingers until I was happy with it. (I reapplied some white gesso onto the chippies where I’d gotten a bit messy with my blues.)
Next I fussy-cut some of the butterflies from the Chambray paper and added some dark blue and white flowers to the center of the canvas. (The flowers are actually labeled as “black” but the color was more of the dark blue you see in the photo.)
I felt the left side needed a little something, so I die cut some wheat stems from the Windswept paper using the Cottage Cutz Wheat Stalks die and tucked them behind the flowers.
To finish the canvas I painted on some Baby It’s Cold Outside prills here and there and glued on a few clear glass droplets. I also added some Wink of Stella brush pen to the butterflies and added a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz as my sentiment.
My surprise gift turned out really well and the recipient loved it. This actually led to two more surprise gifts, but I’ll save that for another time. 🙂
I had been admiring the pocket letter swap over on Scrapbook.com for months, but hadn’t really had the time or opportunity to join in until this past July. But once I dipped my toes into the pocket letter pool, I knew I was hooked.
My first pocket letter swap took place in July, so naturally the theme was Red, White and Blue. Now, I’m not a very patriotic person, since I have dual citizenship I can’t just pick one country, but I figured I could work with the theme. I did order the small 6×6 Yankee Doodle paper pad from Doodlebug to use as the background papers, but I pretty much had everything else I needed already.
I’m not going to go into a step-by-step process of the whole pocket letter, as that would take too long, but I will share what products I used in its creation.
The first thing I made for the pocket letter was the Julie Nutting doll, Collette. I knew I wanted to attach one of the dolls to the outside of the plastic pocketholders and I wanted to dress her in red, white and blue. I used paper piecing to make her dress out of the Doodlebug paper, then created a mostly-white background for her to sit in front of.
The lighthouse and jar of flowers pockets were next. Both were created using dies from Cottage Cutz, specifically the Lighthouse with Clouds and Flower Bouquet Jar.
I also knew I wanted to create a shaker pocket as my middle pocket. I cut my acetate and dry embossed the front panel to give it some texture. I added some red, white and blue sequins and attached the two pieces of acetate together with glossy accents and added a frame to hide the glue.
Next, I had planned to use a new fireworks stencil by StencilGirl I had recently gotten, because what Red, White and Blue holiday is complete without fireworks? But the stencil was larger than one pocket, so I decided to create it over two. I used silver Nuvo mousse to give it some shine. I still lacked something, though, so I found an adorable airplane with banner die in my stash and added it and my sentiment to the fireworks panels.
I admit, for my final three panels, I was a bit stuck as to what to do. But I just had to root around in my stash to get ideas. I used a trimmed-down version of the Memory Box Star Garland die over red Doodlebug paper and die cut the words “Sparkle” and “Shine,” using dies by The Greeting Farm, for one panel.
I also found a pretty blue and red flower brad embellishment amongst my stash and added a cute little lady bug for the top left panel.
And for my last panel, I used the Memory Box Quinn flourish die and a butterfly fussy cut from a piece of Kaisercraft Indigo Skies paper. I glued the butterfly to the outside of the pocket to give it some dimension.
To finish off my pocket letter, I added some washi tape to the spine and tied some festive ribbon to the top hole. I also added a die-cut banner to my center panel, as I felt it needed a little something.
I was very nervous about sending this to my swap partner, as it was my first ever pocket letter, but she said she loved it!
I’ve since completed my second letter and will have a post on that one as soon as my new swap partner receives it.
Several people has asked me if I do videos of my crafting, and while I’m not there yet, I am working on it. My brother, tech guru, will be helping me set up for video in the near future. Until then, I will do my best to explain, in photos, my processes.
For my group’s July ATC swap, one of the themes we could choose from was Red, While and Blue. A crafty friend had recently sent me a star-shaped die that she couldn’t use and I had the idea to make a patriotic ATC.
I cut my ATC bases from thick white cardstock and taped them into a Tim Holtz Stars & Swirls embossing folder.
Then I used the die, from Simon Says Stamp to cut my design into the card stock.
Next I cut some craft foam the same size as my ATCs and die cut the star in approximately the same spot. It doesn’t matter if it’s not exact. You can adjust the foam layer and trim off any overhang later.
Using a red pen, I marked the two strips I didn’t want to cut in the foam. Using some sharp craft scissors, I carefully cut the rest of the strips to make the wells for my shaker elements.
I picked out a piece of Doodlebug paper from the Yankee Doodle collection and cut my ATC sized backgrounds.
The next step was to adhere a piece of acetate to the wrong side of the card front using double sided tape. Then I used Glossy Accents on the foam piece and carefully positioned it onto the acetate, being careful to line the shapes up.
And at this point my camera died, of course, but all I did was fill the wells with red, white and blue microbeads and tape down the background.
I left the card for a little while to make sure everything was adhered down well (and to charge my phone). After a little bit, I put on my finishing touches, some red and blue Nuvo drops and a piece of red, white and blue twine in the shape of a bow. And my first set of July ATCs were done!
I’ll be back in a few days with my next set of ATCs for July!