Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Not the usual way



My pages are almost always story driven.  I want papers and embellishments to support the story so I shop my stash after I've got the photos and know what the journaling will say.

This time, I knew I wanted to use Basic Grey's Saturday Mornings collection because I knew there were embellishments that fit a page about doing projects around the house while my husband was out of town.  So I admit that I 'posed' these photos of me in the blue shirt because that color went with the papers.  (I didn't admit that in the video!) I had already taken several photos of things I was doing through these two weeks.

The design starts by figuring out what embellishments I want to use and what to do with them.  There is a lot of stuff on this page, more than I usually have.  I like the page, but haven't quite moved to 'love it' yet.

Here's the process video:


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Deli Paper Background




After watching this video  https://youtu.be/hPhITiv4d38 by staybeautiful84 on YouTube, I wanted to see what kind of texture I would get if I covered the entire background of my art journal with a crinkled paper. In my case I chose deli paper which is the perfect size with just a little trimming.  The results were fun.  All that crinkling really made the colors show up.

Before adding the deli paper, I put down some sheet music.  You can find a variety of papers in my Etsy shop.

Here's the finished page:



This art journal is nearly done.  Next week, I'll post the title page and the flip through video.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

More chipboard



In last week's video, I used some printed chipboard from Basic Grey.  It was all I had left in a collection and selected other BG and other company papers to make it work.  I still had those selections out so I did this title page for our 2016 album.

This photo has my husband and some deep red color in it so the page took a very different tone.  I debated on the background and finally chose a distressed red paper also from Basic Grey that I think goes well with his shirt.  To add to the chipboard, I used my favorite Stampin' Up! brads and a die cut from the Silhouette.

This is probably the best phone photo I've ever had someone else take of us.  The server did a great job.

Here's the process video:


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Whisper White Ink on Holiday Card


Usually instead of white ink, I stamp in Versamark and emboss with white powder.  For this card, I used the white ink which is more subtle and doesn't give quite as crisp a white. I think it goes well with the Baja Breeze cardstock and ribbon.

This is one of the sets in my Use It and Move It series.  I do plan to make other cards with this set before I let it go.  To see the sets I do have for sale, visit me at Lovely Layers Art.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Using up printed chipboard



I think printed chipboard is one of the most challenging things to use up from a collection.  After the paper and other embellishments are gone, how can you make the chipboard work?  Some chipboard is more generic than others.  These pieces originally from the Spice Market collection by Basic Grey aren't too difficult.  I did have to look for papers that had the same style and colors.  The chipboard was a good fit color and theme wise for some photos I took at the beach in the spring.

For this page, I added ribbon with my chipboard as the ribbon is kind of a step down in thickness before you get to Washi or paper.

Here's the process video at YouTube:


I have enough product pulled for another layout so I'll likely have that one next week.  Stay tuned...

ALSO, I just updated my Etsy shop with lots of stamps and other products.  Check out Lovely Layers Art.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

And lots MORE 4x6 photos


In my last layout I used more than 12 photos.  Today, I have 9 4x6 in a mix of landscape and portrait orientation on a traditional 12x12 layout.  The only catch is that I have one photos split right down the middle.

That isn't my normal style but I think it works nicely in this page and keeps everything symmetrical.  The embellishments are really jeweled flowers that I cut the stems off of.  The page also features stenciling with one of my favorite mediums - heavy gel mixed with Perfect Pearls.

For more on 2 pagers or on stenciling on your pages, visit my Class Page.

Here's the process video:



And here are the sketches:


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lots of 4x6 Photos


Very seldom do I print all or almost all of the vacation photos I take anymore.  I usually pick out my favorites and think some in advance about the pages I want to create.  So I'm often cropping photos to 3"x 4" or other sizes I can use on my pages.  For a recent trip which included my parents, I wanted to have a set to give to my mother so I sent a ton of photos to print in duplicate.  They are full 4x6 photos.


I did select a couple to do as 5x7 and have one of those on the main page of this spread. There are actually 3 pages here as I've used the back side of the divided page protector as well. This style of page protector is from American Crafts. Here it is at A Cherry on Top:  Divided Page Protector

And here's the process video:



Thanks for visiting today.  Next week, I'll have another spread on 2 regular 12x12 pages with lots more 4x6 photos.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stenciling with Gesso



I have some pretty old gesso where the lid wasn't on very good.  It's gotten a bit too think to spread with a brush but works well for stenciling.  I also played with some mists on this page.

The colors seemed very soft to me so I went with a theme of "peace and quiet."  That is what I love most about where we live in that there is seldom any road noise and you can't here the neighbors.   The TV is never, ever on unless someone is watching it.  I really hate background noise.  I do listen to music some but not a ton.  I mostly do that when driving.

Right now I can hear the program my husband is watching on-line. I've shut the door to his office but the sound still creeps through. Ah well, there is still plenty of quiet time.

Here's the process video for this page:



Are you a person who likes quiet or who craves some sound in the background?

Thanks for watching!
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