Hi Folks, Laura here today. As you know from my team mates we are teaming up with Let’s Get Sketchy this month. I’m going to take you through my process of interpreting a scrapbook sketch – and I have to say our Sara aced it with this sketch!
The first thing I see when I look at this sketch is squares. The second thing I notice is the diagonal spread across the page. For me that was enough to spark this design. You do not need to repeat every element of the sketch – although you can and that is perfectly okay.
All of the squares in the sketch are solid but I have used various transparent elements in vellum and acetate, and I’ve added in square outlines made from sequins. I’ve also squished them up more than the sketch shows, overlapping them. This is made more effective by layering the transparent materials over each other so you can see through multiple tiers to the mixed media background.
I have played fast and loose with the way the sketch suggests the photo. This is perfectly OK – the sketch is there as a guide, as inspiration, and it sparked the creativity to start with.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your insight into my method of using sketches. Let me know if this was helpful to you – I can walk through more of my sketch to layout processes in the future if you are interested?
These were made on some regular cardstock with inks, gelatos and, of course, Shimmerz. I added some brush lettering sentiments hand written on some scraps of watercolour paper. I find the Shimmerz products work well for brush lettering – it is just a matter of adding the right amount of water to get a nice inky consistency.
Hey there chaps! Each time I get a new batch of sequins I fall in love with one of the mixes a little more than the others. My most favourite of the latest bunch is Falling Leaves.
For this layout I wanted to use a lot of Falling Leaves to give the effect of, you guessed it, falling leaves. The name really is spot on! I pulled out a sheet of vellum and some coordinating supplies from my like for ever kit. I also cut this months exclusive SpiegelMom Scraps cut file. I stacked two on top of each other to give me a panel as long as my page and cut it on vellum.
I made my photo cluster and tucked in a doily coloured with the same range of colours. You must know by know I love to colour my doilies to match my projects and they take every medium I throw at them without any complaints.
When I knew the size I was working with I added some subtle ink work on my background using the packaging technique. When that was dry I stuck a few Falling Leaves sequins around my page. I knew with a large shaker pocket in an album most of the sequins would fall straight to the bottom. By glueing a few around the page I ensured no big blanks, and when you shake it a few of the loose sequins catch on the glued down sequins which is an extra bonus.
I clipped the vellum to the background and ran it through the sewing machine leaving a small gap for filling. I added and shook, and added a few more, then sewed up the filling gap.
From there it was just a case of glueing all the elements together and adding a few stickers. I definitely get the feel of fallen leaves in the large shaker pocket, do you?
Hi Folks, Laura here today with a quick post sharing a fun shaker card.
I was sorting through my sequins and decided to mix the last few from a couple of different mixes together. I had some pinks from Magical Ocean and yellow and gold from Sunny Smiles. These were the exact colours of a vase of flowers I had on my bookshelf, so I knew they would work together. Now that I have completely used up these two mixes I have space for two more!!
I grabbed a doily and carefully cut the centre out using a craft knife. Rather than use foam tape as I usually would I used glue gel to pop up and adhere the shaker. I preferred the clear gel in this instance as the foam tape would have shown through doily.
I tied a length of ribbon around the card, and added an extra bow, in colours matching the sequins. A small stamped greeting finished it all off. I challenge you to think about your supplies a little differently… what can you make a shaker from?!
Hey Guys, Laura here today. Are you guilty of having something in your stash that has sat unused for years? I am – lets pull those unloved supplies out and use them! I have had the stencil I used for my background for years… possibly 6? Maybe more!!
I grabbed three colours of Dazzlerz texture paste – Gummy Berry Blue, Sour Apple Green and Lemon Drop Yellow. I used the three colours separately through the stencil leaving a little gap in between the colours. I then came back to the gaps and filled them with a mixture of the two colours from either side. I have found the key to clean stencilling is to manipulate the paste as little as possible. The more times you go over it with a palette knife the more opportunity for the paste to spread underneath the stencil (as my sour apple did).
I then gathered some matching sequins. Let’s Be Mermaids was a good place to start with its big blues and little yellows. I fancied adding a few bigger yellow sequins too and pulled these from the Spring Blooms mix.
Thanks for joining me today, and don’t forget to dig out those unused supplies and show them some love!
I had had a bit of a play with my Shimmerz Dazzlerz, doing a little colour mixing. I had some left over and rather than waste it I smeared it across a blank sheet of cardstock with the intention of adding to and eventually it becoming a background. Well, I rather liked the starkness of the smear and ended up using it as is rather than adding to it!
Hi Folks, Laura here. For this post I am taking on fellow Sparkler Felicia’s September challenge. Felicia set a really fun challenge – something old and something new – with the added twist of an old photo and a new photo, too. Now you understand the title NOW AND THEN, huh?
I used the new heart felties and September’s cut file freebie as my new elements. And all the patterned papers are from my old box of papers. At least one company no longer exists!
The photos are of my brother with my Dad in 1985 and my brother with his son this year. I have to say, I would never have put these photos together if it hadn’t been for the challenge. I adore how it has turned out so think I need to do some more challenges! Link me up to your favourites please?
I super-sized the scribbly rings cut file and backed each opening with the patterned papers pulled from my stash.
I love how it looks. I cut a bunch of the smaller files too, but I think I need to cut another big one – I like it too much to use it only once!
I sprinkled a few sequins and enamel dots around the page. I wanted to match the red of the alphas and the red in the photos. I have about one thousand enamel dots but none that matched… then I remembered Shimelle had a pack of holly berries and leaves in her Christmas collection… I had a rummage through my Christmas stash and was so happy to find they were a perfect match!
I am crushing on navy at the moment. I know the newer collections have some navy in, and these navy hearts are new – I hope we see much more in the coming months.
You can watch me muddle my way through making the layout, and having a fall out with my budgie, in the process video.
Hi Chaps, Laura with you today to share a home decor piece and a process video.
I’ve used a couple of the wonderful cut files – exclusive to SpiegelMom Scraps – and a whole bunch of sequins! First I took a blank box frame canvas and spread a generous layer of Shimmerz Dazzlerz in both Barely Blue and Spun Sugar on with a palette knife. I got the idea from fellow Sparkler Sara, I was inspired by this layout.
A new (well, new-to-me!) colour of Dazzlerz paste and a free sample of water colour paints means an experimental layout…
I have Barely Blue, and true to it’s name it is barely blue! It is wonderful soft colour. I spread some around on my background card stock to add interest and shimmer.
Then I played with some watercolours and a Juliana Michaels cut file. I had the wrong settings or my blade was wearing out, and it had not cut perfectly. In most areas the cut line held the watercolour inside giving me a white border to each butterfly.
I gathered up sequins from loads of collections, just picking a few of each, in colours that matched my butterflies. I also coloured a doily to match too, and layered it under my photo.
It certainly is experimental but I like the effect of the Dazzlerz roughly spread in the background with a cut file layered over the top. I also love the coloured doily… but I already knew that! I’ve just ordered some more as I keep colouring them and have very few white ones left!!
Hi Folks! Laura here today with a layout and process video…
I had an idea, which I’ll try and explain… when wet ink gets on shiny things it beads up – well, what would happen if I sprayed some silver confetti sequins? I chose to use India Ink spray as that would not wipe off the sequins when it was dry.
I was pleased with how it turned out and moved on to layering my photo. I used patterned papers in colours picked out from the photo and added a mini glassine bag for a journalling tag.
Hi Chaps! Laura here with a birthday card to share…
I’ve used a mix of collections from Pretty Little Studio, some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and sequins and doilies from SpiegelMom Scraps. The cluster is made up of off cuts from a scrapbook layout, nearly nothing needed re-cutting as I just played with the pieces I had until they looked ‘right’.
The white doilies take colour beautifully, the blue that you can see is dyed with spray inks. My only advice is don’t move them when they are wet as they become delicate when saturated.
Hi there, Laura here! Squeezing in another post for today – be sure to check out the blog hop posted this morning as there are some fabulous prizes to be won and lots of inspiration to be gained!
I had a layout that got to the stage where it was good but not quite there… The collection is from Fancy Pants and was in my latest like for ever kit. The cut file is from my friend Kerry. I sat looking at it… of course – add some sequins!
I pulled out Amy’s Sprinkles and it matched wonderfully, adding the perfect finishing touches to my layout.
Hi Folks! Laura here today to share some recent ATC’s…
ATC’s – or artists trading cards – are usually small pieces of art (64mm x 89mm) swapped between artists. Rather than working on a small scale to begin with I work on a larger sheet to make my mixed media backgrounds. For me this is just playing with watercolours or Shimmerz, acrylics, modelling pastes etc until something starts to form. Then when I get an idea, I follow it!