Scrapbooking with Karla – Combining a Sketch and Scraplift!

Hi! It’s Karla back today with a sweet baby layout, using this week’s fun circle sketch (shown below) and using inspiration from the amazing Rachel Lowe, this month’s Guest Designer along with the beautiful new sequin mixes Birthdays & Balloons, Unicorns & Rainbows, and Dream Land! ! Usually when I scraplift I follow the other layout quite closely, but this month I thought I’d use elements from Rachel’s layout and incorporate it into the sketch. I really love the fun pinks and purples in her layout (directly below) as well as the adorable unicorn, rainbow, cupcake, flower and cloud images! I also used the stitching as inspiration – I’ve been really loving how stitching on a layout looks. Here’s a look at Rachel’s beautiful layout:

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I started off by taking a pretty floral background paper and layering it with a piece of white cardstock. Then, I cut out my circles to coordinate with the sketch, using pieces of patterned paper as well as a couple photos from a day shortly after my third daughter was born and was home from the hospital. Both her sisters were so happy to hang out with her, and it’s so awesome to look back on these sweet photos now, almost 6 years later!

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I stitched through the circles with my sewing machine and then layered on my stamped images. I used a sweet little unicorn digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps, coloured wth Jane Davenport Magic Wand coloured pencils (how cool is that name?!!) and sat her on a Pretty Cute Stamps rainbow stamp watercoloured with ArtQuest watercolours and embossed (clouds) with Emerald Creek Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder. I love how glittery and puffy this embossing powder is, while still letting the base colour show through. I couldn’t resist adding a pretty blue flower from the Unicorns & Rainbows sequin mix in the adorable unicorn’s mane!

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I added some chipboard stickers, regular stickers and a sticker title from several different sheets in my stash. I was really excited to find this cupcake sticker!

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Next, I added some felt clouds cut with a Your Next Stamp stitched cloud die. I find that as long as I layer the felt along with a piece of cardstock it cuts beautifully! And, the best for last…. I used three of the amazing new release sequin mixes!!! Birthdays & Balloons, of course Unicorns & Rainbows, and Dream Land!

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Here’s a look at the sketch I used:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is full of unicorns and rainbows 😉

Making Mixed Media Easy

Aloha It’s Hannah here with you today. I am super excited about my first post here on the SpiegelMom Scraps blog!!

Mixed Media is super trendy but can be really intimidating. There is so many things that could go wrong. It can be really messy and unpredictable. If you do it right it really can look awesome and make an unique background that is perfect for the story you are wanting to tell.

Pinterest is a fun place to gain some inspiration for backgrounds. I love using textures and patterns to inspire me. I have been loving circles lately. On Pinterest I had seen a background with tiny circles on it. Using tiny circles in a few areas is a easy way to add color and media to a background without being complicated as well.

I decided to use the end of my pencil easer as my paint brush to dab circles on my white cardstock. I used Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Gummy Bear Blue and Sour apple Green because I knew I wanted to scrap a spring picture of my kids running.

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By randomly places the dots around the layout, overlapping the circles you create a background that is unique. The eraser makes the dots imperfect and the Dazzlers is a little thick which gives texture to the dots when they dry.

You could let each color dry in-between colors, but actually wanted some of the Dazzlerz to mix a little creating a new color. This kind of background could be really busy or really subtle depending on how many dots you add. I went for the middle ground, and added a decent amount but left quite a bit of white space.

Something else that helps add personality to a background is to stamp on it. I have tons of planner or smaller stamps. I knew my little heart stamp would be perfect. I added open and closed hearts to change it up. I just placed them throughout the dots. I used a black Stazon stamp ink, but this would look darling in a different shade ink close to the Dazzlerz colors.

I let the background dry over night. It really didn’t need it though. Allowing you background cardstock to dry before adding layers on it is key. Air drying is best because it cuts on the paper from warping too much. I often use a heat gun slightly to help speed the drying time. Letting me follow through with my thought process on a layout.

I didn’t want to cover most of the dots and hearts I created so I kept my layers behind my photo simple. I used a large glassine bag as one layer. I like the way the background softly peeks through the sides of the bag. I also matted my photo in white. I added two laters of patterned paper in fun artsy and watercolor type of patterns. This helps tie in with the homemade background.

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I also added some very thin washi tape on the background. I added a diagonally striped patterned paper on the side and bottom of the tape. I wanted to use these two areas to help ground my photo and build my embellishment clusters on them.

Take look at each cluster. I absolutely love how they turned out!!

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The little felt clouds in the store are perfect for this layout. I also took a patterned that had clouds on it and fussy cut them out.

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By adding pop dots to some of the clouds and layering them, it really makes the clouds feel like they are floating.

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I used word phrase stickers in similar colors and some die cuts it helps add some other shapes into the mix.

I finished with lots of sequins from both the Spring Blooms and A Day In the Woods Mixes. I love how both these colors picks up colors in the papers and mixed media I used. In the end I just think they look cute and fun!! Cause who doesn’t secretly love sequins!?!

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Inspired by Sunshine and playing in the sun, which my kids love to do. Actually they just love to run around outside, rain or shine, but more in the sun!! I started with a scripted die cut piece. I like the look of a title with different colors and shaped fonts and this layout it just went perfectly to tie all the colors together from the layout.

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Here is a look at the whole layout.

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I hope you were inspired today. Inspired to do a little mixed media on your layouts or try something a little different. I find these things really help me grow my scrappy mind, even if they don’t end up working on a page or project.

have a great Day and I can’t wait to see you around!!

Hannah

 

DIY Die Cut background – no Silhouette needed!

@spiegelmomscraps @pinkpasilee @silhouette @jodyspiegelhoff @bigshot @kaiserkraft, #spiegelmomscraps #jodyspiegelhoff #kaiserkraft #scrapbook #pinkpaislee #fancyfree #diy #diecutHello everyone!  Jody is back in the house today!  I’m so excited to be back on the blog today as this month’s guest!!  Last week I put a sneak peak out on Instagram for this layout and mentioned that I was going to talk about creating your own die cut background without using an electronic die cutting machine.  I have a very simple method, which works awesome for me when I’m not able to get on the computer to use my Silhouette.  Our high school aged daughter usually has a ton of homework, which has her on the computer for hours at night.  That’s the same computer which has my Silhouette software on it, which poses a big scrappy challenge at night when I’m ready to create!  So adapt and overcome!

The first thing I did was cut a piece of white American Crafts cardstock down to 6 x 12″, which easily fits through my Big Shot for die cutting.  Next, I chose which metal dies I want to use to create my background, or partial background like I did here.  I laid out a few of my Kaiserkraft stitched circle dies, which are fabulous and on sale now!! I love how they cut!  I also really like that the stitches on the die are actually on the circle that is die cut out from the rest of the card stock or paper.  I kept the Kaiserkraft dies in place with small pieces of washi tape and ran the 6 x 12″ card stock through my Big Shot.  I did two pieces of the 6 x 12″ card stock at the same time since I just cut a piece of 12 x 12″ card stock in half.  When I was first planning out this layout, I wasn’t sure if I was going to place each of the 6 x 12″ pieces side by side to create a full background or what exactly. As you can see, I only used one of the 6 x 12″ sheets and filled in the other side with different pieces of Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection (there are only 3 paper pads left in the shop right now!)  

This is a very simple way to create a die cut background with your Big Shot!  If you wanted to put both of the 6 x 12″ pieces of card stock together onto a layout, that would look so awesome!  Just think of all the die cuts you can combine, mix and match!  If you want to see what that looks like, be sure to come back next for another die cut layout!  Here’s some close ups of those lovely die cut circles!  I adhered pieces of Pink Paislee Fancy Free papers behind the circle for a fun effect!  There was also no foam adhesive or craft foam behind this layout. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t use any!

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As usual, I added a bunch of layers behind my photo and a then added some fun felt embellishments (Cloudy Days Felties & teal Felt-Fetti Hearts).  I also used some sweet Spring Blooms sequins upside down to add some sparkle!  Thanks again to DT Sparkler Sarah for the Sequin > faux enamel dots inspiration! I also mixed in some Simple Stories I Am, Bella Blvd stickers & a piece of DIY ephemera cut out from some Heidi Swapp packaging. 

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Thanks so much for visiting the blog today!! I hope I’ve inspired you to bust out your metal dies & Big Shot to create some die cut backgrounds! Be sure to share them in our 15 Minutes 2 Scrap Facebook. We love to see what you create!

See ya next week. Until then, go be creative!!

Jody