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What About Wednesday: Autumn is in the Air

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Aloha!!

I have been in a mixed media mood this week!! There is something really fun about starting with a blank piece of card stock and adding layers of media and getting something magical at the end.

There is also something therapeutic about playing with paints and texture pastes that is so hard to explain but so necessary for letting go.

So let’s grab some gesso and white card stock and get to town creating something funnel and pretty for an autumn layout.

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I prep my cardstock first if I think I am going to be using a lot media. I really like to use clear gesso on card stock. I use the prima brand because it’s a little thicker and isn’t gritty. I also grabbed my concentrated watercolors. They come in tubes so they last a long time. The colors aren’t as vibrant as the pan kind (or at least the set I have) but that makes it perfect for the layout I have in mind. I know I want to create an Autumn layout, and I am loving that blue on the darker side and an ocre type of yellow color. The colors that I am seeing around me.

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I am definitely influenced and inspired by the things I see. I have seen a big change in the colors I have been liking to use since moving from a summery and tropical climate to a more temperate and woodsy climate and atmosphere. I love using that as a catalyst for my scrapbook pages.

I first just brushed on with a big brush some blue paint that was watered down. I wanted some spots dark and some lighter. I love that especially with watercolor you can get totally different looks by adding more or less water. It really adds interest to the page if some areas are darker than others. It also allows you to have spots that have white open space and spots that are perfect for building layers on.

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I allowed some of this blue to fall in droplets around the paper. Now the next step is the hardest, but I find this necessary. You wait a little while, and let it start to dry. I do this about ten minutes because if you use a heat gun right away, it will flow all over you page. Remember I used gesso and that is what is supposed to happen. I don’t mind a little movement of the paint, that can look a little cool. For this layout though I really want the brush strokes to stay where I put them. The heat gun also warps the paper a little more than just air drying. I am impatient so about 10 minutes is all I can wait before wanting to do the next step.

I mixed some orange and red with some brown and made a new color. I really love that deep red brown color you see on leaves and wanted some of the color on my page. I knew it would be just right for a layout about leaves. A subject that I can’t stop taking pictures of. I literally have dozens of pictures of my tree and the stages of colorization it has went through so far.

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When those droplets are dry I decided to give my Shimmerz Texturez paste a try. I used the open space from a cut file I used when I made cards and then the layout I made last week. I thought it would be cool if I could paste that word on the blue watercolor background.

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I mixed the Texturez in Mari-Gold Digger with some texture paste I already had in my stash. It is super thick. My goal was to make the Texturez a little thicker so it wouldn’t leak through the homemade stencil. I love the Shimmerz products so much, they are so creamy. This kind has some pieces of texture in it which works kinda good with Autumn, if you ask me. It reminds me of pieces of pebbles and sticks that blow around with the leaves.

Guess what?! It turned out perfect!! So I add another one. I can use one for my title.

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I layer some papers behind my photo of changing leaves. I add some silhouette cut leaves in the layers as well. Then a shipping tag. I scattered some more of the cut leaves in a diagonal on the layout. I knew I could use those as my embellishment clusters especially since I didn’t want to go crazy on the layout.

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Each cluster has some leaves, an acorn, some gold thread, a phrase sticker and a cork butterfly. I really love the addition of texture from the thread and cork. I used staples in the bottom cluster and I really like what that adds too.

I added a cute little paper clip shaped like a leaf in the corner of my photo. I also added a transparent sticker with a rub on. (Actually the rub on was from a couple of years ago and half of it rubbed on. I had to fix that by adding a sticker that made sense.)

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I finished up my title. Scattered some Falling Leaves Sequins and finished the layout by splattering some Vibez in Egg-noggin. I love the gold splatters and how it just helps tie everything all together on the page.

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Mixed Media can be so much fun. And can really help spark some extra creativity that you have been needing to add to your layouts. I love how a little media can go a long way too. (In total I only used three things. Watercolors and texture paste.) I hope you give it a go to create a unique background to help tell your story.

Here is a look at the process video I made to go along with this layout.

I will see you next week my friends!! I hope in the meantime you head over to the SpiegelMom Scraps Facebook Group and see what everyone else is doing this week and share what you are up too. We love to see how you are using your SpiegelMom Scraps supplies!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Laura’s October Sketch Challenge

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Aloha Sparklers!! Autumn is truly here this week. The temperature is a whole whomping 65 and cloudy. It has me craving pumpkin spice coffees, apple cider donuts and toasty warm socks. I also have been itching to starting scrapping all my fall photos. In rich tones with lots of layers.

This week I decided to take on design team member Laura’s sketch challenge. I have been using a ton of sketches this autumn. I think partly because I have been so busy with other stuff like school and housework (the typical mom stuff) that I don’t have as much time to sit and think of ways to get creative on my pages. I need that little jump start to my scrappy mojo to get going.

I love how simple this sketch is because it offers so much in terms of making it mine. I can keep it simple or go all out and make more complicated if I want it that way. I did a little of both.

I started off by using a white card stock background with a title and sub title sketched on using my silhouette sketch pens. I bought a big pack of them when I got my silhouette and never used them.. To be honest I was a little intimidated by them. They seemed so complicated, even though the truth is they are super easy to use. Replace the blade with the sketch pen, pick out a design or font to use, and hit send to silhouette (with sketch pens checked instead of the blade depth) and your silhouette does the work. It looks so cool too!!

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For the background I used lots of different Autumn colors to create splatters. I watered down acrylic paint, Shimmerz Dazzlerz,  and used some Shimmerz Vibez in Four Leaf Clover green and  Razzle-dazzle Berry. I used my paint brush to let the paint drop off into droplets on the page. I wanted it to have a natural and random feel. I knew where my photo was going to go so I picked places around the center and smaller droplets near the title.

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I kept my layers simple. I went with rich tones that remind me of Autumn. I put dimensional tape in between the layers to create some shadows.

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I really love the way this doily gives this layout a feminine feel with all the colors. It adds a softness against the straight lines. I also tied a cute little bow with baker’s twine and hung it across the bottom of the picture.

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I scattered heart felties and Autumn Joy sequins at bottom of the picture, instead of on the baker twine, like the sketch suggested. I also scattered A Day In The Woods sequins with the Autumn Joy sequins around the layout, mainly in the paint splatters. I added some new Shimelle Go Now Go transparent leave stickers throughout the splatters. I love the way it looks like leaves blowing around off my photo.

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This is one of my favorite photos I have taken this Autumn season. It is nothing special, I actually snapped this early one morning while I was waiting for the puppy to finish going to the bathroom outside. She is still at that stage where she needs to be watched and make sure she doesn’t play too much. We have this old tree stump, that I stand on so my feet stay dry. The puppy loves to come join me. My comfy slippers help keep my feet warm too. This is my favorite plaid shirt too, it’s flannel and so warm. Perfect for the chilly mornings we have here in Washington. I have missed this special time of the year where sweaters are necessary and the air is crisp. The smell of dry leaves and chimney smoke in the air is so refreshing especially since I have lived in more city areas for about 6 or so years.

I added some old Pink Fresh Studio wood pieces on some feltie clouds. They are perfect for this layout. It adds a fun touch without being really heavy.

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This Maggie Holmes Gather tag and chip board piece add a cute touch too. The little touch of pink matches the pink collar Kona my puppy is wearing.

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I drew journaling lines at the bottom of the layout under the title. I journaled away. I really love how it looks with my own handwriting on my layouts. It has this homemade feel to it.

Here is a look at the full layout! I really love how this turned out. It was really fun using this sketch. I definitely think I am going to use this sketch again and tweak a few things to make it a little, because it is so open to do that.

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I hope you check out this sketch and Laura’s challenge this month. Play along by adding your take in our Facebook Group.

Well Sparklers my time this is done. I hope you join me later this month for some more inspiration!!

Hannah