I've completed all the lessons in Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course and made my first painting. I loved the background, but moved between frustration, adoration, and dislike for this finished piece. I feel like I added too many small collage elements, I really wish I would have done a different placement with the mantra, and the balance is off. However, as the day progressed, I gave myself permission to be imperfect and reminded myself several things: I'm still learning, stay unattached, this is only the beginning.
It's a million degrees outside, Jayden is making strawberry shortcake, we're watching Orange is the New Black, and I've just spent a day painting, painting and painting some more. Yesterday I got fantastic news that I'll share soon. Life is sweet.
I've been reflecting on the last year a lot. One year ago at this time I had recently finished the Brene Brown e-course, which transformed my life in so many ways. The one way that still resonates now is my creative expression. An art journal lead to discovering mixed media, to a renewed passion for scrapbooking, to the creation of this blog, to entering (and winning) many design challenges, to being on three design teams, to getting my work published for the first time.
Now it feels like I'm on the next step of this journey, taking Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course. I feel awakened once again. I spent the last week writing my stories, peeling away the layers, and developing my mantras. During one of the exercises we thought of two people we admired and answered several questions before reflecting on our answers. Here's what I wrote in my journal: This was a challenging and revealing activity for me. I chose two folks – my dear friend and Brene Brown. I think they both have a lot in common, actually. Above all, I appreciate how they both encourage joyful, passionate, genuine, and heart centered living. It’s not a life without challenges, as both have weathered criticism, embraced imperfection, and shared their vulnerability. However, they both seem to live in the light, whatever shade that may be at the time. Thus, my mantra: Authenticity in a prism of light.
Today I started painting and could hardly stop. I spent hours on my (now sore) feet. It was worth it. I did the entire second section of the class, which focussed on the layering process. Before starting, I gave myself permission to unleash and be uninhibited. I'm always so restrained, worried about being messy and wasting materials, and thinking ahead. I wanted to let go.
Here's the scene when I first started painting my layers. I used my quilting table and repurposed on old vinyl tablecloth that I sewed years ago for our dining table. So many of the tools I use for scrapbooking have come in handy for mixed media painting, including my spray mists, inks, stamps, paper, and stencils.
Here's my stopping point for today. Layers, layers, layers. I have no idea what's next, but I am excited to see where this goes as I finish up the videos.
I hibernate a bit during winter, but then the sun comes out and my calendar is loaded with fun stuff. Summer is off to the best start with a fantastic Pride weekend, an Ingrid Michaelson concert at Edgefield, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. I've made it a goal to explore more of the Northwest this summer so there's still so much more to come. And it's hot hot hot here in Portland. Did I say it's hot? Woah. This summer heat is unlike any I've experienced since moving here 11 years ago, but it shouldn't be surprising with such a mild winter. I kind of love it.
Onto scrapbooking, here's my second layout for Scrap Our Stash's June Challenge. Given that our guest designer this month is Ashley Horton, I used one of her cut files for the hearts. I changed things up with a vertical photo strip from a wedding I attended recently and used a love theme through out. Most of the elements come from my Valentine's Day stash. For the background, I tinted modeling past with several shades of spray ink and applied it through a stencil. I sewed around a lid to get the thread circle and added silver and black ink splatters.
Your challenge this month is to create a layout inspired by Ashley's sketch AND you must create a card using the scraps left over from the stash you used to create your layout! All entries must also include a card created from the scraps to be eligible for the prize drawing. Entries are due: JUNE 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
For my card, I kept the love theme and tried to incorporate most of the elements from the layout. I should continue making cards from remaining layout goodies, as it was really quick to pull together. I used the same mixed media techniques for the background, the hearts were remnants of the cut files, and I added leftover paper scraps and embellishments.
I think the close-ups are my favorite part of this layout.
These photos are from my recent vacation to an island I've grown to love. It's rare that I scrap photos that I've taken so recently, but the Instax camera made it easier. Now if only I could figure out the light settings on the camera, as I've wasted a bunch of (pricey) film. My favorite detail of this layout is the doily, which my partner grabbed while we were packing and said, "Think you could use this for your scrapbooking?" Yes! I love incorporating items from my adventures into the layout itself.
This month's first Scrap Our Stash challenge is to incorporate items from each letter of the word BRADS. Play along! Upload your entry by JUNE 29th, 11:59 PM (PST).The goodies I used from my stash were the following:
B: Black thread, Brandi ONeill (Websters Pages) paper
R: Ranger archival ink pad
S: Stitching, staples, stamp, Serendipity (Dear Lizzy) paper
And now for close-ups!
I recently returned from a vacation in Kaua'i and I'm getting back into the swing of things at home. It was a welcome and much needed break from reality, with the end of the school year and some recent stressors. I love that little island. The highlights included: snorkeling with rainbow fish in crystal clear water at Tunnels beach, breakfast with a friend from high school that I hadn't seen in 19 years, enjoying the best fruit smoothie of my life, the art street festival in Hanapepe, views of Hanalei Bay that will never get old, and night swimming around a gigantic pool with my sweetheart. I once imagined myself living there, dreamt of it often, and was a finalist for a job there this time last last year. With this trip (our fourth), I grew more enamored with the island, but recognize now that it's best kept as a favorite vacation destination and not a home. For now, anyway. Who knows what the future holds!
I’m sharing this DCWV Social Media Design Teamp layout that I created using the Chick Chat Stack. I used this stack before and I can’t get enough of it! I love the bright colors, the burlap, the journal cards, and the sentiments.
To make my layout, I started by die cutting the background and added different papers behind it. Then, I added some coordinating spray ink. I matted the photo with more paper and burlap. I raised it with foam squares, because I like getting more dimension whenever I can. I fussy cut flowers, which I layered under the photos. Lastly, I added some journaling and several of the sentiments to the page. Here’s some closeups of the layout.
This one time I met Adele. No big deal, right? She performed a private holiday concert at a winery in Portland. My friend and fellow music lover, Caitlin, had introduced me to her first album, 19. This was before she blew up with her second album. Caitlin worked some magic, as she knew the owners of this winery and we were able to attend the event by working as security. Basically, we collected tickets and stood watch by Adele's makeshift dressing room until the show started. I remember Adele being really sick, which explains why she looks miserable here. I, however, was really excited and grinning madly.
This month's Scrap Our Stash challenge was inspired by this sketch, with an added challenge to use handmade flowers. I started with a mixed media background (something I hadn't done in awhile) using clear gesso and an array of spray inks. I was happy to read the twist for this challenge and knew exactly what I was going to do for the handmade flowers. I make and sell flower accessories out of die cut wool felt, freeform embroidery, and buttons. I've been making these flowers a lot lately and added four of them to the layout. I enjoyed bringing together two of my crafty hobbies. Play along, create a layout, and link up by May 29th to win a $25 Gift Card.
Several months ago I won an online contest and was given the Office Suite kit from Fancy Pants Designs. I was looking forward to designing with it before it's official release, but then never put it to use. I finally busted it out for this project. The lighter pastels are a departure from my usual palette and a good challenge for me.
The quilt inspiration continues! Looking at quilt patterns is my go-to for when I'm feeling stuck these days, which has been happening more and more frequently. I remember six months or a year ago reading about scrappers feeling uninspired or stuck and thinking, I can't imagine. At that point, I was dreaming about layouts, obsessively reading scrapbooking blogs, and waking up at 5am to get creative before work at that point. While my inspiration isn't gone, it's waned and I'm trying a little harder to find it.
For this Design Team layout for Scrap Our Stash, I pieced together a collection of patterned papers around four photos taken at Joshua Tree in January. I then added stitching around all the pieces. However, I just noticed I forgot to stitch one of the pieces. Can you find it? This is the list of the stash items I used: E: Enamel Dots M: Mist B: Black Pen and Thread O: Orange S: Stitching S: Staples. Play along, create a layout, and link up by May 29th, and win a $25 Gift Card.
Here's the close-ups...
I'm finding lots of inspiration from one of my other favorite forms of creativity and made more quilt inspired cards. While I haven't quilted with fabric for awhile, I'm bringing it to paper crafting. For this first card, I paper pieced a heart from DCWV's premium stack Dots, Stripes, and Plaids. I put it on a DCWV embossed kraft card before added stitching, a heat embossed sentiment, and embellishments.
For the second card, I hand cut flower petals from the DCWV My Sunshine Stack and added pen marks to look like stitching. I layered these on top of each other, added a die cut center, sequins, and wood veneers.
I wanted to share another angle of this card, because I curled the edges of the petals to add dimension. It really pops off the card, but it was hard to see in the previous photo.
I imagine this won't be the last of my quilt inspired crafting, because it's such a great melding of my hobbies. Happy crafting!
I'm sharing my DT layout for Scrap Our Stash's April challenge. This layout features two of my dearest friends who got married in December on their nineteenth anniversary. This was actually their second wedding, but this time it was legally recognized. I felt very fortunate to be there and witness their union. It was short, sweet, and full of love and laughter. Perfect.
I followed the Scrap Our Stash sketch pretty closely and integrated several of the mood board elements, including the cloud, the word "happy", the geometric shapes, and the colors (teal, pink, gold). Play along to win a gift certificate to Creative Elements!
I die cut heart shapes from white cardstock and then adhered it to the right side of the page. Here's a couple closeups...
My favorite element might be this banner, which I made with string and washi tape. I also love these die cut cloud shapes and wood veneers that I got from Citrus Twist Kits.
I was sick all weekend with a cold. I didn't leave the house once and hardly left the couch or bed, but I did fit in a little bit of crafting. I made two quilt inspired cards that I shared on the DCWV blog today! I used two 5-pack premium paper collections and a different paper piecing technique for each. For the first card uses foil stars, corrugate, silver glitter, and foiled guitar paper. I created a quilt pattern with squares and folded circles before adding contrasting red stitching, buttons, and DCWV foil paper.
For the birthday card I used 1/2″ strips of paper to make a pieced background and then added a stamped and embossed sentiment in the middle. This five pack of paper included foiled florals, laser cut, glitzy glitter, and foil dots sheets.