Inside: how to make a textured mixed media canvas   Making mixed media canvases is one of my favorite projects to make. I love the creative freedom I have when I create not only of what I can add to it but how high can I go. Unlike cards or scrapbook pages when I make a mixed media canvas I don’t need to worry about keeping it thin or not bulky so I can add texture and a lot of it!     HOW TO ADD TEXTURE TO MIXED MEDIA CANVAS   Makig a textured mixed media canvas is easy and you can make it with a lot of materials: Modeling paste Chipboard Found items Fabric Paper embellishments Art stones Beads Paint And more…   To learn more about how to make mixed media projects with texture you can check out: How to make an art journal page with textured background Make a textured steampunk frame Add texture with …

Ready, Get set, De-stash! Paper Embellishments Tutorial

As you probably already know my resolution for this year is to use my stash and try not to buy so much supplies. it’s already the middle of the year and i don’t think I’ve done that enough. So today we’re DE-STASHING!We all have scraps of paper that are cut, have holes in them, are either too big or too small. We don’t throw them away because we are sure we’re going to use them. Well…today is the day! Take out all your scraps and join me! First pick out papers that are in the same style and/or colors. I wanted a steampunk look so I’ve used brown, dark colors with script and numbers patterns. Cut or punch shapes like circles, squares, stars, hearts or any other shape you want. I limited myself to 2″ to 3″ size but you can cut larger shapes. Then cut or punch smaller shapes from the papers and even cut out patterns. i cut …

3,2,1 Recipe – Mixed Media Layout

I was So happy you liked the last video in this series and even happier that you asked me to do more! So here’s another recipe for a mixed media layout using 3 ingredients:3 Techniques for adding paper flowers on a layout2 Stencils1 Acrylic medium The purpose of these layouts is to show that you don;t have to use a lot of materials or fancy embellishments to create a beautiful layout. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s important and that is NOT the embellishments it is the photo, the story we’re telling! Everything around it is there to support the photo and the story. After all that’s why we’re scrappin’ right? 3 TechniquesThese are not new techniques, but it’s a good reminder to how paper is versatile and how much you can create from it. Of course there are more techniques out there, but I think these are the easiest and fastest. 2 StencilsStencils are a great way to add …

Making a Family History Book Part 5

Welcome to the final part of the series. I can now update you that the heritage book I created won first place! So I guess they liked my ideas for an interesting original design…I hope you do to. I have a few more ideas to share… Make it Your Own Sometimes you have an idea but you don’t have the right supplies. I wanted to create doors, as an interactive mechanism to present the text in this page. However, I’ve already used a mechanism like that on another page so I didn’t want to repeat myself. I decided to use a paper that looks like a door and not just two paper flaps. The problem was I didn’t have the right size of paper. the solution was to scan the pattern into my computer and enlarge it to the size I need. Then I added them to my layout and inserted the text under them.     Layering One of the …

Art Journal Page: Don't make me walk

You’ve heard me say this before but I’ll say it again: Art Journaling is for EVERYBODY! You don’t have to be an artist or know how to draw to create beautiful pages. This page is so easy to make you’ll be amazed! The secret is the applying technique of the acrylic paints. Creating texture on an art journal page does not always require adding 3D supplies or materials. You can add texture simply by Applying the material you have in a different way. In this page I wanted to create the sky, but I didn’t want it to be flat. I wanted it to look like real sky with layers of blues and teals, lights and shadows. The way to do that was to use a few shades of blues and teals and apply them in a circular motion, creating movement and texture. To complete the sky I added white clouds with my finger and a little white gesso and …

Making a Family History Book Part 4

Welcome to the fourth post in the series! I hope you you were inspired to start your own family history book or to add some new ideas to the heritage projects you’re currently working on. More Photos space I’ve used interactive opening flaps to increase the space for text, but it is also a great solution for more photos space. Create an opening flap with text on both sides and add photos on the part under it. this will also create an element of surprise and discovery to the history book and give the viewer a feeling of exploring and discovering the history themselves.     Interactive mechanisms I’ve already explained how interactive mechanisms can increase space for text and photos, but these mechanisms can help you add content to the page. The same way you can use a theme to tell a part of the story you can use an interactive mechanism. In this page I created an opening …


  Inside: how to make a DIY paper bookmark with a magnet   When I was about 8 or 9 years old I used to read a lot of books, so many that I had a special position in the library. I was selected to be a special helper to the librarian and as part of my job I arranged books on shelves and mended torn books with masking tape – I guess I had good hands even back then 🙂 That job made me feel so important and accomplished and I think it was one of the most positive experiences I had as a child. Today I don’t read so much but books have a special place in my hearts. I could never read a book on Kindle or on the computer and if I do read a book its always a hard copy.       If there is one thing I hate is that people mark their …

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