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 layout
2 Stencils
1 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 Techniques
These 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 Stencils
Stencils are a great way to add dimension, texture, versatility and interest to a layout. It can be a part of the background, an embellishment, title or texture. You can pair it with many materials such as paint, ink, sprays and more. When you use more than one stencil I recommend using two different shapes but complementing shapes in terms of theme, size or mood.

1 Acrylic Medium
I love gesso! It is one of the most versatile acrylic mediums around. In this layout I used it in four different ways: As a modeling paste for creating a pattern with a stencil, a paint to add color to the butterflies, an accent on the chipboard letters and an ink to frame the edges of the page.

How many “ingredients” do you use on a layout? Do you tend to overload your pages? Try this recipe, challenge yourself to simplify, to downsize and to utilize your supplies.

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