Having Fun with Burlap

I recently got the 6X6 Burlap Paper stack by MME and decided to play with it. I tried different materials and techniques on it and I have some conclusions. I sprayed the first page with color sprays. I have to say the shimmer is only slightly showing because the burlap is basically a type of fabric with large holes that absorbs all the shimmer. However paper glues to it with no problems. Foe some reason burlap reminded me of vintage so I embellished all the pages with a vintage look patterned paper scraps. The second page was stenciled with acrylic paint. I recommend using a large stencil pattern because a smaller pattern will not be visible. The last page was sprayed and finger colored with acrylic paint. I also added more paint with Gelatos. I cut a burlap with a Large Sizzix die, which worked beautifully. However I also tried cutting the burlap with a Spellbinders die and that didn’t work at …

Relax mixed media layout

Sometimes you get to take the coolest photo. I don’t have that chance often because my kids are big and don’t cooperate much with taking pictures. But this time it was just perfect. I had the coolest photo! I knew I would create a mixed media layout with it so it will shine! I started with the background. I created a patterned with a stencil and sprays. Then added more pattern with distress ink and a second stencil. I added torn pieces of patterned papers and tissue paper to add more color and texture. I also added cheese cloth which always reminds me of a fish net and goes well with the theme of the layout. I decided not to use flowers for this layout so I added different kinds of embellishments; pieces of old jewelry, sea shells, a string and words I cut from a patterned paper. I also added metal rings which I colored with alcohol ink. Check out …

Interactive pockets mini album

You all know how much I love creating interactive mini albums, well…this case is no different. This time it’s a Basically Bare DT project with the Krafty Keepsakes vintage mini album, which is a really fun envelope mini album that is just waiting to be played with! First I had to remove the rings binding so it’ll be easier to work with the envelopes and later cover them with paper. Then I started to create my pockets. The idea was to add more pockets to the original pocket which is the envelope itself. I folded each envelope in a different way creating 4 interactive pages full of pockets. Then I started covering them with Bo Bunny The Avenues patterned paper. Finally I added embellishments from the collection as well as metal clocks, tabs and Prima flowers. I also created tags for journaling to go into the tags. Make sure to watch the step by step video tutorial to see how …

Altered Steampunk Notebook

Altering things is so much fun and environmentally good because instead of throwing stuff away you reuse them, upgrade them and alter them into something new and exciting! I always have a small notebook with me to write ideas, doodle things and make lists, so instead of living it as it was I altered it into a steampunk extravaganza. This is a DT project for Spellbinders that I had a lot of fun creating!                                 Steampunk is basically a genre in art that combines Victorian age machines and mechanical parts with fantasy, science fiction and more to create art. So to create the steampunk look I used clock parts, springs, metal parts and embellishments in a collage of “moving” parts. I also created a dark look to the cover to enhance that look.                           …

Mixed Media Canvas layout

Hi crafty friends! I want to share with you a really fun project I created for Basically Bare… a canvas layout. This is not a layout on a framed canvas but a layout on a 12X12 canvas fabric for scrapbooking! This is so much fun to play with… For those of you who never created a page from canvas let me assure you it’s not as scary as it might look. You just need to look at it as working with a 12X12 paper, add all the fun things you can do with it that you can’t do with paper and you get the perfect mix for an amazing project! I started by unpicking slits I made in the canvas. That created a really cool look of unraveled threads that you can’t get when distressing or tearing paper. I did the same thing on all three edges of the canvas. Then I sprayed the canvas with different color sprays. At this point it’s important to remember …

Window Triple Frame

Hi friends! Sometimes you see a product and it takes you to unexpected places! This is what happened to me when I saw the new window pane by Basically Bare. I came up with a mixed media window frame that was so much fun creating. I created two frames with chipboard strips measuring: 1 1/2″ X 9 5/16″  (inner frame) and 1 1/2″ X 11 5/16″ (outer frame). Each strip is cut at a 45 degrees angle at both ends, which will insure a professional looking frame. Build each frame and secure it on the back with adhesive tape.   Embellish the frame and window with different metal embellishments, flowers, jewelry etc. I have a box full of trinkets and findings that I get from flea markets, garages, scrap yards and hardware stores. After the frames and window are embellished cover everything with a gesso. You will need a bit of patience to cover everything but it’s worth it! Make …

Dance – Art journal page

Art journaling is a great opportunity not just to experiment with new techniques and materials but it’s also a great opportunity to inspire yourself and create a project for your soul. This art journal page will always remind me to dance not just literally but metaphorically as well, simply let my creativity and my hands dance!   Start by coloring the page with Pan Pastels and baby wipes. It’s a really easy and fun technique to create a colorful background. Add some stamps for more texture and interest. You can also add some patterns with stencils and Pan Pastels using baby wipe like you would use a blending sponge.   Cut images of dancing girls from a patterned paper, I used MME paper. Adhere them to your page.   Then add two large doily stamps and color them with distress ink and a watered brush. Write the title with a black pen and add whimsical and fun patterns to fill …

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