Saturday, 21 July 2018

Me - Layout with Emma

Happy weekend SC peeps,
Today I'm sharing a page that is again inspired by this months moodboard.
I chose to use flowers, the painted stripe background and some of the colours.

To start this layout I chose a sheet of Heidi Swapp pineapple crush paper in good vibes.
And then using some light paste stuck down ripped pieces of Postale Tissue wrap by Tim Holtz.

Now to get my colour, using 5 different paints (these included Dylusions Rose Quartz and Mushy Peas, Art Anthology Dimensional Paint in Baby Blue Eyes, and Art alchemy Opal magic and Sparks Unicorn Hair) I dotted along the area I wanted colour and then spread them across the tissue paper with an old credit card.

I wasn't going to stamp but I really didn't like how square it felt so I just stamped lightly with 2 stamps.

It also added a little interest to the page.
Now because I had decided on flowers, most of mine are white, so I sprayed them with a few matching sprays (an old Heidi swapp colour shine, A Kaiser Mist, and a Dylusions ink Spray in Vanilla custard for a bit of yellowy contrast).

And then proceeded to do the same with the chipboard, using the same paints as on the base paper.

Now to start creating the layout.
Firstly I foamed up the photo, so that I could put flowers and fabric up under.
Then I placed my flowers...

I also cut and tucked in the chipboard in amongst the flowers.
The whole time I was creating this page I knew I was going to use a few of the Tim holtz small talk stickers I have, I have the Snarky ones cos I kinda think sarcasm is funny.
So I added some of these around my page, plus for my title 'me' I used some Heidi Swapp glitter letter stickers.

I also tucked in a flair from Heidi Swapp, a page sometimes is not complete without one.
 Then to finish it all off, I got some Gesso and watered it down and painted over some of the brighter flowers and over the stickers, to blend it all together, and then I watered it down a little more and flicked it over everything.

That's it! Page complete!

There is still a week left of this month, so still plenty of time to play with our moodboard. I would love to see what you create and to see what inspired you from the board.

Have a fabulous weekend and I'll catch you all next month.

Happy scrapping, Em xx

Friday, 20 July 2018

Art Journal Essentials - Q & A.

Howdy Folks , Lisa here.
Its Friday and I am in the wonderful Tamworth region getting arty with my peeps.
Today I have nothing new to share with you.. whoops 
I have enjoyed a little down time after completing  #the100dayproject.
Hopefully my time away will inspire some new pages.

                                           Today I am sharing with you a little Q & A.
Over the last 100 plus days I have been asked a plethora of questions regarding supplies ect.
So I am taking this opportunity to answer questions while I run through a list of essential art journaling tools. 

What Journal do you use ?
I use a selection of Journals in sizes and shapes. I prefer a journal that doesn't have a spiral spine, although some journals on the market offer these with wonderful paper. One would be looking for paper weight higher than 180gsm up to 300gsm. The reason I prefer I standard book with out the spiral, is my preference for completing a double page spread. 
The Dylusions Journals are a wonderful to create in, the paper is designed specifically for the Dylusions range of Paints and Inks.
The Dina Wakley Media Journal is a journal for the more confident art journalist.
It has four substrates to create upon.
Burlap, Canvas, Kraft Paper and Cotton Rag Watercolor paper.
I have just completed a Jane Davenport Journal. Its paper weight was beautiful and it is pages white. 
I have a couple of other leather bound handmade papers, which I really just use for sketching as the paper doesn't hold up to my harsh use of wet mediums.

What Paint do you use?
As I use the above mentioned journals, I also use the corresponding products, that assist my flow. 
Dylusions Paints have the vibrancy and application abilities that seem to work beautifully on my pages.. seriously lush colours, for me the bubblegum pink is the bomb!
Dina Wakley Media Paint is also my go to paint. the little bottle are super to pack for retreats and easy to store. the colours are gorgeous. super range of inks, pens, sprays and paints.
For canvases, I use Matisse and Golden paints

Do you gesso your pages first?
Ok, this is a firm no from me. And this is the simple reason..
When I  first started using mixed media mediums,I was addicted to inks.
For me, whose work is all about vibrancy and colour, I found that the gesso, which contains chalk, dulls the ink colours that I was working with.
And as I still use inks sometimes, I never gesso my pages.
Most people do, I personally do not.

Where did you get that stencils from?
Oh the stencil question.
Here is the thing. I rarely, if ever buy stencils online.
I love the adventure that comes with visiting a local art or scrapbooking shop.
Scrapbooking stores have an incredible array of stencils, and for me, I never really leave a store without one. My collection is vast  after collection for over 10 years and its a wonderful multi use way to add detail and textures to your pages.
Of course you can buy online, the world opens up to us all now..
my favorite stencils come from

The Crafters Workshop
Kinder Kreations 
Flutterby Designs
Dina Wakley Media 
Stencil Girl
Darkroom Door
Donna Downey Studios
Stencil 1

How long does it take for you to complete a page?
I have a super busy, mind consuming and physically exhausting job as a Head Chef.
When I create, I don't want to fuss over the page at all or waste time.
I want to create for fun, for myself, and get something completed.
My usual page takes between 25 to 45 mins.

As a beginner, what do I need to start?
I have complied a basic list of elements I use to create within my art journal.
Every artist is different and uses different elements.
This is just what i use to create

My Art Journal Beginners List 

1. A journal designed for Mixed media work.
Yes,you can work in a up cycled atlas or children's' books,
 but the quality of the paper may not be as forgiving as a journal; 
specifically made for wet mediums.

2. Paints, Inks, messy mediums.
This is the fun stuff, get you inspired and helps your flow.

3. Stencils 
To add details, textures,patterns and focal points onto your pages.

4. Papers
I use music sheets, novel pages, atlas maps, tissue papers, gel plate prints, stickers, washi tapes.
Add these to your pages, for interesting layers and textural details .

5. Stamps 
We all have so many,grab them out and work them into every page you create.
 An easy way to add text or images onto you work.
I use black Staz on ink, which is permanent and won't reactivate when adding other wet elements. 

6. Hand Drawn Elements 
Never underestimate the power within your own hand.
Drawing your own images, detailing your stencil elements,
 handwriting thoughts or passions and making marks.
I use a black fudeball pen, poscas, neocolours11,
 scribble sticks,primsacolours,sharpies.....
Whatever I can find to imprint my own mark upon the page.

7. Magazine Images 
To add to use as focal points or layered elements for collage pieces. 

8. Elements that represent you.
We are all so unique and individual, its time to celebrate that within your own pages.
If you look at my arty pages and the messages I create within my journal you would get a sense of just who I am as a person. I am bold, colourful and happy. I wonder does this transfer to the viewer.
In the end I create for me, for this is my creative journey, and unique to me.  

Basic Product list 

(I use this around most of my focal points to add a depth shadow)
Magazines and highly colour saturated books.

I am off to get arty with this uber creative... have a super creative weekend.

Thanks for dropping by the Scrapping Clearly blog.
Lisa xx

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Happy Day LO with DT Katie Howard

Good Morning! So has it been cold enough where you are lately? We certainly have been having a cold snap all over the country this past week or so. Lots of layering happening, even when we are chilling in front of the TV!

Today I am popping in to share my take on the July mood board. I know a few of you took up the challenge to do this one along with the other cyber crop challenges which is awesome! First let's look at the mood board:

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Beautiful isn't it?! And you can see the gallery where people have been loading up fabulous entries here. I was taken with the pretty colour palatte and used that as my starting point. I found that Crate Paper Good Vibes had some perfect papers to match the palette and decided to run with that! This is the page that I came up with:

How good is this collection for the mood board? I started with the Hashtag paper, then added some smaller bits of Girls Night and All Good. To mat my photos I used the beautiful blue dot paper (one of my favourites!) Passion, and the reverse of All Good gave me the splashes of kraft.

I created a small cluster in the bottom corner using some scraps of the Passion to bring in the blue, layered with some of the ephemera and chipboard. I love that there are cork shapes included in the ephemera pack! And how cute is the little teal glitter bow? This is a Heidi Swapp pretty.

I created another cluster at the top corner of the photo, also using ephemera, chipboard and another little glitter bow, well because it is cute and sparkly! And check out the splatters! I created these using my go to distress oxide inks. I am so excited there are new ones coming out! Have you pre-ordered yours yet? I used Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberry and Faded Jeans in this and they were a great match to the papers and mood board.

I decided to go gold an sparkly with my title and these AC thickers were perfect. Can you see they are gold glitter on pink foam, so they match the colour scheme completely! To finish off I typed up some journaling and printed this out and cut into thin strips. This is a great way to add journaling that becomes a design feature as well.

Well, that is it from me today, I hope you get the chance to play with the July mood board yourself, we all just loving checking out everyone else's interpretations!

Katie x

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Stash Busting Paper Scraps with Lisa J

Good morning Scrapping Clearly friends,

It is the second week of the School Holidays and I am loving it. They go way too fast.

Today I am sharing a layout I created with a Crate Paper Good Vibes 6 x 6 paper pad and that is also perfect for paper scraps. 

I started by backing a heart cut file with all the gorgeous patterns from Crate Paper's Good Vibes collection making sure none of the patterns were next to themselves.

Next up I faintly sketched out where my heart would sit on the page and added some paint to my background using Dylusions Paint in Peony Blush and a Turquoise from Dina Wakley. I used a babywipe with a stencil to take some of the paint off (my favourite Lisa Oxley technique) and then added some text stamping with a white inkpad.

A doily, some fussy cut elements, paper layers and a super cute puffy sticker Llama complete my layout.

Would love to see what you are creating with scraps.

Happy scrapping

Lisa J

Monday, 16 July 2018

Alcohol Ink Birthday Cards - With Karyn Schultz!

Hi Scrapping Clearly Lovelies,

It's Karyn here,

Today I have some cards to share with you made using alcohol inks and Yupo paper available in the Scrapping Clearly Store

Yupo paper is a kind of "plastic" paper which is great for using with Alcohol inks. I have tried using gloss paper but the inks dry much faster and absorb some of the ink so you get different results. 

I started by cutting down my Yupo paper to card size (14cm x 10cm) so It was more manageable. Then I added a heap of drops of my first ink. the ink spreads out across the paper giving interesting and unique effects. When this was somewhat dry I added drops of a second colour, then a third colour. Lastly I added some drops of blending solution(removes the colour), then drops of a silver mixative. It is all about experimenting - you can keep adding as you like, there are no rules!  


Once it was thoroughly dry (did take a few hours) I diecut some white elements to go on my card fronts as well as diecutting a geometric heart from one of the finished sheets. 

Here are the finished cards. The alcohol ink designs make perfect backgrounds dont they!! I just added some flowers and a simple stamped Happy birthday sentiment. 


Thanks so much for stopping by 
Crafty Hugs xx

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Using foam stamps and Oxide Inks as a Background

Hi everyone

Marelle back again - Kylie sent me some Tim Holtz rubber cling alphabet stamps to play with.  I decided to use them with Oxide Inks and form a background for a scrapbook layout.  

I placed different alphas and numbers onto an acrylic block and using oxides stamped them randomly onto the page.  I used the oxides straight onto the alphabet stamps without adding water  - the effect is a funky background for a scrapbook page.

I will use this 12 x 12 background and create 2 6x12 format pages for 2 future scrap pages!

Until next time

Happy Crafting and remember to experiment!!


Friday, 13 July 2018

Completing #the100dayproject

Howdy bloggers, Lisa here with a Friday mixed media update.

I have finished #the100dayproject.

Over this challenge, I have reinforce my own creative style,
 became much more confident at knowing where I am going on my pages
 and have built a select portfolio of 100 plus works that have bulked out my journals.  
Today I'm sharing with you a few of my final pieces from the challenge.

Contemplation- Day 92

Big shout out to the incredible woman who inspired this artwork below.
If you haven't seen any of Debs work, stalk her now.  

  Art Fixes Everything - Day 95

This one used a few different products to achieve the overall look I was hoping for.
I started with Acrylic Inks, which set when dry.
 so there is no reactivation when you go to paint over it. 
Scrapping Clearly have a selection of Acrylic inks here.
I also resurrected my black house paint to get that black drippy random line thing going.
So for those that have a supply from my dreamcatcher classes, 
its time to play with house paint again.

Stickers from FlutterbyDesigns

Big Love To Love - Day 96

Kinder Kreations Fluer de lis Stencil
Flutterby Designs Love Stencil

Be Enthused- Make Today Amazing - Day 98

Smile Because It Happened - Day 99

I Hope - Day 100

Kinder Kreations Brush and Quote Stencil
Flutterby Designs Love Stencil

Thanks so much for dropping by the Scrapping Clearly Blog today.

Lisa xx