Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Using Collage in My Art Journalling

G'Day Arty Peeps.

It's nearly the end of the month but just before we get a new mood board
I've been having one last play with the colours of the current one.
My art room cleaning and purging has been going well, however,
I keep finding things to play with. 
This time it was a pile of pretty napkins.
Hence this journal spread.

I had this page already started with stencils and Distress Oxide inks,
so it was easy to add the napkin (picture layer only) on top using Matte Medium.
The thin napkin layer becomes transparent when it's wet so you can still see the stencilling underneath.
To blend it in further I added 2 colours of yellow acrylic paint to both pages
- DWM Cheddar and Lemon, and doodled around the stencil shapes with a Fude Ball pen.

Here is the current mood board with the colours that inspired this page.
You can link up your response to this challenge here,
or have a play with our sketch here.
You have until midnight!

Here's another art journal page I've done, inspired by the amazing
Charli Evans, Wrestler. I follow her on Instagram, she is hard-core fabulous!

I did this one in my DWM journal with clippings from a vintage Women's Weekly mag from the 1940's.
It goes from a watercolour page across a burlap page.
I started with strips of paper and white gesso before adding colour with DWM paints Sky, Lime, and Lemon, then adding my magazine pics with Matte Medium.

I blended the images in, and added my title, using permanent inkpads and a blending tool. Words are written with my trusty Fude Ball pen which will write on almost any surface, and white outlines are done with an opaque white pen.

I used black ink through punchinella, and around the edges of the page as a finishing touch.

Thanks for coming by today,
keep an eye on the blog next week for our new challenges,
and our current challenge winners who will get $30 each in shop credit.

Until next time,

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Hello Cute - A Scrapbook layout with Lisa J

Hello all, 

My turn today to share my last project for January with the Cocoa Vanilla You Rock Collection. I have loved working with this collection and I hope you have enjoyed the projects I have shared.

For my last January layout I started with the B-side of the Experimental paper. The gorgeous watercolour style blue ombre just had to be a background.

I added some strips of patterned paper down the left hand side as a base for my photo and embellishments and then just started adding bits and pieces.

There are so many embellishments in the Cocoa Vanilla You Rock collection and they just work together so well.

I finished off with some sprinkles of Heidi Swapp ColorShine in Navy and some enamel dots. My title uses Wood Veneer from the You Rock collection and Teal Puffy Thickers from American Crafts.

If you haven't already, make sure you enter this months challenges on the Scrapping Clearly page.  Entries need to be in tomorrow.
You could win a $30 shop voucher!

Happy creating

Monday, 29 January 2018

A Stamped Background by Leonie Neal-Dawson

Hello, Leonie here today,
and can you believe we're into the last week of January already? 
Back to school this week for my kids and I have a school-related scrapbook page to share. 
Some pictures of my daughter at her Grade 6 end of year celebrations last December.  
Like my previous two posts this month which you can see here and here, I'll be using the Fancy Pants Golden Days Collection.

I used the beautiful Floral stamp from the Prima Bloom Collection to create this stamped background on my scrapbook page.  
I used a few drops of Broken China from a Distress Oxide Reinker on a water-resistant surface (e.g. a cellophane bag) then dipped the stamp in and stamped away. Any droplets of ink that were left over on the cellophane bag I pressed on to the page as well. No wastage that way. 
Of course, you could use Distress Oxide ink pad to create a similar background but I like that each stamped image isn't exactly perfect.

The embellishments on this page are from the Fancy Pants Golden days ephemera pack and there are also some Puffy Dot Stickers from the Collection and that lovely flair button. 
I love the acetate words and Dear silhouette adding a little gold metallic goodness to my page.

My title is made with the Printed Alpha from the collection. These can be purchased as a separate package or, for better value, they are included in the collection kit along with 2 of each of the 12x12 papers and the Puffy Stickers.  To make the title stand out a little more I outlined it with a black journalling pen.

I used some of the patterned papers from the collection to matt my photos and I also layered several of the tags from the Golden Days Tags and Labels pack. I love tags that come packaged with twine already, a little bonus, because a tag just doesn't look complete to me unless it has some twine looped through the hole. 

Well, that's it for me for January, I'll be back next month with some brand new creations.

Happy crafting,
Leonie Neal-Dawson.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

A Sneak Peek at February's Mood Board

Hiya Arty Peeps,

Just popping in today with a reminder of our January challenges,
and a teaser for February...

Perfect for New Years Eve, Australia Day, Sydney to Hobart yacht race,
JJJ Hottest 100, and travel/holidays/downtime.

Click on the links to go to the upload folders on Facebook,
and you can check out the entries so far.

Now for the teaser,
this is a sneak peek of our February Mood Board

Below I have listed some ideal products from the Scrapping Clearly store.
These are only a sample, there are so many other products that would also suit.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Thanks for dropping by,
happy creating,

Jane Davenport Petit Palette Watercolours - Brights

Hi everyone

Marelle back again to share an art journal page using Jane Davenport Petit Palette Watercolours in Brights - this little tin of yumminess is a "must have" in your stash!

I have been playing around in my art journal recently as my mojo has been lacking due to some health issues - a very good creative friend suggested I use my art journal as therapy to regain some mojo.

 I love how Jane has created faces on napkins that can be transferred to art journals, scrapbook pages and your off the page projects.

I used the  "best friend" watercolour from the palette and watered it down for the pink background  - this page is a work in progress - I will keep adding to her.  

Art journalling is therapeutic and jump starts my mojo - why not try these amazing Jane Davenport products from the Scrapping Clearly shop.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Marelle x

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Take a Deep Breath- a Scrapbook Layout with Em.

Happy Weekend ScrappingClearly Peeps.

Hope you have been keeping cool if you're in Aussie land, and if you are in a land with snow and cool air
I hope your marshmallows are toastie.

Today I'm playing with an image that I got off Pinterest.
I have 2 boys who don't like having photos taken as often any more (I sneak some though),
which makes me source images from other places, Pinterest being one of them.
I find this also allows a different type of creativity on my pages.
This cute little fox looks so calm and at peace, it made me think of spring and a time of wonder.
I don't get to use flowers much so a pic like this allows me to be a little floral.

I started by choosing a couple of 6x6 pages from the Heidi Swapp September Skies pad.
And I also fussy cut out a section of flowers from one of the sheets, that I tucked up under the top left corner.

For the page base I started with good 'ole Gesso and Texture paste,
and then started playing with a couple of
Then a layer of Distress Oxide in Fossilized Amber.

Instead of using black to stamp, this time I used the Distress Oxides.
I used a couple of Kaiser stamps and also the flowers from the Prima Cling stamp.

I coated the Dusty Attic Chipboard arrows in Peacock Feathers Oxide ink.

Then finished off my layout with Liquitex Artist Ink Titanium white.

I have also made a video for this page.
I hope you enjoy it, I had fun creating it.
My eldest Son Jude has been creating music for my layouts which I love
as he gets a buzz out of this form of music creativity.

So even though I may not always have a photo of my boys they are always supporting me in some form of my art.

I'll catch you all again real soon.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Cathartic Art - An Art Journal step by step.

Howdy Bloggers, Lisa here with a Friday Mixed Media update.
I've had some me time this week, unfortunately due to a shoulder issue, and so I've been taking it easy.
On top of a little home therapy and physio, I allowed myself time to create.
This piece is a dedicated HeART piece that goes out to my dad.
Taken from our family in 1972, in the prime of his life, 29 years old,
 the youngest Head Lighthouse keeper in Australia.

When I started this piece, I didn't really know where it was heading, 
it just evolved into the work below.

I started with a smear of DWM Black Gesso across a double page using a palette knife,
Using a DWM Bee Hive honeycomb stencil and a babywipe, I wiped off some paint
while also imprinting the stencil image across the page. Drying time,
then a few pieces of ripped gelli plate tissue paper in tangerine and lemon was adhered with matt medium.
After more drying time, I took to the page with my thin black pen and drew a few branches and leaves
and filled them in with Inktense water colour pencils
(inspired by the incredibly beautiful details in Del Kathryn Bartons work).

 Then I needed to add some colour. I started with a little Golden Neon Pink, some DWM magenta, and some DWM turquoise, again using a spatula and the beehive stencil to reinforce the pattern. Next a little DWM Gesso, to tone it all down a little (yes, very unlike me). 
Then a few marks onto the page.
1. Red dashes in Prismacolour pencils.
2. Inked circles in black using a Darkroom Door background stamp.
3. Random lines right across the page, from one side to the other using a fudeball black pen.
4. A few random mini flowers among the leaves with inktense pencils and graphic pen.
5. DWM "Stop Thinking, Just Create " from the splatter girl stamp set.

 At this point, I felt I needed to pump up the contrasting black element,
to reinforce the honeycomb pattern and provide a journal spot opportunity.
The "LEFT" letters I cut from a random magazine clipping.

I also felt that the lighthouse needed a lift so, after detailing it with my fudeball black pen,
I added radiant beams with an old circular stencil from Studio Calico (*i think) and Colourblast Sunshine texture paste. 

*****COLOURBLAST PASTES when used in your journal,
 MUST be covered with Dorlands wax medium to avoid the pages sticking together. Unfortunately I closed this book before sealing (with 2 days drying time open) and have returned to a torn page , which I now have to fix and seal. 

"Since your life was stolen from you and you left.
I know that you didn't want to leave. 
But the reality of life took over.
I am forever missing you."

 Thanks for dropping by the blog today.
I hope I have inspired you to bust open your art journal and
 create something Cathartic or possibly something starting with a black base.
 Have a super creative weekend,
 I'll be back next week with a new Scrapping Clearly Mixed Media blog update.

Lisa xx

Thursday, 25 January 2018

2018 Goals - A Scrapbook Page by Karyn Schultz!

Hi Scrapping Clearly Lovelies!!! 

It's Karyn here,
and today I have another scrapbook page to share with you
made using the Pink Fresh Studio "Escape the ordinary" collection
available in the Scrapping Clearly Store.

I started with a sheet of white cardstock and I added some Lindy's Moon Shadow Mist "Tawny Turquoise"
first using a 'painting with plastic' technique then I added some splatters. 

Once this was dry I added a white paper doily under my photo and layered it
with a strip of Transform paper from the "Escape the ordinary" collection
along with 2 cards cut from the Search paper.

Across the page, I added other elements cut from the Search paper
as well as stitched hearts and some sequins.

with BoBunny gold glitter paste and also added them to my page.

I created my title using gold wood veneers. I added strips cut from the Search and Wander papers
along the bottom, then I journalled around the edge of the page with my goals for 2018! 

The Lindy's Moon Shadow Mist "Tawny Turquoise" is a really interesting colour
- it appears as a vintage brown colour but has a lovely turquoise shimmer when it dries
- it is hard to photograph but is gorgeous in real life :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by 
Crafty Hugs xx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Happy - A Scrapbook Page by Katie

Katie here with my last post for January,
wow, a month almost gone already, crazy!

I am using Fancy Pants Joy Parade again and this time I have actually created a birthday celebration page,
kind of in keeping with the theme of the collection.

I again used a patterned paper for my background, this one is called Love Pretty Garlands and was perfect for my little niece's first birthday celebrations. You can find all the papers in the Joy Parade collection kit. With a background like this, half the work of embellishing is done! There are some more papers layered behind the photos as well and don't forget, you don't always have to cut a whole square or rectangle to mat your photos, you can simply cut strips big enough to back the photo mat, it is a smart way to use your paper!

The Joy Parade ephemera pack certainly has a lot "packed" into it, and so many different shapes, sizes, and even words and sayings making it an awesome starting point when you are ready to embellish. Add in some of the puffy sticker shapes and dots and your embellishing almost does itself!

How cute is the little party hat die cut? I just had to use it on my photo. Also used here are some of the tags and labels, another of my go-to layering pieces.

I love how colourful this Joy Parade Flair is, and being on a white background it doesn't compete for attention on the page.

I created another small cluster at the bottom of the page using the ephemera and also some of the flags in the Joy Parade Matchbook set. This little pack has a collection of paper flags/banners that you can easily use on your pages like I have done with my journaling, or you could even use them in your planners.

Thanks for stopping by today, have fun scrapping.

Katie x