Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The Great Escape

 Hi everyone

Almost all my layouts start with plain white cardstock and I really struggle when they don't.

To stretch myself I decided try and used Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack patterned paper as a base - and more washi - this time to give some definition to the paper as it was all blending into one.

I added a little Color Burst Lamp black using the packaging technique and my fave Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Medium (Tuxido) through a stencil, some thread, a Charms Creations heart and some old Flutterby bits and pieces to finish off

A quick & easy layout 


Saturday, 25 September 2021

The fun one by Tracey Thorne

Welcome to another weekend of creating... I really can't wait for the weekend to come around now just so I can get my creative buzz on. This months moodboard is a great monochramtic classic -  black and white. I have a few different designer papers that focus on this and decided to grab one of those and create on that this week using a fun photo of my son. 

The base for the layout was a sheet of Heidi Swapp paper from the Storyline Chapers collection.
To this I have used Liquitex Gesso and given it a skim coat where I will be placing the photo. I have used this to 'dumb down' the pattern so that other elements can be seen.

I have stamped out some AALL & Create stamps from the #387 Alchemist set on tissue using Ranger Archival black ink. I have then torn them out and added them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel medium. I had some tape from many moons ago that I have also used on the page to help build up the layers.

Once the tape was down I decided to add a little stitching and pre-pricked the holes before using DMC embroidery floss to stitch on the page. I left the thread at 6 strands.


Once all the stitching was done I layered the photo with some tissue paper, old piano paper and some negatives before adhering it to the page with some foam tape to give it a little lift. I have then added some cotton under the photo to tie in with the sewing on the outer edges of the page. I had a few silver metal cogs that I have placed on the page to help add a little more interest.


I have used American Crafts foam font Journal to create the title. Tim Holtz idea-ology Big Talk snarky stickers are a fun way to add that little bit extra and help out with the journalling aspect of creating the page. I find I am using them more and more - they are especially good for travelling as you don't always have your printer nor typewriter with you on your adventures.

I finished the layout off with a chipboard bracket which was layered on the photo

I hope you have a fabulous weekend full of creation and are making the most of this months moodboard.  Until next week - have a good one .


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Permanent Ink by Tracey B

 Hi everyone

My mojo has been missing in action lately so I used some of my time to tidy my craft room.

I was shocked by the amount of washi tape I managed to find.   I haven't counted the number of rolls but trust me, it's a lot!

So the mission now is to use it (or at least some of it)

I started by diecutting some circles and sticking washi tape over the circles. 


I added some gesso (roughly scrapped with an old credit card) and then some Dina Wakley paints (Fushia, Blackberry, Mineral, Umber & Medieval) sponged through stencils.

here's my finished page.

Didn't even make a dint in the washi!


Sunday, 19 September 2021

Take Chances with Emma

Hi there, Emma here with you all today.
Today is a share which is inspired by this months moodboard. I love a monochrome theme.
Today's creation was created in my Dylusions square Art Journal.

Here is the glorious mood board for September.....

I love all the pattern and texture featured. I saw the flowers in the tile of the image and also the patterns and string line effect, these are what inspired me the most.

These flowers are a fussy cut out from an awesome stamp I have. And these were to be the main attraction to my page.

The background started with a coat of white Gesso. Then a mix of assorted stamps including the awesome Aall & Create take flight collection. I layered all my stamps over the top of each other to create a dimensional feel.

I wanted more texture so I added some Finnabair Jewel Texture paste in sparling onyx through a Tim Holtz mini stencil.

Once all my stamping and texture was dry I grabbed a fine line pen and scribbled in areas of my page to replicate the lines in the moodboard. I must admit that I was a little apprehensive at first and then I just went with it and loved how it tied in with some of the stamps that have a similar effect.

To bring it all together I added a few Small Talk stickers to tell the story of my creating.

Hope you are having lots of fun creating with the moodboard and I look forward to all your creations.

See you all again soon.
Em xx


Friday, 17 September 2021

Current Mood with Belinda Spencer

 Hello Scrapping Clearly fans!

It's Belinda here with you today to share my latest art journal spread inspired by the September Mood Board. I love working in black and white so I couldn't resist making a second project!

'Current Mood' Art Journal Pages

I started by adding this fabulous Scrap FX Rice Paper using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I scraped a little heavy white gesso over parts of it using a palette knife once it was dry.

I swiped some black and white gesso over the surface again using the palette knife. Once that was dry I added another layer of collage. I was lucky enough to grab myself the stunning Botanical Collage Paper by Tim Holtz when it was in stock and I am using it very sparingly because I love it so much. These pages just needed some of it though. I tore some pieces of it and added with the same Multi Medium Matte. 

Next I went crazy with stencilling, stamping and a bit of doodling with a white Posca Pen.

I stamped my fairy using the Aall & Create Take Flight Clear Stamp Set. I stamped the girl on smooth white cardstock and the wings on tracing paper/vellum. I used the Vicki Boutin Colour Study Stamp Set to add 'tattoos' to my girl and doodled around them with a black journalling pen. I drew some antennae, fussy cut everything and stuck all the pieces together.

I cut some of the quotes from a sheet of patterned paper from the Heidi Swapp Art Walk 12 x 12 Paper Pad and also used a sticker from the Jenine's Mindful Art Collection Sticker Book.

RANGER Multi Medium Matte
COLOUR BLAST Black Heavy Gesso
COLOUR BLAST White Heavy Gesso
UNI Posca Pen White

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you will play along with the mood board this month too.


Saturday, 11 September 2021

Brave by Tracey Thorne

 Welcome to Spring my friends. Loving the monochromatic of this months moodboard... so time to get straight to it. I hope you have filling your heart full of art using this prompt for the month.

My layout started off with a lot of sprays, modelling paste, stamping and stencils but the finished product is quite the opposite as I did not like the direction it was heading. I've opted for a clean layout this week - no sprays, inks, stamps or stencils... it was quite liberating getting back to life before all of the messy stuff.  So this pic below is what I didn't end up using... a nice mess for another day. 

As you can appreciate there are not many photos with this one but I assure you there was a lot of paper shuffling going on. I have used Heidi Swapp papers - Winter Wonderland Tis the Season, Magnolia Jane range and ephemera and stickers. The cut file was one I designed and the stripey chipboard is a Teresa Collins embellishment. Washi tape was in my stash from a few years ago and just added that little bit of white to help break up all the black stripes.

Sometimes it is good to get back to basics - it was a bit odd not getting inks over my fingers though. It was good for my soul getting these thoughts out and journalling about this time away - I tend not to journal on many of my layouts now but the stories need to be told, they are good and bad memories to show how we've grown.

till next time - enjoy your weekend & enjoy your crafting


Sunday, 5 September 2021

Sunday Reflection with Emma.

Happy Sunday everyone.
Emma with you today reflecting on some of the past layouts I have created over the years for ScrappingClearly. It's really good to look back and see the growth, techniques and products used over time.
Of course where would we be without Our amazing ScrappingClearly shop to continue to supply us with awesome products and brilliant Inspiration form the monthly moodboards. 
So for today's share I reflect on these older layouts. Some are great and some are ok....and that's what I love about looking back. It's seeing progression or a reminder of a technique I had not played with in a long time. Lets step back and have a small wander of some of these past projects.

Let's start with this one back from July 2018 - 'Admit Weirdness'. I really love this page and the colour. It's a page that reminds me of being brave with colour and trying new.

'Amaze Yourself' was created back in October 2018. I think I love this page because of it's simplicity but also the colour choice. The black stripes are certainly something I need to introduce back into my scrapping.

Here are the black stripes again! Defiantly need a revisit. 'Perfect the way I am' layout from June 2018. This one is a little bold in using the black which usually scares me. I remember using a new stamp I had received from Aall & create, and how I still love this brand till today. I also can see how far I have come in my photo skills and editing 😉

This next one comes from July 2019 - 'Surround yourself with Tacos'. This is where I felt more refined in my scrapbooking. Controlled stamping and considered layering. A different level of creativity was achieved when I ponder over this one.

'Look for the Magic' was created in April 2019. This is a layout that I really saw my work take a change in direction, more subdued colour and a real want to connect picture to background to all the elements on the page. This is a style I still reflect today. 

And the final one for this Sunday reflect is 'Sweet Specimen' created earlier this year in February 2021. 
This page is one of my fave creations this year. It feels more me and has a touch of sophistication. (for me anyway😜 ).
This style has become me, I find myself creating projects in a similar style and I love it. 
Now that I have reflected over a few projects I know I want to revisit older techniques I haven't used for awhile and see what direction my art will go again.

I hope this has inspired you to look back over your past creations and try something old again.

I will see you all very soon.
Have a great day everyone.
Em xx



Friday, 3 September 2021

Living Our Best Life by Belinda Spencer

 Hello Scrapping Clearly peeps!!

It's Belinda here with you today to share my layout inspired by the September Mood Board and featuring some awesome products from the Scrapping Clearly store.

Here's a peek at the stunning mood board:

'Living Our Best Life'

I began this layout by spritzing some Black Velvet Heidi Swapp Colour Shine onto a sheet of Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Cardstock. I flicked some of the colour over the page too.

Next I added some stencilling using an Art By Marlene stencil with Colour Blast Heavy Black Gesso. I added some stamping too using a stamp from the Inkadinkadoo Branches Rubber Stamp Set and Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

I created a paper stack using offcuts from various paper ranges including Studio Calico Seven Paper Goldie collection, Teresa Collins Urban Market 6x6 Designer Pad. I cut the title from a sheet of patterned paper from the Heidi Swapp Art Walk 12x12 Paper Pad.

I added a Heidi Swapp wood veneer word that I coloured using a white Posca Pen, a fleur de lis chipboard shape from the Teresa Collins Urban Market range and a cute hand chipboard shape from a Vicki Boutin Storyteller Thickers sheet.

I added some more stamping using the Vicki Boutin Colour Study stamp set, some fussy cut transparency butterflies by Scrap FX and washi tape from the Colour Study collection. There is also a sticker quote from the Studio Light Jenine's Mindful Art Time To Relax Sticker Book.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you are feeling inspired to give the mood board a go this month.