Sunday, 18 March 2018

{unloading in a art journal}

Morning to all our Sunday readers,
I hope you're all having a happy Sunday, it's quite warm and windy here and our internet is on the fritz, thank goodness for mobile phone hot spotting......
Great day though for spending time creating and getting painting!

Today I am sharing some pages in my Dina Wakley Journal, I love this journal so much and I have just started creating in Dina's new larger version. I can't wait to share it with you all. I have so many pages that I never seem to share so today, instead of just one, I am sharing a few in the hope these may inspire you, and get your creative juices flowing to start creating in your own journal.

I once read that art journalling really doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. It's one of the most forgiving ways to make art because, in an art journal, everything you make is safely contained within your own personal book. You may choose never to share any of your pages with anyone (or everyone!) so it's a space where ... you can let loose and explore with colours, shapes, lines, and your words all at once. 

You may choose to leave your journals more free-form and expressive, or you may want to have more of a “finished” art product on each page. I think that art journalling is a great way to paint what you're feeling, your own visual diary, and a great way to test out new products and ideas.

I would love to see you all share an Art Journal Page of your own over on the SC Facebook community page where we can all inspire each other........

I hope you have enjoyed my share of some of my arty pages and I hope they inspire you to also get your art journal out and have a play.......

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Good Life with Melinda

Happy St Patricks Day to you lovely ScrappingClearly fans today!!

I don't really have anything green to share with you but there is SOME green
in my page today so I hope you enjoy!!

There is also a process video available over on the SC channel or just click play and sit back and enjoy!

I was sent a couple of these super awesome papers by Ella & Viv and WOW they are so vibrant, busy, and fun. I did hesitate for a while before jumping in to use either but chose the Boombox paper for my background, I thought it worked better with my photo, and I knew I wanted to play with some Distress Oxides!

Because that paper is so busy I used a relatively light coat of white gesso using my Prima 2" silicone brush to put a layer between my photo and the background where I could add some extra colour and kind of soften the busy-ness.
Kind of.....

I've used some black Versafine ink and done some background stamping
and then went in with the packaging technique and my Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch and Cracked Pistachio. I also pulled out Fossilized Amber which I ended up using for stamping, and added splatters after all the other colours were dried. I also decided to add some splatters with my Sunshine Colour Shimmer Pot because the yellow wasn't bright enough for me.

I used my Minc and some Gunmetal foil to create my title. I've used one one of the pieces from the Paper Phrases by Heidi Swapp - The Good Life - this photo is the perfect representation of my biggest boy totally in his element at a friend's place helping to look after their horses.

I have used some plain vellum to back my photo tearing the edges and layering it a little.

I decided I didn't need too much embellishing so went with some Heidi Swapp wood veneer which I made black using the same black ink from earlier, and a couple of the grey rubber charms from the You Rock collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios.

When all my layers were stuck I wanted to lift the page so watered down a little white gesso and sprinkled away.

I added my journalling & date with my Fude Ball pen and my page was done!

Another little story told and in his album and I just love that fun back ground paper and loved the challenge I gave myself to use it!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!


Friday, 16 March 2018

Her Power is Within. An Art Journal page.

Howdy Bloggers, Lisa here with a Friday mixed media update.
Only one day off for me this week, so I'm keeping this short and sweet.

Playing in my journal this week I revisited some half-finished pieces and resurrected an old stencil to use
on a past background page created during a Dyan Reaveley class last year.

 This was the page from the class, of which we completed 3 pages, this was the extra.

Then I dragged out these quirky fun Dina Wakley stamps.
I applied them using Black Stazon ink.

Oh dear, lens flare from the stencils,
but you get the idea of where the background is at.

Resurrection time.
Jo Kinder, the creative brain behind Kinder Kreations,
 designed thes awesome 3 part stencils a few years ago.
They are the coolest stencils ever and I happened upon them within my stash 
and just had to pull them out to play.

I used 3 different coloured acrylic paints to sponge apply the stencils
 and it produces such a fun effect .

I then added extra details with more acrylics,
 adding a little flesh tone, hair in black and Payne's gray and detailing her eyes, 
but didn't really fuss around too much as the stencil really does all the work.

A little more teal and turquoise around the focal point plus
 a strip of black to add a little journal element to the page and this was done.

Not only is it a fabulous focal point for any art journal page, to me, the stencil image bears a striking resemblance
to an amazingly creative and inspiring young woman who I have known since a toddler,
and who is soon to graduate University.
I dedicate this page to you Gee.
May the strength and drive that you display give you the power to succeed in all challenges you have ahead of you.
I believe there is nothing you can not accomplish, you are inspirational and I look forward to watching you evolve and grow into an incredible woman of epic energy and flow.

 Thanks for dropping by the SC blog today.
See you next time.

Lisa xx

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Birthday Cards - With Karyn Schultz!

Hi Scrapping Clearly Lovelies!

It's Karyn here, 
and today I have 2 cards to share made with papers from the Bella Bllvd Illustrated Faith Bright and Brave collection and Heidi Swapp Embellishments - all available in the Scrapping Clearly Store.

The card bases are 6" x 6" and made from white cardstock. I added a layer of Illustrated Faith Bible Journalling paper (text) and a layer of Illustrated Faith Count the Ways paper (coloured polka dots). Then added some Heidi Swapp glitter tags, a Heidi Swapp bow embellishment, some Heidi Swapp glitter alphas, Heidi Swapp puffy number stickers, and a handmade sequin pocket.

I made the sequin pocket by sewing 2 pieces of plastic (from pocket page protectors), leaving a small opening to insert the sequins (from the Teresa Collins Daily Stories collection) then sewing the hole closed. The heart was trickier to do - I marked the shape with a pencil first but it was very hard to see on the plastic and it was very slippery to sew - still, I like the rustic look. This is a great way to use up sequins and I love the look! 

For the next card I used a layer of Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling paper (stripes) then attached a strip of the reverse text side to the bottom half of the card. I added more Heidi Swapp glitter tags, some Heidi Swapp glitter alphas, a Heidi Swapp glitter wood veneer word, and a handmade heart sequin pocket. 

Here is a close up of the sentiment. 

Thanks so much for stopping by 

Crafty Hugs xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A Totally Boy Page - with Emma

Hey Hey my SC peeps!

It's Wednesday today and I'm here to share another layout showing
some more awesome products that Kylie has in store.

So firstly I chose a sheet of the very cool Ella & Viv graffiti paper.

And yep, I totally ruined it!

I put it to the side and was so disappointed in myself cos I had an idea in my mind and it totally did not work out!
Trying to choose another background paper, nothing worked with the image I was using
quite like the Graffiti paper did.
So grabbing it out again I thought I must be able to salvage it. surely.....

I applied gesso and some Dina wakley acrylic paint in Ruby to the background covering some of my mistake.
You can see how I do this in my video at the end of this blog post.

Next I played with stamps I recently purchased, Dina Wakley cling stamps to be exact.
these are so very, very cool and easy to play with.

On the background I also used a few Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs instead of more stamping.
It's been ages since I used rub-ons and these were awesome. Sticky and easy to rub.
They look just like a stamp.

Then for my layers behind my photo I used a few different things,
starting with a sheet from the Pink Paislee Memorandum pad.
I also used a Heidi Swapp fabric tag and a Heidi Swapp Color Magic notes (boy do I love these,
I just love applying colour to these with a baby wipe, with the resist on them, it just adds so much depth).

Then directly behind the photo I chose one of the We R Memory Keepers chipboard frames to frame my boy.
Because I chose one in the kraft, I stencilled over it with one of the same stencils I had used on the background.

And as with all my layouts, yep you guessed it, a splash of Liquitex Titanium white ink.

What are some of your favourite go-to products that you just cannot go without on a layout?

I would love you to check out my latest video of this layout as well.
My gorgeous son Jude composed the music for it. So it felt fitting to use a photo of him with his latest track.

I hope you enjoy, and will catch you all soon.
Have an awesome Wednesday.

Emma x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

I Smashed This Mini Album - Peg Hewitt

Hello Arty Peeps

It feels like ages since I was here!
I have been busy working on all sorts of projects from Canvases to art journals, scrapbooking to mini albums.
Like many things, my creative mojo seems to be either all or nothing.
Do you have this issue?

So I am sharing today a Smash album I have started for keeping memories
of adventures with my arty buddy Lisa this year. These little albums are so perfect for this,
big enough to have impact and space for stories, yet small enough to be easily portable.

I began by cutting off the elastic tab, painting the back with black gesso, and the front with Dylusions paints.
I chose these paints because of their incredible vibrancy, they remind me of Lisa.

I made the title from Dymo and my Silhouette.

Then I went to town with some Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, and Darkroom Door stamps and black Archival ink. I also used some circle stamps with red Archival ink and added black paint around the edges.

For vibrant colour on my pages I used the same colours of Dylusions ink sprays.
My photos were black and white so I could add colour to them too.
The #1 is from a Pink Paislee acetate alpha pack.
I added Heidi Swapp striped tape to each page for continuity, thinking I will choose
a different tape for each adventure, a bit like a colour code.

Because the album pages are not all the same, I used Pink Paislee Fancy Free papers as page mats to have a common theme and colour scheme throughout this adventure.

Cocoa Vanilla vellum accents and stamps are sprinkled throughout the pages, these are so pretty and subtle, I adore how they add so much interest but are really hardly noticeable.

My journal strips are done with correction tape with a doodled black outline,
along with some Tim Holtz chipboard strips.

Heidi Swapp Memorydex cards came in super handy for journal blocks.

Some spare alpha stickers, coloured black, make "all" & "fun".

And arranged so the last page of this adventure is opposite the first page of the next. Nice lead-on.

I cannot wait for the next.

Thanks so much for coming by, remember our challenge this month
upload your entry here for a chance to win $30 to spend in the amazing Scrapping Clearly shop.

Til next time,
stay arty,