Hi everybody! It's Gia. I am sure you can tell this already... but I love color. Boy layouts for me can be a challenge sometimes. In this layout I decided to steer clear of traditional masculine colors and opt for using the bright palette in the Studio Light Art by Marlene Kit.
I made some freehand wonky circles with some of the gelatos in the kit and used a waterbrush over the lines. I also machine stitched even more wonky circles with black thread for some contrast. I used the same gelatos diluted in water to sprinkle some color all around my background. To add texture to my background I used some modeling paste from Bad Girls Couture in the Bad Ass Art Journal Kit with the Studio Light grunge stencil in the Art by Marlene kit.
Next I fussy cut some of the circle elements in the collage papers and started to lay out a cluster to surround my photo from my son's first grade back to school photo. I used more black thread stitching to tie in the circular background with the fussy cut circles repeating this texture a couple times. You might notice that by choosing to use repetition of some elements of your design whether shapes, motifs, or textures the layout begins to come together cohesively even with a lot going on!
The only items I used on this layout that were not in the collage kit were some On a Whim Thickers by Amy Tangerine which were sold a while back in the Clique Kits shop and a roller stamp by Vicki Boutin to add some messy stamping to my background. When it comes to mixed media collage technique, I have 5 basic "layers" that I tend to incorporate into every project.
Finally, I added some washi strips and fussy cut collage paper flowers here and there once I had my photo planted where it looked appealing to me. Before adhering my paper pieces to the page, I varied the height using foam dots and tape. This layout did not require a lot of journaling because the photo gave away the theme of the memory I am documenting and many of the chipboard pieces served as more of my "story."
I truly love how this layout came out and most of all the fact that it is one of a kind and no one else will use the collage papers by Marlene in exactly the same way! I think that is what makes mixed media collage a lot of fun for creative scrapbookers!
Hello Lovelies! Theresa here sharing a Mixed Media layout with you using the August kit called Meadow! This kit just absolutely blew my socks off with all the goodies, but the watercolor paper from One Canoe Two was an instant favorite so that is what I began with! Here is the layout I have created.
This paper is so beautiful to work with. In my photo we both have on blue shirts, so that is my background color, and the California Poppy seed packet guided my color choices for the pink and orange. The gelatos I used are Faber Castell: Blueberry, Pistachio, Green Tea, Red Cherry, and Tangerine. To use them as paints, I scraped off a bit from the tips and put it in my paint palette, then added a bit of water.
Just painting the paper alone was so satisfying, and the result is amazing. I encourage you to grab yours too, and just do it. You will be so glad you did!
Once the background is dry, the fun begins. I have layered very simply on this layout, using the seed packet and the Heidi Swapp stickers to frame the photo. The wood veneer butterflies fit this layout beautifully as a light, airy embellishment!
I created a very simply journal tag that hides out in the seed packet. As I was painting my background, I added a few paint splatters to the tag and added a simple ribbon to the top. My photo is a driveway selfie my husband and I took on a date night several weeks ago, so I journaled about our journey together as a blended family. I cannot imagine being on this journey with anyone else.
The tag and the ribbon, when they are in the seed packet, provide a lovely bit of texture and contrast to the layout. I loved having the seed packets to play with in this kit! For my title, I loved the Heidi Swapp words in the kit, and I also love that they repeat the navy color in my ribbon. I don't have a Minc, but the navy color contrasts against the background.
At the bottom of the page I wanted to add the date, so I did using the roller stamp that is part of the One Canoe Two collection. It is not included in the kit, but it is definitely a pretty stamp that you will want to add to your collection! To tie it into the rest of the page, I added another word phrase sticker and butterfly.
Have one more look at this super simple layout.
How are you using your Meadow kit? Be sure to share with us, we would love to see! Thank you for joining me today!