First up is my layout for Off the Rails Scrapbooking, where 2Crafty were the
Guest Design Team last month. You can see this in lots more detail up on
my personal blog HERE. Of course, the lovely "Dream" title comes from 2Crafty.
I painted the word with pale blue paint then dry-brushed over it with white paint.
I used the small chipboard chicken wire 6"panel, cut up into 3 pieces with
quite a bit left over, swiped over a Distress Ink pad in 'Vintage Photo' colour.
I also used a scattering of stars from the ATC Mini Hearts & Stars pack.
I pressed them into my black ink pad so that they were not fully saturated
with ink, so that some of the raw chipboard is still showing through.
Lastly I used part of the 12"Circle Revolution Frames, but not the
chipboard piece, rather the 'negative' piece between the chipboard
pieces. I painted it in the same way as my title but added some
stamping to it as well, using a script stamp & black archival ink.
I found the colour scheme quite a challenge as these colours are not
ones I normally use. My advice in this case is to use a lot of white,
kraft or a pale neutral tone & use the colours in smaller quantities.
Some close ups of the chipboard details...
As I always say, the great thing about chipboard is you can customize it
to match your project, so there is always a way that you can use it.
You don't have to wait for that perfect colour match!
I know there are many different adhesives around the world, but I always
stick to using the white Tombo Mono Adhesive with the green lid, for all
my chippie sticking, & it always works like a dream!
So quite a bit of chippie on that one!
Next I created a DOUBLE PAGE!! Shock, horror! I know!!
But I do do it once every couple of years or so LOL & now that I am teaching classes
it is THE most popular way to scrapbook here in South Africa so I wanted to have a
nice, well-balanced page to offer my students, that is easily replicable & teaches some
basic misting techniques as well as how to layer elements to avoid overfilling the page.
Being a class page the chipboard I've chosen here is more generic, in other words
they can be suited to various different photo themes. I have used the stars
again, as well as the cameras, chevrons & the "Amaze Yourself" title.
I used Distress stains to colour most of the chipboard, followed by some
clear, glittery nail varnish, except on the stars, which got the nail varnish
treatment only as I wanted a pale contrast. On the 2 larger cameras I
added a flair to the centre of each which adds a nice touch I think!
These are called 'Mini Cameras' & are really cute!! They'll go with just
about any page you create. I still have a couple left too!
The Chevrons came from this Mini-Sampler pack & I didn't even use them
all! These are great value for money & again, completely versatile!!
I stuck with white cardstock for these pages to demonstrate some simple misting
techniques & have everything clearly visible. The 'pattern paper' is actually
Prima packaging so didn't cost me a cent! Even the Aztec packaging comes
from the Prima Finnabair Canvas Strips. I tried to keep costs down by keeping
embellishments to a minimum but the page was just too flat before I added
the lovely flowers!! I tucked in a bit of gauze as that is so easy to get anywhere :)
I also added a few bling dots, some Prima clocks from their packaging, & some
dry-wall tape,as again that seems to be easily available & very inexpensive.
As you can see I used the Stars again!! I also used the hearts this time too!
PLUS the negative backing sheet as well!!! You can sure get value for
money this way LOL!!!! AND 3 projects later they're still not all used up!!
ATC Mini Hearts & Stars Pack
I focused mainly on background techniques with this page, trying out some different
things to what I normally do. Something interesting that may be a good tip for
anyone else who likes to play with mixed media. I used a spray glue between
layers, which acts like applying clear gesso, only much quicker & easier.
It seals off the previous layer so that, when you apply the next one,
you don't end up with muddy mush, as it is no longer reactive.
For the chippie pieces I painted the stars & the backing sheet with black,
added some dry brushing of grey & white for a mottled effect, then
applied the clear, sparkly nail-polish again.
Remember chippie is great for art journaling too - because it is nice & flat!