Monday, April 28, 2014

Highlighting Memories with Mixed Media & mambi


There are two things I REALLY love. I mean...reeeeaaalllly. I adore pictures and mixed media. Taking pictures and sitting at my studio table are both complete happy places for me. Besides spending time with my family and friends...these two things make my heart happy. You can totally insert Pharrell singing "Happy" right here. That's how much I love them. :)

So today's creative project merges the two beautifully. I keep a collection of pictures that I know eventually I want to create something special with. It may be a journal page, a mini album, framed for the house, or a special page in one of my Project Life albums. Today I used a scrap piece of cardboard and turned it into a bright, happy (there's that word again) mixed media scrapbook layout. I love the way it turned out and can't wait to make some more.

I used the cardboard for the base of a mixed media background. I loved using aqua, yellow, white, and coral paint. Talk about a pretty color combination. Eeeeekkk! I adore it! There is some watercolor crayon and Faber-Castell PITT pens on there too. I also used some random objects from my "stamping" drawer, which is just a drawer full of things that make fabulous shapes on your paper. The white circles were stamped with an old roll of something.

Once I had the background done the rest was a cinch. The me & my BIG ideas paper pads have SO many beautiful, cheerful patterns to chose from. I just found some that I felt went with the color scheme and began layering them together. I found the mambi friends sticker in my stash and loved how the orangey (I don't think that is a word, but let's go with it) coral color popped off the page. 

Look how great the word FABULOUS looks too! That is actually a clear sticker from this pack right HERE that I backed on paper. All I did to finish it off was to add some journaling and stamped it a bit up top using a Dear Lizzy stamp. 

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your week!
Happy Creating,

Friday, April 18, 2014

Using Project Life/ Pocket Pages 3x4 Cards in Your Art Journal


I absolutely love documenting my family's life Project Life style. LOVE. It has made memories so tangible. My kids can grab a photo album, lay on the floor, and pour over the pages. Plus, for me it has become another creative outlet. I adore sitting down at my table with all my pictures and goodies ready to put a page together. With Pocket Pages memory keeping there are tons of 3x4 journaling cards out there to use. I mean tons! BUT, you don't just have to use them for pocket scrapping. They make GREAT additions to an art journal too. I love using all different kinds!

Today I am sharing a few pages in my current journal and I am using some of my favorite 3x4 cards from me & my BIG ideas. These cards are fun, colorful, and have great words or quotes on them. Perfect to add to your journal, right!? So, when you are in your local craft store, shopping online, or have a bunch in your stash (like me) - don't overlook those cards!

One this page I took the 3x4 card and cut up the quote. I used Mod Podge to adhere the quote to the background I had already created. I wanted to play with color first, then find an inspiring quote. This one by e.e Cummings was perfect. 

" It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. "

Sometimes on a journal page you may not want your journaling obvious. You may want it hidden. This mambi 3x4 card makes a perfect flap. All I did was distress the edges a bit, smudged some paint along the edges, and then  attached it on the top with washi tape. Now I can lift it up and write my secret thoughts underneath. Perfect. 

There are times when I want it easy. So I just use the whole card and glue it down. On the following page I just tore the edges a bit so there was not a hard line edge. Super fun. I really love the way it turned out. :)

I hope you're having a beautiful Good Friday!!
Happy Creating

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