Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bryce Canyon National Park Art Journal Page

Art Journaling Metallic Paint Stamped Tissue Paper Acrylic Ink StampingOn this page, I wanted to pay tribute to Bryce Canyon National Park, which has a special place in my heart. I started with a background of blue paint. Then built up layers of brown, peach, metallic copper, and white to build the hoodoos of the park. I used acrylic ink to write the title and for the ink drops. I stamped a text border along the edge. Then stamped some tissue paper with a text stamp and used semi-gloss gel medium to apply it to the page.


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Art Journal Page With Halloween Gift Bag

Art Journaling Gel Medium

I made an art journal page with a Halloween gift bag. Since the bag had cute little bats on it, I made a page about how I feel about bats. I used gel medium to “glue” the cut outs from the gift bag into my journal.

I like bats, but NOT in my house. Luckily, I haven’t had any try to take up residence.

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An Addiction to Seasonal Paper Goods

Art Journaling Acrylic paint

I love seasonal paper goods; cups, plates, napkins. Halloween, Christmas, the Fourth of July, Autumn, Summer, Winter, Thanksgiving, Easter. Love. Love. Love.

So I made this art journaling page recording this addiction. I decoupaged a Halloween napkin onto to the page. Aren’t those little images on the napkin adorable?

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Scrapbook Page With Watermark Ink and Metallic Paint

Scrapbooking VersaMark Embossing Machine Stitching
This page started with the colors teal and copper. I was inspired by a photo on Pinterest. I usually don’t start a pages with a color scheme, but  a vision for this page wasn’t coming together for me. So I tried a different approach.

Inspiration Metallic

I started with a piece of teal cardstock and stamped it with VersaMark ink. VersaMark ink is an embossing ink, but it can also be used for watermark, tone-on-tone stamping. This technique works better with some colors than others so test a scrap or the backside first to see how it will work with your cardstock color. I used a polka dot stamp from Prima to add more interest to the cardstock.
Watermark ink Embossing
I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to frame the title and the photo. I love kraft cardstock in general, but I particularly love it on fall pages. When going through my fall themed papers, I found this older one from Bo Bunny. The colors worked perfectly with my page. It was on a sheet of printed border strips, the bottom of the strip was wavy, but the top edge was straight. I love the wavy look, so I cut the top edge wavy too. I think it adds a nice movement to the page, like the fall wind blowing gently through the trees.

I LOVE metallic paint, and one of my favorite colors is the metallic copper. The paint I used  was from Folk Art. I used a foam brush to apply the paint to the tree stamp. The tree stamp is a large foam stamp mounted on an acrylic sheet made be Prima.

I waited for the paint to dry and mounted the photo. I assembled the page. Then stamped the title word, Hayride, with VersaMark ink and applied copper embossing powder. Then I used my embossing pen to write, going on a, and applied black embossing powder. I LOVE my embossing pen.

Then I stamped embellishment circles and a journaling spot using three different ink colors for interest.

I finished off the whole page by adding some stitching. I used both zigzag and straight stitching. I kept it neat on the edges and flowing straight stitches on the border strip.
Scrapbooking Stamps Machine Stitching Heat Embossing


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Roasting Mashmallows A Scrapbook Page With Hand Stitching

Scrapbooking Layout Clean Simple Design Embossed Cardstock

For this scrapbook layout, I knew I wanted to have a center mat bordered on every side by a patterned paper, clean lines, rounded corners, and a hand stitched border. I chose a busy plaid from the “B side” of the old Mr. Campy line by Cosmo Cricket with a center mat of kraft cardstock.

scrapbooking patterned paper

I then knew where I wanted the photos and worked from there. I also wanted to use an old tag Bo Bunny’s  Roughin’ It line. The tag is acting as the title for the page. I decided it really needed to overlap other element to add interest instead of trimming it down to fit.

Ready Made Scapbook Title, Tags, Camping Layout

I wanted a paper for a block at the bottom. I needed it to have an element of interest, but I didn’t want to add another patterned paper. I decided on a piece of Core’dinations cardstock that matched the light green in the plaid paper. I LOVE the embossed Core’dinations cardstock. The embossed cardstock adds interest through texture, but won’t compete with patterned papers. Sometimes, I sand the embossed cardstock, which is a messy process, but I love the results. It becomes distressed with embossed areas revealing the inner core color. This time I just inked the cardstock to emphasize the embossing.

Scrapbooking Scrapbook Coredinations Core Dinations Sandable Katydid Cris Cross

I decided to cut the journaling block into two pieces rather than leave it whole under the title tag. I think this emphasized the tag. I also added some stickers from the Mr. Campy line to the journaling block and one to the embossed cardstock for embellishment. I also added some brown brads to the bottom corner, since it was looking a little bare. I think the brads help balance the layout.

Cardstock Stickers Camping S'Mpres Scrapbooking Scrapbook

I finished off the page by adding the hand stitched, embroidery floss border. I’m a slow stitcher, so this took a LONG time. BUT I love the results.Scrapbooking Embroidery Floss Hand Stitching Embossed Cardstock Core'dinations

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Swims Like A Fish Scrapbook Page With Messy Machine Stitching

scrapbooking machine  stitching spray mist

This was a fun page to make. I was inspired by the colorful, bright towel in the photo. I had an older piece of patterned paper from the Snorkel line by Cosmo Cricket. It had some great wave-ish shapes to cut out.

I started by spraying lily pad and turquoise Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels on some blue cardstock. Then I cut and arranged the wave shapes and photos on the page. I strategically adhered the waves to lessen the amount of adhesive that I would sew through. I did some messy machine stitching on the waves and added a page border.
Scrapbooking Patterned Paper Scrapbook Summer Water Waves
Then I adhered the photos. I used a chipboard sticker from K & Co. for the title, mainly because I thought it went well with the towel. I also used some circle epoxy stickers for the fish’s air bubble.
Scrapbooking Machine Stitching Spray Mist Pen Detailing Layered Chipboard Sticker
I used a die cut from the Joyride line by Collage Press on which I wrote the journaling. I finished off the page by adding outlining to the elements on the layout with a pen.


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