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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Using An Embossing Pen To Create A Title On A Scrapbook Page

Heat Embossing With An Embossing Marker

I found a font at dafont.com that I wanted to use for a title on a scrapbook page I was creating. But how to get it on the page? I don’t have a die cutting machine (although I dream of owning a Silhouette one day). I didn’t want to print it on cardstock and stick it on the page. So this was my solution:
Scrapbook Title Made With An Embossing Pen Marker
I printed the title on paper in a variety of sizes to see which one worked best. I cut out the one I liked most. Then I held the paper up to a window. I traced the letters with a dull pencil on the back of the sheet. I could have covered the whole back with pencil “scribbles”, but I didn’t want smudges on my pink paint.
Scrapbook Embossing Pen Marker Title
I positioned the title paper where I wanted it on the painted area. Then I went over the front on the letter edges with a pen. A stylus would work for this, if you have one. This transferred the pencil lines on the back of the title sheet onto the scrapbook page.
Scrapbooking Title Before Embossing Powder Is Added
Then I used an embossing marker to trace the pencil lines and fill in the letters. I used some leftover packaging to see if red or black lettering would look best on the page. For the test, I wrote with markers in red and black and positioned it over the paint. I liked red best, so I used red embossing powder to make the title. I finished off the title by adding some shading with a gray marker.
Scrapbooking Making A Title With An Embossing Pen Marker
It was a bit time consuming, but I got the font I wanted!

Embossing Marker Scrapbooking Title

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Smash Book

Journaling Dairy Journal Art

I have been waiting for the Smash book to be available in stores. The Smash book is a cool place to record your daily life or whatever you want.  You can glue in images that inspire you, quotes, tickets, receipts, etc. I love that some of the pages have a design to add interest. I think if you are an avid art journaler you already do this on your own. I think this will be a great crossover product to get scrapbookers and ‘tweens into art journaling. I can’t wait to see the accessories that might be sold to go along with the Smash.

Journal Diary

I want a Smash to keep with me to play with while waiting for appointments. I am not an art journaler who carries my journal around with me. Carrying my journal around doesn’t work for me since I am too paint intensive and a lover  of working in a messy way.

Journal Diary

Well, Smash was supposed to hit the stores in April, but there has been a production delay. So K & Company, the makers of the Smash, gave away 400 mini Smash books on this Smash blog a couple weeks ago. And I was lucky enough to get one! I just got it in the mail last night. Even the cardboard envelope was cool! This should tide me over until I get the real thing.

Journal Diary Velum Page

You can check out the Smash on this video.

journal diary

Journal Diary

Journal Diary


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Art Journal Page With Glitter Stickers

Metallic Paint Glitter Foam Stickers

I love glitter! The blog IS named Glitter N Glue, so I’m sure you assumed that. I found these awesome glittered foam leaf stickers at the dollar store, so I had to use some of them on an art journal page!

I started with a background of Folk Art metallic copper paint. I LOVE this paint. The color is super, and it is so shiny. I wanted to add a path of a paint across the page that was lighter and dull copper-ish. I mixed various paint combos, but nothing came out right. I was getting frustrated and becoming surrounded by little pots of the wrong colors. So eventually, I gave up and went with the mix that I liked best. This one was a bit to pinky for my taste.  I added the stickers, and then filled in extra space with spirals.

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Halloween Candy Art Journal Page

Neon Chalk Markers Cadaco Packaging Journaling

I made this page in November with some packaging I had saved from Halloween candy. I loved the graphics on these little boxes, so I wanted to play off the images and preserve them on an art journaling page. I recorded some random thoughts about the candy too. I used a cellophane image from the bag that the candy sticks came in too. I love the black background. I used some Neon Chalk Markers by Cadaco for the title. The markers are made for black dry erase boards. I LOVE these markers. I found them at a local surplus/salvage store. The blue was disappointing. It doesn’t show up well on the black, but all the other colors are awesome!

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Scrapbook Page With Irregular Circles

card stock sewing

I pulled a couple of photos to scrap and was really into all the blue tones in the pictures. I was also thinking about how I loved the irregular circles on a piece of paper in the new Twig line by Little Yellow Bicycle. Since I don’t have that paper (at least not yet!), I tried to recreate the circles on my page. While cutting the circles, it helps to wiggle the paper to get them more irregular. I used a bunch of blue scraps I had for this. I layered them  and sewed  them down with some equally irregular stitches.

card stockMr. Campy Stamp Blue Luster Embossing Powder


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Riding The T Art Journal Page

Acrylic Paint Acrylic Ink

My boys loved riding the T while in Boston recently. I wanted to make a page to remember this. My older son loved studying the maps, figuring out which lines to take, what stop we needed, and how many stops away that would be. My younger son loved the speed and sights rushing by the windows. Both loved standing and hanging on to the rails and hand loops while riding.

I created the background by scraping acrylic paint onto the page, including Folk Art metallic peridot (my favorite). I scraped some spots of silver metallic acrylic ink on top of that. I used gel medium to attach the Charlie tickets for the T. I used black acrylic ink and Sharpies to add the title, text, and T symbols. The circles were stamped with various lids with the acrylic ink.


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