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Mixed Media Canvas with Simple Stories

I’ve been working on a lot of home decor projects lately, so when I came home from the Orlando Scrapbook Expo with the new “Sunshine & Happiness” collection from Simple Stories, I decided to create a mixed media canvas with it!

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Mixed Media Canvas

To start this canvas, I laid down a base coat of the Plaid FolkArt Cottage Green Milk Paint directly on my blank canvas. This is the second canvas that I’ve used this milk paint on, and I am really loving that I can distress it with a baby wipe or damp paper towel after it is dry to get this nice aged look.

Next I tore a piece of the “Total Crush” paper from the Sunshine & Happiness collection to make a background for the canvas design. Wetting the paper made it easier to tear, but this paper isn’t designed to get wet like a watercolor paper is so be careful or it will be shred. Once your paper is sized right (and dry), glue it down with liquid glue like Mod Podge.

To finish the background, I spritzed it with the Plaid Color Spray Acrylic Paint. It was my first time using it, and the sprayer was a bit fussy to use. But once I got the hang of it, I was thrilled with the results. I’m rarely happy with the results I get using spray ink – the mist is always too fine for the look I want. This gave me the the larger splotches that I’m always trying to get. I look forward to giving it a full workout in the future to see what it really can do.

Woven Paper Heart

The next big element on the canvas is the woven paper heart. I cut paper strips from the two patterned papers, and then attached the ends of one set to a piece of scrap paper. I wove the other set through the anchored set. When the weaving was done, I drew a heart on the completed weaving in pencil. I cut it out a little bit at a time, using glue to anchor the paper strips together after I sliced through each row.

3D Flowers on Canvas

The 3D flower (and the other two large flowers) were cut on my Cricut Explore machine from heavy 140lb watercolor paper. There’s actually a setting for that paper on the machine and with the deep cut blade and heavy stick mat, it cut perfectly. Then I used my watercolors to color them with my water brush. I colored the outer edges and then soaked the paper with my spray bottle so that the color ran to create the soft wash all over. I then went back with another layer of heavier layer along the outer edges.

Once everything was dry, I assembled the rose with my hot glue gun. The centers of all three flowers are filled with seed beads from the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottle. I used only the white ones from the yellow and white assortment that is included. Even though they are tiny, it’s easy to sort them out in only a few minutes by dumping them in an embossing powder tray. I used my paper piercer, poking it in the beads’ holes to push them into piles in the corners. When I was done, it was easy to dump them back into the bottle with my tray’s spout!

Adhering the beads was easy – I just put a big glob of glue and pushed a bunch of beads down into it. I was able to shape and mold the glue before it dried to get just the effect that I wanted.

Sunshine and Happiness on Canvas

The embellishments were mostly simple – just arranging and adhering things. The wood piece was painted with milk paint and then stamped. At the top of the canvas (not visible in the photo above), I adhered one butterfly with pop dots for dimension while the other is just glued down.

Want to make your own canvas? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Take a “Voyage Beneath the Sea” with Ariel at Disneyworld

When I saw the new “Voyage Beneath the Sea” collection by Graphic 45, I knew right away that I just had to make a Princess Ariel layout with it from one of our Disneyworld visits! All of its sea life and mermaid theming are just perfect for Ariel and her undersea world!

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Voyage Beneath the Sea with Ariel

The design of this layout is pretty simple. The two bands of orange serve to frame and push the elements together visually. The blue elements (and the orange elements somewhat) are arranged in a visual triangle.

The exterior photo from the grotto is black and white for a simple reason: exposure. The exposure was bad on this photo. Switching the photo to black & white allowed for creating a fix for the exposure without having to worry about the effects on the color. It also kept the layout from having too much color in it that would make it visually confusing, so I ended up liking the result.

Embellishment close-up

The edges of the orange elements are all edged in brown ink, to make them stand out a bit better against the yellow background. This turquoise element (cut from an 8×8 sheet of paper) is also edged, in a dark teal ink, to provide its edge some shadow.

I deliberately chose brown twine to tie through the tag because it is reminiscent of fishing nets.

Journaling card close-up

On this journal box (also cut from an 8×8 paper pad sheet), I added a few embellishments to provide some shine and highlight it.

Mermaid title

I also included embellishments on the title chipboard and the border (cut from a 12×12 sheet). It only seems right to have some sparkle on the layout to match the shine of Ariel’s costume!

Look closely at how the border perfectly matches at the bottom of the photo, having whole gear emblems on each side. That was lucky, right?

Layout Strip in Progress

Actually, it’s careful piecing of the border under the photo! I cut the small piece for the right side, and then positioned and trimmed the 2nd piece for the left side.

Supplies:

This Graphic 45 collection would also be great for the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride at Disneyland (now closed). I think I may try my pictures from that ride with the Voyage Under the Sea collection next!

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Celebrating Star Wars Day with Project Life!

Star Wars Day – May the fourth – made me nostalgic for the fun we had a few years back when we visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends at the park. I had never scrapped any of those pictures so in honor of May 4th this year, I decided it was time to get some of them in an album!

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Star Wars Day layout with Project Life

Since I had so many usable photos, a Project Life layout seemed the way to go to get the most photos in the least space. One of my favorite things about Project Life is how efficient it can be at using up photos! Continue Reading →

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Grab Some Hello Gorgeous for Mother’s Day!

This time of year is always full of pretty floral product releases that are great for girl pages, Mother’s Day cards, and other feminine projects. One of my favorites this year is “Hello Gorgeous” by My Mind’s Eye, a great mix of patterns and pink florals.

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Hello Gorgeous Mother's Day Card

The “Hello Gorgeous” 6×6 paper pad, together with the sticker set from the collection, combine to make great cards. All it takes is the addition of a few punches to create custom embellishments from the paper pad! Continue Reading →

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Project | Travel Album: Snapshots Creativeworld 2014

The Creativeworld 2014 travel album is back! With all the other projects that I have to do, this album keeps getting sidelined. But I am bound and determined that this travel Project Life album will get completed, so I keep plugging away at it a bit at a time in odd free moments.

Creativeworld travel Project Life layout

This layout assembles some random memories from various parts of the show: my wardrobe, a night out for a press dinner, and my appearance onstage at the Creative Talks area, among other things. Continue Reading →

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Project | Spring Cards with Graphic 45 & Stampendous

[Some products used in this article were generously provided to me by Graphic 45, Stampendous, Ranger, and Buttons Galore. I am the social media manager for Buttons Galore. This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.]

Spring is well underway here in Florida (well, it’s really almost over). This gave me the urge to play with pretty flowers! And I had just the items in my stash to make some spring cards to satisfy my flower craving – stamps from Stampendous and the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection!

Graphic 45 and Stampendous products

This was also an opportunity to play with my Sakura Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box watercolors that I’m obsessed with!

I stamped the flower stamp with a Ranger Archival Ink by Wendy Vecchi called Tree Branch. It’s an orange-y shade of brown that looks almost gold. In an application like this, it adds an almost gilt edge to my flowers.

I did the dark areas of my flower first with my Koi watercolors and a water brush, and then filled in the lighter areas and did some blending with the water brush. Continue Reading →

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