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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:


CHA Mega Show 2016 | Succulents are Hot!

The CHA Mega Show is a great place to distill scrapbooking trends and craft trends, with so much of the industry and its products in one place for the show. Walking the show floor, patterns and themes become easily apparent – trends!

One thing that kept popping up as I walked the floor of this year’s CHA Mega Show was succulents for crafts! This trend, an outgrowth of the general 1970’s trend in crafts, fashion, and home decor, started to manifest in 2015, but really became prevalent at this show.

Several companies were using real live succulents in their booth decor as a touch of green:

Webster's Pages planner display with succulents

Webster’s Pages planner display with succulents

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Project | Graphic 45 Artisan Style Shadow Box

It’s been all travel scrapbooking, all the time around here lately. But I decided to mix it up and do more than pocket pages for my travel albums!

Graphic 45 Artisan Style travel shadow box

This Graphic 45 shadow box, along with some Graphic 45 Artisan Style papers, came together to make a lovely addition to my studio decor that will remind me daily of my amazing afternoon seeing San Francisco for the first time.

If you’d like to read about all the details and “how to” of this project, the full project walkthrough is over on our sister site Craft Critique. Click here to check it out!

[Some Graphic 45 Artisan Style products used in this project were provided to Nally Studios by Graphic 45 as editorial samples.]


Silhouette Promo | Vinyl Wall Art

Thanks for checking out part three of our Black Friday weekend Silhouette series!

Vinyl wall art – especially text – is all the rage right now in home decor. However, we live in a home that is new construction (well, a little over ten years old) and one of the modern shortcuts many builders use to save money is to put up texture on walls. The texture makes it impossible to stick things like vinyl wall art and other adhesives to the walls.

Even though I can’t stick vinyl directly to my wall surfaces, however, there is another way to use some of those beautiful text designs on my walls: frame them!
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Review: KaiserCraft ‘Beyond The Page’ [Giveaway]

KaiserCraft is a company based in Australia that has quickly become one of my favorite imports from the land down under. They make great scrapbooking and paper crafting products, and I always look forward to see what they’ll do next. I don’t spend a lot of time on altered projects. Instead, most of my time and energy goes into scrapbook layouts. That said, I really do like the idea of altered projects, and I love a good product that can help me be creative and save time. It’s for these reasons that I have really grown to love KaiserCraft and their ‘Beyond The Page’ line of products.

shown above: Holly Wreath, Stocking Garland, and Love Monologue

The wood items are easily covered, painted, or otherwise decorated. All come with a small photo of the finished item, but instructions are not included. For some projects it has taken me a bit of time to work out the best way to put it together, but for the most part the pieces I’ve selected are simple enough that it is immediately clear what to do to assemble them.

What I really do enjoy with these projects is that I can choose how easy or hard, how detailed or simple, I want to make them. To start off with, I decorated this tree.

To cover the wood, I used green cardstock (and a light coat of liquid adhesive). Then I cut it apart, and used the KaiserCraft Be Merry elements and their ‘Tis The Season’ acrylic holly leaf stamp. Very soon, I had tied this tree together and was ready to hang it up! I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Distress Embossing Powder (with the holly stamp) as well as edging this piece in Distress Ink.

A few items I’d recommend when working with this line include a good adhesive/sealant such as PPA by USArt Quest, sanding tools such as the Basic Grey sanding tool set, and plenty of patience. Whether you’re painting, misting, or paper covering (or some of each) your piece, you’ll want to allow it to dry thoroughly in between sessions to ensure the best possible final product. Whenever I rush I end up with smears, mistakes, and other problems. I also recommend using adhesive all the way to the outer edges when covering with paper so that the edges won’t lift away from the base.

All of that advice is really true for any altered project, and while the tree above only took two sessions, the one below took quite a bit longer than that.

This tree took a number of hours (over a few weeks), but it’s actually a simple enough project. I used paints, mists, and everything else I could think of to make this ultra colorful tree – which is soon to be centerpiece on my buffet.

key supplies used in making of this tree:
KaiserCraft Large Flourish Tree
Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks
Acrylic Paint (KaiserCraft or other brand)
Glitter Glues (Stickles, or other brand)
Making Memories red brads and rhinestones
Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Brass
Fiskars squeeze punch (bird wings)
PPA by US Art Quest (adhesive/sealant)
Liquitex irridescent/pearlescent medium

I have seen this particular tree done very simply (and beautifully) in a single paint color, glittered, or otherwise done a lot quicker than I have here. However, I really just wanted to play and have fun. I kept painting on layers of color, testing different products, and if I didn’t like something I simply covered it (once dry) with a new layer. So much fun!

My best advice when working with a large project like this is to frequently take breaks so you don’t burn out or get sloppy. Just relax and enjoy yourself! I chose to work with paints, inks, and other similar mediums so that I could easily layer over color and change things as I went. I didn’t apply the white paint edging to this piece, or the glitter glue, until I was very comfortable with my nearly finished piece.

I have been having so much fun with these pieces that I have found myself looking over the current selection available and thinking about purchasing more items to play with! I recommend the pieces, like these two above, that are very simple in design and have only a few pieces at the most. They are the easiest to use, sturdiest, and the most fun in my opinion. I count the many mini-book options among these. They are exceptionally sturdy books in all shapes and sizes that could be oh-so-fun to customize.

That said, I’ve also enjoyed some of the more intricate pieces available. Above is a screen shot from the KaiserCraft website of their advent calendar. I really appreciate how many projects and images they share both on their blog and the website itself.

The Advent Calendar has a lot of pieces – so expect to spend some time cutting apart and securing all the bits and pieces. What I love most about this piece is that it has a large center area that you can decorate, and also use as a shelf to add little trinkets and holiday cheer.

I chose to paint mine, and decorate the center portion (on the back/base) BEFORE adding all the cubbies and such. I felt this made for much easier decorating, and I didn’t have any pesky paint lines at edges because I was able to work with the individual pieces vs a pre-made piece.

As you can see, I still have some work to do on this project, but I wanted to share these “in progress” photos with you. I am using Crafty Power Tape (by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) to hold the chipboard boxes in place and also on the paper that I’m adhering to them. A strong double sided tape works great to both hold the boxes together and secure the paper.

In this project, I am using one of KaiserCraft’s two holiday lines (Tis the Season) for my Advent calendar and WOW! I sure do love this line. It’s so full of damask, holly, sheet music, and vintage Santas – it’s just my thing. I’m looking forward to using it a lot in my holiday crafting.

I look forward to utilizing a lot more KaiserCraft wood alterable items in the future – for both home decor and paper crafting projects. The prices are reasonable and the results are great every time. I have had a lot of fun sharing a bit about these projects with you and I hope they’ve got you in the mood to put your scrapbooking stash to work “beyond the page”!

We have a giveaway to share here today as well – KaiserCraft has generously provided a box full of goodies from both of their holiday lines as well as a Funky Wreath that one lucky Scrapbook Update winner will win.

How To Enter: All you have to do to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Wednesday night, November 24th. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

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