Mixed Media Monday

Today I have a simple and sweet mixed media layout to share using the November 2018 Clique Color Kit. You can watch how I made the background and also how I put together the layout in two short videos on the Clique Kits You Tube channel here and here.

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As a scrapbooker who frequently uses mixed media on my layouts I am so thrilled that Clique Kits is now providing this option as an add on to the monthly kits. You can pick up this month’s kit right here.

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November Kits “Seneca Falls” are shipping now to subscribers. This kit features the Amy Tangerine Shine On collection. I really love this kit and how versatile it is. You definitely can use it for fall photos, gratitude journaling, cards or other projects. Pick up the kit a la carte here.

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I will leave you with a close up of my layout. Please head over to You Tube to check out the videos and leave a comment! If you have not subscribed to the Clique Kits You Tube Channel you don’t know what you are missing. The You Tube design team is so awesome and will help you get the most out of your kits and stash!

 

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-xGia

Mixed Media Monday:Wilna Furstenberg Artful Layouts Class

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Posting another layout inspired by the Wilna Furstenberg class on Bluprint today- if you missed the first one just scroll down or check here. In this lesson we created a background of bright color with gelatos and water and layered texture paste for a title using a cut file as a stencil (cut file technique 1). Last, we used a butterfly cut file (technique 2) to make layered dimensional embellishments using black and white words paper. The same butterflies were cut out of plain white paper and a Studio Calico paper I had in my stash. I learned a lot in this class so far and more importantly I have been trying to find my mojo again.

 

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This class not only includes the instructional videos which are fantastic–it also includes numerous digitals including cut files and printable art work which can be used to create backgrounds and titles. I am currently pretty far from where I would like to be in terms of creative productivity but sometimes just doing something is better than nothing! Do you ever get in a creative funk? What brings you out of it?

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Mixed Media Monday

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Hi crafty friends! Today I am excited to post about this layout because it was so much fun to make and was inspired by my new Bluprint membership and the “Fresh Techniques for Artful Layouts” class taught by Wilna Furstenberg. How did I stumble upon this?

With the constant overload of stimulation on You Tube I often wondered  if I would ever feel I am in the know when it comes to the latest and greatest “stuff” for the hobby I am so passionate about. How do you sort through all the information on Instagram to find the content that will resonate with you and where you are in your journey?  How does one go about separating the wheat from the chaff on social media? Enter on the scene: the Bluprint platform with  so many artists and makers I admire and follow in one space- I am able to find what I am looking for and make sure that I use my time wisely without getting sucked into a bottomless pit of low yield content. The classes I have previewed so far have been A.Maz.Ing!

So getting back to Wilna’s class…I followed along one lesson which covered creating layers with patterned paper, gelatos used with water, rub ons, ribbon, and making frames by stamping in air dry clay. WOW- that is a lot of objectives for one class- and yet it was very simple and super fun!

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The patterned paper I used was from the Bloom Kit from The Paper Curator. The stamp set that I used to create the frames were from Altenew. I used these because they worked with my photos and layout and made it my own even though they were different from the ones Wilna used in the class.

After rolling out the air dry clay like dough the frames are “stamped” into the clay and cut out with a craft knife.

 

After adhering some paper to the middle of a white cardstock I scribbled on and off the paper with gelatos, added water with paint brushes, and then once dry, layered on a bunch of rub ons from my stash. I did not have as many rub ons that worked well as Wilna did so I ended up doing a little stamping too.

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And there is one last look at my final layout! I know that I am going to use all of the ideas I learned in other layouts too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Other products used: Pink Paislee Auburn Lane rub ons from the October 2018 Clique Kits Travelers Notebook kit, and the acrylic Memories title piece from Bella Blvd which was in the June 2018 Clique Kits Main kit. The velvet ribbon was also in the October 2018 Clique Kit. Stamps from Ali Edwards and additional rub ons from Pinkfresh Studio.

Mixed Media Monday: Boy Layout!

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There is literally NO paper line or scrapbooking kit that I could NOT find a way to use for either gender even though I hear all the time that certain kits are “too girly” and the August Clique Kit is no exception. In addition to choosing the black and white grid paper from Kesi-Art in the kit, I used the Alexandra Renke “blobs” stencil included with the Main kit with some black embossing paste to add texture and contrast to the background of the collage.

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When I saw this Alexandra Renke ribbon like paper design it inspired me because the words with it were about action and motion. I cut out just some of  the ribbons which give a dynamic effect to the composition of my collage layout. I propped the fussy cut photo against the background using some foam tape. This separated the silhouette from aa noisy background. It is not a technique I use often, but once in a while it can be fun.

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I wanted to add a pop of this beautiful blue in one of the exclusive cut apart cards included in the kit, but didn’t want it to be obvious that it was an illustration of some flowers (too girly LOL). Tucking it behind the Heidi Swapp rolodex watercolor card from a past Clique Kit was the perfect solution allowing the color to pop through the die cut word “Happy”. I used just a few stickers from the August Travelers Notebook kit which features the Crate Paper Here + There collection. The puffy stickers are all black and white and were just what I needed together with the Heidi Swapp Hawthorne words included in the kit to form my title and journaling. Believe it or not, the black scraps layered to the left of the photo behind the word “Happy” were exclusives in the very first Clique Kit which debuted in April of 2014. I guess I had been saving them for a reason. #ScrapbookingHordersAnonymous.

What I learned from this layout is that sometimes the emotion a layout evokes is just as important to tell a story as lengthy journaling or themed supplies. There are many ways to convey movement, excitement, and the pure joy of a child running to make a basket ! After all, mixed media is first and foremost a way of using art techniques in our memory keeping, and often the more abstract pieces express what words do not.

-xGia

Mixed Media Monday

 

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Mixed media Monday…I haven’t done one of these in a while! I used bits and pieces from the Clique Kits July kits: Regatta. I absolutely killed this kit- it was so easy to use and I had so many photos it worked with. In this one, however, I created a white on white textured background with a stencil from my stash and some texture paste. This contrasted nicely with the bright colors and the alphas background and numbers in the washi tape worked well as it was an elementary school graduation photo.

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After my textured background was dry I splattered lots of colorful red and yellow splatters of ink in the area where the photo would be. Then I added some more spots with the enamel dot stickers in the kit, layering with embellishments in the kit and a couple from my stash.

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I don’t often use primary colors and this kit really inspired me to use lots of blue, red, and yellow.  This combination is great not only for summer but also for school and boys in general. You can pick up the Regatta kit in the Clique Kits shop while supplies last!

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Clique Kits July 2018 Main Kit

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Here is the first of a series of layouts to come using my Clique Kits July Main Kit: Regatta.

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I started with a sketch I had of a dragonfly, which I scanned in to my new toy the Brother Scan N Cut 2 machine. I then created a repeating design in the machine, which I cut from 12 x 12 white cardstock and then layered on some mixed media. To create a variegated blue splatter design I started with some Tim Holtz distress oxide ink from the shop, followed by some ink sprays in different shades of bright blue.  When I was happy with my dragonflies, I bent the wings up a bit to give them some dimension when adhered only down the mid section.

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The rest of the layout came together really quickly with one piece of Kesi Art patterned paper, one card cut from the Carta Bella cut apart paper, and one rubber piece  and several chipboard pieces (Freckled Fawn) from the kit.

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And there you have a very fast and easy mixed media layout! I hope you enjoyed this layout and stay tuned for lots more to come using the Regatta kits and more!

-xGia

DIY Watercolor Embellishments with The Ink Road Stamps

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Hi guys. Today I am sharing another traveler’s notebook spread using my Clique Kits Riga Traveler’s Notebook and Main kits and a little bit of my process using a new stamp set from The Ink Road to create some watercolored embellishments. I actually did this because I had mixed some watercolors to use on a scrapbooking layout which I shared here and had leftover paint, which of course must never go to waste.

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I started with a blank sheet of hot press watercolor paper. Some people ask what the difference is between cold press and hot press watercolor paper and it has to do with the process of how it is made, and the outcome in terms of the texture or “tooth” of the paper. Cold press watercolor paper is the most commonly used and has a bumpy texture. This paper tolerates lots of water as is needed for doing washes. Hot press, on the other hand, is a nice, plump, thick absorbent paper that is smooth and therefore is very practical for drawing or stamping in combination with watercolor paint, mists, inks, or other wet media.  133755_x

So there you have it-if you enjoy using mixed media on your layouts or in your journals, I highly recommend keeping some hot press watercolor paper in your stash. My favorite is Fluid: an economical brand that is not as expensive as a brand like Arches but for my purpose is high quality enough. It also comes in square as well as rectangular shaped pads! So you can buy 12 x 12 for layout backgrounds, and you can also buy 8×8 which you can turn into traveler’s notebook pages, and even 6×6 pads.

Another important pearl of wisdom for combining stamping with watercoloring is that you have to remember to use permanent, waterproof ink such as Ranger Archival ink. If you use regular water base dye ink your stamped design will certainly smear when you add any water media.

Once I added fun color to my stamped phrases and designs I fussy cut them with a small scissors. I also used a scrap of the painted black stripe paper that I had used in the previous layout, again waste not want not.

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Finally, I wanted to use a couple of houseplant embellishments from my Riga kits because they were gold foiled and added a little pizzaz to an otherwise very simple layout.

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Thanks for stopping by today I hope you will come back soon or better yet follow me.

-xGia

 

 

 

 

 

 

#The 100 Day Project

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Step 1: Choose an action and commit to doing it every day for 100 days.

I am choosing creative play with mixed media/collage as my action. I will be working on 4 x 4 index cards but in some cases may adhere other surfaces to them if needed to support my media. 

Step 2: Share your projects on social media with the hashtag #the100dayproject and your own unique hashtag.

My hashtag will be “Gia’s Creative Play”  #giascreativeplay

Step 3: Don’t focus on quality- be as free as possible to experiment and learn. Watch the projects pile up!

I plan to blog a recap for every 10 days of the project! Therefore there will be 10 posts (I don’t want to make it boring- the posting part) Here is my first installation. Notice there are not 10 cards done- well actually there are but I am only sharing some of my favorites. 

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Dragonfly collage: gesso, acrylic paints (Pebeo), white Posco pen, black sharpie, gold and patterned cardstock from Pretty Little Studio. Mandala wood block fabric stamp
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Pineapple collage: Stickers from Amy Tangerine , pattern making stamps from Ashley Goldberg, acrylic paints (Pebeo), stencils (honeycomb and round sequin waste)
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Textural Pineapple: Glass bead gel medium, gesso, watercolor wash, pineapple stencil, washi tape from American Crafts Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
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Honu Collage: Gesso, Shimmerz vibez mist sprays, patterned papers Crate Paper Oasis, texture paste, Mandala wood block fabric stamp, black sharpie
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Illustrated Girl: Cut from a piece of Kaisercraft cardstock, layered on top of colored vellum, background is acrylic paints (Pebeo) and  same old mandala stamp but used with gelli plate to create a monoprint instead of a stamp.
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Triangle Abstract collage: Triangles cut from a Hawaiian postcard, same background as the previous project.

 

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Hibiscus: Sparse acrylic paint spread without gesso and using a brayer. Hibiscus stenciled in acrylic paint and then embossing powder.

This project would not be possible if I did not commit to waking up 1 hour earlier each morning to dedicate the time. After only one week I already feel better in so many ways. There is no such thing as finding time to create, there is only making time to create. I am blessed to have supplies, space, and a supportive family. See you again soon!

-xGia

Happy Home Layout

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To create this look I used gelato water soluble pigment crayons with a waterbrush to get a watercolor wash effect. Then I used a fringe scissors on strips of paper from the Paige Evans Pick Me Up 6×6 patterned paper pad and stitched them down vertically. This layout was the perfect place for the mini weaving embellishment from the Clique Kits February release. If you would like to pick one up, use my code to save 10% GIA10

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I am really glad that I finally have a layout about one of my happy places in life- my comfy bed. Have you made any layouts about your home sweet home?

-XGia

Mixed Media Monday: Monochromatic

 

 

Happy Monday! Tonight I am heading to Salt Lake City for the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media show excited to scope out new products for Clique Kits. I thought it would be apropos to share a mixed media layout today!

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A quick and easy way to get appealing results from a composition is to use a monochromatic or analogous color palette. This layout combines yellow and green gelatos from the Clique Kits Mixed Media shop colored on and then stroked with a wet brush, together with some great stamps from Precious Remembrance layered on with Altenew Crisp black ink. I know that this stamp set is currently out of stock but is hopefully going to be back in stock along with other great stamps soon!

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I dripped some Prima watercolors in blue and green as an accent to tie in the “Fierce” design on my daughter’s shirt in the photo.

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Here is a listing of the rest of the supplies used on this layout!

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Precious Remembrance stamps seem to fly off the shelves as soon as we get them in, so please check the website often for new releases and make sure you follow Clique Kits and all of our associated blogs! Don’t forget the amazing Design Team!

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You can find more colors of upcycled embellishment grab bags pre-organized by color to make your scrapbooking layouts easier in my Etsy shop.

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See you soon!

-xxGia