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Art Journal Page with Laurie

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Happy Saturday!! Today’s keyword on the SNS Challenge Facebook page is “Mixed Media”. I’ve only just begun to dive into the world of mixed media and art journaling. It’s always interested me and there’s so many talented art journalers out there! I could spend hours watching videos! So, after a bit of research, ie YouTube, I got a couple of must haves and started my own.

Here is a list of must haves. It’s a short one. You likely have almost everything you need already!

  1. Gesso…paper prep. Acts like primer for your walls. Can also be used as a white paint.
  2. Gel Medium…gluing down papers (collage) and also seals the page
  3. An inexpensive set of brushes…to apply your mediums

That’s it! You don’t even need an expensive journal! The first page I ever did was in an old book and it worked perfectly. I’ve started working in these traveller’s notebooks from Amazon. They are the perfect size so not too intimidating. Plus, they’re cheap and come in a pack of 3!

To start, I glue to pages together with the Gel Medium. This bulks it up a bit. On this particular layout, I used papers from the Dina Wakley Collage Papers-Backgrounds. This is thin tissue paper. Just rip it up, apply a thin layer of gel medium to your page, stick the paper down and then seal it with a light layer of the gel medium again! Don’t overthink on the placement!!! Make it random and messy. I never have a plan when going into this and as a beginner, I think this is easiest.

This is after the collage paper were adhered and the paint was applied. Looks awful, right? THat’s ok, just go with it! I used Dylusions Acrylic Paints in the colours Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Polished Jade. Remember, you don’t need special paints!! Use what you have. Watercolours of any sort work great too!

This is where the gesso comes in handy. Or any white acrylic paint. I used a thin coat of gesso over the entire page to tone down that crazy background. Then it was time to add more stuff. For my focal images I used the Oh, Snap Stamp Set from Concord and 9th. Again, I’m using what’s in my stash.

I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink for the stamping. It’s waterproof so I know I’m safe to add more stuff overtop. Let’s have another look.

You can see how the gesso tamed things down a bit. I took a random stamp set in my stash that had some random strokes and dots and did some more stamping. I stamped a few of the polaroid images and added a border using Black Marble Paint and the A Stitch in Time Small Stencil. On the inner portion of the frames, I used the Mini Stencil Set #7 from Tim Holtz. I love this stencil set! I didn’t take the time to mask anything off, just carefully blotted the ink with a makeup sponge wedge.

I stamped and fussy cut the camera image and painted it using the same paints as the background. You can see I covered up the lower right frame I originally stamped. I didn’t preplan where the camera was going to go but it worked out in the end!

The sentiment strips come from a sticker book similar to this. I use a white pencil, or gel pen to add details throughout the page.

You may also notice that I’ve added some white circles. I again used the gesso for this along with my finger. The page was still a bit too bright for me so by adding more white it helps tame it down but also adds more interest. I outlined each circle with a black pen.

We’re almost done! At the last minute, I decided to add some more stenciling using Black Embossing Paste(Black Gesso would also work for this) and the Halftone Borders Stencil from TCW.

And that wraps it up! What I love about art journaling is that there really aren’t any rules. Just slap stuff down onto your paper and go with it!!

Thanks for sticking around for this rather long post, I hope you enjoyed!

Have a great day!


I Know Right From Wrong!

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here today, from the Design Team. I have a fun card to share with you today. It’s from the new Tim Holtz release from Creativation, called Snarky Cats. As you know, I love a good snark! The images are so fun, and the sentiments crack me up! This one in particular ‘I know right from wrong – and wrong is the fun one!’


Although this cat image could be of the cat lying down…I just had to get him into some mischief!

I Know Right From Wrong!

As  you can see, this sassy tabby has decided that he doesn’t care for this wallpaper!


Start with a panel of white cardstock. Mask off a triangle at the top – this will be wear the ‘wallpaper’ is being torn. Next, place the TCW Plaid Fringe stencil over the panel; hold it in place with some Purple Tape. Now, use a blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Oxide ink through the stencil.

Next, cut a triangle of white cardstock the same size as the mask you created. Stencil the front of this piece, and then tear it part way down the middle. Once finished, remove & wipe down the stencil with your Lawn Fawn shammy. Now use double sided tape to attach the ‘torn’ wallpaper  to the front.


Now, stamp the cat image from the Snarky Cats stamp set onto the front, in Tuxedo Black ink. Colour in the cat with your favourite medium – I used alcohol markers for good coverage. On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the table and lamp images from the MFT Cozy Companions stamp set. Colour them, and then use the coordinating dies to die cut them.  Stamp the sentiment from the Snarky Cats set onto a strip of white paper.

Now you’re ready to put it all together! Create a bright yellow card base, and then attach a light blue cardstock panel to the front. Now, pop up the front panel using foam tape. Add the lamp, table and sentiment using foam tape or squares.

I Know Right From Wrong!

To emphasize the torn paper, I curled up the corners a bit more. Silly cat!

I hope that today’s card gave you a laugh – unless maybe you’re a cat owner, and your cat has done something similar! (mine always attacked & shredded the corners of my couch). A lot of the new Tim Holtz, and other brands are now in stock, in the store, so be sure to check them out! And speaking of cats….

Today being Friday the 13th, Scrap ‘N Stamp is also offering a SPECIAL! Get $13 OFF SELECTED ITEMS!  

Shop Friday 13th Sale

Just click the Black Cat image above, to go directly to the Specials Page!

I Know Right From Wrong!

Thanks for hanging out with me today – now go check out all of the great deals, and then get crafty!

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Stencil Us In Blog Hop

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Welcome to the Scrap & Stamp March Blog Hop- STENCIL US IN!  The girls have been working to inspire you to try something new with the stencils in your stash (and perhaps you’ll add a few to your shopping cart)!  Leave some comments along the way for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store.  If you’re shopping this weekend, you’ll enjoy 20% off all in stock stencils!  Sounds like a great time to try something new!

My card today features Repeat Tile Remnant (TCW2114), a 4×4 stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop.  I inked up my card with Distress Oxide Inks in Evergreen Bough and Forest Moss.  Since the stencil is so small, I had to put some thought into how I was going to use it.  I love pulling out texture pastes, but wasn’t quite ready for the mess I would make working on a larger panel!  Since I’ve been embracing GREEN lately (bring on spring!) I pulled out a couple shades of green Distress Oxide and experimented with the ‘repeat’ elements of the design.

I took some photos of the process, which I set up on my Make Art STAY-tion.  Here’s what the stenciling set up looked like…

Here’s how the stencil lined up to repeat.  I used a random blend of the two colors in varying intensities as I went up my panel (I was inking on a large tag which was precut from watercolor card stock).

Once I covered the tag, I decided to stagger the stencil to fill in some of the white space.  I kept a lighter hand for this step to add more color variety and texture.  The magnets in my STAY-tion really helped to keep the stencil in place as I went.  I think the hardest part was knowing when to stop and how much white space to leave!

I trimmed the panel to fit on a 5×7 kraft card, layering it on a dark grey card stock panel.  I cut a  Skeleton Leaf by Tim Holtz from the same paper stamped the sentiment beneath it.  It’s great to have get well cards on hand, and this lovely sentiment is from Scripty Sayings 2 by Gina K Designs.

I finished the card with some white Distress Spray Stain on the kraft card and a small bow from green crinkle ribbon.  Hope you like it!

Here’s the link lineup for our hop!  You’re off to see KIA next!  Have fun, and don’t forget to leave comments for a chance to win $50 to shop with in the SNS online store 🙂

Inky hugs,