Creating a Mixed Media Background

I have lots of stencils and mixed media in my supplies that I love to get messy with.  A favorite technique is to use these products to create a scrapbooking background.  The project I am posting today began with just this sort of idea in mind.  It took a while for this layout to come together and I talk about that in the process video below.

I started with some mists and stencils, then added some texture paste to complete the mixed media portion of the project.  I added some patterned paper and embellishments to complete the layout.  Check out the photos below and the process video.

I had lots of fun with this, even though the process seemed to take a while!

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Altenew Extra Special

The Altenew stamp sets are some of my favorite on the market.  The florals are absolutely stunning and call my name with every new release.  I used the Extra Special stamp set to create my project for today’s post, and I love the results.  I combined this set with the Handmade Tags Dies as well as a few other products from my stash.

I started with some Canson watercolor paper…I heat embossed the floral image using black Stampin’ Up! embossing powder.  Then I colored in the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I created a background using the My Favorite Things background stamp Lined Up Dots and some Wow Pearl Gold Sparkle embossing powder.  Here is a list of a few other things I used, as well as some photos and the process video:

  • Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Pool Party cardstock (SU)
  • My Favorite Things Scalloped Stitched Frames

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STC #32 6×6 Paper Pads

When I am buying a new collection, I always try to get the 6×6 patterned paper pad.  The small pads are so great for all sorts of applications in paper crafting.  Kelly Barron and I decided to make these little gems our focus in our 32nd edition of Scrap the Challenge this week.

My layout is very simple; I have not done a lot of embellishing or fussing with this one.  I have simply taken three 6×6 papers as basic layers behind the photo and used some fussy cut pieces from a 12×12 paper as my embellishments.  Super easy!  I love how Kelly uses the papers in her layers, as well.  We often have a good chuckle over how we sometimes choose the same collection or exact papers for our projects…this is not planned!

Here are some photos of my layout and the process video.  Thanks for stopping by!

Always Fun

If you check back to the beginning of my YouTube channel, you will see that I have enjoyed using mixed media on my layouts since…..well….forever 🙂  I have a lot of mixed media supplies in my stash because I have been a painter/crafter of sorts for many years (decades, in fact #sadly#old#notquiteasenior).  I love to use all sorts of fun stuff in paper crafting; this layout I am sharing today is reminiscent of my love of paint and beautiful colors.

I started by treating my white card to some opaque gesso, and then dry brushed acrylic paint in stripes onto the paper.  This is an extremely easy way to create a background…this is not rocket science…just a very simple technique to create some interest.  Turns out if you have some paint and ink you can create some fun stuff on your paper for a background without patterned paper!

I used two photos for my layout and some products from Crate Paper Oasis.  By the way, who else out there loves anything made by Crate Paper??  One of my favorites for sure!

The title cut file Always is from Just Nick Studios cut file store.  Nicole Nowosad has some of my favorite cut files…oh…and she is Canadian!!  I try to support creators who create and sell in Canadian dollars as much as possible.  I buy from a variety of places, but try to support Canadian artists as much as I can.  There are some really awesome Canadian online shops.  Scrap ‘n Stamp is a good one as is R & R Scrapbooking.  Rhea at R & R is out of Edmonton and she will ship your product the day of the order in most cases.  I get my stuff from her either the next day or within two days!  That’s amazing!

Here are some photos of my layout and the link to the video.  Thanks so much for stopping by and supporting my crafty side…I truly appreciate it!


There are some color combinations in paper crafting that just appeal to me so much; one of those is robin’s egg blue, soft yellow and kraft.  The Jen Hadfield Simple Life collection has this color combo and was the inspiration for the colors I chose for my layout “Smile”.

I wanted to scrap this photo of Jordan that we had taken by a professional photographer when he graduated high school in 2010.  The photos turned out so nice and I especially love the ones with the violin.  Jordan is such a special person with so many neat qualities.  One of those is his love for expressing himself through music.  He plays violin, guitar and trumpet; pretty cool!  Here are some photos of my layout and a link to the process video.

Sushi Date

The MFT Sushi Date stamp and die set is part of the March release this month. I really love the MFT products; they are a favorite for me.  When I saw the Sushi Date set, I couldn’t resist.  I have a sushi lover in the family, so he will be getting many sushi themed cards and tags in the future, lol.

I did some simple coloring with Copic markers on the card; I also used a little bit of Distress Ink in the background.  I am glad I bought the dies with this set since so many of the elements are tiny little parts.  I also used some of the new black and white 6×6 papers from MFT.  This paper pad will be very versatile in my card making process.

Here are some photos and the link to the process video:

Choose Crazy

I made an impromptu visit to the city on the weekend to help out my number one son; he is getting ready to move to another province in a few months and I gave him some help with a few things.  We also took some time to visit and take this Snapchat picture!  I was bugging him that he would have to get the App before he moves so that we can use Snapchat to communicate once he has moved.  I am not looking forward to this move; my kids have always lived near by and I don’t think I am going to handle this very well.  There will be lots of trips to Ontario in the future!

I created this layout using the Dear Lizzy collection, Lovely Day.  I have quite a bit of the collection still and wanted to use more of it up.  The fox paper is so adorable and I love the colors.  I just thought the fox theme went well with the Snapchat filter, so I went with it.  I am also using a cool sketch that I pinned from Pinterest.  Here are some photos and the video process link.


I love this photo I used for this layout…a shot of my mom with B when B was around four years old.  They both look like they are just played right out and need a break from the fun of camping.  We used to have so much fun on our family camping trips.  I miss that and I know my kids do too.

I used my inexpensive watercolor palette from Michael’s for this project as well as some stamps from my stash.  I like the result and I hope it inspires you to try something like this on a project.  It is a super easy way to add something a little different.  You do not need many supplies to create a layout like this.  Here are some photos of the layout and a link to the video.

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So Lovely

I love to use mixed media on my scrap book pages, especially with a subtle patterned paper.  This Maggie Holmes paper from Chasing Dreams is just sublime, and perfect for adding a little gesso and some Inklingz from Shimmerz.  I added the mixed media and some sewing with gold thread, a few die cuts that I made with my Big Shot and a few other little bits and pieces and voila!  I like how this turned out.  Documenting a moment from Bailey’s nursing grad when my two favorite girls posed for the camera.  Love it!

Here is a link to the process:


Glimmer and Shine

There are so many new and fun products coming out all of the time…it’s super hard on my bank account, lol.  Nuvo has been introducing a bunch of cool new stuff over the last year or so.  One such product is the Glimmer Paste.  It has some properties I really love; the first is the sparkle and the second is that it dries very fast.  When creating a project, it’s nice to work with a paste that doesn’t take forever to set up.

I created a card this weekend using the Moonstone Glimmer Paste as a background element.  I used a stencil to apply the paste with a plastic spatula.  I really like the detail it added to my card.  Here are some photos and a link to the process video.