How To Create a Textured Layout!

I started scrap booking 29 years ago, so you can only imagine how three kids later and a lifetime of adventures can add up! One thing that has become crucial in my albums is to only use one a year, therefore I need the layouts flat. For a few years I was filling up 5-6 albums. After awhile I ran out of places to keep them. I do not want to skip documenting important event or time because I do not  know where to store them. Hence, the transfer to flat pages. 7 Gypsies Architecture stickers and  mixed media pads are perfect to create stunning yet flat pages (that have some texture). I created this page using only a few sheets from a mixed media pad and sets of Architecture stickers. My kids and I discovered an awesome Ghost town on their spring break that I wanted to remember.

This is the paper I used:

I fussy cut some of the images from the Gypsy Mixed Media Pad to use as my title, photo mattes, and embellishments. To cut the inside of the large frame I found it most beneficial to use my exacto knife and glass mat.

I distressed the edges of the pieces that were straight by running a pair of open scissors along the edges and inked them all.

I used pop dots to adhere the large frame to the base page. This gave the layout extra interest because of the depth caused by the frame being lifted slightly.
Next, I placed a few stickers on the base of the page tucking the edges under the frame.
I used the smaller frames to not only frame the pictures, but also as mattes.
I added a few pop dots to two of the framed pictures to add more interest.
I added the large title to the corner of the layout over the frame. I used pop dots where the numbers touched the base.
Finally I added a few more stickers to round out the layout.

I did not feel as though the layout needed much text, so I skipped the journaling on it and just let the pictures speak for themselves.

Products Used:
Mixed Media Pad
Junque Pack Cabin
Crystal Ornaments Trinkets
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Compose Your Life ATC Set

When I am short on time, but want to create desperately I create Artistic Trading Cards. I was in a desperate need of some creative therapy and only had about 45 minutes. I pulled out my supplies and made three pretty cards. These are fun 2.5 by 3.5 inch cards that can be stored in baseball sleeves. A lot of artists like to trade them (hence why they are called trading cards).  They also can be used as tags on gifts. To create this set I used the Compose Your Life Mixed Media Pack.
I used the watercolor ATC cards as the base from the pack:

I painted them with Glitter Glam I have in my stash:
I cut down a few of the scrap sheets of paper. I cut the first sheet to 2.25 by 3.25 inches. The second 2.0 by 3.0 inches and the third 1.75 by 2.75 inches.
I layered the pieces on my base.
I used pop dots and the images from the line to finish my cards.

Next time you have only a few minutes to create try making a few ATCs.
Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Making a Heritage Album the Safe Way

My Mom sent me some photocopies of family pictures that go back almost a 100 years. I actually am relieved that they were copies because I could make a historical album with them and the stories without to much concern to ruining them. A blog post is far to lengthy on the stories behind the pictures and the walk thru so I created a video for you:

I created this album as a project for WeCraft. It is a website for the crafter. Go check it out and poke around 🙂

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!