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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How to Create 6 Cards from Compose Your Life Media Pack

Sometimes I find it challenging to commit to a line of product. I want to play with it, but I do not want to invest in buying the entire thing. I adore the Media Packs from Canvas Corp Brands. Each pack comes with a variety of products without an overwhelming amount that drives the cost up. I always can get a lot of use from them. I was able to create six cards with leftovers in which I made Artistic Trading Cards.  The “Compose Your Life” line is a stunner! Not only are the images gorgeous, but they are printed on watercolor paper in which you can add your own touch. For this project I did pull in two additional sheets from the line, but not part of the pack to create the embellishments. I also used a few Tattered Angel Glimmer Mists from my stash on the textured wood paper as well as the tags.

Here are my cards and how I created them:

The additional two sheets of paper are Floral Spheres and Red Floral Pieces.

The additional two sheets of paper are Floral Spheres and Red Floral Pieces.

Using my Scan N Cut (You could fussy cut these too!) I trimmed out the flowers, leaves and circles.
I used the lovely paper in the pack to create my 5 by 5 inch card bases trimming each down to 5 by 10.
I used a score board to fold them in half.

The sentiments with this line are gorgeous.

I trimmed each out and inked the edges for the cards.

I misted the tags from the pack in coordinating Tattered Angel Sprays from my stash and set aside to dry.

I used Glam Glaze in the wood grain paper and inked it lightly to bring out the texture.

To assemble the cards I picked out bits and pieces for each card as I went.

I added pop dots to add a more interest and depth to the cards.

Here are the cards I created:

These would make a wonderful gift. I added the burlap from the pack and rose ribbon from my stash to bundle them together.

It is amazing how much use and fun you can have from the mixed media packs. Go to the shop and see if a line you have been curious about is available in a pack!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!