Sunday, 22 April 2018

Sweet Little Moments | Vicki Boutin

Hey friends!

Today I'm sharing another layout featuring some Vicki Boutin mixed media products, the ‘All the Good Things’ collection, and a cut file from JustNick Studio! I documented a beautiful photo of my eldest daughter Abigail, taken a few months ago. Here’s my page… 


  I used the lovely ‘Floral Swag’ cut file on this page, and I decided to paint it using the new Vicki Boutin watercolors. I also used the pink art crayon, and applied it with the stencil brush, to add some depth of colour to the middle of the pink flowers. This is an easy way of adding mixed media to your layouts! I love how it turned out! 


Next I wanted to add a little bit of mixed media to my background, so I grabbed a sheet of the Vicki Boutin Foundations paper, and applied a thin coat of gesso to it. (I find that using an old credit card / gift card is a quick and easy way of applying the gesso to the cardstock.) Then I used my art crayons to create a watercolour effect on the background using some plastic packaging and a watercolor brush. I added this mainly to right hand side of the page where I wanted to add my cut file. The key to getting it to look like this is to make sure that you add gesso first, as this allows the watercolour to pool on the page rather than soaking straight in. 


Once my background was dry, I adhered the cut file using foam tape, which gave it some lovely dimension on the page. Then I was ready to add my photo and start embellishing. I tucked a couple of die cuts from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection around the cut file. I love that cute bird die cut! 


I matted my photo with the B-side of the ‘Shine Brightly’ patterned paper, and adhered it to the left of the cut file. For my title, I combined one of the foam word Thickers from the collection, with a watercolor sticker, to create the phrase ‘Sweet Little Moments’. This is a fun way of creating a unique title! 


To finish the embellishing, I fussy cut a couple of butterflies from the ‘Social Butterfly’ patterned paper and added these to the page. 


Thanks so much for joining me today! If you’d like to see how this layout came together, you can check out my process video over on my YouTube channel… 


Supplies Used: 
Foundations Paper 
Gesso 
Watercolor Set 
Art Crayons #1 – Warm 
Art Crayons #2 – Cool 
Brushes 
Watercolor Brushes 
Stencil Brush Set 
Mister Bottles 
Thickers – Phrase/Glitter Foam 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Icons 
Watercolor Stickers 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Social Butterfly 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Birds of a Feather 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Shine Brightly 


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Awesome | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a new layout for the masculine theme over on the Cocoa Vanilla blog this week. I documented a lovely photo of my son with his grandfather, using the awesome You ROCK collection! I always love the boy themed collections that Zoe designs, and this one was no exception! Here's my layout...


To start my layout off, I added some strips of patterned paper of various widths and lengths down the left hand side of the page. The papers I used were:
Stripped (reverse side)
Starshine (reverse side)
Say What (reverse side) - Totally Rad collection

I added some machine stitching through each of the strips to give the page some more texture and interest.


I created three clusters of embellishments on this layout, and arranged them diagonally down the page. The first is up in the top left hand corner of the page. In this cluster I included a wood veneer star, a circular die cut piece, and a rubber charm.


I matted my photo with the reverse side of the Plus One patterned paper, and then tucked a chipboard frame underneath the bottom right hand corner. I love how this really helps my photo to pop off the page! To the right of the photo I created another cluster using a chipboard sticker, a die cut, and a star that I fussy cut from the Starshine patterned paper.


The final cluster is down in the bottom right hand corner of the layout, and this is where I added my title. I used one the wood veneer words as the title for the page, and then I added a chipboard sticker underneath my title, and another fussy cut star to the right of it.


I finished the layout off with a few little die cut stars, a couple of little word stickers from the accessory sticker sheet, and some typed journaling.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today! If you'd like to see how I created this layout, you can check out my process video over on my YouTube channel...


Mandy x

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Sweet | Vicki Boutin

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing my layout that I created for the April Color Challenge over in the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Community Facebook group. Each month we are going to have a new challenge, and this month’s colours are inspired by the newest set of Color Pop paints! Here’s a look at the challenge, in case you haven’t seen it yet… 


I love this bright and fresh colour palette! 

This month, our design team are also going to be creating with some of the gorgeous cut files from JustNick Studio! We’re looking forward to showing you some creative ways that you can combine mixed media and cut files on your layouts! 

Here’s the layout that I created, using the April color challenge as inspiration, and the ‘Spring Flower Background’ cut file from JustNick… 


I started with a sheet of the Vicki Boutin Foundations paper, and the first thing I did was create a colourful watercolour effect on the background using the art crayons. I mixed colours together to match those on the mood board, and I love how it turned out! 


Next I added a little bit of stencilling to the background, using the circle stencil and the large stencil brush. 


I also added some stamping using the new circle stamps and the Color Wheel inks. The stencilling and stamping are just a subtle addition to the background, and they help to add some more depth and interest. 

To complete the background, I watered down some of the Iridescent Glaze and splattered it onto the page. 

While my background finished drying, I got to work backing the cut file with some patterned papers from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection, and also some vellum. Once I had done that, I added some small pieces of foam tape to the back of the cut file so that when I adhered it to the page, it would have some dimension. 


Because the background was already quite colourful and busy, I kept the embellishing fairly simple on this layout. I created a simple little cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo using a couple of die cuts from the collection. The die cut piece that says ‘This is the Good Stuff’ was perfect for this photo! 


I layered a circular journaling spot under the top right hand corner of the photo, and used this as a base to add my title to. For my title, I used one of the words from the ‘All the Good Things’ foam Thickers pack. The pop of black provides some nice contrast against the bright colours. 


To finish the layout off, I added a few of the butterflies from the watercolor sticker pack. 


Thanks so much for joining me today. If you’re not already a member of our VB Mixed Media Facebook group, make sure you come and join us, and play along with this month’s colour challenge! 

Here’s a link to my process video if you’d like to see how this page came together… 


Here’s a list of all of the Vicki Boutin products that I used to create this layout… 

Foundations Paper 
Gesso 
Creative FX Glaze - Iridescent 
Art Crayons #1 – Warm 
Art Crayons #2 – Cool 
Color Wheel Pigment Ink – Cool Tones 
Color Wheel Pigment Ink – Warm Tones 
Stencils 
Stamps and Dies – Set 3 
Watercolor Brushes 
Stencil Brush Set 
Thickers – Phrase/Glitter Foam 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Icons 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Frames 
Watercolor Stickers 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Pretty Words 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Good Vibes 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Positive Note 


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Junque Journal Page | Love | Vicki Boutin

Hey friends!

Today I'm going to share a page that I created in my Vicki Boutin Junque Journal! I chose to use the insert that has a flap that opens outwards, as I wanted this page to have an interactive element to it. This was from the Mixed Media White Paper Refill pack. I then had lots of fun adding mixed media to both the inside and the outside pages of the insert using the Color Pop acrylic paints, the new circle stamps, and a stencil! 

So let’s start with taking a look at what I did on the front of the flap. (This is the part that you can see when the flap is closed)… 


Here are the steps that I used to create the background for this page… 

1) First I chose three colours of acrylic paint and squeezed a small amount of each colour directly onto the page. (The colours I used were Saltwater Taffy, Daiquiri Ice, and Juicy Pear). Then, using an old gift card, I distributed the paint around the page, allowing the colours to mix together a little as I did this. I hadn’t tried this technique before, so I was really just experimenting to see what kind of effect I would get, and I love how it turned out! 

2) Once this had dried, I added a thin layer of white gesso over the top, just to tone down the colours a little. And I also added a little bit more of the Daiquiri Ice paint over the top. 

3) Next I added some thin strips of torn washi tape onto the background to add some texture. 

4) Then I used the new circle stamp set and some black archival ink to add a few black circles to the background. 

5) Using some black acrylic paint, and one of the Vicki Boutin paintbrushes, I then added some dashes to the background in three different areas. I like how the black paint provides some nice contrast to the page! 

6) Next I used the Vicki Boutin stencil with the little flowers on it, and I applied some texture paste through it. 

7) Lastly I added some white splatters using some watered down gesso. 

Here’s a closeup look at all those layers and details on the background… 


Once I had finished my background, I added my photo, which I matted with one of the die cut frames from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection. I mounted the photo up on some craft foam to give it some extra dimension. I also tucked a tab sticker under the right hand side of the photo. 


I added some die cut leaves under the top left hand corner of the photo, which helps to add to the ‘nature’ theme. I also adhered the die cut word ‘love’ above the photo, and I used that as the title. 


I finished it off by adding a few of the little watercolor stickers around the page. I’m very happy with how this turned out! 


Next, I was ready to start working on the inside of the insert. Here’s a look at the completed pages… 


I wanted both the inside and outside pages to look cohesive, so I used the same colours, and some of the same techniques. I created the background in the same way that I did on the front, by using the gift card to apply the paint to the background. This time though I only used the Daiquiri Ice and the Juicy Pear. I also added some stamping to the background using the circle stamp set with both black and coloured ink. I used one of the inks from the cool tones colour wheel to create the blue circles. I kept the embellishing on this page fairly minimal, and just added a couple of die cuts, and a few little butterfly stickers from the watercolor sticker pack. 


Once that page was complete, I moved over to the left hand page. I covered this page with a few of the patterned papers from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection (Positive Note, The Little Things, and Pretty Words). Next I matted my photo with the reverse side of the Soul Food paper, and once again I used craft foam to give the photo some more dimension. I also layered a couple of die cuts from the collection behind my photo. 


I typed my journaling on my typewriter and then cut it up into strips, to add to my layout. 


Then I was done! Here’s a look at how it looks in my Junque Journal… 


If you’d like to watch me create these pages, you can check out my process video here… 


And here’s a list of all of the Vicki Boutin products that I used to create these Junque Journal pages… 

Junque Journal 
Junque Journal Refills – White Paper 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 2 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 3 
Color Wheel Pigment Ink – Cool Tones 
Gesso 
Stencils 
Stamps & Dies – Set 3 
Paint Brushes 
Cardstock Stickers 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Icons 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Frames 
Washi Tape 
Watercolor Stickers 
Double-Sided Patterned Paper – Pretty Words 
Double-Sided Patterned Paper – The Little Things 
Double-Sided Patterned Paper – Soul Food 
Double-Sided Patterned Paper – Postive Note


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Precious | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi friends!

Happy Easter to you and your families! Whatever you do to celebrate Easter, I hope that you have a lovely day!

I wanted to take the opportunity to create an Easter themed layout to share with you today! The beautiful soft pastel colours in the Cocoa Vanilla More than Words collection makes it perfect for scrapbooking your Easter memories! I documented a couple of photos of my youngest daughter from last Easter. I love the joy that children find in the small things (like being allowed to eat chocolate eggs before breakfast on Easter!). Here's the layout that I created...


I started my layout off by trimming about 1cm off the left hand side and the top of the page. I then matted the layout onto the reverse side of the Effervescent patterned paper and added some machine stitching along those two edges.

Next I chose four of the papers out of the 6x6 paper pad and layered them together on the background. I didn't trim them down, I just used them as is. This was a quick and easy way of creating a matt for my photos to sit on. I also tucked three chipboard frames from the Wild at Heart collection into the paper layers. This adds some extra interest and dimension to the page.

I matted one of the photos with the reverse side of the Darling Buds patterned paper, and the other with the reverse side of the Treasure patterned paper. Then I got to work embellishing the layout!

I created a small cluster to the left of the photos, that includes two floral die cuts, and a little word sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.


I created a second cluster to the right of the photos. Here I layered together some more die-cuts, as well as a couple of chipboard stickers from the collection. How perfect is that little bunny die-cut for adding to an Easter themed project?!


For my title, I used one of the words from the chipboard sticker sheet, and I also added another floral die-cut to the right of the title, completing the visual triangle.


I finished the layout off with some grey ink splatters, and a sprinkling of enamel dots.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Maybe you've been inspired to document your Easter memories using the beautiful More than Words collection as well?!

Mandy x

Friday, 30 March 2018

2 | Vicki Boutin

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a layout for the Vicki Boutin Design Team, featuring the beautiful iridescent glaze, the cool pack of art crayons, and one of the new Vicki Boutin stencils. I wanted to create a boy themed page this time, so I decided to pull out all of the blue and green patterned papers and embellishments from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection, and I absolutely love this colour palette! Here’s the layout that I created… 


To create my background, I started by applying the iridescent glaze through the circle stencil using a palette knife. 


I added it to three sections on my background. I knew that I wanted to position my photo on the right hand side of the page, roughly half way down the page, and I wanted the mixed media to create like a sideways ‘T’ shape. 


Now take a look at the magic that happened when I applied the green and blue art crayons over the top of the stencilled background! I love how this turned out! To do this, I simply scribbled the art crayons onto some plastic packaging, added a little water using my waterbrush, and then ‘smooshed’ it onto the background. 


Once my background was completed, I got to work adding lots of layers of patterned paper behind my photo. I distressed the edges of the patterned papers to give them some extra texture, and I also used craft foam between the layers to create lots of dimension! 


I created a cluster of embellishments to the right of the photo by layering together some of the die-cut ephemera pieces from the collection. I decided on using that number ‘2’ as the title for my layout, as the photo was taken at my son’s 2nd birthday party. I also used one of the paperclips that has a cute bird on it, but I cut the paperclip off it and just used it as a die cut. On the top right hand corner of the photo I adhered a little chipboard banner. 


On the left hand side of the photo I added the die cut piece that says ‘Life is Good’. I like how the black embellishments add some nice contrast to the page. Under this, I added one of the cardstock stickers from the collection, and I love how the colours on this sticker coordinate perfectly with the blues and greens that I used on my background. 


To finish the layout off, I added some handwritten journaling, as well as a few of the patterned enamel circles from the Finishing Embellishments pack. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at my layout. If you’d like to watch how this layout came together, you can watch my process video over on my YouTube channel… 


Here’s a list of all of the Vicki Boutin products that I used to create this layout… 

Foundations Paper 
Creative FX Glaze - Iridescent 
Art Crayons #2 – Cool 
Stencils 
Watercolor Brushes 
Cardstock Stickers 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Icons 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Frames 
Self-Adhesive Finishing Embellishments 
On the Edge Paper Embellishments 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Blossom to Awesome 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Pretty Words 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Birds of a Feather 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Soul Food 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Good Vibes 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Positive Note 



Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Beach Day | Vicki Boutin

Hey friends! 

Today I'm sharing a layout that I created for the Vicki Boutin design team, and this time it's a double page spread! It’s been a long time since I’ve created one, and although it was a bit of a challenge, I had a lot of fun creating it, and I’m happy with how it turned out! Here’s the completed layout… 


I had a play with the brand new Vicki Boutin watercolors on this layout! The colours are gorgeous… So bright and vibrant! I used a brayer to apply the paint to the background, starting off with yellow. 


Once the yellow was dry, I applied the teal over the top, using the same technique with the brayer. I mixed together a blue and a green to make the teal colour. 


After I had applied this, I felt like it was a little too dark, so I decided to apply a coat of gesso over the top to tone it down a little. I still wanted to be able to see the teal, but just didn’t want it to be quite so dark. I applied the gesso using both a brayer and a palette knife, and I like that this also adds some more interest to the background. 


Once the background was dry, I added some strips of patterned paper down both sides of the layout. I distressed the edges of the patterned papers to give them some texture and interest. Then I was ready to bring in my photos and start embellishing the layout. 

I included five photos that were taken on my birthday last year when we spent the day at the beach. I love that by creating a double page spread, I was able to include all of these photos on the one layout! I added some craft foam underneath a couple of the photos to raise them up and give them some extra dimension. 


I embellished the layout with some beautiful brightly coloured butterflies from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection. A couple were from the die cut ephemera pack, and the others were fussy cut out of the Social Butterfly patterned paper. I added some craft foam underneath the wings of a couple of the butterflies to make them look like they were floating off the page. I love the dimension that this adds to the page. 


I added my title to the page using the chipboard Thickers from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection. I LOVE these alphabet stickers – they’re so versatile! Underneath my title I added my journaling, which I hand-wrote onto one of die cut journaling spots. 


I finished the layout off with a few word stickers from the cardstock sticker sheet, and some enamel dots. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! Maybe you’ve been inspired to try out a double page layout as well! 

I have a process video for this layout if you’d like to watch how it came together… 


Here’s a list of all of the Vicki Boutin products that I used to create this layout… 

Watercolors 
Gesso 
Roller Phrase Stamp 
Mister Bottles 
Cardstock Stickers 
Thickers – Alpha/B&W Chipboard 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Icons 
Cardstock Die- Cuts – Frames 
Self-Adhesive Finishing Embellishments 
Double-Sided Patterned Paper – Blossom to Awesome 
Double-Sided Patterned Paper – Social Butterfly 
Double-Sided Patterned Papers – Good Vibes