Stay Thankful Mini

The Antiquated challenges always are my fav and this one was pretty fab!  This month we had a great little vintage comic mini in our December kits to have fun with!!

Coming off of Thanksgiving and seeing everyone listing everything they are thankful for last month on social media but then going into December that stopped I got to thinking…WHY?!  We need to STAY thankful!  With that message deep in my heart I received this kit and knew I had to make my mini a “Stay Thankful” themed mini to at least get us though the rest of the holiday season and remind us we need to stay thankful more than just in November.

So the pages are super cute before you even get to decorating but I got to layering and painting!

I added inserts like this tag I made by using my Sizzix to cut a tree out of the center of the paper and then machine sewing the Hambly overlay behind it.  Another insert I did was to use the large butterfly on that same overlay as a single cutout, punched a hole in the top of the wing and made it an insert towards the back of the book as well

This tassel keyring was made with some of the ribbons from the kit and then attached to the binder ring that holds the book together.

The Cover is embellished by painting a rough square in the center with gesso and then sticking the word “stay” on in the American Craft foam letters and painting over them with gesso.  I added some texture beads to the gesso to give some added dimension and interest.  When that was all dry I added the work “thankful” with some letter stickers from my stash.  Then I layered on a bunch of die cuts I made using the papers from the kit and then place the arrow and leaf glitter foam stickers.  Looking at it now I wish I would have inked up the die cuts but oh well!

This mini had so many  possibilities and I’m not even done with mine, It’s ready to be filled with all my thankful moments!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

The December kit includes a super fun vintage book card. Or perhaps it should be called a library card or a flash card. Whatever you choose to call it, it is so fun! Mine had the word “like” or “likes” on it and because of it’s oblong size, I just knew I had to make a mini book!

So, what to put in as the pages? Well, the fun black pockets filled with tags were just the thing!

As you can see, I used some patterned paper to create a quick little accordion binding. To do this, all you need is paper that has been folded back and forth, as if to make a fan. You then glue your page, or black pocket in this case, onto one side of each fold. Ta da! Instant book. And, it’s so cool how it folds out!

And here you can see it all stacked up…

I went to town on the cover, stenciling with the Prima stencil, painting, collaging, etc…

One of the gorgeous gold Thickers points to my inspiration word. And what’s that about anyway? Well, I am going to journal on all of those tags inside those black pockets all the things I am loving right now as a 39 year old. Fun, right? Things like favorite tv shows, foods, colors, etc…

The inside got the same messy, painty fun…

See all that yummy stitching? I used some of the ribbon in the kit to reinforce the spine and simply stitched it on. Practical and pretty. YAY!

And as you can see, one of the cool clips included in the kit keeps all the goodness closed up tight.

I made sure to tie some lovely ribbon bits from my stash and from the kit to each of the tags in the black pockets so that the mini has lots of texture. I just love the way this came out and I think it will be so fun to look back on what I was loving at this time in my life.

Thanks for stopping by today! What will you make with some of your vintage kit goodies?

 

Happy New Year

In a few days the New Year !!! We have a lot of snow and it’s cold! But today my layout about the New Year in Thailand))) LOL My daughter now lives there, and she will meet the New Year without a Christmas tree and snow.

I made it so funny – the main symbol of Santa Claus))) I cut this layout on a plotter. He is very funny in these shorts for swimming in polka dots))) My daughter has a hobby of freediving. In the photo she and her boyfriend in a special suit for swimming. I used a sheet of flesh-colored cardboard from the December set. To have a volume, I glued the details to the volume pads of double-sided adhesive tape.

In St. Petersburg in the winter there is little sun and I could not make a beautiful photo of the inscription. It is very bright, beautiful and shiny! I used blue foil for this task.I used a conventional glue stick to create a sticky layer. First, I cut out the letters from the white cardstock on the plotter. Then I took one letter and made glue smears with glue-pencil. While the euclaia does not dry up very quickly, we put the foil on top and press it tightly with a finger on the foil several times. We remove the foil, the shiny layer is left on the letter! The letters merged on the mottled background of the sheet, I added a substrate for each letter and glued them to volumetric pads of glue tape.

This Santa makes me smile))) He likes you as much as me ????)))) He is clearly at a loss that so many bright colors are surrounding him))) He is buried in these magnificent colors. I cut out these flowers from a sheet of diaper paper AMY TANGERINE HUSTLE AND HEART   from the KIT of December.

I count on your smile and admiring comments! It looks crazy fun! LOL  Happy New Year! I wish you many happy and bright moments in your life! See you in the new year))))

Vintage Comic Book Mini Album with Pizazz

I am a true vintage girl, so when I received this handmade vintage Archie comic book mini album, I squealed just a bit!  I love mini albums and this one was so much fun to make.  I used quite a few techniques on this mini including stenciling with modeling paste, watercolor, paint and inking.  The possibilities are endless.

I gathered up some supplies including ribbon, paper, embellishments to add to the cover.

I used the word Today from the kit for the cover, I love the shiny lettering it adds such pizazz to the cover.


There are plenty of pages to add more photos, envies and folds to hold your vintage ephemera and photos.

Archie Comic Mini Book!

Happy Friday ladies!! Our December Bad Girls Couture kit reveal is TODAY and I just love the 42nd. St. Soda Shoppe kit. I love using bright colors on my layouts/projects. They make me so happy, but what made me even happier this month was receiving the adorable mini album that Wendy made by hand using Archie comic books!! AH, IT IS SO AWESOME. I wanted to hoard mine, but Wendy made me use it. 🙂 I am not sure what she used to glue the pages to the chipboard pieces, but it’s nice and sturdy. Nice job Wendy on making such  a one of a kind piece for this month’s kit.

I decided to use the gold thickers throughout the mini. The gold looks so pretty against the album pages. And I am not a big gold person…but it looks pretty… and masculine. For this album, I decided to focus on the silly, happy photos of my son. He is ALWAYS happy… he’s such a happy kid.

For the inside, I used some cut-apart labels and word stickers from my stash to help tell my story. I wanted to keep this mini simple, focusing on the photos. ;0

I love these crazy pictures of Edward. He asked me to do a photo shoot before his soccer game and I captured his personality PERFECTLY.

That smile…I can’t get enough of it. Yes, there’s pink in this album. Who says you can’t use pink, flowers and butterflies in a boy’s mini book? It’s perfectly OK.

What do you think? Are you ready to try making one of these? I just love how this turned out. This little mini is going into a baggie then into Edward’s baby box.

Antiquated FRIDAY!!

HAPPY FRIDAY BAD GIRLIES!!  Y’all ready to get your antique vibes on?!

For this layout I didn’t actually use anything vintage or antique at all but I think it really has a wonderful vintage french victorian feel to it and it just suits the feeling of the photos and the event I was scrapbooking so well.

To create this feeling you have to have lots of details, layers and rich textures.  This kit was perfect to create that feeling.  The papers had plenty of wonderful elements you could select to focus on and cut out to make focal points and really use a embellishments rather than over all background papers.  I really loved the Prima paper with all the frames, this really helped to set the tone.  Also creating some little mini hat pins with the pearls gave some great dimension and richness.  To create these I just strung the pearls on some jewelry head pins and secured them between the pearls with a dot of hot glue.  The lace really gives texture and a vintage victorian feeling.

I really loved the pretty blue and metallic silver flowers in the pattered Prima paper but I thought a whole sheet of it would be too busy and overpowering for this layout.  Cutting out a few and placing them as embellishments worked really well again some the simpler pattern paper and some coordinating card stock I had on hand.

For the title work, I used the Prima stencil and the Bad Girls gesso and scraped a dollop of it across the stencil then pulled it up so it would be kinda think.  Once dried It gave a somewhat raised, embossed effect…not as raised as modeling paste but very lovely and perfect for durability in a scrapbook album.  Then I rubbed some of the silver Prima wax across it with my finger and dug through my alphabet stash to find the perfect letters.  I loved that I found some letters that were a coordinating color and had some texture to them, I think that added a lot to the overall feeling of the page.  If you didn’t have letters with texture, you could smear a bit of thick paint, emboss them with embossing powder or glitter them and that would be great texture options as well.

Lastly, I added a generous touch of gesso on the Prima flower and a heavy inking all around the page as well as a silver wax rub around the edge of the photos.

These little inking and gesso touches really do give them a finishing vintage feeling.  I hope you can take some of these touches to give your next layout or project a vintage vibe!

Forever- A Vintage Layout with Fussy Cutting

Happy Friday, friends!

Today, I have a layout to share using the amazing November scrapbook kit, and a simple tutorial for using some cut outs. The Prima Marketing Zella Teal paper in the kit is out of this world beautiful! I love the paper with the rose pattern, so I decided to fussy cut nearly the entire sheet. On the other side, there is a vintage map print, so I used both sides for my project. I knew I wanted to use one of the large circles and one of the small ones, so I cut those out first, then turned the page over and fussy cut out a lot of the images so I would have a lot to create my design. I used nearly every image on the paper!

Because I planned to use the background paper you see in the picture, I wanted to add some definition of the flowers, so I added some black chalk ink to the edges.

This picture below is an “in process” design as I was trying to see how I wanted to place the fussy cutting. Once I decided on placement, and took a picture, I was ready to remove all of the elements for gluing down.

To add dimension and ease of placing the fussy cut images, I wanted to “pop up” the globe. I COULD have used foam adhesive squares, but that would have been a lot of squares- and cardboard is better because it’s quicker, not to mention, FREE! I added double-sided tape to a piece of cardboard with plenty of room underneath to place the fussy cut images, and also support the size of the Prima Marketing resin frame.

And, here’s the end result:

I added some script stamping with grey pigment ink around the flowers. (I also added some extra flowers from my stash to coordinate with the beautiful flowers from the kit.)

For the smaller circle, I added the smaller Prima Marketing resin frame, and used some of the Prima Marketing wax to highlight the features of the frame and tone down the bright white. The cute little tag was left over from the October Bad Girls Couture kit, so I used it, and added some number stickers from my stash for the year.

I popped up the photo a bit by adding some vintage blue lace trim that was also from a past kit- the October mixed media kit- the blue tone was perfect for these Prima Marketing papers!

I also added a title from my stash, as well as some lace and scroll for added interest on the right side of the frame.

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Vintage Layout Using 7 Gypsies Paper

Hello, Baddies!

Today, I’m sharing a vintage style layout using some of the beautiful, timeless 7 Gypsies papers from the November scrapbook kit.  7 Gypsies is my go-to paper for all things vintage- the patterns are unique, yet classic, and will always give you the worn-out beautiful look that makes your projects look ANTIQUATED!

Here’s my layout:

 So, I used all 4 sheets of 7 Gypsies paper from the kit- the background page is perfect as is- the only thing I did to this paper was give it a light white-washing of watered down Bad Girls Couture Gesso (This gesso is perfect- you NEED IT!).

I did the same to the black patterned paper- minimal white washing for a slightly more distressed look to tone down the dark- it’s a small detail that adds so much to the composition of nearly any vintage project.

I cut out some bricks from one of the pieces of paper to tuck under the flower clusters- I distressed the pieces, then inked with black chalk ink for added definition.

I also cut out a frame using one of my favorite Sizzix dies, and made flowers with the tan and red polka dot paper.

I also white-washed the flowers with the gesso- the red flowers are from my stash, but could easily be made by hand, which I WAS going to do with the leftovers of one of my projects with the red Prima Marketing paper from the kit, but I MAY have accidentally thrown it away! 🙁

Behind the flowers, I used some pieces of an old applique I had. I love the look of using fabric and appliques on vintage projects. I knew it would be a good fit for this layout, but when I was working on my design, I noticed that the applique was the same shade as the lace trim from the kit, so I colored the applique pieces with some pigment powders.

The Prima Marketing peridot rhinestones from the kit were the perfect accent for the frame, which really ties the green from the applique and the papers all together. I cut up the cup chain to add the rhinestones in different sizes individually to highlight the die cut frame.

Lastly, I added a title and a heart locket from my stash to complete the design.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking a look at my layout! Be sure to grab a November kit from the SHOPPES, if you haven’t already!

No Place Like Home

 


Hello all my vintage friends, it is time to get Antiquated!  How about a full layout that says nothing but VINTAGE written all over it.  This 7Gypsies Architextures paper was incredibly inspiring along with all the images that I could fussy cut out and make it look like my fireplace mantel at home. Some twine and cord to hang the photos up.  Stenciling and painting, gesso…got a bit messy but what a fun and unique layout.  I keep it up on my mantel.  I adore how it looks.

 

Close up of the stencil work that was only added to the cream/white portions of the original paper.  Wiping it with some gesso and paint ever so lightly to keep the look subtle.

Thanks so much for visiting today! For more inspiration, check out our gallery!

Creating A Vintage Element

Hello Michelle here on this happy Friday sharing my Antiqued project.

Adding a special touch to your layout has never been easier! The moment I saw this paper I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

This layout project was made using Prima’s paper clay, vintage border mould and stamps along with the Tattered Angel paint, all included in this month’s Bad Girl Couture kit.

It’s very easy to use the moulds! Once you start creating with them using the silicone moulds & paper clay, you will want to do it over and over again because of the possibilities of what you can create using them together. Once you allow the clay to dry you can start adding color to give it that vintage antique look. To get the color match my paper, I used a very high pigmented ink in the color teal. I love that you can choose so many of combinations to fit the color scheme in your home. And to add that vintage aged look I used added a distressed ink.

The pink felt flowers in the kit are simply amazing. The made my page pop! and I added pastel leaves using my punch to tie it all in.

Extra Tip…….the moulds are food safe! You can create gorgeous candies and chocolates in exquisite designs! Or use them to make beautiful, shabby-chic candles and soaps!