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BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU WILL

Good morning! I know that for some of you, mixed media makes you nervous. Listen, I get it…but you have no idea how much fun you are missing by not giving these journals, paints and molding paste a try. So…today, my goal is to show you how EASY it is to create a mixed media journal spread. You do not need to have a lot of product to do these spreads. If you have paint, molding paste and some stencils with a few scraps…that’s all you need.

I made this spread last weekend when I was bored and I didn’t really want to scrapbook a layout. But I wanted to play and get messy. I found the “Believe you can and you will” sticker in my stash and thought, I love that! I need to put that on a journal page as a good reminder to myself.

To begin this spread, I painted the stitched cardstock journal page using the Ooops! My Bad Haute Mess Acrylic Paint. You don’t want to completely cover it using the paint. Allow some white to peak through.

Once it’s almost completely dry, add some of the “Drop Dead Gorgeous” paint. Again, leave some white showing. You can paint over the first layer of paint.

Next, use a palette knife to spread on some of the ” X-rated” paint. I like using the palette knife because it creates a different look depending on how hard you press on the palette knife when scraping across the page.

Once the yellow is dry, use the Haute Mess Molding Paste and a stencil to create some fun designs! I like using this technique because it really brings the colors out!

When applying the Haute Mess Molding Paste across the stencil, be sure to hold the stencil in place so it does not move which will cause smearing. Also, make sure to spread a good amount of paste over the stencil and go over the stencil in one direction. I normally spread the paste from top to bottom in one fluid movement. Then, I repeat this process until the entire stencil is covered. Once the entire stencil is covered, you can carefully scrape any excess paste off the stencil to add it back to the jar. Carefully, lift the stencil off the journal page and let it try for one hour.

And here it is… amazing, right!? And super fun!

To complete the spread, I hand-cut a buttefly image from patterned paper and then used my fingers to rub the paint on the butterfly to create a neat, blended look. Then I used Yes Paste to glue the butterfly to the center of the page. Once the glue was dry, I used foam squares to add the “Believe you can and you will” sticker to the center of the butterfly using a few foam squares. Then I fed a piece of ribbon through the metal key and adhered it to the center of the butterfly using a  Heavy Matte Gel. I added a few spashes of Turquoise Glimmer Mist and White Spray Ink just for fun.

 

That’s all there is to this journal spread! Think you’re ready to make one of your own? I can’t wait to see your creations in our gallery!

Mini Mannequin!! Totally sexy!!

Hello, Candy here bringing sexy back with this mini mannequin form.  Making these beauties is my passion and I have made them smaller all the way up to full size.  I have even created a wearable dress out of paper.  I am a  true vintage girl, so 7Gypsies is close to my heart and it made it pitter patter when I got some in the November kit.

I took a punch and made small flowers.  Layering them from the bottom up to create the main dress.  The middle corset is more paper that is layered vertically to create the look.  These metal balls were just perfect to complete the look up the corset as well as finish off the necklace.  And don’t even get me started on the mini picture frame.  So vintage and cute!

 


Close up of the details in the corset and top

 

Fussy cutting- this is one crabby layout

Hi everyone! This has been such a fun kit to work with. I’ve been doing a lot of fussy cutting lately. I love looking through my patterned papers for fun little patterns to use as die cuts on my projects. It’s super easy to do and it helps me save money on embellishments! Most of the time, I cut the patterns out using a pair of scissors, then I use foam squares to adhere them to my projects.

This layout has quite a bit of fussy cutting and lots of layering. I cut the tag from the cut-apart sheet to help frame my photo. The crab, celestial sun, boat and “the seashore” word flag were all cut from patterned paper. I stamped the “love this” rectangle onto patterned paper then cut it out using scissors to add another layer to the photo. The green and brown paper behind the photo is actually the packaging from the Prima flowers that I decided to recycle onto the layout! I am all about recycling… My husband thinks I am nuts… I may be… just a little nuts and crazy, but a fun one! haha

Since this is a beach layout, I added some torn paper at the bottom to make it took like ripped tides…

I cut the “Remember” title using my Silhouette Portrait to complete the layout. This is as about a junked up I could manage considering I tend to be more of a simple scrapbooker. 🙂 I hope I was able to inspire to try fussy cutting on your next project. I find that it can be very therapeutic!

 

Thanks for visiting today!

Welcome to the November Bad Girls DT Challenge!!

 

Welcome! What do you think about the November Kit?! Have you had the chance to play with the gesso and wax? If you have not, let us inspire you to put that kit to good use! The gesso is very easy to work with; we like how smooth it goes on to just about any surface! And it’s so versatile. Try mixing gesso and paint together to create a fun medium to use with stencils! The wax can be used on just about any surface to create a nice, shiny, look to frames, chipboard, wood and metal trinkets.

Take a look at what they created. We are so inspired with their creativity! We just love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?!

 
Irina Volzhina
 
Nicole Martel
 
Michelle Rossibell
 
Michelle Sanders
 

Rae Moses

 Candy Rosenberg
 
 Melissa Larson
Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on a variety of crafty inspiration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Fabric Mini Book


Happy Monday! I’ve been anxiously waiting to share this little mini album with you! I just love the October Bad Girls Couture Kit. Have you checked out their kits? They are fabulous! I was inspired by these colors and the kit has a few of these colors in a deeper hue. I added a touch of gold to make these colors pop!

Pinterest Inspiration

I used the packaging from the 7gypsies tins as inserts for the mini book. This mini album is 3″x3″. I love making this size mini because it’s super easy and it works great for those of you who can’t seem to throw your scraps out. Hey, I am not picking on you… I am the same way!

I used gesso to adhere the fabric to the packaging to use as theand back of the mini book. I cut several pieces of patterns from the Prima Paper to use as inserts and photo mats for the mini.

Once the gesso was somewhat dry, I used scissors to cut the excess fabric from the edges.

And because I am always looking for ways to save trees and recycle… I cut the little words from the packaging to use as embellishments for the mini album.

Here are my little pages.

Here are a few close-ups:

I used my Bind-It-All to bind the pages together. I can’t remember the last time I used it. I finally dusted it off and put it to good use.

I used a little piece of transparency… sparingly. I am hording the rest.

The photos are all 2″x2″ (maybe a little smaller).

And here is the cover. Nothing too fancy… I wanted to keep it simple!

Remember, the next time you are about to throw those scraps away… you can maybe make a little mini book instead! They make great gifts.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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!

 

Ready to break some rules?

SOOOO Excited to share this with y’all!!  Today we are breaking rules and getting crazy!  And on this layout I had to do a two page spread, I know, kicking’ old school!  LOL  But lets be real, we need to be working on double page spreads for out books with multiple pictures because we take tons of pictures.  And for me, I have two boys that are both artsy and the theme of this page includes them both but I wanted them to each have their own dedicated space and feel for the page so I did a double page spread.

I used lots of my favorite Hambly that Wendy included in the kit (THANK YOU WENDY!!) and paired with with the Melissa Francis and 7 Gypsies papers.  Since Zane’s drawing was very architectural and almost blueprintish and I printed it with a little bit of a sepia filter it really set the tone.  But I needed a title and I wanted something bold and big but not too bright to distract too much from the large picture of the drawing.  So I wen to last month’s kit and pulled out the big chipboard letters and just rubbed some gesso over them with my finger to give them a white washed weathered look and added some letter stickers from my stash for a little pop of color.  I also smeared some of that gesso and some aqua paint randomly over the page for some color and interest before attaching some Hambly overlay bits I was carefully rationing!  LOL!

For the facing page I pretty much did the same thing, layered the papers, smeared the gesso and teal paint and layered the Hambly overlay piece before placing the pictures in an interesting cluster.  Then added my title in a variety of different alpha stickers for additional interest.  I really felt like I was free to just have fun on this layout.  The letters I used for “Raising” were letters from the hardware store that I loved.  And the teal letters are letters I use in my bible journaling so I just pulled from everywhere.  Lastly, you guessed it, I just inked everything and stapled the last of my Hambly scraps

So go grab some unconventional supplies or do some techniques you have been scared to try and break some rules!

Playing with Screen Prints

Hi everyone. I am back with another layout using the fabulous October Bad Girls Couture Kit. When I first saw the Hambly Screen Print, my eyes immediately went towards the big oval frame. So, naturally, I thought of something to use it for… a frame of course! I simply used scissors to cut out the image then used my tape runner to add some adhesives to the corners behind the black. You can staple transparency to the layout as well… that is what I usually do.

I added a few sheets of the tin foil to decorate the base of my layout. Then I added a strip of patterned paper and transparency. I hand-cut the postal image to use as a die cut for my layout. The “Good Times” banner was created using a roller stamp and an image cut from the Prima paper. I used a marker to color it lime green to pull the green from the leaf of the flower.
I hand-cut the cupids from the Prima paper then used a pink marker to color in the heart. Then I used a foam square to pop the image off the page. I added the gold heart to the center of the heart from my stash. I tucked one of the antique tags at the top right-side of the photo mat.
I used a few stamps at the bottom to help tell my story as well as my own hand-writing.
I painted the “Happy” laser die cut (by Creative Memories) with the Gold Glimmer Glam paint and Twinkling H20’s.
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Let’s Get Vintage!!

Happy Friday y’all!!  Today we are getting vintage!!

I’ve been itching to scrap these pics of our family ladies tea for a couple of reasons, first of all, we were all dressed up and looking fancy and ummm…how often do you get a photo op with the queen?!  LOL! Well a cardboard cut out of her but still.  So needless to say this layout required just the right combination of class and style but I couldn’t lose my usual grit I normally like to have on a layout.  Then the October kit came and I knew this was the kit to tackle these pics!  I mean, hello…that Hambly overlay?  *swoon*  I was in my element to say the least.  Well enough talk…let’s take a closer peek, shall we?

Let me start with the Prima flower in the middle I toned the bright pink down a bit with the Tattered Angels Ivory paint in the kit and glittered the edges up with the Gold Glimmer paint.  Took a while for paint to dry on that felt but it was worth the effect I think.

 

I knew I wanted to use that glorious Hambly overlay (which I cut up in bits and pieces and cherished).   So I cut the large frame and started layering from there.

I loved the way it looked on top of the 7 Gypsies Architectures Floral Guide Paper but as I cut and layered more pieces and then stencil some painted feathers with the Tattered Angels Ivory paint (and by the way the paint covered really well on that transparency),  I decided to place a plain sheet of clear transparency over the 7 Gypsies paper.  I begin attaching everything to the clear transparencty so everything had an even “transparency” gloss and the seems didn’t appear so harsh and evident.  Then I started hand stitching!  I stitched the little tag on to include some journaling, I’m not much on a lot of journaling text so that was perfect.

Then I knew I had to include some vintage linens, hello…it’s Antiqued Friday!  So I pulled out my linen stash and found these wonderful cross stitched pieces and sewed them on.   I was pretty happy with the look of how it turned out.  All that was left was the title so I just searched through my alphas and popped on some trusty ‘ol alpha stickers from my stash and inked up all the edges and I was done.  It all really came together and suited the mood of the pics pretty well.   I hope y’all are inspired to get your vintage on today on your layouts and projects today!!