I am honoured to have been chosen for the Craftbox design team 2018.
Here are the projects created for Craftbox design team.
16 April 2018
Mounted on recycled packaging using mixed media techniques in beautiful pastel tones.
Snipart Twigs (galazki)
Druzi and gems
paper florals from my stash
08 April 2018
Coffee and conversation journal cover
Mounted on that beautiful newsprint sheet, rice paper element and tag from the Ciao Bella Buongiorno Italiano collection form the background for a few mixed media elements: Snip art, hardware and florals.
Stage1 – the background:
The background was inspired by the Buongiorno italiano - News del mattino paper and made excellent use of the scraps of the newsprint paper covering the journal.
I use different glues for different purposes, for paper to paper I find regular PVA affordable. The PVA strengthens the base for later wet media work.
Stage 2 – rice paper
I roughly tore around the outside of Rice Paper - Buongiorno italiano - Espresso ephemera card and applied layer of mod podge to the newspaper to position the element on the page.
Further touch ups of mod podge over the surface ensure that the layer is firmly adhered and sealed.
Stage 3 – coffee stains
I have a lovely collection of various sized aerosol lids and other circles which I can use to make coffee cup rings on any project in any medium.
Here I chose to use Tim Holtz Tea dye to make coffee stains as I don’t drink coffee, ironic I know.
I allowed the rings to overlap each other and join several elements together.
Stage 4 Wooden elements
The layout features repurposed wooden coffee stirrers, wooden letters and snipart frame.
For the coffee stirrers I used Beacon 3 in 1 glue, for the letters and snip art I used glossy accents.
I left the coffee stirers and snipart frame au naturelle. The letters had a thin coat of white gesso to highlight them.
Stage 5 – Metal elements
The silver hardware corners were not in keeping with the colour scheme, but I didn’t have the brass ones available so I used finishing wax to recolour the silver ones, the effect is more subtle than ones actually cut from a brass.
I use beacon 3 in 1 to adhere and those lovely coloured clothes pegs from the monthly craft box to held them tight until the glue sets.
The floral metal embellishment was highlighted with brushstrokes of white gesso primer, and ombre beads adhered in the centre using glossy accents.
To see all my ombre beads at once I tip them out into the ring of an empty tape roll.
Of course, if you put tissue or paper underneath you can tip them back in their little tin easier than using a teaspoon at a time. Note to self for next time :-0
Stage 6 - florals
I used diluted colour sprays to get the greenish purple colour I wanted for the florals. I was looking to match the colour of the purchased paper flowers being used throughout the journal inside.
I use ironing water as it seems to stop hand dyed items getting a mouldy smell after a while.
The finished layout.
Sometimes a really good quality paper does most of the work for you, and a few well placed embellishments are all that are needed to complete the story and stretch your valuable supplies further.
Scrapbooking Paper - Buongorno Italiano is one of those papers, with additional rice papers and plenty of cards and cut out elements to work with.
See the whole Coffee and conversation journal album made using Ciao Bella Buongorno Italiano scrapbooking papers.
Linen effect basil basics cardstock - coffee and cream
Snipart Retro frame # 2
Petaloo velvet flowers and paper florals from my stash