Monday, May 30, 2016

Die cut across 2 pages



The 2nd layout in the gelli printing series using small cut up bits of several gelli prints to fill in the space from the die cut background.  You could substitute pattern paper, particularly from 6x6 paper pads.

There is quite a bit of Silhouette work here as I wanted to rotate and expand the design.  A rectangle had to be deleted so it would all cut from the background paper and it had to be cut across two sheets of paper and I don't have a 12x24 mat for my cutter.

I did not actually create any new gelli prints for this one, instead pulling from my stash as shown in the original gelli printing video.  The page contains some memorabilia from visiting a museum exhibit.

Process video at YouTube:



There is a sketch for this one as well here:



Thanks for visiting today.  Stay tuned for part 3 of these series, another 2 pager.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Going Back




Some places hold wonderful memories and some not-so-great memories and some hold both.  The beach in the photo is one of those places.  I never really planned to go back but sometimes you have to.

My parents were traveling and my dad had heart problems and landed in the hospital. So we went.  It all turned out fine.  I even got to walk on the beach in March (brr, it was a bit chilly).  I wanted to capture some of my thoughts on this page but they are very private. So I created a pocket for the journaling.  This page goes in my personal albums so I don't think anyone else is likely to read it anyway.


For the background, I'm using some of the deli prints from the videos in the last post. These were done on deli paper and created a soft background for these slightly misty photos and memories.

Here's the process video at YouTube:


I have two more process videos that go with the earlier gelli prints.  Those will be along in the next couple of weeks.  Thanks for watching.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gelli Printing for Scrapbook Layouts

Despite the amount of pattern paper I have, I don't always have the right color or style for my photos.  Sometimes I just want the look of gelli prints for my pages.  Plus it is downright fun to create gelli prints.

In these videos, I shave photos for 4 layouts for which I don't have a good paper match.  Later on I'll have 3 process videos using gelli prints that I either created in the videos or had in my gelli print stash.  For one of the photos, I decided to use pattern paper after all and didn't use the gelli prints.

Since this ran long, I did it in two parts:

Part 1:


Part 2:


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Neutralizing Color



I have this wonderful photo of my mother and myself at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.  The challenge:  We are wearing completely different color schemes so what color can I put on my page?


I decided on neutrals - lots of layers of neutrals.  There are flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts - an online vendor in England, a Silhouette die cut frame that I did a bit more work on, vellum for the journaling, gold cardstock for the lettering, a couple of metal embellishments and some stamping.

Techniques from Creative Cardstock and Sensational 6x6 classes help with this layout.  Check out my classes here.

Here are all the details in this process video:


If you follow me on other social media, you may have seen that I put several of my Stampin' Up! sets for sale over the weekend.  They sold so fast, I didn't have time to post here!  I do still have a couple of wood mount sets left.  Check them out here on Lovely Layers Art.  Thanks for all who purchased.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Revisiting Savannah




We got away for an entire week!  It was heavenly.  We seldom make plans anymore. When everyone is healthy and the weather is going to be nice, we just go if we can.

While at the beach, we visited Savannah.  It had been a few years.  The city is so lovely and best seen, I think, from a bicycle.  That is just the right pace to take in the architecture and parks.  Biking is big in the city with so many of the students at Savannah College of Art and Design zipping around town on their bikes.  We have to take care of all the different types of surfaces to ride on.  Savannah has everything - concrete, asphault, cobblestones, bricks, slate.  If you are careful, it is a very pleasant experience.



For the page, I used some October Afternoon and Silhouette die cuts to fill out this photo heavy page.

And here is the journaling:

With a full week in Hilton Head, we could spare a day to visit a favorite southern city, Savannah. The historical section of Savannah is large and best explored by bicycle so you can take in the gorgeous, varied architectural details on every single building.  We biked through the small parks, called squares, stopping in some for photos and continued along to Forsyth Park where we could bike to the fountain and around the perimeter.  It was a gorgeous spring day and some azaleas were still in bloom.  We went to the Riverfront carefully taking the steep old staircases but found no interest in shopping or dining there. I wanted to try one of the top rated restaurants in Savannahs, Zunzi’s.  It was a little bit of a challenge to find and defines ‘hole-in-the-wall.’  The ‘patio’ seating is tables in a parking lot.  After feeding the meter on Oglethorpe, we returned to get our food before the regular crowds.  They gave Lenny samples and he soon decided on the conquistador chicken sandwich.  I had so much food, we made meals for both of us from the leftovers the next day.  It was a brief trip to Savannah this time but other than a little unpleasant smells, an enjoyable change of pace.  Soon, though, we were back on our island.

Here is the process video:




And the sketch is:



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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day and a Quick card

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and stepmothers!

Here is the card I did for my mom.  I admit, I left it to the last minute but am pleased with the results.



The process video for the card can be found here:


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Art Journal Page - Stamping and Coloring on bookpaper




I'm addicted to bookpaper for my mixed media projects.  I think using a bookpaper background makes a simple design a little more sophisticated.  It's a rich layer.  For this page, I used 4 papers from different sources and coated them with a little extra color in my Mod Podge.

I cut the bird out of pattern paper and then added more color with markers.  For the flowers I stamped them and hand drew the stems and leaves.  The clouds are filled in with one of my favorite mediums - white metallic paint.  It is cheap and adds so much to a page.

If you are looking for a variety of bookpaper, I have some packs in my Etsy shop - Lovely Layers Art.  I do ship internationally, just let me know where and I'll get a cost for you.





Here is the process video:https://youtu.be/sqqMaXpf5WU



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Fast flat card



Working through some of my older stamp sets, I wanted to use Petal Prints one more time before putting it up for sale.  I'll list these older stamp sets on my Etsy shop in the coming weeks.

For this card I mixed a lot of old and new using some of the new Gelli Arts minis which are such fun.  The card is for a business number 10 envelope.  These cards take a bit more cardstock but are a great alternative for some designs as well as when you are short on card envelopes.

Here's the process video:


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