Really excited to share with you my latest design project!
For this project, I used a new paper collection I discovered from Capitol Chic Designs. I was familiar with CCD through their planner products. However, I did not know that CCD also had a 12″ X 12″ paper pad! I just had to use this collection in my new design.
I am calling my design a “Planner Album” because it includes elements from the planner world and mini album world.
The album base is from Graphic 45. It is their 6 X 8 X 3in Ivory Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album. I really love the size of this album. It has very generous spacing between the page sections.
Some of the design elements incorporated in this planner album include tracker inserts, large tags for journaling or photos, flip pages, year-at-a-glance calendar insert, month by month flip pages, sticker elements from Capitol Chic Designs, and lots of additional pockets.
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Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I was inspired to create this canvas panel.
The photo is of my husband and his mother, one of my favorite photos of the two of them.
This photo could not be enlarged, and I so wanted it hang on our home gallery wall with the other family photos. I gave up many times trying to get a printing shop and online source to enlarge the photo for me.
Then the inspiration came!
I took an Artist’s Loft 12″ X 12″ Canvas Panel and coated it with Liquitex Acrylic Gesso. I swirled the gesso in a pattern with my pallet knife. Then, I remembered a technique I saw my artist son, @ryan_babers_art, showed me. Before the gesso dried, I salted (with ordinary table salt) the canvas panel. I allowed the gesso and salt to completely dry before I applied the next steps.
Once the canvas was dried, I did a light (watered down the paint) brushing with Liquitex Mars Black Acrylic Paint and Art Alchemy Sparks Paint in Ginger Magic. From there, I let this layer dry then I misted the canvas with regular 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and applied alcohol inks from @rangerink and @tim_holtz (Oregano, Cranberry, Lettuce, Butterscotch, Botanical, Patina, and Espresso). Misting the canvas with the Isopropyl Alcohol allowed the alcohol inks to flow fluidly together. Then waited for this layer to dry. I really like how the Sparks paint came through the alcohol inks just enough to have a bit of shimmer.
I used a small ceramic frame from Michael’s Store for the photo. I painted the frame with the Mars Black acrylic paint then went over the black (once it was dry) with Liquitex Iridescent Bright Gold Ink.
To make the floral accents, I used @graphic45 “Floral Shoppe” paper collection. I “fussy cut” sections of flowers motifs from a sheet of the designer paper. I then cut “mats” to go around each motif from black Recollections brand cardstock. I inked the edges of the cardstock with the Iridescent Bright Gold ink. I mounted the floral motifs onto the black cardstock with foam dots (thin, not thick foam dots), and adhered each motif onto the canvas with hot glue. Two additional floral pieces were created using a Graphic 45 Large Tag, ATC Tag & Flower Metal Dies. I used the larger flower die and some of the Floral Shoppe designer paper to create the flower on the lower right of the canvas. I took a thin strip of the designer paper and made the flower centers. I accented the centers with the Iridescent Bright Gold Ink.
The clock was created with a Graphic 45 Square Tag & Clock Metal Die set. I used the same black cardstock I used for the florals and a combination of Iridescent Bright Gold Ink, Art Alchemy Metallique Wax Cire Cera in Aged Brass and Rich Copper, and Art Alchemy Antique Brilliant Wax Cire Cera in Mystic Turquoise.
Lastly, I added some Iridescent Bright Gold Ink to the edges of a chipboard piece from the Floral Shoppe collection.
I truly love the way this canvas panel turned out. I’m happy that I used what I thought to be an unusable photo to create a piece that can be hung on our family gallery wall.
I hope this design project inspires you to salvage old photos, or photos that you thought could not be used or displayed.
It’s been warming up in my area of the country, so I was inspired to create a canvas layout using the fun beach themed paper collection “Sun Kissed” by Graphic 45!
The subject in the photo is my niece Jinji, which was taken just about 15 years ago. I felt the colors in the photo were a perfect compliment to the the paper collection.
The Sun Kissed paper collection is so charming and reminds me of trips to the beach as a child.
I used a variety of designer papers and elements from the 12″ X 12″ collection pack, 8″ X 8″ paper pad, and the cardstock die-cuts.
To add dimension and a little sparkle, I popped up some of the elements from the designer paper by “fussy cutting” cut pieces and layering over the exact same section on the 12″ X 12″ paper. I achieved this by cutting pieces of medium weight chipboard and adhered the chipboard pieces to the back of the cut pieces. (you can see the steps in the images below)
In addition to popping up some design elements from the paper, I used Ultra Thick Embossing Powder in clear from Ranger. The thick embossing powder is much thicker than regular embossing powder. Ro adhere the embossing powder, I used Versamark Watermark and the Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen with the brush tip. I generally use thick embossing product when I make paper beads. I love how it gives the paper element a ‘enameled-like” finish. It looks great on the turtle in the upper right hand of the canvas.
I mounted the finished piece onto a 12″ X 12″ Artist Loft Canvas Panel purchased from Michael’s using Aleene’s Tacky Glue (slightly diluted with a mist of water).
I hope this post inspires you to try some of the techniques and products I used.
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Just a quick post and tutorial for my latest design project!
For this project, I used a Graphic 45 Square Ivory Tag Album.
In the tutorial, I show you how to put the album together and provide design inspiration. No dialog in the tutorial, just written instruction prompts and lots of photos to help you follow along as you create your tag mini album.
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I am so happy to bring to you my Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Call 2021 project submission!
For this project, I chose the “Farmhouse” paper collection from Graphic 45. I used the 8″ X 8″ paper pad and chipboard elements from the collection.
I am calling this design project a “Rotating Recipe Center”.
There are so many cute and whimsical elements incorporated in the design. A mini spoon and actual vintage recipes from my own recipe collection. I also used Graphic 45 ATC Tag & Pocket Album as well as the ATC Matchbook Box, both in black.
I like the idea of using products and staples in different creative ways. You can see that I used the ATC Tag & Pocket Album in a non-traditional way, or a way you would not ordinarily use this product. I like thinking outside the box when designing, and Graphic 45 provides great staples in their collections that lend to this type of creative style.
So, what if you don’t have any recipe cards, all of your recipes are online? Not to worry, this Rotating Recipe Center is strong and sturdy enough to hold a mini iPad or tablet! which makes it a convenient holder for your device.
Below is a slideshow of photos and the tutorial for this project. You can also find it on my YouTube channel!
I will be posting more design projects and ideas soon.
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