Tim Holtz Configurations Redesign Project

Really happy to share with you a new redesign project today!

I used a 5.75″ X 10.75″ Tim Holtz Configurations set as the base for the project. More about of some of the products I used to create the redesign is included in this post.

I wanted the back and front of the configuration frame to be the same depth. In order to achieve this I rebuilt the original tray from the configurations set to make the “lid”.

I used hardware pieces from my mixed media collection and Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foundations Box Feet. I painted all of the metal hardware in Prima Marketing / Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Paint in Ginger Magic. I also used the Sparks paint for detailing the edges of the drawers and box.

To give each drawer a little pizzazz, I used a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stencil “Crackle” on the sides of the drawers and outsides of the box. I first put a layer of Sparks paint, then used Prima Marketing / Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint in Deep Waters and Emerald Green, alternating between the colors on each drawer. To finish off the drawers, I used a mixed selection of ceramic and glass beads from my jewelry making supplies. I attached the beads using eye pins and Glossy Accents. For more just a little more pizzazz and bling, I added Swarovski crystal gems to cover the bead holes and eye pin heads.

I used my technique for creating chipboard projects (see my YouTube channel videos for how-to), I then applied a base coat to the entire piece, including the drawers, in Prima Marketing Inc / Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso. This gave me the full cover base I needed to apply the color to the project. I used the Crackle stencil and some Liquitex Blended Fibers to create the texture on the box.

Once everything dry, I gave it 24 hours before I starting painting, I used a combination of Craftsmart Multi-Surface Premium Chalky Acrylic Paint in French Teal, Art-C Ultra Chalk Soft Matte Paint in Turquoise Blue and Art-C Metallic Paint in Eggplant, and Art Alchemy Metallique paint in Emerald Green and Deep Waters. I used Sparks paint for bits of highlighting over the entire box base. For the drawer fronts, I used a painting technique I learned many years ago. I floated three of the paint colors on my paint brush, then brushed over the drawer fronts giving them a blended paint look. The last step was spraying the entire project with Krylon Matte UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating. I left the clear window that came with the Configurations box off to avoid getting overspray on it from the acrylic coating. I later attached the clear window using double-sided tape.


For staging and accessorizing the project, I used pieces from my mixed media collection (magnifying glass and keys). I also used rhinestone pieces from Mon Ami Gabby (flower pin, Cinderella Coach, round buckle), and a Tim Holtz Assemblage Locket. The inside back panel was created by using a piece from 7gypies Architextures Junque Attic Collection. Pearl accents are from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baubles Collection.

I hope to bring you a new design project soon!

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Capitol Chic Designs Paper Collection – Planner Album Design Project

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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Graphic 45 “Sun Kissed” 12″ X 12″ Canvas Layout

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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