This is Karen, back with another Mixed Media project. This month's project was inspired by Carissa Paige's Life Book lesson about home.
I grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and all of my family is still back there, and I consider it my home. But I moved to the United States when I was 17 and have now been here over 23 years. My husband is American and I have two boys. So I consider the US my home as well. Sometimes, neither feels like home. Sometimes, both feel like home. Most of the time, it's confusing.
So I decided to make a project about how I need to remember that home is not necessarily a place.
I grabbed a bunch of my Mixed Bags from both Jubilee and Just Sayin' and emptied them on my table. I took a photo of me and my sister from when I was a kid and one with my husband and boys now. I honestly didn't know what I was going to do but I told myself not to overthink it and just start picking things that spoke to me and glue them down.
There was no rhyme or reason to my process. I just went on until I thought I had enough. This is where I stopped.
I didn't worry too much about the colors because I already knew I was going to paint all over the page. I still had no plan at this point except that I knew I was going to draw an earth. So I went to Google and wrote "globe" and pulled up image results.
I looked at the one with the yellow in it and drew outline of the shapes as best I could. I didn't over-worry. I wanted the idea to be clear but it didn't have to be geographically accurate. I drew right in the middle of my page with my Stabilo All pencil.
I then painted the oceans blue and while it was drying, I painted the outside of the globe with orange and yellows.
I feel the need to note that I still didn't really have a plan for how this was all going to come together and I wasn't crazy about what I was seeing so far. But I kept going because I knew it always works out in the end. I added in the green and brown to my earth. I put one more layer of yellows on the outside and I knew I was going to eventually journal all over this page so I added some white with a palette knife. Then I wrote out my title. I ended up with this:
Title says: Home is where the people you love are.
Here's the left side:
and the right side:
Had I thought this through some more, I would have put my sister and I on the right page and my boys on the left one since that's where the US is. And I probably would not have drawn the globe right through my son's
face. But, alas, I didn't plan this page, I just went with it.
What I love is that the collage pieces are sticking out here and there and definitely giving a feeling to the page. And also adding a lot of texture:
even subtle ones:
So there we are. It all came together in the end. And it's a great reminder that, when confused, home is where people I love are and my home is all over the world as the people I love are spread throughout the world.
Welcome My Mind’s Eye fans! This is Tonya here with you today. Thanksgiving is a week away for those of us in the US and I have so many things to be thankful for. One of those things is the bond between my two middle children. These boys are so close and even thought they are three years apart they spend so much time together and get along so well. I pulled out a lot of pieces from the Jubilee-Tangerine collection and went to work creating a layout that complimented this photo of them.
Supplies: Jubilee (Tangerine) - “Awesome” Shield paper, “Awesome” Charming paper, “Story” Journal Cards, “Awesome” Mixed Bag, “Honor” Decorative Bag, “Adventure” Enamel Shapes, “Fantastic” Chipboard Elements Now & Then (Milo) - “Inspired” Enamel Dots Necessities (Black &Grays) - Alpha & Word Sticker Sheets
I've combined some metallics & woodgrain from the Necessities collection with papers from Jubilee "Tangerine" & "Mint Julep" to give me that Thanksgiving feel I was going for. Aqua blue has become a staple Thanksgiving color for me...I think it pairs perfectly with the traditional reds, oranges & yellows of the season!!
To create the tags I diecut some of my favorite steel die tags that I have in my tool stash, but you can also use your Silhouette electronic cutter if you have one. After stamping the sentiment to the smaller tags, I layered them together, then added the ribbon hanger & bow. After that I diecut the leaves from the gold printed vellum in the Necessities line (you could also use your electronic cutter for these as well). I stitched down the middle of each one, then layered them together to the top of each tag. After that I accented each tag with decorative brads.
To give the clothespins a little extra something, I covered them in gold dotted washi tape. After clipping the tags to the front of the glassine bags with the clothespins, I felt like they were still a little plain. So, I cut a couple blocks of woodgrain paper, & tucked them underneath the tags. That definitely looked better to me, so I put a little bit of adhesive to the paper to make it stay in place!
I kept the tag removable, so the recipient can take it off the little bag, and put it somewhere in their house decoration if they so choose! I never expect it, but so often when I give a handmade gift or card...I will find it somewhere in the house of the person I gave it to!! That always makes me smile a bit.
I kept the bags empty in order to photograph easier, but there are so many little gift ideas that you could put into them. You could bake some nice sized cookies, wrap them in some cellophane & tuck them into the bag. You could create a flat notecard set with envelopes, or pick up a pretty notepad & matching pen. You could even slip a nice 4x6 frame into the bag (with a photo in it, of course). The possibilities are endless...as long as they are fairly flat.
I hope that you enjoyed my Thanksgiving glassine bags today! And I hope that you think to break out your MME goodies when creating for this holiday season!
Hey everyone! This is Shelly again with this month’s dose of the makings of a double page layout.
The crisp fall air has arrived here in the Midwest US, which just happens to be my favorite time of the year. YAY! It put me in the mood to get scrappy with some rich cozy colors.
This time, I decided to challenge myself to use Christmas goodies. If you are anything like me, I tend to collect lots and lots of Christmas collections, and there is no way I could ever use them all.
So why not use them for something other than Christmas? I got busy with the Sleigh Bells Ring Collection along with a touch of the Frightful Collection to bring in some orange.
Supplies: Sleigh Bells Ring – “Reindeer” Paper, “Christmas Tartan” Paper, “Noel” Paper, “Blitzen” Paper, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Enamel Shapes, Alpha & Word Stickers; Frightful – “Frightening Frames” Paper, ”Spooky” Paper, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Enamel Dots; Jubilee Tangerine – “Adventure” Be Daring Paper, “Story” Rub-Ons; Other: Alphabet, Silhouette leave shapes.
With this layout being a fall summary, I had lots of pictures that I wanted to include. The easiest and quickest way I can fit all those memories on a layout is to do one big block of pictures on one side of the layout. You could totally do a 12x12 photo collage, but I opt for putting (2) 3x4’s on a 4x6 for ease of printing. Most of my daily pictures are horizontal 4x3’s, so this block works perfect.
Colors! I pulled out a few of my favorite non-Christmasy themed papers from the Sleigh Bells Ring Collection. The orange papers from the Frightful Collection and a touch of yellow from Jubilee Tangerine Collection were just what I needed to really bring out the fall for my layout.
After pushing around some patterns, I fell in love with the rustic wood pattern on the B-side of the “Reindeer” paper. It is the perfect fun neutral to let the colors in my pictures really pop. To add a little more interest to the block of pictures, I added a white mat to a few of them. I also decided to push the open 4x3 space to the middle. Once I had my foundation down, I was then left to embellish and have fun.
I used my Silhouette to cut a few different leaves from various patterns. You could also just freehand cut a few leaves too. I almost did a few like the one on the bottom right, but then I remembered I had these leaf shapes in my files. The orange leaf there, it was cut by my hands, so I know you could cut them too!
I added in lots of different textures using enamel dots, rub-ons, corrugated letters, and stitching. I need a whole sheet of those little leaf rub-ons! I have to admit that I actually squealed when I was thumbing through the different rub-on sheets and came across those.
The “lovin’ it” rub-on was a last minute add. That open space between the two vertical pictures just kept screaming “fill me in!” and this rub-on was the perfect touch. As for the date, I used an Alpha & Word sticker sheet from the Sleigh Bells Ring Collection. There is only one sticker of each number, so I used (2) “L’s” which did the trick for the eleven.
To add interest to the big block of pictures, I continued the yellow strip of patterned paper across the top. This also helped bring my two sides together.
I wanted to re-create the same embellished look from the left side of my page onto the little 4x3 open space on the right side, just on a smaller scale. I was able to add in two falling leaves with enamel dots, the corrugated alphabet, rub-on words, and a scalloped border. I have to say that I really packed a punch in that small canvas I was given.
I know not all of you out there reading this are into double page layouts, but this has to be the easiest “sketch” to dip your toes into if you have ever wanted to try your hand at it. You can turn any single page into a doubler just by adding a 12x12 block of pictures.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful day!
It's sketch time again! I am here today to share with you a fun layout with many tiny layers. There are two photos but turn that one larger photo into two smallers ones. There's a large circle underneath the photo which could be patterned paper, paint, ink, etc!
I added lots of little layers, like triangles, arrows, circles, and banners. The important thing about adding little layers is grouping them together, overlapping on occassion.
Remember...you are interpreting the sketch so feel free to rotate the sketch or change out the one photo for multiple photos. Envision the pieces and see how you can make the sketch your own with embellishments, paint, patterned paper, and other wonderful My Mind's Eye products.
Supplies: Jubilee: Tangerine - Adventure 'Be Daring' Paper; Tangerine - Awesome Mixed Bag, Tangerine - Story: Journal Cards; Wildberry - Today: Flair; Wildberry - Life: Mixed Bag, Enamel Dots; Wildberry - Hey You: Rubons; Wildberry - Wonder: Chipboard; Other: Stencil: TCW And So On & Positive, Ranger Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Ink;
I had a lot of fun creating this layout! I started with the big circle on the background. I used a variety of distress inks and archival inks with the stencil. I added another stencil layer over top using black ink. I then layered the patterned paper on the background and placed my photos on top. I cut the background and layered it on the patterned paper to have that pop of woodgrain at the top.
I then began all the small layers on top of the photos. First i placed the "hello" journal card over the top of the photo of my darling grandbaby. I like the layers to touch to ground them.
Repeating elements are also a good design element. I repeated elements like triangles, arrows, circles, and banners. Here you can see the circles overlapping.
I also repeated colors around my page using the "flair" as my inspiration. Black is also grounding so you can see it scattered around my page. I love the big bold title of "1 2 3 Love" around the page. I finished my page with a little journaling around the title!
Okay. Now it's your turn.
A random winner will be chosen and shared with our December challenge on Monday, December 1 . You have until the end of the day on Sunday, November 30 to share your project.
Please link your sketch via the InLinkz tool at the bottom of this post. Your layout must feature MME products. Only one entry per participant, please. The prize is any MME collection.
Have fun and good luck!
Hi! It’s Valerie checking in today with an autumn themed layout. Believe it or not, this is my first ever leaf pile layout. We live in a rural area with a decent sized yard and lots of trees, so raking leaves just isn’t something we ever bother with.
We’re too busy with corn and soybean harvests. But every child has got to do it at some point—rake up a giant pile of leaves take a leap. The weather was beautiful and I easily convinced my son to take a Lego break and enjoy some time outside with me.
Hi! Tina here today with my 2014 version of an Advent Calendar.
Even though my children are grown and the excitement of the daily opening of an Advent Calendar is not what it was when they were little, I still enjoy creating a calendar each year, using a slightly different idea.
Supplies:Joyous:North Pole paper,Carols paper,Mixed Bag, Tiny Alpha Stickers, Gems; Misc:Envelopes: Stampington Ink: Distress Ink Adhesive: Tombow Die Cut Machine: Silhouette Cameo Binder Ring: 7gypsies Ribbon: Tim Holtz Distress Stain
For my 2014 Christmas Advent Calendar, I created a simple Tag Calendar, using a die-cut tag shape.
For each day, I adhered a glassine envelope to the die-cut tag, then adhered the number tag on top of the envelope.
I embellished each number tag with Joyous Gems and aged the envelope with Distress Ink. I printed the daily activity on a strip of paper and 'hid' them in the glassine envelope.
The entire calendar was held together with a large binder ring. After each day's activity is complete, the tag can be flipped to the back, revealing the next day. How fun, right?
I am already looking for new ideas for my 2015 Advent Calendar. Please share your calendar ideas with us!
Thank you for stopping by!