Saturday, 10 November 2018

Overthinking - layout created for 2Crafty

Hi friends, Emma here with you all today.
Today's layout that I'm sharing is one that I tried to express the frustration I have with overthinking my creative time.
Comparing myself to other creatives and doubting my own style is the kind of overthinking that can stumble the creating process.
So I found this awesome artwork on Pinterest and it spoke perfectly with me, and I instantly knew what direction I wanted to take with the page.
Could I interpret what was In my head to page?
I feel I did get pretty close.....what do you think?
I have created a Video for you all to see this vision come to life, check it out at the end of this blog :)
But...….
let me show you my layout first and what chippy I used.



With this layout I also wanted to use up a few pieces of chippy that have been left over from cutting a panel up or the last piece to pop out of a sheet, or that had just been found after looking through my tub of chippy.

I also wanted pieces to compliment my image and the organized chaos and creative venture that my page depicts ;)


For the Square panel piece I inked with just a black archival ink, keeping it very simple, but to still stand out from the background colours.

For the Doily frame that I tucked up in my layers, I inked also but this was with one of the complimentary Distress oxides I used on the background, this way it brought the colour up through the layers.


For the leafy round and the branch I applied the same inks as the square panel and frame, except the branch is a different colour this time.
If you look closely at the Leafy round you can see its inked imperfectly and I really liked that I didn't get an even coverage as it kind of represents the imperfection of overthinking, that's it's OK to not always be perfect, things work out anyway.


I chose embellishments that complimented the colour scheme and kept them simple, flicking ink over the whole page to tie it all together.


I must say that I am proud of this layout, it may not be to every ones liking but it felt good to let loose, trust in myself and play!

I hope you enjoy my video too, and that it inspires you in some way.



Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement and I look forward to seeing you all again later in the month.

Till then, Scrap on, Em xx



Lookout for Wonder - Layout for ScrappingClearly

Happy Monday SC friends!
Hope your weekend has been a good one.
Today I'm sharing a layout once again inspired by this months mood board.

This layout is a little bit Alice, a little bit Wonderland...…


I started off by using  different sheets of paper torn and adhered together. Then I gave it a coat of Clear Gesso.
Then I chose the colours in the mediums I wanted to use, for this layout I decided to use the Art Alchemy Acrylics. I chose Royal Red, Vintage Rose and a little bit of Aqua Rose.

I added some stamping onto my background and then started to play witth my layers. I went with a couple of tag/notes from the Heidi Swapp colour magic note pack.


These I painted over with the same acrylics as on my base papers.
Love the resist effect these have, colourful without being promonate.


For my embellies I wanted to go a little steam punk like the image I had chosen.


And also a couple of the cool Tim Holtz Key holes, which suited Alice, you know with all the doors she had to go through ;)


To finish this layout off I added some Prima Micro silver beads rolled over the flowers, gauze and papers. Totally love this touch.

And then finally....yep you guessed it a few splashes of Liquitex carbon black ink.


Have you joined in this month yet with our fab mood board? I just love these colours, it's certainly not colours I would normally play with.


I look forward to seeing your creations on facebook.

I'll catch you all again soon, until then I hope you have an awesome week.
Em xx



Friday, 2 November 2018

All in Your head - layout for ScrappingClearly

Happy Sunday SC friends,
Emma here today to share another inspired layout of our moodboard.

Green is such an amazing colour. It can capture almost any sort of mood.


For this layout I chose this image I found on Pinterest in regard to anxiety and overthinking. I suffer from a bad anxiety disorder and crafting is usually my way of having some down time. But recently I have struggled with any creative vision. My head feels full all the time, no shut off button.
When I found this picture, it spoke volumes to me right at the moment with my mind telling me that I cant create anymore, comparing to others, ect. But I just decided to go for it anyway and the last few layouts I have found my old style reinvented. Trying new ideas, cranking the music while I craft helps too.
Again scrapbooking is my therapy.

So enough about me and more about my page. I decided to use up a few sheets of paper from some of the 6x6 paper pads I have, choosing those with mostly green in them. I cut them into various sized strips and started to piece them where I thought I might use my image.


Once I was happy with the positioning I stuck down including some old fabric, I coated it all with clear Gesso.
I then started to layer my colour on top, starting with an ink spray and then a couple of Distress Oxides.
Once they were dry I added some modelling paste through a stencil in just a few sections. Then I added a few different stamps around.


Directly under my picture I added a couple of tags and some more fabric.

Finally I finished it with a few odds and ends for my embellishments. I have really been enjoying the process of using old bits and bobs I've had for awhile, mixed with newer elements. 


But I think my favourite embellishments on this page have to be the Pink Fresh paper hearts.


Finally for my title I used a quote from Tim Holtz snarky quotes stickers. It just seemed appropriate, 
I could totally do with a vacation like that. (hehehe)

I hope this layout inspires you to maybe scrap a little today, or find something that makes you feel happy in some way.

Whatever your day holds I hope you enjoy it.
I look forward to next month when I will see you all again.

Luv Em xx






Stand Out - Layout for SrappingClearly

Hi everyone and Welcome to November!!!!!!
This months moodboard is a real fun one. Using shades of pinks and reds together it screamed flamingo to me.


In years gone past pink and red would never have been seen together, but I love that that rule no longer applies, cos I think they look awesome together.


Super fun board hey?
If you have been following my blog posts of late, I mentioned a lull in my creativity, but since it has sort of come back I have really been loving creating with layers and textures.
this layout has quite a bit of dimension.
Once my background Prima was dried I began to apply my colours by using Distress Oxides.


I only kept it to 3 colours of the Oxides including a Smokey Grey.
Then I began to stamp onto my background.


Then using some torn sheets of paper from a couple of the 6x6 Heidi Swapp paper pads I began my layers.
also building with the gauze fabric.


But my fave elements on this page are the Finnabair Metal hearts and pink fresh heart embellies.
I fussy cut the couple of the flamingo  birds from a Heidi Swapp card. Again building with texture behind the birds.


I completed it all with some comments from the Tim Holtz sticker collection and a few pencil scribble marks around the quotes and hearts.
I loved how quick this page came together, and I feel its because I had such inspiration from the moodboard.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with this month too.
Till I next say hi, scrap on, Em. xx




Monday, 22 October 2018

Amaze Yourself - layout and VIDEO for ScrappingClearly

Hi everyone,
Emma here with you all today, and I'm sharing a layout inspired by this months moodboard.
Feeling all the greens.....


And lets refresh ourselves with the moodboard.....


Such a beautiful selection of colours hey?

I prepped my cardstock with a coat of clear Gesso, then once dried I applied some Plaster paste in the area that the photo and layers were going to be placed.
Before I dried the paste I added a few mini art stones into it, then I dried to set.


Then came the colour. I started with Distress oxide in Twisted Citrus, then I added a Dylusions in fresh lime. Then finally as a contrast I added a green ink. Dripping down the page with each colour I used by adding water to it. You can see this come to life in my video that I've attached to this blog.


For the few layers under my image which I found on YouTube, I tore up a couple of the tear aparts in Heidi swapps book -  Lets Flamingle.
I tore 2 of them in half and then arranged in in a fashion under my image, I also found a couple of frames from Cocoa Vanilla Boys Rule ephamera pack, and added them in to the mix.


Once they were stuck down, I started to add my embellishments. The assorted chipboard has been painted with Distress oxides in the Twisted Citrus and Crushed olive I used for the title chippy, and the flowers were painted in the Fresh Lime acrylic paint.

In amongst the background I used a few of the Tim Holtz Life quotes rub ons, with key words being a feature.


Then I added a few of the Heidi Swapp Good Vibes Clear stickers in under my embellishments, and this layout was pretty much complete.
But not without Liquidex carbon black ink splats to tie it all in.


I hope you enjoy my video and I hope It has inspired you to join in with this months moodboard.




I'll catch you all again real soon, and until we meet again,
love to you all, Em xx