Monday, March 2, 2015

Lisa's March Express Yourself Workshop!

Every month Lisa hosts a workshop in our Facebook Community Group, to help get your creativity flowing and
aide you in creating your art!



This month the prompts are fabulous....


This is a self paced workshop designed to help motivate you to start exploring mixed media and art journaling.
You can use a mixed media book, art journal book or watercolor paper. Those types of papers hold media well.

1. Gesso your page. You pick - clear, white or black.
2. Use complementary colors for your color scheme. Intro to the color wheel and theory here:
http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-de…/basic-color-theory
3. Draw, stamp, cut out from a magazine etc an eye. Use it as a jumping off point for your page.
4. Use sprays, mists or inks on your page. Spray them with water and let them drip. I want a miniumum of 5 drips on your page.
5. Journal around the outside edges of your page. Right around the whole page or two pages. You can repeat what you say if it is short and sweet.
6. Use the color black.
7. Use this quote and photo for your inspiration and let me know how relate your page to it.
8. HAVE F.U.N.
9.  Be sure to share what you create with us in the workshop album on Facebook!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Inspiration Board (mood board) Challenge!

It's a new month, and that means a new Inspiration Board Challenge in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community Group on Facebook!


This month's board is simply divine, and was designed by Anna Rogalska - I don't know about you, but I find so many inspiring things about this board, I can imagine so many gorgeous projects that can be done with it!

If you haven't played with one of our inspiration boards before, no worries, the rules are simple and the board is open to your interpretation:

The rules:
1. The challenge starts today and ends March 31st at midnight.
2. Create a layout, canvas, art journal page, or altered item, taking inspiration from this month's Inspiration Board: You can choose inspiration from just one of the images, or several of them. This inspiration can be the quote, the colors, the overall feel of the board, something in one of the pictures on the board - your imagination is the only restriction you have on this!
3. Upload your project into the challenge album in our Facebook Group, and tell us in the description what you used from the board as your inspiration. (you will need to be logged in to Facebook to do this)
4. For a double entry - post your project on your blog along with the photo of the board and a link to this challenge, and then put a link to your blog post in the description of your photo when you upload to the challenge album.
5. That's it!
The ladies on our Design Team will be providing you with their takes on the board as examples throughout the month.
A winner will be chosen on or about April 3rd, and will receive a $40.00 credit in our store (that's enough to buy a main kit of your choosing, or anything else you like - no expiration on the credit!).
Have fun!


~Melinda

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sindi's sensational designs!

Good Friday morning!
The weekend is here!
Do you have any fun pans this weekend?

Today I am sharing a couple of sensational projects from Sindi
using the Scraps Of Darkness 'Karens Valentine' kit

'Walkin' in Memphis'



 She used strips of the patterned paper from the kit to create this funky, geometric background on her page. She cut them to the length she wanted and wrapped the end of one strip around another to give some dimension to the shapes. She topped it off with some buttons and splotches of india ink




Her next fabulous and fun project.....


'Um No'
She loved the paper in this kit! She said it is so very versatile. She created the squares in the background by painting over strips of drywall tape (which she secretly stole from the hubby's stash). She peeled the tape off before the paint had a chance to dry and it created this cool, pixel-ish effect.


 I am glad to see that I am not the only one that decided to have fun with all the snow!

'My Joy'


She used some of the patterned papers to cut into cloud shapes. she also cut the gold bunting apart to make smaller banner pieces to hang under the clouds. She also used some india ink to add dimension under the clouds and along the edges of some of the crumples paper.  She layered a ton of embellies behind her photo to create even more dimension.






and her final project....

I must admit I love the title!

'And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet'


She had some paper strips left over from my "Walkin' in Memphis" layout, so she used them here. They are popped up on foam tape and have great dimension. She found this Shel Silverstein quote "And all the colors that are inside me have not been invented yet" and wanted to use it on a layout.

She cropped her photos to fit under the 'O's' - very clever



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lisa's gorgeous Vintage style layout!

Good morning everyone!
Today I am excited to bring a gorgeous shabby chic layout by
Lisa Novogrodski using the 'Lisa's Love Letters' kit!


This is a beautiful layout with so many stunning details!!!!


While she kept a shabby theme she incorporated lots of mixed media! Gesso, texture paste, sprays and mica flakes.


  She used chipboard from the kit which she cut apart and rearranged on her page and added a few pieces from her stash. She varied the coloring on them with different mists and Lumiere paints then used crackle over it.
 
 
For this hinge she used the same but added some distress embossing powder. 
 
 
gorgeous chipboard butterfly!
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kit info, beautiful layouts, and a video!

Good morning, it's Wednesday, and the week is half over!

I'm just going to start today's post with a little info we are not thrilled about - this month's kit is not premiering today.  Due to the labor problems in the West Coast ports (meaning the intentional work slowdown), many of the products I had pre-ordered for the kit have not yet been received by the manufacturers, and so, obviously, not shipped to me yet.  As this kit was planned out, and I wanted to bring you some of the newest gorgeousness from CHA, I decided it was better to wait and give you the quality, well-planned kit you expect me to give you, and not something I hurriedly threw together at the last minute.
As soon as I receive notification that these items have shipped, I will post an update on the new kit reveal date.

Enough of the no fun stuff, and on to the good stuff!  Today we have 2 gorgeous layouts to share, from 2 amazingly talented guest designers, and one fabulous video tutorial!

The first project I'm going to share is by Melenia Agapides, who is guest designing with our SOE "Lisa's Love Letter's" kit.  Melenia used both the Main Kit, and the Elements Add On to created this mixed media beauty:


Melenia says, "The theme of the page is about finding the strength to go beyond our limits and amaze ourselves with our abilities, that we didn't know they existed.  It's like an opening door to ourselves."

Just look at all the dimension and texture she's created on this  layout!



I just love this layout, and all the amazing details, and I can't wait to see what Melenia comes up with next!

Next up, we have another stunner from Wilma Voermans, who is guest designing with our SOD "Karen's Valentine" kit.  Not only did Wilma create this gorgeous layout, she did a video tutorial to go with it!


Check out the detail shots, and be sure to watch Wilma's video, it's hard to see all the texture and details in a photo, but when you watch Wilma at work, you will see just how amazing this layout is!



And here's Wilma's video - thank you for doing the video, Wilma, it's wonderful!




That's it for today, I hope you all have a beautiful one, and that you find some time to create something amazing!

~Melinda

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Renea's stunning creations......

Good Morning!
I hope you are all warm and cozy - it is still a deep freeze here!
Might be a good day to pull out some scrappy goodies and spend the day having fun and getting inky!

Today I want to show you a couple of gorgeous creations that are so imaginative from our
super talented Renea using the Scraps Of Darkness 'Karens Valentine' kit

First up it is this uber cool oversize tag


The tag is 4 1/2 Inches Wide x 11 1/2 Inches tall and has a back pocket that houses some smaller tags.
Papers from the kit were cut, distressed, torn, inked and stipple painted, then the layering began!


The top has some woven trim and brown rustic trim from some past kit pieces topped with a Tim Holtz Button, and the metal feathers are from the kit and she just rubbed over them with some of the same paint that she used on the papers.


She layered in some stash burlap and then fussy cut one of the larger dream catcher prints from the kit papers, and added a "Catch" sentiment piece with letters from a past kit. She then layered on some stash flowers and a feather, popped in a little TH pin with the sentiment "Your" tucked into it.  


  Sheadded more of the woven trim to the bottom and then layered lace and popped on a "Dreams" sentiment cut from paper from the kit,  to complete the "Catch Your Dreams" theme of the tag.



On the back, she added a layer of matching kit paper, some trim and a fussy cut "You are the definition of Beauty" piece from the papers. She formed a burlap pocket and added more flowers and feathers on.


The tags are chipboard tags that she added distressed cut outs from the kit papers to, and then added more trim, one of those kit metal feathers, and a stash brad for 2 double sided tags that can house journaling or small photos and the pocket can house some more small treasures and photos for a unique/functional piece. 


her next project is so fun and wonderfully designed!

She created a layout that features a photo of my son, with his grandparents at one of his High School Events. 


She started with a layer of kit paper then layered another layer of paper over it, rolling the bottom layer to expose the under paper, then taking a 2nd sheet of the same paper and fussy cutting out the honeycomb pattern and adding them on randomly. 


Behind the photo, she cut, then tore the edges on more of the papers, and then inked them heavily, added the photo and then added lots of flowers from the kit and this month's Floral Add On.


She then created a hot air balloon by fussy cutting out one of the hot air balloons from the paper, giving it a corrugated board background that she grunged up using some gold crackle paint and  Microbeads. She topped it with some of the chipboard from the kit that I grunged up using the same technique as on the corrugated piece then I added one of the little time pieces and the TH gears from the kit.  


She fussy cut more hot air balloons from the papers and added more flowers from the kit and Floral Add On. 


The Moths are pieces that she created by using a stamp, and stamping onto some TH Frosted Sheets and then adding on the little stamp & add faucets.


Here you can see where the paper rolls back and she overlayed the roll with burlap string that she taped down then added some gold safety pins to.

Hope you have a warm and wonderful day! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Anna's stunning projects.....

Good morning!
We are in a deep freeze here today...
right now with the wind chill it feels like -27...Anchorage Alaska is warmer right now
they are sitting at a warm 28!  I am so tired of winter!  
BUT to brighten up today I am going to share a few stunning projects from uber talented 
Anna using the Scraps of Elegance 'Lisa's Love Letters' kit

First up....

'A Love Like No Other'


now for the stunning details....


I love all the layers


 a gorgeous cluster....


Next I want to share a couple of gorgeous tags



now for the details.....


Beautiful layers




look at all those details....


And finally is this masterpiece....


Now for these amazing details....





Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!