Saturday, November 16, 2019

Document December Prep Week Two: How To Get Organized For This Project

I am so excited to be a guest designer for Elle's Studio and create projects to Document December 2019. For week two, I am sharing some easy organization tips to help you play in your December albums.




I made a distressed toolbox into a farmhouse caddy to hold all of my Document December supplies for embellishing pages. The front sections store my die cuts and shapes as well as stickers, acrylic and wood veneer and the large back section stores puffy stickers and stamps. Having everything divided by type helps me locate it quickly. Keeping my supplies out and easily accessible helps the project along with a dedicated place for everything. 




The second container holds all the base supplies: 6″ x 8″ paper, 4″ x 6″, and 3″ x 4″ tags from the Document December 2019 Kit. I divided the 3″ x 4″ tags into two sections: journaling tags on the right and filler cards on the left. I divided up the cards based on the way my mind works, and the way I use these supplies. 




With my containers gathered together, I can play with the Document December products from left to right. First, my 6″ x 8″ album with pocket pages inside, then the container of base pages, then the tool caddy of embellishments. Having the products out and visible helps me to stay on track. You could also add a notebook to track things you want to journal, or note that in your planner like I do!



Thank you for joining me today, and I hope this organizational idea helps you. 
Leigh

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Crate Paper Memorydex Cards in a Farmhouse Style Box: Gratitude

Hello friends! Have you enjoyed seeing a farmhouse trend in DIY creations? I have been so inspired by the farmhouse trend, and made some new Memorydex Style cards for my Farmhouse Dollar Store DIY Memorydex Dupe! 



I used the dies from Heidi Swapp to cut the Heritage line from Crate Paper for the background. Then added on heritage cupboard, die cuts, and some Washi tape from Crate Paper.



So, here is the card in my Farmhouse Style Dollar Store DIY Memorydex Dupe! I will link a video below where I make the box.



Farmhouse Dollar Store DIY Memorydex Dupe Video above.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

October Daily: 2019 Completed Album Flip Through!!

Oh hello friends! My completed October Album is ready for sharing, and I am thankful to have all 31 stories in this pocket page album for the month of October! 



Day 25



Day 25 part two



Day 26



Day 27



Day 31




See the whole album flip through above!! 
Thank you for visit today, and happy crafting! 
Leigh

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Prepping for Document December: Farmhouse Style Tool Caddy

Hello friends! I have a new DIY craft with a Farmhouse style! This time, I am prepping my Elle's Studio supplies for the Document December 2019 album. 



I made a DIY Farmhouse style sign for the caddy with a free font from dafont.com, and added a buffalo check ribbon and some Dollar Tree winter picks. 



I have the stamps from www.shopellesstudio.com in the back, die cuts on the left, stickers in the center, and acrylic words and wood veneer on the right. This way, all the embellishments for my album will be easy to flip through, and won't get lost on a desktop. 



Look here for supplies to make this project:
tool caddy: Michaels 
Document December Kit: document-december-2019-kit
Ribbon: Michaels 
winter picks: Dollar Tree


Thanks for visiting today! 
Leigh

Friday, November 1, 2019

Farmhouse Style Dollar Tree DIY: Memorydex Dupe

Hello friends! I have another video showing how I made the Farmhouse Style Dollar Tree DIY Memorydex Dupe! This one has that rustic farmhouse look! 





You can see I created a distressed runner for this stye! See how I used milk paint to make this farmhouse Memorydex Dupe!!





Click the photo above for the direct link to my You-tube video!! :)
Thanks for visiting today,
Leigh 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Updated Craft Room Organization!!

Hi friends! I hope you watch my video below to see how I organize the three new Alex Units I recently added to my craft room! After being on the American Crafts Design Team for two years, I had to reorganize many boxes of new product! That's a fun thing for you, if you love to see organizational videos! :)




click on this photo above:)

Monday, October 28, 2019

DIY DOLLAR TREE Memorydex Dupe!!

Hello crafty friends! I have a Dollar Tree DIY for you today! Everybody in the crafting community is going nuts for the Memorydex by Heidi Swapp! So since it is sold out and back ordered what is a crafty girl to do? DIY one of course!!!



 Here you have the finished box with a few cards made from the Maggie Holmes Heritage Collection!
I have a You-tube tutorial below to show you exactly how I made it!!



I love the Dollar Tree wooden crate I found, and here is a link so you can join in then fun!
Dollar Tree Wooden Crate:
https://www.dollartree.com/crafters-square-wooden-tray/296724




 Click the photo above to watch the You-tube video! 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Scrap Gals Podcast episode: 30 Ways To Create Mixed Media Backgrounds

Hello friends! I have some exciting news! I am a guest on the podcast The Scrap Gals this week! I have been a long time listener and fan of this podcast, so I was super excited when they invited me to be on the show! 



You can get all the details, and subscribe to this awesome podcast with lots of FREE bonus content they release for subscribers!! I have included lots of their free printable content in my recent October Daily Album! 

So here is a link directly to their website for all the details on how to listen and more!



The Swap Gals provide encouragement, and entertainment for crafters around the world! It says this on their site, and they deliver!!  :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October Daily: Day 8 6x8 Layout Process Video

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a 6x8 layout in my October Daily Album! I also have a flip through video if you want to see my completed pages so far! 




For this day, I focused on my little self-care break. I took a trip to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Creme Cold Brew. I don't head to Starbucks everyday, but when I do it is usually for a pumpkin treat in the Fall. What are some little things you are thankful for today? 


List of supplies for this album:
Using a Simple Stories 6x8 Snap Album !! Wood veneer: https://www.colorcastdesigns.com/ The Scrap Gals Podcast: (Bonus content free for subscribers) : http://www.thescrapgals.com/ Simple Stories Fall Farmhouse line : https://www.scrapbook.com/store/colle... Jen Hadfield Warm and Cozy line from Tuesday Morning My socials: IG: https://www.instagram.com/artfuleigh/... BLog: http://www.artfulleighcreative.com FB Artist Page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtfulLeighS... http://www.artfulleighcreative.com PINTEREST: http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/?m=1

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Gouache Painting for My Latest Junk Journal

Hello friends! I have been trying out new ways to add stories to my Junk Journal. This outfit of the day painting in gouache is one of my new ideas! It was super easy to do! 




 I used Paper Fashion Gouache and Watercolor Paper from Canson. I folded it in half so that I could slip it into the elastics in my latest junk journal. I hand-lettered with my Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (Hard Tip). I hope you take the time to create something and relax today! Thanks for visiting today! 
Leigh 




Monday, September 9, 2019

1 Canoe 2 Willow collection: Simple Cards

Hello friends! Leigh here, sharing a set of three simple cards with the brand new Willow collection from One Canoe Two! This collection has lots of pretty watercolor elements, so I chose to create stamped rose gold floral accents to coordinate with all three cards. By creating all the stamping first, you can make quite a few simple cards with the addition of some die cuts. 




Starting with the new Vicki Boutin Wildflower Stamp and Die Set, stamp several flowers, leaves and a bee with rose gold ink. I used the new Vicki Boutin metallic color wheel, because it has lots of different metallic ink colors to choose from. Then, heat emboss all the stamped images at once. Watercolor some of the flowers, if you like, then die cut your stamped images. 




For this first card, I inked a new American Crafts embossing folder with sea foam ink. When you run the embossing folder through your machine, it inks the background (a tip learned from Jennifer McGuire). Then, I added Willow Die Cuts, stickers, and rose gold enamel dots to the dry embossed panel, and placed it on a card front. 




The pretty pink Simple Pleasures paper forms the base of this card. I added a sticker to the journaling die cut, and layered it with a tag from the die cut ephemera pack. Attach the tag cluster with two flowers and three rose gold enamel dots to the card and you are done! 




The last card has a script word background, found on the B side of the Ambrose Floral paper from the Willow collection. An oval frame die cut forms the sentiment on this card. By layering a die cut, tag, then the oval frame, you create a quick focal point cluster for this card. I then added the stamped bee and flower to add some more metallic shine to this card. I like to add some sort of metallic or shiny element to my simple paper layer cards, to create interest. The three rose gold enamel dots create a visual triangle around the focal point cluster.



The five steps for simple assembly line style cards:
  1. Stamp and heat emboss at least seven images, like florals and leaves.
  2. Watercolor with Vicki Boutin Watercolor Markers and a Water Brush 
  3. Die Cut the stamped images 
  4. Add a dry embossed or patterned paper panel to each card
  5. Layer die cuts, stickers, stamped images, and enamel dots to each card




Thank you for joining me today for a set of simple cards with new supplies from the Willow  collection, and Vicki Boutin.

SUPPLIES:
Willow Collection by One Canoe Two: Double-sided Papers (#356080, #356072), Stickers (#356083), Die Cut Shapes (#356087), Enamel Dots (#356088), Vicki Boutin Wildflower Stamp and Die Set (#352260), American Crafts Embossing Folders and Stamps (#352080)





Monday, August 12, 2019

New Dear Lizzy She's Magic: DIY Travel Poster

Hello friends! Leigh here, to share an easy DIY travel theme poster for your wall. Teen and college age young adults love the retro and vintage vibe of Instax photos. So why not create a poster for them to display their favorite moments and travel memories on? They can clip up photos with ease and have a pretty display for their favorite room or space. 




The new Poster Shop Four Corner Floral poster has such pretty watercolor images. It coordinates perfectly with the new She’s Magic collection from Dear Lizzy! I decided to cut out banner shapes from the gorgeous patterns in this collection.  The Poster Shop collection also has lights to create your own DIY creations! 




I fussy cut the tickets from the Round Trip paper, and added one to each cluster with a photo. There are so many pretty patterns to choose from in the She’s Magic collection! With 24 different patterns, I could add a unique hand cut banner to each of the photos. You can choose patterns that have colors that are complementary (opposite) the colors in your photos, to really make them pop! I chose pink for the photos featuring mostly green. Some of the photos are highlighted with a banner in the same color as the picture. 




Have fun choosing different patterns, like the small blue floral near the Honolulu photo. I added a banner to the left or right to side of each photo cluster. You can add foam tabs under the tickets and heart punched pieces if you like. The smaller banners are punched with an American Crafts Knock Out Punch.



The bottom left of  the poster shows Paris and Bergen, Norway. The Paris photo had to have the rainbow heart pattern banner to highlight how much we loved the city!  I added a green ticket and a blue punched heart to coordinate with the colors in the Paris photo. Some of the clusters got heart punches, and some smaller banners. There are so many different tickets on the Round Trip paper you can pick a unique one for each photo. 




The bottom right side of the poster shows Cornwall, England. I layered pink banners and hearts, once again, to contrast the green in the photo. I added a puffy sticker on top of the heart because we fell in love with England! I made sure to space out the pinks and dark blues around the poster board, so that it would feel balanced. You can cut the Instax frames from AC Glitter Card Stock or use a pre-made frame from Heidi Swapp. 

I hope you have fun creating a poster for your next DIY project with the Poster Shop from American Crafts! Thanks for visiting today, Leigh.



SUPPLIES:
American Crafts Poster Shop Four Corners Floral (#355694), Dear Lizzy She’s Magic Patterned Paper (#354795, #354796, #354816, #354802, #354800, #354793,  #354807, #354803, #354806, #354804, #354808, #354801, #354799, #354798, #354797, #354812), Poster Shop Clear Light Strand Set (#345530), Dear Lizzy She’s Magic Puffy Stickers (#354820), AC Gift With Raffia (#348541), Dear Lizzy Paintable Large Chipboard Words (#343432), Heidi Swapp Photo Frame Kit (#314850), Heidi Swapp Light Banner Kit (#314853), Sticky Thumb Adhesive Foam Tabs (#340273)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wildflower and Honey: Last Layout as a Vicki Boutin Design Team Member

Hello Vicki Boutin fans! Leigh here, sharing my final layout as a member of the Vicki Boutin Design Team! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time this past year! Just think, I used to think mixed media wasn't for me! For a whole year, I completed a mixed media project every week, and have learned so much along the way! I am so thankful for the opportunity to play with these amazing products.



For my final layout, I chose to feature many of the beautiful patterns in the Wildflower and Honey collection! Look at all the different patterns on one page, and you can see how gorgeous the whole collection is together! The red, orange, and yellow waves are thinner, and the waves get wider as they go down the page. Don't be afraid to hand cut your patterns into shapes for a layout! 



I layered each color on a glass mat, and free-hand cut them into wave shapes. By layering one color under the other, I could make sure there was enough paper to cover the white background card stock. Once the waves are all cut, you can stitch around each piece with white thread to create some texture. Then, I adhered each wave piece with a thin strip of red-line tape along one edge , so the paper could be bent up to create more dimension.  I then stamped the honeycomb from the new Wildflower and Honey collection stamp set onto a scrap of White Foundations Art Paper.  I followed the colors of the wave pieces to match up the art crayon colors with the honeycomb stamp. 




I added the photo and a long strip of computer journaling over the Foundations paper. The packaging from the Wildflower and Honey Embellishment Die Cut pack creates a mat for the photo. The Wildflower and Honey honeycomb washi tape holds the photo and repeats the honeycomb pattern stamped around the edge of the art paper. 




The layered vellum butterfly stickers are spaced in three different areas around the layout to lead your eye and create some interest. I bent up the wings on the butterflies to show a hint of the watercolor underneath. By adding the vellum butterflies to the edge of the white foundations paper mat, you can soften the strong line between the rich colors of the background, and the white neutral of the mat. The honeycomb stamping also accomplishes this.



The gold washi tape at the top of the White Foundations paper serves as a grounding spot. I zig-zag stitched through the tape once the layout was all adhered. Once you have all the pieces attached to the background, you can bend up the edge of all the patterned papers to create more dimension. I hope you get the chance to play with the brand new Wildflower and Honey collection, and share your creations in the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Community on Facebook




 Thank you for all your support and encouragement during my time on the Vicki Boutin Design Team! 



SUPPLIES:
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Papers
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Chipboard Thickers
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Ephemera Die Cuts
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Washi Tape Set
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Ephemera Embellishments
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Vellum Butterflies
Vicki Boutin White Foundations Mixed Media Art Paper
Vicki Boutin Art Crayons (Warm and Cool)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Brand New Wildflower And Honey Glaze Mixed Media Layout

Hello friends! Leigh here, with a layout featuring the brand new stencils in the Wildflower and Honey collection! I always love to see the new patterns Vicki comes up with for each new release, because her stencils are such a good value, and they add versatile patterns to your stash! 



I added Vicki's gesso, paint, and then Iridescent Glitter Glaze to a large chipboard letter that starts my pet's name. My Pomeranian, Peanut, is captured in the photo here. Peanut is a tiny guy, but I wanted a big element on the layout to add the glaze technique! :) The White Foundations paper is the perfect base for this layout.



Start with a large bare chipboard letter, or cut your own. This letter "P" is almost 12 inches tall. First I added Vicki's gesso, and after that dried, I added a mix of the three paints in the photo to create the base color on the letter. I mixed Watermelon Burst, Saltwater Taffy, and Blue Hawaiian on a mixing palette to get a good blend, then applied it to the letter. Once that dried, I mixed Blueberry Pie Watercolor Marker, with Blue Hawaiian and added in the Iridescent Glaze. Mix with Vicki's Palette Knife and apply through the new Wildflower and Honey stencil.



While the glaze on the letter dried, I worked on the layout background. You can cut a three and a half inch wide strip from the Happy Spirit paper and attach it to the White Foundations paper. Then, I stitched between each color on the Happy Spirit paper. I like the diagonal line this adds, because there are diagonal lines in the photo. I also like the bold color the Happy Spirit paper adds to this layout.



The right side of the page, began with the mixed media splatters. I mixed Blueberry Pie, and Blue Hawaiian with water on an acrylic block, then splattered them on with Vicki's Water Brush. Next, pick out die cuts that coordinate with the colors on your page. I chose turquoise, orange, and coral die cuts, and layered them around the photo. The Pure Honey die cut with the brushes sticking out of the jar, was a fun element to add to the left of the photo, and serves as the title of the page. I made sure to add diagonal lines with the placement of the leaves, and elements on both sides of the photo, so it is the focal point of the page after your eye follows the large stripes and the letter on the left.   




The finished layout is complete with some hand-written journaling at the bottom right, and different layers of die-cuts on foam dots for dimension. I added the holographic gold chipboard heart circles in three different areas on the page. The two butterfly stickers on either side of the photo balance the layout. Do you have a favorite pattern noted from the new Wildflower and Honey collection? I can't wait to see what you guys do with the new designs in this gorgeous new collection! Share with us in the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Community on Facebook.







SUPPLIES:
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Collection Paper (Happy Spirit #342241)
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Chipboard Thickers
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Ephemera Die Cuts
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Ephemera Embellishments
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Stencils
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Stickers
Vicki Boutin White Foundations Paper 
Vicki Boutin White Gesso
Vicki Boutin Watercolor Markers 
Vicki Boutin Water Brush
Vicki Boutin Paint Brush Set


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The New Wildflower and Honey Collection on a Summer Layout

The brand new Wildflower and Honey collection by Vicki Boutin is shipping to retailers today, July 10th!!! Hooray! This collection has a fresh new mix of rich palettes and textures for all your paper crafting projects!! Let's take a look at how I used it on this summer layout!




These colors work so well for summer, or any season! I picked the red-orange, orange, yellow, and blue-green colors from Wildflower and Honey for my summer layout. 

Look how rich the blue-green looks next to the red-orange! These colors are opposite one another on the color wheel, which makes them complementary colors. Using colors opposite each other on the color wheel intensifies the look of each color. So I chose to punch squares of each color, and create a grid.




Start by punching 12 squares at 2 and 1/8 inches. I chose to add hand-stitching to a few of the squares to add textural interest. You can pierce the paper squares with a grid mat to get even spacing for your stitches. The diagonal stitches and the grid stitches remind me of pool tiles, so they repeat the elements and the feeling of the page. Add some splatters with a Vicki Boutin Water Brush and the color Blue Hawaiian Watercolor Marker to coordinate with this page. 




I spaced out the square colors to have a yellow, red-orange, and blue-green square on each row. Two of the squares have a two inch photo placed on top. The photo can serve as your color for that row! Two of my favorites, my daughter, and these red-orange Lillies are the focal point of the photos. 




You can see the layers of chipboard, die-cuts, and vellum butterflies are placed on top of the squares to add more texture and interest to the layout. I love the vellum butterflies, and placed three different sizes on three different squares. You can bend up the wings, so that the pretty ink splatters underneath show, if you like! The die cut title is placed on a square as well. I machine stitched with variegated aqua thread through the spaces between the squares. 





This close up shows more detail on each square. Have fun layering up the embellishments, and journal on a label die cut to finish off the page. I stamped the date on the banner die cut below the label. I added stitching to the top of the blue-green heart die cut, so that it coordinates with the hand-stitching below. I can't wait to see what you make with the gorgeous Wildflower and Honey collection!! Share it in the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Community on Facebook



Click THE PHOTO above to watch the You-tube video:)



Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Papers
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Chipboard Thickers
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Ephemera Die Cuts
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Ephemera Embellishments
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Vellum Butterflies
Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey Stickers 

Thank you for watching and visiting today! Have fun with your new Wildflower and Honey supplies!!Leigh

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Masculine Layouts with Vicki Boutin Mixed Media

Hello Vicki Boutin fans! This week, the Design Team is focusing on Dad layouts. I chose to start with the mixed media Ready to Use Paper Pad, and create a large title. The Ready To Use Paper Pad allows you to quickly start your layout, and I usually place my page elements over the mixed media area already on the page. 






The large title is fitting, since my Dad is 6 feet and 7 inches tall! I used some generic gold poster stickers for the title, and traced around the sticker onto the Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope paper (Odds and Ends). This pattern has a retro masculine look, and I love the strips it features. I then backed the Vicki Boutin paper letters with the gold stickers to tie in the gold media splatters on the page.



Step One: Create the title. Step Two: Add the strips of torn edge patterns over the pre-printed mixed-media area. I folded up the bottoms of each strip to show the pattern on the back. This adds lots of texture to your page. I chose patterns that felt masculine, and the colors coordinate with the colors in the photos.





Step Three: Add photos and embellishments. I added the fussy-cut cameras, and the journaling die cuts in a vertical meandering line to highlight the photos. I tilted the embellishments at different angles since the photos are also tilted. 




Step Four: Add your journaling and word strip stickers from the Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope Sticker Book. I trimmed some of the word strip stickers to fit on the die cuts. The fussy-cut cameras are a nod to my Dad's love of photography. It is so important for me to treasure the connections and relationships in my life. I hope you get to create a page about the Dad figures in your life. Thanks for visiting today, and happy crafting! 

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