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.

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! 

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)