Mixed media background for scrapbook layout using a brayer

Today I want to share a scrapbook layout where I created a mixed media background using inks and a brayer.

I was inspired by the class I took on Altenew Academy – “Irresistible Inking Techniques”. It was so easy and fun and definitely you will get a different effect each time.

Best day ever scrapbook layout using altenew reflections kit

On a white cardstock, I used my Cameo to cut a tiny dots frame border just for interest. To have a brayered effect on the background, I used inks and mixed them with some water and roll my brayer onto it. I used some Mustard Seed Distress Ink and Altenew’s Coral Berry Ink. It helps to add different colors when one color is dry. I added some paint splatters for a more fun look. For embellishments, I added some diecut flourishes and flowers which I fussy cut from a patterned paper in the Altenew Reflections Kit . For my title, I cut the word “best” and “ever” from a patterned paper as well.

Here is a close up:Best day ever scrapbook layout using altenew reflections kit

Best day ever scrapbook layout using altenew reflections kit

It’s always fun to do mixed media backgrounds because the results can be quite unpredictable. Hope you will try it out too!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!


“Love” Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone! Sketch N Scrap 5th Birthday Bash Crop is happening this month, so crop with us all month long on the blog.  Today I want to share a layout with you that is inspired with the first exclusive birthday bash sketch layout designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap.

May2nd SNS birthday 1

I created a mixed media wedding layout. I really just scrapbook for fun and enjoying different techniques as I create. The background was inspired by videos I saw on youtube and it was really fun.

Love (with altenew stamps) Wedding Scrapbook Layout

I first created the background with gesso and thread. The thread will be adhered with the gesso so there is no glue needed. Then I dripped some Magenta Liquitex ink  after it  dried. Then I sprayed some DIY yellow mist on it as well. I just love the texture and the effect of the background.

Mixed media background

Then I diecut the wreath which was a free cutfile from Paper Issues with a white cardstock. I inked it lightly with Antique Linen distress ink for a subtle look. Then I went on a stamping and fussy cutting frenzy with the layering stamps from Altenew. (Painted Butterflies and Vintage Flowers) After I was done doing that, I adhered them along the wreath and added my photo and title and my stickers.

The process of this layout was actually very gratifying – ink dripping and mist spraying, the stamping and fussy cutting; lol it did take forever with the stamping and fussy cutting but that’s what a crafter does with her time right!

I scrapbook the photo of our wedding rings, and I love the intertwined thread behind it. It’s like our lives are joined/twisted together lol (don’t mind my abstract/logical thinking behind the layout)

Here are some close up:

Thanks for stopping by and hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more design team inspiration. Come join us for our Birthday Bash Crop all month long. We will be posting FIVE exclusive birthday bash sketches and one exclusive NSD sketch as challenges this month. Crop starts on May 2nd and goes until June 2nd, so plenty of time to get your entries in!

5th birthday SNS

Mixed media layout – ‘Such fun times’ Scrapbook layout

Hello! Happy Monday to you – hope your day is going well for you and that you had a wonderful weekend!

Today I have a mixed media layout to share with you :


This layout is inspired by Scrapbook Challenges and this is the sketch on Scrapbook Challenges:

sketch 489 july 11

This was a really fun & messy layout to play with and I am so happy at how it turned out. I am trying my hand at more mixed media layout in my scrapbooking as I am currently taking some of Wilna Furstenberg‘s classes on iheartstudio.ca  so the style of the layout is also inspired by the art journal style in scrapbooking.

To create the background, I actually used a cardstock that I put away after I painted pink paint on it for a previous project. It just didn’t work out for me because I didn’t like how the paint strokes were on the cardstock. I didn’t want to throw it out because that would be wasteful and I convinced myself that I might be able to create something out of it later.

So for my layout, I started by adding some texture paste through a stencil that had different words on it. Once that is dry, I misted some aqua spray with a polka dot stencil but it didn’t turn out the way I like it.So once it dry, I added yellow paint through the polka dot stencil and also dab it around some of the pink paint area that I didn’t like.  Then I added my photos, I placed my photos on the right side of the layout mainly to cover the part where I didn’t like how the paint and the mist turned out. I also added the flourishes from Wilna’s Spring collection vertically behind the photos to create a place for my photos to sit on. Then I added some markings like how Wilna does them in her videos to add extra interest.

I stamped some faux stitched lines horizontally as inspired by the sketch and also to add some balance to the layout and added my title . Then I also adhered some tags with twine tied to it. I finished my layout with some splatters and stamped the date at the right hand corner where I usually like to add my date of when the photo was taken.

So I am glad at how fun this layout turned out to be, and I didn’t waste my cardstock and I challenged myself to really use the art journal style of scrapbooking. (my ‘never-throw-anything-away’ hoarding actually work out really well for this layout) The key is really, the layers in building the layout.

More close up pictures:


The texture paste is a little bit messy and smudged but I am fine with it, since it’s really more for interest and texture.
Mixed media layout - Such fun time scrapbook layout close up

Mixed media layout - Such fun time scrapbook layout close up

I added some #words to my journaling tag that I usually use when I upload it to my social media which I thought was pretty fun. We also have another challenge going on at Scrapbook Challenges which is really fun. So I was inspired to use my # in my journaling instead of my title.

hastag july 11

I hope you will give these challenges a try and hop over to Scrapbook Challenges for more inspiration! We would love to see your creations. Thank you so much for stopping by – Happy crafting!

Scrapping a silhouette photo

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful (i)National Scrapbooking weekend! I was so inspired by the layouts and challenges on social media!

I had a chance to scrapbook a few layouts and today I want to share one of it with you. It was a challenge hosted by The Cut Shoppe where they offered a free cut file. It was such a lovely cut file. I have a silhouette photo at the beach during sunset and it seems perfect!

& I love you so Scrapbook layout

I created the background using my Derwent Inktense blocks – I wanted some of the sunset colors on my background. I wanted the paintbrush effect and also some splatters on my page. I love watercolors because I can pretty much create any colors I want.  Then I diecut the ampersand cut file with my Silhouette Cameo with white cardstock. I also diecut an offset of the ampersand with kraft cardstock to layer for contrast because the patterned papers I chose are soft colors and I did not want it to blend into the background.

& I love you so Scrapbook layout

First I watercolor the white ampersand with light pink and after it was dry, I began layering the back of the ampersand with my patterned papers. Honestly, it really took  a long time but I loved the effect of it. A good way to catch up on some tv dramas too (maybe that’s why I took a long time too :))

& I love you so Scrapbook layout

I diecut the title with gold glittered paper. I took the “you” from the same cut file, and “love” from the Love Rules cut file also from The Cut Shoppe and the rest of the title I cut with my own font from my computer. I embellished with the hearts I cut from the Love Rules cut file and punched some tiny hearts too.

& I love you so Scrapbook layout

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts Texture, Bazzill Kraft     Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers Love Notes, Celebrate It gold glitter paper, Crate Paper Flea Market   Tools: Derwent Inktense Block – 0230/0250/0300,  Silhouette Cameo, Martha Stewart Confetti Hearts Punch

Loved how the layout turned out. Hope you will have a good week ahead. Stay tune as May I will have lots to share (hopefully)! Thank you for stopping by!

Scrapping with my Cameo: Photobooth pictures

Hello! Today I have a layout to share using a cut file from The Cut Shoppe. It was a free cut file during the Christmas holidays.

Like Superstars Scrapbook Layout

I wanted to scrap some of the photobooth pictures I had taken during a wedding. I took an 11’x 11′ mixed media paper and I used my Inktense blocks to create the watercolor effect background with some splatters.  After it’s dry, I spritz some coral and yellow mist as well.  Then I punched the side of the paper with American Crafts Notebook border punch to create some interest on the border.

I backed some of the stars on the cut file with papers from Dear Lizzy Serendipity paper pad. Then I punched some smaller stars for embellishments as well. I cut my title ‘Like Superstars” with my Cameo using a charcoal cardstock from Craft Smith. For my title, I did draw a circle first and move my text to the circle so that the font is more balance on semi-circle.

I adhered the cut file with spray adhesive. I realized it’s much faster to adhere larger and intricate diecuts onto my layout. Then I mounted it on my blue stars background paper from the same Dear Lizzy Serendipity paper pad.

Like Superstars Scrapbook LayoutLike Superstars Scrapbook Layout

It was a lot of fun making this layout. Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Scrapping with my Cameo

Hello! I wanted to scrap a layout with an electronic cut file. I have seen so many beautiful layouts using cut files and I wanted to give it a try too.

Did you know Scrapbook and Cards Today’s blog has free cut files? I used one of the free cut files that you can check it out here.

Feb 2016 freebie

I created a wedding layout with this cut file. I just loved the hearts and thought it was perfect for a wedding layout.

You & Me Wedding scrapbook layout

I was checking out the  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, and this week’s challenge is to use ‘Spritz and Spray’ – therefore I used this technique on my layout. Honestly I love spray mist. It’s really easy as all I need to do is just spritz! I love the mist effect and the unpredictable effect of the splats.

I opened the file in the Silhouette Studio program. I resized and duplicated the image and weld it together. Since it was my first time cutting a cut file, I tried it with the white textured cardstock and got an amazing result. I tried it again with patterned paper. It was quite exciting – I guess that’s the fun playing with a new toy!

I used the frame of the hearts cut with patterned paper on the white background. The frame was pink – so I changed the color my spritzing some homemade blue spray mist. I like to use DIY spray mists because I can mixed whatever color I like. I have two favorite methods of how I make my homemade sprays – art supply and non-art supply.

  1. Paints, Gelatos, Perfect Pearls, Inktense blocks
  2. Dye powder ( I used Tulip Fabric Dye), Food coloring

I spritzed another blue spray mist on the background of the white cardstock. I chose the hearts and spray misted a pattern from a stencil. Then I added some homemade textured paste colored with a blue gelato for added texture. I put some texture paste onto the white background paper as well.

I adhered the white cardstock onto a blue floral paper from Dear Lizzy- Serendipity. I finished the layout with some diecuts and embellished it with some camera I fussy cut from the same paper pad.

Here are some close up pictures:

You & Me Wedding scrapbook layoutYou & Me Wedding scrapbook layout close up

Since I cut the cut file twice – I made another two layouts using the same file.

Second layout – I scrapped an old childhood photo.

Birthday scrapbook layout

The patterned papers I used are also from the Dear Lizzy – Serendipity collection. I added gold hearts I punched out using Martha Stewart heart confetti punch. The ice-creams are also fussy cut from the same paper pad. I used my Cameo to cut out my title from white cardstock.

Some close ups – just love the dimension and the gold.

Birthday scrapbook layoutBirthday scrapbook layout

For my third layout – I scrapbook a selfie and also experimenting with some paint.

Pinkycrafter selfie scrapbook layout

This heart frame was the one cut from white cardstock. I misted it with some blues and pinks. I used the same paper pad to layer my hearts. It was actually quite time consuming. But it’s lovely to see all the colorful patterns on my layout. I started with a white cardstock, and used different shades of pink acrylic paint to create an ombre effect. I really liked the effect of paint on textured cardstock and the look of dry paintbrush. Then I added some white paint droplets in the areas I wanted to add embellishments. I also added the remaining gold hearts I punched out. I added some daisies stickers from Martha Stewart. I cut out my title with the Cameo. Since I was scrapping a selfie, I use the name of my blog. I adhered the finished hearts with some pop dots for more dimension.

Some close ups –

Pinkycrafter selfie scrapbook layoutPinkycrafter selfie scrapbook layout

So there – a really long post today sharing my three layouts.  Three similar design layouts with a cut file cut twice. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #94 and DIY texture paste recipe

Hello everyone! It’s DECEMBER! I am so excited – I really do love December – anticipating the holidays; decorating the tree; setting up the lights outside the house; baking; shopping, etc. Lots to do!

Anyways –  today for Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #94, I wanted to share a mixed media layout.

Today’s sketch is designed by Heather Hall on the Sketch N Scrap blog.

dec 1st

Isn’t it a lovely sketch! I think it’s also perfect for a holiday layout!

For my layout – I am sharing a photo I took of my brother in law in the kitchen. It was just so rare that he is wearing an apron (a cartoon apron too) and helping out to cook dinner. He actually didn’t want to wear the apron. We made him! lol It was such a great memory to document.

Chef of the year scrapbook layout

  • I cut an 11×11 inch mixed media paper (from the Strathmore 300 series).
  • I added some texture paste with a tiny square stencil (from Plaid). I actually used homemade texture paste. I will share later the recipe I use for my homemade texture paste.
  • Then I added some DIY spray mist (coral,red, yellow) once the texture paste is dry.
  • Then I added some ink splatters. I used Walnut ink distress ink and added lots of water. Once on the page, I use a straw to blow the splatter to create movement.
  • Once it’s dry, I stamped the sentiment ‘Single Moments make great memories” from Kaisercraft Antique Bazaar Stamp set with Hero Arts ‘cup of joe’ ink.
  • I embellished the page with some gears that I made out of hot glue from the Industrial Mod Podge Mod molds. One of my favourite technique is making embellishments out of hot glue with silicone molds. You can customised those embellishments any colours you like. Usually acrylic paint works the best for me.
  • I added my title using October Afternoon Mini Market alphabet stickers.
  • I added some jute twine for extra texture and dimension.

Here are some close up photos:

close up of the texture paste and spray mist and ink splatters

close up of the texture paste and spray mist

close up of the gears and ink splatters

There are many homemade texture paste recipes out there but I just tweak it to make it the way I like it. It is very easy and cheap to make your own.

DIY Texture Paste Recipe

  • 1/4 cup of talcum powder (or baby powder)
  • 1 tbsp of glue ( I used Aleene’s tacky glue)
  • 1 tbsp of white paint
  • Add water till desired consistency

You can also using baking soda but I preferred the baby powder because it’s smoother and smells great!

For my DIY Spray Mist – I actually use the Tulip Tie dye packs. The dye comes in powder form. I just add a little bit of powder into my spray bottle and add water. You can get the prettiest colors and it will last you forever.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and remember to stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog to check out what the other design team members had prepared for you! Hope that you will join us with the sketch challenge. Looking forward to see your creations linked up!

Leave me a comment if you have any questions or just to say Hi! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Gelli Prints Friday #2 : DIY patterned paper

Hello – Happy Friday! Today I have my second episode of Gelli Prints Friday; if you missed last week’s episode you can check it out here. Today I would like to share how I use my gelli prints to make my own patterned paper for scrapbooking.

DIY patterned paper

I took my circle punch (1.5″) and punched out lots of circles from my gelli plates. Then I grouped them according to the color groups ie blues, reds, greens.


I was actually inspired by this patterned paper from Cedar Lane by Pink Paislee! I loved the circles with different patterns on it. Therefore I decide to make my own with the gelli plate!

Gelli print DIY patterned paper

Gelli print DIY patterned paper

Gelli print DIY patterned paper

I adhered the circles according to the color groups onto 12×12 neutral cardstock. It’s pretty cool to see the different designs and patterned created with the gelli plate.

Here are some layouts I created with these background papers. I created monochromatic layouts which I think are pretty fun and cool.

Through the glass scrapbook layout

All about me scrapbook layout

Tulips scrapbook layout

I hope you enjoyed what I shared today and give gelli printing a try! Basically you can create lots of different patterned papers and the possibilities are endless! It’s really fun! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

3 wedding scrapbook layouts

Hello! Today I have 3 wedding scrapbook layouts to share. I am getting there scrapping my wedding album. Still loads to go, but one day at a time!

I decided to create a cover page for my album. So this is the layout:

The wedding day cover scrapbook layout

It’s actually the picture of a pair of bedroom slippers with the Chinese word used in weddings – “Double Happiness”. I fussy-cut the flowers from a floral paper from Crate Paper Flea Market collection as embellishments. I inked the white alphabet stickers from American Crafts Thickers with Worn Lipstick distress ink just so it stands out more on the layout.

Next layout:

Transformed scrapbook layout

For this layout, all supplies used are from the same Crate Paper Flea Market collection. In this photo, I journal straight onto the photo because there was white space of the wall. It was a great photo of my dad captured when he came in to check on me; his one word of “Transformed” when he saw me after I had my makeup done was just so funny and precious.

The final layout for today:

backdrop beauty scrapbook layout

I just love the backdrop! Don’t you just love the gigantic paper flowers? The wedding planner did a great job! For this layout, I did some stamping. I stamped my photo mat using Waffle Flower Crafts “Lotus” stamp set. The I did a color wash with Tattered Rose distress ink. Loved how this layout turned out!

That’s all for today, thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!

Almost at the end of the kits: Layouts share

I had a large homemade kit in August, and also a kit I made trying out for the Master Forger’s team. I am currently away from home. It’s been two weeks since I “moved”. My husband had to be in Virginia for his rotations so I followed along. Of course my crafty stuff need to come.It was hard packing what I wanted. I just brought all my kits and some essentials such as adhesives and paper trimmer. I put them altogether in my Iris container, then I think it sort of got mixed up, but it’s still work because it still matches overall.

We got a place through Air BnB. The place I live in don’t have a proper area/table for me to craft. So my craft area is the bed actually. Lol It has been hard, crafting on the bed but it’s fun. I know some crafters do craft on the bed, the floor.. wherever creativity brings them. Brings back memories how back in high school when we do crafty projects, we often make it on the floor and make a wonderful mess.

Anyways, today I have couple more layouts to share. I am almost at the end of all the kits actually. I have about 6 full 12×12 sheets and some scraps leftover which I will continue to make layouts with this week.

the whole group scrapbook layout

you make me happy scrapbook layout

you and me scrapbook layoutTwo of Us Scrapbook layout

Loved the layered butterflies from Martha Stewart Crafts punches. I just punched multiple butterflies and stapled them in the middle. Then I fluffed the wings for the 3-D effect. Easy way to make DIY embellishments for my layouts.

Love this moment scrapbook layout

This layout, has quite minimal of what is going on, because I wanted to keep the whole busy background. Loved that piece of patterned paper. I have had that in my stash in a long time, I think it was from Momenta. Not too sure actually.

A path in the woods scrapbook layout

hello path scrapbook layout

These two layouts are pretty similar yet not a 2 page spread. But would look nice side by side in album. I need to check on the date when this photo was taken though then add it onto the layout. The black and white photos made the path looks more calming and dreamy – something along those lines. 🙂

Almost ready scrapbook layout

Usually I like to color my wood veneer but I left the wood veneer as it is for this layout. Somehow the raw wood color looks great on the layout.

The red umbrella scrapbook layout

I also scrapped two layouts for my wedding album from these kits too. I liked the  “red umbrella” layout – Although we weren’t the superstitious couple, but we wanted to follow some Chinese traditions so that it’s not forgotten. Besides it looks great for photography. For my journaling, I cut out the journaling strips from a PL card to add interest.

So that’s it for today. 9 layouts to share with you today. Leave me a comment if you have any questions or just to say Hello! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!