Thursday, 12 June 2014

2Crafty & Scrap Around the World

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.
The 2Crafty Design Team girls are Guest Designers this month over at Scrap Around the World and the new  DT girls were also asked to participate if they were able.  This was such a fabulous opportunity, and the Moodboard is so gorgeous, that of course I wanted to jump in with both feet.  Now, as you know, I do not Scrapbook, but I was made aware that they will accept double Art Journal pages so that's what I created.
Here is the Mood board designed by Di Garling.

I love the colours of this board, so bright and bold and beautiful.

Here is my Journal page.

 My background was created with Distress Inks.  It seems to be the best thing that works for me.  I don't have much success using gesso on my pages and with these inks I don't need to.  The colours I used are Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive.  I also watered down some Viva Precious Metal in Olive and poured it into a sprayer but, instead of spraying it straight onto the page, I sprayed a paper towel and then dabbed it around the edges.  I'm really pleased with the result as it gives a more mottled look.
 Here you can see the effect of the dabbed ink a bit better.  Stamped the background with a mix of Prima and Kaisercraft stamps all in Memento's Tuxedo Black.
The gorgeous chippies on these pages are, of course, from 2Crafty.  They have the most amazing range of chipboard pieces.  If you wish to take a look HERE is the link.  The online store is only for Wholesale, but you will be able to see the sort of chippies they produce and, on the left hand side of the home page, there is a menu with a list of stockists.
 This beautiful and delicate frame is the 'Frances Frame'.  I sprayed this with Heidi Swap's Color Shine in Black Velvet which has a lovely iridescence that doesn't, unfortunately, show up very well in these photos.  I then marked the sides with a white gel pen to emulate the straws in the mood board.  The paper layers underneath the frame are from the Correspondence Collection from Meg's Garden.
The quote was found on the net.  I only used two of the lines as that was easier to fit on the page and I felt they were the most appropriate for the board..
  The full quote reads 'Live every moment.  Laugh every day.  Love beyond words.'
 Used Tim Holtz Schoolhouse Stencil with Crushed Olive and Black Soot D.I. and edged both pages with Gathered Twigs.
 As you've seen, the two pages are almost a mirror image of each other so I have used the same embellies on each side.  The small stars and hearts are the 'ATC Hearts & Stars' chippie.  The stars were painted with white acrylic paint and then just dipped into some clear glitter.
The second Frances Frame treated the same way as the first.
The tiny hearts were coloured with red acrylic paint.  I then used a white gel pen for the little bit of doodling and covered them with Distress Crackle Paint.  A bit of texture was added with TCW's Mini Tile Stencil and some homemade texture paste and I added some washi tape at the side as well.

I was actually quite pleased with how quickly this all came together.  Usually my journal pages take days, sometimes even weeks to complete because, although I know what colours I want to use, I don't always have a plan for what to do next.  Having never created from a Mood Board before I was a bit hesitant but this page just seemed to create itself.  The colours of course, came from the board and once I selected the chippies I wanted to use it just flowed together really quickly.

Hope you like my journal page and hope you will want to play along at the Scrap Around the World Challenge this month and maybe win one of the many amazing prizes.  There are so many awesome goodies up for grabs.  

HERE is the link to Scrap Around The World for all the details of the challenge.  HERE is the link to see the Guest Design Team projects.  HERE is the link to the 2Crafty Blog to see the awesome projects my Team mates create with their gorgeous chippies.

Thank you so much for visiting today and leaving me some feedback on my project.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg


  1. This looks fabulous Marg! Looks like a lot of fun developing your background and love the frames too! I hope you are having a great week!

  2. Marg this is such a stunning piece. Absolutely love the background and great texture too. Karen.x

  3. Don't you LOVE it when a project just seems to 'come together'??? I'm enjoying all the close ups here....sooo much detail that you don't get to see on FB!!! That stamping in the bg looks lovely & I really like the way you've used the quote, too.....but a scrap page.....????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Awesome art journal page. I just have not gotten into this. Have tried to but no success. Love how you used the mood board... and I agree with Lizzy the close ups are stunning. :D

  5. Oh wow Margie, your journal pages are getting better and better!!! I am totally in love with the background, the dabbed ink looks fantastic, love all the stenciling too, an absolutely beauty of a double page, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it big time!!!

  6. loving this beauty Margy, so much richness and depth you have woven into this beautiful creation . love x

  7. Thank you so much for contributing this beautiful piece Marg! As usual it is another exquisite art journal spread!

  8. Great job with your creation from a mood board Margaret. I like the texture and stamping. The frames are perfect for your quotes and the red hearts add a lovely pop of colour :D

  9. These are such wonderful pages! Love the sentiment and the super colouring and all your amazing little touches that have made these pages so gorgeous! I really don't know why you don't scrap pages....because you really did these journal pages fabulously! ;-) Love your take on the challenge!!

  10. fabulous work for your journal, love the colour combination background too


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