Happy Valentine’s Day!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy V-Day! And in honor of this holiday, I wanted to share with you all a layout I created using a FREE printable for a Valentine’s Giveaway from Studio Calico. Not only did I use the printable, but since the prompts for this week involve Love for Get Messy Art Journal, I thought this would be a great way to incorporate both. One of the Prompt Challenges was to use Washi tape in a way that you normally would not, so that is what I showcased here in this layout. I decided to use the Washi Tape as seen below as a backdrop for this Heidi Swapp Glitter Chipboard Heart.

Overall, I like the pop of color that it brings to the layout and I feel as though it helps to draw the eye to the photo of my husband and two daughters.
So what are ways in which you use Washi Tape? I would love to hear what you all are doing with this fun decorative tape.

Until next time, enjoy your day and Happy Scrappin’!
Nati J.


Technique Tuesday: BRAVE Background

Today, I want to talk to you about creating your own backgrounds for scrapbooking layouts. I believe that we can take any piece of cardstock and make it uniquely our own by just adding some personal touches using anything….doodles, spray inks, stencils, paint, magazine cutouts, masks, and the list can go on and on.

With the technique for I will be showing you all today, I used Dylusions Spray Inks as well as a chicken wire stencil to create a unique background for my scrapbook layout featuring my Little Beauty, Em at Blessington Farms. So let’s get to it.

First, I gathered my materials to create my background.

Next, I selected an area on the page to begin spraying.

Now, it was time for some fun!

While spraying, I thought I would add two more colors to the mix.

Here is my completed background. It may not look like much right now, but that is the beauty of it. Once, I added my picture and embellishements, the background helped bring out the overall look and feel of the layout as seen below.

At this point in the layout, I felt as though something was missing, so I had to take a step back for a few minutes.

And here is the completed layout. I switched out the sticker letters for the word, “BRAVE.” I feel like with the word being in white stickers, verses black, the word stands out and doesn’t get lost in the background. And with the word “BEYOND,” I outlined the foam stickers using a white gel pen. Overall, I am very pleased with the final outcome. I really enjoyed making this quick and easy background to fully complete my layout.

So go out there and create your own background for a layout you are working on and let me know how it works out for you. Until next time,

Happy Scrappin’,
Nati J.

Materials Used:
DCWV Paper Pack, Thickers Foam Letter Stickers, Thickers Maple Matte Puffy Letter Stickers, Studio Calico Wood Veneers, Feathers from Hobby Lobby,
Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Tarnished Brass), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), Canson Watercolor Paper, Project Life Journaling Pen, Gelly Roll Pen (White), The Crafters Workshop 6×6 Stencil Mini Chicken Wire by Jaime Echt,
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist (Canary), Dylusions Ink Spray (London Blue, Funky Fuchsia, Vibrant Turquoise), Becky Higgins Project Life – Heidi Swapp Favorite Things Edition 3×4 Journaling Card, Recollections Bing

Mixed Media Monday: Love 2

Hello, hello, hello! I thought I would bring you all another Mixed Media Project in the name of Love seeing as how this upcoming Saturday is the day of Love….Valentine’s Day!!!

Well, let’s get to it!

I must say off the bat that this Mixed Media Project was a very quick one. About 3 weeks ago, I saw a technique video on Instagram, that was a repost. The original post was made by a woman name Jeanean. She had this awesome video (click here) making what you see below.

Long story short, Jeanean used Distress Ink along with water to create a beautiful, quick and easy watercolor technique. I used this technique for the background of my 4×6 card.

After creating my background, I gathered some supplies to add to my 4×6 card.

Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Faber-Castell Gelattos – Watermelon
Dylusions Clear Stamp Set : Clearly Borders By Dyan Reaveley
Project Life 3×4 Journaling Card – Heidi Swapp Dreamy Edition Kit

Here, I just began to create a border using the Dylusions Clear Stamp Set, after adding the journaling card.

To finish up the card, I decided to add hints of glitter using my Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in Clear.

This was a very quick and easy 4×6 card to make. I believe it could be used as a journaling card, a card front, or even a Project Life card. I will be using mine as a Project Life card. It will be my Week Opener Card, for Week 6 (Valentine’s Week). I’m sure this card can be used for many other purposes on scrapbook pages, as a postcard, or even as a single panel thank you note, the possibilities are endless.

Happy Scrappin’
Nati J.

Mixed Media Monday: Let’s Get Messy!

Today, I wanted to share with you all my first Mixed Media Journal Entry for my Let’s Get Messy Art Journal. If you haven’t heard of the Get Messy Art Journal Program (click here) to find out more information. And with that being said, I am excited about this Program that is full of 6-week Themed prompts and art challenges, sure to take your created abilities to greater heights. My plan is to share some of my entries here on the blog as I work through the prompts and challenges.
Again, below is my first entry for the Program. Enjoy! 🙂


Materials Used:
Pro Art Gesso, Folk Art Acrylic Paint (652 Metallic Rose), Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint (11002 Black), Speedball Super Black India Ink, Golden Gel Mediums Regular Gel Matte, Golden Artist Colors Modeling Paste, Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous Harlequin Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot, Picked Raspberry), Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brush (Black ), Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen (White)

Until Next Time, Happy Scrappin’,
Nati J.