Sunday, January 27, 2019

Srapbooking is good for the soul...

Good Morning Creative Loves! 

Today I am going to share some scrapbooking layouts that I created last weekend. Throughout this week, I will go into detail about how I did some of them and techniques I used. If you have questions, leave them in the comments and I will incorporate them into the step out posts. 

I hope your New Year has been wonderful so far. I have found myself in my studio more these past few weeks than in the past year, and I am loving it! I have realized that as much as I love all papercrafting, mixed media art, art journaling, altered art, and bible art journal, my passion is scrapbooking. It brings me so much joy reliving my memories as I document them with a creative twist. 

The layouts below are from The Peabody Rooftop Parties that my city has every Summer. Our talented friends with Cruisin' Heavy have been playing it for the last couple of years and we always go out to support them. It always is an evening of friends, laughter, good drinks & music, dancing, and many memories made...

I used plain cardstock, Authentique Pattern Paper "Renew" Line, Crafter's Workshop Stencils, Ink, The Revolution dicut machine, Epiphany punches, I-Rock, Corner Chompers, Xyron Creative Station, and so much more. It was fun digging into my supplies and using some that I have not used in quite a while. Stay tuned to see more details...

One more thing! You can follow me on Instagram at the_mad_inker and I am also on Facebook as The Mad Inker, look for the pink top hat!

12x12 Scrapbook Layout

Double Page Scrapbooking Layout, each 12x12

12x12 Scrapbooking Layout

7x5 Scrapbooking Layout

7x5 Scrapbooking Layout

Project Life Pocket Page

 12x12 Scrabooking Layout

10x8 Scrapbooking Layout

I look forward to continuing to share with you and inspire. Until next time, Happy Creating!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Welcome 2019... Let's do this!

Good Morning Creative Loves! 

It has been a long moment since I have been here. To be honest, I have not been in my studio very much this past year. My focus has been on ACL recovery and then renovating my home. I am still working on my home and will share a little about that later. I also have started a blog for my writings, it has been left behind a bit as well.

With the New Year upon us, I have been really thinking... I don't necessarily have resolutions, but more so, I am refocusing my life. I have a piece of art in my home that says:

"Find what makes you happy, and do it everyday"

I have not truly lived this and I can tell my soul has suffered. So, I asked myself, what makes me happy? The answer was really quite easy. Creating. Gym. Working on my home. Cooking/Meal Planning. Spending time with my family and friends. So I am refocusing my life around those answers. Adding in there a few personal goals that I have and that is going to be my 2019. This is it... it is simple really. Oh, and the most important: Get back on my walk with God and leave room for Him to come in and work His plans He has for me. I have not been doing that and that has made my soul hurt and my depression demons to come out and play. 

So, with all that being said, I am back. I have been spending time in my studio. Scrapbooking and playing with my new Silhouette Cameo 3! My Christmas gift to myself. I upgraded from the original Cameo. Let me tell you.. I LOVE it! I cannot believe I have not been taking advantage of this amazing machine all the years I have had it... (since the very first Silhouette came out way back when!) 

Here is a peak at the first layout that I did when I came in here to play the other day. More to come later...

Oh... and the photo of me at the beginning of this post, I am wearing the first shirt I have ever made with my Silhouette. I am addicted to the shirt making! I have several in the works for the gym. 

It feels good to be back on my creative journey. This is really my passion. I started my blog back in 2009 and I remember why: to inspire others. I want to share my love for creating and scrapbooking with all of you. I want to pour my excitement out so that you can grab it and be inspired and excited about your creative journey. I hope that you will follow along, create with me, and together, we can explore all that this creative journey has to offer! 

Happy New Year Creative Loves. Let us make this a year to remember. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

New Year, New Chapter, New Me! - Mixed Media Layout

Happy Saturday! Today I have a scrapbooking layout to share. A mixed media layout using sprays, stenciling and heat embossing.

Sorry I have been gone for so long, but I have still been creating. In fact you can always find me over on the ColourArte Blog!  I am in my third term with ColourArte and am still falling in love with all their wonderful products.

The photo on this layout was one of the first photo's I took in 2018. Only a couple hours into the new year and little did I know that God was about to open a whole new chapter in my life. One that has been two years in the making. 

I started with the Echo Park Capture Life Paper Line and a Heidi Swapp Stencil and Heidi Swapp Color Shine and Dylusions Spray. 


Then I created my embellishments and started piecing the layout together. Some heat embossing, which, by the way, NEVER gets old watching! Every time is like magic! Using heat embossing, the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die and my Xyron Creative Station Light I created the following:

What I love about the Xyron Creative Station Lite is being able to run intricate embellishments through it and have adhesive so easily added to it! 

My journaling is on a little tag I created and is surrounded by some Prima Bling. 

This layout is very special because I will always remember where I was, who I was with, and the beautiful way that January 1, 2018 was the start of one of the greatest blessings that God has ever given me. 

2018 has brought with it love and joy and happiness. The goals I have I am going after, I am blessed to have been given the gift of a wonderful man whom I love so much and who loves me, and a job that I am growing in and learning everyday. 2018 will be a good year... stay around and see how it plays out....

Until next time... Happy Creating! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Let's Have a Little Fun! - Gel Press & ColourArte

Yesterday, I shared a layout that had a pretty neat little tag on it. Today, I want to show you the technique I used.

First, let;s gather our supplies: 
  • Gel Press
  • Paint, (I am using Vivid Ultra-Metallics by ColourArte)
  • Stamp
  • Various Papers
  • A brayer, (mine is a little camera shy!) 

Close Up of the Gel Press: 

The next step, dot up your gel press:

Now, using the brayer, roll the color out on the Gel Press... oh! it looks so pretty! 

Using the stamp, you will stamp on to the Gel Press. When you lift the stamp, you will be lifting color off the press. Have paper to stamp on to ready. This gives you a very cool multi color stamped image and allows you to not waist any paint! 

Now lay your paper, face down, on the Gel Press and rub down with your fingers.

...and wa-la! 

You will be able to get several images from each painting of the Gel Press. The first one bright and the ones after a little less each time. Here are some of my go at its...

Happy Creating! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

You Met Me Here

Good Morning Loves. I hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far and have managed to squeeze a little creative time in there too! Today, I am getting lost in my studio! I have been finding myself in there more and more or on my patio with my sketch book. This is what makes me happy. Creating. Drawing. Painting. Losing myself in my art while music is playing.  

I have talked a little here and there about the journey I have been on the past couple of years. As I sit here with my cup of coffee and write to you all, I smile. I am happy. My smile is genuine and I finally feel like me again... a bit different, but back to my basics and stripped of all the things that weighed me down. 

As scrapbookers we document our lives: birthdays, holidays, special events. We need not forget to capture the day to day and moments in our personal journey, good & bad. 

The next couple days I will be sharing layouts I created capturing a very special morning. At the beginning of August I went to visit my family in North Carolina. One morning I woke up very early to get to the beach in time to see the sun rise over the ocean. I walked on to the beach, it was breathtakingly beautiful, but when I turned around there was a full rainbow over the city. I spent hours there taking it all in, taking pictures, journaling, and sketching. God met me there that morning to show me, His child, that He is there and has it under control. To let go and let Him. He met me there and covered me in His comfort and grace. 

I started with a black piece of cardstock and ColourArte Vivid Ultra-Metallics. 

A little ripping and tearing and some paper from Heidi Swapp's Sugar Chic line... 

The strip of vintage newsprint is from a bag that I received from a little boutique I went to while there.

The title is a mix match of letters from my letter box... They were not very pretty put together at first, but ColourArte Vivid Ultra-Metallics stepped in and saved the day! 

Once I started piecing the layout together I ended up covering up the music note paper. I added a little bit of mesh for texture, a ribbon that I colored with left over medium from my mat, and a little heavy gesso & painted arrows. The letters "You Met Me Here" were white resist lettering stickers. I used Twinkling H20's to color them and to paint the lines around them. 

The tag... the tag was a lot of fun to make. I used The Gel Press and Vivid Ultra-Metallics. I made several to use throughout the layouts I am doing on this special morning. 

Tutorial coming tomorrow! 

Every time I look at these photos I am reminded that I am truly blessed. 
To me that is what my scrapbooks are meant for... to remind me how blessed I am... family, friends, holidays, events, laughter and love;  my journey through life.

Sending you a wonderfully, blessed day. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pushing Myself Outside My Comfort Zone

Good Morning Loves. It is early here... too early for me to be awake, but yet here I sit, coffee in hand, writing to you. 

Life is a roller coaster. It takes you up and down, all around, flips you, spins you... all the while you hang on tight, laugh, cry, and cope the best you know how. Being a creative soul, I see it come out in my art. This past year has been liberating for me when it comes to my art. I have pushed myself outside my comfort zone... even though just a little, I went there. It's exhilarating! 

I have gotten into zentangle, art journaling, bible journaling, sketching, watercolors, and have dabbled here recently in teaching myself writing with dip pens. I have also been writing and playing with photography. On top of scrapbooking, mixed media canvases, and altered art that I was already playing with... 

I tried out for, and made! the ColourArte design team. This has been a game changer for me. Being able to create with such phenomenal products where the sky is the limit when I sit down at my studio table. 

Here are some of my favorite projects, sketches, etc... from this past year: 

I have not given my little blog the attention it deserves. I am going to try to make more of an effort to come here more often... with my art, my thoughts, or latest adventures. 

Until next time, Happy Creating Loves!