Yay! It's mixed media monthly time! Or M3 for short. :) This is only the second month of this new product offering from The Lilypad, and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised both times by how much inspiration I get from these products. I am not a messy mixed media artist / art journaler, but I absolutely love all the projects I have made with the M3!
So how does this work? A new kit is released the 3rd Friday of the month. The subscription is only $7.99 per month, which includes the M3 kit, 50% off all add-ons and access to a private M3 subscribers forum with challenges and tutorials (including some tips from me!).
The designers are Just Jaimee, Little Butterfly Wings, Lynne-Marie and Quirky Heart. The M3 kit is a collaboration, and then each designer also has three individual add ons. I used these ones by Lynne-Marie:
Last month I made two hybrid layouts and 2 digi pages. This month, instead, I was inspired to make a hybrid mini album. This all came together very quickly Wednesday evening, in approximately 2 hours, and I am so thrilled with how it turned out!! The design part (done on the computer) took me 1.5 hours (this includes designing several cards for some pages of the mini album, while I also used ready made cards that are in the kit and add ons for other pages. I just love to give my own twist to things.), and another half hour to assemble the album.
I started by designing the card that became the cover, and that's how I got the idea to make a little album. All the pages were printed out on Canon matte photo paper.
I placed a black/white photo on each spread, and then have room to add my journaling on the side.
I also printed out some digital elements to add on top of my pages.
This is probably my favorite spread in the album - the paper on the right is gorgeous!!
The theme of this album is this summer, so I picked a few of my favorite photos of my husband and I taken over the last few months.
Hello and happy Friday! I have a page to share with a lovely new kit by Mari Koegelenberg today, and I will have even more projects to share tomorrow. :) This has been an excellent scrappy week indeed!
I will be back later this weekend to show off all the new M3 (Mixed Media Monthly) releases and share a hybrid project I made with them. I just need to be home in daytime hours to take decent pictures!
Hello! I am sharing here the post I made yesterday for the write.click.scrapbook blog on letterpress. I just started letter pressing last week, and I am in love! A while back I showed you how to create a faux letterpress look using embossing folders, but today I want to show you how to do real letter pressing.
Here is what you will need:
Letterpress platform. I have seen people who say they can letterpress just by adding some cardstock shims and the regular cutting pads, but I didn't want to have to guess every time so I bought the platform - and I have no regrets! Especially since letterpress paper is pretty expensive and I don't want to waste it on trials.
Letterpress paper. The type of paper you use is critical to get a deep impression and get the most out of your letterpressing. I know some crafters have great results with watercolor paper, but that has not been the case with the watercolor paper I had on hand, so letterpress paper it is for me.
Letterpress plates. There are many designs available, I'm sure you'll have fun picking your favorites!
Ink. To be honest, I have not tried letterpress ink just yet. I've heard horror stories about how hard it is to clean up, so I started going the easy way, and I have just used ink pads for now. :) The examples on this page use distress ink pads (I love the bright colors). I also love doing blind impressions (no ink) as I think adding the ink detracts a bit from the deep impression. More recently, I tried pigment inks and also letterpress inks - the cleanup isn't really that bad as long as you use the convenient wipes that come in the letterpress kit, and the coverage is the best!
With the idea of putting a page together, I made two letterpressed cards using plates from Studio Calico.
I used the Poet Society kits by Studio Calico for my page. Using the letterpressed cards, it was very easy to build a design using my photo and some strips of patterned paper. I added some stamping with grey ink to tie to the background paper, and completed the page with some gold splatters and sewing.
Here are a couple detail shots.
I hope this has inspired you to give lettepress a try - I love how easy it is to put together a page starting from a couple of letterpressed cards. Share your creations in the comments! I'd love to hear your tips too, as I am just starting out myself.
I was nominated by Jennifer Larson to be part of a scrap blog tour. Thank you so much Jenny!
1. What am I working on right now?
I am working on getting as many pages out of the Studio Calico Poet Society kits as I can. I have a tendency to hoard rather than use, and I am challenging myself to make the most out of this kit before it's time to go shopping again. :) Here's what I've made so far with it.
2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Digital page - 30-45 minutes, or less (from when I download the kit to when I've uploaded my completed page online).
Paper page - ~2 hours.
Project Life spread - several hours. Printing photos seems to take forever! I do it over multiple days/evenings.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I usually start either from a new product I want to use, or a photo I want to scrap. I get easily distracted, so I don't like to spend hours on end on a project. :)
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
It's usually from the photographs I take. I get excited and want to scrap them right away. :) I love my DSLR camera - I have a Canon 6D and I love it. Along with my 28 mm, 50 mm, 24-105 mm zoom and 55-300 mm zoom lenses.
6. What is my signature style?
I would say my projects tend to be on the simple side, not over-embellished, but I definitely love COLOR and STAMPING.
As I am getting ready to start the second and last year of my degree, it was fun to sit back and look at the pictures I have collected over the past year. I decided to take a picture of me for each week of class, and I love looking back and thinking about all that I have accomplished.