Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekend inspiration from a mixed media beach layout using the 'Sea Side' kit!

Hello dear scrappy friends!!!  It's Kathy with you today with a layout using the new Scraps of Darkness June Kit "Seaside".  Wow!  Can you say beautiful (I mean the kit)?  This photo is very special to me, as it is my Dad many years ago before he passed.  He was a Navy Veteran and loved to visit lighthouses.  My sister, Cindy took this picture and when I saw the beautiful 49th and Market papers included in the Coordinating Paper Add On, I knew it would be perfect!  I did a lot of mixed media work on this one, which is not usually my comfort zone....you just have to go with the flow.  I am never sure how it will turn out, or if I will like it.  I think this one falls in the later category.  Enjoy!


I always cover my background paper with clear gesso first to make sure that the inks and other media will work best with the paper.  I used 2-3 different Lindy's Inks in blues and teals to create a focal for my photo.  I added some stamping afterwards because I thought the color was too bright and wanted to tone it down a bit.

Last week I bought some cantaloupe at Costco and the netting packaging looked perfect for this lo. So I cut it up and stretched it across the left side of the layout.  I realized that it would also work around the photo to give it a little more texture.  To make it really shine I added some Ice Resins that came in a previous kit.





I love chains and anchors so I was really tickled to find the Blue Fern Studios chipboard in the Elements Add On.  I used the Wow embossing powder from the Main kit which heats up to this incredible sparkly finish.  LOVE IT!!


Along the edge of the netting (did I mention that the netting contained cantaloupe last week?), I used the gorgeous floral vine from Prima "French Riviera" collection that is included in the Floral Add On. I tucked in some of the fabulous flowers from 49th and Market included in the Creativity Add On, added a few little seashells, and that pearl glazed pebble from the Main Kit, to create my collage. Once I was finished I frosted it with more Ice Resins to blend with the photo.


The title is 2 Crafty chipboard from my stash on which I used Archival Ink.  And at the top right I created a little grouping which I stamped around.  I used one of the stickers from the Main Kit from Kaisercraft.



I so hope you enjoyed my sharing the creative process.  Please stop by again to see what the rest of the gals have created using this fabulous kit!

Big Alaska Bear Hug!
Kathy

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mixed Media Baby Layout Tutorial - May Mix'd Media kit

Hi everyone! It's Tracey Back with a layout of our darling little granddaughter. Grandma had a photo session with her a couple weeks ago, and I managed to capture her oh so sweet smile.

This gorgeous kit (May Mix'd Media kit) featuring the gorgeous Blue Fern Studio Happy Accident Collection paired with their Chipboard Arrow Words was such a dream to work with. The smile arrow couldn't have been more perfect for this page. I was also able to create some wonderful textures with the DecoArt Texture Sand Paste. I hope you'll take the opportunity to view the video below to see how I put it all together.


Enjoy the video!



Supply List

May Scraps of Elegance Main Kit:
Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident Collection:  Fluke
Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident Adhesive Printed Chipboard
Kaisercraft Mini Designer Template (3.5" x 5.75"): Foliage
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste (4oz)
Ranger Craft Squeegee
Prima Timeless Memories Recollection Metal Trinkets

Elements Add On:
Blue Fern Studios Clear Stamps: Halftones
Blue Fern Studios laser cut chipboard: Arrow Words
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ephemera: Botanical

Floral Add On:
Prima Love Clippings Sweet Kisses Flowers
Prima Waverly Flowers

Color Add On:
Prima Art Alchemy Butterfly Spells Sparks Acrylic Paint

Items from our Store:
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Splattered Arrows
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Graduated Circles
Petaloo Penny Lane Mini Daisies - Robin Egg Blue
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso, Clear, White
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte

Previous Kits:
March 2017: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Honey Resin Kit
December 2016: Ranger Perfect Medium Clear Bullet Tip Pen
October 2016: Prima: Rossibelle Druzy Stones
April 2016: BoBunny Secret Garden collection Brads
January 2016: Dovecraft Sweet Paris Collection - Decorative Pins
January 2016: Poppystamps Die: Cheviot Butterfly
October 2015: Prima - Metals - 11 (chandelier drops)
June 2015: Trimcraft/Dovecraft: Back To Basics Doilies

Sharing Photo Details:



You can find my video sharing how to create this Honey Glittered Butterfly HERE.



Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Blessings ~
Tracey

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIY Video Tutorial: Mixed Media Beach Layout - June Seaside Kit

Hello everyone!  This is my fourth project using June's amazing Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit and my layout is titled "Perfect".  As a bonus, I have made another mixed media layout tutorial to share with you.  And as always, most of the video is in fast forward, and for the parts that involve a lot of gluing, I only briefly show those and cut them short.  You can watch it at the bottom of my blog entry.



For this layout, I used both the main kit and Elements Add-On Kit.  Here is a preview of the kits, and don't forget to go to the Scraps of Darkness online store for all the newest kits before they're sold out!



Here are some close ups and angle pictures showing the details on my layout using the 49 and Market paper the gorgeous kit embellishments:





My video tutorial will give you a lot of extra details on my project, and I love to hear what you think!  Comments and suggestions are always appreciated.  Thanks for checking out my layout today and I hope you enjoy the video!  Have a great day! :-)



~Jessica McFall~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Two Wonderful Beach layouts - June Seaside Kit

Hi everyone!  Laura here!
We love the beach and I tend to take a lot of photos while we are there!  Which is awesome because this months Scraps Of Darkness kit is PERFECT for all those beach photos!


When I use more than one photo I usually make them smaller than 4x6.  Here I decided to use two 3x4 photos.
I used the awesome  Kaisercraft Hight Tide papers and stickers from the main kit.



I wanted to create some drama on the layout so I used a lot of flowers from the main kit and floral add on.  I then added some butterflies from the elements add on and added a few shells from my stash!


 I LOVE the new 3D embellishments from 49 & Market in this months Scraps Of Darkness 'Sea Side' kit.  They are so cool!


The wonderful and graphic 49 & Market Sand & Sea paper made a perfect background for this photo of Ty enjoying sitting in the surf!


 
With such a fabulous background paper I did not want to do much to the background.  I added some of the awesome 3D embellishments
 


The chipboard title I had in my stash.  I used the unicorn's hair paint from the color add on to paint the word 'Sand' then added some prills from a previous kit. For the rest of the title I inked it with the Prima Color Philosophy Summer Vibes Stackable Ink Pad
also from the color add on then added the WOW! Whirlpool Embossing Powder from the main kit....it really sparkles.


 The Blue Fern chain and anchor is from the elements add on.
I painted it with the unicorn hair paint, then used the Ken Oliver Color Burst Liquid Metals in Platinum from a previous kit. I then finally added some prills!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Mixed Media layouts June Seaside kit

Oh my goodness everyone! I must say that I am in love with June's Scraps of Darkness "Seaside Kit". You know those times when you see a picture of something and think, "I really like that," but then you see it in real life and you think, "I am in LOVE with this!"?  That is what happened when my kits came in the mail.

Now that I have shared my excitement, I want to share this special layout with you titled "What a View" just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations.  The picture was actually taken while on a military plane flying near Pensacola, Florida.





I also used the Elements Add On Kit for my layout:


I loved using the Kaisercraft High Tide Collection papers and sticker sheet for this particular layout because it has a bit of a masculine with a bit of vintage feel for the nautical theme. 


Since the picture captures both the air and the gorgeous beach below, I loved that I could use the Blue Fern Studios' Anchors Away chipboard included in the Elements Add On Kit for my layout.



Continuing with the theme of anchors and chains, I definitely had to use the Prima Montagnac Antique Cord Chain draped over the chipboard anchor.



I want to give credit where credit is due, so I wanted to let you know that one of our designers Lisa Griffith completed a layout a while ago called "Stars and Stripes", and I actually used that layout she created as my inspiration.   That's why I made some homemade chipboard stars to go along with the military theme.


All of the designers on our team create very inspirational artwork, so I encourage you to check the Scraps of Darkness blog for some amazing ideas and tutorials!



My next layout titled "Sail Away With Me" using the newest Scraps of Darkness "Seaside Kit".


I seriously love this kit.  The colors are absolutely amazing, and I had a lot of fun making this layout! The paper itself is just beautiful. I continued the beach theme and added some seashells to my layout.


To make the background, I used some modeling paste and striped stencil, then I also used some glass bead gel with a stencil that has a cracked effect. I used one of the Kaisercraft stickers for my title along with the pastel glass gems, metal dragonfly charms, and starfish since they all complimented the theme and color scheme beautifully.



The deep teal and blue mists helped to make the picture sort of "flow" into the gorgeous paper from the kit. These colors look amazing next to the awesome 49 and Market flowers from the main kit. Did I mention yet that I love this kit? LOL



I hope I was able to give a little seaside inspiration today, and don't forget you can visit the Scraps of Darkness online store here, and for the monthly Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kits and Add-On Kits you can check here.  For this layout, I used the "Seaside Kit" (the main kit, but you can choose from a variety of add-on kits to compliment the main kit):


Thank you for coming by to take a glance today, and I will be back soon with my third project using the Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit. ;-)

~Jessica McFall~



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Our June scrapbook kits: Seaside and Birds of a Feather

Summer is always a busy time here in Alaska (gotta get out and enjoy that warm weather!), so I haven't had a chance to share our June kits! (of course, you can always find our current kits on our website: www.scrapsofdarkness.com)

Our Scraps of Darkness June kit is a super fun beach themed kit, it's called Seaside,


and it features 49 and Market's gorgeous Sand and Sea and Kaisercraft's High Tide collection papers- it's the perfect kit for scrapping all those summer beach photos.

Here's a little pic of the Add Ons for this kit, and you can see them in detail on the Scraps of Darkness kits page of our website, here.


The ladies on our Design Team have been buy creating some gorgeous projects to inspire you with this kit.  A few of these we have already shared in separate posts, and a few of them we have not yet posted, and we will be showing them to you in detail in the coming weeks:

Kathy created this stunner, and we will be sharing it with details and close-ups soon.

Kerstin created this fun summer layout, and you can see all the details here.

Jessica created this pretty mixed media layout, and she did a tutorial! You can find the tutorial here. (we will have another layout tutorial from Jessica this week!)

Laura made this layered two photo beach layout, details to come.

And Lisa made this mixed media altered frame with the Creativity Add On.

Oh, and didn't I promise to show you our other June kit?  I got caught up in posting all those wonderful Design Team projects!

So yes, we have another kit to share, our June Scraps of Elegance kit, Birds of a Feather:

 This month, we're featuring BoBunny's beautiful new Serendipity collection, as well as sweet little butterflies by Prima, Blue Fern Studios flowers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and more.

Here's a collage photo of the Add Ons for this kit, and you can see them in detail on the Scraps of Elegance kits page of our website, here.


Our designers are busy creating gorgeous projects with this kit, and we'll be sharing those over the few weeks, so you'll want to be sure and follow us so you don't miss a single one!

We still have a few of these kits and most of the add ons available in our store, so stop by and pick one (or two, or a few!) up today, because they are, of course, limited edition, and once they sell out, they are gone for good!

~Melinda