I’m not sure where I have been but apparently it’s under a rock. There is this great new app called 1 second everyday and I am very intrigued by this entire concept. My plan is to stick with from today till the end of the month and then I will report back to you. The concept is that you take a 1 second video everyday and at the end of the year you will have these little moments that document your life. If you are as intrigued as I am check out this video and it explains everything. Let me know in the comments if you are going to give this a try.
Alright I admit I’m a YouTube junkie but with that comes inspiration! I love Missy Whidden on YouTube and I have watched a ton of her videos. The reason why is because i live her mixed media style. I especially love how she adds her own color to patterned paper.
I have been so afraid to try this out but I finally did it, but only because I knew that I had another piece of paper if I didn’t like it. I am working on the baby’s album who is now 2 I had hopes of completing this last baby’s album during his actual first year but that obviously didn’t happen. I am ok with that though, because the other baby albums were done years later as well.
For this layout I started with a piece of Amy Tangerine’s Plus One paper. The first step was to prep the paper with some white gesso in order to prep the paper for the paint as well as to dull the background a bit. Next I added Texturez and Dazzlerz paint from Shimmerz Paints, which are absolutely amazing and I now feel that I must have all the colors that they offer! Here is the best part if you mention my name (Beth) when you checkout you will receive either a free Creameez or Inklingz of your choice all you have to do is write my name and the color that you want in the instructions to merchant section at checkout.
Honestly this paint is simply amazing with the shine that it has to it as well as the actual texture of the paint. I believe that Texturez and Dazzlerz are actually considered to be more of a texture paste which is even more exciting because who doesn’t love a beautifully colored texture paste. Texturez actually have a texture to them, like a little bit of grit where as Dazzlerz are just smooth, both have this gorgeous shine to them. I am going to stop for now though and move onto my next step.
I grabbed some Heidi Swapp Colorshine, also known as Heidi Shine and I splattered that all over my layout as well. My next step was to trim the paper down so that I could adhere it to another piece of the Amy Tangerine Plus One paper. I had run out of tape mid way through and tried a different brand of tape and lets just say I will never do that again because the tape didn’t really hold my paper down. I took all this to my sewing machine and I stitched a border around the paper twice in gold thread (I only used gold because I was too lazy to change the bobbin out or I would have used blue).
Next step for me was to outline the frame with my Pitt Marker because the frame color was not as prominent after I added all this gesso and paint. Then I popped my photo up onto some foam tape and searched around for a journal card.
I cut my title out using my Cricut and I used some thickers as well. After I did all that I could not figure out how to embellish the layout. Once again my Cricut came to the rescue and I cut some fabulous clouds using Glacier cardstock and vellum. I ended up stitching through the clouds as well. After all this was done I considered my layout done. Now that I have done the first layout inspired by Missy Whidden I am over my fear and I will continue to do layouts using my mixed media products! Do you like to use mixed media products on your layouts?
I thought it would be cool if you could see my entire process of how I go from phone to actual photos in less then 20 minutes. I am using my Canon Pixma which uses the same app as the Selphy so this process works whether you have a Selphy printer or a regular sized Canon printer. I printed these photos and still haven’t had a moment to actually put them together in a layout due to to a sick baby but I hope to remedy that this weekend.
Enjoy this short video sharing my printing process.