One Little Word

Well this year for the first time I decided to actually take Ali Edwards class for my One Little Word and all I can say is taking the class is definitely something that I will do again! My word this year is CREATE and I have been creating in so many new ways this year. I have been a busy bee and the year is about half way over. I have completed each prompt every month, even the ones that I completed kicking and screaming.

The class is amazing and I am learning more about myself then I expected to. This past month the prompt was to create I AM cards which I did and which took me awhile. I needed to figure out what I AM and I found that while completing this prompt it was very therapeutic for me. I created them all in a mixed media style and as you all know from previous posts that mixed media is new to me.

I started off by adding a layer of gesso to each card, and then I grabbed my molding paste and my brand new Tim Holtz stencils and added some texture to my cards. After that all dried I grabbed my gelatos. Some I colored with the gelatos and others I painted with the gelatos by picking up some gelato color from my craft mat and using a paint brush with some water.

After all that dried I grabbed the I AM stamp from Ali Edwards OLW kit which I nabbed when it was on sale and stamped with my black Staz-On ink and my blue Staz-On ink. Then I journaled on each card and called them done. I wish I had taken process photos of these but I completely forgot to and I did all these steps on different days. I can’t always sit down for an hour but I can usually manage to find at least 15 minutes a day to do something.

Here are my I AM statement cards for this months prompt. Is your OLW working for you this year?

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Gelatos and Scrapbooking

Some of you may know that my word for this year is CREATE and I have intentionally been working on bringing this word into my life. I started working as a teacher this year, my business is doing well and my mind and body are being taken care of. With that being said something that I have always wondered about but have always been afraid to go near is mixed media.

I purchased my first set of Gelatos last year but hardly used them and didn’t really try to learn to much about them. Then I bought another set of Gelatos this year but still didn’t really use them to much. And then something happened I got over my fear of mixed media and decided to go ahead and take the plunge and when I say take the plunge I really mean take the plunge.

I now have a Gelli printing plate, which is awesome by the way, I have some acrylic paint, I have letterpress supplies, I have molding paste (which is so cool) and I have more Gelatos. Before I knew it all I could think about was how to put all this stuff together. I even bought myself an art journal book just for playing and don’t let me forget the awesome screen printing stuff as well.

So now I find myself with all these awesome crafty things and I am wondering how does all this stuff work and low and behold Craftsy has a class for me and an amazing class by an amazing woman, Wilna Furstenberg. I have been following Wilna for a long time and I don’t know where I have been that I did not know about this course. This is one of those courses that I literally could not stop watching and somehow managed to finish it in a few days with my busy schedule.

Now that I have finished the course I have decided to recreate one of the layouts that Wilna made during the course. The main technique in this lesson was using Gelatos and molding paste. I have learned a ton by creating this layout. First things first, Gelatos are a ton of fun and I definitely want the big pack of Gelatos that you can purchase because I didn’t have enough colors to really get the look I wanted. I started with putting my Gelatos on to the paper.

gelatos layout

The next step was to add some water to these colors, which of course scares the snot out of me but I went ahead and grabbed my paint brush and some water and low and behold I created a masterpiece or at least a masterpiece to me.

gelatos layout

Next up was the stencil that Wilna provides with the course, that can be cut out with your Cameo or Cricut Explore. The stencil is great and I should have followed her exact instructions to create the stencil, instead I thought I was smart by cutting the stencil out with transparency and sticking it down onto my paper with washi tape. All I can say is don’t follow in my footsteps.

gelatos and molding paste

This idea wasn’t horrible but it definiely wasn’t great what happened was that my stencil was a little flimsy and it kept moving away from the paper so I din’t get a clear imprint with my molding paste but I continued on with the process because I started this layout, knowing that it was going to be a learning process for me as well as the layout is for me to document more about my word for the year.

IMG_0426.JPGI love this stencil and I love the molding paste and I love the gelatos, this is a technique that I want to try again and again and again, you get the point. Here are a few close up shots of the molding paste so that you can see what I mean about my stencil moving and my imprint not being as clean as I had hoped it would be.

Next up was a photo and some butterfiles and journaling of course. I literally just took the most recent selfie in my phone which is not the best selfie in the world and went with it. Then I cut out the butterflies that are also included with the course with some old paper that has been in my stash forever. I inked the patterned paper butterflies with some pink ink around the edges and then bussted out my scor-tape to get them all stuck down to my layout. I even brought out some old photo corners in case I decide to change my crappy selfie out at some point. A little journaling and I am calling this layout done and a new technique learned.

Here is the final product. I din’t manage to get all of the butterflies that I cut on it but I am happy with the final result. I am even more happy with the new techniques that I have learned with the molding paste and the Gelatos. I think this saying would be perfect for a layout for each of my children so that would just be more fun for me!

You can grab Wilna’s course through my affiliate link and get $10 off the price for a limited time. When I tell you that this course is amazing, I mean it and I will be sharing a few more projects with you soon showing different techniques that I have learned. Click here to grab this amazing Craftsy course which once you purchase it will be yours forever and you can watch it from anywhere, on your computer, on your phone or on your tablet and what I love the most is that no matter what device you are on the course always picks up right where you left off. Let me not forget all the awesome bonus materials that come with course and what I mean by bonus all the cut files that come with the course. Even if you don’t have a die cutting machine the cut files are simple enough where you could print them out and just fussy cut them out. This is an amazing course and for a great price through my link for a limited time all you have to do is click here and grab the course!



Mini Album Fun

Ahhhhh Mother’s Day is over and I had a ton of fun creating this mini album for mom. I have been meaning to do something like this for a long time for her and finally made it happen. I used my Cricut and my awesome Cinch to make this mini album along with the beautiful paper from Close To My Heart that is only available this month as a special for National Scrapbooking Month. I’ve already shown a layout that I have created with this paper pack and now I have made a mini album with the same paper pack and mind you I still have some paper left over. I must say for $8.95 this is a great deal and the more I play with the paper the more I like it.

I cut 25 different designs to make the mini album and added in 4 pockets as well as the chipboard pieces for front and back cover. I had originally planned to make the album a 6×6 but I was way to lazy for all that. You see a 6×6 album size would have had to have each piece of paper cut individually. I changed the album to 5.5×5.5 and I was able to cut 4 pieces at one time. The album is definitely a mini album but it worked out for the best. The front and back covers are 6×6 which makes them a tad larger than the actual album.

I used scor-tape to adhere the designer paper to the white daisy cardstock and I also used scor-tape to adhere the paper to the chipboard so that the chipboard would be all nice and pretty. After I gave the mini album to my mom she decided that she is going to turn it into a recipe book so that I will have it back at some point with all my favorite recipes from her, this way we both get a Mother’s Day present out of it.

Here is a short video that I did sharing my cute little mini album with you. I also made her a cute little box from SVGcuts along with some crocheted wash cloths in it as she has been asking me to make her new ones forever.

Of course I forgot to take a picture of everything that I made for her but the gift box that I used from SVGcuts comes from Mom’s Garden Gifts cut file.


That’s all I have to share today. You can grab the free cut file for this mini album by clicking here and you can grab the Taste of Summer paper pack by clicking here. 

make it mondayYou can check out what Connie has in store for today’s Make It Monday hop by clicking here. Connie is sharing how she gets her planner ready for a new month.

Happy Monday!

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