Tuesday, 17 February 2015

A Road, As Yet, Untravelled...

NOT something I've done a whole lot of but I want to do some journalling and some collage. A bit scary, but I really enjoyed the pieces I did for PaperArtsy and have fallen deeply in love with Fresco paints into the bargain. Anyway, why limit yourself to just one thing when you don't need to? So, I hope you'll forgive my clumsy efforts over the coming months... Hints and tips a most welcome

Here is my first page, which I have had to make with what I've got in my card making stash anyway so it's not going to light any fires I'm afraid... but it was useful to help me learn the process of layering colour etc. Repeat after me "my heat gun is my friend" :oD I started with blues and greens because they don't mix to make brown or grey... if you get it "wrong" it just makes a green blue or a bluey green...

I love the sentiment and it was where the page started in my head. Originally I intended to stamp it but ended up using my labelling machine instead...

I've used Tim Holtz dies to cut the clock face and the cogs from some cardboard packaging. We've all got plenty of that, right...

The butterflies are die cuts from a set called Mariposa that I got from Create & Craft. I know they're going to be a favourite so brace yourselves to see them a lot :oD

I used the clock hands to make the bodies of the butterflies and I stamped some chipboard letters with clock faces before embossing them in white. I coloured the letters with distress ink and then coated the whole lot with Glossy Accents to give them dimension and contrast.

For the colour I used a mixture of Dylusions sprays. I've got a green one and a blue one so I used those and they mixed to make a nice sort of blue/green shade too. I don't have any Treasure Gold yet (it's on my list) so I used good old heat embossing in copper and gold to gild the butterflies. The cogs and the clock face are coated in gold acrylic paint and the flourishes are coated in silver acrylic.

I got all the way to the end and wished I'd added more white in the initial stages. Hey ho! Live and learn I suppose.

Anyway, the main thing is that I enjoyed it and I already know what I want to do for my second page. I call that progress of a sorts.



  1. And it shows that you enjoyed it, it has a warm rich feel to it - love the fact that you used different embossing stencils with your dimensional paste and the colours work gre8, complemented by the copper. It's a fab layout matey


  2. This is fabulous Lauren and you are now well on the road of art journaling!! Really looking forward to seeing your next page and many more
    x catherine

  3. ooh I love this!! the die cuts and the modelling paste looks fab and the colours look great - well done! x

  4. This is fabulous Lauren, such gorgeous colours and great details - you've made a brilliant start to your journal.
    If ever you are looking for some ideas check out Vicky Papaioannou's YouTube videos - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbtWi24JfohnP-sNaVGv-LQ

    1. Oh dear! That could become a serious addiction Pauline. Thanks for the headsup there are some great ideas on there. Lx

    2. Lauren, this is just beautiful. I have that stamp with that sentiment, and it is one of my favorite sayings. What gorgeous colors and elements all perfectly melded together.


  5. Amazing creation. So interesting to look at.xx

  6. WOW Lauren . . .this AJ page is FANTASTIC. I'd love to create something like it.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx


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