Saturday, 29 June 2019

You're My World | Essie Peck | Mixed Media

I LOVE MIXED MEDIA !! There I've said it - or rather shouted it !! I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but I have always been a messy crafter and so MM is just right up street. But it doesn't mean you have to go all out and create some super, all over background. For this layout although I did start by adding some colour with a little packaging technique and distress inks on the background, the focus of my mixed media techniques was to create on individual circles of cardstock, that way if I had messed it up, I hadn't ruined the whole layout and could just redo that one piece ! 

I used Nuvo embellishment mousse in three colours through a stencil

Stamping, distress inks, Shimmerz water colour paint and stitching

I also added some stamping to the background.
Then I just arranged all my circles and my photo on the background with some embellishments and borders of patterned paper. So if you're a bit unsure about going straight in with Mixed Media over your background paper or on large areas, why not try creating smaller samples like I have. You can see exactly how I created my page on our YouTube Channel - 

Don't forget to share your layouts with us over on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram if you've been inspired by this months theme.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Just Be You | Kirei Baldwin | Mixed Media

Hi UK Scrap Addicts!

Kirei here with another layout featuring this months 'mixed media' theme... I had these super cute photos of my friend's daughter playing around on Snap Chat that was perfect for this layout!

Like some of the other DT I don't use mixed media all the time on my layouts but do like to get messy every now and then! So for my layout I was inspired to use a black painted stripe background as I have seen quite a few examples out there and really like the look of it so this is my take on it.

I used Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock for my layout as it's ideal when using mixed media as it is slightly thicker and doesn't need priming with gesso before you start. I used regular black acrylic paint to paint the wide stripes, then once it was dry I added some texture paste (that I had coloured pink) through an Echo Park star stencil to add dimension.

After that had dried I added some white paint splatters all over the layout. And then for some more texture I did a bit of machine stitching using metallic pink and teal thread.

I mounted the photos with papers from the Simple Stories 'Dream Big' collection and then added lots of the matching embellishments along with some pretty sequins from Spiegel Mom Scraps.

And finished off with a title...

So, if you have never used mixed media before hopefully this has inspired you to give it a go! Have a look at the rest of the Creative Team's layouts this month for more inspiration and don't forget to share your mixed media layouts over on the UK Scrap Addicts Facebook page...

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Looking Fabulous | Jackie Ashton | Mixed Media

Hi scrappers, Jackie here with my layout for this month theme - mixed media.  
When people think of mixed-media it either scares them, as they think that they need to add all sort of colours and textures to the pages to get a result, that is just ‘not them’, or they love it and use the ‘more is more’ approach.  I’m on the fence with this - I love the look of ‘adding it all’ but find it hard to do it myself for my own pages, so I prefer to stay true to my style of scrapbooking, and add it, but in my way. 

I started by adding blue distress oxide ink to the background along with a few splatter, then I added some texture paste through a stencil and added red ink using a different stencil with stamped details over the top.

Most of this as ended up being covered over, but I’m ok with that as you can still see the details around the outside of the photographs.

For my title, I used a large puffy word as part of the title, which I was able to fit around my journalling label, without it taking over the whole page.

So adding mixed media to your layouts doesn’t have to be a masterpiece with colours in all directions, it can be something as simple as adding texture paste using a stencil, stamping designs on the background, or even adding some machine stitching to add interest  to your layout.  So why not, give it a try, if the ‘more is more’ approach is for you - then do it, if not try adding different textures to your background that is more your style and something that you are comfortable doing, I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Don’t forget to share your layouts over on our Facebook page, we would love to see them.

Till next time

Monday, 24 June 2019

Love You To The Moon | Keighley Brennan | Mixed Media

Hey UKSA, Keighley here today sharing my layout for this months theme of Mixed Media. I will admit I did panic a little when I saw this theme on the schedule. Mixed media isn’t my strong point, I don’t have any fancy supplies in my stash, I have some cheap water colours and some acrylic paint. 
Before starting my layout I had tried a few different things with what I had and I decided to go with the dry brush technique, I love how this looks, and for someone like me with not much mixed media experience I find this really easy to do. 

I started off by cutting a Paige Evans cutfile on my silhouette, whilst still on my cutting mat I used a dry paint brush and brushed black acrylic paint over the cutfile adding more paint to certain areas of the cutfile than others, I then watered down some white acrylic paint and added lots of paint splatters over the top to look like a nights sky. Once dry this was quite tricky to peal off my cutting mat, it did take sometime but I managed to do it without tearing the cutfile and my cutting mat was perfectly fine afterwards. I added some black paint splatters to my background and also punched out some painty stars from the left over cardstock from my cutfile. This is definitely a less ‘messy’ way of doing mixed media and is perfect for those who aren’t as confident at Mixed media like myself. 
 To embellish I used my Mind The Scrap June Kit, For those of you that don’t know Mind The Scrap is a UK Kit Club. I didn’t need to add much to the layout because I felt that the cutfile and punched stars embellished the layout enough. 

You can watch my layout process here on the UKSA YouTube Channel

Please take a look at the UKSA Facebook group where there’s lots of mixed media inspiration from the team aswell as the group members, as always the album is full of scrappy loveliness 
Thank you for stopping by

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Pooch Smooch | Karen Moss | Mixed Media

Hello, hello - Karen here with my June post and this month the DT are focusing on mixed media.

I recently went to a GoGo Getaway and during the weekend learned to use Shimmerz paints in lots  of different ways.  This prompted me to remember that I had some Shimmerz at home and that I would be able to use them with some clear gloss texture paste.

I used the texture paste through a stencil and when it had dried it looked like clear heat embossing.  I then painted stripes of the Shimmerz paints onto my page and once they had dried swiped it over with a baby wipe to reveal the glossy white areas.

If you would like to see how my page progressed I have a process video here.

If you enjoy watching the creation of my layout you may like to watch some of the other videos that the talented DT have made for the theme of mixed media.

Karen xxx

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Sweet | Sam Ball | Mixed Media

Wow... how time flies!

I can't believe it's a month since my last post and we are nearly half way through 2019 already!

Like last month, this months' theme of Mixed Media is right down my street!

I would describe myself as a 'tame' user of mixed media, as I like to have control and that isn't always the case with mixed media!

However, I decided to embrace it fully, not overthink it and accept any drips or splurges that I wasn't initially happy with!

By thinking in this way, my inner mixed media goddess has been released...

I often think it's to do with being faced with a blank white sheet of cardstock... It's all about making the first mark and once you've done that the space isn't quite so daunting!

I used some watercolour paper, which was just under 12" so to make up the difference I had to add a panel of patterned paper...

I added gesso to the base, as this provides stability to the paper and also allows for inks and paints to flow more freely.

I used a combination of oxide inks, both as drips and splatters, then added texture paste through a stencil when the inks were dry.

If you aren't familiar with oxides, I'd strongly recommend you get a couple to try. Even when they are dry, you can add water splatters which react and disperse the colours, making halo effects and extra shades...

The embellishments and papers I used were from old and new stash - it's amazing how the colour schemes from four years ago are still appearing in collections today!

The photo is also from many years ago, when we took my youngest step-daughter to a local fairground. The big wheel was a really rickety old think and every time we were nearing the top, my husband would cause it to rock, making us feel anxious and unsafe!

It's a bit like mixed media - sometimes it's mind over matter and I can honestly say I'm less fearless of it now and will embrace it fully from now on!

Don't forget to share your layouts with us over on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram if you've been inspired by this months theme.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Summer | Clair Matthews | Mixed Media

Hi Guys, I hope you are all well.

I'm so pleased to be back designing another layout for UKSA, this month the challenge is Mixed Media which is a great one for me as I love me a bit of mixed media!!.. 

I used these photos I took recently of my nephew Dylan, I printed them out pretty small & grouped them together, added patterned papers to the photo cluster..

..then added LOADS of mixed media to the background using a selection of distress inks & stamping..

..then finished off with simple embellishments.

as always I have a process video you can check out if you'd like to :)

Hope you enjoy this one & i'll see you next month


Saturday, 15 June 2019

Happy | Charissa Barlow (Guest Designer) | Mixed Media

We're pleased to have Charissa join us as Guest Designer this month for our theme of Mixed Media.

Over to you Charissa.....

Hey everyone, Charissa here.

The Mixed Media theme was perfect for an idea I had using the June Mind the Scrap kits. I used texture paste through a Heidi Swapp word stencil to create my background. I wasn't happy with the colour of my texture paste so allowed the paste to dry and put the stencil back into position and applied gesso through it to whiten up the words. I was much happier with this result. Once this was dry I then added some splashes of Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in gold. I love how the words pop from the back ground. 

I created a border on the left using papers from Paige Evans Horizon collection and Crate Papers All Heart collection. These papers also featured underneath my photo as layers along with some green cardstock.

I then built a cluster around my photo with the All Heart die cut ephemera. To create some dimension and lift I used foam pads under some of the pieces of ephemera and added some twine from my stash into the tag. I then coloured some Moxy stickers with some navy Heidi Swapp Colour Shine and tucked these into the clusters. It was all finished off with some sprinkling bits from Pink Paislees new Indigo and Ivy collection. And not forgetting the date stamp!!

Charissa x

Friday, 14 June 2019

Cute | Sarah Costain | Mixed Media

Sarah here today with my layout for this months theme of mixed media.

Mixed media is my favourite part of creating and it appears in all my scrapbook layouts. The most fun technique for me is creating rainbows.
I decided to do something a little different today and masked off my black background to create a silhouette. I used Impasto paints and blending them with my finger.

My layout features my kitten Neo so I used some fun Cat papers and ephemera to match from a older Mind the Scrap kit

I distressed my paper edges and added tule for extra texture. Foam between the layers gave the photo cluster some height.

Some white paint splatters over the background helped everything tie in together for a finishing touch.

You can check out how I created my layout in detail over on the UK Scrap Addicts YouTube channel here.

Thanks for joining me and have a Happy Scrappy day :)


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Fun Times Mini book | RamblingsofGeo | Mixed Media

Hello everyone,

Today i am bringing you a mini book with mixed media pages. Its a slight cheat as i had a pre-made scrapbook in a tin which i bought from at the Farnborough Craft Show. 

There is also a process video linked below for you :)

I'm using this minibook to document my recent trip to the Gogo getaway retreat that i went on with a few of my friends. I thought it would be a great way to document the trip! I have also used some bits from my left over kit for the mini book as another reminder of the weekend. 

I used a Heidi Swapp Colour shine in Teal for the back grounds, my technique was spraying it onto a damp piece of plastic, smooshing it around and then pressing it onto the paper. 

I then mixed up some Shimmerz Dazzlerz paste in Spun Sugar, with some Shimmerz paint in the colour Going Peach Side. Once this was mixed i pushed it through a Bramble Fox stencil  which has a mixture of little Stars, which i used on the pages, also has circles and stripes etc.

You can see that i also added sequins for some extra texture, the sequins used were from Spiegelmom scraps. I had a pack called Tweaky Teal, and a pack called Bursting Sunrays. I love how they add extra sparkle to my book.

On a few pages i used the Shimmerz texture paste that you can see below, it was so easy to mix up to make a coloured texture paste, i think i am going to be addicted to using texture paste to all my layouts now!

I hope that this mini book gives you some inspiration to use mix media on some layouts in the future!