Hey there artsy peeps! Today I am participating in a little blog hop with some other very talented artsy peeps form the Designer Crafts Connection! So if this is your first time on my blog welcome! The theme of the blog hop is how do you preserve your memories or vacation memories. Because of the way we live we don’t do vacations like other people – we do weekend trips or places we can drive to because we have a big family and special needs kids. So diverting from “the schedule” or normal routine is difficult and we try not to do that. That being said we have visited many places, together we have lived in four different states, I lived in one other state and I was born on an island. We have visited many of the states that are adjacent to the states we have lived in. We have spent significant amounts of time in 16 states. Not world travelers I know but the best thing about traveling is the time spent with people we love and the memories we made!
Hence the quote! Here is a little mixed media piece I did just for this hop. (Details below)
I am quite freakish about the way I preserve our memories and although I could have done a book on the places we have been to, I don’t organize my layouts that way. Here is a picture of our bookshelf (Ikea) in the living room. there are eight cubbies in the bottom filled with scrapbooks. We have five kids each of them has their own book for the first year and 2-3 more books individually. The kids individual books focus on their personalities, milestones, birthdays, their friends and interests. I also have scrapbooks separated by the year, these are family albums- all the group pictures, family and friends. Any traveling adventures go into the yearly books.
Having been on several design teams I have a lot of mini books – usually I fill these with my favorite pictures of the year. A few are my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving and Easter but mostly the focus is on my little blessings – my kids.
So by now you think wow this girl is organized! Ummm…
While I would like to pretend I totally have it together, being on design teams sometimes means producing a lot of work and quickly! And it can start adding up fast! LOL! Hubby is so awesome he found this unit on wheels by the dumpster!!!! It is perfect for 12×12 layouts and yes, they are separated by child or family albums. When I get around to getting them into albums at least they are already separated!
So here are the details I promised – this is a chipboard matte board with layers and layers of Gelatos, PITT Pens, stencils, stamps(Stampendous), gel medium, gesso, tissue paper, rub letters and glaze as a top coat! I had so much fun I will definitely do this technique again!
Tip: got old rub ons or stickers that dont match? Cut them up to make your own words, mix and match! Also Gel medium works great to seal in those rubons – sometimes rub ons stick great , sometimes…This makes sure they wont go anywhere!
Tip: Don’t have the right letters for what you wan’t to say? Get your PITT pens and write it in – it’s less intimidating when you don’t have to do a whole paragraph! Add character with dots, lines and doodles.
The texture stamps are from Nathalie Kalbach -one of her new lines for Stampendous! Aren’t they cool? Thanks Nathalie!
Here is a good close up of the layers involved- layer 1 gesso, 2 Gelatos, 3 gel medium & glaze tissue paper, layer 4 more Gelatos, layer 5 stamps and rub ons, layer 6 gel medium and Glaze. I love color!
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Thanks for stopping by, much love peeps.
Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.