Emotions Journal Layout

Hello, Everyone! Jenn here! Today I want to share my Emotions art journal layout with you.

Have you ever wanted to draw faces in your journal or other mixed media? If you have but you think your drawing skills won’t allow it you need to try these stencils! Rita Barakat designed them for this exact purpose.

These stencils are sold in a set In Rita’s Etsy Store here.

For this layout, I used the Sweet Sisters Flower stencil.

I also used The following stamps by Rita Barakat

Fairy Garden Background Stamp
Art Foamies Heart Wing

To create journal layouts like this one, start by creating a background. Use a combination of inks, sprays, and acrylics with stamps and stencils. Random ink sprays and splatters, combined with stamps brought this background to life. Once you have a background use the face stencils wherever you want them on your page. Add color to eyes and lips using pens or colored pencils as I did. You can also incorporate embossing powders as I did with mine. I used the Art Foamies Heart Wing stamp and white chalk ink. Stamp on the page and sprinkle with an iridescent pink embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

Here are some more views of my process. Thank you so much for viewing my post! I hope that you are inspired to grab some of these stamps and stencils and get inky and creative with your journal!


In this photo, you can see where I started with thinner black lines and then started writing the script around the hair lines.


Adding white dots with a gel pen to the hair strands added more interest. Also, add some stamping with the Fairy Garden Background Stamp. This does not have to be perfect! Art is whatever your imagination creates! Add touches of color using bright gel pens or colored pencils. I used a distress marker in a fleshy pink tone and traced around all of the face lines to add dimension.

Thanks Again For viewing My post Today! Until next time, Jenn

Wood and Metallics? Yes!

Rita Barakat metallics on wood
Hey there creatives! Wood and metallics? Yes! What could be better than this texture and color combo! Today I am sharing a little home decor! I found these really cool wood blocks and couldn’t wait to make this wall decor! I used stencils  for each block and wrote a tutorial for this project:

Arrange the blocks and affix stencils onto the wood surfaces (no prep needed). Don’t be afraid to mix and match metallic colors and stencils, even cut stencils to fit. You may want to take a picture so you remember your arrangement or you can mark the cardboard underneath.

Rita Barakat Wood and metallics
Work on one block at a time, use a spatula to cover the stencil with the acrylic paint. Carefully remove the stencil and allow to dry completely. Repeat until all the blocks are covered*.
(The silver just pops on the wood background doesn’t it!?!)

Rita Barakat wood and metallics
*For an ombre look: Place a patterned stencil to cover the block. Use a spatula and one color paint (teal) on the top and bottom of the block. Before lifting that stencil add another color(white) in the center, use your finger to blend the paints where the colors meet.

Rita Barakat wood and metallics
*Using alphabets and numbers: The stencils for alphabets and numbers come in squares so it is very easy to line them up on the wood and make them straight. You can also make pencils lines and erase them after the paint is completely dry.

Rita Barakat wood and metallics
Once the blocks are dry arrange them on the cardboard and use a strong adhesive to glue them into place.
This is such a fun and easy project! What do you think about wood and metallics together?
I think I am going to need more wood!

Supplies –
Salvaged (weathered wood) wood Bricks (Hobby Lobby)

Momenta 6×8 adhesive Stencils:
Love you to the moon and back, lowercase alphabet,
Chevron, Blessed, Grid (?couldn’t find this on the website, so I don’t know the official name)
Momenta Semi-gloss acrylic stencil paint – white, teal, copper, silver, gold


 Transitions are hard, it seems like forever but it’s only been two months since our first born went away to college. I had not shown this lo as the papers had not come out yet- these are from the Metallic paper pad by Momenta . This is an older photo of my dd from her junior year – I posted the pics before but not the layout.
 The papers are black and metallic, white and metallic, I inked the white parts with rose distress ink to   compliment her dress. I made the flowers out of paper as well, used silver Stickles on top. 

I miss my daughter – it is not the same without her.
So whats the hap’s?
How about a sneak peek from Citrus Tree Studio?

                        Love this new line from Echo Park!!! There is Zva Creative in there too!!!
                  You can see the full reveal on the 5th – this is just one of two kits available this month!
Also on the  Best Creation blog  all you have to do is leave a comment and you could win a Glitter Paper Pack!  Let me tell you these papers are gorgeous! You will love them!You have until Nov 5th!
And don’t forget at The Original Scrap Gal blog you could win a huge prize pack full of scrappy products! You have until the 6th to leave a comment for that giveaway!
And there is the Clear Scraps comtest still going on…
We want to see your acrylic Halloween projects!

Cards, layouts, candy boxes…whatever you want – just show us how you would use some acrylic to celebrate this spooky holiday.
Send your projects to:

One project per person, please. Submissions to this contest will be posted in a Facebook album for easy viewing and each submission will be an entry into a drawing for a prize package from Clear Scraps. If you’d like a second entry into the drawing – become a Facebook Fan or a Blog follower and we’ll put you in there twice (or 3 times if you submit and follow both places). Drawing will take place on Halloween night and the winner will be announced the next day on the Clear Scraps blog!


Goodies anyone? Needing a little giveaway for a gathering? These are so easy to put together!
Supplies: Supplies:

Pattern Papers & Alphas (Momenta-All Through the Year Super Paper Pad),
Cardstock (Momenta – Earthtones Paper Pad), Flowers (Prima),
Large Brads, “Sparkly Fluff” from,
Glue Dots ®, Staples, Quart size sandwhich bags, goodies (to fill your bags),
Jute, Shimmerz

Bag Instructions:
Cut your cardstock into 4×6 rectangles (one sheet yields 6 rectangles)

Fold these rectangles in half.

Cut your pattern papers into 1 ½ x 5 ½ rectangles.

Fill your bags and fold a corner over, the bags are slightly bigger than 6 inches and you want to cover the top of the bag with your folded cardstock. Staple these to keep them closed. Use Glue Dots ® to cover the staples with the pattern paper. Use another Glue Dot to hold the flower in place.


Flower Instructions:

I sprayed the flowers with several colors of Shimmerz and set those aside. I took the large brads and covered them with Glue Dots(R), dipped them in the Sparkly Fluff. When the flowers are dry use the covered brads for the centers.

I had leftover pattern papers so I just had to make a card!

True Colors

Color Technique: Have you ever wanted to change the colors on your layout because you have a really great idea? Or maybe you don’t have an embellishment in the matching color? I loved the idea of a rainbow to go with my layout but I am not digitally inclined so I came up with this.
I printed a black and white photo (I added the text in white in Photoshop) and then used distress ink and a blending tool! (A foam sponge would work in a pinch, but having a handle helps!) I used the different color inks right on the photo! When it came to the next color I blended the two together so there would not be harsh lines between the colors, like a rainbow!
In addition to this I wanted the bling to match so I used Alcohol Inks on them. Before removing the bling from the sheet it’s on, I put drops of each color direct from the bottle onto the bling, changing colors after a few. If the color was too light I did another coat when it dried. After it was completely dry I removed it and put it on my layout. (You can’t rush this process with a heat gun or your bling will get stuck to the surface it’s on!) Easy!
I used it on the center of this bling flower and circle too.

Ranger Distress Inks, Papers- Momenta, Lace ribbon-Spare Parts, organza ribbon – Offray, bling – Heidi Swap, ZVA Creative and Prima, velvet flowers – Creative Imaginations, crochet flowers handmade, bling flower centers – Prima, large rhinestone flower -Bazzil

 Here is the  layout in it’s entirety!
So some exciting news for me  – if you have been following my blog for a while you know I love using all different types of mediums in my work and I was super excited about this announcement today 
So in addition to my regular blog posts I will post one short video using Shimmerz once a month!
This is going to be so much fun!!!!
So I hope you will come check it out!

Sunkissed beauty

Oh my goodness does time fly or WHAT??? I cannot believe we are already into fall and summer days are behind us , or at least they will be by the end of the month when the weather turns cold here! Today it’s a  beautiful 80 degrees. Perfect weather for me. So I leave you with a summer lo – ahh doesn’t baby gilr look cute? She cracks me up becuase she posed on that rock saying “take my picture!” At least one of my kids like having their picture taken!
I love orange (yes, I can admit that Miss E.LOL) and look at the vibrant color on these papers. These are from Momenta and I love that although there is a palm tree they are not your typical colors. I love scrapping wiht these colors…Hmmm fall colors- yes! The papers and stickers are from the “Endless Summer” collection.  

      It’s actually a two page lo – I don’t know why but I have such a hard time photographing 2 pagers!
                     If anybody has any hints on how to get a good picture of a 2 pager let me know!

There you have it. OH and swing by tommorow I have some really cool news!


Techniques Mini!

Hey hey eveybody today I have some techniques to show you using the
Lacey Album form Clear Scraps !

On this page I – Iridescent molding paste and a stencil by Momenta

I painted chipboard with black acrylic paint,  embossed the butterfly stencil by Momenta and the stamped swirls by Fancy Pants Designs with embossing powder. The entire page was sprayed with Glimmer Mist -chalkboard edition by Tattered Angels.

 For this page I painted the chipboard black, used the same stencil with Perfect Medium instead and used a soft paint brush with Perfect Pearls.
This page is a Hambly Screenprints acetate sheet – which goes perfect with an acrylic album! I colored  some of the flowers (on the back) with Alcohol Inks. The four squares were cut from a 12×12 acrylic sheet (Clear Scraps) embossed with Utee and two colors of iridescent embossing powder (Moon Glow).

I attached photo paper to the back of the acrylic page, sprayed with Glimmer Chalk (blue and green), then inked with a blending tool. After it was dry I stamped images on top. White puffy stickers and bling are on both sides of the acrylic page. (The stickers hold the photo paper in place.)

The finished project…

Birthday Celebrations!!!

oooh don’t you just love birthdays? Well we probably celebrate birthdays a lot differently than other people – not that exciting but meaningful and necessary. We don’t do big parties, or tons of presents, there is not even wrapping paper. Our kids are different and react differently to those typical birthday celebrations. However we must find ways to celebrate the birth of our little blessings so we simply keep it low key. Yes they do get presents – a few, no more than five and they are not wrapped. I don’t know why but wrapping paper seems to be a trigger and overwhelms our kiddos. We give presents right away and it is their day – they choose what they would like to do all day long. Sometimes it means
eating at McDonalds for three meals (yuck! LOL!) or it may mean a little shopping (baby girl), Chuck E Cheese (if it is a weekday) or  go karts.
They choose cake, cupcakes or another dessert and what flavors. Of course baby girl always picks “pink” she does not care about the taste – she just want’s it pink!

Our night owl likes things plain – always vanilla ice cream, white cake and vanilla frosting!
He also eats hamburgers plain meat and ketchup – thats all!
Boo is our wild card – you never know what he’s going to want! LOL! This year it was marble cake(black and white) and white frosting!
Having three birthdays in one month is a lot of excitement in our house!

All of the papers and letters in these layouts are from Momenta – they have a Birthday Wishes pad and the cardstock is from the Earthtones pad. The bling is from ZVA Creative and I made the dots with Viva paint pens.

How do you celebrate birthdays?

Christmas in July! minibook! CHA new release!!!


This is a darling little mini book I made with “clear and chip” (board) pieces from Clear Scraps called “Holiday Treats”! Tomorrow it will be available in the store so you will have to go check it out!
You can use whatever products you like to decorate yours, here is how I decorated mine…

                      (All of the pages with snow are acrylic with the photos underneath.)
               Just think you could get these now and get started on some of your Christmas projects!

Supplies: all the papers, alphas and glitter buttons are from Momenta, Snow Tex, Ranger Stickles, Viva Decor Paint pens, Kaiser Craft bling, Zip Dry glue, Staz On ink, Martha Stewart scallop punch.