Without Music Life Would B Flat——a “coarse” in Texture Gel 101

I found this quote on Pinterest and I thought it would make an awesome layout of my hubby playing the guitar. I was in the middle of making design team layouts for my LSS, The Paperie, and I made this layout for the June kit:

lori smith--without music life would be flat--june paperie kit 2013

I took my TCW 12×12 Brick stencil and taped it down onto my navy blue cardstock and work surface. I mixed Liquitex coarse texture gel and a bit of white paint on my Ranger Craft Mat. Then I taped scrap paper on the stencil  and exposed only the area that I wanted to add the texture gel.I added the mixture with my pallate knife and this is what I got:

brick stencil & coarse texture gel

I wanted my bricks a little more white so I painted them with my paintbrush and Ranger Picket Fence paint:


 I added some white paint splatters with my paintbrush and got this:


Then I added my photos and layering and some doodling with my Faber Castell PITT pen and my Signo White pen:IMG_9043

I fired up my Silhouette Cameo and started cutting. I arranged my title using my die-cut letters and some sticker letters included in the kit. I added some embelishments, washi tape and sticky notes and here it is:



Have a great day!


Eclectic Love

Happy Valentines Day! (belated….hey lets keep the love going!) This week I posted a few sneaks of the Paperie February Club Kit- Eclectic Love!  It was Rae-Lynn’s & my turn this month to privide you with some scrappy inspiration!!! Check us out at The Paperie blog in this post (Rae-Lynn’s Reveal) & this post (my reveal).

So now I’m going to show you how I created LO #1:

Layout #1: “Love”

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Don’t you just LOVE that Amy Tan paper called “Surrounded” from the Ready Set Go line?!!! was inspired by an idea from Amy to cut out the letters and back it with paper . Check out the layout she created.

Now I must confess I save my packaging from some of my embelishments. And this packaging from the Studio Calico Vellum diecut stickers was perfect!

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To start the layout, I placed my pic,washi & layered patterened paper (pp) onto the background “Surrounded” pp. I DID NOT USE ADHESIVE YET. I then picked one of the  love locations on the paper I wanted to cut.


II used my craft knife & cutting mat to cut the word “Love” out of the paper. The best way to cut with a cutting knife is to move your paper around the turns, not the knife.

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 I removed the pp, washi & pic. I then used various mists from Tattered Angels, Ranger, Studio Calico & October Afternoon to create ink splatters on the top left corner and the bottom. I love removing the sprayer from the misting bottles and flicking the tubing to create tiny splatters. I then adhered my pp (Studio Calico & Basic Grey), pic and washi (Ranger, Freckled Fawn) to the LO. I love the wide washi!!! I also love the ripped washi look. I added some on the top and bottom of the background paper. I rolled the edges of the wide washi to give it a distressed look.


I fired up my Silhouette Cameo & cut the frame from Kraft CS, to fit my smaller picture. Love that Front Row Polaroid cut file from Studio Calico. I added the pic behind the frame and then poped it up with foam dots. I cut out the “you & me so happy” speech balloon from the October Afternoon Midway word bubbles washi tape that was included in the kit. I adhered it to the corner of the polariod frame.


I took the Studio Calico Darling Dear Vellum die cut stickers (included in the kit) and my Ranger Tim Holtz Distress markers. I choose a heart and colored it with the Broken China marker. I then added it to the LO.


I used my extra fine black PITT pen to write the words “today”, “tomorrow” and “always” on Kraft paper, cut it out in a rectangle shape and adhered it as shown on the LO.

I got the stamp “heart you” from the Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards  “Bring On the Love” stamp set, inked it with Ranger black Archival Ink and stamped it on the LO. .

I punched out hearts from red, teal and pink Bazill cardstock using the Martha Stewart Heart Confetti Punch  and the Fiskars Heart Punch. I then adhered them on the LO with pop dots as shown. I then added some My Minds Eye Enamel Dots that came with the kit as shown.

I then got my SMOOCH out and painted the heart of the Ali Edwards stamp. Love the shimmer!


 Now I will show you what I done with my title. I flipped over the layout and put adhesive foam around the word love (you may have to cut the foam to fit).  I then (carefully) layered washi tape on red CS and placed it behind the word LOVE:

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I then traced around the letters using my black Faber-Castell PITT pen. Love these artist pens!!


And so the doodling frenzy begins! I doodled around the outter edges of the layout, the CS hearts, the polariod frame and the handwritten words. Now don’t go trying to be all neat and perfect about it, and stressing yourself out. Embrace imperfection!



and here is a close up! Look at the dimension in the title by adding pop dots to the back! In addition, the doodling certainly adds a creative touch to help your layout POP!!!

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Some pics above I took as I was creating the LO. Others I took after the fact because I was in a scrappy state of creativity and I just couldnt stop/forgot to take a pic!!

In my next post, I will show you how I did Layout #2 “Best Friends”.




Crop Circles- time to share a Layout Tag

A little while ago, I participated in a Layout tag for a Facebook Group called CROP CIRCLES. Layout tag is a challenge whereby the host takes a lo and uses it to create a lo of their own. The host then sends their completed lo to the first person on the list via e-mail. That person in turn makes a lo based on the hosts lo and then the next person on the list gets it. Then person #2 makes a lo based on person #1’s lo without seeing any previous layouts.And it goes on until it reaches the last person on the list. At the end, the host posts all the layouts and we can see the difference from the original layout until the final one. Its fun to see the reveal and to see how much it changes….this is a pic of the lo I recieved via e-mail done by CROP CIRCLE member Cora Lee:


and here is the LO I completed and e-mailed to the next person in the tag list:

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I made this LO from the Paperie September kit and some washi tape…I’ve done a lot of LO’s using that kit…and I still have some stuff left over! Here is a close up of the journaling and misting. The mask is Studio Calico Circle graph and its my favourite stencil EVER!!!! I have the stamp too!!! The star is a diecut from my Silhouette! Love that arrow stamp from My Minds Eye!!

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Here is a close up of the misting and the goosebumps I used to create the look of waterdrops! Love that Stuff! My friend Cathie adds paint and glitter to hers to create some awesome effects on a LO!

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And here you can see how awesome that arrow stamp is!


Here is a close up of the GOOSEBUMPS!

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Here is a close up of the sticker letters that came with the kit. So I did not like the color of the letters and I wanted black ones so I INKED THEM WITH STAZ ON!!! Alternatively you could use embossing powder to cover them up too. Love doing this to make my letters match!

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Here is a close up of the “lift” tab where I placed my hidden journaling (and an embarassing pic I’m shortly going to share).

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As you can see very easy to make. I actually have the Basic Grey magnets under the papers to keep it closed.

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Love the Ali Edwards stamps “Life is full of ups and downs” was perfect for this LO!

I will have some sneaks of what I’m working on in the next post!

Have a great day!



Time to reveal some Paperie Kit LAYOUTS

I LOVE KITS!!! I have a subscription to the Paperie and  just recently Studio Calico and I so want to subscribe to more such as Cocoa Daisy, JBS, Scrapbook CircleGauche Alchemy, and Scarlet Lime. However I need money for food and bills. Most of these layouts were made using the Paperie Club Kits that I bought along to the Paperie Retreat!

The first two layouts were made with the September Paperie KIt…Check out this blog post for Cathie‘s and Krista‘s Design Team Creations! The last LO I made with the leftover scraps from the September kit and my Retreat Page kit, with a little help from Mr. Cameo!

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Class Time

On 10/11/12 I taught a Layout class at The Paperie….

….to some awesome Ladies…

They got to use The Crafters Workshop stencils with some multi mediums and carry home a 12 x 12 stencil and 2 layouts! I also taught them how to make their own Epoxy Flair buttons using Epiphany products and how to make a fake cracked porcelian embelishment using a technique I leaned from Shelly Hickox on her fantastic blog called Stamp Tramp !

Here are the 2 layouts:

To see more on “With this Ring” see this post.

I had a lot of fun doing the “Our Moment” LO. I used The Crafters Workshop Stencil sheets in my Cricut with the deep blade housing and the Cricut Craft Room to make these custom made stencils!! Look at that awesome heart stencil. One lucky class participant won this stencil after we drew a name of all those who attended my class!

I used the stencil and washi taped it to the center of my Simple Stories background paper. I then used Ranger Matte Multi Medium and applied it to the stencil with my pallette knife. I removed the stencil and dried it with my heat tool. It dried matte clear. (Alternatively you could use versa mark & embossing powder if you dont mind your hearts shiny).I then misted my paper with broken china re-inker (in water in my Mini Mister) over the hearts. You can now see the actual color of the paper in the hearts with the grid pattern. I then added some dark brown mist to the upper left and lower right corners of the LO and lightly stamped some of the Hero Arts french script stamp in some areas on the LO. I doodled around the edges of the layout with my black zig pen and added a few circle doodles to the top and bottom. I added some Tim Holtz washi tape, a strip of Simple Stories chevron paper and Studio Calico tissue trim to the center. I added Freckled Fawn gold polka dot washi tape, Martha Stewart doilies, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts and arrows, Authentique and Doodle Bug Sticker letters and some white pearls. Here is a close up:

I made the Epoxy Flair using Epiphany products. The image was made by myself using a Studio G stamp and SC paper. Love it!!!!

It was a great class! I love it when students take their own creativity and create something diferent in class. Look at Tina’s take on the LO…

this pic was taken just after her mini mister “exploded” and created a beautiful mess on her LO. Awesome colors!!!

In a future post I will show you some of the different layouts created at my class by this remarkable group of talented ladies.