The Making of a “cool” Layout

As promised here is my process of making the  “Mr. Cool” layout I did last week in the Crop Circles Blog Hop. WARNING: There are 21 pics in this post with instructions and technique so read when you have a few mins to spare.

I’m still trying to “kill a Kit” as my friend Krista would say. I’m attempting to use up my leftover stash from the February Paperie Club Kit  (& previous kits). If you want to see the other February kit layouts click here. To see how I made these layouts click here, here, here & here.

To start, I grabbed the October Afternoon paper Carousel. The multi colored circles were pretty, but I LOVED the orange pin stripe on the back. As soon as I saw this paper, I knew the exact pic I wanted to use. My hubby loves the color orange, and I had this pic of us at an Aerosmith outdoor concert I wanted to use. I grabbed my 6×6 TCW Chevron Arrows Stencil and my Studio Calico Mister Huey Clay mist. I had the stencil in 12×12 but I wanted the smaller arrows. I positioned the stencil where I wanted it to go, covered the edges with loose scrap paper and misted it.

stencil and mist

heres what I got:


And my stencil had lots of mist on it. I didnt want to waste it so I created ink splatters with it over the LO by pressing it into the paper in various places:






great way for controlled splatters!



Then I decided I wanted my misted arrows to go further down on the paper…so I grabbed the stencil, placed it over the lower portion of the already misted image as shown below:


I added the scrap paper I previously used around the edges of the stencil as shown below. For a better flowing misted image, mist near the darker misted area:


Heres what I got. It looks like the stencil was a bigger one that I misted only once.The mist looks darker here but it gets lighter as it dries. Plus we will be adding gesso later on!


I added Ranger Sunset orange paint dauber and Tattered Angels Valencia Chalk board glimmer mist (with my finger after spraying on craft mat) to the top left corner:

orange paint/mist

I positioned my TCW Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Mini Punchinella stencil (stars) as shown. I added white matte gesso to my craft mat and used a brush to add it to my stencil randomally in the corner. Dont try to make it perfect. It looks better messy!


I flicked some teal, orange and black mist over the paper from the top left corner diagonally to the bottom right corner.. Then I added teal mist to the top left corner in areas areas with my finger as shown. I stamped stars and arrow stamp with black Staz-On. Added some washi tape as shown. Then I adhered enamel dots, a star strip of paper, and an arrow vellum sticker all included in the in the kit. I doodled with my black pen and added an Evalicious Flair Badge!

corner close up

To start the main portion of the LO, I gathered my orange paint dauber, my black pen and my TCW Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Wonky Circles stencil . I laid down my stencil and traced the stencil with my black pen. .

wonky circles/pen

Then I added orange paint in the circles and took my black pen and doodled around the circles:

orange paint

Now here’s where I get excited and forget to continue taking pics! I add some teal and orange paint in patches with my finger. I started layering it up with washi tape, arrow stamp with black Staz-On, star teal paper strip. Then I randomally added white gesso with my brush over the layout. Dont be perfect, don’t stress about it. If you realize you added too much, dip your clean brush in water and thin it out. Just have fun with it!!!!

I matted my pic on a SC journaling card (in the kit) and doodled around it to make it look like a polaroid.I  added an Ali Edwards stamp to the bottom. I grabbed another journaling card and ripped it and added gesso to the orange edge to tone down the bright color. I added gesso to a teal paper strip and got some tags that I had left over from the Paperie June kit and inked/gessoed/painted them up. I Layered up the tags, paper, photo and cards as shown without adding adhesive. I figured out where I wanted to add the star stamps, and removed the layers. I added my stamps and then began adhering my layers.

I added some doodling and added gesso in places. I adhered the enamel dots, the flair, arrow vellum sticker and the doodled chipboard star (from the june kit too!). I then added my title using the block letters from the Feb kit and the leftover black AMY TAN thickers from the June kit. I added my journaling to the bottom of the pic on the card as shown.

Here are some close ups to see the detail:

cool close up1



cool 4

My hubby is always trying to make me laugh. Sometimes he puts on his sunglasses and starts talking like the wrestler, Macho Man Randy Savage. “All you need is a good pair of glasses…oooo yeah!” If you grew up in the 80’s you know exactly what I’m talking about!

And here is the completed layout:

mr cool

Easier than you think!!!! So give it a try on your next layout. If you have any questions on the techniques I used, ask me in the comments section and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I would also love to see some mixed media layouts that you create. Paste a link in the comments section to your gallery/blog/website so I can see it!!

And to end my post here is a little sneak of something I’m working on:

atlantis closeup



Eclectic Love- Layout #4-A little Bit of Magic

Here is the final LO  I completed for the release of the February Paperie Club Kit, “Eclectic Love”. BUT that’s not all!!!!! You will see more projects I make from this kit in future posts, including a St. Paddy’s Day LO I’m working on!!!

lori Smith-a little bit of magic

This was THE FASTEST LAYOUT I HAVE EVER DONE!!!!!! I am a pretty slow scrapbooker, but this LO took me about 30 mins to do (40 mins if you count cutting the SC journaling card).

First I got my white CS and added a few flicks of Ranger Black Marble Dylusions. I then started the bottom of the LO first….I know- crazy!!! I added the strip of Studio Calico  Darling Dear “Garbo” paper at the bottom. I added washi tape and the star strip from October Afternoon Midway “Duckpond”. I colored the SC vellum heart with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Barn Red and added it to the corner with the star flair and the SC ampersand vellum die cut sticker:


Then I got the circles cut from the October Afternoon Midway “Ring Toss” paper, that was left over from making the last LO. I popped every second one up using foam dots. Then I got out my black PITT pen and added some faux stitching around them:


So, yeah….I did the top and bottom first. Not your typical way to do a LO, but hey it worked out. I cut a piece of Bo Bunny teal CS and added it to my LO. Added a few strips of washi and more paper strips from the OA “Duckpond”. I adhered my pics and began to embelish the LO. I loved the orange pinking cirle on the SC journaling card, but i didnt want to add another square element, so I did what any crazyType A scrapper would have done- I fussy cut the darn thing out! A little secret- I only cut enough to fit….the remainder is hidden under the pic…maybe it was laziness….whatever!!! Then I stamped it with a Kelly Purkey (she will be visiting here in less than 3 weeks!!!!!)  “A Little Bit of Magic” stamp using black STAZ ON. I added faux stitching to the pinking circle and adhered some velum die cuts and the SC flair and it was done!!!


So that’s the story of the fastest LO I have ever done. Horray!!!!


Eclectic Love Post #2

I’m back again with another layout using the Paperie February Club Kit “Eclectic Love” . I had lots of fun making this layout because it involves lots of inky messy goodness!!!

One of my favourite scrapbookers/artists is Anna-Maria Wolniak. Her work is absolutely amazing and I am so ispired by her use of mixed media on her layouts. This LO was inspired by by a layout of hers called Centre Pompidou.

Here is the layout titled “Best Friends”. It’s a tribute to my best friend Karen who introduced me to scrapbooking in 2004. paperie club kit feb 2013 lori smith layout best friends

I started with a white CS background. I gathered my Ranger Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress Ink Pad & Blending Tool, and the Punchinella stencil designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for TCW. I added some tape to the back of my white CS and stuck it to my Ranger Craft Sheet. (I love my Ranger Craft Sheet! It protects my table from my inky messiness and its heat resistant!).

I then positioned the honeycomb part of the stencil on the CS where I wanted to add my ink. (NOTE: to make the stencil the width I wanted, with a straight edge, I taped a strip of paper to the top and bottom of the stencil acting as a mask). I taped the stencil down with a small amount of washi tape. I did this to prevent the paper and stencil from moving. Next I added Pumice Stone distress ink to my Ink Blending Tool and moved the blending tool over the stencil carefully and in a circular movement. When finished, remove all tape to reveal a crisp image!

stencil and ink

I gathered my Witch’s Brew October Afternoon Sprinkler (green), my Peppermint Studio Calico Mister Huey (red), my Seven Seas Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (teal), my MME Follow Your Heart Be Amazing stamp set, my Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and my clear stamp block. I added the 3 misters in separate areas on my craft sheet. Using my finger I added the inks in areas to the paper as shown below. I added a big glob of red and blew on the ink on the CS to make a runny pattern. I also removed the spray nozzle from each of the mists and flicked it to create some drips as shown. I inked up my arrow stamp and added it as shown. Love it!!!

mist, ink and stamp

I laid my LO and craft sheet to the side,and gathered my craft knife & cutting mat. I took one of the Studio Calico Darling Dear Journaling Cards included in the kit, and used my craft knife to cut out the heart in the corner. I adhered the card to my layout and put the heart to the side to use later. Here is the pic below after I cut it out.


I gathered my TCW mini Squircle stencil and taped it to my LO. Using my Jet Black Archival ink and ink blending tool I added ink to the stencil as shown. IMAG1492

The journaling card has a glossy finish so make sure the ink dries thoroughly before proceeding. Here is what it looks like:


I backed my photo with SC Garbo (black Camera paper) and added washi tape (see full LO for placement of washi) I adhered pop dots to the back of the cut-out heart and placed it on the LO as shown. I grabbed my fine black Faber Castell PITT pen and added faux “stitching” around the heart.


I added ink with my finger in patches as shown below and added a few flicks of mist droplets to my LO. I also drew faux threads with my PITT pen. I added my title using the Konichiwa Basic Grey Letter Stickers that came in the kit. I added the MME enamel dots and Bo Bunny enamel hearts that came with the kit.


At the bottom of the LO, I added washi tape, enamel dots/hearts and a SC Darling Dear Flair Badge that came with the kit. I punched out a heart with my punch and added it to the layout. I added some faux thread and outlined the heart and letters in my title with my PITT pen. I stamped that fabulous arrow stamp again at the bottom.


I added the Vellum Die cuts to my LO. The arrow in the upper right hand corner was colored with my distress markers. I cut the “smile” speech baloon from the October Afternoon Midway Washi tape and placed it on the LO (see full LO for final placement)


Finally I put glossy accents to the red letters in my title:


Hope you like this LO and learned a few new techniques!!! In my next post I will tell you how I did Layout #3 “Roa’s Rapids”