Friday, April 26, 2013

Three **Flamingo Scraps** - with Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

My son Brandon is 3, and 3 is hard.  Not sure why they call it the terrible twos, three is worse.  I saw it in my oldest son the same way.  There are such cute moments, but then Brandon can be such a peanut (his nickname).  The picture was taken at a Chuck E Cheese photo booth, I thought it was just too cool to not do something with it. The chaos of his life so far as being three a lot has changed, he got a new sister and his daddy is in Afghanistan.  That is a lot for a little guy to deal with, or should I say mommy has to deal with, hehe.  I created this layout to remind me of how chaotic his life (and our whole family) is at age three.

I used all the wonderful supplies given to us in the April Flamingo 4 stash including the packaging.  We got a box of Pink Paislee Chipboard, Metal clip, Month cards, and Prima sequin gems.

Here you can see them in their final form up close.  I used the monthly cards and cut out letters to create the new words of his name and of his life.  I used the box, string, and alpha chipboard (in 2 ways) for background, texture, and for the word three.  The sequin gems were used for texture and the metal clip was used as an addition to the words to describe my son.

 Head on over to Flamingo Scraps to see the other cool projects create for the April Flamingo 4.

Below is a tutorial of how I took these items and converted them with Gesso and spray mist into the layout you see above.

Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

1) Supplies Gesso, Glue (i used Martha Stewart Craft glue), spray mists, and random items like chipboard, metals, papers, buttons, string, fibers, and other findings.

2) Create the backbone for you layout.  I lay may papers down first and glue down what I can with my regular glue glider (I use an ATC glue gun).  Ink the edge of you papers for a better effect when done.

3) Glue down your objects.  If there is a part of your layout that you do not want to have gesso and mist on it then do not glue it down yet or cover it with sticky notes.  I covered me picture with sticky notes so it would not get covered with the gesso and mists.  I also added some extra glue over the cluster on the left for added effect.  Let this dry completely, it will probably take over night to do this.

4) Cover your items in gesso.  You can cover up some of the papers, strings, metals, what ever you like.  if it does not get a coat of gesso then the mists will not be as bright.  Yuo can put a thick or a light a layer of gesso as you wish.  This is where playing by making a few ATCs can be helpful.  Let this dry completely, it can also take 4-5 hours to dry.  Do not use a heat gun to dry, it will bubble your glue and gesso and warp your paper.

5) Pick out a color and spray it.  Do it at random, have fun with it.  You can spray more than one color at a time, but they will blend.  If you want distinct different colors you have to wait for each to dry independently before you apply the next mist.

6) Keep spraying with you different colors or shades until you have the look you want.  Play with it, have fun and get messy.   Use you finger to rub the mist in.  Spray lots of layers for a deeper effect.

7) When your mist is dry add in the papers, pictures, or other embellishments that you did not want to get misted.  I added the little number 3 paper squares you see in the this picture, they would have been covered and unable to read if I did it at the beginning.  At this point pull off the sticky notes covering anything up, it is dry and you are safe to pull them off now.

8) Enjoy you complete project!!

Supplies used
Papers - Glitz
Chipboard - Pink Pasilee (includes the box and string the chipboard was in)
Mists - Clearsnap and Tattered Angles, Faber Castell (gelatos)
Metal clip -
Sequin gems - Prima
Glue - Martha Stewart
Pen- Copic
Monthly papers -


Erin Reed

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I "heart" you **Flamingo Scraps**

At 4 months old we had some wonderful pictures taken of the kids, myself and and mom.  This little gem came out of it of Catherine.  She looks like she is just staring right at you, piercing you with her gaze.  Such a sweet precious baby girl.

I am really loving the mixed media/grunge/steampunk feel of scrapbooking lately.  I love the layers and texture it all brings, and if you do it just the right way it does not take away from the picture(s) you are placing on your layout.  The other part I love about these types of layouts is it give me a chance to use bits and pieces of found items, partially used embellishments, and other fun trinkets I have stashed away in my scrap room.

I used a mixture of the Prima Engraver papers and stickers plus also the Pink Paislee Secret Crush papers/tabs/stickers/cards.

Here you can see some Prima trinkets, flowers, wood veneers, hexagon gems, pearl swirls, stickers, a Maya Road Pin and chipboard, Secret Crush card heart and sticker, some metals, and gems.

Here you can see Maya Road pink tutu trim, random chipboard shapes and a trinket pin; Prima flowers, pearl swirl, washi tape, and alpha stickers; and other findings.

Here you can see lots of Prima flowers, resins, pearls, wood veneers, and gems; Maya Road chipboard shapes, burlap flower, and wood; and Pink Paislee Secret Crush items.

You can find almost all the items I used at Flamingo Scraps Store.  So pop on over and take a look!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Coredinations
Patterned Papers - Prima and Pink Paislee
Metals - Momenta
Flowers - Prima and Maya Road
Gems - Prima
Resins - Prima
Tags/Cards - Pink Paislee
Stickers - Prima
Lace - Maya Road
Wood - Prima and Maya Road
Punches - Martha Stewart
Chipboard - Maya Road
Pins/Trickets - Prima and Maya Road
Stamp - EK
Washi Tape - EK and Prima
Mists/paint/colors - Prima, Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp, and Ranger
Adhesive - Martha Stewart


Erin Reed

Friday, April 12, 2013

good luck **Flamingo Scraps & Memory Maze Chipboard**

In March of 2011 Morgan was playing in the backyard and found a four leaf clover.  He was so excited, he could not believe, nor I, that he first found one and second that he found it within 15 minutes of hunting right in our own backyard.  So cool!

 I used the wonderful Graphic 45 Place in Time paper pad with the March selection of papers. There are so many cool items in the paper pad, the word strips, postage stamps, graphics, and tags I just used a few other embellishments to finish of the page.

I did not preserve the clover very well, I just let it air dry, so all the color was lost.  I coated it with glossy accents to prevent it from tearing, but it did not look very pretty so I just glued it to a tag, placed a Prima flower on the end as a pull out holder, and tucked in under the picture.  Here you can also see I used the Prima chalk ink to coat the edges of all the papers and the photo in my layout, it helps soften the look of everything.

Here you can see one of the Prima resins and the beautiful Memory Maze chipboard birdcages, I thought they looked wonderful together.

Here I used a tag cut out from the paper pack and tucked it under the torn and rolled top paper.  I then added Prima flowers and tuck in the Maya Road green flower pins (cutting off the part of the pin so they did not stick out) to create the cluster under the tag.

 I used Gelatos and water to color the "Good Luck" chipboard from Memory Maze.

Head on over to Memory Maze and Flamingo Scraps to get all your wonderful items for you next scrappy adventure!!

Supplies Used
Patterned paper - Graphic 45
Flowers - Prima
Chipboard - Memory Maze
Resin - Prima
Pins - Maya Road
Paint/Medium - Faber Castell
Ink - Prima


Thursday, April 11, 2013

live **Memory maze**

 Every year we go to an event called Burgers and Butterflies to remember our babies that we have lost.  My family goes to remember our daughter Kristen.  In this picture is my son Brandon when he was 2 years old holding one of the butterflies we set loose to help us remember our precious "butterflies" that are not longer with us.

 I loved the papers, they were just perfect for this layout, but the picture was not the best color of the tones of the paper.  So I had fun playing with Photoshop.  I turned the picture to black and white, but added the color of the butterfly and his eyes back in.  Below you can see the original picture and then the Photoshopped picture.

It really was not hard (my first time doing it) and it helped the picture pop out of the layout so much better.

The phrase says "Once upon a time... their lived a little girl, a precious angel that lives with the butterflies, and with the touch of a child's hand we remember her, so my wish for you .....LIVE"

I used the single word "live" as my title to help us remember to live for every moment of every day, life is to short.  I painted the "live" chippy with black acrylic paint, and then painted the vintage corner under it with gold metallic paint.

Memory Maze Supplies
"live" - Product ID : G0179
Vintage Corner - Product ID : C0139

Supplies Used
Cardstock - American Crafts
Patterned paper - Kasiercraft
Flowers - Prima
Embellishments - Prima and Other
Punch - EK
Chipboard - Memory Maze
Ink - Prima


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Army Strong **Memory Maze**

My husband is serving in Kabul, Afghanistan at Camp Phoenix as part of Task Force Centurion for the US Army.  He deployed in September 2012 and is still there.  We miss him so much.  With this picture he sent us (rather to my oldest son for a school project) I thought it deserved a grungy layout to go with the colors of the army and also with how dirty he says everything including the air over there is.  We can't wait for you to come come Captain Reed.

The fun part about doing a layout like this is you can add anything you want.  I look at my complete work as a grown up version of an I SPY hunt a find layout.  I do try and use objects that fit with the theme of the layout.  So masculine, army, manly, worldly, or just geometric shapes were the items I chose.   

Here I used all sorts of old plastic jewelry, metal bits, old rivets, plastic chain, and other found items glued them down and them covered them in gesso, let it dry then sprayed them, painted them, and used Gelatos until I achieved the colors I wanted.  some of these pieces were black, pink, grey, brown, or white before I grunged them up.  One found item was a dog tag that was given to my oldest son that says "With you all the way".  I could not resist putting it on the layout, it just ties in so well.

I used various metals, found objects and wonderful Memory Maze chippies.  Here are 2 square buckles, a little angel, and the back small wheel and handle bar of a penny farthing bicycle (pictures below so you can find them in my grunge)

Angel 3 
Penny Farthing

Buckle Square Medium

Here I used the front wheel of the Penny Farthing Bicycle, another small angel, another square buckle, and the word "Best" from "best wishes".

 Best Wishes

Memory Maze Supplies
Penny Farthing - Product ID : C0127
"Best Wishes" - Product ID : C0015
Buckle Square Medium - Product ID : C0042
Angel 3 - Product ID : C0165

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Kaisercraft
Patterned Paper - Bobunny and Prima
Punches - Martha Stewart
Found Items
Embellishments - 7 Gypies, Prima, Tim Holtz, Pink Paisley, K& Co, other
Rubon - Prima
Adhesive - Martha Stewart
Mediums/Inks/Paints - Clearsnap, Deco Art, Ranger, Faber Castle, and Tattered Angles 
Chipboard - Memory Maze


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