Wish Big – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello and Happy Monday! Today I´m up with a layout tutorial for the Elizabeth Craft Designs design team group post. I did some gelli plate play with acrylic paints and my DIY stamp, done a few years back with one of the dies available at Elizabeth Craft Designs. This was my starting point to this particular layout.

Here is how I created this page:

First I took some acrylic paints in light blue, light pink and light orange and my DIY foam stamp out. I applied the paints onto a gel plate with a brayer and then stamped with the dry stamp the pattern onto the paint. After that I just pressed the image onto white paper and repeated the procedure as six times to get six squares. After that I brayered some white paint onto the woodgrain paper and stamped random stamp patterns on top with the light orange paint and the same DIY stamp. If you are interested on seeing how I made the stamp, there is a tutorial up over at my YouTube channel.

Second I stamped some black stars onto the background using one of Sue Smiths stamp sets (see the full product list at the end of this post). After that I fussy cut the gelli plated squares and adhered them onto the background. Next I added some hand drawn outlining to them to make them better stand out from the background.

After that I stamped the „Wish Big“ sentiment onto the squares with black stamp ink and also stamped it onto a piece of leftover brayered paper with the same colours on it and fussy cut that piece with scissors. You will see that piece on the layout as part of the title. While the stamp ink was drying, I applied some „Artsy Scenery“ washi tape onto a piece of white paper and die cut the leaves using the Sidekick Essentials die set number 7. The washi tape covered leaves will create a nice detail to the mixed media page as decor. Before I adhered them onto the page, I ran them through a sticker maker, but you could apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back before die cutting them, so you have the same effect: DIY stickers! I just forgot that step, so I grabbed a sticker maker instead.

I also used the „Junk Journal Extras“ die to cut the lace border piece from a leftover gelli plate piece with my die cutting machine. I used a little bit different acrylic paint colours (stronger) to draw the eye towards the photo with this piece on the background.

Now all I needed to do was to arrange all pieces onto the page so that they pleased my eye. For additional decoration I took some older puffy stickers and star rub-ons from my own stash as well as a wood veneer piece to decorate the page a little more. I also matted the woodgrain paper onto a piece of dark blue/navy carstock to make the page „pop“ a little more.

There are so many fabulous products at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store that work great for scrapbooking. Just imagine what you can do with all the Planner Essentials and then take a look at for example the background dies. With those you could create cool background stamps for gelli printing, like I´ve done on this page. Just a few additional ideas to get you inspired :).

I hope you liked my project share from today! Be sure to check out what the design team girls did for this months group post!

Wishing you happy scrapping!
xxx, Sanna


Love Yourself First AJ page

Hello and happy Tuesday! today I´m sharing another art journal page from my recent journal with you. Lots of things have been happening in my life recently that have trown me out of the regular course of life and my go-to outlet on such times is my journal.

This is one of the results of those journaling sessions:

I love this page! So much!!! It´s something that started off a a gelli plate magazine transfer (underneath all those layers) and then turned into totally something else. I was experimenting with green paint, my gelli plate and a magazine.

In the beginning I kinda liked the result, but then I didn´t know what to do with it. It didn´t speak to me at all. So I started adding stenciling, paints, stamping and all kinds of stuff and then it suddenly turned out into this :). I added a spray inked magazine heart onto the page and then wanted it to have this dripping/bleeding look.

I added layers and layers of Liquitex Ink! in silver, gold and white and then created the „faux stitching“ with Posca pens and added the phrase into the middle of the heart – again using Posca pens. And I love the result!!!

This journey of preparing for another knee surgery has been rough on me. To know what´s ahead is taking it´s toll on me and I am trying so hard to find the positive things in all this, to grow stronger than my fears, to find my peace with the situation. And my art journal is a huge help at the moment!

When do you journal? I´d love to hear from you when you go to your journal – is it when you are feeling good or is it, when something is bothering you? I mainly do the latter, but also when I have a life-changing realisation of positive kind, I tend to document it in my journal in one way or another. But my sorrows usually end up in journals in some way.

That´s it for today, be sure to come over tomorrow when I will be sharing my first The Wild Hare Kits February project here on my blog (with a video). See you then!

Happy journaling!
xxx, Sanna

Art journal page

Hello and happy Sunday! Today I´m up over at the blog with a quick art journal page share. I´ve created a page with the gelli plate using a magazine image transfer technique.

This is what I created:

I really like how this page turned out and I love pulling these magazine transfer images with my gelli plate. It´s very relaxing, but also very addictive. What I´ve done here is I´ve first added some stenciling and paints and residue colors onto the background, then adhered the tissue paper image onto the page and after that added some stamping as well as the title, fussy cut from a magazine and then added some leftover alpha stickers here and there. Simple, but fun! I love the face – can´t get enough of these!

That´s it for today – see you soon!
xxx, Sanna


Never assume – Art journal page

Hello lovelies! It´s time for another art journal page share. For today´s page I´ve again used gelli plate tissue paper magazine transfer images as my focal point. This is what the finished page looks like:

The background had a layer of purple spray ink already on it, so I painted on top of it with yellow and green acrylic paint. Then I added a few strips of old book paper here and there and created „lines“ next to them with ocher acrylic paint tone.

I then added stenciled images with STAMPlorations „Leaves 1 and Leaves 2“ (from my line of stencils there) onto the page and stamped with a Viva Las VegaStamps stamp images onto the backgrond before I moved over to adding the tissue paper magazine transfer images onto the page. I then highlighted some of the images with Posca pens and for finishing touches added some more stamping onto the bottom area (again using Viva Las VegaStamps) and finished everything with a powerful quote.

That´s all for today. Be sure to come back on Friday for another project share! Wishing you a great day and see you soon,
xxx, Sanna


Judge me – art journal page

Hello everybody and happy Sunday! Today I´d like to share another art journal page with you. I recently took a little time-out and went for a knee surgery related rehab. Being there, I decided to take some art supplies with me to be able to have some creative time, too. So here is the result of one of the creative evenings.

I had only a limited amount of supplies available, but it was still so much fun to create this page. So I took and used what I had, like the tissue paper transfer pictures I had pre-created a while back. Then I had a set of stamps by Viva Las VegaStamps, a stencil, paints and Posca pens with me.

I started by adding acrylic paints onto the background (the page had already paint residues and such on it as I usually wipe all types of residues onto empty pages to save product and have a nice starting point for the future), then applying bits and pieces of old vintage book pages here and there. Next I added the tissue paper images I had created with my Gelli Plate. For finishing touches I added stamping with a Viva Las Vegastamp and then colored some of the areas in with Posca pens to add interest to the areas.

Finally, I added stenciling with a STAMPlorations stencil (from my stencil line) using Nuvo Embellishment mousse as my media. And then I added a simple quote as a sentiment.

I really had a great time creating this page, even though I had limited materials available. Usually, when I travel, I don´t take any art supplies with me. This was the first time and I am glad I did it. What are your experiences on using art supplies when travelling? what do you take with you? Do you take a little or a lot with?

Wishing you a lovely end for your weekend,
Happy crafting,