Thursday 31 July 2014

Scrapping in my Journal

Hi Everyone I am really pleased to guesting again at PaperArtsy tonight. When Darcy asked me a few weeks ago what I was making I told her it would be something around ‘scrapping in my journal’ as I wanted to use the really zingy colours in the Fresco Finish paints range with photographs. This is not quite how I imagined it then, but I am pleased with the fabulous bright background mixed with my more normal vintage style. I think it has worked really well. Before anyone asks lol, the photo on the left is me (looks as though I was about 3-4) and the photo on the right is my Mum holding me.
Please be warned this is a long post, but I hope you will stay with me to the end.

So to start off cut two pieces of card and using low tack tape secured them together. Cover both pages with a layer of gesso to seal the card.
Rub London Bus, Tango and Zesty Zing Fresco Finish paints over the page with a few mists of water and a wet babywipe to help blend them. Heat dry.
Then spray with Goosebumps to create some texture and again heat dry. I then  used two of my spare spray bottles and mixed a watery London Bus in one and the other with Zesty Zing and sprayed over the pages heat drying between each colour. Lastly I finishes with a couple of sprays of White Linen Dylusions ink spray.
To add some interest to the pages I stamped with the Hot Picks 1301EZ set using three different brown archival inks.
I began to collect together some strips of hessian, canvas, card, and lace to create some textures and I also die-cut some of the PaperArtsy Chatsworth paper using the Tim Holtz Courtyard frameworks die. I used the Fresco Finish paints again but this time I watered them down in little mister bottles and sprayed them over to blend the colours.
And so the pages started to take shape.
I painted and sprayed the die cuts and pieces of card to make the sentiments.
I cut out some butterflies that I have ready downloaded in a small box and I pulled out some rusted elements to see how they would fit in.
I also sprayed some strips of embossed canvas and gathered some other pieces and a snippet of hessian together..
The colour of the frameworks didn’t fit in the way I thought they would so I sprayed them with watered down FF chocolate paint as well.

Next came the assembling and I started with some tissue tapes before gluing the strips down and adding the photos.
For the penultimate stage I added some dylusions ink to the London Bus spray to deepen it a bit more and covered the photos, spraying in three areas and heat drying. I then added some splatters of walnut crystal ink. Of course I got carried away here and forgot to take any more photos till nearly the end.
Lastly I cut the pages apart, cropodiled the holes at the right places and finished with some chatty words that I make up myself and print out.
The pages are now inserted into my growing ‘scrapping’ journal.
I love how the vintage meets journal style, it’s a bright and busy background but the vintage seems to be right at home too.

Thanks for staying with me through a long post.

I thought I would also share with you tonight that it is Ken's birthday today and I want to wish him many happy returns of the day, but it is also a very special day in that we got married 40 years ago on his birthday in 1974 and I am just wondering where have all those years gone???? Needless to say we are looking forward to many more happy years together creating memories.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xx


Helen said...

Love these pages, some special memories for you too, and I love the colours. Once again, Happy Birthday to Ken and Happy Anniversary to you both. xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous pages Brenda! Valerie

Redanne said...

First up, Happy Anniversary to you both and Happy Birthday to Ken, what a very special day it is today for you both.

Your pages are so full of rich, vibrant colours, wonderful embellishments and beautiful photos. Really beautiful pages. Hugs, Anne xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Oh I love this Brenda, such gorgeous colours and wonderful photos. I am definitely going to start a journal now,it does look so much fun and what a great way to capture memories forever.

Happy anniversary by the way :)

Donna xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

The extended version is brilliant! Happy Anniversary! Chrisx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These are two wonderful pages in great colors. Adorable photos :)

mamablitger said...

Brenda first of all congrats on your anniversary and DH birthday. Wauwh... 40 years of marriage. Impressing ! And your journal pages are fabulous ! LOVE them. Love all the different embellishment elements. Love you going through how you created this step by step. Thank you so much for sharing. Fantastic lovely art !!!!
Hugs from SPAIN

Unknown said...

These are fab pages. I love the way the colours are so bright mixed with vintage. Lovely photos and the rusty embellishments set it all off. Hope you both had a fantastic day yesterday and enjoy your weekend with family and friends xxx

Gio said...

The striking contrast beetween the bright colours and the vintage photos is stunning. Lovely, beuatiful pages, Brenda.

Happy Anniversary, wow 40 :-)

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow Brenda, I adore this multi layered fabulous spread!! So much to see and admire, fabulous techniques and the wonderful photos are just the perfect finishing touch!!

Oh and big congrats of course on your 40 years together, hope you had a great day!!

massofhair said...

Huge congrats on your 40th Anniversary, doesn't time just fly by... Happy Birthday to Ken, hope today is full of fun and wonderful memories:-)

Beautiful pages, great colours, fab techniques, great inspiration:-) xxx

Ink Art Designs said...

Bright and busy with vintage sure does work well Brenda! I love the bright colours and there are so many beautiful embellies that fit so perfectly on these pages.
Happy Anniversary to you and Ken (and Happy Birthday to Ken too) - what a wonderful milestone to reach.
Dot x

Unknown said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy birthday to your hubby... GREAT day to get married... he can never forget that one... wow! Love these Journal spread... very nice and the layers of 'goodies' are super wonderful. Love it all... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Karin said...

beautiful journal spread,beautiful layering and gorgeous colors!
Have a great summer!
Groetjes Karin

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a happy, lovely post! Happy birthday ken and huge congratulations to you both!

Lucy x

hazel said...

Stunning pages, the colours are gorgeous and the photos beautiful.
xxx Hazel.

Gram's Treasures said...

Beautiful pages, Brenda, with lovely colours. Wishing you both the best today and for many years ahead.
Joyce xx

Meggymay said...

Two fantastic memory pages. Love th added brighter colours.
Happy Anniversary to you both.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs and you have certainly captured the joy on both pages. I love the gathering of elements as well as your use of colour.
Very beautiful indeed.

Terry said...

Oh Brenda this is so touching! I so love the photos of your Mum and you. What beautiful journal pages. Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully it will not rain on your party! Hugs!

Cocofolies said...

Hi Brenda, what a lovely page, both vintage and colourful... I really love the stunning contrast, it's just perfect to my eyes! Great share on PaperArtsy blog too. :)
I wish you again an Happy Anniversary, 40 is more than great wow!! :D Hugs, Coco xx

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful pages Brenda and Happy Anniversary and congratulations to both of you. ~Diane

Marjie Kemper said...

A gorgeous spread, Brenda! Love the vibrant colors with the sepia photographs. So much eye candy. Happy Anniversary to you and Ken. It was so nice seeing all your pics on FB and funny we share they day!

Words and Pictures said...

I'm so behind - but just caught this at PA... absolutely wonderful pages, Brenda. I love the bold fiery colours and brilliant use of the die-cuts. The combining of photos with the stamped images is just perfect - love, love them!
Alison xx

Sam & Poppy said...

So very lovely, all the pieces look like they belong together :) xx

Sam & Poppy said...

So very lovely, all the pieces look like they belong together :) xx