Summer Sunsets// The Ink Road

Hello crafty friends! I have a colorful summer themed layout today for The Ink Road DT.  I am playing with the Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection available on the website for purchase.  I am scrapping a few photos taken during a sunset in Sarasota during my sisters visit from NY.  My sister, my mom and me are in one and my sister's fiancé and my fiancé are in the other picture.  

I was thinking of a way to showcase all the pretty patterned papers featured in this collection and this basket weave came to mind.   I did this technique once a long time ago and wanted to recreate it with this collection.  Having the weaving element go in a diagonal was a way to change it up.  So I started by cutting up multiple stripes of paper in different width from many papers in the collection.  I then began to arrange them in a weaving pattern.  
I began by adhering the centers of the horizontal row leaving the ends loose.  It made the process of interlocking the rest at each end easier.  When I was happy with the weave I applied Scotch quick dry glue with a Finalizer to secure its position.  
Most Simple Stories Collection kits come with two 12x12 stickers sheets, one with an array of stickers and the other with alphas.  I used a combination for my title and little added extras around the photos.  Since the interlocking papers were the main element for this layout, I did not want to add too many embellishments.  I added a little bit of journalling to finish off the layout.  
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I have provided my process video below for your viewing pleasure.

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Best Day Ever// The Ink Road

Today's layout is for The Ink Road.  I have all these wonderful pictures from my Abuelita's 86th birthday party from last weekend.  I just love family gatherings.  I also have been loving printing my photos in black and white so that I do not have any restrictions on what I do with my layout because it will not compete.  I started this layout by cutting out the florals in the Floral Tapestry paper from the Jen Hadfield Cottage Living collection.  I even cut out the tiny yellow flowers from the paper as well.  The colors for this layout are the corals, mints, a pop of yellow and gray.  

I was going to use a gray patterned paper from the same collection but I wanted the gray to be more subtle, so I used the Let's Party patterned paper from the Fine and Dandy Collection by Dear Lizzy.

Rounded Trellis was used in a horizontal formation with Dotted Blossoms for the second layering piece. I matted my photo with the coral one again.  

My title is a wood veneer from the Hello Love collection and I first primed it with gesso to give it a base coat because I knew I wanted to also paint it coral.  I first tried Distress stain in Abandoned Coral, but it dried too light.  I then applied the same color as Ink and this time I loved the color pay off.   To tie in the floral paper again in the layout I cut two thin strips and adhered them to the top and bottom of the layout to ground it.  

No layout for me is complete without some mixed media.  So I gessoed the edges of the coral and mint paper and blurred out the edges.  I went in with the "packaging" technique and did a light wash of Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio Distress Strays to add a messy look to the layout.  I did not go that crazy with the mixed media but added enough for the effect of it.  The final result is lovely.  I shared my layout with my family and everyone loved it.  
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Captured// The Ink Road

Hello friends! I have a layout for The Ink Road today.  I am loving the new Maggie Holmes Bloom collection available on the website.  The Bloom collection is just beautiful with its florals and pastel color palette.  I am scrapping a cute photo of my two doxies Kobe and Zoe looking in exact opposite directions of each other.  They are hilarious when I want to snap a photo.  They look every where but mommy!
I started out with the white patterned paper with the black swans on it called Adore.  I applied white gesso and used my Lindy Stamp Gang mist in Raspberry Lemonade with the packaging technique.   I then used the cut apart sheet in the collection called Sweet Rose and used Dina Wakley gel medium to collage all the ephemera to the horizontal center of the page.  
A heart stencil was then used with heavy gloss gel and I sprinkled light pink iridescent glitter over top of it to achieve a really lovely effect.  I did let that dry for some time before I continued on.  The stack of multi colored dollies are from my stash, the mint and pink ribbon and the pink glitter "cutie" sticker from Heidi Swapp.  
I then completed the layout with stickers from the 6x12 sheet from the MH Shine collection also with the phrase thickers for my title.  I still have a few chipboard pieces from the Hello Love collection.  I finished it off with some black ink splatters and light journalling.  If you want to make a purchase of any of these supplies use code 'Evi10' at checkout.  Here is my process video for your viewing pleasure.  

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