Hi everyone, Laurel here. I had a lot of fun shooting these photos of my daughter and granddaughter (who was 7 weeks old at the time). The weather was perfect and the baby had a full tummy so she was quite content! I love how the baby’s jacket and my daughter’s headband coordinate and they work so well in a fall photo shoot!
Of course I had to use the Jubilee Sherbet collection as it has the perfect pop of purple. I also wanted a shabby feel so I used one of the Necessities Woodgrain papers as a background and it worked well.
This layout went together fairly quickly and easily, the hardest part was choosing the photos! I had so many great ones it was hard to narrow it down!
This is Karen, back with another Mixed Media project. This month's project was inspired by Carissa Paige's Life Book lesson about home.
I grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and all of my family is still back there, and I consider it my home. But I moved to the United States when I was 17 and have now been here over 23 years. My husband is American and I have two boys. So I consider the US my home as well. Sometimes, neither feels like home. Sometimes, both feel like home. Most of the time, it's confusing.
So I decided to make a project about how I need to remember that home is not necessarily a place.
I grabbed a bunch of my Mixed Bags from both Jubilee and Just Sayin' and emptied them on my table. I took a photo of me and my sister from when I was a kid and one with my husband and boys now. I honestly didn't know what I was going to do but I told myself not to overthink it and just start picking things that spoke to me and glue them down.
There was no rhyme or reason to my process. I just went on until I thought I had enough. This is where I stopped.
I didn't worry too much about the colors because I already knew I was going to paint all over the page. I still had no plan at this point except that I knew I was going to draw an earth. So I went to Google and wrote "globe" and pulled up image results.
I looked at the one with the yellow in it and drew outline of the shapes as best I could. I didn't over-worry. I wanted the idea to be clear but it didn't have to be geographically accurate. I drew right in the middle of my page with my Stabilo All pencil.
I then painted the oceans blue and while it was drying, I painted the outside of the globe with orange and yellows.
I feel the need to note that I still didn't really have a plan for how this was all going to come together and I wasn't crazy about what I was seeing so far. But I kept going because I knew it always works out in the end. I added in the green and brown to my earth. I put one more layer of yellows on the outside and I knew I was going to eventually journal all over this page so I added some white with a palette knife. Then I wrote out my title. I ended up with this:
Title says: Home is where the people you love are.
Here's the left side:
and the right side:
Had I thought this through some more, I would have put my sister and I on the right page and my boys on the left one since that's where the US is. And I probably would not have drawn the globe right through my son's face. But, alas, I didn't plan this page, I just went with it.
What I love is that the collage pieces are sticking out here and there and definitely giving a feeling to the page. And also adding a lot of texture:
even subtle ones:
So there we are. It all came together in the end. And it's a great reminder that, when confused, home is where people I love are and my home is all over the world as the people I love are spread throughout the world.
Welcome My Mind’s Eye fans! This is Tonya here with you today. Thanksgiving is a week away for those of us in the US and I have so many things to be thankful for. One of those things is the bond between my two middle children. These boys are so close and even thought they are three years apart they spend so much time together and get along so well. I pulled out a lot of pieces from the Jubilee-Tangerine collection and went to work creating a layout that complimented this photo of them.
Hey there, everyone! Lea here today with some decorated gift bags just in time for Thanksgiving. Whether you want to create little treat bags for your guests, or want to bring a thank you gift to your host....these bags are beautiful & easy to create, and are perfect for tucking a little something nice into them.
Supplies: Necessities - Wood 6x6 paper pad, Metallics 12x12 vellum (stripes, confetti, triangle), Metallics decorative tape; Jubilee - "Tangerine" 6x6 paper pad, "Mint Julep" 6x6 paper pad; Other - glassine bags, ribbon, sentiment stamp, brown ink, clothespin, steel dies.
I've combined some metallics & woodgrain from the Necessities collection with papers from Jubilee "Tangerine" & "Mint Julep" to give me that Thanksgiving feel I was going for. Aqua blue has become a staple Thanksgiving color for me...I think it pairs perfectly with the traditional reds, oranges & yellows of the season!!
To create the tags I diecut some of my favorite steel die tags that I have in my tool stash, but you can also use your Silhouette electronic cutter if you have one. After stamping the sentiment to the smaller tags, I layered them together, then added the ribbon hanger & bow. After that I diecut the leaves from the gold printed vellum in the Necessities line (you could also use your electronic cutter for these as well). I stitched down the middle of each one, then layered them together to the top of each tag. After that I accented each tag with decorative brads.
To give the clothespins a little extra something, I covered them in gold dotted washi tape. After clipping the tags to the front of the glassine bags with the clothespins, I felt like they were still a little plain. So, I cut a couple blocks of woodgrain paper, & tucked them underneath the tags. That definitely looked better to me, so I put a little bit of adhesive to the paper to make it stay in place!
I kept the tag removable, so the recipient can take it off the little bag, and put it somewhere in their house decoration if they so choose! I never expect it, but so often when I give a handmade gift or card...I will find it somewhere in the house of the person I gave it to!! That always makes me smile a bit.
I kept the bags empty in order to photograph easier, but there are so many little gift ideas that you could put into them. You could bake some nice sized cookies, wrap them in some cellophane & tuck them into the bag. You could create a flat notecard set with envelopes, or pick up a pretty notepad & matching pen. You could even slip a nice 4x6 frame into the bag (with a photo in it, of course). The possibilities are endless...as long as they are fairly flat.
I hope that you enjoyed my Thanksgiving glassine bags today! And I hope that you think to break out your MME goodies when creating for this holiday season!