Tuesday, March 15, 2016

2016 Photo Journal {February}

It wasn't until closer to the end of February that I worked in my mini album. I'm enjoying having a place to put my mixed media projects, but still haven't been writing as much as I thought I would. Actually, I haven't been writing at all, and so went in search of journaling prompts to use in the future.

For the mixed media page I created, I had happened to stumble across a quote from Stephen Hawking and had to put it to use. I began my background with watercolors and absolutely no idea or direction in mind as I began to paint. I started with the lines, then added rectangles, and then the dots. I filled in the entire background in one way or another and while I wasn't completely happy with it, I kept going. Old me would have started over, but I allowed the page develop on its own.

Once all my paint was dry, I used a stencil and texture paste to add the gold dots. Then I stamped the quote and gave it one last look. I'm still not crazy about the dark pink lines, but I feel like they convey a force that goes along with the quote. That inside the mind can be a loud and hectic place for us introverts.

For my self-portrait pages, I was inspired by a recent course I saw that Kelly Purkey is offering about using stamps to create patterns for 3x4 cards. While I didn't sign up for it, it got me thinking about more ways to put my stamps to use.

Using large triangle stamps, I started with a couple on each page, but then decided I needed to add more. I had two triangles of paper cut from earlier that I hadn't used so I layered those with a couple of embellishments and thread to add texture to my page. Then I adhered my selfies and sprinkled a little gold mist.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can photograph some layouts that I've recently made to share here. Hope your week has gotten off to a good start! :)

Title Page Supplies:
outline alphabet stamp, die cut label - Studio Calico
die cut notebook paper - To-Do List - Clearly Kelly for Hero Arts
patterned paper - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
ink - Soft Granite - Hero Arts
Dylusions black spray

Mixed Media Page Supplies:
alphabet stamps - (large) Williamsburg and Greenbriar - Kelly Purkey, (small typewriter) American Crafts
ink - Wet Cement - Hero Arts, Golden Glitz - Tsukineko
texture paste - Gold Metallic - Heidi Swapp
stencil - Zippy Dots - Memory Box

Selfies Page Supplies:
stamps - Studio Calico
ink - Soft Granite - Hero Arts, Glass Slipper - Studio Calico
patterned paper and black stickers - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
purple sticky note - Clearly Kelly - Hero Arts
mist - Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Tiny Attacher, white sewing thread


  1. I just love the clean look to all of your layouts and projects.
    I like the pink for some bright colour..like you said, perfect with that quote.

  2. You are so talented Elise!
    I love your work with color, shapes and stamps!
    It is also nice to get to know you a little bit better ;)

  3. I love both the mixed media page and the self portrait page! You make it sound so simple but they are both very creative in different ways!

  4. Looking jolly good - didn't know that quote, but it's a beauty! And your ideas with stamps.....must remember. I think we all go through 'seasons' of using our scrap goodies. So it must be Winter for my stamps atm.....as they've been in hibernation tooooo long! Thanks for inspiring me to GET THEM OUT!!!

  5. I like the quote page! Glad you let it evolve 😀

  6. I am glad you kept going Elise because the page is wonderful. Sometimes we are our own worst critics and while we may not like something it's amazing that so many others do.

    Glad you are finding ways to use your stamps and hoping the weather is cooperating with you!

  7. Such an awesome project. I love your mixed media, and that you're inspired to work with your stamps in new ways, awesome. Michelle t

  8. Beautiful pages, Elise! Personally I love the dark pink on the quote page. :)

  9. Gorgeous pages!!!! I love the dark pink lines too, I think they look great on you page. I love the quote too, it is so true! You are so beautiful!!! Your self portrait page is wonderful. ;-)

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