Project life/Pocket page inserts by Louise Nelson

Hello :)
For today’s blog post I would love to share with you 2 project life spreads that I have created, the first I have kept simple and the second I have added a little paint with some hand painted elements.






Materials list:
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Attic
7 Dots Studio – Cold Country – Die-cut elements 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Die-cut elements 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Lost & Found – Word stickers 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Yuletide – Word stickers 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Word stickers 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Cold Country – As it was Before
7 Dots Studio – Illumination – Die-cut elements 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Soulmates – Die-cut elements 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Destination Unknown – Word stickers 6×12

Two layouts with teal background by Riikka Kovasin

Hi there! It’s Riikka here today! I’m sharing two layouts this time. They both have teal colored background and the composition is quite similar in each one as well, but because of the different accent colors and style of the embellishments, the finished pages are different after all!

The first page is about my younger daughter and something she just got – a skateboard. She’s been talking about it quite a while and during the summer we finally bought her one. As she’s only five, we naturally got also a helmet and the whole protective gear. Funny enough she learned how to stay on the board and get forward the first time she tried! Now we’ve been practicing almost every day.

Both pages have somewhat similar layers – this layout I started with gesso and then added watercolor, mist and ink on top. There’s also some stamping and doodling there.

This page I made using green, teal and a touch of white. The other page on the other hand has pink and orange with the pale teal and white. I tried to make the other page a bit more boyish and rough and kept the other one sweet and girly.

The other page is about my older daughter and the time she lost her first tooth. She had been waiting for that day so long and was very happy when the first one started to be loose.

Even though I used a stencil in the first page as well, the stenciled pattern is much more visible in this page. For the first page I used just mist to add some pattern to the background, but with this page I mixed acrylic paint together with Modeling Paste and created a flower pattern. Like in the first page, there’s also stamping and doodling in the background.

One more thing the pages have in common is that there’s just the 12×12 sheet of patterned paper in both – the layers are done using tags, stickers and diecuts! Well, there’s a small envelope and some doilies in the pages as well, but the only piece of patterned paper is the background in each!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Xoxo Riikka

Materials:
Fortune-teller – Soul
Soulmates – Daydreamers
Fortune-teller – Tags 12×12
Homegrown – Tags 12×12
Lost and Found – Tags 12×12
Soulmates – Tags 12×12
Homegrown – Clear Stamps
Homegrown – Flower Stencil
Fortune-teller – Die Cut Elements 6×12
Verano Azul – Die Cut Elements 6×12
Destination Unknown – Die Cut Elements 6×12
Homegrown – Element Stickers 6×12
Lost and Found – Element Stickers 6×12
Verano Azul – Element Stickers 6×12
Soulmates – Element Stickers 6×12
Hopefully – Stickers 6×12
Thoughts Keeper – Word Stickers 6×12
Um Wow Studio – Fortune-teller – Wheelie Mask
Um Wow Studio – Homegrown – Oh So Happy Flairs
Um Wow Studio – Homegrown – 3 for 25 Flairs

August challenge – Metallic colors or texture

Some people love gold – it is like a magnet for many. But some people prefer silver. And some don’t like metallic colors at all :) This month we would like to challenge you, so you use metallic color or texture in your project.

 

 Here is the inspiration from our team:

All girls love to shine, love glow and compliments :) I made a card for my best friend who loves gold :)

 

 

Metallic really is a great topic for a challenge. The possibilities of interpretation is endless, I mean – metallic can be so much, and used in so many different way. I wanted to make a really shiny but yet classy project. I came up with the idea of stamping on a tag with a script stamp from the Soulmates Collection. By using Flitter Glue & Mega Flakes I got a cool metallic effect. I used the same technique when stamping the feathers from the Fortune Teller stamp set. Then I layered paper scraps and die cuts from Fortune Teller togheter with a piece of old lace and flowers. A word sticker tie everything together. I´m really happy with the result. I think the tag both looks cool, romantic and shiny.

 

 

I just knew I had to use the metallic paints in this challenge piece but the hard part was to decide what kind of project I was to make! After some pondering I decided to do a layout using the metal colors in the background and mixed in some rust effect as well. The idea was to capture “time flies” – how my two daughters grow up so, so fast! It seems that it was yesterday when they were babies and now they are starting school and pre-school. Tempus fugit – carpe diem!

 

 


What an amazing challenge, good opportunity to use my paints from Finnabair. I used also some embossing folders to add metallic textures. Usually, I don’t use more than two or three colors, but this time, I just played with them and I don’t hate that :)  I also used the feather stamp from Fortune-Teller collection and I put them with flowers and others embellishments. I loved to create a project for that challenge…

 

 

 

 

Metallic colors are my favorite…I love everything shiny, shimmering and that’s why I have so many gorgeous shimmering paints and inks. It was not hard at all to use the elements from this theme in my project!
I used gold as my metallic color and the circle shaped metal trinket behind my butterfly, has lots of texture, created with glas glitter, glass beads and rhinestones.
The frame has also texture, because I painted it with golden and graphite acrylic paint, used some tissue paper, painted it again, and when this all was dry, I covered the whole frame with lace.

About my project: I wanted to create something different with the papers from 7 Dots Studio, than a layout, or card or tag.
I die cutted a doily out of a paper from the Homegrown collection ( paper 12 x 12 ‘Dreamy’). The doily is glued down on the back of the frame (in the middle) and it has a see-through effect this way.
I stamped my butterflies on paper from Homegrown 6 x 6 paper pad. I used embossing powder on my darker butterfly, and my golden butterfly is stamped with acrylic paint.

Because I felt my angelic butterfly had turned out very mysterious, I was searching for a title that really fitted my project.
I found the title on a word sticker from the Lost and Found collection…. Just a whisper….Mysterious and magical…like my shimmering butterfly. She whispers soft when she flies nearby….

Love, Sanderijn

 

 

In this creation I played with texture and splashes. I love it. I like the mix of metal and grunge. The Homegrown Collection matches such style perfectly.
The Prima – Art Alchemy – Metallique of Finnabair are great for achieving the metal effect.

Enjoy my video:)

 

 

I made a tag using a lot of metallic things – a gold foil, an embossing powder, a metal plate. I used elements from Destination Unknown and Yuletide.

 

 

Making these tags I had big fun with creating texture.

I used a lot of media, beautiful UmWowStudio stencils and chipboard, papers and words stickers from 7 Dots Studio.

In one of the most unpleasant days in my creative way I wanted to do work that would reflect my emotions. Naturally, the first thought was to make a layout in grunge style, enclose there the emotion of denial. But while I was looking for an idea to work, my thoughts have changed imperceptibly for me, and took the direction of “I’m beautiful” instead of “I suffer” Sun kissed me at birth, I am bright, I love myself as I am, I’m beautiful. And you know, after this work unpleasant emotions just vanished. Still, creativity heals.
In the work I used copper wire, paste texture gold color. And I covered chipboard with gold powder for embossing.

 

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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – Metallic Colours or Textures
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include in your blog post our “inspirational circle” (you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till September 2016, 19th midnight CET
We announce winners by the end of the September. One lucky person will win one Collection Kit and one 6×6 pad!