Mixing it Up...

7.25.2008

a bit for this week's challenge over at 4SS. The idea was to create a layout using products from 5 different manufacturer's on the same page. I love mixing my stuff anyways and this was a fun way to get motivated to do so. My product listing is as follows: Basic Grey - pp, Collage Press - pp, Cosmo Cricket - letters, Making Memories - paint and small notebook paper, 7gypsies - small cardstock sticker (tag).

To create the base for this layout I did some painting with a dry brush on my 12 x 12 sheet to wash out a bit of the crazy pattern a bit before placing my papers and other elements down.

I also let some of my drips run by holding my paper verticly for a bit (until paint was dry). I then just added my layers of papers and did some random stitching with my sewing machine. The narrow strip of patterned paper over my journaling is actually a flap that can lift up so that the reader can than read my journaling in it's entirety.

The photo challenge this week was to capture something that's from your hometown. I'm still thinking about what it is that I'll be doing for this one. I have a couple of ideas but haven't settled on anything just yet. Will share when I do though, assuming that I'll get the chance to get out and get some shots within the next couple of days.

This summer has been flying by ridiculously fast it seems. There has been a part of me that has been itching to get back to something that was more creatively me again. If that makes any sense.
Last year's Mini Art Journal challenges with Emily were so inspiring and really made me take the time to spend on creating something that was just mine, I think that this series of prompts may just be the thing that I have been itching to get back to. I've been toying with the idea of starting my own series of prompts as well...we'll see if that actually comes to fruitation though. Sometimes a creative nudge is all that you need to get back to where you need (or want) to be.

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Nat said...

This is amazing- I love this so very much!

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

Wow! Absolutely love this page. Your entire blog is so inspiring. I hope you don't mind if I link your blog on mine . . .

KJ-Starre said...

Hey Jen...how have you guys been?

I love your L.O it is creative & interesting & the paint is a great touch. I also LOVE adding stitching to my L.O's...adds great dimension.

If you get a chance this week...you must try & play along with the L.O challenge. I think your scrapping style would be really inspirational for the other scrappers.
Hope you have a great weekend.
~Kim!

Barbara said...

Oh Jen! This is my Favorite layout I seen you do!!! All the little elements are awsome! And wonderful photo of you too!
Makes me want to go and create myself!

DebW said...

Awesome!!Great stuff Jen!

Marfa said...

What a rockin' layout! I love all the patterns and that self portrait with camera...I have one that my littlest daughter loves, guess that's b/c she sees me behind a lens so often.

Susan Beth said...

Paying you a first ever visit. Love your page and the fact that you gave such good and specific directions about making it! Thanks! I'll be back.

scrapperjen said...

This is awesome! I love it!

:: gingerkitty :: said...

LOVE this thanks for sharing

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denine zielinski said...

Love how you did your title. You are very creative!

Anonymous said...

Jenny - you and zo look so wonderful in these pictures...i don't think we have seen eachother in over two years...can that even be right...i don't know...but you look great and your art work is wonderful as usual. zo starting pre-school or 4k this year? i wish i had time to try out some of these things you mention on your site...just too busy with three boys. i can barely keep them clean and the house clean.

love you
anna

milkcan said...

Wow Jen! This is just unbelievably GORGEOUS!

girlonthewing said...

You did a fabulous job - this is amazing!

~Amie~ said...

just fabulous!! love the paint and layering!

Lisa DIckinson said...

super cool jen! love all the layers!

Lisa said...

What a great page. So colorful and unique.

I thought your earlier post was fun too. My kids loved that movie Wall-e.

Always nice to pop in to see what creative stuff you're up to.