Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Be A Peacock Art Journal Layout | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz fans!

Nicole here and today I'm breaking the barrier and stepping outside of my comfort zone for an art journal layout! I was inspired by a piece of paper from Maggie Holmes for this project! Here's a look at my final entry:

I began by creating my background with Coloringz Peachy Keen, Spritz Sapphire, Vibez Snow Way Man and Inklingz colors Green Goddess, Blue Lagoon and Greener Pastures. I really had no pattern or method as to how I applied the colors. I just put color on my page and sometimes that's what it takes for my ideas to flow!

The peacock was taken from a 6x6 paper pad and I really had to fussy cut him out. I used his surroundings on the same paper to create a small scene on the left.  On the right of the page, I used bits and pieces of ephemera, a tag and gold leaves to create a cluster. With the left side of my page appearing heavy, I wanted the right to feel similar. To finish my layout, I used alpha stickers and a gold glitter pen to create my title. Here are some close ups of the finished project:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope you got inspired!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Create Your Own Sunshine Art Journal Entry | Shimmerz Paints

Happy Thursday Shimmerz fans!

Nicole here and today I have a fun art journal layout to share!
Here's a quick look at the final page:

If you have not had a chance to check out the pre-orders for the new stamp sets, it is a MUST! This page features one of those sets! How stinkin' cute is the doggie?!?!
I began with a completely blank page and did not do any page prep. I stamped the adorable girl with the dog with Archival black ink and just began to paint.  I chose a hand full of Shimmerz Creameez and Inklingz and built my scene.  I started with the ground then carried the color to the sky.  I painted the stamped image last and once she was completely dry, I added in accents with a white gel pen.
Here are some close ups:

The colors that I used on this are:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dream Big Art Journal Layout & Exciting Announcement! | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz Fanz!
Nicole here and today I have a bright and cheerful art journal layout to share with you!
I don't know about you, but I'm over the snow, done with winter and seriously, I thought it was suppose to be Spring!? As we shovel ourselves out of the 6" of snow, I look at this layout and think, ahh...sunshine, birds and flowers are on the horizon.  It's all uphill from here, right?! Hahaha! Anywho, here is a quick look at my final layout:

I began with a bottle of masking fluid and an old paint brush.  I randomly painted on circles and lines with the masking fluid.  (The masking fluid will ruin your brush, so don't use a good one!) What this does is create a barrier so the surface underneath is protected from other mediums. Once it was dry, I began painting random areas of Spritz in Sapphire, Coloringz in Don't Citron Me and Vibez Sunset Strip. (I mixed the Sapphire and Sunset Strip to get the deeper tone of green, then highlighted that color with the Don't Citron Me color.)  I added several layers of color to some of the circles, drying in between layers. Below you can see the masking fluid still on my page during the drying process:

Once all of the layers of color where completely dry (very important so the colors do not bleed), I then began rubbing my finger over the masking fluid.  This is the fun part! It's almost like rubbing rubber cement off paper! Doing this removes the masking fluid, leaving the background exposed to shine thru your project!  Once all of the dried masking fluid was removed, all that was left was to embellish, doodle and add my title!  Here are the final close ups of my layout:

Here are the links to the products I used today:

  Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope I have inspired you to be colorful and creative!


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Luck Day Layout | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I have a super fun and "green" layout for you!
Who is ready for St. Patty's Day and more green in their lives?! I know I am definitely ready for spring!  This week, I couldn't help but focus on the 'holiday' approaching this weekend and pull out a kit that I've been hoarding for quite some time...and of course matching Shimmerz Inklingz (because those are my fav!)!  Here's a quick look at my final layout:

These papers had several shades of greens and one blue...which for me was difficult to start with. I'm usually not inspired by the color green enough to make it a focus on a layout. When I spotted the shamrock paper with the blue background, I wanted that as a top layer to break the green up a bit. On my bottom layer, I added my Shimmerz to pull out the brighter green tones and compliment the blue. Also in this kit was the "Lucky Day" letters, rainbows and a couple shamrocks. I fussy cut those out to add more variation and introduce other colors. This layout came together fairly quickly and definitely needed the solid colored areas that the Shimmerz added. Here are a few close ups of my layout:

The colors that I used in today's project are:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope you have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rare & Treasured 12x12 Layout | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz Fans!
Nicole here and today I have a fun 12x12 layout to share with you!

My inspiration for this weeks layout was from a photo of my husband that I have been really wanting to do a layout with, but I could never seem to find the right papers or products to use. This photo had a different shade of purple and it was hard to find something that worked. I was determined to get this layout documented, so I turned to my Shimmerz and I should have Shimmerz never fail me! I love how this turned out and it's the perfect shades of purple! Here's a close up of my final layout:

I began by taking a sheet of plain white card stock and adding a layer of white gesso to it. Once it was dry, I just added layer on top of layer of Spritz Walkin' A Titght Heliotrope, Creameez Sky's The Limit and Inklingz Precious Posey.  The three of these made the most beautiful tone on tone paper!

Once all of these beautiful purple layers were dry, I turned the page over and began drawing hearts on the back.  I kept them close to being all the same size, however I did make a couple smaller ones that I used to fill in a couple gaps.  Once I had them all drawn, I cut them out and began to arrange them on my layout in a pattern that visually appeared as though they were "falling" on my page. I did add more of the Spritz Walkin' A tight Heliotrop behind the hearts using my brush and splatters to help bring out more of the darker color in my photo. Once dry, I took just the smallest amount of tape runner adhesive and stuck them down, then took this page to my sewing machine and ran a straight stitch down the middle of each heart.

 Once my hearts were in place, I layered my photo, added in some word phrase stickers and small embellishments from my stash and added some purple labels for my journaling and that was it!  Here are some close ups of my final page:

 Thank you so much for joining me today!
I hope you got inspired!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Let's Stay Home - Travelers Notebook Layout

Hello lovelies!

The past few days I've been really wanting to fussy cut...not sure why, but sometimes I just get into the mood to cut pretty things! I've had a couple sheets of paper and some of the ephemera on my desk from Pink Paislee and honestly, who can resist those flowers?! I definitely couldn't! So I took some time and fussy cut a couple larger flowers from a 12x12 sheet of paper and began to layer them around a large circle ephemera piece. I let the flowers take over the page and be the focus of the right page because the colors are just so pretty! On the left page, I used a piece of light wood grain paper as my background. (I think it's a Crate Paper piece, but I'm not came from my scrap bin.) I used  a 3x4 Project life card as a layer for my photo and to add my journaling too. Because it was white, it not only helped my journaling show a bit more, but it helped tie in the colors across the pages. I used another floral ephemera from the same Pink Paislee collection for the top and bottom of the card. I needed a couple other smaller embellishments to finish it off, so I added a few more ephemera from my stash, enamel dots, clear gold phrase stickers and the cutest white hearts from Elles Studio. Here are a couple close ups of my layout:

Thanks so much for joining me today! 
Have a beautiful week!