Never stop dreaming layout and art journal page

by Niamh Baly

Hi All,

Novembers’ theme this year is all about family, so it was time for a scrapbook page. Mum guilt kicked in when I realised I haven’t scrapped any baby photos of my second child – and she had her 2nd birthday last week!!! So here is baby Erin being cute in purple – a colour far from my comfort zone to use.

This was a pretty simple layout to put together in the end, and used up a lot of older paper products I have been hoarding away. As I didn’t have any purple patterned papers – I used a pale lilac cardstock and textured it using the home stamp using worn lilac distress ink. I then glued the lace cut paper over the top to create a patterned background to work on. I finally overplayed a large 12 x 12 clock transparency over the whole page. It worked as the printing was in shades of grey rather than blacks. I stuck the photo straight onto the transparency using double sided tap – then glued the transparency to the background using the tape as well – hidden by the photo. I don’t like using liquid glues on a gloss surface.

Finally I used the wire border to ground my photo and added the never stop dreaming chipboard to the page as well. Usually I like to colour my chipboard – but I loved the softness the browns gave to the layout. I found some lilac flowers hidden in my stash and added them to hide the end on the border and again, ground it so it wasn’t floating on the page. The last thing I did was journaled straight onto the transparency using a permanent marker. Now Erin has at least one baby layout in her scrapbook!

While I was looking through all my bits and pieces to make this layout, I stumbled upon the vogue girl stencil which had fallen down the back of a pile.






I grabbed it out and knew I wanted to create an art journal page using the fab image. The background was created doing lots of abstract mark making using left over paints and then I stencilled the image in a light coloured paint first. I then painted in the figure using a pale pink paint, and restenciled over the top using a black. This helped me block out the busy background and gave me an area where I could shade in the figure using colour pencils. This was a fun page to make and could be adapted to be using on cards, scrapbook layouts and more.



Here is a link to the process video of the art journal page:

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Happy Creating,



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