Moving past mistakes in your scrapbooking By Michelle Hernandez

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We’ve all been there- the moment when you take technique experimentation one step too far .

Such as: (No this was NOT intended. I don’t like the charred ash look.)

The story behind that very interesting texture is simple, I didn't pay attention to what I was using. Oil based spray gesso went on first. While it was still wet (because I can't wait 1 hot minute) I applied acrylic spray paint and got a drippy messy effect I thought was gory but cool looking.

The story behind the texture is simple, I didn’t pay attention to what I was using. Oil based spray gesso went on first. While it was still wet (because I can’t wait 1 hot minute) I applied acrylic spray paint and got a drippy messy effect I thought was gory but cool looking. Then this: “What if I added clear embossing powder for extra shine?”

Oil based gesso doesn’t like heat.

It started to bubble up the second I pointed the heat gun at it.

It looked like the skyline was on fire.  ACK!

I added another layer of gesso and some black chalk ink and called it a day.

This page came together really quick- in about 35 minutes. I just used what was left over from another project and a piece of paper I had been "saving" for some reason or another.

This page came together in about 35 minutes. I wondered if I should add more detail then decided I really liked it as is. The last item I added was the photo. I chose one I thought would fit the frame and when it turned out bigger I decided to make the discrepancy obvious.

I used the following designs on this page:

Hash corners model #2013079

Around The City wordlet model #2013091 (altered)

City Life frame model #2013095 (altered)

The next projects started at this size:

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Several problems with this page which was intended for the blog hop.
1. Sombre color and haphazard mist placement. I love the Pebbles ledger kraft print and the Tim Holtz subway poster stamp I embossed with clear powder. My problem came when I chose my usual red layer and the black mist circles. They distract from the main composition.

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2. The tags look great with the twine but they take up so much visual space they make the page unbalanced as there is no corresponding visual equivalent in a smaller quantity at the bottom right hand corner.

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3.”Right Now” title is disappearing into the woodgrain backgrounds. I used a small amount of spray paint to lighten the background just a bit in order to get the title to pop more.

My solution was to cut the page down so I minimized the unbalance in the design. This is faster than remaking the page.
I certainly wasn’t about to rip it up (my usual solution to pages I dislike)- too many “favorite” items floating around on this.
The final version. I actually found out something really cool when making those mist circles- you can get different effects by altering the spray caps. I have a cap that makes circles, a cap that only sprays fine droplets and a cap that sprays "o"s. I wish mist product makers would sell the caps already altered- these effects were made when I either boiled the cap to clean out a clog or by clogged paint- not exactly predictable.

Final version looks a little crowded but has a more cohesive design. I found out something really cool when making the mist circles- you can get different effects by altering the spray caps. I have a cap that only sprays fine droplets and a cap that sprays wide “o”s. I wish mist product makers would sell the caps already altered- these effects were made when I either boiled the cap to clean out a clog or by clogged paint- not exactly predictable.

I used the following Scrap FX items on this page:
Lace Tag set model #2012040 c
Tags, mixed cream model #2012042 c
Zipper Pulls model #2012302
Itty Bitty Bets “Groovy” model #2005104
So the take away is this- mistakes are only failures if you let them.
If you take the project one step further you might find you like the end result.
At the very least you’ll have a new way to finish your Scrap FX chipboard.
Happy crafting!
Michelle

6 Responses to “Moving past mistakes in your scrapbooking By Michelle Hernandez”

  1. Awesome love your layouts..xx

  2. Oh I wish I made your mistakes LOL! That Charred effect looks awesome Michelle and I love your “mistake” philosophy, just have to convince myself sometimes and leave it the heck alone!!!!!

  3. Yes, yes! Mistakes are the only way we learn and grow – in my world I call it play though – not mistakes. 😉 I love the way the city frame came out – I say burn baby burn ha! Its funny because the first thing I did to that piece was rip it apart as well – great minds but different outcomes. Really cool. I then sat there with it all set to go and took forever to create the page around it, LOL. I need to embrace your 35 minutes!!! I really like your cut down version of the 2nd page and seriously don’t think it looks cramped but hey that is me and I rather enjoy full pages more than your average scrapper. The stamping in the background is WAY cool, love all the tucked tags and zippers. And of course the picture of YOU! Terrific work and message!

  4. love it…. I always say there is no such thing as mistakes only creative licence….

  5. I disagree with all your points, it was wonderful from the beginning!

  6. Ava Gavloski says:

    one of my scrapbook teachers taught me to embellish your mistakes, well done!!! smile