Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mixed Media Monthly March Madness!

I mean Challenge! ;-) I just couldn't resist the alliteration ha ha. Anyway, welcome to March and another fun challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly blog.

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This month we'd like to see you use a stencil and at least three different mediums in your project. Be sure to tell us which ones you use! Our sponsor this month is Marabu and they very generously sent the design team some of their products to play with. Here is what I received:

I created a journal using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Journal Die!

I love the bright colors!

I made a closure from sari silk ribbon.

I used the Marabu bird stencil again to decorate the cover to the first signature:

Now for a quick tutorial about how this all came together!

Step 1 - First I covered my die cut Journal covers with some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap:

I also covered the insides of the covers with some pages I cut out of a bird identification book.

Step 2 - I covered the Tissue Wrap with a light coat of gesso. I then sprayed the stencil with the red Art Spray (permanent when dry) and used it to make a monoprint on the front. Once that was dry, I used the Vanilla Acryl Mousse paint (it's dimensional!!) and the stencil to add the details.

Step 3 - I continued to add layers of misting and monoprinting. I also swiped on some areas of Mousse paint and then sprinkled yellow embossing over the wet paint. When it was dry, I embossed it! It adds a nice accent of color. Stamping with archival ink added more visual texture as well. This picture doesn't show it yet, but the last step was using black and white gel pens and the Art Crayon to add detail.

I also used the Art Spray to dye some white linen scalloped trim I had in my stash as well as pulling out some vintage eyelet trim to add along the bottom.

Step 4 - After gluing the covers together along the spine, I was ready to add the elastic binding. Using elastic makes it super easy to add in your signatures. All you have to do is open up the signature and slide one half under the elastic so it's running down the center fold. Easy peasy! You can also make up this Journal die to hold three signatures – I only wanted room for two in this one.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to the Challenge post and check out what the design team has been up to! Join in the challenge and you'll be in the running to win a prize pack!

I am also adding this to the March challenge over at Mini Album Makers. Check out what their design team made for it! Gorgeous work. =)

Marabu Products:
Acryl Mousse - Vanilla
Art Spray - Chilli
Art Crayon - Terra Cotta
Stencil - Bird w/ Flowers

Eileen Hull Sizzix - Journal Die (Sizzix / SSS )

Tim Holtz Mixed Media

craft floss
Ranger Embossing Powder - Buttercup
white & black gel pens
Ranger Archival Ink - Dandelion, Leaf Green
Tim Holtz Quote Chips

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)


  1. beautiful journal. I love that bird stencil

  2. This is wonderful! I love a good travelers notebook; this is a GREAT travelers notebook. The colors, the design... so much yes!!!

  3. thanks for sharing the deets on how to get the look.

  4. Cool book I have pages that I need to bind into a book this is a neat idea for the cover.

  5. Oh, I love birds, so this is right up my alley! Gorgeous album, Lisa! So much work and love went into this! Thank you for sharing your step by step! Hugs!

  6. Wow. Awesome project!! I love the red bird and the fact that it's a journal. Thanks for sharing the steps and all your supplies! :)

  7. I absolutely LOVE this journal Lisa! The cover reminds me that Spring is just around the corner, the colours are gorgeous. The inside covers are beautiful too with the beautiful book pages - all in all, a stunning journal!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers this month too! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Beautiful journal, I love the bright colours.

  9. How cute is this book and the stenciled bird! Love all the alterations you did to these pages. Thanks for sharing your talent on the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

  10. Gorgeous colours! I'm wondering if I should give in and get this Sizzix die!

  11. Fabulous Lisa - this is wonderful! Love how you have used the stencil and also the bird book to great effect! Nikki

  12. Great!! So wonderful work! Maria ;-)

  13. What a beautiful art journal book, Lisa. Love the colors, too

  14. Wow...
    This is so awesome n lovely colors. Beautiful inspiration.
    Love n Hugs,

  15. Wow, how creative and wonderful is your journal, tfs

  16. What a divine and delightful journal! I am such a fan of your work and love seeing what you did with the Marabu products (which I enjoy very much, too). Awesome!!

  17. Wow, what an amazing journal you created! The stencils and layers of papers and colour look stunning - I love it 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy Weekend! J 😊

  18. Gorgeousuly done! I love that bird stencil, it's so cute and it's great that several of you used it yet created completely different projects. Thank you for the inspiration at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge x

  19. What an amazing sponsored goodie pack! You've worked wonders with this stencil and the gorgeous layering in your design. I am drooling over the fabulous interior with that incredible bird paper! WOW! I'm so thankful you shared with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Big hugs, Autumn

  20. fantastic travel journal cover!! gorgeous colors! xo Cheetarah

  21. Love how you used the stencil. That mousse looks interesting. Hugz

  22. Hi Lisa
    This cute book is so gorgeous. I love the way it turned out, loads of my favorite color. Love the way you added each detail to make this project more delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome inspiration for the current MMM Challenge. I am so excited to play along with you.
    Have a lovely and crafty weekend, Dear.

    Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla

  23. I adore this bird journal. So summer-y. My late mother would have loved something like this as a gift. She was an avid bird watcher. Your mini made me think of her today. Thanks for sharing your work with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.


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