Mixed Media Background Tutorial by Pam

I wonder how many of you have chosen ONE LITTLE WORD for 2014?  For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about One Little Word is a concept made popular in the scrapbooking world by Ali Edwards. The idea is to choose a word to live by which will make your life more rewarding. I’ve chosen ‘Connect’ as my word. I think sometimes I need to make more of an effort to connect with my family and friends, to connect with by body by eating better,  to connect with nature by getting out and walking more and to connect with myself through reflection and creativity.

As a little reminder of my word, I made this layout using the Paradiso collection from Kaisercraft. This is one of my all time favourite Kaisercraft collections. I love the colours, I love the retro feel, and I love the textures too. I thought I would enjoy getting a bit messy with this layout, and wanted to share with you how I created the background for this page.


1. Cut random strips of patterned paper from the collection and adhere to the background page. I wanted two distinct parts to the page as I knew I wanted to ‘connect’ them, so I lay my strips out as shown:


2. Using an old plastic card, or a spatula scrape gesso over the strips of paper. Allow to dry.

3. Lightly spray with water, then mists. Hold the paper vertically to allow the mists to run down the page in drips. Merly Impressions stocks Perfect Pearls Mists, and  Dylusions Spray Inks. See how you get some fine spray as well as those lovely runs of ink? Allow to dry.


4. Randomly stamp a background texture stamp over the page. I used the Kaisercraft Hessian clear stamp with Stazon Ink. Don’t be too fussy – you are after a random grungy look so ink up your stamp roughly and just dab it around the page.


5. Build up interest by adding more stamps, again randomly without undue care. Unfortunately the stamps I used are now retired, but I think the Decorative Tape Pieces Clear stamps would work fantastically well instead!


So, that’s it. After that it’s just a matter of layering up some more of those fabulous papers, Paradiso Collectables die cuts, lace trim and a title!!


I hope I have inspired you to create your own mixed media background paper.


Background Inspiration

Hello everybody! Today I want to show you an easy way to create an effective background on your layout. This layout is about my love for fabric. Going to a fabric shop is like going to a candy store! I love the different colors and patterns – actually it is same kind of affection that I have for patterned papers!

I have used a single photo on this layout and I chose the colors of the background matching the colors of the picture.

Fabric Love 01

This is how I started. Actually, this is how I almost always start my layouts. I have my photo and I go and find the background paper. Sometimes a blank card but more often a patterned paper. This time I used a lovely subtle lace patterned paper from the beautiful True Romance Collection. I also grabbed a few washi tapes.

Fabric Love tutorial 01a

I decided where on the layout I wanted the picture to be and on that spot I created a kind of grid using the tapes. You can find some Washi Tapes here and here.

Fabric Love tutorial 02On top of the tapes and also around them I stamped with a Script Stamp.

Fabric Love tutorial 03The next step was to create some fun ink running effects. I held the paper upright when spraying with ink sprays, one color at a time. If the spray ink didn’t run enough I gave it a little boost with a squirt of water and it started to run better. I used a heat gun to dry the ink always before applying a new color.

Fabric Love tutorial 04In the bottom corner I created a little cluster of pretty elements using the Collectables from True Romance Collection and some twine.

Fabric Love tutorial 05On top of the washi tapes and the ink spraying I attached the photo along with some pretty bits from the True Romance Collectables and the title.

Fabric Love tutorial 06

Little ink drops always give a nice finishing touch!

Fabric Love tutorial 07And finally I added the journaling using a permanent pen. With such pen I don’t have to worry about paint drops, glossy tape etc where it might be difficult to make the ink from the pen stick.

Fabric Love tutorial 08I hope I inspired you to try some of these techniques on your projects!