Rainbow Mixed Media Layout by Monique Lowe

Monday, May 13, 2024

Hello scrappy friends! It’s Monique Lowe here sharing the layout I created for International Scrapbook Day 2024 in Paige's Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group!
I used the beautiful Blooming Wild collection and three different cut files to complement my page and a rainbow of mixed media! I love rainbow colours and tend to gravitate towards this color scheme for my layouts, so this was the obvious choice for these fun photos of my little girl! First, I prepped a sheet of white cardstock with a layer of clear gesso. Having identified where my rainbow would be and marked its position with pencil, I blended a range of Distress Inks along the top and bottom of the rainbow arch. I built on this by adding another layer of color using the packaging technique. This is one of my favorite mixed media techniques as it is so quick and easy to do! Just stamp your Distress Ink Cube onto a smooth surface, spritz with a little water, and pat it up using a scrunched up piece of plastic packaging. Dab this straight onto your layout for instant color! This is such a fun way to add a watercolor effect to your layout using minimal water. Once my background was dry, I stenciled in some beaming sun rays using a blending tool and Distress Ink. To build my rainbow, I cut apart the A-side of Paper 23 and cut each colored strip into smaller pieces. I layered these in a rainbow arch shape, starting with pink and working through the rainbow sequence to match my mixed media background. I stitched these in place using my sewing machine. The Clouds cut file cut from Paper 5, added subtle detail to the background along with a touch of Nuvo Glimmer Paste for a hint of whimsical shimmer. I created two film strips of photos, backing them with Paper 5Paper 18, and Paper 19. The Laugh Love Always cut file was the perfect title! I cut it once from Paper 19 and three times from white cardstock and stacked all these layers together to add a bit of dimension. I used the Wonky Hearts cut file as a stencil to add three clusters of glittery hearts above, beside, and below my photos. To finish off my layout, I added tone-on-tone embellishments to my rainbow using fussy cut butterflies from Paper 16, puffy heart stickers, a chipboard tab and word strips and flower stickers from the Cardstock Stickers. I loved creating this colorful layout - I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of creating rainbows! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you feel inspired to play with a bit of joyful mixed media and Blooming Wild too!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, embellishments: BLOOMING WILD; white cardstock; Distress Inks; Cut files: CloudsLaugh Love Always, and Wonky Hearts by Paige Evans

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