The International Scrapbook Garden

49 and Market Tattered Garden

Beauty Lies Within Each of Us

49 and Market, Bo Bunny, The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment

This is my last design team project for The International Scrapbook Garden! I am sad that there will be no more kits for awhile, but I hope that Tracie starts curating them again soon because she is so good at it!

I decided to create a simple card using the Rustic Spring kit, partly because I needed to write back to my aunt and I wanted a nice handmade card to send to her.

A couple months ago I found a pack of blank white notecards in the $1 spot at Target, so that's what I've been using to create my handmade cards. For this one, I just adhered some of the Bo Bunny paper onto the front of the card and filled in any blank spots with a 49 and Market branding strip, the one that said "Beauty Lies Within Each of Us". That's a very nice sentiment!

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Then I added all my leftover 49 and Market Floral Mixology Blue Hawaiian flowers to the printed vase on the patterned paper to create some dimension there, tied the pink twine into a bow, and hot glued it to the vase.

Then I just did some black inking around the edge of the card for added effect and to make everything stand out more. It couldn't have been easier!

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing what I've created with The International Scrapbook Garden kits. I know I have enjoyed working with them! And don't forget that you can still purchase past kits and individual items from the shop.

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

13 Arts, 13@rts, Bo Bunny, FabScraps, 49 and Market, The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment

Hi, guys, it's Laurie! I'm still creating with my Rustic Spring kit from The International Scrapbook Garden. I kept the 49 and Market flowers pink and red on this layout featuring some photos of my daughter from last year. 

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I used a 13@rts paper as the background and then created a grid using Fab ScrapsBo Bunny, and 49 and Market papers from the kit. The grid design was inspired by a National Scrapbook Day challenge. How many of you participated in challenges that day or at least got a lot of scrapping done?

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I used some of the Creative EmbellishmentsKaisercraft, and 49 and Market chipboard that came in the kit, and I either embossed it with the Imagine Ink Forest Embossing Powder, sprayed it with the Kaisercraft Blackberry spray, stamped it with some Ingvild Bolme chalk ink (one color came from an older ISBG kit), or painted it with the Shimmerz Inklingz Coral Reef.

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This came together very easily, and I had fun layering and clustering all of the embellishments. I used my hot glue gun to adhere the embellishments to the page for added strength.

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It took a little longer to complete this layout, only because I had to wait for the chipboard to dry before putting it on the page, but I think the extra effort was well worth it.

The Rustic Spring kit is still available to purchase in the shop, so check it out!

Thanks for looking!

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'Moments' by Lisa Griffith

49 and Market, The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment

Hello crafty friends!
Lisa here with my second layout designed with the lovely kit 'A Rustic Spring'.

'Moments'

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This paper from the 'Tattered Garden' collection is called 'Tattered Leaves' and I really love the details in these papers and the rich dark colors. I created a small step by step of how I  create my backgrounds, it just involves a lot of layers of gessoes and paints, in this case I used the two Shimmerz Inklings in Steely Blue Eyes and Coral Reef from the Mixed Media kit.  I added some stamping with the Kaisercraft stamp and used the Crafter's Workshop stencil, both of these from the Bonus Embellishment kit.

After my background was finished, I layered on some vintage book paper, some torn up pieces from another 49 & Market paper, the 49 & Market chipboard circle and honeycomb from the Embellishment Bonus kit, some fussy cut leaves and clocks from two 13arts papers from the Bonus Paper kit and some 49 & Market flowers from the Extra Blooms kit.

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A simple tutorial on how to create a mixed media background:

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Step 1: I always choose my paper, cover it with a coat of clear gesso to prep it for all the mediums I will use, and then gather and arrange my elements so I can decide on the design, where I am going to use my paints and create the focus of my background. This helps me form a mental image in my mind that I can follow as I'm creating my page and also helps me from 'overthinking' things as I'm creating; it just allows my process to flow a lot smoother and be really enjoyable as opposed to frustrating.

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Step 2: I like to apply heavy white gesso very randomly and very messily. I love my pages to have an aged worn look, sort of like a peeling wall, and this gesso makes great textures, especially when I overheat it with my heat tool. I like to heat it up so the gesso bubbles up and cracks.

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Step 3: This step of creating the background can take a while, as I'm using my paints, more gesso and also finally stamps and a stencil to create the look I'm going for.  It can take several different layers to get to this look, so just play with it and have fun!  I apply the Inklings here with a soft round brush, letting the paint seep into the cracked gesso, and also just splashing the paint around (my favourite part). I really love those little pots of paint, you can use them with very little water to get the saturated colors or dilute them more for a more watercolor effect. I use a stamp all around the page, and then finally use some more white gesso through a stencil to add some more textures.

The last steps are glueing down my elements, the photo and the flowers, and then after that is all done I go around the page with some more paint to blend everything together. I hope this sparks some ideas in you all! My style is quite deconstructed and messy, but you could still try these steps on your background just perhaps in a bit more delicate way to get some cool mixed media textures on your background.

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See you next time,

Lisa xo

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