Mixed media is one of those scrapbook adventures I have attempted to learn more about this past year. I don’t know that I will ever be as skillful as other creators, but I do like knowing simple techniques that I can use on my projects. Today, I am sharing a few mixed-media methods used on a winter layout.
This layout records a memory of the lights parade our family attends every year in the mountains. To create the feeling of cold, snow, and the little mountain town we visit, I used a mix of torn papers, modeling paste, stitching, and distressing.
Torn paper creates a wonderful texture on your projects. I have found that wetting the paper with a water brush gives you more control over the tearing.
On this page, I also rolled the paper to make it appear like hills of snow. I sprayed the edges with water to soften the fibers first. As the paper dries, the shaped edges stay in place and are easier to flatten on the page.
Within the hills of snow, I tucked some acrylic pine trees from Bramble Fox and some adorable little houses I created with dies and pattern paper. The little village pieces were created from the same pattern paper that I used on the rest of the layout to bring those colors from around the photo to this part of the page.
Adding modeling paste and stitching was another way that I added texture to this layout. The modeling paste was mixed with some soft blue ink and then stenciled onto the page to create large snowflakes.
Those snowflakes helped to create some anchors for the title and added to the flow of the page. Adding a little bit of blue ink gave the paste a little bit of color to stand out against the white background.
Throughout the page, I added bits of stitching. Most of the time this is done with a setting machine, but there are times that I have to add it by hand. I use stitching to create frames, add grounding lines, fill in blank spaces, and add texture to a project.
If you want to try your hand at stitching on pages, you will want a machine that can handle thicker elements. The one I use is listed in the supplies above. I have found that a denim needle works best, and I never stitch through adhesive or foam tape.
In my video, I share a few of these techniques with you and show you how this page came together.
This winter layout was created using a mix of acrylic perspextives in my collection that I paired with some lovely seasonal pattern papers. I adore the mix of elements here with the village scene, torn papers, textured snowflakes, and bits of stitching.
I hope this project inspired you. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.
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