As serious croppers, we are always looking for different new techniques. I’ve been blog-hopping through Prima’s, Tim Holtz’s, and even Sizzix’s blog and the trend of the moment seems to be mixed-media.

Mixed media is simply the use of materials not normally used with scrapbook layouts. This is a great way to include found items and experiment with different adhesive and coloring mediums. 

For this layout, I used a distressed whitewash technique to tone down the strong colors of my background and embellishments. This allowed the high-contrast photo of my son to really become the centerpiece of the composition, despite the various elements and mediums.

It was fun to pick out the metal findings and other embellishments for this project. It was also a pleasant challenge to piece the layout together in layers of gesso, multi-medium, and colors. The only little setback to this is the time you need to put in and the drying time for the gesso and medium. 

No flowers this time, but I am very pleased with the outcome of this particular mixed media page. For the curious, these are the products I used:

– Tim Holtz adornments, distress stain, distress re-inker

– CLAUDINE HELLMUTH matte multi-medium

– Gesso

– Vintaj Patina , Glimmer Mist

– Die cuts, pattern paper

– Metal findings, bottlecap

– Glossy accent

For the bottle cap embellishment, I used a small die-cut numbers to fit in the center. I then punched out a circle of patterned paper as a background for the numbers. I glued the background and numbers into the cap and encased them in Glossy accent. I made sure that the bottle cap dried overnight before adhering it to the layout.

We are currently developing a workshop for this technique, so look forward to it!

Happy scrapping,


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