Saturday, 1 February 2014


Hello everyone.
A new day, a new month a new challenge... actually a few new challenges so I will roll them out slowly :)

Here is the first one. The new case file over at CSI and this week the colour palette is just gorgeous.

It was kind of perfect for me this week because I love the arty feel of the photo inspiration and I am doing an online class at Pop and Colours which has been a real eye opener for me. They have an incredible line up of teachers and all the layouts are done on video - if you are interested in mixed media you really should take a look.

I took my inspiration from the amazing Riikka Kovasin's class who I also have pleasure of being on the DT of CSI with. Thanks Rikka for always inspiring.

Here is my layout.

Scheme the colours are all there...
Evidence - Mixed media background, birds, newsprint, hearts, flowers, stamps.
Testimony - Document what your art means to you.

The quotes on the front of the layout say:
The world of reality has its limits; but the world of imagination is boundless.. and ..
As long as we have memories yesterday remains. As long as we hope, tomorrow awaits. As long as we have art today is beautiful.

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says...
For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed making pretty things and I always remember my grandmother, who was incredibly talented, encouraging me gently in my endeavours. It was only when we came to South Africa in 1980 and I was struggling to fall pregnant and my mother was dying that I got involved in pottery as a means of distraction and I loved it and I was pretty good at it - I still have some of it 35 years later and I was happy. Then the kids came along and all of that went out the window there was no time for anything else.
I got back into creating when the kids left school - and I discovered scrapbooking and it was love at first sight. It involved paper, and colour mediums and photography. Over the last 10 years this art form has evolved and so have I but it has not been without its ups and downs. One of the hardest things for me to come to terms with is the competitive side of it. We do what we love and we want to share it but we don't like that it is judged and whether we like it or not it is judged... we are judged and we judge.
Every time I enter a challenge and I don't win I am plagued with feelings of doubt and inadequacy. I don't want to do it anymore, but the pull of creating is so strong that I get back up and dust myself off an try again and again and again.
I want to leave something behind for my children and my precious grandchildren. I realise that I know NOTHING about my parents and now it is too late and I want my children to know who I am and how I lived what I loved, hated, needed, did or didn't do. I want them to know what I was passionate about and why this hobby is so important to me. I want them to know what they mean to me. Everything I have done has been to make sure that the memories they have are well documented. I have done classes to learn new techniques, I have done a photography course so I can take better photos and through CSI I have learned that I have stories so hopefully they will have it all.
This is the most important job that I have ever taken on. I don't ever want my kids to say to their kids... I don't know...

Here are some close ups.

I started of with a piece of watercolour paper to which I adhered newsprint text and strips of masking tape, then coated the whole thing with a layer of gesso, once that was dry I used Lindy's Stamp Gang mists in Sea Grass Green and Cotton Candy  in opposite corners... I used my watercolour pastels to intensify the colours.

 Then came the stenciling down the center of the colours. I sprayed this with Clam Bake Beige and coloured around some of the circles to highlight them. The quote was stamped down the side.  I also added some strips of dry wall tape for added texture.

Once my layout was complete I took the tubes from the misters to draw the circle around the whole photo mat. The little flowers were cut using my Tim Holtz die cut. Then the hearts were added to the circle.

I actually like the way this one came out and I think I may just be hooked on mixed media now :D

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.



  1. Val, this is gorgeous! I just love the circle and the background. That quote is perfect. I also want to thank you for all your lovely comments you have written on my blog. Those have really brightened my day and has meant so much to me <3

  2. Val, this is stunning. You have found your wet medium groove and this is pure perfection. I love your journaling and how much you share about yourself. I also don't like the competitive side of the scrapping industry. I will continue to scrap for me and the enjoyment I get from it. I know that the ministry we are called to will always have to be my priority so I don't apply for DT positions...and that works for me.

  3. This is really lovely, soft colors, and beautiful journalling too..

  4. I LOOOOVE it! The whole way it's 'evolved' is just brilliant:):) And I Reckon you'll now be definitely hooked on MM!!!!

  5. Val this is stunning! You have definitely got the hang of the MM thing! I would be hooked too if I could produce something as beautiful as this !

  6. Well you certainly nailed the wet medium look Val...this is absolutely gorgeous...the gessoed newsprint is a fab background, the photo is a stunner and I love the circle to enhance the photo. Your powerful journalling struck a chord with me and I understand your drive to leave the stories for the next generation. The little events and the big ones, as well as glimpses into what makes their Mother tick. I love that you found your voice and you are encouraging others to do so :D

  7. I know I have mentioned to you before that sometimes, to me, your work is about the art, and other times about the journaling, then, still, other times, it is about 50/50. That the case today, about 50/50. While your art is first class with its soft color palette and brushes, seemingly with personalities, to the detail, it is competitively placed against your words. A tough call. Love it! Mwah! KayW

  8. Stunning page Val and love it! Gorgeous, soft and beautiful styling! Super journalling and so heartfelt too! I can certainly relate to it and have sometimes felt that way myself. It's not always easy...but we have different styles and that's actually the beauty of it. If we all created exactly the same, we could not appreciate it. So I try to remember this all the time...that each person creates with a personal style and that is special in itself. Whether it wins first prize or's first prize to that person...and that's actually what counts! ;-))

  9. Val I saw this on facebook and have wanted to get over here and leave you some blog love, but I have had visitors ect. Now I am here I just wanted to let you know I LOVE this layout. This is a real eye catcher, the colours the photo, the textures, I love it all. Your journalling is fabulous and pretty well nails how I feel , I love the creativeness but I don't like the competitiveness side & feeling judged either. Then I just think what right does anyone have to judge , If we like it and we enjoy the process of creating and documenting our memories , well that is all that matters

  10. I knew you would eventually get hooked on mixed media! This page is absolutely lovely! xox