Becoming Elsa

IMG_0326  Lately I have found it easier to switch things up in the middle of my pages. Let me explain, when I started scrapping I used to feel that I didn’t know much, and I really didn’t. I felt I needed to make the page work all the way up to the end. I actually felt bad about taking a layout apart after I worked on it after a while. But lately as I get more comfortable with my style and my focus on what I want to accomplish on my layouts, which is different for each layout.  Last week was no different, I knew I wanted to scrap a picture of my daughter Leilani while we were dyeinIMG_0328g her hair and an after photo of how it turned out. ShIMG_0325e wanted to look like Elsa, so in my mind I wanted to use light pinks and purples. I wanted to use the technique of putting the gelatos on plastic packaging and moving it around on cardstock. It creates a soft and almost dreamy look. I pulled out different colored gelatos, which I haven’t actually used much lately, and put the colors in a diagonal across the page. I then thought the contrast of black ink drops would look stunning which the pastel purples and pinks. I always forget when I am using color shine that it takes forever to dry on gesso’d cardstock in the humidity here. The background looked pretty good, even though I had to use my heat gun a lot, and try not to touch the black color shine drops

As I started to layer the papers with the background, I just wasn’t feeling it though. Something seemed off, even though it really didn’t look bad. I just seemed to be struggling to get the layers right and look amazing with this wonderful background I made. I decided to put away my layout and come back the next and see how I felt about. I tend to do that when I hit a wall. I walk away, getting irritated at my layout usually doesn’t help in my favor creativity wise. I find after sleeping on my layout and seeing it out throughout the day will give me time to think of new ideas, I will often spend my day going back to peek looks at layouts and thinking about what I want to do to finish things.

When I came back later that night, which is usually when I have time to scrap, I realized it was the background and how big the layers were that I didn’t like. I wanted tighter layers with less paper showing around the two photos. Because the two photos were next to each other kinda overlapping they already took up a bit of stuff and I did want to see the background whether I kept the pink and purple one or decided to go with a different background. I worked carefully to pull apart the papers in my layers. I tried not to tear the paper so I could reuse it again for layers. It was then that I decided that I was going to use another background. I rememIMG_0324ber in my stash I had another backgIMG_0329round I made using mint acrylic paint and a stencil and some copper paint splatters on it. I often will make backgrounds when I am feeling creativity even if I don’t have a layout in mind. I use this as a way to try a technique too, but then if it doesn’t turn out then I can toss it. More times than not though I end up keeping the background cardstock and sometimes I use it later for another layout. I pulled that background out of my pile of other backgrounds I have made and thought about where on this paper I wanted my photos.  I thought the bottom right hand corner was a good spot to see the background stencil but also get peeks of it behind the layers. I tightened the layers and added a couple of other papers, to help pull out the mint color from the background. I added a journal tidbit from Elle’s Studio Shine tidbit pack, which brought in some yellow which was in the photo. I also addeIMG_0327d a copper striped bow at the top of the layout to tie in the copper splatters on the background. That bow made a nice place to have a tiny cluster which was staggered toward the layers, with some sticker banners in similar colors from the layers and some enamel dots. I added enamel dots near the title and around the layers and photos. The colors went well to tie everything together and added something different since I already had paint splatters on the background. I journaled which did spill off the card and under the layers, but I really wanted to make sure I told this story. Because Leilani had lost all her hair while on chemo I really wanted her to feel special. We let her have her hair dyed whatever color she wanted. She picked white like Elsa! She loved Frozen at the time, like many other children, and wanted to be just like Elsa. When you deal with chin everyday as a parent you really just want to make things fun whenever possible. So the fact that she had to lose her long beautiful blonde hair wasn’t ideal, but byIMG_1152 dyeing her hair we turned that event into something fun and much more memorable. A better memory!

I hope that you aren’t afraid to try over when a layout isn’t going the way you planned it. Or you take the extra set back to rethink photo position or even how the papers are layered on you page. Sometimes simple things changed like tightening layers or changing on or two papers can change the how feel of a layout. Sometimes it needs to be more dramatic, like changing up the background all together. But if that change changing how you feel about a layout I say it’s all worth it, right. Have an inspired week my scrappy friends!! Don’t be afraid to change things up!!

Aloha, Hannah


P.s. By clicking on the layout you can see the process video on my Youtube channel

Mood boards, Parrots and Embossing!

Last Friday over at the Paper Issues Facebook Group Page they had another Scrap and Chat. The inspiration for the challenge was using a11222588_10204349919287919_2898350976022310024_n mood board.  When I first started scrapping I thought mood boards were hard to use, I think in some ways all the different ways you can interpret them scared me. I didn’t want to get it wrong. There are so many ways to use mood boards, you can use the color, the feeling, even using the pictures as ideas. I loved the bright summery colors on the mood board, which inspired me and it got me thinking about the neon stamp pads I have sitting in my craft area. I also knew the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection paper would be perfect. How could I connect those two things together and connect it to my photo?

I remembered I had a citrus slice stamp by Elle’s Studio, so I grab the stamp pads, versa mark ink and my clear glittered embossing powder. I wanted those citrus slices to stand out and what better way then to emboss them. I know it’s messy and labor intensiIMG_0310ve but the results are what always keeps me coming back for more.  I stamped in the neon color first and let dry then went back over with the versa mark ink. Adding embossing powder after a inked a few slices. I did it in sections over the entire 12×12 paper. Then I got my heat gun and embossed away. I love the way it turned out.

It looked so fun and was just ready for me to add layers of patterned paper and embellishments on it. I added layers of the Citrus Bliss line with some Pink Fresh Studios and Dear Lizzy Serendipity. I also added Dear Lizzy Tags in the layers for height to the layers with pop dots. I also cut triangles for the corners to draw the eye inside the layout. Using papers with similar colors and fruit slices everything was matching but not overdoing it because I did match different collections together. Using bright Ell’s Studio Shine tidbits, and a Pink Fresh Studio rub on I added extra interest around the photo. I glued colorful matching sequins around three areas of the layout, including my journaling spot near the bottom of the page. I also used Amy Tan corrugated Orange Thickers under the photo.

The photo is of My hubby and I when went went to Hawaii on our honeymoon in the summer of 2007. It was our first full day in Hawaii and we were walking on the sidewalk in Waikiki after breakfast. There was a guy with Parrots, and like all tourists we got sucked in to holding the parrots and taking a photo with them. We were also out 20 dollars for it too. Though I will admit it was kinda cool to hold such a big bird and have a awesome photo with beautiful tropical birds. Well worth the money, for such a cool experience.IMG_0314Over all this layout didn’t actually take that long either. If I hadn’t been chatting away and playing fun games on the Paper Issues Facebook group it would have only taken about an hour.

I hope you guys to a few extra minutes to head over to the Paper IIMG_0313ssues blog and check out all the amazing talent and inspiration they have going on over there. They always have challenges and layouts to look at. Or take a look on your Pinterest boards and use some photos as a starting point for your own layout. Using different types of inspiration really gets your heart and brain working together to make a wonderful layout and recording your favorite memories.

I hope you have an inspired weekend!!

Aloha,  HannahIMG_0311

SNL 12 Days of Spring

If you haven’t heard in February I was asked to be apart of the SNL (Scrap Night Late) Design Team, which is a YouTube based scrapbooking/crafting team that fIMG_0163ocuses on using you stash to create. Every Saturday we do a stash dive and have to create a layout, card or project life spread using a craft item that we have in our. It has been so much fun so far. Even though I have only been scrapping for a year, it is so easy to buy more scrap products than you use. In addition to doing Stash Dive videos we have been posting crafty videos that are inspired by Spring. It has been inspiring to see all these crafts made that encourage us to think about warm weather, blooming flowers, and Easter. All the ladies on the team have done some amazing stuff. Later in the blog I will link to their channels so you can check them out!
I want to share the layout I made for Day 9, I have been very much in an artsy mood lately. I really have been trying to find ways to add art to my layout to in essence make my layout a piece of art. This layout was inspired by art journaling. I really am digging all the spring colors especially in recent collections such as Dear Lizzy Serendipity, WRMK Love Notes, and PinkFresh Studios Up In The Clouds. IMG_0186
I started with a piece of plain white cardstock and clear gesso. I used a baby wipe to paint acrylic paint unto the cardstock, like the cardstock was a canvas. I put them in a diagonals and used 3 different colors, teal, blue and lavender.
I used a The Crafters Workshop stencil with yellow paint. I love the pops of chicken wire in yellow through the page.
I then used Multi Matte Media to glue down IMG_0185cut strips of thin patterned paper from DCWV antique 6×6 pack. I tore the strips before I glued them down for interest and to give it more that art journal feel. I used four gelatos (metallic grape, metallic blueberry, metallic mint and lavender) on the paper too. I made sure I covered this all with more clear gesso to seal the gelatos in place. just incase I wanted to add more liquid media.
I used a white gel pen to draw various sizes of circles all over the page. I really wanted this layout to look like an art journal page so IIMG_0164

thought this would be a fun addition to the layers on the background to build it up. After finishing this I realized that I really couldn’t see the circles and I really wanted them to show up, so I pulled my paints back out. I used my thin paintbrush to draw circles with acrylic paint in white and teal colors. I also painted circles on another patterned paper that I would later add to my layers.
PinkFresh Studios has the cutest heart wood veneer pieceIMG_0168 that I wanted to add to my layers. This also helped me decide

on the photo. I scrapped a photo I took during sunset on the day before Easter during a family dinner we had out with my mom. We wanted to have a nice sit down meal for Easter but she was leaving on Easter so Saturday

worked perfectly. We went to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, in the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu which over looks the dock area near Waikiki. The way the sun shonIMG_0173e on the buildings and reflected off the windows was gorgeous.
I added tons of layers of paper and a glassine bag. I also raided my embellishment stash for pieces that had teal, blue or purple on them. IMG_0172
I had leftover wood buttons from my PinkFresh Studios embellishment kits that were perfect. And an exclusive pineapple flair button that matched.
I finished my layout by drawing an artsy border around the layout in black sharpie to draw

your eye in. Added some enamel dots and thinned out some white paint for splatters.
I absolutely love how it turned out, so colorful and a fun way to remember the view from that evening.

I have a process video for this layout,
Here is where you can find out what all the Design Team members are doing and creating,

Here is a list of the SNL Design team members just in case you watch to check out their YouTube video out and see all the things they are creating…
Carol also known as OneHappyCraftyChick
Cindy also known as Cindy4kiddos
Megan Paulos Blethen also known as Crafty Meggy
Sheri also known as Auntie Re Creates
Teresa also known as CraftinmommaML
and the Guest Designer Heather Little
I hope you have an Inspired Week!!

PS The original Blog Post was on April 28, 2015. For the original post you can view it on my other blog