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Maya Road Guest Designer: Hannah Lemieux

Ready for our next guest designer?! February brings us another fabulous guest designer that we know you'll love.. Hannah Lemieux! Hannah has created some stunning and detailed memory keeping projects that feature Maya Road. We've long been a fan and know you're going to love getting to know Hannah and her amazing use of layers and color and detail!

Each month we feature a new friend of Maya Road and their beautiful, unique & creative style! This month Hannah has some mixed media and scrapbook creations paired up with Maya Road goodies that we can't wait to share with you! Before we get started, here's a little more about Hannah...

Aloha!! My name Is Hannah Lemieux, and today I am so honored and excited to be a Guest designer for Maya Road this month. I love mixed media and playing with paints and colors and textures. I enjoyed playing with all the goodies from Maya Road and I can’t wait to share with you the projects I made this month.

If you follow me on social media, it’s no big surprise that I am a HUGE coffee drinker and lover. It warms my soul and belly. All throughout the month of December I took tons of photos of my coffee cups, hoping I could do a fun project with them and compare them. When I saw the 4x4 mini album I knew it would be the perfect place to house these fun pictures.  I wanted to mix texture in a fun way with these cool shots. This mini album gave me a small and contained area to play and get wild on the page and do something a little different than I normally do.  Let’s dig in and savor this album together!!

Thanks so much Hannah for joining us today! Take it away...

But First Coffee Mini Album

I stamped a coffee cup for the front and layered it with lots of bits. I made sure that I used pieces that I added in the album itself. I added a craft ticket and bronze button with thread and teal button from my stash. I even watercolored a piece of yardstick before adding the But First Coffee sticker from Pretty Little Studio. 
Let’s take a look at the inside. 

For this first page I used acrylic paint and did some abstract work on this canvas 4x4 page. I love how you can see the different brush strokes from the different brushes I used. I also dripped some dark acrylic Shimmerz paint for bigger drips of paint. 
I then layered paper ephemera with the wooden tags that I covered with gold foil flakes. I used modpodge to adhere the gold foil and then whipped off the excess, and it gave the tags a marbled look. Super fun!! I love the shine it gives and matches with the bronze button I added. I also added other bits with gold metallic elements to help tie them all together. I also added that coffee sup sticker my scrappy friend gave me. 
For the next set of pages I added a photo of my Starbucks Latte. Under the photo I have a doily but other than that I kept it really simple. I wanted to keep majority of my photos on the left hand side, leaving the right side page for embellishing and journaling if I choose to add any words later.
I have to say these tiny little spools are my favorite thing from the store!! I want to add them to everything now. For this page I even added some thread on them to match with the color combo I had in the patterned paper.  Under the spools of thread I stitched some Dear Lizzy glitter ribbon and some ricrac from my stash. Paired with a cut file from Wilna’s Fall class in a light pink is my favorite way to layer. I love adding textures of glitter, fabric and paper together. on the other side of the patterned paper I used an acrylic stitched heart piece. It matched with the spools and really helps everything feel so homemade. 
On this next set of pages I decided to add some patterned paper behind my photo. I layered a tag with the kraft ticket. I love how the craft ticket feels more organic with my really cute tin mug. 
On the right side I used a chipboard page this time instead of the canvas. I added copper acrylic paint first. My layers have lots of colors and textures that i love using on my other pages. I used that woodgrain tag have cut out words that let the patterned paper peek through. I also layered chipboard and an acrylic hello piece with a butterfly sticker. I used foam adhesive to give the illusion that it was flying. 
I finished with some colored buttons and some kraft tickets and bronze button. Unlike the front I choose to not use thread in the buttons. I wanted this page a bit more clean since I used so many layers. 

These chipboard pages are so much fun, I really like the look of them with white gesso on them. It adds some color to the album and handcrafted feel but keeping it simple too. The rest of this page is fairly simple by just adding some stars and enamel dots and triangles. I love how the background feels a bit frozen just like my photo. 
On the right side I used a canvas page again. Can I just say again how i love all this texture. I added some copper paint as my first layer. I layered a small 2x2 wood grain patterned paper with a glassine bag, patterned paper flag and a tag cut out of a patterned paper. I added the chipboard bird embracing the nature feel. I also added a clear coffee cup sticker under the chipboard, so no one could doubt this is a coffee lover’s mini album. i finished with more buttons and this time I added two bronze buttons and a one teal button. 
For the next set of pages I mimicked the same type of photo on the left side that I added a suede white tassel with some teal mint embroidery thread. 
The chipboard page has more white gesso and then I layered a 3x4 journaling card I made this past year. This is one way to use up bits of items you layered and made in the past. When putting together mini albums there really are no rules, and if you have project life style cards with elements you love make it easy and use them. I used a bronze bulldog clip to hold the journaling card. I love the dark tarnished look against the crisp white card and layered flowers. 
I made this next page a bit more complex by adding a glassine bag filled with coffee inspired sequins from my sequin stash. I love how they peek through the glassine bag, with the picture of a coffee bag of ground coffee. I layered an acrylic handcrafted piece just felt right. 
Do you ever add things to your mini albums that just feel right? I am always using my gut as a guide and it usually doesn’t let me down. My gut also told me to add another suede tassel with some Maggie Holmes tassels attached with these really cool bronze mini safety pins. 

On the right side page, I started with a butterfly cut file. I used a bit of white gesso on the cut file, to tone it down. I added another layered 3x4 journal card I made last year.  The card had a pink butterfly that worked nicely with the cut file. I added some extra enamel dots in coordinating colors. These colors really look good with my photo too, I added a filter that made the lighting more pastel. This is something I do in the winter since my lighting in my house is more yellow and not as appealing during the winter. It’s a really good tip to great looking photos, if the coloring is off don’t be afraid to use a filter or make the photo black and white. 

For these last few pages I added an extra 4x4 page with patterned paper. I had two extra photos that I wanted to add to my Christmas coffee collection.  
On the white gesso chipboard i layered patterned paper, a gold doily, a die cut with cut out wording peeking through to the picture below. I also added another coffee sticker with a bronze bulldog clip. These cute clips pack a big punch with embellishing without needing a tons of embellishments. I am also liking the way all the metallics look all mixed together. 
On the corresponding pageI added a photo, tag a die cut and a flair button, keeping this page really simple. With my other side being busy and layered I like to think of the pages together as a whole and balance it out.     

This is the final page of this little coffee album. I layered a photo, coffee cup die cut, layered heart tassel and a craft ticket. I really love how these tickets are carried throughout my album. i finished my page off with a pink button. On all the pages I used redline double sided adhesive. It is stronger and will help keep my layers together on the chipboard and canvas. 
I really enjoyed playing with all these fun embellishments and mini album. It was perfect to showcase all my December coffee cup pictures. 
Hannah Lemieux

Here is a link to a process video I made last year putting together those 3x4 journaling cards for pocket pages that I used in this mini album. 

 Check back in again tomorrow for another gorgeous project from Hannah!

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  • Beth on

    What a beautiful project, I love all the texture on the canvas pages and the mini album as a whole absolutely adorable.

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