This past year, I have been creating in Traveler’s Notebooks much more. I really love this size, especially when I am using mixed media. I really have fallen in love with mixed media in a new or should I say an old way again. When I first started scrapbooking I used media on every single layout and spread I made. It was my favorite part about creating. Pulling out the paint and the stencils and getting messy.
Flash forward to the present and I have learned how to add media to my projects that really helps me tell my story. I also have figured out how to use mixed media in a cleaner way. Using Traveler’s Notebooks have made that possible. It has given me the chance to play with only mixed media and get really messy. I also have played around with a bit of media and photos and chunky embellishments. The smaller amount of space has made doing these kinds of spreads less intimidating letting me have the freedom to learn and grow creatively.
If I could give you only one piece of advice, it’s to practice, practice, practice and play. Give yourself the freedom on some space that has no boundaries. A space like the a Traveler’s Notebook has given me that freedom, if the spread turns out funky then I can take off the embellishments and start all over. It’s just a page, and I can take it out, or turn the page and forget all about it except to learn what I don’t like. What works and what doesn’t.
Here is a fun spread I made in one of my favorite Traveler’s Notebooks. Its a teal Midori Notebook. I love the fun color to start off, it helps with that white page syndrome, and plays off my creative nature.
I started off with some texture paste and Shimmerz paste mixed together (to make it a thicker consistency) with a small X stencil. I used just part of the stencil so I didn’t get any lines from the edges of the stencil. I feel like this gives a more organic look, for my taste. I added this paste in many different parts of the TN.
I then added a few different layers of acrylic paint that is thicker. I like a full body paint so I can get some texture of the paint brush bristles. I layered different colors in different directions on the pages.
I used a combo of aqua and coral colors. I used different shades of these colors too. This helps builds the layers on the background. This is the key to my spreads. I love the foundation it lays for when I start adding embellishments and photos if I choose to use those. There are definitely sometimes when I decide that my background would look better with just embellishments. I definitely thought about that for this spread. I knew I wanted to incorporate this awesome metal key and some Ken Oliver bronze numbers.
Before we start talking about embellishments though lets finish going through my background. I had so much fun building these layers, even though they are really simple. It goes to show you don’t need a lot products or complicated media to get cool results.
On the top left and the bottom right I used a big thick bristle paint brush to paint on some coral texture paste. I only added a little so it wasn’t heavy and looked much more like paint. Like I mentioned I am really building layers. I knew this would look good with the thicker body acrylic paint I added with a thin point bottle. I used a darker color of coral over top of the stencil and darker colored aqua paint. Moving the bottle back and forth a few times to paint zig zag lines in an inch or so area. I knew only a bit of this paint will show but that is the neat part. Your eye will fill in the rest of the space even if you can’t see it.