Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mixed Media Layout

Since I have been doing a lot of mixed media layouts and canvases, I thought I would share a layout that I did with some basic mixed media techniques.

 For this layout I took a piece of paper that had a very basic pattern running through it.  This was the background.  I then took another piece of paper, again with a very soft design on it, tore it down the right side of it and adhered it to the background piece.  Using watered down gesso and a paint brush, I lightly painted over the papers to blend them together.  Dry the gesso completely.
Using a vine stencil, on the upper right side and bottom right corner, I applied green ink onto the stencil.
I then applied moulding paste on the left side corners and bottom right corner using a honeycomb stencil.  I also used a stencil with flourishes on it on the outside edges.   Love my stencils.  I heat set the moulding paste.  I then took some turquoise spray and sprayed randomly all over the papers.   I came back with a green spray mostly along the edges and corners.  Then splattered a pink spray here and there.

When everything was completely dry I randomly applied a stamp with black stazon ink.  You should always use a staz-on type of ink when doing mixed media.  This will guarantee that it will not rub off or blend.
Behind the picture I cut and applied two papers making sure that they were cut so that you could see them coming out from behind the picture.  I next adhered my picture to chipboard and put it down using pop dots.  I like to do this as it sets the picture off of the layout and gives it a 3-D look.

Cheese cloth is another one of my fav things to use.  I loosely adhered a piece onto the layout.  Placed some flowers onto the cheese cloth.  The little wood frames I added a piece of music paper in behind.  Little things like the frames gives the layout some extra "oomph".  Inked and added the butterfly and there you have it.
I hope you enjoy.
Until next time to all you
Have a great day!!!
"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters,
compared to what lies within us."   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Two Page Layout

Hi everyone!!!  I thought I would share with you a two page layout I did of my granddaughter with some sort of weird hairdo going on.  Of course I had to scrapbook them as I quite enjoy these kinds of pictures.  Something I can bribe her with when she is 16.

Close-up of first page.

I first did some texturizing of the background with stencils and moulding paste.  I used 6 different papers with different designs on them.  They were all from the same Bo Bunny line and were co-ordinated to go together.  I pretty much cut different sizes and shapes of the papers and laid them down, tucking them under each other, until I got the pieces balanced.  I discovered that by adhering my pictures to a piece of chipboard, they take on a 3D look.  I have been doing this with all my pictures on other layouts.  I laid the pictures down where I wanted them to go so that I could work the papers around them.  Then I adhered the papers down, the pictures next.  Added a few embellishments here and there and I was done.
I hope you enjoy.
Until next time
and my granddaughter
If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile,
 the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


 Cards for Kids!!

Our dear friend Tammy White, of The White House, has been in contact with SickKids Hospital in Toronto, and they need our help! They are in need of cards for their kids to give to their visitors! As card makers and scrappers, we thought we could help!

If you have extra cards that you've made or want to make a few for the kids, drop them off at The Scrapping Bug a...nd we will get them to the kids for you! The only thing they ask, is that the inside of the card must be blank, so that the kids can write what they want. (also make sure there is an envelope along with it!).

Also.. if you want to come out and make some cards with us, we are going to get together every third Sunday of the month, from 1-4pm to make some cards. Bring your stash and join us!

The first one will be AUGUST 17 from 1-4pm.

Hope to see you then!

Classes at The Bug this week!

Join Donna Tuesday Aug. 12 from 1-3 and make 5 gorgeous vintage cards! There are a couple spots left, so give the store a call
@ 519-895-0554 to register.


Join Janet Saturday August 16 from 10:30 - 1:30 to make 5 gorgeous cards using Copic markers! Call the store to register...
519-895-0554. A few spots left!!!


FRIDAY CROP NIGHT: Friday August 15 - 5pm - 10pm.
Registration required, call 519-895-0554 to reserve your spot!

New This Week!!

We got some new products this week (and I have to say... they are adorable) ...

American Crafts - Shimelle

Pebbles - Jen Hadfield

Crate Paper - Notes & Things

Pink Paislee - Solstice

All products will be on line tomorrow!!

Stop by and check out all the new goodies!!

Friday, August 01, 2014

"Stuff" From Stash Canvas

Today I thought I would share with you another canvas that I did at our bi-weekly Art Night at the Bug.  Again with this one, I had no plan.  It was strictly trying different methods to get the desired look.  Below is the canvas.

The canvas size is 8" x 10".  I first selected various patterned papers that went well together.  From these papers I cut strips to make a background on the canvas.  I decided to do a basket weave effect using the strips of paper.  I thought of other ways, but the basket weave seemed to be the one.  I didn't worry about how straight the strips were so I cut them by hand.

Using matt gel medium I adhered the strips down and added more gel medium to the surface of the strips.  I trimmed the strips off the side and bottom edges of the canvas.
I then applied a thin coat of gesso over the strips to blend them together.
I next took two stencils as shown and applied moulding paste to the canvas.
You can see in the canvas picture where I added the moulding paste.
I then took some turquoise paint, put a small amount above the sections of moulding paste, and sprayed clear water onto the paint.  This allowed the paint to become runny.  I put the canvas on its end and let the paint flow over the moulding paste.  I added more water to keep the flow going.  I did this in several places.

When the turquoise was dry, I watered down some yellow paint in a tray, and using a paint brush I added it in and around the turquoise paint.  You can see this above.  You can also see the paper strips creating even more texture.
And to finish:  I cut more strips of the paper and layered them close to the upper left corner.
I cut a piece of paper from the flowered paper I selected for the back of the picture.  Also cut a doile in half and added to the right side of the picture.
Below is a close-up of the collage items I did around the picture.  I took flowers from the bag of goodies that I had , laid them down and moved them around until I got the look I was going for.  I actually had the flowers down the left side of the picture.  I wasn't happy with it, so I moved them.

I accented the larger flowers using the turquoise and yellow paint as well as some gesso.  I added some metal embellishments and a resin decorative frame.  I also highlighted the metal with the paints.  I placed dots of yellow dimensional pearls here and there and using a black pen I drew around some of the diamond patterns of the moulding paste.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed doing it.  
Mixed media is such a fun way to let your inner creativity come to the surface.
Try it.  You will definitely surprise yourself.
Until next time,
"If you are lucky to be different, don't ever change."

It's August!!

Each month we are going to be showcasing a company that catches our eye.... and American Crafts is our company this month!  As you know,  American Crafts now owns many companies that we all love.... Becky Higgins, Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp, Imaginisce, Pebbles, Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, Bazzill, American Crafts, and recently.. We R Memory Keepers.

To honour this growing company, we are going to do something a bit different.... for every $25.00 spent on any of these companies products that we have in the store and on-line, you will receive a ballot to enter for the grand prize draw at the end of the month.  That is right... $25.00 = 1 ballot. So, if you spend $50.00 you will get 2 ballots, etc.

The prize drawn on August 30th will be a $50.00 gift certificate to The Scrapping Bug, as well as a basket of goodies that we are sure you are going to love! Hope to see in store or online soon!

Also.. check out our August classes :

Donna's Vintage Cards
Tuesday August 12 : 1-3 or 6-8

Mixed Media Travel Album:
Saturday August 23, 10-3

Copic Card Class with Janet!!
Saturday August 16: 10:30 - 12:30
(examples to be posted shortly!)
Spaces still available for the classes... call the store at
51-895-0554 to register, or drop us an email at

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two New Layouts

Hello, everyone.  Today I am sharing with you a couple of layouts that I did at my favourite scrapbooking retreat that I was at this past week.  I decided to break away from the mixed media method and went back to my cute and easy layouts.  The one below is my favourite as it is so fun and fresh looking.
Great for a summer picture.

I had a strip of chipboard that had a scalloped edge on it.  I traced the edge all around onto the background paper and cut it out.   I do know that you can get rulers that have scalloped edges on them similar to the chipboard strip that I used.   I inked all the edges of all the paper pieces with a soft brown ink.    I took my second piece of background paper, cut it down to about 10 1/2" square and adhered it to the first paper, centering it.  I then took my black scripto pen and placed tiny dots around the scallops on the first paper and along the outside edge of the second paper.  I also drew broken stitch lines around the inside edge of the second paper.
For the centre paper, using a stencil,  I traced and cut out a decorative-edged piece and added that, again centering it.  I also placed some dots around the inside edge of this piece.
And the rest was simple.  I drew out some clouds, added some broken stitch lines around the outside edges and placed them down with pop dots.  I die cut the sun using spellbinders dies.  And lastly I cut out pieces of scrap paper to make the kite and banner.    I used some blue twine across the top of the banner and continued the twine up to the bottom of the kite.  I did the same on the other side and tucked it under the clouds.  Added some wood butterflies and a couple of pre-made bows.  And there you have it.  Very easy to do.  In fact I think the dots and dashes took the most time.  Here are a couple of closeups.

Another layout I did was specific for a boy. 

I first used a stencil with circles and using a spouncer, I applied a brown metallic paint  at the upper left corner and the bottom right corner.  I cut various sizes of various papers and layered them starting with the first one at the left side of the page and working my way across.  When I had my papers down I added a piece of burlap in the centre. I did rub some gesso onto the burlap to give it some more texture.  I also took a piece of corrugated paper, brushed on some gesso, and added it to the right side of the burlap piece.
For embellishments I used wood gears as shown and also a wood frame at the top and bottom of the picture.  I placed some music paper behind the frames.  And there you have it.  I like to layer papers that go well together.  I also like to rough up the edges of the pieces and do some tearing.  Here is a close-up of the upper left corner.

And for all you
"Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is
no path and leave a trail."                    Emerson

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Customer Appreciation Sale this week!

Mark your Calendars!  We are having a Customer Appreciation Sale this week! 

We want to say Thank You to all our wonderful Customers!

Friday July 25th, and Saturday July 26th stop by the store and receive 20% off your entire order!

For our on-line customers, you will have from Friday July 25th until Thursday July 31 to fill your shopping carts for 20% off as well.

(not applicable to special orders or online shopping store pickups).

We hope to see you this weekend!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The "NO PLAN" Mixed Media Layout

Today I thought I would share with you a mixed media layout that I did today.  I have to be honest with you.  I selected my picture but I had no idea or plan on how to do my layout.  I decided to just go for it.  If I made a huge mistake, I figured I could cover it up somehow.  Below is the layout.

  I knew I wanted lots of texture on the background.  I first chose two pieces of patterned paper which I had in my "stuff" for a long, long time.  I tore the one paper in half but curved it.  I then inked the edges and adhered it to the left side of the background paper.  To blend the papers together I painted a thin layer of watered down gesso over the entire surface.

I then selected stencils that I wanted to use for background texture.  

The leaf stencil I applied with Tim Holtz crushed olive distress ink.   Using moulding paste I placed the stencil below the leaf one at the centre of the leaf vines.  The other stencil I applied here and there with moulding paste.  When the paste was dry I sprayed with a light brown spray, then a taupe spray (which had red in it) then I dripped a turquoise spray here and there.  Here is a closeup to show you the different textures that I achieved.

I decided that I wanted a bit more texture so I selected another of my favourite stencils and inked it here and there using a a brown distress ink.

For the picture placement, I took a random piece of patterned paper and cut out a piece for the back of the picture which comes out from the top left corner of the picture.  I also tore a few pieces from the other half of the background paper that I tore off.  I heavily inked the edges and adhered them around the picture.
I had wood gears in my stash so I pulled out a few painted them with gesso, sprayed with the turquoise spray I used on the background then stamped them with a random stamp using black ink.  I also took a wood frame, cut it in half, and adhered them to the right side of the picture by layering one on top of the other and off-setting the one piece.   I pulled apart a few pieces of burlap and tucked them under the two upper corners and bottom left corner.  I felt that the background needed some black.  So I took a stamp, inked it with black ink, and randomly stamped it here and there.  I also drew around the leaves of the leaf vine stencil using a black scrapbooking pen.   And the final thing, I splattered white gesso here and there using a paint brush.  Very easy to do and adds to the texture.   Here is a closeup of a couple of sections of the completed layout.

Given the fact that I did not know what I was going to do, I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  I realize that with mixed media anything goes.  Don't think - just do what you like.

Until next time, this is Donna reminding you to continue being a
and remember
"Life is a great big canvas, 
and you should throw all the paint on it you can." 
                                                                                       Danny Kaye