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