Monday 30 November 2015

2015 #22 Every minute is a Possibility {by Jennie Atkinson}

 2015 Topic 22: Masterboards

Hi everyone Jennie (Live The Dream)  here, joining you this evening with a post sharing a mixed media scrapbook layout using papers created using the Masterboard technique. I chose this technique as I thought it would really suit a layout as I love to create a simple textured or stamped background and then use papers which subtly support the photograph. 

Step One: I created my master board using Leandra's brayering technique and Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints Professor Plum, Nougat and Snowflake.  Both the technique and the Acrylics work fabulously on the super Smoothy Cardstock (340gms)

I overstamped with Lin Brown's EclecTica ELB22 and Watering Can Archival Ink. My stamping is all second generation, stamping off first onto a piece of scrap paper to get a softer look.

I enjoyed the process so much I made a second piece, this time stamping with Snowflake

Step Two: As I was using a black and white photograph of my granddaughter, I had in mind to create a patchwork quilt feel to the layout. I used a die to cut my hexagons and cut a larger piece of the master board as a matt for the photograph. I also chose the grey spot paper to add a little contrast, but not to overpower my master board papers.

Once I had the bare bones of a design I created my background paper by inking some white  12 x 12 cardstock with a water based grey ink: a little layering through a stencil, some text overstamping and stamped ink splodges. I decided to keep it really simple.

Step 3: The sewing was a labour of love ! but worth it in the end as it does create a further layer of texture.

Step 4: Once I get to this stage I play around with different embellishments until I am happy with the layering and design. I generally always keep them to a single colour, in this case white, in order not to compete with the papers or the photograph. I used Snowflake to colour the chipboard and also cut a little die frame from the remaining master board paper. Lin's stamp set provided a perfect piece of text which sums up my photograph beautifully.

Step 5: Once everything is stuck down I generally go back in with some white gesso over the metal and buttons, just to tone everything down a bit. A little gold paint here and there also helps to tie everything in together.

I really enjoyed using Lin's stamps as part of a scrapbook layout and I hope creating a masterboard might inspire you to use your stamps for background papers for either cards, layouts or journals. How often do we not have the right colour, yet this technique provides an opportunity to create exactly what you need to support your design and photograph.

OMG Jennie I adore this layout. The colour palette is simply delightful and WOW love the composition incorporating the different textures and stitching ... indeed a labour of love! The simple use of the embellishments compliments this C&S layout. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. ~Gillian

We would love you to join in with challenge #22: Masterboards If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Masterboards link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Dec 6th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

Gorgeous layout, Jennie, love the subtle colours; and the hexagons are fabulous. Your granddaughter is a real cutie!

Julie Lee said...

What a delightful composition with subtly co-ordinated textures and colours. Perfectly put together and the photo is lovely. xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

That's SO pretty Jennie and your layout is so beautifully thought out, as always.


Marci said...

Gorgeous! I love your master board paper and the photo.

Words and Pictures said...

Beautiful delicate masterboard, and what a wonderful way to use it. Love those stitched hexagons - a really lovely layout.
Alison xx

Annie60 said...

This is beautiful,,, xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Beautiful layout and gorgeous mix of colours and shapes! Sets the photo off perfectly!

craftimamma said...

What a gorgeous layout and a novel way of using the those hexagons! Beautiful photo too BTW.

Lesley Xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a stunning LO Jennie and what a wonderful masterboard you created! The composition and subtle stamping both on the board and the background, enhance that gorgeous photo just beautifully!

craftytrog said...

I love your soft palette Jennie, and your layout is beautiful!
Alison xxx

Craftyfield said...

How gorgeous is that layout?!! The choice of colours, the composition, the photo, distressed papers and of course the masterboard make this very special.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Jennie you have created a beautiful Masterboard and I live how you have used it xx

Kirsten said...

Beautiful masterboard & page.

suzieq23 said...

At first I was a little disappointed at the topic, masterboards. Now I cant stop making them. Thank you very much for these fabulous tutorials and the beautiful designs. I have learned so much and I will never ever question you again!LOL

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful page to highlight your sweet photo Jennie! Your masterboard is beautiful with the colors and stampings you used on it! Julia xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so delicate and pretty, Jennie!

Lucy x