Girly Layout

Posted by Elena Olinevich

16 August, 2013 - , ,

Hello Maja Friends. I have a new Layout to share with you this summer day.


What I like about Äntligen collection is that there are so many summer inspired papers there, that you have endless possibilities to recreate summer atmosphere using them.

I used quite a clean background , but added some splashes of colors using Gesso and Gelatos.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to achieve a water color effect with some mixed media techniques.


I started with applying the Gesso on the background randomly


After it has been dried I applied bright colors of Gelatos. Don’t be afraid of too bright or unmatched colors. Combining with different patterned patterns they start work perfectly.


It may look messy and like kid’s drawing, anyway, damp your brush with water and blend the colors. It will look more transparent now.


Add some paper layers, trimmed or distresses, add stamping with Gelatos too


Now it’s time to add some texture, I used Gel medium, Palette Knife and a stencil. Leave it to dry and then grab some Gelatos over the textured area


It may not be seen clearly, but it has some blurring look and I love this effect on the papers.


To add some texture too, I used cheesecloth and flowers


Added some lace trims and chipboard elements


To finish my Layout I touched the papers and the embellishments with Gelatos as well

I hope you liked this coloring tips and don’t forget to share with us your creations on our Facebook Page too.

Products used:

Maja Design Papers – Äntligen collection (Ljusblåa dagar, Kaffe på trappan, Vårlökar, Vårdagjämning), 2Crafty Chipboard, Manor House Creations flowers, Vilda Stamps, Faber – Castell Gesso and gelatos, Lace Trims and Cheesecloth


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  • Iris Soscia says:

    so sweet

  • gorgeous layering and detail work Elena! TFS your bg coloring and texture techniques!~ LOVE this!!!

  • Kada says:

    Oh, what a wonderful Layout! Many thanks for explaining the steps to make it <3

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    I LOVE your techniques! I haven’t used gelatos for a very long time, you really got me inspired there. That tutorial is so inspirational, stunning work.

  • Karen O says:

    Beautiful and so unique~ I loved how you shared your
    creative steps with us!

  • Marilyn Rivera says:

    Fantastic page and tutorial! love your creative step by step!!

  • Gabrielle Pollacco says:

    Oh wow Elena! This is such a unique and beautiful page! I’m loving the almost ‘wild-flower’ look you gave the background with your mixed media elements! And love the way you’ve shown your steps in creating the page! xo xo

  • Rachelle Sigurdson says: