Hi creative friends! This is Heidi Kelley, and I am beyond delighted to be the guest designer for Maja Design this month. I admit to being totally overwhelmed when my box of papers arrived because I had a zillion ideas right away and had the hardest time deciding on which papers to use. In the end, no one collection won out! I found myself creating four different layouts, all at once… and the only reason this is my first layout for the month of May, is that it was finished first!
I thought I would share a bit of my process with all of you today, created using Vintage Summer Basics, to give you a glimpse into how I create my projects. First I work with all my papers, cutting out all my frames, journaling spots, details, embellishments, etc., so I began by cutting journaling frames from the Vintage Summer Basics Minnen-memories paper. I then cut slightly inside one of the frames, so that I could place my photo “inside” and pop her out to make it look dimensional. Then, using Vintage Summer Basics 1905 I cut out some panels that I wanted to look like bricks within my page and flowers from Vintage Summer Basics 1921 to tuck underneath my other elements, as well as using masking tape tears for layers in between. I then cut out a flower detail from Vintage Summer Basics 1923 to create a crown for my daughter’s head.Next comes gesso, if I haven’t already smeared all along the page. For this project, I really wanted to highlight my clusters, so I waited until I had glued these elements down and knew where they were going and used an old credit card to apply the medium.I then applied scrap rub-ons, into her hair, and around the clusters and added Prima flowers, metal bits and pieces, butterflies, and craft wire in circles to the page.My final touches are always drips, smears, and flicks of paint. So after all these things were added, I dripped on metallic alcohol ink and Shimmerz paint. Letting these dry first, I then applied some Shimmerz Texturez paint around the clusters and edges of the page, finishing the project off with my title work and some dark splotches of paint mist for added oomph.
Supplies Used: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics “Minnen-memories, 1921, 1905, 1923”, Prima flowers and Junkyard Findings, Shimmerz Paints, Ranger alcohol ink, gesso, craft wire, misc. rub-ons.
Thank you all for having me! See you next week!