Gossamer Blue

Playing with the 6×8 Format

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Hello Gossamer Blue lovelies! Vanessa here!  I am so thrilled to have joined the Life Pages Design Team, and so excited to be here today to share a few layouts that I created using September’s lovely kits.

After combing through all the kits and getting an idea of the color scheme, I gathered all the photos that I want to use, and decided on what elements from the kits would complement the photos. (Side note: these photos from our day at the shore are my most favorite ever.) Since the photos turned out to be light and airy, I decided to use the Main kit and Add-on #3 because of the pastels.

Being so in love with the Main Kit and Add-on #3, I was inspired to do something different in my album – a mini 6×8 layout. Usually I like to reserve 6×8 page protectors for full page photos, but I really wanted to use more of these two kits.

Vanessa Perry // via Gossamer Blue

About this layout:

I’m not much of a scrapbooker, which is why I use the pocket page style for documenting, but it was so much fun creating the mini scrapbook layout. I created the full 6×8 page using elements from the Main Kit. This is the first time that gold is making an appearance in my album, and it definitely won’t be the last. I loved that there were so many gold elements in the Main kit. I mean, seriously, gold alphas and gold hearts?! (Insert heart-eyes emoji.)

Add-on #3 includes a set of tags (like the “Hello” tag featured on the 6×8 page) that I had to use E V E R Y W H E R E. No kidding. I used them on every layout I created with this month’s kit.

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For the pocket page, I used the 3×4 cards from Add-on #3 since they complement so well with my photos and the Main Kit. I also like to include quotes and sayings into my layouts. For the quote, I printed it on vellum and then used paper from the Main Kit to create the block style.

Here’s another layout featuring a 6×8 mini scrapbook layout.

Vanessa Perry // via Gossamer Blue

About this layout:

This time I wanted to play around with layers since the adjacent pocket page is so simple. The paper I used are all from the Main Kit, I loved mixing the different patterns together. Again, all different, but all complementary. The “Today” kraft tag is from Add-on #3. I like to add little embellishments to bring an element of fun to the layout. The butterfly and the label are both from the Notes & Things accent stickers available in the Main Kit.

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After creating these two layouts, I feel like I’ve sharpened my scrapbooking skills a little bit more. Maybe I’ll even tackle a 12×12 in the future. For now, I hope you’ve enjoyed my first time here on the blog as much as I have. I can’t wait for this exciting year on the LP Design team!

Vanessa-Cursive

Life Pages Spread by Keisha

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Hello! Keisha blogging today for the first time! It is a thrill for me to be apart of the GB Life Pages team. I am super new to pocket scrapbooking-I took a break from scrapbooking in general. Card making has been filling my creative energy for the past year or so-doing a scrapbook page every blue moon. So I am excited to be getting back into scrapbooking with doing pocket pages!

I like to keep things on the simple side; my pages will be more on the minimalist style. Although, I may get carried away every once in a while! It will be interesting to see how my style evolves as I get into pocking scrapping more-each new kit will be an adventure for me.

Keisha Campbell for Gossamer Blue

My spread today is a few iPhone photos of my husband & I on a recent trip to Chicago for his birthday this past August. I love the photo of the State Street draw bridge-they were doing construction and had it up that day.

Keisha Campbell for Gossamer Blue

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Have a great Monday!

Keisha-Cursive

Mask and Watercolor Tutorial

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Hello!!! Melanie here today to share a mask and watercolor tutorial. I love working with masks and stencils, I was very excited to see them included in an add-on kit. Incorporating a mask on a project is a fun and easy way to add customized details to any layout.  Since the main kit offered a gold pen, I thought it would be perfect to combine the pen and masks along with watercolors, it is such a lovely combo!

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I selected the scallop border masks because it replicated a wave effect, which was ideal for the theme of my layout. I started by tracing the stencil with the gold/black pen, this process doesn’t have to be exact; I did have uneven lines, which I filled in with my pen. However, if you prefer to have straight lines you could prevent this by adhering the masks to the paper using washi tape.

Once I was satisfied with my traced images, I waited for a short period of time (approx. 10 min.) for the  ink to dry. Now it’s time to play!! The beauty of watercolors is that a little goes a long way, I started with a very diluted color and gradually added a bit more color to increase the pigment of the watercolors. I played around with the colors until I obtained the desired effect.

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These masks would also be ideal to use with mists, paint, gelatos and molding paste, any mixed media medium would work wonderfully with any masks or templates.

Melanie Blackburn for Gossamer Blue
I hope you are inspired to play along! Make sure to upload your layout to gallery, I would love to see what you create!

 

Melanie-Cursive