Inspiration to get more done, Mixed Media Art

Accordion House Scrapbook Layout – Inspired by Somerset Studio Magazine

Today I am reviewing the March-April 2017 back issue of Somerset Studio Magazine from Stampington & Company and then creating an “accordion house scrapbook layout” inspired by that issue. Somerset Studio features the art of paper and mixed media, and it is FULL of inspiration! Special thanks to Stampington & Company for sending me this issue of Somerset Studio to review!

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Somerset Studio March/April 2017 – $9.99

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The March-April 2017 issue of Somerset Studio is 144 pages of inspiration, including amazing photography, detailed project descriptions and full product lists. A full year’s subscription includes six issues, and even the back issues are trendy and motivating. There’s just something about relaxing with a magazine, actually turning the pages, and looking at good-quality photography that proves to be cathartic. Even if you’re not into mixed media, your tour through the pages of Somerset Studio would seem like walking through an art exhibit.

Each issue includes Artist Papers, which are specially designed tear-out papers perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking or other papercrafts. These Artist Papers have a smooth, lightly glossed feel, and are sized at 8-1/2″ x 11″ (perfect for running through your printer)! Each issue also includes project templates and easy-to-follow instructions for creating something new. For my inspiration, however, I left the Artist Papers and the project template intact, and created a project of my own. I was inspired by two featured contributions to Somerset Studio, both of which had a “house and home” theme.

So, I found a pile of mixed media papers I had made a while back, and let my imagination go! Watch the complete magazine review and process video HERE:

First I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach 2 mixed media pieces together accordion-style.

Next, I used more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to glue more mixed media paper on the back of my little accordion. I scored and folded them firmly (however I wanted… no particular pattern or measurement). Then, I used a Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black to draw guidelines for myself before I trimmed out little rooftops. The Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black at this stage will be handy in creating the look I want later on.

I punched out little squares for windows, and trimmed and glued little triangles for rooftops. All of this was solely based on my imagination and my own mixed media papers I had created months earlier (but hadn’t used yet). I adhered everything down with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

When I was happy with both sides of the accordion house, I used a water pen and a baby wipe to drag against the marks made by the Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black. This is no ordinary pencil! It smudges, smears and drags, and it writes on plastic, glass, metal… almost anything you can think of! MUCH better than a marker for achieving the look on this project that I had in mind. I outlined my doors and windows as desired.


Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black

from: Stampington & Company

I used Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Crayons – Set 2 an old cross-stitching stencil from my stash to create little houses on a sturdy piece of cardstock.

Also, I wanted the top corners of my cardstock to be torn at an angle (to accent the angle of the rooftops), but I also wanted the torn corners to reveal a surprise patterned paper underneath. ALL of the cardstock was pulled from my personal stash.

Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces works great to adhere heavy things on all sorts of surfaces, so I used that to adhere my accordion houses to my scrapbook page.

Behind the houses, I adhered a large black torn piece of journaling paper from my stash. I accented the edges with some inexpensive white matte acrylic paint (dragged over the page with a palette knife), and found adhesive letters from my stash to add a title to the page.


Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces

This would be so cute as a first page of a family album! You could add little pictures inside the windows and rooftops of the fold-out houses. You could tell stories about a special house on the journaling section. I enjoyed this layout so much, and I was SO inspired by the Somerset Studio Magazine!

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Craft Outfitting, Inspiration to get more done

What is Craft Outfitting™?

Craft Outfitting™ can help you transfer awesome projects out of your mind and onto the paper or surface, even when you don’t know where to start. Craft Outfitting™ helps you create “that look” you see in craft magazines and online, but still leaves room for your own creativity and design. And best of all, there are no kits to purchase or supplies to have shipped — Craft Outfitting™ uses YOUR OWN SUPPLIES!

With Craft Outfitting™, you will simultaneously give your mind a creative rest AND a creative recharge. How is this possible? Use your personal craft stash as your “closet”. Then, based on the “outfit” you choose, select a few pieces of cardstock and a few tools and follow a series of step-by-step instructions. In a few hours, you will have completed a series of 12″x12″ SCRAPBOOK PAGES and several A2-SIZED GREETING CARDS all IN ONE SITTING!

Here’s how it works: I used the The FREE SAMPLE pattern below to make two (12″x12″) layouts, five (8″x8″) layouts and six (A2) top-folding cards. I wanted to work on my oldest son’s sports album, so I chose basketball-themed paper (several sheets according to the pattern). The pattern let me relax at my craft table and follow simple instructions to create lots of projects at once. I made TWO (12″x12″) layouts:

I also made FIVE (8″x8″) layouts:

And, I also made SIX cards:

When I followed the pattern, I was in control of the paper I chose and the embellishments I chose. I could have made these projects any way I wanted, for any occasion I wanted.

Check out the same exact “outfit” using different paper. I made TWO (12″x12″) layouts:

I made FIVE (8″x8″) layouts:

And I made SIX cards:

Same exact pattern. ONE SITTING. Different paper. Different embellishments. No subscription kits. No fancy tools. Just you and your stash and one Craft Outfitting™ pattern. Imagine if you did the pattern again with holiday paper, baby paper, wedding paper! Imagine graduation paper, school years paper, beach vacation paper! Think of the possibilities using cat or dog paper, Halloween paper, winter paper, spring flower paper… anything you have in your stash already will FINALLY get used!

How is Craft Outfitting™ different from a layout sketch or challenge? First of all, a layout sketch always begins with the sketch, the picture of the end result. Craft Outfitting™ always starts with the materials, the papers you are in the mood to work with. Secondly, with a layout sketch, you pull papers and supplies and end up with one project. With Craft Outfitting™, you pull papers and supplies and end up with several projects! Finally, a layout sketch requires you to try to figure out as you go how to achieve the end result, but with Craft Outfitting™, you just follow the instructions and almost like magic, the projects appear! Then you can really use your creativity to make those projects fit YOUR occasions.

Sandpaper Road offers Craft Outfitting™ patterns for purchase. Visit sandpaperroad.com and click the SHOP button or click HERE: SHOP Craft Outfitting™ by Sandpaper Road

What will you get with your purchase? Your purchase includes ONE easy-to-follow, downloadable, printable pattern with step-by-step instructions to create several projects in one sitting (with over 50 full-color photos to accompany the steps), plus a private link to a companion video tutorial which walks you through the pattern every step of the way. Once you purchase a pattern, you can watch the video again and again. You can also print or download the pattern (with the full-color photos) to take to a crop (especially handy if your crop location’s WiFi is spotty or unreliable).

The above pattern is only a short sample of what you will make with a Craft Outfitting™ pattern. Typically, Craft Outfitting™ patterns yield FOUR (12″x12″) layouts and TWELVE (A2, top-folding) cards. Imagine… with FIVE patterns, you will be able to make a 20-page (12″x12″) album and 60 cards in no time! Plus, you can use the patterns again and again for different holidays, seasons and occasions!

STILL NOT SURE? Give it a try! Check out this PRINT-FRIENDLY FREE SAMPLE Craft Outfitting™ PATTERN by Sandpaper Road HERE: Craft.Outfitting.FREE SAMPLE PATTERN.A.1.print.friendly.version

VIEW the FREE companion video on YouTube HERE: Craft Outfitting™ FREE SAMPLE VIDEO

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Inspiration to get more done

Inspiration to get more done – Finishing half-done cards

Be inspired to get more done! Finish half-done greeting cards with supplies you already have on hand. Today I completed 12 “card starts” in one sitting without leaving my craft table!

5 Tips for successful “finishing”:

  1. Set aside about two hours for yourself. Turn your phone to “do not disturb”, set a timer, and be determined to stay in one spot for the time you set. Don’t worry about HOW MUCH you get accomplished. Instead, focus on staying ON TASK.
  2. Before you start your timer, gather a few embellishments and keep them on your table. Only gather what can stay on your table! A few pieces of ribbon, a few die cuts or stamped images leftover from other projects, a few stickers, a little bling… don’t go overboard. If your table starts to look cluttered even before you START, you are starting with too much!
  3. Gather the adhesive of your choice. Variety is key! Foam dots, glue dots, tape runners, liquid adhesive, glue sticks, even kids’ school glue… just have a nice variety within reach!
  4. Just for this set-aside time, don’t feel pressured to make all the cards for the same holiday or occasion. Look at each “card start” as if it were the only card you were making. If you end up with a birthday card, a Christmas card and a sympathy card at the end of your time, great!
  5. DO NOT use this time to stamp and create NEW embellishments, accents or sentiments. Try your best to use items you have in front of you and your own creativity to finish what you have started!

These are the tips I use for myself to stay motivated, exercise my creativity, and get more accomplished. Hopefully, you find them inspiring!

Please share these tips with your crafty friends (and maybe share with that one crafty friend who never seems to finish anything!).

Feel free to leave a tip of your own in the comments section below!