Love is in the Air!

It’s Valentine’s Day!  My fiancé and I usually stay home and cook on this holiday because, frankly, it’s too much headache for not much payoff.  The fiancé asked for Chinese home-cooking, so that’s what I’ll give him.  In return, he’ll be making dessert when he gets home from work–chocolate chip cookies, my fave ❤  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have a layout to share about love.  The layout isn’t directly related to the fiancé; it’s actually about my love for Paris.  But, I’ve only been to Paris with the fiancé, so it relates in that all the lovely things I’ve experienced in Paris was with him 🙂

Paris je t'aime

The photo is from Le Mur des Je T’aime (“I Love You:  The Wall”) in the Montmarte district of Paris–a lively neighborhood with many art galleries and home to the Moulin Rouge.  This wall, located in a tiny little park, has “I Love You” written in different languages all across it.  We had to search for several minutes to find the words written in English.  Once found, we couldn’t help but take a couple of “action shots” of us jumping and pointing towards the “I Love You”.  I’m not going to lie, a couple of families with their children gave us peculiar looks….But as the saying goes, you only live once!

On the layout, journaling spots were created on the background paper (Crate Paper “Love Notes”) using gesso.  Each of the journaling spots lists a reason why I love Paris.  The title “Paris je t’aime” is layered with the fussy cut Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm words that read “a day spent with a big blue sky and sunbeams”.    A mix of brads, flair, enamel dots, and puffy stickers were used to embellish the vertical line of journaling.

I wish everyone a spectacular Valentine’s!  If there’s no significant other in the picture, there’s no reason why you can’t celebrate the Day of Love with another cherished one.

Sketch Layout: The Ultimate Cup (Studio Calico)

This sketch is from the Studio Calico blog.  The sketch has a sunburst design at the center behind the photo.  I actually find it a bit difficult using sunbursts because it’s such a bold element on a page.  I decided to give the sketch a go anyways….I do love a good challenge 🙂

The Ultimate CupWell, it’s been 4 months since moving into our new apartment, and I finally took out my watercolor paper from the packing box.  I wanted a more subtle “sunburst”, so I used three different shades of watercolors mixed with gesso to create the pattern.  I then dry painted a small amount gesso over the top to soften the look even more.   I love how the Gold Lame Heidi Swapp mist droplets kind of looks like coffee splatters.


Layout Process: The White House

I got a fantastic box of goodies yesterday through the Two Peas in a Bucket “Wish List” forum.  The box included a couple of acrylic paints.  These are the first acrylics in my stash.  Yay!  The colors are “Petal Pink” and “Indian Turquoise” both of which I love.  I used a small dash of each of these paints on this layout.  I found out a little goes a very long way with acrylic paints, so I know these bottles will last me a while 🙂

I got inspiration from a layout by Ashli Oliver where she used washi tape in a grid pattern.  You can find her layout here.  Instead of washi tape, I used scraps of paper I had leftover from other projects.  I cut the scraps into strips and then applied them to the background paper using matte Mod Podge.

Paper Strips


I wanted to tone down the colors of the paper strips a bit, so I added a layer of gesso wash (2 parts gesso to 1 part water) over the paper.  I then added the acrylic paints for some fun.




To finish the layout, I added ink splatters in Warm Calico and Opaque White (Mister Huey’s), the title, journaling, and a little bit of doodling.  The final step was matting the entire page on another patterned paper to add stability and minimize warping of the paper from all the wet media I used.  Here’s the final result:

The White House


Background paper:  Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste “Taylor’s Favorite” matted on We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard “Collage”