I have really been inspired lately by my fellow Design Team member Irit Landgraf. She's a mixed media whiz, and watching her create her beautiful backgrounds made me want to do it, too. I used a few different shades of blue acrylic paints for this. I used some white gesso first, and then I used a wide flat brush to just brush the paint right onto the paper. I used a baby wipe to do a little smudging although acrylic paint dries pretty quickly and really doesn't blend. I wanted to create somewhat of a sky, and I layered some of the clouds on top of it. I even used the centers that were cut out of the outlines. I love how they turned out over the background!
I left my clouds white since they contrasted so nicely against the blue. I used the You Are Here collection from Simple Stories for this since my picture is a tropical image. This collection was perfect for it! I added lots of fun stickers, die cuts, chipboard pieces and wood veneer.
I machine stitched through a few of the clouds and added a few clear MAMBI stickers. I think I could used these clouds on almost every beach layout I make. They are so cute!
I created the word "cheers" using the Kitschy Cursive alpha. It's so fun to create words and welding them together. You can make any word you want! I combined some Studio Calico wood veneer alphas with some VERY OLD Thickers here. I don't even know how old they are, but I love the pretty pink color and fun font :)
Here's one more close up of some of the background papers and embellishments. I also added some tangled pink thread.
Here's my process video if you'd like to see how this layout came together. I hope you enjoy and find some cool ideas to try!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!