Thursday, March 22, 2018

Beautiful Forever / Mixed Media Layout

Hey, friends!  I have a fun layout to share today using lots of white cardstock and lots of mixed media goodness.  I was totally and completely inspired by Paige Evans.  She recently created a layered butterfly layout where she used a lot of mixed media and her Butterfly Background cut file.  I fell in love with the process and her end result and I just had to try it and make my own layout!  I am loving how it came out so much!

My favorite part of this page is that it's basically made from plain white cardstock.  I coated one sheet with white gesso first and then pulled out lots of my gelatos.  I scribbled lots of color onto an acrylic stamping block, spritzed it with water and then "stamped" it down onto the cardstock.  Paige did this with art crayons, and like I said, I felt compelled to try it :)  Once the paper was covered with lots of color and was dry, I ran it through my Cameo and cut out all the butterflies.  I continued to color them by adding more gelatos and Shimmerz.  Then I stacked them all together and ran them through my sewing machine.

Would you look at how pretty these turned out?!  This looks complicated, but it really was just making a mess and then letting the Cameo do all the work.  I finished each stack off with a little sequin in the center.  I loved how Paige added black paint to her background, so I tried something similar.  I squirted a bit of black acrylic paint on the cardstock and then just scraped it over the page with a palette knife.  I did the same with some light blue paint.

I watered down the paints and added some splatters, and I also splattered down some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.  I decided to leave the white thread nice, long and loose on the butterflies to add to the messy factor :)

I used these two photos of my daughter, and since I had some black empty space here in the center, I added a smaller butterfly stack on top of the photos.  I also added in a few older Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss puffy heart stickers.

I also added in some Tim Holtz phrase stickers in a few places.  I'm really loving these butterflies...they're just so pretty!

I used a few random MAMBI stickers here at the bottom for the title and added the date.  I added some pink and orange Distress Ink down here below the photos to add another pop of color along with some pink tangled thread.

Here are a few more close-ups just because....all the heart eyes!

I really hope you give this a try if you love making mixed media projects.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  And you could do this with any shapes.  Circles would be cool!  I do have a process video here so you can see how easy this really is.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fantastic day!


  1. I love it! I wanna become good as you, you are so inspiring! I made a watercolored and a Gelatos layout but I am really far from this :D
    Thanks for the continuous inspiration Missy, you are the best!

  2. Magical video, wonderful layout.
    THANK YOU for sharing.