With my latest order from A Cherry On Top filled with gelatos, I am having a blast with them as there are so many different techniques out there.

This latest layout features gelatos mixed with gesso, which I painted on the dark brown pattern paper.


I used the Lemon gelato from Faber-Castell and it really brightens up that dark paper, making the pattern paper strips and photos POP!

I even use a little bit of the gelato and rubbed it into the Studio Calico veneer arrow I used:



This layout is based on a sketch over at Let’s Get Sketchy – Week 3 May:

lets get sketchy

I changed my layout a bit by rotating the photos, and not putting anything in the upper right hand corner.

This layout was also inspired by ACOT’s 3 in a Row Challenge, where I used the 1st column – something brown, burlap, and painting.

My list of supplies are as follows:
Papers, “fun” chipboard piece: Echo Park
Burlap: DCWV
“documented” sticker: MAMBI
doily: Doodlebug
veneers: Studio Calico
painted background: Gesso mixed with Faber-Castell Gelato in Lemon
“hello” title, sequins, tabbed folder: from stash

TFL! 🙂



Layout: I Love You

Sketchabillities newest sketch has so many possibilties to make it your own. I am still new at the mixed media type layouts, but boy am I having fun getting messy with gesso, ink and mists!

Here’s sketch #102

#102 Sketchabilities

And here is my layout:

I Love You (2)

I used quite a bit of old Basic Grey (Ambrosia, Indian Summer, Euphoria) and added gesso to the edges of my background paper. I stamped here and there with heart-shaped and circle stamps, and added a bit of coffee bean mist from Inkadinkado. Washi tapes are from Love My Tapes.

I also did this layout for ACOT”s Journaling Challenge, where your journaling must be like the “body” of a letter. It just states how thankful I am to have met my husband and to have him in my life. Love him so much!

TFL! 🙂

Layout: Woof

I’m really enjoying using gesso on my layouts, and adding layers. A Cherry On Top has a “What’s Old is New Again” challenge and the hostess created it as a “recipe”.

This is what I picked/had to use:

werewolf = mostly brown
more than 1 pumpkin = pp only
pumpkins carved = distressing
seeds roasted = 2 or more photos
guts tossed = ribbon
going to an adult party = lots of embellishments

With those items in mind, this is what I came up with:

WOOF (2)

I used the gesso to tone down that houndstooth pattern paper and I really love the effect.

By the way, those pictures are of Little Bit – my parents’ little doggie. Isn’t he cute?

Layout: Hippie Chick – Stardust

Sketchabilities has another GREAT sketch out and again, I had to try my hand at using gesso, misting, inking – and I added paint to the layout too!

Hippie Chick - Stardust

This photo is of my BFF dressed up as a Hippie for Halloween. With such a fun photo, it was easy to have fun with the layout, too!

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Here’s the fun sketch – #100

#100 Sketchabilities

Most of my products are Webster’s Pages (ACOT Manufacturer Challenge) – papers, transparencies, journaling tags, resin embellishments, ribbon, alphas, and feathered flower.

Layout: Making the Cut

This layout is all about taking risks – from the topic to the techniques I used. I used a Sketchabilities sketch and paired it with the ACOT Book of Me Challenge – Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone.

Making the Cut

The topic:  Getting my hair cut. I have always, ALWAYS have had medium length hair. But I wanted something different. Two weeks ago I decided to cut it short. Very very short. This is the shortest it has ever been. My hair is extremely thick and wavy, so I had asked the hair dresser if she could thin it out a bit. A straightening iron helps too. I journaled on the tag that is behind my photos.

There’s a twist to the BOM Challenge. While we are scrapping about something outside of our comfort zone, we should do something on our layout that really isn’t our usual style or technique.  I chose to use gesso, and mist and stamping, with layers – and not just layering of papers (which is what I do alot), but layering with washi tape, and embellies and bling, and photos. I have never used gesso before, so looking thru pinterest and other blogs  really helped me figure it out. And I LOVE the end result.


And Sketchabilities Sketch #99 really helped me figure out the gesso, mist, stamping, etc – this sketch just screams mixed media!

#99 sketchabilities

Thanks for looking! 🙂