Thursday, September 22, 2011


Hi, i've been having some fun! 
What with you ask well i saw this challenge 
at Scrap It Lah on Helen's blog and knew i had to give it a go.
Having been dabbling in some mixed media canvases lately and having lots
of fun i thought it would be cool to try the same on a Layout.
this is what i came up with.
I used a crafters workshop template and gesso to begin with on some Teresa Collins music paper.

the challenge criteria was to 
"Create your own mixed media background, using printed paper as a base.  Be sure to include at least 3 different paint colours in whatever effects you fancy. This can be using stamps,  bubble wrap,  etc etc - its all up to your imagination.

Also ensure that you have at least twelve words on your layout, which can include the title, date (if you want to include one) and the journaling (or even be one REALLY long title if you like!)"

                               I got to used my new Dylusions stamps for the first time! Love, love, love!!!

I also decided to keep my embellishments all neutral in colour because my background and photo's were 
heavy with so many different colours. A cream peta-loo flower, some pale pink Prima 
butterflies, white buttons and a book-print banner from 'a lil somethin'.

A heap of different coloured Adirondack colour washes, water sprayer and some liqutex inks to achieve the background colours. The paper was so wet by the time i finished I thought it was going to tear-haha! It took quite a bit of drying!~ I also sprayed the whole thing rather generously 
with a copper Maya Road mist- it has the most awesome shimmer of any of the mists 
i've used. Shame i couldn't get it to show up in the pictures i took 
but trust me it has a very pretty shimmer!

And ta-da this was the end result.

I think it's my new favourite layout!
All about my out of control life! lol!
The journaling reads

"Under control?! HA!
Who am I kidding! 
Most of the time my life with four
kids feels like an out of control train, destined
to crash.  Just when I think I’ve got it back
on track….watch out!
This is it!  This is me!
Just a Mum doing what Mums do everyday.
Some days it’s good, some days it’s
not.  Sometimes I feel like I’m on top of it all
and other times I feel like a gibbering mess.
I’m not sure what gets me through
those days???.... But, I do get through them I come
out the other side hoping, praying I’ll feel a
little more in command…next time
the train threatens to derail."

If you want to take part in this Scrap-It-Lah challenge 
you have until Sept, 30th so hop over here and check out the 
DT samples and the fab Studio Calico prize up for grabs.

thanks so much for visiting, and if you feel like leaving me 
a comment it would make my day. :))


  1. Wow, Leonie that background is just gorgeous!No wonder it's your new favourite. Simply stunning!!!

  2. OMG this too is my new fave and you so have to teach me when we go away. I loooooove it.
    And remember how I think our lives are the same, well I just love your journaling and I actually have a similar but different idea re crazy life page. I heard the perfect quote that sums it all up. And I just love reading that someone else goes through the same motions each day. I had one of those today (I blamed it on the wind making the kids ratty). One of those days when I wanted to run away....and come back when it was a good day again.
    Fab work.

  3. Oh i feel like running away too some days Jas, the wind was crazy today hey?! thanks girls. x

  4. I've just spent waaaay too long (when I really should be preparing supper!!) taking in every detail of this fabulous LO...I love your work on the background & the journaling speaks for every Mum, I'm sure!!! Well, I MUST go & feed my menfolk!! ;)

  5. This is so super gorgeous! Marvelous!!! I just love mixed media backgrounds – and I LOVE this particular one!!! The colors you have chosen, the stamping, the gesso, it’s all perfect!

  6. LEONIE!! This is brilliant! LOve it girl! FANtastic!! Technique delight AND I know EXACTLY how you feel - crisis management is how it usually goes in my home with 4!! They are growing up a bit now but the teen years are NO easier let me tell you :) Thanks so much for playing along with my challenge at Scrap-it-Lah this month!!

  7. Wow Leonie! I LOVE this layout! I have stared at it for ages!!! This is my new Leonie fave!!! Awesomeness!!!

  8. Great LO and design Leonie! Love all the with squares! You made a great job, wish I could do a lo like that. Thanks for playing along with us at SIL

  9. Love the clever way you've used your stencil. Fabulous mixed media background!

  10. WOW Leonie adore your mixed media background.. awesome work and your journaling is fantastic, I think all mums feel like this!! My son turns 18 tomorrow and I am running around like a headless chook trying to organise a party at home and DH is away atm for work... I'll be glad when tomorrow is over!! :))

  11. Wow this is awesome Leonie! Just love the gesso used with the CW template - such an amazing effect!

  12. wow..beautiful background! I heart those book print banner!!! Amazing details..Thanks for playing at SIL...:)))

  13. LOve love the background and the beautiful details. Tq for playing along at SIL

  14. Gorgeous background!! Sooo much detail to look at. I just love it!! Thanks for playing along at SIL!!