inspired by...Heidi Swapp...a little mixed media layout

At the end of last month I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend with two of my very favorite people...

Heidi Swapp & Sarah Bargo! Woo hoo! 

Heidi was teaching classes in a town not far from me and Sarah lives near me, too (jealous???) so we were all able to hang for a couple of days! 

Heidi's classes covered a whole bunch of mixed media techniques this time around and I have to tell you that I was overcome with inspiration. First of all...if you ever get the chance to attend one of Heidi's classes, you must. And by "must" I mean cancel-all-your-other-plans-and-get-to-that-class-come-Hell-or-high-water. Not only is Heidi one of the best motivational and inspirational speakers I have ever heard, she is also a beautiful, kind & ridiculously talented. But you guys know all that...soooooo... I mentioned...I was so inspired by Heidi and her projects that I came right home and set to work on a layout that used some of the techniques she went over in class...

Mixed media is not something I'm proficient fact, it's something I'm not even all that decent with. BUT I am practicing...and I am learning...and I am trying and I am playing...and I'm having a BALL!

For this layout I stuck with mainly the new Dreamy Collection & Mini-Stencils (available at your local scrapbook store and online). I also included a few stamps from the Hello Today Collection (at Michaels), as well as some Color Shine & vellum.

To start, I cut a strip of the yellow houndstooth print side of a sheet of Pink Dream. I adhered this to a sheet of Choose Happy paper and stitched down the inside edge. 

Next I combined some white acrylic paint with some Mustard Color Shine and spread a thin layer over my paper.

Now is where it starts to get fun...

Using the houndstooth mini-stencil, I applied some Modeling Paste in a few areas over my background and allowed it to dry.

A few sprinkles of Mustard Color Shine and a little yellow stamp ink rubbed on a few of the paste "houndsteeth" - (it's a new word) and I was ready for my photo and embellishments.

Just a few key pieces here and there (as well as some stapled vellum shapes!) was really all this page needed. 

I love the way this turned out...and I'm so so grateful to Heidi for sharing her talent...


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