IMG_0361It is no secret that I love Felicity Jane products.  I have been following their creative team and loving their product releases for at least a couple of years now.  But, I had trouble pulling the trigger on the monthly subscription kit.  I tended to shop the sales and use bits and pieces here and there.  However, this past fall, I decided to finally go for it and sign up for the subscriptions.  I do so much crafting and blogging, this was a special treat for just me, and I am so glad that I did it!  The products are always top-notch quality, and getting the shipment every month feels like Christmas morning :). Plus, using primarily Felicity Jane products in my memory keeping has really helped create a cohesive feel in each traveler’s notebook!

Something new that I have been playing with in my traveler’s notebook is mixing the “messy” feel of mixed media with the clean, crisp patterns of Felicity Jane paper.  I like the juxtaposition of the two ideas, and I think it makes for very interesting layouts!  That is exactly the path I took when creating a recent entry in my TN meant to document a recent 3 mile run that my daughter and I went on.

IMG_0365I began with what I lovingly call the “smoosh” technique.  I used Forest Moss Distress Oxide Ink and pressed it onto a piece of clear plastic wrapping.  I added water and then created a diagonal flow from the top left to the bottom right.  This technique creates a lot of color variation and an organic feel to the color splash on the page.  While the first layer of ink dried, I mixed Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Ink with texture paste. Then, using my finger, I applied the colored texture paste through a beautiful rose scribble stencil from Tim Holtz.  I layered it directly over top of the Forest Moss color that was already on the page.

IMG_0364Once the mixed media was on the page, the rest of the layout came together quickly.  All I had to do was decide where I wanted the other elements on the page.  I have been challenging myself to use more stamping in my traveler’s notebooks.  This is really easy with the Felicity Jane stamps.  They are crisp, clear, and general enough that they can be used on a variety of layouts.  It’s also fun to stamp them on top of the labels and other die-cut pieces that come as part of the ephemera pack.  My tip for that is to use Archival ink to avoid smudging.  My normal go-to ink (Versafine) tends to smudge on top of the coating on the paper pieces.

What do you think about doing mixed media in your traveler’s notebook?  Do you like the messy feel or do you prefer everything to be clean and crisp?  Let me know in the comments below!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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