For my first layout, I used this gorgeous paper from KaiserCraft. I love the color and detailed background. As soon as I saw it, I remembered this photo of my nephew that I took shortly after he was born. I love his little aviator hat. Black seemed to be the perfect accent color.
I took a softer, more neutral approach with the 7 Dots paper for this layout. I also chose a photo with neutral tones, and added just a bit of color.
To add some interest to the background, I sprayed 3 colors of mist on my craft sheet, in 3 areas. I then placed a 12x12 stencil on the craft sheet and let some of the ink cover it, before removing it and placing it on my background paper. After the mist had dried, I lined up the stencil with the pattern, and applied some super-thick white gesso to add some dimension.
I like to save the flaps from boxes to use as the substrate for mixed media pieces. They are lightweight and best of all.....free! That's what I used for this mixed media piece titled "Fly". The quote, "Until you spread your wings, you'll never know how far you'll fly" is printed on one of the papers from the KaiserCraft collection.
I used the gelatos from the Magnifique Mixed Media Kit to create the background, along with some white paint, paint, mists, and rub-ons.