September 06, 2017

"See the World" Layout - VIDEO TUTORIAL - Scraps of Darkness "The Wayfarer Kit"

Hello folks!  I hope you all are doing well.  After a pretty hectic month, I was finally able to complete a mixed media layout titled "See the World" using July's Scraps of Darkness "The Wayfarer Kit" and the Elements Add-On Kit.  I made a video tutorial for it as well, and you can find that at the bottom of my blog entry or by clicking here.


Here is a preview of "The Wayfarer Kit" and the Elements Add-On Kit:



This kit was absolutely perfect for the pictures of my newest nephew Otto Natale.  I got to go up to Pennsylvania recently to visit family and it is just amazing how much he has already grown up!


Using various Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays on the Blue Fern Studios Wanderlust Artisan Collection paper matched the adorable blanket he is wrapped in.  I used a 49 and Market embellishment wreath on the center of my page.


The Blue Fern Studios' Fern Leaves Chipboard helped to frame the pictures really well.  I also loved using the two wooden clips to attach the pictures together!  That is something I have never done before.


The Prima Traveler's Journal Ephemera and Stickers pack came with two stickers that said "See the World", so I attached one by the pictures and the smaller sticker by the top flower.


Thank you for taking a look at my new layout today!  Here is my video tutorial for this layout, mostly in fast forward.  Hope you enjoy the video!



Don't forget to see the newest Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kits on the online store. Also, more amazing inspiration from the design team can be found on the Scraps of Darkness blog. Take care everyone!

~Jessica McFall~

August 01, 2017

"Now" Layout - Scraps of Darkness "Wayfarer" Kit!

Hello my friends!  I was super excited to start to use the new July Scraps of Darkness "Wayfarer" Main Kit along with the Elements Add On Kit for my new layout titled "Now".  I recently got some amazing pictures of my beautiful second nephew Otto, and I could not wait to use this awesome kit for these pictures.

"Now" mixed media scrapbook layout Scraps of Darkness Wayfarer Kit July 2017 by Jessica McFall

Here are the previews of the Wayfarer Kit and Elements Add On Kit:



The little bit of red in the background of my picture was perfect for the tiny bits of red in the 49 and Market Dragonfly Revolution Layered Embellishments from the Elements Add On Kit.


The beautiful green paper from the Blue Fern Studios' Wonderlust Collection along with the Chipboard went along really well with my Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst colors "My Mojito Green" and "Ponderosa Pines Olive" that I used in the background.  I added a bit of 13@rts white SPLASH! ink with water to the "My Mojito Green" so that I can make it more of a matte finish.  To add depth to my background, I used one of the Hot Off The Press Compass Stamps with my StazOn black ink pad.


Part of the subtle layers in my background was using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium with the Prima Traveler's Journal Ephemera from the main kit.


I also used one of the Prima Ephemera Stickers for my title on top of the picture.


Finally, I have to point out these 49 and Market Flowers from the main kit... The elegant and vintage pop of yellow completely pulled the project together to my surprise.  This is the exact reason I first subscribed to the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance monthly kits.  I never in a thousand years would have realized this amazing color scheme of the flowers with the papers and other embellishments without having this kit put together for me.  I don't think I could have come up with a better color scheme than this on my own.


Anyhow, that's about it!  For more design team inspiration and tutorials, check the Scraps of Darkness blog here.  Thanks for taking a look and have a fabulous day!

~Jessica McFall~

July 12, 2017

"Perfect" - VIDEO TUTORIAL - Scraps of Darkness "Seaside Kit"

Hello everyone!  This is my fourth project using June's amazing Scraps of Darkness "Seaside Kit" and my layout is titled "Perfect".  As a bonus, I have made another mixed media layout video tutorial to share with you.  And as always, most of the video is in fast forward, and for the parts that involve a lot of gluing, I only briefly show those and cut them short.  You can watch it here on youtube or view it at the bottom of my blog entry.

"Perfect" mixed media layout using the Seaside Kit scraps of Darkness June, 2017 with video tutorial


For this layout, I used both the main kit and Elements Add-On Kit.  Here is a preview of the kits, and don't forget to go to the Scraps of Darkness online store for all the newest kits before they're sold out!



Here are some close ups and angle pictures showing the details on my layout using the 49 and Market paper the gorgeous kit embellishments:





My video tutorial will give you a lot of extra details on my project, and I love to hear what you think!  Comments and suggestions are always appreciated.  Thanks for checking out my layout today and I hope you enjoy the video!  Have a great day! :-)


~Jessica McFall~


July 07, 2017

"Smile" - VIDEO TUTORIAL - Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit

Hello everyone!  Today I am excited to share my newest layout titled "Smile" with a video tutorial using the Scraps of Darkness "Seaside Kit"!  Most of my video tutorial is in fast forward, but I slow it down a bit sometimes to demonstrate certain techniques. You can check out my video tutorial here on youtube or you can watch it at the bottom of this blog entry.



Here is a preview of June's main kit "Seaside Kit" and the Elements Add On Kit:



I actually chose not to use many embellishments for this project so that I could focus on teaching my background techniques on the video tutorial.



Even subtle background details can have a nice impact.

Here are more closeups and angles of my layout showing the beautiful embellishments:



Hopefully you get a chance to check out my video tutorial. Feel free to let me know what you think! Suggestions and comments are welcomed and appreciated.  Now, on with the show!


Thanks for visiting, and make sure to get messy ;-)

~Jessica McFall~

July 03, 2017

"Sail Away With Me" Layout for the Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all are doing well.  Today I have a layout titled "Sail Away With Me" using the newest Scraps of Darkness "Seaside Kit".

Sail Away With Me mixed media scrapbook layout using Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit June, 2017

I seriously love this kit.  The colors are absolutely amazing, and I had a lot of fun making this layout! The paper itself is just beautiful. I continued the beach theme and added some seashells to my layout.


To make the background, I used some modeling paste and striped stencil, then I also used some glass bead gel with a stencil that has a cracked effect. I used one of the Kaisercraft stickers for my title along with the pastel glass gems, metal dragonfly charms, and starfish since they all complimented the theme and color scheme beautifully.



The deep teal and blue mists helped to make the picture sort of "flow" into the gorgeous paper from the kit. These colors look amazing next to the awesome 49 and Market flowers from the main kit. Did I mention yet that I love this kit? LOL



I hope I was able to give a little seaside inspiration today, and don't forget you can visit the Scraps of Darkness online store here, and for the monthly Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kits and Add-On Kits you can check here.  For this layout, I used the "Seaside Kit" (the main kit, but you can choose from a variety of add-on kits to compliment the main kit):


Thank you for coming by to take a glance today, and I will be back soon with my third project using the Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit. ;-)

~Jessica McFall~




June 30, 2017

"What a View" - Layout Using the NEW Scraps of Darkness Kit!

Oh my goodness everyone! I must say that I am in love with June's Scraps of Darkness "Seaside Kit". You know those times when you see a picture of something and think, "I really like that," but then you see it in real life and you think, "I am in LOVE with this!"?  That is what happened when my kits came in the mail.

Now that I have shared my excitement, I want to share this special layout with you titled "What a View" just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations.  The picture was actually taken while on a military plane flying near Pensacola, Florida.

What a View Mixed Media Layout using June's Scraps of Darkness Kit Seaside Kit by Jessica McFall

Here is a preview of the June Scraps of Darkness Main Kit "Seaside Kit":


I also used the Elements Add On Kit for my layout:


I loved using the Kaisercraft High Tide Collection papers and sticker sheet for this particular layout because it has a bit of a masculine with a bit of vintage feel for the nautical theme.


Since the picture captures both the air and the gorgeous beach below, I loved that I could use the Blue Fern Studios' Anchors Away chipboard included in the Elements Add On Kit for my layout.



Continuing with the theme of anchors and chains, I definitely had to use the Prima Montagnac Antique Cord Chain draped over the chipboard anchor.



I want to give credit where credit is due, so I wanted to let you know that one of our designers Lisa Griffith completed a layout a while ago called "Stars and Stripes", and I actually used that layout she created as my inspiration.   That's why I made some homemade chipboard stars to go along with the military theme.


All of the designers on our team create very inspirational artwork, so I encourage you to check the Scraps of Darkness blog for some amazing ideas and tutorials!

Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend. :-)

~Jessica McFall~