November 23, 2017

"Picture of the Day" Mixed Media Layout - Scraps of Darkness October, 2017 Kit

Hello everyone!  I have a layout to share with you today using the Scraps of Darkness October Kit, and it is titled "Picture of the Day".  This is actually a picture of me when I was a little girl.  Apparently, my mom wanted to take a picture of me after I lost my first tooth, but I would not smile.  When my mom told me the tooth fairy would be coming, I smiled and she took this picture.

Picture of the Day - Scrapbook Mixed Media Layout with Scraps of Darkness October, 2017 Kits by Jessica McFall

I used papers from the Main Kit, the Floral Add-On, and the Elements Add-On:




The background paper is from the Main Kit, and to matte the photo, I used pieces of one of the Pink Paislee papers - Spellcast Collection.  I took the black lace from the Elements Add-On, cut it to the size I wanted it, covered it in gesso, then randomly applied some teal spray.  Here you can see that the Apricot Petaloo Burlap Blossoms really add a lot of fun to the page.


In addition to using the October Kit items, I used various elements from prior kits to complete my page.  The title is from the Prima Travelers Journal Vintage Ephemera and Stickers sheet. Also, I used Prima's Florica Gypsy Cord from a prior kit to frame the picture and add interest.  


The cute butterflies are from the Prima Traveler's Journal Flowers - Over the Sea; and under the butterflies are some American Crafts POP! Microbeads in Wave.  


I used Blue Fern Studios' Watermelon glitter with some glass bead gel and stencil across the page.  


Hopefully this layout gave you some ideas for today!  Stop on over to the Scraps of Darkness online store to see what goodies we have.  For extra ideas and inspiration from all of the design team, check out the Scraps of Darkness blog here.  

Take care and have fun creating!
~Jessica~


November 18, 2017

"Adventure" Layout for the Scraps of Darkness October Kit

Hey everyone!  Using the October Scraps of Darkness Kits, I created my new layout titled "Adventure".


Here is a preview of the Main Kit, Elements Add-On, and Floral Add-On:




This is such a sweet picture of my nephew, and it went great with the background paper and the leaves from the Floral Add-On.


The Blue Fern Studios branch and brown Prima Flowers are from the Main Kit.  These were a great touch for the theme!



I used gesso and a lot of different brown mists to create the background for this project.  I also used my "Adventure" stamp from a previous kit for the title.


You can take a peak at the online store here, and for more inspiration, you can check out the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance blog.  

Take care and have a great day!
~Jessica McFall~

November 15, 2017

"Lovely" Mixed Media Layout Using the Scraps of Darkness October, 2017 Kit!

Greetings to you all!  Today I am here to share my second mixed media layout using the October, 2017 Scraps of Darkness Kit.  The title of my layout is "Lovely" because Shirley Temple is so very lovely.


I used the Main Kit, the Elements Add-On Kit, and the Floral Add-On Kit.  Here is a preview of the Kits:




I  used feathers for the first time on a layout and learned that in order to keep them from shedding, you can use aerosol hairspray - just a light mist will work.


The Prima Marketing flowers were a nice touch for the layout.  I liked that they have gold tips.


I used one of the papers for my background, and I also added parts of another paper from the kit for matting behind the picture.


I hope I was able to inspire you today!  You can go here to check out the online store, and don't forget to check out the Scraps of Darkness design team blog for extra inspiration!

~Jessica McFall~

November 13, 2017

"Boo" Halloween Layout for the Scraps of Darkness October Kit!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a fun and spooky halloween this year!  My newest layout using the October, 2017 Scraps of Darkness Kit is titled "Boo".  I tried to make it a bit spooky and a bit cute, because my nephew's picture captures a bit of both.



Here is a preview of the Scraps of Darkness Kit for October, 2017 with the Elements Add On and the Floral Add On for my project:





It may be difficult to see under all the layers of gesso and modeling paste, but I used a layer of matte gel medium to adhere the Fancy Pants  ephemera under the layers of paint and texture.





I used the purple Petaloo flowers and the orange Prima flowers from the Floral Add On kit.



The black lace is versatile because it can be used on spooky halloween layouts and elegant layouts!



A nice final touch to the project was the Tim Holtz Halloween Shape Tokens.



I hope you are able to check out the Scraps of Darkness online store here and check out the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kits before they are sold out!

You can see a lot of great inspiration from the designers by checking out the blog here.

Thanks for visiting today and have fun creating! :-)

~Jessica McFall

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~