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~


June 25, 2017

"Moments" Mixed Media Layout

I hope everyone's weekend was really nice.  I had fun this weekend creating my new layout titled "Moments".  It is so hard to believe this picture was taken seven years ago!  Time really goes by fast.

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout "Moments" April Scraps of Elegance Kit 49 and Market Flowers and 13arts products by Jessica McFall

For my layout, I wanted to try to create a mottled watercolor effect with my 13arts mists.


My goal when I began the layout was to use some of the gorgeous 49 and Market flowers that came in the April Scraps of Elegance Floral Add On with the little blue flowers included in the main kit. I wanted to try to pull the blues and purples together with the vanilla flowers. 


I used a list of 13arts products for this layout: The background paper is from their Timeless Collection, white SPLASH! ink, a stencil (with glass bead gel), navy blue pearl mist, and dirty pink pastel mist.  


I thought the Donna Downey Studios' stencil with Prima's Art Extravagance Clear Crackle Paste was an interesting touch.


I appreciate you taking the time to stop on by today! Hope you have a great week.

~Jessica McFall~





June 13, 2017

"Fly. Be Free." Video Tutorial for Scraps of Elegance "A Song of Spring" Kits!

It has been a while, ladies and gentlemen, but I just completed a video tutorial (mostly in fast forward) for my layout titled, "Fly. Be Free." using April's Scraps of Elegance Main Kit and Elements Add On Kit. You can find my video tutorial at the end of my blog post, or you can click here.

"Fly. Be Free." - Scraps of Elegance mixed media scrapbook layout A Song of Spring Kit for April, 2017

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



I wanted to start using some extra photos I had sitting around in my stash that I never used for previous layouts, so I used this selfie.  Here are some details:




In my video tutorials, I usually use a pencil to mark where I want some of my elements to be on the page (so that I am not "fussing around" during the video).  After my video tutorial was finished and uploaded, I realized I left this little pencil dot above my purple rose!  The moral of the story is: Remember to erase your pencil marks when you are finished. :-)


I hope you enjoy the video and don't forget to see the newest Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kits at the online store.  For more amazing inspiration and tutorials, please visit the Scraps of Darkness blog.


Thanks for visiting!
~Jessica~

May 12, 2017

"Possibility" Layout with the April Scraps of Elegance Kits!

Hi everyone! I just finished my newest layout titled "Possibility" using various elements from the April Scraps of Elegance kit "A Song of Spring", the elements add on, and the floral add on.

"Possibility" Mixed Media Layout Scraps of Elegance April 2017 A song of spring by Jessica McFall

I had this picture for a while now - ever since I submitted another layout titled "I am Machine" to a Words and Paintery contest a while ago.

Using the 49 and Market flowers from the Scraps of Elegance Floral Add-On kit along with the Primrose glass glitter and the ephemera from the Elements Add-On Kit, I was able to get the color scheme that I wanted.


Here are some more details of my layout:




I would like to submit my layout to the Mixed Media and Art challenge for April, 2017. Here is a link to their main blog. I was inspired by their color combination and the sketch. I flipped the sketch sideways and "squished it". I focused more on the green than the pale pink simply because my eyes are so green in the picture. :-)

Mixed Media and Art Challenge April, 2017

Don't forget to check out the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance online store here.  Here is a quick glance at the April Scraps of Elegance Elements Add-On Kit and Floral Add-On Kit:



Thank you for stopping to take a look at my blog today! Check out the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance blog for some great inspiration from the design team members.

Best Wishes,

Jessica McFall