“Always be yourself…” Mixed media layout

When you scrapbook do you start with a photo and choose your papers and embellishments or do you have a paper and embellishments in mind and find a photo to fit them?  Everyone approaches their craft their own way and that is what makes scrapbooking such a cool craft.  Gone are the days of a piece of paper and a few stickers, now you can “dress” your photo up with amazing detail and touches.  Crew Member Mandy Leever-Koel shows us how fun you can take a photo of a little one in a pirate hat and dress it up.  Thinking outside of the box you can dress your page, like you dress yourself.  Choose the clothes, the makeup and then the accessories to really accent everything and together they look great.  A great outfit has that special piece of jewelry, a pair of funky shows or a crazy print that is chilled out with a simple necklace.  You can do the same with our layouts and decide what is going to stand out.  
pirate themed scrapbook page
“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate.”
The picture I used was taken when Connor was 6 months old. The idea to use a pirate hat, came from the pirate-monster print on his onesie.  I wanted to continue that theme in my layout.   The quote is from Johnny Depp “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. then always be a pirate,” and this quote was of course, immensely appropriate. My little boy dreams he can become everything and anything (he even wants to be the moon, he told me) and for his sake I hope he’ll become whatever makes him happy.
This paper has the perfect colors, print and feel for a pirate layout and matches my picture perfectly. The “irresist-ables”, also Tattered Angels, as well as the foil chips ‘rockin Renaissance’, fitted perfectly theme and style wize!

Materials Used:

Canvas Corp ‘Blue & Ivory Chevron
Tattered Angels: Irresist-ables, foil chips rockin renaissance
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Lobster, Crimson, Boardwalk, Rusty Red, Olive vine.
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam: Golden Goddess
Snippet of Mixed Media Origins paper ‘Mermaid’
Chipboard: text, ship, skull.
Small wood palmtrees
Modeling paste
Stencil damask shape
Gold glitter
Gold embossing powder
Versamark ink
Black ink
Stamps compass and map
Crackle paste white and one step crackle medium
Rusty Paper by Viva Decor
Straws with bamboo look
(Velvet) flowers, leaves
Alphabet stamps
Glass bottle
Gold bead string
Metal shapes: fleur de lis, leaves, anchor
“Open” red ribbon
Tools Used:  Brushes; Spatula and/or credit card; Glue; Heat gun; Scissors
blue and ivory chevron

Step 1:  Start with the piece of paper of your choice: Canvas Corp Brands “Blue & Ivory Chevron”. Distress the edges with a tool and ink them with black.

stencil and glimmer mist
Step 2: Mix modeling paste with Glimmer mist “Boardwalk” and apply through damask stencil. When done don’t remove stencil but spray some more glimmer mist. Remove stencil and sprinkled gold glitter.
stamping on canvas corp printed cardstock
Step 3:  Stamp a compass and map using black ink.
pirate theme layout
Step 4: To give the (Tim Holtz grungeboard) skull this look first apply white gesso. Then add white crackle paste. Once dry (always allow this to *air dry!) spray some Glimmer Mist ‘Boardwalk’ and wipe excess off. Add a little glimmer glam ‘Golden Godess’. The crown is a Tattered Angels foil chips, sprayed with Glimmer mist ‘Olive Green’.
glimmer glam
Step 5:  I decided I needed a jug instead of a glass bottle, so I painted a glass bottle with black gesso (high impact paint) and then added glimmer glam ‘Golden Godess’.
gold lettering
Step 6:  These chipboard words are from 13Arts and simply treated with a golden colored embossing powder.
Step 7:  The ‘Carpe Diem’ banner is also from the foil chips package. I treated it with white crackle paste, one step crackle medium, glimmer mist ‘Boardwalk’ and black ink. To make the text stand out more I outlined the letters with black pen. The word ‘pirate’ is made up out of Tattered Angels irresist-ables. They were colored with red and the letters were colored with black pen. Then I added a one step crackle medium. The ship’s sails were sprayed with ‘boardwalk’ glimmermist, then covered in one step crackle. The boat itself was painted with Viva Decor Rusty Paper. But any brown paint with a little added structure will do. The rest of the text was stamped on snippets of Mixed Media Origins Paper ‘mermaid’, which I sprayed with ‘Rusty red’ glimmer mist first.
pirate layout
Step 8:  To the sides of the picture I added flowers, leaves, bamboo like straws and some metal embellishments.  The palm trees were simply sprayed with ‘Olive vine’ glimmer mist. The golden beadstring is wrapped around the ship and skull.
So start with a photo and build your page or start with a page and find or take just the right photo – the nice part is there are no rules!!!!  To see more of Mandy’s work visit her blog and you can also find her on Instagram 
Happy Creating!!


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

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