Looking Through The Kaleidoscope

by - August 10, 2012

I've always struggled with colours when it comes to scrapbooking. I'am like men. I cannot differentiate between different shades like the fairer sex. I'am not joking. For me Fuschia is... erm Violet? Aqua is Blue and Turquoise is Green? See, I'am no good with colours. 

So when I came across an online self paced workshop called Through The Kaleidoscope by Amy Heller, I wanted to take it. But I kept it for later and completely forgot. I was browsing through Pinterest and other galleries wishing for some inspiration to strike when I came across it again. I didn't think twice this time and purchased the class right away.

I'am totally in love with Amy Heller, her pages, her videos, her tips and her calm soothing voice guiding us through. Many other talented ladies have joined her to share more inspiration and ideas. More the merrier, right? 

Don't get me wrong, I'am not writing this post to advertise the workshop. I absolutely loved it and felt you might want to give it a try. This workshop gave me just the motivation I needed and I've been sitting and making one page after another. I've used colours that I normally don't even look at. Hell, I've even used as many as five colours in one page! Look at this page for example:

On this page, I've used Red, Green, Yellow, Turquoise and Violet. All these are tertiary colours. My photos already have blue in it and I couldn't find any Orange paper in my stash so didn't use any. 

A closer look... I love my handwriting :)

This page started out as 12x12". I had written a bit about it in one of my previous posts. I was experimenting with mists (Mister Huey and Glimmer Mist) and wasted a lot of scraps to get here. I really wish I had some removable adhesive. I also had to trim down the cardstock to  size to let go of some white space. But that's ok, what's life without some struggle? :) 

I did some hand stitching and used some banner stickers to finish the page. I decided to leave the title alpha as it is and not to add colour. I love how the whole page looks. Since the photo is black and white, all those colours don't take away any attention at all. 

This is more of a CAS layout. I absolutely fell in love with the woodgrain paper from Crate Paper's Pretty Party Collection Kit. I was keen on getting one from Echo Park, but decided to go with Crate Paper instead to push myself out of my good old 'comfort zone'. 

And THIS is the layout I'am most excited about. I haven't felt this way since my 'dream home' layout. The paper is from the same Crate Paper Kit. I know the background isn't really visible here, but it's a light tint of green. I wanted to give 'monochromatic' a try and decided to use just green. 

Instead of misting with Mister Huey Leaf Green, I opened the bottle and spilled some mist using the end of the nozzle. Then quickly I rubbed with my fingers. I loved the effect and did some more. Then I applied some Gesso and did the same with fingers. Again, love! I asked myself what if I used some blue? And went for Mister Huey's Powder Blue. Then I remembered the light pink of Spun Sugar Distress Stain and used some.

I also used punchinella as a stencil for gesso. Can you see it on my page? :) The green frame and adorable sticker are all from the kit. I'am brimming with excitement and feeling happy looking at this page. I haven't felt this way in quite some time and can't wait to get back to my little craft space and continue creating. 

Do tell me what you think about my pages. 

Have a blessed day 

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  1. I can see you have been in the crafty mood and it all looks superb...i loveeee the colors in your first LO and the one with the woodgrain paper has come out so well..its beautiful!!!...and the misting and gessso techinque looks wonderful....its truly fantastic work!!!!

  2. All the pages are beautiful and awesome colors and techniques used on each one.I loved the way you chose pictures for the first one to go with the color scheme.The page where you used multi colors along with the sticker banners and handstitching is another favorite and what a clever way to frame that awesome silhouette photo...Brilliant work really.Punchinella has been on my wishlist for soemtime now.

  3. Oh wow! Delightful pages. You are pretty great at combining colours. :)

  4. Beautiful!!! Specially loved the photos of the kids with their Dad :-)


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