I have been working on the two page spread for my little Mixed Media Year Book, for the month of February.
I covered the two pages with a piece of pink floral A4 paper and trimmed it to fit. I edged the pages with Worn Lipstick distress ink.
Next I scanned and printed out one of the cute paper dolls from Julie Nutting’s book, “Collage Couture Paper Dolls“. I used coloured pencils to add a bit more interest to her hair.
I drew around the doll on to a scrap of paper then used this to create a template for a simple panelled dress and top. I then used the template to cut pieces for the dress from different pink papers. All the papers in the dress are from the Docrafts Pink Capsule Collection.
I then made a simple bow shape to cover the messy waist, and added Worn Lipstick distress ink around the edges of it. Then I added the girl to the left hand page with Ranger Matte Medium Gel.
I put some self-adhesive paper lace down the sides of the pages.
As with January, I added ephemera and journalling boxes from the Graphics 45 calendar pad. I used Worn Lipstick distress ink on the edges of some of these. I added a foam square beneath the mini vintage Valentine in the middle of the right hand page for a bit of dimension.
I found a small laser-cut wooden heart and coloured it with Worn Lipstick distress ink, then I coloured the middle with a glittery red gel pen. I added this to the layout.
Finally I used a small heart stamp from Woodware and the Worn Lipstick distress ink (yes again!) and added random hearts around the page, to emphasize the Valentine connection.
I thought that top right corner needed something interesting. So I die cut a cheerful pink flower, added some creamy coloured Cosmic Shimmer pearl to the middle and popped that in place.
I haven’t added any notes to the journalling areas yet (I will do it at the end of the month) and I may add a bit of doodling around at the same time. I am very bad at knowing when to stop!
Next month I will NOT be using pink, much as I like the colour I feel I have had quite enough of it for a while!
I have written a review of the Julie Nutting “Collage Couture Paper Dolls” book here.
If you fancy drawing some folk-style dolls, check out my review of Mixed Media Girls with Suzi Blu here.
Here are useful links to some of the products used in this project. These links will take you to the Amazon.co.uk store. If you buy them from these links then I will get a small commission for sending custom to Amazon. This is at no extra cost to yourself. Thank you.
The Graphics 45 calendar pad I used was a small one which was included with a craft magazine. It is based on the Place in Time collection.