Friday, August 26, 2016

Scrapbooking with DIY Background Paper!

Hello! Gigi is here to show you a new project using another fantastic StencilGirl stencil.
Today I would like to share with you a fun Irish summertime scrapbook page.
I hope you’ll create a page with me. The process is very easy and exciting. So let’s start!

Stencil I used: Traci Bautista’s Love Collage Stencil
1.                 I planned I would do a custom made background paper again with mixed-media technique. So, first I permanently fixed the paper with washi tape onto my desk. You can use Scotch tape or masking tape as well. But it is very important to secure your paper all along of its four edges when you are decorating your paper with mixed media technique. If you do this way, despite of the moisture of the medium you put on during the creative process, when the layers dried completely, your paper will be plain again.
2.                  At the first step, with a quick whipping motion I was splattering 6 shades of drawing ink onto the paper. I imagined that I would achieve some kind of rainbow, so I made the ink splatters forming a diagonal shape.
3.                  For the second layer I covered almost the whole surface with a light layer of white heavy gesso, using a plastic card. You know, I have found my “rainbow” was too bold, so I wish the colors would get a lighter shade.
4.                  Every mixed media project needs some texture, right? So I took the white crackle texture paste and Love Collage Stencil. I covered the pattern of the stencil with texture paste, then removed it. And place it to another area of the paper, covered it again with texture paste, and repeat it several times and let it dry.
5.                 After the previous layer dried and I got an exciting crackled surface I took the drawing inks again. After misting it with water, I painted the textured areas with the inks. Sometimes I let the inks flow down, sometimes I let them dry.
6.                 Then I wanted to color and characterize the flowers – which are my favorite parts in this stencil (after the dots!). Important: you may need a totally dry surface to make this step. I traced the contours of the dots and the flowers with multicolored pencils.
7.                Next I colored the edges of the paper with a light brown shade of Distress ink.
8.                 But, if you know my style, I love contrast, so I have changed my mind and using my fingertips I colored the edges of the paper with brown and black oil pastels.
9.                 Here you can see the finished background paper. Which, finally I have decorated with some white splatters. So my next DIY paper was ready to become the background paper of my next scrapbook page. Yay!
10.              You know, I love using custom made embellishments on my layouts, so I get the Love Collage Stencil again and made the flowers with dye ink pads. Cut them and recolored its surface with the same shade of Distress ink I used for the background paper.

Here you can see the finished project and some close-ups:
I have created this layout for my little sister as a present.
She lives in Ireland – pretty far from Hungary, where I live. These pictures are our favorites.
Hopefully this layout will remind her of a great time we had spent together in the summertime in Dublin in 2011. The journaling is in Hungarian and it says: So many times you are the rainbow for me after the rain.

Hope you liked my project and will try these techniques in the future!
I am so glad I could share my tips with you, here on StencilGirl Talk.
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this project.
You can contact me through my blog or on Facebook.
Hello, from Hungary,
Brigitta Budahazi aka Gigi :)


  1. Great project! Thanks for sharing.

  2. very lovely. your color scheme is sweet too...

  3. Very nicely done, Gigi! Thank you for sharing your technique with us!


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