You Are Enough – Art Journal Page

Hello fellow Crafty Mavens,

You can watch the full process video of this page coming together here

I had so much fun with this months inspiration piece. I totally love the purple, red and blue tones!! I also manged to included some yellow and stamped/drew some circular elements too.


To start with I took my Distress Oxide inks and smooshed three colours onto my pre- gessoed page. I didn’t want the whole page covered in colour so I love how the wrinkles in the paper prevented the ink colouring the page where the dips occurred.


Once I had my background sorted I flipped through a Daphne’s Diary magazine to find a page with colours I thought would work well as leaves/branches. I grabbed a die from my stash and cut a whole stack out. I wanted these to represent leaf litter on a forest floor.


I think I cut the girls from a old Frankie magazine sometime ago and had them in my stash just waiting for the right page to come along. I placed the figures on the leaves holding hands as if standing strong together.


I finished with lots of outlining, shading and white highlights to add details.


Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you pop on over to watch the process video.


Good To be Unique – Art party

Hello one and all,

I do enjoy playing in my art journal for my Crafty Maven Getaway posts. I always find something in the inspiration piece to get me going.

you can watch the process video here

This moth it was the colours, the paint swatches and the painting that looked like confetti .fb_img_1545573489684

I started off by add the soft yellows, greens and pinks layers to the back ground using Gelatos.

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During this stage I noticed a shape that looked like a tree truck, so I went with it. I used torn strips of paper as they reminded me of the paint swatches.

Once I relised there was going to be a tree on the page I knew the leaves would be small hearts made to look like confetti.

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All in all I love how this page turned out.



As always thank you for reading. – Cynthia x

Sketch It: dream & fly

Hello! It is Crystal with Pineapple Paper and I am up on the Crafty Maven Getaway with a scrapbook layout based on this awesome sketch from Laura Whitaker.4cmg

Then I took inspiration for this months inspiration board. Mainly the mint color and the butterflies. I pull in the colors of the butterflies as well as it inspired my title.


I stick pretty close to the sketch including the circle elements and tags.

I love how this turned out. Make sure that you head over to the YouTube channel as well as the Facebook group to see all of the daily inspiration.


Remember to wear your crown and we will see you next month.



Art Party: Canvas (Crystal Barrett)

Hello! It’s Crystal with Pineapple Papers and I am up today on the Crafty Maven Getaway YouTube Channel with something a little bit different. I have been cleaning and organizing my craft room all week. I ran across this canvas from Crate Paper. I got it on clearance for $2.99 at Ross of all places. It has been sitting in my stash for probably a year. It was time to either make it or pass it on.


So I am going to play with it today. The letters are gold and designed to resist any media. It says watercolor but I am going to use distress oxide instead. I am using the packaging technique with colors: Abandoned Coral and Peacock Feathers. I did use my heat gun to dry in between colors.cmg9.jpg

I topped it off with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold. Once everything was dry I added sprinkles of water to let the oxide do its thing!

I finished the canvas off with just some left over bits and bobs hanging out on my desk. I really love how it turned out. It will be a great addition to my crafty space.

Head over to the Facebook group and YouTube Channel for more inspiration.

Remember to wear your crown!


Multi Photo Love: Oh Snap (Crystal Barrett)

Hey it is Crystal with Pineapple Papers and I am up on the Crafty Maven Getaway YouTube channel today. Not only am I playing with multiple photos, but I decided to do a double page spread.

When I first started scrapbooking I mainly did 2 page layouts. Now I do singles with the occasional companion page. It was fun to take it back. I wanted to incorporate each background paper on both pages so that it read as one big layout.

I off centered the beautiful Kaleidoscope paper from Vicki Boutin and placed 2 pictures with simple layering in the center of the sunburst. I find it easier to place the pictures together to act as one big picture sometimes. How about you? When you make a multi photo layout do you like the pictures together or separated?thumbnail (3)

I did some simple embellishing (for me) with the Kaleidoscope collection. I have been trying to do more thoughtful titles and not just use pre-done titles. I did start with the pre-made Oh Snap and used the title to span across both pages as well to continue the one big layout theme.thumbnail

I love how it turned out. Please head over to see the process video.

Remember to wear your crown!

Boots – Travelers Notebook

Hi all,

Cynthia back today with a TN layout using my stash!! Its always good to get into your stash and rediscover some goodies.

If you haven’t already you can check out the process video here.

As always I used the monthly inspiration piece as my starting point. From this months piece I’ve drawn inspiration from the vivid greens, purples, the circle element and the animal reference.

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I started with a cut file as it reminded me of the circle. I pulled out my stash of scrap papers, selected a mixture of colours and backed the file. I ended up settling on a bright green for the leaves and a mixture of purples for the flowers.

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I used two different pattern papers for the background but both had the same “feel” to them and also stayed within the colours from the inspiration piece.

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I added a circle element to the left hand page which helped balance the layout and I also added a chipboard ephemera to bring the purple across to the left side.

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To finish the layout off I added my title with fresh green alpha stickers and ensure I repeated these on the other page as 5boots


Thanks you for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Scraplift It (Crystal Barrett)

Hey!!! It is Crystal with Pineapple Papers and I am up with a scraplift today.  I am scraplifting the fabulous Janet Fritz. She is Galaxy Girl on YouTube! I have had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful lady at a scrapbooking retreat. I have been wanting to scraplift her for a while.

I decided that this month is the month. I am not the only one. She was chosen by the Secret Not Secret Kit Club as the member to be scrapped this month. I have watched all of her videos and when she said that this was one of her go to designs I knew that it was the one that I wanted to do.cmg march 2

I did something fun while scraplifting her. I actually put the YouTube video on while I was lifting it and it was like I was scrapbooking with her. The nice thing is that you can always use pause. Most YouTubers speed up their videos or cut certain things out like gluing. When she started getting ahead I just pushed pause. If I missed something I just pushed back. It was fun I encourage you to try this sometime with maybe some of the videos over on The Crafty Maven Getaway YouTube Channel.

This month I am trying to use up my scraps and this was the perfect layout. I made the background with a piece of white cardstock and sprayed Heidi Swapp Color shine in Salmon and splattered Butter and Black.

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Then I layered my scraps in the same off center design. I am scrapping pictures from Halloween when my son wore this weird pink skin suit. The use of pink is very fitting.

I am also trying to use my odds and ends ephemera. My daughter’s friend was a watermelon for Halloween so I found all of my watermelons and tried to get them on this page.

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I encourage you to get out your scraps and lift some of your favorite YouTubers.

Remember to wear your crown.


Christmas Canvas Art Party

Hi all!  I am excited to share with you a type of grungy art that I used to make on a regular basis but haven’t done in a few years.  I do use a photo on the canvas and so I thought it would be fun for scrapbookers to learn.  IMG_20190213_200126

I used a picture from Christmas and created this for my ex step mom’s b day.   She has always loved Christmas and my art projects.  I grabbed a bunch of my old metal findings from various companies like Tim Holtz, Prima, and Moments, but you can use anything in your garage or junk drawer.  In my process video I explain other canvases I have made and what I used.


All you have to do is glue down your metal in an eye pleasing way on the canvas.  Make sure a little hangs off here and there.  You can it to look dimensional.  I also added a couple of glass pieces as you can see above.  This tiny bottle worked perfect.  The canvas is about 6 inches square.

After gluing down all of my metal I pulled out my Super Heavy Gesso and painted over all of the metal pieces, leaving the photo and the glass unpainted.


This glass piece is something I made years ago with transfer tape and an image that I rubbed on to metal and attached to a flat piece of glass.  It looks so vintage!

Make sure you dry your gesso with a heat gun and get fairly close so it will warp and bubble, making it look aged and textured.   Once completely dry, cover your photo to protect then pull out your favorite water colors or inks and start playing with adding color.  Make sure each color dries thoroughly before adding more color.  If you don’t like the color, gesso over it and start again.  It’s so easy!


I think the dimension is beautiful on a wall.  I have done many of these canvases and no two come out alike.  Some of the large canvases I have made have needed to be made from wood with canvas stretched over and nailed or stapled into place so keep that in mind.


I really like the final product and I hope you do too.  If you would like to see the process of how I made this you can find it on the Crafty Maven Youtube Channel here:

Maybe you can make your own canvas and share it in our FB Group.  I would love to see!


Happy Day-Stash It!

Hi all!  It’s Tuesdae here with another Stash It layout for you that combines the old with the somewhat new….lol!  I decided to dig in a little bit to my older stash and found this lovely set of papers and pull aparts by Crate Paper called “Pretty Paper”.  I believe it is from 2011.  Now that’s a throw back!


I love the buttery and soft vintage feel of this collection.  It’s not often you get to make a layout for a grown man’s birthday using a vintage line that appears to have been made for little girls, but I managed to pull it off.


As you can see, I did add a ton of ephemera around the photo using a mix of products from Dear Lizzy Saturday, that Crate Paper Pretty Party line, some Paige Evans Turn the Page and some stickers from Vicki Boutins original collection.  Most of these items where in my “Empty Box” that I have been working on for several months now.  I just know I can get to the end of it by the end of March.   ***fingers crossed****


Here is the final product!  I just love how this turned out.  It was quick, simple, and used a lot of goodies from my stash!  If you would like to see the process video, it’s available on February 12, 2019 on the Crafty Maven Channel.  You can find it here

I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in using your stash!  Happy Scrapping!


Scraplift It: Crystal Barrett

Hello!!! It is Crystal and I am up today on the hunt for some inspiration. Whenever I want to scrap but I don’t have a vision or sometimes I feel that my mojo is a little lacking or even feel overwhelmed by my stuff and am not sure where to start. I head to the computer or my phone.  There are so many places online to get inspiration. YouTube, FaceBook, Blogs, Scrapbook Company websites. But to be honest my favorite is Pinterest. I think that sometimes I am just a professional Pinner. I pin things because I love them and think they are beautiful. So why not Scraplift the beauty that is Pinned.

That is exactly what I am doing today. I found this layout made by Vicki Parker who is on the Hip Kit Club Design Team. I love the paper layers and the florals under the photo. It felt like the perfect layout for one of my Mexico photos.

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With this inspiration I was off to find my products. I chose papers from the Crate Paper Wild Heart Collection. I did want to do some mixed media in the background as well. I chose some Shimmerz products (Jilted Jade and Moulin Rouge). I used the simple technique of packaging and splatters. I was impatient so I did you my heat gun to dry it before continuing.cmg-feb6-e1549336415896.jpg

Originally I wasn’t going to tear the paper on the top and bottom but my bestie Amber reminded me that is what gives it extra texture and dimension. So tearing I did. I loved the florals around the photo but since we were in Mexico I decided to embrace the leaves.


I would love to see your take on this scraplift.

There is also a process video up on The Crafty Maven Getaway YouTube channel.

Remember to wear your crown.

Crystal – Pineapple Papers

Art Party-Believe by Jenn

Hello, Jenn here with an Art Party layout today.  I have been struggling a bit with my mojo lately, so this layout actually began as me just taking some time to play and be creative.  I had an old piece of cardstock that I had started a mixed media background on but I ended up not using for the project I was working on, so I kept it just in case.  I thought it would be helpful to pull out some of my supplies and just get messy for and this background was the perfect way for the me start off the process.  I added some whipped spackle through a stencil, some gold modeling cream, watercolours, and even some stamping.  I really enjoyed the entire process, but the paper was definitely a hot mess in the end.  There were a few places where the watercolours looked really pretty with the stamp on top so I thought I would punch those sections out with a hexagon punch and keep them as embellishments for a future project, but the more I punched, the more I enjoyed each piece that came out, so I just kept going until the entire page was punched out.

I liked the little hexagons so much that I decided to make a layout with them right away.  I used the negative space of the paper for the top of layout and then scattered the little punched hexagons down the bottom of the page.  I tried this on both black and white cardstock and definitely like the way the black cardstock really popped the colours and picked up on the black stamping.

I kept up with the inspiration by choosing a picture of my daughter accepting an award last year for her solo, which was such an amazing and inspiring moment for her.  I know how much hard work she put towards her solo and it really paid off.  The photo was a great reminder that even when you hit a rut, it’s important to work a little everyday to pull yourself back out and not let it get you down.  I added a doily behind the photo to give it a little separation from the background, but I kept everything else very simple to let the mixed media shine.  A few little words and phrases scattered on the hexagons and some enamel dots with them were all the embellishment the layout needed.

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I added the title ‘Look what happens when you believe’ using various letter stickers, then used my white pen to draw some sketchy border lines and do a little bit of journalling.  I finished the layout with a sprinkle of gold modeling cream that I watered down so it would splatter with a paint brush.  This was a really fun layout to put together, and it definitely gave me the inspiration I needed to get creative again.  Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, Happy Scrapping 🙂