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

Stash It (Crystal Barrett)

Hello everyone it is Crystal with Pineapple Papers and I am up on the Crafty Maven Getaway today.  Today I am digging into my stash. I have this drawer full Christmas stuff. It really is a mess and there is no organization to it. I have been loving all the Christmas videos in July. I just didn’t have a time so I want to play a little this month.


I first dug through the drawer and picked out several items I wanted to play with. I have these My Minds Eye large letters. This makes the focus the main part of my page.


I really wanted to use several of the scraps of paper that were in my stash. I pulled them out and layered them up based on the size they were. No cutting involved. I love paper. The more paper I can get on a page makes me happy.

Because the title was so big there was not much room for embellishments. Mainly a few brads, sequins and stickers.


I hope that this inspires you to dig in your stash.

Head over to the YouTube channel and Facebook group for inspiration.

Remember to wear your crown.


Art Party (Crystal Barrett)

Hello everyone it is Crystal with Pineapple Papers. Today I am up on the Crafty Maven Getaway Channel. I am playing with some Shimmerz. I did not gesso my page. I use 110 pound white cardstock that I get from Joanns and it takes mild mixed media well. I would not put a ton of water on it without gesso though. These are the colors that I am working with.


My plan is to make a Christmas tree. Honestly I am not very good but I do like how it turned out in the end. I added the gold to act as the ribbon that is on our real tree.


I thought it would be fun to decorate my painted tree with some sequins. These are the ones I chose. They both should still be available.


And I love how it turned out.


I have learned that when you do a focal point like this tree on your layout that it needs only minimal embellishing!


Head over to the YouTube channel and the Facebook group for tons of inspiration.

Remember to wear your crown.


Art Party: Dance Friends (by Jenn- KaezMum)

Hello, Jenn here with an Art Party layout for you!!!  I was so inspired by July’s inspiration piece that I just needed to get one last layout in before we move on to August’s beautiful inspiration piece.  The black and white, the gorgeous music sheets (I see it as text!), and of course that elegant ballerina.  I just love it!!!


I started by trying to recreate the feeling of the top left image.  I used black Dylusions paint, and some Artist’s Loft white titanium paint on a piece of white cardstock to create some painty streaks across the paper.  I just added a few dollops of of each paint on the left hand side of the paper and used a pallet knife to swipe the paint across the page.  It’s bold, and I will admit, I was a little worried seeing all that black, but it was also a lot of fun!!!

While my paint dried I worked on some layers of 6×6 papers to create a nice cluster of patterned papers behind my photos.  I chose grey and white papers which I thought would help lighten the bold background, but also maintain the neutral feel of the layout that comes from the inspiration piece.  My three little photos are of my daughter and some dance friends in her ballet class.  They aren’t the best quality but the black and white background really helps to make the colours of the photos pop and hides the fact that they are a little dark.  I also pick black and white embellishments and thickers for my title so that the only colour on the layout comes from the photos, and that really makes them stand out even more.


To finish the layout, I added some extra white stripes and splatters to the background, then used foam tape to pop up the photo cluster in the center of the background.  I added some black and white sequins as a final touch, and voila!  All done 🙂  I really love how this layout turned out and I had a lot of fun taking the risk of getting messy with some black and white paint.  If you’d like to see how this layout came together check out my process video HERE!!!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and until next time, Happy Scrapping 🙂


Jenn ♥

Sketch It: Question Mark

Hello Crafty Maven’s!! I hope you’re having a great Monday! I have a new sketch layout for you today.

This is the one I decided to use. I love the layering and this is how mine came out:

I love this very boy collection that I used, ‘So Rad’ from Simple Stories.

I love the story that my husband recorded on facebook and used the actual post. This is definitely a favorite layout recently! 🙂

You can watch my process video on the YouTube channel below. Thanks for stopping by!

Sketch it: Love (Crystal Barrett)

Hello it’s Crystal with Pineapple Papers and I am up on the Crafty Maven Getaway YouTube channel with a Sketch. This sketch is one that I pulled from my Pinterest board. I am actually pulling inspiration from my Pinterest everyday this month on my YouTube channel. Several of the other Crafty Maven ladies are joining me as well.


I have been loving the simple layouts. I am trying to embrace them. The problem that I have is that there is just so much pretty stuff. I am a more is more girl. So there are a few more layers on this one.

I hope that this inspires you to use a sketch or any other inspiration from your Pinterest board.

Remember to wear your crown and I will see you next time.



Sketch It: Crafty Meggy

Helllloooo Crafty Mavens!! How are you all doing? I hope well! It’s been a while since I have been on the blog, but I finally figured out how to get in and write a post. LOL

Today I have a fun Sketch It layout to share with you. Here is the sketch I decided to use:

This one was from my friend Christy’s 30 Days of Sketches series back in May. I really love the chevron pieces here so I knew I had to use this!!

I decided to use 2 photos of me back in December of 2017. We were on our way out to take family photos. I took a picture of how I dressed underneath my outfit to keep me warm; Leggings, 2 pairs of socks, capris (because that was the only khaki pants I had!! hah) a long sleeve shirt, a tank top and a tshirt under that. Whew! That’s a lot of layers!

I love the title probably the most. That cute girl was perfect for this layout too. All bundled up for the outdoors.

I used the cute ‘Freezin’ Season’ collection for the ephemera. I really love the cute pop of color the snow flakes give around the layout.

I hope you enjoy this layout! I have my process video up on the YouTube channel for you to watch or you can view it below. Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

Kit it up: Simple Life (Crystal Barrett)

Hello everyone it is Crystal with Pineapple Papers. I wanted to share this layout with you today as a “Kit It Up.”

Sometimes it is hard to make your own kits. It is easier to join a kit club. That is a great thing to do. I belong to one as well. What I would encourage you to do today is to make your own kit with your stash.

Start easy find a product that you really love and want to use then you will be able to build from there. You could also start with a designer or collection. I have started with a designer/company: Felicity Jane. I love there stuff, which in turn makes me hoard it. For the month of June I pulled all of the items that were in the same color tones and built a kit to work with.

The inspiration board this month is a perfect match with my kit.

Head over to the YouTube Channel to watch the process.

Remember to wear your Crown.


Multiphoto Love: hello beach love (Crystal Barrett)

Hello it is Crystal with Pineapple Papers. Today I wanted to do a multiphoto layout. My plan was to use one landscape and one portrait photo. I understand how sometimes that can be challenging. My plan was to separate the photos with one on each side of the page. I just couldn’t seem to make that work. I ended up cutting them down to a similar size and mounting them on one piece of paper to make them work as one big photo.


I finished this layout with minimal neutral and teal embellishments.

I would love if you would head over to the YouTube Channel and check out my process.

Remember to wear your Crown!


Art Party (Crystal Barrett)

Hello it is Crystal with Pineapple Papers. Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend full of relaxing scrappy time. I got the relaxing time with scrappy friends. I am up on the YouTube Channel today using some of my favorite Shimmerz. Moulin Rouge, Orange Sherbet, Limoncello, Jilted Jade, and Tickle Me Turquoise. I did dry brush strokes with splatters in the same colors.

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I also had some fun using my fringe scissors. For once I didn’t want to add more paper so I just backed my photo with some white tissue paper. I chose color blocking with my embellishments. This is a great way to get some of those random embellishments on a page.


Make sure that you head over to the YouTube Channel to see the entire process and the Facebook group for some inspiration.


Remember to wear your crown.


Sketch It (Crystal Barrett)

Hey it’s Crystal with Pineapple Papers. One of our fellow design team members Christy who is Christy’s Beautiful Life over on YouTube is doing round 3 of 30 days of sketches. She always picks out the best sketches and when I can I like to play along. This sketch is from Ashley Horton. You can also check out Christy’s take on this sketch from 5/3.cmg may 2

I follow this sketch pretty closely. I even used hearts. The great thing about this sketch is that you could use any shape or even use those spots for embellishment clusters.
I love the stitched circle in this sketch as well, but today I was feeling lazy. I just took a plate from my kitchen and used a black pen and traced around it a couple of times. Offsetting each circle.


Do you ever have those lazy scrapbooking days where taking your layout 5 feet away to your sewing machine is just too much work. For me I may only have 20 minutes to play in my room and yes 5 feet is too far away.

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I would love it if you would head over to the YouTube channel and check out the video.

Remember to wear your crown.