How to make pastel background for your layout

Welcome back! I’m so happy that the most beautiful season of the year is finally here, colorful flowers are all around. Let’s get this week started with a spring themed layout!

Before I even had a photo picked out for this page, I knew I wanted to use Vicky Boutin acrylic paint to tint my background. I tried a couple of different things to get the colors I wanted. What worked to get a soft and pastel background is white gesso. I mixed some of the colored acrylic paint with white gesso, and painted swatches and flicked splotches across a Vicki Boutin mixed media paper with a thick brush.

Once, I had my background, I decided to add a little sparkle using Vicki Boutin gold glitters. I added some glaze right over the butterfly stencil and spread different gold glitter on the top.

I found a cute photo of my daughter from last year, I cut it in a circular shape and adhered to the center of the page.

The soft-colored patterned papers from Stay Colorful collection by Dear Lizzy fit perfectly to the background color scheme. I fussy cut a bunch of flowers from the Far Out Paper, bent up the edges and layered them diagonally using dimensional adhesive.

I also fussy cut some flowers from the vellum paper with gold accents, they look so pretty with the glittered butterflies. I felt I needed a little bit more dimension to my layout, so I arranged die-cut branches and cardstock stickers around the flowers.

I created my title from the pretty glittered alpha stickers and the gold  ’hello’ ephemera piece.

I love the mixture of mixed media and traditional scrapbooking elements on this layout. I hope this gives you some ideas to try with your mixed media stuff! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

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