Monday, October 6, 2014

Guest Designing for Berry71Bleu with a Mixed Media Layout ~ Summer Kind of Girl

I am so delighted and honored to be guest designing for Berry71Bleu. The October Mood Board is absolutely gorgeous!! I enjoyed designing with these amazing colors and hope that you will join in for their October Challenge found HERE

This is a photo of my sweet niece taken a couple summers ago at one of our family outings at my mom and dad's place at Westville Lake. I was given some lovely Jellypark Digital Stamps and a printable sheet of Marivic's gorgeous journaling tags to work with. My focal flower and title are created with the stamps, and I've framed the photo with the journaling tags.

"I'm Just a Summer Kind of Girl"
Mixed Media Layout by Tracey Sabella for Berry71Bleu, summer, handcrafted flower

October Mood Board

Tips and TechniquesMixed Media Layout by Tracey Sabella for Berry71Bleu, summer, handcrafted flower
This title and focal flower are created with the Jellypark Digital Stamps. I cut out 5 each of two different trees minus the trunks then misted, scrunched and rubbed with gold and copper liquid pearls. I adhered the "tree" leaves to a small cardstock circle and centered with a decorative brad. I cut apart the summer girl sentiment in Photoshop, printed on white cardstock, then colored with Pan Pastels. 

Mixed Media Layout by Tracey Sabella for Berry71Bleu, summer, handcrafted flower
The wood veneer flowers are heat embossed with Fran-tage embossing enamel. I've dry brushed the flowers with gesso and rubbed with copper Pan Pastels.

I applied mist around the cluster and across the page in yellow, gold, and copper, then splattered with copper mist then blue and white drawing ink. I also scattered small blue beads around the cluster. An easy way to securely adhere beads to your layout is to hold the bead with fine tip tweezers and dip into a strong clear glue like Helmar 450. Tap off any excess glue and lay onto the page. I squeeze out a dollop of glue onto my craft mat to dip into.

Mixed Media Layout by Tracey Sabella for Berry71Bleu, summer, handcrafted flower
A side view.

Mixed Media Layout by Tracey Sabella for Berry71Bleu, summer, handcrafted flower
Here's a shot of the top cluster. I've layered Marivic's gorgeous Journaling Tags around my photo. I rubbed gold metallic paint onto the edges, then adhered to the page before splattering the background.

The page edges are colored with Pan Pastels, stamped, then edged with gold and blue metallic paints.

Mixed Media Layout by Tracey Sabella for Berry71Bleu, summer, handcrafted flower
One final shot.

I hope you've been inspired to create a layout of your own with the Berry71Bleu October Mood Board.

Play along this month for your chance to win one of these fantastic prize packages!

Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors:
First Prize: 2 Digital Images from the Jellypark Store

Second Prize: Creative Embellishments Gift Certificate 

Random Prize: Maja Design Walking in the Forest Collection


Jellypark is a digital crafting website with lots of whimsical images drawn by children's illustrator Claire Keay. The images can be used on all your papercraft projects whether digital, hybrid or physical. 

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. They are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, rubber stamps, flair and wood veneer products. It is their mission to offer fun and inspiring products that can be creativity added to any project. In the near future, they will be expanding into other mediums such as stencils!

Maja Design Corp is based in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. Maja Design was founded in November 2007, and since then, have grown to supply over 70 retailers in Sweden and 90 all over the world. Founder Marie Jansson says: "In the fall of 2004, a dear friend asked me to join her to a scrapbooking course. From that moment, I became totally amazed and thrilled by all the beautiful papers and decorations in the art of scrapbooking. After some time as a captivated scrapper, I got curious to create my own patterns. I have always had a devotion for color and form. I had access to great printing facility, as I worked at a printers office. Since 2007, I have been blessed to be able to work with my great passion - to design and create colored coordinated paper.

Product List
7 Dots Studio ~Nature Walk - Musical Blooms
7 Dots Studio ~Nature Walk - Tags
Journal Cards by Marivic Clifton
Creative Charms ~ Vintage Brads
Prima ~ Lyric – Wood Buttons
Prima ~ Engraver – Brads
Prima ~ Soubrette – Blue/Green
Prima ~ Cottage Blossoms – Canary
Prima ~ Pebbles
Prima ~ Wood Embellishments #563882
Prima ~ Labelle Harbor
Prima ~  Caboodles A
Prima ~ Vintage Trinkets #549749
Prima ~ Say It In Crystals #551452
Glass Beads ~ Stash
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Mix’d Media Inx CHOX – Midnight
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Mix’d Media Inx - Denim
Liquitex – Gesso, Clear
Pan Pastels ~ Ultramarine Blue, Ultramarine Blue Extra Dark; Copper; Yellow Ochre; Phthalo Blue
BoBunny ~ DoubleDot – Glimmer Spray - Gold
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine – Mustard
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist – Tuscan Sun; Copper
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink – Blue, White
Tulip ~ Beads in a Bottle – Metal, Copper
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage -mEmbossing Enamel, Aged Marine
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium
Jacquard Lumiere – Pearlexcent Blue; Bright Gold
Jellypark ~ Digi Stamps – Four Trees; Summer Girl Sentiment; Typewriter
Art Gone Wild By Donna Salazar ~ Dear Sir Stamp
Glitz ~ Clear Distressing Stamps D2343
Ranger ~ Glossy Accents
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive; Crystal Kote Fixative Workable Matte 
EK Success ~ Honey Bee Scissors

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~


  1. This is just amazing - lucky you're the GDT, cos it's such a winning'd win it hands down I reckon!!! The photo seems to really pop from the tags & those little beads & the details....stunning:):)

  2. Congrats on the GDT!! This is gorgeous! I loveeeee the flowers!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Stunning page Tracey! Really love this page, for the background, super photo and just everything! Awesome! ;-)

  4. This looks amazing, and so beautiful too.. love the flowers and colors and textures and lovely photo too..

  5. It's beautiful. I love it.....the colors....the flowers. It's a magnificent layout. I hope you understand me because I'm French and I don't speak English very well.


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