Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Art is an Adventure Journal page for MMM

Hello friends, welcome and happy March to you all. I can't wait for Spring to show it's lovely face.
The first of the month means a new challenge at Mixed Media Monthly.
Our theme this month is Buttons, and our sponsor is May Flaum, who is also our guest designer this month..
Here is what I made:
As you can probably see, I have made a selection of buttons the main focal point of this journal spread.

You can find all the details of our challenge HERE and if you decide to play in our challenge, make sure to use our graphic in your post to be in with a chance to win!
Below a few close ups and an outline of how I put my spread together.
I created my background with the help of Gelatos in green and yellow tones over a gessoed double page. Background stamping using Tim Holtz and Paper Artsy stamps with Forget Me Not Archival ink and some washi tape added more texture
An Indigo Blu stamp, stamped on tissue paper and then merged into the background using gel medium, added some further interest.

And then of course the buttons. To be honest, I rarely use buttons in my crafting but our lovely Design Team leader Donna Bowman sent me a whole packet of multi coloured buttons (thanks so much Donna!!!) and I chose a selection matching my chosen colour palette.
More background work with a selection of different stencils, texture paste and ink.
Some foiling here and there, using a glue stick and Ranger gold foil sheets.

And finally a computer generated sentiment. Using buttons was somewhat of an adventure for me, but nothing like a challenge right?

Well, I hope you will look out your buttons and decide to join in our challenge. Do hop over to see what my talented teamies have made and to get all the details of the challenge!
Thanks so much for your visit and see you next time
xxxxx

32 comments:

  1. Fabulous spread Astrid, the colours are gorgeous and the layers of gelato, stamps, stencils, tapes, foils and buttons have created such depth and interest to the pages. Love it all (including the buttons lol) xxx

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  2. A fantastic spread - I would be happy you would link to
    ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY-CHALLENGE
    where we have OUT AND ABOUT as theme this month-
    this wonderful spread fits this theme just perfectly!
    You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful work Astrid!
    oxo Susi

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  3. great vibrent journal page, love the use of buttons its perfect ;O))

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  4. Very beautiful journaling and a wonderful way to use buttons Astrid. Inspiring as always

    Love Chrissie xx

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  5. Astrid, the colours alone are just wonderful! I love your textured background and the subtle stamping. The buttons are such a lovely touch and create a beautiful focal point. Hugs, Anne xx

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  6. This is sooo soooo beautiful as always from you hun, and I love the colors you´ve used. I rarely use bottoms myself either, but I really think, you´ve managed to fullfill the task to perfection anyway, it looks amazing.

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  7. So many bright spring colors, happily dancing around the buttons, the background with the stenciled stars looks fantastic, and all the texture, too.I love your button spread, and the use of foil, dear Astrid.
    Dorthe xoxo

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  8. Wow, these colors are not your norm, but you've used them beautifully! I really love the buttons in a cluster more like texture than actual buttons. Beautiful interpretation of this challenge. Hugs, Autumn

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  9. I love your layers of colour Astrid and your use of tissue tape and stencilling. The pages look so textural and I love how you incorporated the buttons. Tracy. X

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  10. Its a fantastic journal spread Astrid. I love how you grouped the buttons together, great colours and textures as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. Astrid, this is such a stunning spread! I saw it in my blog feed and had to come and comment. the color combo is amazing, but what I love the most is the placement of buttons! Gorgeous spread!

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  12. What a wonderful background Astrid! The buttons sit so happily on your pages. Lots of texture, interest and gorgeous colour scheme. Great inspiration, thanks. Xx

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  13. Beautiful colours, and I love how the touches of foiling add darker accents. Nice work with the button collage too - it makes for a very cool focal point.
    Alison x

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  14. What a beautiful project!! Great colors and texture as always!!

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  15. As Always Astrid - gorgeous and I love the use of buttons. Now why can't I think of things like that. Buttons really do add a special touch!!
    Sandy xx

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  16. wonderful pages Astrid - I always forget about buttons - these look wonderful. Hugs rachel x

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  17. Fabulous page Astrid, love the focal point of the buttons cascading over top all of those lovely layers! Deb xo

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  18. Wow! I absolutely adore this Astrid. The colours are gorgeous .. a beautiful mix and, of course, I always love the textures you incorporate into your creations. The buttons as a focal point are awesome. I have never thought of using buttons like that .. brilliant!! Love the touch of foil too .. looks wonderful!! hugs xx

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  19. You've used my favourite colours on this stunning double. I'm in awe of the many layers you use to build up interest, yet they all play in harmony without any of them dominating the scene. I'm a big fan of buttons, they add wonderful texture. Lovely work Astrid.

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  20. Lovely pages in such beautiful colours . x

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  21. Gorgeous Art journal pages!

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  23. Your layering and texture in this piece absolutely inspires me, thanks!

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  24. Yep! I can't remember ever seeing a button on your projects! Wow! You've done a great job incorporating them into this beautiful journal page spread! Gorgeous choice of colors and a wonderful composition! Hugs!

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  25. You always amaze me, Astrid, your colors and designs are unique.
    Love the composition on this spread... its so beautiful!

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  26. Wonderful textures and colors on your journal spread Astrid - the cluster of buttons is just beautiful! Julia xx

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  27. Love all your fabulous layers!

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  28. The way you nestled those buttons and surrounded them with those little beads is SO pretty! Maybe you should start using buttons more often if this is the effect you achieve! Gorgeous work!

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  29. A button bouquet for a lovely lady!!! What a fun and yet just so quaintly beautiful journal creation Astrid. I so enjoyed seeing this. Xj.

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  30. So gorgeous!! Love the colors and all of your techniques!

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