Watercolor Mixed Media rescheduled

Hello everyone!

Please note that we have rescheduled this weeks Mixed Media Watercolor class to Saturday, August 23rd. The layouts are gorgeous and we don’t want you to miss out on this great class, so give us a shout to register at 726-5323 (please comment instead of replying if you receive our blog posts through email).

Mixed Media | Saturday, August 23rd | 2-5pm
Instructor: Cathie Reed

Watercolor and brush lettering are all the rage right now and in this class we will experiment with these two trendy techniques to create 2 mixed media 12×12 scrapbook pages. Cathie will explain how to use a variety of watercolor mediums to create gorgeous watercolor backgrounds whether you own Koi Watercolor paints, Distress Inks, Inktense pencils, Aquacolor crayons, etc. Then we’ll add some brush lettering – a fun and easy way to finish your page. This class is full of tips and techniques and will get your mojo moving.

Join us for a great opportunity to combine your favorite scrapbooking supplies with some products you might not have in your stash. (Crop Night to follow from 5-midnight).
Members: $30.00
Non-Members: $60.00

Cathie's Watercolor Brushstroke layout (1 of 2)

Cathie’s Watercolor Brushstroke layout (1 of 2)

Love this rainbow effect – can’t wait to learn Cathie’s tricks!

Cathie's Watercolor Layout (2 of 2)

Cathie’s Watercolor Layout (2 of 2)

The beauty of using watercolor paper & mediums is that you can choose the color scheme to suit your pictures. We hope you’ll join us to tap into your inner artist – have a great weekend! If there’s a little rain, let’s look for the rainbow.

February Scrapbook Kit Debut

Posted by Cathie

I love opening The Paperie’s kit each month to see the goodies and get my mojo going. As soon as I leave the store, I start planning my layouts.  It was easy to get inspired this month. There’s a great combination of patterned papers, an Alison Kreft overlay, sequins, Maya Road camera clips and more.

 And here’s what I made this month…

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The first page is always the hardest for me because I’m afraid of using up or ruining supplies.  You know how it is. Once I got over that silliness, I just layered up some of the lovelies from the kit.  The die cut tag is from a pack included in the kit. The tags are white which makes them perfect for altering. I used Studio Calico’s Mister Huey, Splash. Here’s a close up.

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I did add a doily from my stash that I colored using Studio Calico’s Mister Huey, Hey Diddle, Diddle and then glittered up using my favorite Distress Stickles, Platinum.  You can just seeing it peeking out there under all those layers.

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This next page was inspired by the popular brush lettering trend we’re seeing everywhere in scrapbooking these days. It was a huge trend at CHA 2014 and The Paperie just brought in some bamboo brushes that are perfect for this technique.

I put my own little twist on the trend and came up with glitter-brush lettering. I dipped a large round brush into my Goosebumps texture spray and wrote the word love on a piece of pattern paper from the kit. Then I covered everything in Platinum Distress Glitter and set it aside to dry. When it was dry, I tapped off the excess and cut out my word. Then I stuck everything down on the overlay by Alison Kreft from the Recorded Collection.

Here’s a close up. I like that you can see the pattern paper in the places where there isn’t a lot of glitter.

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Glitter-brush lettering is really easy to do but I will admit that I practiced a few times on some scrap paper first. I also did a second coat of Goosebumps and glitter for places that didn’t have enough glitter.

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This layout was one of those that took a lot of time. It actually looked completely different but I didn’t like it so I took it apart and started over.  I didn’t hold back when it came to the sequins. I loaded them onto the page and used Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium to stick them down.

Here’s a close-up…

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This is my last 12×12 layout. It’s pretty simple because there wasn’t much left of the kit by this point but I couldn’t resist making one more layout with that gorgeous paper.  I layered up some squares of paper and added a few embellishments.  And before I stuck everything down, I sprayed some Studio Calico Mister Huey’s (Hey Diddle, Diddle and Splash) through some stencils to add some interest to the background.

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Here’s a close up.

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And how about something a little different?

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I made 2 spreads using the super popular pocket-pages. They’re not just for Project Life! I like to use the page protectors and albums from the SN@P Collection. I really love the smaller size and it’s so easy to have a layout with multiple photos.  (The page protectors came from my stash and are not included in the kit.)

To get started, I adhered my photo directly to my absolute favorite paper in the kit. It’s from Studio Calico’s Print Shop collection. And by cutting it up, I know I’ll get a lot of use out of one sheet of paper.

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Then I stapled through the lot to hold everything in place in the page protector.  I covered the staples with some washi tape – also found in the kit. Then I added the rest of my pics and a space leftover for journaling in the other page protector.

Here’s a look at the backside of the second page.

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Again, I started by adhering my photo directly to patterned paper.

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For this one, I wanted create a sequin pocket so I cropped my 4×6 photos to fit in the 3×4 pockets. I knew I would have enough room for photos, journaling and embellishing.

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I was just going to stitch the top closed but Ben was helping me sew and didn’t want to stop so we went all the way around. I liked how it looked. So, I did the same thing on the 6×8 page protector.

And here’s a look at the backside of the page.

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And that’s everything. Thanks for sticking with me through this long post. I hope you enjoy this month’s kit from The Paperie. I look forward to seeing what you create. If you have any questions about techniques or supplies used, just a leave a note in the comments and I’ll get back to you ASAP!



Cathie has a Kids Art Class coming up on Sunday, February 8th suitable for children ages 7-15. This class is just for the kids, parents can drop them off at 2pm and pick up at 4pm, giving the little ones a chance to do what kids do best – get their hands dirty and let their imaginations run wild! Here’s the class blurb:

Kids Art Class – An Artistic Altered Book | Sunday, February 9th | 2-4pm
Instructor: Cathie Reed

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In this fun class kids will take an old, unloved book and transform it into a piece of art. Each child will create an altered book using their imagination and lots of fun products like paint, ink, Gelatos and more. Kids are guaranteed to have fun painting, collaging and stamping away the afternoon as they create their very own piece of art using artist-quality materials! It’s the perfect project for your budding artist. Ages 7+ (call if you have any questions).

Dina Wakley Countdown!

Posted by Cathie Reed

I don’t know about you but I am so excited that Dina Wakley is coming to The Paperie in August.  It’s hard not to be excited when an uber talented scrapbooker, mixed media artist, product designer, author and teacher decides to travel from Arizona to The Paperie to teach {2 full days of classes}.  

I don’t know how long I’ve been following Dina but it’s been quite a while. I’m a big fan of {her blog} but if you want to know a little bit more about Dina, here are a few things you can check out. 

  1. Like {this video} where Dina shows how to make a multi-layered tag in her trademark “Dina-style” using her line of stamps and stencils at the summer CHA Tradeshow in 2012. A little birdie told me that The Paperie will soon be carrying Dina Wakley stamps – how exciting!
  2. Dina is also a guest panelist from time to time on my favourite podcast {The Paperclipping Roundtable}. She was on the show last week talking about layering and you can listen to it {here}. 

So what do I do with all this inspiration? Why scrapbook and art journal, of course! Here is a page I made at The Paperie’s Spring Retreat that is definitely inspired by Dina’s style. 

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I started this page using some of the new Dylusions spray inks…

Here’s Calypso Teal Dylusions…

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And here’s After Midnight Dylusions…

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I sprayed the colors around the page but needed a pop of contrasting color. I knew that the orange spray would turn my blue inks into muddy blobs so instead I cut circles out of a scrap of watercolor paper I had sprayed with orange ink. Cutting up scraps is an easy way to get a pop of complementary color without making mud.  

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I added some faux stitching lines with my FriXion erasable pen (YES! You read that correctly – a pen that erases! And comes in a variety of colours, available at The Paperie). For extra interest, I added some of the new Tim Holtz rub-ons. These are great for mixed media projects – they stick to everything like modeling paste, paint, ink and inky fingers!  

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So, now you know why I am so excited that Dina is coming to The Paperie and I know I’m not the only one.  While we’re counting down to August, I am going to share some well-loved techniques and popular mixed media products you can find at The Paperie, or can order by emailing them.

Thanks for stopping by, see you next week!