Layering Techniques for Paper Crafters, Part 3

Happy Friday, y’all! Scraps, here, with part 3 of the fabulous Layering Techniques video series by Alchemist Amy!

In  case you missed them: part one is here, part two is here.

In this final part we get to see how Amy arranges her embellishments, adds items that will lead the eye where she wants it to go (very important when you’ve got a lot of elements in play!) and ponders the ever present question: Does it need just one more thing?

I love it when a page comes together! And this series was like looking over Amy’s shoulder throughout the whole process.

Awesome work, Amy, on the layout and the videos! And is anyone else itching to get their hands on that Moshi Moshi kit–it can’t be just me!

Until next time!


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Layering Techniques for Paper Crafters: Part Two

Hi everyone! Maggi here to share the second video in a three part series on layering techniques from Alchemist Amy! (Part one is here)

Don’t forget to join us on Friday for part three!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Cheryl’s metal breakdown video

Hello Gauche fans!

Michelle here with a great faux metal D.I.Y technique video from Cheryl! I love the look of aluminum foil and corrugated board together!

Check it out:

Fun, fast and totally unique! This is definitely something to try for a masculine themed card or for any project where you want the look of metal without the physical weight.

Thanks Cheryl!

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Paint Messin’ with Cheryl

Hi everyone! Maggi here to present the newest video from our own Alchemist Cheryl!

Today, Cheryl is getting messy with paint and plastic bags. She shares a great technique that you will definitely want to use on the background of your next project!

Now, get out your paints and plastic bags, give this technique a try and then go glue something awesome onto it! 😀


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Cheryl’s How to make a mini book video

Good Day, you!

Thanks for swinging by! Michelle here with a GREAT video from Gauche Alchemy mixed media maven Cheryl. Today we watch as Cheryl makes a mini book.

The best part? No sewing, punching of holes or fancy binding tools needed!

Check it out!

SO awesome! I will be trying this! The building process looks pretty quick which is great because you get to concentrate on the fun part- taking photos and writing fun things to include inside!

I challenge you to try it and swing back here with some photos you can share via our Flickr page.

Chells out!

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Image Transfer With Wendy

Hi everyone! Maggi here with a new tutorial by past GA designer Wendy! Making image transfers is one of my personal favorite things to do and you don’t even need fancy tools or supplies to do it.  In this awesome video, Wendy shows us how to make image transfers using regular old packing tape.

Thanks Wendy! If you use this technique on your next project, we’d love to see the results! Share a link in your comment below or upload it to our Flickr group!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Cheryl’s takin’ a walk

Hello there!

Michelle here with a wonderful new step by step process video from Cheryl.

I am currently undergoing the arduous procedure more commonly known as “Project Life” where you shoot and journal every day life. I am already “cheating” by journaling only 2 days a week (if that). What I really love about Project Life or Project 365, a similar 1 photo a day version,  is how it forces me to pay attention to every day details.

Cheryl has taken the much more HUMANE approach by documenting 52 walks she will take this year- one for every week.

Here are a couple of images from week 5 and 6:

Image from week 5. I like the more abstract nature of Cheryl's photos.

This photo is stunning. I. can't. stop. looking! I actually started walking in my neighborhood after I read Cheryl's post about 52 walks on her personal blog.

Now a brief pause while we check in with Cheryl as she makes the binder cover for this project:

And a quickie shot of one of the pages she recently worked on. She used stamps from Sassafras Lass and items from the Blue Streak mixed media color kit.

Please excuse the admittedly imperfect lighting. Cheryl was very gracious to provide this as she was literally on her way out the door for a week long trip to Dublin. But I'm not jealous! (much)

So how are you tackling Project Life or Project 365 or any other year long art project? Let us know by commenting here or linking up your work to the Gauche Alchemy Flickr page!

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Elina’s 3D Paper Napkin Mixed Media Video

Hello, Michelle here!

Elina always surprises me with her ingenious takes on mixed media techniques! In this video she whips up a beautiful canvas using Gauche Alchemy’s Paper Napkin Art Kit. I saw this and ran right to my desk to give it a try!

What do you think? Awesome, no?

Happy creating!

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Stuck on your latest creative project? Go Gauche!

Hello Lovelies!

Michelle here.

Today we have a great video from Cheryl showing her design process and how she incorporates Gauche Alchemy fabulousness into her layouts.

I love looking at Cheryl work- she’s very self assured with her choices. I really like the way she layered her papers for maximum contrast and print variety- check it out!

Cheryl used ephemera from the Purple People Eater Mixed Media kit, papers from the Nearly  Nekkid and Acme Subscription kits as well as napkins for the Paper Napkin Art Kit.

These last few weeks have been a little difficult schedule-wise so instead of worrying about making something new and possibly causing a creative block, I rely on my favorite layout design- large versus small vertical (see below). I believe using Gauche color kit goodies changes the look and theme of each page so much I can get away with using the same layout over and over again.

Corrugated board, kraft grid paper, wood buttons and wood grain pattern punchinella- the Nearly Nekkid Kit really has everything I would ever want in a kit- it's like they opened my brain and looked inside.

If I am really over-thinking a project I will destroy and remake it several times before the items start to gel. I also like to use magazine layouts or covers, online page sketches and when I’m really feeling “inspired”, store windows. I know it sounds random but if you break objects down into basic shapes and  see the rest as negative space you get a layout. Try it next time you swing your favorite shop.

Once I started layering it just came together and I had to FORCE myself to stop. The photo is one of my all-time favorites. Lola is never "lead". She leads. We're usually going the same way anyway.

I used items from the Scarlet Fever Red Mixed Media Color Kit and red punchinella to add some contrast to the layout. My Nearly Nekkid Mixed Media Paper Art kit included a thin 5 x 7 piece of cork, a material I hadn’t used in a layout before. I had fun ripping it up into strips and now that I have a die-cutting machine, I’m also going to try to cut it into shapes for my next project- it’s certainly thin enough.

How about you? How do you kick the no mojo monster?

Thanks for swinging by!

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