Don’t be afraid. | Get Messy Art Journal

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Hey gang.

I feel like I’m never gonna run outta art journaling material with the mood swings I’m having lately. Woah. One minute I’m feeling intensely happy, the next I feel like I never want to leave my bed and I want to cancel every appointment and return my adulthood to wherever it came from ’cause I don’t want it.

Life is hard, baby. And this week’s Get Messy Art Journal spread is a note to self. A reminder that everything’s probably gonne be just fine.

The subject and title might seem gloomy but I assure you I was feeling good when I created this. Maybe I was just high on modeling paste mixed with my fave Mr. Huey ‘Audrey’. Can you blame me?

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The best way to mix color and modeling paste is to:

  • Lay out a craft sheet (or another flat, plastic-y surface that won’t absorb the product or break when you mix).
  • Pour ink mist (or whatever medium you’re using) into the sheet. Most dye ink pads (especially Distress inks) can be rubbed onto the sheet for color.
  • Scoop modeling paste onto the craft sheet with a spatula. Place is next to the color.
  • Use the spatula to smear the color into the paste.
  • Keep smearing/scooping back and forth on the sheet until the mixture is nice and evenly colored. Or keep it unevenly colored if that floats your boat. Just make sure the texture is nice and thick all around.
  • Done! Have fun applying to your project!

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It doesn’t show up that well in my photos, but before adding the paste I sprayed the pages with lovely gold and yellow ink mist. That gold sheen is to die for!

Thanks for stopping by, lovely.

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee Grey. You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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30 Days of Lists | Lists 8 through 14

Hey paper nerds! Today I’ve got the next seven lists (8 through 14) of my #30lists mini album for this September.

I made a quick video where I go through the lists and my thoughts on them. Hope you enjoy!


Watch Lists 8 through 14 on YouTube | Subscribe to my crafty channel

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo Nina

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Bright and colorful layout | How To

How to create a colorful layout

Hey paper nerds!

Today I want to talk a bit about putting together a colorful layout.

I’ll often default to a nice, safe white background and a few fav colors but sometimes a certain colorful patterned paper or kit just begs to be used in all it’s bright and cheerful glory. And it can feel like quite an accomplishment to not play it safe and go all in.

I filmed the process of making this bright page and in the video I talk a bit about some guidelines you can follow to make a colorful layout work and not look like a busy 1980’s LEGO ad. :)


Watch Bright and colorful layout How To on YouTube | Subscribe to my crafty channel

I hope you feel inspired to create a colorful page. :) Thanks for watching and stopping by!

xo Nina

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I want a bite | Get Messy Art Journal

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Hey crafty friends!

I finally took the plunge and invested in some fun tropical Gelatos by Faber Castell to play with. (I say ‘invest’ cause these things cost a little over $20 i Denmark, ugh. Totally worth it though!)

I imagined the Gelatos to be more… like actual gelato. :) And by that I mean softer. I was quite surprised that they are in fact like regular hard oil-crayons that kids use. And I quickly learned that you don’t have to be careful when you use them. You can really go to town and rub some on your paper ’cause the thicker the layer of color the better it blends with water.

So this week’s Get Messy spread is more mess, less message. (See what I did there?) I didn’t really have anything specific I wanted to journal, I mainly wanted to test out the Gelatos and my new Crafter’s Workshop circles stencil (also available in 12×12). Me and my beautiful modeling paste just needed to team up for this. <3

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I wanted to show you the lovely raised texture of the modeling paste but missed it completely in this photo. Hah. But at least you can see the pretty leaves that I just barely glued down with Glossy Accents. I wanted them to sit loosely on the page. Yum!

And yes, I totally did my title work the same way as last week’s messy pages using my dollar store alphabet stencil. If it ain’t broke…

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I totally see more Gelatos in my future. Any Gelato colors you wanna recommend? I’m thinking a metalic like silver or a beautiful black, navy or green would hit the spot.

Thanks for stopping by, love!

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee Grey. You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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Lists 1 through 7 | 30 Days of Lists

Hey paper nerds! Just popping in to share the seven first lists of my #30lists mini album for this September.

I made a quick video where I go through the lists and my thoughts on them. Hope you enjoy!


Watch Lists 1 through 7 on YouTube | Subscribe to my channel

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo Nina

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