Sunday, September 22, 2019

Fall | Kelly Janes

Hey Shimmerz fans! Kelly here today with a new 12x12 Fall themed scrapbook layout!

I started my layout today by grabbing the Paige Evans Truly Grateful Collection and three Shimmerz colors that match; Cotton Candy Spritz, Plum Pudding Spritz, and Sweetheart Vibez. I added clear and white gesso to the background patterned paper before adding any of the mists.

I cut a Fall themed cut file from The Cut Shoppe using the Truly Grateful 6x8 patterned papers and used those 3 colors behind the cut files. I used the packaging technique, a brush, splattered and misted the colors directly on the background to get the coverage I was looking for.

I then adhered the cut file images on top of the mixed media. The colors were a little too bold in the center of each letter so I painted watered down white acrylic paint in the opening of each letter to mute the mixed media in that area.

I then moved onto adding 8 tiny photos and embellishing. I grabbed multiple Fall themed embellishments from the same Paige Evans collection and I also added hand-stitching around each of the letters to help them pop off the background.

Now you can take a look at my process video to see how this layout came together from start to finish.

I love how versatile the Shimmerz mists are and how the possibilities are endless! 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

"First Day, oh yay!" by Samantha Robles

GOOOOOOD Saturday morning everyone! I'm so excited to share this fun layout process of my sweet boy's first day of Preschool. We're homeschooling Oakley so we didn't have the typical first day photo. Which means, I didn't make a typical school layout. No pencils, no textbooks. Nothing like that here. I wanted a layout the shares Oakley's "bubbly" personality in the photo.
The only B2S item on this layout is the fun "Preschool" sticker I found at Joann's. How I started this layout is with some of the colors found on the 3D sticker. Lots of vibrant colors. What I love about this sticker is it's not TONS of primary colors. Primary color school things are not my jam. The colors that matched perfectly to the sticker are:
4 Leaf Clover Spritz
Sweet Heart Vibez
Snow Way Man Vibez
Chick-a-Dee Spritz

After getting my colors ready, I cut circles out using my Cricut. These circles are found in any cutting machine program. I cut anywhere from 4.5 inches to 2.75 inches. Lots of random sizing. After my circles are all cut and ready, I prime them using Vicki Boutin's gesso. THE BEST GESSO EVER! It's like crafting butter. It's awesome stuff.
Next, I spray each circle. I cannot stress this enough: Do not worry about making it perfect. Some spots will absorb better than others as you can see. You want that though. 
You can add as many layers as you want. The more layers of color you add, the more vibrant the get. Let those circles sit and dry for about 20 minutes. If you add more, let it sit about 10 minutes longer per layer. 
Once your circles are dry, they're ready to add on! I did put my 3D sticker on first so my circles would surround it and the photo. Making them the center focal point. After adding my circles on, I journal at the bottom of the page. I did make a mistake in that. I chose a Sharpie pen that matches the 4 Leaf Clover but it showed up super light. Lesson learned. It does NOT look like it does on the lid, he he!
The final touch is adding some fun thread to add on the fun messy look. And there you have it!
Thanks for popping by. Don't forget, tomorrow the Shimmerz Paints Website is getting a facelift, so just hang tight if you're shopping tomorrow. It'll be so worth it, I promise!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sun Kissed Layout | Nicole Kerr

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I'm squeezing in one more summery vacation layout before every project becomes fall lol!  Today, I'm creating my own cut file AND I'm sharing a process video over on my YouTube channel! I had so much fun creating these layered flowers that I just have to share it with all of you! Below are my close up photos of my completed layout, a listing of the products used in today's project, a link to my YT process video AND free file download for you to import and cut yourself in your Cricut or Silhouette software! If you don't have a cutting machine, no worries! These are easy-peasy to cut by hand! Enjoy and be sure to share over in our Facebook group!

Products used on today's project:
Inklingz Honey Do List
Inklingz Gree Goddess
Inklingz Blue Lagoon
Shimmerz Pip Pip Cherry-O
Shimmerz Sunny 
Shimmerz Dotz

...and here are you're free images to download!

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I can't wait to see what you create!


Thursday, September 19, 2019


Don't you just love rainbows? I certainly do! Today's layout features lots of texture, more than 20 Shimmerz colors used, and best of all? It took me under 35 minutes (including drying time) to make it.

For my base, I used a Vicki Boutin foundations paper because I knew from the get-go that I was going to be adding lots of Shimmerz colors. I trimmed the rainbow paper (from Paige Evans' Truly Grateful collection) to 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 so that once I had my background done, the colors could easily peek through. Using the patterned paper as a guide, I began adding colors with a wet brush. I wasn't to fiddly if they blended together because I was actually going for a look of easy transitions between colors. Below is a list of all the Shimmerz I used; first color mentioned was applied with brushstrokes, second color was added in splatters. and techinque I used with them.

     Clockwise starting with the pink color (pattern with pink leaves and acorns):

  1. Pink Caviar (Shimmerz) and Bahama Mama (Inklingz)
  2. Gold-N-Roses (Blingz) and Pink (Shimmerz) 
  3. 1 Hot Mama (Creameez) 
  4. Royal Red (Shimmerz) with Royal Purple (Shimmerz) mixed together
  5. Plum Crazy (Inklingz)  with Iris My Case (Shimmerz) 
  6. Chance of Rain (Spritz) with Anchors Away (Shimmerz) 
  7. In Deep (Coloringz) with Tickle Me Turquoise (Shimmerz)
  8. Hermit the Frog (Vibez) and Pixie Dust (Blingz) mixture with Honey Dew List (Inklingz)
  9. Hermit the Frog (Vibez) with Pinin' For You (Creameez)
  10. Pinin' For You (Creameez) with Jilted Jade (Shimmerz)
  11. Hermit the Frog (Vibez) mixed with Lil' Yellow School Bus (Coloringz)
  12. Tuscan Sun (Spritz) with Bumbly Bee (Shimmerz)
  13. Lil' Yellow School Bus (Coloringz) with Bumbly Bee (Shimmerz)
  14. Caribbean Sunset (Spritz) with Orange Sherbet (Shimmerz)
  15. Caribbean Sunset (Spritz) mixed with RazzleDazzle Berry (Vibez) and Red Necking (Creameez) + Crimson Tide (Shimmerz)
  16. Wisteria Lane (Shimmerz) mixed with Pixie Dust (Blingz) with Raisen Cane (Creameez)

I set the base aside to dry and began to work on the patterned paper. First, I added splashes of white acrylic paint and, once dry, started to heavily distress the outer borders first. Then, I cut down towards the center, without reaching all the way down, using the lines from the paper itself as a guide. Afterwards I heavily distressed these as well. I really distressed all the edges to ensure that the colors from the base could peek through, and to add more texture to the layout.
Once my base was dry, I set the patterned paper on top to check on the spacing between the gaps. Everything looked great so I taped them together. Since my picture doesn't have a lot of pinks or purples in it, I placed it near the upper right hand section as a means to cover them up a bit. The picture has double mats made from patterned paper from the Truly Grateful collection. Most of the embellishments are from the same collection with some from my stash.

Hope you are inspired to create something colorful like this! Remember, type my name in the notes section of your next Shimmerz order to receive some free paint!
Happy Craftin'!
- Lorimar

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Autumn Colors | Julee Tilman

Hi Shimmerz friends! It's Julee Tilman popping in to share a little Autumn loveliness with you today. I recently got a few new colors of Shimmerz and Inklingz and decided to have a play with a few of them, plus some Coloringz sprays.

I started out by smooshing Freshly Squeezed, Scarlett's Fever, and Lil' Yellow Skool Bus on watercolor paper and then embossing some autumn leaves in copper onto it.  I then splattered with a bit of Penny 4 Your Thoughts and fussy cut.  The colors dried a little less vibrant than I wanted, so I spritzed each one with a different color of coloringz spray to up the intensity.

Next I painted some Royal Red, Dandy-Lion, and Marigold onto an acrylic block and smooshed down onto watercolor paper.  I then spritzed with water to make the colors run a bit and then added a few squirts of coloringz and some more water to extend the color to where I wanted it for my elements.

Next I cut a few sprig die cuts and painted them with Penny 4 Your Thoughts.  The sentiment is embossed in copper onto a die cut circle and popped up on dimensional foam.  I then started tucking the leaves and die cuts around the sentiment leaving room for this beautiful Dotz embellishment from the Color Splash Set that matched the colors beautifully.  I finished off with lots of splatters, some tattered edges and a few enamel dot accents.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you're inspired to hit the Shimmerz shop, mention my name in the comments when you place your order for a free surprise.