Just add glitter and stir!

My guest today is the delightful Maggi from Just Add Glitter and Stir! She's super fun and has a wicked sense of humour (check out her photo in which she's eating a crocheted sushi!) I "met" her through her X'mas in July blog party (2009) and we've been exchanging comments and emails ever since....:)

Here's a look at some of Maggi's work...

Maggi is sharing with us a really cool technique for backgrounds that she used on this layout...:) Read on for the tutorial...:)


When Y asked me to be a guest blogger on her fabulous blog, I was so excited! Then I was nervous, then excited again, then a little sleepy and then super excited! :D I am so in love with the gorgeous layouts and cards that Y creates and am so honored to be a part of the fun happenings here at Do More With Less.

For those of you that don't know me, my name is Maggi and I live in the United States. I've been doing one craft or another for as long as I can remember, a trait I got from my mother who is a Crafty Goddess and knows everything Mod Podge. lol I like to try all kinds of different mediums and materials, most recently I have really jumped into incorporating mixed media in my projects, rediscovered my love for crochet and I just learned how to cast resin.

I'm inspired by so many things around me, most recently: Jpop (Japanese pop music), bright colors, vintage magazines and the amazingly creative bloggers our there that share their talent (including Miss Y here! :). For Y's first challenge, I created a layout using plastic canvas instead of traditional card stock.That was such a fun layout to create and it really got my wheels turning on what else I could use as a background!

So for my guest post here, I want to share a layout I recently made that has a non-traditional material as the background. I was inspired by this post at Gauche Alchemy which led me to this post  at Way Crafty which listed various techniques involving melted crayons. Hmmmm, interesting no? So, can you guess what my background material is? :D

For my "card stock", I took two pieces of wax paper, some crayons Toot got at a restaurant (Thanks Olive Garden! :D), a cheese grater (no longer used for food!) and my heat gun.

I grated different colored crayons onto one piece of the wax paper.  You'll notice on Way Crafty that her crayon pieces are bigger than mine.  I used very fine pieces of crayon so next time I do this, I'll use bigger chunks.  You get a nicer, brighter color effect that way, lesson learned! :D
Then I covered this with the second piece of wax paper, turned my heat gun on the "sandwich" and the magic begins!  The crayon pieces melt and meld into one another and form a rainbow of color ready for you to add your creative stamp.
I then stitched the edges together using my sewing machine (hand sewing or gluing would work fine too) and trimmed the edges off (I didn't worry about trying to stitch or trim evenly).  I added some "clouds" using the end of a paper towel roll, white paint and white glitter.  The fence is made from plastic canvas and sequins, the grass is from my lunch of delicious sushi, the title is Thickers and the flowers are Prima and Basic Grey bling.  I made the stems by twirling colored wire on a skewer.  The sun, "apples" on the tree and butterfly (accented with Stickles) are all part of various mixed media color kits from Gauche Alchemy.
I had so much fun creating this layout!  I challenge you to look for everyday objects, packaging or things you would normally throw away and incorporate them into your projects.  Keep those scrapbooks acid-free but go crazy with those extra pictures and hang your funky layouts on the wall or give them as gifts.  Inspiration (and free crafty supplies) are everywhere! :D

Thanks so much to Y for letting me take over her blog for a bit, muwahahahaha!  :D  I've had so much fun over here at Do More With Less, I can't wait to see what Y (and all of you) create next!  If you would like to see what I'm up to, please feel free to visit me over at Just Add Glitter and Stir


Are you inspired to try something other than cardstock or patterned paper for the base of your project?
Leave your project links in this post by Thursday, 8th April 2010. Winner gets a RAK of course! :)

I will share my inspired project in my next post...:) It's not so fancy like waxed paper...just packaging..:(
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~amy~ said...

Woot woot for Maggie!!! I love these blog posts where you highlight bloggers!! Love the crayon technique!! Fabbie layout!!

jacque4u2c said...

Maggi so rocks!!!! My daughters school just did this technique - it was funny because when I picked up they had a electric griddle out with the was paper laying on instead of a heat gun! i just looked amusing to me! I just love this technique Mag - way to go!!!

Maggi said...

Heyyyyyyyyy that's me! :D Thanks again Y for asking me to guest blog, it was a blast!

Can't wait to see what you did with your packaging, I'm sure it's awesome! :D

deb famularo said...

Maggi is the best. I couldn't even begin to create a layout like this! Crayons, wax paper- a cheese grater- omg, I can only imagine what a mess I would come up with, and she has a wicked masterpiece! Congrats on the guest spot Maggi!You are so talented my friend! I'm so happy to have found this blog! xOxO deb

Theresa MacNaughton said...

Maggi is talented - and this layout is no exception. Thanks for having her guest blog and explaining how she created this lovely piece. :) Theresa

Unknown said...

Holy Smokes BAtman. Maggie, have I ever told you that your work and or blog are OFF THE CHARTS!!!

Off to add Miss Y's blog to my list. this one is amazing

Carmen said...

What a fabulous tutorial :D yaaaay Maggi!

I have loads of half crayons laying all over the place, I must have a go at this.

Cassie said...

Great tutorial Maggi!!!
Glad I was strong armed into coming over!!

Anonymous said...

wooohooo Maggi!! I'm going to say I knew you when... lol!!

Amy Wing said...

Whoo! Great tutorial and great post, Maggi. You rock.

Jenneke said...

LOVE this tutorial, Maggi!! Your background is absolutely stunning! And so are your layouts!
Thanks Yvonne, for introducing her to me!


Anonymous said...

Hi Maggi,LOving this post!Love your use of materials..have to try it out!
Yvonne...I promissed to do so with Mirjam too...but I will play along this time ;)

Jocelyn said...

Hey Miss Maggi.....LOVEEEEE this!!! What an awesome idea and I will be bringing some of those crayons home with me from our next restaurant visit!!!

You did a FABULOUS JOB and you know how much we LOVE YOU!!!!!

Tristan Robin said...

I can remember doing this with dried leaves and crayons when I was a kid! But we used an iron. My mother was furious, as I didn't understand that I could only heat crayons that were in the sandwich.

I think you did a first rate job on your first guest blogging gig!

joyce rodli said...

Here's my itty bitty... :=D

In other did great on your Tootmetorial Maggi.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

go maggi! go maggi!!! U rock girl!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee how U created that background!! WOW WOW WOW!!! And I loveeeeeeeee that plastic canvas fence!!! And of course TOOT is adorable as always!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Cindy Lee said...

What a creative idea!! Thanks for sharing with us Maggi! I shall steal some crayons from my :)

Dora said...

Love that you have a GD on your blog, you are so sweet.
I love the work she showed and the techniques, beautiful!

Lynnda said...

awesome...brilliant Idea...well done Maggie... xx

laterg8r said...

totally great tute maggi - fun and funky background :D

MirjamC said...

wow, what a super post and tutorial!!!great idea maggie, really want to try it too!!!

Juhi said...

Wow Maggi is super talented, I just love that background. I also tried my hand at re-using some packaging (didn't make a layout though :( ). Here's my card.


Unknown said...

that little crocheted sushi is too cute!!
xoxo alison

Juhi said...
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Juhi said...

Here's my entry using a non-traditional material as the base for me project.

Spardha said...

Wow!!.. awesome idea.. here's my entry!.. rly inspired!

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