Week 2 of the Vintage Plum Star Search is in full swing! This week’s challenge was “Medium Madness”. The page is supposed to use ink, paint, pens, etc. Here’s what I came up with:

I started by painting my own background with Making Memories acrylic paint. I then adhered my photos and painted a boarder around them. I also used the paint to make lines for journaling, which I did by painting the edge of some scrap chipboard and swiping it across the page. I then used a Uni-Ball Signo UM-153 White Ink Gel Pen to doodle a boarder, write my journaling, and freehand my title. I highly recommend this pen. I’ve tried tons of different white pens and markers, and this one’s the only one that works on every background color. You can even write on slick surfaces with it, so it’s great for photos! After embroidering the inside of my title, I made my own epoxy chipboard buttons. This is super easy. Cut a design from patterend paper, glue the paper to chipboard and trip into the desired shape. Then poke two small holes in the center of the button for thread. Coat the surface of the button in glaze (I prefer Diamond Glaze) and let dry. Then poke your holes again and the buttons are ready to add to your layout! This is a cheap and easy way to make your own embellishments.

You might remember the photos from this post. The journaling reads: Eliza loves playing with Play-Doh! She thinks that making towers with them is just as fun as the actual PD! Eli vs. Play-Doh tower…Eli wins!

In related news, I received my kit from Vintage Plum yesterday and made four pages and one card last night solely with the kit (I’m surprised there’s still some left over)! I was amazed at how fast my layouts went together when I didn’t have to look through everything I own first. Now I know what the experts mean when they say too many choices can be paralyzing. I’ll wait to post the layouts, but here’s a card I made for my Dad’s birthday:

See you tomorrow with more eye candy!