Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Grungy Fun with Guest Designer Anguree Jansen Van Rensburg

Welcome to our Guest Designer Anguree Jansen Van Rensberg!  She has created some amazing layouts with our current kit and she is here to share the first of her creations!  But first... here is a little about this talented chic.

Hello, my name is Anguree, and I live in tropical Darwin, Northern Territory (NT) Australia. I am married to an amazing guy and have no children except for a very spoiled Chocolate Labrador. I was introduced into Scrapbooking somewhere between 2004 and 2005 and have been addicted ever since. I guess I can be described as a true Scrap-A-Holic. 

I generally scrap 12x12 pages, but also love to make cards. Over the years my scrapbooking style has changed from almost graphic to mixed media collage. My style vary from grungy to shabby but I dare say no style is off limits. Over the years I've learnt not to get too tied up in what exactly my style is or should be, but rather to enjoy the process of creating. I love to experiment and try new products, mediums, techniques and all the little discoveries along the road.

I have been very lucky and blessed to have been published in Scrapbook Creations Magazine and more recently in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine.

You can find me on my blog, Anguree's Scrap Yard at:

Hello Scrappy Chatters I am super excited to pop in this month. I got to play with the Rough and Ready kit and oh boy, it is  jam packed with gorgeous paper and yummyness. Whether you are a 7 Dots fan, or not, I'm sure you'd agree that these double sided papers are just gorgeous. Both sides are equally beautiful, which makes it quite tricky to decide which side to use. I just wanted to use it all, but eventually made my mind up. First up, I could not resist using the silk paint and foil, so I used it to create a rustic layout of my cousin riding on a dirt track. (You gotta love the boys and their toys.)

Now grab a cuppa and have a look how I've done it:

Cut approximately 1/2 a inch on 2 sides of your background paper so you can mat the entire layout on a spare piece of cardstock when you are done.

Cover your background paper with a layer of clear gesso. ( I used  the Finnabair range by Prima, but you can use any other brand you may have in your stash). The gesso will  prepare your cardstock and allow you to add more layers of paint and ink.                          

Once this is dry, spread some of the Silk paint through any stencil to create some texture on your page. You will note this paint is not only gorgeous, but quite thick, which makes it great for stenciling.   
For the next step I mixed some Walnut Stain Distress Re-inker with water in a mister bottle. I then sprayed it onto my background and allowed it to drip. (It then occurred to me, that not everyone will have  a brown reinker, so I visited my kitchen and found some coffee. I mixed about two teaspoons of instant coffee with a tiny amount of hot water to create my own "ink".  I then added this to the background as well. To tell you the truth, I actually loved the coffee colour more because of the beautiful warm brown it leaves on the paper. My tip ito you: remember to look in your kitchen next time you run out of craft supplies. You will find that it can be quite a treasure trove for your scrapbooking needs.)
Once this is dry, stamp the background using a script stamp and brown Archival Ink. Archival ink is water resistant, so it will not flow, should you later decide to add more ink or coffee. 

(*You may note that the final photo and orientation of the layout is different from what I have used in my steps. I have changed my mind midway during the creative process and for me this is quite normal. Some would say I do things a little back to front as I sometime choose my photo to suit the paper or background, rather than the other way around. However, we are all different, so whatever you choose to do, is good. The only requirement is that you enjoy what you do.)        
Add some black gesso through a stencil to add more detail and texture. Again you can use any texture stencil you may have already.               
       Follow  Heather's instructions in the video to add foil leaf to the background, using a stencil. Myne turned out a little  rustic, but I'd say it suited the layout. 
Add more coffee, especially on the foil, to give it a golden brown tint. You will need to dry this parts with a heat gun. Be patient, moving the coffee over the foil as it dries in pools.    
Paint the white piece of cardstock with black gesso and put it aside to dry.
Add some soft gel to the stenciled and foiled parts. Then add some black cotton on top of the glued areas.
Once the now black cardstock is dry, cut the piece in half.  Firstly cut 2 pieces from one of the halves to mat your photo. You don't need to use 2 full rectangular mats, one rectangle and a L-shaped piece is plenty for matting.
Use the bit that is left to cut some shapes to matt your photo. I used the cogs die from Spellbinders . The other half of the paper needs to be placed back in the it to use for one of your other layouts.       
Position the cogs around the photo and decide which of the cogs you want to to paint with the silk and and an additional colour paint. ( I  painted some others with Viva Gold 3D paint, but you can use whatever you have.)                             

Distress the edges of your photo and ink with Distress ink. Also distress the photo mat and add some paint on the edges of the mat. Let dry.
Mat your photo.
Add Washi tape to the L-shape so you can tuck it under your main photo mat.
Layer the cogs around the photo by raising the cogs using some double sided foam.        
Paint the buttons in the kit with black gesso and let it dry. Adhere to some of the cogs, to add more detail. (I have somehow managed to break mine, accidently, but you can just hide half of yours under the photo.)
Put some additional cogs in the bottom corner of your layout to balance your page.                                                      
Create a title and subtitle on your computer, using Microsoft Word in a different sizes to suit your layout.
Insert a text box and change the font colour to white. Now change the properties of the text box and fill it with black. Print.           

Use a glue pen to write or fill in the white letters on your main title. Set aside to dry till just tacky. It's important that your glue dries tacky, for this technique to work, so try and touch it with your finger to test.

Now add some of the foil on top and burnish it lightly with your finger. Set aside to ensure it dries properly. Tip: Use a tray when you work with the foil, so you can catch all the spare pieces. Also, switch off the fan or airconditioner. (I didn't and  in my first attempt foil went everywhere... LOL However seeing that many of you have winter, while we are still enjoying beautiful hot days in the NT, I'm assuming you won't have this problem.)                                  
Brush away the excess foil with a fine paintbrush or foam sponge. I found a paint brush works better especially in the fine curves of the letters.
Cover both the main title with the foil and subtitles with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. This make take a few hours to dry properly.The glossy accents will dry clear and have an acrylic looking finish.                                    

Once your titles are all dry, you can cut them out and adhere them to your layout, using glue, double sided tape or foam tape. (If you like, you could stick it on scrap pieces of cardstock for more stability before cutting it and adding foam tape or glue)

 If your subtitle is like mine, half way over your corner cogs and halfway on the page, you can add a combination of tape and foam to raise it where it is lifted from the background page.          

Cover the sides of a spare piece of cardstock with your wash tape by sticking half of it on the front and folding it over to the back of the paper. Mat your layout on this sheet.

Ta-da, you are done. I hope you enjoyed this with me and look forward to see what you create.

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  1. Oh wow Anguree - this is totally AMAZING!

  2. Anguree I just love this layout! Everything about it. Xx

  3. Fabulous! Always love a page with some "cog-idge"! LOL

  4. Thank you so much for your lovely comments Heather, Tammy & Michelle Xxxx

  5. Absolutely LOVE what you have created, Auguree! Your layout really captures the eye!

  6. Love this! I will be trying it out for sure,

    1. Thank you Elisa. Would love to see your take on it. xxx

  7. That is some pretty serious AWESOME grunge right there!!! LOVE IT xx

  8. oh WOW Anguree! This totally ROCKS!!
    Awesome grunge and techniques going on here!