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Be Happy | A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Irit Landgraf

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Hi! I am beyond excited to share with you my first project as a guest designer on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog.

I am a 12*12 scrapbooker at heart, so today I'll show some of my favorite ways to use Gelatos®, Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. Let's get started!

I prepped my paper with a thin layer of gesso because I knew I wanted to use Gelatos® and lots of water, and I find the color flows better when my surface is primed. I had to go with one of my favorite color schemes lately, purples and aquas. You can find a list of all the products I used at the end of this post.

This is how it looks before adding water.

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And this is after. Watercolor perfection!

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Next step is one of my favorite techniques, using a baby wipe and a stencil to remove color.

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Bring on the stamping! I love using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens on my mixed media projects, because they contain India ink and will not move once dry even when I add water or other media on top.

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For my title I also wanted to use a stamp. I love using Gelatos® for that, I apply them directly to the stamp and mist it with water before stamping. I actually do exactly the same thing with the Stamper's Big Brush Pens, it creates a watercolor look, but still preserves the qualities of india ink, permanent once dry.

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I wanted to color my stamped images, so I grabbed some Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils in matching colors. I love the light airy look I can get with watercolor, and I was going for a messy look, so I used the pencils very lightly. They are full of pigment and just perfect for coloring in images.

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The final touch was some Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I added some around the photo with my fingers. I used Snow Cone Gelatos® to tint the gel, so it matched my background perfectly.

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And here's my finished layout with some close ups-

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 There's also a process video-


Here are all the products I used-

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils-

  • Red set (#119, #125, #136)

  • Green set (#156)

Gelatos® Colors

  • Snow Cone

  • Lavender

  • Cotton Candy

  • Raspberry

Stamper’s Big Brush Pens

  • Manganese Violet #160

  • Cobalt Green #156

  • Light Cobalt Turquoise #154

  • Black #199

Mixed Media Stencils

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Have a lovely day!


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Jamie Vanskiver

Love this layout! I have yet to try Gelatos but they look sooo yummy! Love the touch of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel around the photo, it so pretty. Thank you for the awesome video- I LOVE your videos:)


thanks for the tutorial...your layout is fantastic, love the background


Love this layout & the colors!!

Dorina D

Fun layout and a great tutorial. Loving the background and how you created it. Thanks

Holly Denghel

Very pretty. I've just started playing with gelatos, I'll have to try this gesso color wash thing.


Goreous layout!!! Wonderfully inspiring, thanks so much!! :)

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