Friday 25 April 2014

Guest Designer -Kripa Kaushik

Hello friends!

This is Jaya here. Today I am here to introduce you all to a crafter who is basically an all rounder! Yes! She loves to do all sorts of crafts from card making, scrap booking, quilling, painting ,
art journalling ,pottery and what not!
Whoa! Isn't that just awesome?? She is none other than our very sweet Kripa Kaushik! We loved her work so much that we got her here as our Guest Designer for this fortnight and she has a great layout with a detailed tutorial to share with you all today! I am sure you will be inspired . 
So lets here from the lady herself.

Kripa Kaushik
Hello everyone,

My name is Kripa Koushik. I’m from Bangalore, currently residing in the suburbs of Sydney with my family of boys (a bubbly 3 year old with infinite energy,  a curious bubba of 6 months who just started crawling and my dear hubby.

I've always loved everything handmade from as long back as I can remember and love trying my hand at different crafts – embroidery, pottery, painting and more. It was around this time last year that I started seriously scrapbooking and completed a mini album of my son. Little did I know that I’d soon fall in love with this craft, start a blog to share my creations and meet all of you talented fellow crafters

At first, I found the idea of creating a 12"X 12" layout very overwhelming, now it’s one of my favourite. If you have never made a 12X12, then I urge you to pick up a PP/cardstock, paints, a few vacation photographs and play along with me. In today’s step by step, I'll share with you my process for creating a very simple grid sketch, mixed media layout using 5 photographs from one of my trips to Europe.

Step 1: Choose a background paper. Mine had vintage/Paris graphics on it which were quite prominent. Apply a thin layer of gesso using a roller/foam brush to get a fairly even application. Using a wet wipe (baby wipe) remove excess gesso from areas you want to highlight (On mine I removed gesso from the butterflies). Can you see the difference gesso creates?


Step 2: While the gesso is drying, on another plain paper, layer the photographs and PP.  I find grid layouts very easy specially for multiple photos. I changed some of the elements later, but this what I first had in mind.

Step 2

Step 3: Now comes the fun part. The gesso has dried, its time to bring the paints /sprays out. Using a pencil, draw a square to outline the grid inside which the photos are going to be placed. 

Step 3

Use washi tape on the inside border of the square. Spray blue paint around the border (I used acrylic paint and a toothbrush as I don’t have the specific blue colour in a ready spray form). Add a border stamp using black archival ink, once the paint is dry. Any stamp with geometric pattern will do. Its to add interest and define the border a little more. Then go over the borders with texture paste mixed with Fevicryl cherry red pearl paint through a small dots stencil. Now, my background looks like this. The remaining texture paste was randomly applied around the border and inside the grid as I didn't want to waste it.


Here is a close up…… can you  see the 6 layers? PP, gesso, washi, spray, stamp and finally texture paste.  See, mixed media isn't so difficult , you can do it too.


Step 4: After everything is dry, the final step is to stick down all the different elements that were prepared in step 2. I changed some of the elements, used pop dots below the photographs and completed the journaling. Ta –da……… all done………

Step-4 Final Layout

Easy isn’t it. I hope you feel inspired to make a layout and share it with all of us here. If you want any more details about this layout or just want to say hello, I would love to hear from you at

Didn't you all just fell in love with her layout? I sure did! Such a beautifully scrapped page to cherish her memories. Thank you so much Kripa for this really detailed tutorial. I am sure many of us will find making layouts much more easier than before! Want to see more of her creations? Visit her blog and don't forget to leave her some love there.

 Do hop over to our Current Challenge#29 - Vacation/Travel/Holidays Theme where only layouts are allowed. If you haven't already, then .. you still have some time left. Take out your best picture form a Vacation /Holiday.. Or maybe some place you want to escape to this summer. Just scrap about it and show us! You might win some goodies before the Great Escape!!


  1. Thats a beautiful layout!!! loved it...thanks for sharing the process,,,it has inspired me a lot!

  2. Lovely layout and beautifully explained Kripa.

  3. This is gorgeous Kripa .. lovely work :)

  4. Lovely LO...very detailed one indeed!

  5. Fabulous layout Kripa! Thank you for the detailed tute!

  6. I have never tried a lo yet, but who knows I'll try one now! Thanks so much for simplifying the process!

  7. What a gorgeous layout Kripa ..Absolutely loved the way you have created your background and all the little details ..Thank you so much for sharing the step by step tute for it ...So inspiring :)

  8. Hi Kripa,
    Thanks for the tutorial. You've made it easy with your step by step tutorial. I was very hesitant to work with mixed media projects. I think now I got the idea. Thank for sharing :)

  9. Wow, Kripa - this is fabulous, & the change is amazing in that bg your clear steps....& the page looks fabulous:):)


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