Designer inspiration with Melanie Blackburn…and a giveaway!

Designer inspiration with Melanie Blackburn…and a giveaway!

Thank you so much for joining me on the SCT blog today!  I’ve just returned from the Crop & Create event in Cornwall, Ontario and what an amazing weekend we had. It was my first time attending a Crop & Create event and it certainly won’t be my last! Catherine and the team orchestrated such an amazing event, it was wonderful to meet so many inspiring ladies and to spend a weekend with people who shared the same passion. I’ve returned from my weekend more inspired than ever and so very energized to create more fun projects.  Thank you SCT, it was a memorable event!

Today I am sharing a mixed media layout which features the new stencils by Jillibean Soup! I do not claim to be a mixed media expert but I do enjoy using modeling paste and mist on my projects. The new stencils are lovely and so very easy to work with. On this layout I’ve used the same stencils with two different mediums.




First I combined the stencil with mist, this is relatively simple technique to do, the stencil is applied to the page and mist is sprayed only on the stencil area. 


I wanted to achieve a layered effect, to do so I once again used the same stencil but this time with modeling paste. I applied washi tape on the stencil to keep it from moving and applied a thin coat of paste. I immediately removed the stencil. 


I love the subtle effect and added texture that modeling paste offers.  This layout reflects that mixed media can be incorporated on projects in a very subtle fashion; it’s a great way to add a unique touch and create depth to any projects.

I’m also excited today to offer a giveaway to May Flaum’s latest online class, Supplies on Hand, making the most of your crafty stash.  


If ever the world had a shortage of patterned papers, washi tapes, and brads and the only way to save our planet was to gather lots of these things… well I’d be a hero. The odds of this happening seem fairly slim, so rather than continue to be a shopper and collector I’m working towards using more of what I have on hand, and maximizing my crafty fun. What could be better than a class packed with videos and lessons on utilizing your supplies? How about an all-star team of contributors who will be sharing their own unique ideas as well!

To be eligible to win simply leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 5th! A winner will be randomly selected to win access to the class. For more details and to sign up, please visit May’s website

Have a wonderful day and don't be afraid to break out those mixed media supplies and give them a whirl…and a spray!

~  Melanie Blackburn




  1. Cheryl T. October 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Such a cute layout…who would have thunk to really zero in on the story of the wrap vest and not show her head. Great story telling.

  2. Tammy October 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This sounds like just the class I need! Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot!

  3. Kristen V October 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    What a great giveaway! I love watching May’s videos on YouTube. Her creations look so fun and she makes everything look so easy. Thanks for this chance to win!

  4. Kathy P. October 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Cute layout! I like using gesso or modeling paste and stencils too….even though it does slow my creative process!!
    And as someone who has spent the last week trying to weed out the disgusting hoarde of supplies I have amassed, I can tell you that I would love that seat in May’s class! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  5. Linda Baker October 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Love May and would love to try the class!

  6. barbara macaskill October 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Yes Please!! I desperately need help in using my secret (right) hoarding of paper issues! Hubby keeps telling me that if I bring another piece of paper into the house he will divorce me! Thank goodness for my BFF who allows me to hide (store) packages that arrive when hubby is home. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him will it? LOL
    I NEED this class so bad!! Maybe this class is the Universes way of telling me it is time to weed out some of my pretty and older papers. Who knows? Thanks for the chance to win this class!

  7. Sandy Lewis October 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Love your layout and the hello is wonderful! I sure would love to take this class – goodness knows I have supplies to use (LOL). Thank you for the chance to win it.

  8. marylouh October 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Having so many supplies on hand and needing a way to use them up – I’d be so happy if I got a seat in this class.
    thanks for the chance to get one.

  9. Melitta Ball October 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for all the great inspiration & instructions today! This class your giving away is what I need the most! I have a stash and its just not getting used because I’m always shopping for the next technique I see! By the time I look at what’s in my stash I can’t remember what I bought the stuff for or how to use it! Crossing my fingers!

  10. bette October 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Sweet Teacher and teaching!

  11. Tona October 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    This looks like a fun class. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Sandy October 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I could really use a lesson in how to use what I have! It’s great to go shopping &buy all the cute things you see, but when I come home, I’m overwhelmed by choices and often end up not getting anything accomplished! HELP! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Tiffany October 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Love the layout! This class looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win a spot!

  14. Vicki October 1, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    This looks like a class I could really use. I love following your blog. You always have interesting posts. Thanks!

  15. Lori Poffenroth October 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I, too, have enough supplies to last forever. Time to use what I have!! Thanks for a chance to win some stash busting ideas!

  16. Louise October 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I would love to win a spot in this class. Money is tight right now following me having surgery. I have lots of supplies I’ve collected over the years and it would be great to have some help to use them!!
    Thanks for the chance

  17. Dana A October 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    This class is exactly what I’m looking for. Gotta get out of my rut!

  18. michelle t October 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Great technique and layout. Thanks very much for a chance to win. Michelle t

  19. Christine Kiehl October 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing this adorable page with us! I love the image and the story behind it! You did a great job with items on hand! Thank you for taking the time!

  20. Jean Marmo October 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I love this technique and what a wonderful layout! Love all the details that add to the great story! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Vicki Smith October 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Your page is great and I’m in love with stencils and texture paste. I would love to win this prize!

  22. Lorie Bradberry October 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing the LO. I need to try using some modeling paste! Thanks also for the chance to get May’s new class for free!

  23. Roxanne October 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I would love to play and use my treasures….instead of being a collector! And oh I am a hoarder. No wait. collector! I am a C.O.L.L.E.C.T.O.R!!!!!

  24. Janet October 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Oh would would LOVE to win a class with May and all those other fabulous designers!!!!!

  25. Regina October 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    wonderful LO! Great technique!

  26. Ange October 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Just found some stencils I bought a while back would love to try this technique with them. Have always loved May’s classes on BPC in the past – will have to check this out!

  27. RPomeroy October 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win a spot in her class. I know it would be fun and helpful and inspiring.

  28. Carla Hundley October 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Wonderful of you
    to offer this
    giveaway! Love
    the techniques
    you used on your
    Carla from Utah

  29. Carol B October 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Great layout, love the theme!
    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007 (at) gmail(dot) com

  30. Helen Gullett October 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    How cool your layout! Love the masking tip 🙂

  31. Amy E. October 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Absolutely adorable! I love this style of scrapbooking!!

  32. Lynne in NI October 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    What a beautiful LO 🙂

  33. Juschka October 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    What an amazing layout! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in May Flaume’s class, which sounds so inspiring!

  34. Judy Stiles October 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Would love to win a spot in the class! Thanks for the chance!

  35. Annette Allen October 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    what a fabulous layout.. awesome designing.. thanks for sharing.

  36. Brenda October 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I NEED to win a spot in this class since I’m definitely a hoarder and a shopper!!

  37. Ardyce Seabrook October 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Such a beautiful layout mel! stunning as usual! thanks for the chance!

  38. Liz Lumsden October 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Sounds like just the class I need to take! Love your mixed-media project…

  39. Memoriesbymanda October 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve been wanting to join the Supplies on Hand class!!!! I would love to win as i need to use my stash – so i can buy more, right?

  40. Indy October 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I love reading about how to use the stash on hand. I so need to work on this. This sounds like a class I definitely need! As for the project…fabulous!

  41. Sue D October 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Cute layout and techniques with stencils.

  42. jengd October 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Great layout, great looking class! Thanks for the chance!

  43. Carol Jones October 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I’m right there with the rest of the crowd – a big collector (hoarder) of craft supplies, especially paper. I could really use this class! Thanks so much for a chance to win. And fabulous layout! I love texture paste too. Love to layer with lots of texture.

  44. Janet Sisk October 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    What an incredible layout! Love your attention to detail. Thanks for the chance to win. 😀

  45. Nicole McNamara October 2, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Sounds like the absolute perfect class for me!!!

  46. C Wong October 2, 2014 at 12:49 am

    What a fun page! Thank you for sharing and the chance to win!

  47. Chris Gale October 2, 2014 at 12:53 am

    The chances of ever seeing the bottom of my huge desk is slim. Every other room in my house is organized except my fire trap.

  48. TracyM #6773 October 2, 2014 at 12:57 am

    FABULOUS layout Melanie – LOVE your inking & stencilling!!! THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and tutorial using the modelling paste … I have seen this in my local store and didn’t really understand what it does, NOW I know I need it 🙂
    PS – please don’t include me in the giveaway, my crafting activities are pretty limited at the moment and the class should go to someone who is ready & able to jump in and craft their stash!!!

  49. SuzanD October 2, 2014 at 2:32 am

    great layout. thanks for sharing.

  50. JeanD October 2, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Boy do I need this class/ I too could save the world 🙂

  51. Janice October 2, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Would love to participate in this class – as I survey my stash of supplies.

  52. Beatrice Lawson October 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I think everyone needs this class, right? We all have way more supplies than we can use but still buy pretty things:-) darling layout, that pose says it all!

  53. Eva T October 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This class would give me just the right nudge to jump into MM again 🙂
    Would. jump und dance if i won!!!!

  54. Diana Kimberley October 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Great idea. I need to get scrapping from my stash

  55. Mel H October 2, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I could save the world right there with you. I need to get in the craft room and use it up

  56. Charmaine October 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    This class sounds like therapy for the hoarder in me. Even worse is when I go to crops, the amount of stuff I haul to crops or to my friend’s place! It’s like a big discovery when I come across something that I haven’t even opened yet but have been hauling back and forth (ahem for several crops)!

  57. Judy October 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I can see that we are ALL collectors here. Next step – using the collection. I would love to learn more. Thanks

  58. Iris Soscia October 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Very cute layout.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  59. Rosie N. October 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I *NEED* this class!! I have lots of great stuff that needs to be used!!
    I love the photo on this layout!

  60. Ruth G October 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I love the dimension that using the stencil with the spray and the modeling paste gives on your sweet layout! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win a spot in May’s class!

  61. Denise Bryant October 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Sounds like an awesome class!

  62. scrapper al October 3, 2014 at 2:25 am

    I need this class, lol. Thanks for the chance to win a spot.

  63. Judy W. October 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I SO need this class to inspire me to use what I have. Thanks for much for the chance to win.

  64. Rubeena October 3, 2014 at 10:56 am


  65. missgailly October 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I LOVE May and would love to win a spot in this class. Thanks for the opportunity.
    I too was at Crop and Create in Cornwall and it was SO MUCH FUN!

  66. chark October 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    love the spray with this! And I can’t say I’d be all that much of a hero if the world needed paper, but my washi tape and inks probably outnumber the insects in the world. 🙂

  67. Ava Gavloski October 3, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing the love of the industry, appreciated

  68. Lindarub October 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Have to use my stash more great idea.

  69. Gavi Slutzkin October 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Pretty! Love using sprays, they’re so much fun!

  70. rkokes October 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    love May’s classes, and I have been eyeing this one-would LOVE to win!

  71. michelegeorgern October 4, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I love your layout. I’ve been want to play with my modeling paste. I think today will be the day. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Melinda Wilson October 4, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I would love to win so I can make better use of all my goodies that are just sitting here right now LOL!!

  73. Stacie D October 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Love this! Jillibean Soup has such fun templates to use!

  74. Kelly Humby-Tulk October 4, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I love mixed media. Just wish I was more comfortable with it! Beautigul layout!

  75. Linda F October 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I so need a class like this or perhaps another room to start putting the overflow from my stash.

  76. Cara Feeney October 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Love the misting.

  77. Alice leonard October 4, 2014 at 9:36 am

    What a great give a way!

  78. Sarahc October 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

    What great prizes!! Happy card marking day everyone!!!

  79. Violet October 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Very nice layout. I like all the layers.

  80. Debbie Pettit October 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

    What great inspiration! Ready to #makeprettystuff !

  81. C traversa October 4, 2014 at 10:59 am


  82. Jeanette October 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Great layout! Thanks for the inspiration!

  83. scrapper al October 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win a spot in May’s class.

  84. Kristina (CraftyPaws) October 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Fantastic LO! I love all the different techniques used on it. Everything gels perfectly together. tfs and inspiring! hugs, Kristina

  85. Regina Harris October 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Great layout and comment about our scrapboard materials stash.

  86. Laura Evangeline October 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve yet to actually do an online class. I’ve been anxious to do it though.

  87. Carmen October 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I’m on a stash “diet” so I could really use this class. Thanks for the chance to win

  88. Julie {CalleLillyCafe} October 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Love all the details on this layout! You read my mind! I too, can save the world if ever a shortage!

  89. Laura T. October 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    The class sounds like so much fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

  90. Michele McLachlin October 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I’m always up for a class to learn new techniques!

  91. Suzy Gray October 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Fantastic layout

  92. Peggy Ehrisman October 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Great ideas

  93. Maryann Somerville October 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Hey!! I really like the idea of using a ‘set of tools’ with different mediums to make cards. The combinations are endless & the varied outcomes guarantee a super collection of ‘unique’ cards – with ease!!! Bonus ….. Thanks for the encouragement & inspiration. ?

  94. Amy Kolling October 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    AWesome!!!! FAb technique!

  95. Scrappypainter October 5, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Wow, another use for Liquidex modeling paste. Thanks for the contest.

  96. Bonnie October 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful! And I really need May’s help so I’d love to win a spot in her class!

  97. Lynne G October 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Love your project!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win the class. The class sounds like something I need!!!!!

  98. Larissa Heskett =) October 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    WOWOWOWOW!! LOVING the AMAZING Inspiration!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chances to win a Spot this sounds like an AWESOME Class!! Have a Fabulous Week!! =)

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