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Guest Designer - Janaina (Jana) Oliveira

We had such an amazing response on our Design Team call last month that we decided to ask a few talented women to join us as Guest Designers throughout this next year. Please join me in welcoming our first Guest Designer, Janaina Oliveira

My name is Jana Oliveira. I live in Central New Jersey with my husband, my 1 year old son and my beagle. My first passion was to do cards. I became a  stamper, but then I started to tell my story using mini albums, mixed media and  layouts. I have an attraction to use  a  layered look and mix different products when doing my mini albums and altered art and a more simple photo focus designs for layouts.

I would like to talk  today about  the fear many of us have using different mediums in our projects. Usually the fear to use products designed for mixed media, such as acrylic paints, gesso, crackle mediums, alcohol inks and the list can be endless.
Even for myself sometimes these mediums can be overwhelming especially if we want our project to be perfect. But something I'm learning everyday is to let it go. I always start to think if my son twenty years from now will care about perfect lines or acrylic paint applied without any stroke marks. I want him to know I had fun and used my creative self to tell our story. 

One thing I like to do is to use a lot of layers.

In this piece I've used many layers: paper, acrylic paint, sprays, die cuts, fabric, stamps . So, in the end we can see that it's possible to achieve harmony among so many different mediums , you just have to try it !

Jana's tray

One tip for a start point: when you want to start a project like this, start with the color you want as your focus point. In this particular project my base color was Lucas' socks that were blue. You can use a color wheel or search color combinations on the internet and from there  separate papers, little embellishments and die cuts based on the colors to use on your project. Don't think too much - just let it go !

  Soon I will be showing how to use these techniques with Clear Scraps acrylic albums.  They have so much possibilities and different uses, so you can be confident that you are going to have a unique album to tell your story !


Thanks Jana for sharing this project with us and some tips on using different mediums!

Keep an eye out next week for an amazing acrylic Owl album that Jana did using some of these same techniques!




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Sue from Oregon

Congrats Jana...you picked the master of mini albums...she is always showing some great inspiration!!!!

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