Chinese New Year 2018

The year of the dog! I have a very crafty friend that likes to put care packages together for my children for just about every holiday. She celebrates the Chinese New Year, so this year we did a bit of celebrating ourselves. Nothing too crazy, but since red is my favorite color I didn't mind dressing everyone is red. *laugh* I know it's been a while since this holiday took place, but I'm just now getting around to documenting it. 

Today's layout was done using the Everyday Explorers April release stamps - Food Icons & Mercury Retro. I used my Kurtake watercolor markers again, but this time I cut the images out with my circle dies on watercolor paper. I used them on journal cards I created for an insert that will go into my Project Life 2018 album.

I kept this layout fairly simple and let the photos tell most of the story. I used a Paislee Press photo template and embellished it with the images and sentiment from the Food Icon set. I put the gift tags the kids received into a clear plastic bag and added it in as an insert into my album.

I wanted the "thanks universe" sentiment to look like a gold coin. So I used my brown and yellow Kuretake markers. First I outlined the outside edge of the circle image with a thin stripe of brown. Then I colored it in to just the outside of the "oh my" sentiment with yellow. Next I took my water brushes and blended the colors toward the center. Stamping in waterproof ink on watercolor paper is key to this process. Otherwise the black bleeds and it's a big mess. I've tried doing this on 110lb cardstock and it doesn't work well for blending. I have much better luck on watercolor paper. I've linked the supplies I used below.

Let me know if you have questions! Thanks for stopping by today.