Recently I've gotten into mixed media crafting. This is a variation of card making that doesn't exclusively use paper. You can incorporate any item of any kind into your piece.
I have to admit, my first encounter with mixed media left me feeling overwhelmed. Too many options, flowers, buttons, ephemera, rhinestones, fabric, ribbon, stickers...anything. It was creativity over load! But I have to say the results were really neat.
Each card we made at the class was different from the other. Each person was
able to add a different twist to the same theme. Sometimes simply turning a piece of paper sideways makes all the difference in how the piece appears.
I decided I would try some small projects in my own like Christmas cards tags and a few wall designs, using a simple theme, then building around it with random objects. Following just the basic principles, I think I did okay.
Over the winter break I took my exploration to the next level and made an Explosion box calendar. Every panel represents a month, chock full of Bits Bobbles and Ephemera that highlight each month. Pictures don't serve it justice! There's a video of the full box out on our Pinterest page.
I'm finding that although it takes a little longer to put a project together the results are So worth it.
So here I am about a year later and I am still dabbling in Mixed Media. In fact I've now launched a product line Bits & Bobbles that includes jewelry, ephemera, book pages and other scrappy nuggets for your project.
I'm still learning, techniques and such. But that is what makes it fun! There are so many possibilities.