As scrapbookers we don't have to create only layouts, all of the time. I do a combo of things to settle the creative itch. I create Project Life pages to make sure the everyday stories are told, I create layouts with favourite photos and they also tell the story, and then there are the quick little pieces of artwork. Enough to experiment, enough to play, enough to have a little fun without investing a whole layouts-worth of products.
Supplies: Tim Holtz die to cut tag from manilla folder, Prima flowers, prima canvas pieces, Prima leaves. 7Dots studio papers, paint, gesso, guaze, Tattered Angels GlimmerMist in Coral, SWAK and Black Magic. Home created heart resin piece and flowers. Metal trinkets. Other mixed media items such as paperclips and tabs.
I know it's likely you've seen this tag before, and a few other tags like it. I used this tag as a sample at SENZ and in online classes. The joy that comes from this tag is the short amount of creating time, the ability to use bits and pieces, and the very cool artpiece you are left with. This sample includes a whole lot of Prima canvas pieces, flowers and leaves. it also includes lots of little bits and pieces, look closely to spot the resin pieces I made myself, as well as the metal trinkets I've become so in love with lately.
It's not always flowers and leaves, anything can go on these tags. I love creating the masculine versions too, the chipboard, (these amazing cog chipboard designs are available from ScrapMatrix), the resin pieces, (made those myself with the molds and resin), the trinkets -( lucky me I can help myself to a huge variety out of the ones I sell) plus all sorts of little bits and pieces. Pair it all with my favourite coloured sprays (Tattered Angels, especially Jazz Blue, Key Lime Pie and Black Magic) and you've got a little bit of fun right there. Nothing like short term creating where you can standback and look at what you've made and think hell yeah... that's awesome. I admit there are the pieces that end up in the bin too - or pulled apart with the pieces put in the scrapbooker's junkyard to be used another day. But that's all part of the fun right? Not much invested, not much lost. And likely that you've discovered a whole lot of cool stuff on the way.
Talking of cool stuff, I'm working on my new class "Tag! You’re It! Using Tags as Canvases for Inspiration, Experimentation, and Play" while I won't be going into these exact mixed media type tags, I'll be visiting a whole lot of other tag stuff. It doesn't matter if you are one of these people that only likes to create layouts, tags are an experimentation thing... we discover fab techniques with little investment. Then we use those techniques on layouts later. Win, win! Hope to see you in class! (And the other classes at the same event... like using actions on photos...masculine layouts, dimensional layouts, using sketches, Heidi Swapp teaching memory file stuff... awesome...)