I had an assignment from Get It Scrapped to create a mosaic look on a layout. My first thought, of course, was to use tiny tiles. As I perused the tile selection at the local hardware store, it became quite apparent that the sheer weight of the tiles was not friendly for paper. I did find something that would work quite nicely though...tile spacers.They are made from rubber or plastic. They can still add weight to your page, but not as much as a tile would. You can opt to use them directly on the paper or arrange them on the paper and use them as a mask.
Daddy! Catch Me! by Christy Strickler Supplies| Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Alphas: My Little Shoebox; Stamp: Fancy Pants; Ink: Tsukineko; Mist: Pink Paislee; Other: Vellum, tile spacers
Creating the faux tiles was a pretty easy task, though it did end up being time consuming. I cut one inch strips of paper, then cut those into 1x1 inch squares. Each square is embossed with several layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). I recommend using some tweezers so that you don't burn your fingers. You do need to hold the paper, otherwise, the heat gun will blow it away. I stamped the fish into the UTEE while it was still hot.
Adhering the tile spacers involved the use of liquid adhesive. Using something like Tombo's mono multi liquid glue or Beacon's zip dry is often the best bet for adhering found items. The bag of tile spacers is quite full. I still have plenty left over for using as a mask with my mists. In this case, it was also necessary to use the liquid glue to adhere the photo to the tile spacers.
Overall, this layout has a relatively simple look. I didn't want a lot of embellishments to distract from the photo or the mosaic background. I did receive one suggestion from the Get It Scrapped Guided Study Critique class. I could have stitched a frame around the mosaic section. I agree it would have added a more polished look to this layout. However, I wasn't too keen to go back and rework the journaling.
I had a lot of fun making this layout, but I know that using tile spacers or unusual items isn't everyone's cup of tea. The creative team at Get It Scrapped have made a variety of wonderful mosaic layouts to inspire you. I also recommend checking out Debbie's Mosaic Pinterest Board or my Mosaic Pinterest board.