Mixed Media with Shari Carroll: Locket Style Tags

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

I don’t know where to start first… the fact that I get to use the NEW Speckled Egg Distress products or that I have two special photos, me on the left and Melody on the right. I’ll start from the beginning, the photos.

It’s no doubt that she is my mini-me, and I love to find old photos of myself to share the resemblance. Two generations apart and so much in common.

I wanted to create something as a keepsake to display with us together and came up with the idea of a folding tag or locket style display.

I used the Tim Holtz #8 Tag Thickboards as the base and painted them with Speckled Egg Distress paint. I paired Speckled Egg with Vintage Photo as they are really complementary to each other.

I colored a couple of sheets of Watercolor paper with Distress Stains and inks, one in Speckled Egg and Vintage Photo for the larger piece of my tags, one with Speckled Egg for the Tiny Tattered Florals and lastly, one with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso for the Garden Greens.

I found so many messages to add to this project that fit what I wanted to say from the Tim Holtz Clippings stickers. I also considered coloring the Tim Holtz Typography Findings but felt they looked great left alone.

I filmed the process and hope I’ve inspired you to create a special keepsake project of your own using treasured photos. Enjoy!!



  1. Oh, I love this project!!! What a great idea and a beautiful tribute to you both. Have ordered some speckled egg products and am anxiously waiting for them to arrive and try them out. As a shabby chic lover this new color looks to be perfect. As a newbie to mixed media projects, I very much appreciate your inspiration and videos. I’ve been watching a lot of your older videos to get ideas/instructions on how to use the products I have and to create the projects that come to mind. Thank you, Shari

  2. Speckled Egg is such a great color! Thanks for sharing your makes Shari – the layered backgrounds on the Etcetera Tags are both beautiful!

  3. I ordered the Speckled Egg Distress ink as soon as I saw it. Love that color. The creation of your project was a joy to watch and the end result was awesome. What a keepsake and someday your mini-me is going to treasure this!

  4. What a glorious, meaningful project! You’ve really showed off the gorgeous color of the new Speckled Egg products.
    Thanks, Shari, for keeping us inspired.

  5. I can’t believe how much Mel resembles you at that age… from these you look like sisters! Beautiful job and I do love the new speckled egg color.

  6. Such a beautiful project! I love the new Speckled Egg color & ordered some too. Thank you for your creativity!

  7. WOW! It looks like the same person, and photo’s taken on different days. And I just love Melody’s Smile! beautiful! And such an amazing project and keep sake for many many years to come. You will treasure this project for years to come! And it is soo very pretty to look at. Love this new colour!

  8. Oh my Shari, you and Melody are reayly one of a kind. How gorgeous. I love what you made and the new Distress colour is awesome!
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

  9. This is awesome!! I was wondering if you had any 12×12 ideas for a box frame with two 4×5 young girls 4 and under. I have been trying to come up with something for months and no ideas popping in. lol

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