Monday, 24 February 2014

Layout 3 - I'm on a roll!

I'm really enjoying my scrapping adventure and have been looking for scrapping challenges to help me keep up my momentum.  The scrapbooking group on the do crafts Craft Talk Forum have a monthly challenge with a theme and an optional sketch.  The theme this month was to use red on the page and this was the sketch:

I wanted to use red as a highlight colour, so found a photo with just a little red in it - a piccy of me sliding on a frozen road in Canada.  This is what I came up with:

I switched the bracket shape in the sketch for the maple leaf of the Canadian flag: I like it for the reference to where the photo was taken, but also for its jagged ice crystal type shape.  The photo is quite plain, and this is a much busier composition than I usually do, but I've kept the patterns immediately around the picture relatively low contrast, so I'm pretty happy that I haven't lost the picture.  The composition is also pretty flat, despite all the layers, so I've decorated with Dimensions stickers to add a little extra texture.

What I used

Papers: Karen Foster "Canada Leaves", Papermania glitter dots vellum, DCWV Christmas stacks
Inks: Ranger "Worn Lipstick" distress ink, Color Box dark blue chalk ink.
Embellishments: Anita's snowflake Dimensions stickers, Forever Friends "Cosy Christmas" alphabet stickers

Crafting notes:

  1. The red paper I chose for the big maple leaf was a little dark, so I brightened it with a layer of red distress ink.
  2. Sticking vellum down is always tricky, as some adhesives are only invisible under certain circumstances.  My favourite vellum adhesive used to be Glue Dots Invisidots, but I've recently found that projects I made a few years ago have come unstuck.  For this project I've used Scrapbook Adhesives tape in the hidden parts, and then secured the visible edges with a very tiny amount of PVA glue - run a fine line around the edge and then wipe it away to leave a slight tackiness.
  3. When sticking to glittered paper, scratch off the glitter where you put your glue/tape.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

2 down, 10 to go :-)

I can't remember the last time I finished a project earlier than I planned, so I'm quite excited about this project.  I'm aiming to average one scrapbook project per month this year, and I'm happy to report that February's page is finished already.  I made a rough sketch of this page a few months ago, but couldn't find any papers that matched what I wanted: swirly not-too-in-your-face patterns in the four primary colours of the ball pit balls.  After lots of rummaging, I realised that most of the papers I wanted were in the very first paper stack I ever bought - an ancient and value-tastic Papermania stack.

Here's the page.  I might add another few little 'balls' here and there, but for now I think it's finished.  I hope you like it!

What I used:

Papers: DCWV La Creme stack (background), Papermania Colossal and Designer paper packs
Tools: XCut and QuicKutz nesting circle dies, See D's Smudgy Keys alphabet stamps
Embellishments: Doodlebug Loopy Loos white cardstock letters.

Crafting Notes:

  • Despite having an obsessive collection of sticky letters, I didn't have anything quite right for the word "fun" though, so those letters are white cardstock stickers that I've inked with a mixture of bright and dark reds, applied with scrunched up kitchen towel.
  • The edges of the circles are inked with chalk inks to make them look a little more like balls.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Crafting Cafe February Challenge - Embossing

The theme over at the Crafting Cafe this month is embossing and the challenge is sponsored by Wow! Embossing Powders.  I first saw heat embossing at a Do Crafts demo when I'd only been crafting a little while.  It's been a favourite crafting technique of mine ever since, and I think it's safe to say it set me on the road to crafting obsession!  I love dry embossing too, but that doesn't make me feel like an alchemist the way heat embossing does :-)

Two of my favourite things to do with heat embossing are embedding (sticking embellishments into molten powder) and coloured triple embossing.  For my inspiration project I couldn't choose between the two, so I shared projects demonstrating both.

To show embedding, I made two cards, nominally a manly one and a girly one, where I embedded coloured skeleton leaves into the embossing powder.  I love using leaves like this, as they almost look like fossils.  For the manly card, I just used silver powder, but for the girly card I used a stripe of a translucent gold powder and then a clear powder with a few bits of chunky glitter added.

To show coloured triple embossing I made an ATC.  Triple embossing is where you build up a thick layer of embossing powder and then impress a rubber stamp into it while still molten.  To bring out the pattern of your embossing more, you can ink the stamp first, or colour the embossing in with permanent pens, but for this project I dabbed dark alcohol inks (over a gorgeous irridescent orange powder) for a more antique finish.  I finished off the edges with some distress inks.

I hope you like them!

Crafting notes:

  1. The peel-offs used in the orange card are gold stickers, coloured with a permanent pen.
  2. When colouring embossings with alcohol inks, keep a soft cloth handy to polish off unwanted colour.  If you don't make it in time, remove with a cotton bud dipped in blending solution.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

1 down, 11 to go!

As I mentioned in my last post, my goal for this year is to average one completed scrapbook page per month, and I'm happy to say January's was done with a couple of days to spare :-)

It's years since I did any scrapping, and even more years since I made a 12x12 page, as I have a bit of a thing for mini books.  When I was little, scrapbooks (invariably made of sugar paper) were where you stored random things you made or found, and the first of my 12-pages-in-2014 is in the spirit of that.   The page preserves a bark rubbing that I made with my little boy while walking in the woods in early January, and I wanted the page to be dominated by that plus the photo of us doing it.  In keeping with the subject, I've used quite a bit of texture on the page - the lettering is at a couple of different heights, and the 'trees' that border the page have a bark pattern embossed on them (picked out with fluid chalk inks).

I hope you like it and I'd love any constructive criticism!

What I used
Papers: Basic Grey Ambrosia, Rind (background and journalling), DCWV photo stack (wood and forest floor papers), Papermania stripey paper from a Christmas range (can't remember which though!)
Stickers: Pine needles stickers from an ancient Creative Imaginations sticker set by Pamela Woods
Tools: Tim Holtz bark embossing folder, Woodland Folk alphabet stamps, Ranger craft nibs
Inks: Forever Friends brown ink (lettering), Chalk Queues in various browns and greens

Crafting Notes
  1. I'm a big fan of gutting - cutting out sections of backing paper that would otherwise be covered up.  In this project I've used this 'salvaged' paper for the journalling and for matting the lettering.  I do this routinely, but it was also necessary here as I only had one sheet of the Basic Grey paper.
  2. The alphabet stamps I used didn't include any punctuation, so I hand drew the apostrophe using a Ranger craft nib dipped in the ink I used for stamping.  I really love these little nibs!
  3. The embossing folder I used is A5, so to get a continuous 12" strip, I embossed each end using a Big Shot, taking care not to wind through enough to get a crease from the edge of the folder, then hand embossed some bits of the pattern to fill in the gap.  This works well with a random pattern like bark, but not so well for something more regular.