Saturday, 29 March 2014

Layout 7: Craft Talk March Sketch Challenge - Pets

This month the scrapbook challenge on the docrafts Craft Talk forum is a page about pets, optionally using this sketch:

I love the sketch, and don't generally think of doing non-square layouts, plus I have a zillion photos of my little doggy, so I've been looking forward to getting round to this challenge.

Molly is a rescue dog (from the very excellent Heathlands Animal Sanctuary) and came to us at 1 year old having been rehomed once.  We don't know if she ever went to the seaside with her previous owners, but she was certainly very excited about it the first time she went with us!  I chose a photo from that day for my layout.

I've added a few more layers around the photo than in the sketch, but I've kept the colour scheme very simple.  I hope you like it!

What I used:
Papers: Papermania Colossal Paper Stack (the blue), DCWV Photo Stack (sand and sky), DCWV Dog Scrapbook in a Stack
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi
Tools: See Ds "Cute and Cuddly" stamps (paw print), Papermania Alphabet stamps, XCut Petal Posy dies

Crafting Notes:

  • To stamp onto small curved embellishments like the Candi, stick the embellishment down and stick the stamp to your finger, then carefully roll the stamp over the embellishment so you don't miss any bits of the stamp.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Halfway there! - Layout 6

Nearly a third of the way through the year and I'm now halfway to my goal of 12 layouts in 2014 :-)

I've been quiet for a week or so, but I have been crafting.  I've had a couple of layouts on the go, but changed my mind about what I wanted to do halfway, with the new plans needing more photos to be printed.  So, much of last week's crafting time was spent choosing another 300 (eek!) photos for Photobox to print out.

Today's layout is one of the ones I needed extra prints for.  I started it a couple of weeks ago, and chose a sketch from the February 2010 pagemaps archive to follow.  Originally I intended to use the sketch as a rough guide only, including just the main photo, as I only had one picture from that day.  After a while though, I realised it needed something else and had the idea to include a close-up of the same flowers that I took on a different day.  As a result, the finished layout follows the sketch almost exactly.  I'd love to know what you think!

What I used
Papers: Basic Grey Euphoria "Helio" background), Papermania "The Big One" Temptations stack, plain lilac 
Embellishments: Papermania silk flowers
Tools: XCut decorative scissors, XCut circle punch, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage dies, Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Scalloped Circles dies, QuicKutz circle dies, Papermania white gel pen, Whispers "Whisper lilac" ink

Crafting notes
  • When cutting with decorative scissors, don't snip to the end of the blades, as they generally have a straight piece there which will prevent you from cutting a continuous pattern.  Even if they don't, the jolt of the final 'snip' can sometimes tear the paper slightly.  With all scissors, you have much more control at the back of the blades, near the pivot.
  • I decided after I'd stuck some things down that I wanted to include white borders in a few places, so I added a thin white line with a white gel pen.
  • The leaves I used were flat and without detail.  To add texture to the page, I scored them, folded them in half, then stuck them down only on one side.  Inking the edges helps to add depth too.
  • I didn't have a suitable die or pair of decorative scissors for the large scallop I wanted behind the main photo, so I made a frame using punched circles.
  • How to make the flowers:   The silk flowers I used were flat and regular, so to make them a little more like rhododendrons I did a little running stitch around the middle of the flower and pulled to make a few gathers.  I then added a few strands of orange cotton and a dab of orange fabric paint to finish them off.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Crafting Cafe March Challenge - Clean and Simple

The theme over at the Crafting Cafe this month is Clean and Simple, which suits me very well as I generally struggle to make myself do anything else!  The sponsor this month is LEJ Designs, and I chose Lesley's lovely seahorse design to work with. I wanted to show a different way of using stamps this time, so for my card, I embossed the stamp onto foil:

To get this effect:

  1. Print out your image and tape it to some metal craft foil.
  2. Place over a surface with some give - a rubber heat mat or a mousemat work well.
  3. Trace over the lines of your image with a fine embossing stylus or a ballpoint pen, pressing firmly and evenly, then cut out.
  4. Turn over and fill with 3D gloss and allow to dry completely.  This step is optional, but will stop your embossing getting squashed in the post.
Here's how I used my finished foil seahorse, I hope you like it.  I really must remember how hard mirror card is to photograph next time I make something to blog!  

What I used:
Papers: DCWV black and white stack, mirror card, black card
Embellishments: Silver metal crafting foil, Daisy and Dandelion die cut greeting.
Tools: Stick It! Heat Resist Rubber Rescue Pad, Anita's 3D gloss

Crafting Notes:
  • Cover your printed image with sticky tape before tracing if you want to use it several times.
  • Try highlighting your embossing with alcohol inks or permanent markers.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Layout 5 - Jellytastic!

I always feel a bit naughty when I cut bits off a photo.  I suspect it's a product of having grown up with film cameras, and being able to remember when you had to wait a week for your photos to be printed.  I had some dead space in one of the photos I chose for my 5th layout though, and I also liked the idea of having two differently proportioned pictures on a layout, so I did it anyway :-)  I'm really happy with the effect on this page, particularly as it helps to place emphasis on the full size picture.

For the layout, I've taken elements from a couple of sketches on the very excellent pagemaps site.  As the pictures are of my little boy having his first taste of jelly (raspberry), I've cut wobbly edges for elements on the page and featured quite a bit of red.  Here it is.  I'd love to know what you think!

What I used:
Papers: Basic Grey Cupcake, Core'dinations navy blue card
Embellishments: Papermania paper flowers, Basic Grey Cupcake chipboard shapes and cardstock stickers, Papermania Alphaminis cardstock "Curly" alphabet (white).
Tools: Basic Grey "Journal Swash" stamps, See D's Hearts Alphabet stamps, Whispers permanent brushmarkers, Red Colorbox chalk ink, Blue Whispers dye ink

Crafting Notes:
  1. I don't know how many alphabets I'll have to own before I'll have the right colour to hand most of the time, but I'm not there yet!  I used white cardstock stickers, which are quite glossy, so I coloured them with permanent markers.
  2. I wanted the "st" in "1st" to be small, but the alphabet I chose didn't have anything suitable, so I stamped something instead.  I stamped onto the edge of the alphabet sticker sheet to make sure the textures matched.  This meant stamping with a permanent marker, as it's quite glossy stuff.  You can only really manage this for small stamps as the ink dries too quickly.  Be generous with the ink and work quickly.
  3. I used Core'dinations cardstock as a base, so I was able to sand the edges before inking them to get a nice fine red border to the project.
I've entered this project into the CountryView Crafts blog challenge "Paper Chase"

Monday, 3 March 2014

Layout 4 - Puddle fun

I didn't think I'd have anything scrapbooky to share this week.  I had a little wobble where I became daunted by the size of the pile of photos to scrap and started spinning - pulling out papers for one project and then getting distracted by all the other projects.  Luckily by midweek I reminded myself that I'd decided to take them one layout at a time and I managed to focus again.

For this layout I chose a sequence of piccies that proved quite challenging because they don't have a lot of colour or contrast.  There were no obvious complementary or highlight colours to use, and anything I had that matched did so too well, and the photos just disappeared.  This was a hot favourite for a while, as I love the motion in the pattern, but it was just too similar to the pictures, although that doesn't really come across here:

Although I dithered for days about the paper to use, I was clear from the start that I wanted to use paint streaks and splatters to go with the splashy subject.  In the end I went for Kraft card as a base, painted and splattered with brown acrylic paint, and smudged with a little metallic rub-on paint and green blending chalk.

This is what I ended up with.  It doesn't come across in the photo, but the photos are at different heights, to help with the idea of Bob running towards us - it made a huge difference over mounting them flat over each other.

I'd love to know what you think, and whether you prefer the swirly greens!

What I used:

Papers: Papermania Kraft card
Embellishments: Papermania cardstock alphabet stickers, Craft Planet heart sticker, Daisy & Dandelion Velour alphabet stickers (heart), DCWV sentiment (Boy stack).
Paints: Anita's acrylic paint, Craf-T metallic rub-on paint, All Night Media blending chalk

Crafting notes:

  1. When using chalk on projects you want to last, fix by spraying with hairspray
  2. The alphabet I used was in a serif font, which didn't match the quote sticker, so I trimmed the letters to be sans serif.
  3. I was a little heavy handed with paint in a couple of places, but the dried paint was easily removed with a baby wipe.
  4. The heart on the title is made by layering up two heart stickers: