Friday, 24 April 2015

Layout 7: April "Spring Greens" scrapbook challenge

One of the things I love about scrapbooking is that you can turn a mediocre photo of a lovely event into something special. The theme I set for April in my monthly scrapbook challenge is "Spring Greens", and the photo I've chosen for my layout is a good example of this - a lovely memory, but the photo is definitely not going to win any photography prizes!  Hopefully the layout conveys some of the specialness of the event.

What I used:
Papers: twelveby12 Color Textures "Garden Green" by Jennifer O'Meara, Papermania 12x12 from an old stack (can't remember the name), Papermania Easter 8x8 paper pack, white vellum
Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Silhouette Images "Shapes Lime" acetate die cuts, Karen Foster Designs Gel Slides & Trim "Flower Set", Papermania Marie Curie daffodil acetate stickers, Papermania brad kit (circle punch and clear dome stickers), lime green rik-rak, Doodlebug Simply Sweet rub-on mini alphabet, lime green mini brads
Other: Whispers permanent brush marker

Crafting notes:

  • The domed 'brads' in the corners of the yellow paper are made using circles cut from the "Garden Green" backing paper, Marie Curie acetate stickers and dome stickers.
  • The date is made by applying rub-ons directly to an acetate die cut, with white vellum behind to make it stand out more.  I used the same idea for the journalling to match.

    • The yellow paper is a bit thin, so I matted it with white card to stop the green backing paper showing through.

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    Layout 6: Say Cheeeeese!

    I made this layout to represent a period of time where my little boy did huge cheesy grins whenever a camera was pointed at him. The layout is based loosely on a sketch I found over a year ago, but I can't remember where or who to credit, so I won't include it here.

    I hope you like it!


    What I used:
    Papers: Three Bugs In A Rug "Celebrate - Sparkle" 12x12, DCWV textured cardstock
    Embellishments: Papermania gel star stickers, K&Co Transfers to Go "Sentiments" by Brenda Walton, Dovecraft Summertime peel-offs
    Tools: Sizzix star dies from Framelits with stamps set "Balloons and cupcakes", Want2Scrap chipboard stars, Whispers permanent markers

    Crafting notes:
    • I sanded the edges of all the card layers and die cuts to add definition and to better match the speckled finish of the star paper.
    • I cut the larger card mats at an angle rather than straight and parallel as the layout is otherwise a bit too orderly.
    • The journalling star is cut using a chipboard star as a template. I use the chipboard shape itself as a cutting ruler when I do this. Always draw the knife to the tip of the star points to avoid cutting into the chipboard.
    • The title transfer was very hard to get off the backing sheet. I always use a blunter rubbing tool for transfers like this, not a sharper one.  Sharper tools might get the transfer off quicker, but they'll mark your card more if you have to push hard.

    Monday, 13 April 2015

    The Crafting Cafe's April Challenge - Flights of Fancy

    The theme over at the Crafting Cafe this month is "Flights of Fancy", and it's sponsored by Dr Digi's House of Stamps. I've used two of their images (Moon and Cosmo Nut) to create glow in the dark ceiling decorations for my little boy's room. He's 3, and we're about to decorate: the ceiling and top half of his walls will be painted like sky, and the light fitting is shaped like the sun. There'll be aeroplanes and birds for during the day, stars and planets for night time, so these moons and astronaut should fit in really well!

    I've coloured a couple of moons of different sizes, and one astronaut using watercolour pencils, then over-painted the 'lit' half of each image with glow in the dark paint and cut out. When the decorating is done, they'll be stuck to the ceiling along with some glow in the dark star stickers and maybe a flying saucer or two :-) For now though, they're attached to his headboard (much to his delight). Sadly all attempts to photograph them glowing in the dark have failed - the paint just isn't bright enough to show up on any of our cameras.  Here are some piccies of them in daylight anyway.

    Their temporary home on the headboard

    I hope you like them.


    What I used:
    Images: Dr Digi's House of Stamps digital stamps Moon and Cosmo Nut
    Tools: Papermania watercolour pencils, Decoart Glow in the Dark paint

    Crafting notes:
    • I painted each image with 3-4 coats of glow in the dark paint on the 'lit' side and one coat on the 'dark' side.  Applying the paint in a splodgy way on the moons gives a more interesting and realistic finish.

    Wednesday, 8 April 2015

    Layout 5: Birthday treats, old and new

    The theme for my March challenge on the Craft Talk forum is "birthday treats" and I chose another Pagemaps sketch for it:

    There were no other rules for it, and the sketch was optional, so I have two layouts to share for the theme. The first is this page,  created specifically for the challenge, using the sketch:

    The second is a makeover of a page I first made early in my demonstrating career in 2006/7. At that time, do crafts gave us designs to make in demos that showcased the products they wanted to promote. The result was a page without journalling that included random elements that had nothing to do with the subject. That page, like several others from that time, has been sitting in my album taunting me with its lack of completeness ever since and, as it has the same title as my challenge, I thought now would be a good time to give it a makeover. Here are the before and after shots.  The Before was taken at night when I started working on the page.  The colours of the After shot are closer to real life.

    Before (bad photo, sorry!)


    I'd love to know what you think.

    Happy crafting!

    What I used: 
    Birthday Treat:
    Paper: Papermania Colossal Paper Pack 12x12, Papermania Colossal 8x8 Paper Pack "Pastel"
    Embellishments: Papermania large pastel brads, Papermania wire "Birthday", Papermania metal alphabet, Anita's alphabet outline stickers
    Tools: XCut oval shape cutter
    Other: London Eye clip art.

    1st Birthday:
    Paper: DCWV 12x12 Christmas Stack Value Pack, Dovecraft 8x8 Designer paper pack "Masculine", DCWV textured 12x12 cardstock, Papermania 12x12 double sided Capsule Collection papers, Co'ordinations red and blue card
    Embellishments: Pebbles Inc I Kan Bobby Pin "Party", Thomas the Tank Engine printed ribbon, DCWV 8x8 Scrapbook in a stack "Color Blocking" and "Dog", Papermania foam ribbon stickers, Papermania cardstock stickers "Happy Birthday to You", Papermania ultimate A4 decoupage pack "Happy Birthday to You", Papermania die cut shapes "Birthday"
    Tools: Sanding block, Papermania large number stamp "1"

    Crafting Notes:
    Birthday Treat:
    • For the journalling on the A4 page, I modified a free clip art file of the London Eye. The original was circular and grey scale, so I made it pale blue and skewed it in Photoshop to better fit the shape of the oval around it, and to fit in with the oval theme of the rest of the page.
    • I added brads along the thin ovals to suggest the pods on the Eye.
    • I would have liked to have replaced the wire "Birthday", but it had marked the page.  I don't dislike it as much now I've changed other elements in the page.
    • I cut the wavy borders at the top and bottom using the Shapecutter blade freehand.
    1st Birthday:

    • I tried to use mostly scraps for the background, but some were only 8x8 wide, so had to be split under the photos. I put the page into a 12x12 trimmer and used the edge of the cutting ruler to line up the pieces to make sure they were straight.
    • I started laying this page out on a white background but didn't really like it.  When I tried out the orangey-yellow, it picked up the colour in Bob's shirt so well his pictures seemed to jump out the page.
    • I sanded the background to make it a little less bright.