Sunday, 29 November 2015

Layout 17: January scrapbook challenge "New Beginnings"

By the time I set the themes for my monthly scrapbook challenges on do craftsCraft Talk forum it was already March, but the geek in me wanted to set a full year's worth of challenges. So, me tackling January's theme at the end of November isn't quite as tardy as it seems!

I used a sketch from Pagemaps and, as the photo I chose was quite stark, I decided on a clean and simple, almost spartan, layout. Being able to see a photo and its story together is pretty much the point of scrapbooking for me, but finding a way to include the journalling without detracting from the page's aesthetics is always the bit that gives me the most headaches. I find it hardest of all when I'm doing clean and simple layouts like this one. Editing the words down to short bullet points did the job for me here. It did mean I lost some vaguely interesting (to me) detail, but the main thing I wanted to preserve with the journalling was just how long it took me to figure out why I felt so unwell!

Here's my layout and the sketch I followed:

What I used:
Papers: DCWV "The Paper Stack" 12x12, unknown aqua 12x12 paper
Embellishments: K&Co Studio K transfers "Family", Anita's sticky ribbons, Craft Planet Waterfall Stickers "Holidays" (rub on arrows)
Colours: White acrylic paint, Caran Dache watercolour pencils, Whispers brush markers.
Tools: XCut heart punch

Crafting notes:
  • The photo is a simple one, but the news it a bit heavy, so I added paint splatters to make it look as though the photo had splashed down hard on the page.
  • I didn't have paint the right colour, but I did have a watercolour pencil. Rather than spend ages trying to mix the right shade, I scraped bits of the pencil into a little white paint and used this for the paint splatters.
  • There was no colour scheme to pick up from the picture, so I used bright complementary colours and a clean and simple layout, in keeping with the subject.
  • The only pen I had that matched the aqua colour in the layout was a Promarker, which bled too much to use for the journalling. Instead I wrote the journalling out 4 times with water based pens, alternating a pale green colour and a brighter blue/cyan to achieve the right colour and intensity.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Layout 16: Then and Now challenge

The theme for my November challenge over on Craft Talk was "Then and now" and I found a great sketch for it on Grand Diva's blog. Here's my layout and the sketch:

What I used:
Papers: Daisy & Dandelion "A Winter's Tale" A4 papers, Serif Craft Artist snowflakes A4 paper from 2011 Crafts Beautiful collection, Core'dinations 12x12 "Black Iris"
Embellishments: Crate Paper "Random Collection"Alpha labels, Mark Enterprises white snowflake border peel-offs, Papermania chipboard die cuts "Accents" and "Tags and Frames"
Tools: QuicKutz nesting oval dies, Papermania 5x7 Clear Stamps "Alphabet (script)"
Colours: White acrylic paint, blue Sharpies pen, Ancient Page die ink "bordeaux", white gel pen, Whispers brush marker (blue), Whispers dye ink "royal blue", Adirondack alcohol ink "denim"

Crafting notes:
  • I spattered the black iris card with white acrylic paint to give a subtle snowy effect.
  • I cropped the images so that the centre of the eyes in both photos could be aligned with the top edge of the vintage snowflake paper behind.
  • I didn't have chipboard shapes the colours I wanted, so I coloured them with inks.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Layout 15: Furry, Scaly, Leggy

The last few scrapbook pages that I've made have been for challenges and, although I'm not up to date with all the challenges I've committed to, I fancied doing something just for fun. This layout features photos from a very lovely day out at an RAF families' day. Ultimately I'll make lots of pages about the day, so I've journalled only for the photos in this layout.

Here's the sketch I used. I found it on Pinterest, but it's originally from Brenda Ragsdale's blog (Grand Divas Creative Corner):

What I used
Papers: DCWV "The Stack 5" 12x12, DCWV "Old World" stack 12x12, Creative Imaginations Sonnets "Moss stripe" 12x12, Papermania "Nature's Gallery" A4, Core'dinations dark grey card
Embellishments: Papermania AlphaMinis "Curly Font White"
Colours: Promarker "Cool Grey 5", grey Sharpie pen, grey, white gel pen, dark grey Zig Art & Graphic Twin
Tools: XCut nesting circle dies, QuicKutz nesting circle frame dies, XCut flower dies (for the spider body)

Crafting notes
  • Black lettering looked too stark for the title, so I coloured white letters with a dark grey Promarker to match the dark grey fabric print paper I used to mat the photos. To get the right colour and a textured finish, I built up 3 layers of grey, covering less completely with each layer.
  • I don't have much of any of the papers in this layout, so they're heavily gutted. The beige layer is mounted on stiff card (recycled packaging) to give a smooth base for the photos.
  • The photos, taken indoors with a phone, are not great quality. Heavy cropping helped to focus attention on what was important, but I also made my son more prominent by choosing paper colours that highlighted his clothes.
  • The spider legs, web, and eyes are drawn on, but his body is die cut using a flower centre die so he looks hairy.
  • As the page will (hopefully!) be one of many from the day, I wanted to include an element for the event that could be repeated in other layouts. I think the corner quarter circle is general enough that I should be able to fit it into most other designs.
  • Both the Promarker and the Sharpie pens bled too much for the journalling, so I had to use a Zig pen instead.