Saturday, 23 July 2016

Layout #8: July Challenge - "Summer"

Yay! You've read it correctly, this is the July challenge, being published in July,and no it isn't last year's July challenge, I really am on time for once! However, before I pat myself on the back too much, I started tinkering with this page with a view to using it for February's "Favourite" theme, since it's one of my favourite photos and favourite memories. I think it works better for this month's "Summer" theme though :-)

When I saw this Sketchy Thursdays sketch on Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for and thought the circle theme was great for a sunset. I also knew exactly which papers I wanted to use for the circles. I wonder then, why it's taken me so long to finish the page. I guess at least partly because it's one of my favourite ever photos, and because I've hoarded those papers for the best part of a decade without being able to bring myself to do more than stroke them and sigh :-)

Here's what I made, not sure I've done the papers or the photo justice, but I like it anyway. Whenever I do a clean and simple layout, I'm always filled with doubt that maybe it should be more complicated, even when I really like it how it is. If you think it should have more, please let me know in the comments :-)

What I used:
Papers: Basic Grey Ambrosia "Smoke" 12x12, Dovecraft Designer Paper Pack "Abstract Prints" by Kelly Harwood 8x8, Papermania textured black card
Embellishments: Doodlebug Simply Sweet mini alphabet rub-ons "beetle black", Papermania "Botanicals" alphabet stickers
Tools: XCut nesting circle dies, Whispers permanent brush marker "black"

Crafting notes:
  • I wanted to put the journalling directly onto the page because I felt any more definition for the journalling would detract from the strong central layout.
  • To see what the journalling would look like on the page, and to position it, I wrote onto a clear piece of acetate with a permanent marker first.


    Thursday, 21 July 2016

    A pre-schooler no more

    Hard though I find it to believe, this week was my little boy's last at nursery and pre-school. He made cards and little gifts for his key workers at both - a lavender pomander for one and a decorated pot for the other. He chose everything himself and, except for squirting the glue and cutting out the pomander's cloth circle, he did everything himself too. Even the lavender was from a batch he picked last year :-)

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    Layout #7: May Challenge "Partner"

    The challenge I set for May this year was "Partner" and I had a few candidate subjects - Bob and his best friend, our two dogs together, and of course my husband, but in the end I chose a couple of pictures of our dog Molly with her first best friend and running partner. I found a sketch I liked on Pinterest to work to, by SketchSavvy:
    SketchSavvy Sketch 126
    And here's what I made:

    What I used:
    Papers: DCWV 8x8 Scrapbooking kit in a stack "Dogs", Papermania kit "Dogs", Papermania smooth cream 12x12 card
    Embellishments: DCWV 8x8 Scrapbooking kit in a stack "Dogs" cardstock letters, Papermania kit "Dogs" adhesive letters, American Traditional Designs Sticker Gems "Dog Gems", Papermania Capsule Collection "Spots & Stripes Festive Brights" mini notelets
    Tools: See Ds "Cute & Cuddly" stamp set
    Colours: Whispers dye ink "Sepia", Whispers brush marker brown

    Crafting notes:
    • This layout has a lot of layers in places. To keep upper layers flat, I added layers of card underneath.
    • I misplaced the journalling as I was sticking it down and the lower card tore a little when moving it. Running over the tape with glue stick would have made moving it easier. I hid the tear with a couple of extra paw prints.
    • My original plan for the background was to use coloured arrows, but these looked too bright so I switched to paw prints.
    • The paw print paper is not one whole piece, because I didn't have a large enough piece left, so it's actually in two small sections.
    • The dog writing paper is also in two sections so that I could choose the most relevant words to be visible in the two pieces that can be seen.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016

    Layout #6: June challenge "Red"

    For June's challenge on Craft Talk I chose the theme "red". I had a few photos I fancied for the page, but for all of them I knew I wanted a single photo page with a lot of white space so that the red subject stood out well. I made my final selection and started choosing papers on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme - it wasn't a conscious decision to do that, it just worked out very appropriate :-)

    What I used:
    Papers: Papermania "Portobello Road" 12x12, DCWV "The Paper Stack" 12x12
    Embellishments: Forever Friends "Cosy Christmas" alphabet cardstock stickers, Papermania enamelled brads, Royal British Legion poppy, Papermania "All Aboard" Page Tabs
    Tools & Colours: Marvy le Plume brush marker "cherry", Whispers light blue brush marker

    Crafting Notes
    • When I was almost finished I decided I'd like a thin dark red outline around the page. Rather than fiddle around trying to centre the page on another sheet of card, I drew an outline with a brush marker and ruler.
    • The poppy on the page is a real Royal Legion poppy, but I can't guarantee it's the one Bob wore on the day!

    Layout #5 Bob's Hat

    I've been having a major clear-out in my craft room recently, trying to be realistic about the number of cards I'm likely to make in the future, so I haven't had much time for crafting. I *should* only work on layouts for the challenges I've set I suppose, being late for most of them, but with so little time left after sorting, that makes it all a bit of a job. So, I've rebelled a little and made a page just for fun. It focuses on my little boy's first ever Easter party and it's quite an interesting page, to me at least, because it says a lot about what scrapping means to me. I'm sure I could have made a prettier page from these photos, but I'm at my happiest scrapping when everything on the page means something. I love it when I can include something from the event being scrapped, and even better when it can be something my little boy made. With this page, not only have been able to include something of Bob's, but he's been able to help with the page too.

    The structure of the page is dominated by a party hat we made together ready for a tots Easter party. At the time, Bob had fun finger painting and scissoring (with me holding the paper and steering) and he stamped his name on the back strap with foam stamps (again, with help). He then had even more fun splodging his painty fingers over some more of the paper. I used all of the hat in different places on the page, and had Bob extend the stamping on the back strap to create the title too.

    What I used:
    Papers: Papermania Colossal packs "Springtime" 8x8 and border strips, Plain pink and orange card
    Embellishments: Doodlebug Simply Sweet rub on mini alphabet "lily white", Papermania Honey & Hugs alphabet transfers
    Tools & Colour: Whispers brush markers, Whispers permanent pens, Whispers black dye ink, Craft Planet foam alphabet stamps, Papermania italic foam alphabet stamps, Studio g mini alphabet stamps, Forever Friends clear date stamps, Early Learning Centre finger paints

    Crafting Notes:

    • Bob didn't like wearing the hat at the party, but he did play with it quite a bit afterwards, so it ended up quite battered. Before I used it I painted thick card with PVA glue and stuck the hat to it to get a smoother finish.
    • I used a different font for the word "Hat" as there wasn't much space and the result of the two words being too close together was a bit unfortunate!
    • I used ink, rather than paint on the alphabet stamps both for the original hat and for the title extension because it's easier for children to do neatly.
    • I didn't have any pink rub-ons for the lettering on the photos, so I used white letters and coloured them with a permanent marker.