Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Layout #11: Keeping Cool in the Pool

I haven't used a specific sketch for this layout, but I was inspired by a few sketches and layouts that I found on Pinterest.

What I used:
Paper & Card: Sandylion CK OK 12x12 "Blue Floral Paper", Papermania Colossal 12x12 paper pack (original), Papermania 12x12 green and yellow plain cardstock
Embellishments: Papermania Creative Papercraft Kit "Summertime", Magazine freebie die cuts "Summer", Doodlebug Simply Sweet mini alphabet rub-ons "blue jean", yellow mini brads, Papermania Paper Shapes "Pastel"
Tools & Colour: XCut Impress (original) standard and italic alphabet die sets, XCut pokey tool, Orange and blue Whispers brush markers

Crafting Notes:
  • I had intended to put the sun embellishment where the 'splish splash' embellishment is, but Bob said the sun should be high up to be like real life, so I moved it :-)
  • I considered using blue swirly paper for the centre, because it's like water, but I thought that was a bit too literal an interpretation of the subject. I used the yellow swirly paper instead because it suggested both water and heat haze, and because it was a great match for the pool.
  • I didn't want lots of journalling because the photos and the title tell the story, so I just added a couple of bullet points at the edge to remind us of the things that weren't obvious.
  • For the journal bullets in the bottom right, I used the chipboard sheet from which I popped the "Summer" banner as a template.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Layout #10: Proto Plumber

My first step in making a layout is to gather together all the things I think I might like to use on the page and stick them in a bag (I use empty do crafts goody bags). I generally only get to craft in the evening, but I do my picking during the day, because I don't trust even daylight bulbs when it comes to colour matching. I sometimes have lots of these bags ready, and some projects to do have been in the bags for a very long time - the photo in this layout is one of those. Originally I was going to scrap it with a photo of a different occasion where Bob helped Daddy with jobs, but then I found this really nice single photo layout on Pinterest and decided to scraplift it. The photo I've used isn't great quality, but I really like it anyway, and I think it's turned out OK (the title isn't wonky by the way, that's just the photo!).

What I used:
Paper & Card: Core'dinations Core Colour 12x12 "Ming", Dovecraft 8x8 Designer Paper Pack "Masculine", Papermania textured card 12x12, golden brown textured paper (The Paper Box Company I think).
Embellishments: Daisy & Dandelion embossed transfers "Marshmallow does DIY", stars from Anita's masculine word outline stickers in cream and brown, Forever Friends "Christmas Tale" Ultimate Collection cardstock alphabet stickers, Doodlebug Simply Sweet rub on mini alphabet "bon bon".
Tools: XCut large corner rounding punch, Whispers permanent brush marker "brown", XCut Impress italic die set (original). Carl star punch

Crafting notes:
  • I couldn't find any borders that I liked for under the title, so I made one with layers of paper and some outline sticker stars.
  • I made the template for the large star by printing out an enlarged clip-art star.
  • To make the small stars, I didn't have a star punch pointy enough to match the other stars on the layout. I punched out the closest thing I had, then added dots a mm or so in at each obtuse angle. Then I cut from the star tips to those dots to make a pointy star with minimal measuring.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Layout #9: 1st garden makeover

I picked these photos to scrap for my March challenge of "Home" and then realised I'd already done a layout for that one :-) I didn't work to a sketch for this one, and there was a lot to fit in, so I chose a simple background.

What I used:
Papers: Basic Grey Lilykate "Parasol" 12x12, Papermania "Pampered Pets" 12x12, plain vintage green paper
Embellishments: Anita's sticky ribbons "Daisy Chain", various paper flowers, die cast metal trowel, Anita's Dimensions stickers "small butterflies"
Tools: See Ds alphabet stamps "Dot to Dot", Sizzix "Vine #3" die, Sizzix Sizzlits decorative strip die, XCut decorative dies "Tags and Bookplates", Basic Grey "Flower Burst with Ribbons", small embossing stylus
Colours: Ancient Page dye ink "Pine", Whispers brush marker "vintage green", Papermania watercolour pencils in brown and vintage green.

Crafting notes:

  • I chose background papers with lots of swirly growth. I used sheets with the same colours  but swapped around for the before and after pages to emphasise the changes. I die cut swirls from a darker green paper to carry on the growth theme.
  • I used single flowers cut from the sticky ribbon border to centre the layered flowers and on the date tags to tie everything together.
  • I made a simple flower pot from the same paper I used for the swirls, embossed the rim and added shading with watercolour pencils.
  • Since needing to wear reading glasses for close work, I've struggled with writing in horizontal lines and don't like to add pencil lines as some papers don't play nicely with erasers. For this project I made a window from low tack masking tape to help me. Remember to aways dab the tape on your clothes first - you can probably tell from the picture that I was wearing something fluffy! I also always write out my journalling on scrap paper strips first to see how much space it will take.
Winning the battle against the warping effect of reading glasses!
  • The Pampered Pets paper packs only contain one sheet of each design and matting 6 photos would have taken a whole sheet. I gutted the matting rectangles (ie I cut smaller rectangles from them, turning them into frames) so I could use the same paper for the journalling and the title.
  • Gutted rectangles/frames don't always stay square when you're mounting onto them, so I leave them joined together until I've stuck the top layers on (see pic). This has the added advantage that you only need to line up two edges and can cut the rest to fit. Alternatively you can stick the frame to your cutting mat with low tack masking tape while you're adding layers.
Layer up gutted mats while on the sheet
to keep them square

The paper saved by gutting.
Without it I wouldn't have had any left for my journaling

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