Saturday, May 30, 2009

A new Layout

I've been reading 'The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery' by Karen Michel. What a great book-so inspirational!
So today I had fun trying one of the techniques in the book-altering photos with bleach. I played around with 4 photos today, and got different effects with them all. I think it depends on the photo paper and the type of processing-but that's part of the fun, 'cause you can't be sure what will happen to the photo. So one of the photos I've used in a layout. It's a photo of Jack walking along a beach, but with the bleach treatment it looked like he was walking through hell-and actually it was quite disturbing. So I got out some blue acrylic paint and painted the sky a nice blue, 'cause blue skies always make me feel better, and that really led to the layout.
For this layout I've used a paper napkin straight onto textured cardstock-this gives a canvas effect.
Then I've added some creamy paint, and some cheery bubble wrap printing.
I added some machine stitching and the title I stamped in black acrylic paint.
I've just rediscovered these foam stamps-I'm loving stamping my titles just now rather than using chipboard.
I like the imperfection of paint..Then I stamped the blue birds.
The two birds at the bottom are part of the design on the napkin, but I played around with markers to enhance them a little.
Anyway I am really pleased with how the page turned out.
Actually I LOVE it!!

You really need to click on the image to get a good close up view.
But how come, to make just one layout,
I end up with this mess strewn from one end of the room to the other:

And finally-a chance to win some blog candy-the best I have ever seen!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lucky Me!!

So last Friday night a big box arrived at my house.
It was from Kaisercraft:

6 paper collections, pearls and wooden flourishes-yummo!

Fozz felt embellishments, flowers and rhinestones-gorgeous!

Brads to match the paper collections, chipboard letters, and a glue assortment-fantastic!
I LOVE those brads-I hadn't seen the brads before-and they are fab!
Honestly, it was just like Christmas, digging through that box!
How lucky am I?
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

An Oldie..

Here's one I made earlier suing papers from Graphic 45. LOVE Graphic 45!
So this was a quick and simple LO for Scrapbook Sisters.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Creative TYpe

The new prompt is up @ The Creative Type.

Here's my LO-Can you guess what the prompt is?
Oh-and the prizes are for grabs this week are fabulous!!

Monday, May 18, 2009


I went to my local crop on Saturday. I don't think I have ever done so little at a crop before. Actually, I don't like scrapping at crops. I never have the things I need. I'm not a person who plans my layouts, so I can't pack a kit. I like to lay out my photos, try different papers, add this or that embellishment, cast it all aside, get new papers, more embellishments, put some on, take some off. I end up with just about all my stash spread out from one end of the room to the other!
That's why I can't scrap at crops. In the past I have put together an album kit which I only scrap at crops. I must start doing this again!
But I did finish a deco page for a swap I'm in at Scrapbook Sisters. And I did lots of chatting, which was nice. And I did start this LO which I finished last night. It's simple, but I like it. Love that lace cardstock from KI Memories. I've it for a while now, so thought I should use it!! The paper is Sassafrass Lass, with a touch of Crate paper. And a little bit of bling from Kaisercrafts to glam it up a bit!

And talking of Kaisercrafts-did you know they have a fab website with lots of projects and inspiration? And you can sign up for their newsletter which has all sorts of interesting information too.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I was asked by Angela from Angelcrafts to design this week's class on the home page of UKS, and fortuitously she sent Kaisercrafts products for the class. So I thought I would share the class here. Maddie-I hope you like it!!

Angel Crafts Class
White cardstock
Patterned paper-Kaisercrafts Sweets Collection
Kaisercrafts Rhinestones
Chipboard flowers
White ribbon
Alphabet (Heidi Swapp)
Popdots or adhesive foam pads
Ink pad

border punch or decorative scissors
embossing folder

About this Design:
The colours in this paper collection are Analogous Colours. This means the colours are right next to each other on the colour wheel. Analogous colours match extremely well, but they also create almost no contrast. They are easy on the eye and make serene and comfortable designs. However they can appear flat and lifeless, so in order to add interest we need to add other design elements. In this layout I have used white cardstock to provide contrast, inked all edges with a rusty brown ink pad to provide definition, and added texture through embossing, use of ribbon and rhinestones. Dimension has been added by the use of chipboard and raising some elements with popdots.

Step by Step:
Patterned paper background:
Take Crème Caramel paper, find the circle pattern at the top of the paper and cut around the circle outline to make a scallop edge. Cut accurately because you will be using both edges of the cut paper. It may be best to use a craft knife to cut accurately. Cut the strip about 1” from the bottom of the scallops. Ink edges. Adhere both paper strips towards the top of the cardstock, leaving a small gap to allow the white cardstock to show through.
Cut a strip from the pink side of the Crème Caramel paper and punch a decorative edge. Ink and adhere to the top strip of the circle paper. If you don’t have a border punch, or decorative scissors, then use a straight edged strip.
Using the orange heart side of Sugar Cookie paper, cut a 6” strip, ink edges and adhere under the scallop edge.
Cut a thin strip, (about 0.5”) of pink Crème Caramel paper, ink edges and adhere, leaving a small gap to allow the white cardstock to show through.
Cut a 1” strip of raspberry stripe paper. Ink edges. Punch a row of ribbon holes. Thread ribbon and adhere the strip, leaving a gap to allow the white cardstock to show through.
Using the circle side of Crème Caramel paper punch or cut a decorative border. Ink edges and adhere, again leaving a gap to allow the cardstock to show through.
Adhere the photograph.
Add embellishments, title and journaling strips.
Run an inkpad around the outside of the layout.

Using patterned paper, trace around flowers, cut out slightly inside the traced line.
Emboss the paper in an embossing folder. Run an ink pad gently over the raised parts. Adhere to chipboard flowers and ink edges. (If you don’t have an embossing system, to provide texture scrunch up the paper and then flatten out. Run an ink pad over the creases and adhere as above.)
Adhere a knotted ribbon to the centre of one flower, and rhinestones to the centres of the other flowers. (It is easiest to apply the adhesive rhinestones using tweezers.) Adhere the flowers to the page using pop dots.

1. Using Butterscotch paper cut out 3 pairs of hearts-small, medium and large.
2. Take a matching pair of hearts, adhere the heart tips together and open out the tops of the hearts to form butterfly wings.
3. Emboss (or scrunch) the butterflies, run an ink ad over the raised parts, ink edges.
4. Using tweezers, adhere rhinestones to form the butterfly bodies.
5. Adhere two thin strips of paper to form antennae.
6. Adhere butterflies to the page using pop dots.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Creative TYpe

The new prompt at THE CREATIVE TYPE is all about handwriting, not just using your own writing, but also journalling about your writing. For more details pop on over to the blog. The DT have done some great work, and the prize up for grab this week is fab!!

I did an art journal page for this prompt.

Here it is:

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Scrapbook Magazine

The latest edition of TSBM is out and I have an article in it, about creating your own backgrounds. I did three very different LOs for the articles, using very different techniques, but this is my favourite.
The LO was inspired by an article in the STYLE magazine of the Sunday times. All I did was cut out some of the headings, titles etc from the article for my journaling, and then collaged on strips of magazine column for the background. I also added some decorative tape and some grungy printed circles. I really love this LO. I think it's so cool for a teenage page. And the bonus is -it cost next to nothing to make!

I'll post the others when I get some more time. In a rush now so must go.
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Monday, May 04, 2009

I love you tube

YOU tube is just the greatest thing. You can find out how to do anything on You tube. So today I googled 'Art Journal' and came across this video:

It has a technique for using magazine pictures in your art journals, so today I gave it a go.
This is my result.

So I've got a way to go with this technique-but it was fun trying.
Also today I finished off my Deco page for the swap over at Scrapbook Sisters forum.
And I did a bit of blog hopping and think I might join in with Vivian Bonder's Art Journal challenges-if I get the time.
It was a miserable day here today-very windy-and I HATE WIND!!- I can cope with cold, and rain and snow, but I really hate wind!!

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Friday, May 01, 2009

New LO

I scrapped last night using my new Webster's pages from Angel Crafts.
I absolutely adore these papers-the designs are just gorgeous and the quality is fantastic-really heavy double sided papers.
However I don't think they are particularly easy to use. The designs are so lovely that I found it hard to actually cut into them, and secondly, wherever you place a photo you end up covering up something beautiful, and that seems such a shame. Thirdly, both sides are gorgeous, so unless you have duplicate designs you need to choose-again, hard! And so, because I love these papers so much I was very mean with them and this layout was made with just two pieces of paper.
I've added some bling from Kaisercrafts and the alphabet is American Crafts.

The photo is very old-around 1970/71 and poor quality, so I scanned it and enlarged it. In retrospect I think should not have kept the border around the photo, but hey ho, it' s done now.

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