Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nikki Sivils

I found this great sketch by Anam on the Nikki Sivils blog recently and thought I would give it a go:
This is the first time I've used Nikki Sivils products and the papers are such fun. Lots of little elements you can cut out and use on your pages to add interest. So you end up with fun pages that haven't cost the earth, just the cost of the patterned papers!
Here's my layout-Click to view larger:
I loved doing this layout and I'm really happy with the masking too. I used a Tim Holtz mask. there's lots of layering of the embellishments. Adhering  elements to some black cardstock really makes them pop!!
The photos are of my son playing with his little cousins in Australia. They adored him, and it was lovely to see how patient he was with them too!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mojo's back!!

My scrapping mojo is back big time!!
I haven't scrapped much recently, as followers of my blog will have noticed. I really got into my photography and spent so much time on the weekends out and about with my camera, then editing photos at night, that I didn't have a lot of time left for scrapping. So all my stash sat there, unused. Then the other day my husband suggested that since I didn't seem to use it anymore, then maybe I should consider getting rid of it. He was right of course. The thing was though, the thought of parting with all that stash that had taken me so long to build up sent me into a scrapping frenzy!! No way was I giving up my stash, so the only thing to do was to scrap again! The hardest thing was getting started. I made one layout-it was OK-nothing to write home about.
Then I had a commission for The Scrapbook Magazine-so three more layouts made. I'm happy with those, but can't post them here until the magazine is published.
Then a scrapping challenge started at Scrapping Outback, so I joined that, and have made two layouts.
Here's the first:

For this challenge we had to fussy cut patterned paper-I cut the large flower, two paper lace strips, the hankie corner and the butterfly. Then we had to use a cut up some chipboard and use the pieces. We also had to use a distressing technique, and use at least three handmade flowers. Mine are the spiral roses, and the organza flower.
The current challenge is to use some kind of liquid medium-I used glimmer mists, layers, at least three patterned papers, die cut patterned paper, spiral handmade flowers and other flowers. Actually, the layout above just about fits the criteria for the second challenge, but for this one I didn't want to do the soft, romantic thing. So I tried to do something s bit more fun, bright and modern-even though I was using old papers.
Here's the result:

So in the last week I have made some cards, and 6 layouts!!!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Altering photos

I was looking through my photo files recently and realised I had lots of scrappy stuff that has never made it to this blog so I thought I would post some. Last year I did a few scrapbook pages where I altered the photos. I love altering photos. You can give your scrapbook pages a whole new look. The photo I chose to alter was an old one, taken with a film camera, before I had any clue about how to take photos. It has a boring background that adds nothing to the photo, so I scanned the original (NEVER USE ORIGINALS!!), and set about getting rid of the background.


Here's the scanned photo:

First, I sanded the background and added painted on a coat of gesso:

When the gesso was dry I got out my water colour pencils and roughly coloured around the image, and the edge of the photo:

Then I blended the colours using a brush and some water:
I like the way this effect focuses the eye on Jack looking very cute, instead of the extraneous household bits.
What do you think? I know it won't be to everyone's taste, but I love it!

Here's the layout I made with the photo:
Forgot to say I added rub ons to the photos too!