Saturday, August 27, 2011

As promised....

..Following on from this post I have done another layout of Jack.
The papers are mainly Webster's Pages, with a little bit of Kaisercrafts too. The diecut bird is a Marianne die cut, the bird mask is Tattered Angels, as is the glimmer mist. lots of fussy cutting on this page. Seeing this layout on here makes me think I should add some journalling near the frog though...

And I've just discovered how to make the photo large! I'm wondering though, if it's too big? On my laptop screen I can't see the whole layout without scrolling a bit. What do you think-should I make the photo a bit smaller on the blog?

Saturday, August 20, 2011


This is another layout that was in The Scrapbook Magazine as part of my article about distressing techniques. This layout mainly uses Basic Grey papers.
So what techniques have I used?
I've distressed the edge of the base paper. The way I do this is to get something sharp, like a pokey tool, or the point of a compass and draw/scratch/gouge a line around the edge, then pull the paper edge away from the gouge line.
Then I ink the edge. For inking I mostly use Ranger distress inks, and apply with a piece of cut'dry foam.
My favourite colours of ink are Tea Dye, for lighter papers, and Walnut Stain for darker papers.
I have a ruler with a scalloped edge, and I have torn the rose patterned paper against this. If you look closely (Click on image) you will see the rough scallop effect this gives.
To make the scroll I rolled the paper ends around a pencil. You  need to roll it backward and forward a few times to break the tension of the paper. I then add some adhesive to the end to keep the scroll in place.
I've used glimmer mist and a stencil also. The glimmer mist colour is Sandy Beach. This is a great colour if you want to age paper as it gives the appearance of foxing, like on old books.
The chipboard title has been crackled. I think I used Tim Holtz crackle paint, and when dry I rubbed in some distress inks to emphasize the cracks. To be honest I find the Tim Holtz crackle paints a bit hit or miss, and prefer to use a crackle medium, like Jo Sonja's.
The heart is from a packet of plain silver metal hearts bought from Ikea.
I painted it with cream acrylic paint to knock down the brightness, sanded it back to expose some of the metal, and inked it a bit to dirty it up.
And finally, I added some stickles glitter glue around the edge, and to the centre of the flowers-which were all cut out from the Basic Grey papers.
The photo is of Jack and Emily when they were young and sweet.
I miss those days so much. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Some cards, and a chance to win...

I don't consider myself to be a cardmaker, but I made some anyway:

Twin baby girls card:

 Thank You cards:

I really love this one:

Here's another view which better shows the embossing and texture of the card:

And over at Scrapagogo there's a chance to win some bespoke Design cards.
And why not sign up to the Scrapagogo forum?
You don't have to be a subscriber to the kits to join in the forum-it's open to anyone interested in scrapping!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A layout...and some ruminations...

Today was a rainy, dreich Edinburgh day-more Autumn than summer, so I stayed indoors.
I decided to take a look through my scrapbook albums, something I rarely do, and actually I was quite concerned to see album after album of layouts about Emily, and only two albums of Jack.
Yes, he was there in family scrapbook pages, but not that many pages that feature him.
I got to thinking about why that was, and have come up with a reason, and that reason relates to Design Teams.
I have been on Design Teams on and off ever since I started scrapping, which is great because I get lots of yummy stash to play with-who can argue with that? I love being on Design Teams. I love the surprise of not knowing what you will be asked to design with, or about. I thrive on the challenge.

The thing is though, when you design for someone else, the focus tends to be on the products-after all, that's what designing is all about-showcasing product. And a lot of product in the scrapping world is girlie-flowers, ribbons, gems etc, so naturally I have gravitated to photos of Emily.
Additionally, I have felt obliged to use my best photographs for DT work, and those photographs have been my most recent photos. Emily will generally give me 5 minutes of her time, and I can get a halfway decent photo of her to use.
Jack, on the other hand, won't look at the camera, and definitely won't smile, and it has been like that for the past 5 years.

My kids were little in the age before digital cameras. Film was relatively expensive, and so not as many photos were taken. Plus my photography skills were nil! What this means is that a lot of my kids' childhoods is documented in out of focus photos, photos that are poorly lit, and photos where the kids are a tiny spot in a large landscape. Photos that I deemed unworthy of a place on Design Team layouts. Take a look at manufacturers Design Team layouts, and you will see page after page of photos of kids-gorgeous photos of kids, close up, catch lights in the eyes, all very pretty. And that has influenced my scrapbook pages!
Up until now!

I have decided that I will unearth all those not so good snaps-the ones that contain actual memories, and real stories, and that is what I'm going to scrap-and in doing so I'll also redress the balance between Jack and Emily's scrapbooks.
And so today, because it was such a dreich day here, I scrapped, and now there is one more layout to add to Jack's scrapbooks.

I scanned this photo to my computer, enlarged it, and then cropped a lot of the background out.
I also used up old stash including MM journalling pages, Lil Davis, SEI, Kaisercrafts, and Fancy Pants.
The background cardstock looks grey here, but is actually cream.

Wow-what a long rant!!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Twin baby album

I made this little album for someone who has just given birth to twin girls:


Here's how it's made:
Covers-I used mountboard. The back cover is about 10" x 6", and the front covers are half that.
 Cover with paper and ink edges:

Make two accordian folded strips from cardstock about 5.5" by 9", like this:

Glue the 'mountains' together, like this:

 Adhere the bottom flap of the accordian fold to the inside of the back cover, on both sides, then cover with patterned paper:

It should look like this:

Cover your inner pages front and back with paper:

Adhere the inner pages to the accordian spine, like this:

Try to make your patterned papers match across the pairs of pages:

Then adhere your front covers:
Lastly decorate the cover and the inside pages. I couldn't add too much to the inside as it would limit the photos that could be added.
But I did add lace strips to cover the exposed accordian spine on the backs of the pages.
If I make this type of album again, I'll add the patterned paper to the backs of the pages after the album is assembled, because I don't like the look of the exposed spine.
Alternatively, I could use pretty paper for the accordian spine as a design element.
Also, I would cut the accordian slightly shorter than the length of the page so the spine is completely covered-I think that would look so much nicer.
Another thing I did was to wrap a strip of lace around the spine. It makes it look pretty, covers up the accordian and gives a more finshed appearance.

Nearly everything used in this album is from Kaisercrafts.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Another mini...and What have I done to my blog?

..I was trying to redesign my blog so that I had tabs at the top to link to different things. (I've managed to link to my flickr photo stream), but in doing so the background template no longer fits, and so the blog design is really strange.
So why is my header no longer centred, and how do I centre it?
And how can I get the background to start at the top, like it used to, instead of starting further down the page and looking really silly?
Any ideas on how to remedy this will be greatly appreciated!

So here's another kit project I had stashed away.
It too is a Rusty Pickle Kit, although I have added some Kaisercrafts and other bits. All the pages are corrugated cardboard, giving the album a lovely rustic feel, perfect for camping or outdoor activity photos.


File folder flips open for more photos:

Tags for extra bits:
It is a really cute album!