Monday, November 12, 2012

Back again>>>

It's such a long time since I've blogged. I've just been so busy with bits and bobs and life in general, but hopefully things have clamed down a bit and I'll get to do some more scrapping and blogging again.
So what have I been up to?
I really enjoyed the Scrapagogo retreat at the end of October. I have to say this is without a doubt the most organised retreat I have ever attended. The attention to detail is second to none. It is so important to Janice and Lorraine that everyone goes away happy and they work so hard to make everything run like clockwork. I taught 3 classes and had a great time doing so. The ladies were all very kind!

So today I'm showing 2 layouts I did a while ago for The Scrapbook Magazine. It was a feature on the use of circles, and I wanted do something a little bit different. In the first layout I have used circles to make scallop shapes and banners, as well as stencilling a circle design within a circle masked shape.

 For my circle layout I have contrasted the square shape of the background with circle shaped photos, as well as circle shaped embellishments. My stamps got a real workout with this layout!

The November Scrapagogo kit arrived on Saturday, and it is so gorgeous!
Take a look:

I've already made one layout with it, which I'll share as soon as it's been on the Scrapagogo blog.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

CSI 39

I played along with CSI again this week.
The colour palette led me to this photo of my great nephew Patrick. Isn't he adorable?
I am so looking forward to meeting him next year when  I go to Australia.
The sad thing is that he will be 2 years old by then.

The inspiration photo for this challenge was very whimsical, (Scroll down this post to see) and so I found a pack of cute whimsical stickers to use on this layout. I bought 2 packets of these for £1 some time ago from the Pound Shop. I don't normally use these type of stickers but they suited the photo so well, echoing the little creatures on Patrick's quilt, as well as matching the colour palette perfectly.
Did you notice I seem to have a dotty thing going on?

Some Kaisercrafts leaves and rubons:

 Washi tape, Kaisercrafts felt stars and rub on bugs:

 The yellow and orange flowers were in the Pound Shop sticker pack:
The journalling is done on Safmat, and although you can see the film in these photos, in reality it is almost invisible. Great stuff when you want to add computer journalling directly onto a page.

So here's the Challenge and the bits I used:


 USE THE SKETCH AS INSPIRATION FOR YOUR DESIGN-The sketch is from Once Upon a Sketch:

I chose:

■little bits and pieces

I chose:

■Frame your journaling.
■Inspiration Words: fly, learn, horizon-- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title

Monday, September 24, 2012

CSI 38

I really enjoyed playing along with CSI last week so decided to join in again this week. If you are not familiar with this challenge site you should check it out. You get a sketch, a colour palette, and some extra 'clues' to inspire your layout.

Here's my layout for Challenge 38:
Some close ups:
The little cup and teapot are from the hybrid downloadables that are available free to use from CSI.

These wee journal spots are also from the hybrid sheet-love the sentiments:

'Life is just so daily'- ain't that the truth?
So, how did I arrive at that layout?

Well, firstly the inspiration picture, the sketch and the colour palette:
The sketch comes from Once Upon a Sketch, who have joined forces with CSI for a month.

And then 'evidence' - i.e. the techniques and embellishments. I chose these from the longer list:

■newsprint patterN
■china/silverware/cups/pots, etc. as an accent

And finally, 'the testimony' - i.e. the jumping off point for the journalling:

■Document a daily routine.
■Inspiration Words: together, read, daily-- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title

So, using all those 'clues' has lead to the case being 'solved'  with the creation of my completed layout.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Being Challenged..

This week I decided to join in with a challenge at CSI, and Once Upon a Sketch who have joined forces for this challenge.

This is my layout:

Here's the Challenge:



■Use dots
■Use wrappers/ packaging
■Pen work/ doodling
■Circles (inspired by the knobs and reels)
■buttons (inspired by the knobs)


■Use a song title or lyrics as inspiration for your journaling (inspired by the tape recorder).
■Handwrite your journaling.
■Take a break - break your journaling across several journaling spots.

I really enjoyed this challenge. The colour scheme is one I would never have chosen for myself, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

You should check out the gallery at CSI-some real eye candy to be had!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Experimenting with mists

I'm loving using mists, sprays and paint on my pages just now, and had an idea that I wanted to use mists to grade the colour from dark to light.

So here's the layout I made:
I used a Tim Holtz flourish mask, and sprayed a vairiety of blues, working from the lightest to the darkest, and drying between each application. I used a mixture of Ranger colour washes, Dyelusions, Cosmic Shimmers, and Glimmer mists. It looks very glimmery in real life, and the colour is very pretty.
The chipboard paisleys are embossed, and they too have a sparkle.
The photo is finished off with some Liquid Pearl dots.

Experimenting is fun. What experimenting have you been doing lately?
Leave me a comment and I'll visit your blog to check it out!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sketch Layout

I love to use sketches-they make creating a layout so easy, and yet still allow for your individual take.
Well, most of the time that's true, but I have to confess that this layout took a long time to come together. There always seemed to be something missing, but I just kept at it, adding bit s and pieces until I finally ended up with a layout that I'm happy with!
The photo was taken in Barcelona.

Stamping around the photo to give it a frame, and the compass rub on.:

That very cute silhouette washi tape, embroidered flower, stamping, rub on and some gems.

Some misting with glimmer mists and acrylic paint and a rub on.

The sketch came from here: 
If you want some inspiration check out the blog!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Laundry Layout

It may seem strange to make a scrapbook page about a laundry, but this laundry features strongly in my memory. Often, when I think of my mother, I see her in this setting. The laundry of our home was a tin shed in our back yard. In the summer the heat was oppressive, and in the winter it was freezing. The automatic washing machine is a relatively recent addition. Throughout my childhood my mother used a wringer washing machine. After washing, the items would be put by hand through the mangle into the first lot of rinsing water in the concrete tubs in the photo. After soaking there, it was put through the mangle again, into the second lot of rinsing water. Then finally through the mangle a third time into the basket to be hung out on the line. There were seven of us kids, so my mother spent a lot of time doing the washing. Sometimes, if it was hot, I liked to help with the rinsing because the cold water in the tubs provided some relief from the heat. However in the winter there was nothing inviting about putting your hands into the cold rinsing water! The laundry also had a gas copper. Mum would fire up the copper in the morning so she had hot water for the sheets. These would boil away in the copper-along with a bag of 'blue' to ensure the washing was white. I have no idea what 'blue' was, but I remember it came in blocks and mum would put a block of it in an old sock and immerse it in the copper.

In the summer the washing would dry stiff on the clothes line. Mum would bring the washing in and flick water over each item, roll it up and put it into a plastic lined baskets, ready for ironing. So many hours of her life were spent in this laundry.
I find it hard to believe that mum did her washing here for over 50 years, under such primitive conditions, and that no one thought it was unusual.

To think that I complain about the amount of washing my son generates, when all I have to do is throw it into a machine and press a button-all from the comfort of the inside of my home!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Step by Step- a new layout..

So yesterday I had an idea for a layout-but like most of my design ideas, it got lost in translation, and the layout I ended up with is nothing like the one I had in my head when I began. Funny how that happens!

So here it is:

This is the process for making this layout:

I started with an old piece of Kaisercrafts paper from The La Di Dah range
First-a spot of misting. I misted a plastic grid with brown glimmer mist, then upended it onto the paper to take a print.
 When that was dry I used a Tim Holtz Colour wash spray and a leaf stencil to randomly place some leaf shapes.

 After that I began to place some patterned paper. The blue is the inside of an envelope.

 Then the photos and a bit more paper and some words cut from a story book-The Little Red Hen-and a wee picture of said hen!

 Added some shading around some elements, and some white pen detail.

 And the journalling on some white strips of correction fluid:

And a cute strawberry button from July's Scrapagogo kit, and a bit of stamping with a chicken wire stamp from Prima..

Thursday, August 02, 2012

It's all about Colour!!

I've really been enjoying my scrapping the last couple of weeks. No doubt that's got a lot to do with the fact that I'm on holiday, and the weather has been so poor that I can scrap guilt free! So today I thought I would make a layout to enter into a scrap challenge. Challenges are great for getting the creative juices flowing I think.

 The challenge I chose is this one, and the challenge was to use these colours:
The colours were perfect for photos I took last week at the Jazz and Blues Festival opening here in Edinburgh, and with all those feathers on the costumes, it was only fitting that my layout should feature some feathers too!
Lots of ink stained fingers later (Lots of ink, more than lots of fingers), and here is my layout:

This layout was a lot of fun to make, as I'm sure you will appreciate.

We ate our tea among all my scrappy stuff tonight.
As I scrap at our kitchen table, and I was in the middle of this layout at tea time, I was forced to clear a space for my poor long suffering husband to have his tea! 

Very elegant dining I must say!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Layout

Looking through my layouts recently, I realized I have a number of pages that I haven't shared so I thought that over the next few days/weeks, I'd share some with you.

Firstly, this layout about the fun my daughter had at Rag week at Uni. It is a pretty simple, straightforward layout using one of the Scrapagogo kits. The layout was inspired by the photo themed elements in the kit, so I decided to go for lots of snapshots on the page. Because it has so many photso, I have left plenty of white space and added some interest with machine stitching. I have the crappiest of sewing machines, and although the stitching look OK on the front, you should see the back of the page-a tangled loopy mess. I wonder if a new needle would help?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Storing Dies

The combination of being on holiday, coupled with the most dire summer weather has meant I have had time to do stuff around the house. (Up until July 18th Edinburgh had had one and a half hours of sunshine!! Yes, you did read that correctly- 1 and  1/2  hours only!!)
 I've gutted my son's room and redecorated it-and it remains tidy a week and a half later. (That must be a record!)

And I've tidied my scrap space, including reorganising my die cutting stuff. I have been slow to take up die cutting. I won a sissix sidekick and some dies about 5 years ago, and about a year later I bought a cuttlebug-mainly because I wanted to cut chipboard alphabets. So my dies were limited to some cuttlebug alphabets and a few small sissix dies.

However, recently I have developed a bit of an interest in dies and have collected some Nestabilities, some Sissix Bigz, and some Marianne Creatables. I kept most of the big dies in a large plastic box in the bottom of a cupboard, but they were a bit heavy to lug out, and so didn't get the use they deserved. The magnetic dies were kept in an A4 folder on magnetic sheets, but they tended to slip about a bit, and the A4 folder took up valuable large shelf space that I wanted to use for my growing collection of stamps. And the cuttlebug was in yet another cupboard. I decided I wanted to reorganise so that all my diecutting and embossing was together, and easily accessible so that I got good use from it.

I had this storage cupboard which I think I bought from Argos. I think it was a video cupboard, but what I like about it is that although it is quite deep, it has shelves on the door, so it is easy to access everything, and things don't get lost in the back of the cupboard. So now it houses my printer on top, with printing paraphenalia in the left hand bit, and the right hand side is now where I keep all the diecutting stuff.

Here it is open-See what I mean about shelves on the door? So, on the top shelf I have my cuttlebug, plates, and Sizzix dies. On the middle shelf are sizzix alphabet dies, and on the bottom shelf I have Sizzix Big dies and cuttlebug alphabet dies. They are stored in wooden boxes from IKEA. On the door I shelves are Time Holtz dies, and embossing folders on the top shelf, and  the sidekick on the middle shelf. (I don't actually use that very much-maybe I should get rid if it?) And on the bottom shelf I have A5 folders which store my magnetic dies.
As you can see, I still have plenty of space to store more!

 The magnetic dies are stored on magnetic sheets, with the name of packaging kept behind. I've kept the packaging so that I know what size dies I have, in case I ever want to buy corresponding sets of dies. The magnetic sheets came from Hobbycraft, but I think they have no longer stock them, which is a pity. Yesterday I bought some Poundland magnetic photopaper, so I'm going to see if that works. If so I will stick it to some chipboard and use that instead. The plastic wallets are made by Kaisercrafts and are very sturdy.

So that's it- simple, organised and all together. So much easier to use!! What do you think?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer blogging...

..I don't think I'm much of a summer blogger. Blogging does seem to me to be something that's best done on a winter's evening in front of the fire. Not that we've had much in the way of summer mind you! But still, the evenings are light and there seems to be other things to do these days!
I have been scrapping and doing arty bits, but just not the blogging of them!

Anyway, here's a layout I did a while ago. It's part of the Scraplift  challenge over at Scrapagogo. I was sent a layout to scraplift, and my resulting layout is sent on to the next person in the chain to lift. The challenge is now far enough along for me to be able to show this layout without spoiling the challenge I think.

This layout consists mainly of stamping and misting techniques. The stamps are by Kaisercrafts and Prima. I have to say I love this layout, and it's nice to do a layout about my son for a change!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Where did the time go?

I have been working on some layouts using the new June kit from ScrapaGoGo, and I realized I haven't finished showing the layouts made from the May kit. So here goes:

 This is the third layout I made from the kit. It's a pretty simple layout, with layered papers, and some die cuts. I just bought the large butterfly die in the recent Sissix sale, so I gave it an outing on this page. I also half stamped the telephone dial along the side of the layout for some added interest.

and finally, my favourite make with the kit was this card:

I made it to give to the secretary at work to thank her for all the great work she does. There are lots of stationery elements on this card, including the index card, the money envelope, paperclips, and staples. The tag is stamped with 'Thank You'.
I'm pleased to say she was chuffed to bits to get it!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

ET Phone Home

I really struggled to find a title for this layout, and now, writing this blog post, I come up with one-too late!! 'ET Phone Home' would have worked well since ET are my daughter's initials!
Anyway, this is the first layout I made with the May ScrapaGoGo kit. This kit had an office/workplace/telephone vibe, hence the reason I chose this photo to scrap. I could have chosen any number of phone box photos, since I seem to have a thing for photographing red phone boxes-and red letter boxes for that matter!
I kept this layout quite simple-some misting through a number stencil. It seemed in keeping with the telephone number patterned paper. The telephone dial stamp came in the kit-it's really cute!!

I love the colour combination of this layout-mainly neutral with that pop of red and accents of yellow and black.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

May: 12 in 12

Over at ScrapaGoGo we have a 12 in 12 challenge- 12 layouts in 12 months, one for each  month of the year. A record of the Year 2012. What I like about the challenge is that it's manageable!!

This month the prompt was to make a layout that looks a bit like a pin up board. 
I'm scrapping A4 sized double layouts for this challenge.
I first covered my 'pinup board' in patterned paper from the May Scrapagogo kit, and then I made a frame using the woodgrain paper. After that I hung some photos on string, and attached other photos using brads.
Here's the result:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's day

It's Mother's Day in Australia where my mother lives. 
I wanted to try my hand at a fancy shaped card for something different so here's what I made:

Happy Mother's Day, mum xxx

Friday, May 11, 2012

Another Image Transfer technique

Last weekend I made two projects using image transfer techniques. This One which I showed last Tuesday, was a gel transfer. I have done quite a few gel transfers now. I love doing them, but I wanted to try something different this time.

So I printed an image of my daughter onto a transparency. I has already collaged a piece of chipboard with a variety of papers. So I misted the collaged background, pressed the ink side of the transparency onto the collaged background, and burnished the ink onto the background. The result was rather impressionistic, and may work better for a different type of photo-maybe a garden, rather than a portrait. If I was doing the same technique with a portrait again I would probably paint or collage a plain spot for where the head was placed. As it was, there is print coming through Emily's face, and it doesn't look very nice. Also Emily was not really standing out against the background, so I used some watercolours around her to add some definition and shadow.

Finally. I added some stamping, inking and rub ons. Overall I'm pretty happy with the result.
It's nice and  grungy and textural.
What do you think?

And I have some more backgrounds waiting for images to be applied this wet and miserable weekend!!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Misting, masking, and making a mess...

On the weekend I had the urge to do something a little different, so I decided to do some image transfers. The previous weekend I had taken some photos at Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh. Edinburgh has the BEST graveyards, full of sculptures, grand monuments, carving-all sorts, and they make for interesting photos.

So I selected three photos and  printed them on a laser printer. Our laser printer only prints black and white, but since these photos were pretty much monochramatic anyway, black and white was OK. I used gel medium to transfer the images, onto a collaged background of music paper, book paper, and some old scrapbook paper too. Then I used watercolour and acrylic paint, stamps, bronzing powder, and texture paste (not necessarily in that order!) to build up layers.

This is the result:

 And some details:
The gold bronzing powder adds a subtle sheen that is very difficult to see in a photo.

You can see how the bronzing powder highlights the brush strokes here. This photo was taken in the sun so you can see how the bronzing powder glows:

The texture paste through a stencil:

Sorry about the variations in the colour-some of the photos were taken in shade, and some in the sun so some look warm, and some cold.
Anyway, I had fun doing this project, and it's something different to do with photos.

I will post another project I did using  a different image transfer technique later on in the week, so if you enjoyed this post, pop back later to have a peek!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Sketch layout

So I was blog hopping the other night, and came across a challenge site, Scrapfriends, and there was this fabulous sketch. The sketch, and the Design Team interpretations of it, caught my imagination and I decided to use it to make a layout.

Isn't it a great sketch:


  I had fun with this layout- masking, inking, stamping, lots of lovely textures, and small details.
This is what I came up with:

I loved making this page, mainly I think because I have done lots of pretty girly pages recently, and it was great to do a page featuring my son for a change.

I also used up some old stash, which is always a good thing! The background paper is a woodgrain, although it's a bit difficult to see here. I think it's Dream Street, so that shows how old it is. And the other patterned paper is old American Crafts.

This mask is a piece of plastic mesh that came from Gauche Alchemy.  I sprayed through the mesh, but then flipped it over to stamp the ink onto the page as well.
The bigger squares on the right hand side of the page are a Prima mask.

The sprays are either Dylusions, or Ranger colour wash sprays.

 The journalling spot is a transparency from Kaisercrafts, stuck on with acrylic paint. The acrylic paint also makes it easier to read the journalling. Most of the stamps and rub ons are also from Kaisercrafts, as are the decorative brads.

The corrugated card, and hessian add some great texture to the layout! And I love how the hessian weave echoes the masked grid squares too.

So there you have it, one layout inspired by a great sketch!