Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Workshop #4 - Masking tape

Yey, I got published here:

I got my copy in the post today, I was delighted to see my layout and more because it is full of inspirations, tons of layouts and inspirational ideas.

 I am a bit behind Celine's classes as I went away on holidays. I was half hoping to get two projects done yesterday, but only got one, 3 tries and a couple of cardstock papers on the bin, I came up with this:

*Patterned Paper: Studio Calico
*Chipboard: Sassafrass (5), American Crafts (brackets)
*Stamps: Studio Calico (big 5), others unknown
*Also: Masking tape, acrylic paint, ink

The photo is bad, and the design is only lacking something, but I really enjoyed the masking technique - Celine did that in the class in Dublin, this time she advised to paint over it. I went a step further and stamped on it too. Loved it, and will definitely try to do this again.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Workshop #3 - World Cup Class (2nd layout)

In the previous layout I didn't use the technique that Celine taught, but I really had to have a go. Playing with corrugated cardboard, gesso and mists can be unpredictable but it was great fun.

*Patterned Paper: Lily Bee
*Punch: XCut
*Mist: Cosmic Shimmer Mist
*Also: corrugated cardboard, transparency,embossing powder, gesso, acrylic paint

The white leaf shapes are not there, they're a reflection on the transparency. I printed and embossed the circles in transparency and layered it over the cardboard. I quite like the leaves thought, I might add them later.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Workshop #3 - World Cup Class

Based on Celine's sketch and colour scheme (plus a bit of purple).

*Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (circles), Pink Paislee (scraps)
*Fonts: Cooper Black (title) VT Portable Remington (journaling)
*Other: thread and punch

Most of the time I'd rather write my own imperfect journaling than quote someone else, but in this case, everything I wrote sounded very lame, so I borrowed this from an unknown person. Thank you Unknown!

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all Daddies - not that I think any read my blog, hehehe.

With all the excitement yesterday ( it was my son's  Birthday party)  my daughter forgot to make a card from her  to her Daddy, so I made an almost duplicate of the one from  my son, using Shimelle template for the 3rd time!

*Template and letters: You Are Amazing by Shimelle Laine @ Two Peas in a Bucket
*Papers:  Springtime Basics by Shimelle Laine @ Two Peas in a Bucket (blue paper) A Retro Summer by Leiko Beck Designs (all others)

Fully digital, which I printed and stuck into a card. Easy peasy!

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Worshop #2 from the World Cup class

Doing a bit better, now - for once the layout turned out as I wished. I used the sketch, but not the colour scheme or the technique. Celine mentioned that she used an old, forgotten Basic Grey paper, and it turns out, I also and an old BG which was perfect for this layout.

*Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
*Letter Stickers and Felt Ric-rac: American Crafts
*Punch: Martha Stewart
*Stamp: Studio Calico

The kraft paper is folded over and secured with a magnet, I mean to write something for my daughter inside the kaft paper.

It goes with two challenges: Studio Calico's "Be Bold" and PaperPlay's "Something Old".

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Maybe a toot toot? and Understanding Girls

If you got the Scrapbook Inspirations Idea Book #2, would you be able to tell me if there is a layout of mine there? I got one layout accepted for it, but I know from experience that sometimes they don't get published. Ta.

Now, back to Celine's workshop.

Thanks to a high maintenance older sister, my son probably knows much more about how a girl's mind works than the average boy his age.

 I had this LO in digital form for a while, and a added a little bit of salmon pink to fit the colour scheme in Celine's workshop #1. More my usual style,  I like this one better but maybe I should be more adventurous?

* Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (blue), American Crafts (orange)
* Letter Stickers: American Crafts (pink), unknown (small b&w)
* Chipboard: Heidi Swapp
* Font: Century Gothic


"There are certainly disadvantages in having an older sister. Like being bossed around all your life. An unexpected advantage is that you get to know how a girl’s mind works. Which, bellieve me, will come handy in the future. That’s what you learned so far.

1. Girls and fashion
Whenever you sister asks  if you like her clothes, you - who don’t have interest in the subject - say in your most earnest voice: “Yess!!!”.  Perfect! If I’lll tell you that the answer to “Does my butt look big on this” is alway NO, you’lll know everything you need to know about this subject.

2. Girls and talk
Lucy kept on phoning you from my parents hotel room to our room. You answered and politely listened every time. Then one time, I heard you giggling. I went to see what was up - you had the handset away from your ear and was laughing and laughing. You looked at me and said “She talks and talks and I am not listening!”. That what all men do, babes!

I always find spelling mistakes after I print the journaling - "bellieve" - what was I thinking? There's probably lots more - I am not sure if I want to know...

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Father's Day Card

2nd post of the day!

Here's my son's Father's Day card - it's digital, I am going to print it, of course. I used the template for a card instead of  a layout.

*Template and letters: You Are Amazing by Shimelle Laine @ Two Peas in a Bucket
*Papers: Springtime Basics by Shimelle Laine @ Two Peas in a Bucket (ledger), Full Circle by Danielle Young (all others)

Getting my fingers dirty

Yesterday the World Cup started and so did Celine's classes. The first workshop involved a colour schemme, a sketch and a technique (embossing).

I combined the three in a single layout:

*Buttons and Stamp: Studio Calico
*Ribbon and Light Pink and Brown Flowers:  American Crafts
*Rubbon: Daisy D's
*Punch: Martha Stewart
*Chipboard Letters: Basic Grey*Mist: Cosmic Shimmer Mist
*Other: Tissue paper, thread, stamping ink, distressing ink, black ink

I figured there's no point in doing a class if I kept doing exactly the same as I always do. I didn't go out of my way to be different, but I experimented more that I usually do. The final result is so and so, I am not mad about it, but I am OK with it. What worked was printing in patterned paper (photo on the right) like Celine did - it doesn't show well in the photo but I like it. The other thing was using the bits & pieces of paper that I save but hardly use - like tissue paper and the lining of a chocolate box.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Celine's Scrap World Cup Class

I'm doing Celine's class. It is 4 weeks long, and started today. Have I done anything so far? No, it only started a few hours ago? Why am I posting then?

Because I am afraid I read the classes and don't make a single LO or project - I am hoping that broadcasting it will shame me into producing at least one work per week - watch this space...

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Two styles

 If I had to describe my style in a few words, I would go for clean & simple. However there's a range in the simplicity, and sometimes I like to go minimal and sometimes I try to be a bit more adventurous and messy.

Like here:

* Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Whimsy
* Rhinestones: Kaiser Craft
* Other: lacy ribbon (stamped), thread, masking tape, patterned adhesive tape, leather heart, acrylic paint,
* Fonts: CK Ali's Hand Official (date),Unknown (quote)

The small print reads:

"Luke, 17th April 2010.
Still keeping his promise, 3rd June 2010

The problem is that I am a bit disaster prone, so there's lots of smudges that weren't suposed to be there, including a big one that I covered with the leather heart which came with a handbag.

The best bit is the lacy ribbon "stamp". I place the ribbon over a scrap of paper, brushed it with acrylic paint. Then I carefully placed the ribbon over my layout, covered with a clean paper scrap and I rubbed it with my fingers. Then I carefully removed the paper and the ribbon and there it was a clear lace imprint. It worked better in cardstock than over masking tape.

The next one is a hybrid layout - I designed and printed the whole layout in PSE & PSP. To add a bit of interest, I machine stitched over the green border. Then I printed the photos and the leaves again in photo paper, cut it out and glued to the original layout.

And stamped the title.

*Frame, patterned paper and leaves: Newleaf by Paislee Press and Audacions Designs
*Stamps: Storytime by Studio Calico (alpha and numbers)

Saturday, 5 June 2010

First Communion Layout

I am sure my daughter would complain about my photo choice - she doesn't like this one very much, she prefers the formal photos, taken on the day of the first communion of by the official photographer. But this one is the one that talks to me - pure joy.

* Patterned Paper: Vintage Patchwork (Girls Paperie) 
* Alpha: Oliver Chipboard Alphabet (Making Memories) 
* Also buttons, tracing paper, ribbon & cardstock

The flowers are based on this tutorial by Joy Madison in the Studio Calico blog,  I love that the flowers are dimension without being bulky. There's another great flower tutorial here, but Waleska Neris.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Digital card using a template

My first layout of the month, for Shimelle's Creative Team, the Baker's Dozen.

*Template and Letters: You Are Amazing by Shimelle Laine @ Two Peas in a Bucket
*Papers: Delovely by Paislee Press @ Oscraps (tree), Springtime Basics by Shimelle Laine @ Two Peas in a Bucket (all others).