Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Me and my Pop.

My Pop and I had a wonderful relationship and even thou I was only 10yrs old when he passed away, the memories of him are as strong as ever.

After discovering some new challenge blogs on the net I decided to try a few. I have used  Sketch #266 from Creative Scrappers and Challenge #9 from 1,2,3 Get Scrappy to inspire and challenge myself in producing this layout. So I packed my scrapping bag again and off I went camping again with my scrapping buddy, with plans to create another great camping trip layout.

Chalks, something silver, glossy accents/epoxy.

 First I used watered down gesso over sections of my patterned paper, then using my favourite mini diamonds stencilled over the page with thicker gesso. When dry I used chalks from Kaszzaz to add different colours over the diamonds, adding layers of colour until desired colours were achieved.

The frame was cut out from the packaging of my scrapping buddy's chipboard frames, thanks Fiona, I then  painted it with gesso and then used the chalks to add colour. To finish off the frame I used a natural twine around the edge.

To add to the background and layers under the photo I used strips of a variety of washi tapes, rub ons and selection of scrap papers which I distressed the edges of, used chalks and distress inks to blend colours and shading together.   

I used paper sticker/cut outs and covered them with Dimensional Magic (Plaid Royal Coat) to make my glossy accent/epoxy embellishments and when they had dried I cracked them to give them the appearance of a time past.

Natural twine was used as a vine behind the small silver butterflies, small roses and large flowers with the silver flower centres and pearl drops which followed the sketch idea of a flowing line down the centre of the layout.

Hope you to enjoyed my take on these 2 challenges ( Creative Scrappers  and 1,2,3 Get Scrappy) as much as I enjoyed working with the ideas and products.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

White with Mint April Challenge

ww1 mint

Off to camping I go with my scrapbooking supplies, actually organised this time, planning what photos, layouts and challenges I wanted to do and packing what I needed (well mostly, what I did forget either my scrapping buddy had or I created.) Nothing better than being out in nature surrounded by scrapbooking  and great friends. 

I've been waiting for the right layout to use this photo in and even thou my daughter isn't a fan of butterflies I loved the idea of using them to represent their free thinking and spirit they both share.

Anyone for tea. Bec and Kaity had just brought a tea set and whilst waiting for us mums who were taking their time in the supermarket decided to have a tea party in the back of the car.

The background comprises of stencilling with gesso, one layer from a butterfly love heart serviette cutout and added to the page using gesso under and over the serviette. Prima flowers that were painted with mix of mint acyrlic paint and butterflies that were stamped with StazOn and then painted with the same mint paint watered down. I painted some card letters I had cut out through my BigShot machine and Kaszazz lettering stencil with mint watercolour and edged with a journal pen.

I attached  a crystal  onto a bronze embellishment  and then onto a small mint doily. Other additions to create texture were small pieces of cheese cloth around the photo and doily and a handmade flower; made with small squares of cheese cloth glued onto a cardboard circle and then finished off with a white pearlised rose button. To finish the layout I splattered mint and black watered down paint and placed white pearls around.

Thanks for checking out my White with 1 challenge blog entry for April.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Jute BagTutorial.

Hi this my first tutorial so I hope you find it helpful and it inspires you to try something a little different.
I have been experimenting with using serviettes in my layouts lately after a friend of mine gave me a bag she had given me for christmas ( coffee and cake serviette jute bag).  I thought I could use this idea and apply my love of scrapbooking to it and this is what I came up with.

What you need to start: A jute bag from a supermarket, serviette, Mod Podge, paintbrush, large plastic bag with a flat board (I used a A4 cutting mat) to place in the bag to protect sides from sticking together.

Seperate the serviettes layers, you only need the top layer.

Use a paintbrush to brush a line of mod podge over the jute under the serviette, carefully brush mod podge over the top following the section you have already done underneath using a light strokes. Holding up the serviette continue to brush mod podge under and then lower to brush more over the serviette ( moving the brush towards top edge works best). 


 Continue with mod podge until serviette is totally covered. Remove the plastic bag ensuring bag stays open while you leave the bag to dry; a heat gun can speed up the process. 

While you wait you can make some jute flowers to decorate the bag later. I made 2 different flowers. I started by using a circle punch to cut out 3 circles from card stock and glued them together. Then using a hot melt gun I glued the end of a ball of jute string to the circles centre, then placed spots of glue to anchor the string as I wound the string around itself until circle was covered.  

The daisy flower also used the same circle base, this time I used 6 pieces of string to make loops, and then filled the loops in with smaller loops until all petals were filled. Any pieces of the card that could be seen between the petals were cut away.

 I used a cardboard button to put a Kaszazz flower brad onto and repeated the same for my first flower and glued waxed cotton to finish off the flower centre. The daisy centre was decorated with a knot that had fallen off my bamboo leaf bag and to tie the flowers together with the serviette I used yellow striped cotton from Mystical scrapbooks and waxed cotton from Kaszazz.

Now back to the bag. Using Mont marte modelling paste and my favourite mini diamond stencil (Balzer designs)  I used a spatula to place dimension to the bag. 

I mixed  into a Mini Mister (Kaszazz) Dylusions ink spray 'white linen' and 'cherry pie' to make a pink ink spray  and 'white linen' and 'vibrant turquoise' to make a mint ink spray. I sprayed these over the modelling paste when it was dry. 

On one of the white layers of the serviette I removed I stamped my Kaszazz 'dream, inspire, imagine' with StazOn ink and then used the distress inks 'squeezed lemonade', 'stormy sky' and 'peeled paint' to add colour. I then used the same technique with the Mod Podge to add it to the surface.


When it was all dry I hot melt glued the flowers I made on, a few extra pieces I found in my stash including wood leaves, butterfly and antique flower.  I then added some washi tape, blended some vintage photo distress ink over the mini diamonds to soften the white against the jute and then a few splats of black paint to finish it off.

   I had a great time experimenting with my scrapbooking techniques on a new medium.
I hope I've inspired you to try something different. Thanks for visiting my tutorial and  hope you take the opportunity to check out the talented design team on Off The Rails Scrapbooking blog.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Stencils and Masks Inspiration layout.

Welcome to my April Off the Rails Scrapbooking Design Team Inspiration Layout -Stencils and Masks.

Scanning old photos and slides are fun, and bring memories back to life, this photo is of me and my dad with a doll that I think my Nan made me. I was about 18mths when this was taken.

On this layout I used my Kaszazz lace stencil with Monte marte impasto. Firstly I stamped the Kaszazz 'reason, season, lifetime' stamp using black StazOn onto my white card stock twice.  I placed the stencil over the lower stamping and smeared the impasto over to create a clear texture, purposely missing small sections to fill in with distressed ink later. Once dried I used a blending tool to blend Victorian Velvet Tim Holtz Distress Ink over the area. 

On the top of the layout I place a Tim Holtz idea-ology mini mask (Regal) swirl mask to one side of the top stamping  and sprayed with Dylusions vibrant turquoise then place a 2nd mask cross hatching style over the stamping  and sprayed it with Dylusions Lemon Zest. I blended  Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink over the swirl mask to tie the masks together. 

The banner was made from a serviette;  I separated the top layer from the serviette, cut out triangles and using Mod Podge glued them onto plain white paper also coating the surface to give them a sheen. When dry they were individually taped onto pink and white striped cotton twine.
The background was finished by placing 3 stripes of butterfly washi tape and waxed twine from  Kaszazz, vibrant turquioise stain stamped onto the page and lucy stamps aging block 'Rust' with Weathered Wood Distress ink.

The material flowers I used I made  on a camping trip with Fiona, we lost hours cutting, sewing and beading flowers. The paper flowers are from Kaisercraft and I added a paper button and small blue flower to the top of the large blue flower to add height. After layering green and pink rose papers which I had distressed and inked the edges of, I added the photo of dad and myself and framed  it using pink striped cotton and waxed twine.

A big thanks to Dark Room Door    for sponsoring our Off the Rails Scrapbooking Challenge- Stencils and Masks. 

Thankyou for visiting my blog and I hope I have inspired you to try and experiment with stencils and masks as well. Hope to see you back again soon.