Friday, November 2, 2012

Living Art

This was a fun lyout to do.  I painted the background using water colours and acrylics and then hand drew and painted my title.
My embellishments were old computer parts, video tape, metal curtain rings, buttons and a wire hoop.
I used my trusted old shopping bag to back my turned down corner.

99.5 years apart

When I saw the Scrap 365 October Shake It Up Challenge I realised that this was the perfect photo for it.  My 6 month old niece and 100 year old great aunt.  Sorry about the blob on my nieces face but my brother doesn't want her photo on line.
For my journalling I used the back of the group of tags attached to the bottom of the LO.
Having to use a ticket stumped me as I didn't have any.  However I made this one using the bottom edge of one of my tag stamps and punching holes along the edge.  For my wood grain I used a small wooden heart which I lightly smeared with paint.  I haven't taken a close up but I stitched the crochet strip under the photo onto the LO.


I have finally got round to scrapping these photos form the snow in 2010.
This one it did for the Scrap 365 November Challenge.  A very simple plain layout for me but one I was pleased with.  I used nitwits papers and embellishments which I cut out and layered.  I then added stickles to the snowflakes.  I made a pocket behind my three photos to add a tag with another photo and my journalling on.

Again another simple layout.  I colourised one photo blue and used it to frame my main photo.  The background paper was too good to cover up but I did clear stamp the snow flakes and then use perfect pearls on them.  

I painted some confetti snow flakes painted them and added stickles before sticking them around my photo.   I smeared white thickers letters with silver paint.

Christmas Tree Farm

We are so lucky to have this farm on the edge of town and visiting it is so much part of Christmas.
I made a frame for my main photo using polyfilla mixed with paint and spread over the page.  I placed a piece of card where I wanted my photo to go so that there was a hole there.  While the polyfilla was still wet I pushed the gems into it.  When everything was dry I brushed the frame with green glitter glue.
My main photo opens to show more photos underneath and I secured the flap using a christmas tree brad which I had stained green using alcohol inks.

 Inside the flap I stuck more photos, the label form the tree and the receipt.  I drew over the price on the receipt as it will fade with time and stamped the date onto it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

On Reflection

This layout was purely for fun and having had the restrictions of challenges for the last two layouts I did it was great fun to do anything I wanted.  Having said that the shake it up challenge did inspire me to use the tags.

 The journalling (which I haven't added to the large tag) tells a bitter sweet story and I wanted my embellishments to reflect this.  I covered the back of some sparkly heart stickers with flock so that the sparkle was there only if you really looked for it.
 I wanted to use circles to represent things going round and round and not getting anywhere. The buttons I threaded with some natural raffia and one I coloured with paint so that like the hearts the sparkle and shine was almost hidden but still there.

Shake it Up Challenge

 Here is my interpretation of the  Shake it Up Challenge from Scrap 365 Magazine.

At first I didn't realise that the colours were part of the challenge and then when I did was sure that I had no suitable photos.  However when I looked I was really pleased to find these in my waiting to be scrapped box.  It got even better when I realised that the programme would make a great background.  I decided that this wouldn't count as one of my pattered papers.
For my small tags I used some of my old paint charts.  I stamped them with a random design and embossed with gold.
For my main patterned papers I used one which had word blocks all over it.  I then cut out small squares from a yellow letter sheet and placed them under the corners of the words so that just the edges showed and the letters themselves were hidden.
I left a gap so that this small section showed through showing where we were.
For my fourth tag I used a tag which had contained my cat's collar as a template.  I covered the card with my third patterned paper.  I then inked the edges and embossed them with gold and used this for my journalling.
I painted the back of this tag and I also used a thin line of white acrylic around the edge of my photos instead of matting them.

Sketch Challenge

I did this layout for Scrap 365 magazine sketch challenge
For this layout I inked two pieces of card to go with these photos of my Mum in her garden.
Using ink and a stencil I coloured a semi circle.  I outlined the leaves and stalks and coloured the flowers in using water colour pencils.  I then cut out flowers from patterned paper folded the leaves up slightly and stuck them on the coloured flowers.  I stuck clusters of small beads in their centres to finish them off.
On one of my inked cards I stamped a flower and then decoupaged it with layers stamped onto plain card and coloured with my pro markers.
For my tags I coloured a scrap of slightly textured paper with stain or pastels and then fixed with a brad securing the wool with the brads as I fixed them.
I cut my butterfly from patterned paper, wrapped embroidery silk around the centre and then threaded two small beads onto one strand of silk to form the antenna.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lazy Holiday Mini Book

This year we had a really lazy holiday on a narrow boat.  Just before we left for the holiday my copy of scrap365 arrived and I packed it to read while away.  One of the articles was how to make a mini book using just one sheet of 12x12.  I decided to use this idea but to add an additional shape to each page as inspired by a previous issue of the magazine.  I knew that I would not be able to add many embellishments as they would make the book to thick.  Instead I took photos of all things canal related and cut them out to decorate my pages with.

My cut out shapes were inspired by shapes painted on the doors of boats which we passed.
The cover is a photo of the boat name as painted on the side and a the canal we travelled on which came form a photo of a sign.  I Then mounted the layout of the boat (form our information pack) onto card as it over hung the top of the book.
I kept the centre background the same colour through out but used different techniques (stamping, crackle paint, doodling and ink) to decorate each page.
 I stencilled the day on each page.
 I used lots of tags for journalling which I took form a diary I had kept through the week.  This also gave me more space for photos.

These two swans when cut out made the perfect ending to the book.

Playtime Minibook

Last month I took a friends children to the park for a couple of hours.  I couldn't resist taking my camera and making this little book as a present for them.
I had had this little book sitting on my self for ages and it was perfect, especially as one of the girls turned up wearing almost exactly the same shade of pink.

The photo is actually a tag which is slotted in and viewed through a cut out aperture.

I painted the back of tags and left them blank (with a heading prompt) for Mum and the girls to write their own memories of the day.

I kept to approximately the same format for each page.  I tore a relevant word out of an old dictionary, coloured it using my chalk pastels and then slipped it under the photo on top of ribbon or lace and added a small embellishment.

 When looking through my photos I just couldn't decided which photos to use and so printed up more photos than I had pages.  This meant that I had a couple of fold out flaps as well as tags.

 I kept the flaps in place with these little fasteners.  I painted a cardboard circle, embossed it with UTE and then attached the fastener using a brad.
I used the dictionary quote to make a tab for this tag.

 More journalling space...
 ..and extra photo on the other side.

 More fold out photos.
 My next tag came form the top of the photo so I made an arrow out of the word 'pull'

The book was originally stapled through the centre but fell apart half way through adding papers and photos.  I punched holes through the centre, added paper washers cut using my cuttle bug and my spellbinders nestibilities dies, and threaded ribbon through the papers to hold them together.