Monday, 30 March 2009
I cut some assorted rectangles out of the various papers-
Using a white pen I edged all the pieces; I sanded the edges of my photo, and then drew a frame around the photo using the same white pen.
I then assembled the pieces to create a very layered layout-
The photo I stuck in the middle of the layers, and I added journalling strips under that.
For the title I used American Crafts Thickers in Prancer White.
This was a very quick and simple layout to out together- I managed it in just under an hour- I think that is a record for me!
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Of course then when my package arrived from Vanessa, to have a play with, guess what was inside?
Yep- you guessed right!
This is what I was sent...
4 sheets of assorted Marakesh papers, and 3 co-ordinating sheets of Bazzill cardstock.
Firstly I took the Darjeelings paper, and cut a pice 9 1/4 inches deep.
I also cut two strips of the Cardamon paper each 1 1/4 inches wide.
The photo I used was a 5"x7" size, but I trimmed it down to 6"x5" as this would work better for the layout I had planned.
I stuck it down onto the Darjeelings piece, about an inch and a half in from the left of the page, and quite centrally between the top and the bottom of the piece of paper.
Next I scalloped one edge of each of the Cardamon strips using my large size EKSuccess corner/scallop punch.
I then used a Cats Eye chalk inkpad in dark brown to ink the edges of all the pieces I had cut so far, and the blue base cardstock.
Using a circle template, I pierced several rings of holes around the photo to stitch through.
Then using a needle and embroidery thread I added my stitching to the page.
On the back I used small pieces of tape to secure the loose ends.
After adding a some doodled dots around the scalloped edges, I then attached my title- for this I used American Crafts Glitter Thickers, Lax White.
My journalling I wrote on thin strips of card, then I stuck them on with 3-D foam pads for extra dimension.
Lastly I also stitched all around the outer edges of the entire layout.
And here is the completed layout-
I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I managed to work with these papers considering my initial reaction to them- I Iwill now go and buy some of the other papers in the range!
Saturday, 21 March 2009
I didn't have any card ready to use to decorate, so the first thing I did was cut some Bazzill cardstock to size using an envelope as a guide.
Taking the Kiss with Border paper, I cut a piece to size to fit within the front of the folded card.
To cut, I used my Woodware paper trimmer.
Into the patterned paper I punched three flowers, using the EK Success Retro Flower Whale of a Punch.
Next I cut a small rectangle of the Kiss Lace paper, big enough to go behind the punched flowers.
For the wording I used a small piece of the reverse of the Grey Damask paper. The letters used are American Crafts Lax White Thickers; and Making Memories Tiny Alpha stickers.
Now I had a problem.
I just couldn't get the card to look right- the wording block ended up a little too big as I had intended- so I turned the whole card around 90 degrees.
I cut a strip to fir across the width of the card; and decorated using one of the Clear Border stickers.
I stuck the With Love card on top....
... and lastly added a few gems to add a little sparkle. I used Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones.
You could carry on adding as much or little decoration as you like to this, and of course you could use all manner of papers and colours to suit your Mothers taste!
Happy Mothers Day!
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
I'd normally scale everything down to match the smaller album size but this time, I've chosen to go the opposite way and use larger embellishments spilling off the pages for a more intriguing overall look.
The first step was to paint all the pages. To achieve a slightly textured look, I used small circular strokes with the dabber and used only just enough paint to cover the board.
While the paint was drying, I cropped and sanded all of my photos and arranged them into themes.
The cover simply the title and a couple of blossoms layered. The centre of the flower is two buttons layered together.
I've dotted around the edge of the journalling spot with a white pen. The flower centres are a button and some beads, both attached with Glossy Accents.
Using oversized embellishments does mean that the back of the embellishment shows on the next page. Some have been left as they are and others have been used as the base for something else. On this page, the centre of the back of the scalloped circle has been covered with a circle of patterned paper leaving the scalloped edge showing. Buttons, giant ric-rac and concentric circles of patterned paper have been added.
These chipboard shapes have first been painted and then glazed a couple of times to give them a shiny, 'wet' look.
I've traced around a chipboard bracket and cut out to get these felt brackets.
A coat of copper glaze has been applied to the back of these acrylic stars.
Another giant blossom with layered buttons in the centre and some rub-ons.
The sun is made by applying a rub-on to a transparency and then cutting out the shape. The & symbol is also created from transparency - I traced around a chipboard letter, cut out and then applied flourish rub-ons to the reverse.
Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants True; Rub-ons: Fancy Pants and American Crafts; Ribbons: Chatterbox, American Crafts, May Arts and Autumn Leaves; Chipboard: Fancy Pants; Acrylic: Heidi Swapp; Blossoms: Prima and others; Buttons: Autumn Leaves; Punch: Woodware; Stamps: 7gypsies and others; Paint: Ranger and Making Memories; Alphabet: Quickutz Sunshine
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
THe first one is a journaling workshop. It is a page workshop done with the New Minds Eye lines and the journaling on this page has been done so it is hidden. So if you fancy making a page with a difference then pop along and have a go. This is a wednesday class.
The second workshop is a handmade hanging frame. Again it is made using the new Minds Eye line. THis is the saturday workshop as it takes a while to make each frame and attach them together.
The dates for the classes will go up over the next week so keep an eye on the Papermaze website. If you have any questions about any of the workshops for April please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will be pleased to help.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
I created my title using American Crafts thickers (the Jewellery Box range) and Making Memories tiny alpha stickers. I layered the title over another strip of torn book paper so it would stand out from the background.
A few stickers from Scenic Route and 7Gypsies completed the page:
Thursday, 5 March 2009
The colours on my first layout i felt would be perfect for my daughters cheer leading photos.
I started off by cutting my pattern papers into strips the making memories edge shaped paper i first cut it in half then cut it again to make my own join removing the point in the paper then glued it into place.
i then glued my photos into place overlapping my smaller photo tucking the certificates behind the larger photo.It was just a matter of choosing my chosen embellishments and adding my stitching.
My second layoutof my ddusband and me i cut my card stock and mounted it onto my black then using the brown card stock i cut and layered it at the top left hand side tearing the top right.
Using the other patterned papers again gutting them into strips overlapping each other i decided to hand cut the flowers out of the patterned paper to make my own flourish to overlap my photo the rest was adding my chosen embelishments to bring the layout together.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Ooh when it comes to hearts and paper i just cant resist on using them on my daughters layouts as this pack was sent out to me i had used most of the paper on my other layout.I wanted a different look on this layout a softer touch to it as the photo I'm sure you will all agree needed it
so using the heart patterned paper i scanned the image into my photo shop then altered the colour black and white then printed it onto printable acetate this enabled me to get a different effect out of one piece of paper.
i started off by cutting the two strips of paper into two different sizes once this was done using a stamp i stamped the image then glued my papers on top then cutting two more strips of my scraps which was left over placing them on the bottom coming across the card stock using a purple mist spray i sprayed a little onto a piece of cotton wool and inked all around the photo
once dry i glued it into place i then added my chosen embellishments stitches and stamps to make the layout complete