Friday, 30 July 2010
I like how it's quite simple, but can be adapted in so many different ways. I'm sure I'll be using this one again, and will always end up with something really different! Here's what I made of it this time (click on the photo to see it larger):
'My 24th birthday was spent on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. We swam, sipped champagne and cocktails, sunbathed, ate good food, and watched Poi dancers. Perfect!'
Had lots of fun glimmer misting and distressing the light green cardstock, then fraying and machine stitching the faded brown paper. I also found some perfect bits in my stash to add to the page, inc a vintage image of a girl and a big b'day cake, and a postage stamp from thailand.
I have got so many travel photos waiting to be scrapbooked, it's nice to get one done every once in a while and remember what fun we had. I'd really like to go back to Phi Phi one day, I loved it there for the snorkelling, boat trips, and great places to hang out. Ah, one day I'll be there again! xx
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
But I felt up for a challenge, so I gave it a go! I decided to do a collage layout as I haven't done one of these for a while, and I thought the wavy diagonal line would work well as a hillside. Trouble was, by the time I'd stuck on a castle and my photos, you can't really see the hilside any more! The sketch is still there, just a bit buried! (click on photo to see it larger):
I had fun cutting out the castle, as it's a very well known image around here - it's the symbol for the district council and it's on lots of bus stop signs, local produce packaging etc. I also painted and cut out the 'castle' lettering, as I didn't have anything left in my stash that worked:
My daughter absolutely loves going to the castle, and I posted a while back about this day when we went on a mummy-daughter adventure there (see the post here).
(Just had a 'how dumb am I?' moment - I searched the internet for ages earlier, to find a good photo of the castle to copy for my collage, and there was one I'd taken smack bang at the top of that post. Doh!)
Little miss has a bit of a cough and a runny nose at the moment, and she was feeling a bit sorry for herself this afternoon. We watched a couple of films: Peter Pan and Cinderella. All my disney videos are getting a bit worn out, The Little Mermaid tape squeaks while it plays! Think I'll have to invest in some dvd's!
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
They are quite easy to make, look shop-bought, and are a great way to use up paper scraps! You can probably find other tutorials in blogland on how to make these, but I worked out how to do them myself so I thought I'd share my process here with you.
The first time I made these I drew the flowers free hand, but when I realised I'd be making more I created a template. If you want to use my template you can either save the photo below to your computer and stretch it to the size you want, or you can download the word document with the correct size flowers by clicking here.
Print and cut them out to use as templates. I stuck mine onto card (a bit that was the back of a pad of gummed paper!) and cut them out again so they were sturdier, and added a blob of blue tac to the back of each to make it easier to hold them:
Then you need to select three scraps of paper to use - make sure your scraps are big enough, I keep picking bits out, lining them up, and then finding the flowers don't fit!
Once you've curled all the petals you can then attach a button to the smallest flower using glue dots, and layer the flowers up using 3D foam tape or dots on the back of the small and medium flowers:
You might need to curl the petals again slightly, then your flower is finished!:
Monday, 26 July 2010
Congratulations! I will the winner a message, or if the lucky lady sees this first then she can email her details to me at: jennifer grace at hotmail dot co dot uk (no spaces).
To those who didn't win, don't be too disheartened, I'm sure I'll do another giveaway in the not too distant future as it was lots of fun!
Hope the winner enjoys their prize:
P.S. Sorry the paper flowers post is taking longer than expected, I've been having minor disagreements with a document I want to include in the tutorial. Will be posted asap! x
Saturday, 24 July 2010
I'm afraid the paper flowers post I promised will have to wait until tomorrow as I'm rushing around right now!
Bye for now xx
Friday, 23 July 2010
Thanks for being my girls!
This was my final layout for my guest stint at Journaling Junkies. I've had a great time there, and worked with some brilliant ladies, so thanks for the opportunity to Stefanie and the team. (If you'd like to see the layout on the JJ blog, or join in with the challenge yourself, click here.)
The large flowers on my layout were handmade from scraps of paper, they took a while to make but were totally worth it I think. Here's some close-ups:
I've used more to make a card for my gran, which I should be able to post tomorrow with a tutorial so you can see how to make these flowers too if you'd like! I'm also hooked on creating spiral felt flowers at the moment, but that will have to wait for another day! x
P.S. Only one day left to enter my blog giveaway! See the link on the top of the sidebar for details if you've missed it so far!
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
It's about a lovely evening we spent there, when I took a step back and photographed my hubby and my little girl just being together. My daughter kept passing her Daddy more pebbles to throw in, I think the game went on for a little longer than he'd have liked though - she wouldn't stop finding just 'one more'.
The page is based on the Sketchy Thursdays Guest DT challenge sketch (click the photo to see more about this):
I played around with the sketch quite a bit, but I think you can still see where it came from! As part of the challenge you also have to use yellow on your page, and use at least one handmade embellishment. I handmade the sun embellie on the right:
Sunday, 18 July 2010
So, in case any of you have some paints hiding in the bottom of a cupboard, perhaps that someone gifted to you or your kids and the present got put away and never used, I'm going to share with you the papers or techniques that I paint to go onto my pages. I'll start with one for watercolour paints, using rock salt to make a pattern. You can turn a white piece of paper into something like this:
It's great fun and you can play around with various stages to get different effects. If you want to give this a go here's the items you'll need:
1 piece of white cardstock. If you've got watercolour paper you can use that, but it's not really necessary unless you are doing lots of layers. You might get small patches of discolouration or rougness if you use cardstock, but I think that just adds to it's homemade charm, and it doesn't always happen. I use cardstock most of the time - it's cheaper.
- Watercolour paints,at least two colours. Preferably in tubes but I only had pans so I had to use these - more work but not impossible! I had a go at this with acrylic paints, just to see if it worked, as I know more scrapbookers have acrylics. But it doesn't work quite so well as the salt gets too stuck - acrylic is more adhesive. It might work with other paints though, if you have some lying around then give it a go!
- Paintbrush / brushes - I used two as I needed a smaller one to get the paint from my pans, but if you're using tubes you just need a big brush, this is also what you need to apply the paint. I used a watercolour mop, but any big, clean paintbrush would do, even a decorating one. It needs to be big so you can wash the paper quickly.
- Palette (or an old plastic plate in my case!)
- Rock salt, pre-grinding. If it's been ground the salt crystals will be too small and not leave such a good pattern.
Then, quite soon afterwards, you need to sprinkle rock salt over the paint. The wetter your paint is when you sprinkle the salt, the more of the top colour it will soak up. If you want it to soak up less, then leave it a moment - but don't let it dry or it won't absorb any of the paint. You can put the salt in patches if you want clusters of pattern rather than an all over sprinkled look like mine.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
I wasn't too sure about the sketch at first, but then I saw what Lisa had done with it: taking off a few squares so she only had three (see her card here). I thought yeah, cool, I'll do that, but as usual the project progressed in it's own way, and I ended up using 5 square-ish shapes and a handmade fabric flower (click the photo to see it larger):
While I was making this, my daughter was being crafty too, by decorating my floor with teeny tiny bits of paper:
The knitted hat in the post title refers to one which the fabulous Sian knitted for my daughter. You can see a post of Sian's about these hats here. I loved the post because I love the hats, and because I love the book Swallows and Amazons. Anyway, her hats may be worn by The Small One and a cousin, but here's the latest, girliest version:
My favourite movie of all time! xx
Monday, 12 July 2010
When my daughter had just learned to walk she spent a lot of time with a huge grin on her face, looking so proud of herself. This is a layout about her first big stroll, wearing her new 'walker' trainers (as apposed to her old 'crawler' shoes). You can click on the photo to see it larger (I shall try to do this for all my photo's, but for now it's just this one):
I used the latest sketch from Sketchy Thursdays to help get me started, here's the sketch (you can see what the DT and others have done with it here):
I used strips of ribbon and card vertically on the right hand side, instead of horizontally through the middle like on the sketch. I was very pleased with myself today, as I had to fill the bobbin and change the thread on my sewing machine, and it's the first time I've managed to do it without having to check the instuction booklet!
The papers are from a Sandylion Disney Princess paper pad, which I bought thinking I would be using it for pages with more recent photos, but it turns out the pad is really versatile and I can use it for lots of pages. So I'm a happy bunny!
I want to make something yummy tonight, maybe biscuits or muffins or cakes. I can't decide. It might be decided for me depending on the ingredients I can find in my storecupboard! Finger's crossed there's chocolate chips left! xx
Friday, 9 July 2010
And the mess we grown up's were creating:
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Today my desk is a mess! The most prominent feature is my sewing machine, threads, etc, which I've just used to make my daughter's Ariel doll a funky new dress: