February 19, 2016

No. 26

Hi there!

Today's layout is still from Nick's graduation, but it certainly isn't a graduation layout! The professional photographer hired for grad took this photo of my husband and I.

Papers: Pink Paislee, My Minds Eye; Embellishments: Pink Paislee, My Minds Eye, 
Crate Paper; Stamps: 7 Gypsies, Pearls: Martha Stewart, Tim Holtz Distress Ink

The Pink Paislee "C'est La Vie" collection arrived in the mail last week, and I just knew I had to use it right away. This line is so beautiful! I fussy cut the large roses from a background paper to make my clusters and just started layering my embellishments on top. The weekly challenge over at Shimelle's blog was to mix old and new supplies. Well, that's not much of a challenge for me, since I do that on almost all my pages. ;)

At first glance, this page looks mostly made up of Pink Paislee supplies, but the mint paper with the white polka dots and the photo mats are all My Minds Eye from a few years ago. I also added in some old die cuts and stickers from Crate Paper that had been in my stash forever.

Here's my happy accident for the week. The numbers for the title are clear acetate, but they were getting lost on all the layers underneath.  I decided to trace them on a piece of white paper, fussy cut around it then glue them together. I was worried about the adhesive showing through, but I used Ranger Glossy Accents for the "2" and it worked beautifully. In my excitement that this was going to work, I put the glue on the top of the "6" and not underneath!  I couldn't get the Glossy Accents off the top and the glue on top looked splotchy, so I thought I might as well go for it and completely covered both numbers with the Glossy Accents. It took a quarter bottle of glue, but now they look like enamel letters.  Crisis averted.

Thanks for looking!

February 14, 2016

Your Biggest Fans

Hi there!

As I mentioned a few days ago, I have been very inspired by Glitter Girl's video series on Youtube. I did these pages a while ago, but just getting around to blogging about them now.

This first page was pretty much scraplifted from her first video of the new series, Episode 123.The theme of the video is how to get back into scrapping if you haven't done so in a while. And since I hadn't done a 12x12 layout for a few weeks, (I had been working on my December album) it couldn't have come at a better time.

Papers: Crate Paper, Shimelle; Embellishments: Crate Paper, Shimelle,
American Crafts, Unknown wood veneer and glitter stars, Heidi Swapp mist

Shimelle's style is similar to my own, so it was pretty easy to scraplift her page.  One of her pieces of advice in the video was to scraplift yourself, as well.  So when I was finished with the first page,  I just went to work on the next page using the same design.

Papers: Crate Paper, Shimelle; Embellishments: Crate Paper, Unknown sequins a
nd hearts; Thickers
This page is less embellished than the first. I thought the three larger elements (heart, spaceship and light bulb) were embellishment enough. I didn't want to compete with Nick's preschool photo. They won't be together in the album, so the similarity in the pages won't even be noticeable.
Nick's graduation photos are just about done.  I have to keep going or I know I won't go back to them and there are some important photos that still need to be scrapped. Shimelle's videos are helping to keep me inspired to finish them. Perfect timing!
Thanks for looking!

February 12, 2016

Love You

Hi there!

I was so excited when Shimelle Laine announced that she was bringing back her YouTube series, "Glitter Girl". I love Shimelle's work and her videos are always inspiring. And now she has started a weekly challenge on her blog! This week the challenge was to use hearts. Here is my submission.

Papers: Pink Paislee, Shimelle, Crate Paper, Basic Grey; Embellishments: Heidi Swap,
Crate Paper, Glitz Design, American Crafts; Mists: Mr. Huey's, Tattered Angels, Ranger

This is actually my second attempt at this layout. My first page was finished but I thought it needed a few more black splatters.  To get the large blobs of ink, I use a large round paint brush and drop the ink to make a splatter. The ink puddle takes a bit of time to dry because the background is covered in gesso. So once the splatters were done, I started cleaning up my space. Without even thinking, I picked up the page to move it. The black ink went EVERYWHERE! Luckily, the photo and embellishments were okay, but the background looked awful. So, I pulled them off the background and cut the outside border off the page with an exacto knife. I glued it on a new piece of paper which had been re-inked (including the black splatters), then stuck everything back on. Sheesh!

The leaves are very, very old vellum diecuts that have been in my stash since the 90's.  I think they are from Paper Attic?? It's always so rewarding to use up old stash.

I've been inspired to scrap a lot in the last couple of weeks because of Glitter Girl. She certainly has been missed. I'll have a couple more layouts to post in a few days.

Thanks for looking!

February 5, 2016

Handsome (or Goodbye, Basic Grey)

Hi there!

Last week, the scrapbooking world lost another well loved manufacturer. Basic Grey announced that they would no longer be making paper products. It was a shock to us who have loved this company for the last 12 years. When their products started hitting the shelves, they shook up the paper crafting industry. Their papers were grungy and bright. Not a cute embellishment anywhere to be seen.  I remember reading message board posts about how people couldn't use such "dirty" looking papers in their albums and comments about looking like they had been run over by a car!  Ahhhh.  Good times. ;)

I LOVED Basic Grey!  I used to have all the collections. Some of my favourite pages I've ever made were with their products. But, I have to admit that in the last few years, I hadn't bought much of it. Basic Grey was like an old friend. I knew I could call on it whenever I wanted. I guess I wasn't alone.

So, when the announcement came, I ran to my scrapbook room to fondle, ummm, I mean go through all my Basic Grey stash. And I just knew I had to create something with it.

Papers: Basic Grey; Embellishments: Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, unknown clock faces, unknown wood veneer, Jillibean Soup diecut; Mixed Media: Tattered Angels, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp mist, embossing paste, Magic Mesh, unknown beads, gesso; Heidi Swapp stamp, Prima Marketing stamp, gold acrylic paint, Archival Ink, Silhouette cut file                       

Now, the papers are mostly the B-sides of the Max & Whiskers and Eerie lines but they suit the masculine feel of the photos.The flowers are diecuts from the Infuse collection and I was so happy when they all worked together.

The background was misted, stamped, stenciled and collaged within an inch of it's life. I wish I had more time to do these heavily mixed media pages. But, that's not my life right now. But, it's such good mental therapy when I get to play like this. And this layout turned out to be one of my favourite pages that I've ever done.

Thank you, Basic Grey.  You will be missed.

Thanks for looking,