Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DIY Patterned papers (May Counterfeit Kit)

Here's what the Counterfeiters are inspired by this month from Crafty Templates  . . .

Very pretty, but the thing is, I don't have anything in my stash that resembles my favourite elements of this kit.  What's a respectable Counterfeiter to do but DIY some papers of her own?

Can you guess which ones my favourites were?

Let's go through them one by one, starting on the left with my vellums . . .

I picked a couple of stamps and stamped away on plain vellum, which I embossed with gold powder.  The one on the right is a bit 90's weddingish perhaps?   That's OK, I went to plenty of weddings in the 90's!

For the bokeh-inspired paper, I started by watching this video here:,

My process ended up being similar, but I used gelatos and the packaging technique for my background, before making up a quick stencil on my Silhouette and sponging white ink through that.

A close up of the texture.
 I could have done the turquoise paper the same way, but this time I stamped circles all over my cardstock using white ink and clear embossing powder, before adding my gelatos over the top.

Finally the black and white striped paper.

Using my cutting mat as a guide, I marked off one inch stripes with a washi tape I don't love.  I then transferred my cardstock to my teflon craft mat before painting the stripes.  I did two coats for good measure . . .

After the paint was dry, it was just a matter of carefully peeling the washi tape away!

So what do you think?  None of these techniques were difficult and all of them were fun!
Let me know which one is your fave? Or do you have some other DIY tricks up your sleeve?
Talk to you soon!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Road less travelled . . .

This Robert Frost poem was important to my son when he was going through a rough time last year.
This weekend, I've recorded that for his album, with the help of this lovely inspiration from ColourQ:

Here's the completed page:

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge

With Mothers Day just around the corner, I found the perfect inspiration to go with my photos from Mother's Day last year . . . this beautiful Mood Board from Scrapbook Boutique:

Here's my page:

Maddy surprised me with a "spa and manicure kit" which she'd made using recipes she found on Pinterest.  What a great Mother's Day present!

I created my background using gelatos, and used my Silhouette to cut the lovely filigree roses.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Back in the craft room . . . Take 2!

 Last time I posted, I shared three of my strategies for getting back into the craft room and then . . . over two months of . . . . nothing . . . 
Without boring you with the details of my absence, I'm back with another two strategies! (and by the way I finally printed out some photos and there'll be some finished pages to share with you soon)

Tip 3: Make a card (or a dozen!) Even when the inspiration to scrapbook some photos isn't there, we can always pull out some of our scraps to make a card! And who doesn't need a few every now and then - and often when we're least prepared!

I loved playing with these beautiful Darkroom Door feather stamps on this first card. Here, I've used clear embossing powder on tone-one-tone cardstock, but I can't wait to play with them some more in lots of other ways!

I've already given a card like this one away before I had time to photograph it, using the hearts I made for my February Counterfeit Kit (and the left-over branding strips).  The lovely scripty "happy birthday" stamp is also from Darkroom Door.

Tip 4: for want of a better term, I'm going to call this one a craft room "spring clean", even though it's Autumn here. Mine looks something like this:
  • Re-ink my stamp pads. I like to do this at least once a year, as they do seem to dry out, even if they haven't been used much. I give every re-inker a good shake, whether I use it or not, to prevent the ink from separating.
  • In the same vein, I go through all my paints, mists and other wet media and give them a good shake as well. Anything that's gone hard might as well be thrown away.
  • Update my catalogue.  Many of us have some form of recording what items we own.  Here, I've updated my new ink pads in the appropriate place.  At the same time, I stamp the colour on a scrap of white cardstock to attach to the bottom of the stamp pad, which I store them in a drawer upside down.

In the same folder, I stamp out all my images. I have pages devoted to categories like flourishes, flowers, words and phrases, and so on. (Here's a page of font stamps, below)  So stamping out my newer stamps is the next step of my process.

 And while we're on the subject of stamps, here's how I store my unmounted ones, in these plastic file boxes.  But some of the categories have become a bit unwieldy and some boxes aren't labelled at all, so re-organising these boxes is on my to-do list as well.

That's enough for me this time around.  Even just glancing through my stamps is making me itch to start using them again!

What about you, what jobs will you be including in your next craft room clean up?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Counterfeit Kit

Hi and welcome back as I attempt to get back into the craft room for the first time this year! If you're a Shimelle fan you'll know she's recently brought back her alter ego "Glitter Girl" and one of the first videos was on how to get back into scrapbooking after a break. 
Other than watching Glitter Girl, here's my three tips for getting back into scrapbooking . . .
  1. Clean your desk.  After a couple of months of disuse, this was a bit of an archaeology dig.  Among other things, I came across my last crafty purchases, not yet put away, random stacks of mail, including an overdue bill (oops!), with the last project I was working on buried at the bottom. A clean desk always gets me itching to start a new project!
  2. Print off some new photos.  I don't print at home, but tend to get them done in batches every few months.  That's what I plan on doing after finishing this post! 
  3. Gather some new supplies. What I mean to say is, gather some supplies together in a new way! And that's where the Counterfeit Kit Club comes in, with inspiration each month to help us do just that.  
Here's what they came up with for February, from "Mind the Scrap":

I loved the colours, but didn't have a whole lot of supplies in common with the inspiration kit this month. So I just took the colours and started from there . . .

I was happy to leave my kit just at the paper this month, and pull embellishments and alphas as I go, but I couldn't resist having a go at those Maggie Holmes hearts . . .

My version is made entirely from my stash of paper strips! How fun!

Thanks for visiting . . . but before you go, why don't you share your strategies for getting back into crafting after a break?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Stuck . . . at the pool.

It's coming up to the second anniversary of living in our house, so it was high time to document how important our pool was in that first summer after we moved here. 

I'm showing you two different stories here, both using sketches from Stuck?! this month.

Here's the first sketch:

and here's how I used it:

The hidden journaling talks about how my daughter struggled with the concept of moving house, but loved having a pool and spent hours playing in it. (she still does!)

The next sketch:

and my take:

The journaling (which I haven't added yet) will talk about how important the pool was to our whole family that first summer, especially as we were spending hours fixing up our old house to sell, and really appreciated coming home to just relax!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my stop on the CKC member blog hop!

You should have arrived from the always talented Susanne's blog, but if you haven't, you can always head over to the CKC website and start from the beginning!

This month, we've been given the freedom to show anything we wanted to using our kit.  If you've visited recently, you might remember that my kit this month is a somewhat expanded version of a Shimelle/Glitter Girl challenge, Layouts with Limitations. 

The recipe for the final page in that challenge is to take your last full 12" background sheet that you've chosen as a background, then layer up your smaller pieces of paper as a mat for a single photo.

Having a bit more paper in my kit, I've followed this recipe . . . times three!  Using the same photo . . . one page for each of my children's albums . . .

At this point I had built the layers.  I then went through all the embellishments in the kit and chose ones that I thought would best match each page, a bit like Shimelle in her follow-up video, Batch Scrapbooking.

And here's the final products . . .

No prizes for guessing which page is going into my daughter's album! And here's that polka-dot I saved from being cut up in my last post - I'm so happy seeing it as the background that it deserves to be!

Thanks for stopping by, or should I say hopping by!  But before you move on to the lovely Kelly's blog, I hope you'll take the time to say hello and let me know you were here!