Monday, 30 April 2012

Canvas Mini Album Class

I thought I'd give a sneak peek into a canvas album I'll be teaching in June at HKMC. This month, I taught a canvas mixed media class on how you could use gel mediums.

For this mini album, I will again be using gel mediums to teach a transfer technique. The album I've done uses a mixture of Pink Paislee papers and Prima flowers, however, since I used papers from my kit club, I may need to change them for papers stocked by HKMC for the classes.

Lots and lots of Prima flowers make me happy.
Pretty trim to frame your pictures.
A closer look at the transfer onto canvas.
This class will be held at HK Memory Chest in Sheung Wan on 6th (Wed) and 19th (Tue) June from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Sign up early as I will only be able to have 6-8 students per class.

Products Used (will be different from class kit)
Canvas mini album from Maya Road
Papers from Pink Paislee's Sweetness 2010 Collection (discontinued)
Flowers various from Prima Marketing
Jewelled swirl bling from Zva Creatives
Ribbons, trims and doilies sourced locally

On the same note, for my May class, I will be teaching the Authentique treasure box class on 15th and 22nd May, again from 7:30pm - 9:30pm so don't forget to sign up for this one too.

May Class project

I am a BIG girl now

Finally got round to scrapbooking Miss C's birthday layout. Good thing I waited as my April kit club papers were perfect for the birthday theme. I've been subscribing to this particular kit club, My Creative Scrapbook, for over two years now and they never disappoint with their choices and combinations. Yes, the shipping cost is almost comparable to the cost of the kit itself, but well worth it.

Gorgeous bright colours and banners actually tied into the birthday theme I had for Miss C.
The yellow tulle trim adds a fun and different element to the layout, preventing the page from being all two dimensional. I strung the number SIX through bakers twine to mimic the other banners on the page.
I'm not a huge fan of just sticking stickers down on a page. I usually try to matt them first so they stand out a little more.
Products Used
Papers and large letter stickers from the Pebbles Hip Hip Hooray! Collection
Mini blue letter stickers from Adornit in Tiny Whoopsy Teal (discontinued)

Sunday, 29 April 2012

My Sweet Girl

I was asked by Carla if I could do up a layout with some Cosmo Cricket papers for a crop session for the ladies in DB. I originally asked for the Tea for Two collection, but got the Baby Jane line instead. I'm glad I did as the embellishments are very cute and the sewing/embroidery/stitching design is very on trend at the moment.
Cosmo Cricket always has a great vintage vibe to their papers and embellishments. Since the collection is mainly based on sewing and stitching, I cut the papers into different sized patches to look like swatch patterns.

Adding a printed stitching font ties the title into the theme.
Cute vintage chipboard embellishments pulls the page together. Black and white baker's twine adds a visual anchor across the page.

Small round stickers scattered strategically around adds a little whimsy to a precisely aligned page and balances out the other elements on the layout.

Products Used

All papers, chipboard and stickers from the Cosmo Cricket Baby Jane collection
Bakers Twine from Hemptique
Antique Linen Distress Ink from Tim Holtz for Ranger

Friday, 20 April 2012

Simple Tag Album

Here's a little project to do with kids. HKMC were asked to do a paper craft for a Brownies (girl guides) group in order to earn their craft badge. With thirteen lively nine year old girls to teach, I decided to do a tag mini album. Carla chose the papers and I took some to make up a sample. I chose photos from Miss C's sports day for my little album, showing all the different events she had to complete; from bean bag toss to long jump. I added lots of stamping to each page before sticking each photo down with a little caption. For the front cover, I layered up a few papers, punched a faux spine-binder and added a few flower accents. The whole album was bound with mini jump rings and the tag hole threaded with decorative ribbons.

Five tags held together with jump rings to form a mini album.
Each tag is stamped, photos matted and stuck down before adding captions.
Inside pages of the album.
We did this class on Wednesday afternoon and needless to say, all the girls had a great time stamping, glueing, cutting and punching. One and half hours passed by so quickly and each girl left clutching their finished album with big smiles on their faces.

Products Used
Tag and Bookplates die from Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix
Papers, cardstock provided by HKMC
All other embellishments from my stash

Canvas Mixed Media Class

Hi all. Two weeks off from scrapbooking/crafting while Miss C was on holiday, but now she's back in school (since Monday) and it's back to classes for me too, although I'm on the other side of the table, teaching the classes instead.

On Tuesday, I got to teach my mixed media canvas class. I'm not going to go through too much details on the blog as it would be unfair to those who actually took the classes, but this canvas incorporates the use of gel mediums, gesso and acrylic paints as well as scrapbooking papers, embossing powders and lots of trinkets.

My original canvas
Layering of mediums, trinkets, paints and stamping.
Cluster of different elements to give the canvas texture and dimension.
The class (along with my other classes), are taught at the HKMC shop in Sheung Wan. For this particular session, I had seven students all eager to learn some new techniques.

Oh good. Smiles and laughter means happy students, I hope.
(photograph courtesy of HKMC Virginia Lam)
Kimmy contemplating her next move.
(photograph courtesy of HKMC Virginia Lam) 
A different take on the layout - Sonia cut and stuck a photo down to enhance her canvas.
(photograph courtesy of HKMC Virginia Lam)  

Adding finishing touches for texture.
(photograph courtesy of HKMC Virginia Lam)  
I have another one of these classes on the 24th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Details can be found on the HKMC website.

Products Used
Mini art canvas from an art store
Papers from Cosmo Cricket Evangeline line
Gesso, gel mediums and glass bead mediums from Golden
Trinkets sourced locally
Paint from Kaisercraft

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