Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Canvas Mixed Media Class II

Hi all, it's been a lazy week for my scrapbooking. I think I'm in holiday mood already. We'll be going to Bali and Singapore for ten days starting on Friday. Sun (not that we don't enough of it here as it is), beach, pool, coconuts... Oh, and in Singapore - I cannot go through Singapore without having my favourite chicken rice.  The holiday was booked more than a year ago and Miss C is so excited, she's already packed her baby pillow. That was funny, as she forgot and was looking for it last night before bed.

Anyway, I have half a layout sitting on my dining room table (which the cat has decided is its new sleeping spot) and I'm trying to get my behind back on that chair to finish it. Yes, I can.

In the meantime, I did my canvas mixed media class last night. What fun. I gave them a free for all - do whatever design you like. I wanted them to explore their creative side and not just copy what I had done. We got some pretty cool canvases. Each of them were unique and individual. The core lesson was the same though, teaching them to layer paper, using stencils, molding paste, stamping, rub-ons, markers and lots of paint. I think they were all quite pleased (and surprised) that they did have an artistic side to themselves and hopefully, that will give them the confidence to do work outside the box.

Here's my original canvas.

Putting down the base layer.
Lovely layers.
Adding their own designs.
Six completed canvases. Aren't they great?

Thursday, 12 July 2012

All You Need Is Make A Wish

I've had these photos sitting in my "to scrap" box for a whole year. They were taken last summer during a junk boat trip. I can't believe I haven't scrapped them already. It was a glorious day for a boat trip and I got these gorgeous photos of my little girl. I didn't really focus on the story behind the photos, but rather wanted them as stand alone portraits. Isn't she a little model?

The photos are too pretty to cover with too many embellishments, so I kept this pretty clean. Just a few whimsical hand-cut accents and a cute punched border. That's it.

I layered three background papers and just added hand-cut dangling accents. They look like fireworks or puffballs. So cute. I also added some bird accents to break up the pattern a little and to point toward the title.
Pop dot one of the danging accents to give a little dimension. The title was also hand-cut from the papers themselves.

Products Used
All papers and embellishments from Bo Bunny Alora Collection
Distress Inks from Tim Holtz for Ranger

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Happy Winner

I'm so happy. Last week, I entered one of the amazing giveaways that My Creative Scrapbook was doing on their blog, and guess what? I won their first prize. Based on their June main kit , there were Prima papers and a huge amount of flowers, chipboard, trim and even a bottle of Glimmer Mist. I am in heaven. I'll be doing a layout (or two) very soon with this new bounty.

Thank you so much MCS!

So happy I squealed on getting this box from my friendly postman. The box itself is so pretty (I believe it is a Prima box) and will probably recycle it in a project.
Can't resist showing off the bounty that was inside.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Sunshine Girl

Have I told you I have the sweetest, adorable little girl? She is so much fun. Always cracking a joke and making you giggle with her. I love it even when she gives me that cheeky grin when she's wants something from me. She is so sensitive to others' feelings and will try to cheer you up even when she's not on top form. She knows she has her daddy and I wrapped around her little finger.

Here she is, goofing off with a giant pretzel.

I kept the whole layout very simple with double matts as I wanted the photo to be the main focus here. I inked every edge with black ink to give it more definition. The colours chosen were to emulate the dress she is wearing.
Ready chipboard accents and letters make this a cinch to put together.
I sized my journalling so it fit well with the matting.
Products Used (most lines discontinued)
Papers and chipboard accents (butterfly, sunshine, bee) from Little Yellow Bicycle Freshprint Clothesline Collection 2009 (discontinued)
Chipboard accents (dress, heart, flower) from Bliss by Dear Lizzy American Crafts Thickers (discontinued)
Alphas from American Crafts Thickers (discontinued)

Thursday, 5 July 2012

My Little Girl's Not So Little Anymore

Miss C lost her first baby tooth yesterday. It had been wobbling for ages and the last few days it was so loose, she could push it around with her tongue. I kept teasing that I would pull it out for her but in the end, it was herself that pulled it out. She was so excited to lose the tooth. It marked another milestone for her and really put it into perspective for me that she was growing up. Way too quickly. The "tooth fairy" visited and took the tooth to place on this layout. Hopefully, she won't notice until a few years down the line.

Look at how happy she is to have lost the tooth.
I die cut a mini camera in matching papers and I love the muslin flower. So shabby chic.
I placed the tooth into a mini brown envelope and created a pocket behind the photo to hold it.
Products Used
Papers from Prima Marketing Madeline Collection
Tags and paper accents from The Girl's Paperie Paper Girl Collection (discontinued)
Camera mini die from Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix
Flowers selection and flower trinket from Prima Marketing
Distress embossing powder and distress inks from Tim Holtz for Ranger
Alphas Thickers from American Crafts
Envelope and other accents unbranded

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Beautiful You

Only one layout in the last week. I was tidying up my scrap area when a row of photos I had printed a while ago fell out. I was wondering where they had gone to. Shows me that a little cleaning up can be beneficial. I say that as I don't have the neatest of scrap areas. I do try though.

For this page, I scraplifted from an Amy Tan layout. For those who don't know, scraplifting is to take someone elses's layout and interpret (or copy) it for your own. If you compare both layouts, they are quite different, however, I used it as an inspiration.  The photos were taken in September last year after a ballet lesson.

I love this grey, yellow and blue combination. So striking yet understated.
I dug into my rub-on stash to find the cute doodle rub-ons under the title. It ties in with the freehand doodle I did around the yellow matt. The green crown accent is covered in distress stickles to give that great texture.
I love the column of butterflies that give visual dimension to the page.
Products Used
Papers from Little Yellow Bicycle Elizabeth Park 2010 Collection
Chipboard mini accents and Red Gel Leaves from Heidi Swapp (discontinued)
Rub-Ons from Making Memories Doodles (discontinued)
Crochet flower from Kaisercraft
Small yellow flowers from Pebbles (discontinued)
Washi tape from MT
Word stickers from Teresa Collins Everyday Moments Collection and Bella Blvd Lovey Dovey Collection
Bling gems from My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Collection
Distress Ink and Distress Stickles from Tim Holtz by Ranger
Buttons and brads unbranded

12 Tags of 2012 - July

Another new month, another new tag from Tim the man.  This one uses alcohol inks and specialty paper. Tim uses pressurised air to create his "fireworks" but I had to rely on my own breath so my splodges are not as pretty. Note to self to get some canned air as after this project, I feel like a chipmunk who has stuck too many acorns in its cheeks.

Since Tim's tag was based on 4th of July (which we don't celebrate), I decided to use one of my nature stamps to create my tag. I like how how the puffballs look like fireworks.

My splodges don't look as good as Tim's but I like the colour combinations that I chose.

Envelope Photo Box

Hi all! It's been a week since my last post. I have been doing projects but just haven't had time to post them until today. First off, is one for my August class with HKMC. I was inspired by Prima educator and designer, Marion Smith from one of her live videos. I love the way the gears sit on top of each other and you secure the lid by interlocking gears. Very cool.

I die cut the gears from lightweight chipboard and covered them with a crackle paints and distress embossing powder before gluing them down in a specific pattern so they would interlock.
I covered heavy chipboard with paper to make the box itself and gave it a bit of a distressed look.
The inside pockets are made out of normal brown envelopes sized to 5"x7".

Since this is for my August class, forgive me for not putting in the full instructions.  I will be holding this class on 7th and 14th August (Tuesday) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  Again, you can sign up for this class with Erika from HKMC.

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