Thursday, February 21, 2013

Left over Alphabet stickers

I've been wanting to try this alphabet sticker background for a while and last weekend I finally got around to playing with it.
Who has sheets of stickers with only a few letters left? I'm sure we all do!
To make my background I started off with grey Bazzill cardstock and a bottle of white Making Memories paint.  I used a credit card to apply the paint across my pages.  When it was dry I started laying down the stickers from an old sheet of white alphabets. Then I spritzed with turquoise Glimmer Mist and splattered brown ink across the page.  I have a Prima stamp that is about 2" x 3".  The image is the alphabet.  I stamped it randomly over my page. There is a closeup below.
And that was my background. 
I didn't use a whole lot of embellishments on my page as my background was quite busy enough with the paints and stickers and ink sprays.
Along each edge I adhered strips of patterned paper, washi tape and on the left border this woodcut branch of leaves.
You can see the alphabet stamp a little clearer here.  The image isn't sharp because I stamped over the stickers.  I love the messiness of it.
I love the 'Hello, my name is' journaling piece.  It came off an Echo Park sheet.  Leftovers from my Blueberry crop layouts. The 'Family' piece on the right page of my layout came from the same sheet.
I will be using these little wood cut cameras on many future layouts.  There is tonnes in a package. And they go with every layout!
I have another wood cut branch on the right page bordering my photo. The journaling is on an Echo Park journaling spot. A piece of washi tape to help hold it all down and add some interest.
I took a picture of the background before I built the layout on top of it, but, while it looked clear in the little viewer on my camera, when I put it on the computer it was blurry.  I will make sure I get a better photo of the next alpha background.  I'll be doing this again to use up more of my leftover alpha stickers.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Mind's Eye layout

This page is using more of the Follow Your Heart line by My Mind's Eye.  The colours are a little brighter than the papers I used on my last layout, but I used all the same Prima blooms and embellishments as on my last page.  It's not a double page layout, but I think the two pages will face each other in my album so I wanted them to coordinate.


 I used one of the chipboard pieces as my title.' Playful'
I love the printed Prima blooms and they are the perfect size.
Another chipboard piece surrounded by Prima blooms. 
I layered 7Gypsies tissue paper underneather my photo strip.
A third chipboard piece is surrounded by loads of Prima blooms.  I cut up a vine for my last layout. You can see the remaining flowers and tendrils peeking out on this layout.

I stamped another tag, tied a Making Memories 'daughter' tag to it and placed it with one of the wood camera cutouts above my photos. I stcuk down pieces of musical Washi tape. Love that stuff.  If the glue doesn't hold the tape will help hold everything in place as well as being decorative.

I hope I've inspired you to check out this line at Unforgettable Memories. It is one of my recent favourites.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Minds Eye layout

Follow Your Heart has to be my favourite of all the My Minds Eye lines.  The colours are soft and pretty. The designs are unique.  The paper I picked for my background below looks like it is several kraft papers layered with a row of dainty lace around the top layer.  It is very feminine and dainty looking.
Along the left side is a collage of bits and pieces, and stamped images. I might have to try and recreate something similar myself; some washi tape, stamped foliage, maybe punched butterflies as well as stamped ones.

I stamped the chandalier using Tim Holtz's black distress ink.  It matched the printed stamps better than a shinier ink like Brilliance would have.
The chipboard banner is from the coordinating sheet of chipboard stickers.  I cut the banner in two pieces and used a tiny Making Memories flower to cover the join.
I used a mixture of Prima flowers to embellish the corner of my photo.  The vines and leaves are a branch I cut up and used in various places.  The little wood camera is by Kaiser.  They have some wonderful designs for our layouts.  Birds, butterflies, little people...

I used a Kaiser wood butterfly on the chipboard title of my page.

The entire time I was working on this layout the tune to 'How Sweet it is to be Loved by You' was going through my head. So I found a few places to stick down some music note Washi tape.  Like above my photo holding my stamped tags in place.

Next time you are in the store pick up some My Minds Eye.  The patterns are gorgeous.  I have some yellow and turquiose pieces left.  I'm trying to decide on a boy page or another girl page.  The chipboard sheet has some fabulous kites on it, that I can't wait to use.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Upcoming Classes

You'll make 6 cards - 2 of each design!
Parent and Child Valentine's Card Class
Saturday, February 9
10:30 - 11:30 am
$13 for 6 cards
Additional 6 cards for $3 more!
(Child needs to be 5 years or older.)

Winter Frost 2 Page Layout
Tuesday, February 26
7:00 - 9:00 pm
$22.00 or $17.00 for members
Layout will be on display in store soon.  Great for any winter photos or even High on Ice pictures!  This project is ideal for crafters of all abilities.

Special Occasions Calendar
Saturday, March 9
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Price to be determined soon.
Are you always forgetting birthdays and anniversaries?  This calendar can be used year after year to help you remember!  This would be an excellent class for a teenager, beginner crafter, or anyone looking for something quick to complete!