Monday, September 30, 2013

A September challenge

I loved the colours in the latest The Color Room challenge.  Green, red, pink & white. When I saw the inspiration picture I immediately thought of the white BoBunny patterned paper I've used to matte my photos with. 

More trampoline pictures.  Again, not great quality ~ a little blurry and not well composed, but they bring back memories and that's what scrapbooking is all about.  Our trampoline has just been taken down for the very last time.  The frame is twisted, springs are missing and the mat has lost its bounce.

My apologies for the lousy photos.  It's gloomy outside and I can't get a crisp shot, but you'll be able to check it out in Unforgettable Memories shortly.

My favourite part of this layout is my butterflies.  I used a butterfly cutout as a mask, with white Making Memories acrylic paint. This is a great idea for stickers, diecuts, and chipboard pieces that you have in your stash.

I used a script stamp and pink ink beside each butterfly. And some pink splatters randomly around the page. On the left side of my layout I layered patterned paper, 1/2 a doily, text washi tape and some pink bling.

Look at the joy on my little boys face as he jumps! I used a big Bazzill brad to attach my Making Memories journaling page. 

Another one of my butterflies.  They turned out so great.  I punched some smaller butterflies out of pink vellum and added some pink bling to their bodies.

Love the Prima bling flower stems. I've tucked a couple of white feathers I found floating around my scraproom, under the bling.

This challenge was posted September 27th and is open for 2 weeks so you all have time to do this challenge with me. Check it out on the Colour Room.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mixed Media background...

Not many embellishments on this layout.  I spent a bit of time building up the layers on the background creating a mixed media background.

I started with a couple of sheets of light blue cardstock. I created a 1" border around the page with a light blue ink, then rubbed a navy ink around the edges. The washi tape crosses the two pages and held it all together while I inked, painted and misted so I didn't end up with two pages that didn't match along the center.
I added some pattern to the background with those under $4 Kaiser stamps I picked up earlier this month.  They are such a great deal!
White paint on bubble wrap created some texture in different areas.  Blue ink was swiped over the dried white paint and then sprayed with water to create some running. Lastly I splatted some yellow reinker randomly.

The stickers and patterned paper are W R Memory Keepers.
The clear squares are Tim Holtz.  I used a glue stick to put a thin, even layer of glue on the back of the pieces and adhered them to my page.

My title is made with Prima's felt alphas.  I added some green ink to the yellow alpha's.

Here you can see some of the detail under the clear rectangles.  The white dots with a couple blue colours layered on top. You can see some of the stamping and the yellow ink splotches.
You really can't go wrong with a mixed media background.  Just keep layering with the different 'stuff' till you're happy. Try it!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Prima's sketch

Who wants a challenge? 

Prima has September's BAP posted. Love this one. 

Check out what Prima's design team has done with this sketch.  Gorgeous layouts!

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Man Cave

I sprayed the background green card stock using my Tim Holtz curly mask with a mustard dye ink for my last layout(the one with the pond photos) and then didn't like it so I set it aside.  I used the messy background to blot off the gold ink on my leaf stencil, and used it again to test spray my pink spray which was clogged. Then I started liking it.  Especially with this photo of the men hanging in the garage.  A grungy background for a 'kinda' grungy photo.

The last time I was in Unforgettable Memories I spotted these amazing background stamps by Kaiser.  And they were cheap.  Under $4.00! I bought three designs and just so you know, I'm going back for the other two. I used the 'wood panel' design to do my journaling on, down the right side of my page.  I used the one that looks like stone work (already tossed the packaging so I can't tell you the proper name) around my photo and in the top left corner. I think this one is my favourite, though that might change by my next layout. I used the third, called 'sketchy' around the border of my page. 'Sketchy' is stamped on top of a border of Inca Gold; another new product I discovered on my last trip to Unforgettable Memories.  You can check out techniques for Inca Gold on youtube.  Just do a search.  The Inca Gold comes in a little pot and is easy to apply just with your fingers.  The more you rub and buff the shinier it gets.

I found a couple of scraps to matte my photo with; wood grain and yellow plaid.

Some text washi tape and beads were all the accent I needed with all the stamping and inking already on the page.

I couldn't resist adding some pink onto my masculine page, especially after unclogging my pink mist on the background.

The printed flowers are Graphic 45.  I think the pink brads in the center really make them pop.  And I've still got loads of chipboard cameras to add to my layouts. There are dozens in a package and they are cute on any scrapbook page, no matter the subject.

So just remember; there are no mistakes!
What doesn't work one day will work another.