Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Get Creative with Beads

Here are my ATCs for the August swaps.

The one in the middle is for the continuous theme of Friendship and the Art Deco lady was actually cut from a gorgeous sheet of wrapping paper.

The other two are on the theme of 'beads'.  I immediately thought of a tree with beaded branches and used as the background this lovely picture from a sheet of ATC images by Crafty Individuals.  The other beaded card was inspired by some bag charms I saw in a local shop. 
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Friday, 27 August 2010

I'm just discovering stamps

I have only recently started using rubber stamps on my projects.  It started when Louise, the owner of  my favourite papercraft shop Kitty Krafts, showed me a copy of Craft Stamper Magazine and now I'm hooked.  I've started tentatively and have acquired about half a dozen now.  The first project I stamped was this bookmark.  Really easy and not challenging.

Then I made this gift tag and went a little wild but I really liked the finished product.  I downloaded a vintage Dobies seed label for the inside which tied in nicely with the flower theme. 

 I haven't used stamps on my scrapbooking yet but that's my next challenge.  What will you challenge yourself to next? 
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Monday, 23 August 2010

And It Only Took A Year!

Yes but now it's finished.  Finally, my Cuban Album is complete.

I decided to make my own album using the Bind-it-All as I wanted to have interactive pages, with hidden journaling, extra photos, back-to-back to flip out and memorabilia that can be removed and reminisced over.

I chose an 8" x 8" size and after punching the binding holes on the pages, I scrapped my photos and memorabilia first. This was because  I wasn't sure exactly how many pages I would need although I did a rough plan on paper first to ensure that facing pages co-ordinated and all the key events were recorded. 

When the pages were finished I made the cover.  I wanted something quite plain and utilitarian to reflect the faded and quite poor state of the country and saved the colours for the pages inside to reflect the people.   I decided to brown parcel paper to for the covers which gave exactly the look I wanted.  I took a plain brown luggage label and stamped the title in large, plain letters and hand wrote the date.  I printed the outline map from the internet and dabbed Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen over it and let it dry.  Then I crumpled it up and wiped over the top with a brown ink pad to catch the creases and add to the aged look.   I used decorative paper photo corners which I also aged using distress ink.

Now we can look through the album and it will bring back some wonderful memories of a country we will definitely visit again.
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Friday, 20 August 2010

Not Another CD Case!!!!!

Yes.  I'm afraid so.  You could be forgiven for thinking that I'm currently obsessed with cardboard CD cases but it's just that recently I have found a large number of them whilst clearing out cupboards at work and at home.  Anyway, I think you'll  definitely like this one.  It could be adapted to reflect someones hobbies eg, gardening, cars, cooking, animals and would make a great Christmas present.  Let your imagination run wild and see what ideas you can come up with.

So, without further ado, I give you: 

 The Desk Calendar

This has been made using a single, free cardboard CD case and has an 'A' frame stand at the back. (See post for 'What else can you do with a cardboard CD case?' for instructions on this). 

I printed off the monthly calendar for 2011 free from a website; details at the end and trimmed to fit onto the card stock.  I matted each month on the card stock and then stuck two together, back-to-back with the ribbon inserted in between.  I cut a frame larger than the calendar tabs and stuck a piece of acetate onto the inside and then mounted the whole thing onto the covered CD case with foam pads but you could use dimensional glue instead.  This gave enough space behind for the tabs to be changed each month and the old one stored in the CD case opening.

I found the free printable calendar pages at: http://printfree.com/calendarsprintableyearly

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Heritage Scrapbooking - Not too tricky

I promised you some pictures of a heritage album I made for my sister's birthday a couple of years ago so here is a double page.

The pictures are of our mother, we think from the early 1940s and although in colour, the tone is more sepia.  I wanted to reflect the vintage look of the pictures so opted for muted colours in pale pink, violet and soft brown.

For the page on the left I used a paper doily cut in half for the border which I inked in pink and covered with pink swirls die cut using a Quickutz Flourish die.  The background paper was an embossed rose pattern that just screamed 1940s.
For the facing page I chose paper to match the colour of my mother's coat and echoed the old look of the clothes with some mother-of-pearl buttons. I finished it off with a cream-coloured lace brooch in the bottom left corner.  This was simple to make by taking a length of lace and pleating it 4 times.  I pushed a brad into the bottom of the sections to hold them together and once attached to the page, fanned the lace out.

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Friday, 13 August 2010

Recording Your Holiday Memories

Last year we went to Cuba.  A country I had long wanted to visit and was not disappointed.  I knew that there would be too much to remember when returning home so I needed a way of recording daily events as they happened.  Obviously we were going to take masses of photographs and stocked up on extra memory cards before we went but it was the daily experiences; smells, sounds, people, culture that I also wanted to note.  The answer?  A simple travel journal, small and fairly sturdy that would hold receipts, brochures and other memorabilia. 
I decided that an A5 size would be perfect and opted to use some thick chipboard rather than a hard cover.  It didn't need a lot of embellishing but it did need to be functional.  I used envelopes to hold memorabilia, marking them with Day 1 etc rather than the actual date so the journal could be used for other holidays. 
 I also inserted a white luggage tag, available from most stationers, into each envelope and on these at the end of each day, I recorded my vivid memories of Cuba. 
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Make It Your Own

If you don't want to make your own scrapbook albums you can still customise ready-made ones.  I bought this albums a couple of years ago  (sorry, can't remember the make, possibly DCWV but it's probably not made anymore anyway) as a vintage album for scrapping pictures of my parents to give to my sister for her birthday.  Whilst the cover conveyed exactly the right message, I felt it needed something extra.

I found a picture of a clock face which I printed out and then photocopied onto acetate and stuck this over one of the clocks on the actual cover to highlight it.  I used K&Co., Vintage style letter stickers by Brenda Walton to put the word family on the left and then added two rows of assorted buttons which I bought loose from a local craft shop. 

That was all the cover needed and the buttons on the front were a theme used on some of the pages as well.  Look out for some of these which I will post over the coming weeks, although the photographs are not the best I've taken.  I didn't take the pages out of the sleeves!  I learned my lesson there.  But if you're thinking of putting together some vintage style pages you may get some helpful ideas.
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Friday, 6 August 2010

What else can you do with a cardboard CD case?

Here's another idea for those free CD cases. This time I used a single cardboard case to make a picture frame.  I could have used a piece of chipboard instead but I wanted to create a raised aperture for my photo, like a real frame and decided to use Grungeboard.  On its own, this would not be rigid enough to stand but glued to the front of the CD case, it was perfect. 

I covered the case in plain red card stock and, cut a piece of Grungeboard to fit the front and cut the aperture.  I inked all over the Grungeboard randomly with red StazOn and then again with StazOn Metallics in gold.  I inked all the edges, including the aperture and when dry stuck my photo on the back of the Grungeboard and then stuck the whole thing to the front of the case using Glossy Accents. 

I took another piece of the same card stock and made an 'A' frame stand at the back, using Glossy Accents to glue the elements together.  A stamp of a cat and some wording plus die cut lettering for my cat's name and a couple of little embellishments finished it off nicely.

This is a quick way of personalising your home with the frames being made to match not only the colours but  the textures of each room.

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Insects, Friendship and little pieces of Art!

I am now a member of two monthly ATC swaps, both through craft forums which are great places to get more involved.  Here are pictures of the July Challenges. 

The two on the left were on the theme of 'Insects'.

I Googled the dictionary definition of  insect, printed it, cut it to size, then screwed it up into a little ball so that it was creased and old looking when flattened out.  Then I brushed a little Tim Holtz Distress Ink in antique linen over the top to catch the creases and to smudge some of the text almost making it look enlarged as if viewed through a magnifying glass.  I tore two pieces of co-ordinating paper, inked the edges and stuck these onto my card stock.  I glued the definition over the top and dropped a small piece of cotton twine on the bottom of the card and brushed a coat of Glossy Accents over the entire ATC.

The one on the right is for a continuous theme on 'Friendship'.
The flowers are watercolour practice pieces I was working on which I cut out and edged with co-ordinating pink ink.  I cut the dotty paper slightly smaller than the ATC card, rounded the edges of both with my Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper and stuck them together with double-sided tape.  I printed the quote from Quote Garden, a really useful website; well organised into themes, with lots of choice.  I glued a piece of ribbon around the top layer of card and stuck this to the bottom card.  I stuck the small carnation on with dimensional glue.  Finally the quote went at the bottom to finish the card off.

If you want to check out  the website for quotes, go to:  http://www.quotegarden.com/

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