Showing posts from March, 2014

Old Products Meets New Products = A Lot of Fun

It is wonderful when I get to rummage through my older products and add them to the latest and greatest products.  Like many scrapbookers I have a lot of older products I just haven't used yet because new products just keep coming out.  LOL  They were and are great products.  I am trying to marry the older products to  the newer ones...just because I love them both.

Key to my Heart (my granddaughter Ali)

The Technique Tuesday Tile is the oldest element on the page.  It was a bit off white so I painted it with Gesso. The Tim Holtz key and pearls, Prima small resin flowers and button, Kaisercraft pearls are not as old as the tile but still several years old.
Half Way In-between
My Basic Grey wooden buttons and Prima Flowers are not "old" but just in-between new and old. 

My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Record It!, Blue Fern Studios chipboard title and key with lock, Martha Stewart crochet ribbon are all a part of the newer lines.

This is a balanced use of the old a…

Number 1 Element for Your Layout

No matter the paper, the chipboard, bling, paint, and ink my number one element for my layouts are the photos.  I would love for all my photos be taken in a professional matter, but they are not.  Some photos are from the 30's, 40's 50's 60's, etc.  Some are of professional quality and some of blurry.  Many of the memories captured are happy, but some reflect the funny and sad part of living.  No matter, the focal point must be your photo.

Making your photo the number one focal point is hard for me because I love the variety of papers and more.  I want to play and create.  If you are like me you can get carried away with all the products available to us.  Now this is not to say we shouldn't paint, ink, add elements, but we can't forget bring focus to the photo.  Again this can be a real challenge to me.

This is a photo of my daughter and granddaughter (Little).  It is a selfie ... a new category in for scrapbooked photos!
Some Details
Photo taken by my daughter…

What Are You Obsessed With In The Crafting World?

Some of my favorite obsessions right now are directed at my Scrapbooking.  To name a few:
Graphic 45 All Things Blue Fern Studios All Things Bo Bunny Paper and Flowers Kaisercraft Paper Tim Holtz mixed media products Prima Flowers and Pearls/Crystals Gesso of course photos of my grandgirls and my dad's old photos.
Matter-of-fact there are several more with other parts of scrapbooking ... tools(like Fiskars and X-ACTO), glues (like Glue Dots, Glue Art, Aleenes) etc., etc., etc.  Oh my, as I'm writing this I realize I have many more obsessions connected with my craft. So I'll stop here.

I used several of these items in my layout today.  


Quick Story
I took this photo one day when I was watching LS (Little's Sister).  She was sick and having a bit of a rough time.  She finally fell asleep.  When I checked on her she was curled up holding her "baby" and had her little fingers in her mouth.  This is outside her norm for sleeping.  My heart was melted with my …

Transforming Stickers

I am so not a sticker scrapbooker.  I don't know why, just not my cup of tea...until recently.

I'm going through my older stash and found a sheet of scalloped circle stickers by Creative Imaginations.  Old ....  I didn't care for the printed design for what I was doing but I did like the scalloped circle.  I feel like Dr. Suess ... she thought, thought, thought.  LOL

On the first layout I decided to paint the front of the sticker with Gesso.  It worked great.  No runs and I don't worry about it coming off the shiny finish.  I looks like the edge of a giant doily. 

Memories Captured (me and my dad)

Blue Fern Studios paper, title, and stem to the bird cage.
Michael's wooden bird cage
Prima flowers and butterflies
Peteloo flower
Martha Stewart Lace, Wilton Dolily
Gesso, Faber-Castell Geletos
a You can see a closer look of the painted sticker and the wooden bird cage using Gesso and Gelatos.

My second layout is a holiday themed.  This time I turned to the sticky side o…

Using Your Foundation Paper As Your Elements!

I love beautifully designed paper.  I often try to work around it so it can show off the intricate designs.   I will add a few elements that work with the theme.  This time it was different.

Earth Day with Little

I worked with the intention of using the design as elements.  The paper from Blue Fern Studios had several designs and one in particular that I wanted to work into.  Printed on the paper are two dangle designs.  I added Blue Fern Studios chipboard dangles painted with Gesso into the existing design.  I love how they compliment each other and enhance the overall design of the page. 

Secondly I wanted to work with the whole lower left corner with the flowers, and spring work.  I wanted continue the flowing movement so I added Prima's crystals, and Basic Grey rub-ons.  I added the flowers from Prima along with the little element "care" to add to the theme of the layout. 

Of course Spring cries of new green leaves on the trees.
I painted the chipboard (Blue Fern Studi…

My Little Budding Artist

Little (my granddaughter) just turned 3.  Unbelievable!  One thing I've enjoyed watching with my grandgirl is her budding talent as an artist. 

Children's Museum in Charleston She painted her "bird" right before her birthday.   I loved it. 
Do have a little budding artist in the family?  Tell me about it in the comment section.  If you have a blog post about your budding artist leave me a link.  Thanks

Have a Crafty Weekend!

Create a Layer with Washi Tape

I'm working hard to make the best use of my paper stash, but I also love the look of layers.  On this layout I used some of my Washi tape that I hoard to create a "faux" layer.  I used my Tim Holtz Washi tape to create the first frame around the paper.  I turned the corners inward and used just one long piece.  On the second layer I used a white/nearly transparent Washi tape, cut into four strips.  Together it interrupts the pattern of the paper making a faux layer on your page. 

The photo is a Halloween photo of Little's Sister as Belle!

Butterfly Kisses
Blue Fern Studios paper and chipboard (butterflies, titles, key latch, and small elements to the flowers.
Tim Holtz inks, hardware, paint. Washi tape
Faber-Castell Gelatos.  I used the gelatos on the title without a foundation of Gesso and then on the butterfly I prepped the chipboard with the Gesso.  Different look same technique. 
Prima Flowers
Bo Bunny cameo element.

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Another Faux Layer

Back to faux layers.  Early I created a layout by sewing around paper that already had a "box" design to make it look like it was a layer.  This time I added the look of a layer with the lace.  I didn't sew it to the paper.  I used Aleene's tacky glue.  It dries moderately quickly and clear.  When it's dry it is very strong.  I always keep a few bottles around. 

The photo is of my next to the oldest granddaughter.  She is a classic beauty, has a heart of gold, and is very intelligent.  That's not just a grandma talking!  I do love her much.

Paper Graphic 45 Sweet SentimentsChipboard Blue Fern Studios, small glittered butterfly, small glittered leaves, and titleFlowers from PrimaScalloped lace is actually a small doily I won at Crafty Goodies' blog by Connie Mercer.  You have to watch her.  She will publish her blog early in the morning and when you don't expect it she will announce that the first 3 or 4 or 5 (some number) to email her will rece…