Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Layout #11: Keeping Cool in the Pool

I haven't used a specific sketch for this layout, but I was inspired by a few sketches and layouts that I found on Pinterest.

What I used:
Paper & Card: Sandylion CK OK 12x12 "Blue Floral Paper", Papermania Colossal 12x12 paper pack (original), Papermania 12x12 green and yellow plain cardstock
Embellishments: Papermania Creative Papercraft Kit "Summertime", Magazine freebie die cuts "Summer", Doodlebug Simply Sweet mini alphabet rub-ons "blue jean", yellow mini brads, Papermania Paper Shapes "Pastel"
Tools & Colour: XCut Impress (original) standard and italic alphabet die sets, XCut pokey tool, Orange and blue Whispers brush markers

Crafting Notes:
  • I had intended to put the sun embellishment where the 'splish splash' embellishment is, but Bob said the sun should be high up to be like real life, so I moved it :-)
  • I considered using blue swirly paper for the centre, because it's like water, but I thought that was a bit too literal an interpretation of the subject. I used the yellow swirly paper instead because it suggested both water and heat haze, and because it was a great match for the pool.
  • I didn't want lots of journalling because the photos and the title tell the story, so I just added a couple of bullet points at the edge to remind us of the things that weren't obvious.
  • For the journal bullets in the bottom right, I used the chipboard sheet from which I popped the "Summer" banner as a template.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Layout #10: Proto Plumber

My first step in making a layout is to gather together all the things I think I might like to use on the page and stick them in a bag (I use empty do crafts goody bags). I generally only get to craft in the evening, but I do my picking during the day, because I don't trust even daylight bulbs when it comes to colour matching. I sometimes have lots of these bags ready, and some projects to do have been in the bags for a very long time - the photo in this layout is one of those. Originally I was going to scrap it with a photo of a different occasion where Bob helped Daddy with jobs, but then I found this really nice single photo layout on Pinterest and decided to scraplift it. The photo I've used isn't great quality, but I really like it anyway, and I think it's turned out OK (the title isn't wonky by the way, that's just the photo!).

What I used:
Paper & Card: Core'dinations Core Colour 12x12 "Ming", Dovecraft 8x8 Designer Paper Pack "Masculine", Papermania textured card 12x12, golden brown textured paper (The Paper Box Company I think).
Embellishments: Daisy & Dandelion embossed transfers "Marshmallow does DIY", stars from Anita's masculine word outline stickers in cream and brown, Forever Friends "Christmas Tale" Ultimate Collection cardstock alphabet stickers, Doodlebug Simply Sweet rub on mini alphabet "bon bon".
Tools: XCut large corner rounding punch, Whispers permanent brush marker "brown", XCut Impress italic die set (original). Carl star punch

Crafting notes:
  • I couldn't find any borders that I liked for under the title, so I made one with layers of paper and some outline sticker stars.
  • I made the template for the large star by printing out an enlarged clip-art star.
  • To make the small stars, I didn't have a star punch pointy enough to match the other stars on the layout. I punched out the closest thing I had, then added dots a mm or so in at each obtuse angle. Then I cut from the star tips to those dots to make a pointy star with minimal measuring.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Layout #9: 1st garden makeover

I picked these photos to scrap for my March challenge of "Home" and then realised I'd already done a layout for that one :-) I didn't work to a sketch for this one, and there was a lot to fit in, so I chose a simple background.

What I used:
Papers: Basic Grey Lilykate "Parasol" 12x12, Papermania "Pampered Pets" 12x12, plain vintage green paper
Embellishments: Anita's sticky ribbons "Daisy Chain", various paper flowers, die cast metal trowel, Anita's Dimensions stickers "small butterflies"
Tools: See Ds alphabet stamps "Dot to Dot", Sizzix "Vine #3" die, Sizzix Sizzlits decorative strip die, XCut decorative dies "Tags and Bookplates", Basic Grey "Flower Burst with Ribbons", small embossing stylus
Colours: Ancient Page dye ink "Pine", Whispers brush marker "vintage green", Papermania watercolour pencils in brown and vintage green.

Crafting notes:

  • I chose background papers with lots of swirly growth. I used sheets with the same colours  but swapped around for the before and after pages to emphasise the changes. I die cut swirls from a darker green paper to carry on the growth theme.
  • I used single flowers cut from the sticky ribbon border to centre the layered flowers and on the date tags to tie everything together.
  • I made a simple flower pot from the same paper I used for the swirls, embossed the rim and added shading with watercolour pencils.
  • Since needing to wear reading glasses for close work, I've struggled with writing in horizontal lines and don't like to add pencil lines as some papers don't play nicely with erasers. For this project I made a window from low tack masking tape to help me. Remember to aways dab the tape on your clothes first - you can probably tell from the picture that I was wearing something fluffy! I also always write out my journalling on scrap paper strips first to see how much space it will take.
Winning the battle against the warping effect of reading glasses!
  • The Pampered Pets paper packs only contain one sheet of each design and matting 6 photos would have taken a whole sheet. I gutted the matting rectangles (ie I cut smaller rectangles from them, turning them into frames) so I could use the same paper for the journalling and the title.
  • Gutted rectangles/frames don't always stay square when you're mounting onto them, so I leave them joined together until I've stuck the top layers on (see pic). This has the added advantage that you only need to line up two edges and can cut the rest to fit. Alternatively you can stick the frame to your cutting mat with low tack masking tape while you're adding layers.
Layer up gutted mats while on the sheet
to keep them square

The paper saved by gutting.
Without it I wouldn't have had any left for my journaling

Challenges entered:

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Layout #8: July Challenge - "Summer"

Yay! You've read it correctly, this is the July challenge, being published in July,and no it isn't last year's July challenge, I really am on time for once! However, before I pat myself on the back too much, I started tinkering with this page with a view to using it for February's "Favourite" theme, since it's one of my favourite photos and favourite memories. I think it works better for this month's "Summer" theme though :-)

When I saw this Sketchy Thursdays sketch on Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for and thought the circle theme was great for a sunset. I also knew exactly which papers I wanted to use for the circles. I wonder then, why it's taken me so long to finish the page. I guess at least partly because it's one of my favourite ever photos, and because I've hoarded those papers for the best part of a decade without being able to bring myself to do more than stroke them and sigh :-)

Here's what I made, not sure I've done the papers or the photo justice, but I like it anyway. Whenever I do a clean and simple layout, I'm always filled with doubt that maybe it should be more complicated, even when I really like it how it is. If you think it should have more, please let me know in the comments :-)

What I used:
Papers: Basic Grey Ambrosia "Smoke" 12x12, Dovecraft Designer Paper Pack "Abstract Prints" by Kelly Harwood 8x8, Papermania textured black card
Embellishments: Doodlebug Simply Sweet mini alphabet rub-ons "beetle black", Papermania "Botanicals" alphabet stickers
Tools: XCut nesting circle dies, Whispers permanent brush marker "black"

Crafting notes:
  • I wanted to put the journalling directly onto the page because I felt any more definition for the journalling would detract from the strong central layout.
  • To see what the journalling would look like on the page, and to position it, I wrote onto a clear piece of acetate with a permanent marker first.


    Thursday, 21 July 2016

    A pre-schooler no more

    Hard though I find it to believe, this week was my little boy's last at nursery and pre-school. He made cards and little gifts for his key workers at both - a lavender pomander for one and a decorated pot for the other. He chose everything himself and, except for squirting the glue and cutting out the pomander's cloth circle, he did everything himself too. Even the lavender was from a batch he picked last year :-)

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    Layout #7: May Challenge "Partner"

    The challenge I set for May this year was "Partner" and I had a few candidate subjects - Bob and his best friend, our two dogs together, and of course my husband, but in the end I chose a couple of pictures of our dog Molly with her first best friend and running partner. I found a sketch I liked on Pinterest to work to, by SketchSavvy:
    SketchSavvy Sketch 126
    And here's what I made:

    What I used:
    Papers: DCWV 8x8 Scrapbooking kit in a stack "Dogs", Papermania kit "Dogs", Papermania smooth cream 12x12 card
    Embellishments: DCWV 8x8 Scrapbooking kit in a stack "Dogs" cardstock letters, Papermania kit "Dogs" adhesive letters, American Traditional Designs Sticker Gems "Dog Gems", Papermania Capsule Collection "Spots & Stripes Festive Brights" mini notelets
    Tools: See Ds "Cute & Cuddly" stamp set
    Colours: Whispers dye ink "Sepia", Whispers brush marker brown

    Crafting notes:
    • This layout has a lot of layers in places. To keep upper layers flat, I added layers of card underneath.
    • I misplaced the journalling as I was sticking it down and the lower card tore a little when moving it. Running over the tape with glue stick would have made moving it easier. I hid the tear with a couple of extra paw prints.
    • My original plan for the background was to use coloured arrows, but these looked too bright so I switched to paw prints.
    • The paw print paper is not one whole piece, because I didn't have a large enough piece left, so it's actually in two small sections.
    • The dog writing paper is also in two sections so that I could choose the most relevant words to be visible in the two pieces that can be seen.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016

    Layout #6: June challenge "Red"

    For June's challenge on Craft Talk I chose the theme "red". I had a few photos I fancied for the page, but for all of them I knew I wanted a single photo page with a lot of white space so that the red subject stood out well. I made my final selection and started choosing papers on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme - it wasn't a conscious decision to do that, it just worked out very appropriate :-)

    What I used:
    Papers: Papermania "Portobello Road" 12x12, DCWV "The Paper Stack" 12x12
    Embellishments: Forever Friends "Cosy Christmas" alphabet cardstock stickers, Papermania enamelled brads, Royal British Legion poppy, Papermania "All Aboard" Page Tabs
    Tools & Colours: Marvy le Plume brush marker "cherry", Whispers light blue brush marker

    Crafting Notes
    • When I was almost finished I decided I'd like a thin dark red outline around the page. Rather than fiddle around trying to centre the page on another sheet of card, I drew an outline with a brush marker and ruler.
    • The poppy on the page is a real Royal Legion poppy, but I can't guarantee it's the one Bob wore on the day!