Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Scrapping those original photographs...

Hello All,
Scrapping those original photos can sometimes be daunting, especially if we compare the photos we have against all the layouts we see on the internet. When my kids were little I had no interest in scrapping and digital cameras were not an everyday item. The photos of events in their lives tend to either be a single photo, or they were photos given to me by people who attended the event, so some are developed as glossy photos and some matt. It was also before new born babies had photo shoots so the new arrival in the family was snapped by a very excited granny while the kid was held up behind a glass partition by an unknown nurse – enough to make your mojo run and hide in a closet for weeks.
I know we can scan these photos, photo-shop them and have them re-developed but I believe they are part of the story we are telling through our scrapping so I like to use them as they are. If there is a part on the photo you would really like to get rid off like a finger in front of the lens, try to cover that with an embellishment or two.
So today’s layout is of my eldest son's first birthday. He will be 20 this year – boy time flies! I had a lot of photos for this event in his life, and wanted to use them all. This made for a photo-heavy layout, so I decided to go light on the embellishments. A booklet was created for the left side of the lay-out to make more space for photos and some journaling.  
Products used:
White card-stock base
Black card-stock – photo matts
Echo Park – A boy's life – Imagination
Dark blue / Orange (red)
Simple Stories – Harvest Lane – Teal dot / Ledger
Black Soot Distress Ink
Corner round punch
Note book punch
Heart ink
Ever favorite Silhouette Machine
Tri-Boss Boofle embossing folder
Embossing pad and embossing powder

Honeycomb stencil – cut with the Silhouette machine
Randomly ink lightly through the honey-comb stencil on the white card-stock with black soot distress ink. I normally don't pick up new ink but just use the leftover ink on my blending foam. Ink around the edges of the white card-stock with black soot distress ink. Using the patterned paper cut them in various sizes, round the corners and ink the edges. Arrange them on the background.
Cut the booklet, round the corners, ink the edges and attach to the lay-out. The top photo shows the booklet open, the clear space is where I will put my journaling. Matt the photographs on the black card-stock and attach them to the lay-out.
The Happy Birthday heading and the number one was cut from off-cut patterned paper with the Silhouette machine, inked and then embossed with embossing powder. Various sizes of hearts was also cut from off-cut patterned paper with the Silhouette machine and inked. Some of them were embossed with the Boofe embossing folder and then some embossing powder was used on it. Arrange these elements on the front cover of the booklet.
Now I know what you are thinking: “A booklet! Yay, but how do I put a page like that in my album?”
Well, let me help you. Place your layout into the plastic sleeve. Mark the position of the booklet on the plastic sleeve. Once you have marked the position on the sleeve, remove the layout and put a craft mat into the sleeve. With a ruler and craft knife slit the plastic between the marks. Now put your layout back into the sleeve but let the flap of the booklet go through the slit in the sleeve. I find it easier to mark the position of the booklet but not to stick the booklet down yet. Then after I complete the layout, slip it into the sleeve and then just slip the booklet through the slit in the plastic and stick it down. Hope this helps!!
Mmmmm.... taking photos through a plastic sleeve is not that easy. It does however show the left side
of the layout in the plastic sleeve.
Remember all the products used on this layout are available at the Scrapbook Studio.
Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Silhouette in Motion....

Hello All,
A Silhouette cutting machine opens so many doors in the way you can scrap and do other art projects. Did you know that you can plan out your whole layout in the Silhouette software? Planning what you want on your page, the size of your embellishments as well as where you want to place it.
 This is a screenshot of what my layout looked like in the Silhouette software. The word “awesome” and the splat are designs from the Silhouette online store. There are lots and lots of designs to choose from in the online store.  The superhero is a design I created myself to be paper pieced together. From here I moved all the pieces of the various colours to a new page to be cut.
And here is how the layout turned out………..
….pretty close to what I had planned, don’t you think?  When I work with a layout that has a lot of cut pieces I keep a holder with me to put the cut pieces in. This prevents that the sneaky dot on the “i” does not disappear. 
This is a picture of the first side of the background after it was completed.
The heading was assembled and then attached in place with some 3d foam to give it some more dimension.
This is a close-up of the wording on the layout after it was assembled.
Oooooh….. and here is the Super Hero that was paper pieced together. He is so cute. The super hero was attached to the lay-out with some 3d foam tape.
 Lastly, a close-up of one of the two bigger stars. I did some silver leafing on the stars and then ran them through a Couture Creations – World Fair Collection – embossing folder. After that they were attached to the lay-out.

Remember all the supplies used on this layout are available at the Scrapbook Studio.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Mind's Eye - Continue

Hello All,
In my previous post, I shared a layout made with My Mind’sEye – "Find your wings and fly"- range of papers. Today I would like to share a follow up layout with the same range of papers. It really is a beautiful range of papers. All supplies used are available from the Scrapbook Studio. The photo is of me at age 2. In this layout there is a lot of layering and some machine stitching. It is a really busy layout but the range of papers goes so well together. All the bits of paper used on the layout were inked with black soot distress ink.
A craft knife was used to cut the “hold fast to your dreams” and “top priority” enough to slip the background in and then lies on top of the photograph as part of the embellishments. Ink them with black soot distress ink.
This is a photo of the left side of the layout, showing all the layers as well as some of the machine stitching. The doily was inked with black soot distress ink and then sprayed with some perfect pearl mists. Some twine was wrapped around the “Bloom where you were planted” embellishment.
A close up of the right side showing some more machine stitching a bit of paper that was punched with a notepaper punch and then inked with some distress ink - peeled paint and some black soot. 
The heading “Me @ 2” was cut with a Silhouette Machine.
 Thank you for stopping by.
Happy Scrapping.