Thursday, 30 June 2011

Mini Book with Tag Pockets

When I'm not scrapping, or otherwise engaged in creating, I have to go out to work to earn pennies to buy more crafty stash. At said day job I have two student assistants, and today I had to say goodbye to them both as they've graduated and are off to bigger and brighter things *sobs*. I decided to do something a bit more unusual than a leaving card, and created these little mini books (using this tutorial on YouTube).
I added the binding as a fun finishing touch, and then decorated the covers with ribbon, labels, alphas and a ribbon flower. 
There was a minor design flaw, as I had tags to go in the pockets of the mini book, but unfortunately they were too big, and I'd already had people write leaving messages on them before I made up the mini books, so some of the inserts stick out at the top. Oh well! I don't think it looks too bad, and the girls seemed really pleased with them, so that's the main thing!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


Most of my scrapping lately has been for DT commitments, and when I haven't had any of those I've been exploring the new (to me) medium of canvas, so it's been a while since I've scrapped 'just because'. I spotted Shimelle's sketch of the week last week, and made a mental note to come back to it when I got the chance. Luckily I found half an hour this evening to throw together a layout based on the sketch using one of my much-neglected Sarah's Cards kits - and I'm very pleased with the result :D
The photo is of Donnie looking very comfortable on one of our sofa cushions. Aside from people's laps, the sofa cushions are his favourite place to curl up, and he's been known to get very grumpy if he can't get to a cushion!
Thanks for another great sketch Shimelle!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Flower Canvas

I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday! I just thought I'd pop in to show you this little 7"x5" canvas that I've made with acrylic paint, micro bead paint, Basic Grey papers and Prima flower centres.

I've added it to Scrapping Mojo Designs and I'd love it if you popped over for a look :D

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Little Miss Chuckles

This is my final layout using the Basic Grey 'Hello Luscious' papers from Ann at The Scrapbook Garden. I wanted to show how 6x6 papers can be made to look bigger by putting them next to each other and then hiding the join.
First I painted on the cardstock using an acrylic paint dabber and some bubble wrap. Then I cut two strips of equal height from one of the plain papers, trimmed one to about half the width and adhered them side by side on the page. Next I took a coordinating pattern and did the same. I hid the join in the plain paper by layering the photo over the top. I wanted the patterned paper to show below the photo, so I put the join to the right of the photo and covered it with the Sassafras Lass foldie.

Finally I added the Kaisercraft rubon to the photo, and the title over the foldie. The alphas are Adornit and Fancy Pants stickers and Thickers.
I used Pencil Lines sketch 240 for this layout.

Friday, 24 June 2011

It's a Love Thing

This is my latest layout from the June Sampler kit. When I saw the paintable canvas word from Prima I knew I wanted to do something a bit different with it, and a layout about my beloved car seemed ideal!I spritzed the canvas with some copper mist to add a bit of detail, and added some of the Crate Paper alpha stickers to complete the title.
I punched some butterflies out of the gorgeous American Crafts glitter cardstock, and layered them on the Crate Paper buttons and the crochet flower.
 The journaling reads "love between a girl and her Delilah, my marvelous Mini. Is it really possible to love an inanimate object, a lump of metal, a mere machine? I think so."

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Pure Enjoyment

This is my latest layout using the June kit from The Sampler. I love taking just one sheet of double sided patterned paper and using both sides on a single layout - you already know that the patterns will tone together perfectly. I used the Pink Paislee sheet on this layout, as the bright green works really well with the photos.

I added border stickers, ribbon, word stickers, butterflies punched from glitter cardstock, buttons, chalkboard stickers, alpha stickers and a journaling card, all from the kit.
The journaling reads "Mojo loves to find sticks to play fetch with, but every now and then she just can't resist settling down for a good old chew! Many a good throwing stick has died this way!"

I based this layout on Shimelle's sketch of the week, from 8th June.

Monday, 20 June 2011


It's sketch time at The Sampler - I can't believe it's the 20th again already!

I pulled out the Bo Bunny 'Ad Lib' papers and accent cards from the June Sampler kit for this layout. I thought the fun, playful nature of the papers went really well with this photo of Mojo.
I added a bit of doodling, some of the Crate Paper alpha stickers, and bow made with the lovely green and white stripey ribbon.

If you fancy giving the sketch a go, don't forget to link your take up to Holly's blog to be in with a chance of winning the monthly prize :D

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Natural Beauty

This is another layout for Ann at The Scrapbook Garden, using the Basic Grey "Hello Luscious" paper pad. I was browsing the internet, looking for inspiration for different ways to use 6"x6" patterned papers on 12"x12" layouts, and came across this layout by Eva Pizarro for Pebbles Inc. I love all the little circles and decided to have a go at my own version.I used less circles then Eva did on her layout, and haven't embellished them as she did - I thought I'd let the gorgeous patterns on the papers speak for themselves. I added more strips of paper around the photo and placed my title underneath my block of circles.

I loved the effect of the machine stitching through the circles on Eva's layout, but since I don't own a sewing machine I decided to go for a different technique which gives a similar effect from a distance.  A sewing machine is definitely top of my shopping list at the moment!
I secured each of the circles in the centre so that I could lift each side slightly, and raised the photo on foam pads to give a bit of dimension to the finished layout.
The title is made up of two sets of alphas - 7Gypsies rub ons, and Adornit alpha stickers.
 Thanks for stopping by, hope you liked my layout! Don't forget to call at The Scrapbook Garden blog to see what the rest of the DT have been up to :D

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Our Furry Protector

This is my latest layout for Ann at The Scrapbook Garden, using the Basic Grey 'Hello Luscious' papers. I've used Bazzill cardstock in Guacamole as my base, and pulled out the green, red and brown patterns from the paper pad.
I splashed the cardstock with some Adirondack alcohol ink in Clover, and then stamped some circles using a white acrylic paint dabber. The smaller circles were created by literally dabbing on the card, but the bigger circles were made using the lid from the dabber.  
I punched some circles from the patterned papers and then layered a couple of bigger pieces under my photo.
The alphas are Cosmo Cricket Tiny Alphas, and two types of Thickers.
Donnie is our eldest cat, and he's the boss. He's not territorial in the strictest sense, he's not aggressive and he's not out looking for a fight all the time - but he is protective. On their first night of freedom after we fitted the cat flaps in the new house, Leela was say on the doorstep when she was confronted by a neighbourhood cat. The poor thing was petrified and didn't dare move, but then....Donnie to the rescue! He deliberately placed himself between Leela and the other cat, giving Leela the safety she needed to shoot back through the cat flap and into the house. Donnie then retreated to the doorstep himself, and maintained his defensive stance until the other cat got bored and went away. Our Furry Protector!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

'HOME' Canvas

I've been inspired by a lot of the fabulous canvas art that's floating around blogland at the minute, particularly these from Nicole Pomeroy, who has in turn been inspired by the She Art Workshop from Christy Tomlinson. I was too late to sign up for Christy's actual workshop, but the videos are still available to subscribers, so I went for it - only to be disappointed that I couldn't watch them immediately! As you probably know, we've just moved house, and didn't have the internet connected straightaway, so I was relying on my iPhone for my web browsing, and unfortunately it didn't support the programme that Christy's videos were made with. So my first attempt is really a watered down version as I just wanted to get stuck in, so copied the techniques as best I could with just the finished projects to go on.

I started off fairly small, with an 8" x 10" canvas. I used tissue paper and gesso for my background to create texture, before covering with blue and green acrylic paint. I mixed in varying degrees of white so I didn't end up with solid colour. I then added some white to the sky and darker green to the grass using bubble wrap. 

I decided to use the Basic Grey papers that Ann had sent me in the latest kit from The Scrapbook Garden; the 6x6 paper pad Hello Luscious. Ann set the Design Team the challenge of showing how 6x6 papers can be used as effectively as 12x12 papers. I used the 6x6 papers here to create the house, including the windows, door and heart which I hand cut. I also hand cut the sun and rays from one of the papers, and used another to cover the Woodware chipboard alphas that I used for the title. 

Finally I added lots of doodling, and some Basic Grey and My Minds Eye rub ons. I'm quite pleased with my first attempt, although now I've been able to watch Christy's videos I can see that I could have done a lot more to it. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one, as I can see these little things getting addictive!

Friday, 10 June 2011

10 Things... I Love About Summer

Shimelle has launched a new feature on her blog today, called 10 Things. The idea is to blog about 10 things on the 10th of the month, so I thought I'd give it a go! I decided to take '10 things' as the inspiration for a layout, and this is what I came up with:
I've had this photo for a while, in my 'waiting to scrap' pile, but haven't found quite the right papers and embellishments to go with it - then I got the June kit from The Sampler and there it was! Perfect :D
I've used one of the Crate Paper accents as a journaling card to list the 10 things I love most about summer.
1. feeling happy in the sunshine
2. lighter mornings and evenings
3. beautiful summer blossoms
4. spending more time outdoors
5. the smell of freshly mown grass
6. paddling in the sea
7. eating al fresco
8. blue skies
9. festivals
10. warm weather 

I was playing about with different angles, and thought I'd include this shot (even though it's a bit dark) as it shows the fabulous dimension in the pleated ribbon and the crochet flowers. I've finally managed to find a spot inside the house which is ideal for photographing layouts, so I'm happy again!
Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to link your 10 Things post up to Shimelle's!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Create Art

It was my Wednesday Extra project over at The Studio yesterday, and I'm sharing this plaque that I made to go on the door of my craft room (when it's finally up and running!).

I used the fabulous June kit from The Sampler for this, plus a wooden word from Hobbycraft. Head over to The Studio if you'd like to see how I put it together :D

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Perfect Arrangement

Ann recently sent her Design Team a new kit from The Scrapbook Garden, and with it she set us a challenge: to show how 6"x6" papers can be used on layouts as effectively as 12" x 12" papers. I was lucky enough to receive the gorgeous Hello Luscious line from Basic Grey, and I immediately set to and created this layout:  
I was immediately drawn to the striped paper in the collection, which I cut into the individual patterns, before adhering them to the white cardstock with slight gaps inbetween to emphasise the stripes. This also increased the height of my 6x6 paper, making it look like I've used a bigger piece.
I also used the Tando Creative mask from the kit, and misted over it with green spray ink. I chose to highlight just one of the two corner flourishes by drawing round the pattern with black pen. The Dovecraft paper flowers were also in the kit, so I layered up a few and finished them with a brad in the centre.
I decided to go for an extended title, and use up some of my large collection of alphas. Mojo loves to play fetch and would do it all day if you let her, which is fine by me as I love taking action shots of her running and enjoying herself. I love this photo because she looks so pleased with herself, and it's unusual for her to pick up such a big stick! I used a mix of Fancy Pants and Adornit letter stickers, and Sassafras and Thickers chipboard alphas. 
I've been toying with the idea of setting up a Facebook page to see if I can get some commissions for personalised canvases, and your fantastic response to the one that I made for my friend spurred me on to finally do it, so thank you! If you want to have a look at the page (and I'd love it if you did) there's a link in the sidebar :D