Saturday, January 31, 2009

My Mind's Eye 29th St. Market Bright - Original page kit

LaDonna M.
Leona G.
We ran out of tye February Kits in the first week of the month.
When we re-ordered, the red scroll paper (seen in the layouts below) was out of stock. So we replaced it with the coordinating friendly red paper from the "Girlfriends" line. Layouts done with those kits are seen above.

These layouts are made with My Minds Eye (Bright/Original) page kit

Ramona H.
Shirley W.
Trudy M. Heather C.
Julie S.Cheryl L.Nicole M.
LaDonna M. Jennifer E.
Autumn C.

Shannon P.
Shannon P.
Gina G.

Melanie H.

Melanie H.

Barb W.

Martha R.

Candy N.

Angie S.

Lori W.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gypsy Market Layout

When these new papers arrived, I couldn't wait to try them out. I decided to take pictures of the steps like LaDonna has been. I have been using Page Maps a lot lately or just copying layouts from magazines, but this time I really wanted to follow the line of the swirl in the paper, so I started with that and went from there.

I liked the black edges around the paper but wanted to emphasize some of them. I very rarely emboss, but I wanted some black shiny accents for this page so I heavily inked the top and side of the paper in black and sprinkled black embossing powder on it, shook off the access and heated it with the heat gun.
I trimmed around the edges of some of the swirls, then traced the stem with a black glaze pen for more shiny black.
There were already some red dots in the design of the paper, I just brought them out with some red Stickles glitter glue. The flowers were two of the ones we worked on the other night. We stacked Bazill, Prima, and KaiserCraft flowers together. Some layers had Glimmer Mist on them from Tattered Angels, some were embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folders.
I used a Glitz Roller Doodle to stamp a screen mesh image on the chipboard title.

Then I had to stamp journaling lines on the paper used for writing my text because I cannot write in a straight line.

I double matted my photo and used black glossy cardstock for my inner matting to stay consistent with my shiny black accents.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Love Letters by My Little Yellow Bicycle

This is my favorite wedding photo of my parents and when I saw this new line of paper I knew exactly which photo to use with it. This layout is made from the Love Letters line by My Little Yellow Bicycle. I really like this paper and already have another layout in mind.

I started with the decorative edge ledger paper as my base. Then I used the red side of the kiss with border paper, cut it into an 8x8 square and attached it. I also used the grey damask paper, cut it 3x10 and attached it just inside the right side of the decorative border paper.

After that I used the Sweet Mix blackboard letters from Cosmo Cricket for my title. You can attach these letters using a wet adhesive, but I used the Tape-N-Roller from Kokuyo. It has a really strong hold and doesn't ripple the paper. It has become my personal favorite adhesive. (A great thing about blackboard letters is you don't have the chipboard edge showing on the side of the letters. It's black all the way through.)

Next I used one of the clear cuts frames & titles to overlay on my photo. It works best if you attach the photo to the paper first and also any other items you want it to overlap. I went ahead and positioned my sheer calender made by Maya Road and attached it using a glue dot (Slick Writers work great for writing on these). When attaching an transparency you can use different techniques. Here I used small Zots glue dots and placed them under the black border in a few spots. After that I attached a Prima lace ribbon to the bottom of the transparency using Fastenater staples. I could staple all the way through the transparency and paper to attach it if I wanted to, but the Zots have a strong enough hold.
Yes, I attached the lace ribbon after the transparency was attached. The Zots holding the transparency were posititioned a little higher and I could slide a stapler under the edge. That way I could line up exactly where the ribbon should go.If you would like to make these easy ribbon flowers, start with a 6 inch piece of ribbon.Stitch along one edge, all the way to the end. Pull the thread until you have a ruffled half moon shape. Place the two ends together and sew from the back side. After you have tied your knot your ribbon should look like a flower.
The Zots glue dots work great for attaching these flowers.

To create the swirl border down the left side of the paper I used Black Magic Core'dinations cardstock, cut the image on my Cricut, ran them through a Cuttlebug embossing folder in the Sizzix BigShot machine.
Then I used a sanding block across the top to show the red center.
The Cricut cut out I chose had circles cut in the pattern. I used Christmas Red Stickles to fill them in. Here is the finished page.

These are the papers we carry from the Love Letters line.
The decorative edge ledger, grey damask/x's & o's, and kiss with border/grid.
I also spread out the rest of the pack from the clear cuts frames and titles.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Running In Circles

I know sometimes it's not easy to make pages about yourself. When you only have a little time to scrap, you try to focus on the right know. Things like family, kids, sports, vacations, etc. If you stop and think about when your loved ones are looking back on these albums years later, they would probably like to know a little about the person who made them. What are your likes, dislikes, favorite foods, hobbies, most memorable moments and anything else that makes you the person they love.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Pirate's Life

Here is a layout I just finished this weekend. I used the Old World paper line from KaiserCraft. Below are a few examples of techniques I used.

To get the distressed metal look to the key and the chipboard word pirate I used this technique taught by Tim Holtz wth Vintage Photo Distress Ink, silver paint dabber, texture hammer, and a cotton ball as my ink applicator.

First I painted the word and key with the paint dabber. Then after that dried, placed it on the hammer mat and texturized until I got the look I wanted.

Use the cotton ball to apply ink across the chipboard pieces. This should make it look like old metal.

For the letter A I used the plain Grungeboard alphabets and ran it through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss it. Then I inked it, using a cotton ball, with Vintage Photo ink first and then Black Soot ink on top of that. Next I applied a thin coat of glossy accents to give it that glossy leathered look. NOTE: the Black Soot ink was applied directly from the ink pad. Hold it evenly accross the letter so it only inks the raised part.

On my background page I used the Timeworks masks by Tim Holtz.

I used the Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a cotton ball to apply it to my page.

I love the self adhesive Felt Fusion. For this page I cut it apart so the swirls would go different directions.

On the chipboard word life I used the Radiant Rain paint dauber to give the letters a shimmer look.