Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I'm on the Watch List at CSI!

I was very excited today to see that my layout Into the Wild is on the Watch List at CSI!

Check one Scrapbooking Goal off of my 2012 List!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Into The Wild - CSI #20

I put together a layout this weekend based on Challenge #20 at Color, Stories, Inspiration and used the May Sketch at C'est Magnifique as inspiration for the layout. This layout is a departure from my normal style - it is very cute and 'scenic', which is totally not my norm - but I'm really happy with how it turned out. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that the picture was taken in my backyard a couple of weeks ago - with the length of that grass, one would think it was an untended field somewhere (the grass has been cut since this picture and looks much tamer now....;).
I used an older Prima collection for the patterned papers for this layout - I used two papers with the same swirly pattern, but in different colours, from the Angelique collection. I cut the centre out of the red sheet with my craft knife and distressed the inside and outside edges of the paper. I splattered the green (base) page with craft paint in Light Antique White  and also added some larger paint drops. I used 3D foam adhesive to attach the red patterned paper on top of the base page.
I altered the sketch slightly and used a fence instead of a birdcage - I also switched the positioning of this large design element and moved it to the left side (rather than having it come down from the top of the page).  I "white-washed" the fence using the same paint that I used for the splatters on the base page. I cut the fence and some of the grass sections using my silhouette; however, the longer grass section on top of the photo was cut by hand.  I staggered the heights of the three sections of grass and layered one section in behind the fence so only a few blades would peek through the fence boards.
I used the CSI Co-ordinates as the embellishments for my layout. The journalling ticket, banner elements, insects/bugs and mushrooms are all from the "Word Art" and "Spots" pages of the co-ordinates. I used the white paint to 'ink' the edges of all the embellishment pieces. I used baker's twine to tie the journalling ticket 'on the fence' and as the string for the banner and added faux stitching to the banner pennants using a memory marker. 
For the title, I used a piece of the fence (which I had cut down to the size I wanted) and turned it horizontal. I printed the title on white cardstock and cut it as a double-ended pennant and attached it to the white-washed fence board with 3D foam adhesive. I also added baker's twine to this embellishment and a small brad to make it look like a hanging sign. 

That's it for today - thanks so much for visiting my blog!
Materials Used:
Patterened Paper: Prima "Angelique" Collection - Angel Breath and Angel Kisses; Recollections cardstock in white and olive green; DecoArt Acrylic Craft Paint in Light Antique White; CSI Coordinates #20 Word Art and Spots; We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Fancy Floss Baker's Twine Neutral; Memory Maker (Black); brad from stash; Ghostwriter font; Silhouette Die Cut Machine; Zots - small; Glue Dots - Memory Book; Memory Tape Runner XL

Monday, May 21, 2012

I Love You More - Updated

I finally got a new layout done! It has been weeks since I have scrapped or even felt like scrapping - I totally lost my scrappy mojo for a while dealing with the flu that went through our house! I decided to take advantage of our long weekend and play along with a few challenges - the Once Upon a Sketch May Sketch, the Scrap for Help May Challenge, The Color Room Scrap That! May Special Edition Palette, and the Scrap it with a Song May 17 Challenge! I also used my Scrap That! May Kit for this layout - I just love the gorgeous Prima "Nature Garden" papers!
I flipped the sketch 180 degrees for my layout. I did lots of layering for this layout using Prima's "Nature Garden" collection papers - I also added in a doily and two old envelopes. The envelopes are for the Scrap for Help challenge - but I love how they fit in with the postcard motif in the papers. I used a Martha Stewart deep edge punch for the punched strip along the right side of the layering. All the papers are tool distressed and I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen on the edges of the papers. *I had originally left off the banner and then decided that the Layout needed that extra element and added it in -- I'm glad I did too! Here is a close-up of the banner.*
I used a Dusty Attic Skeleton Clock, which I embellished with Prima flowers and Prima wooden ticket. I painted the clock with gesso, let it dry and then inked it with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I wasn't happy with the clock so I then inked it with Distress Embossing Ink and used Distress Embossing Powder in Old Paper on it.
The journalling theme at OUAS was "Mom" - so I decided to focus on my feelings about motherhood. The lyrics from "In My Life" perfectly describe how it feels when you become a mother - the feelings you had about every other relationship/thing in your life pale in comparison to what you feel for your child. I printed the journalling on my printer and cut it into strips and inked it with Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I used Prima Alphabet stickers for the title. Here is a close-up of my journalling/title:

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

Materials Used:
Patterned Papers: Prima "Nature Garden" collection - Pixie, Meeting a Fairy, Primrose, Fairy Godmother; Bazzill - green cardstock; Recollections - white cardstock; Wilton - Doily; Prima - Flowers, Wooden Ticket, Alphabet Stickers; Twine; Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Embossing Ink, Vintage Photo; Gesso; Distress Embossing Powder - Old Paper; Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page - Double Arches Craft Punch; Fiskars Ultra Thin Glue Dots; Zots - Small; Memory Tape Runner XL.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Paper Mixing Bowl: Design Team Call

The Paper Mixing Bowl: Design Team Call: I am very excited to announce that The Paper Mixing Bowl is having its first Design Team Call!  We are looking for at least FIVE designers t...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Baby Mine - The Paper Mixing Bowl Challenge #3

I have a really quick post tonight of my layout for Challenge #3 - Mom's Apple Pie at The Paper Mixing Bowl challenge blog. I was under the weather for much of April so, not only is my layout for the May 1st challenge late, but it isn't "finished" to my satisfaction. I feel like there is "something" missing and just might have to tweak it a bit... ;)

Anyhow, I scrapped an early photo of my son - I think he is about 6 weeks old in this photo - and have called the layout "Baby Mine".
Here is the Recipe Card for this month's challenge at The Paper Mixing Bowl:
For my layout I turned the sketch 90 degrees to the right. I used a Webster's Pages die-cut paper as the base page and stitched around the edge of the page on my sewing machine. I used kraft paper to create the woven background in the centre of the die-cut page. I used white paint (gesso) to "distress" the woven kraft paper and on the frame for the photo (frame by Imaginarium Designs). I added some vellum behind the lattice-work portion of the frame.
I created handmade flowers using my Donna Salazar Rose Creations die and some red and green cardstock and floral stamens. I also dry-brushed liquid pearls in White Opal onto the petals and leaves of the flowers. 
I added my journalling on a tag that I printed on my computer - the lyrics are from the song "Baby Mine" from the Disney movie Dumbo. I layered the journalling tag on a couple of small doilies that I inked with ColorBox fluid chalk ink in Moss Green. I created the trinket using an empty charm to which I added a small version of the layout's main photo and then coated the charm photo with glossy accents.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

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