Sunday, February 28, 2010
I love your work and this layout is amazing. Sharmaine has used paint on bubble wrap for texture. I love how the journalling has been done with the mini alpha stickers. How hard is it to get a pic like this with all the kiddies faces looking and smiling... love this layout Sharmaine and thanks for sharing..
If you want to see more of Sharmaines work click HERE
If you have layouts you would love to share PLEASE place them in our gallery. We love seeing everyones work and ideas that you love to share.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Today I found proof that a sense of humour isn't exactly a new thing. Neither was having a family who bugged you...
"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives"
I hope you get to spend some of your weekend with your loyal friends, or if you can't, I hope your family isn't too bad...
Friday, February 26, 2010
- White cardstock
- Black pen
- White pen (American Crafts)
- Clear Stamps Flowers (ProvoCraft)
- Clear Stamps Doodled Flowers (KaiserCraft)
- Clear Stamps ’All about me’ (Technique Tuesday)
- Thickers Vera Taffy (American Crafts)
- Black inkpad Jet Black (Stazon)
- Rhinestones (KaiserCraft)
- Glitter Glue (Kindy Glitz by Derivan)
- Correction Tape (Pritt)
- Alphabet Clear Stamps
Techniques and instructions (click on the picture above to see more details):
- To create a white border I used correction tape on all four sides.
- I outlined the white strip with black pen.
- I coloured a pattern of pink onto the correction tape and added the number ‘38’ with stickers. I outlined the stickers in white.
- I stamped the word ‘life’ onto a white sheet of cardstock.
- I doodled a ‘funky border’ in pencil (hard to see on the picture, sorry). I also stamped the word ‘at’.
- I drew random curls on each side of the paper.
- I added a ‘double line’ around my doodled border to create more dimension.
- A close up look at the double doodled border.
- I traced the outside doodled border on a thin sheet of 12x12 paper.
- I cut around the lines to create a mask.
- I used different stamps with suitable words and images to create a unique background.
- Using the hand cut mask I stamped all around the page.
- I removed the mask to reveal the background.
- I used pencils, markers and pens to colour the images.
- Using a craft knife I cut a slit in one of the corners.
- The slit is only a few centimetres long.
- I tucked one of the corners of my photo under the slit.
- I used different stamps for my journaling block.
- I added some more stamped images to embellish the page.
- I added rhinestones to finish the page.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
We are now taking bookings for our very first retreat to be held
September 17, 18 & 19
in beautiful Lennox Head on the NSW Far North Coast.
The retreat will be held at the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre,
located on the shores of Lake Ainsworth and just over the sand dunes from
beautiful Lennox Head beach.
You will be within walking distance of downtown Lennox for those much needed
supplies of chocolate and all things bubbly !!!!!
Accommodation is in shared rooms with single beds
(some rooms may have bunks)
The facility is clean, tidy and comfortable and all meals, including morning and
afternoon tea, will be provided for the duration of the retreat.
BYO linen (sheets, towels and pillow) but for a small fee of only $10.00 you can hire
sheets and towels from the centre - you must bring your own pillow.
Cost for the entire weekend of scrapping fun and frivolity - $175.00
To come and scrap on SATURDAY ONLY, you will pay $65.00
(lunch and dinner, morning and afternoon tea provided)
Payment can be made through the “Scrap ‘n’ Craft With T” online store, several
CLICK HERE - to go to our site for payment...
Pay a non-refundable deposit of $65.00 BEFORE APRIL 1 and then 4 more
($30.00 by April 30; $30.00 by May 31; $30.00 by June 30 & a final payment of $20.00 by July 31)
- Everything is optional
- We will have a intermediate class that is an extra $20 that includes some products ...we will be giving you ideas on how to use up your rubon,sticker & chip alphas, using paint & different ways of using glimmermist.
time you pay for your retreat spot, through the “Scrap ‘n’ Craft” site.
- We will have quite a few short technique classes
- We will have a few beginners classes
- If you have always wanted to know the design rules these will be mentioned over the entire weekend... this is normally $25 a class we are offering at this retreat for free.
- We will have a pampering evening for a small cost between $5-$10...worth $150
- We will do a few make n takes
- We all will come away with a memory box of the weekend
- A goodie bag of over $30 for everyone that attends the full weekend
Love to have you join us and our fun
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Here is a sketch for you all to have a go at, I have lots of people asking me for sketches of more than one photo, so here is one and would love to see your layouts in our gallery!...
Hope you have enjoyed this as much as i have, enjoy whats left of wednesday
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thank You Card
1. Cut the aqua cardstock down to 8x8 inches and score along the centre. Fold it in half to create a card 8x4 inches. Ink the edges with black ink.
2. Cut the flamingo pattern from the Palm Beach paper, along with a strip of the reverse side (approx 1-2cm wide). Ink the edges of the strip of paper. Attach these as shown, using foam tape for the flamingo embellisment.
3. Add pink bling to the "trees" and along the scroll pattern. Layer flowers and rubons to the right hand side of the card. Use a button as a flower centre.
4. Attach a sentiment to the card using rubons or letter stickers in the scroll on the patterned paper.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I love where the white space is in this layout which draws your eye towards the left side where the photo is. The mesh and sewing and backgound painting is awesome and think this is one brillant layout.
Thanks for sharing with us Kathleen in our gallery. Kathleen has kindly shared other layouts in our gallery which you can check out HERE....
Hope you enjoy this layout as much as I have
Enjoy our Sunday
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Party Time - Dust off those dancing shoes, break open the bubbly and celebrate life. Wether it's a child's birthday or a night on the town, we want to see your party-time pages!
Lots of photos - Scrapbooking is all about remembering special moments, and there's no better way to do this than with pages packed with photos. This month we're on the search for projects incorporating three or more photos.
Outdoor fun - Summer is coming to an end, but we know you've been outdoors for the past few months so why not show us all the fun you've been having? From water fights and sandcastles to bushwalking and sporting events, send in your fun-filled creations.
Scrapbooking Memories have recently changed their email address for submissions to email@example.com . Don't forget to change your email address books!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Alpha Stickers 'Child's Play- Boy' (KaiserCraft)
Die Cut Elements 'Child's Play' (KaiserCraft)
Patterned Papers 'Child's Play' (KaiserCraft)
Teal Cardstock (Chromatics)
Template 'Orchid' (Crafter's Workshop)
Circle Punch 1" (Carl)
Punch 'Branch' (Nellie Snellen)
- Pink Tissue Paper
- Pearl Beads
Jewel Template 'Flowers and Flourishes (Bazill Basics)
Jewel Template 'Garden' (Bazzill Basics)
I doodled a frame all around the white cardstock.
- Using my 'Orchid' template I traced and cut a shape out of the teal cardstock.
- I doodled around the shape to give it some more dimension. I placed the shape to the left of my page.
- I placed a thin strip of paper on the right side of the shape (slightly off centre).
- I cut a thin and a thicker strip out of the patterned papers and placed them across the page.
- I added a title 'Cupcake' with the Alpha Stickers. I outlined the stickers with black pen.
- I used three vertical photos. I cropped two of them to make them fit vertically.
- I added some journaling and two die cuts (the scalloped strip is one of the die cuts).
- I doodled all around the papers and shapes to make them stand out.
- I decided to add 'something handmade' to the page. I made flowers out of tissue paper (the kind that you can get anywhere in the gift wrapping department).
- I folded the paper a few times and punched a few dozen 1" circles ( see picture 1 below).
- PLEASE NOTE: if you try to punch though only one or two layers of tissue paper, it will most likely not work and you could damage your punch! I punched 8 layers at the time and that worked fine!
- I put about 20 punched circles on top of each other (picture 2).
Using a hole piercer I pierced a hole through the punched circles (picture 3).
I put a piece of wire through the bead and twisted the wire a few times (picture 4).
I put the wire through the punched hole (picture 5, 6 and 7).
I cut a bit of the wire so it won't stick out (picture 8).
- I 'separated' the wires to make it 'stick' (picture 9 and 10).
The pearl is nicely centred in the middle (picture 11).
- Using my fingers I crinkled the paper to make a flower shape (picture 12).
- Using my 'Jewel Templates' I added the final touch with some bling swirls and a cute bird.
I also punched some branches and added them under the tissue paper flowers.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I love all things vintage and one of my favourites is to find ways to use vintage sewing patterns. Here is a quick and easy flower that you can use in any number of ways.
1. Take your sewing pattern tissue paper and cut into 1 – 2 inch strips.
2. Twist the paper into a tight strip – the tighter the better.
3. Using a paper punch – punch some circles to adhere your tissue paper to
4. Place glue on the cardstock circle.
5. Twist the tissue aper in on itself as a circle and press onto glued dot
6. Trim to sixe when its on the glue circle
7. I hold it for a minute to ensure its adhered.
8. Spray or ink as desired
Thanks heaps Lisa
Grab a cuppa, sit back and relax and have a wonderful read... you may find something that may inspire you to give it a go. Something you have never tried or done before!
If you do have a go, we would really love to see your work in our gallery...
Here are a list of products you will find in our shop that you can use for ageing
Distress embossing powders - we have lots of techniques using these if you look under the lable section on the right.
Sanding File kit
There is probably more I have missed...lol!....
Here is a step by step by Ingeborg Dijkstra to share with you all....
I made this 'vintage style' card using a few aging techniques. The techniques can be used on cards and on layouts. I was inspired by the amazing Tim Holtz, who alters absolutely everything he works with!
I used Stazon Ink to stamp the musical notes on the background. Since I know it will be covered, I wasn't too worried about whether the image was stamped perfectly straight.
I glued a page of the Bible onto the card. Don't worry, I bought a few old second hand Bibles to do so, I still have my own copy with all the pages! I tore the sides to make it straight again. Again, don't worry about it being 'perfect'; it only adds character if it isn't straight! You can also use an old dictionary or children's book ... anything really.
Using ordinary masking tape I stuck a few strips on top of the page. Make sure the glue has dried, otherwise you might take the whole page of.
Carefully peel away the masking tape. Some of the glued on page will come off. That's exactly what you want!!
I repeated this a few times in random spots.
I applied some brown ink over the top to make it look 'old and damaged'.
Using my Sizzix Machine, I cut a few flowers out of some old sheet music papers. Again ... I buy these at second hand stores, cheap and so versatile to use on your projects!
I cut one petal from one of the flowers and two petals from another one.
I inked the edges and glued them together.
I added the flower to the top left corner of the card.
I added some cardstock swirls and a tag and done!
This technique can be used to 'age' your paper or embellishments and is great if you are looking for a 'vintage' style on your layouts or cards. You don't need to limit this technique to paper either, you can stain lace, flowers, ribbon, raffia, journalling tags.....almost anything.
So how do you do it?? First things first - put the kettle on!!
Make a tea solution and allow to cool (the darkness of the stain will depend on the strength of the tea and how long you leave your items in the solution).
Submerge your items in the tea solution or swipe the damp teabag over the top. You can also squeeze droplets from the damp teabag over the top.
Set your items aside to dry. In the photo below you can see I have stained flowers, embossed card, paper raffia and swiped the edges of a blank card. I then squeezed droplets onto the card. I found the embossed card really took the stain well into the raised parts.
Here is some information and ideas from Alison Callcott for you all to enjoy!..
As I sit here pondering the various techniques I use to age and distress materials in my scrapping (I do it on just about every project!) I find it ironic that I’m also trying to remember when my next Botox appointment is!! LOL! Just kidding. ;)
What is it with our (okay my) obsession with making things look older, or shabbier, or distressed? Even on a newborn baby page? I think for me, at least, I love the detail it provides, and the texture and added depth. Plus it’s fun! I also like to savour the moment (so to speak) when creating, and I suppose that ageing and distressing products makes the moment last. Oh and I love getting messy!
So what are my favourite techniques and tools? Well obviously pretty much anything Tim Holtz readily jumps to mind. From distress inks and their re-inkers, to distress embossing powders, and much more. I’ve been distressing products long before Tim Holtz came along though and here are a few of my tried and tested favourite techniques.
Paint can be used in many ways to age your project and provide great distressing techniques. The LO “Friends” below shows how paint can be sanded back from your product to give a well worn, weathered effect. Its simple … apply paint to your product (in this case my product was various chipboard items), and once thoroughly dry, sand. If you are sanding a lot of painted products you may prefer to do it outside. If not, if you have a drink on your desk I recommend popping something on top of it so you don’t end up drinking ‘paint sand’ and perhaps covering your keyboard and mouse (if its where you scrap) and putting your camera away!
Another way to use Paint is by dry brushing Paint onto your product … as shown on the word “alz” in the LO title above. I initially painted the chipboard letters the colour I wanted to show through the dry brushed Paint and, once dry, using a dry brush, picked up some paint, brushed most of it off on scrap paper, and then painted over the painted alphas. The result is an uneven coat of paint that allows the bottom coat to show through.
Sanding in some form appears on all of my projects primarily because I rarely matt my photos. To give the edges of my photos some definition I sand them. Okay occasionally I’ll ink them or run paint with my finger down the edges of the photos but more often then not I sand them. The photos below demonstrate how effective sanding the edges of your photos can be. Both photos contain blue as the predominant colour and are also placed on a cardstock of a similar colour. The sanded edge creates a white border around the photo helping them to stand out.
Other ways to effectively use sanding include taking the ‘gloss’ of products that are being used on a vintage style LO where the gloss just doesn’t belong. Also, if you scrunch up your paper and then lay it out flat, the folded creases can be sanded to give an instant distressed look, as in the photo below. When using this technique, depending on the weight of your paper or cardstock, you may need to spray it lightly with a water mister to help soften the fibres to enable it to be scrunched. If this is the case it is important to wait for the paper/cardstock to be completely dry before beginning sanding.
Yet another way to use sanding to great effect is to cover chipboard items (for example) with patterned paper and to sand the edges, not dissimilarly to how we sanded the edges of our photo, or how we sanded the paint off products. See the word “flowerz’ in the photo of the LO title above.
Inking … I am rarely without ink of some sort on my fingers and hands. It’s an occupational hazard I guess! Again, setting the fabulous Tim Holtz Distress Inks aside, I love fluid chalk inkpads. I love that they dry (relatively) quickly, the suede-like texture they create, and their softness on a project. Below is a LO of my grandparents’ wedding “Norm & Susie”.
Apart from the metal brads and the ribbon charm, nothing on this LO, including the photo, escaped my inkpad. Everything from the cardstock to the photo corners, and the twill to the flowers has been inked. Even the ric rac which although initially proved fiddly, was done by placing my inkpad onto a piece of scrap paper and then running the ric rac underneath the inkpad and pulling it out the other side.
Further, I had wanted the photo to have an old feel about it in respect of the type of textures on which photos were printed in the early 1900s. As such I printed the photo out onto cardstock. But it didn’t print true to the colour I was seeing on my computer screen which had not been colour calibrated. So I inked it, being careful to not get any ink on my grandparents.
Yes it may look a little rough in parts but to me that added to the aged look I was trying to achieve. To maintain the same colour tones and hues I used the one inkpad when doing all the inking on this LO.
Ribbons and fabrics were made for distressing. Okay amongst other things LOL!! But honestly, how easy is it to fray and ‘rough-house’ twill, fabrics, ribbons and other haberdashery items? Below are three photos where I have … (a) frayed and ripped a heavy raw silk (thanks for the fabric Kylie!!), (b) heavily frayed and ‘pulled at’ the edges of eyelet twill, and (c) torn, shredded and frayed a cluster of ribbons to make a shabby chic accent.
Altering photos with photo editing software to make them appear older, shabbier or entirely different to how they originally appeared is a fantastic way to get started with creating a project featuring ageing and distressing techniques.
I mean, what better place to start than with your photo? The LO “Bendoc’s Biggen” below (as featured in Scrapbook Creations Issue 72) has been ‘aged’ first by altering the photo. I loved this photo my husband took but honestly, it wasn’t in such great shape for scrapping, well not the way I wanted.
So I literally just played around with it in Photoshop and this was the result. It was perfect for what I had in mind. I also used another technique to ‘age’ my overall LO by creating an image reminiscent of the era of this house … embroidered, perhaps beaded, doilies. Rather than using actual doilies though, I used some Collections chipboard flourishes to draw an outline onto my cardstock.
I pierced holes along my drawn lines and then backstitched the outlined image. Adding pearls as accents I created the type of embellishment on my LO that blends well with the photo but without overpowering it. Neither the embroidery cotton nor the pearls were distressed, but together they combined to create a vintage look.
Below is a close up portion of another photo I have edited in Photoshop. This time the photo was from a friend and on receiving it I knew why it was in her ‘too hard basket’! The photo was poorly composed, very, very dark, and my friend’s daughter was barely a speck in the overall frame. We all have photos like this. I still have an enormous pile of them to scrap. But this was for a friend and so I had to tackle it.
Again, playing in Photoshop and admittedly using the ‘undo’ option a number of times I eventually found myself with this image reminiscent (to me) of the 19th century Impressionist art movement in Paris. I liked it and I was immediately inspired to work with it. As I was now scrapping the photo more like a mini painting than an actual photo, I printed it on cardstock. To assist with ageing the printed photo to something possibly dating back as far as the 19th century I roughly sanded the ink from the printed image in various places as though to represent damage from over the years.
Finally, because my printed image was a flat colour without any brushstrokes or apparent glazed finish, I used a DecoArt crackle medium, which I brushed onto the print in varying directions and set aside to dry. As it dried, the crackle medium provided a lovely soft crackle glaze effect and my image was complete.
Finally, combining multiple distressing/ageing techniques can be very effective as one effect supports the other. Below is a section of a LO I completed today for a girlfriend, together with a photo of the same section with my ‘staple’ distressing/ageing tools.
In the image of the LO I have … (a) used a Tim Holtz distress tool to roughen the edges of my 12x12 patterned paper which I have then inked, (b) sanded the polka dot paper by placing it on the edge of my craft desk when sanding to create a sanded ‘ridge’, (c) heavily and unevenly inked the edges of the striped paper, (d) on the white cardstock used the Tim Holtz distress tool to roughen the edges and then used a quilting tool to create evenly spaced sewing holes (but with no cotton as though the cotton has long since gone), (e) inked the dark coloured photo matt with a white fluid chalk inkpad to create a faded and worn look, and finally, (f) frayed the edges of the red and white ribbon. All of those effects (as shown in just a small square of the LO) work together to create an overall shabby feel whereas one alone may not have worked so successfully.
As you can see from the photo above, I have only a handful of tools I prefer to use when distressing or ageing products or projects: a sanding board, my Tim Holtz edge distresser, a quilting/sewing tool, and inkpads (in this case fluid chalk inkpads).
I’ve enjoyed sharing these techniques with you and look forward to you sharing your favourite techniques with me. Alz :)
Here is what Leanne Stamatellos said about ageing...
Oh I absolutely love the look of ageing on a layout but to be honest, I don't really do it on mine. My style is crisp and sharp and clean in the colours ... most times, and so it probably doesn't lend itself to this look, but boy are there some amazing scrappers out there that do it so well
If you want to be a little more adventurous, you can rough everything up by scrunching it tightly up and ripping small bits of the edges before running the inkpad lightly over everything. I love this technique because it doesn't matter about being precise or neat!
I also love ripping and inking different types of papers and cardboards too. The result can be fery different base on what paper/card you're using. Here I have used a pizza box as the base for my LO and have ripped bits off, exposing the inner core. Very effective!
Here is some Ideas from Tanyah Payne to share...
Stamping and inking your flowers and edges of your paper
Using Distressed embossing powerders...
Distress using Alchol ink are fantastic for they can be used on any porous surfaces. I have used gel medium and mixed some clear medium beads.Then i painted the alchole inks over the top.... Adding the gold/silver/pearl/copper metallic alcohole inks can add more ageing affects.
This is a really fun technique where you iron crayons onto your surface of your paper and then i have die cut out shapes out of the paper.
I have also used alchole inks over the top of baby wipes and covered my little mini album...
Using Pearl powders
This can be fun using with gel medim and adding bumping textures
Tearing paper can be really cool and lots of fun, this can be done with tearing or curling the edges.
Their is lots of ways of using paint that can make something look ages too, i have used a ruler for this one
here i have used staples, their is lots of ways of using staples to create an aged look.
Thanks for looking
Here are a few of Tracey's favourite techniques -
Ageing is such a fun process and like the other design team members I love to use the many techniques that are on offer to age a project. I love the whole sanding technique along with scrunching and inking my printed papers. Dyeing paper is so much fun also… and using a batik method within the dyeing process lends itself to some really awesome looks. One of my favourite things to do are to pull out my Tim Holtz inks.
These techniques don't suit everyones styles and so it isn't for everyone.
There is probably a lot more ideas than this but I am sure you will love and enjoy these few and feel inspired.
We would love to hear what you have to say or think about these techniques. If you have tried them and ifyou enjoyed the whole process.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR WORK WITH US IN OUR GALLERY... we enjoy seeing your amazing work and would love for you to place it in their....,
Thank you to my very creative, tallanted design team who have helped to put this together, I very much appreciate all your hard work
till next time