Wednesday, 30 June 2010

may staff challenge

I made this page for last month's Staff Challenge at the store. I didnt have any photos that went with the colours of the paper we were given so I printed off my favourite Spain picture in black and white. I created the black border strip using an old creative memories punch. Instead of using the pattern paper for the main piece, I used it as a border around the edge of the page so that it wasnt to busy.
I sanded the edges of my picture for a distressed look. The brads are possibly Making Memories but im not positive...

I used some Christina Renee Stamps behind the title to add interest.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

first art journal page

Hey blog readers! I have already shared this first page of my art journal in my video on youtube. Check it out here if you like. I have been working on my journal alot and I just love the easy, relaxing and messy creative outlet. If you havent already, I really recommend you give this a try!I used water colour and acrylic paints for the colour of this page. I also used some dictionary text and computer printed measuring tape in the background. for a collage effect.
Here I painted some old chipboard letters and sanded the edges to reveal the old colour. I used a couple vintage looking postage stickers and a ticket behind them.

The texture you see was created by gluing tulle onto the page. I also added some embossing powder and painted over it to blend it into the page.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Art Journal

I have seen alot of youtube videos lately where scrapbookers are discovering the joy of art journaling. I have to agree that it is very freeing and relaxing and just fun in general! I made this book specifically because I wanted to try art journaling and so far I LOVE it!
I made the cover out of some burlap I found. The front and back covers also have heavy chipboard and corrugated cardboard and the spine is just the burlap (making it very flexible)

The book measures about 7 by 5 and I wanted to try this smaller size for my first journal. The pages come together really quick and I love it! I will be sharing some pages very soon! Cant wait to create more!

Monday, 21 June 2010

envelope minis + VIDEO!

I have been playing with these coin pocket envelopes and I just love all the things you can do with them! they are great to include as a pocket in a mini but they also make great mini books by themselves. Here I used a coin pocket for the front and back covers and also used a maya road sheer tag on the front.
I bound it using a technique I found in one of my favourite books (Re-Bound by Jeannine Stein)
I attached a tag between each signature and decorated them using TH stamps

Here is the next project which I created from one envelope (6 1/2 X 3 1/2)
I made a closure using a circle of chipboard, a brad and some embroidery floss
Here I used a TH fragment (stamped behind it then stamped on cardstock that was then glued to fragment and lined up the images)
To see another idea using coin pocket envelopes, check out this post. Please also visit my youtube channel to see my video of these projects.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

June Staff Challenge

I cant believe it has been so long since I posted a layout! I havent done as many as I used to but I create atleast one every month because of our staff challenge at work. Many of them I guess I just havent gotten around to photographing or posting. I plan to catch up on some vacation layouts this summer so there will hopefully be alot more! Speaking of which, today was my last day of school! I have 2 exams and then it is summer relaxation time! HOORAY! We were given some new basic grey paper that I absolutely LOVE! The black/greyish grid is my favourite! I cant wait to work with some of these other papers that I have purchased.
Part of our challenge was to create our own embelishments. I made this ribbon flower and cut out the center part from some design paper then matted it on yellow cardstock.
I used some foam letter stickers then stamped the rest of my title. These pictures are from when I got to ride the high speed bullet train in Spain from Madrid to Barcelona. I will be adding some journaling on this soon.

I am really excited about these flowers! I found some acrylic plastic and ran it through the cuttlebug to cut them out. I sanded the edges a bit to smooth them out and then alcohol inked them! This was my first attempt at using this product and I quite like how it came out. I used the pitch black, bottle green and a brown (possibly something ginger?) Hope you like it :)

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Arlene's tag swap!

I have completed all 8 of my tags for the June tag swap! I am planning to mail them out this weekend so they can get to Arlene in lots of time (not sure how long that will take...) The theme is "postcard form paris" with a vintage/collage challenge. I used many techniques on this and am currently uploading a more in depth video I just filmed to youtube so please check out my channel!
I glimmer misted the flowers and added a vintage button and feathers to each.
There is the little charm I beaded. It is attached with a safety pin to the top.

This is the background I created. (was originally plain vanilla cardstock) I grunged it up using dictionary text, stamping, glimmer mist, paint and ink. Hope you like it!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

film strip tag

I have been quite busy lately getting ready for exams, working and creating my tags for the tag swap this month. They are almost done and I am happy with how they turned out. I will be sharing those soon and mailing them out. Cant wait!
Today I have decided to cut into valuable study time to post on the blog instead! I just really wanted to share this tag with you and I am quite excited with the new technique I have been playing with. I created the background of this tag with alot of distressing, embossing, paint, and found materials. I used a vintage library card (the kind inside the book) in the background (the corner of it is sticking off the tag) and I also used some ditionary text.
I cut the keyhole from chipboard with my new TH die. I inked it with vintage photo and some black then added a couple layers of UTEE.
Here I added a key charm attached with a safety pin to the top. Love this piece!

Here is a close up of some of the texture in the background. To get the effect I did with the white paint I used a piece of tulle sort of like a mask and dabbed over it.