Friday, 29 April 2016

Photo Transfer Mini Series: Episode Two

Hello all and welcome to the second episode of my Photo Transfer Mini Series! In this episode I share how to cover up or improve a failed photo transfer. I also show you how to use the transfer method to create the look of DIY rub-ons! I used an overhead transparency sheet that was purchased at an office supply store and I printed my photos and Jen Schow's brushstrokes (FREE cut file that I used as a printable!) onto it using an inkjet printer. There are more details on this in Episode One. I will be experimenting with several gel mediums throughout the series and I will be using these photo transfers in many different ways.

The succulent image (my own photography) turned out so vibrant. I am quite happy with this result, despite it being an initial failure! See the video to find out how I turned things around.
You can see here how cleanly the blue brushstroke transferred! I love that it looks just like a rub-on. The washi strips were used to ground the title.
I love creating this texture by simply using wrinkled tissue! This is one of my favourite techniques at the moment.
Here is some more texture and layered paint in the bottom corner.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial and please check back for the third and final episode next Friday!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

DIY Pocket Letter Envelope Tutorial

Hello all! Today I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the envelopes I have been using for my pocket letters. In the video I will share visual instructions and below that I will have simple written instructions. I hope you give it a try, as these are super fun for pocket letters, but also as inserts in your binder albums or mini albums.

1. Select a piece of 12x12 paper and determine the direction you want the pattern to go.
2. Flip the paper over so the backside faces up. Score 3" in from the right side and 4" in from the left side as shown in the video.
3. With the backside still up, score 1.5" in from the top and 1" in from the bottom. This will create an envelope that is a finished size of 5"W x 9.5"H,
4. Fold paper on all score lines and crease well using a bone folder or other tool. The preferred pattern should be on the outside.
5. Unfold paper. Using a pair of scissors, or a trimmer, cut out each of the four corners on a light angle as shown in the video. This angle will create a nice finished look to the envelope. You can also found the corners of the top and bottom flaps if desired.
6. Add adhesive to the overlapping section of the envelope and press firmly together.
7. Add adhesive to the bottom flap of the envelope and adhere shut.
8. When you are prepared to mail your item, adhere top flap securely. I like to add some clear packing tape to make sure that the flaps won't come open and the address label won't fall off. You have done it!

To see more of my pocket letters, check out the playlist on YouTube. If you would like to know more about pocket letters, check out the website here!

Below I have included some examples of how I package my pocket letters to go inside the envelopes. There is enough space to add some tissue within the envelopes and this is one of my favourite parts of creating pocket letters! As seen below also, I like to hand letter the name and address of my recipient on cardstock and adhere that to the envelope.
The envelope above was too busy of a pattern to write on directly. Adding a label helps solve this issue.
I love how the letters above look with all the Canadian stamps on them! I try to request stamps instead of the printed shipping label that the post office likes to do now.
On the envelope above I lettered directly on to the paper as it was not to busy of a pattern.

As I mentioned in the video, other sized envelopes are certainly a possibility too! Try using a 6x6 sheet of paper and dividing the scoring measurements in half, or use a unique size and just experiment with proportions. I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and I encourage you to give it a try!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Photo Transfer Mini Series: Episode One

I am so excited about this mini series! I have a lot of cool techniques to share with you in the next couple of weeks. I will be posting the next two episodes (it is a series of 3) on the next two Fridays, so keep an eye open for that!

I used an overhead transparency sheet that was purchased at an office supply store and I printed my photos and Jen Schow's brushstrokes (free cut file!) onto it using an inkjet printer. I will be experimenting with several gel mediums throughout the series and I will be using these photo transfers in many different ways. Here is episode one!

Thank you for stopping by today! Just a note: I will have regular videos on Tuesdays as usual! I hope you enjoyed episode one of my mini series!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Layout Share: Episode Five

The weather here right now is shockingly warm for Alberta in April. Today is is 28 degrees Celsius! Yesterday we were able to spend some of the evening on a pub patio and tonight we are having our first ball practice! There is typically still snow on the ground at this point, so we are enjoying this change.

Today I am sharing 4 layouts that I created in the last couple of months. As I mention in the video, I haven't been in the 12x12 groove lately because I have been spending a lot of time on my Project Life album and decorating my planner. I really want to dive into my wedding album soon, as I have been talking about for months... but time sure flies! That album will be a mix of 12x12 and pocket pages, depending on the stories that I want to include. This fist page will be a part of that album and I hope you check out the video below to hear me discuss the details of each page.

 The word "together" was hand lettered by me. I am loving the mix of fonts here.
 The "love story" words are from a washi tape that I have. I love this MAMBI puffy arrow sticker!
 I shared the process video for this page last month and it can be found here.
 This title was created using polymer clay.

 It was such an incredible experience to see this mama grizzly and her cub (from a very safe distance!)

 This page is a little busier than I like, but it came together quickly and I do like the layers on it.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you have a great week ahead!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Project Life: the start of March

I have been pretty busy in the last couple of weeks despite it being slow at work. Several exciting things have happened and I am excited to eventually share them all with you, but for now I will just share one exciting thing. If you have checked out my Instagram feed lately you would have seen that I recently got a dirtbike! I am thrilled about it and I look forward to improving my riding a lot this spring and summer. Go check out the pictures over on Instagram if you like!

Today I am sharing the first several pages of my March Project Life album. It was a photo heavy month because we went on our first camping trip of the year, it was Andrew's birthday and we celebrated for over a week, and we had our Easter celebrations! I hope you enjoy seeing these pages. If you want to see more of my album, you can click here to see the blog posts, or here to see my YouTube playlist. I hope you enjoy the video and photos!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Planner Share: spreads and felt paperclips!

Today I wanted to show you what I have been working on in my planner! I hope that you enjoy seeing my weekly and monthly spreads. I have included a flip through in the video just below.

I quite like how this fox paperclip came out, especially considering it was only my second one and my stitching still needs work.

Here are the stickers that I created using some patterns and quotes found on Pinterest and google images. I hope that you enjoyed this post and I really appreciate you stopping by today!