Glynn Barton Book – Work in progress

Hello all! Apologies for the lack of content lately… I haven’t been scrapping much in the last few days, and the scrapping that I have done is part of the Glynn Barton book and unfortunately I haven’t finished a single page yet!

I selected and printed all my photos, and decided to work from a Simple Stories “I am” sn@p set, and let me tell you… working from a single set or collection is making the whole process so much easier! I am seriously loving it, not having to go through all my stash looking for papers that will coordinate together, etc. I am, however, going through my stash for the alphas but that IS fun, so no complaining there.

I am probably one third there. I have written the journalling on my computer on a typewriter font and I have printed all the text for the pages I have done so far. As I create the base of a page, then I also write the journalling, so it’s a much faster process than my usual one.

I have created a little video, with the help of my cat Pepper, showing the work in progress. I won’t have much scrapping time, if any at all, this side of Christmas but hopefully I will finish the book early on in the new year.

On inspiration and other projects

My husband has been working night shifts for the last few days. Not great to be honest, having to deal with the twins on my own for bedtime and morning routine, however, great for having lots of ME time in the evening for scrapping!

I have been thinking lots lately about inspiration. Like every other crafter in the world, I rely a lot on Pinterest. I pin a lot. I don’t think I am the most prolific pinner in the world, but I do pin quite a lot. Mostly layouts recently, although I also pin sketches and other “mood board” ideas.

I also take lots of inspiration from the super talented ladies that I have discovered thanks to the Facebook Scrapbooking group (there are tons of them, but when I talk about THE facebook group, I am referring to “For the Love of Pretty Paper” – group that I now also admin!). There are really talented scrapbookers in the group, ladies that I also follow on youtube, but to be honest, I am more likely to see their layouts on facebook first.

So, who have I been inspired by lately?

Sarah Costain, aka Manxy Cat Crafts.

In particular I loved this layout that she created recently. I was fascinated by the hearts background, so -as I already had that same hearts mask- I decided to have a go myself!

My first attempt didn’t go as planned. I must admit that it had been a couple of weeks since I had seen her layout, so I was trying to replicate it from memory. However memory served me wrong, and what I did didn’t really look that good (I sprayed the background with blue heidi shine but I also mixed the modeling paste with blue ink, making the final product too samey)

So my second attempt went much better. I sprayed in different colours and left the paste white. And that’s where the resemblance with Sarah’s layout ends!

Laugh

 

Laura Rumble, aka Laura R or Beads Buttons and Birds

When I went to scrapbook the photo below, I took out some frames that I bought ages ago and that I hadn’t got round to use them. As I lay them on the paper, I remembered having watched Laura’s video where we uses the same frames. I was instantly inspired by her layout, the way she used the watercolour under the frames, the way she created the title… And I set off to create my own version!

I must say that I really enjoyed creating this layout. I am getting more and more comfortable using watercolours, despite having thought not that long ago that I would never even try playing with them!

Same habit

I have a couple more layouts to show you, but I will keep those for another blog 🙂

Artful Angels crop – November 2016

So the last crop of the year has come and gone. What a nice day I had… It was quiet, everybody seemed to be concentrating a lot on their layouts and there wasn’t as much chatting as there has been before, but it was still a very nice atmosphere, very friendly and I feel more and more comfortable there the more I go. I’m not sure I am going to become “best friends” with the ladies there anytime soon, but I still really enjoy their company.

I managed four layouts yesterday. I think I would have been able to squeeze a fifth one, however I did some mixed media on my second layout, with texture paste and ink splatters which took a long time to dry… Next time I need to avoid texture paste, or just take my heat gun with me! (I asked all the ladies at the crop for a heat gun but nobody had taken one…)

All in all I am very happy with all four layouts. One of the things that I really like about attending crops is the sheer amount of tools available to borrow. For example, for my first layout (First BBQ) I used a round border punch, a square punch, a notebook border punch and the typewriter. For the second layout (Feed me baby) I borrowed the mask for the mixed media…

So without further ado, here they are!

First BBQ

Feed me baby

Best kid ever

Happy you

Hand stitching on a layout

My husband was out the other night, so I decided to make a quick layout with a photo I had printed that morning. Unfortunately, I run out of 6×4 photo paper and had to print it in 7×5, which turns out is huge! Remember my scrapbook is 8×8, which in reality is smaller than that, so a 7 inches wide photo takes up most of the space on a page!

But, hey, nevermind. Off I went. Since the photo was so big, I knew I had to keep the layout quite simple, so I decided to do some hand stitching. My first experience with stitching wasn’t great, however I did some stitching in one of the Paige Evans layouts and it was much easier that time, so I knew I wanted to try again.

The thread I used was from one of those cheap sewing kits. I still need to go and look for proper thread, as I found this one too flimsy and difficult to work with. I have been recommended a couple of brands, so next time I’m shopping I’ll keep an eye.

sewing kit

And this is it. A very simple layout due to the huge photo, but the important bit was documenting this memory of a time when bedtimes weren’t easy. It’s not all about remembering the happy times, it’s also about the not-so-good times!

The hand stitching took me much longer than I expected, so maybe I need to keep practising, and perhaps find that thread that will make it less flimsy!

hush now baby

stitching detail

 

Book of Me project update

The mixed media project that I was working on recently just became the cover page of the Book of Me album that I am starting soon.

The watercolour base that I showed you on my mixed media post stayed pretty much the same, however, when it came to putting the (very large!) photo of me on top, I had to add some more watercolouring to the left hand side. Thankfully, it was super easy to do with my new water brush 🙂

Book of me unfinishedNeeds some more watercolour on the left hand side

Book of me finishedFinished with title and extra watercolour

I have also now come up with my list of A-Z topics. I was going to wait for the Facebook group to come up with prompts, but I am a rebel, aren’t I, and I decided to go and do my own thing, like I always do!

So, this is my list at the moment, although some of the letters/topics may change, and for some I still haven’t made up my mind…

A – Andromeda
B – Birthday
C – Childhood / Cortijo
D – Dreams
E – Eric&Elisa
F – Favourites (music, film, games, book, food, etc)
G – Grandma? / Granada?
H – Hair / Hobbies
I – Influence/Inspiration
J – Joy? Jon?
K – Kingdom (UK)
L – Linguistics
M – Motril
N – Nature
O – Ocean/Opinions
P – Pets
Q – Quiet time? / Questions?
R – Relatives
S – Summer
T – Tropical (heladeria)
U – Uniform? / University?
V – Virginia Water
W – Wedding
X – Xmas!
Y – Youth
Z – Zero (TSP)

By the way, some of these layouts may not have a photo and be centred around the story / journalling!