Tag: 8×8 scrapbooking

#TBT – Motherly Love

Facebook very kindly reminded me the other day of this layout, a very early one in my scrapbooking adventures.

on-this-day

I remember how proud I was of that page, and to this day, it’s still one of my favourite ones. It’s a lovely photo of me and the kids (despite it not being in focus) and I was very proud of having done some embossing on the blue cardstock.

Anyway, here’s an updated photo of the layout as it stands today.

motherly-love

Mixed media, episode 2

So I have finally finished my first mixed media project and it has not been an easy ride. To start with, my cardstock base sat on my office untouched for way too long. I kept looking at it and not wanting to finish it. I was overwhelmed just by the thought! But I finally finished it…

Lessons learnt:

1) I really struggle with 12×12. It’s an overwhelming amount of space to work with (for me). Having worked on 8×8 for such a long time, anything bigger just feels huge. Funny though, because the 12×12 layout that I did back in May for the National Scrapbooking Week was easier, it flowed better. I wonder if rather than the size, this time the problem was the mixed media aspect that put me off.

2) find a different nail polish to wear whilst scrapping, as unfortunately I have left pink streaks around my page . I am not a girly-girl and I very rarely put on any make up or nail varnish, so it was really unfortunate that this precise time I was wearing some!

3) I thought I had pressed “record” on my phone before starting working on it but silly me, I didn’t record any of it. So what was going to be my first process video is gone 🙁 Now I can’t really decide if I can be bothered with making process videos or not, as I scrap when I can, most of the time at night when the light is really rubbish, so I don’t want to stop my creativity and time to scrap for the sake of a video. We’ll see what happens next…

Overall I am not too displeased with my final layout but it was a big step away from my comfort zone. I may scrap this photo again at some point in the future (especially because it is printed in normal cardstock rather than photo paper. I just wanted to be done with this layout and it needed to be a 5×7 photo, so for speed sake I just printed it in normal cardstock – it looks good, though. You can be fooled by it)

A couple of days later after finishing the 12×12 layout, I have started another mixed media project… This time I have taken an 8×8 piece of cardstock from my book and trimmed the edges a bit.

I mixed the gesso directly with a tiny bit of brown acrylic paint and a few drops of gold Heidi Shine, and I am very pleased with the shade I got (it’s a bit more pink-ish than brown-ish in natural light)

I spread it all over my paper (same card from my 8×8 book but trimmed smaller) and let it dry. By the way, I need to find an old gift card or similar for the spreading, as at the moment I am using my expired Spanish ID card and I need to be careful not to destroy it!

Once dry I applied some texture paste on the flower mask. I found this quite hard as I didn’t want to get over the line, but the mask is so tiny that I had to be super careful. Maybe next time I’ll carefully apply some washi tape around the edges?

I let the paste dry in a place that I thought was safe, however my cat managed to get a paw there when it was still slightly wet. You have to look very closely to notice it but I thought it was hilarious.

And finally a few more splatters of gold Heidi shine.

The plan now is to stick this to my 8×8 card and work with it as a background. So I’ll get back to you soon with a finished layout when I figure out what I am going to do! (I don’t really have any photos at the moment that would sit well with this background)

 

Mixed media background for a future layout
Mixed media background for a future layout
Finished first mixed media layout
Finished first mixed media layout

(For this layout I used the Sea Breeze collection by Kaisercraft – I love those colours!)

Crops, retreats and other musings

Apologies for the lack of content lately, I have been quite busy!

On Saturday last week I attended the Artful Angels crop near Winchester. This was my second time, the first time being back in April! (I couldn’t make it in May because we were on holiday in Cornwall, I couldn’t make it in June because it was Jon’s brother’s birthday do, I couldn’t make it in July because we were on holiday in Spain, and they didn’t run one in August!)

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have at any other time, because the previous night I was out with some girl friends and went to bed stupidly late! So in the morning I drove from Blackwater to Hursley… The drive was easy enough actually. I thought it would take me longer, but I was there by 10:30, which I was happy about.

But yeah, due to the lack of sleep it’s like I wasn’t there. The ladies that I sat with last time were there again this time (Lisa Jane, Sarah, Elise, Jo? and Paula) and I chatted a bit with them. But I don’t know if it’s because I was so tired, it didn’t feel as friendly as the previous time…

Still, I was productive enough and managed to finish four layouts! Not bad!

I also wanted to say that previously I hadn’t been 100% satisfied with the quality of my home printed photos, so for this crop I ordered them via Jessops. I selected my photos and placed an order online on the Monday, kind of hoping that they would be ready for collection and day or two later (they don’t tell you how long it takes on their website). However when I still hadn’t heard from them on Thursday afternoon, I started to panic! Luckily they texted me on Friday morning saying that the order was ready to pick up…. Phew!! However, when I got to the shop and I gave all the details to the girl, she couldn’t find my order!! After waiting for another 10 minutes or so and asking for a manager to look, they finally found them (the downside of a surname like mine… they had stored it under “C” instead of “L” like the girl was expecting)

But now I have very high quality prints to scrapbook until end of April, so quite pleased about that! I’ll just be more careful when ordering the next batch, to order it with plenty of time!

 

Tomorrow is the regular crop in Bracknell, however I am going to miss it! It is the birthday party of one of the twins’ friends and we couldn’t miss it. However I am planning on going the following week to the one in Earley, despite having said that I wouldn’t go again due to being a nightmare drive… But I really enjoy them, and I catch up so much with the scrapbook!

The lady who runs the crops in Bracknell and Earley also runs Retreats (a retreat is like a weekend-long crop, where you stay in a hotel or country house). The next one she is running is in mid-October and I have already booked my place! It is at the Hilton Hotel in Bracknell and they include a light dinner, plus all the other stuff that is available at the regular crops. I just can’t wait to go!

And here are the layouts that I managed at the Artful Angels crop. I am particularly pleased with the “naughty kids” one 🙂

Naughty Kids

Love US

Pretty sweet girl

Speccy four eyes

August’s Scrap Cafe crop in Bracknell

Last Saturday I attended my first crop in Bracknell (and my third crop ever! – The first one was south of Winchester and the second one in Reading. The Reading one is run by Lorraine, owner of “the Scrap Café” who also runs the Bracknell one)

We had quite a miserable day, weather wise, on Saturday so it was the perfect day to spend a few hours doing some scrapbooking!

The Bracknell crop takes place at the Hilton Hotel, which is on the A322 just a few miles off the M3. This is super convenient for me, because it’s a very straight forward drive. The crop in Reading is a very complicated drive going through Reading housing estates. I found it a very stressful drive. Bracknell however was very easy to find. So I have decided to stick with the Bracknell crop rather than Reading.

The room at the hotel is quite comfortable. I was sitting by a big window, so I had plenty of natural light. Although I am aware that there were plenty of other ladies sitting on the other side of the room without the natural light…

I already knew a few of the ladies from my previous crop in Reading, so it was great getting into the conversations without the awkwardness of the first time. They are a really nice bunch of women and I really enjoy their company. Certainly it’s a totally different experience than scrapping on your own!

I finally finished the last two layouts to complete my 2014 book and started working on 2015. In total, I managed 5 and a half layouts (although one was double). The “half” one, I finished when I got home.

And these are my favourite layouts of the day (I added some typed journalling to “A day at the farm” at home)

Sweet boy

Happy cousins

A day at the farm

#TBT – First layout in the 2013 book

When my twins were just 11 weeks old I decided to start a scrapbook to document their early days and milestones. Looking at this book now, I can see how new everything was for me, as I was just making up the pages as I was going along (I still do!).

The first “layout” (it’s not really a layout) I made in the back of the cover page, which is not something I would do now, and it doesn’t feature any photos. I did get an electronic typewriter on freecycle and used it a bit in the early pages, but I haven’t continued to use it lately (as it is more hassle to get it out than anything else. When I scrapbook I like finishing a layout in one sitting – I don’t like having too many “PHDs”* so it’s just faster to handwrite the journalling rather than getting the typewriter out)

(*PHD stands for Projects Half Done)

I hate that the double sided tape that I used on the left hand side has gone so dark over time and is showing through the paper. To be honest, the paper is super thin, almost like photocopier paper, but still, the glue should never show!

Glue showing!

The layout on the right hand side appears to have no photos, but it does! There are six or seven in total and they are all hiding inside the yellow envelope. They are the scan photos from when I was pregnant! They are way too delicate to put directly into the pages, and I really wanted to have the originals rather than photocopies, so putting them in a protective envelope was the best idea I got at the time.

The story begins here

You can see how I had not done much scrapbooking before. The pages are a bit of a mess without much cohesion. There’s stamping here and there, stickers in random places and the journalling on the right hand page seems to be in a very strange position. However, I was so proud of how the page turned out, and still to this day I love it. I love how it is the first page of the first book and it’s probably the most honest page I’ve done.