Tag: crafts by marialachica

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!

Projects in the pipeline

Because catching up with the twins scrapbook is not enough (*sarcasm!!), I have several projects in the pipeline that I want to start soon too.

  • Glynn Barton Cottages holiday Mini Book: I started working on this a tiny bit during the retreat in Bracknell last month. I had printed a few photos to scrapbook anyway, but before starting I decided that I would make a mini album instead. I picked a Simple Stories “I am” mini album kit at the retreat shop and chose my favourite pages to use. I also created a front page with cardstock and alphabet stickers, but I didn’t do any more after that. So I have now chosen quite a few more photos to print and I want to make a list with the titles I want to put on my pages. This will make it slightly faster when I am creating each page! (sometimes I sit there and look at the photo for minutes trying to come up with a title… Having the title already will give me extra minutes to scrap!)
  • Kids’ playroom rules. This is not scrapbooking related, but I still want to do it! I already talked about it before the retreat. I want to buy a canvas and use some large glittery chipboard alphas that I have to create a “subway art” style canvas for the playroom. I have the alphas, I have spray inks… Now I just need the canvas!
    Before I buy the canvas, though, I want to come up with a list of the words and phrases I want to use and fish out all the alphas to see how it all looks together and roughly how big it’s going to be!
  • The book of Me. This is something that I’ve seen recently in the scrapbooking facebook group. There are going to be weekly prompts to scrapbook about you and your life (rather than the kids and pets like most scrapbooks are!). A lady has already started making her own one, and the way she is doing it is using the letters of the alphabet as the prompts. For instance, A for Achievements, B for Believe, C for Childhood, etc. I really like this idea, but I think I am going to wait to see the weekly prompts before I make up my mind about which idea to follow!
  • First communion order. And I mustn’t forget that I have to have this crafty order ready for the new year! A couple of months back a lady got in touch with me to make a couple of buntings and cupcake toppers for her daughters’ first communion celebrations. As I will be going to Spain in the new year, we agreed that I would take them with me to save on the high postage costs. But now the pressure is on, as my craft room is still a mess due to the loft extension and I only have a few weeks to get started (and finished!)
  • Oh, and did I mention that I must keep catching up with the twins’ scrapbook? I’ve got a feeling that I am always going to be a year off… but hey, that’s life!

Throw Back Thursday – Personalised bunting

Once upon a time I tried to build a crafty business. I knew handmade cards were not really the way forward for several reasons (already a saturated market, especially with all the stampin up people out there, and also my style was not really ideal for making “cheap” cards to sell to the mass market). So instead I thought for a long time and came up with Personalised Bunting as my star product. And for a while it was kind of successful, I made quite a few buntings in a year! But sadly the “business” just died away. I stopped advertising, offering all kinds of discounts and offers, doing any giveaways, and it just died. It was way too much work for the few benefits I was getting.

However, just the other day I got an enquiry from a lady who had bought a bunting from me a couple of years ago. She has just had another baby and wanted another one! Repeat business! Yay! It made me feel really warm inside, I tell you. There isn’t a better feeling than seeing your craft being appreciated by other people!

Here are some examples of buntings made during the time I had my tiny, short-lived business:

millie2

julieta

alberto

george

charlotte2

chris