Tag: scrapbooking

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!

Paige Taylor Evans and BoaF event

On Saturday I attended the first Birds of a Feather event in Coventry, with the gorgeous Paige Taylor Evans as guest designer.

The day itself was beautifully organised. I arrived at the hotel (the lovely Ansty Hall) and I was greeted by James, who ticked my name off the list. I went into the room and I was shown to my seat. On the table there was a bag with the included kit and some extra freebies. The kit included for the workshop consisted in quite a lot of goodies from the Paige Evans newest collection for Pink Paislee “Take me away”. I must admit that from all her previous collections, this is probably my least favourite because it features a lot of violets and I am not keen on violet for scrapbooking at all. However, there are lots of other amazing papers, so I am happy to work with it.

Kitansty hall

Paige designed four layouts exclusively for this workshop and we were given photos and instructions for every single one. In addition to this, Paige also gave more detailed instructions and other tips on design, composition, etc.

The good thing about being given almost a full collection with papers, embellishments, etc, rather than just the exact materials that we would need, is that if you didn’t like a certain element of the layout or you wanted to personalise it a bit more towards your own style, you had plenty of papers and other bits and pieces to choose from. For the second layout I had chosen a photo of Eric, and the layout that Paige had designed used lots of “girly” papers, so I was just able to pick my own papers to make it a bit more boy-ish. I like having done this in a couple of the layouts, because now my layouts are kind of more unique than everyone else who followed the layout to the T.

I tried so many new techniques on the day! I did stitching (which I struggled with at the beginning, but it got easier towards the end), I did lots of fussy cutting (I’ve done fussy cutting before, but not to this extent!), a die cut piece with lots of different patterns underneath… Things that I don’t normally (or ever!) use on my layouts but that look so stunning!

I also enjoyed working with 12×12 layouts. I have said in the past that I struggle with 12×12 because of the amount of space to fill, but Paige’s technique is about filling the background with big, bold patterns and elements, so it is not so overwhelming.

Another great thing about the day was the the ladies who run Hey Little Magpie set up a pop up shop at the event! And it wasn’t just a small table, no… It was a huge display, organised by collections, with tons of papers, embellishments, inks, stamps and so many more things! I must admit that I have never bought from their online shop before, just because their prices are just slightly higher than Papermaze. The difference is that HLM are official American Crafts distributors and always have the latest collections straight away. As I have mentioned in the past, I don’t really care that much about the latest must-haves and always buy what I like and what I can afford. But we were given a £10 voucher to spend on the shop so I felt like I needed to spend a bit more! I ended up buying some thickers, embellishments and some 6×6 papers. I think I spent around £30 in the end… Naughty me!

shopThere was another bigger table on the other side of the room

I attended alone, although I did recognise some of the ladies as the organisers had created a private facebook group for all the attendees, so we could interact a bit before the day. To my right was a lady called Leisa, who I already kind of knew from the scrappy groups on facebook and next to her were Mimi and Rubina, who I got on quite well with too. To my left was Lisa, who came with her sister. I didn’t talk much to her, but she seemed like a great laugh. She had this very contagious laughter… I had no idea what they were talking about half the time, but when she laughed, I laughed too 🙂

room  room2

So, finally, here are my four layouts! My favourite ones are number 1 and number four (Elisa and Pepper), however, I must admit that I love all of them. I am specially happy with Eric’s layout, as I much more prefer the colours and papers that I used than the ones that Paige selected for hers.

Too Cute

Awesome

love this

pepper

 

The ladies of Birds of a Feather are organising another event in May. This time it will be a full weekend retreat but the are also bringing a special designer… Wilna Furstenberg!!! This is specially exciting as Wilna uses lots of mixed media and I would absolutely love to attend one of her classes, however, due to the fact that it is a full weekend retreat, the price for the event is quite high (over £350 – that includes accommodation, obviously, but a bit pricey!). I have enquired about coming for a one day only to attend the workshop with Wilna, and apparently several other people have asked the same, so they are going to look into it. Or I could start saving now!

And a last couple of photos:

Paige and the ladies Paige and me BOAF and me