Saturday, December 27, 2008
I saw some paper in a scrapbooking store that had flocking on it, it reminded me of wallpaper that was at a house we stayed at when I was a kid. I used to fall asleep touching the wall.
Oh and I hope you all have had an enjoyable Christmas and a safe New Years.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The pictures are a greeting card I saw and liked a lot. I never got the chance to get these types of pictures of my kids. So I improvised.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Today I tried two new things:
1. I made this card but thats not new for me, what is new is that I did it too a Sketch Challenge. I think that is a great way to challenge yourself. Step outside the box and try something new.
2. I invited a new scrapper to join our little Scrap-a-coffee day. She doesn't live far and is new to the world of Scrapbooking. So what a great way to make new friends with a similar interest.
Well short and sweet today.
Friday, December 19, 2008
This is the first half of the Sam Rocks LO. I liked how simple it was and how Sam's smile was the main focus.
The pics were colour prints but the colours wouldn't of matched the colour scheme I wanted to do. So changing them to B&W was the simplest solution.
Well tonight I will have to scan some more LO's and post some of them. I go through phases. Like feathers, ribbon, lace and cutouts. I usually see stuff other people have done and try to change it somehow but I also think thats what everyone does.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I just bought some Graphite Glimmer Mist from SugarSnapps and I love the stuff. Joanne also sent a help sheet with it, telling people how to use it. After trying all those ideas I then had a thought (which doesn't happen very often), I used a sponge make up applicator in a bulldog clip and sprayed some of the Glimmer Mist onto a ice cream lid then sponged it onto cream card. It looked like grey clouds on a stormy day, I loved it. I stamped a journalling stamp in the corner and now I have too come up with a LO for it.
I'm thinking of doing a page of things that have been invented since I was born, which is 1970. So if anyone out there can think of stuff, please leave a comment. Would be much appreciated.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I love this picture of my daughter and her dad going to the ball. She was going on the back of a Harley, but it rained that night so it was called off.
I went to a Craft Fair a few weeks ago with some craft minded friends and came across a stall that was selling silk papers from India. My friends and I spent a small fortune in there and if they had taken a Credit card I would of bought a heck of a lot more. You can't see the full detail of the paisley but it has flecks of gold through it.
In the top corner I used an acrylic stamp (Carolee's Creations) I got from the SugarSnapps site and embossed it in black.
This page was the start of my feather fetish. All I had were some mangled feathers in a plastic bag and I straightened out the black one, put it with the big yellow and brown flower and stuck a Kaiser Pearl in the centre. Finally I added some rub ons.
The thing I liked most about this LO is it used up some of my leftover papers. Mind you I also made more leftovers but hey...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Their new product is.... drum roll please, a beautiful Crystal collection, my absoulute favourites are the pins. They also have angel wings and suns with crystals.
I can't wait to get my hands on them, I have been looking for pins for ages mainly an old fashion hat pin but are really hard to find.
Joanne has even put some gorgeous pictures in the gallery showing how to use them. I am gushing over the pins but the site has so much more. They even have their own Sugarsnapps products, like adorable flowers with ribbons and messages in the centre.
When I get the pins, I will do a layout and post it staight away so you can see what I mean. If you want to check out the site I have a link at the top and bottom of my blog.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I saw flowers like this in an ad in a magazine and I thought they were beautiful. I hunted everywhere for them and when I finally found them you got 6 flowers for $10.50. I thought that was highway robbery. I went home and stewed for awhile then thought how can I make them. Do you know how easy they are to make.
I went to Spotlight and bought velvet ribbon for $4 a metre, I also bought some spotted grosgrain ribbon for $3 dollars for 4 metres and I bought some satin ribbon. The satin didn't work so well.
I cut off 9" lengths sewed a running stitch along one edge pull the string till it gathered, then threaded a bead onto cotton. Sewed in remaining cotton and centred the bead and Bobs your Uncle, I now have 50 odd flower ribbons.
I like to do these kinds of things at night when I am watching TV. I gave up smoking nearly 10 years ago and I really have to do things with my hands.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I just recently did this page of my good friend's daughter. She is turning 21 next year and her mum wanted to give her an album for that occasion. Now my friend hasn't been feeling well lately so I took some of her pics and made some pages for the album as well (I think of Sam as a niece anyway)
I got the idea for this layout from a You Tube video but they were making cards. I stewed on the idea for a couple of days, then got my papers, card stock, acrylic stamps, flowers and embossing powders out and started getting to work.
The black card shown in the window moves. You can see a cutout on the right side of the page, that is where you move it. Under the red embossed leaf is a brad use as a pivot point and when you spin the black card the leaf moves also. I did the flowers and leaves in no particular order, just wanted them to look like they were blowing in a breeze.
I used purples and pinks because Sams favourite colour is green and had already done a few pages for her in green. So I needed a change.
The reason the picture looks a little chopped is because I still haven't worked out Photoshop fully. I will learn to fix it one day..... Ta Dina
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I just finished this layout yesterday, I had been working on it for a few days. Sometimes over a cuppa with friends we discuss pages and ideas. Thats when I get the most inspiration for a page.
I used the feathers I got from Spotlight, some papers I got from a Craft Fair. The striped paper is from Basic Grey, Blush (I think but not positive). The flowers are Kaisercraft. The lace and ribbon I got from a small haberdashery shop (went in there one day to buy interfacing and found a pile of stuff I could use for scraping). The chocolate "the" are Bella chipboard letters. "Kiss' were plain chipboard letters that I painted grey and sprinkled glitter on while wet, then use Papier Glass Finish to stop the glitter from coming off. I added some Pearl-ex to some grey paint and stippled around the page. My favourite part was the chipboard flowers.
I embossed it with black embossing first. Then while the black emboss was still warm and wet I sprinkled over Terracotta emboss in patches. When that had been heated with the heat gun I then sprinkled over what I thought was white embossing powder but when heated it was clear. After letting it dry for a few seconds,it looked aged so I was even more impressed with it. I then added some Kaiser Pearls to the centres of the flowers and then I moved all the pieces around on the page for a day or two until I was happy with the end results.
The picture was taken on our wedding day nearly 2yrs ago. My husband and I like to do things backwards have kids, buy a house, then think for quite a few years that it might be a good idea to get married. Que sera sera
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Storing My Acrylic Stamps
I love stamps, all stamps, rubber, acrylic it doesn't matter. I was storing my acrylic stamps in CD cases and storing them in a CD stacker, in the light. Then I read that acylic stamps should be stored in a dark place as they will go yellow and brittle.
I was running out of room to store what I had and I wanted so much more. So again I searched the net for answers and found one that I liked a lot. A woman bought a file and some plastic sleeves that were divided into pockets. and stored her stamps in there. I loved this idea and went to our closest Officeworks, which is a half hour drive away. I searched high and low and could not find the sleeves the woman used. But...
I bought a Lever Arch File, some white cardboard file dividers and some A4 folio sleeves all for $20 odd dollars (I bought other stuff but thats another story). I then went to Woolworths and bought some velcro dots.
The plastic folio sheets were heat sealed on the bottom edge. I got my trusty Fiskars trimmer out and sliced off the heat sealed edge, which left me with a rectangle sheet already folded. Next I added the velcro dots to the acetate of the acrylic stamps and then stuck them to the inside of the plastic folio sheet. Just make sure when you stick the dot on its on the back of your stamps so they will then be facing you correctly when put in the file. Then you place one white file divider behind the plastic folio sheeting and then place in the lever arch file. The white file divider makes it easier to see your stamps.
The pictures above show you my stamps in the file and the velcro dot on the back of the stamp. I used the velcro dots rather then stick them in, just in case I want to go to a crop and only want to take a couple of stamps instead of lugging the whole file with me.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
We have just had our big horse race of the year, The Melbourne Cup and Spotlight sold feathers for people to make their own Facinators. There where a heap left over and they were 50% off. I made a beautiful page with them. But getting back to my original train of thought.
On the Too Cute page, I made the letters from a used plastic milk carton. A friend of mine, gave me her old chipboard negative and I saw a tutorial in a magazine of embellishments made from milk cartons but thought they looked very basic, so I jazzed it up a bit. Here goes...
Clean Plastic Milk Carton
Marking pen (that washes off in water)
Acrylic Paint and paintbrush
Papier Glass Finish (Or whatever you choose to make a high shine with)
And newspaper to work on
1. Cut the top and bottom off of the carton and discard. Cut down the corner seam of the left over piece. You should be left with a rather long, flay piece of plastic.
2. Get the stencil and the marking pen and draw the letters or pattern on the plastic sheet.
3. Get sharp scissors and cut out the letters then wash under water (this is important otherwise the lines can bleed though the paint work).
4. Grab your paint and cutout and paint at least twice. More if needed. Let them dry.
5. When dry use the Papier Glass Finish and squeeze over the painted letters. You may have to do this twice but you also will have to wait the three hours between each coat to dry. You can tell when they are dry as it starts out milky and clears to a high gloss.
6. When you apply each coat of the Papier Glass Finish use the toothpick to pop the bubbles if you find it hard to pop, try rolling the bubble to the edge of the letter and dragging it off.
I hope you give this a go!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Hi, my name is Dina and I love scrapbooking. I have been doing it for a couple of years. I started it for my daughter's 21 birthday present, saw some show where they told you the basics and away you go. What they don't tell you are the mistakes you are going to make.
I am hoping to share with everyone things I have learned and maybe learn some new things along the way.
I am not a professional photographer or a professional scrapbooker nor am I very computer literate but I am willing to learn.