Sunday, August 30, 2015

ADORNit Art Play Paintables and Prima Watercolor Pencils

At the anniversary three-day crop for my LSS, this spring, I was asked to help with one of the make n take nights.  I was given two pages of ADORNit Art Play paintable sheets to prepare as samples for people to copy or use as inspiration as they painted their own paintable card.

I used Prima Water Color Pencils and a water brush.  If you haven't tried colored pencil water coloring, you really must.  It is one of the most relaxing paper crafting things you can do.  You just add a little color with the pencils, here and there, then blend with the water brush and it is pure magic.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

When the Moon Climbs High o'er the Dead Oak Tree

Another Disney Scrappers NSD challenge page. Susan challenged us to use Sketch Savvy Sketch #141 to make a Disney page. We also needed to use some paper from our stash.  So I pulled some pictures of the Cadaver Dans from Disneyland's Mickey's Halloween Party and some really, really old Basic Grey, and this was the outcome.
I need to note that when I looked at the three photos I had of the Cadaver Dans, they were all very similar so I scoured the internet for two others that would compliment my photo. So I cannot take credit for the middle and right photos. They are not mine.
So because I pulled several papers from some very old, retired Basic Grey lines - Black Tie, Skate Shoppe, Fusion and Fruitcake, I didn't have any one pattern to tie all the different papers together. So I cut thin strips from them and adhered them to a piece of paper and used bits in three places.  I think it did the job of pulling all the colors and papers together into one cohesive layout.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Which Way Honey?

So for some reason, I was all pumped up about the Disney Scrappers NSD challenges and then life happened and this layout took me 5 days. Hahahahaha!  But I did finish it and it didn't go into the "almost finished" pile from which it may have never emerged, so I count that as a success.
I chose to base this layout on an old sketch from Sketch Savvy #81. And I used the Evergreen line of papers from my Basic Grey POTM kit from last December.  I just kind of felt like the patterns and watercolor feel of the floral paper lent itself well to Disneyland's JINGLE CRUISE.  Yet another favorite from Christmas time at Disneyland. The first year it was so-so, but  this year I LOVED it!  So funny and so creative, I went on it multiple times each visit. 
The title comes from the experience.  We loved the decorations so much at we made a Jingle Cruise themed Christmas tree for our dining room. And the hats the CMs were wearing were so dang cute I stopped the first one I saw and asked for a selfie.  His name was Alan.  He jovially obliged and then as soon as we were finished with the picture I thanked him and walked away.  As I walked away I asked my husband, "Which way Honey?" since the entrance had been moved slightly due to the crowds. And before my husband could even answer, Alan piped up with. "That way!"  Ahhhahahahahaha! So funny!  I knew I was going to have to scrap our picture with that as the title.

The chipboard elements are from the Evergreen line and the wooden one is from Basic Grey Grand Bazaar from a different POTM club kit.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I'd Rather Be Seaside with Donald

Well, just after my St. Patrick's Day Class, Authentique Paper had a challenge to post a project made with one of their paper lines.  So I posted the frame I made with their Lucky paper.  And I won some paper from their brand new Seaside collection.   It couldn't have been more perfect for my DISNEY pictures!
That's right, you know I love, love, love to use unexpected paper for my Disney pictures and the moment I pulled this paper out I just knew which photos I was going to scrap

 These nautical photos on Paradise Pier in DCA with Donald Duck couldn't have been more perfect. I used some of the word and letter stickers to alter the title so it would work.  This layout is based on Sketch Savvy Sketch #116.

One of my favorite elements was the little crab.  I picked the crab and the boat because I felt they fit Donald perfectly with him being a sailor and also having a bit of a temper.

And the last little element was to add a couple of pennants using the life preserver paper.  I actually have another layout I want to do with this paper using Donald's boat in Toon Town.  So stayed tooned for more with this fun line!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Freedom Collection Class Projects

The Freedom Collection by Authentique was the paper line I used for my August class.  It was originally going to be a July class, but ended up getting scheduled in August, which is fine by me because I was using it for family trips to historical sites, not for 4th of July anyway.
In the collection kit classes we do one two page layout and then I include directions for one or two other projects: home decor, mini book, another layout, etc.
 The layout for this project was based on this one page sketch. Sketch Savvy #147
I was inspired by the design and stretched it into a two-pager. I included my favorite American Revolutionary, James Otis, the first revolutionary.  He was revolutionary before revolutionary was cool. ;-D  He gave us a tour of Boston's Freedom Trail and these are photos of him with the graves of Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and the victims of the Boston Massacre of 1770.
The first additional project was a one page layout based on Sketch Savvy #143
 It just seemed so perfect for the photos of my favorite American Revolutionary, James Otis near his grave. He was given the nickname, The Patriot by another founding father, Samuel Adams, who did a LOT more than just make beer. In the top photo he is explaining why people leave stones, coins or other things on the tops of grave markers.  It is a symbol you leave to represent that you have been there and paid your respects.  People leave pennies on Paul Revere, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin's graves. Because one was a smith, it bears one's likeness, and one said "a penny saved is a penny earned." 
The final project directions in the kit were for the Sweet Land of Liberty mini book  I had detailed printed directions and photos in the kit, but am including photos here and a 10 minute video at the end of this blog detailing how to make the book and put it together.  
I haven't had time to go through all of my photos from our trips back east, but I will be including a few pictures from our trips to Boston, Lexington, Concord, Philadelphia and Gettysburg.

The first two pages and inserts will be Boston and Philly, including of course the Liberty Bell.
 The second two pages and inserts will be about the flag.  That will include the Betsy Ross house in Philly, and possibly the flag flying over some important historical sites.

 These two pages will be photos of battlefields like Gettysburg, Lexington and Concord.
 And the back page is going to have a journaling card with a quote of something talking about the US.

For some of the people who purchased the class kit and weren't able to attend the class, here are some of the tidbits we discussed in class regarding how to do each project in the kit if you so choose.
I broke them down into one video for each project. 
NOTE: If you have a kit, it is important that you read the directions before you start each project.  It keeps you from being surprised along the way or not having enough of something.  So please take a little extra time to read the directions and even have them as reference as you peruse the videos. 
If you have any questions, feel free to email me through this blog. Thanks!

I Am

For the design team at my LSS we were asked to make an I AM page with Simple Stories I Am paper. 
At first I was a little stumped because I had a bunch of journaling cards and things that fit in the pocket pages.  I don't scrap with pocket pages.  Heck, I don't even manage to get my layouts into an actual album. Ever. Really.  They are just in stacks on a huge shelf in a closet in my studio. So a pocket page is quite beyond my realm of scrapping.
After staring at the many 3/4, 4x6 and 5x7 pieces, I managed to pick elements from many of them that I thought I could use and this is the outcome.

I fussy cut the banner out of one of the cards.  Because the of metallic gold accents, I sewed around the papers and across the banner with gold metallic thread. 

 I cut 1" squares out of various other papers and glued them on in a quilt pattern and machine stitched across them.  I used this quilt paper to cut hearts and a boarder piece and then sewed around the edges of each of them.
 This layout went together very quickly once I decided what I was going to do with all of the elements.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Three Caballeros

I finished this very old layout for a Disney Scrappers NSD challenge.  I thought the colors went so well with the Viva la Navidad Street Fair at Disneyland  during Christmas. What a bright, fun, happy celebration. It was easily one of my favorite things about the holidays at Disneyland this last year.

This layout used some paper by an old company called Scrap Within Reach. It was crazy busy and colorful but had two plaids and two stripes and no dots or flowers, so I made my own dot paper and borrowed a little floral paper from a Cosmo Cricket line from way back when too. 
 Of course I had to add some red pom pom trim.  It just fit so perfectly.  And yes, those are flower brads. Hahahahahaha! I LOVE it!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day Paper Crafts Using Authentique's Lucky Collection

Back in March I taught a class at my LSS using Authentique's Lucky paper collection. It was a lot of fun creating as I didn't have anything St. Patricksy to scrap and had never decorated for it either.  I ended up creating two decorative pieces and one layout.

The two page layout above uses several of the elements from the paper line as well as a couple of embossed chipboard heats painted with distress paint. It was a very simple design. I just wanted to let the really fun papers shine!

The second project was to make a decorative frame for an office desk, home mantle, or entrance table.  This project uses a frame from the Dollar Tree, Antique Linen Distress Glitter, the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Banner die. The clover is four hearts cut from chipboard and covere in Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Glitter. 

The last project I made was this banner.  The base was using the DIY Shop Kraft Banners.  I sprayed them with Gold Perfect Pearls and water to give some shimmer. Then I punched the corners of the different title cards with a Cropadile Corner Chomper - Cloud. I made rosettes using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Lg Rosette die.  I punched 1" and 1/2" circles and sewed them into a banner with gold metallic thread and strung it along on top of the banner. The tops of the banner was covered with borders cut from a Sizzix border die.

In addition to the class for March we were also supposed to make a make n take tag for my LSS for Friday night crops.  I got a chance to play with Prima Clear Crackle and I LOVED it! The only problem was we were supposed to use the canvas tags and it didn't crackle on the canvas like it did on flat surfaces.  So I had to think of something else to do with it. So I used the Tim Holtz Lace stencil, covered the tag with the Crackle medium and lifted the stencil off. Then I covered the crackle with Antique Linen Distress Glitter. Once it was dry, I spritzed the linen tag with Pistachio Distress Spray Stain. 

I displayed it in a frame from the Dollar Tree that I painted gold

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Disney Trip Count Down Frame - Say Cheese II

When we do Design Team projects we are supposed to do a layout and something else.  My something else for the Simple Stories Say Cheese II line was a Disney Trip Count Down Frame that could be turned into a regular picture frame once the trip is over.

The center is the piece of wood that goes on the back of the frame to hold the glass and picture in place. I painted it with Prima Chalkboard paint. 

I used Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon to kind of tie the wooden veneer pieces together 
and to give it the feel that Disney Magic was coming alive off the film. 
Then I stained and glittered some of the pieces with Rock Candy Distress Glitter and Antique Linen Distress Glitter. I used Distress Stains on most of the pieces but the blue ones I mixed a few Distress Paints to get the color I wanted.

I cut the Simple Stories paper out to the right size and then sewed around the edges with gold thread to tie in with the Antique Linen Distress Glitter.

This project was fun but it turned out looking completely different than what I had imagined in my head. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Magic - Simple Stories Say Cheese II

I was given this paper for a Design Team project for my LSS. I generally don't use "Disney" paper or "Disney colors" for my Disney layouts, so this was a challenge. It was cute and I felt that although it was almost cliche to do the mouse background, it called for it. So, here it is.

 I sewed on it in gold metallic thread to go with the gold accents in the paper.
The word magic was embossed on one side of one of the papers, so I cut it out, punched the corners with my corner chomper, and added a few tiny Mickey heads punched from more of the embossed sections of the paper I had. 

I cut out the stars from one of the embossed sides and added them in the corner.

See, simple, very straight forward and I now have a Disney memory scrapped that I hadn't scrapped before.  Thanks Simple Stories!

Monday, March 2, 2015

January CHA Make n Takes

I went to CHA in January for two days and ended up making two of the Graphic 45 make n takes.  They were both lines that were going to be carried in my LSS, so I thought I would make them for displays in the store.

The first line was Home Sweet Home. I don't have a veggie garden, or do much with cookin or recipes any more, so I wasn't sure I would be able to use this line for any pictures. Then I ran across this picture of Rabbit in Pooh Corner at Disneyland and the veggies in the background were a perfect fit.

This project designed by Graphic 45 was intended to be hung on the refrigerator and have shopping lists or coupons attached to it.  I made it a mini scrapbook page instead.

This envelope made into a mini scrapbook page was made from the Time to Flourish line. It features a photo of us in the Flower Market on Main Street USA in Disneyland that was there in December of 2013.  It was a very pretty little photo spot.

 As always, Graphic 45 has gorgeous lines and they are a very generous company.  And sadly one of the few who had paper and projects this year at CHA.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

There is Sunshine in my Soul Today - MME Just Sayin Frame

As will all Design Team assignments, we are supposed to do a little something extra.  We had a frameable in our kit and I just felt like this one was calling to me to frame it. 
I remember this line from a hymn we used to sing at the Friend's Church when I was growing up, so I thought it would be a happy thought to have hanging on the wall.

I cut all the hexagon shapes out of the remaining pieces of Just Sayin paper and then adhered them to a piece of white cardstock I had traced and cut out that was the exact size of the frame.  Once all the pieces were positioned on the paper and secured, I sewed around the outside and inside edges, then adhered it to the wooden frame.

 I added one chipboard piece and a pink bow in the top left corner and that was it.  I kept it really simple, but I absolutely loved the outcome. It has such a soft, quilt-like feel to it and it just looked like something I would love to look at for a long time on my wall.