Thursday, 22 January 2015

Thursday's planner update

 This week I got carried away with my decorating! Out with the stamps and ink and off I went!
I added a Heidi Swapp frame with a photograph on the bottom two rings of the binder using my Cropadile Mega Punch. 
Other things I used were stickers stamps and washi tape. Still mostly documenting the new puppy but other bits and pieces too. The photographs I'm adding are just printed on card not photo paper. TFLx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Minc combined with Letterpress? Yes you can!

I recently bought this confetti Letterpress plate from Studio Calico here in their shop and had not used it. Today I had the idea to combine it with my new Minc machine to foil it! If you have access to a laser printer at home this is quick and relatively easy in three easy steps.
Step 1 - I saved the image from the shop page and resized it in word to 15cm, but you could ink it up and stamp it and then scan it into photoshop on your PC and fill colour it with black.
Next I printed this image on card using my laser printer. You can only use lightweight card that will go through your printer so the Letterpress impression will not be very deep but it still looks good.
Step 2 - Run the laser copy through your Minc machine with the foil colour of your choice. I shared a video of this on Instagram.
Step 3 - Line the letterpress plate directly over the foiled pattern and tape in place with washi tape. Make your normal letterpress sandwich with any extra shims of card as necessary and run through your Cuttlebug etc. 
All done! It's as easy as that!
I also experimented with foiling and then stitching today and made this card.
I then used it on a layout. TFLx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Week 2 Project Life 2015 Digital printable cards

This month Studio calico released some of their Project Life cards in digital format and as soon as I saw the dog card, I knew I had to buy them! I can see I will be using this one a lot!
This year I am experimenting with different page protector layouts and challenging myself to break away from my usual Design A. 
Still carrying on the mint and yellow theme of the last kit and using up some cards from December, I was continuing to keep it a simple unfussy style. Just one photo and black and white at that. The Number 1,2,3, cards are great for documenting what life is like right now. The top one is stamped with am routine and the middle one with pm routine. The bottom one is status update. I stamped with Studio calico glass slipper ink, pastel green.
I do feel the need to decorate from time to time so on the RHS I let myself decorate a 6x4 card.
Taking inspiration from the background paper I cut out some houses, stamped some windows and added the crepe paper borders as grass. I found some old trees and cloud embellishments in my Black embellishments box that were a perfect size and added them. Stamping windows inn black and adding window panes with my white pen added a homemade feel to it, as did the line of stitching across the bottom to hold it all in place. I stamped the tiny dog and the word Home and then filled in the quote "A house is not a HOME without a dog" by hand. Love it!
This is where it fits. More stamping on this page included the sunshine on the yellow card and the tiny icons on the card that is headed "around here" A couple more photos of you know who and a quick reminder of my one little word for 2015 'Live' and it was done.
I know it is all puppy related but that's what it's like around here right now! TFLx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

How to Minc a printable

My Minc foil came yesterday, I ordered gold and mint green, so I have been able to experiment some more with my new machine from Heidi Swapp. 
I have shown in an earlier blog post how it foils cut files beautifully and I wanted to experiment by foiling on patterned paper. All you need to do is laser print onto patterned paper and then run it through your Minc machine.
I also wanted to try foiling a printable, so I downloaded Heidi Swapp's free printable from her planner last year ( link on my Pinterest board here) and printed it out in black and white. This was quite successful but if you have a pattern with a lot of shading in the background don't forget this may foil too.
I then tried importing the printable into Photoshop and colouring all the coloured elements black using the paint bucket and saving each individual card as a 3x4 before printing them off on a laser printer and then foiling.
It is really hard to photograph the foil effect but I hope you can see! TFLx

Friday, 16 January 2015

How to Minc your own cards and embellishments

I had been looking forward to seeing the new Heidi Swapp Minc in action at CHA and was delighted to be able to order one and get it in my hands so quickly! It arrived yesterday! I could see the potential in this item and can't wait to get started, unfortunately my supply of foils did not come yet so the sample piece in the box is all I have to play with! Here is what I did.
I realised that I could use any of my cut file pngs to make my own Project Life cards and embellishments for personal use only. It is so easy if you have access to a laser photocopier.
1. First of all, in Photoshop separate your die cut pngs and crop them out individually if you want the item on its own card, if you want a set of embellishments, just leave them all together.
2. Open a new canvas and size it to the card you want, this one is a 3x4 and then place the png where you want it on the card, save it as a png or jpeg and print it out now if you want, but I made several and then added them to a word document before printing several on one sheet.
Here are the ones I printed off using my normal printer at home and then I took them to get laser printed - make sure if you are using them for Project Life you get them laser printed on card or, as I did on presentation paper.
4. Once you have the laser copies, switch on the Minc.
Mine came with an English plug on and heated up very quickly. I used heat setting 3, added the foil over the top of the laser printing and placed it in the carrier sheet that comes with the machine. I ran it through and that's it! Fantastic results that I am really pleased with! The possibilities are endless.
I tried words, backgrounds resized to 6x4 for a PL card, digital frames that I couloured black before printing, a digital project life card that I coloured black before printing, the ampersand and the arrows, all looking awesome! As I said the possibilities are endless!
You could type up your own text, laser copy the whole page and then foil it! Draw your own design colour it black and get it laser copied. the worst part is I ran out of foil! TFLx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Thursday's Planner update!

I'm hoping this becomes a regular feature!
I have been keeping up to date writing wise with my planner but decorating wise no, so here goes!
Remember my ideas for getting together a box of goodies? Well here is what I did.
I pulled out the little box of goodies of labels and tapes etc and my colour coded die cuts boxes from my Raskog cart (see previous post) and I got started! This week is all about pink and blue.
I added a tiny picture too, printed an index print on presentation paper and punched it out with my 1 inch square punch.
Totally up to date now! 
For more details of what's in the planner, watch Heidi on My Craft Channel here. TFLx

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Week 1 Project Life 2015 - Love the colours!

I don't do purple or lilac usually but I'm loving the combo of colours in this kit! 
One of my goals for Project Life 2015 is to simplify it so it's not so busy with pictures. Taking the Day by Day class at Studio Calico with Nicole Reaves has helped me think about exactly which photo's I want in this album. For years I have taken a photo a day but now I think which are the important ones to tell our story? I think I'm moving away from an illustrated diary type album as they have been before, maybe it's because Ive started the planner this year for a lot of that information.
I do my Project Life week starting on a Sunday to the following Saturday, because I always scrapped it on a Sunday, I'm sticking with that this year too but it meant Week 1 had only three days worth of pictures, so I just selected one.
This page has heat embossing of my one little word for this year and the quote to go with it - LIVE. I am guilty of planning ahead and not actually using today very well, so I'm hoping this is a reminder to not let my life pass by, whilst making plans! Embossing LIVE on that everyday card was inspired! Love the mustard embossing powder too! Who says I don't like yellow??????
This page sits opposite the back of my title page and the colours are reflected perfectly. Love it! It's not often you hear me say that about my own work! TFLx