Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A good way to use up some Project Life card scraps

When I'm feeling brave I cut up Project Life cards!! I know it sounds daft, but sometimes it takes courage to cut into those little babies! Particularly if it's a fave one! Buying the Studio Calico digital journaling cards has made this a little more freeing, because I know I can print another if I make a mess! I always keep the offcuts in a little metal bucket on my desk, no matter how small they are. 
With the inspiration of a grid background, I suddenly realised I could put them to good use!  I made a grid pattern of my offcuts, leaving space for a small photo. I rounded corners here and there to make my design look uniform. I then realise that some of them could be used to make my title "I want to smile @ these 2 boys."
I glued the cards down and then stitched them in rows straight across and down the page, here and there. I like the random effect. 
The Thickers and a few enamel dots and some hearts punched and raised on foam dots add some more depth to the layout. I love it! TFLx

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A good way to use up some brads!

 I liked this Bon Jour card from the Studio Calico digital cards this month and I thought it was apt to go with this layout of the first time Sergio met my dad (an ex French teacher!)
I used white background card stock and added some Hero arts ink dauber to colourwash the background like sky.
I then printed off the Project Life card on a larger scale and chose to use up some of my coloured brads to outline each letter. 
I added a Minc foiled frame and some stamping to complement the coloured brads, along with a sunshine type washi tape. TFlx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Thursday's Planner Update - using printables

Introducing some blue this week, taking the lead from what I've seen in the shops clothing wise. I was a bit light on journaling so I took the lead from this PL card and stuck it across two days, writing down what makes me happy at the moment. 
We all have access to printables on the web and if you print them out smaller, say two sheets to a page, they become more useful in planners. I searched for some on my hard drive and found these.
Print them out on sticker paper or just normal presentation paper. You can then punch them out or trim them to use in your planner.
Heidi Swapp has some free printables from her memory file last year, available for each month. I have pinned them to my Planner Ideas Pinterest board here. I printed one out and trimmed it to fit in this page protector above my favourite photo so far this month!
Yes, you've guessed it! The little chap! Who could resist this pose? TFLx

Monday, 16 February 2015

More Pinspiration to make a layout!

How many of you have Pinterest boards with Pins you never use??? Go on, admit it!! Sometimes it's a layout and sometimes it's just something that catches your eye! This pin inspired me the other day, and I turned it into this layout.
First of all I date stamped onto white card stock using my normal date stamp and the date I wanted. Then I scanned it into my PC and printed it out on A4 size to check what it looked like. I then printed it out again, this time onto my background paper. Loved it!
This is another advantage of scrapping at 8.5x11 size, it fits in my printer! I trimmed it and mounted it on an background sheet of white card stock to frame it, stitching it in place with my sewing machine.

I then took the scraps that were left on my desk from the prvious 2apple of my eye" layout and cut them into strips that I stitched down the right hand side of the layou. I also stitched some together to make a mat for my photo. I added the foiled card "today" as my title. A little bit of journaling on one of the scraps of paper said it all about my nieces **birthday! She's not counting!! TFLx

Sunday, 15 February 2015

More on the grid layouts using Pinspiration!

This grid layout was inspired by this Pinterest pin here. I have been inspired by  textile design a lot recently.

Using the Studio Calico Cirque digital papers I printed them out 4 to a page and trimmed them to 2.5" squares and then rounded the corners. I found a stamp in my collection that looked like a leaf and then used an exclamation mark as a stalk! I stamped with Jenni Bowlin brown sugar ink and Studio Calico going green ink. Some of the leaves I stamped and decoupaged to add dimension and the apples are stitched in place to add texture. Simple but great fun!
This layout was also inspired by textiles, using this pin here.

I used pattern papers for the irregular grid design and then added the black lines using stitching with an Amy Tangerine template and some black thread. The title is sun day using the little bag, which houses the journaling on a white tag.I doodled a border around the edge of the page as I felt it lacked something.
Have you used your Pinterest pins lately? TFLx

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Thursday's Planner Update

Moving into a new month, I decided to move into a new colour scheme and picked this jade green ink called Emerald City from Studio Calico. Green and orange are complimentary colours  so I introduced some of that too!
The sticker speech bubbles are from Paperchase, Washi tapes from Studio Calico kits.
Now I look at it, this week has lots of writing! I may add in a photo from the week on a tag, like I added in the embossed veneer tag from my stash to mark the cold snow y week.  Still enjoying this process and using all my stamps! TFLx

Monday, 9 February 2015

On the grid layout

I signed up to Studio Calico's on the grid class on the last day, as I was not sure about it but I love Marcy's work. I then decided to pin a few inspirational ideas for grid layouts. before I knew it I 'd made some even, before I'd started the class!!
For this layout I resized one of my recent snow photographs to 8x6 inches. I then cut it down into two halves that were 4 x 6 photographs and printed them off on my Selphy.
I replaced the four corners with 2x2 pictures that I also took on the same day, that I had printed as a collage on another 6x4. 

The title is a digital stamp -Brrr day that I altered and filled in with colour. When I had trimmed them all into 2x2 squares, I measured out on the background and glued them in place. most with flat glue but two with foam squares, the title and the footprint. 
I stitched between some squares with my machine and added some simple embellishments.  TFlx