Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Yay for school holidays and crafty time!

Half term for us here and I made this baby book for a colleague at work, for her baby box as she left last week. I used some October afternoon papers and cards that I have been hanging on to for ages, but you can't keep everything! Love how it turned out.
Week 18 Project life was also completed, using my first Project life kit from Studio Calico. Having a kit does seem to make the pages come together more quickly.

I also decided to finish off an altered book I started last summer. You know how sometimes you start something and it does not go the way you want it to so you put it on one side? I picked the book with a canvas cover for age without actually reading the text and it was distressing!! I stitched the pages together and decided to cover all the text with patterned paper, but the stitching did not lie flat. So, I unpicked it all and I decided to rescue this little gem as the photo's were all ready to go. (Love the ombre washi tape on the spine!)

It even inspired me to buy two more books from a charity stall outside the supermarket to start another!!
Just starting a mini album with my Paris pics from last October! Operation catch up has begun!! TFLx

Monday, 20 May 2013

Project Life Week 17

 Made with some Studio Calico Project Life cards from a grab bag.
Added some digital stamp brushes to this blue sky photo too! TFLx

Thursday, 16 May 2013

I had me a happy birthday!!

With being hectic both at work and with family issues, crafting and Blogging seem to have taken a back seat lately, but I am trying to keep up with project life in between times. 
So pleased that I got to share another birthday card from my Barney. Also delighted he felt well enough to join in the festivities with his usual wrapping paper shredding!
Saved my Studio Calico monthly kit to open, as it contained my first Project life kit- watch out for more of that coming in layouts on my blog.
 Although we went out as a family last Saturday night as DS2 was home from London, it was still nice to have tea out at the pub after work to celebrate the actual day.
I have to say, standing on the playground in the rain on my birthday was not something I had anticipated, but there you go, duty day is duty day!! 
I felt spoiled. The boys had bought me a manicure and pedicure which I took without delay....

hubby also treated me to two bunches of roses! TFLx

Friday, 10 May 2013

Final 2 {Inter} National Scrapbooking Day layouts

Use a mask other than for mist, that was the challenge for this layout! I created my  own embellishment cluster on vellum using enamel dots and brads.
 Then added it to this layout called 'Think Geek' about my sons drama assessment.

The final layout I did was a scraplift challenge of Jen Jockish for the Pop Off The Page 2 class I am taking over at SC to add layers and dimension.

Hope you had a productive time too. TFLx

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

{Inter}national scrapbooking day layouts

 More layouts from International scrapbooking day last Saturday  including this one, based on a sketch from Studio Calico. This one below was a challenge to use transparent material on a layout. I trapped some padded stars under the chicken wire acetate sheet and stitch around the edges. I also decided to go ahead and add some Washi tape to cover some blank Thickers and it worked really well!
 I also added a digital element to the photograph.
Most productive I have been in ages on 12 x 12 layouts! TFLx

Sunday, 5 May 2013

{Inter} National Scrapbooking day

Yesterday was National scrapbooking day in the US and there were lots of great challenges. I managed to join in with 2 over at Studio Calico.
1. Challenge to use watercolours on a layout

I broke out my sons old watercolour paint box and used a mask to create the background for this page. I also combined it with layering techniques from the Pop Off The Page 2 class by Jen Jockish. I used some of the printables from the class and die cut them with my Cameo. The lace cut from vellum down the right hand edge of the photo strip was cut using my Cameo too. I also added machine stitching and hand stitching with scrappers floss.
2. This challenge was to use buttons on a layout;

The punched circles were supposed to echo the roof tiles we saw from the top of the Campanile. I used a POTP2 die cut as a mask for the gold mister huey here too. The chipboard buttons were machine stitched to ribbon. TFLx Going to play more today too!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Project Life Week 16 takeover

With DS2 home from dance school in London, he decided to help me in the craft room and took over the Week 16 double page spread. I had already printed off the photo's for the week, but he decided how it went from there.

 He broke out the Cameo and my POW glitter paper and I showed him how to do a title
He had the idea for the coffee cup cut out from some clipart into the Studio software too. We added a couple of snaps from Instagram to show how we had enjoyed it!

It's great because I now have his journaling and handwriting in Project Life. TFLx