January 30, 2014

Scrapbooking with a Kit-Scraptastic Tongue Tied Kit

finally, I managed to kill a kit! I really have almost nothing left from the Scraptastic Tongue Tied kit and add on. I'm thrilled about getting so many layouts done! I wrote a few weeks ago, that I decided to subscribe to a kit club again, and why.
I'd like to share my process of scrapbooking with a kit, and of course the layouts, hopefully on a monthly basis.
I received the kit super fast, which is a rarity where I live (Austria). I started playing with a kit right away, and added a few items I had in my stash that coordinated with it. How did I choose which products to add from my stash? Simple. The January kit had lots of products from Studio Calico Printshop collection, so I grabbed what I had from that collection in my stash, which was a 6*6 pad, and a few 12*12 sheets of patterned paper. The kit had a package of fabric bows, so I raided my stash of bows, and used a looot of them on this month's pages.
So where do I start when I get a kit? I would say from the patterned paper. So here are a couple of the first layouts I created with this kit:

This particular paper is not from the kit, but I just loved it, and really wanted to use it, and after getting the kit I had other elements that worked well with it. This is a very simple design that really lets the patterned paper shine.

The next page also features one of my favorite papers this month, that gorgeous bold black on white script, also from SC Printshop collection.

I used a pale pink cardstock (that also came with the kit) as background, so that the black would really pop. Before I adhered anything to the cardstock I sprayed it lightly with some white mist using a stencil, to create a very subtle texture. You can see it better in this close up-

Everything else besides the pink camera flair is from the kit.

Love all those vellum die cuts!

More layouts using the January kit to come!
Thanks for visiting!

January 23, 2014

Scrapbooking with a Mood Board

I've seen many mood boards over the last year, and some of my favorites were used as inspiration in 2 Peas in a Bucket's 2013 In the Mood to Scrap video series. That series has ended, but 2 peas put up this lovely mood board for January 2014.

As Glitter Girl did in her first video for 2014, I gathered some supplies that go with that mood board. I have to say that this was a very interesting thing to try. I've never started a layout like this. What I ended up with was a combination of products I never would have chosen without the mood board.
Here's the first layout-

I went with a brown-black-off white/cream color scheme, with pops of light blue. I like the warmth of the wood veneer embellishments and background patterned paper against the snow in the photos. I doubt I would have made this match without the mood board.

And the second even less predictable page-

I never would have chosen this background paper unless that orange red appeared on the mood board.

Using a background like this, that is not busy, gave me the opportunity to use some of my stamps for added detail. The pictures were taken during a trip we took with good friends in Austria. This page documents that rare moment we had when our daughter and their son were sleeping at the same time, allowing us this photo op. Not to worry, the kids star in pretty much every other photo from that trip...

So my final conclusion is, that scrapbooking with a mood board is a refreshing way to scrap, and can lead to surprising (yet pleasing) results! Definitely something to try again.
Thanks for visiting! 

January 22, 2014

January's Focus- Mists (and Molding Paste)

Here's a great way to use mists- mix them with another medium. I used molding paste for this layout, but it's also possible to mix mists with white acrylic paint, gesso or gel medium for different effects. I was going for the dimensional look, so molding paste was the best choice, since that's what it's meant for and holds its shape so well (even when mixed with a small amount of liquid).

I wanted to create a fun background for a layout, and I love the combination of bright yellow and white, so I used white cardstock and a circle stencil.

Look at that lovely dimension!

And here's the finished layout-

I used a few scraps here under the photo, but the rest of the layout is quite simple.

I used Heidi Swapp's color shine in Primrose to add a splash of pink (which is what I do most of the time with my mists, splatter them around).

The rest was just adding the title and some cute embellishments. Wood veneers and paper clips.

I hope you're inspired to try something new with your mists, and thanks for visiting!

January 20, 2014

January's Focus- Mists and a Straw

I've seen this technique a while ago, so I guess it's an oldie but a goodie. Here's a great tutorial from the Simon Says Stamp blog, showing how to use a straw to blow ink and create a bit of a wild look. This is an unpredictable technique, but you can create really fun backgrounds for cards or scrapbook pages with it.

I wasn't sure which colors I should use, so I actually did this a little bit backwards. I found a few fabric brads that I wanted to use, and then matched the spray inks to the colors of the brads. Here are the ones I used-

Someone with more patience or perfectionism would have probably measured where to put each color. I just eyeballed it. I started from the middle and went sideways.

I used the other tip of the nozzle (the one that is in the bottle) to apply the mist (just open the bottle and dab some drops where you'd like to start the burst) to the paper. It takes a few drops, because you need enough mist. You have to be quite fast, otherwise the mist will soak into the paper. Apply the drops and blow with a straw (you have to get really close to the ink with the straw) in the wanted direction. Another important tip is to let the mist dry before starting the next color, otherwise the colors will mix and blend (unless you want them too, and then just go for it).

And here's the finished page-

I chose a grey patterned paper to frame the page, so that all those colors would really pop. Those dimensional stickers are Amy Tangerine from the Yes, please collection, and they really fit the mists.

Thanks for visiting!

January 17, 2014

12*12 Layout Using the Flea Market Collection

Just a quick share of a layout I made, pretty much everything on it is from Crate Paper's Flea Market collection, a definite favorite of mine lately.
Here's the finished layout-

I chose only the palest papers and embellishments from the collection, to keep that light, airy feel of the page.

A mixture of die cuts, chipboard die cuts and Project Life cards from the Flea Market mini kit were used to create all the layers.

 Those cute butterflies were made with a Martha Stewart punch.

Some pale pink enamel dots as a finishing touch.
I'll be posting another layout using my focus product for January, mists, on Monday.
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

January 15, 2014

January Focus- Stamping with Mists

Here's a fun thing to try with mists- stamping!
My tip for this technique is to make sure the nozzle works properly. If your mist spits out big droplets, you risk making a mess. I probably wouldn't do this type of stamping directly on my background, because it's a bit risky. I stamped my images on white cardstock and then cut them and added them to my page.
Here's the finished layout-

 I really love this photo of my daughter, my best friend and me at the MQ (Museums Quarter) in Vienna. My best friend lives in Minnesota, and she and her husband came last spring to visit us in Austria. We met in high school when we were 15, in small town Haifa, Israel. I don't think we had any idea where life would bring us, turns out it was USA and Austria... Life is funny that way:) We try to make the best of it, and we had the best time, as always.
Anyway, that cute camera on the right side of the photo is from a stamp set by Tim Holtz. I stamped a few images with different Mr. Huey's-

I really like the result. It gives this watercolor slightly messy effect. As I wrote in the beginning, make sure your mist works properly and mist the stamp from about 15cm away, to get light even coverage. The camera is stamped with the silver Mr. Huey's and it looks really beautiful in reality (it's much more shimmery!).

I went with a very neutral muted color scheme, that I thought complimented the photo, with pops of pink. The background paper is an older MME wood grain. The paper behind the photo is from Studio Calico Printshop collection. The collection is gorgeous and filled with bright colors, but it  also has some great more neutral designs, like this chevron paper. The other side is a beautiful floral. The other patterned papers came from my scraps, always a good source for additional layers. I used a rub-on from Amy Tangerine Cut&Paste collection as the title, and decided to use it directly on the photo.

For the final touches I used a resin bow also from Amy Tangerine, a fabric bow from the Maggie Holmes signature collection for Crate Paper, enamel dots and some ink splatters from the same silver Mr. Huey's I stamped with.
I really hope this inspires you to try this with your stamps and mists, this could also be a great way to create a background with some background stamps, really, there are so many possibilities.
Thanks for visiting!

January 13, 2014

January's Focus on Mists Continues!

I'm continuing my quest for getting more from my mists. I love the result here,and it's definitely different from how I use my mists 95% of the time.
Here's the finished page followed by some process photos and explanations.

This is a photo of my mom and my daughter and I love the expression on my mom's face. 
I started with some... mists. And white paper. I used here Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper, because I had some, and wanted to try it. Quote- "Ranger Surfaces Specialty Stamping Paper is a unique matte coated paper perfect for creative stamping and coloring—use ink, paint, emboss and embellish!" I only tried embossing and coloring with ink spray here, but I was really pleased with it. The paper is sturdy and because of the smooth surface doesn't absorb the mist, which lets you play with it and move it around.
For this page I used Mr. Huey's ink sprays.
I have quite a few Studio Calico Mr. Huey's that I really like and use a lot. Mr. Huey's are matte ink sprays (except Shine, which is just shimmer, and the gold and silver that have some shimmer or more like very fine glitter, but not too overwhelming). They dry pretty fast and have a good color selection. The colors are usually very modern and on trend. I used quite a few bottles of these sprays, and I think they are great. I do however find them a little pricey, and so I've moved on to other sprays that contain more product, or I make my own (like in the previous post). Studio Calico tend to offer many of their products for a limited time, so if you find a shade you really love, I suggest to stock up on it. I'm not one to search Ebay or make an effort to find something that is not available where I usually shop, if you are not like that, then probably you can find also the items that are no longer manufactured.
The shades I used here are older and are not so easily available anymore, but there are similar shades that are. I used the mist with a little bit water to get a more water-colored look. For what I painted here I needed very little mist. The drops that come out of the other end of the nozzle when you unscrew it were enough (one spritz was way too much). You could do a LOT of painting with one bottle of mist, which makes this a great way to stretch your supplies.

 I used some stamps to create a pattern on the paper and embossed them with white embossing powder.

The circle stamp is from an Impression Obsession set, and the rest from a Fiskars set called Petals From Scratch. I just stamped the images randomly to get a nice overall look.
Then I just colored within the lines. Super simple.

I chose the colors to roughly coordinate with the photo, but other than that I had no idea which products I was going to use. Eventually I chose a striped patterned paper from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection. I was surprised that the two matched so well, somehow that modern striped pattern made my paper less childish. I love how clean and modern the two look together. To my scrap basket I went, and found some strips of patterned paper to add some layers and interest.

I used October Afternoon letter stickers to create the title (Ella is my daughter's name and safta is Hebrew for grandma, sadly I do not have any Hebrew letter stickers) and embellished with some chipboard shaped from Dear Lizzy 5th&Frolic and Prima Marketing enamel hearts. I really wanted to keep the look here clean and bright.

 Thanks for visiting and I hope you try doing something different with your mists!

January 10, 2014

January's Product Focus- Mists!

So as part of my 2014 resolutions I'm gonna try to focus every month on one product I have plenty of. I really want to challenge myself to get more from my supplies. This way I don't have to tackle my whole stash, but just focus on one product, and only for a month, so long enough to play and experiment but not too long to get tired of it. Which I tend to do...
So in 2014 I'll focus on mists, stamps, paints, stencils, and more and January is going to be all about mists!
I own a few brands of mists, and I'll share my experiences with them all. I will of course also share my layouts and explain how I used mists in the process. I hope you'll enjoy and get inspired to use your own stash.

For the layout I made today, I used my own mists, that I made with Distress Reinkers. The reason I got the reinkers (I actually do not have the ink pads for the colors I have in reinkers) was specifically for creating my own mists. I find the price of certain mists quite steep, so I wanted to be able to stretch my supplies a little further. I estimate I can make about 3 bottles (let's say 1 Oz. bottles-that's the size of Studio Calico Mr. Huey's) of mist with one reinker, at least. Their regular price is 4.99$, which is around 1$ cheaper than many mists. I bought colors that I knew I would use a lot, like pink and orange. I like my mists rather bright, if you like yours more muted, you could probably get even more mist out of the reinkers.
To create the mist I just mixed a few drops of the ink with some water. That does mean you lose the reaction that distress ink has with water, but for me it's really not an issue. If you want a distress ink spray that still has those reactive qualities, then put some distress stain in a spray bottle and you're ready to go! Here's a how-to video from Tim Holtz about exactly that.
Here I used Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold (great shade of orange), Worn Lipstick (my favorite shade of pink, it's gorgeous!) and Picked Raspberry.

Here's how I made the background for the page-
I chose a patterned paper from Maggie Holmes' signature collection for Crate Paper. It's a ledger paper and has a distressed look. Sometimes I love using mists on plain white cardstock, but you can get really interesting results using patterned paper. Choose a pattern that is not busy and light in color.
I sprayed all four colors, making sure the whole page was sprayed, so I wouldn't have areas without ink, but also being careful not to overlap the colors too much. Like this-

Then I took another paper (same pattern, they are one sided papers from a paper pad) and carefully placed it on top. It's important to be careful at this stage and not move around the paper, otherwise everything might smear and move around.

I did the same thing in a previous layout, using a different stencil. That one was a double pager, this time though I just made them to use as two single page layouts. Here's the result-

I think they both make for a fun background.

I find the ledger paper really adds interest.

OK, I'll stop with pretty pictures of color:) I think I would be happy just making backgrounds, but then I wouldn't get any pictures in my albums...

So here's the finished layout-

 Since the paper I chose as background was from Maggie Holmes, I checked what other supplies I had from that collection. Found some scraps and embellishments that worked really well. That's always my next stop after I have the background- my scrap basket. I have way too many scraps, and I really try not to cut into more 12*12 papers (meaning more scraps) unless I have to. That means unless I can find something that works. Truth is, I can almost always find scraps that work...
I used 2 4*6 photos, because that's what I have at hand, and I make sure I have plenty of photos to scrap at any given time. Had I used smaller photos, or just one, then more of the background would have been visible. It is a shame to cover so much of it, but the pictures are always the most important thing for me on my pages.
I inked all the edges with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, and also added some lighter ink, Antique Linen, to papers or embellishments that were too bright or white, so they would fit better. I almost always ink the edges of everything when I have a design with lots of scraps from different companies and collections.

I love those fabric bows!

Even though this is mists month here, I'm trying also to use my stamps more, and here I used them to give the background a bit more texture and interest (I also added ink splatters all over)-

I used a Glitz Design roller stamp, they are super fun and easy to use. I also used a small arrows stamp from Studio Calico to create a border around the page. You can see it best in the photo of the finished layout.
Thanks for visiting, and more fun and inspiration with mists to come through the whole month!