May 21, 2014

A Double Pager + 2 Process Videos

I don't usually make double pages, but this time I did it in a unique way, for me at least. I knew these pages would face each other in the album, since both photos were from the same event, but I didn't want to create one 12*24 layouts. I started by making one page, and then when I made the second one, I echoed some of the details of the first one.
Here are the finished layouts-

I knew I wanted to use that gorgeous Capture Life Echo Park paper (the name is Bokeh Blur Paper) as my background, and I really wanted it to show. So I only added a couple of other papers, from the Our Travels collection by Webster's Pages and from the Echo Park Capture Life 6*6 paper pad. I also added some vellum from the Cosmo Cricket Vellumptuous pack.

I also kept the embellishments simple, using die cuts and vellum die cuts from the Oh, Darling collection by Crate Paper. Final touches were mist splatters in Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst mist in Cosmopolitan Pink.

Here's the video-

And then I made the second page. I kept the design very similar, again using a 6*6 paper, also from the Capture Life collection. I used a 1/4 inch strip I cut off the background paper in the first layout on the second page, to get that hint and pop of color.

For the second page I went with an almost monochromatic look, using lots of white and touches of silver.

Those gorgeous triangles are Studio Calico, and the feathers rub ons Jenni Bowlin. I also added some silver enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.
Here's the video for this page-

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May 20, 2014

Scraptastic May Kit Layout +Video

Here's the first layout I created using the May The Story I Heard kit-

I used some Theresa Collins papers from the add on kit, fussy cutting those beautiful red flowers to use as embellishments here.

The Thickers are from my stash, they are from the Polka Dot Party collection by Dear Lizzy and one of my favorites.

Final touches were some die cuts also by Theresa Collins, and an exclusive Scraptastic flair button.
There's also a process video-

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May 17, 2014

May is Mixed Media Month! A Layout + Process Video

In 2014 I'm trying to focus every month on a specific product. April was a tough month to keep that up, even though I scrapped a lot, but with Easter vacation etc. it somehow came and went and I did not manage to do my product focus. So for May I'm kinda cheating, cause mixed media isn't a product, it's lots and lots of products! But it's the thought that counts, and my ultimate goal is just to scrap a lot and use my stash.
So here's a layout I created, and this was interesting to make and fun, for several reasons. I started with some products from the Scraptastic Daylight kit that I wasn't too crazy about. That kit has some gorgeous colors, like yellow and teal, but it also has some green, that is really not appealing to me. So I grabbed a piece of cardstock, and some green die cuts, and using a LOT of gesso, I created an interesting background, an almost blank canvas, that is ready for any other colors or products I want.
Here's the final page-

I used some Faber Castell Gelatos to create the first layer of color, using a baby wipe to blend the color. (Use a light hand, or you'll remove most of the Gelatos, since there's gesso under it. Or, use a bit more pressure to remove more pigment, and reveal more white.) I then added those stars using a stencil and gel medium, which acts as a resist.
Next came the mists, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Citron, and Lindy's Stamp Gang in Yellow Rose of Texas, Pineapple Paradise, Hibiscus Rose and Witch's Potion Purple. Added some water to the wet mists to create those drips.

I also added some splatters in all the mist colors and in black.
The papers I used are from the Studio Calico Lemon Lush collection, and the die cuts are BasicGrey Highline collection. I love it when different lines works so well together.

I cut the paper down to about 11.5*11.5 inches, and mounted it on a 12*12 paper from the Studio Calico Printshop collection.
Here's the video-

I'll be back soon with some more layout.
Have a great weekend!

May 16, 2014

Kill A Kit Video- Scraptastic April 2014

It's Friday here, the wind is blowing, the sun is hiding, the rain is coming, and my Scraptastic May kit arrived a few days ago! I've killed the April kit a while back already, so was really looking forward to receive some new goodies to play with. It's also possible I got another box full of scrappy goodness... I have way too much stuff, and I really have to use them!! So I already posted a few days ago all the layouts I made with the April kit, and I also made a video showing them, and what I have left from the kit-

I have some new videos and layouts coming in the next few days, it's always a tough call, deciding what to do, scrap or edit some videos, but I tend to choose scrapbooking when I'm in a creative mood, I can edit also without some mojo:)
For now here's a sneak peak at some layouts I just completed-

Have a great scrappy weekend!

May 13, 2014

Scraptastic April Let Me Go Kit- The Layouts

The Scraptastic April kit was quite different from previous months, and though sometimes I tend to stick to my favorites (pink, gold, aqua,rinse and repeat), it's nice, every once in a while, to get to play with products I probably wouldn't have bought on my own. Since the kit was so travel themed, I went ahead and printed some traveling photos that I haven't scrapped yet. The May kit should be appearing on my doorstep any day now, and it might contain two main kits and two add ons... Oopsi. Don't know how that happened! I usually get only one kit and add-on, and some extras, but this month everything was tempting, one kit had the pinks, the other had the aquas, it was just too difficult to decide! I'm not sure how I'll manage all these supplies, and I really like to kill a kit every month, so we'll see how I do this month... I do want to mix them all together, but not sure how it'll work, cause these kits are just loaded with embellishments... Oh such problems!! Ok, before I go on rambling about this and that and nothing, I'll go ahead and post all the layouts I created with the Let Me Go kit-

And that's about the stage when I start adding more product from my stash-

The background paper here came from the kit, and the rest from my stash, a mix of old and new, with some Crate Paper Oh, Darling papers, and some older embellishments from Sassafras. The letter stickers and hearts came in the February Scraptastic kit.

Most of the papers here are from my stash, except that beautiful watercolor circle type paper that was a scrap from the kit. The puffy hearts are from the April add on kit, and the wood veneers ones are from a previous kit. 

A few favorites this month from these layouts-
Stamping on dark paper using light pigment inks (I used here Avery Elle and Mama Elephant), and fussy cutting the Studio Calico transparencies-

Creating an ombre effect pattern paper using the April stamp set and pigment inks-

Customizing the cork elements that came with the kit, using paint, ink, mist and glossy accents-

So that's it for the April Scraptastic kit! Check out my YouTube channel for the process videos I made creating some of these pages.
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May 12, 2014

White Mists Comparison

I love white mist, and I use it on my pages all the time, it's probably my most used mist. In my videos I use the Lindy Stamp Gang Starburst spray-Frozen Jack Frost quite often, and I just wanted to make sure it was the best I had before recommending it wholeheartedly to others.
I compared the 4 white mists I own-
  • Lindy Stamp Gang Frozen Jack Frost
  • Studio Calico White Mr. Huey's
  • Dylusions White Linen
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine White
I want my white mist to be opaque. You can totally make white mist from mixing gesso or white acrylic paint with water till you get the right consistency, and then use a brush to splatter. But a ready made mist is so much faster. Point is, it can easily (and cheaply) be done, but today I'm talking about the come-in-a-bottle mists.
It's very hard to get the closest to reality shot with a camera, so I think if you really want to see how they did, you should check out the video I made-

Here are the results-
My pick for number one is the Lindy Stamp Gang Frozen Jack Frost. It's the most opaque, it comes in a 2 oz. bottle, and it's reasonably priced at 4.95-4.99$. The nozzle is wider than the other ones, making it less likely to clog, and resulting in bigger splatters (which I like, but if you don't, use a brush instead).
The only sort-of problem I found is that at the time of writing this, this mist is unavailable both at Simon Says Stamp, and at Lindy Stamp Gang's website (I ordered mine directly from their site). hopefully they will be restocked soon. Try contacting the people behind Lindy on their site and ask if any more are on their way of you'd like to get your hands on some of this... I have no connection to any company, just one happy scrapbooker.

Second place goes to the Dylusions White Linen spray. I got good results, and the price and size is the same like Lindy's spray. Personally I think the Lindy one is slightly better, also when sprayed and not just splattered. Because of the wider nozzle (I'm assuming), it doesn't clog as often (mine never clogged) as my other white mists.

Third place goes to Studio Calico. I thought the result was not as good as the other two. It costs a dollar more, and the bottle is half(!) the size of the other two. I'm positive I won't be buying it again.  It also took the longest to dry.

Last is the Heidi Swapp Color Shine White. It's not white. It's shimmer, with hardly any pigment. You can do some fun things with it, the look is very shimmery and subtle, but as a white mist, it just doesn't deliver. It's also the most expensive one (though when you calculate per Oz. and not per bottle, Mr. Huey is far more expensive).

Here's an example of what you can do with it-

Shimmer? Yes indeed. White? I'm afraid not.

I know there are other mists on the market, I see at Simon Says Stamp one from Hero Arts, and another pearl one from Prima, both cost 7.99$ (the Hero Arts one is 1 Oz. Prima's bottle is 2 Oz.), which means they have to be really really special to beat Lindy's mist. If anyone tried them, please let me know how they did!
I hope this was helpful, please leave a comment if you have any question.
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May 11, 2014

Scrapbooking Using a Sketch- 2 Layouts-1 Sketch

Did I mention that I LOVE taking online classes? I love learning new things, I love being inspired. Nobody can deny that there's enough free inspiration to last a few lifetimes online, but I still enjoy taking classes, for a few reasons. The first, is that it's convenient and fun, and fills a gap I cannot fill in my non virtual world. Where I live nobody knows what scrapbooking is, there are no scrapbooking stores, no crops, no live classes. So taking a class is the only way I can learn things in an organized fashion. Secondly, I take classes from people that I really admire and find inspiring. Most of them make a living from it, and I really want to support them when I can, so that they will keep on creating and teaching classes. And thirdly, the best classes offer a convenient platform and a lifetime access. So I always know where to go to revisit the classes, and it's well organized.
I already mentioned a class called Watercolor for card makers on my previous post, and today I'll be talking about another class, completely different. The two pages I'm posting today, are based on one sketch, that's a part of a class over at Studio Calico. Three times a week during the month of May a new sketch is posted, with a few pages based on it, but you end up with at least three sketches every time, as the designers change the sketch up. Using a sketch is a really fun way for me to just get a page done. I know it'll be good, so all that's left is for me to pick the supplies.
Enough talking, here are my pages-

For this page I used some leftovers from the Scraptastic April kit, and then some embellishments from previous Scraptastic kits. I added some papers from my stash, I went for some 6*6 papers from various Crate Paper collections.
Here are some close ups-

There's also a process video for this page-

When I saw the sketch (unfortunately I can't show it here, it's only for students taking the class), I thought it was a great way to use up some ribbon. I've bought one of those huge ribbon packages American Crafts make with some of their collections, this one is from the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection. I have trouble using ribbon in small amounts on many layouts, so when I use it, I use a lot of it on my page, like here-

I took out some of my other Lucky Charm products, and added them to the page. This was fast and fun.
After taking photos of the page I made one little change, since it was bugging me every time I looked at the photo- I removed that sticker and flair on the left side of the photo. The sticker didn't make it to the final page, but the flair did, at the bottom left corner of the photo, keeping that frame around the whole center piece free. It really bothered me that it was the only place where the embellishments were going of it.
Here are some close ups-

I really love the color palette of the Lucky Charm collection.
I'll be back soon with more videos and layouts
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May 7, 2014

Using Distress Inks to Create a Watercolor-like Background

today I'm sharing what has to be one of my favorite layouts in a long time, and I owe it to a new class, that is actually meant for card makers, but I think it has so many wonderful techniques, that can totally apply to a scrapbooker. It's called Watercolor for Card Makers, and you can find more info here. It's only day 3 and you can still sign in. I have sadly no connection to the talented women teaching the class, besides being a happy happy student!
Here's my layout-

Used lots of distress inks to create the background, following one of the techniques shown in the class.

I'm in love with this background, it's just too pretty!! Those red letter stickers are from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer collection.

Used some PL cards as embellishment, from the Sunshine core kit, and the Amy Tan Plus One PL mini kit, as well as some embellishments from the Plus One collection.

Here's the process video-

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May's Focus- Mixed Media & NSD YouTube video hop

I love using mixed media on my scrapbook pages. Here's a page I created using watercolors on the background. I tried something new, and used a stencil and gel medium to create a resist. After it was all dry (don't forget to clean your stencil immediately), I added some more watercolor. The parts covered with gel medium remained the same.
Last Saturday, May 3rd, was National Scrapbooking Day (NSD). I've been making process videos on YouTube for a couple of months now. What really got me motivated, was seeing how much I enjoyed watching process videos, how inspired I felt, and how many new things I learned. For NSD I organized a video hop, and I asked some of my favorite YouTubers to join me. So that day we posted 11 process videos on YouTube, with three guidelines-
1. Try something new.
2. Use some of your favorite products.
3. Make a layout about change of evolution in your life.
I didn't have a lot of free time that Saturday, but I got to watch most of the videos that day, and it was just awesome to see what everyone created.
Here's my page-

This page is heavily influenced and inspired by Wilna Furstenberg, as I adore everything she creates...

So my try something new was the resist using gel medium. I used some of my favorite products at the moment- watercolors and the Studio Calico Lemon Lush 6*6 paper pad, as well as the Dear Lizzy metal dies from the Daydreamer collection.

Here's the video, you can find in the description box below it on YouTube the full list of all the other wonderful scrapbookers who took part in the hop.

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