January 2014 was another busy month for us. Liam had his birthday and childcare birthday party, Aunty Shannon came to stay, Me, Liam and Rose went to New Plymouth for a while and Liam broke his arm! Here are the pages I have done so far.
These photos are from a fairy picnic thing we went to in New Plymouth. I used Kasiercraft captured moments Say Cheese.
I cut up a pocket protector to add a few extra cards when I realised one page wouldn't be enough but two was too many.
The next lot of photos were from a trip to the Rumpus Room in New Plymouth. I carried on using Say Cheese but used some PL Honey as well, and chose the brighter cards from the sets.
I carried on doing photos from our New Plymouth trip and for this used some 12x12 kraft paper cut up. These pics were of family.
We went to the beach one afternoon so for this I used a mix of Mambi Summer cards and some plain cardstock that I embossed to make it more interesting.
I finally got a chance to do some more pocket pages, I am way behind what I should be up to but January is always a really busy month and I know the next couple of months will be less photo heavy so not too worried about getting back on track!
These pages are photos of Rose's christening so I wanted really pretty pinks and roses and hearts! Lots of sweetness. I chose Kaisercraft Captured Moments Happy Days cards and some random PL cards mixed in, there are some from the Maggie Holmes collection and some Blush I think!
I've found that I like matting all my photos which means I will be using a lot of cards and also a lot of tape, and it will also take a bit longer but I think I will carry on doing so.
Here is the first page. The photos are pretty terrible because it is pouring down here so have no natural light! The rose in the top middle is an overlay, it doesn't work perfectly well so I might have to think about how I put that in but I still love it!
I had too many photos to fit onto two pages so I decided to put a smaller page with just 3x4 in between. I didn't have any so looked through my page protectors and cut up one that suited. Here is a picture of the two sides. I used lots of washi tape, rubons and little embellishments on these pages. The heart on the sweetheart card is stamped and embossed the u r sweet card is a cut out with a captured moments card behind it....sweet alright!
This is the facing page. I confess that I was starting to run out of steam by the time I got to this page so there is not as much embellishing on this one! But this was also the page with most journaling on so I think it is ok. The cute heart on here is covered with Tim Holtz distress glitter, I love how this gold is not too intense and I think it ties in nicely with the gold washi I have used on the spread.
Finally here are pictures of how the layout looks with the smaller insert in the middle. Oh dear this really is a bad photo, I will replace these when the weather is not so terrible!
The Paper Teapot has started up their monthly challenges again but for he design team that means a little bit of a twist...we each had to think of a challenge to set people and then draw out of the hat one of the other design team members challenge! Yikes. I'm not telling you what my challenge is but the one I drew out of the hat is
Create your own background page on plain cardstock with any combination of the following:
Gesso, Gel, Modelling Paste, sprays, inks, paints, stencils stamps…Go wild. Then create a layout on it!
Now I am not a huge mixed media person, I like it but I also love using papers so I knew this was gonna be a challenge.
I started off the process by cutting up some cardstock into 6x6 pieces so I could test a few things before committing myself. I started with painting a page with Gesso as I thought I should do this for a change, tho I didn't really know what for haha! I thought the idea was to create a stable base for paints and inks to go on and I think I am mostly right but what was pretty cool about it was it looked a bit like wood grain when it was streaky so decided that this would be my base over top of my grey cardstock. I tried to get arty and make knots in the 'wood' but hmmm a. I shouldn't have bothered as they mostly ended up covered and b. I don't think it added anything to the page anyway.
I then tried out my texture paste compared to gel using my new Tim Holtz burlap atencil. The gel is slower to dry and has a more sandy texture. I should really have added paint to them both for further 'testing' but at this stage I had an 18 month old 'helping' me so was a bit rushed. The left side is paste and the right is gel.
I next tried using the stencil with a mist and then 'stamped' the mask onto another piece of cardstock to what that was like. The left image is using the stencil as normal and the right is as a stamp. I actually really like it as a stamp but wish had sprayed less on so it was more defined and even.
My next test was using weathered wood Tim Holtz ink with the stencil and I liked this so tested it on the test piece of gesso cardstock. I liked the look of this. On my final background I also used my inker to blend in the stencilled areas a bit.
Here is what my background page looked like once I had played around with it (tho I added some extra bits later. Oh and I forgot to take a picture before tearing the paper..oops!
Here is my final layout. I added some stamps to the background page and also texture paste using the stencil. I also have a Tim Holtz gears mask which I used with the weathered wood ink and I blended in the ink so that all the elements kinda merged together.
The layout was then built on top of this page. I put the 'background page' on a mat of Kaisercraft Garage Days "tune Up' paper coz I loved the distressed wall look about this paper. I matted the photo on the checkplate from the 6.5 inch paper pad and then onto 'Tyre Shop' which I inked to tone down the yellow, after using a gadget stamp and embossing powder. I used a couple of cut outs on the page along with some chalkboard chipboard which I inked and used dimensional magic on.
And some die cuts which I used my Tim Holtz (yeah him again) gadget gears die to cut out. I really like the one cut from the checkplate paper!
And the photo? Well that is a pic of my son, husband and father-in-law taking a ride in my FIL's hot rod! Liam had fun though he did think it was a little scary since it is so loud!
The monthly scrapbook challenges for The Paper Teapot have started up again and this months theme is to use scraps! However, I didn't read the instructions very well and didn't remember that it said also to use your silliest photo from your summer holidays so ...hmm...mine photo is from my 3rd wedding anniversary which I had been meaning to scrap for AGES! Oh well! I had recently seen a post on the Simple Stories blog where the designer used scraps to cover a heart shape and I thought love, gotta do this so that is what I did. The paper is OLD! I got it - Bo Bunny Peacock Lane- when I lived back in Collinsville and my sister just got engaged...it was the first range of paper I brought after Kaisercraft and it seemed so extravagant and delightful! Little did I realise at the time that there was a whole world of scrapbook papers out there and it was very dangerous to start looking.
This is the original layout I did for my sister - I hope she doesn't mind me posting it here.
and here is layout for the challenge using the scraps. I'm not 100% happy with it, because I would have liked to have done stitching on the page (the original had the scraps all stitched) and in fact if you look closely you can see the holes where I went around the edge of the heart with my stitch maker tee hee, but since I had two sick kids and no husband this weekend, stitching seemed like one thing too hard so this will do!
My title is a bit random too, I didn't like it when I first put it on and so took it off and then it went back on again but looks a bit strange..oh well, nothing in life is perfect right! Plus...what a hideous photo of me! Far out, time to get some more photos taken with me in them because I hate to think if I went missing that this would be the one they would show on national news. Aren't I a goody two shoes scrapping it anyway :-)
I had a bit of time to myself so could get cracking on my pages. Once I got going, I found it flowed easily and I started thinking about the next pages too and got a little sidetracked! Oops. Anyway, here is a photo of my first ever pocket layout.
I struggled with the flatness of the pages, one photo when I added puff tape wouldn't sit in the pocket properly so I am wondering about sticking some things directly on the page protector but we will see! I really like the look of mini layouts with lots of embellishments but for this first spread, I stuck to basics though sorry Becky Higgins, I needed to use sellotape! Here is a close up of the page title which I did embellish.
The second page of the spread is even more basic, might need some jazzing up but considering I have so many months to do I think for now I will be happy with it, especially since this spread is just one days worth of a month :-)
So there it is, it took me a couple of nights to complete, the first was figuring out what photos and cards and the second was sticking things down and journaling.
Supplies used: Kaisercraft Save the Date papers, MME enamel drops and mini alphas, Pink Paislee Hey Kid Ephemera.
With all crafts, the most important part is gathering the supplies. This is something that must carry on before, during and after a project. So it is a little scary to think about how many supplies I will gather over my pocket scrapbooking project considering it is supposed to be on-going forever!
I decided I had best get an album and pocket pages at least so an now the proud owner of an Amy Tangerine album along with a mixture of pocket pages. I decided that I didn't want to limit the style so a mix seemed appropriate though I have noticed that there is a particular style that is very popular which is the A style.
Here is a snapshot of the supplies I have for my first double spread, which will
for just one special day, my little boy's 3rd birthday. I decided to get some 'free range' papers as I like to think of them, as they are not from a pocket scrapbooking specific kit but papers that have journaling cards on. I chose Kaisercraft Save the Date paper and will cut out the squares on Hip Hip to create my own 4x4 cards. I also got Cheers and Pinwheel in the same range to use as mats for the photos and pulled out the trusty Simple Stories Say Cheese collection which is getting a good workout! I thought the colours
would work well together and there are some cute bits that I really want to
Finally, the photos...well that is certainly a bit of a mission. I ended up copying all my photos into another folder and then deleting the ones I did not want to use so I could clearly see what I had.
I then used Picasa to create collages for some 3x4 photos. It took AGES! But it was a lot of fun because it was photos from last January and I enjoyed seeing the changes in my kids.
PS. Should I mention I think this could be a little addictive....
So after many months of ignoring Project Life and pocket scrapbooking and not really understanding what it was, I decided to investigate this style of scrapbooking a little more so that I could get more photos into albums and stop feeling so guilty about the ones I haven't done!
So what is pocket scrapbooking? It's basically using pockets on a scrapbook page, pre-cut cards and photos to quickly put together a photo page. No scissors or glue required! Becky Higgins is the person behind Project Life but there are heaps of other brands too, and it seems to be getting more popular. See Becky Higgins blog here for some information about the basics (and to look at the gorgeous paper).
I joined a Facebook group and already have learnt a lot about the different styles and ways of working. Some people only work with one kit for the year so that their album is coordinated throughout, whereas others use a variety of paper including papers from their stash cut to size. Some people use no embellishments at all, just photos, paper and journaling, whereas others add little items and stickers to their pages. Some people are crazy enough to do a photo a day (yikes) whereas others just print out their photos and put into the album fitting things around how many there are.
So what to do! Well I am going to have a mixture of papers and probably won't be able to resist adding embellishments to the page. I like the idea of being able to go back if I come across something 'perfect' for a photo. I'm also planning on doing a double spread per month but possibly it might be more like two spreads, or it might just be printing out the photos and making it fit!
I am now the proud owner of some pocket pages and have some cards coming, as well as some Simple Stories Snap Say Cheese leftovers from when I created a page (pages?) for The Paper Teapot which I am quite looking forward to cutting up and using since I love that collection so much! However, I do need to print some photos and I have decided that I will do two months each month, the month from a year ago and the previous month so by the end of the year I SHOULD have two years completed...fingers crossed.
Wish me luck on my pocket scrapbooking journey!
A while ago I got some Kaisercraft 'True Romance' paper with the intention of scrapping a photo of my darling daughter Rose. I did think about doing a photo of her first day but when I sat down to scrap I decided instead to do a photo of her Baptism day. Mum made the christening gown when Liam was Baptised and it is made from left over lace from my wedding dress so I wanted to add some of this lace to the layout, and I also wanted to add a heart as Manawa ( which means heart) is her middle name.
Here is my layout
I decided to enter my layout in the Artfull Crafts September challenge which was a theme of flowers...pretty easy for someone with a daughter called Rose!
While Mum was on a roll with scrapbooking, I suggested she try another challenge. I love doing sketch challenges but haven't been finding much time to do them so figure may as well live my dreams through my mum right!
Here's the sketch
And here is Mum's take on it and her blog write up!
Live Life - Love Life
My mother’s favourite holiday place is Rarotonga and she has made numerous trips there over the last thirty years. She crossed her fingers (as did we all) that she would be fit enough to celebrate her 90’th there – and she made it, along with 58 family members.
Wearing our Peggy’s 90th Party rosettes, and with the odd legal graffiti left on bar walls, we made our presence on the island known, and we had a lovely family holiday. We had two more birthday girls: my daughter Vanessa turned 40 and her cousin Tamsyn turned 30 while we were in Rarotonga.
I used bright colours and florals for the page as they are both celebratory and typical of Rarotonga. I fussy cut the hibiscus flowers, folded and attached them with plain brads. I made flax flowers and used these, one backed by bought petals and the other topped by a blingy rosette. The white flower echoes Mum’s rosette. I used the Peg’s Party graffiti as my banner, and the frangipani cutouts to frame the top of my two photos – one of the three birthday girls, and one of Mum with her cake.
The Paper Teapot have a challenge running at the moment. I wasn't allowed to enter but was asked to make a layout to inspire others, though by the looks of the entries, not a lot of inspiration was needed.
These are the rules
- 1 Punch only. Use this as many times as you like but it must only be the one
- An ink Spray of your colour choice.
- One mask, stencil, or template
- Some bling
- Washi tape
- A tag of some sort with journaling on it.
- 4 Patterned papers of your choice. One of these papers must be cut into an 8×8 piece.
I had planned to use the My Minds Eye Chalkboard range to do this as I thought it would suit but then when I was looking for a piece of paper in my stash that had a ledger on I found this paper from We R Memory Keepers. I loved how the yellow tied in with the hood and the papers were soft but not girly!
1 punch - EK success vines punched along the bottom of the 8x8
1 inkspray - Tsukineko Eucalyptus walnut antiquing solution used for the masking and sprayed on the background paper.
1 mask - TCW Mini ledger on the 8x8...
Some bling - black rhinestones flourish
Some washi tape - Prima lifetime washi tape...think it is really fabric tape but close enough!
Tag with journaling - hidden journaling, cut from one of the pieces of patterned papers.
4 Patterned papers - Used We R Memory Keepers Family Keepsake papers.
I also challenged Mum to do this as well and here is what she came up with, I love it!
Punch: I used a Fiskar’s edge punch (name unknown to me) to cut a
border for along one side of the 8 x 8 square, and to the left of the photograph border.
Ink Spray: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colour Wheatfields, to tone
down the pink and the blue spot background papers. ...
Mask: I used a chipboard sewing machine cut-out as a mask, so the sewing machine image was left in the original paper colour.
Bling: This was difficult as it is not a ‘blingy” photograph, or era. Our 1959 dresses had clean straight lines, and the shiniest thing we had was our shoes. I fussy cut some matching roses to add some depth to the framing, and used two brads as flower centres: one gold brad (sprayed with glimmer mist to make it softer), and one jewel brad.
Washi tape is used to hold down two edges of the 8 x 8 square, and the button card.
4 patterned papers: Kaisercraft Needle & Thread Collection – Seam, Knit, Hem and Bobbin
Tag: cut from one of the pages in the collection and tucked behind the photograph. The journaling reads:
The first outing for our new best summer clothes was the A & P Show – rain, hail or shine.
Mum did all our sewing, but six years after this photo was taken daughter no. 5 was born, and we older girls were told we had to learn to sew – fair enough, Mum!
I'm Natalia, co-owner of Bali Suga Crafts, mother of two kids and wife of another! I started scrapbooking when I lived in Australia in the back of beyond and made the mistake of going into the local post office....aka the shop I spent the most money in (not that there was a lot to choose from). There I discovered scrapbooking supplies as well as a weekly class on a Tuesday night and haven't looked back since then!