Friday, January 26, 2018

Yearbook - 2017 December

Lots of snow in December meant a lot of photo opportunities and a white Christmas. A little disruptive maybe, but oh so beautiful!

Yearbook - December 2017

Cathy Krenek released her Winterberry Frost Bundle early in January, which was good timing for me to scrap these pictures. There are so many fun elements in the kit too, perfect for scrapping those fun-in-the-snow pictures!

The kit and the Add-Ons are available separately in Cathy's store.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Thank You Cards

Last year I bought one of those little books that consists of a bunch of postcards to colour. One of them featured snowflakes and although I think snowflakes are pretty, I do not like to colour them. So instead I thought I would see how my homemade alcohol inks perform on the paper. It worked really well, but now what do I do with the postcard?

Move it from here to there.
And then from there to here.
Am I the only one who does that?

Eventually I decided to use it for making some Thank You cards for beautiful Christmas gifts received. Very appropriate, I thought, to our White Christmas.

I die-cut snowflakes from the postcard as well as white cardstock to create the inlaid look

The snowflakes cut from the postcard worked well as accent pieces on their own card front.

The background paper is a piece of gift wrap I had from a previous Christmas. I really like the foiled details on it!
A few clear gems in the centers of the snowflakes finished off the cards.

The 'Thank You' stamp is from BoBunny 'Sentiments Stamps'

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Smith Family - Family Photobook

The Smith Family - I think these pictures are just too precious for words! They date from the 1920's and 30's.

Cathy Krenek's "Formal Night" Mini kit was perfect for the page. I did have a problem choosing papers though. I wanted to use them all, which is why I decided to layer them onto the background with just little strips peeping out from beneath each other. One of the big advantages of digital scrapping with and endless supply of papers.

My other great treat with digital kits is that I can use as many elements as I like and that I can resize them. Not to mention the lack of any bulk in spite of the dimension.

I have a bookshelf full of paper scrapped photobooks and am building my collection of digital ones. I must say that the paper ones have a charm, but I could never go back to scrapping all my memories that way.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Yearbook 2016 - Christmas

Cathy Krenek has a great new kit - or bundle with alphas and more papers- in her store Christmas Traditions

Of course I simply had to use this beauty and make the most of getting caught up with the Yearbooks. I'm waiting for the last completed one - for 2013 - to arrive from the printers!

Part of the fun of putting up the tree is unpacking all the mementos from friends in the form of decorations given us over the years. Love the memories they bring!


This kit has a lot more goodies in that I could not pack onto this page.

I did make up a card as well. It is sized for a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5") The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment is from Cathy's Holly Jolly kit. I recoloured it a bit to suits the colours in this kit better.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Card - New Home

For a 'Congratulations on Your New Home' card, I like to make something that  reflects a bit of the character or surroundings of the new house.

Getting the image for the 'cottage' was a good place to start and I found this one over at TiddlyInks

and coloured it using water colours and some coloured pencil.

I wanted a card that would be easy to display, but would also fold flat for international mailing and decided on a Z-fold, which also allows me to create a bit of a  'garden' area. It is such an easy design to make and creates great depth and areas for added decorations.

The rest of the images are all old Provocraft stamps that I've had for many years, and keep pulling out of the drawers from time to time. The woodgrain on the inserts is a Heidi Swapp clear stamp bought at Michaels.

The blue sky and green grass was done using alcohol sprays. I really like the effect the inks create and it is super easy to get really nice results. The only drawback being that it does bleed through the paper and card stock like any alcohol based product will.

The recipients loved the card and I had a lot of fun making it. All that's left to do now is go and visit so I can see the new home for myself!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Colouring - Magical Jungle

Another one of Johanna Bashford's books - Magical Jungle is a great collection of images to colour.
The paper takes wet media well so I've been using the Inktense pencils, Derwent WC pencils and NeoColors quite extensively.

Some areas in the double spread have pencil layered over the water media. I was concerned that the paper is too saturated to take more water media

This beautiful pattern is done with only pencils. I had thought of adding a background colour when I first started, but I think in the end the white is the best colour for that.

I like the paper in this book. It was the first one to be published using the paper developed specifically for her books. I like the weight of it, the way it takes the media I enjoy using and also the white that is not quite a bright white. It works well as a background colour.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Colouring - Dr Seuss

I enjoy colouring in all the books I have, but this is the only one that has me chuckling while doing so. It is a delight to study all these goofy characters up close as the pencil colours the shapes and details. One simply sees so much more than when you are just reading a story book.

We found this one at our local Costco, and decided to pick it up just because it is so goofy and it makes for cheap enough giggles.

This was the first page I tried, and soon enough realised that wet media and this paper and not good friends ... but the Crayola pencils play very nicely with the smooth white paper.

This took a really long time to do and the night sky was not quite what I had planned, but many chuckles later and it is still a fun, bright page.

Instead of just adding a load of colour on Horton's page, I decided to spill just a small amount of green onto the left page, with all the attention on Horton.

A landscape of quirky houses...

More pages to come sometime soon...