Monday, April 28, 2008

Something Old into something New

Greetings once again from the rubber room!!!

Can you believe this? I am posting again! How many does that make in a month? I lost count! LOL April must be my "binge" month. I did some scrapbooking binging and that spread into my organizing for my upcoming workshops and it even spread into my housework. I wonder if its because spring has sprung here in the desert? Who knows...all I know is I am getting quite a bit accomplished.

I thought I would share with you my latest creations. Once again, I dipped my hand into the cropper hopper and these papers I pulled out. The brown flowery papers come from Deja Views many many years ago. The blue roses paper is from K & Company (I think). And the cardstock is CTMH's Lilac Mist. The brown patterned paper just reminded me of "Grandma" paper and what came to mind was my mother's grandmother...Grandma Thomas. Grandma Thomas took on the responsibility of raising 4 children under the age of 11 when their parents passed away. My mother use to tell us all kinds of stories about Grandma Thomas. So, these pages are dedicated to her.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

April's Monthly Workshop Layouts

Greetings once again from the Rubber Room!

I thought I would share with you the layouts I just finished for my April Workshop. I used CTMH's Life Delights paper pack and Make it Count stamp set. I used "Cherish's Dreamy Look" on page 52 for inspiration. The various techniques I used are:

Stamping: Press the stamp on the ink pad to ink the rubber image. Stamp on the paper, pressing firmly and evenly, being careful not to rock or slide. With many different colors of ink pads, one stamp can go a long way.
Edge Distressing: Hold your paper of choice in one hand. In the other hand, hold your edge distresser so that the sharp edge is toward the paper. Scrape the edge distresser back and forth along the edge of the paper so the white core is exposed, as desired.
Fill with Embellishments: If you love a particular scrapbook page design but your photo is a bit small, simply attach your photo and then fill
the space with embellishments. Make the concept
your own.
Dimension with Pop Dots: For visual interest, add depth to your pages by mounting small images, tags, or photos on 3-D pop dots. They literally pop out from the page!
Wet Embossing: To emboss your image you will need a either a tinted embossing pad or Versamark pad and embossing powder. Ink up your image using the ink pad. Then sprinkle embossing powder over your stamped image. Tap off the excess. Pour the excess back into the container. Hold the heat gun 3 inches away from the paper and heat the powder.
Accenting with Ribbon: Color coordinating ribbons add bright 3-D flair to your pages. When used as a photo border, ribbons can "anchor" your picture and draw attention to your focal point.
Swiping Hold the ink pad in one hand and the paper in the other. Swipe the ink pad across the paper, as much or as little as desired. Repeat on sides and/or edges of the paper.
Random Stamping: Stamp one image in corner of your project. Add another stamping near it. When you add your 3rd stamp, make a triangle shape from the other 2 stamps. For stamp number 4, make another triangle from one side of the first triangle. Continue making "triangles" until you cover the paper. Forming triangles like this helps you space the stamped images evenly. Make sure as you fill your paper that you make some stamped images go off the edges of the paper. It adds to the continuity and makes it look more natural.
Embossing Clear Inspirations Tags: Press the non-emboss side of the tag onto the watermark ink pad. Cover in white embossing powder. Heat untill powder melts. Repeat steps. Then chalk image etched into the front side of tag. Brush away excess chalk

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Are you ready for some artwork?

Greetings once again from the rubber room!

I know I haven't been posting much lately. I just can't seem to drap myself away from my desk. I seem to be on a roll and didn't want to interrupt the flow of creativity. Since April 1, I have created almost 11 layouts. Wow, that's alot for me!

As I mentioned in my last entry, I have this cropper hopper full of past projects I have either started, or wanted to start. Since my middle name is procasination they would probably stay there till who knows when. But since I made that New Year's resolution to use up all my old papers and embellishments...I seem to be on a roll.

When I stuck my hand into the cropper hopper to randomly pull out a project, there was more than one project in that plastic bag. Hence, the reason for all the layouts done at once.

A while back, I was on another group, and we did a paper swap. We had to send another member enough pattern paper and cardstock with embellishments to complete a layout. This gal sent me enough to complete a two page layout. Thanks to Close To My Heart's Imagine and Cherish books.
The papers screamed "Retro" which makes me remember the 70s. Something I would really love to forget! LOL
Anyhow, I took these papers and pictures of my college life and this is what I came up with.
Then, I pulled another plastic bag from the Cropper Hopper and I had two sets of papers in there waiting for me to do something with them.
This first set is of my grandparents on my dad's side. I call this 2 page layout..."Two Rode Together."

In the same plastic bag, I had two sheets of this crackle flowery paper. I loved it when I bought it, and was so afraid of cutting it. So I didn't. I trimmed around the flowers and built my layout from there.

This is my great grandmother, Gertrude Klock Archer. I don't have very many pictures of her. The calling card you see on the layout, I found when going through my father's things. There were 5 little one inch photos on the back. Down at the bottom of the layout, are two of those pictures.

Here is a side view of the flowers:

Here is the tutorial to complete the flowers...the flowers are coming out a lot darker than in person. But it gives the layout some great dimension.

And my last layout...this is my dad taken in October 1926. He was 7 years old at the time.
I hope you find some inspiration in the layouts I have shared.
Until next time,
Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Neverending Backlog

When this new year rolled around, my resolution was for every layout I do with new papers, I have to do a layout with some of the papers I have stashed away to be completed. I've been busy this past week working on past papers.

Unfortunately, I've run out of ink for my printer and I've run out of my tombows. So, now I have 8 layouts on my table waiting to be completed. Once the ink arrives, I'll be able to print out the pictures and journaling and when the tombows arrive, I'll be able to glue everything down.

The picture you see are all the projects I have waiting to be completed. Some are half finished projects, some are just ideas. But hopefully this year, I'll be able to get this cropper hopper of mine emptied out. Stay tuned for the finished projects, as I get them completed.
Wish me luck!
Till next time,
Happy Scrappin'