Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook July tutorial

Hello, everyone! 
Sandi here with you today sharing a quick tutorial. 
I heard through the grapevine that some of you ladies like to see projects with less mixed media and more of just the papers and embellishments from the Kit. So, this layout kind of fits the bill. It has minimal mixed media and is mainly just product from the July Limited Edition Kit. 

Because I knew that I would be adding some stenciled work, I did apply clear Gesso to both sides of the  hot pink paper and let each side dry before continuing to the next. Then, instead of using modeling paste with my stencil, I used super heavy gesso which is so much whiter. It does seem to be a bit runnier and has a tendency to bleed through but I like it's white-ness. 

Anyway,  I am so happy that paper tearing has truly come back in vogue with a vengeneance, not that I ever gave it up. But I can really do it with abandon right now because it's the "thing" to do! The printed paper was torn true to how the design would be if it were still all one sheet of paper. I loved that printed paper and thought the houses and butterflies were so gorgeous! Of course laying it on the hot pink paper really makes the colors and designs pop even more!  

This close-up shows how the white core is dominant which I generally prefer. It kind of depends on what I'm doing … and I do go back and for the using it and not using it. That black piece of twine is from my stash. I've had it for 100 years! You probably have some too! 

I had so much fun working on this center cluster and really piled on the layers! Lots of paper. chipboard, flowers, feathers, netting, parts and pieces from the Kit. Omigosh! There was tons of product in this Kit and I was determined to use it all! 

You can see in the background where I used my butterfly stamp. My original intent was to stamp the butterfly and then fussy cut them but I have been a super busy girl this summer and opted to try them this way and was very happy with the look! 
Did you notices chipboard layered on chipboard? Yep, you can do that! 

Anyway, that is my very quick two cents for today! I encourage you to rip that paper! There is always more where that came from! It's only paper. 
Don't be afraid .. it's fun! 
Thanks for coming by. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My July Blue Fern Studios Post …

"Fun in the Sun"

Hello, Blue Fern Studios fans! 
Sandi here with you today sharing a mix of new products along with some olders ones as well. I hope the month of July is going well for you. Mine is super busy, busy, busy! I hope August will be a little more "normal" and I'll have some leisure time for creating! 

Anyway, I have created a layout for you using the A side of the Friendship paper from the brand new Frolic collection.  I usually try to steer away from the A sides at least for a while but this blue was calling my name .. which is kind of unusual for me.  But I knew that it would be a great background for this photo of the grandkids taken on the Fourth of July weekend, a holiday here in the USA. My photo mat layers are the Adorn papers. 

As par for the course, I did some background work with gesso, a stencil, super heavy gesso and mists. Just a light touch as the papers are so pretty. 

This is the new Frolic Mesh chipboard piece! Gosh, I adore this one! It is for sure going to be a favorite. I inked it and then did sme random embossing in dark copper. 

I was excited to get these sweet Paisley and Vine Flowers chipboard piece in my design team kit! They are adorable ! Sweet and dainty. They were merely gesso-ed and inked. They picked a few random bits of embossing powder from my kraft mat and that created some fun texture

My title piece Fun in the Sun was painted, misted and the embossed all over for a shiny look. 

Blue Fern Studio products used:
Frolic Friendship
Frolic Adorn

Frolic in the Sun
Frolic Mesh
Paisley and Vine Flowers


"Cute Stuff"

Next, I decided to play up some of the greens from the Paisley and Vine collection for this photo of my granddaughter. The photo is rather poor quality but she needed it scrapped, so there you go! 
I did some photo editing and tried to have a little fun in the process. 

I've layered a sheet of Whimsy paper over Bohemian and then used torn strips of Bohemain (both sides) along with Splendor. Playing cards made for a perfect photo mat and subtitle. 

Have you seen the new Novelty trim pieces? That red piece in the center is one of them. Mine is painted and then misted in shades of red-orange. I also adore the Deja Vu Atelier Chippie! It made for a beautiful vertical piece to ground my layout. Gesso gave it some tooth and then I used paints and mists. The Cute Stuff title from the Good Vibes set is an oldie that I still enjoy using. I've simply inked it in brown. 

 The Halftone stamp was used to further frame the photo by adding texture and depth all around the photo area. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Swooning over the Atelier piece and stamps! 

Just another little close-up. 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Paisley and Vine Splendor
Paisley and Vine Whimsy
Paisley and Vine Bohemian
Paisley and Vine Playing Cards

Novelty Trims
Déjà Vu Atelier Chippie
Good Vibes



"Enjoy the Journey"

You might have already seen this one! It was made for last month's Sketch challenge but I never got a chance to share it.  I've used a combination of Ombre Dreams papers, Shannon's Dream and Julianna's Dream. Using a stencil, super heavy gesso and mist, I created a really fun background. A little brighter than I originally had in mind but I love the final result. All my chipboard was treated with gesso, chalk inks and microbeads and are listed below. 


Love the layering stems.

Microbead fun! 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Ombre Dreams Shannon's Dream paper
Ombre Dreams Julianna's Dream paper

Layering Stems
Enjoy the Journey title
Jeweled Page Baubles
Flutter Page Singles

Well, that's it from me this month. 
Hopefully next month will be a bit quieter around our house and I can get back to
 creating a little more leisurely. There are lots of new goodies on my desk. 

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"Gangsta Joy" Layout For Marion Smith Designs

Hello, there!
 Sandi here with you today sharing a layout … although a different kind for me. I had this funky photo of my daughter, her hubby and friends from a day they were riding their motorcycles and thought it would fun to scrap. Something different from the pretty or vintage that I usually do.  I didn't totally let loose .. I thought a mix of feminine and grunge would be fun! 

I've use the Time Keeper Marchant as my base and added Time Keeper Exploratorium and Time Keeper Carnival for layers. I prepped my background with clear gesso, did some mixed media work and began building my layers. I love using lots of layers! At first, I was going for a monotone look but decided the pop of hot pink would really add some zest! You know me, always have to add some color! Lots of fun embellies on this one, too! Especially loved using my chipboard! 

Here are some close-ups:

That's it from me today! 
See .. you can use your products in unexpected ways! 
Try it, it's fun! 

Marion Smith Products used:
Time Keeper Marchant
Time Keeper Exploratorium
Time Keeper Carnival

Other products used:
Blue Fern chipboard
Prima Junkyard Findings and Mechanicals
Petaloo and Prima flowers

Saturday, July 11, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook Reveal, part 2

"Time with You"

Hi, all! Here are my project #3 and #4 with the July Limited Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.
 Since this is a crazy busy month for me, I will let the photos do the talking this time! :)
Less for you to have to read. 


"The Fait" circa 1932

I do have to interject that the photo is of my in-laws, believe it or not My husband is much older than I and he was a late in life baby, so my in-laws were like grandparents to me. Made for kind of a nice, easy in-law relationship! The baby is my sister-in-law and she is still living. 

Thanks for coming by! 
As this is posting, I am preparing for a huge family birthday party! 
Eight of them are having birthdays! 
Yes, I am a busy woman right now! 
Two of them, their 50th and one, her 21st, so I'm trying to make it extra special. 

Bye for now! 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook Reveal Day, part 1

"Fly with Me"

Hello, My Creative Scrapbook fans! It's another happy Reveal Day to you! This time the Limited Edition Kit is featuring Prima, Prima, Prima! In a Garden Fable Variety with all the parts and pieces you can imagine! 

I went very artsy on my first layout and really had a lot of fun with the stencil and my mists. Using a fun, vintage photo and torn paper just carried out that whole "boho thing" I've had going on lately … but in a more feminine way. 




As you know, I love tearing paper and it really seemed to work great here with the pink background paper behind it. Then lots of layers behind the photo, flowers, feathers, chipboard, sequins, stamping and some light mixed media. Very chic, I think and fitting for the photo, copyright Bettmann/Corbis, 12-30-1969. 

Here's some close-ups:

Now, here is a photo of the Kit. I don't know if there are any left but you should really get yourself signed up for at least a short subscription and see how great Pam's Kits are! 
Visit the Website for more information! 

Thanks for coming by today!
 I'll be back in a few days with my next two pages from the Kit! 
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