National Scrapbooking Day – Digital version

Hi folks,

Earlier I shared a couple of photos from my National Scrapbooking Day event today, this time I am sharing with you my digital version, which follows the sketches provided for the project.  So I will leave you to enjoy the photos.   Thank you for looking and following me.  Until next time…

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National Scrapbooking Day – what fun!

Hi, I thought I would briefly share my NSD activity, a great day was had by all! Thank you to all who attended, as usual I didn’t remember to take photos before most had left. We all got the “bare bones ” of the project recipe done, some even managed to get photos added. After a break for lunch, one lady, having got the base project done, asked about making envelopes, so I got the envelope maker out and after a bit of instruction she made 8 envelopes as well! Great job!

Another managed to get some less “formal” layouts done.

Well done everyone! Thank you for coming.

Quite a busy day for all, it is always nice to look over what we had done. It also gives me time to work out which photos to attach.

Now, just a couple of photos.

Backgrounds and Art Journaling

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to catch-up on a technique which I promised some friends on my online groups that I would share here.  They have been waiting a couple of weeks so I thought it was time to get down and dirty, well I won’t but Kim Dellow does.  Now, Kim’s technique is a little different from the method I actually used in making some of my backgrounds – which raised the query about my technique.  My technique, came from a combination of Kim’s videos and a course I was doing called “Coloring made meaningful” on “Determined to Shine“.  I sort of “blended” the two techniques to fit my purposes at the time.

What you will need:

  • a plastic craft sheet or workspace you don’t mind getting dirty/messy,
  • acrylic paint – choose two to three colours which blend/go well together,
  • an old credit card (cc) or similar item to spread the paint, you can use a palet knife if you prefer;
  • stencils, stamps to make different shapes, effects
  • of course watercolour papers (A4 or A5 or A6 I’m using Australian paper sizes or what they call International) – normal “copy” paper is too thin and will be unusable after one coat.
  • I used a “brick” stencil, a “honeycomb” stencil and one other stencil with flowers, and a couple of Michael Strong Stamps.

Method: (this is the messy bit):

Place a piece of your watercolour paper on your plastic mat, put a reasonable dollop of each colour, not too close to each other on your paper, then using the cc begin spreading the colours so they mix as you spread.  Once you have a reasonable coverage and the mix you like, place your stencil on top and go over it with your cc/palet knife, to push the stencil in, to give some dimension.  Slowly pull stencil off and wash stencil before paint dries on it.  Stamp – if you wish, for the effect you want, again washing stamp as soon as you’re done.

Also, you can place a piece of paper over the top while you still have the stencil in place and again using your cc or palet knife to “impress” the top piece of paper, essentially using Kim’s technique of closing two “pages” together and pull apart to give a background effect on both pages (videos).

Once you have the backgrounds done, let them dry and you can use as a base for scrapbooking or even making cards.  I used one for a card and the other as a scrapbook page. (see below)

I got about three or four backgrounds, some may  look a bit thick and colourless but the final effects look good, to me anyway.  Admittedly when I first saw the videos and began my “Coloring made useful” course I thought the process would be too difficult and messy, but it was more fun than anything, even for someone like me who doesn’t like getting her hands dirty – I had paint even on my elbows! lol.

So here are two videos by Kim Dellow:

Here is the card and scrapbook page that I specifically set out to do:

“Smile” card made for a swap
Scrapbook page made for “Coloring made useful”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are two examples I haven’t used for anything yet, the one on the left is clearly using the honeycomb and flower stencil, the one on the right is using the brick stencil, but the paint is a little thick to get a clear look but still usable as a background, these are untrimmed:


 

I hope you enjoy the technique and give it a go, you are welcome to try it and attach your example to your comments.

Thank you for looking.  Until next time…. cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter in the wings!

Hi there,

Well, it seems I missed spring and summer!?  That is not to say that I wasn’t doing anything since my last post.  I was making cards and scrapbooking and on holiday on and off over December and January.  Also, even after three and half years, trying to get unpacked and getting rid of unwanted “stuff” I still have heaps to toss.  I have got rid of a great deal of clothing which was trying to “drown/bury” me, and I still have plenty to give away to charity, but I can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

Anyway, back to Creative Memories.  Trying to set up a regular workshop and finding people to attend is not at all easy, I never expected it to be but you’d think there would be at least a handful who would be interested.

So, I am again holding National Scrapbook Day (NSD) on Saturday, 5th of May 2018 to get you all interested, inspired and attend my workshop.  I have put a flyer on Facebook but I have extended the deadline to Friday, 6th April.

Some other relevant information is that we have heaps of good stuff to give away to new Advisors, so this is a great time for you to join me and my team to get your freebies.  You like freebies don’t you?  I sure do so what’s to stop you from joining me, check out this link and see if we can whet your appetite.

The latest catalogue can be found here and you can check out the latest new products here which also includes the latest new products.

Well, I think I’ve given you enough to mull over so, until next time.  Cheers, thanks for reading.

Virtual Crop and other things

Hi folks,

I haven’t been here for a while but I’ve been busy getting things ready for Croptoberfest, making cards and other scrapbooking challenges.

You may (or may not) have seen my Virtual Crop participation on Facebook in September, my goodness it seems so long ago.  In case you missed them I will include a couple here but my main purpose today is to let you know of all the new products which have been released since my last post.

First of all the lovely “Countryside Comfort” and “Sugarplum” papers, embellishments, washi tape for Halloween,  and the related mat packs as well.  Gorgeous papers I aim to get them all, if not physically then digitally.  Simply gorgeous both sets.  Then there are the albums, punches and border maker cartridges etc.

It’s hard to keep up with all the great new products coming out. Plus the gifts for those joining http://trck.me/449927/ Creative Memories, wow! While you’re joining up, why not use your bonus and order some (or all) of the new products released in September/October.  I’m sure you’ll love them.

I have included some fliers for you. Have a look, join me and get scrapbooking!

I have also attached a copy of the new catalogue ISSU.

You can find the new September products here browse through and download so you can pick out all the goodies you like.

Here are the October new products for you to browse through.  Have fun and come and join me.

Now, I did promise some photos of my Virtual Crop participation. So here are three of my efforts.  The first one is my winner, I won a Croptoberfest kit for this card.  The next one is my favourite scrapbook layout, not sure why but it seems to have a lot of life in it.  Thank you for looking and I’ll see you next time.

Virtual Crop - Challenge 2
Virtual Crop – Challenge 2
Virtual Crop - Challenge 1
Virtual Crop – Challenge 1
Virtual Crop - Challenge 4
Virtual Crop – Challenge 4
Virtual Crop - Challenge 5
Virtual Crop – Challenge 5

 

Virtual Scrapbooking! Not what you think….

Well, two weeks and a lot has happened.  Went to Camden and had a great workshop on Friday night, where I completed a 2-page layout, minus a few small embellishments which were added on Sunday night.  My partner came along as well, but he was making use of some of the border maker punches which we don’t have yet, as you do!  So, here are the two pages I completed:

The layout and papers are from last year’s Croptoberfest.  I didn’t participate last year but purchased the kit because I liked the papers, our hostess on Friday didn’t have anything specific for us so we worked on our own projects and this was mine.  I still have another 3 layouts to complete for that kit and I have Croptoberfest 2017 coming up in a months time.

So while I’m here I might as well give Croptoberfest 2017 a plug, as I will be holding one, in Australia of course.  CM Advisors in the US will also be holding Croptoberfest events so if you’re interested, go to the website (this is in Australia) but once there you can change to USA or whichever relevant.  For those in Australia, you can check for an event near you here, not sure where the American list is located, sorry.

The next event I participated in was the Virtual Crop, on Sunday, 17th September.  What is a Virtual Crop you ask, well, you are given a template to follow shown on the CM Blog and  for each challenge you have 2 hours to complete and upload to the relevant FB page and of course you can’t be too pedantic which was my downfall for the first challenge but I learnt quick and the rest of the day went much better and I even won a prize.  Hard work, tiring and certainly got your brain working quickly but also fun.

So with all that as well as my normal card making, I’ve had a busy couple of weeks.  You may or may not have seen my Virtual Crop contributions but for now, I will just show my winning card.  I will show the layouts from the Virtual Crop later.  Until next time.  Thank you for visiting.

 

Rotary Blade 12″ trimmer by Kaszazz

Hello again,

This time I am posting about the new Rotary Blade 12″ trimmer from Kaszazz, much better than their “ordinary” fixed blade trimmer.  I ordered the new rotary blade trimmer because the fixed blade trimmer was just not cutting properly, leaving very rough edges.  Even with a new blade the fixed blade trimmer only worked cleanly for a few cuts before, you guessed it, rough edges again.  Now, with the new rotary blade trimmer I can be confident that when I cut my paper it will be neat, accurate and usable for my projects.

I love the stamps and papers from Kaszazz which together with CM products gives me a world of choice for my projects.  The styles are very different and yet they are both beautiful.  The main difference is, that people who don’t want to spend on buying stamps and inks for their scrapbooking but still want to “dress up” their scrapbooking, the CM pre-made flowers, stickers and die cuts, make beautiful, quick and easy pages.

Back to topic – the Rotary Blade Trimmer cuts clean and accurate and you can order by private messaging me on Facebook.  The Trimmer has a choice of three cuts – curved, straight and perforated.  Also available are replacement blades and cutting rubber mat. Now see the trimmer in action in this video  which will explain how to use the different styles of cutting and the replacements available and how to attach them when needed.

Well, that’s really it from me today.  Enjoy looking at the product and thanks for reading.  Cheers, Lola.