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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

As promised New items and Custom Cutting System!

Hello there,

Remember I mentioned that some of my projects used some older CM Custom Cutting Systems? Well,  we now have a newer version and you can order your own sets here and make your own great layouts.  Take a look at the new product fliers below or have a look at our new July catalogue.

I have attached a link to a video showing the lovely projects you can make using the new Gemstones Custom Cutting system.  Also a link to the video on the new Mix & Match bundle of patterned papers and their matching embellishments.

What could you do with – 60 sheets of double-sided 12×12 scrapbook paper, including the Mix & Match Paper Packs: Cranberry, Evergreen, Eggplant, Royal Blue and Neutral plus all the matching embellishment packs?  Check them out at the website under “Themes: All Occasions – Mix & Match”, and get scrap(book)ing.  You know you want to and now you have a bundle of papers, a great custom cutting system, just waiting for you to get started.

I think I’ve given you enough to do for today, so until next time.  Cheers, Lola.

Here is part 2 – CM Custom Cutting system

Hello again,

I have some more examples of using the Custom Cutting System (CCS), and no it is not a machine as someone thought.  That is the beauty of this system you don’t need a machine to use it – well unless you call your hands a machine :).

The way the CCS works – it has a groove into which you place the cutting tool – if you look closely you can see the two little buttons, they go into the groove and the yellow you can see is the blade shaped like a ‘V’ which allows you to cut either direction..

 

To get the most out of the CCS you need to have all three blades: blue, red and green.  The three blades give you the different sizes.  You can cut on the outside of the guides as well as the inside, which means you can get 6 different sizes of whichever style you want – circles, ovals, rectangles or squares, oh and there is also a hexagon one.  If you watch the video here  you can see how it works, there are a couple of other videos which also show the border maker.  Once you’ve watched the video you’ll want to get your own, which you can do here. 

 

This one shows the CM Cutting mat, the hexagon CCS and the three blades.  You can see the grooves into which the 2 “buttons” fit and guide your cutting blade around the shape.  Also, a handy point with each of the shapes they have little “feet” doesn’t lift them off the paper, they just help the shape guide to stay in place so it doesn’t move while you cut.  The video is a helpful tool to show you exactly how to use these wonderful, portable cutting tools.

Now for photos of the examples I promised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next two show the different shapes available and also the wavy ones which come as a paper trimmer.

Enjoy the photos and videos.  Cheers for now.