Sunday, June 25, 2017

Scrapbook layouts for fundraising event.

Yesterday, I was the class leader of a scrapbooking day that raised funds for a school in Kissi, Kenya. Here are the layouts that I taught. Many people also contributed to the day with food, donations of goods etc. Thank you to everyone. I do not represent any particular company and use product from many sources.  Where possible today I have indicated those sources. 
Melissa Kennedy owner of Unmistakable Creations kindly donated packs of Kaisercraft Marigold papers and stickers to the event.   Here is the first layout that they got to make  - now several of the ladies wanted to make a 'boy' page and in the pack was paper suitable for them to create a male version of the page.    The photo on my layout was taken on our April Cruise with Melissa - why not check out her website Unmistakable Creations and see what cruises she has coming up. Thank you Melissa for your donation - the ladies loved the papers.
This is the second layout they created.   Firstly, they mixed some Gesso paste (I find this the best for class situations but would work with any pastes available on the market) with some blue re-inker and applied using a mask.  This layout uses a lot of Stampin'Up! product that is newly released - Pattern Party Decorative Masks ( $10 for 4 different masks - bargain I say), Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and cardstock, wood veneer stars and hearts and they now have Sizzix Multipurpose adhesive sheets as well - the word 'memory' was adhered using this product.  The die cuts are Kaisercraft.
I hand made the 'ruff puffs' to add to the layout.  You may also remember them called Suffolk Puffs or Yo-Yo's
The photograph of me 'holding up the ancient coral ledge' was taken in Mare, New Caledonia again on my Unmistakable Cruise in April.  Thank you to Debbie Hodge - Get it Scrapped for the inspiration for this layout.
This was the final double page layout.   The border strips and quote are Kaisercraft.  The background on the white cardstock is made using a circle stencil, apply a small amount of watercolour crayon around the inside circle - about half of the circle.  Apply a small amount of water with water and a brush. Thank you to Debbie Hodge - Get it Scrapped for the inspiration for this layout.
The photographs were taken at a scrapbook retreat this year where we were asked to 'come dressed as a rock star'.   I was the construction worker from Village People and others came as Elvis, Bob Marley, Cilla Black, Tiny Tim, and how cannot smile at the originality of Bread.
 I also made the name tags for us all from bits and pieces in my stash.
And, of course there had to be some sweeties for each person - I found the quote when searching the internet. 
My inspiration for the layouts came from many sources, I love searching the internet reading magazines and coming up with layouts that will challenge and inspire.
As a result of the day much needed funds will be donated to the school in Kenya.
Thank you for everyone who came and learned new techniques and even stepped out of the comfort zones, everyone who helped and to you for reading through this rather longish post. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Class cards and remember everything old is new again!

I wanted to share with you some cards I have designed recently for a card class I lead each Friday for a local community group.
These two cards were made using handmade paper, distress inks (run across a clear block and then spritzed and applied to the paper) and a mixture of stamps I found in my stash.
 I love them - the way that the distress ink reacted with the paper is 'magic'.
This card uses a Darkroom Door stamp of the lady. Other embellishments were from my stash. This reminds of the old Ladies Home Journals that my mother, a dressmaker/tailor,  collected - they contained pattern paper of some of the clothes in the magazine.  I remember as a child being mesmerized by the images of film stars and their stories, the clothes.  Background paper was old pattern paper that I have collected over the years.
In a recent post I share how I made a scrapbook layout using the technique of what I am calling faux watercolouring - I just new it would work on a card. 
This card uses a matchbook fold.  I have been looking at different folds for making cards. The stamp set is a retired Stampin' Up! set called Betsy's Blossoms.  You can probably see I have stamped the bird onto the central image and then on a separate pieces of white cardstock stamped the bird again, cut out the wings and attached to bird.
A lot of my cards recently have been along the lines of 'everything old is new again' from folds to stamps to techniques.
Feedback that I have received show that the ladies loved the cards.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) Paris

Today I am sharing 10 ATC's that I have created to be swapped with others over at Soul Scrappers.
The theme was Paris. Paris is one of my favourite cities and the Eiffel Tower is iconic to them.
 A close up of one of the cards.
To make the ATC's I first applied a coat of Gesso to a 12" square piece of regular cardstock and allowed it to dry.  Then I cut into 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" cards. 
Next I dabbed 3 colours of acrylic paint to top of each card and using a palette knife 'swooshed' them down and across the card.  These were then allowed to dry before adding gold embossing paste to a butterfly stencil.  Again, left to dry overnight.
This morning I stamped a script stamp on the top, and added a die cut Eiffel Tower from gold cardstock which I affixed to the card.  Then I added the Journey stamp, and some doodling and rhinestones completed each card.
They are off the USA tomorrow and I will await the return of 9 other cards from the other participants.
Thanks for looking, Margaret.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A good book is an event..........

Today, I have a layout I have completed for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers.  For this challenge we sent a number of items that had to be included in a layout.  Warning - this is a long post.
First, here is my layout:
On 31st May this year I was out and about running errands north of where I live.  After I had finished I decided to drive home via the coast and called in at Toowoon Bay on the beautiful Central Coast.  It was a beautiful if somewhat windy day.  I purchased a toasted sandwich and a drink and found a lovely spot to sit, eat and read. The shadow selfie shows me reading.  More about the book later.
The challenge was to incorporate the following items I received into the layout:
What was required was quite simple - you had to add a photo/s of you reading a book/magazine, reading a book to a child, a stack of books, your favourite book...anything book or magazine related. The shipping tag was a must to use and had to incorporate a 'book quote' and it must be visible on your page.  I used all items sent to me. 
After a time of just looking and deciding what to do with this disparate group of items it came to me that I had to radically alter a lot of the items.  The red spot bag I turned into a tea bag - after all I was having lunch.
The book page was from Winnie the Poo - not all appropriate for my page - I decided to tear it, decoupage it and colour it with some red to match that bag.  The straw and paperclip proved the most challenging - I cut the straw down the middle and used it as embellishment down the side of my layout.  The final touch was to add a script stamp randomly on the pink background paper.
My quote is by Stendhal from his book, The red and the Black.
Now when I was googling quotes I found one that I thought was very appropriate:

Reader's Bill of Rights - Daniel Pennac
  1. The right to not read
  2. The right to skip pages
  3. The right to not finish
  4. The right to reread
  5. The right to read anything
  6. The right to escapism
  7. The right to read anywhere
  8. The right to browse
  9. The right to read out loud
  10. The right to not defend your tastes.
As promised the book I was reading and have now finished "Paris - Time Capsule" based on a true story by Ella Carey.  Several years ago a forgotten French Apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War 11 was opened. The flat’s titleholder, a woman known only as Mrs De Florian, never returned to the apartment and never rented it out. Its existence only came to light in 2010, when Mrs De Florian died without issue at the age of 91 and experts were brought in to value the property.  The writer was inspired by this event to write a non-fiction novel. A quick read and one that asks the question - what would you do if you inherited this apartment?
Thank you for staying with me during this post - good reading everyone.   Margaret :)


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