Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Scrapbooking: a beginners view.

After being given a HUGE bundle of scrapbook papers from Helen at Calico Crafts, I thought I would make an attempt to learn to do scrap-book layouts. Its not something i will do often as i still prefer to alter items but i did rather enjoy it.
I have been blogging them on the calico page as part of my design team commitments but this is a recap for my personal blog.
I am not one for keeping photos in frames or albums. mostly they are all in a big shoe box and since digital cameras came into being i just store them on my computer. but I do love old photos. I have a collection of old photos of my grandparents and great granparents (and great aunts and uncles), that all have that lovely sepia tone to them so I decided to try my hand at scrapbooking with those.

the first one i did was with my paternal grandfather taken with his army comrades during WWII.

the second is my great aunt Mima (on my fathers side):

this third one is my Dad and his mum (my gran):

and this last one is my other gran (mothers side):
 here it is without the photo so you can see how i built up the background...

All the papers and most of the other supplies are from Calico Crafts:

Monday, 27 May 2013

Calico Crafts day....

My turn again over at the Calico Crafts DT blog, and its another scrapbook layout... lots of ink and distressing involved as ever.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Calico Crafts day again

 My 2nd two scrapbook layouts: These feature my paternal grandmother with my dad and the other features my gran's sister Mima (My great aunt).... Please go over for a wee look and leave a comment (or scrapbook advice as i am a learner and new to it). Click on the photo to be taken to the Calico Crafts Blog.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Calico Crafts day...

Well I dont scrapbook... I think that's important to say so you maybe can be a little kind to me. Technically this is my first attempt. I realise getting the composition on a canvas or ATC or card etc etc, is much the same skill as needed on a 12x12 scrapbook page, but the size seems daunting to me and I dont much like photos, unless they are vintage and sepia...
So with all that in mind, I found an old photo of my Granddad during the war (World war 2) and decided to make something with that photo. I used a little bulldog clip thing to hold the photo in place so i didnt have to get it near paint, ink or glue.
I used a sheet of 7 gypsies postale paper (called 'document') for the front main page. I tore it in places and rolled the edges back (I know, I do this a lot but I have liked it for the last 7 years, i dont predict a change any time soon lol). I also distressed all around the edges of the sheet and inked it with versamagic chalk ink (gingerbread)... now, because of the torn back bits i had to back it on to something else that was OK to show through. I raided my VERY old drawer of scrapbook papers and found a suitably boring brown vintage looking bit. not sure who it was made by. it looked a bit like very old Victorian wallpaper. I layered my postale sheet on top of that. it looked nice and sepia to go along with the tones in the photo.
The bunting flags are cut from another postale sheet (called 'post'). I thought the stripes looked almost patriotic in colour but aged and faded. the map at the back of the main photo is from Tim Holtz' "crowded attic"  salvage stickers (its a nice BIG sticker), as is the bit of hand written letter. The tags are 7 gypsies tags i had in my paper drawer.
And although its not relevant to the post, here is a wee close up of the photo and my Granddad...

Friday, 10 May 2013

Quicky altered box

I had an hour free from packing and other less fun stuff, so i quickly altered a pine box. as time was short, I took the photos before the mod-podge dried LOL so lots of milky white bits lurking.

the box starts life like this....
 its from calico Crafts HERE

and now its like this....
the image is from ARTChix and the flower is by Prima. all other supplies are from calico crafts.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Blog selection.....

When I create an item for a design team, I dont show the full item on this blog but only show it on the shop/retailers blog..... but once the initial viewings are over I can put them here.. here are a few of the items I made during April that only appeared on other blogs....

Artistic Stamper Day...

Sneak Peek ...
It is my turn over at the Artistic stamper's Creative team blog. this is just a wee peek but for the full itm (its not much bigger lol) plase go over to the Artistic stamper's blog HERE.

Black luxury. An altered bottle for Art Daily Cafe

  The theme over on Art Daily Cafe this month is “Black luxury” so I have altered this big bottle using mostly black gesso and jet jewel pa...