Sunday, 31 July 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.122


Another week has rushed by and before I knew it Sketchy Sunday had arrived. I've been trying to catch up on some blog visiting this week and I noticed there were a few comments about the lack of multi-photo sketches for the standard 6" x 4" prints. Far be it for me to ignore the masses...well, the few comments I read on the subject. So, here we have Sketch no.122 for two 6" x 4" prints. 



Don't forget you can always spin the sketch 180 degrees for landscape images. If you'd like to see more sketches for standard size prints just let me know in a comment and I'll try to come up with them on a regular basis.


Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Star Trek Beyond - Trekkie good fun
The Trust - quirky heist drama
Zootropolis - animation conspiracy 
Daddy's Home - dad vs stepfather 
Shawn of the Dead - comedy zombie horror
Zookeeper - comedy love story
13 Hours - true story of a Libyan siege
















Thursday, 28 July 2016

Sun, Sea and Celluloid

I've been consoling myself on the bus journey to work with some new Project Life app layouts - if I can't be in the sunshine at least I can look at photos of it! Here's one that's going into my 50th year photo book.


I completed this layout with a title and journaling card from the Capture Life Themed Cards set. I'm loving some of the new card sets available and it's taking all my willpower to resist buying them all, but the little cameras in this set really made it irresistible.

Happy Scrapping






Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Dino Designs

My old teammate StickerKitten has branched out into paper design and I was lucky enough to receive papers from her Birthday Dinos pack to play with. They're a good weight, great for covering boxes, a bonus for me as they add strength without adding too much thickness.




My fav design is the dinosaur paper which fit in perfectly with my matchbox diorama idea. This is something I've been wanting to try for a while, so it really was kismet. 



Of course, I had to put together a quick mini book too. 6 x 6 papers are perfect for these kind of projects and cost effective as there's very little waste.


I put together this little pocket page album with tags in about an hour and only used black cardstock and some scrap chipboard in addition to the papers. 


Happy Scrapping




Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sketchy Sunday no. 121


This week I've been inspired by my Project Life layouts to go for a simpler sketch. Simple it may be, but it's not boring, lots of photo space and if there's too many for you, just swap some of those pictures out for more journaling. So, here we have it, sketch no. 121.


 

I intend to use chipboard or grungeboard letters for my title to add a bit more interest and texture....plus I'm still making a special effort to use those older supplies and I have quite a lot of grungeboard, letters, numbers and symbols. 

Now, something only tenuously craft related. I know I've mentioned my stash decluttering and sorting and that bug has now driven me to start decluttering my wardrobe....I said tenuous. First pass and I've filled a black bag. When I say wardrobe I mean my entire wardrobe, drawers included. I highly recommend it, I feel somewhat liberated! I think I'll end up wearing more and choosing what to wear will be easier. Don't get me wrong, I didn't have a huge amount of clothes, but like most people I had more than I needed. So, we're going to take a run to the recycling centre to drop off my bag and Ray's pile of jeans. I'm even thinking of trying the one in one out rule going forward, for craft stuff as well as everything else. Once you get that declutter bug you just want to clear everything. Try it, declutter just one cupboard or drawer and see if you want to do more. 

Happy Scrapping


Oops! once again I missed my what I watched list, so here's a two week rundown:-

Last week:-

The Legend of Tarzan - modern retelling of Burroughs' classic, tree swinging fun
Joy - uplifting true story of invention.

This week:-
The Boy - creepy horror
Trumbo - true story of Hollywood politics in the 1950's
The Amazing Spiderman - Andrew Garfield is Spidey
Allegiant - third in the Divergent series
The Forest - disappointing supernatural horror

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.120

I've been trying out a few different crafty bits this weekend, including a new layout, which obviously leads me conveniently to the subject of today's post, a new sketch. This one makes use of those square photos. So, here we have it......Sketch no. 120.

I know there are some huge Washi tape collectors out there and this sketch could use up a few strips......that'll give you an excuse to buy some more. It's a win win!

Now, a quick question.....can anyone recommend a quick grab adhesive for my Silhouette efforts? I think this may make it a lot easier to assemble those intricute 3D projects. 

Happy Scrapping




Friday, 15 July 2016

A Learning Curve

I've  had my Silhouette Cameo 2 for six months now and I love it. I've mainly been using it for cutting titles for my layouts and making vinyl script labels for recycled jars in my kitchen, but I've been wanting to explore the amazing cut files that are available. My first attempt with a purchased cut file was so easy and came out so well I think I may have got a little cocky. It was the top hat shown here and often seen topping the light over my desk on WOYWW posts.

So, with my new found cut file confidence I thought I'd give The Santa's Village house a go....three attempts later and although the box, which I thought was going to be the hard part, came out perfect, the little house looked ok, but just wasn't perfect. I know I'm fussy, but if I put it on my desk it would make me twitch. A slightly off corner, a little crease on the side....no sirree, I can't have that. So, I'm drawing a line under that one, just for now. I'm sure it's beautiful when done by someone with a little more experience and I'll give it another go in a few days....maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, that successful box base makes a lovely gift box, decorated with rosettes, buttons and bling.....so, not a waste of time just a hiccup on my Silhouette journey.





Happy Scrapping





Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Legend of Pin Foot....the layout

The subject of my latest 50th year project page is one I've mentioned here on my blog before and as the saga is now complete it's time to preserve it for posterity.......or maybe just for me.

This layout gave me an excuse to purchase another pack of the Extra Layouts in the Project Life app, as I wanted to include the large image of the X-ray. At 79p it's not a major expense, but I'm determined to only buy elements as I need them and not turn into a digital collector, no matter how tempting that might be. However, I do have my eye on the Cinnamon Edition card set and I know I can't hold out much longer, so I'll just have to come up with a subject matter that needs it.......Oh No! I've found a loophole!

Anyway, enough babbling, here's the layout.



I used cards from the Good Times Value Kit to complete the layout, they worked great with the X-ray pictures. 

Now, onto the latest bargain spotting. These treasures were a little pressie Ray picked up for me while we were out for the day. He knows only too well my love of Tiger.....the store, although the big cat is very impressive too..... so he knew he was onto a winner with these goodies. 



The crocodile is a pair of slim scissors that cut really well, perfect for a travel kit as they slip into the cover, but oh so cute on my desk and just £2. They had mice and other designs, but the croc is my favourite. The beads were 2 packs for £1 and they have loads to choose from. The black ones are faceted and make gorgeous little feet on my matchbox projects.

Happy Scrapping













Monday, 11 July 2016

Tag a Friend Blog Hop

In a burst of creative camaraderie, a few of us ex-teamies decided to run a tag swap and I was lucky enough to get to swap with the talented Emily Grant.

Now, let's build a little suspense and start with the piece I sent Emily.



I've made no secret of the fact I'm in a stash sorting/busting phase and I stumbled across some very useful products in the process. Obviously I made the most of this discovery and put them to use on my tag for Emily.

I took a kraft tag and gave it a light coat of white acrylic paint and then a lighter coat of Ranger Antiquing Medium - not my usual thing, but I love it. A few Prima flowers (now we're really breaking into my old stash) clustered on the left and a hand-cut chipboard heart covered in Deco Mache paper, painted gold and inked around the edges. 


Next, some of my new metal gears. I added a few black gems to the flower centres and a metal Friends embellishment from a Costco scrapbook kit. Hey Presto! I hope Emily likes it.

This is the gorgeous and oh so funky piece of art Emily sent me. Obviously, she has great skill as an artist. The skull is so intricate in design...it really is a wonder and I'm chuffed to bits with it. 




Here's a closer look at the design. Thanks Emily. Check out some more of her designs on her blog in the Tag-a-long list, if you haven't come from there already.




Check out the rest of the Tag-a-long crafters here. 






Michelle YOU ARE HERE

Happy Scrapping



Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sketchy Sunday no. 119

Today is one of those rare days when I have no plans...that's right, none! So, I'll be indulging in a House Netflix marathon and some craft indulgence, but first to my weekly commitment.... Sketch no. 119.



Looking back through my sketch file and albums I decided simplicity was the order of the day and this sketch fits the bill. It's suitable for any subject matter and a great go to staple. Add interest with patterned penants or keep it tonal for a subtle scheme to showcase a stand out image. 

The Works near my offices has finally opened, resulting in a lunchtime happy dance when the great day arrived on Friday. I only had a few minutes and some change, but I managed to get a few items....and make mental notes on loads more. 


I was looking for black paint last week, so that was an easy choice at £1 a bottle and they had a wide choice of colours, so if it's a nice quality I'll pick up a few. The metal book corners are something I've looked at on-line and wanted to try on some of my minis. The box is an obvious pick for me.....as it's a box! I'm thinking a fold out mini will fit in there a treat.

That's me for today....paper and glue are calling.

Happy Scrapping

Oops! missed my movies I watched this week post last time, so here's double the viewing:-

Last week...
Spotlight - disturbing true story
Sisters - comedy drama
The 5th Wave - apocalyptic teen drama

This Week...
Triple 9 - corrupt cop thriller
Aliens - great sci-fi sequel
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - The melding of a classic and zombies...what's not to love?
Battleship - fun action sci-fi









Wednesday, 6 July 2016

An Intro - The First Five Decades

It struck me that my ongoing 50th project of digital pages, that I'm going to turn into a photo book, needs a little intro. After all I can't just steam into a 50th year, what about the previous decades? So, I've put together a front digital layout and I'll write up a brief 'The story so far' to go alongside it.

Look at that 80's hair and I can still feel the weight of those earrings ....And I still crave curly locks.




I've used a filler card from my latest purchase, the Adventure Edition, priced at £1.49. It's a large kit and I think it's my favourite set so far.

In other news....joy upon joy, The Works is opening up a big store just around the corner from where I work - bang goes the overtime money! At least it means I'll have a first look at bargains and of course, I'll let you know what's in store.

Happy Scrapping

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Fifty and counting!

It's week 3 of my 50th year project, I'm not sticking to any particular rules, but I definitely needed to document this major life change. 


Aside from the yearly project I had a quick play with the Kraft notebook Ray bought me. It had a store sticker on the front and when I pealed it off it left a discolouration ......don't you hate it when they do that? I decided to use a scrap of  paper to cover the whole front and even though I love clocks, as it was a pressie from Ray, I thought it needed a little love theme too.



Happy Scraping.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Sketchy Sunday no. 118

I'm making great progress with my stash sorting and going through my scraps is an ongoing part of that. I've mentioned before about my scraps organisation system: a single expanding file with scraps filed according to design - floral, check, spots and so forth. Once the file is full, if I want to add a fav scrap I take out the least favourite to make room. I now have a file full of my absolute favourite designs which means I actually use them. 

My scrap file was the inspiration for this sketch, I'm always looking at ways to use up those gorgeous snippets and banner cuts are a great way to mix up those patterned pieces. 



I've also been experimenting with the Color Effects app I mentioned in a previous post and here's one of the pics. In the original photo the dragonfly does not immediately stand out as the bush is bright green with red berries, so this is a nice way to pick him out in all his glory. I'm getting a lot quicker at transforming the photos and I can see me using this app a lot in the future. 



Happy Scrapping