Sunday, 11 August 2013

Using wax paper

I found an article about wax paper in a magazine recently. Intrigued I googled wax paper for crafts and found various ideas. The one that I was keenest to try was the idea of putting flowers between 2 pieces of wax paper and ironing them. The wax then fuses the 2 sheets together in a semi translucent state with the flowers secured in the middle. (just use a dry iron, turn the steam off). I'm going to use this sheet in my next junk journal.
The wax paper came from Samuel Taylors.

I put a white envelope behind the wax paper for the photograph

new art journal pages


The first page was my version of a class by Dina Wakley from Lifebook 2013 (Willowing). The 2nd one is moving on to my own take on the class.

The 3rd one was my page in a friend's circle journal with the theme of "Home". The house was based on a design using wood offcuts in Cloth Paper Scissors that I adapted from the journal. The house was covered in pieces of book page, then collaged and painted,

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Junk Journal

When Smash books first came out a couple of years ago I made journals then on a weekend with friends. We used up lots of pieces of scrapbook paper (excellent!) and I can remember using graph paper, pink lined paper, tags, pockets and journaling cards.

Recently a friend, Christine, showed me her junk journal. She had used lots of gelli plate sheets, and had also worked out a new way of binding the journal.

So here's a few pictures of my journal.
The cover is a gelli print and then one of the Julie Nutting doll stamps. The binding is painted self-adhesive canvas and then I've used the bind-it-all. Then I've used more gelli print pages, scrapbook pages, old diary pages, a book cover and pages, tags, a cut up Graze box, envelopes, acetate.

I got my sewing machine out and stitched pockets and on pages before I bound the journal.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Another LO

Where do you look for inspiration when scrapbooking? Recently I've enjoyed looking through Scrap365, not just flicking through but looking for inspiration. The new Aug/Sept magazine came out last week and I loved a LO by Gabrielle Pollacco with handmade burlap flowers. Here's my take on both the LO and the flowers.

There are 2 special pieces of lace here - the brown lace underneath the photo was given to me by a friend Ali and the cream lace on top of it was from another friend Lesley. So it's a LO celebrating love and friendship

Sunday, 30 June 2013

A holiday at Saltburn by the sea

We stayed in a cabin in the grounds of Rushpool Hall. We saw lots of the peacocks - often just outside our lodge


Back to family photos

This LO used part of a pizza box as the base. I tried painting it with acrylic paint but that wasn't very successful. Dylusions white spray worked much better. The flowers were cut from scrapbooking paper.

I love this photo, so really wanted to use it on a LO

Yet more LOs!

This was what happened when I asked the 2 year old to pose for a photo!

More doodling, and one of the new Julie Nutting stamped girls to go with my favourite fairy princess

More holiday scrapbooking

Another blog post so quickly!
It's taking some time to photograph all the LOs and photoshop them.

Where there are lines that aren't straight but look as if they should be it's probably a function of my photography

I decided to have a try at Life Book-style LOs. I think it's a good (and easy) way to use several photos on a LO but think I would generally use a Life book LO opposite to a traditional 12x12 LO. I've also realise I wouldn't want to be restricted by just using a printed set of cards, not matter how much I liked them I don't think they would be right for all my photos.

The 12x12 LO was a scraplift from Kathleen Summers published in Scrapbook Magazine 71 and using the free papers that came with the magazine. I loved these papers and thought they were perfect for LOs of a family walk in Peasholm Park in Scarborough


Friday, 28 June 2013

A scrapbooking holiday

I've just got home from a very relaxing week. Eight of us hired a beautiful house just outside York and spent a week together scrapbooking, chatting, laughing, watching Wimbledon.
I think we were all surprised how many layouts we completed. I don't think I'd done any scrapbooking for a year, not since we were last in York.

I don't claim that these are original creations. Most of them are at least in part copied from other layouts, mostly from scrap 365. But we had fun and I have lots of layouts and the pile of unscrapped photos has gone down considerably so I'm happy.

This LO was copied from one done by a friend, I understand originally in a class, but I loved all the little touches, the doodling and the cut out paper

Saturday, 23 March 2013

A new circle journal page

A snowy Saturday was the perfect opportunity for some art journaling. I had a circle journal waiting to be sorted so it seemed like a good place to start. The theme was quotes and I chose the quote "What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare"

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Dina Wakley's Face Book

Another chance to play with paint and ink. We drew faces using a "magic pencil" over painted and stencilled backgrounds.


Silhouettes with Dina Wakley

This was the chance to play with the new silhouette masks and stencils - both Dina's and dyan Reaveley's. lots of different techniques and we finished the day with a canvas

Surface Experiments with Dina Wakley

Dina is back at Art from the Heart. Lots of paint, ink and very messy hands.

We played with acrylic paint, plaster, stencils, modelling paste and beeswax and here are the results

Julie Nutting doll stamps

I love Julie Nutting's book "Collage Couture" so finding she had a new range of stamps some spending was a must.

Here are my first makes - a card and a book for a friend's birthday

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Another circle journal

I used the flower rubber stamps again, and the new Dylusions white linen spray, 7 gypsies Paris collage tissue and a quote from Dr Seuss
'Today is your day,
your mountain is waiting,
so get on your way.'

This is Chris Granelli's circle journal. Interestingly everyone has added information about products and techniques so there is a fascinating insight into other people's art.