Sunday, 29 April 2007

Basic Love

My favourite scrapbooking papers, hands-down, are those from BasicGrey. This might not appear obvious on looking through my gallery. The fact is, I love them so much I don't want to cut them up and use them! But I am making a concerted effort to play with them. After all I can still enjoy them, probably even more, when they are on a scrapbook page. So here are three more layouts I've made recently. The second one is based on the sketch from their April newsletter by Becky Fleck.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Scrap Happy!!

Oh yeah baby! The last week I have riding an amazing mojo wave! I started with doing my projects for Self-Addressed (soon to be uploaded there) and haven't looked back. I love when this happens! I'm about to run back to my desk!

Dare 64 - dh playing his sax.


Finally using my new BasicGrey papers. This is the Phoebe Line. I had this one plus another accepted into their gallery.

Photos from a trip to the market

Scrapjack of Heidi Swapp

Ad Inspiration Challenge

No pic layout. This uses items from the Scrapbook Takeout April kit

Another wine layout - Lucas' passion! More 7G goodies from the April kit!

Thursday, 19 April 2007

"Quote Unquote"

I did this How-To for the Ranger Yahoo group and thought I'd share it here too.

Tag Quote Book

using Resist Techniques

5 large shipping tags
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads(Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye, Old Linen, Fired Brick, Tattered Rose)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker (Walnut Stain)
Emboss It embossing pad
Clear embossing powder
Stippling brush
Cut and Dry foam
Assortment of quote, image and background stamps.
Found items for stamping e.g. corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap
Spritz bottle filled with water
Ranger non-stick Craft Mat
Embossing heat gun
Raw chipboard
Letter & quote stickers
assorted ribbon and embellishments


Select the quotes and accompanying images for each tag. Stamp each tag randomly with the image of your choice using embossing pad, and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Technique 1: Stippling

Tap stippling brush into Weathered Wood pad, and apply with a tapping motion to tag.

Once complete, ink background stamp with Tea Dye and stamp randomly over tag. Using a soft cloth rub ink off of the embossed portions.

Finish tag with quote stamp, and other embellishments.

Stamp credits: Workbench, Club Scrap

Technique 2: Direct to Paper

Use the Mustard Seed pad to apply ink directly to embossed tag. You can vary the effect by tapping lightly or pressing firmly.

It should look like this once done

Ink background stamp with Vintage Photo and stamp randomly over tag

Finish tag with quote stamp, and other embellishments.

Stamp credits: Time & Space, Club Scrap

Technique 3: Sponging with Cut n Dry Foam

Cut a small piece of Cut n Dry Foam, tap into Tattered Rose ink pad and sponge ink onto embossed tag

using a piece of mesh as a stencil, sponge Fired Brick randomly onto tag, again using the Cut n Dry Foam

Finish tag with quote stamp, and other embellishments.

Stamp Credits: Painted Dessert, Club Scrap

Technique 4: Monoprinting

On your Ranger non-stick sheet, press the Peeling Paint pad several times.

Using the spritz bottle mist ink with water

Press tag into wet ink, swirl slightly and lift up.

Once dry (you can wait, or cheat like me and zap it quickly with your heat gun), repeat with Fired brick pad. Use found items like bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard to stamp on tag with Vintage Photo and Mustard Seed pads.

Finish tag with quote stamp, and other embellishments.

Stamp Credits: Friendship's Journey, Stampin Up!

Technique 5: Brayer Resist

Using the dropper from the Walnut Ink re-inker, squiggle a line of ink down the short side of tag.

use brayer to spread the ink over entire tag.

Finish tag with quote stamp, and other embellishments.

Stamp Credits: Fossils Stamp set by Club Scrap

To assemble book:

Use a shipping tag as a template to cut two covers from raw chipboard. Decorate front with varied stamp designs (the ones I used are by Club Scrap). Use letter and quote stickers to make title "Quote unquote" (Making Memories and Chatterbox). Reinforce holes with 7 Gypsies canvas reinforcements. Use a binder ring to assemble book. Tie strips of ribbon, ric rac or fiber onto ring.

Monday, 16 April 2007

Saturday, 14 April 2007

Ballerina Story

I finished my story book yesterday. It was a bit more difficult than I expected because I decided not to use photos, so I had to dig deep into my stash to come up with images I could use for each page. I quite like how it turned out.

You can click on the photos to see them better and (maybe) read my journaling.

The patterned paper is SEI. On the journaling pages I used a die-cut of ballerina slippers as a mask. The journaling stamps are by Firecracker Designs, part of the April Scrapbook Takeout Kit. Scroll Stamp is 7 Gypsies. Dance step stamp and quote by Club Scrap. Rub-ons are BasicGrey and Royal Langknickel. Used a bunch of random stickers and foam diecuts from my stash.

Friday, 13 April 2007


I'm currently doing Shimelle's online class "When I grow Up". In the first part of the class she asks us to create a storybook, about one (or more) of our dreams as a child. My story is about how, oddly enough, I dreamt of being a ballerina. I started the book today, so far only the cover is complete.

I'm using a child's board book. I've already covered all the pages with cardstock and patterned paper. For the cover I
  • Used a ballerina die-cut as a mask with pigment ink, then traced the outline
  • Used ribbon and tulle to make the tutu
  • Ran letter stickers face down through my Xyron 150 and covered them with glitter for the word Ballerina
Other stuff used: Hambly journaling bit, 7 Gypsies Gaffer tape, SEI PP, unknown sticker. I'll be working on the rest of it tomorrow, so check back soon to see the whole story!

Friday, 6 April 2007

Still painting

Digging out some older photos that I have had in my "to be scrapped pile" for a while (we ran out of printer ink so the older photos are getting some face time, you know how that works!). Had to use paint! This paper from Rouge de Garance had the perfect tropical feel and in order not the lose the photos on it I painted a "mat" in white, and then used black to paint frames on the photos. I wanted to give them the feel of a negative strip. Also dug out these Walmart foam stamps for the title, they'd been in hiding ! The hibiscus stamps are by Heidi Swapp. I stamped them on the same paper I used for the title and then cut them out. Painted the Fancy Pants chipboard green. I am loving these particular shades of blue and green right now, and am also using them to decorate my scrap space.

These are two wooden fruit crates that I use to hold a couple sets of Making Memories foam stamps. Thought I'd doll them up a little. I'm digging plain black on these bright colours. The plan is to eventually paint these shelves white, to try to get more light in my space, and also to help these colours pop. The basket holds the Walmart set that I used for the title.

Monday, 2 April 2007

Before and After

Take one blue metal watering can.

Add cool rub-on by Basic-Grey. Ta-da! Instant transformation!