I've been in a semi slump lately, I don't know if it's just because of winter or what but creativity has been next to nothing and I have a ton of projects to finish. Well I think I finally broke through the slump and was inspired to paint again. Once I started I didn't want to stop.
It's hard to believe how fast time flies! I'm looking back at 2013 and everything I had hoped to accomplish. Ya, what was I thinking :P Oh well.....
The best thing I love about the start of a new years is having the chance to start over, regroup, think of a new plan. And I'm happy to say I have no plan! I am winging it this year and we'll see where it takes me :)
Things I know for sure are:
- I will continue working on my 2013 Project Life Album
- I will start a 2014 Project Life/Regular album
- I will keep quilting, scrapbooking and creating overall
- I will keep putting things in my Etsy store
- I will make some videos and tutorials
So here's to seeing what the New Year brings! Have a joyful day everyone!
Since I've started PL I've accumulated a lot of "must have" kits and probably have enough for several years of scrapbooking but today I wanted to share how to make your own filler or journaling cards out of scraps (as with most scrapbooker's I have a mountain of scraps).
I started with a larger piece of scrap grungy design paper (Basic Grey) leftover from a layout.
I then cut it into 4x6 and 3x4 cards
I found this sheet of vellum baby quotes in my scrap box so I decided to use the top left one.
Since my "baby" is 16 years old I didn't want the card to be baby-ish, I'm going to work with colors and items that are more suited to a 16 year old boy. I started stamping some background stamps and flags on the bottom left corner in a navy ink.
Next I adhered the vellum quote to the bottom of the card and decided I needed a bit more stamping so I added the arrows in the top right to balance the design.
Although I could have left it at this point I went further and added a punched border from scrap navy cardstock and being a grungy looking card I tore out some of the pieces along the edge. I then adhered it to the card at an angle and trimmed off the excess.
Next I rounded the corners with a 3/8" corner rounder and inked the edges. Done!
Basic Grey paper -Ambrosia-rind
Recollections navy cardstock
Stamps from- Stampers Anonymous- Tim Holtz, MME- Lost & Found 2- flag, Studio Calico- arrows
Ink- Stampin Up-Night of Navy
Crop-o-dile corner chomper-3/8"
EK Success border punch
Don't you just hate those days where you want to make something but you just don't know what? That's how I feel today. I've gotten up from staring at my computer screen several times now, stood at my craft table and just draw a blank. Yes I could finish one of the hundred projects I have started but I'm just wanting to try something new or well....just something else. If I scrapbook should I work on last years pics or should I work on my this years album? Maybe I should paint or.....no I don't think I want to sew today. My desk is a mess right now. Maybe I should clean that up first. I seem to be more inspired when things are clean. Hope I can get it together before the day is over :)
In this layout I have been practicing with mixed media so I'll run down a bit of
what I did on this layout.` -First I tore strips from the FabScraps paper and
adhered it in the top left and bottom right corner. -Next I took cream paint
and dry brushed over parts of the pattern paper to tone it down a bit. -Let
dry. -I then used a chicken wire and circle medallion stencil, applied the
gel medium over top in various places on the layout. -Let dry. -Khaki and
Indian Corn were sprayed over the whole layout in random patches. Again
dry. -I painted the trinkets, flowers, crystals, and dry brushed the buttons
in cream paint. -Next I sprayed the crystals in Indian Corn mist (it blended
too much into the layout in cream). -For the script stamp I dipped it in
paint (you must wash your stamp immediately after) and stamped randomly in the
empty spaces. -Last I adhered the embellishments, lace and photo on my
Products used yellow/cream cardstock black cardstock Indian corn
Glimmer Mist Cream craft paint Khaki Glimmer Mist Black Kaiser Craft
lace Decorative buttons Gel medium Say It in Crystals- painted cream
and misted in Indian Corn Crafter's Workshop Stencils FabScraps Paper-
Classic Rhythm FabScraps Paper- Trinkets Color me Crazy white flowers,
painted and misted Stampin Up French Script background stamp Spellbinders
die for card
Today I wanted to share with you how I store my thin dies like Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn, MFT and Hot Off the Press.
-zippered binder, the thickness will depend on how many dies you have. Inside pockets are good for storing accessories.
-8 1/2"x 11" magnetic sheets ( I bought mine from Walmart in the craft isle)
-8 1/2"x 11" chipboard ( I used 12"x12" black chipboard from Grafix cut down)
-something to punch holes through the magnet and chipboard (I used my Cinch)
-plastic page dividers (Walmart again, office supply isle)
Adhere magnetic sheets to both sides of the chipboard. Mark the holes using the page dividers as a template for placement. Punch holes one at a time using whatever you have to get through the chipboard (you may have to use the old eyelet setter and a hammer) If you are using the Crop-o-dile you may have to punch several holes to get them big enough for the rings in the binder.
That's all there is to it. Make as many pages as you need to fit your collection.