Monday, July 21, 2014

A little bit about Me....

Hi friends!

Today's post is somewhat a different one. My very talented friend Miae Rowe asked me a couple of weeks back to take part in a blog hop of some sorts. The purpose is to let my readers know who I am as a scrapper, and also to send you folks over to other people whom I think are inspiring and truly creative. Feeling really honored that Miae would ask me, because her works are so, so out of this world! 

Just a couple of questions to get things rolling:

1. What am I working on?

I currently have my hands full with 5 DTs - Once Upon A Sketch, Off the Rails Scrapbooking, Blue Fern Studios, 13@rts and Marion Smith Designs. I'm somewhere between an art journal page and 2 video tutorials right now.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm not exactly sure how different they are actually. I do mostly mixed media and because of its popularity, everyone's work seems to resemble another's in several ways. But I do spend a lot of time on the background, and I like to create soft watercolor effects with soothing palettes and black and white splatters. Everything is layered, some the background to the photo to the embellishments - the more the merrier!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I started out with memory making, and I'd like to imagine that my boys will enjoy looking back at these albums I've made for them and laugh over the different incidents. But I also like to make gifts of the canvases, tags and the idea of blessing someone with something one-of-a-kind makes me happy. Of course back when I was still a forensic scientist, being in the art studio is all about releasing stress from work, throwing away all those rules and letting go to express myself. 

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

It usually starts with a photo or a certain feeling I want to convey through the work. Sometimes I spend up to weeks trying to visualize every single detail in my head, sometimes I just pick up a piece of white card stock and use a mood board for inspiration. Ideas mainly come form the many talented people around me - my FB newsfeed is always full of colour and beauty - but it also comes serendipitously - like an art painting in a cafe, the colors of my boys' laundry in the basket, their Lego bricks combination or things I pick up from totally unrelated conversations. 

So now, to introduce a fantastic lady who has been a wonderful team-mate, and I find so fun to work with and inspiring because she is so versatile in her creativity. Introducing ... Ulrika Blomfelt!

My name is Ulrika Blomfelt aka LillBlomman. I live in Sweden with my three boys. My hubbie who I have been together with for twenty-two years, my soon to be six year old son and my soon to be seven year old dog. We live in a yellow house close to our capital Stockholm and still I live just next to the woods. Perfect! I´m a happy and almost a bit manic scrapper. I started in April 2006 and I love it more and more for each day that passes! I feel the best when I can sneak up to my Studio for a little while every day. I create in all genres and often switch scrap style and projects. But I think most people would say that my style is an romantic mixed-media style with lots of flowers. I love to find the perfect color combination and I can fussy with my flower clusters for hours. During the years I have been on many fun designteams and got to be part of fun projects. My current teams are: C´est Magnifique Kit Club, Papirdesign, One Upon A Sketch, The Color Room, Tresor de Luxe, Inzpira Magazine, Swe Scrapbook and Pyssloteket.

It will be Ulrika's turn to talk about herself next Monday, so remember to drop by her blog to get to know her better!

until then,


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OUAS July Challenge

Hello there friends!

Today I'm in to share my DT reveal for Once Upon a Sketch July Challenge. Nadia has come up with a wonderful sketch and theme again.

Journalling Theme: "Numbers.." 

 Pick a number and center your journalling around it. (i.e. FIVE men in my life, TEN quirky traits, THREE long term goals, or 2014--the date I will do ___)

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 

And my take on it:

Every year around September I will create a layout just to mark our wedding anniversary. This year's a bit earlier because I really love this photo of us taken when we were holidaying in Perth. Hubby and I hardly take photos of ourselves together (we're not much of those couple photos people) so one as nice as this (LOL) is hard to come by.

I've kept quite close to the sketch and included my journaling at the side. There are a lot of Blue Fern Studios products on this layout, and I really love their new collection Ombre Dreams. Think I've used it on just about every other DT project for the past two months as much as I could. The beautiful watercolor backgrounds are just perfect for my mixed media style and I love the pastel tones it carries.

So, on to some close-ups:

Yummy Prima goodies

6 - for our 6th year of being man and wife. 

And here's a video to show how I put together this layout. Sit back and enjoy the process!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Prima July BAP

Happy Monday friends!

How has your weekend been? I'm in today to share my entry for Prima's Build-A-Page challenge. I havn't had the time for challenges and this one was created on a whim, almost didn't even finish it. But anyway, here is the sketch:

And my Prima-based project:

I mixed papers from a few collections: Something Blue, Delight and also Fairy Rhymes. It's quite amazing to see how versatile these papers are across different themes and colour schemes. I didn't really quite stick to the sketch, but instead flipped it and shifted my title down to next to the photo.

Also, you can't quite see it here but I actually covered up my very first layer of the background. Some misting and masking gone wrong and I buttered some 13@rts acrylic primer over. The result is quite cute actually; I had a very soft white-washed and pink-tinted base for the subsequent new background I was going to create. The acrylic primer has got to be my best friend now! 

A wood piece and resist canvas butterfly, layered on top of a Prima flower (this is one half of it, the other half is tucked in another cluster). The masking was done using Ayeeda Acrylic Modeling Paste over a Prima stencil, and misted with Ayeeda Chalk Mist in Pastel Green.

More Prima resins, wood shape and flowers. 

That's all I have for today, thanks for dropping by!