Monday, April 20, 2015

Sailing the Seas mini album with Off the Rails Scrapbooking

Good day friends!

Today I'm bringing you a short tutorial on a different way of putting your mini-album pages together. Unfortunately, this will also be my last post for OTRS as I prepare for my new baby's arrival, so I will be missing everyone!

Step 1

Here are my starting materials: a chipboard album base and my 6x6 paper pad. You can see that there is a ring and piece of twine for securing the album pages together and that is usually what most people would use. But my pages tend to be very dimensional so using these will make my album look overly chunky and stuffed. So I changed the way of securing these pages together so that the finished album look just nicely filled out.


Step 2
After trimming out the papers for each piece of chipboard, I trimmed out 3 more small pieces of patterned paper (0.75" x 1.5") and scored them at 0.25" and 0.5". The two ends of the fold goes under the patterned paper, with a nice margin of 0.25" in the centre for the desired thickness between each page.


This is what the spine should look like after assembling all the papers.


Step 3

I measured and trimmed out another sheet of pattered paper to glue over the spine. This does two things: (1) to reinforce the spine and (2) cover up the bare chipboard.


Step 4

Further reinforcement of the spine using fabric tape.


And this is the finished album with photos of the inside pages. 






And that is all I have for you today. 


love,




Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mid-Month Reveal for Scrap Around the World

Hello friends! How was your weekend?

I'm in today to share my take on the Scrap Around the World April mood board challenge. But before that, some interesting info for you!

Here's the mood board itself, a beautiful maritime piece designed by Hera Sugitani that is so inspiring

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And this is my take on it:

I'm using the gorgeous papers from Blue Fern Studios' Sanctuary collection, and I love just how versatile they are. My photo was taken awhile back when we brought the boys to the beach and I knew I could find a use for that pose. Eldest gladly complied as he was eager to show off some of the shells he had collected.

Some close-ups


Little floral cluster with some seaside resins and chipboards (from Blue Fern Studios).


Texture fun! I had microbeads, glass beads and dew drops on a bed of texture paste.


Using the Metallic Paint from 13@rts to give color and dimension.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!

love,

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Saying Hello! with Maja Design

Good day friends!
Today I will be sharing a simple card that I made with some of the gorgeous papers from the Seasons' Basics collections from Maja Design
I had chosen a color scheme of orange, yellow and purple. Not very common but in the pastel shades they are found on the Maja papers, they actually compliment very nicely.
Here is the card I made for a friend:


Keeping the mixed media background work to a minimum because I want the designs on the paper to show up.
Some closeups:



Simple stamping and heat embossing, which acts as a resist for the  Matt Berry paint (13@rts) I added and also gives a beautiful contrast against all the colors. I also made little splatters of black paint to make the pastel shades even more outstanding. 



Making a frame from an intricate die from Bo Bunny. While I glued the bigger piece down, I popped up the smaller inner piece for a more dimensional and interesting look. From there, I built up the more 3D parts of my embellishments so that the cluster looks natural and not intrusive.




 And here is the cluster of flowers which I have lightly painted to match the color scheme of the papers. I also cut out little banners from the info strip at the bottom of the patterned paper I used to add not just layers but also direction as well. The chipboard (from Blue Fern Studios) I altered lightly with black paint and some black sand paste.



That is all I have for you today. Thank you for dropping by the blog!
love,