Monday, September 1, 2014

Smile

I was at a crop this weekend in Sarpsborg where I met lots of nice ladies - and even a man who was scrapbooking.  Thanks to those who made this weekend possible. Thanks to my roommates Ina and Inger for giving me a great time at the scrap table.

Here is one of my 7 layouts in total from this weekend. Heidi Swapp Hello Today was used on this one.





Present at the crop was also Elena Olinevich - one of Prima /Shimmerz/Maja Designs educators. When I found out we actually had almost 200 common scrapbook friends on Facebook I just had to get to know her.  She was so sweet. Since I really hate taking my pictures you can see her with one of my layouts and a piece of me.....


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Citrus Twist Kits - layout process tutorial

Today I am giving you a tutorial that was bloggedon the Citrus Twist Kits blog yesterday, a little step by step tutorial of how I make my layouts. Here using the August Main kit and Embellishment kit and some pieces of 6x6 papers from the PLKit. (paper doily from my own stash)

First the finished layout.

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I always start with a white cardstock. When I get my kits I often make small minikits for each layout picking out the papers and the embellishments I want to use for each layout. I don't always end up using all the pieces, but I try to boost the creativity by giving me some extra time to plan.  I don't like mixing colors too much, but I want some contrast in my layouts. I made mini kits for all my four layouts this month the same way.

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Next step: backgrounds. Since it takes a while for my backgrounds to dry I like to make them in bulks. I pick out the mists and mediums I want for each layout and make them at the same time.

These are the mists I chose for this layout.

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I always use clear gesso and not white gesso when I make my backgrounds and for several reasons. I use ordinary white Bazzill as I like the structure and color of it and white gesso looks yellow on the white cardstock,  the white gesso is also very smooth and it feels like the mists will run off, the clear gesso is mucher rougher when you touch it and I feel works better with the mists.  To spread out the clear gesso I use a long ruler to get it even and no lumps.

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I wrote earlier that I often make backgrounds in bulk, the same goes with layering. I don't use my heat gun to hurry up the drying time. In stead I start cutting the layouts roughly how I want it.  Notice how I don't use anything else beside my scissors.  It just feels better and I can see better when I cut.  My thoughts about layering is that nothing has to be precise, quite opposite, it feels stiff when it gets too linear.   I cut some pieces bigger and some smaller. And as long as you add mulitple layers it doesn't really matter how you layer them, it can't go wrong...


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After I cut everything I test layer it on a piece of white cardstock, to see if I need more layers or not. Notice that the finished layout didn't look exactly like this....

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Now my clear gesso has dried up and it's time to start playing with the mists. I like to get a watercolor feeling, without working with the real thing.   I add a little water to my cardstock and start dropping mists, Ecoline or similar mediums,. Then I use a waterbrush or brush with water to spread out the color.

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To avoid bulky cardstock and too heavy color I use babywipes and/or paper towels to remove water. 

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After all the colors have dried I add more dimension to the page by adding layers of stenciling and layers with stamps. All to ease the transition between the layers of paper and cardstock.

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Here is the finished background. I end up cover most of it, but it doesn't matter, you can see some of it.  I work with layers on the coloring. When I drop the mist in water it acts like when water is freezing and spreads out in similar pattern.  You have to let it completely dry before you add drops of mists that you DON'T want spreading out and only look like small drops...

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After finishing the background it's time to go back to my layers of paper.  When I am happy with the layers I either staple the papers together or to the white cardstock, allowing me to stick pieces of papers and stickers between the layers with ease.

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Here is the finished layout againCTK August Main Kit tutorial Aug 26th Christin G 18And some closeups. 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Diva

Played with some new Shimelle papers from American Crafts this weekend and used some Crate Paper as well, including the black/white frame.





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Life is beautiful

Have more summer layouts. Have used Fancy Pants Designs Me-ology collection. The transparent title is from Heidi Swapp.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Featured in Fancy Pants Emag

I am so proud and excited to be featured in the August Fancy Pants Designs Craft as the winner of the July Sketch Challenge. You can see my layouts from page 16.  You can see layouts from lots of different collections from the last months.




If you don't get the Newsletter, feel free to download the emag here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project Life i Norge gjestedesigner #3

Dette er mitt tredje innlegg som gjest hos Project Life i Norge og har klippet hele innlegget derfra. I morgen kommer nytt innlegg der.

Jeg fortsetter med å ha mye luft og hvitt og har ikke overdrevet med dekorasjoner - det overlater jeg mer til mine layouter.

I min bloggrunde i dag fant jeg en tutorial på Tim Holtz sine sider med en teknikk på hvordan man kan lage fine resist og vannfargekort. Jeg anbefaler dere å ta en titt. Jeg har i stedet valgt å gjøre motsatt av dette og i stedet for å embosse for å få resistteknikk har jeg tatt en pensel og fargelagt kortet og så embosset over - litt enklere...

Jeg blandet vann og mist først.


Jeg forsøkte meg med både med hvit og med gullembossingpulver og ble mest fornøyd med gull.


Det finnes mange fine maler å få kjøpt for å sy på papir, jeg har tatt en litt enklere løsning - søkte på stitching + scrapbook og fikk opp noen egentlig dårlige kopier. men det er nok for å kunne lage hull. 


Har brukt brodertråd - 3 tråder - kan kanskje med fordel reduseres..



Her er ferdige resultatet