Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer vacation - Hip Kit Club Guest Designer

I’m excited to be sharing my second project created with the June Hip Kits. School ended June 19th and the weather hasn’t been that great so I found some more pictures from last summer. In contrast to many scrappers I am not so into the documentation part of scrapbooking (it might come as a surprise a I am actually a historian…..). The kids would love for me to do PL, but I can’t force myself to scrap the bad photos that would come of it, so I just find pictures that I like the colors of and that are fun, like these from a trip to the beach last year.
Summer vacation - Christin Gronnslett Hip Kit Club June 2015 01If you look closely you can see I painted with liquid watercolors to create an ombre effect on my background. Then I added papers in the same colors from the June main kit with embellishments from the June Embellishment kit. Sometimes I need to find new ways of layering the papers and pics. I really don’t like everything to be straight/linear/square and that is also why I always add color underneath my layers.
Summer vacation - Christin Gronnslett Hip Kit Club June 2015 02
Summer vacation - Christin Gronnslett Hip Kit Club June 2015 05
Summer vacation - Christin Gronnslett Hip Kit Club June 2015 04
Summer vacation - Christin Gronnslett Hip Kit Club June 2015 03
Thank you for joining me today. I will see you next week with another fun project created with the June Hip Kits. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Bella Blvd Summer 2015 releases

Have you seen all the new great releases over at the Bella Blvd blog ? Here are a few sneaks.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hip Kit Club Guest Designer

I am so excited to share with you some projects I have made with the amazing Hip Kit Club June kits.

I want to share with you first how I create my signature style - which is drops of watercolor layered with stamping (and stenciling) (Excuse the poor picture quality I only had my Iphone available. ) To create the (effect of) watercolor background I start with white cardstock and prep it with clear gesso. The clear gesso is doesn’t give you a yellow tint like regular white gesso and the colors doesn’t run off the page like it often does with the white gesso.. You can switch it out with matte medium, but the clear gesso will be a little matter and have a rougher texture and can handle watery colors better. When the gesso has dried (I actually let the cardstock air dry to keep it as flat as possible as the heat can bend the paper more) I start adding the color. For this background I have used Ecoline which is a liquid watercolor and a big brush to drop the first layers of colors. I let it dry a little and then add more drops and let the colors mix, and adding more and more drops. In addition to the Ecoline I have used mists from several different manufacturers (the Heidi Swapp mist however does not work well with other mists to create the watercolor effect), and as a top layer I added drops of Izink pigment ink. Next step is adding stamps, and I used the Avery Elle Raspberry and Daisy Pigment Ink Pads from the June Color Kit, you can see the rich colors in the pads here.

For the final step I used the Orange Ranger Embossing Powder. Unfortunately I ended up covering most of the embossing…. I don’t always have plans with my backgrounds, I mostly play with the colors.

Here is the final background before adding the papers.

As much as I like making backgrounds I love to layer. I usually don’t use as much paper as I do here, but when the top paper is pretty toned down I can do it and still feel that my photo is the focal point.

I have mixed the June main kit with embellishments from the June 2015 Embellishment kit.

Thank you for joining me today for my first project, I hope you will come back and see the rest of my projects

These were the June Kits I have been using on this layout

Cardstock kit

Color Kit

Embellishment kit

Paper Kit

Main Kit

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Scraproom June 2015

Hi and welcome to a little tour of my scraproom. I actually have a pretty big scraproom, which I share with my kids. They have a little corner behind a large Expedit with a TV and games. While it is big, it's not very bright, I have only a few windows and the two in my corner are both placed under bay windows so I don't get much natural lights. In the ceiling I have one big white lamp, and waiting for another one to be installed. All the furniture in my room except my two big tables are from Ikea. What else to expect from a Scandinavian.....

Here is where I sit and scrap beside my computer

The desk to my left is where the kids sit and draw and craft. They have a few shelve and boxes with crayons, pictures and papers if they want to sit and craft.

To my right I have more Ribba picture ledges with buttons, some paint, ribbon and paper clips. Here I also have a Alex drawer that holds more paint, some stamp pads and embossing powder (I also have paint on my table - see above)

More to the right I have a table that is lifted, here I have one of my printer (A3+), scanner and in my Expedit that is placed in the middle of the room I store my albums, and in a lot of the boxes I have layouts that are just piled waiting to be put into albums. The same goes for the white and black boxes on top of the Expedit, also layouts in plastic folders.

Furthers to the left from my scrap table I have a few more shelves and Malm Drawers. On top of the drawers I store my most recent papers, in the smaller boxes I have 6x6 papers.

In the drawers I am starting to get some order, I have Thickers, stamps, yarn, dies ++ in them.

The last thing I want to share with you is how I store my Pinkfresh studio stuff (except the papers) I like to have things so I can see them.

Last a few pics with my Iphone

Thank you for visiting my scraproom.