Monday, 21 April 2014

'City of Gold' Layout - Scrap 365 Magazine Feb/Mar 2014 Issue - Prima/Lindy's Stamp Gang

Hi again.  Just sharing another layout published in 
Scrap 365 Magazine Feb/March issue this year.

It was published in the Holiday/Travel Gallery. 
 I used the Prima "I love Paris" collection from a couple of years back.
  I ordered it especially to match my Paris photographs!

I used a plastic vintage doily for my misting, along with bright red mist from
 Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Paris is full of red & so much of the exquisite French 
architecture is gilded so the gold seemed an appropriate contrast.

As well as patterned papers I used co-ordinating journaling cards
 & different types of mesh for texture.  I also fussy cut some
 elements & inked them up for a vintage feel.

I used a stamp from Inkido, directly on my photo.  Love!!

I also used elements from Prima's Delight Collection by Jodie Lee. 
 The great thing about favouring products from a small selection
 of manufacturers means that often their collections work well 
with each other, even if they are a couple of years apart! 


Sunday, 20 April 2014

'A Special Bond' Layout - Scrap 365 Feb/Mar 2014 Issue - Prima/Lindy's Stamp Gang

Hello again!  Today I am sharing another layout featured earlier this year in Scrap 365 Magazine, which you can subscribe to HERE.  It is an English based magazine but anyone, anywhere can subscribe at a reasonable rate.  It is bi-monthly so produces 6 issues per year, each packed with ideas & eye candy.  It covers EVERYTHING from easy to advanced, with many different styles included & one of the regular galleries is the PDQ - which stands for "Pretty Darn Quick!" - pages that can easily be recreated in an hour or less...

My layouts usually take me about 3 times that long so I always 
play along with the PDQ if given the opportunity as it is a fun challenge.  

Using a patterned background paper is always a good 
starting point as it immediately adds more detail!

Being a mixed media gal I can't resist adding just a touch 
& splattering is quick & easy & can be dried off quickly.

I used a selection of Prima flowers & embellishments, each with a different colour, texture
 or pattern.  Selection is key when working speedily.  I keep my stash well organised so I
 can find things easily.  I use open topped baskets & containers so I can fish about in them 
or tip them out & pour them back in.  Definitely a quick way to stay tidy but still be efficient.

I misted up the doilies then dried them off quickly.
  If you keep your heat gun plugged in and have craft tweezers 
at the ready this need not take more than a few minutes.

If I'm pushed for time I use my glue gun to
 adhere everything as the bond is so instant.
It is a lethal weapon though so be careful!

Thanks for looking!  Remember to check out the Scrap 365 blog 
HERE, it is full of interesting posts on a regular basis!!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

'You are my Happy' Layout - Scrap 365 Feb/Mar 2014 Issue - Prima

I have SO much to share that has been published in Scrap 365 magazine this year
 & I haven't yet shared!  We are required to wait one month until after publication 
so now I have got organised & set up & pre-scheduled my posts in advance, 
but that will only come to pass for posts from September onwards...

I created this layout for an article I wrote about the Mixed 
Media Craze & how to achieve a real mixed media layout.

I used lots of Prima products of course. 
 Their patterned paper & printed chipboard pieces,
 as well as their alphabet packaging for my layout base.

I also used lots of Ranger products too, as they are so great for Mixed Media 
projects.  Their paint dabbers are so nice to work with - to create mess
 without actually making it!  And their alcohol inks beat any mists for vibrancy!!

I also used Prima wooden alphas & Prima stamps on my background too.  
Gesso too of course.  I am really fussy when it comes to gesso & prefer 
Claudine Helmuth for Ranger, which has now been discontinued!!  
Apparently it is just repackaged but I will have to test & see!  It has the
 best luminance & variation depending on the amounts of coats one applies.

For texture I used different tapes, Prima ribbon & string dipped in paint!
  It was fun & pretty messy!!  It was also my first long article in a magazine
 & I was pretty stoked seeing it in print {it even got a little spot on the cover -
 one of the smaller pics!}  Remember to support print magazines & subscribe
 to Scrap 365 HERE.  Good value & they ship worldwide!!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Graduation Weekend Photo Post! {Photography/Picasa Tips}

As you may have noticed my blog went quiet for a week & that's because we were away on a road-trip which was necessary in order to spend the weekend with 2 sets of grandparents 
{of the kids of course!} & all of our children, to celebrate our eldest daughter graduating from university.  She is still actually AT university as she is now studying for her Honours degree.

Here is the glamazon above!  She decided that black shoes would be far too boring so she chose burgundy ones instead - then of course needed an accessory to tie in with the shoes which meant hunting one down by visiting every costume jewellery store in our neighbourhood!!

She gave us a tour of her Chemistry lab so I took an "in situ" photo
 of her in front of one of the cabinets full of vintage apothecary bottles.

We ate out each night so I took the photo above & gave it a polaroid frame 
{seeing as the quality wasn't great, based on it being a night time shot} 
for a more casual look.  The advantage of this is that it gives you the space to
 add some text.  I like to add some text at times to help me remember dates & places!

I changed some of the photos to black & white as I had a LOT of photos!  
The kids kept grabbing my camera too so by the end of the weekend I had 
275 photos, which I cut down to the best 75.  The kids have no idea how to 
focus so a lot of the shots were spoiled with in focus trees & out of focus faces!!

I got rid of all my wrinkles using the retouch tool!  Cheaper than botox!!
There were a lot of people in the background of most of the photos as it
was a busy occasion, so I changed some of the photos to circle shapes
to eradicate the busy backgrounds.  Circles are nice to scrap occasionally to!

Sometimes it's nice to use the text option
 rather than adding a bulky title to a layout.

As the focus should be on my daughter here I used a soft focus around
 her as the focal point.  {Her Dad & I look a lot better that way hahaha!!}

Someone else took this photo & it was BAD so I did my best to rescue it 
by changing it to black & white.  That generally helps to hide a multitude
 of sins.   At least we have a photo of the whole family together!

This is my hubby's mother - who is 75!  She is a university professor & still
 working fulltime!!  {Not at the same university}.  To dramatise this portrait,
 taken at night, I increased the highlights & the shadows. Blowing out the light 
helps to decrease wrinkles too & saves time spent using the retouch tool.

I thought the photo above was quite an interesting 
capture.  Always fun to have something different...

Whenever family are together it's always good to get a good mix of photos
 of different relatives together.  Here we have father, son & grand father.

I created a couple of collages in Picasa, with photos 
relevant to each set of grandparents, as a gift for them.

I use Picasa for all my photo editing.  It's a free software product from Google. 
 I own Photoshop Elements but never have the time to spend teaching myself
 how to use it.  From my experience with it it's not intuitive & everything seems
 to take a LOT longer!  Of course it is still on my bucket list though!!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

"70's Rhodesia" Layout - Inkido - Close-ups!

Hi Everyone!  Back today to share the close-ups of my layout for Inkido, from yesterday.

I worked with the latest INKIDO mood board for April.
Read about the latest challenge HERE.

I didn't stick to the colours (as you can see!) but rather
 used the concept, which is "Your Roots" to create a layout
 around a photo I've had printed out for years!

Please refer to my Inkido post, linked
 above, for the Inkido products used.

I used lots of mists on this one, as well as dry-wall
 tape, cheese-cloth, staples & a metallic silver doily.

I used lots of gesso to tone down the shades of purple.  
{Taking time to get used to the "Pantone Colour of the Year!"}

For my cluster I used a mixture of texture & elements,
 starting with misted cheesecloth, Prima crystal swirls
 & metals, Inkido flowers & Martha Stewart doily flowers.

I also used some old jewellery which I cut up to create a 
tassle for my flower cluster & the centre of one of my butterflies.

To create my butterflies I stamped my Inkido
 butterfly stamp onto Inkido paper then fussy-cut 
around them, adding some mist & gesso after that.

I stamped some butterflies around the edge
 of my page, so that they were only partially visible.

Definitely not my usual colours here & not too sure about the result
but happy to have this important photograph & sentiment documented.

Thanks so much for your visit today!  

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"70's Rhodesia" Layout Tutorial - Inkido.

***Hey Peeps!  I've been away from home for a week & just returned today -
 I'll be sharing the close ups of this layout tomorrow & then I'll share some
 of the photos I've edited of my daughter's university graduation
{where we have just been!} 
Hope you are all well!! 

 Here is my latest post from Inkido, which went live today HERE***

Hello everyone!  Wonderful to be back here with you all at Inkido today!
  I just love Inkido products & have just had an {lovely!} overdose of them 
for the last couple of days creating my new layout.  I used the April "Our Roots" 
Challenge as my inspiration.  Here is the mood board for it.  Rather than be
 inspired by the many colours I chose to be inspired by the concept behind
 the board - our heritage & where we grew up/started our lives.

I had my photo printed out for many months now - never having the suitable opportunity
 to scrap it - so now I grabbed my chance!  I created a photo tutorial to accompany
 my layout but got so excited to finish it in the end that I left out a few of my last steps! 

 Once I had completed my layout I sponged on some more gesso to mute
 it down a notch & did some "partial" stamping of the butterflies around 
the edge of the layout.  I added this to represent the millions of displaced
 Zimbabweans around the world - the diaspora - of which I am one.

Yes I see that I forgot a number 3 above! LOL!!  Did anyone notice that?!?

The brown music sheet paper I used behind my photo is from the Happy Christmas Collection  {Happy Music}.  That's all from me for this month.  I will see you all again
 in May.  Please play along with our April challenge!  Bye for now... HELEN

Thanks for your visit!