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!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

'You are my Jewels' Layout - Inkido {Lindy's Stamp Gang/2Crafty/Prima}

Hi ladies!  Back today to share my March Inkido {Papercraftscandinavia}
 post with you today.  Yup I am really late to share, but I forgot this one 
after all my blog feed problems!  I lost 2 weeks last month due to that so
please forgive me!!  Better late than never I always say.  See it HERE

It was based on the March Challenge & now we are onto our new 
April challenge!Here is the MARCH MOOD BOARD {now closed!}
This is what I based this layout on.  Now we are working with 
anothernew mood board for April already!  See that below...

MARCH MOOD BOARD ABOVE {What I based my page on}

Our new April mood board above!  Still time for you to enter!!
  This challenge is based on YOUR ROOTS & does not have to
 be inspired by all the images thank Goodness - as that is quite
 a challenging board!  The idea is you share your culture & heritage.

For this page I misted my entire background with Lindy's Stamp Gang
 mists to create a jewel-like look to tie in with the March mood board.

I added even more bling, from both Inkido & Prima,
in keeping with the bejewelled mood board.

I used beautiful Inkido papers - both the floral & the music note
 paper, links to which can be found in my original Inkido post.

I used a stunningly ornate chipboard frame from 2Crafty Chipboard in Australia.
I added some random glittering to it, as well as to the sweet Inkido flowers that 
I dyed to match my page.  These little flowers come in huge packs in a calico
cream & can be dyed up to match anything - perfect - see the Inkido blog for
a list of the stores where you can find & purchase their products.

The negative heart shape also comes from 2Crafty chipboard.  
I love to use as much as I can in my scrapbooking. 
 I have a real "waste not, want not"mentality that comes from living 
most of my life in Zimbabwe, which was a country where things
 weren't readily available & one had to conserve what one had. 
 I always look at my negatives before throwing them away.  
It's amazing what you can add to your pages!
Thanks for the visit today!!  

Monday, 7 April 2014

Scrap 365 Sneak Peek! And some very exciting news!! {My first ever Real Life Class}

I love to blog but keeping my blog busy all the time is not so easy when I have so many other things to do.  I have all 4 kids home at the moment as the 2 eldest are both back from university.  
I am busy behind the scenes at Scrap Around The World
A LOT right now, preparing for our HUGE ANNIVERSARY EVENT.  
Yes next month we will be ONE YEAR OLD can you believe it?!  
Along with a new year comes a new design team of course & I am 
SOOOOO excited to introduce them all to you - they are THE!!

Here is a sneak peek of my latest article for Scrap 365 Magazine. 
 If you haven't yet subscribed I strongly urge you to HERE
 Full details are on the site & the price & postage are reasonable, wherever you live.  
Without support print magazines will eventually die. 
 I myself prefer them as I like something to read in bed!  
Ironically our wifi signal does not reach our bedroom of all places but I won't start
 on what I think about that & how many times we've tried to overcome that problem!

MORE huge news for me!  I have been invited to teach my 
very first class in South Africa!  {well anywhere actually!!} 
 I am really looking forward to it & very busy making preparations for it. 
 I hope I will get to meet many of my local online scrappy friends in real life
 & of course I am already friends with Denise Van Deventer, who I met up
 with when I was last in Johannesburg & Evgenia Petzer who I have met up 
with 3 times already!   They will also be teaching at the event.  Woohoo!!

 It is sure to be fun!!  It is a whole new thing to me though - sourcing local supplies
 & working within a strict budget, but I am happy that I can do my bit for charity
 & at the same time do what I love - that really is a win! 

 I will be back soon with a layout I forgot to share last month!  
What with my blog feed problem I ran out of days & it slipped further
 down my drafts & I have just discovered it now :)  See you soon!!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

"Pictures With Clouds" CSI Guest Designer for March - Case File 116

Hello again!  Last month I guest designed at CSI HERE.  
I was their Special Agent!  It was fun as I have got out of 
the habit of playing at colour challenges & I do love them!!  
Thank you SO MUCH to Debbie Tehrani for inviting me!

I created my base paper from scratch using Lindy's 
Stamp Gang mists, gesso, hard molding paste, black 
archival ink & stamps from 3rd Eye Crafts.

For my evidence I used:-  

A monogram {JT} my son's initials.
Circles  {in the stamped images & the shape of the flairs}
Buttons {well the flairs are kind of like covered buttons aren't they?!}
Use electricity to make your page {I use electricity to make EVERY 
page as I always use my heat gun to dry off my mediums
 & a glue gun to attach my embellishments}

For my testimony :-
Song Title or Lyrics {used both!}

I grunged it up a lot on this layout of my older son.

I used lots of different textures for my layering - old foam dot negative sheet,
 masking tape, torn papers, masking tape & several different types of mesh.

I loved the soft colours as they are really manly too!

The song "Pictures with Clouds"was written by my son 
& you can watch him perform it HERE on You Tube if you like :)

I used dome REALLY THICK modelling paste for this one, 
along with the negative sheet from some foam dots, to build 
up my background, then misted & stamped over parts of
 them to help everything blend in together.

Thanks for popping in today!
I am going to be busy for the next little while preparing
 some more DT work that is due in so will see you anon :)

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