Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Color Combos Galore Combo 206 - Just Enjoy the Show Layout Plus a Tutorial on how to turn any internet image into a Stamped Print!

Last Friday saw the unveiling of this monochromatic colour combo at Color Combos Galore - if you want to play along before the next challenge goes live you need to get your layout in before Thursday noon EST.

I was a bit apprehensive about this combo but I like to give it a go most weeks so I printed out some suitable photos & had a look through my stash for appropriate papers & found quite a few!

I just started layering it up, ensuring that I had all the ingredients required in the recipe & it came together trouble-free :)

For my striped element I used my base paper - Sunshine Broadcast by Sassafras.

The cross-word paper inspired the theme of my page.
I always look at the photos while I am scrapbooking them & think about what message I want to relay in my layout.
The cross-word paper got me thinking of the song "Enjoy the Show" by Lenka
- I remembered the lyrics -
 "Life is a maze & love is a riddle" 
so I googled the rest of them & saw that they were very suitable to use on this page about my youngest daughter, who - at only 11 - is very keen to grow up & is paying far too much interest in boys for her own good!

So the message from me to her is to slow down & "Just Enjoy the Show" -
 I want her to enjoy her childhood & not give it up before it's necessary.
She is after a Blackberry now as all the kids here use the Messenger function to socialize,
but I want her to learn to communicate in person before she resorts to spending hours on the phone in BBM, on M-Xit or Facebook, so the rule in our house is that kids need to be 13 before they get their own mobile phone & Facebook account.  

The embossed metal plaque you see above serves as my "ledge" for the recipe, so I have rested my butterfly on it.
I used a Pink Paislee Daily Junque metal flag minus the pole & finally used that black Lily Bee flower!

Supplies List:-

 Striped base paper - Sasafras Lass - Sunshine Broadcast
Grey spotted paper - Lily Bee Designs - Stationery - Mushroom
Crossword Paper - Crate Paper - Emma's Shop - Playhouse
Grey & white print/Black & white print - offcuts - stash
Black cardstock/silver cardstock - Bazzill
Black printed transparency - Anna Griffin
Giant Bling - Glitz Design
Chipboard sun - Studio Calico Kit
Stick Pins & black & white gingham ribbon - local haberdashery
Butterfly & black scroll sticker - K & Co.
Metal embossed plaque - Pink Paislee Daily Junque Flag
Plain chipboard alphas - American Crafts Thickers
Black alphas - October Afternoon - Mini Market stickers
Black alpha stickers for "show" - stash
Font - Mom's Typewriter



As I needed to use wood as part of the recipe for this layout - and had nothing suitable - I decided to settle for printing out some woodgrain from the internet.
 Initially I wanted to print it out onto a transparency sheet but I couldn't find my pack of transparency sheets so I decided to try using a sheet of plastic like the packaging used for scrapbooking products.

I save the packs that we buy our cold meats in from the supermarket, as they are a good size, so I wash them out, cut off the sides & the flat section from the base gets stored in a drawer.
I've never been sure what I was going to do with them - just that I knew they would come in handy one day!  So I stuck the sheet down to some computer paper, using thin double sided tape,
 in the centre of the A4 sheet of computer paper,
then I googled "woodgrain images" and saved a suitable image,
 imported it into Picasa, then printed it out in the middle of the paper as a 10 x 15cm jpg, directly onto the plastic.

I was {stupidly} hoping it would act as a transparency but of course it wouldn't absorb the ink so when it came out of the printed I could see that all the ink was sitting on top of the plastic
(as in the first image)
so I thought quick & grabbed an offcut of white cardstock & laid it on top of it
(see picture directly above)
 then I grabbed that big bottle of glue & used it as a brayer to rub over the top of the cardstock to help the ink to transfer.

And Voila!  Look what I got!!  A perfectly "stamped" image!
I am so excited about the possibilities of this accidental discovery as I will now be able to transfer ANY image off the internet & onto paper, or even fabric, which I find very exciting indeed!
I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial & let me know if you try it out!


Kerryn said...

That is such a super cool tip Helen!!! TFS :)

Your page is stunning! I hope your daughter heeds your advice ;).

Jess said...

brilliant!! beautiful layout!!

Lea said...

Oh the things you come up with... by accident! The stamped image you crated is fabulous! The layout is beautiful as is your daughter and I love the message behind this layout!

yyam said...

Cool...love happy accidents! Love the transfer! It looks lovely on your layout...which is as always...gorgeous! :)

Heather Jacob said...

wow wow wow !!!! awesome, awesome, awesome, oh Helen you are so full of yummy info and beautiful designs .. there is no doubt about you my gorgeous friend .. hugz x
I am feeling much better thanks to you xoxox

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

You are super talented Helen, not only you can transform any colors into beauty, you also have the all the fun technique here, what a treat!!!

Bellaidea said...

so pretty photos /I know, you only own great photos :)/ and I like this song too :) and also made a layu about my girl:), regards!!!

Diana said...

Wow when I saw the palette I was like UGH how on earth does one do a LO with THAT?
But your page is amazing. It is so beautiful. Separate from the journaling and the message you are trying to send your daughter, which is so touching. I can't believe you made such a gorgeous LO with that colour combo!
And I did three LOs today!!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love this!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the photos and loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the way you did that wood grain! :):):):):):):):):):):)

topkatnz said...

LOL - meat trays are compressed polystyrene over here - so that would be interesting! But, I have done exactly the same with other plastics in years gone past:)

Jasmine S said...

This is just so beautiful. The photos are gorgeous and look great with this combo. Details details details. They are fabulous.

sandi said...

Wow! This lo is just absolutely beautiful! Those colors are PERFECT for this! GORGEOUS!!!! Love the transfer...quick thinking my friend. It came out great. Looks fab!
I hear ya on trying to slow the kiddos down. They grow up so fast now a days. I think as parents, it gets harder to shelter them in this busy world.

Shayne said...

You're so clever!

Although i would never think such a monochrome page would come out well - yours has. it looks great. And these are beautiful pics of cami.

Stefanie said...

great tutorial, love that you thought on your feet and came up with a fantastic result.
The dark brown colours in the photo and flower finish it all off beautifully for me.

Unknown said...

Absolutely incredibly beautiful as always Helen! It's such a shame when children want to rush their childhood, it's so natural for them to want to. What a great job you are doing, she is going to look back on this page one day and thank you again and again for it. I love that song too, i have it on my blog, great choice! You are so creative, love the technique! Hugs x

Toni Cartwright said...

Im just loving all the detail here!!! and that wood grain WOW!!.. how clever are you??!!!! totally clever i say!!
Take Care

hilde janbroers said...

gorgeous layout and thanks for the great tutorial!!!

Kiwi The Kreator said...

BEAUTIFUL girl...GREAT page!!!! Thanx for that awesome tip with the transparency!!! I bought a bunch hoping to make my own transparencies but I got the wrong kind...you have to let them sit for at LEAST a week for them to dry! Now I know to use them like stamps...you RAWK, Helen!!!

Alison said...

Love your woodgrain 'accident' and your LO is stunning as always! Why are little girls always desperate to be big girls?
Alison xx

Denise Price said...

Great layout, and very creative technique for getting the woodgrain image!

Jessy Christopher said...

You totally nail the color palette!! I so in love with that layout!! The colors and composition on ur layout is brilliants. Love yr transferring too!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful page!! love the tip!! Thanks!! love your mix of pattern papers and the gorgeous photos!! I understand you, my daughter don't have cell phone but she loves Facebook. Take Care!! Hugs!

Yolande (pronounced you-land-a) said...

I so love this colour combo and your take on it is superb! Stunning photo, gorgeous design, loving the crossword paper, the beautiful butterfly and bloom...all so yummy!
Great tutorial too...very clever that you save and wash the meat packaging. :)