Monday, January 31, 2011
I will say that the new spray pens are awesome! So easy to work with and they create such great textures to my paper. I only used one color in them for the Wings pages, but I'm looking forward to blending, first misting one color and then another. I think it could make a great effect! If you're not sure what I'm talking about, just wait another day! On February 1st, the new Spring/Summer Idea goes "live" and you can view it at my website; marji.myctmh.com. The spray pen is on page 121, so check it out. And watch for the new posting of my Wings workshop pages starting tomorrow. You'll see exactly how that super cool pen works!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
This is one CUTE double, but again, I must confess to some instruction altering. See the large holly paper section at the top of the left page was actually supposed to be a large picture (9 inches wide). Now I don't know about you, but I don't print out pictures that big and I don't REALLY want too many of them in my book. In fact, with 4 kids, 3 nephews, and 1 niece, I prefer to have MANY little photos to save the memories - since that's what I have such a bad time with - instead of one big photo with lots of details. So, I cut a 9 x 6 of the paper instead and plan to house 2 to 4 smaller photos in the space instead of a great big one. As for the blank area on the right, that is for three 4 x 3 photos in a row. Not sure if I'll do that, or a 4 x 6 and then a smaller one.
Friday, January 28, 2011
I decorated this with just a few accents, a couple of stamped, cut out images and 2 poinsettia brads with a pewter brad seemed all that was needed. I'll probably move the ornaments to the bottom corner and use that center stripe for the titling of this page.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I know that's a lot to imagine and without the pictures, this layout just isn't done any justice, but it will look awesome when it's done! It is called "Love Potion" and can be found on page 18 of the Magic book although I altered it a little. The pattern calls for the two 4 x 6 pics that are on the inside of each page to be right next to each other. I didn't like the way that looked as much so I pulled the Colonial White journaling cardstock down to the bottom of the grouping. Once the pics are on, I'll stamp the outline of the groupings, but I didn't want to do that ahead because I may be adding extra pictures. Boy, I really need to get some pics printed!
One last item is the little pocket at the top. This can be used as a souvenir pocket, but I think I'll position some cropped pics and stamped ornaments spilling out of the pocket. Don't worry, I'll repost this one when I'm done with it. Probably after my retreat in February.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Friday, January 21, 2011
I've only just decided what photos to use on this page and I can't wait to get them on there. The brochure includes three 5 x 7 pictures with 2 of them landscapes on the left page and the other portrait on the right page. It also includes six 2 x 2 photos with 3 on the left side of each page. All of the photos match the rest of the paper by being sanded on the edges - yes, on the edges of the actual photos. AND the portrait photo on the brochure shows a little of the picture sanded off and a stamped sentiment in the sanded area. I am SO doing that!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I distressed all of the Colonial White pieces in Bamboo ink the same way. I apply the ink to an empty block and then swirl it onto the paper in little circles until most of the ink is gone. Then I reink the block and repeat the process until the distressing is the way I want it.
On both pages, the base is Bamboo. The top, orange section is the backside of the bright green, floral B&T. The middle section is the watercolor B&T and I put just a few random stamps using the small leaf stamp (that comes with the workshop) in Barn Red ink. Then the bottom section that spans the 2 pages is the stripe. I didn't randomly stamp the stripe, it actually comes that way, but I did stamp the Bamboo base at the bottom. I used Bamboo for the large stamp, Autumn Terra Cotta (as I didn't have the Sunset stamp pad at the time) in a 2nd generational stamp with a long, skinny leaf, and I used the same small leaf in Barn Red, too.
I added a "Delight" to the top of this page, thinking that it would be appropriate no matter what photos I choose to put on the page. I also randomly placed some of the Shimmer brads to give the layout a finished look to it.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The right pages is a pocket page with inserts that act as photo mats. I always wondered how anyone could use a pocket page in their album because the inserts would be so hard to reach from the top. They are, if you're reaching in from the top, but not if you cut a slit into the plastic. You will need to slice the page protector the width of the insert plus a hole punch on each side so the slice won't extend too far. I usually make my slice just below the top of my insert. That way my insert can stick out just a little without removing protections for the photo.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
These layouts were made with the new, traditional Mistletoe set. This set makes some BEAUTIFUL layouts and it again comes with a set of embellishments (Mistletoe) and a stamp set created for the workshop. Both of these sets come with a full-color brochure, by the way. But like the other, the Mistletoe workshop kit is only available for the rest of the month of January. See the workshop flyer and another example HERE.
Hooligan was also a fun workshop, but I don't have any pictures of it. However you can see an example of it on the flyer HERE. It, like the others, comes with a special stamp set and a set of embellishments as well as a color brochure.
Friday, January 14, 2011
It started out like the "Symphony Sweet" on page 24 of Imagaind, but I found I really wanted my base page to play a large roll, so I didn't want to cover it as much as the pattern showed. So I started with an 3 x 11 of the Lagoon cardstock and placed it flush against the bottom and 1 inch from the left side of the page. I placed a 7 x 10 of the striped patterned paper directly into the top right corner, overlaping the first piece. Then I overlapped a 2 1/2 x 12 inch strip of the blue flowers on the striped paper, about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom edge of it. The picutres went on the stripe, and over the "floral belt," but I think I'll go back and add some cream matting to the pictures to help them stand out better. I can also add a few more 3 x 3 pictures onto the Lagoon cardstock.
For the right hand page, I started with a 4 x 12 of the Lagoon cardstock across the bottom. To this I added a 5 x 10 piece of the stripe to the top left corner, continuing the patter across the break in the pages, and another "floral belt" of the same size and in the same placement as the one on the other page.
I stamped several of the flowers and dots using Pacifica ink over the feathers of the print. Looking at them, it brings back how much I like this paper, yet I'm still not satisfied with the layout. I think the Lagoon is too pronounced. I may go back and make those two large lagoon papers either Chocolate, Pacifica, or maybe even Outdoor Denim.
I made the flower the same way that I did before, stamping the heart into a 3-leaf clover with the points over-lapping, and then adding a backward image of the heart 3 times in the gaps between the ones that are there. When I did it, I used the back side of the Lagoon and Pacifica dotted paper. The back of it was actually in cream and bamboo, so the ink worked really well with it. It stamped the hearts into the flower shape, but still allowed the print to show through, even though the color was altered. (I used the Sky ink.)
I stamped the pointy flower into the center of the big flower using Pacifica and then stamped it again, turning the image so that the new petals hit in between the formerly stamped ones. Then I finished it off with a Chocolate biggie brad.