A star stencil and home decor

Hi everyone,

Last weekend we gave my youngest son’s bedroom a little bit of a make-over.  Nothing too dramatic though.  He loves stars and planets as a result of watching Little Einsteins counting the planets in space to get Rocket to go to sleep.  So we added some glow in the dark stars, a new quilt cover and I re-did the pelmet.  I didn’t want to make a new pelmet so I had to work with the light blue fabric that was already there and cover over the areas that had previously had iron-on images on it (it was previously my other son’s bedroom).

I had some Adirondack Colour Wash Mist in Denim and so I just sprayed that over The Crafters Workshop Start Shower stencil in some of the areas.  I sprayed quite liberally since I wanted to get the darker colour and I wasn’t too worried if the images were not totally crisp.  I bought some fabric that matched the colours in the quilt.  I still haven’t decided if I will add some extra details or just leave the strips of colour plain.  Feel free to offer suggestions 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

pelmet

Capturing the Everyday Moments

Hi everyone,

This is a little bit of a different post for me.  I am guessing not all of the people who visit my blog are scrapbookers. There are other ways of memory keeping too (like blogging, journaling, art journaling or even Facebook etc) so I thought I would encourage you to check out the story of a lady called Jackie Wood.  I found her story really interesting and inspiring with regard to recording the everyday moments.  I don’t want to re-tell her story  so you can check out her blog or listen to her on the Paperclipping Roundtable.

Her experience of memory loss in her life (not related to dementia) and then the effect that this had on her memory keeping and what she wanted to remember, has re-inspired me again about pocket scrapbooking (Project Life/Photo Freedom style). Not that I was really lacking inspiration as in the last 6 months I have been using the divided page protectors to record our stories/funny things that happen/challenging things that happen/my favourite photos/kids artwork etc.  I record some everyday moments as well as the bigger events.

I really like this way of memory keeping in conjunction with my other scrapbook pages as I still record the moments and stories that I might not ever make a 12×12 layout about.  I find it frees me to be creative with my 12×12 layouts and I don’t feel like I am “behind”.  I don’t worry if I don’t record everything and I don’t document every week just for the sake of it.  I just choose the things that I want to record.  I keep things really simple as I don’t want things to take lots of time.  I can always go back and add more embellishments later if I want to.

Here is a just a basic example of a single page.  It sits next to another page in my album that has more photos and journalling about my son and his love of the stars and planets and the process of redecorating his room.

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You can adapt this type of memory keeping to your own style, even if it is a more arty style by making your own inserts and just having fun with it. You can always type the journaling if you don’t like your handwriting.  There are also lots of different styles of pockets so you can choose what would suit your photos best too.  It can be whatever you want to make it.

I have been asking myself what are my most precious memories and what would I want to be recorded if I suddenly lost my memory.  It has definitely been interesting to think about.  Maybe it will be for you too.

If you have any questions just leave me a comment.  Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

 

 

Moment Butterfly Card

Hi Everyone,

I recently got my hands on some new washi tape from My Minds Eye and was keen to have a play.  I am a bit of a collector of washi tape at the moment and I know I am not the only one!  It is a really popular and fun product to use.  I created a couple of quick cards using some red and black washi tapes.  Red, black and white is always a striking colour combo that I think you can’t really go wrong with.  I am sharing one card here and the other one over on the Stefs Paper Crafts blog here.  Both card use strips of washi tape across the card base.

For this card I coloured the smaller Prima canvas butterfly using black soot distress paint and wiped some of the paint off to reveal the resist pattern underneath.  I layered the two butterflies together with some gems, and then added them to the card.  The Moment sentiment was cut from the bar code strip of one of the Pickled Pear patterned papers by Kaisercraft.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

moments-butterfly-card

Supplies: White Cardstock, My Minds Eye Decorative Tape -red/black, Prima Canvas Resist Shapes – Butterflies, Black Soot Distress Paint, Gems

Togetherness Canvas

Hi everyone,

I have created this canvas for a good friend of mine as a gift and thought I would share it here.  I am loving making canvases at the moment and experimenting with different products to create textured backgrounds.  I have used a bunch of stencils, texture paste, distress paint, inks, stamps and glimmer mist for this particular background.

The photograph I chose had an over-exposed background in one part of the photo so I gave it a darker vignette and then swiped antique linen over some parts of the photo and around the edge.  The ink of the photo slightly interacted with the paint, which gave it a look I was really happy with for this canvas.  I used some flocked paper and swiped that with antique linen to match it to the canvas.  I created a frame around the photo using some wood icons from Prima, to make sure that the photo stayed the focal point of my canvas.

I layered up a bunch of different flowers, a prima vine, some metal flowers, flourishes and other bits and pieces.  I found the metal ‘togetherness’ tag (which I have had for years) and added it to the chipboard heart.

If you have any questions about the canvas or any of the materials, please leave me a comment and I will sure to reply.  I decided the materials list would be ridiculously long to type out but will happily tell you what I used if you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

together-canvas

 

Metallic Distress Paint Tag – Life

Hi everyone,

We have house guests at the moment, so just a quick post today to show a few metallic distress paint tag backgrounds plus a completed tag.  The metallic distress paints are as fun as I thought they would be and make great backgrounds with the other distress paints too.  The shimmer is just lovely which you can see a little in the picture.

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For my completed tag, I decided to go for a tone on tone look with the Antique Bronze distress paint so I used it on just about everything :).  I swiped the edges with the paint dabber and added a little over the top of my metal prima flower.  I also applied the paint directly to the ‘Life’ piece of chipboard (which I had previously cut apart and used the other part of a different project) and also to the Prima wooden leaf.  The effect is slightly different because of the different surfaces.  It was also easy to colour the crinkle ribbon with the distress paint and it dried in a few minutes even without the heat gun.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Lifetag

New Arrival Card

Hi everyone,

Last week, we welcomed a new nephew into the world.  A new baby is always an exciting event and both the little one and his Mum are doing well.  I decided to use some of the Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection to make a card.  This card has no stamping on it,  which is quite unusual for me!  I wanted to give the card a little bit of shabby look but still wanted to keep clean lines so I distressed the edges but didn’t do any inking.  I also did some machine stitching and used some ribbon to give the card a little more texture.  The image of the baby sleeping is just so sweet and everything came together really easily.  It is always fun when things work out like that! I am looking forward to meeting our nephew very soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

New-Arrival-card

Supplies: Kraft Card, Papers, stickers and chipboard all from the Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection, Maya Road Twine.

Case Study Challenge #143 – XOXO Card

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a chance to hop along for the Get It Scrapped Blog Hop for lots of inspiration. You can see my colourful layout here but today’s project is very different.  I am playing along with the last challenge with Maile Belles at CASE Study.  You can see her inspiration card here.  I have kept things super simple for this card and fairly similar to the Maile’s card.  I grabbed some of the wood icons from Prima and some distress paint to colour 3 little birds.  I left the scalloped border strip plain and stamped my sentiment with archival ink. I got some new metallic distress paints on the weekend and have made some tag backgrounds so will be back soon to share.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

XOXOcard

Supplies: Kraft Card, Prima Wood icons in a box – birds and owls and Sunrise Sunset, Distress Paint – Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Archival ink – Jet Black, Hero Arts Stamp Set – XO