Lightroom and Altered 2013 Planner

Hi Everyone,

I was super excited last week to find that my white on white card was featured as the winning card for the week on the Case Study Blog (scroll down if you want to see my card) but I was not so excited by some of the computer issues we have been having with iPhoto!  Since I getting my DSLR last year and participating in Karen Russell’s “The Photographer’s Workshop” I take tons more photos and unfortunately iPhoto hasn’t coped very well with the increase in the both the number and size of the photos, so we purchased Lightroom 4.  The last couple of days has been spent backing up and reloading photos onto the computer, creating new libraries etc which didn’t always go smoothly so I didn’t get to do my usual post at the end of the week.  I am sure it will take me a little bit of time to get used to the system but ultimately I think it will help me to have a better workflow since I am starting to edit my images a bit more.

But onto todays project . . . I bought this planner which is bit like a calendar book but had this ugly blue soft rubber slip cover so I removed the cover and set to work altering the cardboard cover.  At the moment I am enjoying playing with spray mists, texture paste, twinkling H20s, templates, paints and texture stamps.  It is fun to not worry about what the end result will be  – I figure if I don’t like it I will just paint over it!  I kept the design of this really simple as I want to be able to put this book in my bag at any time and not worry about damaging any embellishments.  It has a lovely shimmer from the twinkling h20s that doesn’t get captured by the photograph.  The frame is by Kaisercraft which was painted and then covered with distress stickles (which you can’t really see in the photo either).

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back tommorrow with a card I have made for the Deconstructing Jen Challenge (I just have to figure out how to move it into Photoshop now :).

Bye for now,



Inspiration Notebook

Hi everyone,

I made this notebook a few weeks ago to take with me to the Technique Overload class with Tim Holtz so that I would have something to write notes in, and write notes I did!  I had loads of fun making this and am really loving using mists, stencils with paint, and texture stamps at the moment.  I also really love that cute camera stamp from the Dear Lizzie Collection by American Crafts.  The basic method I used was to spray the mists on the covers, let that dry and then used stamps, paints, stencils to create layers and visual interest.  I also used my picket fence distress marker with a crafter’s workshop stencil to create the pale white heart.  I then added some handwritten words and outlined my title using a white gel pen.  I changed the colour of the FabRip by colouring it with my copic markers and then wiped some liquid pearls over it just to tone it down a little and add some shimmer.  Hope you try out some of these types of products for yourself as they are really fun.

Thanks for stopping by.


Supplies: Studio Calico Mister Huey’s mists – Calico Shine and Inky Black, Studio Calico Journal Kit, Studio Calico FabRip, Kaisercraft Stamps – Chicken wire, Letter Background, Hero Arts Stamps – Find Joy Clear Set, Copic Multiliner 0.5 – Black, White Gel Pen, Picket Fence Distress Marker, American Crafts Dear Lizzie Collection Stamp set, Black Archival Ink, BG 10 and BG15  Copic Markers (to colour the FabRip) White opal liquid pearls, Crafter’s Workshop Stencil – Mini Chickenwire reversed, Balzer Designs – Mini mix and match hearts, Dylusions Stencil – Dotted Flowers 9×12, Adirondack Paint Dabbers – Snow cap, Pool, Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber – Speckled Egg.