As Blind as a Bat …

Hi everyone,

I don’t know if your family is like mine, but I am always the one that they ask if they are looking for something, and most of the time I know where it is or I can quickly find it!  Sometimes I joke with one of them that they are as blind as a bat, so this metaphor was a good fit for documenting this part of our life. Over on the Get It Scrapped blog there is an article about using known phrases as metaphors for your scrapbook pages

I used the metaphor as the title of the page, rendering it with a mix of alpha styles and colors to add emphasis and grab attention to the start of the title.  I used a large bat motif and then close up black and white photographs of my children’s eyes to contrast with the poor vision associated with bats.  The colorful background and the stencil also add contrast visually and also metaphorically as bats are usually in the dark but my children live in lots of colors.

I created the background using a mix of colours of distress paints, slightly blending as I added each colour.  I used a Eye chart stencil to add layers and interest behind the photo strips and black card.  I sponged over the stencils using a mix of the colours used for the background.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Blindasabat

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Paints: Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Alphas: Bo Bunny, Simple Stories; Sticker: Simple Stories; Stencil – Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Eye Chart; Stamp: Hero Arts; Ink: Archival; Waterproof Pen: Pilot; Diecut: Cricut; Chipboard: October Afternoon

Chalkboard Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

Chalkboard is a popular trend in scrapbooking at the moment.  I created a chalkboard background for my page by swiping black soot distress paint across my white cardstock and left it to dry.  When the paint is dry you can write over it using chalk and if you make a mistake you can lightly wipe it off with a baby wipe.  I didn’t worry about setting my chalk since I didn’t think it would smudge inside a page protector but you could do this.  There are lots more ideas for using chalkboard, techniques and tips at the Get It Scrapped Blog.

I wanted the layout to have some bright fun colours so I created matching embellishments using other colours of distress paint, some Heidi Swapp banners, Heidi Swapp Stencils, some washi tapes and some colourful stickers.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Supplies : Card: Artee; Distress Paint: Ranger; Template: Heidi Swapp; Flag: Maya Road; Ink: Archival; Stamp: Elle’s Studio; Alphas: Carolee Adorn-It; Chalk Tape: Unknown; Washi Tape: My Minds Eye; Stickers: Echo Park; Embellishments: Elle’s Studio; Chalk

A Bit Like You are the Queen

Hi everyone,

I am back with a layout created for Get It Scrapped for the blog article about ‘capturing voice’ on your layout.  I tend to be the organiser in my family.  One day, my daughter made this comment when we were outside eating a BBQ dinner.  She said “Sometimes Mummy it is a bit like you are the Queen and Daddy is your servant.”  We all laughed and it has become a bit of a running joke in our family and comes up from time to time.  Lucky my husband has a good sense of humour and is well able to stand up for himself if I got too bossy!

To keep the focus on my daughter’s comment and her ‘voice’ I created a long title using different fonts and substituted a stamped image instead of a photo.  The image was coloured by painting with distress paints.

If you want more ideas for capturing other people’s voices on your pages, check out the Get It Scrapped article here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Supplies: Paper: Crate Paper; Alphas: October Afternoon, American Crafts; Stamps: Prima, Elle’s Studio; Paint: Ranger Adirondack; Flowers: Petaloo, Prima, Kaisercraft, Making Memories; Buttons: Making Memories, Portacraft; Flower Pin: Crate Paper; Gem pin: Maya Road, Sticker: Simple Stories; Paper Clip: Tim Holz; Washi Tape: Crate Paper, Glitz Designs, My Minds Eye; Thread: We R Memory Keepers

Ninja turtles – Inspired by Comics

Hi everyone,

Today’s layout was created for Get It Scrapped for the topic ‘Inspired by Superheroes and Comics’.  This was a really fun assignment and ended up being a different and interesting way to scrapbook about my five year old’s love of ninja turtles as well as my kid’s interest in playing ‘storytelling’ games.  Check out the rest of the Creative Team’s layouts here.

My kids had fun acting out a story complete with some hand crafted costumes by my daughter in addition to the store bought ninja turtle outfit.  I made sure I captured a bunch of photos as they played and then arranged them into a sequence.  To figure out the placement of my photos I added them into a Word Document and adjusted the photo sizes til I was happy with the look.  Then I printed them onto A4 photo paper and trimmed them apart.

I created a grungy, messy style background onto my black card and used distress paints to colour some black AC thickers.  I took inspiration from the ninja turtle books that my son has for my title work and to choose the colours in my background.  There is purple, blue, red and orange splatters for each of the colours of ninja turtle and of course some green paint used with stencils too.

I added in some speech bubbles to add to the comic book look and kept my other embellishments really simple.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Supplies: Card: Bazzill; Alphas: Simple Stories, American Crafts; Stamps: Hero Arts, Kaisercraft; Template: Kasiercraft; Paints: Jenni Bowlin, Ranger Distress Paint, Ranger Adirondack; Sticker: Echo Park; Tape: My Minds Eye, Unknown; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Pen: Ranger; Gems: Mark Richards

“Family Is” Card

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday!  Today I got out some papers from the Bo Bunny Collection – Family Is, along with some Maya Road Chipboard and a new stamp from Elle’s studio.  I really like the typewriter font for this sentiment and it also looks great stamped on label pieces.  I am pretty sure it is going to get a bit of use for scrapbook layouts too!

I coloured my chipboard tree with some green and brown distress paints and a jenni bowlin paint dabber for the blue heart, so that the pieces matched the colours on the main panel of the card.  This panel already had the faux washi tapes and faux zig zag stitching on it so I hand drew in the other stitching lines using a chipped sapphire distress marker.

I added a tag, a twine bow, washi tape and some lace to give some more detail to the top section of the card and balance out the chipboard tree and heart.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Kristy

Family-Is-Card

Supplies: White card – Artee; Maya Road Chipboard, Studio Calico Wood Veneer, Distress Marker – Chipped Sapphire, Jenni Bowlin – Spiced Tin, Distress Markers – Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Tag, Maya Road Twine, Lace, MME Kate and Co Washi Tape, Bo Bunny – Family Is papers

 

 

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

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CASE Study #132 – Heartfelt Wishes Butterfly Card

Hi everyone,

I am playing along with CASE Study again this week and had some fun using up another one of the Distress Paint tag backgrounds that I made.  I took inspiration from the colours Julie Ebersole used on her card and also the butterfly (You can see the current Case Study blog challenge here).  The main technique for the card is basically to use the negative from your die cut.  This is a great way to use your die cuts for a different look and seems to have become a more popular technique with more cards around that feature it.  I created the background behind the white frame by diluting some Sunshine Yellow Dylusions Ink Spray and then painting onto the card base.

Well I am off to keep working on the projects for the upcoming In-Store Weekend Workshop at Southern Stationery.  Over the next couple weeks or so there will be sneak peaks of the projects on the Stefs Paper Crafts blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Supplies: Distress Paint (See the blog post about the backgrounds here), Tag, Dylusions – Sunshine yellow and London Fog, Hero Arts Stamp & Die Cut – Butterflies #3,Tim Holtz Sizzix – Texture Fades – Riveted Metal, Sizzix – Frame Fancy Square , White card, Archival ink – Jet Black, Hero Arts Clear Set – All Occasion Messages, Ribbon