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,



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

December Daily Album Cover for GIS

Hi everyone,

Todays post shows the album cover I made for my December Album and for the Get It Scrappeds article on Scrapbook Ideas for creating December Daily Album Covers.

I altered a Kaisercraft 6×8 pocket page album by using a stencil, new Bo Bunny Glitter Paste and red Dina Wakely paint.  I am love with this new glitter paste and it is great way to add glitter that isn’t going to come off.  I used washi tape to mask the binding of the album and keep my stencil in place.  The background I created was pretty festive looking so I kept my embellishments fairly simple and just titled the album Christmas.  I will put a cover page inside the album that show the album is about holiday traditions we have and what we do in December rather than just about Christmas.

I normally document our December in pocket pages in my 12×12 album but this year I wanted a smaller size so the kids could easily write on the cards inside the album and handle it more easily than the larger 12×12 size.  They each created a holiday album in the middle of the year when we went on holidays and the older two took their albums to school when they told news.  They had fun creating the albums so I am hoping that that experience will help them be enthusiastic about adding to our family December album.  Will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to head over the Get It Scrapped Blog for more ideas.


album cover Dec1

Supplies: Kaisercraft 6×8 Album; Paint: Dina Wakely; Stencil: Plaid/Folk Art; Chipboard Shapes: Studio Calico; Wooden Heart: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: WOW; Twine: Tim Holtz; Papers: Teresa Collins, Echo Park; Corrugated Card: Dusty Attic; Glitter Paste: Bo Bunny; Inks: Distress Ink/Ranger; Mist: Prima Colour Bloom – Gold Foil.

Layered Stencil Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

My son recently started 3 year old kindy and whilst I was excited for him and the fun he would have (and the child free time for me) I felt a little bit sad about him growing up.  If you have been following my blog for a while you would have seen me use stencils on my projects reasonably often and know that I like to create my own backgrounds.  On this particular layout I used four different stencils to show some of the effects you can get layering stencils with different mediums.  One of the things I love about using stencils is that you create layouts that are unique to you and with paints and inks you can don’t need to have matching papers  – you can just create it all yourself.  If you want some more ideas for layering stencils check out the Get It Scrapped article on the blog here.

I used a combination of gesso, acrylic paint, twinkling H2Os and distress ink with the stencils to create a ‘layered block’ for my photograph and other elements to rest upon.  When visualising my page I think of the stencils a bit like how I use patterned papers in layers.  For this layout I used only two main colours in different shades along with colours I consider neutral (grey, wood) plus the black and white.  The colour inspiration came from the photograph and that it is a mix of mine and my son’s favourite colours.    By using the cog stencil I was able to create repetition of circular elements with the embellishments and a visual triangle.  I also used repetition of the alphabet stencil to frame my photograph.

When layering stencils I think it is important for each layer to be dry before adding another and also to keep in mind that water based products may interact when they are re-wet with other water based products, which is one reason I like to use a mix of mediums.

I thought it might be helpful if I listed the order that I layered the mediums on my page.

1. Gesso over the Tim Holtz burst stencil.

2.  Mix of paints through the Dylusions number stencil.  Applied using craft sheet as a palette and using Cut N Dry foam for sponging.

3.  Layer of different tones of orange and blue twinkling H2os, which are shimmery water colour paints.  I used my craft sheet as a palette to control the amount of colour that was applied, by adding more (for softer colours) or less water (for more intense).

4. Apply pumice stone distress ink through the cog stencil (Crafters Workshop) and the burlap stencil using the foam blending tool.  For this layout I tended to dab/pat it through the stencil rather than the circular blending movement that I usually use to apply the ink.

For people who don’t like to get messy – Sponging inks through stencils can give a soft look and you have more control over the colour than when using spray inks.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have fun playing with stencils too.


Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings by Kristy T| Supplies: Chipboard: Tattered Angels; Alphas: Basic Grey, American Crafts; Stencils: Tim Holtz, Dylusions, The Crafters Workshop; Wooden Flourishes: Kaisercraft; Wooden Shapes; Prima; Chipboard Sticker: Simple Stories; Stickers: Simple Stories; Paints: Twinkling H2Os, Adirondack, Gesso; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger, CD/DVD Marker: Pilot

Pastel + Fluorescent Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

This is the last of my catch up posts for Get It Scrapped and then I am all up to date.  I have been busy making a few cards so will have some cards to share. It has been mostly scrapbook pages over here lately!  For this layout I chose to show off some cute photos of my youngest boy sleeping.  He is at the age where he doesn’t sleep that much during the day anymore but on this day he fell asleep with his head on the table as he was eating his lunch so I carefully moved him to the couch where it was more comfortable and took some photos.  I know he won’t always be this small.

The colour combination of the the pastel blues/greens remind me of little boys and softness.  The brighter green is also a colour I associate with boys and I feel is a more energetic colour.  These colours together are a good representation of him right now.  I chose to make the pastel colours the predominate colour in the page as they fitted better with the photos and I just used a bit of the brighter green so it didn’t take over everything else.  I also used the colour to create a visual triangle.

I used the brick template and a couple of mists to create the background.  When this had dried I used a paint dabber and the star stencil to create another layer.  I then used a gelato with the checker stencil to add another layer on my page.  The washi tape created a border and keep the eye looking at the main elements of my page – the journalling, photos and title.  A scattering of stars adds a little bit of whimsy and a bit of a trail across the page.  If you want more ideas for using pastel colours and fluorescent colours together you can check out the Get It Scrapped article over on the blog here.  If you are new to the idea of scrapbooking Debbie has a great article to give you some ideas of where to get started.

As always, if you have any questions just leave me a comment.  Thanks for stopping by,




Supplies: Card: Bazzill; Alphas: American Crafts; Paints: Jenni Bowlin, Ranger Distress Paint Dabber; Mists: Dylusions, Glimmermist, Studio Calico; Templates: The Crafters Workshop, Kaisercraft, Prima-Finnabair; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Roller Date Stamp: American Crafts; Washi tape: My Minds Eye; Corrugated Shape: Jillibean Soup, Crepe Ruffle: American Crafts, Gelato: Faber-castell; Ink: Ranger Archival; Marker: Ranger Distress Marker.

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,




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

PJ Loving, Orange Loving, Little Boy

Hi everyone,

Todays post is a layout I created for the Get It Scrapped article on using watercolours.  The layout is about some of my youngest son’s favourite things and also documents our attempts to get him to stay in bed using scratch and sniff stickers as a reward (hence the stickers all over his pjs).

To create my main background I used texture paste, stencils and gyp-rocking tape to make some texture on top of watercolour paper.  When this had dried I chose some water based oil pastels to scribble lightly in different areas and then blended the colour using a paint brush and water.  I selected colours that would work best with my photo.  I would recommend starting lightly and you can always add more colour as you go along (depending on what look you are wanting).

To create the layout I smeared some paint over the white card to create another layer behind my watercolour paper and created a frame using white strips of card (this doesn’t show up that well in the photograph).  I added wood icons/veneer shapes, washi tape, some patterned paper and even a scratch and sniff sticker to embellish my layout.  I added my journalling using a distress marker but it is worth noting that it can be tricky to write on a textured surface.

I chose this title, even though it is quite long because I feel it captures him very well – He is a PJ loving, orange loving, little boy.  I chose to leave the canvas alphas plain so they didn’t overtake the page but since they are large they still grab enough attention.  I arranged the parts of the title in a visual triangle with the smaller orange lettering adding a fun pop of colour.

I have added a couple of close up photos as it is easier to see the details of the watercolour background.  You can see more ideas for using watercolours on layout by checking out the Get It Scrapped blog.

Thanks for stopping by,





Supplies: Card: White card by Artee, Paper: Watercolour paper, Echo Park; Alphas: Prima, Simple Stories; Distress Marker: Ranger; Washi Tape: Teresa Collins; Gyprocking Tape; Wooden Icon: Prima; Wood Veneer Shapes: Studio Calico; Texture Paste: Jo Sonya; Assorted buttons; Scratch and Sniff Sticker.