Saturday, December 20, 2014

Zentangle Inspired Art with Gelato Circles

It is time to mix things up a bit and post some of the Zentangle Inspired Art I have been creating.

I saw a post on Facebook where someone had drawn circles all over their page.  I am not sure what they had planned because I really didn't read the rest of the post.  As soon as I saw the picture though I knew what I wanted to do with the same idea.

I used a set of metalic gelatos (I know you are probably thinking ice cream at this point) to make a water color solution. All you need to do is chunk off a little piece of the gelato paste and add water.
It takes a bit of effort to mix it up into a water color solution.  You really have to swish it around with the water, adding more water drops as needed to get just the right amount of fluid.

When each color solution was ready, I dipped different sized cups and lids from the kitchen into the solution and then onto my water color paper.  The metalic gelatos make a very nice shiny circle.  I added a few to a page and more to other pages.  Sometimes when I lifted the cup it splattered the gelato color which made a another cool effect.

Once the paper was completely dry I started adding Tangles inside the circles.  On one page I choose to change the Tangle in each and every circle section (above).  On the other I decided to respect the circle and keep the same Tangle for the whole circle regardless of how many times it was split.

Work in progress

Have a go at this super simple water color technique and you will be surprised what an artist you really are.

Have Fun!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Little Christmas Folio With Winning Paper

A few weeks back my favorite scrapbook designer demonstrated how she decorated one of her Foto Folios Minis - Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon.  After the demo she said that she would share the paper pack and some of the extras with the first person to comment on her Facebook post.  Well, I won!

Using this great paper collection from Echo Park Christmas Cheer and KaiserCraft Peppermint Swirl pocket cards I made my own Foto Folio Mini #6........

I mostly decorated like Kathy did but had to make some adjustments based on supplies.  I love it!  Thank you Kathy for such a great tutorial and the winning paper pack!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Beautiful Blue and Yellow Scrapbook - Foto Folio 2 Style 1 Mini

I seem to be on a role with the scrapbooks this month.  I do have other things to post about but my posting is a little backed up at the moment.  I have been working my way through the new Foto Folios 2 from Kathy Orta at Paper Phenomenon.  This is the mini version of Style 1 that I posted last week.  This book is 9x7 and can hold over 60 pictures.

I left the cover plain this time.  The book is closed with a magnet.
This is the book open.
 I'll just flip through the pages for you to see what it looks like.

I love these colors!

I added Teresa Collins pocket cards to some of the pages.

I used My Minds Eye, Now and Then paper collection along with chipboard pieces, stickers and brads.  I still need to add all the photo mats.

I have more scrapbooks to post as well as a bit of Zentangle, so stay tuned.

Have a scrappy good day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Foto Folio with KaiserKraft Rustic Harmony

I have been working on the new Foto Folios by Kathy Orta.  I really like the folio style as it allows for all the wonderful interaction we love but with no hard chipboard covers.

This folio is the first in Paper Phenomenon's new folio #2 series (currently on sale).

I used the new Kaiser Kraft Rustic Harmony collection - wow, this is beautiful paper!  To the cover I added lace from and Prima flowers.  The gems are ZVA.

The scrapbook has multiple sections on the left that contain lots of flaps and pockets.  On the right are envelopes as well as two layers of photo mats.

I also used a few Maya Road chipboard pieces coloured with Gesso.

I added a few items from the Teresa Collins cork board packet.

Right Side

You should give these great folio style scrapbooks a try.  There are two sizes to work with, this being the larger of the two.

Have a happy, scrappy day!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Box Albums and Classes

To the eight wonderful ladies who spent the last three Thursday nights with me learning how to put together a paper bag album at Scrapbook Central ...........

I promised you the link to a wonderful tutorial on how to make a mini album in a box.  This one is created by Jacqui Chimes.  Once you get to her Youtube channel you will find three different box albums and a basic tutorial for making them.

Here are a few pictures of the one I created using part of a 6x6 pad of the KaiserKraft Teddy Bear Picnic collection .........

The simple cover held closed by magnets

First flaps open

Left Side Open

Right Side Open

Fully Open Album


Now for finishing up your Christmas books...........

The large tags fit inside the paper bags.  You can have as many as will fit in the bag but I have supplied paper for one tag each.  The little tags fit inside the envelopes.

  • Cut 3 green 4x9 inches
  • Cut 3 red 4x9 inches
  • Decorate the top of the tag with 1/2 of a snowflake and scraps of paper
  • Round the corners if desired

If the ribbon at the top of your tag keeps coming loose, just add a drop of glue.

The Cover

  • Cut a green piece 6x11 and score on the 11" side 1/2 in on both ends.
  • Place the Merry Christmas bracket on the top centre of the green piece and trace the shape of the bracket. 

  • Cut the green piece to the shape of the bracket.
  • Measure the width of the cover section where the green pocket will be placed.  You only want to cover about half the book with the pocket and you want Santa to be peeking out of the right edge. 

This is how the cover should look when you are finished.

Decorating the envelopes

I decorated each of the envelopes with cut outs and scraps.  Here a few of ideas.......

I would love to hear from you when you finish your books!

Have a scrappy fun day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet Christmas Babies

Two of my husbands cousins (one removed) are expecting in December.  One with twin girls and one with a surprise yet to be known.  The family had a bid baby shower last weekend and I resolved to give the two families scrapbook albums that I have made.  Unfortunately, I was still working on the Baby2Bride album so I had to present it unfinished at the shower.

This big album is finished now and ready to send back to the "mother to be".  I used the Graphic 45 Baby2Bride paper collection, leftovers of the Little Darlings collection, and a Paper Phenomenon My Design Mini tutorial.  Fortunately, both the Baby2Bride and the Little Darlings have similar tonal colors.

I added lots of lace (from Belgium), and Prima and Wild Orchid flowers to the cover - it is for girls after all!  The My Design Mini is a big book with six pages and lots of interactive elements.  Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon is an amazing designer!

There are lots of pictures so sit back with a cuppa and check out this amazing album.  The pages will look somewhat similar as I constructed two basic page designs and then decorated one set with the Baby2Bride and the other set with Little Darlings.

Believe it or not those first 4 pics are for the first page!  I didn't even take pictures of all the flaps open.  I have to say that this paper collection is brilliant!

So that set of 4 pics is for page 2.  You can see that I used Kraft and white paper with plenty of Ranger Distress Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and the emphasize the beautiful Martha Stewart punch on the paper edges.

Ok, that set was page 3 and you can start to see the repeat in design.

And that set was page 4.  I think you get the idea so I will spare you the rest of the pictures.

I always add plenty of tags for added pictures and journaling.  I counted 66 places for photos just on the first page with all its flaps and tags!

Well, I am off to get this in the mail to the family.  Have a happy scrapin day!