Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Formal Banquet

Layout tag was revealed today, so I can share my layout with you. I was asked to lift this layout created by Tracey. I thought these pictures of one of the formal banquets I went to while in University were perfect for this layout. I matted the pictures on white card stock embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing plates. I then picked the Porcelain Silver Birch by Basic Grey for my background, and using some bazzill card stock I cut a large fancy frame. I cut out a piece of lace from the Porcelain Chatsworth Basic Grey paper. I also took a strip of Porcelain Villeroy Basic Grey paper, and folded it in pleats. I layered that with a piece of Prima lace and some plain white ribbon and a $store buckle. The tail on the ribbon is an extra little detail that gives a look of purpose to the buckle. I then took some Petaloo and Scrapbook Sally flowers, coloured or added shimmer using Twinkling H2Os, and leaves I cut out using my Silhouette. I further dressed the flowers by adding Pebeo Touche and $store jewels, pearls and jewel flourishes. I cut a tab, coloured it with green Adirondack ink, added a Stemma rub-on, and $store jewels. I then finished the layout by copying the subtitle onto the layout with gold pen, and cut the title out of white vinyl. I love the prettiness of the layout. I hope you've enjoyed this layout and have been inspired to create a layout for yourself.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The face of poverty

Andrea challenged us to scrap our favourite picture of 2009. What a challenge to pick my favourite! Having spent time in a variety of gorgeous places last year I ended up with a multitude of stunning photographs. Maybe the events in Haiti are pulling on my heart strings, but I went back to a photograph I took while on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic to build a school for mainly Haitian refugees. While there we also visited some other schools and communities in the Santa Domingo area. I took this picture while we were visiting a very impoverished little Batey called Foa. I love this picture and I think it speaks volumes. I hope to create a book of pictures and memories of my trip so I chose to do this layout digitally. I kept it simple because I felt that anything else would undermine the poverty of these people.
All the elements used in this layout are my creations.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A sketch for your enjoyment: Photo Collage

Every once in a while I love to sketch. Sometimes it's a layout, and sometimes I will sit and sketch a few cards. I thought I'd share one of my layout sketches with you today. If you feel inspired and you use my sketch please send me a link so I can enjoy your creations. Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

'De Familie Popken' and 'My Brother and Me'

This past week I finished up another layout for a game of layout tag. I like the way it challenges you to think outside the box a little and take another person's layout done in their scrapping style and convert it into your own layout, and add your own tastes and techniques to it. So I can't share this layout with you yet until the big reveal... I'm very happy with how it turned out, I had a great layout to scrap lift! Instead I will share the two prior editions of layout tag that were recently revealed. Hopefully one of these days I will get around to adding a second page to this layout with some remaining pictures I have of our visit with this family.

I created this layout for November Layout tag at Kindred Creations. I was given this lovely layout to lift by Linda. For my layout I chose to use a piece of red Bazzill card stock, and a scalloped mat using a scalloped frame file I created and cut on my silhouette. I then took an older line of Basic Grey patterned paper, Urban Couture, as well as some white card stock I inked with Adirondack ink for the photo mat. I find that it is a great little technique when you can't find the right shade of card stock in your stash, and it gives it's own unique look that is easily attainable on the outside rim of the paper and the little strips between the photos. I then also cut the flowers in various sizes on my Silhouette and inked them to match the paper, and embellished them with Pearl centers. I curled the bottom layer of the flowers to give them some dimension, which also lifts the top layer of the flower. Lastly I cut out the title from some brown card stock, to bring out the touches of brown in the paper, and I really liked the idea of adding it in a circular fashion to change things up a little bit.

In December I was first in line for Layout tag and I received this lovely layout created by Merrilee to lift. It really made me think of these pictures I took of my nephews while we were having family portraits done as well as the 3BUGS Seeing Stars paper and stickers that were a Deal of the Day on the Kindred Creations blog. I matted the title sticker by scanning it and taking the outline of it in the Robo Master software. I then enlarged it just slightly and cut it out of the green 3BUGS paper. I also cut the tab using my Silhouette, added a few brads, and stamped one of the stars from the Autumn Leaves Scribbles Hearts and Stars stamp set while masking the picture and the mat. I distressed much of the paper by sanding it, softening up the edges. I also love the simple effect of using an office date stamp I picked up at the dollar store to quickly add the date. It's such a simple, clean and understated way of adding information to a layout. This layout ended up a little simpler than some of my layouts, although more of my masculine layouts probably do tend to be simpler because the guys in my life are far from stuffy and frilly.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls really is a photographers paradise. Just before Christmas DH and I visited Niagara Falls during the Winter Festival of Lights.

 I had never given much thought to visiting the falls during the winter. I have been there in the summer, but I always find the massive crowds a large turnoff. I was shocked at how peaceful and mesmerizingly beautiful the falls are in the wintertime. Next time we go (in the off season) we will certainly take much more time and avail ourselves of all the activities in the area, and explore this amazing little area. The town itself has a great shopping and entertainment district, and nearby is the quaint little town of Niagara on the Lake that is a must see, as well as boasting an amazing little wine region. A wine tour of the region is on my list of things 'to do'.

I had great fun trying to capture the falls on my camera, and trying out various settings to capture the lights and the night shots. Since it was a date for us I just didn't think it would be romantic to drag my tripod around everywhere as well, but it certainly made for tricky shooting considering it was well below freezing, and the humidity created by the falls makes it bone chilling. I may have to invest in some fingertip gloves, since it's nearly impossible to operate the camera controls wearing gloves, then as your hands get cold your agility goes down and you start to shake. It's a good thing we are in the digital age and we can often take multiples shots to get things right.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Mini Purse Box

I was debating about what to give my 15 year old niece for Christmas this year. I don't often see her so I don't know too much about here likes and dislikes... there was only one thing I knew she liked...shopping (really, what girl doesn't like to shop lol ). So we decided to just give her some cash. I wanted a creative way to give it to her, and I thought this mini purse box would be just perfect; a purse is where a girl likes to store her cash (until she spends it)!
I found a great pattern for a purse box at Papercrafts Inspirations and created a GSD file to cut with my Silhouette since I can see myself using something as cute as this over and over again. I used a sheet of Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Peppermint Twist patterned paper. I then decorated it using some Around the Block Christmas Frame Tape that I painted with pearl paint and dusted with glitter before it dried. I then cut the red and white frames as a little tag, that I then doodled on with gold and glitter pens, and added her name. A few years ago I had found some candle wreaths at a dollar store near me that had the perfect size Pointsettia flowers on it for cards, and I bought them in all the available colours. I took one of them and added a bit of Stickles, layered it with a snowflake I cut, and attached it to the frame with a green jewel brad before gluing all that to the purse. They are on both side of the purse. After I assembled the purse I took a sliver of self adhesive Velcro to keep the purse closed, and added a large pearl to the top of the closure.
I love how it turned out!

Here are the links to the GSD files for the purse box with handles and one for the box without handles so you can use ribbon or wire for your purse handle. Just punch some small holes or set two eyelets on the fold line of the flap half an inch from the edge. Then create a fold on either side of the eyelet instead of the single fold line where you placed the two eyelets.
purse box.GSD
purse box2.GSD