Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ok, so it's not the Masters Projects

I forgot that in the rush to get my masters projects off, I didn't take any photos. Its now 6pm and I am still at the shop having taught my Graphic 45 Christmas prayer to 10 lovely Ladies, who went home worn out. I was going to show you my masters, but I am too tired to take the photos and then edit them and then post them on my blog. It feels like a job for Monday. Instead I will put another of my pages on my blog for you.
This one is on my Eldest Daughter, it may look familiar as I based a Graphic 45 layout on my book page. Because the book went to Graphic 45 and was to stay there and I loved this page so much I re-did it and changed it so I had it in a 12x12 layout for my album here in Australia. I used the Graphic 45 Bathing Beauty's on the front as a mat for Beth's photo. I love cutting out, so I cut out the three ladies in a row and shaped them to perch on the photo of the lady below. I had two cute photos of Beth, so one went on the front and I made a flap and used some beautiful K&Co hinges I had been saving for that special project! I have a beautiful photo Beth took of herself for the other side of the page. I used Tim Holtz's film strip, Maya road pins, 7 Gypsies Bracelet kit for Beth's title and ribbons. All the rub ons in the book are Creative Imaginations.
I love this range from Graphic 45, I think its the colours that speak to me and I use them over and over again. I also love German Scrap and the way it adds a border to my work. I also love using Graphic 45 to create frames and borders to my layouts.
Hope you enjoy.
Thanks for Looking.
PS Only 38 Sleeps until I leave for USA and CHA.

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Jade and My Turn on the Graphic 45's Blog

Hi everyone
It's Jade and my turn on the Graphic 45's Blog today. We both used "once a upon a Spring Time". Jade did an amazing layout, with a gorgeous photo on it. I decided to make a shadow box using one from Imaginarium Designs with French doors. I have not wanted to open my "once upon a springtime" pad, as it is all the paper I have, and I wanted to use it on something special. The box is the perfect project for one of my favorite photos of Anna and Me. Graphic 45 are doing a blog swap with Glue Arts and they kindly sent us some of their products to use. I used their Glue Glider Pro and it made the job so much neater and quicker. I love cutting out and as soon as I saw the Primrose Cottage Print Paper from the collection I knew I wanted to cut it out and drape it over something. It took about 2 hours to carefully cut out the pieces I needed and to put it all together. Well worth the time for the look I ended up with.
Thanks for looking
Special thanks to those to take the time to leave a comment. Its so nice to hear from you and know that someone is enjoying what I do.
Ps Will post the three Scrapbooking Memories pieces I did for the masters tomorrow and another page from my book over the weekend.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Next Page in my Book

The Next Page in my book is on my Husband Malcolm. I decided to do a page with a pocket and make tags on Malcolm with each of our children to go in the pocket.

This tag is on Beth our first Child, in the photo I am expecting Anna and only had about 6 weeks to go. Beth and Anna are only 14 months apart. I was 20 when I had Beth.

This is the back of Beth's tag and is of Malcolm in Neo-natal with Anna. She needed special care for the first 4 weeks of her life, which with a 14 month old toddler made life interesting.
When it came to finding a photo of Leah with Malcolm I couldn't find one. So the front of Leah's tag is of all three girls with Malc and Me.

The back of the tag shows Malcolm and Leah on her wedding day. I love this photo of the two of them hugging.

This is Josh's tag our only boy and a delightful surprise after 3 girls.
The back of Josh's tag has Kate our last child and another beautiful Girl. She is a delight and as a toddler she would sit beside me all day watching what I was making and ever touched anything!
The whole page with all the tags in the pocket look great. I should have taken a photo of it but as the book is still in the States, what I have shown will have to do and you will need to use your imagination.
Thanks for looking
PS Only 44 sleeps to go.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Its my turn on Graphic 45's Blog.

The Design Team at Graphic 45 have been doing a blog swap with Core dinations. They are the company that make embossed Card Stock. I haven't really played with this product before. So thanks to Graphic 45 for giving me the chance. It works like magic, you rub and rub and right before your eyes this embossed pattern appears giving a instant dimension to your paper. I have a thing about clocks, so I couldn't go past the black paper with the clocks hidden underneath. I use a photo of have of my darling eldest daughter and her Grandpa, sharing a quite moment together. It was take at my Mother in laws 70th birthday and with all the hustle and bustle going on around them, they seem to be quite on their own. I washed out most of the colour of the photo, but left a spot of colour on Beth's beautiful auburn hair. I then printed it out on cream criss cross bazzill to give it an aged look. I used one of the Graphic 45 papers to give me the lovely frame around the page. I also used another Graphic 45 paper to do the smaller frame around the photo.
I used some Imaginarium Designs Chipboard for my layout. The little clock was perfect for the top of my page and I found the title fitted it perfectly so I lay the two on top of each other. A larger clock was used to poke out from under the photo.
The other layout I did was on Josh. He has just started work after finishing year 12 a few weeks ago. My little man is no more, and not been my little man for quite a while. I decided to keep this layout simple and use the papers to their best. The background paper is one of the core impressions. The pattered paper has a diamond embossed layer, which when sanded shows beautiful. I rubbed an embossing ink pad all over the paper and then tipped copper embossing powder all over it. I used a paint brush to remove the copper from the diamond pattern in between the embossed diamonds. This means that the sanded diamonds have a light dusting of copper embossing powder over them. I chose another of the embossing papers which had a hounds tooth pattern on it. I sanded it and then stamped a diamond stamp and embossed it with copper embossing powder. I used some Imaginarium Designs chipboard, inked and covered with glossy ascents. I like the simplicity of the layout and the colours work well together.
thanks for looking
PS Only 46 sleeps to go.
PPS Will post another of my pages of my book tomorrow.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

At last - My Book

Here it is at last, I will be posting photos of my book, which is in Scrapbooking and Beyond (Fall Issue) out now, every couple of days for the next few weeks. This was my final project, which I made for Graphic 45's design team call. The guide lines for this project was that Graphic 45 got to keep it. For the first call of the design team, we were asked to submit photos of 10 projects. Graphic 45 suggested that due to the time constraints that we should have started working on a final project as soon as the 10 projects were sent. As I didn't expect to make the final round I had not started anything. I was so amazed to see my name on the list. This meant that I only had about 5 days to do a project and have enough time to get it to the states by the cut off date. It was kinda hard to say goodbye to it, knowing that I would not see it again. To my delight, Graphic 45 loved the book and Diane every kindly brought it back when she visited Printblocks early this year. I attended the event and got quite emotional holding it again, but parted with it again, so it could go back to USA and be hopefully published there. I am now teaching it at Seriously Scrapbooking and making one for myself at the same time. The classes have been running for 4 months now. We do one double page each month. I will be starting a new group in the new year, so if you would like to make your own with me, then ring the shop 82771298 and they will take your details and get back to you with a date later.
So a bit about the book. As the title says, its about the people I love. The first page is on my husband and myself, with a photo of us before we were married and a photo of us taken a couple of years go in Darwin while we were on holiday. I found an old bible book and used the covers to give me a strong hard base for the covers of my book. Each page is made so that the join is hidden and when opened each page looks like a layout. Each page is 7 3/4 inches x 8 1/2 so when you put two together the page is 15 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded in half. This means that every page had to have papers joined to make it look like it was continuous. Once all the pages where made and folded, I put a strip of paper down the join on the back of the pages, which is what you can see in the middle photo of the spine. I made 7 pages in all, one on Malc and me, Malc and our children, and then one for each of my five children. I would have loved to include my parents and siblings, but because of only having 5 days I had to leave them out. I really love the project and think it is my best work to date. Hope you enjoy looking at my book over the next few weeks, or if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a Scrapbooking and Beyond magazine, and then you will have a copy of your own.
thanks for looking
PS only 49 sleeps to go.
PPS I am getting ready to make another big book, but in a pop up format with pockets and tags and everything else I can put in. This will be my holiday project, the week the shop is shut. I will post sneak peeks over the Christmas Break.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Graphic 45 Blog Hop

Graphic 45 have teamed up with cord dination to bring you card stock with a difference. It's a pad of embossed cardstock called the Timeless Collection. It includes an excluive collection of Graphic 45 designs embossed on the only sandable Colorcore cardstock. Check out Graphic 45's blog each day to see what we have all been upto and then visit cord dinations to see what they have been up to. Graphic 45 is giving away prizes!!
thanks for looking

Monday, December 06, 2010

It's Official

I had it confirmed today that I will be teaching at the Scrapbook, Papercraft Expo and Convention. This event is held each year in Brisbane and the dates for next year is 11th -13th of June 2011. I would like to thank Graphic 45 and Printblocks for the opportunity to share my love and passion with everyone attending. I will be teaching 3 classes each day. I hope to do 5-7 different classes some repeated, using "once upon a springtime" and the other new lines we know nothing about yet from Graphic 45, but which will be released at CHA in January. I will be doing layouts, cards, more mini squares and other off the page projects. I will try to let you know when you can book into my classes. Use the link I have created to keep in touch yourself, if you want to. These classes will be open to all and not just people in the trade. That means if you like what I do and would love to do a class, then this is your chance. I would love to see some familiar faces in my classes so please book in.
thanks for looking

Friday, December 03, 2010

Tutorial for My Christmas Tree

Here is the Christmas Tree tutorial as promised.

Cut a piece of cardboard to a triangle shape for the base of the tree. Round the cardboard each size to give it some shape rather than having it flat.
Cut strips of paper 8-9mm wide and cut into rectangles about an inch long. You will need thinner strips of paper 5mm and an inch long. The larger ones will be for the bottom of the tree and the thinner ones at the top. Each of the pieces need to have one end cut to a point, as shown above.
Use a paint brush and wrap the pointed end around the brush to make the pointed end curl. If you have trouble then you can spray the pieces with water to make it easier.

Start at the bottom on the tree and glue one piece on at a time. You can overlap each piece if you need to. Use the wider pieces first. When you start the second row glue them down over the top of the bottom row above the curling bit. You can have the rows as close or as spread out as you like.

Keep adding rows of curled pieces. As you work your way up the tree, you can use thinner pieces. Remember you can overlap the pieces on each row to help make them fit.
Add glitter to each curl or crystals. You can decorate your tree as you wish. Try some white embossing powder for snow. When finished shape the tree again, as you have been gluing the pieces on your tree you will have flattened it. Cut a pot shape out of cardboard and tuck it under your tree, when you add it to a page. This tree would work if you wanted to make a completely round one. You would need to make a cone and add the papers all the way around. I will be making one like this for a Tim Holtz configurations box that I am working on. Will post photos during the holidays.
Have a go and let me know how you get on.
thanks for looking
PS only 55 sleeps to go!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

My Christmas Prayer

This is a layout I did for Graphic 45. It is a wall hanging with a Christmas Prayer.
I wanted to make something that reminds us what Christmas is really all about.
I chose a Prayer by Robert Lousi Stevenson
Loving Father,
Help us remember the birth of Jesus that we may share in the song of the angles,
the gladness of the shepherds,and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift,
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning made us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake
I used
Glad Tidings for the base of my wall hanging.
Holiday Spirit for the 1st frame
Victorian Greetings for the 2nd frame
Jolly old St for the stamps
Holiday Spirit for the image of the Lady
The Holly and the Ivy for my tree
Deck the Halls for my pot
Ode to Joy for my two little girls with banner
The Holly and the Ivy for the flowers
Deck the Halls for flowers
Christmas Past Frames
Vine from Prima
Black Comer's from Imaginarium Designs
I will put a tutorial on my blog for the tree, hopefully tomorrow as I am teaching all day.
There are more photos on the Graphic 45 Blog
thanks for looking