Friday, September 27, 2013

Big Idea Festival - Day 3




Go Here to check out the Big Picture Classes

For this layout I used the list of scents that reminded me of my childhood. I had spent a lot of memorable moments with my grandmother growing up so I felt having pictures of her for this was important. Especially since several of those scents are because of memories spent with her. 


To see previous big idea festival days I did go to the links below:

Day 1
Day 2



Friday, September 20, 2013

Using up your stash Blog hop- Diecuts and Cricut cuts


If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Judy'sBlog.

There are 6 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing Cricut cuts specifically using cricut cuts as templates for making multi media layouts.

 I started off by cutting out these words. While I am using them for my title I just cut them in white cardstock because they weren't remaining on the page.
 Before placing the words on to the paper how I wanted them I first applied a small about of blue glue to the backs of them and let it turn clear so they would temporarily stick to the cardstock with out ripping it. I then used re-inker in a spray pen with alcohol to spray over the words.
 I then cut a bunch of cogs out that were welded together before they were cut. Once those are stuck to the paper I rubbed a layer of gesso over them. Then I removed the template and allowed it to dry.
 As you can see those cogs look very different!! I took Twinkling H2O paints lightly over the area, to give it a rusty look. As you can see there is a purplish red metalic/glitter hue through out.
I ended with this. The metal piece on the burlap was painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint. It wasn't fully dried in this picture to show the crackle effect.


I love that using my cricut is not just for cutting shapes and titles to to adhere to my layouts, but it is a cheaper route to have a wide variety of templates. The words are now nicely colors and stowed away to use for another project. I had cleaned off the gesso off the cog template so it could also be reused.


Thank you for checking out my project, please leave a comment and tell me what you thought.
Now hop on over to Shirley's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Big Idea Festival -day 2

Big Picture Classes


Day 2's challenge I chose the list of my favorite school supplies to shop for. Which due to my love for art supplies ever since I was little, I figured pictures of stuff I had made went well with this. The photo in the middle was actually a photo shoot I did in the snow. 




What is the Big Picture Class? Go Here to my first post about the big Idea festival where I have explained Big Picture Classes. They have many free classes that can help stir your creativity, some of these have even been done by Close to my Heart. 



***Note that each day I am showing you only one of the lists that were used in the class. I did however save the lists so I could use them all. There is an e-book on the big Picture Class that has all the lists and then some in them and it is reasonably priced.***

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Big Idea Festival -day 1

Big Picture Classes


The first part of this month Big Picture Class had a free class called Big Idea Festival. This class they do every day and it is 10 days of great ideas to help you get your layouts done. This year it focused on "my childhood" and it used 30 lists to document your childhood. If you have never used the BigPictureClass and sometimes get in a creativity funk I would highly recommend this site.

Little about BigPictureClass
  • Its free to sign up
  • They have free and paid for classes
  • Classes are archived for you so you can go back to them later
  • They have self paced classes
  • There are e-books with great ideas (one of these e-books is where they generated the lists for the big idea festival). 
  • you can win prizes in the classes!
You can register on the big picture class Here.(using this link you will be using the refer-a-friend which gives us both 10% off a purchase of a self paced class or workshop. Only given to us after your first purchase. If you would rather not use the refer-a-friend use the links above that take you to the main website.)

For every day in the class we are challenged to use 1 of the three lists that the instructor used in our mini album/ smash book/ pocket scrapbooking/ layouts, and then post it in that day's photo gallery for a chance to win one of the giveaways. While I am working on using every list, here is the layout I made for that day's challenge. 


I had put the very basic part of this layout together a long time ago and set it aside. I found it worked wonderful with this. I had put 2 photo wells on this for when I get together with my mom and go through all the childhood pictures she has as I only have a portion of them. The list was about all my favorite childhood books. I even put pictures of some of those books. 





Remember there were 10 days so I will be posting the others everyday. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mixed Media Mash Up!- CKC Jacksonville


First Class of the day!



To start off I was taking this class with my friend Susie. Also the class was at 10 a.m., this time is a big deal because it was perfect in every way. It allowed us to get our kids to school, and not have to rush to get down to the convention......... also this should have allowed plenty of time to get coffee in our system.


HA! well my husband's wallet got stolen 2 days before this, so he called me when I was on my way down asking me if I had found it yet.. my responce, "um no, let me just turn around now and spend the rest of the day doing that!" (can you feel the sarcasm dripping off my lips as steam shoots out my ears.)

That was needless to say enough of a distractor that the coffee didn't get finished but was in tow. Then I did early access to the vendor show/fair/ section.... It was soooo much to take in at once half out of it that I then got all disoriented about the time... thinking our class started at 10:30.

After much debate we got to the class at 10:17, which was too late to be put in for the goodies from the class, and caused us to do some rushing to catch up on the layout but working together we managed to pull it together....... Did I mention that somehow my paper cutter didn't get packed!!!
 This is the entire finished product. We used some nifty markers that have india ink in them on the canvas. (they did that as we showed up so I literally just scribbled on mine and spritzed fast. Which is evident and had I slowed a little despite the scribbling I could have blended it better. but it is a photo mat so I wasn't worried)
 Also we used on the left edge a fabric template, and some gelletos on the top of the page. You can't forget the huey mister over the "trust your heart" template. Lastly on this page we used some Gesso with a template to get that white round bumpy circle.
This page is incomplete for 2 reasons... 1 no photos, I haven't got that far, and probably won't till the pieces that were missing from the kit get here, which is the other thing. So the cardboard and burlap have gesso on them. The blue pieces were done with the gelletos and then misted and swirled around with my finger. This is the same for the yellow and pink one, only difference there is if you look at the pink. I applied a lil more gelleto to it as we were leaving to mist later. Unfortunately it dried before I could mist it make it hard to smooth out. (Just means those are on my shopping list!)


Instructions/ Supplies

Because I did not design this layout and I am not affiliated with the products or the people that made the layout I am not putting the instructions on how to do this on here. IF you are interested in the instructions for this layout which comes with a full list of the products used please Contact Me. I do have a copy of the instructions which I scanned for archival purposes. This layout could easily be done with a combination of CTMH products mixed with the multi media tools, if you want tips on how to make that happen, just ask. =)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

CTMH Technique Blog Hop- Using Liquid Glass


Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 6 of us highlighting the use of liquid glass. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 

If you are coming from Shirley's Blog, you are on the right track! 

This is an mini album I made for my son that was themed around his 8th birthday. You will see on the 3rd page I used liquid glass in a non traditional way.



On this page I used liquid glass to make the feel of water.
To do this I first took Pacifica pigment ink and sponged the chipboard till it was nice and blue. From there I adhered the sky piece of cardstock. I then lightly put a layer of liquid glass over the pacifica ink giving it a shiny water like look. In some spots instead of applying the liquid glass I put liquid applique and let it puff up naturally.

On the left page I used 4x4 flip flaps to do a waterfall effect.




Supply List:  

Surf's up paper pack: X7168B
Adventure mini pigment ink set: Z2501
Baker's twine neutral assortment: Z1701
Liquid Glass: Z679
Liquid Apllicaque: Z308
Artbooking Cricut cartridge: Z1906


Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Joy's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

ProPlayer layout


Featured paper of September- ProPlayer





I lifted this general layout from a Creating Keepsakes magazine I got free from attending the CKC in Jacksonville. As you can see it is a very simple layout but full of fun and focusing on pictures.

I hand stitched the center area which is where the journaling and title will go. The picture spot right below it is matted on Washi Tape.

This was a layout done in the moment because I really enjoyed that layout and I knew I would be able to find something to go with this. So until I skim through my pictures to decide what will go on this, I have it nicely marked for picture sizes so I can put it in a protector in my Work in Progress Album.

The work in progress album I have found to be a life saver. It allows me to keep being creative and using up my stash while not feeling like I can't do anything because I don't have pictures printed, or I don't at this moment have pictures to fit this layout. Since sooner or later I will.


The album has another advantage which is it's price tag. It is only $15.95. So for any of us that are guilty of making layouts and then holding off on buying an album because of the price, this lets you do it longer while securely protecting those layouts. This is an item that now that I have it, I can't live with out it. You can get your own at my website.



Friday, September 13, 2013

Pro Player Gathering projects

Want free scrap booking products?


Who doesn't!! If you choose to host a gathering with me, and you just love the Pro Player Paper these are the two projects I have had parties does with this paper. Which they just love.


 This card is the perfect size to use with a gift.
For big parties this little package is made for the size to hold a little candy like a Hersey kiss. Nothing cheers up a person's day that a cute way to say you care with a "kiss".

If you are interested in having a party please Contact me. When life is too hectic or we don't live close together for a traditional in home party we can always have an online party!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

9/11 Challenge layout

Yesterday while remembering 9/11 I had posted a challenge for my readers to make something that talked about your memories of 9/11.  Here is my layout for that challenge.





I chose to keep it very simple so the layout could be more so focused on my story from the event as well as the pictures telling the story of the event. I used both new pictures in memory of the event as well as pictures from the event. The journalling actually goes over my day of September 11, 2001. Then I ended with flowers as a symbolic symbol to remember those that lost their lives due to this tragic event.

I would love to see what you did, please feel free to post it in a comment or on my Facebook Page.

CKC- Follow your Heart Mini Album


This class was taught by Jamie from Close to my Heart, she works for Corporate there, and is apart of their design team. The class was an hour and a half of fun. This class really allowed you to see what the new Cricut cartridge, Artbooking is all about. Below are pictures of the finished mini album we made in order as they would appear as you flip through the book.













Not sure what pictures I am going to put in it yet, but I do know that my son is probably going to snatch it so it will probably be photos driven towards something he enjoyed.

Supply List:
Laughing Lola Paper-X7170B
Laughing Lola dimensional elements- X7170C
Laughing Lola Assortment-Z1854
Artbooking cricut cartridge- Z1906


Colors of cardstock used:
Slate- X5930
Black- 1386
Honey-X5668
Lagoon-X5762
Topiary-X5635

Colors of ink used:
Topiary-Z2155
Lagoon-Z2195
Black-Z2105
Honey- Z2162


This is only $99! Order it from me today, and you can get Free Shipping


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's 9/11 and we remember

With all the craziness going on in the world (which I will point out I despise watching the news) I thought having just a regular post to look back might be nice.



What were you doing on 9/11?


I was at my high school, and my class had all just sat down to start our English lesson when the principal started talking on the intercom. As he started speaking televisions were being wheeled in to every class. Once we watched the new for a little while, everyone was being told to go to the lunch room. It wasn't until they let us leave early that we found out that we were being put in a central location while they tried to find out if the plane heading for IL was going to touch down near us. 

I can say I do not have pictures of that day. But the memory is still there, and it makes me look back at the incidents that have happened since, and look at the now. 


One of the most recent being Boston

I challenge you my readers!


I challenge you to document today. Document your memories from 9/11 in how it became a symbolic day for the United States. Whether you use pictures of you from that day or symbolic pictures.... or just journaling. And Please share your creations here or on my Facebook page!


Pajama Party!



You may remember the past two pajama parties hosted by Big Picture Class that featured Close to my Heart.
Here are pictures of the 2 projects that were done during those past pajama parties.







This month on September 26th Big picture class is hosting another Pajama Party with Studio Calico. Oh did I mention this class is FREE!





This is the kit that Studio Calico is using during the pajama party. it is their August project life kit. Originally $24.95, on Sale for this party for $10 if you use this code at check out:
Now that's a great deal if you are scrapping on a budget or are wanting to better understand what Pocket scrapbooking is all about. (that's the product project life is.)

If you enjoyed the first two pajama parties this one should surely be fun too. I am looking forward to it as an opportunity to get some ideas for pocket scrapbooking cards I plan to make in the near future with my papers I have on hand.


Did you know?


you can get 12 4"x3" pocket scrap booking cards out of 1 sheet of 12"x12" cardstock! Making pocket scrapbooking a cost effective hobby.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Disney Mania 2013

During my time at the CKC Convention in Jacksonville,FL I went to a one hour class called Disney Mania 2013 where we made these 2 layouts.
























These layouts were designed by Lickety split scrapbooks. You can check out their website Here.(or go here to see them on Facebook.)Aside from cute easy to assemble scrapbook layouts they do have several scrapbooking cruises they do every year, so If you are looking to get crafty on a cruise that is one way to do it.



Prefer using Close to my Heart products and still want to cruise? 




You can get this kit for just $49
Every year you have the opportunity to earn a cruise. (there have been some recent non cruise trips that are just as exciting as a cruise.) Go HERE for more details on becoming a consultant.