Friday, 29 June 2018

Memories of Corsica

Welcome to our much loved Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  When there's a fifth Friday in the month the Creative Guides create a tag often with supplies which linger on our desk from previous projects. Do hop on over to the blog to see some wonderfully inspiring makes from my fellow teamies.

My tag is a bit different as what was on my desk was a little pile of bits and pieces I bought back from Corsica found on the lovely beaches - seaglass, tiny shells and driftwood.  So I decided to create a "Memories of Corsica" tag.

The base tag was a mop up from a previous project and I loved the soft blues as we didn't have bright blue skies until the last couple of days. I added some texture  using my favourite stencil - the French link.

I then added some layers of stamping with stamps which reminded me of the flowers and the nautical feel of the lovely island. These are from the lovely PaperArtsy Stamp Set by Scrapcosy ESC03 - a set I never tire of.

I stamped the flower on text paper that had been coated with a watery layer of PaperArtsy Chalk Acrylic Paint.

And then to use those lovely beach pieces. There's a little piece of white seaglass on the right, two small shells and the lovely piece of driftwood. I have added some Art Stones (medium and small) and there's some scrunched up papery bits underneath too.

A little reminder of my lovely holiday with my three great friends. We all found Corsica a beautiful island - stunning scenery, a great history and lovely people. We would certainly like to go back.

Thank you for joining me today and wishing you all an enjoyable, and hopefully full of crafting, weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Sun, Sea and Fun!

Sun, Sea and Fun! what I am wishing you all for these summer weeks ahead! 

Today I am sharing this small summer ATC over  at Calico Craft Parts. Do join me if you want to see more details.

Jennie x

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Home .....

Today I am sharing a very quick and simple  project over at Calico Craft Parts to welcome someone home instead of sending a card.

 I hope you can join me over there!

Jennie x

Monday, 4 June 2018

We Dream of Summer Days ....

Hello and welcome to a teaser of this evening's post for PaperArtsy!

Who doesn't love creating with Tim's wonderful Paper Dolls and .....  I got the chance to combine them with Scrapcosy's wonderful floral stamps and stencils. 

Do please join me over at PaperArtsy if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Friday, 1 June 2018

Celebrating Three Generations and Some Very Special News!

Hello and welcome to the first day of a new month and some special news.

I am delighted to share that I have been invited to join the design team of Mini Album Makers Challenge and today I will be sharing my first mini book and tutorial with you all here as part of the Team.

As many of you will know making mini books is a great passion of mine and it was where I started nearly ten years ago with my paper crafting. So it really is a great honour to be part of the fabulous team over at Mini Album Makers.

I hope over the coming months you will enjoy the tutorials I will be sharing with you and that it will inspire you to get those scrapbook papers, paints, inks and stamps out to create these wonderful little marvels. In addition I hope it will act as a resource for you to come back to from time to time.

The mini book I am sharing with you today is made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock and despite it's size at 6" x 3" has plenty of room for photographs and pockets and tags for the stories I want to record in it.  My fellow Design Team members have made a stunning array of mini books and you can't fail to be inspired. Do hop on over to see what they have created by clicking the link HERE.

First of all I will share the photographs and details of the mini book and then I will share a tutorial for making it. It will be a long post! Sorry !!!

The cover ...

Inside front: This is my grandmother aged 18 and I have plenty of room to share her amazing story (widowed with three young children under 5) on the pocket tags and the large tag behind the photograph.

  Despite being only 3" wide I still love creating little collages wherever possible.

The next two pages focus on my great grandmother and I have created a side pocket to hold tags as well as the larger tag behind the photograph. I have used an Envelope Board to create the fancy cutting, details are below in the tutorial.

And finally on the back of the book is a photograph of my great great grandmother. I don't know much about her other than she used to love writing, so I have created a little collage to celebrate this.

Tutorial for the Mini Book

Score a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper at 3", 6" and 9" to create four panels.

Fold the paper in half with your preferred pattern on the outside.

Open out and adhere double sided tape to the outside panels on the top of the sheet.

And fold the bottom up to meet to the top to create a concertina folded four panels: the outside panels are stuck down and will create the front and back covers and the two inside panels are open and can take the large tags.

I like to punch a couple of half circles in the inner pockets to make it easier to get the tags in and out.

You can either make a pocket for the right hand side by cutting a strip of cardstock 6" x 1 3/4" and then an inner mat measuring 5 7/8" x 15/8", or .... if you have an Envelope Board with the V cut notch you can make this a little fancier!

The strip of cardstock measures 6" x 1 3/4" and I have cut the notch on the left hand side at 1 1/2".

Flip the cardstock over and cut another notch on the other side at 1 1/2".

Cut the strip out of the middle and you have a lovely shaped pocket.

It is easy to cut an inner matt to fit by using a strip of patterned cardstock measuring 5 7/8" x 1 5/8" and cutting the notch at 1 3/8". I hope that makes sense! Basically the inner matt is 1/8" smaller all around.

 I have used the same notch to cut this little pocket too.

Cut a piece of base cardstock 2 3/4" x 2".

This time place the edge of the cardstock at the score guide and punch.

 Flip the cardstock over and do the same again for the other side.

To make an inner mat to fit this your patterned paper needs to be 2 5/8" x 1 7/8" and punch as before.

I have added a little "belly band" from the scraps to create another layer for tags.

Finally you need to cut the covers for the front and back to give the book some substance. The cream cardstock base measures 2 3/4" x 5 3/4" and the inside layer 2 5/8" x 5 5/8". These can be stuck down onto the back but when sticking them onto the front make sure you capture your ribbon underneath.

If you are still with me well done  and thank you!

And so I have four weeks to think and design another mini book to share with you - I can't wait!

As always thank you for joining me today and I hope you find time to join in our challenge and share your mini book with us at the Mini Album Makers Challenge.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Stencil It !

And so we start another month! and of course it is a new challenge at A Vintage Journey.

The wonderfully creative Astrid is our host this month and she has chosen to challenge us to


Create a project using at least one stencil, in a style that fits our challenge focus - vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk. There are so many possibilities to be create with stencils on your cards, journals, layouts, ATCs or 3D projects. Stencils offer endless possibilities, so be creative and have fun!

This should be a challenge that appeals to most of you so I hope you will be able to find time to join us. Hop on over to the blogpost on A Vintage Journey for more details of the challenge and of course some fabulous projects from my fellow Creative Guides.

I decided I wanted to make a canvas panel but which had a Mediterannean Stucco Wall feel about it but using different stencils to create the texture. Hmmmmm ..... well that idea didn't quite materialise as you will see! (It has been a week of embracing imperfection ..... in my craft, spinning and knitting!)

This is quite a large canvas at 8" x 10" but I thought it would give me a chance to use lots of different stencils. As you can see I stuck some music paper and Tim Holtz Botanical Tissue Paper on the canvas first before giving everything a coat of gesso. Then I started adding texture with my stencils.

More texture was added using some block and dot stencils and then I sprayed withVintage Photo Distress Ink Spray and a Cinnamon coloured 13Arts spray. I really quite liked this look but it didn't look good with the embellishments I was proposing.

So everything got another coat of gesso ......... which meant I lost all the layers underneath, although you can just about see them in places.

Finally I added some stamping in brown Archival Ink, sometimes stamping off to get a softer impression and adding one or two at "full strength".

I wanted to be able to use this beautiful text embellishment which I have had for years but didn't have a big enough project for. I have painted the text with 13Arts Vivid Vintage Paint which had dried up a bit in the pot but which did give a nice rusty earthy finish.

I feel it sits well with the lighter colours behind and am pleased that I did gesso everything out!

I wanted a small light cluster around the clock stencil at the bottom of the canvas and again have had this very fragile wooden cut out for ages waiting for the right project to use it as again it is quite large.

I am actually very pleased with the final look and it goes well in the room I was intending it for. Just goes to show that not all things go to plan and it is important to "find beauty in all things"!

As always thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x