Friday, 29 March 2019

Live Gently ...... and experiment!

Hello and welcome to you all! 

I seem to have lost my way a bit just lately with my mixed media products and desperately felt the need to experiment. So today's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey was a good excuse to just create with .... well whatever!

I loved the background that I created using some techniques learnt recently but using different products.

Some new products which have arrived recently and which hadn't really had a good outing!

And a sentiment to live by given the last few hectic weeks!

So here is how I made the background (mainly so that I can remember how I did it). The photographs look a bit grubby as we are in the middle of a huge storm which has been raging for two days so far!

The large greyboard tag was first given a coat of gesso. 
I then layered strips of Tim Holtz Design Tape and added some stamping.

DecoArt Crackle Paint was applied with a palette knife.
At this stage I really thought I had been too heavy handed and lost the background!

Next my beloved Sleight Grey Infusions .... they have to be my favourite colour!
I added lots of water and mopped alot of the colour up.

And finally a clean white texture paste layer using a new stencil from Finnabair.

I used my new Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems die to cut the flower from blue cardstock. 
It looked a bit bland and didn't really match the background so I spritzed it with water and shook a little of the Infusions here and there. 
To give it more body I then embossed it with clear powder.
I really love this final look.

A tag with a real crafty feel good factor ..... just hope it lasts!

Thank you so much for joining me today and do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous tags my fellow Creative Guides have created. 

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Botanical Tea Caddy

We have some fabulous new tea caddies for altering over at Calico Craft Parts and I have covered my first one in botanical tea tissue paper.

Hop on over to Calico Craft Parts to see more!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Mail Art for PaperArtsy

I had GREAT fun creating some mail art for the new challenge over at PaperArtsy

Please do join me over there tonight if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Friday, 1 March 2019

Back to School Mini Album

Welcome to my second post of today (it being the first of the month!). It is time for a new challenge at  Mini Album Makers and our sponsor this month is Graphic 45. I just LoVE G45 papers and so decided to share this album I made with the glorious Schooldays papers.

As usual this is a photo heavy post and once I have shown you the album I'll take you through the steps of how I created the signatures. I have taught this mini album over a number of years here in Shetland and it is very popular. It is based on much I have learnt from Anna of annes papercreations. If you click the link you will be taken to her blog and a scroll down the right hand side will give you links to many of her tutorials. 

I have used the papers to create a book with two signatures and an envelope to record my own and my husband's school reports and early photographs. This is the front of the first signature.

Lots of lovely flaps and envelopes.

On the right hand side is the envelope, easily made by folding over a long sheet of cardstock.

The back of the envelope on the left and the start of Terry's signature on the right.

I just love how G45 papers can be collaged to make beautiful scenes - these two are tucked inside a flap.

The two signatures and envelope have been enclosed in a simple greyboard book using tips and techniques from Anne's tutorials.

I really love this book and must get around to filling it with all our school days memorabilia.

I hope you will be able to join us in our challenge this month. Graphic 45 are offering a $50 prize for one lucky entrant. And if you need inspiration then hop on over to our challenge post HERE to see some amazing mini albums created by the rest of the team.

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x


And this is how I have made the signature with all the flaps and pockets, again based on Anne's ideas.

Take a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and score at 1/2", 5 1/2" and 10 1/2", then turn the cardstock once and then score at 2 1/2", 9" and 10 1/2". Then cut out the pieces marked with an X as shown above.

Cut a flap from matching cardstock measuring 5" x 9 1/2" and score at 1 1/2" (NOT the 1/2" I have scored here!)

I will now show you the pieces I use in my workshops to explain the process.

There is a flap at the right hand side which you can fold over for later.

And then fold the larger flap down.

Use either cord or as I have done here Strong and Stretchy acrylic cord as recommended by Anne under the spine on the left hand side. Cut enough that you can knot it lightly and then you can undo it to go inside the book spine when all the pages have been decorated.

Fold up and glue down the bottom pocket.

Turn the piece of cardstock over and you will find the flap you folded over at the beginning. This can be glued down to create another pocket.

Finally fold up and glue the pocket on the flap.

And then glue this flap onto the main signature.

Then have fun decorating!

Celebrating the Journey

Sometimes I can't believe the creative journey I have been on and still wonder where it will lead me. Today at A Vintage Journey we are celebrating our fifth birthday - and what an amazing five years they have been both in terms of friendship and creativity. I have been so very lucky to have been on team of Creative Guides since the very first day and through their wonderful support, friendship and talent I too have grown in that five years.

Brenda is our host this month and she is asking us to  Celebrate the Journey by including the word or any images that depict a journey or even something that shows a creative journey.

I was curious to see what I had made as my very first project for A Vintage Journey back in March 2014. So here is the tag I made.

For the first couple of years we were very Tim Holtz based and so the tag is heavily influenced by his products I used at the time.

It was only as messy as the Wrinkle Free Distress! I had not heard of gesso, crackle pastes and all the wonderful mixed media products I use on a daily basis now.

I decided to take a few elements from that tag and make a journal page depicting MY journey over those five years.

I have re-used the Sewing Room Mannequin, the Distress Doily Die and Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Ink Technique. I also used the same Distress Inks Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord but thought the Wilted Lilac way too light and substituted Seedless Preserves instead!

I started with a layer of gesso, tissue tape and crackle paste before using Distress Spray Inks to get the colour on the page - with plenty of water!

Background stamping with some of my favourite little stamps came next, along with some splattering with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Actually this is a stamp ..... after seeing my desk after a splattering session once I decided to invest in one!

I have used the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique on the dress, along with a Distress Glaze Resist. Over the years I have been an avid collector of ticket stamps. The ones on the left were a very early purchase from Crafty Individuals and still get used over and over.

Tim's spirtz and splatter techniques were used on the distressed doily but I resorted to DecoArt Weathered Wood on the mannequinn.

More collaged tickets from my huge collection. And FINALLY I am using my favourite photograph from the Photobooth Collection.

This was such an enjoyable creative play and I really love how the journal page emerged.

I do hope you will join us in our birthday challenge and I would recommend you hop on over to A Vintage Journey now to see the amazing array of fabulous projects from the wonderful team of Creative Guides.

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

Jennie x