Thursday, 20 September 2018

Scrap Matrix DT, You've been framed. A second post from Helen

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge where this month we are asking you to use frames on your project. You can make a layout, an art journal page or a card.

They can be any type of frames; big, small, square, round, anything you like.   Why not pop over to see what the rest of the team have created to inspire you?

The subject on my page is my darling Grand daughter, who was recently diagnosed with some visual problems and now needs to wear glasses.
The frames of her specs sparked the idea for my layout.

I chose to blur one of the photos to demonstrate how she 
used to see the world before she got her specs. She took to them like a duck to water; her spelling and reading improved almost immediately and she wears her purple frames with pride.

Recently, I was lucky enough to take some classes with Tracy Scott and I've used  her techniques to make the flowers.

It was wonderful to gather with scrappy friends, to laugh, learn and get really messy. I caught up with some of the Design Team, met old friends and made new ones, all in a fun atmosphere.  Thanks so much Vicki Christensen for organizing such a brilliant event.

I covered the paper with a layer of Dina Wakley clear gesso 
as I planned to use mixed media on the page.

The glasses frames are from a cut file by Silhouette.

To add some texture, I scraped some Finnabair modeling paste 
through a stencil from AALL & Create, #13

The purple splashes were made with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Wilted Violet; I love how versatile this product is; 
I seem to use it on everything.

The next step was to finger paint a piece of white card stock with Paper Artsy Chalk Inks - Bougainvillea, Caribbean Sea, Banana, Limelight, Lavender.  Then I dried it off with a heat tool. This finger painting was a technique that we did with Tracy... 

Now comes the fun part!   
I chose lots of flower stamps and filled up the entire page using Black Ink.  I used Tim Holtz Archival, Jet Black before drying the card stock again with a heat tool.

The stamps are all from Paper Artsy; ETS21, ETS18, ETS16, ETS06.
I love them all and there are so many more that I need like!

After the classes on the weekend, some of the stamps have sold out, but they are on order again, so it won't be long until they are back in stock.

Next I flicked on lots of splats with Paper Artsy Gold paint. Tracey said the more the merrier.  I ended up with gold everywhere, even on my glasses!  Next time, I'll take it outside.

The final step is to fussy cut the images; something relaxing to do in front of the TV while someone else does the dishes!

To ensure the stamping and splats were completely dry, I went on with prepping the chipboard with white gesso. It's called Blue Fern Stars.  I noticed that firm is closing down, so if you love these chippies; it's time to stock up.

Whoops!  I forgot to photograph the painted stars.  I just mixed some Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean, to get the pink colour I wanted. You can see them in the next photo.

Just playing around with placement, to emphasize the world in colour and in focus, that is now part of my DGD's life.

Finally I added a few bits of black stamping here and there.
I used  AALL & Create #23, (temporarily out of stock) and 
some oldies from my stash.

Phewh!  Congrats if you read all the way to the end, 
it's a bit of a marathon post.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you find time to play along, 
just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder; don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a $30.00 gift voucher from the generous Vicki Christensen and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Scrap Matrix DT September 2018 - You've been framed.

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge where this month
the theme is You've been framed.   You can use any kind of frame, or multiple frames, big, small or in between.

They can be in clusters or lined up in rows. 
Have you been framed for something you didn't do??  
We'd love to hear all about it, using frames of course!

Take a look here to see what the rest of the team 
have created to inspire you.

I've attempted a double layout, something I've not done for years!

None of this series of photos is strong enough to use on it's own, but as a group, I think they tell the story of our family's love of Summer, the Beach and Cricket quite well.

The idea for the design began with this stamp set from 
I was inspired by the frame which I planned to use for journalling and also the naive clouds, the suns and the summery, beachy words.

The left side page.

The right side page.

I chose two sheets of paper from Pink Fresh studio, 
and cut out the centre to form a frame for each page.

Still on the framed theme, and using a die from my stash, 
I cut four frames for the four small photos on the left page.

Next, I hand drew some frames around the landscape shaped photos, 
I was inspired by the stamped journal frame.

The title is from Mambi Chips. The one I used is not in stock right now, but click on the link for something quite similar.


I stamped the little clouds onto some water colour paper and used 
blue and white water colour paints from my stash to colour them.

I coloured the little circles around the borders with 
Tim Holt Oxides distress inks, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean.

To tie the two sides together, I added a small green stamped tag on the right of the photos using Tim Holtz Archival Ink, Jet Black.

I added stamped words directly onto the photos. 

To emphasize the stamped titles, I swished a bit of water colour paint through the words, hoping that it would't go everywhere!

The black chipboard circles are also from Mambi.

I stitched around the the frame with white thread, to add another frame and some definition to the page. 

As the pages were in the great outdoors with a natural theme, I wanted to keep them crisp, clean and simple, so I mostly avoided mixed media in the background and just added stamping.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you find time to play along, 
just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder; don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a $30.00 gift voucher from the generous Vicki Christensen and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Kraft+ DT September 2018 -

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome; today I'm sharing a DT post for 


The challenge this month is to use Office Supplies on your project.

When I went hunting, I discovered lots of Office Supplies floating around my craft room. 

The page is made entirely from scraps, 
apart from the Kraft of course!   So just when I thought I should ditch all the little pieces of left over paper, I found a good use for them and I have another excuse not to tidy my room!

 I've used a hole punch, ring eyelet, string, stick it notes, ( I made a tag with them), paper clip, emoticon pins, star stickers and a fold back clip.

The sketch I used is by the amazingly talented sketch designer 
Laura Whitaker.   Thank you Laura.

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