Friday, 14 November 2014

Handmade with Love : Lulupu Challenge #42

I'm on the Lulupu blog today, with another challenge.

Challenge #42
A gift set for festivals
(like New Year e.g.- Card with matching box, gift bags with tags, Easel card and box, Altered notebook/matching stationary)
(You can find the general guidelines to challenges here)

And as always we have a prize too

I altered a notebook into a planner to give as a New Year gift for a very special person.
The original book had plain black covers. I pulled apart the ring, took off the pages and put it back together with 4 dividers in place. The front and back cover have also been altered. The photographs below are only of the dividers without the blank pages in between, so that its easier to capture both front and back of each divider.

Along with the book, included are a dozen journaling cards, a handful of embellishments, washi tape and a gel pen.
 Some of the inside pages have intentionally been left blank, so she can alter them the way she wants.
 The pages have been given a light coat of clear gesso so they can be painted on easily and the colour won't soak through.
Finally, here is the back cover and the front again. There is a layer of clear crackle paste through a stencil on both the front and back covers, but they aren't visible in the pic but add subtle texture when seen in real.
I'm so in love with thermal Coffee Break collection, this is my fourth project and I still can't put these papers down. I've used , papers, stickers and wooden embellishments from the Prima Coffee break collection and also their clear crackle medium and clear gesso.
The layout for the cover is inspired by the November BAP on the Prima blog
2014 November BAP Keren
Linking this to Kraft Zone - Anything goes with Prima

Friday, 7 November 2014

Child's play - Mixed Media Mini Album

I'm on the Lulupu blog today, with my take on
Challenge #41 - Child's Play
(You can read more about the challenge here, and general challenge guidelines here)

 My very first scrapbooking project ever, was a mini album to record the birth of my first born. So when I saw the theme for the challenge this time, I thought what a perfect excuse to make a brag book - small enough to carry in the handbag, but big enough to journal on. Why not preserve a little more than just photographs this time? So my toddler pitched in with creating the background of  these pages - splashing paints and stamping.

The base for all pages is watercolour paper with printed script tissue glued using matt multi medium. I usually let this dry overnight. Once dry, apply clear gesso all over. Again allow to dry. Then add white gesso in random places.

 Im in love with the My Huey's watercolour set. There are so many easy ways of adding watercolours to your background. The technique used on the pages here is not only easy but quite mess free and hence great for tiny little hands. Take a piece of plastic (cover from a stamp set or in my case the cover from coffee break stickers). Using a wet brush, lift some paint off the watercolour cake and dab onto the plastic. Now, paint side down apply it on paper. The paint will transfer leaving a random pattern. Vary the amount of paint and pressure with which you tap the plastic on the paper to get different interesting patterns.

These pages were photographed before binding. Each page measures 6 inches by 8 inches. Fold them in half, they now measure 6X4. Stick them back to back so they become a 6inch X4inch book.
Each page took less than 30 minutes to put together (barring the first step of letting the matt medium dry) And finally, the cover - it measures a little more than the pages and wraps right around them. The spine is about half an inch and the top flap is held in place by a paper clip. I didn't use any wet mediums on the cover, so it doesn't warp ; just some stamping and washi tape.
 I hope you liked my project and feel inspired to join us in this challenge.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge - October

Are you ready for the  next challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge?

The theme this month is Christmas (optional: bells)

This month's challenge is extra special because we have a sponsor: STAMPlorations!

"California-based STAMPlorations is owned and managed by husband-and-wife team, David & Shery Russ. Shery is an avid paper crafter and loves graphic design so in June 2013, she and her husband opened shop and began selling stamps that Shery designed and/or illustrated.
STAMPlorations is offering two prizes:
* $15 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop
The winner will be randomly drawn from entries with the optional element (bells)
*choice of 1 stamp set (3" by 5")
The winner will be randomly drawn from all entries
Here is my card for this month
My very first Christmas card. Mix glitter and sand texture with gesso and apply through a stencil in a few random places on a piece of watercolour paper. The rest is simple - watercolours in the background and also to colour the embossed bell stamp. Both the stamp and sentiment are part of one of the many Christmas Stamp Sets released this year by Stamplorations


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