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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Good Intentions Realized, part 2

Oh hello sun. I see you are on your way back from your winter holiday. I appreciate being able to drive to and from work, without having to turn on the headlights. Welcome back, my dear old friend.
Good Intentions continues to inspire me to produce layouts. While at the same time I keep thinking about the February Kit and how much I want to build it and work with it. So much inspiration. So little time.

Hello World is a "just woke up" picture of Becky Boo and her favourite toy, "Piggy" Her Momma is working on an album, entirely devoted to the adventures of Becky and Piggy.  This layout used a sheet of frosty vellum over a bold Basic Grey patterned paper to bring the pp down to a supporting role.
Cricut cut frames and letters. Resist inked chip hearts. And almost all the scraps of paper the kit has produced, are used in Together is the Best Place to Be. The photo seems to give emphasis to the words "the" "to" and "be" but irl it is more balanced.
In Us Happy Together, the cardstock was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Brown. The Together banner is the from the cricut cuts. Gold dotted washi is my go-to roll atm. And I just found (and stocked up on) Maya Road paper clips in assorted shapes. Watch for them to pop up on layouts over the next few months. There has been a shift in my methodology. I used to buy and stash, thinking that I might want to use this wonderful product someday. Now, I find I am interested in what's on trend and I don't want to store things. I want to USE them. If not now, then immediately! And while I am at it, might as well use it all up. Then I don't have to store it. Except in albums of finished layouts.
I'll need some tissues close by to tell you about this layout.  Last month at our church crop weekend I found this lovely poem on velum on the swap table. I knew right away that I wanted to get a picture of Grampa Ivan walking with C or B or maybe, both. I thought I could do this around Easter. But God had other plans for our Grampa.and two weeks later, unexpectedly took him home. My first comment on learning of his leaving us was, "I should have taken more pictures!" Alas, it fell on me to find a photo for his memorial card. Hard assignment as Grampa was not the subject of my photography. The grandchildren were. After all, it might have been a bit weird if I was chasing my daughter's father-in-law around with a camera. In almost every snap, the focus is the children and he is a supporting character. Usually looking at the children and smiling. Or looking off to the side. He was a bit camera shy. We did find a few good shots and good, bad, or indifferent, I compiled all the pics I had of him and gave Gramma J a digital frame with the card and two small 4x6 albums with the hard copies. I am surprised at how much I miss him. Thank you Ivan for being such a loving father-in-law to Nadine and amazing grandfather to Cohen and Rebecca.
My Girl is about  making cookies and enjoying them for breakfast. Still need a title and journaling. But hey, there is another Maya Road paper clip!
Turning 2. Lifted sketch idea from a Scrapbook Generation post. Used as much of the kit as I could squeeze on. Result is a layout with flow like a butterfly's journey. Your eye begins at the top left, hovers on the "2" then follows the edge of the circle, down and back up through the photos, over to the right where then you eye progresses through moving along the shape of a cursive, capital L, making a little loop at the end to finish at the bottom right, on a butterfly. How appropriate. 

And so it comes time to say fond farewells to my January Kit. Several of my kind readers have encouraged me to try the "morphing" idea to build the next kit.  Stay tuned. A fresh endeavor is coming soon.

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Good Intentions Realized

The results from the first CKC kit of the year, Good Intentions has been mixed. Not as prolific as kits in the past, but better than none at all. Considering my hiatus from scrapping and CKC, I suppose it is a good first month back. A weekend retreat and one Saturday were dedicated to getting me back in the groove. Going back to work, last summer has really taken a bite out of my productivity in the scrap studio.

First a review of the techniques attempted with this kit. I find I have to plan a list of techniques when building the kit, or I just don't remember to use my tools, stamps, inks etc. Slowly I am learning to welcome the opportunity to get messy.

The gold paint pen I thought I could do loopy writing with was all dried up.
And I did not (yet) use the piercer and yarn to make stitched letters.
It was fun to paint on the backs of the clear letters. Using a scrabble cheater site, I found I have letters left to spell "holiday" and "faux". You know that will have to show up on one of our day trip/getaways to the city.

I tried to use Versamark as a resist on the white chip die cuts. It didn't turn out how I thought it would, but I am happy with the results.
And inspired by Lisa and her Silhouette, I pull out my Cricut and CTMH Artbooking cartridge. Some of the off cuts were as much fun to use as the cut images which was one of the CKC challenges in January, to use a negative image.

Stamping on a layout was also featured on my to-use list. So let's get to the show and tell part.
 Tom and Jo would sit on the banister by the kitchen window and do their best to provoke me into pity for their plight. The comic strip had been tucked away with the picture. Do you put small mementos in your photo albums to remember to use them when (if?) you scrap the photos?

Posies with brads and rub-ons reflect the floral spray on Becky's bib. Gold dot washi is torn to add just a smidgen of regal reference.
Cohen was featured in our local newspaper. Of course I had to save and scrap it. Layout feature photocopies of the original publication.

Race Day features some of the Cricut die cuts I made. And story style, journaling. A huge departure for me, from the usual point form recording of who, what, where and when.
We are so proud of you for your determination. You really were not interested in being in the cross country race. We had to pry you away from the playground equipment. When your shoe fell off, shortly after the starting gun, we thought you might give up. But you didn't! You pulled your shoe on, got up and kept on going. Your music teacher helped run you in, to the finish line. No doubt, there will be many more "falls" in your life. If you always remember the little boy that picked up and kept on running you will have the courage to carry on. Success is not in winning but in doing the best that YOU can.

What makes me smile features the "lasagna" paper, cut into strips (again), clipped and inked. Then overlapped to look like strips of ribbon. This is where the Sweet Branch, rub-ons were used along with CTMH canvas die cuts. And another paragraph of journaling? What is going on around here?
Mommy always dreeses you both up for family dinners at Gramma and Grampa Griffin's house. I look forward to seeing your outfits and hair dos each time.
Spice of Life. The title was stamped. I thought I was going to pierce and sew the letters but ended up trying out my new gold pencil crayon. This is where the clear letters were painted on their backs. And those sequin bits were what fell out of a card from Lisa.
My real friends understand. Being able to reach for the perfect seasoning is just like having the right tool for the job.
 Time to start on the next kit. Usually I am at the very end of my active kit at this point, but this one still has a lot of life to it. Going to keep it intact for the next month and see how it goes. Some of the bits will be good to pull forward to the next kit. hmmmm....maybe I am on to something. It might end up that my kit will morph itself each month, into the new kit. This is going to take some thought, first.

Meanwhile, I am grateful for the chance to get back to tapping into that creative gene. And extra thankful for a husband who said, just the other day,
I'm not just saying this but I am so glad that you are scrapping again. You are happier when you are scrapping. 
Yup! That I am.

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Good Intentions

January. Long nights. Cold days. Introspection. Reflection. All this adds up to a renewing of ideals and recommitting to personal goals. Let it be known, that I intend to put aside my excuses of unorganized supplies and poor, overall, lighting and get back to the craft that brings me so much pleasure. With "Good Intentions" I am getting back into the groove with Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, and its world class, master forgers.

January's kit to copy is from Hip Kit Club
December 2014 Main Kit
I really like the way Lesley presents her papers in Oh!Blog It! , comparing the original to her choice. Maybe you will like it this way too?
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Applique Paper

Glitz, Yours Truly, Polka / Pink stripe from a wedding kit bought in 2007, muk (manufacturer unknown)
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Flora Paper

Fancy Pants, Winterland, Blustery / Pink with frosty or shabby effect, muk

Amy Tangerine Stitched – Loom Paper
K & Co, paper pack from Costco / World Win, Marbled Gray velum
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Map of My Heart Paper
MME, Bohemia, Bella "The Little Moments" Light Blue / Creative Memories, Baby Boy
Photo colour is off. Actually a much closer match to the kit.
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Thrifted Paper
Although the kit paper would be fun and easy to counterfeit, I chose to pull in my "Lasagna" paper, made with the scraps of my Jan 2014 kit, "All is Bright" / Creative Memories, Rugged.
Pebbles – Happy Day – Sunday Paper Paper
 October Afternoon, Night Light: Katie, side B on left, side A on right.
Heidi Swapp – September Skies – Aspen Paper
Glitz, Yours Truly, Motif side B / AC, Maggie Holmes, Style Board
Having zero hounds tooth in the paper hoard, I was delighted to find this horse print in a pad I bought on a trip, just after Christmas. It is an excellent stand in, especially if you squint when you look at it.

Heidi Swapp – September Skies – Afternoon Breeze Paper
 These two are from MME, kate & co, 6x6 designer pad, "Cambridge Court"
The smaller scale will make an interesting challenge for me to incorporate them on 12x12 layouts.
Heidi Swapp – September Skies – Meadow Bloom Paper
Making Memories, Die cut scallop flower patch / Glitz, Yours Truly, Stripe

Then the fun stuff.
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Ephemera
A selection of "Breezy Badges" which are counterfeit Project Life 3x4 cards. Also a package of Fancy Pants, Collecting Moments, ephemera pack.
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Rub-Ons

Amy Tangerine Stitched – Rub-Ons

Basic Grey, boxer, rub-ons / Crate Paper, Sweet Branch, rub-ons
 Dear Lizzy Serendipity – Gold Word Thickers
Doodlebug designs, candy shoppe, bon bon stickers / | Gold Paint pen.Going to practice up on loopy handwriting.
Pebbles – Happy Day – Woodgrain Thickers

Nikki Silvils, Sugar Cookie, Cardstock Stickers
Evalicious – Photo Shoot – Wood Veneer Shapes

Wood veneers from Close to My Heart and Kaiser Craft. Also some wood buttons and twine (CTMH).
Photo Shoot – Puffy Stickers
Love elsie, Lola, gel stickers.
Then there is the add on Embellishment kit.
December 2015 Embellishment kit

Chevron washi tape, muk. Star sequins that were in a card that came from the lovely Lisa H. Plain die cut shapes, muk. Kaiser scrapbook, Droplets. Piercer and needle from CTMH to make embroidered alphas. And what's left from a set of transparent alphas, muk.
Having so much fun building this kit and planing how I am going to use it. Can't stop yet!
December 2014 Colour Kit

Going to use Versa Mark on some of those die cuts to make them colour resistant. Tattered Angels, Glimmer Mist, Vintage Pink. Adriondrak, Acrylic Paint Dabber, Aqua. And finally two sets of stamps from CTMH. Family Photo and Photogenic.
Normally my kits start with pulling the cardstock. This time, it is in a separate kit and the final part of my kit.
I found several single tone papers in my stash that matched perfectly. I will incorporate them and draw from the cardstock stash as needed.
A final look at the papers.

And everything together in a big, happy pile.
Good Intentions

So with good intentions I am back in the game. There is a three day crop at our church, next weekend. My fingers are itching to get back to cutting, inking, stamping, distressing, layering, clustering, piercing, piecing, embossing, etc. etc. that scrapbooking is made up of. Results will be posted, in about a week.

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