Kaiser Chanteuse layout kit/class – preview details

Using the gorgeous Chanteuse range from Kaiser and some chippy glamour from Twiddleybitz – this layout is a pretty, feminine one that is intended for a mother or daughter themed layout, but it would suit any female photo as well.

The only thing not included in the kit are the alphas; the inks (for the ribbons, alphas and the paper edges); and the edge-punch – otherwise what you see is what you get.

As per any kit/class you will need your own glue, pop dots and/or double sided tape.

The design is meant for a 5 x 7 portrait photo.

The lacy pattern on the alphas is a rubon and is included, as is the word/frame on one tag and above the other tag.

You don’t HAVE to follow exactly what I have done and there are sufficient extras that you can vary your design to have something similar, but different to everyone else.

It is a limited edition kit and there is strong interest in it already (lol we sold 2 even before these sneaks came out) so pm Mary through the Ideal Papercraft forum to reserve your kit.

Also – since we are doing this as a restricted class, only those who purchase the kit will be able to attend the class OR you can purchase (obviously for a much smaller amount) the right to attend the class with your own materials. Those who have done this will have access to the class in the forum.

Given this – I am interested in which night of the week is best suited to those who are coming – so if you intend getting a kit, can you please put your name here and the best night of the week for you to be able to do it. Of course you can access the instructions whenever you want after that – but if you want to be there for the chat and to make the layout on the night – I want to work with you to make sure you can come.

We are looking to put this class on in May – probably the latter half. Date to be confirmed later. The price is also waiting confirmation – but is very reasonable.


TPC Studio Grandma’s Attic

Tracy has listed some wonderful things in the store lately and I’ve had a lovely time playing with bits and pieces over the last week or so. I really like the vintage/shabby ranges that TPC Studio put out and their new Grandma’s Attic range certainly does not disappoint. The colours are gorgeous – a yummy rich chocolate, cream, sage green, powder-blue and pink – all in a faded out sort of look. The pink is a little hard to match with other things though (my only criticism) – sort of a peach/coral pink rather than a true pink.

The range was perfect for a photo of Madame I have been hanging onto for a while, waiting for the right range to scrap it with.

I’ve used one of my new Martha Stewart punches on the base paper (Embroidery) for the layout. The design fits in well with the vintage patterns on the paper I think. Over this I put a trimmed down Antique lace, which I ripped out sections of to show the fleur-de-lys pattern on the paper below. I’ve inked the edges with some Java Brown Versamagic ink to keep the original border frame of the paper. The idea for ripping the sections out happened because I wanted to cut out the fan shape from the top paper and I really liked the way the underlying pattern was revealed. A happy accident more so than deliberate design, but hey – it works.

Along some of the ripped edges I put pieces of lace which I coloured with Hot Chocolate Chalk Glimmermist – less shimmery than the original Glimmermist, it was the perfect shabby, but rich, brown to go with the patterned paper. The darker tones on the alphas in the title come from overlaying a coat of the Hot Chocolate over some Java Brown. To get the textured shimmer I added some Walnut Stain Distress Stickles. Love the way it looks – as if there is crushed glass over the alphas. I wiped the edge of the brush that I used for the Stickles over the star flower you can see – which gives you a better idea of what the Distress Stickles actually looks like.

The stamp is one of my Tim Holtz sets (Regal Flourish) which I have printed (using my colour printer) onto a transparency sheet. No idea (as usual) on the dress form – possibly Twiddleybitz or maybe Dusty Attic. The pearls and rose are some oddments I got as a gift with a purchase at some point – they were sitting on my desk, so they got used. The leaves are definitely Scrapware though – their very useful large Foliage chipboard ones. The alphas of course are theirs too – Antique lower case mini – I think I have bought out all Tracy’s stock (again) at the moment, but she promises there are more coming soon.

More of Tracy’s Stemmed Star flowers. These were white, but they got a smear of Versacolor Sand Beige and then a spray of Iridescent Gold Glimmermist. I know they do still seem to come up white in the photos – but they aren’t in real life. I smooshed up some tulle (the Hot Chocolate again) to make a flowery thing – and over that put one of Tracy’s new pink resin Cameo pieces. These are just gorgeous. I used a bronze frame to place it in (Tracy has some lovely silver ones that are similar and would work too) which set it off nicely. There is also a Chocolate Resin Cabochon Flower. These are so yummy – I am so glad Tracy let me nag her into getting them – they look so cool. The white ones can be coloured with inks as well – so they are very versatile.

The peach and white beaded flower is a handcrafted one by Kay that she sells as part of a stick pin in her Etsy store. Again, I have been naughty and pulled the pin apart so I could use the flowers singly – but they are awesome pins and you should check out her store and see her gorgeous stuff.

Here is a closer look at the beads – she must have a bucket-load of patience to string all them together to make the flowers. She’s very clever – and they are just stunning to look at in real life.

This is my favourite part of the Antique Lace patterned paper – this gorgeous little fan. Just too cute!! I cut it out and then punched an eyelet through the bottom to make it look a little more like the real thing. Through the eyelet I threaded some of Tracy’s Black Iron Chain to mimic the chain fan holders I have seen on some of my Nan’s old fans. A bit of lace along the top also helps to ‘pretty it up’ like the real thing.

The stamped flourish is from the same Tim Holtz set mentioned earlier. Just in front of it is one of Tracy’s gorgeous little Love pins. This is the cream one and it looks like she made it just for me to use on this layout.

I’ve just realised that I have forgotten to take the journalling tag out and photograph it – so I’ll do that tomorrow and post it up here for you. It was a long day today – too long obviously. Do check out my2angels though and get some of this lovely range from Tracy. Not many stores (sadly) stock TPC Studio and when people find out who does, they tend to buy the ranges out quick – so get in before they do.

Ok – it drove me nuts to leave this unfinished – so I have gone and taken the photo of that tag. You’ll have to put up with my grey Kitchen bench behind it, rather than my cream loungeroom wall though – but the peachy pink is ok on the grey.

I used one of the Bronze LOVE charms on my journalling tag, along with some Cream Organza ribbon and another star flower. I left some of the ribbon cream and coloured another bit with Hot Chocolate to add a little contrast. The stamps are more from the same Tim Holtz set and the key is just an oddment from my stash. I’ve taken to mostly printing out my tag journalling onto acetate and then gluing it down on the tag. It means that I can do whatever I want to the tag surface (some inks – chalk ink in particular – will not let you write on it easily) and still get my journalling on it.

Ok – done. I feel much better now *roll eye*.

Prep mini album – inside cover (Crate Paper – Brook)

So I thought I would finally show you one of the pages from Madame’s Prep Album. I think it is taking as long to plan out this mini album as it took her to get through Prep. Collecting all the photos from the Prep Teacher was a task in itself (but thanks so much to her for letting me have them) – trying to organise them into a logical order has been a nightmare. The camera date was wrong (by several years) and there is no order to them at all – so this has been a very frustrating exercise in patience. Something I don’t have much of.

Anyway – the range I am using is the Crate Paper Brook collection – the colours match the school colours and I love the flowers and other oddments they have in the patterns. Very funky. There are heaps of embellishments too, which is great – as I don’t want to have to do too much myself to decorate it, just doing it is enough of a task in itself.

I need to plan out each page in detail, as each album (4 – one for each term) has to be able to include all the photos taken and all that she learnt during that term. And there are so many things – a letter of the week, a word of the week, maths activities, special activities, reading, cooking – I am amazed at how much she did. Trying to include all that on 10 double pages is challenging – so I am looking to include strategies that allow for multiple photos and LOTS of little bits here and there on the page.

Anyway – the first one is done. This is the inside front cover, which has the photos we took at home on the first day of Prep. I’ve cut up a lot of the stickers so that they fit onto the smaller mini album page – the bonus to that is I get to use them more efficiently, as there are more ‘bits’ to use. Love the grin on my little Poppet’s face – she was so excited to ‘finally’ be going to big school. (And over a year later she still loves it all.)

The library pocket you can see there is by Kaiser – one of their 2011 release ranges (the school one – can’t remember the name). The chipboard corkboard pin and paper clip is by ScrapFX. Love their stuff – it used to be everywhere, but not many places seem to stock it now – and I have to admit it is a little pricy compared to some of the other chipboard companies – but still, some yummy stuff.

To include the extra photos on this page I made a little card to pop onto the page – the front has the photo and some embellishments on it. The card opening sits just under the edge of the paper clip, which you have to push to one side to allow it to open up. Inside are a couple more photos and some more journalling.

Buggar – it wasn’t until I came to write this up that I realised that the charm on the tag was hidden. I have a stash of cute little silver charms to use on this mini (all from Tracy at my2angels of course) and the little bee here is one of them. So here is a shot of the tag (sorry it is blurry, I took this at night when I made it) with the little bee. I won’t be showing some of the journalling on this mini on my blog, as it gives personal details I don’t normally include here – so the tag is not written on. It pops neatly into the library pocket though and will give details as to her class, teacher’s name and the name of her school.

It feels good to have the first page done – now to move onto the rest. Sigh.

I’m still working on the class kit layout for Mary – but there will be some sneak peeks on it later in the week. It’s meant for Mother’s Day next month and is a pretty feminine layout using the gorgeous Kaiser Chanteuse range. There are also a few other things I am working on, so hopefully there will be something else I can post up this week as well. I have only one little thing to do to finish off the cover of this album, so it might even make up it too.