MSR – Challenge 2

(Ok – I obviously need to go practice taking photos of my layouts or find a better spot to take them in or check my camera. My apologies for the shocking quality of the photos. Not sure what is going on. Will take another lot shortly and see if I can do better this time.)

So the challenges have gone from great to wonderful. 🙂 After last week’s (which I adored) from Jules, we now have an absolute beauty from Trudi. Use a die cut; make your own spiral flower; add some blooms (at least 3); layering (fussy cut bits and papers – at least 3 and some cardstock) and use a wet medium somewhere as well as on your chipboard title.

Yessssss – knew just which papers I wanted to use and the photo to go with them. They had been sitting on my desk for the last few weeks whilst I struggled with my Timepiece layouts.

I didn’t have the kit that Trudi used – but I did use another range by Kaiser, the recently released Chapter One – which is sooo striking with its black, white, teal and green. I started the layout by making my own die cut. Yeah – couldn’t use the one they already had – had to make my own. I used the die cut from the range as my template and then also cut out a matching black cardstock. These I overlaid onto one another, offsetting the cardstock slightly so that only bits of it showed around the edges of the patterned paper. I really like the way that came out – it makes the paper pop.

I love the chippy title to this. I actually changed the photo (from another in the same shoot) to match this title. It’s a new one from Dusty Attic and you can get it from Scrapping Outback here. To get the look you see on the chippy I first gave it a coat of Key Lime Glimmermist and then whilst that was wet added a layer of Crystalina Kindyglitz, splashed a bit more Glimmermist on it and then dried it with my heat gun. You get this mottled effect where there is lots of glimmer in some spots and only some glimmer in others. Way cool – just love it.

Behind the title are a heap of rubons from the Chapter One range and a splash of Turqoise Blue Glimmermist. I’ve used 2 packs of the rubons – I only had them because it seems Kaiser need a little quality control with their newer rubons. The first lot I used ruined the layout as it was by not rubbing on properly (not this bit – though it was touchy as well – the words down at the bottom). They are not lifting off the backing paper properly. I had to get another set of rubons AND another piece of my base patterned paper and start again. Still, I can’t complain too much as it allowed me to use the second set of rubons up the top – where I had not worked out what I was going to do.

This close-up shows you some more rubbons, some of the cut out elements, and the end of the layered paper strip. The Turqoise Blue Glimmermist was the perfect background foil for the rubons. They really stand out well against the colour. I’ve not been a big one for using Glimmermist like this but I could see me becoming a very big fan.

This close-up shows you the other bit of chippy (also Dusty Attic) which I simply inked a plain black and all the paper layering. I overlaid strips of different patterned papers and punched the bottom one with an EK Success punch whose pattern I felt matched in with the papers. You can also see the pesky line of rubon words that caused me all the trouble half-way through making the layout.

I kept to smaller blooms for this layout – the colours are very striking and the pattern is crisp and bold – so I didn’t want too many or too big flowers on the page. I used some of the stunning little resin ones that Mary and Tracy sell in their stores. The turquoise one is one of the Kaiser Lagoon roses from their Blooms pack, whilst the smaller roses you can see about the place are ones from my stash that have been coloured with the two Glimmermists I used on this layout.

When I cut the paper into the die cut shape I was careful to make sure that the best parts of the pattern were kept; like the butterfly here, the flower towards the top; the fronds on the left and just a touch of the black leaves on the top right. This really is a stunning paper – probably the best one in this range I think.

This section shows more of the fussy cut pieces – which are also layered. Since I had the spare base paper, I simply cut out the fronds and black leaf and mounted them on pop dots to add some depth to the layout. I needed it to balance the height of the spiral flower. I don’t normally do spiral flowers, because they are rather high – and my layouts are bulky enough as is – but I did really like how this one came out and can see me doing them again. The other flowers and the pop dotted fronds helped to anchor my spiral flower really well.

The fussy cut flowers are from a sheet of patterned paper in the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad from the Chapter One range. There are some stunning papers in this pad and it is well worth getting if you like the 12 x 12 papers. I added a few black Kaiser pearls to the top one for some interest.

Here is my spiral baby. I kept it pretty tightly wound and added a coat of Kindyglitz to the top edges. The black flower stamens were the perfect final touch. Love it.

The final touch was this gorgeous G2 glass butterfly from Kay’s Etsy Store. It was one of the first I ever bought from her and has been patiently waiting a home for a number of months now. I think I finally found the perfect place for it. I’ve positioned it so that it is squarely on the blob of Glimmermist spray and that really makes it pop out. A Kaiser Lagoon Rhinestone Flourish and it’s all done.

I adore this layout. I would not have done it this way had it not been for the MSR comp – so I am thrilled to have 2 for 2 fabulous layouts that I love – with 4 more weeks of the competition to go.

Scoring the first week was a huge task – so many layouts and it was so hard to assign scores for the 3 categories. It took me ages to get it done – and then I got Hubby to give a second opinion. So I was stunned and humbled to see that I had won the first week with my The Fairies Garden layout. Thanks so much to everyone who ranked me up there. I have my fingers crossed for this week – but will have to wait impatiently for Thursday to find out.

It was Madame’s birthday on the weekend and after our (new this year) traditional birthday brunch, I managed to con her eldest brother into a photoshoot. Well – he agreed to remain in one spot long enough for me to snap off some shots. Casual shots suit teens better anyway (my story and I am sticking to it) and I am absolutely stoked at the few I have been working on in Photoshop. I wanted something moody and teen-angst-y – and these are just perfect. Since I have not been able to get the photos I wanted for my nearly-done-but-lacking-photos Timepiece layouts – they are just the thing for completing them. I need to alter a few bits here and there to reflect the new photos – but whooo haaaaa – I can smell completion just around the corner.

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my preferred version (shhhhh)

So I took off my hand-made floral monstrosities and re-did this the way I would have originally done it had it not been for a competition. I know some people will (and do) prefer it the original way – but this is what I like.

After a few quality control issues (need to work on those rubons Kaiser) my Challenge 2 layout is done and ready for photographing. I’ll post it up tomorrow when I get a chance. I’m really happy with this layout too – so as far as I am concerned, entering the competition has paid off already.

MSR – Challenge 1

Whoo hooo – loving it all so far. The challenge 1 criteria were right up my alley. Chop up your chippy; fussy cut your papers; distressing; use OS chippy and make 3 flowers.

Jules used the wonderful Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime papers that have been sitting in my stash for a looooooooong time whilst I sorted out a mini album and found the time to do it (and obviously haven’t yet). It didn’t take long to work out what I wanted – but it did take a long time to put together. Mostly because I stuffed up my title and had to do some last minute repairs, then changed my mind on my base papers and had to add another layer on piece by piece around the edges and of course decided that a second row of stitching was a good idea. Still – I like it better now than the original version.

Here it is as it was submitted. Apologies – it is blurry – it has been raining here for the last 2 days and I had to take the photos inside without the flash.

For those of you who have seen the photo before – yep – I have pulled out the old fairy photos again. This time I altered the dress colour from lilac to pink to better suit the paper colours. I did try to get a deeper, more rose coloured pink – but Photoshop did not want to play nice – so sugar pink is what you get.

Love fussy cutting and all those gorgeous fairies – where do you start? In this close-up you can see the distressing of the background paper and cardstock. I also distress inked the scalloped section. The stitching was a pain – but several episodes of “Big Bang Theory” made the time fly. There are at least two layers to most of the flowers – some of the top ones are up on pop-dots.

My favourite fairy – isn’t she a stunner? The chippy just above her is half a piece of Scrap FX flourish (challenge criteria) which I inked and then gave a clear coat of crackle paint. When that was dry I added a darker green (Forest Moss) Distress Ink and some Kindyglitz and gave it a short burst with the heat gun. Love the way it turned out.

My poor title chippy. It is half a title, that I cut to keep only the second word (challenge criteria) and it was originally painted cream, given a crackle paint coating and then another coat of green ink. I was hoping for something similar to the chippy in that Websters layout I did at the beginning of the year – but it turned out yuck. I had to add more ink – lots more – and then some Kindyglitz and my heat gun. I am very happy with how it finally turned out – it looks very distressed (lol – challenge criteria) though I think I was more distressed than it was. I had the layout all planned by then and it was the ONLY copy of that chippy title I had and SO were sold out of it. Arrrggghhhhh!! Very relieved it turned out ok. A happy accident really – since I LOVE the crackle look underneath it all. Can think of a few other upcoming layouts I might try this on.

The shaped green paper comes curtesy of an old Pink Paislee chipboard shape that I got in a pack of similar shapes and strips. I use them as templates – the original patterns on them being a little hideous. This one works particularly well on circle layouts – though I had to modify it a little from the original (it stuck out too far) by cutting a scallop out of each side. I have another layout where I have used this and I have to confess to being very partial to this design.

Here is the rest of the chopped up Scrap FX chippy and another of those lovely fairies. This one is Madame’s favourite – she is pink (what else?). Love the little title banner – cut that out of one of the papers and bent it so it looks like a real banner. Must remember that for the mini album when I finally get there.

I ADORE that little pink and white flower. It’s by Ada flowers and is a Megan flower. The very clever Rach at OS got them from New Zealand. Must have more. Neeeeeed more. They are perfect for this paper range. So if anyone knows where I can get my hands on more of these little lovelies – preferably in a large pack and not per flower – I will worship the ground you walk on (at least until my next ‘must have’). I did find that they come in many colours – thinking that might be a handy thing too. 😉

Sigh – I have to mention the monstrosity that is my hand-made flower (another challenge criteria). Not happy with it. I made three versions of my flower before settling for that one – simply because I had run out of time and patience. Yeah ok – so they are not that detestable – the flat out truth – it’s me. With a paper like this – where there are perfectly wonderful patterned flowers to cut out – AND where there is a perfectly matching pre-made flower – I just don’t see the need to MAKE one. But is it a challenge criteria and so I had to. I do confess (just don’t tell Jules and the other girls at SO) that I am going to take them off and finish the layout the way I would do it without challenge criteria. I may save the flowers for the mini album – I may not. They are easy enough to make – Retro flower punch (Med and Large) and some muslin dyed with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and a Kaiser pearl brad for a centre.

So that’s the first challenge done and dusted. Everyone in the competition has to rate everyone else out of 10 (according to the criteria) and send in their ratings. The SO girls will also give a rating. This is then added to other ‘points’ earned from other things – and this total provides them with the rankings – no weekly scores will be given out, just the rankings.

Hopefully this has kick-started my very moribund mojo into first gear and I will be able to finish off the pile of layouts sitting on my desk.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

DT Call

Have you ever dreamt of being part of a Design Team? Do you think there is something you can contribute to and inspire in other scrappers? Are you a self-motivated Scrap Booker who would like to be part of a friendly team? If so; then this may just be the opportunity you have been dreaming of! Ideal Papercraft is currently preparing for a growth phase and we are looking for some new team members to be part of this exciting time.

As part of your Expression of Interest, we have a few challenges we would like you to complete over the next few weeks and submit to us for our consideration:
• A Beyond the Page project of your choice. Photos and a description of your project are due by Friday June 10, 2011.
• In an email to us, please tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to be part of our team, make 5 suggestions for improving our store’s Forum and/or Blog; and briefly describe your scrapping ‘style’. Please send this email with your layout & sketch submission.
• Submit a layout with sketch by Friday 27th May.
• Submit a layout or card. In step-by-step instructions explain a technique that you have used in this layout or card. Due by Friday 3rd June.
• If you are or have been part of another DT, please outline your role in that team.
• If you have an online Blog, please include a link to this.

Criteria for being a part of the Ideal Papercraft Design Team will also include:
• A willingness to participate in Cybercrops and the planning of such (currently held every two months). Each Design Team member is required to host either one challenge or two games for each cybercrop.
• Participation in monthly Design Team meetings held in our chat room, which is attached to the store’s Blog.
• Be familiar with the use of PhotoBucket and loading of images to this resource.
• Successful applicants will also be required to participate in the Forum and Blog on a regular basis.

All submissions are to be emailed to: mary@idealpapercraft.com.au

My Scraproom Rules Comp

Ok – have been feeling blah lately with the toe and the first of the winter lurgies and mojo has taken a hike as well – so I thought I would force him out of hiding and enter into a comp. Have been watching them talk about this one at Scrapping Outback and since I am not going to be going away for a bit (as was previously planned), I thought I might jump in at the 11th hour and join up.

You can’t imagine how excited I was then, to find out that the first challenge (thank you, thank you, thank you, Jules) is right up my alley scrapping wise – fussy cutting. Whoo hooo – off to play with my craft knife and some paper.

Busy – and out of action

I do have a number of layouts to show you all – but need to wait until I can. A couple of them have taken quite a bit of time to finalise and I am waiting on some chipboard to finish off a couple as well. Add to this the joy of fracturing a toe (amazing how much pain such a small toe can produce and who would have guessed you put stress on said toe whenever you move your foot??) and it has meant not much done at all, let alone scrapping wise.

Until then though, I can leave you with these sneak peeks from one of the CI Wild Spirit range layouts. This one – though it took the longest to work out and produce – is my favourite.





Free Scrap Night out

Tracy has moved and now has room for classes and scrapnights. She has one scheduled for this coming Friday night (and some classes too). Check it out here and if you live down the Coast, come join us for a free, fun-filled night of chatting and scrapping.