Sunday, August 25, 2013

a little tip

If you are like me and have a stockpile of scrapbooking "stuff" then you may want to use your stash wisely and hopefully this little trick will come in handy.

When purchasing chipboard letters I tended to buy either raw or black or white, but as with all things there are some things that catch your eye or are perfect for a particular layout and once done you are left with letters that you really can't use.

These are the letters that I used on the August layout "before":

While they are a cute font, perfect for the layout, the colours were not suitable, so I grabbed my Versamark ink pad, Tim Holtz Distressing Embossing powder and heat gun and away I went. These letters would have to be about 6 years old and the adhesive on the back was coming away, so I just stuck them down on a plain piece of paper and gave a wipe over with the ink. Then sprinkled liberally (ok I dumped a whole heap) of the powder on...
I tapped off the excess powder back into the tub and heated. Now to be honest I usually sand shiny letters before I do this, but forgot this time, so it took a second layer to get all the letters covered, but this was the end result...
Then I peeled off each letter (the backing with the old adhesive was left on the paper) and attached to the layout with some adhesive after giving a light sand to distress the letters. 
I hope this encourages you to look at some of your stash and give old bits & pieces a new lease on life.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August Layout

Time sure does fly in this busy household and so I seem to be running ever so slightly behind with posting (not to mention actually scrapbooking certain photos). I know we are still in August, but I really thought I'd have something to show you before now.


This layout is all about my youngest (now 15) on a visit to GoldenRidge Farm way back when she was about 18 ths old. I was apparently just waiting on the lovely Authentique paper and chicken wire chipboard to get going with this layout....better late than never.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Another cute Prima doll

My cute little neighbour has her birthday tomorrow, so I thought I would make a special card for her using Ruffles (she would have to be my fave Prima Doll stamp).

This little doll is based on her with lots of gorgeous red curls (thanks to Tim Holtz Distress markers, mixing colours is easy and getting definition is a breeze). The balloons were cut from Kaisercraft paper and the background is old Fancy Pants paper with little heart stamps.

I hope she has a very special day.

Monday, August 12, 2013

More Prima Dolls

I'm loving the doll stamps and went out & got a couple more- Swing & Lorrena. It's funny though I keep coming back to the first one I originally bought- Ruffle. I had a lot of fun with Swing and find she fits nicely on a standard size card.
I did stamp lots of Lorrena, Pockets and Riley and will show them off in coming weeks as I find the time to put them together. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fifty & Fabulous mini album

I had such a great birthday (back in June)that I decided to dedicate a mini album to the fun we had. I kept it very simple and used Pink Paislee and My Minds Eye paper & embellishments as I just love Rhonna Farrer's designs (she is responsible for the images in my blog header), so it only made sense to go with the fun theme. Here are some of the pages....

Now these pages are not finished, but I thought a preview might hurry me up a bit in actually finishing it....wishful thinking.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Project Life - June 2013

Here we are in August and I am only now getting around to showing you my June PL layout, funny how life sometimes gets in the way of documenting it.

June was a busy, busy month with lots of momentous events (a first love, a dislocated finger, a new phone and a 50th birthday, just to name a few) and then July was equally busy with school holidays and then a ski trip for my eldest (but that will come in the next PL post). 

For anyone interested I have found this really cool app (now that I have an iPhone) called "Collect" which is a useful tool if you are doing Project Life/Project 365 or just to keep track of who did what, when.
It is a calendar where you can link photo's to a day and make notes. These can then be printed (or not) and they look like Polaroid's, simply just cool.