Archive for October, 2008

I made another layout for my Creative Technique class (which has now ended, I am missing it already!) that I am quite pleased with. I shot some pics of my boy in the park the other day and just knew they would be perfect for this. The technique was to use a photo strip on the layout. I made mine using PSE, which turned out to be real easy with the tutorial we were given. I also used some other techniques here like the grungy background, the rub-on title, my own flowers, and I like the result I got!

Thanks for looking and I hope you’re enjoying a lovely autumn wherever you are!


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I made this layout as part of the Creative Techniques class and I have already given it away as a gift to a friend. This is her little girl, Angelica, and she is just so adorable, isn’t she? My kids love having her over for playdates and on this day we met in the park.

I have used the image transfer technique that I talked about in a previous post, inked it with distress inks, then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Love this technique and while it’s quite time consuming I think I will be using it a lot, since I love the vintage, distressed look I can create with this.

Thanks for looking!

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I think this layout might be my new all time favourite. I really like it a lot. I used several of the techniques we’ve learned in the class, like the grungy background paper, the spackle stamp and making ink spots to increase the grunginess.

The photo is an old one of my boy, although I managed to get the date wrong on the journaling tag. This is from February 2007. My sister used to say that he looked like Pocahontas in this cap and teased him mercilessly. I think he is just adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s a close up view of the spackle stamp.

And the last pic is of the ink spots. Who’d have thought I’d ever on purpose spill ink on my page? Not me. But I kind of like it. The instructor said alcohol inks give a cool effect, but unfortunately I only have distress reinkers.

Btw, that vintage sheet music was found on an Internet site for free. Check this out! The online class instructor, Natalie Roy, passed on this tip and am I ever glad she did!

Thanks for stopping by!

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I know I promised to post a pic of a layout I did using one of those tags with image transfers that I made, but that has got to wait. Why? Because I said so, that’s why. ๐Ÿ˜€

Instead I’m showing you another layout I did for my online class, which incorporates two lessons, one was about journaling on tags (not a new technque for me, but I love it nonetheless) and the other lesson was making our own flowers, which I’ve already posted about before. So here is what I made:

Here is a close up of the tag so you can read my journaling

And finally a photo of the flowers.

That’s it for today, hope you liked it! Thanks for visiting!

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I learned a cool technique in my online class and I love it! The technique is transferring an image from printer paper onto a tag (or layout or something else) using Mod Podge. This was actually the first technique taught in the class, but I’m only getting to it now, because I had to order the Mod Podge. From Germany, of all places. Hmmmphhh!

(Yes, that is me being all displeased and huffing. Heh.)

Anyway. I had some problems with the transfer of the image, it turned all purple. now I love purple as much as the next person, but I had a problem with it being plastered all over the vintage black & white images I was trying to transfer. Anyway, I solved the problem partially and now I am much better at this technique. Whhat do you think of these?

And whaddya know, one of these tags has already ended up on a layout just this evening. I need to take a pic of it before I can post it here though.

G’night and thanks for stopping by!

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My online technique class contiunes and I could not love it more! Lesson 7 was about making our own flowers, instead of always relying on store bought. How easy and versatile this technique turned out to be and I LOVE it! The tricky part was to get the petals to not curl too much while I heat it with my heat gun. This is a card that I made with my practice run flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s a close-up of my flowers

Haven’t decided what I want to use the card for yet, so there’s no sentiment.

Thanks for looking!

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I promised I’d share a new layout I made for my technique class, so I will. ๐Ÿ™‚ I made the layout using one of the grungy background papers I showed in my last post, I also used a technique we learned in class #4, making our own rub-ons. I printed the title and the quote on a transparency and transferred it to the layout. This technique is really neat and I know I will use it a LOT.

I did several things ere that I would never had done before taking ths class. One is to paint chipboard letters while letting the acrylic paint deliberately end up on the layout – GASP! ๐Ÿ˜€ There is also stickles on the chipboard, so it’s really sparkly in real life. Another new thing for me is to stamp on a photo, this used to be a no-no for me, but I am trying hard to learn to let go. I LOVE this look on layouts but I’ve been too scared of making mistakes to ever try this. And those random spots of paint? The instructor calls it cleaning your brush on the paper! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s very liberating to do this, who’d have thought?

By the way, my son’s pose reminded me so much of Rodin’s Le Penseur that the title seemed a given. I love that sculpture so much. In fact, one of my most memorable museum visits ever was to the Rodin museum in Paris some years ago. It was incredible.

Thanks for looking!

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