Sunday, September 29, 2013

Guest Design Team spot

This month I have been the guest designer and here is the remainder of my projects.
First project for the day using the gorgeous collection by Kaisercraft called Curiosity. I have gone for a more mixed media approach this week and created a cover for my Zutter 8 x 8 album.
 Here is the finished project:

I started out with the album cover from Zutter.  Inside it has a pocket to slip your bound zutter album in - it also has a clear page in to slip in the pocket once it has been attached to the rest of the album you make for the cover. The cover just adds more to a bound album and covers the wire when on display.

I then painted the album using a brown paint dauber to create a fake woodgrain effect.
You could use a distress paint by Tim Holtz for this and add more effects by using more then one colour and spritzing with water.

The next step was using a Crafters Workshop Brick Mask and Moulding Paste to create some texture to my album cover.  I then sprayed the cover with some mists made with various colours of Perfect Pearl Powders, Distress Ink Reinkers and water.

I then embellished the cover with the following:
 Kaisercraft Curiosity collectibles

Here are some closeups.  as you can see I have cut up the diecuts from the couture creation die using American crafts cardstock. This die cuts beautifully!

My next project is a few mini layouts to share.  These layouts are 8 x 8 inch layouts perfect for the Zutter 8 x 8 protective pockets that are pre-punched. I find that a great starting point for doing layouts is finding sketch sites - Creative Scrappers is one of my favourites. There are heaps of sketches on their site.
When I first received my kit and this collection I thought cool I would do lots of embellishing with it but once I worked with it I decided it needed a less is more approach because of the big prints and bold colours. My layouts do not have any photos on at this stage as I have not decided what photos to use yet.  When doing a mini album without photos just attach all embellishments and paper in such a way that they can be added later.
Each mini layout has been sprayed with Dylusions White Linen and the edges inked with white ink.

I have created four layouts so far with the Curiosity collection mainly using the 6 x 6 pad , a few of the collectables and some stickers. On some of the images I have added glossy accents  to give more dimension or added foam squares. I have used cardstock for the base and photo mats.

With my first mini layout I added a bit of jute string for interest and extra dimension.

My second mini layout has space for a bigger photo and I have clustered the strawberry collectables down the side of the layout.

The third mini layout has fussy cutting, a bit of paper tearing and a mini banner to balance it out.

The fourth mini layout incorporates the popular banner trend that has occurred in the scrapping world in the last couple of years and looks like it is here to stay for a few more!

 Thank you so much for visiting my blog today

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Miss Gorgeous

Hi everyone yes its been awhile!
I am the guest designer for the month Over At Scottie Crafts and I received the gorgeous Curiosity Collection by Kaisercraft to play with. This is a stunning collection filled with birds, flowers and geometric patterns on the "b"side of the papers. The papers lend themselves to fussy cutting with big images with lovely backgrounds.

Here is a layout I created using the papers, collectibles and stickers in the range. 

A very easy layout with fussy cutting of a couple of the papers - adding a few of the collectables and stickers. The word strip is the cut off strip of one of the papers. If you prefer not to fussy cut the collectables pack and stickers have all the work done for you.

  I have used the Martha Stewart Bubble Bath around the punch set for the paper under the photo. The edges of the layout have been distressed using a Prima distress tool.

Here are some close ups: