Sunday, 26 February 2012

One Word,One Technique # 9

Hello and welcome to week 9 of One Word,One Technique!
For a reminder of how 'One Word, One Technique' works, click here for Maxine's introduction.

The prompt for week 9 -
February Technique - Stamping
Word Prompt  - Together
 Lately i have been using a lot of Simple Stories papers and one quote on the paper has stuck in my mind
"We may not have it all Together,but Together we have it all."
It pretty much sums up my marriage to Alex and we have been together for 25yrs.

It was time to take a deep breath and crack open my journal for a new technique and time to get messy,lol!
I gathered together my American craft alphabet stamps and my most treasured stamp in my collection,i love it and it comes from Crafty Individuals,every time i see it i think about being on my bike alongside Alex!

 But before i could get stamping i had to do my background,cut to size Simple Stories Green/Notebook patterned paper to fit the pages and torn pieces of old book pages,adhere them to the journal.Then it was time to get messy with a mixture of distress ink pads(Walnut,Fired Brick,Brown Corduroy)re-inker and white acrylic paint until you get the look your happy with...guess you can tell i love the shabby distress look,if you could only see the state on my inky hands!
Using the alphabet stamps i stamped the quote straight onto my journal,but i really wanted the word prompt to pop out from the rest,so i took a scrap of the background paper and stamped the word again.
Cut into 2 ,then inked up using the blending tool and fired brick distress pad.
Glued into place with silicone glue to get the height i wanted.
I then took a journal strip from Simple Stories strip element paper,cut into 4 and inked and then stapled in place either side at the top of my pages.
Taking the Crafty Individual stamp,i stamped it first on the left journal page and then used smooches to give a little colour.
Taking another scrap of background paper i stamped the image again and coloured with smooches.
I then took a piece of Memory glass and popped some Sepia Glossy Accents onto it and placed it over the image,pressing it down hard until it smoothes out the glossy accents,once dry i placed it in a Memory Frame and adhered it with glossy accents to the bottom right to finish my journal pages.

Hopefully although i am a complete newbie at journalling you have enjoyed looking at my journal pages and been inspired to get messy,so go on crack open those ink pads and stamps and have a go!

If you do create a project we would love you to come back over and leave a comment so that we can come along and visit and leave some love.

Till next time
Tracy oxoxox

Sunday, 19 February 2012

One Word One Technique #8

Welcome to week 8 of One Work, One Technique!

For a reminder of how 'One Word, One Technique' works, click here  for Maxine's introduction.

The prompt for week 8 is:

February Technique - Stamping
This Week's Word - Special

It's a personal goal of mine to include more stamping in my scrapbook pages this year, so I was excited about this month's technique. 

The word 'Special' instantly made me think of my mum because she is one of the most amazing people I know, so I decided to make a layout about her. 

For my page I created the background paper using a 6x4 newsprint stamp. I took a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock and repeatedly stamped the design to create the look of patterned paper. This is a great way to get more mileage out of your stamps! And the great thing about stamps is you can pick whatever colour ink you want to use with them meaning you can customise them to match whichever project you are working on. 

To ink my stamp I placed it on a flat surface with the design facing up, and tapped ink over the stamp. Applying the ink this way means you can make sure the stamp has complete coverage . If you're using a larger stamp like I did, when you're stamping onto the paper, you'll need to apply more pressure to the stamp to ensure the ink transfers to the paper evenly. Of course, you don't need to use a background stamp for this technique, you can use a single stamp too to create the same effect. I would recommend starting in the middle and working your way out so your pattern doesn't end up crooked. 

To create the layout I used some of my own stash but also lot's of left over bits from February's Kit 'Love Me', which is still available to buy here. 

If you play along with the prompts be sure to link us up in the comments below so we can come and have a look!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

OWOT week 7!

One Word, One Technique #7

Welcome to the second month of 'One Word, One Technique' :D

For a reminder of how 'One Word, One Technique' works, click here for Maxine's introduction.

We are now on week 7 and this information for this week is:

February Technique - Stamping
This Week's Word - Love

I don't do a lot of stamping, although I do own quite a few stamps as I do love them! But I wouldn't normally stamp on a layout, so I thought I would take this approach for this weeks prompt. I decided to take a slightly different path for the 'love ' prompt and rather than a page about the people I love I decided to do one on my love of ITALY!!

Here's a photo taken as I was putting the page together. I used a heart stamp to create a background on the blue card stock, a small alphabet stamp set to create the title, a foam heart stamp to make the smaller hearts.

I used an Amy Tangerine paper for the background, some bakers twine from My Minds Eye, Crate Paper Farmhouse paper, a very old Imaginisce paper and some pink and brown ink and an Elles Studio date tag! I added the word happiness stamped with brown ink using an old Heidi Swapp library stamp around the journalling.

Here's a close up of the stamping.

So, hope you join us in using your stamps this week and if you make something lovely, please link us up!

Happy creating!

Annie x

Sunday, 5 February 2012

One Word, One Technique #6

Welcome to the second month of 'One Word, One Technique' :D

For a reminder of how 'One Word, One Technique' works, click here for Maxine's introduction.

A new month means a new technique! The prompt for week 6 is:

February Technique - Stamping
This Week's Word - Smile

I was so inspired by this week's prompt, I've actually got two examples to share with you! For my first example I continued with my plan to create a journal page for each prompt:
I created my background on a plain white page using nothing but stamps and archival ink in several colours. I started off with the large red hearts and built up the design from there, layering different stamps and colours. 
I used the same set of chipboard alphas as my first page to create the first part of my title, and then used a small set of alpha stamps to finish the quote. Finally I splashed some red ink on the page to give an extra bit of colour.

Then I started thinking about stamping on layouts, and how I don't really do it enough. So I grabbed a photo of Mojo which I thought would work well with the word 'smile' in the title, my favourite set of My Minds Eye stamps from the Lost & Found 2 collection and my little alpha stamps, and this is the result:
I splashed some black ink onto the white card, and then built up the border on the left hand side. The MME stamp set contains three different banner stamps, which I've stamped with black ink at various intervals along the edge. I then cut some banner pieces from Hambly washi tape and filled in the gaps.
I added three more strips of washi tape for the photo and title to sit on, some stamped hearts from the MME stamp set, and some Studio Calico butterflies. I used Studio Calico alpha stickers for the main title, and added the subtitle with the small alpha stamps. Mojo usually poses for the camera, and always looks like she's smiling, but for some reason on the day that I took this photo she was in a sulk and wouldn't pose for me - hence my title!

I hope you like my examples this week - as always, if you join in with the prompts make sure to link us up in the comments below so we can come and have a look :D

Jules xx

Thursday, 2 February 2012

February Kit - Yo Yo Tutorial

Hi Everyone! It's Alexa back with another layout using the February kit. I really wanted to use the fabric squares that come with the kit and so I decided to make a yo yo flower embellishment for my page. They are really easy to make, even if you're a non sewer! In addition to the kit you'll just need a needle & thread.

First you'll want to fold over one of the edges of the fabric about a 1/4" and using a running stitch, sew all the way along the edge.

Pull the thread tightly so that the fabric bunches up and repeat the above step along the next edge and the whole way along the fabric, so that the fabric forms a circle. 

To finish off sew a button on the middle and you've got your yo yo!

Here's my finished layout.