Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Couple of Firsts


The title refers to the photo of a six-year-old me proudly showing off the gap left by the loss of my two front teeth. I created this page for the April Childhood Challenge at Scrapbook.com, where one of the topics is “Firsts”
This photo, taken by my father, brings back such wonderful memories of our living room as it was then. That’s a cherry drop-leaf table in front of the window facing the side of the house. Next to it, you can see the arm of the smaller sofa; the larger one is against the other wall. They were upholstered in a velvety fabric; one in rose, the other in a soft teal. In the corner, you can see our radio: a Zenith in a gorgeous wood cabinet. Back then, there was AM and there was shortwave, and we had both, hence that complex looking dial. The antenna, located in the bottom, was incredible. I lived in Western New York, so of course, we could pick Rochester and Buffalo (WKBW was the best during my teen years!) and Canada, but we could usually pick up the stronger stations from New York City (think WABC and WMCA, both Top 40 stations at the time). In the summer, we could pick up WLS out of Chicago at night and it came in as clear as a bell. And the speaker was even more awesome. When the volume was turned up full blast, the windows literally shook. (This was only tried when my parents weren’t home, of course.)



The other day, I came across an old layout of mine – “Washtub Funthat was created for a Round Robin, following the incredible Nike’s “Underwater Fun and wanted to create a redo. I’ve followed the basic design without a lot of the detail in my original.
I loved the monotone color scheme and so I altered my photo to print out sepia. The Weathered Clock die cut was used as a mask as I was inking it and I do like the result.
There are actually a few more layers of paper matting, starting with the top layer that was punched all around. That’s all the punching that I did. I have replicated the look by using a strip of lace, topped with part of a border piece underneath.
The embellishments were kept simple: a few flowers and leaves and metals from my stash down the side and a wood clock and a bit of Washi tape on top.


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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
Kaisercraft – Story Book Collection – Borrow #P2063
Kaisercraft – Time Machine Collection – Ironclad #P1921
Kaisercraft – Antique Bazaar Collection – Recycle #P1799
The Paper Loft – Easy Breezy Collection – Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy #EB103
The Paper Loft – Easy Breezy Collection – Made in the Shade #EB109

***Embellishments***
Prima – Cartographer Collection – Vagabond #574550
Prima – Jute Collection – Joyous #574826
Prima – French Riviera Collection – Boulevard de la Croisette #586218
Prima – Wood Embellishments – Decorative Clocks #554613
Leaves
Metal Leaves
Lace

***Mediums***
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Vintage Photo

***Tools***
Sizzix – Bigz – Tim Holtz – Weathered Clock #657190
Martha Stewart – Punch Around the Page – Loops #ms42-60034

***Other***
Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Scotch – Advanced Tape Glider


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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Beautiful Day - A Tag Using (Mostly) Recyclables


I’ve entered the Recycle and Reuse challenge at Scrapbook.com where we’re asked to create a project that contains at least 25% repurposed items. I’ve chosen to make a tag using packaging, paper towel rolls, a dictionary page and some embellishments from my stash.


We can earn extra credit by making a tutorial; mine ended up with quite a few steps, so I created one on Snapguide. https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-tag-using-mostly-recyclables/
Due to space, I kept the supply list in the tutorial to a minimum. Below, I’ve given a complete breakdown.


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*****Supplies*****

***Recyclables***
Corrugated Packaging
3 Paper Towel Rolls
Dictionary (or Large Book) Page

***Embellishments***
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Beautiful Day
Prima – Butterfly Collection – Brads #579326
Prima – French Rivera Collection – Brads #583866
Prima – Tales of You and Me Collection – Brads #5583873
Prima – Wild and Free Collection – Celestial # 594534
Renea Bouquets – Dragonfly
Really Reasonable Ribbon – 5/8” Satin Ribbon

***Mediums***
Golden – Gesso
Liquitex – Matte Gel Medium
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Vintage Rose #963200
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Pink Blush #963217
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Light Patina #963248
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Lime Peel #963224
Ranger – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Broken China #TDO55846
Ranger – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Worn Lipstick #TDO56362
Ranger – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Fossilized Amber #TDO55983

***Tools***
Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Bigz Die – Tattered Florals #656640
Kaisercraft – Decorative Dies – DIY Flora Leaves #DD312
Donna Downey – Signature Stencils – Blooming Floral #DD-009
Sizzix – Susan’s Garden Collection – Tool Kit #SZ658437
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Retractable Craft Pick #gb-tn-372

***Other***
Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue


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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Is in the Air


This is a much younger me, taken on Easter Sunday 50 years ago in Washington Square Park in New York City. I remember that dress so vividly: white dotted swiss with a gathered bodice and sleeves that fluted at the elbow. The floppy hat was light blue and so were my stockings... And I have such good memories of that day: my husband-to-be and I had stopped for a photo shoot on our way to his parents’ apartment for a family dinner.


I decided to use the Secret Garden collection by Graphic 45, with the pretty spring colors, to tell my story. I wanted to place a few subtle flourishes in the background, so I started by coating the Meadow Lark sheet with clear gesso to strengthen the paper. The flourishes were made with light molding paste and one of my favorite stencils, Natural Flourish.
While waiting for the molding paste to set, I traced and cut a couple of bracket shapes and selected a few cut aparts from the May Flowers sheet. I decided that I wanted one more bracket, this one from the reverse of my base, so I cut one from the center. (Yes, there’s a hole in the center, but as you can see, it’s well hidden.) Next, I tore a piece of vintage music paper – just enough to show behind my other layers. After lightly distressing and inking all the edges, I arranged the papers until I was satisfied and stapled them together and glued it all to thin chipboard to add a small bit of dimension before adhering to the base.
I used a tape runner to attach my photo to a slightly thicker piece of chipboard and glued it to my page.
I went deep into my flower collection to find the perfect match and selected one full and two partial packages that were just a little too bright. I muted them all with the same ink that I used on my paper edges.
I cut my vine in half to fit on the upper and lower corners of the photo and filled it all with flowers and the butterfly.
A scattering of pearls, a bit of lace, and a title strip completed my page.


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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
Graphic 45 – Secret Garden Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Pad #4501421

***Embellishments***
Prima – Esperanza Collection – Filaire #581886
Prima – Vintage Emporium Collection – Allegra #586560
Prima – Tivona Collection – Small Rose #557157
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Small Talk – Occasions #th93245
Darice – Flat Back Adhesive Pearls – Pearl #121707
Lace

***Mediums***
Prima – Art Basics – Clear Gesso #961466
Golden – Gel Medium – Light Molding Paste
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke

***Tools***
Layers of Color – Art Stencils – Natural Flourish

***Other***
Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Scotch – Advanced Tape Glider


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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.