Hey folks! This gal is taking a vacation "day" after four weeks of project devotion for my design foundation class. Actually, I'm going antique hunting today, a fun activity I rarely get to enjoy these days. I'm to pick up a bunch of vintage ephemera for the next project we're to work on in class. I can't even begin to tell you what a breath of fresh air it is to study "design" rather than business. I feel totally in my element and loving every minute of it!! Beyond that, there's still a handful of pages to pass along from my Layer-by-Layer class. Thought it a good morn'en to chime in and get those up before heading to Saint Paul this morning to hang out at my favorite local antique store. I'm going to post the rest of the album and try to slim down the number of details. I tend to talk to no end - it's strictly "eye-candy" only today minus the chit chat. Pin if you'd like...
Paper banners are all the rage - they never seem to go out of style. I incorporated a colorful banner on this page and dressed it up with a white gel pen and tiny bow. You could easily pull off the same look with hand stitching or a series of sewn lines. I skipped the sewing machine and opted for quickly drawn lines. The sad part - I own a mighty expensive sewing machine from my quilting days. I covet the thing and worship it from afar. That's it.
Gold Acrylic paint is an area I'm still exploring. I used it here to cover a series of patterned paper navy blue polka-dots. The paint has a translucent quality I'm not yet quite used to, but I imagine it's probably far better when used in combination with bright acrylic colors, or as a mix-in for added glimmer.
I added these spots of gold glitter with dimensional adhesive and fine textured gold glitter from Ranger. I love how they "pop" up off the page. The camera stickers are from Pebble's Lakeside Cardstock Sticker collection.
This is one of those ideas you just have to try on your own; watercolor background + die-cut = awesome! The class kit included a polka-dotted die-cut file that I cut from grey striped patterned paper. I then layered it on top of a small sheet of watercolor paper painted a subtle yellow & sweet pink.
I love all the layering here and the mishmash of papers, vellum and other random items. There's a great deal of decision making that goes on in the process of my scrapbooking like an obsessive maniac, but I wouldn't give it up for the world! :)
And there you have it, the entire Layer-by-Layer Mini Album! Finished! I wish you a wonderful day - thanks for stopping by momentarily and admiring the scenery. It is so greatly appreciated. Take care...
For those of you who hadn't a chance to join me in August at Gossamer Blue for my Layer-by-Layer e-course, I thought you might like to peruse the project up-close, without interruption. I dedicated a full three months to it's creation - going without sharing just didn't seem fitting given how much I love the mini album. It's based on a family camping trip taken with Eric and his two beautiful boys over the Summer. It entails ample details, all of which I taught in the class (a total of 4 weeks). I welcome you to explore them..and maybe share your thoughts about them, too. The album is titled, "Summer Farm".
Today, as an extra perk, are a few tips listed alongside some of the album pages presented below. Because the album is a biggie, I'm breaking the album presentation apart. It'll share over the greater portion of the week, possibly into next week.
A retired friend once told me that the easiest way to apply paint droplets to a project is to use spray paint. Her concept was simple; spray a small area of paint into the cap and pour. Watch carefully when pouring the paint onto your project - move the cap to your preferred location and tip the cap ever so slightly. The paint will drip and puddle which ultimately determines the size of the droplets once they reach your project. Allow them to dry at least five or ten minutes.
The genius part about spray paint is that it'll apply to just about anything without spilling over or bubbling up; vellum, transparency, fabric, etc. It dries nicely and retains it's droplet shape. It's pretty nifty stuff if you ask me!
The cheapest resource (by foot) to buy spray paint is the hardware store. Skip the craft store - it'll cost you twice as much to buy it from them. Right now, I own gold, navy blue, peach-pink, cream and a few more. It lasts forever, too.
And oh, it might not fall into the category of "Creative Memory" safe, but I'm not one to really care. For me, it's as much about the art as is it about the memories. I say "do what you love!"
You already know about my obsession with gold. One of my token techniques is to outline objects with a gold gel pen and then border it with a fine black tech pen. Because my hands aren't reliably steady, I use a ruler to keep my lines sharp and intact. Black and Gold together are a dramatic pair when next to a saturated infused color palette - a going trend in today's "brightly colored" world!
Next in line is the white gel pen - it shows up crisp and clear on kraft cardstock. I used it to outline a pre-trimmed section of chevron patterned kraft patterned paper (American Crafts). I then drew petite photo corners and colored them in with gold gel pen. They lend character and a boost of pep!
I'll have more the album for you in a day or two - though, I want to share a few words with those of you who remarked upon my last post before exiting today. First, your stories speak volumes about the challenges that ALL of us face in the midst of self doubt and an innate desire for more when faced with challenges far greater than ourselves. At the end of the day, there is no perfect life, only the one we know - our own. After some thinking, I decided that I spend too many precious hours pulling comparisons from here and there. I needlessly believe that if I only was that "other person", my life would be far better and and I'd be truly happy. I need to learn that happiness and self worth isn't external. No picket fence and bright red door is going to fulfill this gal's agenda. Life isn't a race..and honestly, no one is watching anyway. I'll get there in due time. I know I will...I just need to be patient as my belated instructed. Embrace now - forget the rest.
Thank-you for sharing your insight, to everyone that commented. I read each of your stories - most in silence as I stood, waiting for one thing or another. Your words were deeply moving, personal and intertwining. I will not forget them. Thank-you.