Unique Possibilities

Hey all,

I have just had a lovely four-day crafty weekend of painting and scrapping. It started off with my best friend arriving to spend the day watercolour painting with me and ended with me sorting old family photos with my darling mum.

The watercolour painting is a new obsession after I went to a workshop at Summer School. The workshop was for botanical watercolour painting and I must say I was a little worried at my ability to paint flora to a scientific standard. Turns out that it wasn’t that strict and I did alright. So, my friend and I have become very keen to keep up with the watercolour painting and now spend every free Friday we have painting! Nothing better than painting with good company, a gourmet lunch and wine 🙂

Here’s what I painted on Friday, fruit and foliage from our fig tree.

Onto the scrapbooking…

This weekend I worked on using my subscription kit from Uniquely Creative. For those of you who haven’t heard of them, Uniquely Creative is an Australian company who sell both cardmaking and scrapbooking products, they offer a few different subscription kits each month. This months scrapbook kit features their new collection called ‘Urban Garden’. It is a gorgeous collection filled with floral and geometric designs in purples and greens. Each kit comes with a detailed booklet of scrapbook layout and card designs for you to create. I decided to try a few layouts from the booklet and get creative making my own layouts using the kit supplies.

I tried Kylie Kingham’s ‘Inspirational Layout’,  not going to lie but this was a lot of work! This particular layout in the booklet doesn’t have instructions, it justs states which kit supplies you need. I was able to work out how it was constructed just by studying the photograph, well, I guessed how she had created it. A few people have asked me how I made the heart like in Kylie’s original layout. So, here is my version and what I used…

The background of the layout is made from three layers (see pic above), I used a darker purple patterned paper from my stash for the second layer, instead of the lighter paper Kylie used.

I think perhaps Kylie used an electronic die cutting machine to cut out the heart shape from the background but as you know, I don’t own one. So, I did it the old school style and cut it by hand. Here’s how…

I freestyle drew a heart on a scrap piece of card, the easiest way to do this is to cut the card to the size you need and then fold the card in half. Draw half a heart on the folded card, then measure an inch in around the inside of your heart and draw a second inner half heart. Keeping the card folded in half, cut around both of your heart line drawings, when you unfold the card you will have a heart template (see photo with pencil).

Flip the paper/cardstock layout background that you will cut the heart from over to the reverse side, use washi tape to hold the template in place and carefully trace around the inner of the template. Remove the washi tape and using scissors carefully punch a hole into the centre of the drawn heart, then cut around the drawn heart line neatly. Hurray, you now have a heart hole in your paper! You then need to secure the striped paper behind the heart cutout.

Next, use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark the stitch holes around the heart. Then pierce each hole ready for hand stitching.

Use embroidery thread and a needle to stitch around the heart. The rest of the process is fussy cutting out flowers and embellishments, and building them up into layers around your photo. I also added a touch of purple glitter(from the kit) to some of the circle designs on the background paper, if you try this do it before you add your embellishments and make sure you let it dry. I then added a title cut out to my layout which was from a previous UC kit.

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I love Kylie’s design and was pleased with how mine turned out. I may even have another go making a second layout with the heart feature, though the stitching nearly did me in! I’ll share the other layouts I made in another post soon.

Keep on scrapping 🙂

Uniquely Creative Feb. Challenge

Hello everyone,

I finally found some time to scrap, my new job is taking up more time than I like and there is so much marking when you start off a new school year. I needed a break and decided to crack open the Uniquely Creative February kit which arrived on Wednesday. It is a glorious kit, so much colour and interesting mixed media. A tropical/summer kit based around the Kaiser Craft ‘Paradise Found’ collection. PK599I am loving the papers, all that greenery, yummy teals and beautiful, bright hibiscus flowers. The problem is I don’t have any tropical photos, no tropical island holidays for us yet! Though, it did give me the opportunity to remind hubby about how he mentioned he’d like to go to Fiji, the perfect reason to holiday…to use up scrapbook paper.

Because I was struggling for photos, I decided to work with some summer holiday beach photos. I had just finished using the December Uniquely Creative kit, an ocean-themed kit, which I had managed to make 8 layouts with (adding in extra cardstock) and still have scraps left for another couple of layouts.

I had a gorgeous photo leftover of my daughter sun baking on one of our favourite holiday beaches. We have amazing beaches and coastline in Australia. It is from a holiday we went on about ten years ago, this beach has pure, fine, white sand that squeaks when you walk across it.  I thought it would be the perfect photo to use with the Uniquely Creative February kit and Sketch Challenge, as it has hibiscus flowers on the beach towel.

I started off making the background, using the ‘Ocean Air’ paper, I added some blue watercolour paint smooshes and splatters.

Then, I selected the ‘Salt Water’ paper to cut out the large circle in the sketch layout. I didn’t want to lose the shells on the edges of the circle, so I cut around them and kept them attached.

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The lovely hibiscus die (add-on to the kit), worked beautifully to create a halo effect around the edge of the circle. I was thinking about the sun and sunbeams, as I glued them into place. I cut them from the white cardstock painted with the yellow and orange watercolour supplied in the kit.

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Next, I mounted the photo on white cardstock and rough up the edges. Then, I added a layer underneath of the ……. paper. You can easily tear this paper into the shape you need by adding a line of water to soften the fibres of the paper. It creates a lovely torn, tatty edge.

Finally, I added a range of embellishments from the kit around the edges of the circle and photo. I fussy cut a few extra shells from the leftover ‘Salt Water’ paper and attached them with foam tape. I added some of the sisal fibre threads for a little more textural interest. I used white cardstock paint with blue watercolour paint and the supplied ‘paradise’ die to create the title.

 

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Not a bad effort, I think it works well with the photo. Now to use up that tropical foliage and hibiscus papers…keep scrapping!

 

 

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What I have been working on is my one and only subscription kit which I purchase from Uniquely Creative. In my challenge to use things up and cut down on my spending, this is the one thing I couldn’t give up. What I love about this scrapbooking kit is that it often challenges you to try new techniques and products which you may not have used before. It is great value, you get loads of product based around one of Kaisercraft’s new collections. This months kit, from June, featured the Anthology collection. I try and create every layout with the kit which is possible if you add a few more pieces of cardstock and swap a few papers around. They also include card projects within the kit but I am no longer a card maker, so I use the ideas as embellishments on layouts.

Here are a few layouts I have made using June 2018, kit.  2018-07-22 11.11.19The first is one of the layouts designed by Tracey Schultz. I swapped the paint colours to suit my photo and used different bird embellishments.

The next kit layout I created was designed by Elisa Ablett, once again I made some changes to work with my photo and layout theme. My photos are of my grandson and husband stalking our chickens, well, there was a little bit of chasing involved. No chickens were hurt in the production of this layout!

I swapped the floral print paper for the Anthology 12×12 Scrapbook Paper – Plumology paper. Then I got to work colouring in the feathers to match with the colours in my photo, my grandson’s t-shirt was the inspiration. I loved how Elisa Ablett had coloured the chipboard title, so I followed her lead and used my Copic markers to do the same. It was an easy process, line up the ruler and run the marker along the edge of the ruler, the result is beautiful pastel lines!

I had several photos to use and decided to make it a double layout. The original design has flower die cuts, so I grabbed my Tim Holtz dies and some matching paper/cardstock scraps to make a bunch of flowers. I also inked up some flower embellishments and doilies to go with the colour theme. I am pretty happy with the finished layouts, they will be back to back in my album and I will add a pocket page layout for the rest of the chook chasing photos.

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After making several of the kit layouts I went rogue and created my own layout. I selected papers and embellishments from the kit but added a few extras, using Kaisercraft dies, cardstock scraps and a very old Cosmo Cricket chipboard alpha called ‘Extra Extra’. Hitting the mark with my self-imposed challenge of using up an old product.

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