Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A few of my favorite things...


I mentioned last week, that my scrapbooking mojo was low. When that happens, I turn to my stash for inspiration. I am one of those people who is inspired by pretty supplies - it's just the way I work. Lucky for me, I have a fabulous LSS, The Paperie, that helps keep my stash fresh and full of lovely inspiration. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite supplies.

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1. Ranger Dye Ink Pad. These are a new addition to my stash. I prefer Ranger's Archival ink pads for stamping on my mixed media work. When you're stamping on plain paper, it's hard to beat these ink pads.  They give a crisp image and the colors are great.

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2. Clearly Kelly Stamps by Kelly Purkey. I love these little stamp sets. They make me happy when I use them - every time. They are fun and funny and perfect for pocket scrapping.

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And, please...how could I not support a designer who makes sets like this...

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3. Clearly Kelly Sticky Notes. I didn't even try to resist these. I loved them so much, I bought a set for Gabriel's teacher at the end of the year. I confess, I am hoarding them a little.

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4. Small albums and paper pads. I am completely in love with the We R Memory Keepers 4x4" album. It's all I want to use these days. Which brings me to my love of 6x6 paper pads. They are so economical and fun and inspiring. I always pick them up and I always find a way to use them.

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5. Diecuts. I'm a girl who loves little bits and pieces. I was always the kid who loved a surprise package from the corner store. Diecuts are a little like that for me. I love to put them all on the page and I like to add them in here are there. This is my Prima and Maggie Holmes and chipboard frame collection. It is but a small fraction of my diecut collection. That's ok though because I use them.

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6. Gold Foil Stickers. Honestly, I love the gold trend. These gold foil stickers by Dear Lizzy are absolutely swoon worthy.
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And it's not just numbers...oh no...look at the possibilities. I can hardly wait to use them. I probably should have bought 2 packs.

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So, these are a few of my many favorite things that I am so excited to use and hoard a little but mainly use. Supplies, new and old, can be a great source of inspiration. So, even if I never ever use all these supplies on a page, they have served an important purpose in process. How's that for purchase justification? Feel free to use it any time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie


Monday, 6 July 2015

Make Mine Mixed Media: My New Class at The Paperie

So, what are you doing Saturday?

Me? I'm teaching a class at my LSS, The Paperie. I'm a mixed media scrapper so this class is going to be full of color and texture. Like this...

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I always share lots of tips and tricks for getting most out of your mixed media products. You can see some of my favorites all playing together here...

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...and here.

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And in the end, you will take home two fabulous mixed media layouts. You can bring photos and finish the pages in class or your can take the backgrounds home and have them on hand ready to scrap your favorite summer memories.

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I know it's summer and the cabin is calling but if you happen to find yourself in town and you want to get a jump on your summer scrapbooking, just call or email The Paperie to reserve your seat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Friday, 3 July 2015

On My Desk...

Currently, I have two backgrounds sitting on my desk.

Here's the first one.

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This page started with the circle off-cuts you can see below.

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Then I added some modeling paste through a Donna Downey stencil - Alphabet Rerun - and when that was dry, I started painting...

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and I kept right on painting until I reached this point. 

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I quite like how this one looks but I'm just not sure if it's done. I guess that means it needs something else. The question I keep asking myself is "what"? For now, I am content to let this page sit as it is while I wait for inspiration to strike.

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Here is a look at the second page.

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I started this one by adhering the mesh that I cut from a bag of potatoes directly to my page. I used modeling paste to stick it down. Then I added modeling paste through the same Donna Downey stencil - Alphabet Rerun - and coated the whole thing in gesso.

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Then many layers of paint.

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I love all the texture on this page but once again it doesn't feel done to me. It's definitely missing something to tie it all together - to give it meaning. If that makes sense. At least I had fun making it and I definitely need to get some more of the potato bag mesh - that stuff is amazing for creating texture.

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So, that's what is on my desk right now. I'm going to keep these pages close and see if I can figure out what to do next. And when I do, I'll be sure to share them here. In the meantime, do you have any suggestions for what you do if you're stuck with a page?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Thursday, 2 July 2015

On Finding Inspiration

During the summer months,  my memory keeping mojo seems to take a vacation. I can't seem to find it anywhere these days. In the meantime, the sun is shiny and we are outside having f.u.n. So, I find myself taking lots of pictures that I want to do something with. Like this...


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and this.

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I started my search for inspiration on YouTube and who did I find but the lovely Stephanie Bryan who has challenged herself to make a mini book a month in 2015. It sounds like a way too big project but after watching her most recent video, I was completely inspired.

So, I watched all the other videos and still felt excited. The very next day, I went to my LSS, The Paperie, and bought myself a new 4x4 album and a pad of 6x6 paper and have decided to make a mini book in July.

My plan is to print pics every couple of days and put it together as I go and see what happens. I thought about waiting until the end of the month but a) I'm afraid I'll lose this exciting feeling I'm enjoying and b) it seems a lot overwhelming to do a whole month at a time.  I'm not worrying about supplies or techniques - I have lots of both that I can use. I'm just going to play around and see what happens. 

I'm going to gather together some supplies and share those next week. I'll also share my progress here on my blog and on Instragram as I go. Wish me luck!


Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

I Wonder...

I like to work on lots of different projects at a time. Waiting for things to dry on their own is borrrrrrinng.  I could use my heat gun but I'd rather be painting.

The best and easiest way for me to enjoy my creative time is to work on many pages at a time until piece ends up done.

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 I usually don't have a plan when I start making something, I'm just playing around with supplies or techniques. I like to start with the question, "I wonder what would happen if I..." And because I wonder a lot, I repeat that question over and over.

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This page started with the question, "I wonder what would happen if I glued these strips of paper onto a page?" I used plain strips of watercolor paper that were leftover from other projects. I glued them onto the page and cut away the excess and added a coat of gesso.

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Then I wondered what would happen if I layered some modeling paste on top of the page. You can see that I repeated this step - layering the stencil on top of itself when the first layer was dry.

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Then it was many layers of Dina Wakley Media, heavy body paints in various shades of blue: sky, turquoise, night and blackberry violet (which isn't blue but goes really well with blue).

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Then I tried my new favorite trick of running my brayer over everything with a coat of white paint. This is so much fun to do and I like how it looks - win, win!

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And there you have it! I can't say how many layers or how long it took to make this page because that's not what this page is about. It's about being curious, asking questions and making art.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie








Monday, 29 June 2015

Around Here: June Edition

The end of June is almost here and I have been looking at this month's photos. I want to have a look and see what I have before I start scrapping them. I like to get an idea of how many pics I have to work with and what kind of stories I want to tell.

Here's what I have so far...


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Sports Day

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The best Thai food in town.


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My guys.
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International Donut Day

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World Ocean's Day
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I double-dog-dared Gabriel to touch the star-fish.

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Snacks

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Blue skies - hooray!
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Signal Hill

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Last day of school.

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Visit to the library.


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To the playground...


We had some good eats, we played outside, went to the library and held a starfish. Now I need to decide how I'm going to put it all together. Will I group by event? Or maybe I should group by activity - like "here's what we ate this month." I'm not sure. Anyway, that's what our June looked like. I did notice that I'm missing my selfie with the boys. I like to have that in there each month.

Now, I just need to get these printed and into an album.

Cathie











Friday, 26 June 2015

Playing with Cheesecloth

I love cheesecloth. It is inexpensive, easy to use, versatile and creates the most fabulous texture. I love it so much, I buy it by the yard from my local fabric store.

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I started this page by adhering the cheesecloth directly to the paper using soft gel medium using a brush and then set it aside to dry. I find it's easier to control the cheesecloth if I use brush instead of a palette knife.

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When it was dry, I added a couple of coats of gesso. I could have put a coat of gesso on the paper before I added the cheesecloth but I wasn't thinking that far ahead - definitely something to try the next time. Then more setting aside and drying.

I let it sit for a few days because I just didn't have time to get back to it and by then all the gesso and gel medium were completely dry. Then I added the color. I randomly sprayed lots of Prima Color Bloom sprays. I have been using these sprays a lot since I got my hands on them late last year.  I love the color palette and I love how they blend.

When I finished, the paper was very soggy so I set it aside to dry.

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When I came back to the page, I really didn't like it. It was too dark and didn't feel like me. I wanted to lighten it up so I added some white paint on the top of the cheesecloth using my brayer.

I also added a few splashes of yellow - just to experiment. My paint of choice these days is the heavy body paint by Dina from her Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger.  I love this paint. I love the colors, the packaging, the texture of the paint - it's great paint.

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And here's the page...

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I'm not sure if it's finished or not. Maybe it needs some journaling but for now, I'm quite happy to enjoy all that texture. I really don't want to cover it up.

Also, please note that there is absolutely no blue of any kind on this page. That doesn't happen very often so I have to point it out when it does.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie