Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Summer Mini Album: Part 2

Hello Friends!

I'm sharing some more pages from my Summer Mini Album. By this point in the album, my system is established and working fine. I used 3x4 Project Life grid card stamped with the date, 4x4 page protectors and photos and embellishments from my stash.  It was just enough structure to keep me going but plenty of freedom for creative play.

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Left: Random staircase along the Seine. You can see a page I made about this staircase, here.

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Sam and I were big fans of the farmer's markets and bakeries in France - especially Sam. Each time he left the house, he returned with at least 2 baguettes. It was fun to watch him enjoying himself so much.

Left: Me and Sam outside the bakery on market day. Right: Pics of potatoes and beets, Studio Calico wood veneer geotags and ampersand from Maya Road.

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Here's the back side of that page. I took pictures of things that were unique to France but a part of our everyday in France like the Badoit. (sparkling water) and the front page of the newspaper which I snapped when we went to the Monoprix for supplies.

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Here's the journaling for our trip to Paris.

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We did not have enough time in Paris. The city is just so big with so many people. Even though I'm a country girl through and through, I have to visit Paris again.

Right: My first selfie in Paris.

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We made two trips into Paris. The first was to visit the Eiffel Tower. I wanted the boys to see it and stand on it. It was quite the pilgrimmage but we made it.

Left:The Eiffel Tower. Right: Nathaniel (my nephew) and Gabriel in the underground.


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The view of Paris from the Eiffel tour...*sigh*

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Left: This little sweetie is our niece, Kiersten. Right: Journaling card with our plans for the following week.

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It took us a day to recover from Paris. The kids were tired from the all that walking, Michelle and Nathaniel got sick and it rained. We went to the market in the morning and spent the rest of the day napping.

Left: The chipboard flower is from the Market Street collection, Nob Hill, by My Mind's Eye.

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Left: Looking out of Michelle's kitchen into the courtyard to find Oliver looking back at me.

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While the sick rested, the rest of us went to Chateau Fontainebleau. It's so beautiful there. Later in the afternoon, my brother-in-law dropped me at Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte while he went to the office. It's so surreal that he passes two castles on his way to work. Vaux Le Vicomte did not disappoint. I had a great time toodling around by.my.self and taking pictures of everything.

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And that's it for another day. I have one more set of pages to share, so do come back tomorrow and see how we finished our trip.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Monday, 20 October 2014

Summer Mini Album: Part 1

Hello Friends!

Today I am sharing my summer mini album. This summer we went to France to visit my sister and her family and it was a.maz.ing. A trip that was absolutely worthy of the goregeous We R Memory Keepers 4x4 gold album.

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Isn't it lovely? The chipboard piece is from My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill collection.

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I was pleasantly surprised with how many pages I could fit in the album. There's room for everything and yet it's not too heavy or overwhelming because of the 4x4 size. I love it!

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My friend, Cathy Caines, gave me this little Eiffel Tower chipboard sticker and I stamped on it using my favorite Hero Arts Friend Definition stamp. I used that stamp a lot in this album.

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I'm not sure which collection this Project Life card is from but it's perfect for my album. I found 2 in my stash filled them in as we went so I didn't forget anything.

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I prepped the album before we left.  I started with the 4x4 page protectors and counted out one for each day of our trip. Then I stamped the date on a 3x4 Project Life grid card and stapled it to each page protector. This made it really easy to journal during our trip.

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When we got home, I printed pictures and added embellishments.

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Our first stop was New York City. We had a 7 hour layover which was enough for some fab pizza and a little sightseeing but definitely not enough time to really see the city.

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Then on to France.

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I took almost 1000 photos on this trip - for reals! France is so photogenic it was hard to choose pictures.

I didn't put pictures behind the journaling cards so I used squares of patterned paper from Basic Grey's Persimmon collection. I had the 6x6 pad and used almost the whole thing in this album.

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And sometimes I just used photos for the whole page.

Left: Nathaniel and Ben. Right: Antiquing in the rain with my sister.

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 Mini albums are a great opportunity to use up supplies. I had lots of the Prima wood veneer globes when I started but not anymore. I used them all in this album.

Left: Maple - 4 months old. She is such a sweetie.

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Our first big trip was to visit Versailles. Oh. My. Word. It was amazing. I would happily go back right now. This is the first page with the grid page protector. I didn't use them a whole lot but they are a great way to add ephemera to a project.

Left: A snack break in Versailles. Right: The golden gates and me walking around in my gold Sperrys.

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Here is the flip side of the page protector. I love how the camera paperclip and the globe work on either side.

Right: Me and Ben in front of a random set of gold doors.


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To add some variety, I opted to add pattern paper pages in with all the page protectors. The paper from the page on the left is from Basic Grey's Persimmon line. I stamped on it with the Hero Arts Friends Definition stamp and embellished on top.

Left: The boys making faces in front of the fireplace in the Hercules room. Right: Me and Miss K and Michelle in the courtyard.

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Some more pattern paper pages using the Persimmon collection (left) and Studio Calico Printshop (right). I chose papers based on the motifs I noticed in the chateaus we visited namely: flowers, gold and stars,

Right: A selfie in the Le Grande Gallerie also known as the Hall of Mirrors.

And that's it for today. I still have plenty of pictures to share so I hope you'll stop back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Summer Mini Album.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Friday, 17 October 2014

What to do My With Gelli Prints?

I love my gelli plate by Gelli Arts. I've used it to make pages like this...

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and alter book paper like this...

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I've even thrown a Project Life card or two on my gelli plate - just for fun.

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Which leads to a pile of gelli plate prints that looks like this...

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It seems that it's easier to make gelli plate prints than it is to use them - at least for me.

So, I have a new art journaling project. I'm challenging myself to use my prints in my art journaling, in my home decor and beyond. I hope you'll help by sharing ideas and keeping me accountable.

 This month, I'm framing and displaying one of my favorite prints.

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I just love it and I can hardly wait to hang it in my home. I don't know why I haven't done it sooner.

So,  "What do you do with your gelli plate prints?"  Do you bind them in books? Frame them and hang them? Use them in collage? Use them in scrapbooks? Throw them out? *gasp* Please share your favorite ideas in the comments. I would love some extra inspiration.

Have a great weekend!

Cathie

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Put It All On the Page: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends!

I'm back today with a quick sneak peek of the second page we are making in my Put It All On the Page Class at The Paperie this Saturday, Oct 18.

Here is another look at the first page we will make.

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And here are a few sneaks of the second page.

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That background paper is one of my favorites. I don't know about you but I'm not over mint/aqua yet!

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Yes, this page is all about using wood veneers - all the wood veneers.

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We all have containers full of wood veneers. They are too easy to hoard. In the class, I'm going to show you that they make quite an impact when you put them all (yes, all) on a page.

I hope you'll join us. Please call The Paperie for more information or to reserve your seat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie



Monday, 13 October 2014

Choose Joy: Mixed Media Card

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada which means turkey and family time and reflection for me. I want to share this card today because the sentiment "Today Choose Joy" seemed very appropriate.


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To make this card...

1. Cover watercolor paper in a thin coat of gesso.

2. Apply Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through stencil. I used the triangle stencil from Balzer's Designs. Then dry with a heat gun. Usually, I let things air dry but when you dry Embossing Paste with a heat gun it puffs for a lovely, dimensional effect.

3. Spritz with spray ink. I used Prima Color Bloom sprays in Soft Teal and Tea Stain. These sprays are so beautiful and have just the right amount of shimmer for me.

4. Embellish. I used some old Jenni Bowlin vellum feathers and twill tape that I have been hoarding with some jute twine, baker's twine, wood veneer and fabric brad.

Here's a closeup...


This card is my favorite. My plan is to keep it and display it. I'm just not ready to part with it and I love displaying things I have made in my home.

Next week, I'm going to share some pages from travel mini album. I hope you'll come back and check it out. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the products or techniques I used to make this card please leave a note in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cathie

Saturday, 11 October 2014

October Challenge: Scrap 365

Hi Friends,

This is a quick post to share a page that has been in the works for a while. Here's my page.

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I was inspired by the October sketch from Scrap 365. I just can't resist circles.

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I layered some circle shapes - a doily, a gold doily diecut and some twine painted with gesso - around my photo.

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Then I started work on my background. I used the Finnabair 3D Matte Gel by Prima with my favorite Dina Wakley stencil - Affirmations. I wanted a tone-on-tone effect so I painted the 3D Gel white.

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Then I put my layered photo cluster on a sheet of book paper. I had repeated the circle motif using  the Finnabair Bubbles stencil and more 3D Matte Gel and then a coat of gesso to continue the tone on tone look and feel of the page.

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I cut the doily from the gold foil cardstock that I found at my LSS The Paperie. It's amazing!

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And that's it for this page. If you have any questions about techniques or products, please leave a note in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Friday, 10 October 2014

Dare to be Different: Art Journal Page

Hi Friends!

It's Friday and thank goodness! Don't you agree? I have a bright and textured art journal page to share today.


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It all started with my usual collage of book paper and coat of gesso. Then I added some drywall tape and punchinella and another coat of gesso.

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Then I added piles and piles of Finnabair's 3D Matte Gel by Prima through one of her stencils. It was awesome. Then I set it aside to dry.

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For color, I started with Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paints by Ranger. I can't get enough of Turquoise or Blackberry Violet. The look so great together.

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Then I used the Hero Arts neon pink and purple daubers to make those neon splats.  I am a child of eighties and love neon! Making these big messy splats was lots of fun and great for getting rid of stress.

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The sentiments are from a pack of Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text phrases. It gives the look of a vintage typewriter and they're so easy to use.  I like to include words on my journaling but my super textured pages don't always lend themselves to writing so stickers it is!

I chose "Dare to be different" and "Follow your dream". Just a little reminder for me.

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And that's it for me for another week. It's the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada and I couldn't be happier.  I hope to take advantage of the holiday Monday and get some extra creative time in this weekend.

I hope your weekend is wonderful and creative.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie