Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A little Layout Class for you all :)

Hi Peeps, thought I'd share a layout tutorial with you all today.

I have loved taking part in Shimelles's 4x6 Photo Love and this tutorial has been inspired from her classes.

You will need

  • 9 Landscape Photos
  • 2 Portrait Photos
  • 2 sheets of 12x12 Cardstock
  • Scissors/ Knife
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments
  • Alphabet Stickers


Step 1 - To get started lets prepare the Card Stock, take one sheet and cut a 12x6 strip and 12x2 strip.
Step 2 - Score along the middle of the 12x2 strip and fold in half so it looks like a 12x1 strip
Step 3 - Take your second sheet of Card Stock and with the strip you have just folded stick the bottom with the bend on the left but lining up to the edge of the Card Stock.

Step 4 - Now with the piece folded stick on top the 12x6 piece but again making sure the edge of the bend lines up with the Card Stock. It should look like this:
Step 5 - Now to place the photos. Place 3 Landscape Photos on to the front of the flap and then 3 Landscape Photos on the back of the flapped piece.

Step 6 - And like Shimelle's October 6x4 Photo Love Class lay 3 Landscape Photos to the left side
Step 7 - For the two Portrait Photos Stick only 3 sides, leaving the left side unstuck like in photo:
Also make out of the left over cut Card Stock 2 Journalling cards 4 x 4.5 these will slip in to the pockets you have just created using the Portrait Photos.

Your layout should like this when Flap Opened:
When Flap Closed:
Step 8 - Then it's time to embellish your Layout and a add a tittle and your journalling to your cards which can also be decorated.

So there you go its a scrap attack lol you should have a layout which opens up to reveal more photos or you could even replace one of the Portrait photos with Journalling card if you wanted your Journalling to show. The possibilities are endless lol.

Here is my layout completed:
Here are my Journalling cards in all there glory.
and they look like this once poked in to the Portrait Photo Pockets :)

I made these little butterfly layer embellishments aren't they cute :) I will post a how to of these at the end of the post :)
I used a Echo Park's Flutterby paper from the Country Drive Collection as I felt it was fitting as I was in the Butterfly Team on the Retreat :) I cut out some strips and cut out some individual butterflies out some of which I mounted on to 3D foam pads and stuck down and on to the strip and added Holographic stickers on to them to give a bit of sparkle.
For the little butterfly Toppers I used a cut out butterfly from the Flutterby Paper, a Button, Small bit of Ribbon, Some Holographic stickers and a small cut out Hexagon out of the Bee's Knees paper from Echo Park's Country Drive Collection, 3D Foam Pads and Double Sided Tape.
Step 1 - Take the Hexagon and ink the edges with a Black Ink Pad.
Step 2 - Take the strip of Ribbon and stick to the Hexagon with Double Sided Tape
Step 3 - Stick the button Down again with Double Sided Tape on to the centre of the Hexagon & Ribbon.
Step 4 - Then 3D foam pad stick the Butterfly in to the centre of the Button.
Step 5 - last of all stick a middle sized and small sized round Holographic stickers on the the butterfly.
Please leave comments and let me know what you think of the class and if you decide to have ago send me a link so I can take a peek would love to see them :)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Afternoon peeps, just a quick post today, Felt like making a cake over the weekend and had a bear cake and saw Pudsey on Tv and thought lets make a Pudsey Cake. So here he is in all his glory. (sorry pics were taken of him in my fridge as I was bit scared to move him again lol).
I used Annabel Karmel cake recipe and the Wilton 3D Bear Cake tin.
I Used one and half pots of Betty Crocker's Rich and Creamy Vanilla frosting and some yellow food colouring to do his fur.
For his face I used Brown milky Buttons and for the scarf I used white ready rolled Icing and then coloured Icing which I rolled and cut little circles out of and stuck on using a little bit of frosting.

I think maybe next yr I will make him again and maybe go round the neighbours or something and do a guess the weight to raise money for Children in Need.

Thank you for all the lovely comments regarding my journal page they mean a lot :) I'm working on my second page and hope to share soon. x

Thursday, 17 November 2011

My First Inky Journal Page & latest 4x6 Photo Love

I have completed my first ever Inky Journal page:
Got a bit carried away with the Inks lol, ended up spraying a bit from each of the Dylusion Spray inks I own lol, but love how it turned out. :) I used Lily Chiver's Edward Scissor Hands Digi Stamp, been dyeing to use some of these digi stamps they are stunning.
I painted Gesso onto bubble wrap and printed it on to the background and then with Black Acrylic paint painted on to the bottom rim of a deodorant can and printed circles in various places.
I stamped a border using the wavy chequered stamp from Dyan's Around the edge stamps. Next time I think I may stamp then go over with a black marker or black paint and then possibly fill the white sections in with white paint or something as It doesn't seem to stand out to well, maybe that's because its on a darker background.
I had a browse on the net to see what quotes were about along the lines of crafting and came across this one that I liked and felt suited:

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules,
making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

Next up is my layout based on the latest 4x6 Photo Love, I didn't have the page protectors and as all my layouts have been going in to a Pizza Box till I have the funds for another album or two or possibly three lol I decided I would just use one piece of cardstock.
I wanted to use the same paper collection I did for my Nothe Fort Layout as We went to Chesil Beach on our way home, so it seemed fitting that this page would go along side it :)
I would have stayed at this beach all day,
The boys loved it too and it was like a little adventure for them being some where we had only ever drove past. I loved how you could see the sea for miles and the amount of stones there were and the stony hill climb then when you get to the top the sea comes in to view :) It really was a wonderful day :)
I used bits from Echo Park's Little Boy and some bits from Bella Blvd's Mr Boy.

it was so peaceful but very windy so used some alpha stickers to record this fact :)

Thank you for stopping by :)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Daily December 2010

Hi peeps here is my Daily December 2010, I used Echo Parks Everyone Loves Christmas. Instead of overlays I decorated pages using the patterned papers and some of the pages I did embossing and used stickers.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Quick Play with Spray Inks

Hi Peeps, very quick post this afternoon, I have just been so eager to have a go with my Spray Inks as I bought them ages ago and not been brave enough to try. I found this Video on You Tube called Dyan Reaveley - Dylusions Spray Inks Ghosting Techneque and I couldn't resist any longer to give it ago.

So here is my attempt at Ghosting on a Canvas:

And here is my attempt at Ghosting on a journal page, I tore the page out as I wasn't brave enough to do it with my page still in the book lol.
I think the journal page came out a lot better.
I used The Crafters Workshop Swirly Vines stencil and Dylusions Burnt Orange, Fushia, Granite, Hot Pink, Jade, Lime, Pomegranate and Sky Blue Spray Inks which can be bought as a bundle from Art From The Heart

I expect I will do some stamping and try and build up both the canvas and page once my new Dylusions Around The Edge Stamps arrive another purchase I couldn't resist any longer lol :).

I have nearly finished putting my Daily December book together just a few bits to add and then I may share. Oh and I will try to upload my 2010 Daily December too as I haven't shared that yet lol.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

I'm no Betty Crocker lol

Afternoon all I have decided I am no Betty Crocker lol
I came across this fantastic cake made by Ang a couple of weeks back which included a tutorial too, take a look here, she also has some other fantastic creations too :)
What I found cool other than the adorable spider was the Poka Dot effect.
So of course I had to have a go first I made a standard cake using an Anabel Karmel Birthday Cake recipe and added Yellow and Red Food Dye.
Then once cooled I crumbled the cake and combined the crumbs with Rich & Creamy Icing, Vanilla flavour. (Sorry photo not great)
Next was the fun part making the cake pops, We don't have a Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker which looks awesome, So we used a Kitchen Craft Non Stick Scissor Homemade Meatball Maker. My two youngest Oscar and Connor had great fun making these.
Connor showing off the cake balls
bit of a close up shot:
We then made up Betty Crockers Devil's Food cake and place half and whole cake balls in to the mix in the cake tin similar to how Ang did it.
Once cooked I used some more Rich & Creamy Icing, Vanilla flavour mixed with Red and Yellow food dye and covered the cake before adding a layer of White Ready to Roll Icing.
I made a cupcake which I added Rich & Creamy Icing, Vanilla flavour mixed with Black and Red Food Dye and then a couple of green smarties for eyes.
I used chocolate sauce for the web.
Inside the cake it turned out how I wanted and I suppose for a Halloween a messy cake is a good cake lol
Not so great at cutting slices.

All in all the cake didn't turn out too bad, I think If and when I do it again I wont put so much of the Devils Food Cake in to the tin as it took just over an hour too cook :( I wouldn't use chocolate sauce for the web as its just too runny and also I would let the cakes cool a lot longer before adding the frosting and icing. Oh and I would use Ready Rolled Icing too next time as I dislike rolling it myself lol. But it tasted good which is the main thing :)