If there ever comes a day….

It’s Fathers Day. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad’s, soon to be dads, and all the men who are like dads to special kids, and to those who would make excellent dads in the future.

This month it was Rae Lynn’s and my turn to bring you some inspiration using the June kit “Mister Man” from our local scrapbook store, The Paperie. You can check it out here, here and here. The kit was indeed masculine containing lots of brown neutral tones:

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While working on the kit in May, I knew one layout I would be doing would be a tribute to my late grandfather. I used a quote from Winnie the Pooh for my title and decided to do a Vintage style layout. I found some of my favourite old pics of Poppy, Nanny and me when I was a little girl. I scanned them and printed them on my printer in a sephia tone. I was filling up with tears the whole time I was creating this layout and had my box of Kleenex on the table. Here is the layout I created:

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and some close ups:

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I toned down the paper in some areas using white acrylic gesso, I then used used Studio Calico mist in colors dark ands warm calico. I added some doilys, washi tape and stickers in the kit and other washi tape from Ranger, Autum leaves Flourish stamps, Maya Road wood buttons & Ranger Tim Holtz Adornments. I  created my title using the AC thickers in the kit as well as Ranger black sticker letters. I added Studio Calico wood veneers, Hero Arts Lace and Pearls, Evalicious badge, Tim Holtz Film strip, TCW clocks stencil & the 7 Gypsies clock stamp.

The title “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” was perfect for this layout.  I added my journaling with my favourite pen-the XS black PITT pen by Faber Castell. It says “You’ll always be in my heart. I miss you Poppy”

Lori

 

 

 

Sketchbook 365 April Sketch

Well its been a rough week in our household. We’ve all been very sick with colds, stomach bugs and headaches all at once! As a result I never got to link up my layout I created using Aprils sketch to the Sketchbook365 blog. However here is my take on this months sketch:

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here is the sketch I used:

This sketch is based on a layout by Sian Fair

This sketch is based on a layout by Sian Fair

I used American Crafts Dear Lizzie Lucky Charm papers, Amy Tan vellum letters, Studio Calico wood veneers, various washi tape, MME enamel dots, Evalicious flair,MM letter stickers, Ranger pumice stone distress ink, TCW mini Kaliedoscope stencil, gesso,Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer mist (admiral) and my Sakura 0.2 micron black pen and my Faber-Castell XS black pen.

Triangles seem to be all the rage right now! The Dear Lizzie Lucky Charm papers coupled with the SC wood veneers and the stencil all fit together! And to top it all off, I used my pics of the Pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo) when i visited the archeological Site, Chichzen Itza in Mexico. I really like how it turned out!

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Lori

Christmas in…….APRIL?????

Looking at my blog posts, I noticed I never posted my completed layouts using the Paperie December Club kit. I had a few sneak peeks on posts here and here and then the Paperie posted the layouts on their blog here, but I somehow forgot to do my own posting. December 2012 was my very first time as a Paperie design team member and here is what I created:

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Lori Smith- 12 years of Cheer

Would you believe I created all these layouts in one day???!!!! Yeah I couldn’t believe it either!!! I guess it was a christmas miracle!!! LOL!

So Happy Christmas in April!!!!

 

Lori

The Making of a “cool” Layout

As promised here is my process of making the  “Mr. Cool” layout I did last week in the Crop Circles Blog Hop. WARNING: There are 21 pics in this post with instructions and technique so read when you have a few mins to spare.

I’m still trying to “kill a Kit” as my friend Krista would say. I’m attempting to use up my leftover stash from the February Paperie Club Kit  (& previous kits). If you want to see the other February kit layouts click here. To see how I made these layouts click here, here, here & here.

To start, I grabbed the October Afternoon paper Carousel. The multi colored circles were pretty, but I LOVED the orange pin stripe on the back. As soon as I saw this paper, I knew the exact pic I wanted to use. My hubby loves the color orange, and I had this pic of us at an Aerosmith outdoor concert I wanted to use. I grabbed my 6×6 TCW Chevron Arrows Stencil and my Studio Calico Mister Huey Clay mist. I had the stencil in 12×12 but I wanted the smaller arrows. I positioned the stencil where I wanted it to go, covered the edges with loose scrap paper and misted it.

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heres what I got:

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And my stencil had lots of mist on it. I didnt want to waste it so I created ink splatters with it over the LO by pressing it into the paper in various places:

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here…

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here…

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great way for controlled splatters!

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Then I decided I wanted my misted arrows to go further down on the paper…so I grabbed the stencil, placed it over the lower portion of the already misted image as shown below:

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I added the scrap paper I previously used around the edges of the stencil as shown below. For a better flowing misted image, mist near the darker misted area:

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Heres what I got. It looks like the stencil was a bigger one that I misted only once.The mist looks darker here but it gets lighter as it dries. Plus we will be adding gesso later on!

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I added Ranger Sunset orange paint dauber and Tattered Angels Valencia Chalk board glimmer mist (with my finger after spraying on craft mat) to the top left corner:

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I positioned my TCW Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Mini Punchinella stencil (stars) as shown. I added white matte gesso to my craft mat and used a brush to add it to my stencil randomally in the corner. Dont try to make it perfect. It looks better messy!

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I flicked some teal, orange and black mist over the paper from the top left corner diagonally to the bottom right corner.. Then I added teal mist to the top left corner in areas areas with my finger as shown. I stamped stars and arrow stamp with black Staz-On. Added some washi tape as shown. Then I adhered enamel dots, a star strip of paper, and an arrow vellum sticker all included in the in the kit. I doodled with my black pen and added an Evalicious Flair Badge!

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To start the main portion of the LO, I gathered my orange paint dauber, my black pen and my TCW Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Wonky Circles stencil . I laid down my stencil and traced the stencil with my black pen. .

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Then I added orange paint in the circles and took my black pen and doodled around the circles:

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Now here’s where I get excited and forget to continue taking pics! I add some teal and orange paint in patches with my finger. I started layering it up with washi tape, arrow stamp with black Staz-On, star teal paper strip. Then I randomally added white gesso with my brush over the layout. Dont be perfect, don’t stress about it. If you realize you added too much, dip your clean brush in water and thin it out. Just have fun with it!!!!

I matted my pic on a SC journaling card (in the kit) and doodled around it to make it look like a polaroid.I  added an Ali Edwards stamp to the bottom. I grabbed another journaling card and ripped it and added gesso to the orange edge to tone down the bright color. I added gesso to a teal paper strip and got some tags that I had left over from the Paperie June kit and inked/gessoed/painted them up. I Layered up the tags, paper, photo and cards as shown without adding adhesive. I figured out where I wanted to add the star stamps, and removed the layers. I added my stamps and then began adhering my layers.

I added some doodling and added gesso in places. I adhered the enamel dots, the flair, arrow vellum sticker and the doodled chipboard star (from the june kit too!). I then added my title using the block letters from the Feb kit and the leftover black AMY TAN thickers from the June kit. I added my journaling to the bottom of the pic on the card as shown.

Here are some close ups to see the detail:

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My hubby is always trying to make me laugh. Sometimes he puts on his sunglasses and starts talking like the wrestler, Macho Man Randy Savage. “All you need is a good pair of glasses…oooo yeah!” If you grew up in the 80’s you know exactly what I’m talking about!

And here is the completed layout:

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Easier than you think!!!! So give it a try on your next layout. If you have any questions on the techniques I used, ask me in the comments section and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I would also love to see some mixed media layouts that you create. Paste a link in the comments section to your gallery/blog/website so I can see it!!

And to end my post here is a little sneak of something I’m working on:

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Eclectic Love- Layout #4-A little Bit of Magic

Here is the final LO  I completed for the release of the February Paperie Club Kit, “Eclectic Love”. BUT that’s not all!!!!! You will see more projects I make from this kit in future posts, including a St. Paddy’s Day LO I’m working on!!!

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This was THE FASTEST LAYOUT I HAVE EVER DONE!!!!!! I am a pretty slow scrapbooker, but this LO took me about 30 mins to do (40 mins if you count cutting the SC journaling card).

First I got my white CS and added a few flicks of Ranger Black Marble Dylusions. I then started the bottom of the LO first….I know- crazy!!! I added the strip of Studio Calico  Darling Dear “Garbo” paper at the bottom. I added washi tape and the star strip from October Afternoon Midway “Duckpond”. I colored the SC vellum heart with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Barn Red and added it to the corner with the star flair and the SC ampersand vellum die cut sticker:

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Then I got the circles cut from the October Afternoon Midway “Ring Toss” paper, that was left over from making the last LO. I popped every second one up using foam dots. Then I got out my black PITT pen and added some faux stitching around them:

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So, yeah….I did the top and bottom first. Not your typical way to do a LO, but hey it worked out. I cut a piece of Bo Bunny teal CS and added it to my LO. Added a few strips of washi and more paper strips from the OA “Duckpond”. I adhered my pics and began to embelish the LO. I loved the orange pinking cirle on the SC journaling card, but i didnt want to add another square element, so I did what any crazyType A scrapper would have done- I fussy cut the darn thing out! A little secret- I only cut enough to fit….the remainder is hidden under the pic…maybe it was laziness….whatever!!! Then I stamped it with a Kelly Purkey (she will be visiting here in less than 3 weeks!!!!!)  “A Little Bit of Magic” stamp using black STAZ ON. I added faux stitching to the pinking circle and adhered some velum die cuts and the SC flair and it was done!!!

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So that’s the story of the fastest LO I have ever done. Horray!!!!

Lori

Eclectic Love Post #2

I’m back again with another layout using the Paperie February Club Kit “Eclectic Love” . I had lots of fun making this layout because it involves lots of inky messy goodness!!!

One of my favourite scrapbookers/artists is Anna-Maria Wolniak. Her work is absolutely amazing and I am so ispired by her use of mixed media on her layouts. This LO was inspired by by a layout of hers called Centre Pompidou.

Here is the layout titled “Best Friends”. It’s a tribute to my best friend Karen who introduced me to scrapbooking in 2004. paperie club kit feb 2013 lori smith layout best friends

I started with a white CS background. I gathered my Ranger Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress Ink Pad & Blending Tool, and the Punchinella stencil designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for TCW. I added some tape to the back of my white CS and stuck it to my Ranger Craft Sheet. (I love my Ranger Craft Sheet! It protects my table from my inky messiness and its heat resistant!).

I then positioned the honeycomb part of the stencil on the CS where I wanted to add my ink. (NOTE: to make the stencil the width I wanted, with a straight edge, I taped a strip of paper to the top and bottom of the stencil acting as a mask). I taped the stencil down with a small amount of washi tape. I did this to prevent the paper and stencil from moving. Next I added Pumice Stone distress ink to my Ink Blending Tool and moved the blending tool over the stencil carefully and in a circular movement. When finished, remove all tape to reveal a crisp image!

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I gathered my Witch’s Brew October Afternoon Sprinkler (green), my Peppermint Studio Calico Mister Huey (red), my Seven Seas Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (teal), my MME Follow Your Heart Be Amazing stamp set, my Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and my clear stamp block. I added the 3 misters in separate areas on my craft sheet. Using my finger I added the inks in areas to the paper as shown below. I added a big glob of red and blew on the ink on the CS to make a runny pattern. I also removed the spray nozzle from each of the mists and flicked it to create some drips as shown. I inked up my arrow stamp and added it as shown. Love it!!!

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I laid my LO and craft sheet to the side,and gathered my craft knife & cutting mat. I took one of the Studio Calico Darling Dear Journaling Cards included in the kit, and used my craft knife to cut out the heart in the corner. I adhered the card to my layout and put the heart to the side to use later. Here is the pic below after I cut it out.

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I gathered my TCW mini Squircle stencil and taped it to my LO. Using my Jet Black Archival ink and ink blending tool I added ink to the stencil as shown. IMAG1492

The journaling card has a glossy finish so make sure the ink dries thoroughly before proceeding. Here is what it looks like:

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I backed my photo with SC Garbo (black Camera paper) and added washi tape (see full LO for placement of washi) I adhered pop dots to the back of the cut-out heart and placed it on the LO as shown. I grabbed my fine black Faber Castell PITT pen and added faux “stitching” around the heart.

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I added ink with my finger in patches as shown below and added a few flicks of mist droplets to my LO. I also drew faux threads with my PITT pen. I added my title using the Konichiwa Basic Grey Letter Stickers that came in the kit. I added the MME enamel dots and Bo Bunny enamel hearts that came with the kit.

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At the bottom of the LO, I added washi tape, enamel dots/hearts and a SC Darling Dear Flair Badge that came with the kit. I punched out a heart with my punch and added it to the layout. I added some faux thread and outlined the heart and letters in my title with my PITT pen. I stamped that fabulous arrow stamp again at the bottom.

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I added the Vellum Die cuts to my LO. The arrow in the upper right hand corner was colored with my distress markers. I cut the “smile” speech baloon from the October Afternoon Midway Washi tape and placed it on the LO (see full LO for final placement)

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Finally I put glossy accents to the red letters in my title:

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Hope you like this LO and learned a few new techniques!!! In my next post I will tell you how I did Layout #3 “Roa’s Rapids”

enjoy!

LORI

Eclectic Love

Happy Valentines Day! (belated….hey lets keep the love going!) This week I posted a few sneaks of the Paperie February Club Kit- Eclectic Love!  It was Rae-Lynn’s & my turn this month to privide you with some scrappy inspiration!!! Check us out at The Paperie blog in this post (Rae-Lynn’s Reveal) & this post (my reveal).

So now I’m going to show you how I created LO #1:

Layout #1: “Love”

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Don’t you just LOVE that Amy Tan paper called “Surrounded” from the Ready Set Go line?!!! was inspired by an idea from Amy to cut out the letters and back it with paper . Check out the layout she created.

Now I must confess I save my packaging from some of my embelishments. And this packaging from the Studio Calico Vellum diecut stickers was perfect!

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To start the layout, I placed my pic,washi & layered patterened paper (pp) onto the background “Surrounded” pp. I DID NOT USE ADHESIVE YET. I then picked one of the  love locations on the paper I wanted to cut.

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II used my craft knife & cutting mat to cut the word “Love” out of the paper. The best way to cut with a cutting knife is to move your paper around the turns, not the knife.

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 I removed the pp, washi & pic. I then used various mists from Tattered Angels, Ranger, Studio Calico & October Afternoon to create ink splatters on the top left corner and the bottom. I love removing the sprayer from the misting bottles and flicking the tubing to create tiny splatters. I then adhered my pp (Studio Calico & Basic Grey), pic and washi (Ranger, Freckled Fawn) to the LO. I love the wide washi!!! I also love the ripped washi look. I added some on the top and bottom of the background paper. I rolled the edges of the wide washi to give it a distressed look.

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I fired up my Silhouette Cameo & cut the frame from Kraft CS, to fit my smaller picture. Love that Front Row Polaroid cut file from Studio Calico. I added the pic behind the frame and then poped it up with foam dots. I cut out the “you & me so happy” speech balloon from the October Afternoon Midway word bubbles washi tape that was included in the kit. I adhered it to the corner of the polariod frame.

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I took the Studio Calico Darling Dear Vellum die cut stickers (included in the kit) and my Ranger Tim Holtz Distress markers. I choose a heart and colored it with the Broken China marker. I then added it to the LO.

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I used my extra fine black PITT pen to write the words “today”, “tomorrow” and “always” on Kraft paper, cut it out in a rectangle shape and adhered it as shown on the LO.

I got the stamp “heart you” from the Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards  “Bring On the Love” stamp set, inked it with Ranger black Archival Ink and stamped it on the LO. .

I punched out hearts from red, teal and pink Bazill cardstock using the Martha Stewart Heart Confetti Punch  and the Fiskars Heart Punch. I then adhered them on the LO with pop dots as shown. I then added some My Minds Eye Enamel Dots that came with the kit as shown.

I then got my SMOOCH out and painted the heart of the Ali Edwards stamp. Love the shimmer!

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 Now I will show you what I done with my title. I flipped over the layout and put adhesive foam around the word love (you may have to cut the foam to fit).  I then (carefully) layered washi tape on red CS and placed it behind the word LOVE:

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I then traced around the letters using my black Faber-Castell PITT pen. Love these artist pens!!

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And so the doodling frenzy begins! I doodled around the outter edges of the layout, the CS hearts, the polariod frame and the handwritten words. Now don’t go trying to be all neat and perfect about it, and stressing yourself out. Embrace imperfection!

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and here is a close up! Look at the dimension in the title by adding pop dots to the back! In addition, the doodling certainly adds a creative touch to help your layout POP!!!

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Some pics above I took as I was creating the LO. Others I took after the fact because I was in a scrappy state of creativity and I just couldnt stop/forgot to take a pic!!

In my next post, I will show you how I did Layout #2 “Best Friends”.

Enjoy!

Lori