Thursday, December 18, 2014

King Sweater

From time-to-time Glenn plays ska or rock-a-billy with comedian Greg Behrendt.  Currently, Greg is working on a routine about trying to be a rock star in Japan in the mid-1980s as the King Sweater.  If you get a chance to see it, go. He's a funny guy.  

He ran through the act a few times in NYC, and Glenn played with him.  The layout I did with the photos I took is a departure from my normal style, but the product I used supported the underlying story.  If you know Greg, the black and white checkerboard is a pretty good fit.  

Supplies: Paper and Ephemera: BoBunny (Star Crossed); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Pens: Copic (R46); Uniball Signo (white); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (opaque white, shine); Punches: EK Success (scallop border, 1 1/4" circle); Washi: Queen & CO.; Stencil: Prima; Other: modeling paste, misc. flowers

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Monday, December 15, 2014

When I Can't Sleep . . .

I couldn't fall asleep. My mind was racing with all kinds of thoughts, including ideas for layouts. I thought that if I got up and sketched them down quick, I'd be able to go back to bed. But no luck. After an hour or so of surfing the net, I finally wandered into my scrap room and started playing, using up some very old supplies in the process:

Supplies:  Paper: BasicGrey, K & Co.; Die: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations; Alphas: Adorn It, Making Memories; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, chipped sapphire, tumbled glass, scattered straw, rusty hinge); Other: clear gesso, unknown stamp, dew drips

Process video (direct link to YouTube here):

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I've fixed the spelling. Warning for those who try to scrap hours past their bedtime.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Art Journal Sunday

I've decided to shift to Sundays for this post.  I need an extra day's buffer. Especially now that it's winter, and I have less light to get decent pictures.

Added bonus of posting a day late - I've had time to take pictures of the project I made yesterday in Donna Downey's class, hosted by The Ink Pad.  I had a fabulous time, and love the project she had us create - an art journal book made with cardboard and strips of fabric, with lots of texture added by using chipboard alphas, joint tape, and modeling paste.

When placing down the chipboard alphas at the beginning of the class, I couldn't help but spell words. I wrote out whatever popped into my head, without any consideration for the photos I would add later.

My neighbor for the day, Sandy, with Donna and me.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry and Bright

Throwback Thursday - I found a few pictures from a holiday crop five years ago and decided that I had to scrap them.  I've met some great people scrapbooking, and I love the reminder of how this hobby has helped me not only preserve memories, but create them as well.

Debbie and Amy at Get it Scrapped have been working hard to build a large collection of sketches/digital templates. The sketches, a benefit for members at the site, are based on layouts come from the more than fifty classes in the Get It Scrapped archives.  Using this sketch based on a layout by Kelly Noel, I created this layout:

Supplies: Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Art Angel); Alphas: American Crafts Thicker (Rockabye), BasicGrey; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (everygreen bough); Copics: R46, R98; Embossing Powder: Ranger; Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts; Stamp: Dina Wakley; Die: Sizzix; Stencil: Prima; Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Twine: Lawn Fawn; Vellum Envelop & Sequins: Studio Calico; Other: Dreamweaver's Embossing Paste, embroidery floss, wood veneer, washi

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bushkill, PA

A rare two-page layout.  There are often times when I have so many photographs I love from an event, that a two-page layout is called for. But they can be a struggle for me design-wise. My fall back is often to work in a horizontal line across the page. I also find it hard to find places to put embellishments, losing track of a clear visual triangle as I try to fill up so much more space than I usually work with on a single-page spread.

Supplies: Paper, Alphas, and Stickers: We R Memory Keepers (Indian Summer); Die: Tim Holtz Alterations / Sizzix (tattered leaves); Flowers: Petaloo (The Penny Lane Collection); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, rusty hinge, wild honey); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (mustard), Mister Huey's (warm calico); Stamp: unknown

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Art Journal Sunday

A day late, but, in my mind at least, it's not coming up short.

So far, my approach with the art journal has been just to play. Experience color and texture and see what happens.  This has not, however, resulted in consistently satisfying results.

Recently I noticed some folk art vertical landscapes on Pinterest, like this one, and I thought that might be something I could manage. I definitely had lots of inspiration from photos I've taken while traveling or out hiking.

I started with a photograph I took of a deserted farm in Iceland. I had been taking pictures of horses across the street, and when I headed back to the car I noticed the farm and grabbed a few shots. Looking back at the pictures, I wished I had spent more time with the subject.

But I can spend time with it now. I began by sketching out an idea in the little journal I carry with me.

By the time I got home from work Friday night, I was eager to get started, and had a completed page a few hours later. (I was delayed until today in getting it posted, due to bad lighting).

I sketched out my idea into my art journal, then laid down a foundation of acrylic paint. I added texture to the meadow with a book page and modeling paste with a Tim Holtz stencil.  I also used a Tim Holtz stencil and black embossing paste on the roadway.  I then went in with another layer of acrylic paint, finishing off with a Simon Says Stamp star stencil and silver embossing paste for the night sky.

I love the texture and golden color of the field.  And I think the subject works much nicer as a symmetrical design, rather than offset as is is in the original photo.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Do You Like My Tiara?

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've seen this photograph before. It was taken in mid-October at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.  I was staying over with a house-full of enthusiastic knitters.  We identified our group by wearing tiaras.

To scrap this photograph, I decided to play with a night and day theme:

Supplies: Paper and Die Cuts: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes); Alphas: Crate Paper (DIY Shop); Stencils: Heidi Swapp (sunburst); The Crafter's Workshop (circle); Tim Holtz (dots); Paint: Liquitex; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire, mustard seed); Doily: Bo Bunny; Punch: Martha Stewart; Puffy Stickers: Twine & Ink

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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