Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
And this is my take:
Friday, August 20, 2010
I'm in a whirl, yet doing nothing, waiting for the end of September when I can begin looking for a new apartment. Time to take long walks through the City with my camera in hand to see what quiet moments I can capture and ponder.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
When I saw Page Maps' latest challenge, I immediately thought of the series of pictures my sister took of me during the pie eating contest and had to give it a try.
Supplies: Bo Bunny Back to Basics, My Mind's Eye So Sophie, and Cosmo Cricket Mischievous Max papers; Hiedi Swapp Ghost Alphas inked with alcohol inks; Chatterbox and American Crafts brads; Fiskars border punch; Paper Trey Ink ticket stamp set; assorted ribbons.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Well, it's starting to look like a sweater. After numerous rows of stockingette in the round, it's time to find the instructions and see what the next step is. (Um, short rows?? I guest that means hopping over to Knittinghelp.com to do a bit of research.)
In other news, today I am mailing a letter advising my landlord that I will not be renewing my lease. After eight years in the same apartment, this is a momentous event for me. Where am I going? I have absolutely no clue. I am in holding mode until my current lease ends. October will be a frantic month, while I scramble to find a new place, pack and move. For an obsessive planner unable to plan, the next two months are going to be very stressful. The positive - on November 1st I will have started a new epoch in my life, this one shared with Glenn.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I've been on a roll lately with alcohol inks. I purchased them years ago and they've just sat in a drawer until this summer. I stamped grapes on a transparency in Stazon ink, colored the image with eggplant and celery alcohol ink, trimmed it and used it as an embellishment on this first layout. I also played with my new Perfect Pearls, misting the layout to give it a bit of a sheen.
On the second layout, I used celery alcohol ink to color clear buttons (another "must have" that's been sitting unused in my stash). I also broke out my mesh and used it as a mask as I inked up the background.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Often I get asked how it's done, so I've put together a tutorial.
Usually I layout the key elements of a page and then think about embellishments.
Here, I wanted to use embellishments to add energy and help the layout flow from left to right. To do this, I first sketched out some flourishes. Normally I would sketch in pencil, pierce the holes, then erase the pencil lines.
While I did these flourishes freehand, I will often use stencils or trace chipboard. Another idea is to print your image, position it on the page, pierce your holes, then remove the printout.
Once I have pierced the holes, I thread a needle with a large eye with embroidery floss, tape the end to the back of the layout, and begin stitching.
Click here for a video tutorial.