Sunday, November 30, 2014

Scrapbookers' Favorite Things

Irit Landgraf suggested that YouTube scrapbookers do a “Favorite Things” hop.  Scroll to the bottom for a list of everyone participating.  I highly recommend you check out their channels, not just to see their “Favorite Things,” but their creative process as well. A lot of great talent has found its way to YouTube.

We’re each doing two “Favorite Things” videos. The first is “essentials,” those basic supplies that you’d find it hard to scrapbook without. The second video is “style makers.”

Here are my scrapbook “essentials”

Supplies for the graphics: Allison Pennington Autumnal & Sabrina Lopez Dupre Our Daily Life at the Lilypad

1) Work Surface - RangerInkssentials Craft Mat

3) Scissors – this is where I start expounding.  I always have a pair of scissors within reach.  They’re in my purse and every room of the house. For scrapbooking, I have at least two pairs out on my desk. One is my grab-and-go pair, which is usually covered in adhesive and other gunk. Right now, my go-to pair is Recollections brand from Michael’s. I also keep a pair of sharp detail scissors. I have both Fiskars and Cutter Bee detail scissors.

4) Adhesive – I think many of us could do a whole episode just on adhesives.  There are so many different kinds, and they often serve different purposes. Here’s my short list:

ATG – its big and clunky, jams frequently, and definitely not for everyone, but I can usually find it when my work area gets inundated, which is a real plus for me;

Foam Tape – big plus is that you can get a giant roll;

Pop Dots – have more height than foam tape. Different brands are have different amounts of “pop” so if it’s something that matters to you, do a little research;

Glue Stick – basic, over the counter supply that goes a long way;

Glue Pen – I’m currently using Zig glue pens when I need to put adhesive over a small area.  The drawback with a glue pen is that when wet, the glue is slippery and you need to hold things in place until it starts to get tacky;

Glue dots – I used to use these for embellishments. They’re strong, but I’ve been getting frustrated trying to get the dot off of the sheet … it might just be that mine are too old, or I’m incompetent, but I’ve been moving more and more toward using a hot glue gun when I need a strong adhesive; and 

The Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

5) Pens – Right now I’m using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens in S and XS. I also like Steadler Pigment Liners 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5.  My problem with pens is that when I art journal, I am too impatient to wait for my paint to dry, and I inevitably ruin my pen trying to write on wet paint.

Don’t forget to keep a pencil handy and a good eraser (Staedler’s white erasers work great).

6) Inks – without a doubt, Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I use it to ink edges and distress my papers and embellishments. It works great with stencils, and there’s a wide variety of colors.  My go to colors are Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, and Chipped Sapphire. 

I also recommend a good dye based ink for permanent stamping, I prefer a dark grey over black.  I’ve used Ancient Page for years, but I don’t think it is readily available any more. I’m working with StazOn, Memento, and  Archival Ink by Ranger.

Lastly, if you are interested in heat embossing, Versamark is an excellent ink choice; I don’t consider myself an expert on embossing powders and mine are all a decade old … so is my Milwakee heat gun, which I do like.
7) Cardstock – White at a minimum, I would also recommend Black, Grey, Navy, Kraft, and Dark Brown.  I recommend Bazzill and Stampin’ Up!, especially for smooth white and kraft, which Stampin’ Up calls Crumb Cake. I usually buy my Bazzill cardstock from where I can get 25-sheet packages for $12.99, or less if on sale (up to half off).  Bazzill does have different textures, so you should pay attention to that if ordering online.

8) Tools – here's a short list of other tools I keep within easy reach:
Paper piercer or a hole punch
Dye Cutting Machine (Sizzix Big Kick)
            EK Success Powder Tool
            We R Memory Keepers QuickStik Craft Tool

9) Storage
            - Cropper Hopper paper files
            - Crafter's Companion EZBinder for wafer dies
            - Mead Binders with Crafter's Companion inserts for clear stamps

10) Buying options – I am an internet shopper. While I cannot speak about international shipping, I find I can get most of the supplies I want from: (current product supplies) (art supplies) (basic supplies like trimmers, bulk paper, etc.) (ink, stencils, and dies)

Here are my "style makers":

                                      Supplies for the graphics: Allison Pennington Autumnal & Sabrina Lopez Dupre Our Daily Life at the Lilypad

1) Stencils.  Really, I can’t have too many stencils.  I love a small repeating image over my background to add an additional layer of interest. My favorites are:

           The Crafter's Workshop (North Star, Fireworks)
           Prima (Cubes)
           Magic Mesh

2) Paints

Acrylic paint
Liquitex (white, black, gold)

3) Inks  - I already discussed my love for Tim Holtz Distress Inks above, but I also use a lot of spray inks, including Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Mister Huey's, and Lindy's Stamp Gang

4) Texture pastes:

5) Paper lines – This one is really subjective. My first recommendation is to dig into your stash, mix older products with new products to give it new life.  I received the Studio Calico kit club for the first half of the year, and like the variety of different current products I was getting, but after awhile I began to feel that it wasn’t fitting my style, so I purchased a few collections that struck my fancy, these included:

Teresa Collins – Life Emporium and 9 & Co.
Simple Stories - Homespun and A Charmed Life

6) Enamel Dots

7) Fiber

Sewing Thread

8) Dies – I don’t generally use an electronic die cutting machine. I do have a Slice, but it rarely gets taken out. On the other hand, I love my Big Kick.

9) Embossing folders – simple, repeated patterns that can add interest to a layer

10) Stamps (I talk a bit about ink in Part I) Stamps are a bit hard to link to, because there’s constantly being updated by the company

If you want to see what other scrapbookers love, hop along to these other YouTube Channels:

Asa Malm
Auntie Re Creates
Hannah Lemieux
Irit Landgraf
Jen Schow
Jenny Box
Kitty Scrapper
Meaghan Russo
Manda Moore
Maria Delicata
Mercy Tiara
Nicole Jones
Robin Voak
Sarah Branch Swann
Tuesdae Habbard
Victoria Marie

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

It's the second day after Thanksgiving, and I'm still in a food coma. Before I left, however, I did finish up a new art journal page, which I get to share with you today.

I started with a single background across two pages, using acrylic paint and a stencil.  Then I built two separate clusters, one on each page, using BoBunny Star Crossed papers, Dina Wakely stamps, and some handwriting/doodling. I love using small, black enamel dots in the eyes of these birds to give them  bit more life.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


The Get It Scrapped Creative Team was challenged to do a page following several prompts, including: two square photos, three flair, striped paper, and a one-word title.

This layout expresses the gratitude I feel toward my husband who goes outside of his comfort zone in order to make me happy.  The circular flair inspired me to add circles to my background layers.  I placed the circles over a painted and stenciled background for added interest.

Supplies:  Paper: K & Co.;  Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Hearts and Enamel Dots: Studio Calico; Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (water cooler); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, peeled paint, mustard seed); Other: modeling paste

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

Detail shots:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bishop's Orchard

A day trip to the beach at the end of the summer was capped of with a trip to the orchard to pick apples, peaches, and pears. I didn't have any embellishments in my stash that went well with my photographs, so I improvised, making some old-timey fruit-crate labels with stamps, and some pears with another stamp.

Supplies: Paper: SEI (Dill Weed), Lilibee Design (Memorandum), Cosmo Cricut (Art Angel); Alphas: Studio Calico; Stamps: Stampin' Up! (fruit-crate labels), A Stamp in the Hand Co. (pear); Ink: Memento (gray flannel), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage photo, forest moss, old paper, antique linen); Embossing Markers: Marvy Uchida; Embossing Powder: Ranger;  Die: Spellbinders; Enamel Dots; Doodlebug; Other: watercolors, misc. buttons, twine

Detail shots:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Storm King

I've gone and done it. I've finally made the jump from my Canon T2i to a Canon 5D Mark III.  Wanting to get out right away and put it through its paces, I signed up for an outing with Discovery Outdoors - hiking Storm King Mountain, followed by a visit to the Storm King Arts Center, which has an impressive sculpture exhibit spread over acres and acres.

The hike itself did not afford much opportunity for photography, and I am struggling with learning how to use the focal points of the Mark III (61 instead of the 9 my T2i had) and to set the exposure properly.  The hard light of a late fall day added to this challenge.  I will definitely need to play more to get the hang of my new toy.  

The Arts Center was a joy to wander around with a camera:


We became distracted for quite awhile at the mirrored picket fence.

Htet, my companion at the Arts Center, loved the milkweed we found.


A full slideshow is available below (or at this link):

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

I sat down to work on my art journal without any particular vision. I just wanted the  joy of playing with color and texture.

I started by adding texture with The Crafter's Workshop/Jenni Bowlin North Star stencil, then layered color with some old Folk Art acrylic paint that I wanted to use up.

Would you believe that I started with yellows and greens? I didn't like how it was coming out, and toned it all down with a layer of white.

Then I decided to draw the stylized circles. I liked how those came out, but didn't like the background.

I started doodling, but I didn't like that.

I added some Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio in Rizzo's Rowdy Red and Tears on My Pillow Tangerine to brighten things up. I didn't like that either.

I tour strips of K & Co. paper to add more red.  It still wasn't quite right.

On and on I wandered directionless.

Finally I grabbed my black acrylic paint and started painting over everything and, finally, it all came together.  I'm calling it Celestial Bodies.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Celebrating Family

I ended up with a lot of delightful scraps left over from my last layout (Scrap Gals), including a number of rosettes.  Rather than returning everything to my stash, I decided to go ahead and plan another layout using (mostly) the same supplies.

P.S. I'm glad to announce the little guy is here now and is beautiful and healthy.

Supplies: Paper: Lilybee Designs (Memorandum), Echo Park (Dots), Bo Bunny (Back to Basics), Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes, Baby Bee); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (broken china); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (teal); Copics: BG10, BG13; Dies: Tim Hotlz/Sixxix (rosette), Simon Says Stamp (leaves, banner), Spellbinders (journaling block); Punch: EK Success; Stencil: Simon Says Stamp; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Twine: Lawn Fawn

Detail shots:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scrap Gals

Scrapbooking with friends (or scrap shopping with friends), makes it that much more fun.  This layout was inspired by Sweet Snapshots by Adriennealvis at Studio Calio.

Supplies: Paper: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes and Baby Bee collections), Echo Park (Dots), Lilybee Designs (Memorandum); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Dies: Spellbinders, Tim Holtz (flower), Simon Says Stamp (leaves);  Punches: Stampin' Up! (scalloped circle), EK Success (banner); Doily: Bo Bunny; Enamel Dots: Studio Calico; Ink: Tim Holtz (tumbled glass); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold, mustard, teal) Copics: BG10, BG13

Detail shots:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

Just playing with color and texture today.  The face wasn't intended to be anyone in particular, but since I always go for blue eyes and a reddish hair, it somewhat resembles me, even if the features aren't accurate.  For texture I layered some old tags and die cut butterflies under my layers of paint. A Crafter's Workshop stencil adds a bit of energy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

JBS November 2014 Papercrafting Kit Part IV

It's a bizarre thing. You're walking down the street in Washington Heights in New York City and a wizard walks by. He's followed by some steam-punk goth type. Then there's a hoard of Vikings.   One day a year my neighborhood suddenly becomes the it place for people watching as everyone heads to nearby Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters for a renaissance faire. This was the first year we were home the same weekend, so we decided to wander up for a bit and check things out.  I think I need a costume for next year.

Supplies: Jenni Bowlin Studios November 2014 Papercrafting Kit (Paper: JBS, Amy Tangerine (Stitches), Echo Park (Made from Scratch); Stamp: JBS); Non-Kit Stamps: Maya Road (alphas); Stencil: Jenni Bowlin for the Crafter's Workshop; Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire, evergreen bough); Markers: SU! (night of navy, sage shadow); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (navy); Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

Detail shots: