Monday, July 27, 2015

Mixed Media Foray

Today I would like to share my first every foray into mixed media.  A friend of mine (Linda) was over and she showed me a few ideas on how to get started. It was loads of fun and very easy to do.

Linda brought little packets of papers, fibres and trinkets. Each packet was slightly different and of course each artist will interpret and use the items differently according to their style.  Our tools were glue stick, liquid glue, staples, and a micron pen (to Zentangle).  I know there is a lot more that can be done with Gesso, paints and stencils, but this is just a beginning.

I picked out papers that "spoke" to me and cut or tore sections to add to my 5x7 chipboard piece.  I arranged them in whatever way made sense to me.  I like dimension so I added a curled up piece of netting and sparkling star on one side and a folded napkin on the other side.  Then we added Tangles to spice it up!

When we are finished we will coat everything with Mod Podge (I haven't done that part yet). In the end, I kinda think my piece tells a story. It's a little corny, but here goes......

We are all like a little fish who is on a life journey.
               Sometimes she will face obstacles, 
               but if she pushes through them she will be the star of own story. 

               Along the journey she might be delayed by her own struggles (nets),
               but she was given the building materials to make our own life story.

               If she perseveres she will have the joy of blossoming into a unique and special person.

I'll end on that corn fed note with .... Have a scrapping great day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Banner Board Mini Album

I recently purchased the new We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board from Scrapadabadoo in Washington State. I have made several banners of course, but I was recently challenged to come up with my own scrapbook album design and I wondered if anyone had used this board to make a mini.  I searched Pinterest and Youtube and the answer is no, so I think this makes me the first designer to create a mini album from the Banner Board.

I made a 5 page album that is 7 1/2 x 11 inches.  There are three pages in the Flag banner style and 2 in the Pennant style.

I used Kathy Orta's hidden hinge binding system to attach the pages to the album cover.  The paper collection is Nautical from Fancy Pants Designs.  I pick up a mega set from with all the papers, chipboard, stickers, buttons, photo frames and pocket cards.

Here is the inside front cover with hidden pocket and folded tag.

Next comes the first page......

I made a Crest banner, folded it and added to the base page to form the pocket.

On the back of the page I added a waterfall for lots of pictures.
Page 2 is a Flag page ....

Pocket card is secured as a flap to hold the tag.

Inside the flag page

Back of the Flag page
Page 3 ....

Under the flap

Tags from the pocket

On the back is Kathy's stacked pockets.
Page 4 is another Flag page ....

Place a photo in the frame

Page 4 is a Pennant page ...

and then finally the back cover pocket and flap.....

This was a super quick and fun album to make.  I am working on a tutorial that I will give away for FREE to anyone who likes my Crafting Passions Facebook page (don't forget to private pm me your email address). The Free tutorial will be sent out on Sunday, July 19th.

Hope you enjoyed the very first Banner Punch Board mini album!

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Zentangle Pop Up Box

As an avid card maker and scrapbooker I like to make all kinds of interactive projects with lots of flips, flaps and folds.  As a Zentangle artist I like to draw new patterns and add to my growing list of favorites.  I am seeing the most amazing results when I combine my love of paper arts with Zentangle drawing.

Today I would like to share with you a pop-up card decorated with Prima papers and sea oriented Tangle patterns.  In the Zentangle world this is referred to as a ZIA, Zentangle Inspired Art.

Ordinarily, I would fill the center with lots of images sticking out, and I will, I just though you would like to see the basic design first.

The top flaps have two layers of Prima Seashore papers and then a Bijou tile Tangled with different designs.  Tangles included are Mooka, Roxi, Kelp, Indy-rella, and Squid.

I Tangled an underwater scene around the base of the box before putting it together. Tangles included are those named above as well as Phicops, Printempts, Moon Pie, Tipple, Sanibelle.  I lightly colored the scene with chalk pencils.

The beauty of a Pop Up Box card is that it folds flat and can be sent to someone through the mail in a regular envelope.

I wrote a tutorial years ago on how to construct the Pop Up Box.  You can view the tutorial here.

A Zentangle Pop Up Box is a great way to share your love of Tangling and give a unique card to your favorite person.

I'll be entering this card into a few challenges:

Happy Tangling!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Got Envelopes?

I am continuing my learning exploration of different styles, shapes and sizes of mini album creation.  I explored lots of ideas on Pinterest and Youtube and there are two designer ideas that I want to try.  The first is Laura Denison's Foliope using any size envelope and glueing the top flap to each envelope (see below). The second is Kathy Orta's envelope mini that she made on Youtube a few years ago.  I find that most of the envelope mini's were made between 2011-12.  I am just now catching up!

Today I am sharing a mini album using 5 x 6 1/2 envelopes from Michael's, and My Minds Eye Kate & Co papers and chipboard pieces.

It's a girly album with magnets holding it closed. 
There is a magnet under the bow keeping the top flaps closed.

Opening the top flaps
The first flap is an envelop held closed by a beautiful brad and velcro.
Fold the next layer down and you see three envelopes with decorative edges.
The final layer opened barely fits on camera.

Inside the envelopes are several tags ready for photos.

You can see the little velcro piece to hold it closed.
I have lots of stickers and more chipboard pieces to add when I complete the album with my pictures.

Project Recipe:

  • Tutorial - Laura Dennison Foliope
  • Paper - My Minds Eye Kate & Co, Bazzill pink cardstock, Kraft card stock, Michaels' envelop and cards package
  • Embellishments - Martha Stewart deep edge punch, Chipboard pieces, Stickers and brads, I used a circle punch to provide finger room to pull out the tags.
  • Inks - Ranger Gathered Twigs

Hope you enjoyed my project share today. I have more envelope ides to try so be watching for the next project!

Have a scrap-happy day!