Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Packaging Technique

Hi everyone! So if you've been following me a wee while you'll know I've recently discovered the crafting YouTube channel Inkie Quill and that I love it. She has inspired me to try so many new things using supplies I already have. One such thing is creating an inkie background using 'the packaging technique'.
 
What you'll need:
~ some white or light cardstock,
~ something to cover it - gesso, modelling paste, etc (so the ink doesn't soak straight in to your paper - apparently Bazzil Marshmallow doesn't need coating first)
~ ink, spray mist or markers
~ water in a sprayer bottle
~ soft plastic packaging
 
 
What you do is after you have coated and dried your cardstock, you dab your ink pad or spray some mist onto the plastic packaging, then add some water, squish it together in your hands, flip the plastic over and spread it onto the page. Sound confusing? Watch this video for help (jump to 1:45min for the packaging technique bit).
 
You'll end up with something like this:
 
 
It has raw edges, it has variations in colour. This particular one is also very in your face - but most of it will get covered with the actual layout so it's ok.
 
And the layout:
 
 
I cut 1/4 inch off each side of the cardstock background to remove the rough edges and adhered it onto a piece of coloured paper. It is a colour I never thought I would use, but having a 1/4 inch border is cute.
 
 
I used the Kaisercraft Sweet Pea collection - 6x6 paper pad, 12x12 cut apart sheet and ephemera pack. And lots of foam dots.
 
 
I used some really old alphas that I have no idea what they are other than iridescent plastic, and they match the ink and the page so well. I also used a doily and some washi tape from my stash.
 
 
This was a totally new technique for me and I really liked it. It is nice and easy, and pretty quick. Next time I'll have to try it with another colour combo.
 
I hope you're inspired to give the packaging technique a try!
Jessica T

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Repeating a shape - circles

Gidday folks, thanks for stopping by again today.
 
I'm on this mission to use up my stash. I mention it every other week. But as crafters we tend to gather stuff. And our supply stash gets bigger and bigger. We buy it, we're given it, we find it/ re-use it/ re-purpose it. And it accumulates. And then it starts to get old and we don't love it as much anymore, but the only thing wrong with it is our opinion of it. I'm sick of what I've got, but I don't want to add to it with new product, I want to use it all up and then get new product. Ok so that might be a lofty goal, and isn't likely to happen - but my stash will get much smaller, and is getting much smaller, it just won't get down to nothing - and I'm ok with that.
 
So I have another scrap your stash layout today. For this one I used a pale patterned paper as a base which is outside my comfort zone - I used to do it, but now I typically use white cardstock. Other people still used patterned paper, not just pale colours, and they look great so I thought why not? I love to change it up. Not everything looks amazing, but it's still memory keeping so it doesn't bother me. If every page looked the same your album would be pretty boring, so I'm ok with having some favourites and some that aren't favourites. Oh and I did something else a bit different, I repeated circles over my layout. The small ones are 1 inch punched and the larger ones are traced from the inside of a roll of double sided tape or something - hand cut anyway.
 
My layout:
 
 
The photo is layered on multiple pieces of patterned paper, and some journaling cards I wasn't going to use and then adhered to the page on foam tape.
 
 
 I used a pen to draw a messy border around the page, and around the circles and hearts - some on the shape and some around the edge.
 
 
 I splattered some mist, I added some pearls. All little circles.
 
 
And I did a little cluster on the side too. I felt the page just needed a little more balancing.
 
Remember to have fun doing it, and that it is getting the memories recorded that is the most important.
 
Until next time,
Jessica T
 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Grab 5 bonus layout

Good Morning!
 
So in my last post I created a layout using a Grab 5 scrapping method and I loved it so much I created a second layout!
 
What is Grab 5? You grab 5 different items from your stash and create a project using them. You can use other products too, but must include all 5 items from your Grab 5. I can't take credit for the idea - that goes to my new YouTube love - Inkie Quill.
 
My Grab 5 items were:
 
 
- Kaisercraft "Rewind" 6x6 inch paper pad
- Basic Grey "Archaic" rub-ons
- Various cut-aparts and printables
- Various washi tapes
- Words printed on velum squares that have been in my stash for years and years and I never use and don't know where they're even from
 
And the layout I created:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So did I use all 5 items? Sure did.
 
- Kaisercraft "Rewind" 6x6 inch paper pad ~ layers behind the photo, punched circles, and the little phrases are also cut from one of the papers
 
- Basic Grey "Archaic" rub-ons ~ I used them all over the last layout and all over this one as well. I honestly didn't think there were that many. And I've still got a couple left that just didn't suit.
 
- Various cut-aparts and printables ~ layers, and the punched hearts are from the same one as the layer on the top left of the photo.
 
- Various washi tapes ~ on the top and bottom of the page.
 
- Words printed on velum squares ~ 'Explore'. Trimmed down and added to a piece of paper then on top of a rub-on journaling box.
 
I love this layout as much as the last. And I loved doing Grab 5. I will definitely be doing a Grab 5 again in the future!
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T
 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Grab 5 #1

Good Morning everyone in Scrappy Land!
 
So I have something new today, a new way of scrapping with your own supplies. All credit goes to Inkie Quill for the idea! She has a Grab 5 series on her YouTube Channel which I love and think is a brilliant idea, so I have done a version myself.
 
What you do is grab 5 things from your stash and create a project that must incorporate all 5 products. They can be old products, new products, partial packs, complete packs - completely up to you. They must be 5 different products, and from different collections for more of a challenge. You can use other products too, as long as you use all 5 of these ones as well.
 
These are the products I included in my first ever Grab 5:
 
 
- Kaisercraft "Rewind" 6x6 inch paper pad
- Basic Grey "Archaic" rub-ons
- Various cut-aparts and printables
- Various washi tapes
- Words printed on velum squares that have been in my stash for years and years and I never use and don't know where they're even from
 
 And the layout I created:
 
 
I love how it turned out. I included things I otherwise wouldn't of, like the rub-on dinosaur and caveman paintings, but they tie in nicely.
 
 
 
 
 
So did I use them all? Of Course!
 
- Kaisercraft "Rewind" 6x6 inch paper pad ~ layers, layers, layers. And all the circles are punched from the paper too.
 
- Basic Grey "Archaic" rub-ons ~ I didn't think I had that many left, but they're everywhere!
 
- Various cut-aparts and printables ~ used as layers behind the photo, cut up and used as the frame on the photo, 'keeping cool' added in the cluster on the left, and even cut into a banner there as well.
 
- Various washi tapes ~ used in the layers on the top, side and bottom.
 
- Words printed on velum squares ~ I cut the word out and stuck that at the top of the photo. I only used the one. I can see why I never use them.
 
This was a great way of scrapping. It was so much fun. It was challenging. It made me think of using products in different ways. It made me incorporate things I typically wouldn't. It helped me use up some of my stash.
 
I loved it so much I made two layouts. Check back next week for the second one!
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T
 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Acetate Light Bulbs

Hi there,

I have recently been watching a few YouTube videos about crafting, especially when my craft desk was unusable, and I love to watch a couple while washing the dishes to keep me sane. I have stumbled upon a new favourite - Adele Toomey AKA Inkie Quill. She is so happy and so full of energy you can't help but want to run straight to your craft space after watching a video. A lot of what she makes isn't my personal crafting style, but she still inspires me immensely. Just because I typically don't do bright, busy layouts with lots of mixed media doesn't mean I can't utilise many of her techniques with my own colour schemes and products.

She has tutorials on just about everything, including making your own kit. Many people subscribe to kits and have them delivered monthly, with everything you need to make a ton of projects and it's all matching (and of course newly released). I have never been able to purchase a kit, but I like the idea of making my own from my own supplies so that I can quickly make a layout or two if I've got a small amount of time as I won't need to search for matching supplies. I haven't yet made a kit, but now know exactly what to include, and will document it and do a blog post when I do.

In one of her kits she included something she's had for years and never used, and I'm also in the same boat with the exact same product. Maya Road acetate light bulbs. They are so cute but what on earth do you do with them? I have never seen a completed project using them. Although I never saw her use them either, she mentioned a couple of ideas as she put them in her kit and that was all the inspiration I needed. My project for you today is, finally, using those acetate light bulbs.

This is what they looked like to start with:


 (I really need to cover my 'new' desk, sorry about that).

Adele mentioned she could turn them into balloons, or back them with patterned paper. So here are my now balloon shaped light bulbs:
 
 

I drew on them with felt pens to get a shape I wanted before cutting them with scissors, and then you just rub it off when you're done. I cut the black edge off as it looked a bit weird after some of it had been cut off when re-shaping them into balloons. 

I then backed them with patterned paper scraps:
 
 
And used them on cards:
 
 
 
 
 
 
When I had done a major sort of my stash before out last major move, I donated a ton of products to my sons school and I know I had originally included these light bulbs. Then I took them out of the box again as they were so cute and I wanted to use them one day! They were more likely destined for my sons craft stash if I hadn't heard Adele mention turning them into balloons, as it had never occurred to me to alter them. So Thank You Adele for the inspiration for these cards!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have found some inspiration in using your supplies in different ways, altering your existing products, or finding a new YouTube channel to watch!

Jessica T