Saturday, April 05, 2014

My Sketch #2

Hi everyone!!!  Donna here with another sketch for you as promised.  Okay, to begin with, I decided to sort out my box of scrap patterned papers that I said I was going to do.  This is what I started with.

So I began sorting and making piles based on colours.  I did not worry too much about patterns because you don't know until you start putting the page together just what patterns you will like together.
Here are a couple of piles of papers that I put together.

I decided to use the blue pile.  Below is the free hand sketch that I did for you.

And below this is the start of the layout.

I first placed my doilie down.  You can also cut out a large circle in place of the doilie.  Then I cut the main strip that is over the doilie.  I only adhered the doilie and the top part of the main strip.  Then I began cutting my pieces as shown on the sketch and placed them around the page, without adhering  them down.  This is so I can make changes as I go before the final gluing.  I did add some other pieces as I went along as I found that I wanted some darker pieces to give the layout some depth.  As you can see I used several different patterns.  I added some flowers and vines.  Since there are pink flowers in the dress my granddaughter was wearing, I added some pink flowers to the layout as well.  Because of the different patterns I find that I don't need as much embellishments - I let the layout and picture speak for itself.  Here is the finished layout.

When I look at the picture and see my gardens in the background, I really cannot wait for spring and summer.  I has been a long winter!!
  Until next time
I'll be talking to you soon.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New products!!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Sketch

Hello everyone.  I thought I would share another sketch with you that I did while I was enjoying a warm cup of tea.   I don't have any fancy computer program where I can create the sketches - I like to do them free hand.  I went to my favourite scrapbooking retreat this past weekend and I took this very rough sketch with me. I ended up doing 6 layouts using this sketch.  I did add some pieces and moved things around to make the layouts look different.  But I was very pleased with how they turned out and I plan on doing this more often.  Here is the sketch.

Here are a couple of the layouts I did following the basics of the sketch. 

For both layouts I used the "Capri" Adorn It line of paper which is two-sided paper.  Using papers from the same line really helped as they have the colour flow that I like.

I began by placing my picture onto the layout where I wanted it to go without adhering it down.  I then started to cut some of the main pieces according to the sketch making sure that the patterned papers had a colour flow and went well together.  I didn't care about patterns as long as the colours were okay.  I also cut pieces with cardstock that blended well with the patterned papers.   As I cut my pieces, I did not adhere them down right away.  I wanted to make sure that they were placed correctly.  I only added a few flowers to the layouts and some small brads.  I did add some flags which are not shown on the sketch.
I now plan on getting out my box of scrap papers and co-ordinate colours and patterns that go well with each other.  I  plan on mixing and matching papers from different companies.  This will be a great way to use up some papers scraps rather than letting them collect dust.
More sketches and layouts will be on the way soon.
I hope you enjoy!!!  Try this idea.  I am sure you will create some great layouts.
Until next time

Friday, March 14, 2014

"Using Up My Scraps" Layout

Hi, Donna here - I am back from my vacation and I thought I would share with you a layout I did using scraps from my scrap bin.   I used scraps from the Little Yellow Bicycle "Splash" summer line that came out a couple of years ago.  You don't have to use papers from the same company - just remember to make sure that each paper has similar colours in it.  Don't be afraid to mix all different patterns together.  I started by cutting a few of the larger pieces as shown below.  These pieces I adhered in place but only in the centre,  then I placed my picture where I wanted it to go - without adhering it.  This will allow you to move the picture if necessary.

I then began to punch and cut various shapes and sizes of the patterned papers.  I used circles, some small, some large, some scalloped and some plain.  I used squares and rectangles in different sizes.  I used the "odd number" concept  as much as possible and mostly cut 3 of each.  Some patterns I cut 4 of each.  Without gluing, I began layering the shapes in and around the picture by tucking them under the corner or side of another shape making sure that you don't have all the shapes from one pattern on one side.  You want to balance the pieces.   Here is a picture below of my start of the layering.  By not gluing the shapes down, you can still move things around until you get the look you want.

This is the completed layout.

Because of the different patterns, I found I could keep the embellishments at a minimum.  So I used some buttons in the circles below the picture, some very tiny buttons on the background paper - 3 of each in 3 areas then I added some mosaic tiles that I also had in my stash and a couple of small flowers.  To take away from the plain outside edges of the background paper I drew double black lines.  To accent the picture I cut out the centre of a circle and put it around  the cute little person in the picture.
I hope you enjoy.  Try this method - not only are you using up scraps but you can create a very colourful layout.   Again don't be afraid to mix patterns and layer them with each other.
Until next time

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Now available in store and online!! Tons of great products!

We made it through all the boxes and everything is out on the shelf and available online.  Check out all the fabulous product lines that came in.  To shop online follow the link below :)
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

12 x 12 Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone.  I am leaving on vacation in a couple of days to the "sunny" and "WARM" parts of Mexico, so I thought I would share a quick view of a canvas that I did using some mixed media products that I love to use.  Below is a canvas that I did.  I did not put a picture on it as I wanted you to see the textures.

I am currently working on another 12 x 12 canvas.  I want to share with you the application of some of the textures that I used for the background.
First off you will need products that will give you lots of texture.  I used tissue paper, mesh, muslin, doilies moulding paste, matte mod podge, gesso and off course colours of mists and sprays.  Gather up flowers, metal items, buttons, chipboard items - anything from your stash.   They do not have to be white, in fact, they can be any colour you like.  These will be your embellishments.

To start I placed some mod podge in a section then added one of my texture products on top.  Then I added more mod podge onto the surface of the item.  Below is a section of the canvas that I have started to show you how the texture starts to take shape.  I plan on adding lace to different parts of the canvas.

You can see the mesh, tissue, doilie, muslin and modeling paste.  You can overlap items and keep adding items until you have the desired build up.

When you have finished, let it dry completely.  You will then paint the whole surface with white gesso.  Let dry completely.  This will allow the mists and sprays to adhere properly.
Now for the fun part.  Place your embellishment items onto the canvas where you would like.  When you are happy adhere them down using a hot glue gun.  When finished with a paint brush paint all the items with white gesso.  Now you can do your spraying starting with the lightest colour first.  Just spray here and there at the start.  Let each colour dry completely before spraying the next one.  Below is a close-up of the bottom left corner and the upper right corner of the canvas.  
You can accent your flower colours using a kraft paint that matches.

I hope you enjoy.  Until next time, 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bo Bunny now available in store and online!

Check out the new lines we've received from Bo Bunny!!
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