Friday, June 28, 2013

April - A Year in Time!

Another month for my A year in Time Album, this time April. Still a little behind but hope to catch up real soon by doing an extra month this time round. I hope you are enjoying the album so far, I am having a lot of fun playing with all the fabulous products from the Wild About Scrap store!

As soccer is a big part of my eldest son and husbands life I thought I would dedicate April to this, being as it's the start of the season. He has been playing since he was 7 years old and I am thrilled and proud that he still plays today! My husband watches a lot of the EPL on the telly but is also involved in training and match games with my boy. Keeping with the distress theme of my album I had a play with paints for this months page. Normally I love to distress my edges with TH distress inks but as I have been playing with art journals I have rediscovered the wonderful texture and versatility of paint. So I had fun getting extremely messy! I did however try to keep this months page more grunge and boyish but as you can see some flowers just sneaked they way in lol.

 1.  Using the reverse of the G45 April foundation A Place In Time page I cut and distressed all four edges and adhered it to a piece of contrasting yellow bazzill.
2.  Spritzing with some diluted gesso and DA Oceania paint I splashed, added droplets and flicked paint over and around the page. Using an old softdrink top I added white gesso circles and allowed to dry.
3.  Using the coordinating cut apat from previous months which were left over I chose some green patterned floral paper, a tag, and a postcard which I distressed. Also using a MS scalloped edge punch on a piece of Donna Salazar patterned paper strip, inking the edges with TH distress ink Vintage Photo, a heart shaped lace doily and more core'dination cardstock which I stamped with Prima Script cling stamp.
4.  Arrange and layer all pieces under a small landscape photo which has been matted on Core'dindations cardstock and distressed. I also added a blue arrow from Kaiser.
5.  Adding a few flowers from Petaloo and Prima. (just can't help myself! don't you agree a layout isn't quite finished unless it has at least one or two flowers)
6.  Lastly I finished with a handmade calico banner which I stamped with the Prima Script cling stamp, threaded with jute.

 Here is the completed page again, I really like the messy look and the feel, I hope I have inspired you to experiment and get a little messy when you are creating, you wont regret it :)

Thanks for stopping by, please pop back soon xx

Sue xx

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Year in Time - April

Hello everyone and welcome to my April - A Year in Time page.
When sick with the flu recently I was getting bored of repeats on TV so I started watching some YouTube videos to get some new ideas and inspiration.  Wow, there are some clever people out there....I don't know where they get their ideas from.  Anyway, this layout was partly inspirted from one of the Prima videos.
This layout gives a quick overview of Easter in Sicily...or in Taormina anyway.  Easter here isn't driven by chocolate (the Easter Bunny can have a bit of a break in Italy), but is a religeous experience with the main events being the decoration of the churches and an extremely solemn procession through the streets carrying statues and candles.  Traditions going back for maybe hundreds of years.  It is definitely a special experience.
List of products:-
Graphic 45 A Place in Time - April Foundations & Cut Aparts papers;
  • Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studios - Gesso;
  • Prima Doodle-Deux - Lace Ribbon;
  • Prima Flowers;
  • Buttons;
  • Bird Charm;
  • Tim Holtz idea-Ology - Type Charms & Label Letters;
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Pearl, Tokyo & Lobster

For something different, the Cut-Aparts paper has been torn into pieces, distressed and glued to the Foundations paper in a randomish fashion.  I also included some from the March paper. The Prima lace ribbon was added next.

These papers and ribbon were then lightly painted with Gesso which allows the pattern to be seen throug, but in a muted fasion.  Once dried, I sprayed the entire page with Glimmer Mist Pearl, which gives the Gesso a lovely pearly sheen. 

The 2 other Glimmer Mist colours - Tokyo & Lobster - were added by removing the sprayer from the bottle and flicking the end over th3e paper to give a droplet some parts it smudged, but overall I like the effect.

The photos were then added along with the flowers, buttons & bird charm.  With the title added last.  To help the flowers blend into the background Gesso was lightly brushed across all flowers & the charm. 

I hope you like my April page.  I'm sorry if this post isn't written overly well as my brain is still mushy from this flu!  As they say, "tomorrow's another day" so hopefully I'll be healed soon.

Happy scrapping everyone!