Sunday, 27 February 2011

So Much Fun for Made With Love

I can never get sick of going through the photos from our Aussie trip in October last year. We took a whooping 2000 photos and everytime I go back to that folder to see the photos, I find another few scrap-worthy ones...
This week, we were assigned to play with distress inks and paints. I have been researching and playing with more mediums lately and they are really fun, fun, fun! Only drawback is the layouts take a little longer to complete because I prefer to wait for the mediums to dry naturally instead of using a heat gun...but it suits me fine because I have lesser time to scrap now, about 2 hours of free time a day, and I want to read, blog, study photography...
Back to the layout, I misted a piece of cardboard with blue mist first and then mixed some yellow acrylic paint with a clear granular gel to spread it on the bottom part of the cardboard. This gives it a grainy look and feel when dry and I wanted it to look like part of the beach. I also sprayed with some brown mist when it is halfway through drying to give it some extra dimension.
Next I took an old transparency from MME and dabbed onto it with aqua alcohol ink around the border. After some fussy cutting on my favourite paper manufacturer, Websters Pages (Seaside Retreat), I layered the papers and am quite happy with the final look. It didn't take me very long to get this done, except for the waiting time for the cardboard to dry.

Btw, I have already submitted my class samples at the store. Please feel free to take a look. This layout is also on display, go ahead and take a look at the textures if you happen to visit the store. I have discovered a new 'toy' in scrapping.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Sneaks for My First Class at Made With Love

To be honest, I am in a brain dead state as I am typing away this. I went to bed at 5 am in the morning and got up at 8.45 am again. I wanted to sleep in but was disturbed by 2 phone calls and I am up. I am a light sleeper so I can hardly get back to sleep again and am now wide-eyed awake though the brain is not responding to anything.

I started on my layout late last night after receiving my BoBunny Gabrielle class kit from Made With Love. So the truth is out, I am having my own class in March! I was at first initmidated when Swee Ching first approached me with the idea of designing a class around this line. Every paper was filled with details and there were butterflies everywhere which I couldn't bear to cut out.

Surprisingly, once I started playing with the papers after prinitng out my photos, the ideas just came to mind on what to do. I was hoping to share 1 canvas display and 2 layouts with the class and I wanted to challenge myself by including my boy's photo for this obviously very girlish line.

So if anyone is keen to learn how to play with mediums on canvas, layering and how to make the best use of your papers, do register yourself at Made With Love once the newsletter for March is out. I will be bringing down the class samples for display at #03-33 on Monday and you may want to take a look at what you will be completing in class.

I am so jittery and nervous about the class actually, so show me your support, yeah?

Monday, 21 February 2011

Moments Like These

I created this LO for Prima's February BAP. Once I saw the sketch, I already had in mind what I wanted for the heart to appear like. Lots of textures and fun! I used MS Word to create a longish heart and then printed it out on paper. Cut it out, trace onto my patterned paper and cut again. (P.S Can anyone teach me a faster and easier method than this?) I am still learning where Photoshop is concerned, else I would have created a heart that is unsymmetrical on both sides for a more dramatic look!

Pasted the heart onto the paper and stitched around it using colored floss from Daiso and then mixed some clear gel with the paint and dripped haphazardly around a slanted outline of the heart. I left it to dry overnight and the textures were amazing when I checked on the LO in the morning.

The rest of the embellishing is created by fussy cutting flowers from the Prima papers and lining them together with the bird vine which I had cut up too. Did u spot the new Prima flocked rub-ons on the LO? Fantastic feel and a different look. Finally I added a tulle ribbon on the twine just to soften the colors a little.

Definitely had lots of fun creating this. Do play along at Prima and leave me your comments! Would love to hear your feedback!

Have a good week ahead.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Simple is the new chic!

I did a couple of layouts over the Chinese New Year week, mostly like the above. Lots of white space, misting and layering of the embellishments and paper. They are quite a change from the usual girly layering that I always end up on my layouts. I liked how it turned out because the overall look is still quite classy and most of all, such layouts allow me to use up the odd piece of paper and remaining elements from a collection that I always end up with after my fussy cutting and layering!!!

And if I need a little extra touch here or there, it forces me to go through my ever-increasing stash and cross- coordinate between brands, colors and patterns. In short, I have to think a bit more and I like that little challenges to myself. I am a person who gets bored easily so these little things keep me fascinated on scrapping. Otherwise, I may turn into my little girl who likes to try out new things but have no sustained interest in anything and my scrapping hobby has garnered too much investment to give up now! Lols!

What else have I been busy with the past few days? This little one just blew my mind away...

She's my new little niece and I did some newborn photography shots for her! She's gorgeous right? And I am thankful to her parents who were so sporting and fun with her photo shoot!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Wedding Canvas

This is a canvas that I made for a dear girlfriend of mine. In fact, I have known her for 18 years and her husband for 14 years. It's amazing how time flies isn't it? If you work backwards, that means we have known each other since we were teens in high school.Wow!

And after 10 years of courtship, the two of them have finally decided to settle down and tie the knot and all of us were so excited and happy for them. Most of us have already been married for a few years and already have kids, so it has been awhile since the last wedding in our group of friends.

My girlfriend is not the typical girly girl kind of lady. In fact, all our kids are kinda afraid of her because she is so stern with them and she doesn't bother to do the 'goo goo' 'ga ga' talk with them. That's why I did not use any peach or pink or red or silver for their wedding canvas.

I painted the background green by mixing two paint colors from Making Memories and ended up with this shade. Then i distressed the side with Glitter Glam in Turqoise.Then I arranged the photos and matted them over the Basic Grey lace cardstock. Once the placement of the photos were settled, the embellishing was much easier...

By the way, I took the pics for her in the canvas and I was really glad that I had a chance to play with my camera and photoshop software...I feel that nice pics do make scrapping easier even though it's really the memories behind them that counts! Thanks for stopping by and do leave some love so that I know who you are...Happy Chinese New Year!

Friday, 4 February 2011

And Baby Makes 3- Mini Album

Gong Xi Fa Xi Cai! 恭喜发财!Blessed Chinese New Year!It's Chinese New Year over here in Singapore. It is a big event for the Chinese as they make preparations to welcome the new and exit the old. And it's HUGE in China. We used to have 10 days of holidays when we were located in Shanghai! And in the midst of Chinese New Year preparations, I had created this mini album over the weekend. It's madness with crowds everywhere. People were just buying and buying and even the supermarket ran short on shopping trolleys. I was contented to stay home and craft. ;-)

This is the front cover of the album, created using Echo Park papers and Cardstock stickers. It's for a girlfriend who is expecting her first baby and she is not into cutesy colors! I kept the album relatively simple because she is a fellow scrapper too and she journals a lot, so I wanted it flat so that it is easier for her to write and add her own pictures and embellishments.

Mini Albums are the best way to use up those papers I have been hoarding forever! Lols.

A close-up of the cute little charm I have added and tied on using the white lace ribbon.

Some of the inside pages!