Here in Australia, Autumn has just began cover us in a blanket of golden leaves. The nights are seem so much longer and I find myself shopping for cosy winter boots. It’s not so much that I like shopping for shoes, but rather I’m currently 4 months pregnant with our second child and my feet have already began to swell. More
I have been a little out of the swing of things lately, when it comes to my scrapping. Do card maker’s have the same problem? Sometimes you just aren’t in the right creative head space and all that comes out is just…blah. I find in times such as these, the best thing you can do is return to the basics. For me that’s a photo, papers and embellishments that mean something. That’s exactly how this monochrome beauty came be.
You have seen my use this the red/pink watercolour paper so many times before. It is without a doubt my favourite paper in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection. I did however take advantage of the new 6×6 paper pad to make a pretty little boarder with the rose paper.
I used embellishments from both the Refection Collection and the New Day Card Kit to add a little more dimension to my layout. The wooden buttons and geometric veneers work so well together, in my opinion.
I did, however use a few buttons from my stash. It’s a bit of an inside joke really. Chris tells Eva all the time that she is ‘as cute as a button’ – a saying that I will never understand. I don’t really find them cute. In fact when I give it some thought, buttons really only serve a practical purpose in my life , but I guess thats a diatribe for another day.
We are old friends by now, so you now my feelings on titles. I just wanted something elegant and simple. Lucky Altenew has you covered for all your one line sentiments. Mine came from the Best Dad Stamp Set.
I used a splash of Altenew’s amazingly shiny Coral Berry and Ruby Red Spray Ink to carry on the mixed media feel from the watercolour paper and there you have it, another beautiful page for Eva’s album.
It’s been awhile since I have attempted a layout using only the Reflection Scrapbook Collection. In December however, we managed to away for a few days. It was Eva’s first vacation, so naturally I took a ton of photos. The Reflection Collection is going to be perfect for scrapbooking them all. Today’s layout is a very simple, one nap project.
Given the photo was mostly blue, I decided to run with it an attempt a monochrome layout. I used three pattern papers from the collection, along with a multitude of embellishments. I worked to create three clusters in a triangle formation around the page. This is a very old trick for creating a layout with great balance.
Once I was happy with the placement of my photo and clusters it was just a matter of adding a title and journaling. The collection come with a very handy travel themed stamp set. So I decided to use the beautiful brush script vacation stamp. I composed the journaling on one of the many typewriters that litter my studio. And that really is all there is too it.
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I’m sure, I’ll be being you again real soon.
It’s been crazy in this house of late. Eva is really on the move and into all the trouble she can find. Our house has just gone on the market and there are a million things to do. Time in the studio has brief and sporadic. When I did finally get the time to scrap this week I was craving colour and impact. The Reflections kit is perfect for that. All the embellishments and the beautiful pattern paper for this page has been pulled from the kit.
The large photo is great contract, but mostly I blew it up because, well… how cute is that face?
I added the black arrows from the Happy Dreams Stamp Set to tie the two halves together.
It took less than twenty minutes to put together, but with tons of visual impact. Just want this time strapped, crafty Momma needed.
Until next time,
Hello there stampers, to be honest I’ve never considered myself much of a stamper. In fact before joining the Altenew Design Team, I owned just two ink pads. A black and a grey. What a difference a year makes. I report back to you today, to tell you I now own more than 40 ink pads. So after this layout I’m officially going to call myself a stamper.
The photo for this page makes me laugh, it is quintessentially Eva. She was never really a smily baby. But always had to be in the thick of things, observing and exploring. The problem with scraping the photo though, is that it’s fairly devoid of colour with very high contrast.
From the very beginning I knew that I wanted to create a bright and colourful layout to make the photo pop and so that it would match the rest of Eva’s album. I started by stamping out my flower beds with the Hello Sunshine Stamp Set. I’m SO in love with this stamp set. And I can see myself using it on project life spreads in the future as it has a surprisingly minimal scandinavian feel. I’d also love to use it again with a muted color palette or even just Red and Blue.
After my garden beds where stamped out, I began the task of watercoloring my flowers. Let me just say, I now get why people buy adult colouring books. I found the whole process strangely meditative. Because of this small fact, I may have dedicated a lot more time to it, than I would usually put in to a layout.
I used a piece of crimson paper from the Refections Scrapbook Kit, cut in to strips to make my layered garden beds.
The final touch was to nestle in my stamped title and add the cool asterisk shapes. Hand to heart, this would have to be the most enjoyable layouts I have created for Altenew. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you see this stamp set creep in to more of my layouts in future.
There is something very freeing about breaking your own rules, especially when it comes to creative endeavours. Since receiving my stunning Reflections Scrapbook Kit, I have been an a bit of a experimental adventure. All the beautiful watercolored papers have really inspired me to give it a go for myself. This page is the final result.
Naturally, all pattern paper strips and all the embellishments (with the exception of altenew’s silver glitter tape and a small piece tulle) are from the Reflection Scrapbooking Kit. I used Altenew’s Solar White Cardstock as my base. It is a firm favourite now. I always keep a stack of it on my desk.
What may surprise you is how I went about creating the base for my layout. All my watercolor elements we created using a mix of Altenew Crisp Inks. I can’t take credit for this brilliant idea however, it was my fellow teammate Flora who enlightened my to such a cool method. You can read all about the it here on Flora’s blog. To paraphrase the idea, all I did was stamp my ink pads on to acrylic block in order to transfer the ink on to it. I added a tiny amount of water, then stamped and painted from the blocks until my heart was content.
The stamps used in this layout are from the Happy Dreams Stamp Set and I can tell already that this set is going to get a lot of use. It’s so playful and child friendly. I can see myself using the sentiments over and over again. The inks selected, are in my opinion, some of the best matches from the Reflections kit. I used Lagoon, Puffy heart, Arctic, Ocean Waves and Jet Black Crisp Inks. The lilac ink you see on the feather stamp was actually the cause of pink ink bleeding in to the blue in on my block. Awesome effect isn’t it?
Well that about wraps it up for me for another month. I hope you enjoyed my whimsical approach to layout making. I know, I certainly enjoyed trying new things with my Altenew stamps. I’ll be back again next month with something completely different.
I can’t speak for the rest of the creative team, but believe me when I say – ‘Sometimes creating layouts is hard work’. You often have to work to tight deadlines, occasionally you’ll get assigned a stamp set that you aren’t sure how to use and lord knows there is never a muse around when you want one.
This is not one of those layouts. I have been absolutely itching to play with the Simple Flowers Stamp Set since it was released. Our fearless and creative leader, May, did an amazing job designing it. I spent a good half hour stamping out flowers and leaves in a multitude of brilliant Altenew colors, to match the photos I had chosen of Chris’s first Fathers Day. I always find this process very therapeutic and calming. Shame, I don’t feel the same toward fussy cutting.
I decided to create a basic grid layout with the photos in two opposite quarters and the flowers in the adjacent quarters. I mixed and matched the bunches until I had a nice balance. Both bunches have small flowers of Warm Sunshine and leaves of Lagoon and Volcano Lake Crisp Ink.
I know it seems like a lot of inks, but they all work so well with Amy Tangerine’s new collection and far more importantly the wrapping paper in my photos. I used a piece of Amy Tangerine’s stripe pattern paper to back my layout and to tie it all together.
The other pattern papers in my layout were off cuts from my scrap pile I keep in a container my desk. If that wasn’t handy enough all the embellishments were already on my desk too. They were left over packets and veneers from the last couple of months kits that needed to used up. The reason I’m telling this is two fold: 1) To prove that the Simple Flower Stamp Set goes with EVERYTHING and 2) I am in fact capable of doing a layout (even a heavily stamped one) in under an hour. That’s right my friends, once in a million years, when all the stars align and the climate control in studio is actually working, I can rock out a layout with time for a cup of tea before Eva wakes up from her nap. The moral of the story is you need this set. I’m pretty sure it comes with your own little invisible muse squished inside the plastic sleeve too.
Until next month my dear friends,
Hi There! It’s been awhile. In fact there has been a whole new stamp release since my last visit. So many truly great designs to play with so little time. Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s one of my go to stamping techniques. It is also a great way to use the tiny pattern stamps.
This past month Eva learned to stand all by herself! Mommy and Daddy are crazy proud. Which is why I was so glad I was sent the Celebrate Stamp Set. Oh, that reminds me. Did you know that there are quotes on the backing cards of the tiny stamp sets? I am particularly fond of the one on the Celebration set. It’s a quote from Oprah Winfrey that reads: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”. Doesn’t it have a great ring of truth to it? I know it’s certainly the case in my life.
Right, before I wandered off track I was telling you about my go to technique. I love to use stamps to ground floating embellishments to a page. In this case I used the Tiny Stars Stamp to give my photos a home. I took full advantage of their hollow shape and messy watercolored them in, to help draw the eye in as well.
I used the same technique on some of the floating embellishments too. Except this time I used the Tiny Hearts Stamp and the same pink watercolour paint I used for the boarder. It is far less pronounced than the stars. I like that it creates a really cool distressed look, which matches my pattern papers.
I also layered in a few sentiments from the Celebrate Stamp Set. Not only does it reinforce my pages theme, the black ink brings needed contrast.
So there you have it, 3 really great uses for our tiny stamp sets. I hope, even if you aren’t a scrapbooker, that I have still managed to inspire you.
Ever have one of those cards or layouts that ends up looking nothing like you planned in your head? Yep. This is one of those. I had seen Eunyoung’s most recent layout with the Bamboo Rose Stamp Set and wanted to give water coloring them a go too. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.
As always I started with my Solar White Cardstock. Oh man, do I love that cardstock. And that sat on my desk for a couple of days. Finally though, daylight savings started and Eva began to go down an hour early. This amazing transformation meant I had time to scrap of an evening. I leisurely went though my stacks of pattern paper looking for gems I had long forgotten and boy did I find them. None of the papers in this layout are younger than 3 years old and 3 of them are Basic Grey – which we all know went the way of the dodo bird.
The problem with having a number of pattern papers from so many companies is that often they are hard to tie together. I achieved this balance my shading in my roses with watercolors matched to the colors in my papers. Then, I scattered them though out the layout, creating my very own botanical garden.
I guess, what I like most about the Bamboo Roses, is that it helps bring a feline touch to a color palette that is very masculine. A small, but important fact when your baby happens to be a little girl.
I think throughout her life, Eva is destined to have many flower layouts, not just because I have the honour of working for Altenew, but because she in part named after a little flower. I told you once before, Eva’s middle name was picked in memory of my Nana. There is however more to the story. My Nana was born to an Irish Catholic family in an era where you were named after saints. Thusly her parents named her Therese, after St Therese of Lisieux or perhaps better known as “The Little Flower”. It’s a fascinating story if you ever get a chance to read about it. My nana used to tell it to me all the time and I suspect I will indeed tell it to Eva one day too.
That pretty much wraps things up on my end. I hope you enjoyed yet another glimpse into my album. I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks for a really fun layout.
I once had a conversation with Evelyn about our favourite Altenew inks. Lord knows there are SO many to pick from. For Evelyn its Caramel Toffee and Moon Rock. For me it has to be Morning Frost. It is without a doubt, the perfect grey.
I used it on mass with the beautiful Floral Shadow Stamp Set to make a background to match my pattern paper.
For my title I altered a crate paper sticker with one of the sentiments (This Moment) from the Floral Shadow Stamp Set. I love, love, love how it turned out. It totally unique and all mine. I then stamped out a few more Morning Frost Floral Shadow leaves and fussy cut round them (being careful to leave a white boarder for contrast against the pattern paper) to add as ephemera and tie in my stamped background.
I love the extra dimension and movement it adds to the page too. I’m pretty proud of myself really. Not just because it’s a pretty cute layout, but also because it September at this is my first cat layout for the year. Secretly I take this as of sign that I have more of a life than I did last year, eh… and the year before that, and the year before that…