Wednesday, 18 January 2017

January Virtual Crop Photo Requirements

Hello and welcome to the first Virtual Crop of this year on Saturday, if you don't have kits you can still put some papers together and have a go at the classes - come and join us for chatter on Facebook at ATDML#Create.

The classes are 10:00am, 12:00 noon and 2:00pm, though you can do them at your leisure - there will be a link to the instructions from the blog post.

Class 1 - Mel Hand

Layout 1 

6 by 4" landscape and 4" square

Layout 2

4" square

Layout 3

2 portrait photos either  3 by 4" or 3 1/2" by 5", both portrait

Class 2 - Ann Freeman

Layout 1

Pair of 4 by 4 photos with white border

Layout 2

4 by 6" portrait

Layout 3

Pair of 3.5" circle photos - the template is provided and they were trimmed from 4 by 6" photos

Class 3 - Debbie Jewell

Layout 1

Pair of 4 by 4 photos

Layout 2

6 by 4" landscape

Layout 3

Is a 6 photo page, 4 portrait 2 by 3" and 2 landscape 3 by 2"

All the photos are Christmas themed to match the papers in the kit.

BoBunny's Winter Wishes and lots of mist

Winter Wishes from BoBunny is one of my favourite collections this season and I used it alongside lots of mists and texture and mess to create a wintry page.  

I covered the page with clear gesso (any gel medium that helps protect the paper a bit from all the ink that you are going to spray on it helps), then I wondered what I could do to add some texture so I started with some muslin or gauze, and stuck it down with more of the gel medium.  Once this was fairly dry I started misting with a mixture of blue and grey mists, making some puddles and then dabbing away with a tissue where I'd applied too much or the colour was too strong. I then added some texture paste randomly and then little pools of silver embossing powder which I heated from underneath.  I also decorated some of my Tando snowflakes with silver embossing powder - you can do a couple of layers to get a really nice smooth finish on them, but I quite liked the dimply rough effect with one layer.  

I cut out several different sized circles from the winter wishes papers, and also a few from the beautiful silver foiled vellum in this collection.  I added some stamps - one is a very old Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz set and the other from a Kaisercraft edges set.  The final touches were sequins and a bark heart as well as some prima gems.

It was lots of fun to make, though it did take rather a long time as I had to wait for the layers to dry a bit!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Jane's Saturday video - January - Folded Card

Good morning! I wanted to follow last year's monthly tag blog posts with another regular blog feature and I have decided that this year I want to make more videos of paper craft techniques. It's likely to be things I've seen on Pinterest and want to have a go at and I'm not promising any particular theme, just that there will be a video you can watch which shows you how to make something. I find making videos so much easier than writing instructions - I am much more of a visual learner (and teacher) I think!
So today's project is a folded card - I didn't invent it, I just saw a picture of it and worked out how to fold it up.
If you want to make it you will need:
A 12"x12" sheet of card (not too thick to make folding easier) - I use cream for my demo card but then the card I have decorated is black.
Patterned papers to decorate, I used papers from the Nature Sketchbook Collection by Graphic 45 - I used three different papers to decorate but because they are double sided it gave me 6 different designs (up to you how many different patterns you have).
Here's the card...

And inside...

And here's how to make it...

I hope you'll watch and maybe give this a go, see you in February!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Clean and Simple with Simple Stories Winter Wonderland

A bit of a departure from mess for me, but I like to mix it up a bit and Simple Stories is perfect for those clean and simple layouts.  I saw an idea for cutting a curve in your cardstock and then layering up papers behind it so decided to have a go.  After I had cut the yardstick I then layered papers over the piece I had removed - making sure they were longer, and then restuck it back to the original cardstock I also added an old piece of paper over the back just to reinforce the join.   After that I created my photo mount and used one of the journal cards as well as a few stickers in this collection and some of the enamel dots.  Even though this is a winter collection there are still plenty of Autumnal and papers that you could use on other occasions too.

I layered up some of the flower stickers on foam pads to give some dimension to my cluster

A few enamel dots, which are like clean and shiny drops of paint - no mess!!

Friday, 6 January 2017

January's Scraplift Challenge

Hello, Karen here with the first of our scraplift challenges.  The idea is that you pop over to the December DT Gallery on the shop site (on the list at the right under Information) and choose one of the projects to scraplift.

I chose Katherine's lovely card she made using Simple Stories Classic Christmas.  

I also used some Simple Stories for my page but this time it was the Winter Wonderland range. I liked the concept of the large rectangle bordered by squares and decided to turn the design a quarter turn and have the large rectangle going vertically rather than horizontally.  I also added four squares to each side of my rectangle instead of the three Katherine has.

This was a very easy project to complete because Katherine had done all the hard work and all I had to do was use her design in my own way.

I am really excited to see what you come up with and there will be a small prize for one project chosen by the DT - good luck and don't forget to share your makes on our Facebook page. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Scrapping those festive photos

As the time comes around for taking down our holiday decorations for another year be sure not to put your photos away in a box too and get them into your albums! If you are like me you LOVE Christmas papers, buy plenty and then barely use them! Well now is the time. Why not set yourself a challenge to get your 2016 Christmas photos in your album this month, maybe not by 12th night, but by the end of January?

So this page clearly isn't from 2016 but from 2007 and I cannot believe I have never scrapped this photo before? Lots of fussy cutting of leaves and berries, with a few sequins and gems thrown in to the mix meant this page is fairly simply making sure the photo is the main feature. I drew around a plate with a pencil to mark the rough circle shape I wanted to follow rather than judge it by eye.

Layering up elements brings a reasonable amount of dimension into this page too.

I did get some of this year's photos scrapped including this page and a couple more over in the December gallery where you will find plenty of festive inspiration from the team. Look out for our first challenge of the year coming this weekend where we ask you to scrap lift a page from the December gallery.. so get those thinking hats on and festive photos ready  to join in.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Photography Prompts for January

Welcome to the first set of photo prompts for 2017.

Having posted these for the past two years Ann has hung up her photo prompt boots and handed the reins over to me so I will be providing you with these for the year ahead.

Each month on the first Monday of the month I will be giving you 9 photo prompts. Most will vary and some will be included every month ("Relationships" and "I made this," the former to capture the many different relationships we all have and the latter to encourage you to reflect on the creative activities you take part in each month!)

Please feel free to interpret them however you please or use some but not all.

It would be really lovely if some of you shared your photos at the end of the month over on the ATDML # Create Facebook Page. I will endeavour to post mine at the end of the month too!

Here is your first set of prompts...