Stars Shine Down

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hey there! I have a new LO to share today, courtesy of thinking*through*design.  Today's thought is all about adding dimension to your pages.  Sometimes when I'm working on a page, it seems flat to me, like it needs some oomph. When this happens, I look for ways to jazz it up, ways to give it dimension.  Often, I've added pop dots under stickers and journal spots to give them some lift, Glossy Accents to stickers, to give them some shine.  Today I tried something different.

I had this piece of Fancy Pants paper that on it's own is bold and busy.  I could have added a photo and been done with it.  But it looked blah.  I had a few ideas to fix it up, give it dimension.  The first was to cut around some of the rays and raise them up with pop dots.  The next was to sew around the remaining rays.  The last was to cut out some of the stars so I could see the light blue cardstock I placed underneath.  I added Stickles to both the above and below stars.  In other areas, I added Studio Calico wood veneer stars covered in glitter. Now the page had some lift, and as I looked around the page, my eye saw the rays move.  The last few details to bring it all together were matting the photo on similar light blue paper, and using glitter Thickers for the title.

I wasn't originally thinking of using this paper for this photo,  but by making changes to the paper itself and adding all these elements, I made it work for a tribute to my Aunt.  She passed away a few weeks after this photo was taken.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Well, Good morning!  It's Board Game week at Child's Play Challenges.  This week's challenge is a good ole' everybody's favorite:

Here is my LO.  We were visiting my dad last summer.  One was bored, the other reading.  It turned into a foot fight. One was laughing, the other annoyed.  Isn't that a little brother's purpose? 

I chose to use the colors on the Twister wheel to highlight the photos.  (How much better could photos of feet go with this challenge?)   I added in some circle elements thru masks/mists and some journal spots.  I loved the Basig Grey PB&J papers, so I bought the whole kit!  The colors and patterns were great for this page.  The journal spots are also from the same collection. Mask by Creative Workshop, Tattered Angels mists, Bella Blvd alpha stickers and I was pretty much finished.  Sketch by Sketch Savvy.

I Dream of This

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm beginning to feel like I have a scrappy process again and I'm getting in my groove.   I find when I've not been able to scrap on a regular basis, I need something to help get me started again.  It really helps right now to have some daily prompts coming from the BPC Big Idea Festival. The prompts give me something specific to focus on, which takes the stress out of "where do I start?"

Fortunately for me personally, the Day 3 idea, share a dream, coincided with this week's CK Issue Challenge, use cameras.   I have lots of dreams.  Some I can crete action plans for, others really are just dreams.  I wanted to create a page that shares an attainable dream. I want a Canon DSLR Camera and I want to know how to use it.  I told myself I need to learn to use my own camera first, but gave myself an end date of my birthday of next year.  Hopefully I can come close.

Camera overkill? Maybe.  There are lots of camera elements on the page.  That was part of the instructions from the day's idea.  Embellish your page with things that go with your dream.    I started with only Echo Park papers and stickers. I added one PP form Basic Grey, My Minds Eye Washi tape.  Little did I know how handy these little Studio Calico wood veneer cameras would be.  I was a bit skeptical when I got them.  A little journaling with the Souffle pen and some Colorbox ink around the edges and I was finished.

All Star

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Having some fun now and stepping outside of my box. Well really, I don't think I have a box anymore. But that's for another day.  I've had this photo sitting in various places in my scrap spaces since 2007!  I had it printed in 8x8 because I saw that Costco was printing new sizes. I wasn't sure what I would do with it, but I wanted to see what it looked like.  It's a favorite photo that my Dad took of my son at his All Star Sunday game.  Once a season, the farm league teams got to play on the big field with announcers. They make a big deal of it and the kids have a blast!

Well, today I made this page for BPC Big Idea Festival Day 7, use a large photo.  The photo is sitting in my scrap room no more!
I kept this one fairly simple.  A little white Mr. Huey mist on some red Bazzill CS. PP and embellies from EP Baseball mini collection.  I covered Jenni Bowlin chipboard banner pieces with washi tape by Target, Bella Blvd, and Queen & Co and hung it on MME twine.  Simple, but effectively leaving the photo as the focus.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I am so happy that school has started.  No, it isn't because my boys were driving me nuts.  We actually had a wonderful summer together.  It's because I haven't had much time to scrap and even less time to keep up on my blogs.  I'm ready to get back to creating and sharing my work.  I might even begin to participate in some challenges again.

I began this LO yesterday, finishing it today. I was inspired by the BPC Big Idea Festival, Day 5.  May Flaum says to just be happy creating.  So I did just that.  The idea for the mists and masks came from ScrapFit.  I was browsing scrappy sites over the weekend and saw that was one of the challenges.  Mists and masks are one of my favorite things to do right now.  I can be free and jsut a little messy, but still be in control.  If I don't like it, I can cover it up or rotate the page. The idea of the 'rays' comes from Club CK Sept/Oct Issue Challenge #1.

I fussy cut the Fancy pants sun/star flipped it over and misted over it in several places using Mister Huey and Glimmer Mists. I let it all dry, then outlined 2 of the misted areas.  I fussy cut 2 more sections of PP adding them to the corners over some Bella Blvd tape.  The Aunthentique friendship sayings and individual words were a perfect addition to the page.  The blue added some contrast to the orange and yellow.  The title is an alpha stamp set by Lawn Fawn.  I filled it in with Twinkling H20's, the blue again as contrast.

I really had fun with this page.  One thing led to another, and it all flowed together.