August 7, 2014

Small But Exciting Haul

Can we agree that every scrapbooker has weaknesses? (Noticed how I used the plural there?;)) One of mine are watercolors. I can't get enough of them. So when I saw this set I had to have it. It was calling my name. It really was. 


And as you can see, a stamp set and an ink pad jumped into my cart as well. Naughty naughty. So, the watercolors. 
The packaging is beautiful, and makes it super easy to use and to put away. A definite plus. There's a chart on the lid, where you can make a sample. Very important when working with watercolors, since the colors look very different in the pan and on paper.

 Aren't they pretty??

Disadvantages- the price. Definitely. These will set you back 50 something bucks. They are. however, quite pigmented, and buttery, and lovely to work with. Here's a sneak-


I am hoping to write a post comparing a few of the watercolors I own, hopefully it will be helpful to decide which ones are more suitable to one's needs.
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August 4, 2014

Scraptastic July Kit Layout+Process Video

I'm all about color, happy color this month. Or last month. I'll be on vacation for the month of August, so it'll be quiet here and on my YT channel, but I'm hoping to be back soon, fresh and eager to scrapbook, with some new memories.
So here's another layout I created using mostly the July Scraptastic kit-


I love that American Crafts patterned paper from the #Summer collection, and I decided to use it on a third of my page. The background paper is yellow cardstock from the cardstock add on in the June Hip Kit. I decided to get messy, and added gesso on the patterned paper and cardstock. When it was completely dry, I added mists using some packaging. You can see the whole process in the video here-


Here are some close ups-





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July 30, 2014

July's Focus- New Layouts+ Process Videos

In 2014 I'm trying to focus each month on a specific product. So for July I've chosen two focuses actually. One is to use my computer more, that means Photoshop, my printer and my die cutting machine, the Silhouette Cameo. The other thing I'm focusing on this month, is to get some of my stash used up. Yes, I am in 'kill mode'.
Here's what I mean. I used a whole package of rub ons on this layout. Here's the finished page-


I used old Hembley rub ons that I got on sale at A Cherry on Top. The rub ons act as a resist when you add watercolor or in this case, mists on top of them, which I learned from Wilna Furstenberg.
I used Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays from the Under the Boardwalk collection and applied them to the page using some packaging, which is my favorite technique these days. You can see exactly how I did that on the video below.





Here's the process video-


Another page that I made during 'kill mode' was this one-

 I used here a whole sheet of border stickers that's been in my stash for too long. I then added some gesso and mists on top of it, as well as some embellishments from the Lucky Charm collection, that have also been sitting in my stash for a while now.







And here's the video where you can see the whole process!


I'll be back soon with some more layouts. Thanks for visiting!

July 29, 2014

Scraptastic July Kit Layouts +Process Videos

The July kit landed on my craft desk a couple of weeks ago, and it waited patiently for me to dig into it. I admit I loved this kit from the beginning, but when I got it, it was so so colorful, that I wasn't sure how I was gonna make all those lovely colorful papers work with all the lovely colorful die cuts, and stickers, and brads... There is so much products in the main kit and add on, it's really crazy. But I made it work:)
Here's the first layout I created using the Summer Nights kit-


And some close ups-
I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut those circles out. I never would have thought about combining the Simple Stories collection with peach cardstock, but since it came in the kit I tried it out, and I love how it all looks together!




 And here's the video-


The second page is a completely different story, I got messy with gesso and mists, like I like:)








And here's the video-


Thanks for visiting! I'll be back again this week with more layouts done with this kit!

July 28, 2014

Scraptastic June Layouts Part 2 + Process Videos


Hope you had a quiet weekend, here are a couple more layouts I created with the June Scraptastic kit-
I think this is one of my favorites this month, probably because of that pink cardstock and all the bright colors...


I did use a few things from my stash, like the letter stickers, and one patterned paper that wasn't in the kit, that pink one, from the Daydreamer collection by Dear Lizzy. I used my printer to print my journaling on the patterned paper. I really like that, and I think I'll be doing that more. Here are some close ups-









some of the flair is from the June kit, and some from my stash. Love flair!


And the video-


This second layout also has some stuff that weren't in the June kit, like embellishment from the May kit. I really love using up leftovers from previous kits!


I'm really surprised to see how many different looks I got from the June kit. From bright and happy to pastel and soft. That's one of the things that make a kit fun to work with.




And the video-

And the last one for this kit-


Is about, well, food:) More than just food, a good pizza is so much more! This was the first one we ate in Italy. Gotta have pizza in Italy!! 



I didn't kill this kit, but since I was away for two weeks in June, I didn't have my usual month to play with it. So when all kinds of new goodies arrived, like the July kit, I was too eager to dig into those... So we'll see. I'm not sure I'll use the leftovers from the June kit on their own to create more layouts, I might just mix and pull stuff from other kits. I'll be back soon with layouts created with the Scraptastic July kit- Summer Nights.
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely week!

July 24, 2014

Scraptastic June Kit Layouts+Process Videos

I was on vacation for half of June, so I didn't have my usual month to play with the kit before the July kit knocked on my door. And since I can be impatient when new goodies arrive, I didn't get a chance to 'kill' the June kit, but I did get some layouts done, and here they are-
What I love about the June kit, is how versatile it is. And the fact that it has some hot pink:) Gotta have me some pink!
This is the first layout I created with the June kit-


And a few close ups-



Those bows from Crate paper are soo cute!!
There's also a process video on my YT channel-


Second layout was a fast one, super simple and still so happy and fun-




And here's the video-


A double page spread is a great idea when you have lots of photos. So here I created one layout that is more like a title page, and then the other layout is full of photos. Repeating some elements, like the pattern papers from Capture Life by Echo Park that came in the kit, help make the page look like a 12*24 layout, and not just two 12*12 pages put together.



Some close ups (love the stamp set that coordinates with this kit!)-




And the video-


I'll be back during the weekend with some more layouts made with the June Scraptastic kit!
Thanks for visiting!