Thanks for taking the time to have a read of my Heart & Soul blog. You are welcome to leave a comment & any tips about scrapbooking or anything at all really!
Happy Scrapping from Susan.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

April Delights

Hi it's Susan here and I am really enjoying scrapbooking with the Memory Maze chippies. I find I am adding them to all my projects! This time I thought I would show you some different ways with frames.......
Our grandson Cooper is now an angel in Heaven so this title fitted perfectly with this layout. I cut the angel wings from plain card, using a stencil as a guide. The wings were lightly painted with gold acrylic paint and rubbed over with gold metallic cream rub. The photo was cut to fit in the spaces of the frame. For the backing paper on the frame, I turned the pattern paper to the wrong side and laid the frame on it and traced around it then I cut it out. I used glue to adhere the paper to the back of the frame and then used double sided tape to attach the frame to the layout. More photos can be used in this frame but I really wanted to highlight just this photo and filled the spaces with embellishments.

I painted the frame with Adirondack Dabber in pearl. The birds were painted with Distress Stain in tarnished brass. To make the beaded wire I twisted the wire around the frame and back on itself to anchor it to the frame. You can use a long piece of wire but if that is too fiddly you can use shorter pieces and just anchor them on and twist them off with each length. Then I slipped a bead onto the wire and twised it around the base of the bead and wound the wire around the frame then put the next bead on. Keep doing this until you reach all around the frame. It's not as tedious as it sounds and you can add as many beads as you like!

For the title I painted it with Adirondack Dabber in pearl but thought it was a bit pale looking so I dabbed over it with Distress Stain in tarnished brass and inked the edges in brown ink.
Bird round frame VOW6
Angel of Mine LOO604
flower, resin angel, rub on, Kaisercreaft tag, beads, wire, acrylic word, plain & patterened paper.
This is my younger son with our grandson and the rub on at the top of the layout describes them both! The frame used on this layout is part of a set of 9 frames (I used one of them on my first post in February). I used a mask and texture paste on the frame to give it dimension then rubbed over it with Distress Stain in silver. Then I lightly swiped over the high spots with a grey ink pad. I used my finger to rub red acrylic paint onto the inside edge of the frame to mimic the red on the background paper. I used the same technique on the background page to the left of the frame.

This corner piece was easily decorated using red acrylic paint and stick on pearls. That's the beauty of Memory Maze chipboard- you can make it fit with any project you are doing!

The title was painted with red acrylic paint and then it was dry I used a Kaisercraft rubon and stamped over it with grey paint.
Daddy & Me SO577
Swirl corner
Frame (set9) MOOO2
Kaisercraft collectables, rubons, tags, Paper Inklings- city limits. stick on pearls.
The trend at the moment in picture frames is a cluster of different sized frames together on the one mount. I wanted to mimic this using the four frames (out of the set of 9). The word "miracle" was painted with black gesso with black Kindy Glitz over the top. Here is my husband David with his paddle kyak out at Bjelke Petersen Dam out near Kingaroy in Queensland. He is fishing mad so we have a lot of "fishy" photos! As the saying on the layout goes " A bad day fishing beats a good day working!"

The frames were painted with black gesso and then when they were dry I brushed on Perfect Pearls in blue, purple and silver. The cogs were coated in Distress Stain in brushed pewter and when dry I topped them with Kindy Glitz in antique silver. On both the fish I did a base coat with Lumiere in Halo-violet gold. Then I layered on distress ice stickles and sprinkled on glitter while it was still wet. Once this was dry I then covered them with crystal glaze to give them a shiny fish look!

The anchor was painted with Distress stain in brushed pewter. The title was painted with Smooch in sugarberry and teal through the center.

The fish hooks and the rods were painted with Distress stain in brushed pewter. The rod handles were painted with Smooch in molasses and the spinners in teal. I used a white pen to highlight the line on the spinner and for the fishing line going along the rod.
Frame (set 9) MOOO2
Fishing Trip (set) LOOO2
Cogs (set) LOO48
Kaisercraft letter stickers, plain cardstock, tag
I hope this has given some new ideas on how to use the variety of frames that are available.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Snug As A Bug

Here is my grandson looking as "snug as a bug in a rug"! I kept the layout to 2 cool colours to relfect the cool of winter and it also matched in with his clothing. The Kaisercraft swirls were silver and I coloured them with alcohol ink in sailboat blue so they would match in with the layout colours.
The paper backing the frame and along the back is Bella-Blue Fusion. The background sheet is a white embossed piece.
All the chipboard pieces are by Memory Maze Design.

I cut the doiley (vintage lace doiley SO528) in half and used a Paint Dabber in blue to colour it.

The Wrought Iron frame (2small X0009) was sponged with white ink and then covered with Ice Stickles in crystal ice. Precious (GO019) was inked using a light blue ink pad and then topped with crystal glaze to give it a raised shiny look.
The title "Snug as a bug" (SO561) was inked using Brillance(pigment ink) in pearlescent sky blue then covered in crystal glaze.
Keep an eye out in a few days time for more ideas with frames!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Goodies!

It's been like Christmas....new Kaisercraft and Bo Bunny papers as well as Memory Maze chipboard pieces....but I haven't had a chance to play yet!
This is a 12x12 canvas with a Prima printed calico sheet attached to it. I used a mask and sprayed the calico with tattered angel mist. The Memory Maze chipboard doiley was misted as well then a metal frame and flower were layered on top. The wooden Kaisercraft letters were painted with purple acrylic paint and Rock candy crackle distress paint was painted over them when they had dried. The pearl flourish is from Flourish with a Bling and assorted flowers were added. I used a sticky back lace tape to frame the photo. The sides of the canvas were decorated using texture paste, foam stamps and acrylic paint.
A whole lot more layouts and projects in mind and new ideas for classes....so if there is anything you would like to do or make or learn, just let me know.
Happy Crafting.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April Showers

Even though it's raining here at the moment I am posting a bright sunny beach layout! A little bit of sunshine to brighten your day.....

I made the frame by cutting out the middle of the Kaisercraft paper and roughened the edges. Then it was adhered to the background sheet with mounting tape to raise it up slightly. This makes it easy to slip embellishments under the edge. The "Beach baby" & "wonder" are from Memory Maze Designs. Wonder was inked and then heat embossed using coloured utee and beach was inked and then topped with mica flakes. Assorted shells and beads were used to embellish the center of the layout. The thin strips of paper were cut off the the manufacturers strip at the bottom of the Kaiser papers. These are good to use as border strips or embellishment pieces and it makes the most of your papers.

We spent a bit of time at the beach over Easter since the weather was perfect so I am keen to make some more beachy layouts. Here are some catchy beach phrases for you......
Fun in the Sun, Beach baby, beach bum, splash, sandcastles, beach babe, catch a wave, paradise, surfin' safari, sand angels...
Embellishments for your beach layouts can include....
shells (fake & real), gems, pearls, beads, buttons, mesh, muslin, diecuts, chipboard, texture paste, sand mediums, driftwood.......
Have fun creating your own Easter memories.