Friday, 31 May 2013

A New Addiction? Oh Dear!

Art Journalling is something relatively new to me. I very much enjoy digital crafting, which is a lot more that just drag & drop and have been having a play with digital AJ to try out new techniques etc. The first pages I did were in Craft Artist, but this one has been done in ArtRage. I love AR because it really isn't any different to using paint/pens/pencils and paper. Unless you're very good with a mouse, I do recommend a tablet and pen though unless you're using the AR app on an ipad. I've used digital mixed media for this with oils for the background applied with brush and roller and watercolours and alcohol pens for the rest, fading the guitar to look like 2nd or 3rd generation stamping. I used a stencil for the grasses. I've learned more about the program in the hour or so it took to create this than I have in the rest of the 6 months I've had it! I love the effects I can get and can't wait to learn more! The beauty of it is that I can still create even when I can't have access to my stash.

Thank you for dropping by today.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

If the sun won't come to me......

I'll have to go to a memory of it!! These are the first two pages for the 3rd and final leg of our Gran Canaria holiday in 2005. This time it was Maspalomas - again a bit more geared towards tourists, but the apartments here were more like ones you'd live in. More photos of the apartment and it's setting will come as part of other pages. I've used several kits and various shapes and effects and colour changes in CAP 2 The photo strip is one I created myself. As you can see, this is another two page spread, I loved this sketch and just mirror imaged it for the second page. If you want more detail, I've added the pages individually below.


Sunday, 26 May 2013

Fresh As.....An Iris!

Hi there! We have a gorious day here, I hope you have where you are too. Today's card uses two digi stamps (the easel and the flower used in the cluster) and elements from a couple of different kits. It's been inspired by the 4 challenges below. The bingo line asked for: purple, ribbon, no patterned paper, inked edges and squares. The flowers in the cluster were paper pieced. I love the fresh look of purple/lilacs and white.

The challenges that inspired this:

Off to enjoy the sunshine now :-)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Leather & Lace

When I saw the current challenge at Digitally Sweet, it had me scratching my head. Then I came across a free kit called Love Me which was just perfect. I've scrapped this lovely photo of my twin niece and nephew during their first (and so far, only) trip to Florida. Everything except the vellum pocket, 'embossed' scroll on the pocket,  ribbon, and text are from the kit although I changed the colour of the paper from green. I'm very pleased with the floral embellishment on top of the paper - it's part of the kit and is white, which I like and was planning to use as is but I didn't realise I had it highlighted when I went to add a shadow to something else and the shadow ended up being applied to it of course. I decided to leave it because I really like the effect which is very reminiscent of paste used through a stencil. I do love it when I discover things by accident!


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Female Line

This page is a variation on another one I did recently. I wasn't entirely happy with the shadow box frame I created so I created another one and have re-coloured it too. I'm showing three generations of the female line with this one and have done the pictures black and white so that they are all the same. Apart from my own shadow box frame, I've used items from Days gone by, Butterfly kisses and Butterfly paradise kits with some re-colouring.

Thank you for dropping by today x

Friday, 17 May 2013

These Boots.........

Morning all! Today's card is for my brother's birthday at the end of the month. Men's cards are never easy so I decided to focus on two of his interests, music and walking - and his favourite place to walk which is here in the Lake District. I created the card in Craft Artist 2 and although it isn't obvious in the photo have layered various bits up. The two guitars are digi stamps that I coloured in ArtRage. The walking equipment I cut out of photos to use as embellishments. The papers came from kits by Pam Lefors, Sherwood Studios and Daisy Trail. I also used a template by FranB.


Monday, 13 May 2013

On The Wings Of Love

This is a very 'busy' page for me so takes me out of my comfort zone somewhat. I've really enjoyed creating it though, it just kind of evolved so I just went with the flow to see where it took me. The original inspiration for the page came from the shadow boxes with the different sized compartments favoured by Tim Holtz and a few other designers. I like the idea of something similar for a scrapbook page so I set about creating one then built the page around it. I've used items from several kits but the bulk of things come from Butterfly Garden by Daisy Trail. I've used photos of my Mother at 3 different stages in her life; when she was a child, as a Mother and as a Grandmother. As one was sepia, one was black & white and 1 was colour, I decided to make them all sepia in Craft Artist.
I think I've enjoyed this little foray outside my comfort zone but will probably scuttle back into it when I make the next page, lol!


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Ist House Mouse

I'm quite slow coming to the house mouse phenomenon but I've been having a play with this lovely image. I created decoupage from the image and did the decoupage digitally for the top card and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. The bottom card uses the same image as a part finished painting which gives it a different look. The top one is a birthday card and although I haven't decided what the bottom one will be for yet, I think it would make a rather nice 'Thinking of You' card.



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A Special Lady

Today's layout is a memory page featuring my Mother. It's 23 years this year since she passed away and she's a big miss by us all so it's lovely to scrap a photo of her and re-live a few memories. I've used a couple of kits and some of my own elements and papers and re-coloured a couple of things in Craft Artist 2. I rather like the soft effect of these colours with the black and white photo.


Saturday, 4 May 2013


Happy International Scrapbooking Day! Seeing as it's iNSD, I thought I'd share another two pager with you today. These will complete the middle week of our 3 week Gran Canarian holiday from 2005 - for now at least! We were in San Augustin for this week and found it to be very different to Puerto de Mogan - still lovely though. I've used 3 kits to put these together, two of them being the new ones I was trying to use the other day when Mr mojo decided to leave me to my own devices! The three are: Clara by Angie Hinkman, Love Life by Karen Glover and Dreams from Stuff to Scrap. I also used two of Trish's templates from Template Dreams. Thankfully, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed creating these. I'm entering one or both of them into these challenges:

Below is the two page spread as they will face each other in the album.

I hope you get to do some scrapping today too - have a good one :-)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

It's Magic!

Well, my mojo definitely didn't want to play today! I treated myself to a couple of new kits this morning and set about having a play......but mojo just didn't wanna know! I finally came up with something I'm happy with but not before changing the colours of just about everything......still, tomorrow's another day :-)

I hope your day is going better :-)