Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Skräppäyskurssia Espoossa!

Hello! I'm writing in Finnish this time, since it's about my next scrapbooking workshop in my home town Espoo, Finland.

Heippa! Parin viikon päästä maanantaina 26.9. alkavalla skräppäyskurssillani on vielä reilusti tilaa, joten lämpimästi tervetuloa kaikki uudet ja vanhat skräppääjät!

Enemmän tietoa kurssista löydät blogin Workshops-välilehdeltä eli tästä!

Kurssi-illat ovat 26.9. ja 3.10. klo 17.30−20.45 ja paikkana on Espoon työväenopiston uusi toimipiste Tapiolassa, Itätuulentie 1. Kurssi on tarkoitettu erityisesti skräppäystä aloittaville, mutta pitempäänkin harrastaneet ovat tervetulleita, totta kai!

Kurssi toteutuu jos ilmoittautuneita on vähintään 10, tällä hetkellä ilmoittautumisia on seitsemän. Ilmoittauduthan viimeistään tämän viikon perjantaina 16.9., jottei kurssi peruunnu liian vähäisen osallistujamäärän takia!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Hello Friend − Layout for Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge 78

Hi! Happy Friday, and happy September! It's monthly challenge time again at Scrap Africa!

I felt like making a light and neutral coloured layout with some mixed media elements on the background. I'm still using my Krafty Travel Kit I joined the Counterfeit Kit Challenge with last month.

This month we have an elegant simple sketch with a circle around the focal cluster.

I'm also sharing a couple of photos of how I got the layout started. For the background, a cardstock colour called Straw was suitable for my idea, light but not completely white. I had spread a very light layer of gesso on it previously. The journaling card, the gold and white striped straw and the paper with the crosses or plus signs are from my Counterfeit kit as well as the cardstock.

Due to having a toddler at home, I quite often start my projects at night, choosing materials and trying different layouts. If it's already late at that point, I don't necessarily do anything else but just "sleep on it", and next day I have a better idea of how to go on.

The photo with my messy table below is about a trick I have learned at patchwork quilting.

That is, for checking if the layout still looks mainly white when I add the plus sign paper and the blue journaling card.

Sometimes it's hard to compare the lightness value of different elements from up close, so it helps to look from a distance. Blurring your eyes a bit or taking a blurry photo, like I did here, confirms that the other elements are fairly close to the background in lightness value. I wanted it to be this way so that it's just the photos that pop out from the background, not the whole cluster of elements.

At the point of taking the photo above, my 2-year-old had been drawing beside me, and I wanted have the mark of his pen on my background, too. He and his brother are also the stars of the layout, so it felt like a nice way to keep a memory of his first drawings!

In addition to the doodling, I used mists, white and gold structure pastes, yellow Paint Pen and turquoise Stickles for the circular frame.

The chipboard rocking horse is from Wycinanka. I used blue acrylic paint on it first, let it dry and embossed around the edges with Midnight Teal from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Last layer is clear embossing powder. The separate stars that came with the horse just have the blue paint and the clear powder layers.

Apart from the thin washi tape strip in the top left corner, I felt like no more embellishments were needed this time!

Thank you so much for looking. I hope to see you at Scrap Africa!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Krafty Travel Kit and Mini Album − Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to my part of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members' Blog Hop!

If you're already following the Blog Hop, you have probably come here from Tina's blog. If you want to start from the beginning or got lost along the way, head back to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to find the full hop order!

A couple of months ago in June, I had the honour to be a Guest Designer at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. It was so much fun to put together my own kit, and even more fun was to have my kit then handy to create projects for the whole month. The inspiration kit was the May 2016 Kit from Hip Kit Club, bright and cheerful, and I called my kit Hip State of Mind.

Here you can see all the projects I made with the June kit, and here is the direct link to the one time I had joined their challenge with my own kit before that.

This time, the monthly inspiration kit was chosen by Lisa Hausmann, who as a European member of the CKC Design Team wanted to pick a kit from a European club. Lisa's choice was the March 2016 kit from Papierwerkstatt. You can also take a look on the kit on Lisa's Pinterest board here!

Let's take a look at the Papierwerkstatt kit first!

I was particularly inspired by the kraft and neutral tones of the kit, and also the mini book idea, which you'll see in my project further down! For contrast, there is also one black paper with a flower pattern.

And here's my Counterfeit... named the Krafty Travel Kit!

With a close-up...

Here are the papers and cardstock I chose!

I was not completely happy at first to replace the black paper with these two Basic Grey flower ones with brown and purple backgrounds, but they had to do, since I simply didn't have any with black backgrounds and wanted to have some dark ones with flowers anyway. We'll see if they work for this kit or not.

From left to right: Glitz − Sunshine in my Soul 6x6 pad
Pre-gessoed and stenciled kraft cardstock
Textured light yellow paper
Prima − Just Us/Long Embrace
Basic Grey − Jovial/Nordic
4 heures 37 − 1658 Eiffel Avenue
Bazzill Basics − straw cardstock
Non-scrapbook item: a piece of wallpaper from our Red Cross thrift store
Almond and kraft cardstock also probably from Bazzill Basics
4 heures 37 − Chemin des 3 flocons
Bazzill Basics − kraft with gold foiled stars
Basic Grey − Mellow/Cultured
Basic Grey − Eva/Noble

And then the embellishments, Project Life supplies and alphabet:

Tiger aka Flying Tiger Copenhagen − cork and gold/white striped paper straws
Kaiser Scrapbook − Golden Rhinestones
8x8 Papers on top left and chipboard are of unknown brand.
PL journaling cards are from 4 heures 37, Sodalicious, and... can't remember the third one.
Chipboard alpha, unknown, cork alpha from American Crafts/Dear Lizzy, and the travel themed alpha from Papermania/All Aborad.

Some more close-ups:

I knew I wanted to join the Challenge 2 of the month in particular, where the theme is Outside the Stash: Incorporate some non-scrapbook stash into your project. I had so many possible items that they deserved to be an add-on kit of their own!

And then to my challenge project!

A Mini Album from Outside the Stash − made from toilet paper rolls!

This was a quick and simple project with memories and ideas from a craftivism workshop that I participated in last weekend. The good thing with a paper roll album is that the rolls automatically form pockets where it's easy to add hidden journaling, so I can do that later!

Thank you so much for browsing through this super long post! To continue the blog hop, you should hop over to Jemma, the last person in the hop today! For the full hop list, check the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog here.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to see you comment to let me know you were here and happy hopping!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Vintage Bottles − An ATC set for Scrap Africa August Mood Board 77

Hi! The lovely August mood board at Scrap Africa inspired me to try my new Art Journey set of stamps with vintage bottles.

Here's the beautiful blazing purple/violet mood board, with so many possible ideas of inspiration! I was particularly inspired by the bottle theme, obviously, plus the watercolour flower painting on the top right that made me think of making a painterly background with dye inks.

Did you know that you can join the Scrap Africa challenges with any kind of paper crafting, be it layouts, cards, ATCs or off the page projects?

I am also joining the challenges at Lost Coast Designs Blog, where the monthly theme is Watercolor Background, and the Artistic Stamper, with Anything Goes.

The watercolour effects of my ATC backgrounds are made with Distress Inks. Both that and the stamping technique I used were taught by the Dutch stamping artist Liesbeth Fidder at one of her popular workshops in Finland last spring. Liesbeth showed us how to make a watercolour looking background with Distress Inks, a spray bottle of water and an acrylic block. Until then, I must admit I had not used my few Distress Inks a lot, since I prefer pigment or permanent inks for stamping of actual images. I know there must be so many ways to use them that I just haven't thought of, and this definitely became a favourite!

I also like that there are more bright colours available, and the mini pads that are more economical to get in many colours. When I bought my first Distress Inks, they were mostly in earthly shades (which I normally love, too, but with this technique, the brighter colours really get to shine!)

I made the larger piece of paper into ATC sized cards at this point and stamped the bottles with black Staz-On. The next thing was to remove the background colour from the image area with chlorite. As said, all of this I know thanks to Liesbeth, who is also a very nice teacher in addition to being a great stamping artist. I warmly recommend joining her workshops if you ever get the chance!

For those of you who live in or near Finland, Liesbeth's workshops have been organized by Askartelu Amalia in Espoo, in case you are interested!

For a finishing touch, I just added a bit of Inka Gold in Turquoise and Violet in the borders and corners.

Here are the cards one by one. They are all available for trade, and I'll update when they aren't anymore. Feel free to ask here in the comments or wherever you see me in social media!

1 and 2

3 and 4

5 and 6

Thank you for looking! I look forward to trading these! (I'm in Finland, but international mail is fine, too.)

Friday, 1 July 2016

Celebrate Cousins − Layout for Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge 76

Hi everyone! It's time to welcome July together with the new monthly challenge at Scrap Africa. This time we have a lovely sketch by Denise van Deventer.

Here it is!

I'm still creating with the kit I created for guesting the Counterfeit Kit Challenge in June!

This was the only paper I bought specifically for my kit, everything else was from my existing stash. It's quite unusual compared to my basic stash, seeing that it has the colourful cluster of print on the left margin, while the rest of the paper has just this delicate yellow geometric pattern. I loved the paper when I saw it but I wasn't sure how easily I would get to use it.

The paper turned out to be an excellent combination with the Scrap Africa sketch and this pair of photos that I printed in black and white.

I was also inspired by the challenges at Challenge YOUrself! themed Geometric Shapes, Challenge Km-shop themed Flowers in Three Ways, and Stamps and Stencils: Floral Frenzy.

The flowers can be found in the patterned paper, in the stamped pattern behind the photos that I embossed with distressed turquoise, in the stamped pattern that I framed near the lower right corner, and in the black and white piece of packaging paper behind the photo on the right margin.

At Challenge YOUrself, the challenge prompt always includes using a photo of YOU in the project, so I'd better mention that I'm in the photo on the right, and on the left is my sister. We had a combined birthday party for all our the four of our boys this year, which was a great idea! This was actually one photo, but it looks maybe even nicer divided into two. I tilted the pictures a bit to highlight the party mood I hoped to catch in this layout.

Just a reminder, Scrap Africa challenges now run for the whole month, so you have all of July to create with this sketch!

Thank you for coming and hope to see you again soon!