Clouds

I had so much fun making this layout! I usually watch some YouTube process videos or click through Pinterest when I’m playing around in my scraproom, but ended up making this one while listening to music. There was something a bit scary but also a carefree feeling about putting together a layout without having inspiration right in front of me. I told myself that I’d stick some stuff down and just toss the whole thing if I didn’t like it. The experience took me right back to cut and paste as a child, and the almost meditative state I’d be in when I was creating something for enjoyment and not show. 

Scrapbooking has a lot of hidden pressures. You’re doing it to record important memories for generations to come, so it has to be perfect. You spend time and money on it, so the results better be worth it. And then the people who don’t get it, and think it’s a childish hobby to have. 

This layout was a reminder for me that childish cut and paste is meditation for me. As a child, I would loose track of time if I was near paint and paper. My parents used creative arts as a way to distract me, calm me, reward me. I’m decades older, but paper, scissors, and glue still center me. 

   
The background paper is Heidi Swapp specialty catdstock that I coloured with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral, and Punice Stone distress inks. I also used his Broken China stain dauber for a couple spots of blue. 

The clouds are from October Afternoon’s Summertime stamp set, and I used Hero Arts Ombré in Pool to Navy, and Memento Tuxedo Black. I stamped them on scrap paper and fussy cut them.

The letter stickers are an old Recollections font, and the brads and enamel dots are from My Mind’s Eye.

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Butterfly

After more of an absence than I expected, I’m back! I’ve been trying to learn how to film process videos, and how to edit and upload them. Have joined Instagram, joined YouTube. I still need to update my blog so that there are quick links for you guys to find me all those places, but in the meantime I’m The Light Up North in both places. 

I’m also trying out posting blog entries from my phone. This will be my first post using the WordPress app, so we’ll see how it goes. What I really love about the blogging, Instagram, and YouTube, is the community. How much fun it is to share with others the projects we’re working on, products we love, design ideas, and the stories that are special to use. I’m hoping that I’ll be happy with the quality of the posts I make through the app, making it easier to keep things current and interesting.

So, finally onto the layout. I was driving downtown when a butterfly flew in my car window and landed on my arm. It stayed their for over twenty minutes, checking out my shirt with it’s proboscis and just chilling. It was so delicate that I was sure it would blow away with the wind coming in while I was driving, but it hung on.  

Butterfly

   
I cut a circle with my Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, then cut pie shaped pieces out of it to create a pie chart. I filled in the pie chart with pieces from Heidi Swapp’s September Skies 6×6 paper pad. The building die cut is a die from Studio Calico that I ran through my WRMK Evolution Advanced die cutter. Some washi, some enamel dots, and some stamping with roller stamps filled out the embellishment clusters. I did my journaling in Becky Higgins Project Life app, and then sent it straight to my printer from my phone – too easy! 

  • Heidi Swapp, September Skies, 6×6 paper pad
  • Martha Stewart coloured cardstock
  • Martha Stewart Circle Cutter
  • WRMK Evolution Advanced
  • Studio Calio buildings die
  • Studio Calico + Life.Love.Paper buildings stamp set
  • Tim Holtz, Pumice Stone Distress Ink
  • Ranger, foam blending tool
  • Tsukineko, VersaMagic, Niagara Mist chalk ink
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black
  • Recollections, Simply Pastel alpha stickers
  • Doodlebug Design Inc., Sprinkles, Limeade Glitter

Here And Now

I’ve got another Fallingwater layout this week. You can check out the previous three layouts here, here, and here. If you want to check out the Fallingwater live cam here. You get the iconic view of the home, in all seasons, and at all different times of the day.

This photo is taken from halfway up the walkway between the main house and guest house. You can see the stepped cover over the walk, and the full and lush rhododendron bushes that grow all over the site. As is usual with Wright’s designs, the entrance to the house is tucked away and not visible until you’re right in front of it. It adds a wonderful feeling of seclusion and privacy, as if it’s a secret place that only you know the way into.

Here And Now

Here And Now

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Keeping in line with the other layouts from this trip, I kept to a narrow colourway of neutrals with an accent colour that references the photo. In this case, the ColorMagic die cuts from Heidi Swapp were perfect. The leaves look natural on the layout, and remind me of all the rhodedendrons we saw that day.


Products:

  • Recollections, kraft cardstock
  •  My Mind’s Eye, Follow Your Heart, Be Happy
  • American Crafts, DIY Shop, Gold Foil on Black
  • Staples, shipping tag, size 5
  • Sookwang, Scor-Tape
  • Crystal Glitter Ritz, Warm Highlight
  • Heidi Swapp, ColorMagic, die cut embellishments
  • Peerless Watercolors, Olive Green and Myrtle Green
  • Heidi Swapp, ColorShine, Bronzer
  • Crate Paper, Notes & Things, Ephemera Pack
  • Tsukineko, VersaMark, Watermark ink
  • Tsukineko, Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Frost

Brilliant Fallingwater

Another post about on of my favourite places. Actually, this whole month will have layouts of this place. You can check out last week’s post here.

This layout includes a photo of one of the first view’s of Fallingwater you get when you walk the path from the Visitor’s Centre, down the hillside, and along Bear Run. You start by seeing parts of the home between stands of trees, and when you get to the bridge that takes you over the creek, this is what you see. Those iconic cantilevers floating over the water, before the water drops over the edge of the waterfall. It’s this moment when you realize you’re standing in front of the building you’ve seen in thousands of photographs. All of a sudden this feeling of a life size cardboard cutout coming to life floods your brain. It’s an amazing moment.

Brilliant Fallingwater

Brilliant Fallingwater

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Again, a simple layout without a lot of ornamentation. And again, a narrow colourway that references the photo. I purposely matted the photo in a paper with a pure white background instead of an off white or beige colour. I wanted the photo to stand out – to be bright and alive and in contrast with the papers of the layout. I also added in a few white rub-on details just to confirm that I purposely chose white.


Products:

  • Authentique, Hope, Foundation One
  • Sticko, Nostalgiques by Rebecca Sower, architecture stickers
  • Basic Grey, bas-3984, letter stickers
  • Basic Grey, Transfers “Obscure”, rub-ons
  • Heidi Swapp, “Brilliant” clear stamp
  • Tsukineko, VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
  • Tsukineko, VersaColor, 171 Pinecone ink
  • Tsukineko, VersaMark, Watermark ink
  • Staedtler, Triplus Fineliner, light grey
  • date stamp

Bloom & Grow

This is another photograph that I took at the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls that I mentioned last week. The variety of mums that were on display was amazing. I love the lines and geometric feel of the spider mums – so incredible all the shapes that occur in nature.

Bloom & Grow

Bloom & Grow

tlun 2015-03 bloomandgrow 04I wanted to create a geometric and graphic layout to go along with this photo, and the black, white, and gold, art deco style print was exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t want the layout to be too dark, so I added in a grey and pale cream geometric, and some crisp, pure white. I like sticking to fairly narrow colourways (although I do try and push myself out of that habit every once in a while), but not with this layout. The black, grey, cream, and white, with small touches of yellow and gold, perfectly fit the mood I wanted. And the variety of neutral rhinestones adds interest without adding distraction – and I just love the bit of sparkle and dimension they bring.


Products:

  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • Crate Paper, Notes & Things, Memo
  • Basic Grey, Aurora, Cassiopeia
  • Recollections, vellum
  • Basic Grey, Aurora, Die Cut Cardstock & Transparencies
  • Basic Grey, Chip Stickers, Cappella
  • American Crafts, Thickers, “Cecily” silver
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Shine, Bronzer
  • Zig, Wink of Stella, clear
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, alphabet clear stamps
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • Imaginisce, rhinestone heat setting tool
  • Imaginisce, heat set pearl rhinestones
  • misc rhinestones
  • date stamp
  • black photo corners

Lovely Mums

Every autumn, the greenhouses around here have chrysanthemum shows. They usually start in the middle of October, and the displays are so full of blooms that it’s hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. We visited the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls, and it was a great way to warm up after spending the afternoon walking along the river.

Lovely Mums

Lovely Mums

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This was a quick layout I did, and it’s not one of my favourites, but it was fun to try a few new techniques. I had wanted to try using some of Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint along with a mask, to watercolour with Distress Inks, and to layer die cuts to make a Thicker-like title.

I love the way the Distress Inks worked for watercolouring! They keep their vibrancy and intensity in a way a lot of watercolour paints don’t. I coloured the flowers after I die cut them out of some Tim Holtz watercolour paper, first putting ink on with a foam blending tool in the areas I wanted the colour, then wetting the paper with clean water. To add depth and even out some of the colour, I picked up in from the ink pads with my brush and painted more colour on. The great thing about Distress Inks is how they reactivate with water, so it was easy to blend and move colour around just by adding a bit of water, and you don’t feel rushed to get it ‘perfect’ right away at all.

I like the way the layered die cuts turned out as well. It was easy and fairly quick too. I cut the die out of cardstock five times, and used liquid glue to layer them on top of each other. I always have some Tombow Mono Multi with a pen tip around, and it works perfectly for something like this. It gives you just enough time to slide the pieces so that they stack up evenly, but is tacky enough that you don’t have to spend time holding them in place.


Products:

  • Recollections grey cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced
  • American Crafts, lilac cardstock
  • American Crafts, Shimelle, “Lovely” die
  • Spellbinders, Die D-Lites, Asters and Poppies die
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Paint, white
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Inks, multiple colours
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Shine, Gold
  • Tombow, Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • date stamp
  • washi tapes

 

Let Your Light Shine

In the past couple of years, there have been a lot of ladybugs in our neighbourhood in the late fall. Every once in a while one will get in the house, and my cat loves when that happens. She’s not much of a hunter though. I once watched her calmly look on as one climbed onto her paw and then she went right back to napping. She does like to play chase though, so when the lady bug flew inside the lampshade – the game was on! She was gentle enough that the lamp slowly tipped against the bookshelf and didn’t crash down. After that, she happily joined the little bug inside the shade.

Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

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I bought some gesso and wanted to make a layout with some mixed media. I used a technique I saw Irit Landgraf use for getting a lovely smear of colour onto the page – put ink or paint onto some plastic packaging, add in a bit of water, mix, and press it onto your page. You can move around the ink by pressing on the back of packaging while it’s pressed against the paper. It leaves great colour with different gradations, and without the fuss of brushes or brush marks. She does amazing mixed media layouts and shares tips and techniques in her videos – check her out.

I added some gelatos and stamped images on top of the gesso, and I was happy with how it turned out. Most of it ended up hidden, but little bits peek out here and there. I found some scraps with the colours I wanted and cut out pieces that had light and electrical illustrations on them. I love when scraps end up being a perfect fit like that. I didn’t have such luck with finding letters for the title though. I ended up cutting four sets of the letters from black cardstock, gluing them together, and adding Glossy Accents on top.


Products:

  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • Recollections, black cardstock
  • Faber-Castell Gesso
  • Faber-Castell, Gelato, gold
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Clay mist
  • My Mind’s Eye, Necessities, Triangle Vellum Gold
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Heidi Swapp, Let Your Light Shine, clear stamp
  • VersaMark, Watermark ink
  • Wow, Primary Ebony Regular embossing powder
  • Marvy Uchida heat gun
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, clear alphabet stamp set
  • VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
  • Memento, Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • WRMK Evolution Advanced
  • QuicKutz, “Lucy” Classic Alphabet Set
  • Tomboy Mono Multi liquid glue
  • Ranger, Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • misc: washi tape, cat paper clip, sequins, ATG, Fiskars trimmer