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

 

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

I went to see Pipilotti Rist’s art exhibit, Elixir, when it was installed at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland. It was stunning and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen.

From the moment you walk in, when you’re asked to take your shoes off, you are immersed in the exhibit. There are carpets for you to sit on and watch the video projected on the walls, and long snake-like cushions to rest your head on while you lie back to watch the images projected on the ceiling. Bottles hang from branches that are suspended from the ceiling, and their shadows overlap and merge with the video. Each section of the exhibit is different, but they’re all connected and it feels very natural to wander from one part to the other. It is timeless and relaxing, while stimulating and thought provoking at the the same time. I don’t have the words to explain how it feels to be in the installation – which does’t make for a good blog post. The artist says, “Elixir can be medication for the mind… a hospital for the mind and the spirit.” That is probably the best description.

If you want to hear Pipilotti Rist speaking Elixir, and see a few images of the exhibit, you can click here to watch a short video.

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

tlun 2014-09 elixirpipilottirist 04I love bokeh prints and vellum, and this was the perfect layout to use them both on. It can be hard to create any air, ethereal feel with papers, and using photos that have so much dark and shadow in them didn’t make it any easier. I decided to use as many translucent elements as I could, and to mat the photos on black cardstock so that it didn’t look as though I was completely ignoring such a obvious part of the photos. I cut the elongated gold diamonds from some office file folders that happened to be the colours I was working with.


Products:

  • Webster’s Pages, Strawberry Fields, Field of Gold
  • Crate Paper, Flea Market, bokeh vellum
  • Studio Calico, plastic die cut arrows
  • sequins
  • Ranger, Glossy Accents
  • Basic Grey, Spice Market, letter stickers
  • Fancy Pants, Burlap & Bouquets, Sticker Fundamentals
  • Scotch, washi
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Wink Of Stella, Clear

 

Fergus Fair

The Fergus Fall Fair is a great one to visit. I didn’t get the chance to go this year, but I have a bunch of photos from our visit last year that I hadn’t done anything with. When looking at September’s Mood Board, I knew I had the perfect excuse to go through those photos and make a layout.

Fergus Fair

Fergus Fair

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Since I had so many photos to choose from, I actually started this layout without choosing the photos first. I wanted to put together a composition and use products that would capture the feel of the mood board, and then pick photos that would work. As soon as I came across the frames from Crate Paper, I knew exactly how I could do that. I ended up choosing photos that could hold their own against all the embellishments on the page – ones that were close ups of a single subject, and that had a very narrow colourway. The almost monotone colours in the photos (creams, tans, browns, greys), helps set those frames apart and draw your eye to the photos, even though there are lots of possible distractions on this layout.

I wanted to mention that the foil letter stickers are great quality. The wrinkles and creases that are in mine are because of a curious cat that nibbled on them while there were stuck to the ruler I was using to lay them out :) You do see texture through the stickers, but they come off the sheets without any problem, and without any creasing.


Products:

  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • Pebbles, Birthday Wishes, You’re Invited
  • Webster’s Pages, Ocean Melody, Ocean View
  • Glitz Design, Uncharted Waters, 8×8 paper pad
  • Crate Paper, The Open Road, Frames
  • Crate Paper, The Open Road, Ephemera Pack
  • Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes Styleboard, Ephemera Pack
  • Crate Paper, Oh Darling, Ephemera Pack
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Magic, letter stickers
  • Recollections, foil alphabet stickers
  • Studio Calico, Tiny Type Stickers
  • Mambi, Sticks stickers
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Boss Lady
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Sherbet
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Buttercup
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Bookworm
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Opaque White
  • October Afternoon, Sprinklers, Woodland Park, Springs
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • Ranger, Glossy Accents
  • Tsukineko, VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
  • date stamp, sequins

 

Stockmann: Take Away Food

It’s Thursday, so that means another throwback layout. This is another one that was created as part of a challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket. I can’t remember exactly what the challenge was, but it was about using the colours blue, grass green, and lemon yellow.

Stockmann: Take Away Food

Stockmann: Take Away Food

tlun 2014-07 stockmanntakeawayfood 04The large tabs were punched from the always useful We R Memory Keeper Tab File Punch. The tag was punched using a Marvy Tag Punch. I cut the Stockmann logo and name with my Silhouette, using the software’s trace and cut feature. I love using my Silhouette for making completely personalized titles. It’s easy to do and always adds a finished look to the page.

Utsjoki

Another throwback layout for this week, with a photo from my trip through Finland. This photo was taken in Utsjoki, Finland. Curious just how far north that is? Check this out.

Utsjoki

Utsjoki

tlun 2014-07 utsjoki 04It was part of a day trip that I made from Inari, Finland. Out in the middle of what felt like nowhere, was a church and a church village from the mid-19th century. When the church was built, people would have to travel for days to attend, so they would stay in the small cabins overnight when they arrived.

This layout was part of a Two Peas in a Bucket challenge to create a layout inspired by social media. I took cues from the layout of Facebook – using a long horizontal photo near the top, with a smaller square “profile” picture over top on the left side. I included tabs as a play on computer tabs), and geotags as embellishments. Again, the largest tab is the We R Memory Keeper Tab File Punch, and the smaller one is a Quickutz die.

Finland

Wanna know a secret…? That’s my layout in Jot magazine! And it’s a 12×12 layout – knock me over!!

I’m a huge fan of Jot. They have an amazing amount of inspiring content from all over the world, and they cover a variety of current topics. Instagram, mobile photography and editing, Project Life, traditional scrapbooking, mini books, gifts and packaging…. They cover all of the things that the “modern day memory keeper” is interested in.

They had a submission call for their 7th issue, but they needed layouts that were 12×12. Time to see if I could put together something. Let me tell you, 12×12 feels like a LOT of space after working on 8×8 layouts.

Finland

Finland

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So every once in a while one of my Project Life / pocket page style albums needs a title page, feature page, or I have something extra special (or large), to document. In this case, my Finland travel album needed a title page. I have so many (as in don’t-ask-how-many), photos for that album (those albums). Pocket pages are the only way I stand a chance of getting them into albums while still being able to include journalling, embellishments, and ephemera.


Products:

  • American Crafts white cardstock
  • Basic Grey, Capture, Snippets
  • Basic Grey, Carte Postale, mixed brads
  • My Mind’s Eye, Necessities “Blues” decorative brads
  • My Mind’s Eye, Necessities “Blues” enamel dots
  • My Mind’s Eye, Now and Then, Izzy “Good Times” Journey
  • My Mind’s Eye, Now and Then, Milo “Inspired” enamel dots
  • October Afternoon, Daily Flash, Tropical Sherbet washi
  • October Afternoon, Sprinklers, Farmhouse “Screen Door”
  • October Afternoon, Travel Girl, Hand Cut Alpha Stickers
  • October Afternoon, Travel Girl, Miscellany
  • October Afternoon, Travel Girl, Plane Ticket
  • October Afternoon, Travel Girl, Room Key
  • October Afternoon, Travel Girl, Word Stickers
  • Studio Calico, Die Cut Plastic Arrows
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • Versafine, Black
  • date stamp, grey stripe washi

 

River

These are some of my favourite photos, that just happened to take me seven years to do anything with…LOL This was part of a Mother’s Day outing to Niagara Falls. We wanted to see some of the attractions that we hadn’t seen before, and the White Water Walk sounded like a little gem. It absolutely was! You’re right at the edge of the river and because of the gorge walls and the sound of the water, you can’t hear civilization. You get that wonderful ‘escape in the city’ feeling. It was also a hot day, and the combination of shade and mist made it a lovely break from the heat.

River

River

tlun 2014-08 river 04When I was going through all the photos I took – and I took A LOT, I couldn’t find any that I could line up to make a sort of panoramic shot. The closest I could get was these three, so I printed them out and hoped I could somehow make them work. They don’t completely line up, but tilting them at slight angles to each other helps hide that… I think…LOL I decided to also keep everything on the horizontal axis. The photos created a strong horizontal feature, and I worried that if I added vertical elements the layout would become too busy. Of course, that didn’t apply to the title. I fell in love with these letters because of their colour and translucency, but they were a bit too large for me to use on the horizontal. Putting them on the vertical also let me balance out the embellishments on the top left of the page.


Products:

  • Recollections kraft cardstock
  • Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Styleboard 12×12 paper pad
  • Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Styleboard, Sticky Notes
  • Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Ephemera Pack
  • Recollections, paper doily
  • Heidi Swapp, Alphabet letters
  • Studio Calico, plastic arrow
  • Studio Calico, Wood Veneer, Transportation Shapes
  • Marvy, Wood Stain Marker, Dark Brown
  • EK Success, Tag punch
  • Martha Stewart, Scalloped Circle punch
  • We R Memory Keepers, Tab File punch
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • date stamp, washi tape, vellum scraps