I refuse to mention that people are planning christmas cards already… Just no… The cicadas are singing and I’m sleeping with warm breezes coming in the windows… So, no… Nope…
On to the post… I have been really sporadic on here lately… Partly because of life stuff, and partly because I’ve been trying to organize my space, computer, photos, and figure out how to film, edit, and upload videos… Almost organized… Almost have the film-edit-upload thing down… Almost… Still trying to figure out the lighting… Shadows and glare, oh my!
I did want to make a video showing how I use my WRMK Letterpress platform as a stamp press/positioner… It’s not pretty, but I show you the nitty gritty on how it works… And, I show you how to make a magnetic grid insert, different ruler options, and how it works with clear and rubber stamps…
Spoiler alert: it works AMAZING! It’s available a bunch of places, goes on sale, you can use coupons, and it also does that whole letterpress thing too! (You need a manual die cutter to do letterpress, but not to use it as a stamp press…)
I think I answer most questions in the video, but if you have some that I didn’t answer – just ask… Happy to help if I can…
YouTube WRMK Letterpress as Stamp Positioner
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.
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.
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