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.

Room Service

I had a bunch of stuff on my desk from my last Studio Calico order and this picture of a room service dinner from one of my favourite hotels. I love the Studio Calico stamp and die sets that are coming out now that feature different continents. I wanted the Europe one as soon as I saw it but it was out of stock. As soon as I saw they had it back in, I ordered it right away. If you’ve been waiting too, you can find it here.

Room Service

Room Service

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The background paper was a piece I found in the far back of my scrap basket. It had a pale grid and texture print on it that kept the layout looking more casual than it would have with a pure white cardstock. I stamped the Europe stamp onto some glassine/tissue type paper with some watermark ink and then added gold embossing powder. I like the effect it gave even though it was a bit less crisp that if I had stamped it on vellum. I added a bunch of transparent layers with washi tape and acrylic die cuts, and some graphic touches with multiple stampings of black ink.


Products:

  • My Mind’s Eye, Necessities, Black & Grey 6×6 paper pad
  • Studio Calico, 3×4 card
  • Studio Calico, Europe, stamp set
  • Tsukineko, VersaMark WaterMark ink pad
  • World’s Greatest Embossing Powder, Ultra Detail Mirror Gold, embossing powder
  • Marvy heat gun
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • Ranger, foam blending tool
  • American Crafts, Amy Tangerine, Cut & Paste, One Two Three
  • Studio Calico, Aloha stamp set
  • Studio Calico, Zeus stamp set
  • Tsukineko, VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
  • EK Success, Triple Heart Punch
  • Recollections, Fall, brads
  • Studio Calico, Silver Glitter letter stickers, Tiny Alpha in yellow, and acrylic die cut
  • misc. washi tapes and sequins

 

This

This is the third layout featuring a picture from Fallingwater. You can check out the first two layouts here and here.

The view in this photograph is from the main house, looking up the hillside to the guest house. The two buildings are connected by a covered walkway, formed by one of the few curvilinear lines Wright used in his design. Most of the views are directed towards the water, but this view looking to the hills is beautiful.

This

This

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Another simple layout with a narrow colourway. I ran a 4×6 journalling card through my printer for the journalling. If I’m going to add journalling, I love using my printer to do it so I can choose the font style, size, and formatting I want. To make the title, I ran some adhesive backed cork through my die cut machine. It was easy, and worked perfectly – crisp, sharp edges and no tearing. To finish it off, I added a couple metal staples, wood stars, and a subtly metallic horizontal line of paper.


Products:

  • Recollections, grey cardstock
  • My Mind’s Eye, Indie Chic, Ginger “Pictures” Flourish
  • Becky Higgins, Midnight Edition Kit, 4×6 journalling card
  • Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, “this” die
  • Karen Foster Design, adhesive cork sheet
  • We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced die cutter
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • Studio Calico, wood veneer stars

Fallingwater Cafe

A little warning – this post will be longer than most. I love, always have loved, Frank Lloyd Wright and Fallingwater, and tend to ramble when I come across a chance to talk about them. :)

During the road trip of 2005, we also visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous design, Fallingwater, near Mill Run, Pennsylvania. It consistently makes the lists for places to visit before you die and most recognizable buildings in the world, has been featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and has recently been nominated to be placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. The home, and Wright, provided inspiration for the Vandamm residence in Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, and inspired Ayn Rand when she created the character of Howard Roark in Fountainhead. It is a captivating piece of architecture that includes design elements that continue to be on the edge of what is happening now. It’s timeless, and gorgeous, and anyone who loves architecture or design will love how the site is cared for and protected.

It’s set up so that you can walk through the main home and the guest house with a guide. The guides are wonderful – they know the history, the facts, the rumours, the stories, and it’s obvious they have a passion for the place. There are also trails on the grounds that you can walk along unescorted, and getting to see the home from various points on the hills around Bear Run.

We opted to buy tickets for the longer tour that allowed visitors to take photographs and I’m so glad we did. We also set aside the whole day to be there, and that let us wander the paths and enjoy some time in the beautiful Visitor’s Centre. The Centre is in a pavilion designed by Spanish architect Paul Mayén. It too has been recognized for how well it blends in with it’s surroundings, and is the perfect compliment to the site and to Wright’s intentions for it. There is also a lovely cafe and gift shop, and places to sit and relax before or after your walk.

Fallingwater Cafe

Fallingwater Cafe

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I made such a simple layout for this photo. Partially because images from this day bring up so many full memories that I don’t feel the need to add much, but also because Wright disliked too much ornamentation and it felt wrong to ‘cluttering up’ something that had been so perfectly designed in the first place. Odd? Probably… :)


Products:

  • Recollections, kraft cardstock
  • Glitz Design, Uncharted Waters, Scallop
  • Teresa Collins, Nine & Co., Rub-Ons
  • Jenni Bowlin Studio, Canning Jar Fun, Rub-Ons
  • Basic Grey, letter stickers
  • American Crafts, DIY Shop, Cork Sticker Arrows
  • Ranger Foam Blending Tool
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • My Mind’s Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Bluebell, round brads
  • My Mind’s Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Bluebell, enamel dots
  • My Mind’s Eye, Now And Then “Milo”, Inspired, enamel dots
  • My Mind’s Eye, Collectable, Notable “Cute”, enamel dots
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink

 

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

 

Cuppa

I have fallen in love with DAVIDs TEA. They have a huge range of flavours, from the very traditional like matchas and herbals to modern takes like Caramel Corn and Cocomint Cream. Every flavour is so well balanced and tastes genuine. I have one of their Steepers and love the process of making tea with it, but they also sell travel mugs with built in strainers and tea filters. The tea filters are disposable tea bags with an open top that you can fill with whatever loose tea you like, and then close by pulling the drawstring. So cute! They’ve made loose tea easy to make and enjoy anywhere.

Cuppa

Cuppa

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I wanted to create a light and casual layout for these photos, but didn’t have an idea about what colours I wanted to use. Sitting on my desk was Studio Calico’s Park Ave. Card Kit that I had ordered. I decided to play with it and see what I could come up with. I added in a few items from my stash, but most of the items are from that one kit.


Products:

  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Studio Calico, Park Ave. Card Kit (December 2014)
  • Cosmo Cricket, She’s Got Tissues
  • Staples, Shipping Tag, size 1
  • Kikusui, Story Tape, Corner of Life
  • Studio Calico, Rise & Shine Stamp set
  • Studio Calico, Cube Stamp & Die set
  • American Crafts, Amy Tangerine Thickers, Collage Shamrock
  • Tim Holtz, idea-ology, Label Letter stickers
  • Martha Stewart, Pinked Circle punch
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, letter clear stamps
  • Memento, Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • ColorBox, Citrine, pigment ink
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Clay mist
  • misc: washi tape, twine, ATG, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Fiskars trimmer