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
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
Last week’s NSD (ISD?) activities tuckered me out! I was under the weather and couldn’t quite get as involved as I wanted, and missed posting something up here. I do have a couple of layouts to post and play catch up though…. Let’s get started!
This first layout has a photo I took at a friend’s wedding. It never fails, if it’s a big occasion – wedding, birthday, Christmas, I don’t take my normal hundreds of pictures. I go to the mail box and take more pictures than I do during big life moments! Argh! I’m going to say that I get caught up in the moments and am just too busy enjoying myself to click the shutter. Yeah, that’s it.
So, at my friend’s wedding and I take maybe a couple dozen pictures. The handful that turned out include two of a young boy that was peeking over the fence at the ceremony in progress, one of the patio (the actual patio – I was planning my own backyard projects at the time), and this one. This one definitely falls into the category I call “story pictures”. It’s one of those photos that has no meaning, no context, no interest to anyone and you have to say, “oh – let me explain….”
The explanation: when the band started to play, the room was lit in just violet lights and candles. It was such a pretty moment, it felt like everything was glowing. I love that the candle and flowers is in focus and the dance floor and band are part of the haze.
Put A Ring On It
The layout is pretty simple. I didn’t want to add too many details or embellishments because I wanted to keep the ethereal feel of the photo. I added the gold edge to the layout by running a watermark ink pad along the edge of the paper and then adding gold embossing powder. I love the organic, imperfect look it created. I don’t usually use ribbon but I did this time, so even on a basic layout I managed to try something new.
- Studio Calico, white cardstock
- My Mind’s Eye, On Trend, 6×6 paper pad
- Altenew, Vintage Roses stamp set
- Altenew, Vintage Roses die set
- Tsukineko, VersaMark, WaterMark ink pad
- Tsukineko, VersaMagic, Red Brick chalk ink
- Tsukineko, VersaMagic, Perfect Plumeria chalk ink
- Tsukineko, VersaMagic, Purple Hydrangea chalk ink
- World’s Greatest Embossing Powder, Ultra Detail Mirror Gold embossing powder
- My Mind’s Eye, Fancy That, Pearl stickers
- We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced die cutting machine
- Marvy heat gun
- Imaginisce rhinestone heat setting tool
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.
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.
- 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
This is another photograph taken at Presque Isle State Park (check out last week’s layout here). This was a beach at the east end of the park, that just sort of appeared between the trees while we were walking the trail and looking at the lighthouse. It was such an incredibly hot summer day. I still don’t know why this beach was empty, except that maybe it was so hot that everyone stopped at one of the many other beaches that we passed earlier on the trail.
I find that one of my habits is the use of limited colourways in my layouts. It’s a look I like, and it’s something that comes easily for me. Using shades of brown and blue-green were a natural fit for this photo. To avoid having a narrow colourway look too simple, I always use a variety of shades. The browns include everything from a pale, off white beige, to a deep, cocoa brown. The blue-greens range from an almost true green to a turquoise. That variety helps add dimension, and the use of multiple patterns helps add interest. Everything from solids, to geometrics, to textures, to florals. They all add lines and weights that keeps your eye engaged.
- American Crafts, white cardstock
- We R Memory Keepers, Simply Spring, Sprout
- We R Memory Keepers, Albums Made Easy, Dictate Journalling Cards
- Crate Paper, The Open Road, Chipboard Frames
- Basic Grey, Capture, Designer Chipboard Stickers
- Amy Tan, Remarks, Noteworthy, Accent & Phrase sticker book
- Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Accent Stickers
- Becky Higgins, Project Life, Alpha Stickers
- My Mind’s Eye, Lost & Found, Record It!, Antique enamel dots
- Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s Color Mist, Clay
Back in 2005, we went on a road trip through parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Near the end of the trip we decided to stop and stretch our legs, and the map (no GPS – we did this old school…lol) showed there was a park nearby. We pulled into Presque Isle State Park. What a find! It’s on the south shore of Lake Erie, about halfway between Cleveland and Buffalo, and almost directly south of Long Point Provincial Park, in Ontario.
For anyone who’s been to and loves Long Point, you will love Presque Isle State Park. It’s got the same great expanse of beaches, the warm waters of Lake Erie, great opportunities to birdwatch and fish, and lots of places to put in a canoe or kayak and explore around the shores. It’s got one thing that Long Point doesn’t have enough of though – public beaches. Long point has a couple of public beaches – Presque Isle has a dozen, and they all have lifeguards during daytime hours. The park is really open and allows everyone to access and explore everything that exists there.
Just another quick note – there is amazing history associated with the area. So if you like military history, American history, naval history, or have a love of lighthouses, it’s a great place to look around.
Presque Isle State Park
I’ve been trying to make a dent in the box of scraps that I can’t bring myself to get rid of, and this layout was made almost entirely of scraps. The navy cardstock and the photo overlay (under the photo), were the only pieces that didn’t come from the scrap bin – everything else was repurposed. I do almost exclusively 8×8 layouts, so I have a lot of decent sized scraps and I love how punches and dies let me get so much more out of papers.
This is another layout where I used Copics to change the colour of letter stickers too. I love that trick. It means I can buy stickers that are on sale (score!), or that are a font I love but in a colour I’d never use, and know that I will be able to make them work. The script letter stickers were an orange colour and the others were white, and I changed them both using just two Copic markers. Using Copics lets me blend colours and add gradation if I want, but I’m sure other types of markers would work as well. I plan on trying some Distress Inks – those vibrant colours would be gorgeous, and I’ll be sure to post how they turn out.
- American Crafts, navy cardstock
- Crate Paper, Close Knit, photo overlays
- Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book dies
- We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced die cutting machine
- Fiskars, Hexagon Punch, medium
- Sookwang, Scor-Tape
- Martha Stewart, gold glitter
- October Afternoon, Daily Flash Alpha, Bonfire “Story Book”
- Basic Grey, bas-3984, letter stickers
- Copic Markers, R27 Cadmium Red, E08 Brown
- Recollections, Fall, brads
- My Mind’s Eye, Mistletoe Magic, enamel dots
- Sharpie Pen, black
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.
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.
- 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