Thursday, April 03, 2014

Hi folks, I'm still alive :D

I'm just taking a short "leave" from my computer and crafting table.. will be back soon! :)

Happy crafting,

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sisters at heart

Whew! Finally done with my entry for challenge 4 of Supreme Scrap Tournament - Scrap Diva category...
Here are rules of challenge 4:
double page layout 
Size layout:
2 pages of 30,4 x 30,4 cm (12 x 12 inch) 
- eight or more 
- no duplicate photos 
You must make:
-  Make hidden elements on your pages. Minimum of three
-  The hidden part of the elements should not be visible at first sight! It needs opening before we can see the hidden inside. 
-  Size of the elements is free
-  Place of the elements on the pages is free
-  Type of the elements is free. The three hidden elements may be of the same type. But you can use 2, 3 or more different elements. Your choice.
-  Think of flaps that can open, elements that can turn, secret elements that you have to pull out of their hiding place. 
-  It is ok if a pulling mechanism is visible. Such as a piece of paper, a fiber or ribbon, a brad used for turning a wheel.
Not to be used: 
- All kinds of ink (including spray ink and misting ink) 
- No paint of any sort  
- No stamps 
- No gesso
- No chalk 
Materials, embellishments:

NO paint or any ink!!! OMGoodness.... I have to admit, it was painful and difficult stopping and always reminding myself "Nope, that can't be used..nope that is not allowed.." Made me realize how much I depended on these art mediums lately. To think that I thought I would never learn how to use them! Ha! :) I realized that once an idea clicked, you know what you wanna do.. it's really like a breeze while in the creative process. I did a lot of fuzzy cutting in this one that's what took the time for me. Another challenge is how to make the flaps stay flat without opening. 

But, a challenge is a challenge. And this one is really a good one. Without further ado, check out my take on this challenge....

First page....
 Second page...
The whole page....
First hidden element... 
Tied with paper twine, I ribboned this around the first photo and if you will untie it, it will reveal more photos inside.

 I kept the embellishments flat and simple so it won't be too bulky....
Second hidden element is in the second photo. I punched holes on the photo and on the layout itself to anchor the paper twine. 
 The other part of this flap...
 The third hidden element is on the third photo, second page...
I arranged several fuzzy cut flowers and butterflies adhered on the lower corner of the photo and served as flap.
 This is what you'll see underneath... another folded paper with more....
 Pictures! :)
Fourth hidden element is this folded piece of paper tucked under the hidden folded paper... really neat, I liked this idea a lot :)
 What it looks like when you pull it out and open...
More pictures! :) I made it like a strip of photo from a photobooth... as you will notice, this part the second page, is about all the silliness the three of us did while we're still together. It was really nostalgic for me and was kind of sad while looking at our pictures. Mara have gone home to the Philippines already. It's only me and Aica at the moment in the same house. It's still happy and we still have silly moments but it's quite different when you're complete. Just like a family.... we're practically family... (it's not just about the happy moments, it's everything.. even the saddest, the ugliest moments have come and gone in our friendship. That's what made us really bond and became sisters at heart).
The last hidden element is this portion (underneath the big photo itself), where I wrote my journaling...
I hope you liked my double page entry! I loved creating this! Again, goodluck to all participants. You're all amazing crafters!

Happy crafting!

*All scrapbook supplies from Pretty Paper Studio
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

With nervous and fluttering heart, I am making this post for my Graphic45 Design Team 2014 Audition! :) I know there are other talented ladies who are also trying out and I'm kind of way too amateurish compared to them. But as they say, there's no harm in trying :) And only the thoughts of what ifs and should haves will be my companion in the end if I don't put myself out there and actually try.

I've been a fan of Graphic45 for sometime now. It's pretty difficult to get hold of scrapbook stuff where I am (Saudi Arabia), I have to order everything online. I am really so happy when the "nearest" (aka Dubai-based) scrapbook store I know of finally got Graphic45 stuff.

When I saw the Graphic45 design team call, I really wanted to give it a go. So I want to share some of my favorite projects (some not so new but I believe show my crafting style) and here it goes...

"Thanks 2013, Hello 2014"
My first layout for this year that I really enjoyed creating. I am loving mixed media at the moment and mixing products from different manufactures and make them work together.
"Wonderful Day"
I used some distress stains on the background and in some of the handmade embellishments in this page. I didn't use any textured paste, gesso or other mediums here because I wanted to focus on the papers.
"Such a great day to be with friends"
I love experimenting creating handmade flowers from papers and creating dimension and textures just by changing the angle or folding a portion of a paper.
"Wonderful Memories"
I created the background of this Valentine layout with shimmery oil pastels (since I don't have gelatos). I used my fingers to brush/spread the pink and gold oil pastels in an upward/downward motion. I cut the middle portion of gold doilies into different sized hearts. Inked the edges of the paper strips and accented/embellished the page with small flowers, enamel dots, and some letter stickers and a cute little wood ampersand for the title.
"Glittery-shabby-lovely altered Christmas tree"
I used lots of paper scraps in this little project I did and served as out little Christmas tree last year. I stacked different sizes of doilies and papers painted with a mixture of acrylic, watercolor and shimmerz. I topped the tree with a glittered star and long, ribbon-ed-gold thread circled the entire tree. I fuzzy cut the little house in one of the patterned papers I used. After everything dried, I sprayed acrylic varnish to this little tree ~ in a box, outside our room.. have to always remember that!!! ^_^ ~
"She believed"
One of my favorite projects to date. I altered a small canvas frame with lots of texture on the background using stencils and stamps and chipboards. I handmade some of the small flowers tucked all over the canvas. I also used gauze sprayed with glimmer mists and diluted watercolors.
"Altered shabby box"
This is originally a candle box, so when you open this it really the smell if heavenly. I decided to keep the box and altered it into a bit of shabby and vintage style. I combined lots of things I love in this project, inked edges, layers, and the combination of pink, teal and gold colors.
"Bellezas en papel"
I had so much creating the dresses for these two dolls. I made these for a contest last year. I used recycled papers and a mix of hybrid and real flowers for both paper dresses.
 some detail shots of the dolls.
I bought this wood frame few years back and I kept on delaying in altering it because I wanted to use it for a special project. The Secret Garden collection is perfect for this friendship souvenir. I used photos of me and my other three friends and created a garden of friendship theme. I only used the 6x6 patterns and solid as well as the chipboard and cardstock diecuts. Again, I made most of my flowers for this one. I adhered papers on the surface first before applying textured paste and brushing gold liquid acrylic paints and watercolors. 
some detailed shots in a slideshow

Thank you Graphic45 for giving me the chance to try out in your design team call!
Whew! That's it for now... crossing all my fingers!!!
God bless everyone and happy crafting to all!

*Scrapbook supplies from Pretty Paper Studio

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Clean and simple approach

I struggle with Clean and simple. But it's Pretty Paper Studio's monthly theme challenge so I HAD to try it and I did!

Check out my short tutorial how I created this layout.

Happy crafting,

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

This is my happy, scrappy, colorful place

I got in round 3 of Supreme Scrapbook Tournament and the challenge was to DOODLE our hearts out :) To those who got to know me way way back, they would know how I LOVE doodling SO MUCH. My ultimate crush who doodles magnificently is C.D. Muckosky. So my page is mostly inspired/influenced by her.

Rules we have to follow this round:
1. No flowers
2. No people in the photo (or any part of them).
3. Doodle as many as you can, doodle the title on the layout itself, doodle on 2 photos no more no less. All doodles must be handwritten.
4. Did I say NO FLOWERS - any kind, any type, doodled or actual embellishment
5. NO ALPHAS - any kind, any type except for the journaling of course, which has to be at least 20 words min.

ALL CHECK... lol! :D

I only used 1 kraft for the background and 6 strips of patterned paper in this page. Everything else is doodled and colored with different coloring mediums. I determined where my photos would be at first and traced a light pencil around them for guide. Then I started to doodle the shapes I had in mind. I brushed gesso on parts that I wanted to stand out, like the hearts, the circles and the part where I will have my title as well. I found it difficult to have the brightness of the colors over a kraft background, as I learned. I used different kinds of handwritten letters for my title. I wrote the word "colorful" in different colored pens and doodled a little rainbow too. I think it's cute :P
Since flowers are not allowed, I opted to use circles, scallops, hearts, arrows and some swirls. I also doodled a little camera hanging cutely at the top of the page.
I used watercolors (pencils and in tubes), coloring pencils, coloring pens. Did the black outlines with my ever trusted Sakura Micron pen (05), Sakura calligraphy pen (1.0), Sakura Aqualip (I hoard this one!), and American Crafts Precision pen.
The large photo and one of the smaller photo were mounted on a cardboard. You can see some washi tapes peeking out underneath the photos.
It was fun doodling on the photos! And I really love how the photos turned out when I printed them. Super yummy rainbow of colors in the midst of creative chaos :D

I wish this would be enough to get votes from my fellow SST participants.. whom should I say, were ALL SO talented!!! I'm really honored to be one of them still... I don't know next round though lol! :D But I wouldn't be sad whoever wins, she will be SO deserving of the title :)

Thanks for dropping by!
Happy crafting,

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Princess- all white double-pager

My second double-pager for Supreme Scrap Tournament. 

We were to create a monochromatic layout with one black and white photo overlapping one page to another. I don't have much supplies so I opted for the all white approach. It's easier to paint everything with gesso and white acrylic paint done painting with color. I used gauze and tissue paper before I placed all my photos. I scattered white shiny little pearls in various places, painted the gold brad in the center of my hand-made flowers with gesso and then added stickles for shine and glimmer. I also did the same with the Thickers, originally glittery silver. The twine was actually cream so again, I painted with gesso. The flowers underneath the photos were off-white but I opted to paint with gesso as well.
I opted to convert all the photos I used into black & white and kind of placed them in the middle, making sure I didn't cut the eyes (I think that's gonna be a bit weird). I did the mistake of dropping some Mod Podge over some of the photos, so I decided to paint them all with Mod Podge instead. But I forgot that the brush I was using has gesso, so, the whitish-blur.
Some detailed shots...

The whole page
Wish me luck on round 3, coz I got in!!! It's really nerve-wracking because I am competing with really awesome AWESOME ladies in the tournament! I'm honored to be still in the next round.

Supplies used:
Canson paper
Blue Fern Studios chipboard
Kaiser craft flowers
Prima flowers
American Crafts Thickers alphas
The Crafter's Workshop stencil
White thread
pearl buttons, pearls
tissue paper
homemade textured paste
Mod Podge
white acrylic paint and watercolor

Happy crafting,

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Watercolored love

Hi all! I have a new layout for Pretty Paper Studio!
Used my watercolors to make the heart shaped in the background. I re-purposed a Prima flower packaging, I love doing that, so don't trash them away once you used up all the flowers.
Colored the Pink Paislee hearts with watercolor too, just subtly brushed for a hint of pinkish hue. Instead of using the whole frame, I cut the part of the fabric frame where the stitched sentiment is located. I also cut the Webster's Pages overlays and embellished them on the photo.
this is a template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff which you can find here.
 my favorite "LOVE" quote....
Happy crafting,

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