Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Superhero stuff double page layout

Inspired by this new “off the wall” range of papers from Kaisercraft I created this fun layout. It helped that I could use the most perfect photos from a friend to complete the work of art. The stamps available in the range helped me to create decorative elements perfect for this layout.

Production Text Photography by Jowilna Nolte © Photos supplied by Minette Botha taken by Artery Photography & Design

About this layout
How to create the curved left edge of your layout
If you have a template trace it onto your patterned blue paper with the splats on. Then adhere it to orange cardstock and cut a 5mm border so that the orange peeks out from underneath.
Trace a second shape onto a darker patterned paper and trim it smaller – adhere this piece on top of the first traced shape 7cm from the left edge – add machine or hand sewing to finish it off.
**I used a large circle to create my shaped border, if you don’t have a large circle here’s how you create it – cut a 13cm wide strip of patterned paper. Make a mark in the middle 9cm in from the left edge and 15cm down from the top – now draw a curved line from the top right edge towards the middle 9cm mark and then out towards the bottom right hand
corner – cut and ink the edges.

2. Once you have created your left curved edge, adhere it flush to the left edge of your layout.
3. Matt your photos. I matted the four photos on the left hand side all on one piece of cardstock and trimmed around the
edge. Adhere the photos 5.3cm from the bottom edge and flush in the middle.
4. Adhere the remainder of your photos on the right hand side of your layout with a 2mm spacing from the left edge.
5. Cut a piece of the graffiti paper 14cm wide and ink the edges. Adhere this strip next to the photos on the right hand side with a small spacing between the paper and the matted photos.
6. Cut a 2cm wide strip from the graph paper, ink the edges and adhere it flush with the graffiti paper strip on the right side of it.
7. Trim a 5mm wide strip of orange cardstock and adhere it to the right
8. Trim a barcode strip off of your patterned paper and adhere it next to the orange cardstock strip.
9. Adhere a Project Life card on the right side of your layout 7cm from the bottom edge and on the graffiti paper panel.
10. Add your sewing. I added a creative border sewing on the graph paper strip by using the squares as a guide to pierce holes. See how I sew my arrow shape on the following page.
11. Cut two flags from paper scraps measuring about 5cmx2cm, ink the edges and adhere them 7cm from the bottom
edge on the left page.
12. Stamp five circles on acetate using a foam circle stamp and Silver StazOn ink pad. Leave the circles to dry thoroughly
and then cut them out using your scissors. Warning: Do not try punching them - some punched will jam and break
permanently if you try to punch acetate.
13. Position the circles on your layout and make a hole using your paper piercer. Adhere the circle onto the page using
brads instead of an adhesive that will show through. Trim off the overlapping parts of the circles on the edges.
14. Stamp orange stars onto scrap paper as well as the word awesome. Trim the stars and adhere them using foam tape. Fold the awesome stamped ticket over and adhere with a brad and adhesive. Add your title and any other boy embellishments you want to. Add additional machine sewing and diamanté to finish it off. Remember your journaling!

I used hand sewing on my layout because I love the texture and dimension it adds. But I also love machine stitching and have no problem combining the two together on a single layout. Here I used a
variegated green silk thread to sew with my machine - it runs from white to light green to dark green and adds so much interest. I also did some sewing through my title stickers to make sure they are permanent - this works really well when stickers aren’t that sticky anymore.

Project Life cards from the kits ranges are perfect to use on your layouts. These cards offers you a place to add journaling, extra photos like a decorative photo matt and acts as a powerful and instant decorative element on your layout. I use themed project life cards on my layouts all the time - the thinking has been done already and often they only need a small amount of dressing up to act as a really cool element. And when I am done I can also use them in my PL albums for everyday memories.
This article was written and created for Scrapbook Studio - the full PDF can be downloaded with the layout sketch from their website. www.scrapbookstudio.co.za

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Quick comparison of Milk Paint and Chalk paint.

What is Milk Paint and Chalk Paint? 

Milk Paint: Is a 100% natural paint that’s been around for hundreds of years. It’s called milk paint, because one of the ingredients is casein, which is milk protein. 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Was developed by Annie Sloan and is named Chalk Paint for its “chalky appearance” when dried. It is the most amazing paint. 

What does the paint look like? 

Milk Paint: Comes in a powdered form and has to be mixed with water. 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Comes in quarts, premixed and ready to use. Smaller jars of chalk paint are available for small projects and as tester pots.

Do you have to use primer?
Milk Paint: No, but there is a bonding agent you can use to mix into the paint if you want the paint to grip to non-porous surfaces. But if you love the chippy old world look then just go ahead and paint.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: No. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint grips really well and a primer isn’t necessary.

Do you have to sand before painting?

No for both paints, but it’s a good idea to do for both paints if the surface is really glossy. I have painted melamine and have not wax it yet and the piece has held up just fine. 

Do you have to use wax or a topcoat?
Milk Paint: No, but I would suggest it. You can use either a wax or poly topcoat to protect the paint from moisture and wear.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: No, but I always do. The only time I don’t use wax is on a piece that won’t get a lot of wear and I don’t mind if the paint gets distressed naturally. I also wax my pieces to keep them from getting dirty from everyday touching and for easy cleaning. I use the Annie Sloan waxes in both dark and clear – dark for added distressing and ageing and the clear to seal it in, or only the clear to give it the most amazing velvet feel and make it soft to the touch and to keep dirt out.

Can the colors be mixed to make custom colors?

Yes, the colors from both paint lines mix beautifully. You can soften the colours by adding white to green for a soft pale green for example.

How can you apply the paint?
Both paints can be applied with a brush, roller or sprayer. It all works.  With milk paint you need to be sure that it is mixed really well – I use a milk frother I bought from the Crazy store for R24.00 and it works perfectly – if not you will have lumps and clots in the paint that has not dissolved and will cause havoc on your painted object.

Do the paints distress well?

Milk Paint: Milk paint is unpredictable in how it will distress. At times it grips really well and just comes off in a fine powder. Other times the paint cracks and flakes away creating a fabulous  chippy look on some areas only. You just have to go with it and see what happens. Once it chips I would seal in that chippiness to keep it from happening even more and preserve the look you are happy with.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Comes off in a fine powder when sanded before waxing. It’s easy to control the amount of wear and results in a soft, distressed finish that looks amazing. You can control how much you distress it and what look you are after. I use an electric sander for the first bit to get most of my distressing done, and then switch to a small block covered in sanding paper if I need more distressing in certain areas or on edges.

Do I have to distress these paints?

No you don’t have to distress it – you can leave it as is and it will at some point distress from wear and tear naturally. The effect is amazing and distressing happens on areas where it will get used the most. I love them both for different reasons and applications. Chalk paint adheres to anything and you don't need a primer, it's virtually odorless and very safe. Milk paint I love because it is unpredicatble and spontanoues. Because of this you never know how it will chip and react to whatever you are painting and until it dries and chips or not chip it's all a bit of a wait and see game. I am so thankful to The Wholesaler who took a chancve and brought these in for me to play with - I needed more stash of this and I hope you will also fall in love like i have.

Currently I am using the Milk Paint line from American Crafts/Imaginisce to paint some background boards for a project. Where you would normally mix 1 part powder to 2 parts water, I used four parts water to get a wash rather than a paint. And my next project will be Milk paint on a layout for this week - can't wait to show you what i have done!
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Come December I am hoping to finish off the furniture pieces i started and tackle some more!
The opinions expressed are my own after having used both products extensively. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the comparison since I have used this product for several years. I use Annie Sloan waxes for all my painted furniture. Please remember that the comparisons in this article is what I experienced and know about the products.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

All that glitters Christmas scrapbooking day.

Don't forget to book for our Annual Christmas Day
at paper Creations in Bryanston
Looking forward to a special day with friends and creativity!
Book now as seats are limited

Monday, November 17, 2014

Modern Colour blocked Christmas card using ink pads.

I love making quick and easy Christmas cards. And with the range of Chiswick inks it really is so easy, even the kids can join in the fun. For this modern version of a Christmas card I used the inks directly to paper to create and fun and beautiful colour blocked effect.
It really took me ten minutes to make this card,and I simply love the effect achieved. Here’s how i created the background effect
step 1
Select 3-5 colours of ink pads from the Chiswick range – I used a selection of Pearlescent and Dye ink pads. Place the ink pads on your white cardstock and apply pressure to get a coloured square. Ten move onto the next colour of ink pad overlapping colours as you go along.
 step 2
Immediately after “stamping” the ink onto your cardstock, apply a layer of clear embossing powder over the ink squares.
step 3
Heat set the clear embossing powder using your Chiswick heat gun. Remember that once the powder turns shiny it is done.
 The embossing creates a shiny dimensional look making the colours more vibrant.
 For my focal point I stamped a Christmas bauble in a multicolored ink pad and raised it using foam squares for dimension. A baker’s twine bow finishes off  the top of the bauble nicely against a diamante strip.
 Some sewing around the edges of my card adds a nice finishing touch as well as texture. See the texture of the embossing and the interesting effect created by overlapping the ink pad colours? Love it!
 A quick ten minute Christmas card in a few easy steps.
And a list of the products i used from Chiswick
Assorted foam squares sb4430
Pearlescent Ink Pad – Brown rs3350
Pearlescent Ink Pad – Black rs3365
Pearlescent Ink Pad – Green rs3325
Dye Ink Pad- Red rs3291
Heat gun cr1350
Plastic Bone folder cr1200
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