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Kindness and Confetti

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Sequin confetti, of course!  Hi, Laura here today with a bunch of ATC’s.  I am taking part in a swap you see… 52 cards themed ‘Love, Kindness and Hope’ and in return, I get 52 cards from all over the world made by different artists.

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I start with a master board – a big piece of watercolour paper that will eventually be cut down to size.  I made three sheets with different colours using mainly Shimmerz sprays in different finishes.  I added some stencilling with Dazzlerz paste for some texture.

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Next, I moved on to the fun bit – filling up 52 little glassine bags with sequin confetti.  I won’t list all of the sequin mixes I used as there are far too many!  You can find them all here!

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I printed out the phrase “throw kindness around like confetti” and trimmed them down to small slips of paper.  I have all my elements ready now so I set up my sewing machine.  I picked a background, a glassine bag of confetti and a sentiment slip and ran them through my sewing machine on a straight stitch.

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It was good fun whizzing them all through not having to worry about straight lines!

ATCThey’ve now been parcelled up and posted and the tricky bit begins… I have to wait for them to be swapped and posted back!  I’m not very good at waiting!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura

Tackling a moodboard with Laura

 

Hi Guys, Laura here for my first post of the year.

Have you seen our January challenge over in 15 Minutes to Scrap?  It has been set by our lovely Hannah and it is to use this mood board as inspiration.  Hannah also asks us to pay particular attention to textures and use one of the textures displayed in the mood board.

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When I start scrapping based on a mood board the first thing I notice are the colours.  I adore these colours – rich teals, metallics and greys are what stand out to me most.  However, you could also run with duck egg, wood, and white with a pop of mustard.

Next, I notice the finishes – wood grain, velvet, hammered metal and – my favourite – woollen pompoms.  Seeing as Hannah specified texture I thought I would attempt to make some mini pompoms for my layout.  After five attempts I came up with something usable and gathered some other supplies…

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I knew I wanted to make a segmented sequin shaker pocket from vellum.  My vellum has a slightly grey tinge to it which I thought matched the mood board colour scheme perfectly.

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I pulled out my sewing machine and the darkest teal shade of thread I had and made a film strip style pocket stuffed with aqua marine dream sequins.

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I started working on a mixed media background combining metallic washi tapes and inks.  The trouble was I couldn’t make it work as a big piece…

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No problem, though – it had all the right colours and textures to work with the theme it was just too big.  The solution was to cut it down into smaller pieces.  I plumped for the star shape as it matched both the photo and the sequins.

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As I worked with my ingredients and referred back to the mood board I was inspired to go for a segmented look… the board has 9 boxes, but also looking at the middle column you have window panes, rectangles of colours in the swatch and geometric areas of colour in the art work.

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This also gave me the opportunity to add copper pen work.

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I added the writing after everything else was finished.  I always forget how nerve-wracking it is writing directly onto a layout!!  My tip is to sketch it out very lightly in pencil and wait over night for the ink to dry before erasing the lines.  Also write confidently (I find going too slowly makes me more likely to wobble) and move your  wrist along the paper (if my wrist is not comfortable the writing won’t be fluent.)

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I’m so pleased with the texture the pompoms give.  I’m not sure how this will work in an album – it might be one for a box frame.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll join us over on the facebook group for Hannahs challenge.

Laura

Using Up Stash To End The Year

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Hi Chaps, Laura here today.

As we finish this year and look towards the next we all have ideas and goals.  One of mine is to use up some of my older stash to make space for the new goodies that will be announced at CHA.  I sorted through my box of SpiegelMom Scraps supplies and pulled out the bags of old sequin mixes that only had a few left or the mixes where I had used all but one type of sequin.  As I plonked them on the desk to reach for the next box to rummage through they landed in a waterfall effect, layered down one on top of the other.  I liked it and thought why not add that to a layout?

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I left them in their original bags minus the branding and pulled out some complimentary threads.  I ran the top of the bags and the background through the sewing machine giving me floating shaker pockets.

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All stacked up one on top of the other looks really fun and is surprisingly tactile.  I found myself flipping them up and down and playing with it!

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Then I moved on to the next feature – my big title.  I hand cut the letters and stitched around the edges in the same coloured thread I used to attach the waterfall of sequin pockets.

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And what a great subject for my last layout of the year.  Only a few months to wait…

Let me know if you have any tips for using up sequins, or have a go at this type of layout.

Happy New Year,

Laura

 

Need A Quick Christmas Present?

 

Hello Crafty Friends!  Laura here today, and if you are anything like me there will be one present you have forgotten!  Well, I’ve got you covered!

I’m a bit obsessed with sequins – but you already knew that! – and it stands to reason that that obsession spills over in to shaky things… shaker pockets in project life, shaker cards, shaky areas on a layout…  I’ve gone one further – shaker coasters!

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It takes seconds to make.  1. Grab an empty fillable coaster and a packet of sequins.  2. Fill.  3. Clip shut.  4. Ta da!  I used Peachy Sherbet but any mix that doesn’t include very tiny sequins will do.  They manage to work their way out somehow!

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I found my fillable coasters on a promotional products website.  The kind of place that sells blank keyrings, pens and badges to businesses who personalise them and give them away to customers.

Carrying on with the fabulous 12 days of discounts…

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Today’s code is 17SEQUIN and don’t forget to leave a note if you are combining shipping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

 

 

How To Make Christmas Cards With Reindeer Die Cuts

 

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Hi Folks, Laura here with some Christmas cards.

First up this deer is from a dingbats font.  I scaled it up in Silhouette Studio and cut it on my Cameo.

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I threaded some Holly Berries sequins onto some cotton and tangled them around the antlers.  I secured the threads on the back and attached the reindeer to the card with some adhesive foam.

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The second reindeer silhouette is from a photograph.  If you play with the contrast settings in some photo software (or alternatively ‘posterise’ the image and set to two colours) you can get a silhouette outline and trace this in your silhouette software.

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I set him against a shaker background full of Alma Mater sequins.

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This third reindeer is another dingbat.  I played around deleting some lines and adding others so I could give him a red shaker pocket for a nose!  The nose is so stuffed full of Christmas Wishes sequins that it doesn’t actually shake!

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Thanks for looking,

Laura

 

 

Getting Sketchy Again with Laura

 

Hi Chaps!  Laura here, and today I am working with the third Let’s Get Sketchy sketch from November…

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I love the versatility of sketches and I’ve adapted this one to make an 8.5×11 layout.

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My favourite part of this sketch is the sprinkling of embellishments diagonally across the page.

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You can watch the process video, in which you see me trying to decide whether to splatter or not, here.

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I have used; doily, tag, glassine bag, cork stars, felt-fetti hearts, Peachy Sherbet sequins, Lilac Twinkle sequins, Moonshine Delight sequins and Glass Slippers sequins all from SpiegelMom Scraps.  I’ve also thrown in a couple of stars from Freckled Fawn, wood veneer acorns from my stash and papers from Pink Paislee.

 

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Thanks for joining me today!  Happy Small Business Saturday!

Laura

 

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How I Interpret a Sketch with Laura

 

Hi Folks, Laura here today.  As you know from my team mates we are teaming up with Let’s Get Sketchy this month.  I’m going to take you through my process of interpreting a scrapbook sketch – and I have to say our Sara aced it with this sketch!

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The first thing I see when I look at this sketch is squares.  The second thing I notice is the diagonal spread across the page.  For me that was enough to spark this design.  You do not need to repeat every element of the sketch – although you can and that is perfectly okay.

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All of the squares in the sketch are solid but I have used various transparent elements in vellum and acetate, and I’ve added in square outlines made from sequins.  I’ve also squished them up more than the sketch shows, overlapping them.  This is made more effective by layering the transparent materials over each other so you can see through multiple tiers to the mixed media background.

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I have played fast and loose with the way the sketch suggests the photo.  This is perfectly OK – the sketch is there as a guide, as inspiration, and it sparked the creativity to start with.

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SpiegelMom Scraps products used:  Falling Leaves Sequins, Autumn Joy Sequins, A Day In The Woods Sequins, Cork Die Cut Hearts, Shimmerz Spritz and Vibez.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your insight into my method of using sketches.  Let me know if this was helpful to you – I can walk through more of my sketch to layout processes in the future if you are interested?

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura