Friday, 19 January 2018

Déjà Vu

Sketch-n-Scrap have another crop on Facebook this month. The first sketch in their New Beginnings Crop was one that I've used before, but that's no reason not to do so again. 

My photos are froÅlesund in Norway; we've been there three times now, hence the title of Déjà Vu, but it's impossible not to take photos of the reflections in the inner harbour there every time. The two bronze sculptures caught our attention, and a bit of googling when we got home revealed that they were made by the same artist.


Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations, DCWV
Paper - Pink Paislee Boarding Pass
Letters - Basic Grey
Puffy Stickers - Jillibean Soup, Bella Boulevard
Cork Stars - The Works
Enamel Dots - Trimcraft, Doodlebug
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's, Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot & Little B Arrows Die


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Kleivafossen

I appear to be working backwards through our trip to Briksdal; we passed the waterfall Kleivafossen en route to Briksdalbreen and this page will immediately precede the last one that I made.

There were three photos that I wanted to include - a distance shot, one from below and one across the waterfall - and I printed them all at 4x6, lining them up across the page. This is a layout that I've used many times, with paper strips above and below the photos, but I changed things a bit by cutting the stripe paper on the diagonal.


I'd previously cut and not used the camera die-cut, but it found a home on this page, and I balanced it with a ticket cluster diagonally opposite.

Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Pink Paislee Memorandum, Basic Grey Dasher
Letters - Pebbles
Washi Tape - Tesco, Unknown
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot
X-Cut Camera Die
X-Cut Travel Dies
X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die
Little B Arrows Die
X-Cut Circle Punch

Monday, 15 January 2018

Briksdalbreen

I think I've finished with Greenlandic pages now, so I'm moving back to the Norwegian part of our cruise. We visited the Briksdal glacier from Olden, and I've done a couple of pages so far (Now & Then and In Retreat), but I still have more to make from that trip. 


I was pleased to see a sketch with triangular elements from Let's Get Sketchy this month as I've only done one page with a large triangle for this album, so I need to repeat them. I started this page with a single 4x6 photo replacing the smaller pair on the sketch, but then decided to include a second one.

There wasn't space for both title and journalling below my photos so I moved the title to the side. My Thickers are almost the same colour as my background but their dimension keeps them easy to read.


Supplies

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Simply Creative, Photo Play Boarding Pass, Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage, Crate Paper Farmhouse, Pink Paislee Memorandum
Letters - American Crafts Thickers
Camera Sticker - Photo Play Boarding Pass
Globe Diecut - atd
Washi Tape - The Works
Cork Hearts - Freckled Fawn
Word Stickers - Tim Holtz
Enamel Dots - American Crafts/Shimelle, Marianne Designs
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's, Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot & Spellbinders Circle Dies

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Flowers of the Valley

Last page from Tasiilaq, and this one has some of the flowers from the Flower Valley. The valley is named for the abundance of flowers there, but this is only an abundance when compared to the rest of Greenland. The plants are mostly small, low-lying clumps but they are perfectly suited to the short summers and long frozen winters there.

I printed four photos of the different flowers and picked the first of this month's sketches from Sketch-n-Scrap. The original has three photos in two sizes, but the switch was an easy one to make. 

All the pages in this album are on plain kraft cardstock so I added an extra layer of patterned paper behind the photos for interest. I wanted that layer to be a soft print that would work with the bold stripe, and I didn't have one in my kit so I dug out through my stash finding an old Christmas paper from Basic Grey which has the right colours. I'll keep the offcuts with my kit and spread the new pattern in small pieces throughout the album.



Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage, Basic Grey Dasher, My Mind's Eye Hello World, Crate Paper The Pier
Letters - Basic Grey
Die-Cut - atd
Puffy Sticker - American Crafts/Shimelle Little by Little
Enamel Shape - Marianne Designs
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's. Docrafts

Tools
Woodware Square Punch

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Flower Valley

I've almost finished the Tasiilaq section of my cruise album (for Iceland, Greenland and Norway), just two pages to go now. This one's a double for the walk we took into the Flower Valley, along the river there to a waterfall.


I picked out the five photos that best illustrate the walk, and started with a page design from Shimelle Laine's 4x6 Photo Love class, though my version has fewer paper layers.

Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Basic Grey Boxer
Letters - Simply Creative
Die-Cuts - Photo Play Boarding Pass
Puffy Stickers - American Crafts/Shimelle Go Now Go
Wood Veneer - Creative Embellishments, Freckled Fawn
Washi Tape - Little B
Enamel Dots/Stars - Marianne Designs
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's, Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot
Quickutz Tab Die
Spellbinders Circle Die
X-Cut Travel Mini Dies
X-Cut Circle Punch

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Huskies

After completing a series of random pages recently, I was beginning to feel the appeal of my cruise photos again. I've gone back to a page I started before Christmas for some of the huskies in Greenland. 

I used the sketch that Let's Get Sketchy published for a Design Team call, rotated for three landscape photos. I mostly used scraps for this page so I played around with the paper layers to suit the pieces that I had.

Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, My Mind's Eye Hello World
Vellum - American Crafts
Letters - Pretty Little Studio
Tag - Amy Tangerine
Stickers - Photo Play Boarding Pass, American Crafts/Shimelle Go Now Go
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's, Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot & Little B Arrows Die

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Advent Joy

I've already completed all four of the Advent Calendar challenges in For the Love of Pretty Paper (five stash items and a technique each time) but Natalie sprung an additional challenge on us at the end - to use our choice of 10 of the 24 things together on a page. To be honest, I'm beginning to know how Natalie's mind works so this one wasn't much of a surprise to me but I'd been expecting a higher number than the ten that she set, so I set out to use as many items from our list as possible. We had sparkly washi tape, flair (or similar), 6x6 papers, black alphabet stickers, mist, hand-sewing, tiny word stickers, puffy stickers, Project Life cards (or paper cut to PL card sizes), sequins, gold alphabet stickers, stamping, gold washi tape, wood veneer, small tile alpha stickers, a roller date or phrase stamp, a 'cut-apart' paper, watercolour background, ephemera, mixed media, chipboard, a large word, hearts and DIY embellishments.

I printed a collage of photos from the Advent Calendar Swap that I organised last autumn and cut the Brown Paper Packages Background file from Just Nick on my Silhouette. I chose green for my watercolour background, added acrylic paint through a stencil, stamped the star pattern and used mist for both painting and spattering. I backed the cut file with pieces from 6x6 papers, matted the photo on a PL card and a cut-apart square, and stitched a circle on my page. Having included all the paper and techniques, it was time to add as many of the other items as I could while keeping the page harmonious.




I placed most things in threes, making a series of triangles around the photos, including a one made up of my black Thickers and two black brads (rather than flair). It was surprisingly easy to keep adding bits and in the end I used all 24 items from the list (if you accept JOY as a large word (which the ladies of FTLOPP did)).

Supplies
Cardstock - Bazill
Paper - Fancy Pants Merry Little Christmas, American Crafts Deck the Halls
Letters - American Crafts
Washi Tape - Hobbycraft, Tesco
Brads - Simple Stories Classic Christmas
Word Stickers - Tim Holtz
Number Sticker - American Crafts/Shimelle Christmas Magic
Heart Stickers - American Crafts
Chipboard & Wood Veneer Stars - Studio Calico
Ephemera, Sequins & Gingerbread Man Sticker - from the Advent Calendar Swap
Watercolours - Dr Ph. Martin's
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts
Thread - DMC

Tools
Silhouette Portrait & Just Nick Brown Paper Packages Background Cutfile
Big Shot & Doily Die
American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Date/Phrase Stamp