Category Archives: Tips and Techniques

Using Alphabet Stamps – just a tip

Here’s a quick video shot today at The Scrapbook House to show how you can trim the clear stamps to allow for a tighter font when stamping. Using clear alphabet stamps, archival ink and a clear block.

Happy stamping

Tania

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Dylusions Circle work

Recently I’ve been reacquainted with Pinterest and it’s a trap! I see all the fabulous things and just want to create myself. I can spend hours looking. I saw this great page by “Anna”, with circles of colour and black outlines and knew I wanted to try this for this myself. Blobs of colour… I can do blobs of colour.
This isn’t my original idea, and I’m pretty sure Anna didn’t use Dylusions to colour with, but I just had them on my desk and figured I’d give it a go.  They are so lovely and bright. I used a waterbrush.

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I tapped a teeny amount of Dylusions onto a palette and picked it up with the water brush. Happily I discovered that it was perfect blend, no bleeding through the page either, even though I hadn’t bothered to gesso the background.

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Pretty soon my page had enough colour.

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Add some marker, then some more and it was done. A little useless rambling to add some text. I wanted to make it all poignant and artistic, and yeah, well that wasn’t gonna happen. But not bad for a test shot.

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Goodnight, sleep well. xx

Tania

 

Golden Christmas

This week we introduced the texture tool by Ranger, and our students ran it through the wet gold paint to create their background.

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I can’t wait to try these out on texture paste, I think the scalloped one would look terrific!

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Once the texture tool had done it’s job, done white Dylusions were splattered about, then left to dry whilst we worked on the rest of the layout.
I really enjoy my classes, this Thursday night class is small and relaxed and I sure have missed teaching these past months. I appreciate the ladies who spend some time with me creating, I am very lucky to be with such nice people. It’s a hard job I know, but someone’s gotta do it.

We have quite a few of these kits available as “takeaway kits” or if you have a group of 5 or more who would like to get together I can arrange to teach it on a day/night that suits you.

Have  great weekend… I hope you get the chance to get crafty.

Tania

Never Stop Dreaming

Love Life, Live it.

Quotes play a large part in art journaling, we find words that we have seen and use them in our books. Social media has quotes by the dozen everyday, but in years gone by I would save the quotes and poems I loved in files on the computer, and years before that they were written in little books. Now it’s a little prettier. More time consuming and definitely more fun!

Never Stop Dreaming

Lift up tags were part of Michelle’s Art Journal paint class and I loved them, I would like lift up tags on every page! How cute is that owl? Did you spy him?

Never Stop Dreaming The bottom of this page has a few “bricks” that were heavily embossed with gold powder (heat set) and stood up on their ends. These were wrapped with wire to give the impression of an old rickety fence.

Never Stop Dreaming

In dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own

Tania

 

The answer to the secret is here

psst… wanna know the answer to the secret? Lift here.

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This is a page in one of my art journals that I was just playing with Distress Inks. They splatter in the most awesome pattern. You have to just tip them dabber side down and splat quickly onto the page, and the ink sprays out in this cool drippy pattern. (let each one dry before layering though, otherwise they’ll blend, unless of course you want them to blend)

IMG_6945So, the secret?

The secret of having it all, is knowing you already do. 

Live a good life.

Tania

 

Quick easy cards with stickers and markers

Viv has created some card samples using the peel off 3D foil stickers – she makes it look so easy! The trims and words have been around for donkeys years, but I haven’t seen the flowers and other pictures used so well before. Makes me look at these little stickers in a different light now.

20130606-222102.jpgUsing stickers, card and markers you can make a gorgeous card like this! Peel off the stickers, (there are transfer sheets to make the job easier if you have a tendency to warp them) and stick them on card. Colour inside the lines with distress markers!

20130606-222409.jpgViv darkened sections of the colour by going over it again whilst it was still drying. The gold resists the marker to keep the colour inside the lines, how helpful!
Another sample here has the stickers on clear acetate, and it’s coloured with sharpies. You need a permanent ink on the clear film, this could also look good coloured from behind. Alcohol ink works well on clear film too.

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Oil Pastel Melting Art

Don’t have crayons to melt? You can also use oil pastels!

20130126-150316.jpg These ones from Crayola worked a treat for Emily, they still need to be hot glued into place on the canvas or board, and then use a heat gun to melt them. So easy and fun!

20130126-150459.jpgEmily allowed the first drops to cool before hitting the pastels again with the gun, creating thick gorgeous layers!

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Completed Crayon Melt Art

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So what do you think of the finished artwork? It was seriously so much fun to do, if you have ever thought if giving this a go at home, I say, “Do it!”

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This is how I glued the crayons onto the canvas, using a hot glue gun (essential) and adding a few extras to give them more height.

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Then I used a Heat Gun ( you could try a hair dryer if you didn’t have a heatgun, it would blow the wax about a whole lot more too, could be good for a splattered look?) and the wax dripped as melted. I let a section cool and then went back to add another layer, quite addictive really!

Simple things are good things

I had a lovely time simply chatting with a lovely lady, thanks Faye, you make me smile. Tonight whilst I fluffed my balls, she kept me company, sharing stories and proving yet again that its the simple things in life that are often the best. Scrapbooking, cardmaking, ball fluffing… all better when you have a buddy.
Making these balls is also simple, and here’s how you do it.
Begin with 8 large sheets of tissue paper, and concertina fold to just over an inch wide. Tie in the middle with a length of line.
Open the fan out and begin “fluffing” by gently prising the layers apart, 4 layers up and 4 layers down.

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These are going up in the hall for our retreat, and here’s what they look like when they are fluffed.

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Cute huh?
Simple and inexpensive. I bought the tissue for about $20 which gave me 480 sheets, enough for about 60, (not that we are doing that many) so works out at around 35 cents each. Bargain!
Now I have to find a “simple” way of fitting them all in my car!

A Life-size Witch

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Wanna make a witch of your own to stir the cauldron? This lifesize witch is easy to put together, and looks really cool at night

You’ll need a few things…
A step ladder
A broom
Long branch (or a handle or other stick in some kind that is long enough to be the “spoon”)
Black tablecloth (or any other black plastic)
Witches mask
Witches hat ( the kind that has hair included)
Newspaper
Pair of cleaning gloves, (long ones – green ones look cool)
Sticky tape
Black tape
Cauldron (my husband tells people that we just borrow his mother in laws for the event, but we really just bought a large pot from Bunnings)
Christmas tree lights- 2 sets (clear is best)
Alfoil
Wood (like you would have at the base of a fire)
Red, orange and green and purple cellophane

Well, maybe there are a few more than a “few” things. We have brought the old witch out a few times now, so when we pack her away for the year we just stuff everything, (except the ladder and broom of course), into the large pot for next year.

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This is what the cauldron looks like at night, with the alfoil and Christmas lights. I stuffed the bottom of it with newspaper first to give it height, keeping the broom handle firmly in the middle ( this is what holds the hands of the witch out) then scrunch up some foil and create a layer. Add the lights, and cover with scrunched green and purple cellophane. I tore mine too. Add some eyeballs in the mix and the occasional plastic spider or mouse to the edge of the pot.
The base of the cauldron has wood, with the christmas lights tucked in and the red & orange cellophane covering them, put some wood on top too. Looks mighty cool at night!
Stuff the gloves with newspaper (or even tissues) to fill them out, you will need both, and position them on the “spoon” in the cauldron, one on either side, suggesting she is “stirring”. I had to sticky tape these in place also. I used plenty of tape in the project!

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This is the witch on a different year, but still set up the same way.
To set her up, take the step ladder and the broomstick. Insert the broomstick into the ladder so it stands upright. Tape this firmly into place. Add newspaper to the top with layers to make a head. I used plenty of tape for this. Then drape the plastic over the basic shape, using black tape to tape it to the ladder as well, so it is large at the base, covering everything, so you can’t see the ladder or the broomstick at all. All the wires from the lighting can be hidden under her “cape”. She will need to be connected to the gloves at some stage too, bring on more black tape!
Add the mask (you might want to out tape behind her eyes with black tape so you don’t see the newspaper) and tape it in place. Add the hat and you are done!
I hope you have fun!

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Art Journaling Class

Next term we are exploring with Art Journaling Classes – A wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening, being creative and getting inky with Michelle Hearnden.

I am loving the idea of this class – it’s so different. I must admit not having to search for a photo, or a mass of matching products is appealling. Its not cards or a project to give away as a gift, this is purely just for us, to have fun and play, be creative, be social and everything will be at our fingertips. I am looking forward to seeing the learning journey of everyone along with us for the ride. Wanna join us? Come see me to book in.

You don’t need to be able to draw, you don’t even need to journal, just have a desire to play with colour and texture and learn some great techniques to expand your creative mind. Sounds like terrific therapy! Join us on our artsy adventure as we delve into the world of inks and more!

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Creative Journaling is whatever YOU decide it is!
It can be to express ideas, develop your creativity, record special moments & times in your life or to simply help you work through some of the challenges life brings.
You don’t need to know how to paint or draw artistically to art journal, you just need to know how to hold a pen, press the plunger on a spray bottle, have an interest in getting creative and be prepared to have fun and get your fingers inky!

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This six week course covers techniques and ideas to help you on your journaling journey. You will learn lots of cool & fun stuff including…..

Creating backgrounds & building pages using spray inks & paint, adding interest with simple artful lettering, building up depth & dimension on pages with gesso, stencils and stamps, emotive journaling tips for using art journaling as self expression, combining collage concepts into your journaling pages.

Classes start 24th October 2012 and run weekly on Wednesday night
6.30pm – 8.30pm (ish) for 6 week course

Your teacher will be the fabulous Michelle Hearnden

Total course cost is $250 – includes kit of products, journal and tools to complete several pages using different techniques.
Places will be limited. A deposit of $50 is required to hold your place with full payment required prior to the start of the first class.
Kit & class overview will be supplied on payment of course fees.
Please call Tania for bookings or queries on 9964 8288 or scrapbookhouse@westnet.com.au

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Click HERE for the printable Current Timetable to check dates of all classes available.
Call us 99648288 to book or pop in to see our classes in full detail and collect your student supply list.

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A Day with Tim Holtz

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Good golly Miss Molly I am a tad excited! I have been hanging out to tell of our news… The Scrapbook House has been invited to spend a day with Tim in Melbourne at a special retailer day. Oh my oh my, this is so good! I just about peed my pants I was so excited! That is 8 hours with Tim! Oh my oh my! Invite only!

And… I get to invite a friend – I bet ya’ll wanna be my friend now!

Actually, The friend needs to be working in my store – so I bet ya’ll wish ya as working in a scrap store right now!

So, seeing as Kira is going to be indisposed for a little while with her new bundle of joy it will be Sharon going with me. Lucky though, might have had mutiny on our hands if Kira was able to go.

Our invitation is due to the terrific range of Tim Holtz products we stock at The Scrapbook House and have had since it first was introduced. Of course, anyone who knows us, also knows that the Holtz lines are synonymous with our classes, and there has been many a class with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on the requirement list. My absolute favourite, and it’s paid off! Woo hoo!

More news soon…. But this can only mean one thing for sure…. More Tim Holtz at The Scrapbook House.

How to – distress stain

Tim Holtz distress stain is the new product focus for class one term 2. (which starts first week in may just in case you wanted to play along with us, there is time to book for term 2 even if you don’t live near us, we post!)

But if you can’t wait to learn in Sharon’s fabulous class, then check this link out for a quick lesson. Really it’s so easy, you gonna love them! You’ll wonder how you did without them!

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So, with our first class you will receive one black distress stain ( so don’t buy that one) but you will also need one more to suit your layout.
Its not just the colours pictured either… They come in ALL the distress ink colours that we have come to know and love – and we stock every single one! We have every ink, every refill, stain and also distress stickles in the range.
We also have a few of those limited editions distress ink sets of 3 if you were after them.

Making new look old

Seems that is such a popular look for scrapbooking, that almost everything scrapping I touch I feel the need to distress and ink. Every flower, every edge.. my poor old daubers get a work-out. Edges are roughed, photos are sanded, I even got the store an electric distresser for the last class of the term there was so much distressing in it. Love that look.

Term 4 2011 Sneak Peek Scrapbook House Geraldton Class

This terms classes is no exeption and I took it one further and did the photo as well. But I realise this isn’t something that can be easily done at home as I used a photoshop program to do it. Seeing as I haven’t found the time to teach photoshop lessons again, I thought I would offer to do this for you.

This is the orginal colours… a little playing in Photoshop and this is the result.

So… if you are taking our Term 4 classes, and have a photo in mind that you would like to use for the “Handsome” page, and you would like it looking like this aged photo… then bring it in on a USB and I will alter it for you.

Have a great day!

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Video Tutorial

My first video tutorial. Daniel is a great director, telling me where I need to look and that I HAVE to stop saying “um”. I think um, i said it, um about 50 times. Um. Very strange to see myself on video, but hopefully helpful to some who are looking for ideas and ‘how-to’s’.

Anyway, here it is… my first. For you to see.

The project is in store, doesn’t take very long to complete, then you can fill it up. We will be having a “Mini Album”night soon, where we can decorate a cover (maybe even like this) and then fill it. Would make a lovely gift.

How to – Desk Calendar

Just over a year ago I made a calendar for Wendy, and it has a been popular post. I think about posting more tutorials here, but never seem to get around to it.

So… thought I’d cheat and re-post it today. Of course you would need to change the calendar dates… but the rest of the project is the same.

Here’s my post from back in 2009.

See ya…. oh and yes… she liked it. 🙂

Want to make a Christmas gift for someone you love? Or someone that loves photographs?

I might have something that could help. Have a go at my Desk Calendar. It’s free-standing, bound with the Zutter, but you could use rings also, or even punch holes and add ribbons.

The two sections are kept seperate so Wendy can have whatever month with whatever photograph she’d most like to see. When the year is up, she can keep the photographs. 

This calendar would be perfect for Aunts,  Nannas, or in my case.. perfect for Wendy. If you don’t know Wendy, she is Joshua’s Respite Carer. She keeps us sane, gives us a couple of nights sleep by caring for our big boy. I thought she might like some photos of him, she loves him like her own.

Okay now I hope I get these instructions right for you, I’ve been kinda busy since I started this project.

You will need:

  • Two  12 x 12 Sheets
  • Twelve panels 5″ x 6 1/2″
  • Twelve panels 5″ x 4 1/2″
  • Twelve photos 4″ x 6″ horizontal
  • A calendar (which I have made in Word and can be downloaded here 2010-Monthly-Calendar) I printed mine on plain computer paper, but it would look really nice on Bazzil.

I think I used 8 sheets of White Bazzil 12×12 all up.

The first thing you need to do is cut your panels, so you have twelve of each size.  Then attach your photographs to the larger panels. How sweet is this shot of Josh?

Then take your two 12×12 sheets
Score one at 5″ and 10″
The other at 5″, 71/2″ and 10″
Fold on these score lines
Stick them together as shown, overlapping on the 5″ sections.

This is then folded up and adhered as shown to make the stand. The small fold at the bottom is so the whole calendar can be flat-packed to post or gift wrap. 

Fold it flat to bind it.

I practised on a couple of sheets of scraps first to be sure I got the holes where I wanted them.

If you have the machine here is what I did. I left a gap between them so they’d move freely.

Spine
C – Punch
B – Move to 2nd hole – Punch

Turn over (Backwards)

C – Punch
B – Move to the 5th hole – Punch.

Calendar
(same except D instead of B)
D – Punch
B – Move to 2nd hole – Punch

Photo Pages
(Backwards)
D – Punch
B – 5th hole – Punch

Add your binders. Cut them to two seperate sections.

Ta da!

Embellish to your hearts content.  

Hope she likes it.

Watercolouring

A quick tutorial and a giveaway.

Due to postage costs this giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

Go to the SHARE SITE to upload a card  or scrapbook page you have made using watercolours… we’ll use a random generator to choose a winner. More cards or pages? More entries! Just put “watercolour in the TAG section to be included in the game.

The prize? A Watercolorists Collection. This is a set of 3 books, a complete library for watercolour artists. The first book is Tools and Techniques, the second is Step by Step and the third is Painting concepts.

Want it? Maybe it will be yours. I have only 1 to give away. Head over to the SHARE SITE to enter.

Don’t have watercolours yet? Here’s a quick “how-to”with using the paint wheel and Aquawash brush.

 There are 3 sizes available.Fine, Medium and Broad. I use mostly the fine and the medium, as I colour small stamped images mostly. Child #2 uses the Broad more often, she paints the bigger pictures. There’s one of hers she’s working on at the end of the slideshow.

Fill these brushes with water to the line, screw the brush section back on and you are good to go, for AGES. No more pots of water, no cleanup, no mess. Gotta love that.

I use these watercolours, 0they stack to store and  have a great colour range. Child #2 has had these in her pencil case all through primary school and coloured much of her work with them instead of using pencils. It’s quick, easy and looks fantastic.

Take a stamped image. I’m using a Hero Arts stamp here (my favourite)
Touch your brush to the colour, then away you go! I decided to show you 2 very different colours and how they can blend. I began with the red, once you have enough, then wipe your brush on a tissue, and it will be clean, ready for the next colour. Added yellow, and then went back and blended before they dried too much. If you make a mistake, or decide to change colous, add water and blot with a tissue. I make mistakes all the time! Watch the slideshow below to see how I did it.  There’s a play button on the bottom of the image.

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Feel like more? Follow this link to another easy tutorial.

Of course all supplies used here are available at The Scrapbook House. Not in Geraldton? No worries, we post free of charge. Call us! I hope you enjoyed the tips today.

Desk Calendar

Want to make a Christmas gift for someone you love? Or someone that loves photographs?

I might have something that could help. Have a go at my Desk Calendar. It’s free-standing, bound with the Zutter, but you could use rings also, or even punch holes and add ribbons.

The two sections are kept seperate so Wendy can have whatever month with whatever photograph she’d most like to see. When the year is up, she can keep the photographs. 

This calendar would be perfect for Aunts,  Nannas, or in my case.. perfect for Wendy. If you don’t know Wendy, she is Joshua’s Respite Carer. She keeps us sane, gives us a couple of nights sleep by caring for our big boy. I thought she might like some photos of him, she loves him like her own.

Okay now I hope I get these instructions right for you, I’ve been kinda busy since I started this project.

You will need:

  • Two  12 x 12 Sheets
  • Twelve panels 5″ x 6 1/2″
  • Twelve panels 5″ x 4 1/2″
  • Twelve photos 4″ x 6″ horizontal
  • A calendar (which I have made in Word and can be downloaded here 2010-Monthly-Calendar) I printed mine on plain computer paper, but it would look really nice on Bazzil.

I think I used 8 sheets of White Bazzil 12×12 all up.

The first thing you need to do is cut your panels, so you have twelve of each size.  Then attach your photographs to the larger panels. How sweet is this shot of Josh?

Then take your two 12×12 sheets
Score one at 5″ and 10″
The other at 5″, 71/2″ and 10″
Fold on these score lines
Stick them together as shown, overlapping on the 5″ sections.

This is then folded up and adhered as shown to make the stand. The small fold at the bottom is so the whole calendar can be flat-packed to post or gift wrap. 

Fold it flat to bind it.

I practised on a couple of sheets of scraps first to be sure I got the holes where I wanted them.

If you have the machine here is what I did. I left a gap between them so they’d move freely.

Spine
C – Punch
B – Move to 2nd hole – Punch

Turn over (Backwards)

C – Punch
B – Move to the 5th hole – Punch.

Calendar
(same except D instead of B)
D – Punch
B – Move to 2nd hole – Punch

Photo Pages
(Backwards)
D – Punch
B – 5th hole – Punch

Add your binders. Cut them to two seperate sections.

Ta da!

Embellish to your hearts content.  

Hope she likes it.

Get ready for back to school photos

School goes back for us next week. We’ve had a lovely break, it’s been hectic and it’s been lazy. We’ve had the best of both worlds and are so fortunate. Reality will set in next week when the alarm clock gets turned back on, and we have to rise at a decent hour again – it’ll sure be tough.

 I know that uniforms will be ready, school books all packed and lunches organised, but don’t forget your photos.

Back to school photos are cute, and I take the same photo every year of my kids together by the front door, and alone by the tree.

This year try something different as well.  What about a photo of the bags all lined up ready to go? Perhaps you could photograph their lunch box and drink bottle on the counter. Give the camera to someone else (hey – there’s a thought) and get them to take a photo of you doing your child’s hair.

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One year I took a photo of the kids walking up the hill to their school, all in a row from behind. Kinda cute! Best thing was that they didn’t have to pose. Now my kids didn’t like me coming in to the classroom with my camera, (awww muuuummmm) but they love the photos from years gone by, so I wish I took more of their surroundings, even if it’s the classroom door after it’s closed.