Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Page for Gloria from Melanie

Gloria sent me a photo of her and her beautiful family from a wedding they all went to in the summer... I tried to keep it simple and classic to stay with the theme of the photo. Gloria nicknamed me the "elegant" scrapper... hope I lived up to her expectations! ;)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Page for Stephanie by Melanie

Who doesn't love to ring in the new year... Stephanie sent me these great photos from her celebrations! Party hats, noise makers and all... I had this small December calendar that was just waiting for the right layout, and this was it!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

a Page for Donna by Jennifer

This page was in my head for a few months until I could sit down and figure out how to execute it--Donna sent me these awesome underwater photos of her daughter in a swimming pool and I just kept thinking "mermaid" every time I looked at them!

Donna is really an "artist" and I knew I wanted to do something really cool for her page -- there is NO paper on this page at all and I am a "scrapbooker at heart" I like to say. This whole Lucky 13 process has really challenged me to get out of my box, try new things, and push my own creative envelope.

When you're a ribbon collector like me sometimes it is hard to part with your stash (even if you have an obscene amount of ribbon like me!) but this page was all about ribbon. Last year I did a class using Glimmer Mist where I created a beach page featuring ribbons I twisted to look like kelp and I knew that look would be perfect for these photos. Easy to do on paper, not easy to attach to canvas. Glue dots (my best friend) and canvas really aren't friends so I had to sew the ribbon to the page.

After the "kelp" was on I added Prima e-Line Pearls that I colored with Copic Markers to look like bubbles in the water. The Thickers and My Little Shoebox letters are attached with Aleene's No Sew Fabric Glue - again, with canvas some things just don't want to stick as well as I would like ;) The beaded leaves are a little secret from my stash...

When I showed Donna her page she gasped and I knew she loved it ;) That is such an awesome feeling--putting a lot of thought and love into a design and having the person who receives it be just so delighted to see it. I'm still smiling from showing her her page ;)


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Page for Cheryl From Melanie

Wherever Cheryl goes, she is always ready for a hug or two... She is the Mama Bear of the group! She sent me some great pics from when she and the other lead Fiskateers went to the Brains On Fire headquarters. The turquoise flower is made of baking clay - I usually make rings out of this stuff, but thought I could make a small one to fit on Cheryl's page!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Page for Jennifer from Melanie

Jennifer and I have had a chance to share pages... and when we did, we realized we both used the same paper line on each other's layouts!! Great minds. ;) Jennifer sent me some great photos with some vintage cars and her cute kids, so the colourful pages were perfect!

Monday, February 1, 2010

a Page for Cheryl by Jennifer

Cheryl rocks. I mean, is there another way to describe her? Sweet, vibrant, reliable, crafty, talented, faithful ... one of the cool things about doing this Lucky 13 Circle Journal is getting to know each other better and becoming friends. Or getting to know your friends better.

ANYWAYS, when I got Cheryl's photo from her trip up to Dutch Flat to one of Miss Vicky's FAB-U-LOUS retreats, this photo of she and Elena dressing up and posing just caught my eye. Look at that crazy deep teal color on the back wall of the room they are in! I painted my canvas that color and then just started pulling colors from the pic to pull items from my from Elena's shirt, red from the flower on Cheryl's hat in the pic, black from an umbrella that Cheryl is holding...

The way I have organized my scrap room has really changed how I scrap--everything is by color. For this page I just opened up the drawers for the colors in the photo and pulled out whatever seemed to fit the feel of the photo. The buttons were already on my scrap table from a kit club kit I was designing some samples for; it was a happy accident that the feathers got pushed under the buttons when I laid my goodies out and I though "ooh, that might be interesting...". Sometimes having a cluttered table is a good thing ;) The glitter "feathers" are from Michael's in the Christmas picks section--I always find the coolest stuff in there!

I splattered black paint all over the page too--even if you're not an artist this is a really easy technique to do. Go somewhere you can get messy, like outside, and water down some black paint. I like to do this when my paint bottles get close to being empty becuase it is really hard to get that last bit of paint out so I fill the bottle with water, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 of the way full, then put the cap on and shake it. Then I squirt a little of the watered down paint on a foam paint brush (again, doesn't have to be a fancy brush). To get the splatters I knock the brush downward toward the page but hit the handle of it against my other arm or my hand so when the brush gets "knocked" the splatters head downward toward the photo. If you want the splatters to look old, blot them with a paper towel before they dry, soaking up excess paint and water, like I did on this page (you can really see it on the orange paper diecut on the page).

Cheryl has her page now and I hope she loves it ;) I had a really fun time creating it!!