Mood Swings

I guess, making up for missing a few posts, here’s another one. It’s also a part of the multi-page series I’m working on at the moment.

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I used the sketch from Scrapbook Circle. I used my Silhouette machine to cut a bunch of shapes from paper scraps and used them on the page (camera, label, hearts, frame). I used wooden alphabets and inked chipboard letters for the title. To make my multi-page series look cohesive in the album, I organized a “kit” of patterned papers and cardstock that I will be using throughout the series using this formula I learned from a Two Peas class (hitch hiker’s guide by Shimelle Laine): small print, bold print, grid/ line, cut-apart sheet. I then mixed in some 8×8 sheets from an Amy Tangerine collection and picked up some embellishments from my stash or made die-cuts with punches and my Silhouette machine along the way. I would then finish off pages with a smattering of gems, some ink splatters, or both.

I still think I have a lot more to learn especially in mixing patterns and layering paper and embellishments. I would like to make more use of my stamps and items such as rub-ons to add some depth to my layers. If any of you know a good class, I’m thankful for the share.

A Little Something Extra

Die cuts are a great way to spruce up a page, and so is heat embossing. But what happens when you mix the two together?

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I used a sketch from Kelly Purkey’s Sketchbook Class for the title page of a multi-page series. On the sketch, there is an area right below the photograph indicating a series of squares that run across the page. Instead of using squares, I used die-cut hearts. The cut-outs were heat embossed with silver embossing powder and placed back on the “negative” to create this precious strip adding some shine to the page.

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This would be my first post after a while although I have been making pages and mini albums the past few weeks. I haven’t been able to post as often as I would like since I had been preparing for a Nursing conference out of town. I’ve also been hiking almost weekly since a friend of mine has introduced me to it last month. I’ve rekindled my love for the outdoors and my appreciation of the peace I find when I’m immersed in nature’s beauty.

I’ve also started to collect hiking and camping gear and I’m hoping to go on at least a couple of camping trips this summer. Do expect to see pictures of the great outdoors in the not so distant future.

A Bucket List of Adventures

Nothing sadder than being a foreigner in your own country. That being said, I have long ago resolved to visit as many places in the Philippines as possible whenever I go see my family. Last year, we drove around the northern part of Luzon. We visited beautiful little towns and hidden historical gems like the town of Vigan and the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan.

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I used a map pattern from Studio Tekturek for the background to highlight the adventure theme and used this month’s Scrap our Stash challenge: STENCIL

Stitching border (pen)

Tape

Enamel stars

Notecard

Chipboard letters

Ink pen

List

Happy Nappy Headed Baby

The challenge this month over at Scrap your Stash is Washi. This page was made for the challenge using Washi (of course), Arrows, Silver alphabets, Hearts, and Ink splatters.

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Another sweet and funny photo of my nephew that I took on my last visit home. He had just woken up from a nap and everybody else in the house was bored so we decided to entertain ourselves and he was happy to oblige.

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I used the sketch from this week’s Sunday Sketch from Studio Calico as well as some items and paper from my monthly kit subscriptions.

You’re the SHE to my NANIGANS

My niece is quite the bundle of personality. She reminds me of everything I love about childhood. Case in point, this:

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There’s a story to this business proposal. She had this toy that would squeak and would then light up her face with such delight that everybody in the household found the whole situation precious. She also had this writing tablet toy where she would learn to spell and write. I suppose, she was trying to drum up some spending money to go on the kiddie rides at the mall. And since lemonade is not as popular (or available) in the Philippines as it is in the US, she decided to ask her dad to send me this photo.

Years later, I found it among my files and printed it out. Whenever my mom and I catch up on skype, I would show her this and we would have a good laugh.

This photo is one of the special ones in my collection. It never fails to elicit a chuckle whenever I see it.I wanted to make a special page just for it and since the challenge over at Scrapbook Circle is to use stencils, I thought of the perfect accent for the page with the January kit’s exclusive stencil.

It took a few tries of a few ideas to finally arrive at this:

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Here’s what I used:

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I took the photo of my supplies while waiting for the gel to dry. So, basically, what I did was use the stencil and apply gel to the paper, remove the stencil, and sprinkle the glitter one color at a time. I started with carnelian at the very bottom, then orange… and so on all the way to the top . I learned this trick from one of the videos by Jennifer McGuire in her Online Card Classes site from years back. I then cut the accent to “stretch” it behind the photo and make it look like a banner.

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I used Sketch # 138 from Sketches in Thyme and the idea of cutting project life cards from Studio Calico’s blog. The “Remember You Are Loved” accent on the lower left cluster is from a journaling card collection pack I use on my PL pages. There are also two 4×6 cards that I cut in half and “stretched” behind the photo. I also added some cards (gray floral card, and journal area) cut from a cut-apart sheet from Studio Tekturek (which, I have to say, has the most amazing shade of lime green I have ever seen).

Finally, of course, since I played with glitter, I will now have to clean up my work area diligently or else I will be living with random granules of glitter in the weeks ahead.

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