Monday, 30 January 2017

How to record 2017

Another year rolls by and I am only just starting to think about documenting 2017. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know this year did not start well with me losing my dad on January 9th, however, I prefer to try and be positive  that we were luck to have him for 92 years.
Each year, since 2011, I have documented our year in two albums of various sizes. I have tried 12 x 12, 8.5 x 12, 6 x 12 and this year 9 x 12. Each year I try something new. Up until last year I was a lifelong Studio Calico documenter kit subber and had been for years and years, but I plumped for a change at the end of 2016 and am trying the Ali Edwards story kits.
I have dabbled with a Heidi Swapp planner before too, but this year I am giving a Travellers notebook a try.
When dad passed away, the first thing my children did was get out the scrapbook albums and this got me thinking, it wasn't the Project Life albums they were interested in but the memorable photos. So I am determined to recommence my scrapbooking this year as I sort out lots and lots of photos from dad's house. I will also be cataloguing them and arranging them in sets in Ikea boxes like I did with our old ones last January.

So here's to a new year of memory keeping. I hope you will join me.

Friday, 16 December 2016

December Daily 2016 Pages 1-12

Here are the first few pages of this year's December Daily album, I'm trying to keep it simple this year. I have gone for a 6x8 album this year again from Studio Calico. I did enjoy my 6 x 12 album last year but could not get hold of any albums that size here in the UK. I have just bought one mini kit from Paislee press over on the Ali Edwards blog and the rest of the items are from my stash.

The title page is a half page with an acrylic 2016 and some chipboard letters mounted on vellum. I then stitched the wooden start on a 6x8 page as a cover page.
Day 1 is a 2x2 pocket page with various embellishments including some digital stamps that I foiled and some tags that I stamped.

The back has more bits and pieces in and then a half page photo in black and white of me baking.
The journaling is printed out on the back of the photo using Remington Noiseless font.
Day 2, the large 2 is in a see thru pocket with star confetti, the 6x4 photo is on a card underneath with attachers to the top set of rings.
 Day 3 has some hidden journaling. The red card is hinged at the top to another card underneath with washi tape.
Day 4 is about our Christmas cards this year and the fact I have not made any!!!
Day 5 is hubby's birthday so I made a pocket page to slide a couple of birthday cards in later, but also documented 5 things going on today .
Day 6 was all about the trees. I printed this photo of our 'snow tree' in the dark as a full page and then faced it with some tree facts and a collage of green vellum circles.
Day 7 was some tricky journaling that I wanted to document and a photo I wanted to hide about dad's deterioration, it paired nicely with the dove of peace on my tree.
Day 8 is another 2x2 page protector with some shots of my tree close up, printed out on vellum. I also added some embellishments in embossed vellum and foil. 
Day 9 is a shaker page with tiny red sequins on and black and white background. The nine is stamped and embossed with white stars. On the back is a photo of my sister and our festive afternoon tea treat for her birthday.
Day 10 was all about Christmas movies I have collected together this year
Day 11 was a big day as it was the local festival of Christmas and needed a few photo's. The 11 digits are stuch to a transparency and this covers a 6x8 page that has a 'good cheer' acrylic word stitched to it and a wood veneer snowflake added. 

 Day 12 I used the free cut file from Ali Edwards to cut 'merry'
 I also used one of my kit envelopes to store the review from The Stage magazine of my son in Panto in London, his first professional Panto job. The joy cut file was also free from Ali Edwards.

Thanks for looking at my first half of December. Keep it simple to keep up!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

December 2016 calendar free printable

I'm a last minute Lucy this year, normally prepped and organised for December 1st with project life up to date and my home made cards made, well this year it just ain't happening!! Homemade cards have gone, too late to start now, project life not up to date unless I burn some midnight oil bu I have been productive tonight and made a calendar page for the front of my 6x8 album so I know what day each date is, I find it handy when looking back.
I made it in Silhouette software using a Silhouette font called sailaway out of the shop. I printed it out on scrapbook paper using my laser printer, then ran it through my Minc with some Champagne reactive foil. If you would like to use it I have shared the file here. I decided to print it out full size and cut to a page on its own by drawing round a page protector to get the size and hole alignment right. If you want you could cut it at 6x8 so it fits inside a page protector. 
NOTE: the file is intended as a printable only from the Silhouette software. I have not turned off the cut lines so if you intend to print and then cut you will need to turn off the cut lines you don't need.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Designing your own light box slides

There is a huge lightbox craze at the moment especially amongst the crafty community and I wanted one, trouble is when you costed out the box and all the bits you would need to buy extra it was expensive and I needed to do it more frugally. I'm all about getting the look and paying less. So here is my take on it.
I bought my lightbox in NEXT £12 and this is what it looks like now.

I wanted a small lightbox to be part of a vignette, so this suits my purpose but I have seen a three row, bigger lightbox in The Works £10 if you prefer that size.
 It comes in a box like this.
 These are the characters that come included with it.
 They each have a protective film on, so remove that before use.
 The lightbox itself is all white.
It has an on and off switch on the side. 
It takes 6 AA batteries, and has holes so you could hang it on a wall in a gallery display.
I wanted to fancy mine up for the season so I added some copper Washi tape across the bars on the front.

Now to decide on my slides. You can put anything you like in it and I intend to change mine frequently. I wanted a phrase that would fit on the top line and a picture on the bottom line. 
I measured the height and length of each row on the lightbox and sized the background piece in Photoshop, you could use Silhouette software instead if you prefer. I then selected a font and typed out the phrase to fit on the background template, save it as a png or a jpg file. I wanted a coloured background so I added a shaded background in photoshop.

All you need to do now is print on an ink jet printer with special printable acetate (on the rough side) and trim to fit! Endless possibilities! Any digital stamps you own, any font you like and you can store them easily for next year in a file folder. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

How to make your own foiled embellishments from digital files

Here's a 'how to' of how I made my own foiled embellishments for my December Daily album using some of Ali Edwards digital files and my Minc machine.
You could make this in Photoshop or Silhouette software.
You will need;
Digital png files or stamp brushes
laser printer
Minc foiling machine
White cardstock
Silver or gold foil.
1. Open the file in your chosen software. I used the Silhouette software and dragged the png files from their location onto the page. Resize if required. i wanted them two inches to fit in the 2x2 page protectors.

2. Cut some cardstock to A4 and place in laser printer feeder tray. Print.
3. Cut foil to size to go over design, place in pouch for running through the Minc machine. I have the 12 x 12 machine so A4 runs through fine. If you have the 6 inch machine size your original circles on to a six inch custom page settings.
4. Cut out using a correct size cutting die on your manual die cutter machine. These are not perfect circle files so there are some gaps. If you prefer to cut them with your silhouette you need to do the following at stage one;
open the png files on the chosen page size, using the trace feature select all the circles and adjust the threshold and scale in the trace window and select trace outline. Don't forget to add registration marks too.
You can print them on the laser printer, then go back to the Cameo and cut by locating the registration marks and then foil them afterwards.
Hope that helps. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Project Life catch up!

Sometimes Project life gets away from me, not the photographing but the assembly and journaling so I did a quick catch up recently.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

A Day In The Life 30th July 2016

 Yesterday was Ali Edwards 'day in the life' where you try to document what you do on that day. This year she mentioned she was going to set and alarm on her phone for every hour and take a photo. I thought that was a great idea as you could then just react instantaneously to what you were doing at that time, so I joined in. It was a busy Saturday and we were having friend over for a BBQ in the evening so I knew it would be hectic. I also snapped a few extra shots in between in case I forgot to react to the alarm or some photos were blurry and no good. I decided to try different angles too to switch it up, looking up, looking down,

 and down low
 I think the collage of my hourly photo's sums up my day pretty well!
I was even switching off my PC in the last minute of the day!! How cool is that?
Hope you were able to make some good captures too. Thanks for looking.