12 Crafts of Christmas- Day 12 – December Daily Album

You didn’t think I’d make it through all 12 crafts without getting scrappy did you??? Ha! Well… I actually didn’t get too scrappy yet. But the scrapfest is inevitable due to this self-given prompt.

So for those of you who aren’t wrapped up in the Scrapbooking community like I am… especially around this time of year… you may not know what “December Daily” means.

This whole December Daily thing was started by Ali Edwards, a very talented scrapbooker among other things… So if you want to join in and are clueless, she has some kits to get you started on her site: Aliedwards.com

I have nothing new so far myself.  I’m aiming to jump into my stash and make most of it a kind of organic whatever I can find type thing. But I may grab a few festive bits here and there.

The idea is to document the month of december… daily…  with some kind of story. Even if you sat on the couch all day and watched “Elf,” you should include that. I don’t think there are any problems coming up with material to scrap because it’s the busiest month for most and there are usually at least 9 different parties to attend.

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Well, I hate to admit this, but I’ve never actually finished a December Daily album. I’ve started them… had the best intentions… but for some reason… they just never got to the point of being display worthy. To be totally honest, most of my own mini albums never get finished.  I only finish the ones that I make as gifts. I must need that “deadline” to actually make things happen.

But this year, I’ve decided is the year! And I think the key is organization. In past years, I’ve waited until after the holidays to even think about this album. So this year, my last craft for the 12 Crafts of Christmas will be the first step to making my December Daily a reality!

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I probably would have used another old book… but they all went to my Advent Calendar… lol.

I found this plain Kraft Binder that I never used. I believe I got it from Close to My Heart. But they have them at any craft supply store in all kinds of sizes.

So I’m looking at this binder… and I just didn’t want to do what I usually would do which is cover it with fabric, so I slept on it.  The idea came to me at 6am to paint it like a Christmas door… so I got up and got started.  Lol…    coffee is always made at that time anyway because I set it up the night before for my husband to just push the button in the morning before he leaves for work. So I got to work in my Christmas Owl jammies mommy got me for Christmas last year… and I got my cup of coffee and started marking out where I wanted  to cut holes for the top part of the door. I know I want to make the first inside page something that can peek through the cover.  Haven’t exactly planned it out yet, but that will be for another post. This is strictly a cover post.

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I did end up using some fabric for the side. So… a little won’t hurt. But I think overall, I’m keeping the color scheme cool. I did a blue berry wreath on the front instead of a red one. Mainly because I had blue paint handy.  So after I saw the blue and white I mentally decided on a blue, grey, white color palatte for the rest.

 

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So there’s nothing really to tell here because all I did was paint it so far. But I did a video of the painting if anyone wants a tutorial on how to paint an old white door with a blueberry wreath on it.  heh…  Well, not necessarily a tutorial because I don’t know anything about painting except that I like to do it.

So I used Golden Acrylics: Zinc White, Cerulean Blue, and Mars Black. A couple of Artist’s loft brushes, a sponge, and my fingers.  I may still add some green holly leaves perhaps. Haven’t decided if that will wreck the coldness of the cover.  We shall see!

Oh, and I also used an exacto knife to cut out the holes it the door! It wasn’t hard. The album is like a chipboard.. so didn’t take long to break through!

Anyway, thanks to all who have followed us through our 12 crafts!  We hope this has inspired someone to get crafty this Christmas!

Here is my painting vid to music. I like to listen to music when I paint so I figured I’d stop talking for this one. Lol. I was listening to Band of Horses and Andrew Bird while I painted this… but I don’t think I’m allowed to use their music for my video. haha… But I do reccomend doing your own painting while listening to them.

God Bless! Happy December!

YTLH Double Time- JULY- Sketch

The YouTube Layout Hop for July is now under way….

If you’d like to join in on the action, click here:  YTLH

It was extra special for us because Roo got to join in on the fun this month!  She did an awesome job!

The theme this month was “Sketch.”  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when you base your layout on a “sketch” or an outline of sorts.  This design was created by one of our members: Meital Tene Zeevi

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Sooooo…  we had to base our projects off of this sketch.

Roo used some pics from last summer of her and her cousin Luke at the beach and boardwalk…  (from the same pile of pics I’m using for the Beach mini album)

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I love seeing the evolving mess that occurs when she gets into her work.  lol.  And I guess it’s not so far off from what my side of the table looks like after a project…

 Roo’s layout:

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Stuff Roo used:

Mists
Masks
Stamps
Washi Tape
Stickers, Stickers, Stickers…
Cardstock from Chalk it Up workshop kit

 

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At some point she got into her sticker bin and then it was all over… anything went…  Hawaiian… Halloween… Hello Kitty…  iCarly…  and I think she even says something in her video about not caring that it’s not Halloween…

And speaking of the vid, here it is:

 

Fitty’s Layout:

And for my layout, I used a recent pic from the week before of Roo in the grass patiently awaiting  for R5 to hit the stage.

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Stuff Fitty used:

Close to my heart “Chalk it up” workshop kit

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Heidi Swapp Texture paste
Heidi Swapp Planner embellishments
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils

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I used something new in this layout… Texture Paste!  Love it!  It dried pretty fast and I used it just like modeling paste.  A bit thinner and the Heidi Swapp brand I got came in a bunch of colors.  Really happy with the results!  And I even sewed through it… (don’t do that)

So you decide who stuck to the sketch best…   I think we both kinda strayed a bit…

Here’s my vid:


Both our vids have a similar intro.  We decided to get silly since Roo was joining in the fun…  But we kinda ran outta time due to the fact we were leaving for PA for four days and getting back today, so that left no editing time or uploading time.  And we all know it can sometimes take 3 days for your video to upload.  hahaha

Enjoy the weekend!

XOXOOXOX Fitty

P.S.  I also started my own crafty group on Facebook so if you’d like to join in and share some arts and some crafts, come on over! Fitty and Roo’s Glue Sniffers Club

July YTLH is sponsored by:

Caroles Crafts UK
http://www.carolescraftsuk.co.uk

2cuteink
http://www.2cuteink.com/

Fitty links:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/fittybrainpantsh…
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fittys…
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/fittyupdike/
Close to My Heart Shop: http://fitty.ctmh.com/Default.aspx

More Summer Art

Well… this was supposed to be within the realm of the hashtag #LoveSummerArt party, but youtube decided it didn’t want to upload my video till wednesday… so it missed the cut-off!

But none the less, it is an update to my Mini Beach Album!

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These pages feature Norah and Eleanor again. The left photo being my favorite from the whole bunch all together…

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These pages use a lot of gel medium in matte.  I kinda use it to hold the whole thing together.

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Also in use are the following:

Stamps, mists, misc. book pages, scrapbook paper, a piece of flair, stamps, thread, a couple brads, black india ink, watercolor, and a very delicate die cut made by my Silhouette.  LOVE THAT MACHINE!!!

And here is the process vid!

Scrapping Double with Fitty and Roo!

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Last night Roo decided it was time she made her own crafty process video.  And I have to say she did a pretty darn good job…  lol.  She even narrated it!

Since I still wanted to use the same photo she stole from me… I decided to make a game of it and have Roo and I both scrap process the same photo.  So I made a part 1 with Roo, and a part 2 with me.

So here’s Roo’s layout!

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She is OBSESSED with mists and masks!  Almost as much as modeling paste.  Had we not run out, she probably would’ve used that too…

 

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So I call this a success because no ink was spilled! ( I just jumped in whenever I saw something about to fall off the table…  )  I think she’s definitely leaning toward a more mixed media preference…  I think her finished product is beautiful!  Even though at some point I think she says that she wished she had purple mist…

And here is mine:

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I used one mask and one mist.  lol.   We both used watercolors. And we both used the same Heidi Swap Heart embellishments.

 

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That black ink is just a speedball India Ink.  My new fav…  when you want the blackest black.  Though I have no other black ink to compare to…  it does the job quite nicely enough that I’m not looking.

 

And here are our process videos!

Hope you like em’!

 

HAPPY JULY 4th!   Hope everyone has a safe, happy, and blessed weekend!

 

 

 

 

Hi… Do you like my Rainbowface?

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Hey ya’ll.  It’s time for the YOUTUBE Layout HOP again!  It’s been FOREVER since I’ve scrapped. And a couple weeks ago I told myself I had to join the hop so I could get back into getting messaaaay!  (messy)

So this month’s theme is the POLKA! So I got out my accordian and played it while my legs took turns lifting eaches rescpective foot.  ( I just looked up “eaches” and yea no.. not a word..)  Lemme try again: So I got out my accordian and played it while each foot was lifted in turn by it’s respective leg!  ?  Well, anyway, you know the dance right? So this is needless and null of point! Actually, I’m not even sure if you would do that in the dance, but in any dance usually a foot leaves the floor at some point…  I should’ve looked that up too! Why am I still talking about the POLKA when that isn’t even the theme anyway!  Upon further inspection, I realized that the POLKA had some dots after it.

So this months theme is: POLKA DOTS!

Which I thought would have been easy, but I actually had a hard time at first.  I had a bunch of scraps of polka dot paper,  but wasn’t really feelin’ it.  So, I decided to involve the Silouette and cut out a bunch of holes in a 12×12 page to make it look like it was polka dotted.

Then I used one scrap of polka dot paper, and one piece of polka dot fabric to show through the holes from underneath. And TADA: Theme satisfied!

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So I adhered the fabric and paper together with the good ol’ sewing machine. I went a little crazy…  But I needed some mess, it was looking to tidy.  Then I just stamped around and watercolored around… can’t say it’s my favorite layout… but I’ve learned to just keep going because your bad projects tell a story as well as the good ones.

The picture is of my daugher with a rainbow painted on her face.  I’ve posted before about her fascination with facepaint.  So ever since we finally got ourselves a kit at home, we facepaint frequently.  So this day was no different… I feel like it was snowing or raining or something…   so we just stayed in all day.

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So I only used a couple little cards to layer under the picture, and then used letter stickers and wood veneer letters for the title.

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I do like how some of the fabric got pushed up into the holes.  So there’s that…  ha…

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So the Youtube Layout Hop involves making a video, so here is the process for this layout:

 

By the way, the word POLKA literally means Polish lady.  You’re welcome.

 

 

 

Trees… I’ve always been a fan.

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There’s no loving paper without loving trees!  …If love were hurting someone in the name of pretty paper! Or if love were making something disappear!  Not unlike a tasty dessert!
But. I. digress…

So this 12 x 12 I’m not actually sure I like yet…  but in the spirit of “don’t trash everything that isn’t appealing to you right from the getgo,” I decided to keep it for now.

I have a few pics of roo with her favorite tree…  we should probably name it.

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And really, I didn’t pick the best one to feature…  I’ll probably use the rest for the opposing page… but I picked it because I figured since it had writing on it already, I could just use that as my title.

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So for the background, I decided I wanted to play with modeling paste again… but not with a stencil… so I just kinda threw it on there with a spatula in the rough shape of a tree.  At some point in my process I thought to myself… this is kinda lookin like a toddler’s art project… but I didn’t quit cos I figured by the time I tossed a bunch of other stuff on top, it would take on a more abstract look.

 

IMG_2753I do like how the modeling paste added texture to the trees.  Def took it a step up…. and I couldn’t resist cutting out a couple birdies from one of the cardstocks that came in the June Studio Calico kit.

The kit also included a giant quote… and I had planned on trying to use that in the background somewhere, but it would’ve covered most of page, so I decided instead to just copy the quote (I wasn’t really concerned that it could be read… the words were more for decoration)

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The little bit of aqua blue string that came in the kit also I ended up just looping around the top and some integrated in the layering under the photo.  I figured the two birds (Raymond and Harriett) might need some extra bits for their nest.

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My favorite thing in the kit were this little round slices of tree trunk.  I can just imagine they came from a tiny tree in a tiny forest full of tiny people on a tiny speck on a tiny clover that a GIANT elephant is holding to keep it from….  wait… what…

 

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Well anyhow… like it or not, I went to the trouble to record the process, so I figured I might as well share!  lol…

Here is the video…

I seriously considered doing a voice-over, but I just love sharing music! So… maybe next time… 🙂

KIT ITEMS I USED:

Cardstock:
White Prismatic Paper (Bazzill)

Patterned Paper:

Vintage Charm (Crate Paper)
A grey paper that I cut the label off so I’m not sure who made it

Embellishments:
6×12″ Sticker Sheet (Life-Love-Paper for Studio Calico)
Sunny Day Color Theory Acrylic Paint (Studio Calico)
Something Blue Color Theory Acrylic Paint (Studio Calico)
Opaque Gems (Studio Calico)
Foam Stamps Set (Hello Forever for Studio Calico)
5 Cut Wood Circles (Studio Calico)

On top of that, I also used these items that I had in my stash:

Modeling paste
Acrylic paint
Mr. Huey’s color mist in Dessert
Close to my Heart’s Liquid Glass
Close to my Heart’s inkpad in Slate and Blush
Tim Holtz’ Tiny Attacher (LOVE THAT THING!)
Gelatos

Simple Doodle Doo

Yes, I’m still working on these photos from the same shoot…  lol.

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She was kinda daydreaming on her bed… made me wish I was a kid again.

So when I saw this pic, i got an instant idea for a doodle layout.

I remember doing a project like this in 7th grade art class.  We cut a picture out of a magazine, glued it to our paper, and then drew out the rest of the picture.  Kinda just extending the photo…

So I did a similar thing with this picture.  I made up most of it.  There are no birds in her room…  but there are little dragonflies on the wall .. so I drew more of them and filled in the top of her name banner… etc…  And who knows, maybe this is how she pictures her room in her head…

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It’s a quick and easy way to make a layout if you don’t have a lot of embellishments around.  The only things I used besides the pen and watercolors were some wood veneers, some confetti stars, and a few flags…

 

 

 

Queen Norma and the April Youtube Layout Hop

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We all have pets.  Whether it be an animal or not is something else.  It could be an insect… like how every time Eleanor finds a stink bug she captures it,  and names it Cliffy after our late Boston Terrior, and forces it to live in Minnie Mouse’s playhouse, a fish bowl, or an empty fruit snacks box. (Whatever the home of choice is at the moment, it never makes it through the night).

Or I guess I could turn the pointer to myself since I have a pet rock Kevin.

Here’s the pic of him I used for my last post.  Apparently, it’s the only one I can find in my media library right now.  And I’m too lazy to go upstairs and snap a new one.

 

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So back to pets that are actually animals… like the ewesh… ya know, cats and dogs…  They are quite special and make quite a dent in our emotional lives.  So I was very excited when this month’s YouTube Layout Hop’s theme was pets.

If you haven’t heard about the Hop, it’s a monthly event that’s almost at it’s 3rd birthday.  It was founded by Xochitl Zoe Aparicio aka Zoe CraftyX.  It’s like a show and tell of scrapbooking, cards, mixed media, smashing… etc.  Anyone is welcome to join in.  Let me know if you’re interested, I can direct you to the facebook group page.  And the best part is, there’s a sponsor every month so some lucky commenter  wins a prize.

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So I had to do a mixed media for a Studio Calico class a couple weeks ago, so I figured the textures would work well with a doggie photo.  Although since Roo donned Norma Queen of Arendelle, pink sparkles and silver glitter probably would’ve also worked.  (ok, so I just typed Arendelle into a facebook search to check the spelling… and I just found out that I can request friendship with Elsa and Anna. And probably the others I’m sure…  wait..  they’re not real right?)

 

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So this layout uses the following:

– Gesso

– Mr. Hueys Mists

– Some masking with stencils

– Modeling paste

– bit of layering

– nip of doodling

– tid of twine

 

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It’s actually such a coincidence that the Hop’s theme was pets this month because it’s Norma’s BIRTHDAY TODAY!

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So Happy 10th Birthday Norms!  We love you and thank you for all your patience letting Eleanor use you as a headwear model… ( and all that other stuff too  🙂

And here’s my vid for the YTLH!

 

 

Have  a great week everyone!

 

xo