Friday, March 27, 2015

June 2013: a mini album

I started this mini album last year, around the middle of June 2014. It has sat, since then. One of my Calvinball goals was to finish this album, so I did. :) 

I used an old book  that I ripped the insides out of. The front cover had  the author's name embossed in gold, and although it was very pretty, I decided to paint a stripe of gesso over it. I'll add a title to the front and/or spine, but don't have any ideas for that right now. 


I used a set of Tim Holtz binder rings inside. The binder rings are attached to a sturdy piece of chipboard using some super duper glue dots, and also two pretty brads. Then I adhered the chipboard to the book spine using lots of glue. Not exactly professional book-binding techniques, but it seems to work. ;)

Since photographing this book I have come to realize that last June was the year 2014, not 2013. Another for  the fix pile. ;)
The pretty silver label, floral envelope, white felt cloud sticker, and gold foil tags are all pieces from Things That Shine kits.

I stamped the month of June on a scrap of paper. Journalling on my old typewriter.







I like the peek-a-boo effect of the layers, especially that silver foil label sticker on the left.

A little file folder from my ancient stash, holding some early June garden photos. I do love those white cloud stickers!!

Another pretty gold foil sticker on this page, layered with a gold glitter leaf.









The end. :)


Calvinball points (included in Week 3)

9 mini album pages = 4.5 points
3+ photos on a page = 3 points
Use a typewriter = 1 point
Handwritten journalling = 1 point
Scrap food = 1 point

Total points = 10.5



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

night night baby

This page is about the night-night baby and how much she loves her dad. :) 

I started this page by stamping with my new favourite Cocoa Daisy stamp, and painted them in using green and blue watercolours. This is something I've been wanting to do since I first saw that stamp!
 I added some 2004 patterned paper behind the white cardstock background, and splattered some more blue watercolour around the page, inspired by Celeste's lovely pages in the GIS Calvinball gallery.

This postage stamp frame is an old one from Technique Tuesday, from before 2010.. so is the cute lambie twill (Foofala), and the eyelet lace (vintage stash).



Lots of fun little stars and sparkly bits sprinkled across the top of the page! Definitely inspired by Kelly Prang. I stamped a map onto that ancient Heidi Swapp chipboard star (pre-2010 product and also part of my hoarded stash).

Total maps on this page = 2
Total number of different glittery products = 3
Total number of pre-2010 products =6
Number of GIS members that inspired me = 2
Total number of my own hoarded stash products used = 4

Calvinball points (included in Week 3)
Layout = 1 point
Black and white photo = 1 point
Use new product (purchased in 2015) = 1 point
Stamping = 1 point
Try a new technique = 1 point
Use product prior to 2010 = 1 point
Use archaic hoarded product = 1 point
Use a map on a page = 1 point
Use a typewriter = 1 point
Focus on the journalling = 1 point
Use all cool colours = 1 point

Total points = 11

Retroactive points:
Second map = 1 point
Three more hoarded products = 3 points
Four more pre-2010 products = 4 points
Use glitter (three different products) = 3 points
Inspired by a GIS layout/member = 2 points
Second stamping = 1 point


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

the loudest and the highest

This page is about a funny girl and a surprise concert. :) 
This layout started out with a white cardstock background with gesso and some old book pages partially adhered. Then I used a swiss dot stencil from My Favorite Things to mist some pink on the upper middle portion of the page.

I cut a doily heart out of vellum using my doily heart cut file, and backed it with another heart cut out, and then covered in chunky gold glitter. I tucked a pink PL card behind the photo and hearts, because it needed just a bit of colour back there! 

I raided my wood veneer star stash for this page. ;) 
The pink glitter Thickers are my fave.. and the tiny pink letter stickers are ancient ones from Making Memories, that I am slowly running out of. Miss that company. :(
I broke out my handy-dandy date stamp and made a dated banner.. which served double purpose as it also covered up the sentiment printed on the wood veneer hot air balloon!

For this cluster of banners I used two banners that I made (the book page stars and the ombre hearts), two new, unopened banners that also have map prints on them (Calvinball points), and a super fun bit of aqua pom pom trim. :)  

Calvinball points (included in Week 3 tally)
Layout = 1 point
Use a map on a page = 1 point
Use glitter = 1 point
Use a cut out element = 1 point
March stencil challenge = 1 point
Stamping = 1 point
Use old, unopened product = 1 point
Use product produced prior to 2010 = 1 point
Use a typewriter = 1 point

Total points = 9

Retroactive points:
Use PL journalling card = 1 point
Second map = 1 point