Celebrating 50 Years

I’d like to introduce you to my Great Grandparents on my Gran’s Side of the Family Tree. The photo in today’s Page was taken on their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1956.

I wasn’t too sure how I wanted to do a Page up for this Photo…I knew I wanted to do something ‘fresh’ and stay away from the more ‘heritage’ colour SB Papers. Looking at the finished Page, I’m quite chuffed.

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The Layout itself was inspired by a search on Pinterest (as so many wonderful projects often are) and I feel bring out the ‘country’ feel of the SB Heartfelt Papers Kaszazz released late last year…wow that’s gone quick! Some have been Embossed with the Butterfly Embossing Folder and then touched up with the Ink Blending Foam and Aquamarine Archival Ink Pad, which I’ve blended into the edges of a number of the strips of Paper & Card. 

Still have a few journal notes to add before I’m ready to put this Page into the Album and say it’s done. I’ll just have to wait for my weekly chat with Gran to get some dirt…or not…on her parents.

Do you enjoy creating Heritage Pages? What sort of details do you like to add for future generations to read? 

Till Next Time!! xxx

 

 

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NEW CATALOGUE IS HERE!!

It’s been a HUGE weekend in the Kaszazz World…Team Training Days (TTD) on both Saturday & Sunday depending on where you live, New Products released as happens at every TTD and the NEW 2016-2017 Catalogue was released!!

I’ve had a quick look through an online version and I have to admit I’m super dooper impressed with all the new products…so on trend with many of them. I’m also impressed with the price changes; I’m pretty sure the Dies have all dropped in price!! 😀

Now it’s time to stash away my Stamps that are retiring to Tahiti, that’s today’s first task; I’ll need to go through and work out which Workshops are no longer current and file them elsewhere on the computer. I enjoy having the Retired Workshops to refer to down the track, and this way I’ve also got a copy of the Instructions. 🙂

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Do you do that with older Workshops/Classes? File them away so you’ve got them for rainy days?

Over the next week or two I’ll be sharing plenty of the Catalogue items and the new Workshops as they come to light. It’s soooo exciting!!!

What do you think? What jumps out and grabs you right out of your seat? What doesn’t?

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Let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.

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Devouring my coffee and the New Catalogue in one go. 🙂

Till Next Time!! xx

Creating a Heritage Scrap Album Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Creating a Heritage Scrap Album. Great to have you here for more. 🙂

So you’ve gathered some photos, you’ve collected some extra details and information and now you want to bring it altogether and turn it into an Album. Yay!!

Where to from here?

For me, I find it helps to use photos that are all similar in shading and colour. A great deal of your older photos will be in black & white, sepia or similar. Photos from the 1960’s and later will more often than not be in colour. The great news is, there’s really no hard and fast rule on using ‘heritage’ shaded Papers or Card.

If you are working with colour pictures, pick one or two colours from your photos and feature these colours in your Page background. Otherwise, the sky is the limit.

Below are some images of different ways you can do a Page Layout to inspire you with the next step.

Feature Image with Journal Entry/Information

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Some of these Layouts may be originally done for other reasons; if they inspire you, and you feel they’d look good with your selection of photos, then go for it! There are no hard and fast rules where making your own Album is concerned.

However you choose to create your layouts, the main thing to remember is you are making memories to share with your loved ones for years and generations to come. Have fun with the process. 

Select your Album and feel free to decorate it however you feel works. To make your treasured photos last the generations to come, ensure your Pockets, Sleeves, Papers, Cardstock and Embellisments are Acid Free. Why? So they don’t corrupt and break down your photos. This is why it’s important to store any of the documents in Acid Free Pockets.

There you go…that’s my guide to Creating a Heritage Scrap Album. I hope you now feel more confident and empowered to go ahead and create your own Album. Remember, have fun with it, and enjoy the stories you’re uncovering.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

 

 

 

Creating a Heritage Scrap Album Part 1

Many of us look to scrapbooking as a way to preserve treasured family moments for future generations to enjoy and learn a little about who we are.

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How to start creating your own Heritage Album though? What are some of the things you need to create interesting and memorable scrap pages to hand down to your children and grandchildren? 

Hopefully these tips will lead you in the right direction and get you started.

Photos – We’re living in the best time for memory keeping and archiving treasured photos that have been passed on through the generations. If you have photos that are scarred, slightly torn or faded you are able to scan them into your computer and use photo editing tools to bring your images back to new. We’re also able to transfer 8mm film and original negatives into digital images giving us greater access to vision that may otherwise be lost to the ages. And having a digital copy on file is also nice. 🙂

Start raiding all the boxes, photo albums and slide albums you can lay your hands on; ask relatives for copies of photos they have available to build up a more comprehensive collection of images to work with. Once you’ve gathered as many photos as you can, you’ll want to start organising them into some order. Some ideas for this by year, family weddings, christenings, funerals (yes, we’ve got some photos from funerals in our Clan), school photos, name, places/locations and homes. It’s really what works best for you. This will also give you an idea on some of the themes you may choose for different pages.

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Family Memorabilia – Having access to letters, Service Records, Marriage and Birth Certificates, School Reports, Newspaper Clippings, hair clippings all adds to the interest and historical information within your Album. Ensure any records are either scanned and printed on Acid Free Paper or store in Acid Free Pockets to ensure no further damage is done to either your memorabilia or photos.

 

Look through local libraries for historical documents that you can copy if you’re unsure if there are any family documents you can access. There’s a great site (Trove) in Australia for looking up online historical newspapers from across the country dating back to the 1800’s in some cases.  Have a look at what else is available at Trove and other online genealogy research sites. You never know what you may find.

Interview Family Members – How many times have you wondered what your Mum or Dad was like as a child? Or what was the family favourite recipe that Gran could make like no other and won awards at the local shows for? Adding these little touches to your Album in the form of journals enriches your Album to no end. If you’re like me and blessed with a number of family members to ask and interview, go for it! If not, this is another great reason to search local archives and newspapers for any snippets on your family. Who knows what you may find!

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Once you’ve done these, you can start planning the creation of your Album. 

I’ll give some suggestions on how to do this in Part 2. 🙂

Are there family stories you’d love to record in your own Album? Or, have you done a Heritage Album previously? If you have, what tips do you suggest?

Till Part 2…xxx 

 

2016 Card Trends; still on track?

I love scrolling through Pinterest, as many of us do, and seeing so many different card making styles and designs. And then I get confused; there can be too much of a good thing.

Which got me thinking; “What were the predicted trends for this year?” Kaszazz does a great amount of research on this, and they certainly provide us Consultants plenty of inspiration and beautiful products. And I love how majority of the Workshops are actually designed by Consultants. Which are pretty much on trend.

I’ve been reviewing some of the clips from CHA over the weekend and a number of the predicted trends are certainly still going strong. I’ve even started to enjoy one or two of them! 😀 Others well, hmm, haven’t seen too much of.

Here’s a few of the ones that I’ve come across. Would love to hear your thoughts on these as well. 🙂

1/ Colouring In ~ There’s no doubt this is still HUGE!! I am starting to understand the appeal to be honest. And I am loving the latest Colouring Pads and Kits from Kaszazz. I find it interesting to see the preferred medium is markers. For me, my Watercolour Pencils are easier to work with, and can be just as vibrant. So I’m a little surprised with Markers being so popular for this one.

2/ Rose Gold ~ There’s no doubt metallics are BIG right now. And I for one adore them!!! Then again, I am a girl who loves her Bling, so there’s really no surprise there. But Rose Gold? I’m certainly seeing it in the stores for jewellery and accessories. I just haven’t seen it as much in cards and scrapping. Or are we a little slower here in BrisVegas?

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3/ Journals ~ How awesome is this Trend?? To see so many starting to record what I’d still call a diary, to me is brilliant! I do love the Journal Pages and Art that has been flooding the net this year. Very inspiring.

4/ Watercolour ~ Yay!! I do love this one, and now that I’ve worked out how to do it to suit my own quirkiness, love, love, love!! 😀 The washed out looks that can be created to me is just calming and peaceful. I’m preferring this a lot more than ombre, though I still love a good ombre, more for nails though. 😉

5/ Fun Folds ~ When I mentioned this one to The Man over the weekend he laughed. Not because he disagrees; more because a) he knew what I was talking about and b) he’s seen how ‘fun’ these can really be behind the scenes. And looking through my photos from this year I can certainly see why he laughed. I’ve certainly stepped outside my own comfort zones and skill sets and attempted more and more Fun Fold cards as the year has gone on. What would be your fave Fun Fold to create?

6/ Patterns ~ Almost a no brainer. For me, I love Chevron and Tribal patterns 🙂 It’s great to see Cards with more and more Patterns coming through, especially when teamed with bold, bright colours.  Which patterns have caught your eye this year?

7/ Build Up Stamp Sets ~ Multi Layering Stamps to build up an image certainly creates some stunning Stamped Images. I actually don’t have any of these, not quite sure why not. Kaszazz does do a few 2 Step Stamps, none have happened to find their way to my Crafty Play Zone. Hmm, may have to work on that. For those of you awesome readers who have used Build Up Stamps, what do you think?

All in all, there’s some fantastic elements out there you’re sure to find a trend to make your own and enjoy. Would love to hear what you think of these and of any other trends you’ve come across this year. Anyone brave enough to make a prediction for 2017?

Till Next Time!! xx

 

 

Techie Tuesday ~ Scoring

I was originally going to do a Post today about Easel Fold Cards and the variety of styles there are for one of my favourite Folding Styles.

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And then I was thinking, well that’s more of a Style than a Technique, but to make them you really need to have the Techniques right with measuring and scoring. So….today I’m covering one of the Basic Techniques you’ll use for either Cardmaking or Scrapping.

Now there are different ways you can Score your Cards & Papers. I use the Paper Trimmer from Kaszazz for trimming and scoring, and that works well for me. I’ve never used a Scoring Board, though I can see the appeal. Personally, I love using my Paper Trimmer. But that’s me. 😉

Scoring is important, especially for the Easel Cards. Scored Lines over just folding looks far more professional and ‘finished’. This is true for Cards, Gift Boxes, Embellishments…anything that requires a crisp, sharp fold.

A bone folder, bonefolder, or folding bone is a dull-edged hand tool used to fold and crease material in crafts such as bookbinding,[1][2] cardmaking,[3] origami,[4] and other paper crafts that require a sharp crease or fold.

To Score, you can use a blunt knife if you are just starting out..but a Bone Folder is certainly a Tool you’ll want to be investing in sooner than later. It just makes life so much easier as well as giving your work the finished, professional look setting your Craft into the ‘Handmade’ over ‘Homemade’ category.

Jim, from The Gentleman Crafter has a few quick videos showing different Bone Folders and Scoring that I thought I’d share with you today. 🙂 Great Tip on how to not ‘break’ your Card or Paper when you fold from a Score too. 🙂

Hope these help you with your Techniques, especially if you’re just starting out in Papercraft. I can honestly say, the right Tools and Techniques makes my Crafting Life soooo much easier and enjoyable. 🙂

Till Next Time!! xx

Scrap Challenge

Ooops, apologies for being a week late on my Self Imposed Scrap Challenge. My focus has been on re-arranging and re-organising, and it appears it’s paid off!! Yippee!! 🙂

Today I’ve been more creative than I’ve been for the last couple of weeks…and yet, my Crafty Play Zone is still clean & tidy! Either I’m really sick (no comment…lol) or my plans have worked and this set up is certainly more conducive to my keeping everything tidy. I’ll go with Option 2 this time I think.

So today, after making up some cards, attempting to make a Ladybird Invite (I’ll work on that one some more tomorrow….not quite right yet) I then picked out some photos to do a Page with. The photos I chose are from last year…wow, actually nearly a year ago now…when we first took out the latest go-kart (Victor) to the track with our Housemate and The Man’s cousin. Was nice to have a few of our friends drop by for support and cheering throughout the morning we were trackside too. Great memories. Normally makes for a great Page right?

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I knew I wanted to do some stencilling on this one, so I pulled out the Chevron Stencil and used Manganese Blue and Aquamarine Archival Ink Pads to Ink Blend up the Page. Now that I like!! I then spritzed some water on the Stencil and ‘Ghosted’ the inked up side of the Stencil onto the Page….hmmm, was nervous about doing it…looked ok, but didn’t convince me.

I then tore up strips of Pool SB Essentials from my Scrap Stash and coloured with Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress Paints before spritzing with water. Nup, not right for this project. Hmmm, next idea.

I love the shade of blue with Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint…and The Man’s fave colour is Blue. Which got me to thinking of using the Stencil again with some Distress Paint and…..Texture Paste! I’ve never actually mixed these two mediums before so was a little…nah not at all….very curious to see how this blend would work out. For the most part…WOW!!

While the Texture Paste was still damp I sprinkled some White Embossing Powder over the top in small sections and let it sit like that for 15 minutes before using my Heat Tool to set the Embossing Powder. Yes, the Texture Paste did ‘puff’ a little, but compared to other times I’ve done this technique this remained pretty flat and true to the Stencil.

After mounting the photos on the soon to be retired Denim SB Paper and rounding only two of the corners on the photos and the matting, add a little more Ink Blending on the SB Paper I was ready to pull it altogether and wrap it up.

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I’m quite happy with the end result. Actually I’m really happy with the end result. I found the Scrap Album I did up for The Man’s 30th Birthday pressie (nearly a decade ago now) and wow….I’m not ashamed of those Pages, but I’m sure not about to show them off to the World at large either. 😉

So that’s my Self Imposed (Late) Scrap Challenge wrapped up for this round. I’ll kick off the next Page before the weekend. I’ve already picked out a photo of my Great Grandparents I want to use and I’m looking forward to using. It was taken at their 50th Wedding Anniversary I believe. So that’s my next Challenge Page to focus on. 😀

Till Next Time!! xx

Techie Tuesday ~ Masking

I know I’ve covered Masking awhile back…but a refresher never hurts. I’m actually planning on doing some more Masking tomorrow now I’ve pretty much re-arranged the furniture and my Crafty Play Zone. Well, until The Man has made up my new storage units…but for this week, that’s pretty much done so now I can Play!! 😀

On that note…I hope this refresher helps, inspires you to use this Technique again and create.

 

 

Till Next Time!! xx

 

Techie Tuesday ~ Paper Piecing Technique

I’ve been racking my brains all day yesterday to work out what to do this week’s Techie Tuesday Post about. It finally clicked late last night, so here goes nothing.

Last October I did a fundraiser Afternoon Tea to raise funds towards women’s cancers and prior to the Event I ran a Card Class making up some gorgeous 10x10cm cards which featured Paper Piecing. The ladies all made me promise to never, ever do a Class like this again…though every Card that was made looked amazing, it was fiddly and a bit daunting with the amount of blade work included.

Which brings me to today’s Post. Paper Piecing.

I don’t really do enough of it, and certainly nothing too fiddly pretty much since last October. So I thought for today I’d refresh my own memory whilst covering the Technique for you.

Basically Paper Piecing can be one of two Techniques; one is for quilting (so not my area of knowledge trust me!) and the other is for Scrapbooking and Cards, which is where we’re going to be focusing.

It involves ‘layering’ an image to add a more visually interesting component to your work.

A person working on a scrapbook may use several different types, colours, and styles of paper to create a paper pieced design….The primary tool a person needs to paper piece is a pair of scissors. She may also use a die cut machine, which stamps out shapes in paper using pre-made forms similar to cookie cutters. Some scrapbookers, especially those who are more experienced, prefer to design and cut their own patterns for piecing.  ~ via wiseGeek.com

Wow, wasn’t aware my diecut butterflies for my Butterfly Bling Card are pretty much, by technicality Paper Piecing…what do ya know!?!

For me, I’m still working on it being cutting up the same stamped image on different papers prior to layering and attaching with Multi Medium Matte Paste (as we did in the Kaszazz Workshop 2H1396 Pieces of Cake) to create a layered, 3D stamped image. That’s my simple explanation.:)

Either way you do it, the end result is stunning and certainly appealing for a variety of Cards and Scrap Pages. Plus the added bonus for those who may have a vision impairment, they can feel the multi layers. I like to keep that in mind when I make cards for my Gran. She is legally blind, though depending on the light she is able to ‘see’ more than we remember she can…but I love making her cards as I add a lot of texture elements so she gets as much enjoyment from feeling them as she would from seeing them.

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Would love to see any Paper Piecing that you’ve enjoyed making up, and as always, love to hear from you.

Till Next Time!! xx

Winter Wonderland

I’ve got to admit, the latest Winter Wonderland Release by Kaszazz has certainly got me hooked. I’m super impressed with the versatility of the Stamps in the Collection; great for Christmas Cards & Scrap Pages though the possibilities beyond Christmas have my mind in a spin. This is the first time I’ve ordered an entire Collection in one Bundle, and I’m super glad I did with this one.

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Oooh, all arrived safe & sound

The new Holly Standard Die is WOW. Yes, I’m biased, I’ll admit it. Take that out of the equation though and it is a Die worth getting excited about. The Man is impressed with it, and certainly how I can change the way I use it. Now to impress The Man with any of my Crafting Toys is quite a challenge in and of itself. He normally smiles, nods his head and makes the appropriate sounds for the most part. He’s very supportive, but it’s not a bleep on his interest radar more often than not. This Die though has bleeped! 🙂 And I’ve only had 3 plays with it so far! Talk about promising.

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As my Delivery Dude was running rather late yesterday, and considering how much my Naughty Knees decided to make themselves known, I didn’t finish putting all my Stamps together and stored away; certainly didn’t have a chance to look at the gorgeous Papers before calling it a day. Which has surprised my Mum as she was certain I’d be straight into the Papers and the new Glitter Tapes. Actually I still haven’t looked at the Papers this morning, nor played with my new Glitter Tapes! Eeeek….Blog first, Play second. 🙂

From the Play Time I have had this morning I’m super impressed. I was meant to be focusing on making up my Samples right about now, instead I’m dribbling on like a lunatic to you about this awesome Collection!!

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Village Carolers Stamp coloured with Alcohol Ink Art Markers and mounted onto a Tie Dye Background.

Be prepared; over the next few days I’ll be inundating you with different pieces I’ve put together from all these Stamps and the Die. For now, here’s a few little teasers I’ve chucked together between Domestic Goddess duties. 🙂

Till Next Time!! xx