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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A Family Scrapbook for a Loving Nan Part One.

Good evening everyone :)

I want to share a project that is very close to my heart. Recently my Nan turned 80 and I wanted to make her something really special-we are very close and there is just not enough I can do to show her how much I love and appreciate her.

I told her I wanted to take a look at her family photos in order to rescue and restore them for the future-making digital copies would also allow me to share them with everyone in the family so we make sure that they are safe in many hands!

She gave me a huge bag of photos-over 100 years or more-because she had some of her parents family photos too. Obviously being that old they required some restoration so as I scanned them into my computer I used Photoshop to restore them digitally and it was wonderful to watch some photos which were almost completely ruined turn into *almost* perfect again.

I didn't tell her what I was up to really-but it was her birthday coming up and we were planning a huge family party so I wanted to be able to gift it to her at the party so everyone could have the enjoyment of seeing the photos themselves too!

I dedicated this particular scrapbook to documenting my Nan's early life. I wanted to learn from the memories it would trigger to preserve some family history at the same time-so we can pass these stories to the future generations.

I used My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus papers for the entire book because I love the vintage look which really lends itself well to the era of photos and the imperfect nature of the photos I restored.
I wanted to make sure each page looked different within a theme so I switched up the layouts often. I started by placing the photos and then constructing the page around them until I was happy with the look I got. The first page I added lace and wooden accents.

The second page was dedicated to a photo of my nan on a wooden chair that we still have in the family. It sits in her front room! It was wonderful to see because I never knew and it is incredible that 80 years on it is still in immaculate condition with its original cushion. A tangible link to her early years!

For this page I used the complimenting Wild Asparagus decoupage, some ric rac, prima butterflies and pearl gems representing their flight on the page.

The second page was dedicated to her baby/toddler years and the adventure those represented. I found photos of my nan sleeping on her mother in their garden, of her playing with her father in the sandpit he created in their garden and of her mother holding her in the front garden.
I added elements from Sarah Hurley's kits, I punched a butterfly out of the bottom of the border wild asparagus paper and used the negative as a butterfly with pearls and gems as its body.

I will post more pages later and link the posts to each other :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge: Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown: Add lace (Page One!)
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :)

Alphabet Letter Light

Good evening everyone :) I am here with a simple make for my new room. I noticed they had decorate your own alphabet LED lights from American Crafts which have a system that makes it easy to switch out the paper or card you use to decorate it in case you get bored-so you can leave or change it as often as you like.

It comes with a letter, LED lights, bulb covers and a template for the letter. This time round I chose an aqua colour glitter paper and cut the outside with scissors and the bulb spaces with a craft knife. You then add the bulb covers through those holes (great because it covers any scruffy attempts to cut for the little bulb holes!) and then you place the LED lights through into the bulb covers. It takes two AAA batteries and the battery box fits neatly into the back of the letter so its easy to hide and to turn off/on.

I am really pleased with this addition to my newly painted shelves above my desk :)

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Homemade Jute Cork board and pins

Another project for my new room! I was bored of the old office style thin wooden framed cork boards I had and they needed replacing anyway. I wanted my new board to be different and I love the look of jute. I looked at buying one with a nice frame but they were expensive-and when decorating every penny matters.

So I bought a large silver photo frame I liked and took it apart. I discarded the glass and the back of the frame.

I had two sheets of cork and a layer of jute. I placed these in the frame, with mod podge between the layers and lastly added thick corrugated cardboard to the back. We then affixed it to the wall with screws.

Next I made my own decorative pins with attractive buttons I had in my stash. That way I get to keep them but for a useful purpose instead of them sitting in tins!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Not just Cards: Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges: Anything Goes
Love to Create: Mixed Media Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Making a Plastic Multi Frame Your Own Special Decor Accent Piece!

Good afternoon everyone. Sorry it has been a while-my health hasn't been at it's best but I miss blogging so I am hoping to slowly get back into it! Thank you for your patience and support-it really does mean a lot to me :)

We just decorated my bedroom so I have been making my own accents to make my room unique using the various techniques and skills I have learnt over the years from crafting. It has saved me a lot of money and hopefully you'll enjoy seeing the different makes I have created for my new room and it will inspire you too! :)

I had been looking for a multi frame for my wall. The wooden shabby chic ones I loved were a fortune I really didn't have so I bought a plastic multi frame for my new room and hoped for the best. However when it arrived the white was off white and looked dirty from transit so I really wasn't happy with the look. I really loved the designs of the frames and it was what I wanted so I decided that instead of returning it I should give it a new lease of life and make it something unique for my new room.

I cleaned the frame with a baby wipe and let the frame dry. I removed all the glass and backing and placed them somewhere safe.

Next I got out my Americana chalky finish paint. This is an acrylic paint that is really useful because it sticks to most surfaces without priming first! I also love the look it gives and the potential for a shabby chic look I was aiming for.

I used the dry brush technique to put two coats of each colour on each frame. I had baby wipes for when I made mistakes to quickly erase them or to use to achieve the shabby look I was looking for by brushing over corners where wear and tear would occur.

I left it to dry (with the dry brush technique it doesn't take long)

I then got out some Mica powder and mixed it with water to get the antique gold 'wash'. I painted with a brush on some frames with the molded patterns and roughly added so it looked antiqued. For the other frames without much pattern I used a make up sponge in the mica paint and rubbed over the surface giving a rough look. I tried to consider where there would be the most wear and tear and reflect that in my refurbishment of the frames.

I varnished them and then put the frame back together.

I have some messages written in a journal for me from singers I hugely admire and I wanted to display them. So I scanned the pages into my computer. I then made alterations in photoshop to crop out dark areas where the book scanned darker than elsewhere and saved them. I then went into serif software and used the digital program to mix the messages on a page so I could have multiple messages on one page and also added some vintage butterfly prints on some.

I printed them directly onto craft paper which complimented my new butterfly wall paper. I achieved this by using 4x6 photo paper as a template and cut the craft paper to size, then printed through my printer (making sure you remember which way up to insert the paper!)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks: Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
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