Monday, 26 January 2015

Project Life | Week One title pocket...

Hello Sassy Friends!  It's Leanne here today to share with you a quick and easy tutorial on creating pocket page titles.  This year, instead of just sharing my PL2015 spreads, I thought I'd also share a few basic tutorials about the PL cards I create as part of the process.  What better place to start than with a Week One title pocket card.
Step 1. Gather your supplies
I have used the following:
Yellow Enamel Dots
watercolour paints
"week" clear stamp
sewing maching
Step 2. Colour the watercolour word

Place the watercolour word on a firm surface. I have used a clear stamp mounting block.  Wet a clean paint brush with water and brush over the word.  Choose three colours from the watercolour paints (I am coordinating with my patterned paper and using the orange/gold/yellow combination). Starting with the deepest colour, paint the top of the letters allowing the water and paint to drag through the watercolour paper.

Take the middle colour and apply to the centre of your word, gently blending as you go.  Add more water/paint to get the desired effect you require.

Set aside to dry or use a heat gun if you're impatient like me!
Step 3. Gold embossing with clear stamps
Trim the patterned paper to 4"x6".
Ink your clear stamp with VersaMark Watermark ink and stamp image at the lower middle of the patterned paper.
Completely cover the image with gold embossing powder.
Once the stamped image has been covered, remove excess embossing powder from the patterned paper.  I like to clean up the stubborn flecks of embossing powder with a dry paintbrush, being careful to not touch the actual image.
Heat emboss using your heat gun.
Step 4. Layering embellishments

Using the sun image from the Dear Lizzy ephemera pack and the clear banner sticker from the Amy Tan sticker sheet, find the centre and adhere to the banner to the top of the sun.

Step 5. Placement

Using the Prima Alphas add the week title next to your stamped image - this is line one.
Place the watercolour word above the first line of embellishments, leaving it off centre and allowing the sun/banner embellishment to also fit on line two. Adhere in place.
Step 6. Stitching
Add a single row of stitching directly to the watercolour word, attaching it to the patterned paper 4"x6" card.  I have used white thread.
Step 7. Ombre enamel dots

Add a trio of small yellow/orange enamel dots to the lower right corner of the card.  Allow the dots to form a triangle and overlap the other embellishments.

Step 8. Add Colorshine

To complete the title pocket card, add a few drops of Heidi Swapp colorshine to the top right corner. Allow to dry before inserting the PL card into its designated PL pocket.
And here is the completed card!

Join me next week to see how I incorporated it into my PL2015 Week One spread.  Thanks for visiting..x
Sassy Supplies:
Amy Tangerine Stitched Interlock 12x12 Paper
Amy Tan Stitched Accent and Phrase Stickers
Dear Lizzy Serendipity Watercolour Words
Dear Lizzy Serendipity Ephemera Pieces with Rose Gold
Zing Gold Glitter Embossing Powder 1oz
Colour Shine Spritz Gold Lame 2oz
Versa Mark Watermark Stamp Cube
Sun Kiss Alphabet Stickers

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Stampendous Embossing Enamel

Hello, Leonie back today.
 After almost a month away from blogging and scrapping I've been enjoying the lovely Summer sunshine with my family but it's time to get back to sharing some scrappy love.

The Sassy Scrapper shop has just got in a heap of gorgeous gold embossing powders.  Yesterday  
Chantalle shared an awesome tutorial using the Ranger Gold Embossing powder
and today I have a couple of projects to share using the Stampendous Embossing Enamel.

(Go HERE for Chantalle's Post)

I created this canvas last November as a gift for a friend and I used the Stampendous Embossing Enamel to alter the Imaginarium Designs Chipboard words.

Stampendous Embossing Enamel Deep Impressions Chunky Gold 19g
As it says on the label it's chunky so it gives a really thick coating and I love how it covered the 
chipboard words I used on this canvas.

My second share is a scrapbook page also created originally for Imaginarium Designs Chipboard.
I used the Stampendous Chunky gold Embossing Enamel on the background of this page.

I like to use the Ranger Emboss it Dabber with all my embossing powders.  
It's really easy to use, long lasting and for 
more detailed embossing I just unscrew the cap and use a fine paint brush to apply it.

Ranger Emboss it Dabber 34ml

I sprinkled the embossing powder in a random fashion over the background of the page and on the chipboard frame
as pictured below.

So for lovers of gold and embossing powders make sure you check out the range available in the Sassy Scrapper Store.
Cheers until next time.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Sealed with a kiss - Creating 'wax' seals

Hello Sassy Friends!
It feels like it's been ages since I shared something with you... the holidays have been wonderful and we are feeling rested and relaxed, ready (well, almost!) for the chaos of the new school year which will be upon us next Tuesday.
There are some totally gorgeous new embossing powders in the shop 
and I wanted to show you how easy it is to create this card with a faux 'wax seal'.
The card has been made to look like an envelope. Instead of folding a large piece of paper, I have deconstructed an actual envelope and cut only the folding pieces 
so I could save lots of this sheet of beautiful Webster's Pages paper.

I arranged these onto a basic cardstock card and stitched 
some detail onto some of the pieces.
Creating the 'seal'
Next, I popped some Gold Ranger embossing powder onto a scrap of cardstock. 
(If you have embossing enamel, you would probably need to use slightly less, as it's made for deep impressions.)
Measure the amount you will use based on the size of the stamp you are going to be using to create your 'seal'. You will need quite a thick layer, so don't 
be afraid to pile it on a bit!
Heat the powder from the bottom so the powder doesn't go flying off. 
This method takes a little bit of time, but the result will be worth it!

Once your powder has completely melted, working quickly, press your stamp into the hot melted powder. Don't worry, this will not damage your stamps.
If the impression is not exactly perfect, you can easily reheat it and try again. 
(You may need to top a bit of extra powder over the top if so.)
Remove the stamp after a second or two and this is the result... beautiful!
I cut my seal out around the thicker edge and adhered it with some foam tape 
onto my card to 'seal' my 'envelope'.

I hope you will give this fun technique a try. Be sure to tag us @sassyscrappers so we can see your gorgeous creations!

Till next time!


Sassy supplies used:

Sea Foam Cardstock  Websters Pages Beautiful Chic Buttoned Up Paper 12x12  Open Book Vellum Die Cuts Ephemera Pack 
 Ranger Emboss it Dabber 34mlSeptember Skies Clear Stamp SetRanger Gold Embossing Powder 56oz

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Merry and Bright with Trudi

Hello Sassy Friends!
It's Trudi with you again showcasing the Graphic 45 Twas The Night Before Christmas collection. These papers have so many wonderful options for embellishing your projects. Just loved getting my 'scissor happy' on for this one:
The base of my project is the reverse side of the Twas The Night Before Christmas paper. I had an outer edge piece of the same paper left over from my earlier 'Sugar Plums' project. I affixed this over the top and added decorative 'candy cane' punched strips from the Up On The Housetop paper around the edge.
Fussy Cut elements from Jolly Old Elf, Happy Holly-Day and Up On The Housetop were used to decorate the frame feature. 
A peek-a-boo window effect for my photo was created with the middle piece removed from one of the Up On The Housetop tags. A little shutter was created from an offcut from the Merry Mistletoe paper and affixed along the edge of the photo.  
A hanging ornament effect was created with one of the Christmas Cardstock Stickers. For added support, I affixed to Kraft Craftstock, then trimmed around the outer edges. Lightly dab with Kaiser red gum ink  (or similar) to soften the edges.
I love snow globes - and this one is a beauty! Trim from the Jolly Old Elf paper to create a fabulous accent. 

 Twas The Night Before Christmas collection available in the Sassy Store HERE

Merry and Bright by Trudi Harrison

Photography Credit: Teeny Tiny Photography  

Sassy Products: Graphic 45 Twas The Night Before Christmas - Papers: Twas The Night Before Christmas, Happy Holly-Day, Jolly Old Elf, Up On The Housetop, Merry Mistletoe, Long Winters Nap; Christmas Chipboard 1, Christmas Cardstock Stickers; Kaiser Turtle Dove Ribbon  

Other: Kraft Cardstock, Chipboard Frame, Metallic Gold Paint Dabber, Red Gum Ink, Martha Stewart Border Punch

Monday, 19 January 2015

Project Life 2015 | Getting Started!

Hello Sassy Friends!  I hope everyone is refreshed and ready to start another year!  Project Life appears to be promising for me in 2015, although I am not completely sure where my journey will take me.  I am positive however, I will be enlightened and even somewhat amazed by the intricacies that will be documented.  But where to begin?
Like many of you contemplating Project Life in 2015, I need to have a starting point.  For me, it's all about getting organised.  Don't get me wrong, it is all initiated with the stories and without them, there won't be much to your PL. *grin* But if I don't have the space on my desk and am surrounded by last year's frenzy of clutter, I find that I cannot progress forward.
After that, documenting our stories generally begins with both words and photos.  So even if you aren't quite organised enough with the practical side of things, start creating right now by taking photos and jotting down your notes.  Catching up is relatively easy. It can be somewhat daunting though, right? Well, the time is here and now, so take a deep breathe and just dive straight in!
There is no right or wrong to how you start to document your PL2015. Here's a look at what I do and what I need to begin.  A practical, somewhat sensible guide to setting up PL2015.
An Album.
This year I am continuing to use a We R Memory Keepers Classic Leather 12x12 ring album.  I have chosen leather over linen, simply for maintenance reasons. A quick wipe over with a cloth keeps it dust free. yay!
Pocket Pages.
I am a huge fan of continuity.  Last year I stayed with the same pocket pages throughout the entire year.  The Becky Higgins Design A pocket page was ideal for me. This was a way of simplifying the process.  I knew exactly how many landscape 4x6 photos and how many 3x4 portrait photos were required to complete my week.  I usually didn't keep track of these numbers while in the moment of taking them, but it sure did help when it came to editing and printing out my photos.

Project Life Journaling Cards.
During 2015, I am determined more than ever to create a structured journaling process. When I look back on my PL2014, I see a lot of photos, which is totally okay, but I want to be able to read more about the details this time around.  These journaling cards found here, will be ideal as a base card, allowing me to journal and embellish to suit the entire weekly spread.
We all need to be able to document our stories and having a decent acid free pen is definitely a must!  I like to use pens that have a smooth flow of ink to prevent that scratchy look on journaling cards.  Being confident with a pen in hand is also a must.  A lot of people aren't comfortable with their own hand writing (me included) and tend to not add words.  However, PL2015 will require some form of documentation other than photos! *grin* If you don't use a type writer (like me) or find that getting onto the computer to print journaling, is too time consuming, grabbing a pen is the easiest way to document.
When working with a collection of patterned papers, stickers and alphas on PL, I use an eclectic assortment of pretty bowls. Here I stash my wood veneers, flair/badges and enamel dots.  All within easy reach on my desk. 
For bigger items, I am using clear plastic containers or baskets to keep similar embellishments and products together. 
My thickers and alpha sticker sheets are stored in a basket.  I was lucky enough to find one that is the perfect length for them to slot straight into.  I can fit quite a large number of these sticker sheets into one basket.
When it comes to storing my PL cards, I have salvaged a second hand wooden toolbox. It is the perfect size, allowing me to easily file through the cards until I find the style I am searching for.
Project Life Filler Cards.
But creating PL spreads don't always have to begin and end with "designed specifically for" 4x6 or 3x4 cards.  Many manufacturers are now taking into consideration the demand for PL products and are designing specifically for this style by using 12x12 patterned papers.
I love being able to play with these patterned papers and tend to gravitate towards them rather than PL cards! I am however, happy to mix and match the two types of product! No rules remember!
Favourite Products & Tools.
I have a few go-to products in my stash that get replenished over and over.  Click on the links below to check them out in the Sassy Shop.
Small sized alphas are perfect for weekly title pockets and subtitles. Becky Higgins Project Life Alphabet Stickers, Jillibean Soup Alphabeans, Kaisercraft Alphas & Prima are favourites because of their scale.
Date Stamps are great for keeping your weeks throughout the year in order. I like to document from Monday through to Sunday.
Clear Stamps that help document your story.  Quotes, labels and shapes are ideal for adding that extra "something" without creating too much bulk.
Portfolio 4x6 Clear Stamps
Ink/Ink Pads.
Punches/Dies & Stickers are also great for creating flat layers, hiding mistakes(!) or creating interest on your spread.
Echo Park Thought Bubbles & Hello Dies
 Now the rest is up to you!  Are you excited to begin PL2015? I can't wait to get started.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.  Thanks for visiting..x