I was really excited to see Kaisercrafts' announcement for their design team tryouts and decided to throw my hat into the ring. I've always been especially head-over-heels for their wooden flourishes grabbing them everytime a new ordered showed up in the store. And their new paper flowers are just to die for - literally. I've been fighting my six year old to keep her out of my stash. I did however, have to surrender most of the Flutterbys in order to achieve this feat. And promise to make her a couple of decorated birdhouses like the one below....
So here's my projects for the try-out. I had a ball making them and I hope you enjoy them, too. This is quite a long post - with lots & lots of photos.
1) Yum - Layout using Nan's Favorites
I designed this for ScrapbooksPlus to hang about the Nan's Favorites display, so I photographed this in the store. I *love* the mixing bowl, the wooden cherries and the little cupcake tag.
2) Beyond the Page Layout Stand
I really needed one of these, but had to be a bit careful in where I embellished on the front so that it wouldn't disturb what the stand was holding. The paper flowers - I had a hard time stopping! I added a touch of gold paint around the edges and on the butterflies.
3) Altered Birdhouse
The next two weeks are teacher appreciation week at my children's schools. I made this with the intent to give to one of the teachers - but I'm seriously rethinking that decision :)
I used paper from the Homemade collection paper pad for the house. The smaller size was really perfect. I choose neutral colors for the house so that I could go a bit crazy with the flowers.
I actually used paper and a transparency from four different collections for this layout. I enjoy mixing complementary papers from different lines. This was the only Flutterby I was able to steal back from my daughter - but I'm hiding the layout from her!
5) It's Elementary Mini Book
I liked the pocket page from the Class of '87 collection and thought it would make a good cover for a minibook. I folded the page in half, so that the pocket was on the inside. Inside, there's a sheet for each year - right now Kindergarten through 3rd grade (since that's Thomas's grade). I like having one page per grade - it's a fun comparison of my kids at the same age.
I thought it would be fun instead of putting their school picture on the pages to put a shot from their first day of school for each year. Although, looking back through my first day of school photos, I really need to get Thomas to cooperate more, smile more and stop making weird faces. Sigh.... one can dream...
I've got a space on the front to add a bit of words or memorabillia. The back of each page has an envelope to hold more - a drawing, a note, photos, etc.
Front and back -
6) Altered Canvas Bag
I've got a thing for bags. Purses, totes, diaper bags (well, not so much anymore...)....
I found this canvas bag at Barnes and Noble, but didn't like the design on the front. So I decided to try one of Claudine Helmouth's techniques and do an image transfer onto sticky back canvas.
The process is pretty straightforward. Cut a piece of canvas and paper to the size you want. Peel the backing off the canvas and place the paper onto it - with the side you want showing adhered to the canvas. Next, burnish the paper with a bone folder. Spray the paper with water and rub with your finger. After a minute the paper should start rubbing off, leaving the pattern transfered to the canvas. Seal the image with a thin layer of multi medium.
Once I had my strips, I handstitched them twice, first to gather them into ruffles and then to the bag. I hot glued a couple of paper roses at the top and added a dangle beneath the flowers. Perfect! I can't wait to take this with me to Inspired.
7) Beyond the Page - Mini Book
We got to go on an amazing trip to Australia a year and a half ago. I've done several layouts from our trip, but wanted to put together a mini book with photos, maps, and other things I'd saved. I'd kicked around ideas before, but nothing had really jumped out at me. Until I saw the Seaside Collection. The colors and feel of the paper just fit. And as a bonus, the Timeless collection had a world map!
I combined two sets of the Fancy Flower Album to make this book. I left the smaller, first page off and plan on using them in another mini album for my daughter's two years as a Girl Scout Daisy. I also used paper from several colletions again.
This is a really chunky book. In addition to the wooden pages I added some of the brochures from museums we saw, a folded envelope to hold receipts and tickets, and additional photos glued back-to-back. While the front of the book is dimensional, I kept the interior pages fairly flat in order to make the book close easier (and to keep little hands from "accidentally" pulling things off).
8) Beyond the Page - Photo Stand
I made this for my daugher, who's a frilly, flowery pink girl. What else can you say? :)
This paper collection is my daughter personnified. Seriously. She stood over my shoulder the entire time I worked on this trying to tell me where she wanted things. "But it's MY birthday" she kept telling me. I now have to make her another heart photo stand - this time with more pink and more butterflies. The price of finishing the layout the way I wanted it... and she ran off with some of the paper AND the glittery pink stickers. LOL!
10) Card - Nan's Favorites
Thanks for looking!