Monday, 31 March 2014

an oldie but a goodie

This is one of the first layouts i ever did at the first crop that i ever went to.  The picture was before digital so you didn't know what you got til you developed the film. When i was 20 years old i went to London, England on a college trip for "culture"  and ADVENTURE! Techinally we were there to see museum and view store window display.  I would recommend the V&A, Wax Museum, London Dungeons and Hampton Court Palace (a train ride outside of London), of course this was 15 years ago things may have changed.

Here is a photo of a window display that i then recreated on the layout.
you can't see the picture very good, the store window has Spring Greens and peacocks in, so i used the same idea on the layout.

 i recreated the peacock feathers with embroidery thread, started in the middle and wrapped around and in the nooks.  The only problem was how messy my fingers got.
final touches for the long feather was a swirly stamp.

I might have to revisit this technique.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

its all coming together

i have been working on a new project and it has me super excited!!  I designed and had custom chipboard cut, the designs of the chipboard are meant to be painted and layered.  The chipboard is quite intricate so i used the Tim Holtz distress paints to paint the details.  Once painted and dry i sand and ink and it looks quite vintage like.  Here are a few sneak peeks.

 the front is a box about 1" thick that i have layered with chipboard and paper
 side view showing the depth of the cover, the hanging lights are made with domes from Tim Holtz, wire inserted into the cork
i used crumbled up a kraft paper bag to insert in between top and bottom- added interest and texture
 my favorite of custom designs - vintage eye glasses the eye docotor use to use.  My first eye doctor was super old and this is what he used, i loved going to the eye doctor, i was go intrigued by the glasses and interchanging lens.
vintage camera- painted the different elements with a paint brush and used epoxy in lens center to make it look more realistic
not sure what this is called but here i painted the outer ring with antique white then once dried painted with stormy sky , when i sanded the antique white was visible underneath- another layer of dimension

 a layered compass, again painted the details with a paint brush and distress paint
another favorite, hot air balloon this one has super fine chipboard parts but the end result is FANTASTIC

I haven't quite figured out how to bind the album with the cover but i will come up with it.  This will be a digital instruction kit for sure but not sure if it will be a physical kit.  i will keep you informed.