It’s a Boy Thing

Hello .

I hope you all nice and well, today I’m coming back with another inspiration using beautiful Off the Wall Collection.

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All of the papers are mainly blue, which is one of my favourites colours. This collection is perfect wherever you have a small or a big boy at home ūüôā

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I have tried to make my work tidy, that was my purpose, but you all know me, I just couldn’t resist by not putting paint all over it ūüôā

have a nice day

xoxo

More Male Cards

If you saw my previous post, then I’ve already admitted to not being a card maker! Having lots of male birthdays meant that I had to overcome my fear of card making and create some cards for friends and family.

My card designs are always very basic (therein lies my problem!) ¬†The Attitude! 6 1/2″ paper pad has 24 patterned papers and 12¬†speciality¬†papers. I love the camouflage paper that I used to wrap the pocket. It has black glossy areas giving it a very tactile finish.

The pocket features a die-cut from the Attitude! Collectables, I then added a sentiment and alpha stickers from Attitude! Sticker Sheet.

A simple tag is decorated using the very lush Graffiti background stamp.  This adds great texture allowing me to top off the tag with another die-cut from the Collectables.

Again, layering the papers and other textures makes a very simple card stylish!

Having made so many cards, I did have lots of off-cut pieces. ¬†Banners are a brilliant way to make use of those precious leftovers. ¬†As the 6 1/2″ paper pad has so many glazed papers, it makes the banner really stand out.

For my last card – I used the banner idea again but made it much smaller. ¬†The metallic background paper from the 6 1/2″ paper pad makes a perfect base to add more layers.

This super-easy design can be made quickly if needed.  For a more complex card, you could always add more layers to the banner.

Well five cards in one month is a world record for me! ¬†I think I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so many if it weren’t for the Attitude! collection which I adore. ¬†The beauty of these papers is that they can be layered so easily together and won’t date, so it’s a really good idea to hoard the left over pieces to use on projects in the future!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Male Birthday Cards

I have to confess that I am not a card maker (as you’ll see), but at this time of year, it can’t be helped for me. ¬†My son celebrated his birthday last month as do many of his friends. ¬†So the fantastic Attitude! collection came in handy and actually made card making easy.

I’ll start off with the card for my DS. ¬†I used the Attitude! 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″ Paper Pad. ¬†There are lots of designs to choose from – I chose a selection of patterned, embossed and metallic papers.

My main idea with this card was to use lots of layers to get a luxurious look. Using different textures is perfect to give the card a ‘grunge’ feel. You can see the metallic first, then the glazed number sheet. ¬†This is brilliant to swipe a little ink over to really accent the glazed numbers. The white mesh came from a DIY shop.

It’s a great idea to save a pair of old jeans. ¬†Rip a strip of denim off the jeans to make a great tactile embellishment.

I used a couple of the die cuts from the Attitude! Collectables pack. I love these packs as there are always so many to choose from.

This card was even easier to make but I think looks effective. ¬†I cut out the journal card from the Prank paper before matting it onto several layers of cardstock. ¬†I used a couple of sheets from the 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″ paper pad as the base.

I layered the graffiti style paper over the polka dot and then added a row of staples.

I also decorated the inside of the card with more papers from the 6 1/2″ paper pad and created an easy pocket to hold the money or gift card.

I have a few more cards to share so be sure to pop back for more inspiration soon.

Morag x

Overlay with Attitude!

I have never used overlays too much. One reason is that I am not sure of the best way to attach it to a background or how to use it creatively.

I adore Kaisercraft’s Attitude! collection which does exactly what it says on the tin! ¬†For my layout I wanted to use the cool graffiti images on the Independent Acetate Sheet as an overlay on top of a base layer. I started with Dude which has a fine grid pattern – perfect for altering. I used a brickwork stencil and worked Faded Jeans Distress Ink here and there.

To get the affect that I was after, I lightly inked through the stencil making sure that some bits where uneven and faded out. I lightly drew around some edges with a very fine black liner. A few splodges of ink and paint to finish it all off.

I added bits of the rub-ons here and there for more texture.¬†I also found some ‘texture’ elements by way of some sequin waste and metal mesh.

I layered up the background using off-cuts of papers from the Attitude! 6.5″ Paper Pad.¬†This is a great way to stretch your papers for more layouts. There are more papers than the standard collection and like the standard collection there are embossed and metallic papers too! I’ll look forward to making more projects with the little pieces I’ve saved!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Time for Messy!

I do love texture and grunge, but as I don’t have a scrap room of my own, I do worry about ink and paint in the dining room! Still, sometimes the urge becomes too much and I bite the bullet!

This layout is all about texture and paint.  I wanted to experiment with different things too whilst I was playing.  I started off with Attitude! РRebel paper (just love the worn wood look). I spread paint and gesso through various stencils to add some grunge.

I picked out some random bits of chipboard and metal embellishments and painted with gesso. As I only have cheap gesso from The Works, I needed several coats to get a good chalky finish.

Next I sprayed different inks – some I let run and other I kept static.¬†If it goes a bit too much, just add more gesso over the top.¬†I also added some rub-ons bits here and there – a look I really love.¬†If you don’t have rub-ons, try stamps for a similar effect.

Add more ink layers and gesso as needed. I also arranged some bandage and some tape I found at the DIY for more texture. A gel medium is a great way to get things to stick down. Add more gesso over the top to get everything to blend.

I added some hessian fabric under layers of scrunched papers which have altered with more gesso and inks (I used several sheets from the 6.5″ Paper Pad).¬†I layered up more collectable die-cuts which have been sanded.

I added some brads to the numbers which have been distressed with paint and ink.¬†It’s a good idea to collect found objects such as washers, beaded chain (from a clothing tag), old coins, buttons, etc.¬†They will all add great texture to your page.

I think this is one of my favourite layouts and certainly worth the mess!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

My ‘Little’ Boy

It is very cliche but where does the time go? ¬†Seems only yesterday that my ‘little’ boy was born and now he’s a strapping twelve year old who is almost as tall as me!

I got to play with Kaisercraft’s Attitude! Collection which is perfect for him. ¬†He’s no longer that little boy but a pre-teen.

For this layout I kept things fairly simple making the most of the die-cuts from the Attitude! Collectables. I started with the embossed speciality paper РIndustrial.  This really cool paper has a great texture ready for what goes on top!

As always, there are heaps of die-cuts to choose from in great colours and shapes. ¬†I layered mine over some ‘tape’ in a kind of border fashion.

There are nine papers in the collection and some feature photo mats and journal cards. ¬†These are really handy to mat photos quickly and effectively. I used ¬†Teenager (the cool number paper) and ¬†What’s Up? (photo mat).

To customise the background, I stamped a border using the Graffiti clear stamp using Archival Ink.  A few  blobs of white ink really show up against the dark background.

Sanding or inking the edges gives great definition to the layers.

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Milestones

Documenting our children’s milestones is probably one of the reasons that we scrapbook.¬† If we’re¬†not careful, we can quickly forget details about an event.¬† My son left junior school last year, he said goodbye to classmates that he’d had for 7 years.

Milestones - a Technologic layout

I used the Technologic collection as a backdrop for my story.  The great colours are a great compliment to my fairly monochrome photographs.  I used the cogs border sticker as the starting point for my layout.  I trimmed the graph paper so that it stopped below the border.

Farewell Detail

A technique that I love to use is to ‘stencil’ shapes as part of my embellishment cluster. This is an easy technique to add depth to your embellishments. I created a circle stencil (punch a circle from some card) and used Distress Ink to colour. I then used the same¬†circle¬†to add a dotted line.

Farewell Detail

I added more die-cut cogs and icons behind my photos so that it seems to flow across the page.

Farewell Detail

Lastly, a small tag in the top left corner holds the journalling (I’ve added the names of the children shown in the photos).

Be sure to check out the Technologic collection here.

Happy scrapping.

Morag x

The Latest Gadget

Do you find that it can be a challenge to get some great boy-themed scrapbook supplies?  I know I have.  So when I discovered the Technologic collection sitting in my pizza box I was overjoyed!

Latest Gadgets - a Technologic layout

The collection features cogs and gears as well as some great icons such as robots, stars and iPods. The colours are bright without being garish Рperfect for so many subjects. There are matching stickers and die-cuts which are brilliant for enhancing a layout.  I used the border stickers along the top of my layout to allow me to cluster some of the die-cut pieces.

My DS started senior school last year and has since become more gadget-conscious.

I balanced out my embellishments by putting more die-cut pieces just below my title, layering them in a cluster framing my photo.¬† It’s a great idea to use foam tape to add a little depth.¬† A little more sewing helps to ground these embellishments.

You can find the Technologic collection here.  Be sure to pop back to see more projects from the collection soon.

Morag x