The format for my baby books has been the same for 20 years, but products change, styles change, which means no two books are ever the same, but they are awesome to make, and awesome to look at. This is a new version of the "Look at You"-"Look at Us" two page layout. The first page is kept in a page protector. The second is an altered page, interactive and exposed to all who look at it. Ever since I was a kid, I loved being surprised by little stuff. Who doesn't love the unexpected when it makes you smile. This is what happens when you can pull stuff from the book. You're seeing the front, but who knows what will be on the back?
I loved doing this page. It begins with sewing the felt seam; a cool reminder to myself of what it is like to really sew. I picked up a few pieces of paper when I began this book. It's been a long time since I scrapped for a boy. What I realized is that there's girl stuff up the wazoo, but not that much little guy stuff.
This drove me to Dawn Inskip who is now selling through The Lilypad. I have always loved her work, and I love her scrap 4 hire policy. It works for me; a person who will use any one thing a dozen or less times. Also, I don't fussy cut - ever! What an advantage to be able to download Dawn's art into the Silhouette Cameo and turn it into a cut file.
There are a lot of word files in this kit. I turned this one into a tag.
I've also been playing with the Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. The background for this tag was created using broken china, marmalade, lipstick pink and fossilized amber. I dried it completely with a book on top to eliminate the warp. Today I stamp the cap and overalls. They got lost in the back ground, so I pulled out the pencils and colored them too. Also added the Idea-ology metal stars and some very tiny bling.
All of this goes together. What it proves is that with a small amount of time, a stamp, some ink and twistable colored pencils you can make art. This is not your everyday layout, and it was so much fun to do! ENJOY. . .
New 6X6 mixed media piece with a chain tassel added. The large beads and chain were purchased at Michaels. To that I added a fortune cookie and the dial from my stash. Love the color added with the two green beads I was given in the class that I took at CraftFusion several weeks ago. That class was a good decision. I now understand how to hold the tools, the correct way to close a jump ring and the concept of using jump rings to add elements. It's all about practice, practice practice.
A close up of the tassel. Just another way to kick my art up a notch.
Books and mixed media go together like a wink and a smile. While my piece dries, I am was able to work on much needed digital art work for the book I'm designing for my daughter Jen. I have not been doing enough digital work. Elements for this piece are from Amber LaBau, Lily Designs and Forever Joy. I am liking the work of Amber LaBau and Forever Joy enough to spring for the full kits. Currently I just have a small piece of each in my stash.
The second card exclusively uses the elements of a kit purchased from Flergs several yeas ago. Who can pass up a pea in a pod. . .or maybe that's a bean sprout.
I'm just turning the corner on the baby book. Designing baby books has been a passion of mine for years. It allows me to incorporate everything I've learned from 1996 to now and each unique. It's impossible not to ENJOY!
"THE SHOP" is open. . .
Working toward any goal, especially if you're a passionate perfectionist is exhausting. In the end, I didn't just create the shop, I re-designed the entire website. My original website was adequate, but not terribly inspired. This new website absolutely captures my vision of my new business, and each piece of the process found me loving it more.
You'll notice that all products in THE SHOP are discounted. I love the idea of the store, but it is an extension of my art. I love sharing, and I am committed to making sure that my fellow artists and hobbyists have a reasonable opportunity to experiment with the products that make our art interesting and fun. How can you enjoy you're art if you're worried about breaking the bank.
I hope you'll take a moment to check out THE SHOP. In the future as need arises or want takes over, I encourage you to remember Bloomingayl.com. Also, if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. As time allows, I'm working on product descriptions, not from the vendors point of view, but from my personal experience.
Page one of double layout. Paper is from the FabScraps botanical line. It's all beautiful. I enhanced it with glitter in strategic spots; an inexpensive way to kick your project up a notch. I used Hobby Lobby flowers, and a wood piece that I covered in Finnabair glitter. Glitter is a change for me, but I like this product. I added a foil border to the tag and second stamped it using a Hero Arts flower stamp that I've had for 15 years. I love stamping in Tim Holtz browns. I finished the tag with crinkled seam binding and a piece of beige lace. In life it is elegant.
Page two features a large mat, that will hold a 5X7 or 4X6 picture. I may love design, but the most important part of any layout is in the photos and the journaling. I enjoy doing these small vignette's of flowers. The challenge I set for myself is to use what I have out on the table. I gathered the flowers and then added the mirrored stars, metal stars, the cool gold pieces that were heads to some Prima pins and a last minute find - the green Pebble accents. The two pages are perfect together.
At some point I needed a break, so I sat down to some digital scrapping. I pulled my supplies from Berna Datema, Lori Davidson and Tangie Baxter. In the same way I look for paper with elements that I can incorporate into my design, I look for the same attributes in a digital supply. When I added the Berna Datema tree, my thoughts were "Wow ~ look at all the places I can add bling". You have leaves that look like butterflies and each one is a design opportunity.
I have a busy week ahead. Number one on my list is to get the shop running. I will continue to work on this baby book and I'm truly excited about ideas I have for 6X6 mixed media pieces. Have to give a shout out to Andree who found some of the coolest metal pieces. Neither of us could tell what they were previously used for, but no matter, they'll be great in their next gig - they will be a joy to ENJOY!