21/12/2014

Longing for Paris - 7 Dots Studio


Hi there! Like I typed yesterday, I'm blogging the other layout in the video tutorial for 7 Dots Studio today. The tutorial was about the power of color. I did two layouts - one with a monochromatic, subtle palette and the other with a greater contrast. This is the subtle one and here's the link to yesterday's post with the more colorful one and the video.  

This page is about Paris. I've been doing quite a few pages about the Version Scrap event we attended, Marsha and me. Somehow that trip was just at the perfect time in many ways. Now that the new event is announced and spring time is closing in, a yearning for a trip to abroad is growing. So if you have any event in mind that's located in Europe, please, let us know! As we've been talking attending something next year, too!

Thank you for stopping by today! You can watch the tutorial video in my YouTube channel also. And do you follow the other social media outlets as well? Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Materials from 7 Dots Studio:



Material: 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Prima Marketing, Ranger, 3rd Eye, Design Memory Craft

20/12/2014

Stay patient - 7 Dots Studio


Good evening! This layout is a part of a tutorial I made for 7 Dots Studio. I thought hard what to do a tutorial about. Then I thought I'd make something I always do - a mixed media influenced page - but show the power of color. 

As you may know or may have noticed I usually work with analogous or even monochromatic palette meaning my color contrasts aren't high. I tend to use neighboring colors and just a few colors per page. So for this tutorial I created one page using my usual style and the other one with more colors I would normally put on a page. And you know what the funny thing is? I like the colorful one so much more! I think I need to try stepping out my comfort zone more often!


To really have you concentrating on the impact the colors make I made the two pages using exactly the same background paper and the same layers. I also used same composition and also the same steps. The only thing differing from page 1 to page 2 is the use of colors. Underneath is the video showing my steps with the background and then putting the other layout together.


I guess by now you've figured out that this page is the more colorful one. I used blues, oranges and green in it. The topic of the page is finding your own path and way. I think once again the quote tracks to Pinterest - "stay patient and trust journey". It's a kind of reminder that things have a tendency to turn out fine.

You can see the more monochrome page in the video already but I'll blog it tomorrow! Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely Saturday!


Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

All I Ever - Alpha Summer Night


Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Epiphany Crafts, Prima Marketing, Stash Panache, Design Memory Craft

Cheer - 7 Dots Studio


Hello there! Are you feeling Christmassy yet? I hope you are because the theme of the new 7 Dots Studio challenge is "Holiday Spirit"! The rules in the challenge are simple - you need to create any project using the theme. It can be a layout, a card or an altered item - anything goes! In your creation you need to use at least one 7 Dots Studio product but the more, the merrier. The just publish your project in your blog together with the Inspirational Circle and a link back to the challenge. And the best part is that you'll have until January 19th to participate so you can even record this Christmas! 


When I was thinking about "Holiday Spirit" I really was thinking about my family - Christmas to me is a family holiday. We usually visit our relatives during Christmas time and spend time together even more than during "normal" weeks. To me spirit of Christmas is about being together, pausing from the everyday life, it's about having that loving warm feeling inside.

I really can't wait the few days there's left until the Christmas break! The good food, the board games, time to relax and just be, the Christmas sauna, the candles... Do you have any Christmas plans that make all the difference? To me that's sauna, self-made cheese using my grandmother's recipe, a certain box of chocolates and watching the Christmas Peace declaration from TV. 

Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

All I Ever - Alpha Summer Night


Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Prima Marketing, Sodalicious, Sharpie, American Carfts

18/12/2014

Farmhouse Christmas ornaments - Canvas Corp Brands



Joy to the world! The Holidays are coming! Here's another Christmas themed post I did for Canvas Corp Brands blog, this time using the "Farmhouse Christmas" collection. I crafted some easy Christmas ornaments and decorations with it. 


I used different dies to cut the shapes for the decorations but you can also use punches or simply scissors. The baubles are done with four circles stacked together, on top of each other and then sewn together with a sewing machine following the diameter. Then I've bend the halves upwards thus creating a dimensional shape. Lastly I used a needle to get the thread you can hung the ornament to the tree in place. And you know what that thread is? As I didn't have thin enough thread from Canvas Corp in my selection I frayed the threads from a piece of burlap. They were just the right thickness and also had a lovely rustic feel in them.


The rosette decorations are done using a rosette die, but you can make them without one, too. Just fold a piece of cardstock like an accordion and glue the ends together. I used a cut out dear head, word "Winter" and a small key to decorate the rosettes.

The morning I made the paper decorations my younger girl had given me two sticks as a present. I thought first to leave them outside but then saw the possibilities together with this collection. So I turned them into hanging decorations as well. First I made the loop for the hanging and placed it to the side of the stick. Then I took a longer piece of the frayed thread and wrapped it tightly around the stick, also having the loop under it and then secured the end with a drop of glue.


The chain of little wreaths is done simply by cutting the wreath images out of the patterned paper using a circle die and then sewing the circles together with a sewing machine. That kind of chain might look good on top of a gift, too!

Thank you for stopping by today! Let the preparations continue!


Materials from Canvas Corp Brands:



Materials: Canvas Corp, 7 Gypsies, Sizzix, Fiskars

17/12/2014

Santa's Journey cards - Canvas Corp Brands


Ho ho ho and Merry Christmas! ...um, no, not just yet. But the Christmas Eve is drawing nearer and I begin to have that holiday feeling already. One of the things that gets me into Christmas spirit are the cards. Oh how I lovely to have actual, real mail and Christmas is the best time for that! Here's some cards done for Canvas Corp Brands

These vintage styled cards are made with 7Gypsies "Santa's Journey" line. I'm not a vintage style crafter, but these papers together with some Canvas Corp details, make it easy to make homey cards with a warm feeling!


All of the cards follow somewhat similar design. There's a bigger image from the "Santa's Journey" line and then one bigger embellishment as the vocal point. The card base in all of these is a half of the 4x6" File Folder. On top of that I stamped some script in white and then layered a piece of a 12x12" paper on top. The final touch in all the cards is also similar - I added white splashes with Tattered Angels "Chalk" chalkboard mist to get that snowy feeling.


Some of the cards have a piece of burlap in them. To me, that's a very Christmas-like material making my thoughts turn to the big sack Santa has. It also has a lovely, earthy feeling and the color of the natural burlap is nice and warm. The decoration in the cards also include for example some studs from 7Gypsies and red cord from Canvas Corp.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a nice evening! 

 


 

Materials: 7Gypsies, Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, Epiphany Crafts, Prima, Design Memory Craft, Ranger

16/12/2014

Harsh and soft wreath - Canvas Corp Brands


Last month or two have been hectic and I've been doing more projects that I've could blog! They've been blogged in the company blogs, but I've failed to get to my own. This is one of those kinds of projects. It's a wreath I made for Canvas Corp blog and was blogged near Thanksgiving. It also fit's Christmas and actually is currently hanging on our door.

This is a simple, upcycled wreath done with Canvas Corp canvas products and also the homey, food inspired “Farmhouse Kitchen” line. The base of the creation is actually a line of springs from a top mattress. I just twisted the line into a circle and attached the ends to each other. Then I corded a twine through the spring, going round the wreath. Lastly I added a few decorative pieces using Canvas Corp canvas shapes and a burlap flower and finished the wreath with a jar cut from a tag from the “Farmhouse Kitchen” line and a few paper pieces.

Thank you for visiting! I've spent the last few days preparing gifts and gift wrapping. How's your Holiday preparations coming along?


Products used from Canvas Corp:



Materials: Canvas Corp, Epiphany Crafts

15/12/2014

Inspiration: Magazines


Some time ago I asked in my blog's Facebook what you'd like me to post about. Of course I shall continue sharing the crafts and DT work I do, but I wondered if there's something more that you'd like to know. Like something about the mediums I use, my favorite gesso brand or similar. What was suggested was a post about inspiration. So I decided to start a series of post concentrating on something that inspires me. I shall do them on a monthly basis and let's see how it goes.

On my first post I talked about music and on the second I tackled paintings. On today's post I'm concentrating on magazines. Like I've said previously, I'm a firm believer that anything can inspire. So if you're looking for inspiration don't limit yourself to those crafty magazines because you might find a nice color combination or composition on a fashion or design magazine, just to name a few.


So how I'm inspired by magazines and more over craft magazines? It's mostly the techniques that inspire me. I mean the craft magazines are filled with beautiful, unique, interesting projects, but what mostly draws my eye are the different techniques in the pages, cards or other crafts. How the creator has combined two different paint mediums or used something really ordinary in another way.  I guess that's due to the fact that I love to play with different mediums and techniques!

What can also inspire me are the colors in a project. As I've told before, I tend to use analogous color scheme and sometimes using the same colors over and over again might get boring. So seeing something out of my comfort zone can really set the wheels turning in my head and get me exploring that I might mix blue and red or orange and green. 

Then I might be stating the obvious, but also the adds in the magazines inspire me! They might show a product that gets my imagination, something I must have. Or that may happen on a project as well - the creator has used a die or a stamp or a paint medium in such a way that I just need to have that same tool for myself as well!


What catches my eye when going past the magazine self are of course the covers. I tend not to read magazines in the store as I think that's rude but I do leaf them quickly through. If the cover has gotten my attention and the magazine looks good when I skim it through, I buy it. Afterwards I might even analyze or ponder what was the thing that really inspired me to get the magazine. Because that reason is also a point of inspiration to think about!

But there's more magazines out there than just the craft ones. The cover scenario stated above applies to all sorts of magazines. You can also find inspiration from the articles in a science publication or recipes in the cook magazine or the beautiful pictures of a fashion or decor magazine. They can provide you with topics to your pages, ideas to record in form of an art journal or something to ponder through your own art. They can give you color schemes or composition or just jumping off points.


If you're totally stuck magazines might just be the way out. In my opinion there's nothing wrong in scraplifting IF and only IF you name your source. If you see a nice project in magazine and happen to like the composition and the colors, it's ok to make your version of the page but what I call out for is naming the source of inspiration. Just write in your blog post that you saw xx's project in magazine yy and it inspired you. 

I sometimes get asked if it's ok to scraplift my creations. Of course it is! I would't be presenting them if it wasn't. I'm sure that there's different opinions and points of view but to me if you don't want your project to be lifted, if you don't want it to inspire, don't share it, keep it to yourself. Of course scarplifting doesn't mean straight copying. Have your own story, your own products, add your touch to the page. 


Here's just a few ideas if you want to use magazines as an inspiration. Please feel free to add other ideas!

- choose an add from the magazine and copy the placement of elements in your layout or art journal page. Concentrate where's the vocal point, where the title and where the text.

- document your favorite magazines and way to read them

- be inspired by the the colors in the magazine photo - mimic them in your own project

- read the magazine and use the theme of the articles as your jumping of point

- study the cover of your favorite magazine and see how the elements are placed. see how the season is brought into the design. 

- be a reporter and white an article about your subject instead of your regular journaling

- turn a recipe from a food magazine into a recipe for the page, milk = white paint, flour = embossing powder and so forth

I hope you found this post interesting or perhaps even inspiring! I'll post another source and a few ideas how to use it next month. And also remember the "Inspired by" posts as I usually try to open up my process in them! Thank you for stopping by today!
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