Thursday 31 July 2014

Scrapping in my Journal

Hi Everyone I am really pleased to guesting again at PaperArtsy tonight. When Darcy asked me a few weeks ago what I was making I told her it would be something around ‘scrapping in my journal’ as I wanted to use the really zingy colours in the Fresco Finish paints range with photographs. This is not quite how I imagined it then, but I am pleased with the fabulous bright background mixed with my more normal vintage style. I think it has worked really well. Before anyone asks lol, the photo on the left is me (looks as though I was about 3-4) and the photo on the right is my Mum holding me.
Please be warned this is a long post, but I hope you will stay with me to the end.

So to start off cut two pieces of card and using low tack tape secured them together. Cover both pages with a layer of gesso to seal the card.
Rub London Bus, Tango and Zesty Zing Fresco Finish paints over the page with a few mists of water and a wet babywipe to help blend them. Heat dry.
Then spray with Goosebumps to create some texture and again heat dry. I then  used two of my spare spray bottles and mixed a watery London Bus in one and the other with Zesty Zing and sprayed over the pages heat drying between each colour. Lastly I finishes with a couple of sprays of White Linen Dylusions ink spray.
To add some interest to the pages I stamped with the Hot Picks 1301EZ set using three different brown archival inks.
I began to collect together some strips of hessian, canvas, card, and lace to create some textures and I also die-cut some of the PaperArtsy Chatsworth paper using the Tim Holtz Courtyard frameworks die. I used the Fresco Finish paints again but this time I watered them down in little mister bottles and sprayed them over to blend the colours.
And so the pages started to take shape.
I painted and sprayed the die cuts and pieces of card to make the sentiments.
I cut out some butterflies that I have ready downloaded in a small box and I pulled out some rusted elements to see how they would fit in.
I also sprayed some strips of embossed canvas and gathered some other pieces and a snippet of hessian together..
The colour of the frameworks didn’t fit in the way I thought they would so I sprayed them with watered down FF chocolate paint as well.

Next came the assembling and I started with some tissue tapes before gluing the strips down and adding the photos.
For the penultimate stage I added some dylusions ink to the London Bus spray to deepen it a bit more and covered the photos, spraying in three areas and heat drying. I then added some splatters of walnut crystal ink. Of course I got carried away here and forgot to take any more photos till nearly the end.
Lastly I cut the pages apart, cropodiled the holes at the right places and finished with some chatty words that I make up myself and print out.
The pages are now inserted into my growing ‘scrapping’ journal.
I love how the vintage meets journal style, it’s a bright and busy background but the vintage seems to be right at home too.

Thanks for staying with me through a long post.

I thought I would also share with you tonight that it is Ken's birthday today and I want to wish him many happy returns of the day, but it is also a very special day in that we got married 40 years ago on his birthday in 1974 and I am just wondering where have all those years gone???? Needless to say we are looking forward to many more happy years together creating memories.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xx