Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Perfectly Happy

We love our animals - they really bring us so much joy in everyday life...

We've always been "dog people" but now cat & dog people.  We rescued Koda - she very affectionate to people but has always been shy & easily upset by some of the other cats.  She's happy hanging out in our bedroom & "allowing" Miles & Pom to come visit her during the day.  She definitely has a royal attitude about her.  She entered the rescue organization after her owner passed away - she lived in a bedroom with an elderly woman.  At first I kept trying to change her keeping bedroom door closed in day & making her stay out in the house.  It really stressed her out since she wanted to be the top cat in the hierarchy but the guys had other ideas.  I consulted our vet & read a bunch online & realized I should stop trying to change her... if she's happy then why not just let her be where she wants to be.  The Queen of my Bedroom is Koda.

I love the Stationary Noted line from Teresa Collins.  EMI Scrapbooking if you are local to Atlanta has some still in stock.

Don't you love the beautiful soft colors with pop of read, lots of graph or lined papers.  It's classic, versatile & gender neutral.  I "girled" it up on this page using almost all the floral papers in the collection but Koda is a girly-girl so it suited her.

I like to cluster the embellishments to draw the eye around the page & add interest.
Lots of journaling cards to choose from on a single piece of patterned paper are my favorite inexpensive thing to stock up on.  I always buy extra if it's a neutral color that can go on other projects.

Lots of enamel dots scattered around the page (LOVE THEM SO MUCH)

I like a mixed font title.  Tie bits of twine on the chipboard letters to add just a little special detail.
The words border under to anchor it is the throw away after cut off piece of the paper - I always save them... another budget friendly bonus from a piece of paper.

The brads for this line are gorgeous - layered on a punched circle then popped up for dimension
I used a lot of the die cut borders each of them layered just perfectly together.

Teresa designs from a user standpoint & that is why her collections are so easy to create with.

Hope you have some time to do something creative today

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Furry Friends Mini Book

Last year my aunt would go into the hospital every month or so with her health issues.  She had gotten quite close to some of the nurses.  It's really sweet of them to spend extra time with her.  One of the nurses gave her a canvas "hootie" owl bag since my aunt asked where she bought it because I LOVE OWLS.  Jennifer just gave it to her - such a sweet gesture - so Auntie could give to me.

I decided to make Jennifer a mini book so she could put pictures of her dogs in it.  

I really like the book look & feel of these modified accordion minis I've been making lately.  The fact they have no rings or coils gives a clean look.  To add stability I sandwich each page in between front accordion fold & then glue together the backs of the empty accordions so they are not flopping around.  It looks more like a book spine.  The paper covering the outside is slightly loose and not adhered to the spine so it opens easily.

Since the cover is chipboard and pages are actually pocket/envelopes that I made using thick cardstock folded & there is a piece of cardstock inside for journaling so I wanted to use thinner scrapbook paper to cover each page.  I found a beach themed tablet at Walmart from Colorbok that was very un-themed and versatile.

 The cover is just a collage of different Unity Stamp Co stamps from my stash & the letters were cut with an old set of Sizzix individual letter dies I picked up on clearance at Michaels for 90% off years ago.

most pages have a photo mat for 4x6 picture along with minimal embellishing 
(diecuts, stamped images & tape) 
I didn't know her well or what style she likes so I went with clean & fun

A reason to use one of my favorite old Jenni Bowlin 
dog journaling spot stamps

Here is one of the full size kraft cardstock journaling cards
pulled out of the book.  It can easily hold more photos.
There was dog theme stamping at bottom of each.

I used the Martha Stewart button punch that embosses & punches
to make a "tab" at the top of card to pull out easily

Note the half circle punched out of each side of envelope page
it allowed the "tab" cardstock button to fit perfectly in the page.

More of the pages.....
I tried to keep it simple & uniform throughout.

Envelope for more ephemera or photos 

Don't you love these cute dog brads that I found at
Scrapbook Expo last July? 
There are 4 different dogs scattered thru the book

They really made the rosettes fun & appropriate for a dog book.
I made them with Tim Holtz rosette die - so much easier than scoring board & a scallop punch

The back page has another eyelet and ribbon knotted thru
it so it can be tied closed 

Forgot to take a picture of the top & was delivering to hospital
lol sorry for blurry car photo but you get the idea. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope I inspired you to make a mini book gift for someone special in your life.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Teresa Collins Modeling Paste Review

Anyone who has followed my blog knows I LOVE Teresa Collins products.  The past 5 years my love of scrapbooking has evolved into mixed media art journaling and I even use those techniques on my pages & mini books.  I love being the messy artsy girl.  I've never considered my self an artist just artistic if that makes sense.  I can't draw but collage with lots of layers & textures I almost feel like an artist.  The best way to get texture on anything is Modeling Paste. 

(note sorry for the iphone not well staged photos.... I was so excited to share my new favorite modeling paste with you)  I was in no way compensated for this review.  I purchased the paste at EMI Scrapbooking store in Cumming GA for my personal use - I'm just a user sharing my opinions.

 I've tried a lot of them & always come back to Golden brand. 

I know Teresa really strives for quality in everything she does so I was excited to try her Basically Essential Modeling Paste.

Opening the jars to compare them I noticed that the Golden is much thicker than the Basically Essential which seems more creamy.  Comparing the color Basically Essential is noticeably whiter as the Golden has more grey undertones.

I used a Teresa Collins Basically Essential stencil set. (This release contains 2 different 8-1/2x11 inch sets that contain 3 stencils & 2 12x12 inch single stencils)  These are good quality intricately cut stencils & gotta love the pink color!  By the way make sure you clean your stencils immediately - especially with modeling paste it can ruin them quickly.

I applied Basically Essential to a small section of the stencil.  I noticed it was very creamy & glides on very smoothly.  It's a little thinner than Golden brand so I was concerned that it would seep under the stencil a bit. Upon removing the stencil there was a small area top row second from right but it would be fine if I had taped the stencil down - I was just holding it.  I was pleasantly surprised that it held so much of the texture from the pallet knife application since it was a thinner body paste.  The paste levels out perfectly & holds sharp edges.  It dries a nice uniform white that is perfect to use straight out of the jar on any project.  The thinner consistency allows for some flexibility which is really beneficial on a scrapbook layout or mini book that will be viewed by turning pages.

I applied the Golden brand in the same manner.  It is noticeably thicker & seems to have a measurably thicker emboss for each of the stencil openings.  When applying it really fills the stencil opening well & as I did that final sweep across to even out & remove waste more of the paste seemed left in the stencil openings.  I didn't stir my jar very well before application but you can slightly see the variance of color which has very grey areas especially viewing in person.

Most of the time I have added a paint or ink to the Golden modeling paste when I'm creating a project.  So let's see how the Teresa Collens Basically Essential holds up to products I usually use.

First I like acrylic inks since they have a very intense color.  Liquitex make some pretty colors.  It mixed very well but the bright white color of the paste did act somewhat like white paint toning down the color of the ink.

The watery consistency of the ink did thin the paste somewhat but didn't effect the integrity of the paste to hold it's shape.  The color dried true & even.

Next I tried my favorite Golden Fluid Acrylics.  They are also a bit thinner consistency but the colors are very intense & mix well with many mediums & paints.  

 Again the paste & paint mixed very well.  The paste acted slightly as a white paint toning down the color of the fluid acrylic.  The paste still had the ability to hold it's shape & pallet knife texture lines.  It did have a small amount of seeping under the stencil but again that was because I didn't tape it down.  It seems like with the thinner paste I can't skip that step as easily as I can with a thicker paste.  I really like the areas where I  didn't have a lot of paste left & it created holes in the stencil negative.

Finally I used some Blick Artist Acrylic paint.  It's a very thick creamy paint.

This thicker paint mixed very easily & thoroughly with the modeling paste.  It made the paste a thicker consistency without losing the creaminess.  I love all the texture lines that held & the uniform color.

You could easily just use craft acrylic paint & it would most likely be slightly thinner in texture but have same effects.

I'm most impressed with the color of Teresa Collins Basically Essential Modeling Paste when it is dry.  The white is very clean & uniform.  I have not seen this in any other modeling paste that I have tried in the past.  Golden is on the bottom & you can see the color is not as vibrant & bright.  I would use the Basically Essential modeling paste alone & be very pleased with the color of the dried application.  I normally add white paint to the Golden paste to get the true bright white that comes straight out of the jar with Teresa's paste.

So let the trumpets sound........

Sorry Golden Modeling Paste but you have been dethroned as my favorite modeling paste..... I will be buying Teresa Collins Basically Essential Modeling Paste from now on.  (If I want heavy texture I think I will still pull out the Golden but for overall usability I loved Teresa's paste)

Love the white color straight out of the jar dries beautifully, creamy consistency
self leveling so very even application in the stencil with sharp edges
bend ability without cracking
ability to mix well with different mediums.

Have to be mindful of seeping under stencil due to the thinner consistency
if texture is what you are looking for this paste can do some but since it seems to self level you don't get as much as you do with other brands of paste.

I encourage you to give Teresa's modeling paste a try it's perfect for paper crafters to try a new technique and add some texture & elegance to your page.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kits & Pre-mades & some enabling.....

I dropped off some kits & pre made mini albums last week at the store.

Here are a couple of photos if you are interested in purchasing contact Susan at emiscrapbooking@aol.com for more information.  Follow EMI on Facebook to know all the latest news here.

The first one is a cute little boy book.
Premade (it comes with rings I was just out of them here at the house)

Chipboard Cover 

Lots of heavy weight double sided patterned paper pages 
Here are photos of just a few

This one is a kit all precut & easy for you to put together

The entire mini has chipboard pages.
Here's the cover. 
The theme is perfect for those 4th of July photos

And a few of the pages

Now for some enabling....
Joann's is clearing out a bunch of products
I caught the tail end of the sale but still got some good tools that I will so use.

Look at these big Fiskars punches $4.97 each perfect for journaling spots

Lots of Tim Holtz dies for $3.97
I thought this smaller zig zag would be great for mini book edges 

I love cogs & gears for guy pages so I was excited to get this punch on the left for $3.97
To make your own chipboard just punch on kraft 4x and adhere together then punch again in whatever you want the top to look like & adhere.  Very inexpensive way to get the look we love.

I couldn't believe how cute Heidi Grace new lines were.
I love the colors & those packages of die cut fabric flowers will save me so much time on my Brave Girls Funky Flowers art journal.  I've been cutting out individual petals by hand. (they are more artsy looking cut by the petal but I don't need to spend that much time/effort on each page)
They were on sale 40% off

I love Jenni Bowlin punches by Fiskars.  
I will use this roladex style a lot 
I used my 40% off coupon to get this one

Teresa Collins released a ton of different unmounted rubber stamp sets with Fiskars
Each collection is so pretty & very usable.... 
they sure will be getting inky & not just sitting around in anyone's stash 

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, March 18, 2013

Browsing Stores Recently.....& adhesive review

I was in between doctor appointments recently & had time to kill. 
So I stopped in Home Goods to browse.
They have good prices & some really great items for the home.
I love just looking at all the goodies they get in stock.
Charley always tells me about the new heavy furniture they are getting in since one his truck loads goes to a store somewhere in the USA.  He will be popping Advil after unloading since their orders are heavy.

I'm really loving all these text canvases that are on the market lately.
They are all $29.95 so
I am thinking of trying my hand at these....
Brave Girls style.

I think I'm going back for this shadow box.
Love the burlap & distressed grey/blue.  Very beachy
At first I thought of putting in my Grandpa's fishing lures 
(they are so cool looking he had them for more than 60 years)
or I could do a vignette of Destin filled with shells, photos & stuff 
from the last time I was at the beach. 
I saw on instagram last night that those photos were taken 82 weeks ago....
It's been that long? 
I so need to go again since that is my happy place. 
Love to put my toes in the sand

I don't know what it is about this purse but I liked it
guess it's the "hippy" girl in me as my mom says.
I will keep eye out for $$ to go down because I'm not loving it $40 worth lol 

Michaels had some canvases too.  
Butterflies always catch my eye 

And these made me think of flowers in the 
Brave Girls Funky Flowers Art School class I had just finished....
I may try my hand using this as inspiration for the guest room 

Cute bird cage with clips on it.
This would be perfect for my scraproom as a funky inspiration board 

I loved these kraft tags with simple sentiment & pop of color
Michaels Recollections brand 

I used my 40% coupon for adhesive I needed for a crop.
Not exciting but so necessary.

I love Crafter's Choice Ultimate Adhesive for putting together mini albums

I don't have any problem with my books falling apart when I put a thin bead around the edge & then "scribble" some in the middle of the chipboard to attach the paper.

It also isn't too think that it creates bubbling & problems with most of the patterned paper on the market today.  During the Teresa Collins classes recently Teresa would say to use a glue glider style dry adhesive because wet causes problems.... she wasn't calling me out but telling the entire class - I think trying to "save" me & my project from disaster (which I appreciated - she is always so thoughtful).... but I know my glue.  If this was Beacon, Scotch, Aleene's or even PVA (which is specifically designed for paper book making) I know I would have a buckled bubbled & not professional looking project.  But The Ultimate never fails me (as long as it's not on the copy paper thin style of patterned paper).

A lot of times for my own projects I will use my Scotch ATG gun.  It's just too heavy & big to take to a crop when you have a small amount of table space. 
It's great adhesive and refills last a long time.
2 rolls 36 yards each of adhesive at Michaels is $9.99 for archival or $5.99 for the craft before coupons.
I just hate to thread the adhesive thru the gun.

I bought a Scotch Dot Roller to use at the crop 
but still wouldn't trust it for a mini album that gets a lot of handling
(closest I've found to my beloved Kokoyo Dot Roller that was discontinued in the USA that I horded all I could find & am now out of)

I won this Teresa Collins Xyron Sticker Maker last year at the crop
I already had a purple original one so I gave mine away to a friend.
I love this for little things that adhesive is so strong & not going anywhere.
It's amazing for ribbon.
I'm frugal with adhesive so I make sure that I have enough little bits to take advantage 
of every inch & not waste then let pieces sit on the backing til I'm ready to use.
Teresa came out with a matching Xyron adhesive runner recently but I haven't gotten around to ordering online since it's not available locally for me....
I would have loved to have won one that were given away at the crop.
It's much smaller than my ATG & the adhesive is really good (I tested out a friends)
I was never happy with the Glue Arts one I had because of the price of refills that weren't that big.
The Xyron runner is similar size.  I really like that the cartridge is drop in no threading of adhesive like the ATG (my son Andrew's job since I make a mess of it with my arthritic hands lol)
Maybe I will hint for Mother's Day so he can get out of being bothered with reloading my gun...
What have you been finding lately in the stores?
I love when friends enable me with new goodies......

I think that's why I get lost on Pinterest for hours & have quite a few boards here or click button above.
Are you on Pinterest?  
Let me know if you need an invite.

Hope you have a fabulous day & remember to do something creative