Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Pack for a Crop


We've all been there.......It's what I like to call the "What to take with me" dilemma.  What do I take or should I take to a crop?? Everything including the kitchen sink? All my papers? All my stamps? How many pictures? What if I need something but for got to pack it? You get the picture. Sometimes we have a tendency to over pack and get nothing accomplished or we under pack and are missing too much of our stuff and can't create the way we would like to. . Hopefully I can help take some of the worry from you and show you how to get the most out of your weekend crop. There are a few coming up in the next few weeks. One at JSI on October 26-27th 2012 and one hosted by Scrapbook and Cards Today called Crop and Create on November 9-th, 2012 .Registration is open for both and I think there are a few spots left at each, so why not call and reserve your spot.

Let me show you how to make a kit. This really is the best way to get the most productivity out of your weekend. 
I start with my pictures.



I add 3-4 pattern papers. For this kit I have a multicoloured flower paper, a half white half pink paper, an all pink with swirly-do's paper and a lined paper with a banner on it. I plan on using the lined paper to make my journal tag and I want to use the banner as either my title or just an embellishment. I'll decide as I create my page.

Next I add 2-3 colors of cardstock. You can go with matching cardstock, contrasting cardstock or both. For this kit I went with two that matched and a black cardstock. I like to mat my photos in black and I find on bright or busy layouts having a little bit of black somewhere on the page helps anchor the eye.
Now add a few embellishments. I have a crystal swirl, a couple of teardrop crystals, buttons, flowers, leaves and a piece of punchenella. Remember you can always add more embellishments when you get home or purchase an embellishment or two at the crop.
Don't forget to add your copy of Scrapbook and Cards Today. It's full of tips and techniques and inspiration. My favorite feature is the section called Page Maps. There's always a few sketches to help you on your way.


Place your kit into a sealable bag that will fit your 12"x12" papers and put it in a tote. My hard plastic totes will hold 7-12 kits.
Now you might be thinking to yourself that this seems like a lot of work and maybe it is but I always have a few kits ready to go. Use up your leftovers by creating a card or two, too. :) I follow this same idea when I'm working on a project or mini album.

I'll show you how to create an extras box too, so make sure to check back in a day or two. Crops can sometimes be a little squishy and tight for table space. If you've ever been to a crop you know what I'm talking about. Hopefully I've given you some good pointers to help you pack for your crop and have a fun weekend of creating.

How do you prepare for a crop? What have you found that works or doesn't work? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Forever Love

My Grandparents had a love that was epic. You couldn't be in the same room with them or listen to them talk about each other and not experience their love for one another.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Upcoming Classes at Just Scrap It!

Message in a Pretty Bottle


Friday April 20th 6pm-12am Cost is $20.00 this includes the Late Night Crop fee. Please bring an empty clear wine bottle with the label removed. I will be showing you how to work with different types of Gel Mediums and crackle paints. We will also be playing with metals and alcohol inks. Please bring along your scrapbook or card making supplies as there will be time to work on other projects while we wait for the mediums to dry between each step. 



Technique Calendar Class

Saturday April 21st beginning at 10am. I am unsure when the class will be over. Please plan on it being a full day. Bring a lunch or plan on going out to grab a quick bite somewhere. The cost is $25.00. I will be showing you all the different ways to use your inks, sprays, embossing powders and stamps. All the techniques you will learn in this class you can then use on your scrapbook pages, cards and altered art pieces.


 
 If you register to take both classes there is a $5.00 discount. I am so excited to spend the weekend creating art with everyone. Please call Just Scrap It! at 955-4850 to register.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Prairie Mermaid

This was a fun page to create. I used Graphic 45 papers and a Tape Transfer Technique to create this page. I used  self-adhesive Laminate instead of tape because I wanted a 12x12 piece. I adhered it to my paper then soaked it in warm water for a minute or two and then carefully rubbed the paper away until I was left with a transparent patterned paper. I then glued it to another piece of paper to get the ripple effect of water underneath. It was a fun page to make. Stop by Just Scrap It and take a look.

 



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rough and Tough

Here's a very simple and quick layout I did a while back. I was in a use up some of my stash mood so I can't even tell you what paper line I used.











Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Canvas

I was looking through my finished projects and realized I hadn't posted this canvas that I made for a teacher gift at the end of the school year. I don't remember where the vintage picture is from, sorry. I began by putting a layer of gesso on the  the canvas. I glued the picture down with gel medium.I then took an off set paint spatula and smeared paint all over the canvas. While the paint was still wet I  brushed on some Perfect Pearls.When the paint and gel medium were dry I stamped a script stamp randomly over the canvas, applied the gemstone swirls,trim and stamped the verse. The verse is from Tim Holtz's Good Thoughts stamp set. The flower is made from coffee filters and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I added a little extra sparkle to the flower with Ranger Stickles. Check back soon to see the tutorial on how to make them.



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Playing around with Tim


Spent some time today playing with Tim Holtz. The new Distress Stains that have just hit the stores are fantastic. The tag below also features stamps from Studio 490. I will be at JSI this Friday April 8th from 7pm - 11pm and Saturday April 9th from 1pm - 4pm. The cost is $3 all supplies included. So come and get Stained with me at the Art Bar.