Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Scrappin' Moms Idol3 Challenge2-Reduce,Reuse,Recycle

Here's my LO on the theme Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for Scrappin' Moms Idol 3 Challenge No.2. Do check out the gallery here to see what all the other contestants came up with.
Journal: Father and Son, a sweet twosome from the very beginning and for always.

For this LO, I used one cardstock and 1 patterned paper and 1 scrapbooking item which I reused, meaning I used twice. I also used 3 different scrapbooking packaging for repurposing or recycling. By making this LO, I wanted to prove to myself that it is possible to come up with a LO that is still environmentally sound. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?

Half a length of the Prima Viola was masked against the cs, before attaching it to the lower left corner of the cs. The Viola adhesive backing was used to make the opposite of the Viola felt on the opposite corner of the LO. I also used the other half of the Prima Viola as a decorative flower embellishment, then also used the same adhesive backing into another flower right beside it.

Prima Belle Fleur packaging cardboard was used as a photo matting, but I used it first for masking after cutting the design. Hence, the photo matting created a "white shadow."

The title was also cut from the back part of the Belle Fleur packaging name which happened to be black. I used the letters for masking "twosome" and for misting the black words "sweet." The title made a positive and a negative tandem.

The last packaging material I used was a pair of 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape Tags as an embellishment, but I used it also as a mask to make the perfect journaling spot.

All packaging materials were reused as well as recycled. I wanted to point out that reusing and recycling always come as a pair, just like the "sweet twosome."

Required cardstock - Light Grey Bazzill; Required patterned paper - MME Wild Aspen 24; Required scrapbooking item - Prima Viola; Required repurposed/recycled scrapbooking packagings - Prima Viola adhesive backing, Prima Belle Fleur cardboard packaging, 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape Tags 2 pieces. Others used: Glimmer Mist Deep Plum & Suede, Uniball Gel Impact black pen. Tools used: Sidekick, Quickutz Sophisticate.

Techniques Used:
Masking; Distressing by rolling inside edges plus corner rose of pp; Distressing by misting suede for an aged look; Cutting design of the Belle Fleur cardboard packaging; Making the Viola felt AND the Viola adhesive backing into flowers; Using adhesive backing into lace embellishment; Using Belle Fleur cardboard packaging as alphas and for masking.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Art de Scrap Journal Challenge

I made my own journal for the Artz de Scrap Challenge. I decided to recycle stuff I had plenty of. For the inside, I used tons of brown paper bags which I cut in half. I gave the other half a hand-torn look. I just punched holes on one side using my blue Zutter and walaah! I have a journal! My idea is that with each page, I can actually store ephemera as keepsakes, say when travelling. I also decided to keep the embellies to a minimum because of possible wear and tear in travelling. Also, it makes a great gift to anyone, male or female alike! I actually left the journal on top of my pile of stuff on my desk and I saw one of my co-teachers admiring it. (Mmmm. Her birthday is coming up. Maybe I should give it to her.)

Chipboard, the one that comes with the papers and kits I buy, was used for the cover. I painted it white, then misted it with Glimmer Mist Dewdrop for a glittery effect, then stamped the journal text of Tim Holtz. I adhered Sugar-coated Doodlebug alphas in black, and added a big J grungeboard which I painted black and sugar-coated as well. Bright red ribbons give a final dramatic touch.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scrappin' Moms Idol 3- Challenge 1 Pick of the Week

I was lucky enough to be chosen as Pick of the Week for Challenge # 1 Paper Piecing!!! Woohooh!!! This is a first time for me! I never thought I'd get chosen. Last year, I never got chosen once, so I must have done something really good this time. I'm on cloud nine, feeling so lucky to have been chosen. Even if I don't make it to the finals, this is enough for me. Besides, I don't know if I can keep churning out LOs that will meet the requirements with the challenges getting more difficult as the weeks pass.

To see the announcement and the LO entitled My Small World, please check it out here. Thank you very much, Idol Cabbie!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

June Kit of Studio Azul, Scrap Buffet LOs

Where the Heart Is shows our family photo. We are currently building a house, and the truth is, whether we live here or there, only having the whole family is enough to make a home. The house doesn't really matter.
Carry Me features my son in the airport asking to be carried. We've tried to avoid carrying him since he turned five, but with the length of the airport terminal to trudge, it was just too much for his little feet. Journal reads, "You're too big to carry, but when you ask me, how can I refuse?"

Both LOs use cardstock and Webster's Pages. This lovely kit was so full, I still have quite a number of papers and embellies left for another project and some!
Bombs of the Past featured 2 empty bomb metal canisters that used to litter the streets of Manila during the Liberation Period. US air raid bombers dropped hundreds of thousands of these, hoping to drive the Japanese away, but in the process, killed millions of Filipinos trapped in the city. My grandparents were able to save these 2, both of which are used for housing umbrellas and other objects. The gold splotches were made using gold UTEE and Studio Azul's Blot Stamp in one of their previous kits.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Altered Book Bag

Here's a thought. How can you use a book as a bag? Simple. Glue the sides, put straps and decorate.

I originally thought, "No way am I going to destroy a book!" It so happened that Artz de Scrap posed their July Challenge which is to alter a story book. I knew Galo is very territorial when it comes to his books so there's no way I can filch one out of his book shelf. I was contemplating on buying a second-hand book because I wanted to make it into a bag. Fortunately, I saw one book I took out from Galo's reading materials because I wasn't happy with the storyline nor with the moral of the story. It was "Eloise Makes Breakfast."

I covered the outer corners of the book with a Webster's Pages Magical Wishes Sticker, carefully cutting it so it only covered the areas I needed. Next, I painted the middle with Pebbles Olive Green, then embellished the rest of the cover with more stickers and pp flowers from Magical Wishes Line. I finished it off with Prima Hydrangea flowers, Tinkering Ink felt stickers for a latch, Maya Road metal flower hinges and a length of Carolina's metal chain, cut in half, for the handles.

At this time, I still couldn't make myself completely destroy the book so I decided that when I'm ready, I'll just stick the edges of the book to make pockets. As it is, it can only house a hankie at best. Still, once stuck together, one can also stuff a few papers, maybe even paper money inside it. Chances are, it will be a little girl who'll like to carry the book as a bag, just like mommy!

Do check out the new Artz de Scrap Team's takes on this project here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Busy but productive

I've been too busy to post, but still am very productive these past few weeks. Here are some LOs I've done:

This one was made for the Elimination Round of Scrapping Idol 3. You can check out the link here. I didn't intend to join a 2nd time since I thought I'd be too busy to do weekly LOs as a challenge. My good friend, Lee, convinced me that this will force me to make at least 1 LO a week. It's also true that as per experience, I learned quite a lot of new techniques, helping me to stretch myself creatively. For this LO, I used ordinary kasta cloth (canvas cloth used for painting before it is primed). The challenge was to use an ad as a sketch to make our own interpretation. I promised myself that I will only make LOs true to my style. Hence, even if what was required was a wave design of a red-black-white color scheme, mine came out differently. The series of photos showed Galo around 1 year 3 mos. playing around with the tape measure.

Materials: plain katsa cloth cut into 12x12; Glimmer Mist Merlot & Olive Vine; Colorbox Mini Peacock, Moss Green and Peony; blue measuring tape from Studio Azul Kit; Cosmo Cricket Blackboard Fleuriste chipboard; 7 Gypsies Gaffer tape black definitions; Fancy Pants Lace Wraps Powder; Carolina's white cotton lace; K&Co Alphabets Stickers To Go; Inkssentials Opaque White Pen. Stamp Used: Fancy Pants Bella Brush.

The 2nd LO was made for the Scrapping Idol 3's Challenge #1. Check it out in the Idol 3 Gallery here. This time, we were asked to do "Paper Piecing," a technique using small pieces of paper to come up with a bigger piece as part of the embellishment. I decided to go do a mosaic. I thought it would be easy since the concept seemed easy enough. What I didn't expect was how brutal it was to do. I even went further by cutting each paper piece by handtearing! How sado-masochistic was I! Nevertheless, it came out pretty well. Photo showed Galo and me admiring "It's a Small World" in Disneyland, HK.

Materials List:
Bazzill cardstock puce; Basic Grey Wassail French hens; misc. Basic Grey pp; Anna Griffin AG136; Webster's Pages A Sweet Life; MME Bohemia Cherish Botanical; AC Thickers Sprinkles; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Dewdrop & Suede; Pebeo Touch Deco Pearl Olive Green, Parma, Pink, Azure & Mist; Perfect Pearls Aged Patina Blue & Green; Sailor Pen Warm Cream.

Whew! What else will they come up with next?! Also, do wait for my other projects and LOs to be posted soon.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Artz de Scrap's DT for July -Dec

I am very honored to be chosen as Artz de Scrap's Design Team again for the months of July-Dec.! This time, we have another Filipina scrapper in the team, Catherine Bautista. That makes three Filipinas with Nathalie "Cabbie" Jane Lopez, a Resident Designer in the group. Other team members are: Emily Zhang and Kim Faucher. You can check out the announcement here.

Watch out for the exciting projects and tutorials to come!