From watercolour painting to scrapbooking, card making to altered art and other crafty projects. Life is a creative journey so join me in mine.

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Festive Noel

It's the 1st of December which means, amongst other things, a new challenge month at ALTERED ECLECTICS where the theme is Anything Goes but no cards please.  We are an altered art challenge only.
My DT piece is of course, a Christmas decoration, using these 10 cm high brown, papier mache letters which I bought ages ago,  ready to adorn and alter for the festive season.
First I gave them two coats of DecoArt crafter's acrylic paint in antique white then stamped them using DI Festive Berries and a Crafty Individuals' script stamp.

Using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium texture paste and a Sweet Poppy stencil, I randomly added the swirls over different parts of the letters.  When this was dry I used a dry wet wipe to smear more of the paste over some of the un-stencilled areas and also added some smears of Stickles Red Xmas sparkle.
I deliberately allowed some of the stencilling to 'hang' over the edge of the letters in some places to add more interest.

My intention was originally to add some small Christmas charms but I liked the way they looked at this stage so, unusually for me, I left well alone, simply hot gluing the letters together to make the word.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

JYC Thanks for the Memories

Recording all those memories of people, places and events is so important and with Christmas traditionally the time for catching up with folk,  it's the ideal celebration to capture and place in your scrapbook album.

With that in mind I've just made my album for this year's 'Journal Your Christmas' class with SHIMELLE LAINE 
Last year was so hectic at work that I just managed to keep up with daily prompts for JYC so this year I've down-sized the album and made a 7" x 5" one using my Bind-it-All. The album has acrylic covers and the first page is decorated with the tag I entered into a recent blog challenge.
I used a large O wire binding because I know from past experience that I try to cram so many embellishments on a page, the album is fit to burst by the time I'm finished.
 This will be my 5th year of documenting the festive season from 1st December to Boxing Day or beyond if you prefer.  Every year, just before Christmas,  we look through the previous albums and it's amazing how many memories come flooding back - good and not so good.  The small details that you forget but that make a real family Christmas or an event special are recorded in the album, with names, dates, venues and some wonderful photographs.