Sunday, 25 August 2013

Scrap Alphabet

Well if you have not guessed I love tags. Any way I can use them, on their own, in mini albums, on layouts and they are great to learn and practice techniques. So I have decided to create a Tag Alphabet using words that describe my scrap booking. I will be posting until I get all the way from A - Z, sharing why I chose the word, the resources used, the techniques and how I developed my design for each letter. I hope you can gain some inspiration from this series and please follow me through the alphabet as I show what I have created.

 A is for Art

I chose the word art for this tag as I love using my artistic gift for creating so I thought it was a great opening word for the scrap alphabet series.

The resources I used were fun to work with and include the following

No 8 shipping tag
assorted brads / eyelets
patterned paper scraps
calico ( tea dyed )
card stock scraps
kaiser craft pearl strips
tim holtz stickers ( lost and found )
chipboard monogram
embossing folder
american crafts embossing powders (chestnut and wave )
tim holtz distress stain ( faded jeans )
tim holtz distress ink 
( vintage photo, walnut stain, stormy sky and frayed burlap )
tim holtz crackle paint ( rock candy )
fiskars binder edge punch
tim holz distress embossing ink
distressing tool
ranger ink blending tool 
sponge dauber
heat gun

The tag background was created using ranger ink blending tools in the colors mentioned above. I applied the ink in layers working from lightest to darkest, then inking the edges with a sponge dauber.
The tag was then run through an embossing folder and the high points were lightly sanded.
I then pressed my embossing ink on to the tag randomly and applied embossing powder and heat set.
The entire background was then coated in crackle paint.
The calico layer was tea dyed and fringed. 
The burlap was cut to size stained and then fringed as well.Patterned paper and card stock were distressed using the distressing tool and layered as shown in the tag.
Other embellishments were applied as in the photo with the exception of the main chip board monogram. This was inked using walnut stain then heat embossed in two colors.
I came up with this design by wanting and arty feel with out making it look to classic. It has an abstract feel and leans toward a grunge art style.

I hope you like this tags and can try out you out version please come back for the continuation 
of this series an please let me know what you think. If you create your own please share a photo so i can see it email me at



Thursday, 8 August 2013

Old World Trunk Again

As my last post reflected I am sharing the continuation of other projects, Now it is time to reveal the album from the old world trunk. This project is a long term one of mine . I have very specific ideas for it and have decided not to rush so I can get it just right. A little pedantic I know but the result will be worth it . So today I am sharing the cover and a sneek peak from inside the album.

I really enjoyed embellishing the cover. The collage appearance is a great effect and allows you to use a collection of items that coordinate. My choice of embellishment reflects a grunge rustic style. I used cog diecuts, brads, idealogy letters, distress inks and embossing powders as well as american crafts embossing powders, kaisercraft wooden embellishments and tim holtz stickers. I love the colors and interaction between all the different elements.

Close up cover
Close up cover
This next photo is a sneak peak of how I have started to embellish the inside of the album. It has pockets and photo mats that will give lots of real estate to show off photos and give space to embellish. I will be endeavoring to link the inside embellishments to the cover as this picture demonstrates

Inside pocket embellishment
The final installment of this project will be the reveal of more of the inside finishing touches and I hope you will follow the remainder of this projects journey. Please leave a comment if you wish and come back for the commencement of my scrap tag alphabet series and other new project creations.

Cheers Andrew

Blog Catch Up

Time for a blog catchup , I am over due in sharing the next stage in previous projects so I thought it was about time I posted what I have been creating. I have also bee working on some new creations as well that I will be sharing very soon, including a steampunk spells album, scrap tag alphabet series and I  have the bohemian bazaar collection and I have started a bookmark shape album. so lots coming up and I hope you will stay around to have a look.

I cant wait for mother goose, twelve days of christmas and typography from graphic 45 to be released have some cool ideas already. I love al things graphic 45 just wish my budget would allow for more, but I guess I have many opportunities to create so I am grateful.

Remember my little darlings chest I revealed what I had completed. It is now copleted and I have commenced the tags staples album for inside. i love the way the chest looks and I hop you get enjoyment and inspiration from it.

Front view

I used the cut apart images for embellishment and they speak for themselves. They were framed with punched card stock using a martha stewart punch and inked with Tim holtz distress ink 
( gathered twigs ) .
Reverse view


I  love the soft colors of this collection and it has given a wonderful result. I place a few baby themed  embellishments on the top to add overall character but not to diminish the graphic 45 paper. Inside the album I decided to place a tag staples ( graphic 45 of course ) album. Below is one of the tags I have completed. i will post the others very soon. I am using this project as a keepsake for my children's new born photos, one tag for each child ( 7 in total , I know 7 children is a lot but I love them all ).
Little Darlings tag from album

Close up of Floral component

I hope you like my creation and will return for the final installment when the tag album is complete. I have really enjoyed making this project and please if you find inspiration for your own scrapping let me know by leaving a comment. 
Cheers Andrew

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