Sunday, 16 October 2016

It's double tag time...

So, September sort of got away from me a bit and I know I'm a bit late with the tag - so I thought I'd give you two in one go to make up for it - so today we have September and October's tags...

September features a school desk that opens up...
And for October, I decided to focus on how amazing the moon is right now rather than do Halloween (I know that not everyone is a fan) and I came up with a tag which has a light up moon...

So we kick off with September. You will need a 4" x 8" tag (I used black), some brown card, the September Montage and Collective papers from the Children's Hour collection by Graphic 45, some co-ordinating ribbon and I also used a skewer to make the mini pencil.

I started by cutting a piece of the red spotted paper 1/4" smaller than the tag, inking and sticking down. I then added the cut out panel of the school girl. I cut carefully round the daisy but ended up covering it up - so you don't need to bother with this...

Next I cut the pieces for the school desk from brown card...then trimmed them to give it perspective...

I scored 1/4" from the top of the top one and I glued the top of the desk to the bottom just by gluing the 1/4" strip...

You can see how the desk opens...

Next I added, a book to the top of the desk made with two pieces of paper cut from the patterned papers - I folded them in half and inked the edges before sticking them to the desk...

Once on the desk I added the poem from the strip on the patterned paper, an apple which I mounted on a foam pad, a ruler made from a strip of card and a pencil made by colouring a piece of skewer with a red sharpie pen...

 I put a couple of things inside the desk - but you could add more...
I finished by making a tiny slate with black and kraft card, adding ribbon and the 'A is for Apple' strip of card...

Next for October

As I said before I wanted to focus on the moor rather than Halloween - to make this tag you will need a 4" x 8" tag (colour not important), the October Collective and montage papers, some cream parchment style paper and a tiny light (I got a job lot on Amazon which were quite cheap!)

I started by covering the tag with the purple paper and inked the edges.
I punched a circle (I think 1 3/8") at the top left of the tag (see pic)

I put foam pads round the edge of the circle and inked beyond the circle so that it would look more like a night sky...

 I punched a larger circle from the cream parchment and mounted it on the foam pads - I then tested to see how the light would look shining through - not perfect but good enough...

I started to cut some elements from the papers and added them to my tag...

I added extra flowers and pumpkins using foam pads for dimension and I added the poem to the front of the moon...

I finished by adding ribbon and tying my mini light to one of the ribbons so that it stayed with my tag...

Thanks for the enthusiasm for the tags - just November and December to go. In the meantime I hope everyone going to the retreat has a wonderful time. I won't be with you as I am flying out to USA tomorrow for a couple of weeks. See you back here in November for the next tag.
Jane x

Saturday, 15 October 2016

October Virtual Crop class 3 - Ann Freeman

A very warm welcome to my class today which I created from the gorgeous Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice collection - and yet there isn't a pumpkin in sight!!!

Instructions for my three layouts created can be downloaded free HERE.

If you are new to the virtual crop just click on the class link above, download the instructions and look at the images of the pages created. Most of the time you can replicate these with papers from your own collection and you don't have to have purchased a kit. Many Simple Stories collections have paper in a similar design format to those I used so maybe dig those out and play along. 

Have fun and thank you for joining in.
Ann x

October Virtual Crop - Class 2 with Katherine Sutton

Hello, I hope you are enjoying the classes and the crop so far.  I've used the Studio Calico Yearbook papers - they do have a school theme to them, but you equally you don't have to use school photos as you will see in my second page.

My first page celebrates the first day of school with a star burst and I create a woodgrain drawer using  gel pens, ink and glossy accents, the second page uses chevrons and tabs to document a day at the beach - there is some hidden journalling on one of the library cards.

If you haven't picked up a kit you can put your own together and join in.

For the instructions click here, and check back at 2pm for the next class.  As always come along and join the chatter at out Facebook group ATDML#Create and we love to see the pages you make, so please share them.

October Virtual Crop - Class 1 with Karen

Well, hello lovely scrappers and welcome to another fun filled day of scrapping.

Up first, I have a two page class using Pink Paislee's C'est La Vie.

The first features a photo taken on a recent visit to London where we found a gorgeous little deli with this cute bicycle outside which cried out for a photo to be taken.

The paper with the roses was begging me to do some 'fussy cutting' and so I obliged!

The second page came about as I thought all the triangles on this paper reminded me of mountains and I had the perfect photo, taken on a recent walking holiday, of my gorgeous fur baby Kiera.

The instructions for my class can be found here.  Remember, even though you may not have the papers I used in this class you can still join in and post your pages on the ATDML # Create Facebook page.

Katherine's class will be up at 12 noon so pop back then to see what delights she has in store for us.

October Virtual crop challenge

Hello scrappers, it's time for your virtual crop day challenge and I look forward to seeing lots of you joining in this month.

As always, we base our challenge on "this day in music history" and then make a link from that to inspire a scrapbook page.

October 15th 1977, Debby Boone started a 10 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Light Up My Life', the longest stay at the top for a number of years. I had to google this as it didn't ring any bells but once I heard it I had that "ahh, yes, this one!" moment!

So your challenge is to scrapbook a photo of someone or something that lights up your life.

If you are interested LeAnn Rimes did a beautiful cover of this song which you can hear here.

Have fun, and see you back here at 10am for your first virtual crop class of the day.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

October Virtual Crop Photo Requirements

Hello, here are the photo requirements for this months Virtual Crop on 15th October.  As always we love to see the pages that you make and you can share them in our Facebook group atdml#create, and join in the chatter.

The day will start with a challenge at 9am and then follow with the classes at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Class 1 - Karen Moss

Layout 1 - 6 by 4 landscape

Layout 2 - 6 by 4 landscape

Class 2 - Katherine Sutton

Layout 1 - 4" square

Layout 2 - 3 3 by 4" portrait

Good to have a white gel pen, glossy accents or PVA glue and dark brown ink.

Class 3 - Ann Freeman

Layout 1 - 4 by 6 portrait - slightly trimmed.

Layout 2 - 4 by 6 portrait

Layout 3 - 4" square

Saturday, 1 October 2016

October Photography Challenge

Welcome to another new month and another set of photography challenges.

Grab your camera or snap away from your phone and try and be inspired to think outside the box and experiment with different angles. 

Hope you have fun with this one - and for those of you coming along to the retreat at the end of this month we should have some beautiful options for "autumn view" in the lovely grounds of the Stoke by Nayland Hotel.

As always no prizes for joining in our photography challenge just a bit of team fun!
Enjoy, and happy October.