Saturday, 21 January 2017

Jan Virtual Crop Class 3 with Debs

Welcome to the final class of the first 2017 ATDML Virtual Crop.

This class was designed o get you scrapping your Christmas photos using the fabulous October Afternoon 'Under the Tree' papers.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with these patterned papers than could be cut up and used to embellish layouts.

 Link to the instructions can be found here.

Looking forward to seeing your finished pages.
Happy scrapping lovely people.

Jan Virtual Crop Class 2 with Ann

Hello hello on this chilly January Saturday, brrr!! Time to forget those winter blues and create some vibrant sunshiney layouts with my class today which features papers from Simple Stores Life in Colour collection.

As always the instructions to create the layouts I have created (all 3 of them) can be downloaded for free HERE but don't worry if you don't have the kit as certainly layouts 1 and 3 can be made with any papers and layout 2 is nice and simple to create with any of the 6x12 split papers Simple Stories do or just trim down your own papers and pair up to create a unique background or your own.

I hope you enjoy the classes. Pop back at 2pm where Debbie brings you your third class of the day and don't forget the challenge too, posted last night.

Jan Virtual Crop Class 1 with Mel

Hello and a great big WELCOME to the first Virtual Crop of 2017. I hope you enjoyed the challenge set for you last night, I am sure it got the creative cogs turning ready for a weekend of scrapping!

My class kit was issued long before we had the cold snap but for those of you who had lots of snow (or even just a little but enough to get a photo of it!) this will be perfect. I on the other hand used old snow pictures for my first two layouts and my third, non snowy, layout is the only one with recent photos!

As always full instructions can be found HERE on the website. Please do share your creations and ask any questions or make any comments over on the ATDML # Create Facebook page.

Join us again at 12 when Ann will be bringing you the second class of the day.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Jan Virtual Crop weekend challenge - Inspired by...

Welcome to our first Virtual crop weekend of 2017. 

We have moved our challenge from the usual Saturday morning to Friday night - the third Friday of every month ahead of three classes tomorrow to give you more time to join in. This challenge runs until midnight on the last day of January and there is a £5 ATDML gift voucher up for grabs for the favourite page chosen by the design team so why not join in?

The challenge is to create a layout inspired by the image above.  You can take inspiration from the colours, shapes, patterns, layout or the black and white images, the choice is yours.

I have illustrated how I have been inspired by this image below just to give you an example. I focused on staying with multiple images, black and white photographs, the grid format but changed up my colours.

We have added a Jan 17 Inspired by challenge gallery to our Facebook Page too so do share your 
creations to be in with a chance to win the monthly prize. See you all back here tomorrow for your three January virtual crop classes starting at 10am with Mel. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

January Virtual Crop Photo Requirements

Hello and welcome to the first Virtual Crop of this year on Saturday, if you don't have kits you can still put some papers together and have a go at the classes - come and join us for chatter on Facebook at ATDML#Create.

The classes are 10:00am, 12:00 noon and 2:00pm, though you can do them at your leisure - there will be a link to the instructions from the blog post.

Class 1 - Mel Hand

Layout 1 

6 by 4" landscape and 4" square

Layout 2

4" square

Layout 3

2 portrait photos either  3 by 4" or 3 1/2" by 5", both portrait

Class 2 - Ann Freeman

Layout 1

Pair of 4 by 4 photos with white border

Layout 2

4 by 6" portrait

Layout 3

Pair of 3.5" circle photos - the template is provided and they were trimmed from 4 by 6" photos

Class 3 - Debbie Jewell

Layout 1

Pair of 4 by 4 photos

Layout 2

6 by 4" landscape

Layout 3

Is a 6 photo page, 4 portrait 2 by 3" and 2 landscape 3 by 2"

All the photos are Christmas themed to match the papers in the kit.

BoBunny's Winter Wishes and lots of mist

Winter Wishes from BoBunny is one of my favourite collections this season and I used it alongside lots of mists and texture and mess to create a wintry page.  

I covered the page with clear gesso (any gel medium that helps protect the paper a bit from all the ink that you are going to spray on it helps), then I wondered what I could do to add some texture so I started with some muslin or gauze, and stuck it down with more of the gel medium.  Once this was fairly dry I started misting with a mixture of blue and grey mists, making some puddles and then dabbing away with a tissue where I'd applied too much or the colour was too strong. I then added some texture paste randomly and then little pools of silver embossing powder which I heated from underneath.  I also decorated some of my Tando snowflakes with silver embossing powder - you can do a couple of layers to get a really nice smooth finish on them, but I quite liked the dimply rough effect with one layer.  

I cut out several different sized circles from the winter wishes papers, and also a few from the beautiful silver foiled vellum in this collection.  I added some stamps - one is a very old Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz set and the other from a Kaisercraft edges set.  The final touches were sequins and a bark heart as well as some prima gems.

It was lots of fun to make, though it did take rather a long time as I had to wait for the layers to dry a bit!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Jane's Saturday video - January - Folded Card

Good morning! I wanted to follow last year's monthly tag blog posts with another regular blog feature and I have decided that this year I want to make more videos of paper craft techniques. It's likely to be things I've seen on Pinterest and want to have a go at and I'm not promising any particular theme, just that there will be a video you can watch which shows you how to make something. I find making videos so much easier than writing instructions - I am much more of a visual learner (and teacher) I think!
So today's project is a folded card - I didn't invent it, I just saw a picture of it and worked out how to fold it up.
If you want to make it you will need:
A 12"x12" sheet of card (not too thick to make folding easier) - I use cream for my demo card but then the card I have decorated is black.
Patterned papers to decorate, I used papers from the Nature Sketchbook Collection by Graphic 45 - I used three different papers to decorate but because they are double sided it gave me 6 different designs (up to you how many different patterns you have).
Here's the card...

And inside...

And here's how to make it...

I hope you'll watch and maybe give this a go, see you in February!