Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A little Graphic 45 and Distress Oxides


This month we are working with Graphic 45 and I was sent some of the beautiful Nature Sketchbook which you can find here.  There are loads of lovely bits you can cut out - like the flowers and butterflies, and I also had a play at assembling my own flower from the flower pack - they are double sided and I just curled them up, layered them and added a button to the centre.

The other thing I tried out was some of the new Distress Oxides - I saw them in some of Tim Holtz's U-tube videos after the Winter Craft and Hobbies Association conference.  They are a mix between a dye and chalk ink, and particularly good for layering up and also using on darker card stock because when you add water they become more opaque which gives them their oxide name.  You can do all the things that you can normally do with distress inks, so blend and add water droplets and all those sorts of things but a little bit more.  The range of colours is opening up but you will find your favourites in amongst the mix and you can use them with your normal distress inks too.  I think they stamp slightly better than normal distress inks - but I'm not an expert stamper so give it a try for yourself.  

For this background I added a few colours to a piece of plastic, then spritzed water and added stamped the plastic onto my card stock- you need to dry between each layer with a heat gun, and then once it is mostly dry you can repeat the process, so you get lovely layers of colour without it becoming too muddy.  After I had created my inky background I then added a little bit of stamping and the papers.



Saturday, 15 July 2017

July Virtual Crop Class 3 with Ann using Carta Bella Old World Travel



Your last class of the day is a mini book using Carta Bella Old World Travel paper and a scalloped mini book with book rings.

The class shows you how to add variety and interest to a blank mini book such as this, creating your own pockets, flaps and interactive elements. My instructions to complete the class can be downloaded from our website HERE

I hope you enjoy. Don't forget to join in with our challenges too this month, just scroll back through the blog to find them :) Happy Saturday.

July Virtual Crop - Class 2 with Katherine Sutton using BoBunny Firecracker




Hello and welcome to the 2nd class of this months Virtual Crop - I had a really good go at using most of the papers that are in this kit...so we start with a double page layout packed full of photos and punched stars.


There has been a trend of large titles in Scrapping recently, so I thought I would have a go at my own - all cut with a template and a craft knife, then I backed the letters with different papers.




The final page is an easy put together sort of page with lots of layering.  The papers are all American themed, but you can easily adapt them to other occasions.  

I hope you enjoy the class and do share what you make on our Facebook page or post a link in the comments.

July Virtual Crop Class 1 with Karen Using Kaisercraft's Mermaid Tails

Hello, hello. Karen here up first for the July Virtual Crop.

This month I have two pages created with Kaisercraft's Mermaid Tails range. Although this range is seaside/water based I have disguised the mermaid elements to make it more generic.  If you don't have one of the kits you are still very welcome to join in using your own stash and make your own version of the pages.

Page 1 - Beauty Begins .....


A good way to use up those Snapchat picture that have been lounging around in my box of photos.

Dream - Wish - Love


This is a page for those of you who love a bit of 'fussy cutting'!



Hope you have a happy scrappy weekend and please share the pages you make on our Facebook page.

Friday, 14 July 2017

July Inspired by Challenge

Hello, we meet again for another "Inspired by" Challenge.

Are you inspired by the image below? How many of you have coloured in zentangle images such as this? Ever thought about creating your own? Doodling on your pages, a border or around photos and elements used to be very popular and I know our Debbie is the Queen of ATDML doodle! 




Fancy having a go and getting inspired by this image? However you are inspired do share it with us for a chance to win a £5 ATDML e-voucher which can .be redeemed off a future shop.

Don't forget as always the virtual crop day follows and we will be back here tomorrow with 3 totally fab classes for your to enjoy

Here's to a creative weekend. Enjoy.
Ann

Sunday, 9 July 2017

July Virtual Crop Photo Requirements

Hi, Here are the photo requirements for this months Virtual Crop.  Remember that it all starts on Friday night, here, with the challenge and then the classes start at 10am on Saturday.  Come and join the chatter in our Facebook group ATDML #Create and share your pages.  If you didn't manage to get the kits then play along with your own papers.

Class 1 - Karen

Layout 1 - Three 6 by 4" portrait photos and a border punch.

Layout 2 - One 4" square


Class 2 - Katherine

Layout 1 - Double Page - two portrait 6 by 4" and four 2 1/2" squares (I trimmed mine down from 3 by 4's.


Layout 2 - One 6 by 4" landscape


Layout 3 - One 4" square and one 3 by 4" portrait


Good to have a white gel pen, kraft knife, brown ink, alphabet dies or stamps, star punch and border punch.


Class 3 - Ann

Travel themed mini book to which photos can be added later.

Monday, 3 July 2017

July Photo Prompts

Welcome to July's photo prompts.



As always please feel free to share you photos from the month on our Facebook group ATDML # Create.


Happy Snapping!

Friday, 30 June 2017

July's Scraplift Challenge

Hello, hello lovlies.

For July's scraplift challenge I am, controversially, scraplifting myself!

I liked how quickly and simply this page came together using Kaisercraft's Sage and Grace papers


and used another Kaisercraft range, Wildflower, to scraplift it.


I cut circles from two of the papers and used Paper Artsy Infusions to colour the gloss paper,  added some doodles around these as I felt they were a little plain.

Then I added a landscape rather  than a portrait photo and butterflies instead of flowers.



As always, I am really excited to see what you come up with this month.

The ATDML gallery can be found on the 'Information' section -  at the right-hand side of the ATDML shop site .

Happy Scrapping x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

June's Project Life - Washie Tape Filler Cards


Hello, hello lovely peeps.  How is this fine Saturday finding you?

Today, I have some washie tape filler cards to show you.

Like many of you, I suspect, I have way too much washie tape, more than I am ever going to use in a lifetime but I am still seduced by it and far too often think 'Oh that's cute' and before I know it more joins the rolls languishing in my drawer.


I am sure I have more in a 12 x 12 bag somewhere!

I had seen some project life filler cards using washie tape on Pinterest and so decided that it would be a good project for this month.  If you would like to have a quick look at some I found they are here.

I decided to use yellow and grey tape - not a great of fan of yellow on it's own but I think it takes on a whole new level of gorgeousness when teamed with grey.


I only played about and made six cards but so loved making them that I am now thinking about making whole 12 x 12 backgrounds with washie tape.


Hopefully, you will be inspired to get out your washie tape and use it for filler cards, the front of a greeting card or on a large section of a layout.


Happy scrapping x

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Smile with Kaisercraft


Here is a page I made featuring the new Basecoat papers from Kaisercraft - they are beautiful and grungey...the perfect backing for any page.  They are dominated by lots of colour so they co-ordinate beautifully with any other papers that you have - for this page I have used a mix of older and newer Kaisercraft papers to match with my photo - there is a bit of Bombay Sunset in there, and also some Kaleidoscope and Blue Bay too - I just dug through my Kaisercraft papers and pulled out a few bits. 

 Having chosen the papers and getting a rough arrangement for my photos, I decided to add a little bit more colour to the Basecoat background, and since Ann and Karen have been inspiring us with diffusions and I managed to pick a few up, I had a play too.  I started with a large and thick area of white gesso, then added some sprinkles of the infusions in - I could have mixed them in with my palette knife but instead I added water and so you get drips of the Sunset Beach, Rusty Car and Golden sands - it is great watching the colours change, and it adds a lovely vintage look.

You can find the Basecoat papers here and the infusions here


Saturday, 17 June 2017

June Virtual Crop Class 3 with Mel

Hello and welcome to the last class of the day in our June Virtual Crop.

I worked with the beautiful Kaisercraft Just Landed collection and with a very paper heavy kit I managed to get FIVE layouts from it - that should keep you busy for a while!

Although some of them are travel themed I tried to get one in there that wasn't just to vary things up a bit!



Click here to download the full PDF instructions and see the other layouts.

I hope you have enjoyed the three classes on offer today, join us again in July for another Virtual crop and pencil in the third weekend in August for our annual Cyber Crop; a full weekend extravaganza with EIGHTEEN Classes from our lovely talented Design Team plus challenges across the weekend!

June Virtual Crop Class 2 with Tricia using Simple stories 'Sunshine and Happiness'

Good Afternoon (just) 

This month I'll be working with the Simple stores 'sunshine and happiness range. These papers are so bright and full of summer, they scream hot days, ice cream and maybe the cheeky odd cocktail.....


I've brought in a little bit of that grass skirt, tiki hut feel by adding some fringing to my first page 


The gorgeous 'Happy day' paper gives it a floral paradise feel perfect for summery days in the garden or wherever in the world you find yourself.


It just wouldn't be summer without ice cream, summery drinks and making the most of the good weather.  We've been pretty lucky recently weatherwise so these papers are great for celebrating these precious days out.






June Virtual Crop Class 1 with Karen using Amy Tangerine 'Oh Happy Life'


Hello, hello. Karen here kicking off the June Virtual Crop.

This month I bring you not one, not two, not three but four pages created with the lovely and vibrant 'Oh Happy Life' range from Amy Tangerine.  If you don't have one of the kits you are still very welcome to join in using your own stash and make your own version of the pages.

Page 1 - Everyday Happy


Quite a simple page with only a little bit of rough fussy cutting for the title but lots of 'happy' all over the page.

Love This Life


I think this may well be the quickest page I have ever made.  The paper was just perfect for adding four photos and a title and it was finished!

Love This So Much


Back to my usual 'full on' style of page and this one involves a little optional colouring.

More of This Please


This page uses the manufacturer's strips and pieces from the border paper to make the base of your page - it was such a fun technique that I am sure I will use it again.


Hope you have a happy scrappy weekend and please share the pages you make on our Facebook page.

Friday, 16 June 2017

June Inspired by Challenge

Third weekend of the month already and so it's time for another inspired by challenge where I upload an image that I think could be the starting point for a layout.


We've gone floral for June and I hope you find many things to inspire you from this image, the flowers, the colours, the border, the A4 shape How will this kick-start a scrapbook page for you?

Don't forget to share your project on the June Inspired by gallery on Facebook and you could win a £5 atdml gift voucher drawn at random. If you want to enter but don;t have Facebook why not email mel@atripdownmemorylane.co.uk and she will forward on your email to me for uploading on your behalf.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Photo Requirements for June Virtual Crop 2017

Hi, Here are the photo requirements for this months Virtual Crop.  Remember that it all starts on Friday night, here, with the challenge and then the classes start at 10am on Saturday.  Come and join the chatter in our Facebook group ATDML #Create and share your pages.  If you didn't manage to get the kits then play along with your own papers.

Class 1 - Karen

Layout 1 - one 5in square
Layout 2 - four 2.75 square (mine are black and white)Layout 3 - one 6 x 4 landscapeLayout 4 - one 3 in square


Class 2 - Tricia


Layout 1 - 4 by 6" portrait
Layout 2 - 4 by 6" portrait

Class 3 - Mel

Layout 1  - two 6x4 landscape ideally with some bright colours and an urban theme (mine are Izzy in front of some graffiti)

Layout 2 - two 4x6 portrait photos mine are black and white with a travel theme

Layout 3 - one 4x6 portrait any theme.

Layout 4 - one photo mine is 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches but there is some wiggle room in both directions but not bigger than 6x4

Layout 5- Five photos each approx 2 1/4 inches square. Around the world travel theme or a places I would like to go travel theme.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Gallery Favourites for May using Simple Stories

Here are a few of my favourites from May's gallery which is all about Simple Stories.  Hopefully they will also fuel you with inspiration for the scrap lift challenge - choose one of the pages from the gallery and use it as inspiration for your page, then share it in our Facebook group ATDML#Create to be in with a chance to win a prize.


First up is Ann's - I love her messy pages this month using Paperartsy's Infusions (you can find them here) and lots of the Simple Stories Faith collection.  I also like the way she's tilted the white cardstock to back it onto the patterned paper.


I love Karen's dimension in this page and all the little bits of doodling around the edges of the page and photos.  The gold foiling on the papers and the embellishments really add some sparkle to a beautiful page celebrating love.



More gorgeous pages from Tricia - using Domestic Bliss - perfectly matched colours with the yellows, greens and blues, and I really like the idea of balancing your page with a half a square at the top and half a circle at the bottom, which is the perfect place to put an arched title.


Here is my page, inspired by my sister...and uses Domestic Bliss too.  I tried cutting with scissors rather than my go to guillotine this time so everything is more uneven than normal! I added lots of layers and stickers all from the same range so that the colours worked well (though I have noticed that Simple Stories use similar colours across their ranges, so you can easily mix ranges and have perfectly matching colours too!).  I used lots of flicks of metallic paints in co-ordinating colours on the card stock background.

Do go and check out the gallery this month, as this is just a taster...you can find it here.  The shop is also packed with Simple Stories ranges here.


Friday, 2 June 2017

June's Scraplift Challenge


Hello lovely scrappers and welcome to June's scraplift challenge.  A little later than usual, apologies I forgot to write the blog post!

This month I am scraplifting Ann's gorgeous Seek


I loved the diagonal split of paper and the clusters and Ann is really the queen of sequin placement.  


I used a 6 x 4 photo rather than a square one but still added it to my photo mount asymmetrically as Ann has.  I also went for three clusters of embellishments and then added some gems and pearls.

As always, I am really excited to see what you come up with this month.

The ATDML gallery can be found on the 'Information' section -  at the right-hand side of the ATDML shop site .

Happy Scrapping x




Saturday, 27 May 2017

Small Scale Project Life


Hello, hello lovlies - this year I decided to join in with Ali Edward's 'Week In The Life' project and make a little mini album of the photographs (not as many as I would like as most days I forgot I was supposed to be taking photos).

I started by deciding to use an A5 folder, that came complete with page inserts, from The Range and cost about £1.50, 

Often, when I make double pages, I lay two sheets of cardstock side by side and work across both pages - a lesson learnt from Shimelle.  So I used seven pieces of A4 card and added patterned paper to these.









I then sliced them into two A5 pages and added my embellishments, photos and journaling.  I stuck the clear stickers onto the outside of the page protectors. 












This was quite an easy little project and one that would be ideal to quickly record the highlights of each day when on holiday.