Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The 2015 Sherlock Planner by Watson

Hello creative creatures. I have my official first project for The Sherlock Book by Watson to show you. 
I wanted to make a planner for 2015 and I thought The Sherlock Book would be a great thing to use. I wanted a sturdy cover so I bought a file folder and cut it down to size. This was then covered with a strong craft paper and covered with the kit's cover and then sealed with a varnish. From there I added some Tim Holtz Corners and a bookplate and also one of Meg's lovely Lions Head door knocker charms

The inside of the book was a bit tricky as I wanted a lot of pages for the planner.  I ended up having double the pages. This gave me around 36 pages to have in my planner. 12 were turned into a calendar and the rest were added the the divided sections. The back of the pages (because this was a printed kit rather than the download) I inked misted and splodge to add some distressing. 

The ephemera I added here and there to the sections of the planner to later use which they are held in with paper clips. I also used some extra ephemera from the Vintage Ephemera Packs

The closure of the book is really simple, two islet holes on the front and back cover and some twine attached which just get tied together when the planner is in my bag. 

Here is a video of a flick through of the planner. 

Monday, 22 September 2014

A Birthday Card For a Sister

I made a card for a friends sister. It was well received. 

This was a very simple care and I used Prima's Cartographer collection which I haven't used yet. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Gentlemen Mini Album

Hello there crafters. Todaying I am sharing my next project for Meg's Garden. 

I created a mini album using The Gentlemen Collection I design from Meg's Garden. I have been itching to do another mini album but didn't have anything to put in it, until I realised I have a lot of pictures of my archery adventures. This is now my archery brag book. 

There is a youtube video at the end of the blog post which shows the construction and completed project in it. 

I used the Kathy Orta Hidden Hinge mini album method which I really like as you can create so many pockets and interactive pages. 

Inside the front and back covers I created pockets for extra photos and cabinet cards.
Two of the pockets in the mini album were created to hold small booklets for journalling as well, there you will see when you watch the video below.

Other Products
various washi tape
Tim Holtz metal books corners

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment or question.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Meg's Garden: Correspondence mens cards

Hi there crafters! I have some more cards I made using The Correspondence collection

I first create a lot of feminine cards with The Correspondence, but this time I went for a more masculine feel. 

The Correspondence papers are obviously from Meg's Garden as are the small metal gear charms, which I just love using. I also used a hot air balloon from the Around the World in a Balloon from the collage papers.  The chippies are from Prima, Kaisercraft. The gear frame and brick wall on the next cards I cannot recall. (anyone that recognises it please leave a comment and remind me who creates it, thanks)
The next card uses some of the same items as the first.

This next card was just a throw together of some of the things lying around on my desk. I do this sometimes as a bit of a challenge to myself, of just being able to use what I have at hand. 

Again I have used The Correspondence collection and some of Meg's mini Backgournd papers and also a clock face from Old World Time transparency.  The wood veneers are from Kaisercraft and Creative Embellishments 

I would love to hear what you think of these projects.
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

My Watson Grandparents

Hi there creative readers!

I was looking through my layouts from the last year and realised I didn't have many of the paternal grandparents, which is a little odd as i was closer to the than I was my maternal grandparents purely through geography.

Here we have Peggy and Ryan Watson. Sadly Peggy passed away 20 years ago the night before my mother and I left South Africa. Ryan passed away a while later. I spent a lot of time with these grandparents as they live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We would have Sunday roast at their place most weekends. Ryan was a hobbyist photographer and Peggy made various things from knitting to sewing and making my barbie clothes.

For my layout of this particular photo of them I have used Marion Smith's Nirvana Collection which I got from Meg's Garden. I did a bit of senceling and misting of the background too. I love the cut & create pages from Marion which I have used in this layout.

I hope you like and please leave a comment or any questions

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Custom card

Hello readers!

So a few weeks back I get a call from a family member at about 7pm while I was at work. Work was hectic so I didn't answer but sent a txt a little later on asking if everything was ok. 

Family member wanted an urgent birthday card for a friend. Phew! 

So I made this for his friend. 

What can I say I love using butterflies as much as I do gears and cogs.

Please feel free to leave a comment or a question.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 25 August 2014

4in strip book with Back to Back binding

So a few months ago I was going through my scrap paper and found I have a large amount of 4 inch strips as I had been doing a fair amount of work in 8 inches. I was about to finish my last photo journal and started working on a way to use up all these strips of paper.  From watching many craft videos on binding methods I opted for what I call a back to back binding method. There is a youtube video at the end of this post where I show the basic construction of one of these books.

I have four of these books now all ready and waiting for photos to go in them. I might even give a few away as presents.

Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Photo Journal #2

Hi Crafters

Back in March I showed you my first coptic stitch bound photo journal which I was very proud of and really enjoyed the entire project from making the book to filling it and completing it. I had to do it all over again only this time I wanted to make it bigger. Little did I know HOW MUCH BIGGER it would be.

Here is a video of me talking about the project and going through the second photo journal.

I hope you have enjoyed this and are inspired to maybe give it a try your self.

Leave a comment or any questions.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Book cover with Tea Stained Lace

Hi crafters!

I have a great project to show you today. I wanted to pay with staining lace with tea to see how it would turn out. I have some lovely cotton and synthetic lace from Meg's Garden that had been sitting in my stash that I thought would be perfect for this project.

There is a video at the end of this post where I talk about how I went about doing this project.

I hope you like this project as much as I do.

Please feel free to leave a comment or any questions. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Custome Card: Jo's Birthday card

Once or twice a year I hear from a friend in Western Australia who asks for a birthday card for his partner and sometimes a sister.
Here is Jo's birthday card for this year, I think it is the 3rd in a row. 

I tend to get free reign with what I can make. I know Jo and she is a one of a kind, which is what I work with. This year I went with a steampunk style with a bold and defined feel as Jo is not a frilly girly girl, which I can relate to making my job rather simple. 

I have used Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante, which I have had sitting in my paper collection for a couple years waiting for the perfect project to use it. Some Prima Market gears that were painted with Tim Holtz distress daubers (love the metallics). The acetate is a quarter pages from a Kaisercraft acetate page and the wood flourish is also from Kaisercraft which was painted black with Glossy crackle of the surface.

Jo was over the moon about her card, hope you readers like it too. 

Leave a comment or a question.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Correspondence The traveling mans brother

Greetings to all the bloggers out there.

This dashing young man is my maternal grandfather, Adriaan 

Back 2006 mother and I arranged for a large suitcase of family photos to be sent to us in Perth, Australia.
I was amazed at many of the picture mostly because they showed my mother parents younger than what I knew them as. It was like being introduced to total strangers. My grandparents were well in to their late 70's early 80's by the time I was born, so I never saw them as children or young adults. My grandfather would be in his mid thirties in the portrait.

So for this layout I wanted to combine the new Correspondence Collection with some of the previous Meg's Garden collections and some French Writing Ephemera. The Hot Air Balloons were a nice add to the photo and the feel of the layout.