Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Adding a photo to a finished layout in my Childhood Christmas Memories Album - Ruby RockIt Creative Team

In addition to finding the Santa photo in my previous Ruby Rock-It Project I found this treasure that I didn't know existed.  I remember posing for it but I thought it had been among photos lost during our first house flood.  I can't tell you how happy I am to have found this.  I just had to get it into my Childhood Christmas Memories Album but slight hiccup, the perfect spot for it is finish so what to do? I decided I would create a 6x6 layout with the Crafters Choice Nostalgic Treasures range that I can stick to the back of my tip in that is for something that occurred this Christmas.
I am sure this photo is from the year that St Nick came to me for the first time, and that is a important memory as it highlights just how close my family and my childhood best friend's family had become, we had started to adopt some of their Christmas traditions and it was wonderful.

I selected a paper from the 6x6 paper pad as my background paper and a matte for my photo and paper for my journalling tag. 

I matted my photo onto white cardstock and that red Christmas sparkles paper (as I like to call it) and added my Advent Candle die cut (I do love a embellishment that helps tell the story of my photo and this one did just that as part of the Schumm's Christmas was a Advent Candle Wreath).
I didn't adhere any of this down to my 6x6 background page yet.  I adhered them to each other but not the page as I needed to make a pocket for my journalling tag.

I created my journalling tag and then set about creating my pocket for my journalling.
Note to self:  Don't Journal Tired, you make too many mistakes you have to fix later.  ;)

To create my pocket I used Stickmaster Heat Resistant Tape as in my climate all other tapes used on pockets and minis have given way.
I worked out how I wanted my tag to poke out as it would form part of my layers and embellishments and I added my tape to accommodate this.

I adhered my cluster down to my page.
When I created my tag I added this poinsettia as a pull for the tag and positioned it to act as a additional embellishment to the layout.

When I went to add the layout into my album I realised it was going to have overhang so I added a 2 inch piece of the poinsettia paper to the back ensuring it went past the die cut and then I trimmed it off, so when it is stuck down you won't see white from the top page.

The front page has holly on it so adding a Holly die cut from the Nostalgic Treasures die cut over where the Poinsettia die cut back is was a perfect was to blend the 2 page edges together to make it feel finished.

You can find a flip through of my completed album here.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Christmas Traditions - Santa Photo - Helmar Creative Team

My boys still get a Santa photo each year, which I think is absolutely awesome.  I think it is because their sisters were teens when they were little and it was just normal for teens to be in Santa photos in our family, my girls participated in this Christmas Tradition until they moved away for Uni at age 18 and 19.  Or it is because they know I love having these photos to scrap.  Either way I think it is awesome.  And it is likely to continue as we are moving to Brisbane and will be near my granddaughter so they will have the chance to have Santa photos with her.
So today I am sharing a layout with you of last year's Santa photo.
I wanted to have red and black in my layout due to the colours my boys were wearing so I mounted my photo on black cardstock with Helmar Acid Free Glue
Then I selected some left over papers from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Christmas 6x8 paper pad (I love that this paper pad included a black plaid as my son was wearing a black shirt) and then pulling in embellishments from Kaisercraft Letters to Santa Collectables, Crafters Choice Nostalgic Treasures and from a old Scrapping Fun Kits DD Kit. 
I was torn on position of one piece of paper and the lace so I bounced ideas off my feel Helmar Team Members.  I love that I have this group of amazing crafters that when I am feeling a bit stuck I can bounce ideas off of.
Now that I had decided on where things would go it was time to adhere things down, starting with the little Santa Hat.
I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere this to my photo.  I put a blob on the back of the corner then slid the hat over and pressed down.
Then working with one layer of papers at a time I cut away paper that would be hidden behind things, added a line of Helmar Acid Free Glue and adhered the top layer down.
I found myself wanting a simple background of cardstock but a layered cardstock with black, red and white.  I did the same thing with layering these.  I cut a one inch window inside my black and red layer, the red layer was cut down to 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inchs and my white layer to 11 1/2 x 11 12 inches.
To adhere the lace down I ran a bead of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive down where I wanted my lace to go and then put the lace down and tucked it around the paper layer it was ending at.
I adhered some Prima Marketing leaves to one of the Kaisercraft die cuts and then to the page with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.
I needed to make a pocket for my tag I was going do my journaling on. 
I decided to build 4 layers of thin strips of scrap cardstock to give me a higher pocket.  
I then adhered them to the back of the tree die cut I had chosen from Crafters Choice Nostalgic Treasures die cuts pack with Helmar Acid Free Glue.
Once I had my lace, tree and Prima Leave flower down I added the rest of my flowers and a tag that says Christmas Traditions down with a mix of Helmar Acid Free Glue and Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots so I could adjust the height of things as needed.
I then adhered my whole cluster down to my cardstock and realised my green paper was slightly crooked so I added some scraps to detract the eye from this with Helmar Acid Free Glue.
I love how this layout turned out, the hints of black is just what it needed.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Santa - Childhood Christmas Memories Album - Ruby RockIt Creative Team


Those of you who were following me in 2017 may remember my Childhood Christmas Memories Altered Album and that I couldn't find the only photo of me taken with Santa so I had saved the front page for when I did find it.  I found it.  I am so excited.  Plus I found another Christmas photo of me that I thought had been lost/destroyed years ago, but that photo is for another post.
Those of you who weren't here for this project you can find out all about it by checking out my YouTube Playlist for it and/or my blog posts for the pages I created in 2017. 
Basically as I had no photos of Christmas as a child I Google Image searched the tree we had, decorations we had, places we visited and I obtained a Little Golden Book that I think I had as a kid and altered it into a mini album about my Childhood Christmas Memories.  It is one of my absolute all time favourite and most treasured projects.
When I found my Santa photo I felt Crafter's Choice Nostalgic Treasures was the perfect choice for scrapping it into my altered book.

As the photo is red and white I wanted to use a red paper as my background page, I loved the opulent cushion feel of this paper.
As the pages of my Little Golden Book are 6x8 I needed to use a paper from the 12x12 paper pad to ensure I could get a piece big enough.  I simply cut the 12x12 down to 6x8 and glued it in with Helmar Acid Free Glue.

After matting my photo on white cardstock and gluing it down to my page I decided it needed another layer so I cut a 1/2 strip of this paper that reminds me of a sparkly Christmas night from the 6x6 paper pad and trimmed the top and bottom off to get a shorter piece from the middle.  I glued it down so it look like it was under my photo matte.

When going through the die cuts pack this sleigh with white horses stood out as I had given Santa a white horse like this on this day.
I absolutely love it when a embellishment helps me tell the story of a photo so I knew this was the perfect die cut for my layout and I felt it was all I needed.
The story is the year before some of my teenage cousins wanted to take me to Santa for the first time and 2.5 year old me did not cope and I screamed and kicked the poor Santa.  So I really wanted to give him a gift to say sorry.  The Santa didn't want to take it so Mum had to explain out of earshot of me why it was important he take it.

I added some journalling in my usual black pen and then after adding my title, date and some snowflakes in white I decided to make it white.

I decided my page needed some snow so using one of the gorgeous snowflake stamps from the Crafters Choice Nostalgic Treasures Icons stamp set.
As I didn't have a white ink pad I just coloured the stamp with my white gel pen and hoped for the best, I actually really like how it turned out, it feels more snow like to me.
I then added my title with some ancient alphas from my stash and the year the photo was taken in the top corner.  I may be off by a year but I think I am correct.

I will do a new flip through video of my completed project at the end of December so you can see how it has all come together to be a gorgeous memento of my childhood Christmas.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Quick and easy My Hero Academia Cosplay repairs and make - Helmar Creative Team

November is one of our biggest Birthday months in this family, so I try to get ahead on Christmas stuff but the Birthday stuff takes over.
Among the birthdays in November is Mr E and this year he is turning the big 13.  I wanted to do something fun as a suprise for him and I thought why not wake him up in a simple cosplay of his favourite female teacher from My Hero Academia.  It had to be simple as my plan was to create this without his knowledge so I could wake him on his Birthday as Ms Joke so I decided to just make a basic version of the shorts, team them with a black tank and a wig and I would be good to go.  I just wouldn't be able to make the gloves and belt with the time I had and in hiding as all the cosplay making supplies are in the room he uses daily for Distance Education.  My plan had a spanner thrown in the works when Mr C read out loud with E sitting within earshot a Facebook status I had made about it just before his Birthday, E isn't on Facebook, so I thought I was safe to post, how silly of me.

Now onto my Ms Joke Shorts
I bought these green men's swimming shorts from Big W after having no luck finding any shorts at any of my local op-shop.
I set myself up on a folding table in the lounge with these, scissors, wide orange ribbon (2 rolls), Helmar Fabric Glue and Helmar Fray Stoppa.

I cut the ribbon into lengths a little longer than the shorts adhered them down to the shorts with Helmar Fabric Glue, trimmed and then sealed the ends of the ribbon with Helmar Fray Stoppa.

Supper simple and quick to make and they look great for what I need them for.

I had ordered E a My Hero Academia Sports Uniform online so he could cosplay his favourite student, unfortunately the white fabric was fraying and some stitching was super close to the edge so while I had my supplies out I decided to use the Helmar Fray Stoppa to ensure it wouldn't get worse.

First I trimmed off the threads.

Then I ran Helmar Fray Stoppa along the edges, I was a bit wobbly with my application but it isn't noticeable once dry and he is wearing it.

I think we look pretty great for a couple of quick throw together budget cosplays.  :)

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

2 Simple Christmas Cards - CraftOnline Creative Team

I decided to make some simple cards in preparation for Christmas, so I ordered some supplies that would work for this and be great to add to my December Daily Journal stash as it is that time of year where I prepare for all things December.

Items used in this project:
Poppy Crafts A4 Carstock Pack Forever Green
Poppy Crafts A4 Cardstock Pack Pink
Poppy Crafts 6x6 Paper Pad Starry Night
Poppy Crafts Christmas Treats Die Set
Poppy Crafts 3 Pine Trees Die Set
Poppy Crafts A5 Paper Pad Nordic Christmas
Pink Paislee Together For Christmas Ephemera
Carta Bella Merry Christmas 12x12 Sticker Sheet
Xpress It Foam Tape
Helmar Acid Free Glue
And I should have used Universal Crafts Fine Tip Applicator Bottles to prevent mess, they were sitting next to me but I forgot to use them.

You can view my Process Video by clicking on the pic or video below.

I love the shimmer of the blue baubles on my tree and behind my paper.

I love how these papers worked so well with the Pink Paislee Together For Christmas Ephembera.

So if you need to get some quick cards made make sure you check out my video to see how these came together.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Preparing for December Daily in my Journal - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

This is the time of year when I am starting my preparations for December, in my last Ruby Rock-It Creative Team post I shared with you my setting up a Pocket sized TN as my wallet with a Christmas feel using Crafter's Choice Nostalgic Traditions and Today I wanted to share with you the other important part of my December that needs preparing.  My December Daily Journal, like my October Daily I combine December Daily with my journal keeping as I have found it is the only way I can get it completed.
With doing December Daily each year I struggle with needing Summer feeling Christmas supplies that suit it as apart from maybe 3 or 4 traditional coloured spreads my layouts tend to be needed Summer feeling supplies as it is so hot here at that time of year, so when I saw Crafters Choice Festive Pop I felt it was perfect for my DD Journal this year.  I am combining it with some items from Nostalgic Traditions but I think I will mostly use Festive Pop as it is so fun and perfect for hot weather Christmas memory keeping.
I selected the Festive Pop 6x6 paper pad, Sticker Booklet and Die Cuts for setting up my DD Journal, they coordinate so well with the gold striped notebook I am going to use for my journal.

I knew I wanted a pocket inside the front cover to hold the various numbered items, memorabilia I collect, etc while awaiting my weekly sit down and stick in my memories session so I selected a paper from the Festive Pop 6x6 paper pad to form my pocket.
At the end of December when I am finished with the supplies I keep in the pocket I will use it to hold mementos that don't fit on any of my layouts, thereby keeping my memories from December together and easy to find.

I measured the inside of my cover and added a inch to the  measurement and a half inch to the  measurement.  I cut my paper to this size and then scored a half inch on 2 sides and the bottom.
I snipped out the corners and folded my scored sections over, burnishing for a crisp fold.
I added Stickmast Heat Resistant tape to my folded edges. 
Note I use heat resistant tape when I can't use liquid glue as the climate in my home all other adhesive other than my preferred Helmar Glue and the Heat Resistant Tape gives way during Summer.

I adhered my pocket down to the inside of my cover, being careful to line it up with the edges.
How perfect is this paper for the inside of this cover?

Next I went through the paper pad and pulled out one of each of the papers that had numbers on them.

I partially cut them up to put in my pocket, ready for on the go memory keeping.

Aren't they just perfect for a Summer DD?

Now I could move onto my front cover.

I went through the Festive Pop Sticker Booklet and decided to spell out December 2019 using 2 of the alphas in the booklet.

I added 2 stars from the Festive Pop Die Cuts to the top corner, gluing them down with some Helmar Acid Free Glue.

Next I built a cluster down the bottom with trees and presents from the Festive Pop Die Cuts and Festive Pop Sticker Booklet.

I needed a tiny present under the green tree and next to the pink and silver tree so I cut the present this cute dog was carrying from the sticker and layered the badly cut edge under the tree, I then neatened up the dog and added him to my cluster as he is so cute.

Finally I decided the inside of my cover needed a bit more so I selected this awesome spotty paper from the Festive Pop 6x6 paper pad and cut it just a shade narrower than my pocket.  I adhered it with Helmar Acid Free Glue, tucking it into the pocket.

I held the pocket slightly open for a few minutes to ensure it wouldn't stick closed.  I accidentally tore the top of my pocket so I selected this blue sticker strip from the Festive Pop Sticker Booklet and stuck it down along the top.  To pull the blue further into the layout I added a blue tree sticker to my pocket.

As my star on the front was poking up I added 2 stars from the Festive Pop Die Cuts to the inside of my cover, lining them up with the bits that were poking up.

While I had the  out I cut out the number stickers from it and added them to my selection in my pocket.  Now I have plenty of choice when I am documenting my December memories.

I really love how Summery my journal feels.