Tuesday, 31 January 2012

My First Scrapbooking Attempt: Tag!

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So as mentioned in previous blogs I am going to start scrapbooking and so I have started to do a mini album junk journal or smash book and I started off trying to create a tag because it looked fun and this is what I came up with in less than 10 minutes and I am super impressed and super happy with it.

Imogen xoxox

What I did:
i. I used one of my bought tags and removed the string, I then traced around it and cut out a piece of silver glitter card.

ii. I also really liked the packaging that the stationary kit came in so cut that up and made the black and white strip accorss the card and glued on with PVA white glue.

iii. The butterfly embelishment I bought in a large pack of pink butterflies and flowers as mentioned in yesterdays haul scrapbooking blog (1) and so used this one (which has a sticky dot on it!) with some additional fabric glue. I also left the left big wing of the butterfly (so its not glued down) to make room for a picture space.

iv. I then took the brown tag and measured out equal journaling lines and drew them on with a black fineliner. I then also did the butterfly using pink and silver gel pens to colour it in.

v. I glued the tag to the glitter card using regretable PVA white glue.

vi. Once dried I punched out a hole.

vii. I stuck the ribbon through giving it a bit of a twist and using a lighter to fuse the edges so it doesn't fray!

viii. Then I used a very small hair braiding band in black to tie the ribbon.

Two tips:
1. When you cut ribbon to stop it fraying and fraying and fraying seal it shut by holding it close to a lit flame.
2, Hair braiding band make for also sorts of fastenings if you want a good strong hold but not a perminant fix.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Shopping Haul: Scrapbooking 1.

Shopping Haul: Scrapbooking!

Ok so I decided to give this scrabooking stuff a go and see how it works out and I was adamant that I would get some stuff but I am not spending stupid money on patterned paper and fancy paper as its all personal use and such. Lease that was until I got to the shop :P

So I had £55 to spend and with that I got a return on the bus, some £20 4 plastic draws set in black and white for all my crafty stuff and then I spent the other £20odd on the following scrapbooking stuff!

So I went to my pound shop first and they had so much still I got a craft:

· So I got 2 stationary sets (note paper and pen) one in pink with white polka dots and one black with white polka dots (£2) but was very disappointed as when I got home it was only for first page that was like that and the others a brown but it’s ok I can still use them just not in my first project as I am doing my first mini album in black, white and pink(s) with the odd silver too shhh!

· I got some stick on glue dots in black so we’ll see how they go! (£1)

· I got a pack of black craft paper which is quite thin and there’s 100 sheets of UK A4 so quite happy with that stuff deffo use them as accent sheets or as cover sheets we’ll see (£1).

· I got some pink diamante stick on letters just because they’ll match my first project which I think will go really well as I might turn it into an album of me and my partner – lots of lovely photos ~ we’ll see. (£1)

· I got some black diamante sticker bordered but you can split them up and I just thought they would go so nice with the theme (£1)

· 3 pack of scissors so I actually have my own scissors and if you get the ones from the kitchen area they’re actually super sharp for pound shop scissors – I got mine in pink! (£1)

· 12 felt flowers and butterflies I got two packs one in black and white and the other in baby pink and hot pink because they were super cute, not usually my thing per-say but I have some photos from out and about and a zoo day and such so they might go with that, will go with the mini despite what I decide to do with it!! (£2)

· 5 differed meter long ribbons I got two of these packs because they were so lovely in black and white themed with dots, stripes, hearts and more I thought they looked wonderful and so definitely use those! (£2)

· I got a A5 notebook to help me make notes and keep ideas on what I wanted to do – oh the irony!! (£1)

· I got a pack of 6 helix erasers because I have lots all mine, shameful! Lol (£1) inc 3 sharpeners!

· 100 A4 UK pastel colour paper sheets because they could be good plain or for printing on – lots of ideas (£1)

· 3 different sized envelopes for various pockets and personal posting use lol (£3)

· 5M double sided sticky tape and tabs (£1)

· Mega Scrapbook Bag (£1) ~ Which just has so much stuff I got one of these ages ago with some good papers although most of the bag is weird left overs like the stuff you get when you’ve finished punching out shapes but it’s usable and these have lots of stuff this one had lots of pink stuff (flowers and paper and such) also some black stuff and so there’s lots of useful stuff in that

· I also got a pack of 6 printed papers in 12x12 and then there’s the same 6 papers in 4x6 or there abouts and so there’s lots of useful stuff I got a pink pack which has lots of pink goodness hehe (£1)

I then went over to The Works and got:

· 50 circular, heart and square mirrors (little craft mirrors) because I thought that might be a little different who knows! (99p)

· Large A4 UK self-healing cutting mat (£2.99)

· Paper Trimmer and Cutting mat (£4.99) which is am really really really disappointed in because I thought the paper trimmer was fastened to the cutting matt and I am totally failing to cut well with this item because I suck, I am sure it’s me not the item but I can’t hold down the plastic rule and the mat and press down hard enough on the blade and keep everything else still – I fail! Lol.

· I also go 20 large tags in brown which I intend to cut down and cover (99p)

· I finally got 2 very fine glitters for various things one in pink and the other in white because they were two for a pound (£1)

· I also got myself a hello kitty air freshener car plush thing because it matched my new phone which is the hello kitty Samsung tocco lite hehe, aww. (99p)

I then went over to Argos and got a chest of 4 plastic draws but they’re quite big and hold all my new crafting stuff so super happy with them which are currently on sale for £19.99!!

Since getting home and unpacking I’ve put some stuff together for my first mini but I still have some more bits to get and some stuff is coming in the post and such. But after all that I washed out a load of coffee jars as mentioned in my previous post and filled them with old jewelry and such which was bought for crafting and such and ribbons and beads and sequins. I also put to use a box I got for findings and polymer charms and such weeks ago but haven’t yet used and put some of my findings and embellishment stuff in that.

I then tried to do some paper crafting but failed on doing basic rectangle shapes due to my inability to use the tools I have lol, so I am going to continue with that once I have a proper guillotine like what I want ~ although I did start on a tag which I have cut out a silver glittery sheet and then stuck a piece of black with white dotted card onto it across the front near the bottom and then used fabric glue to glue on the larger hot pink butterfly leaving open one of the wings to give room for a photo and then on the back of the brown tag I drew some lines and a little butterfly in black, pink and silver gel pens although I kind of wish I had done it on white paper just so this all matched but meh it’s a little journaling spot but won’t be seen all that much as it’s the back which will be in the pocket I am super excited about what I have created I have yet to stick them together and punch out the second hole (in the silvery paper) and add some ribbon which I will be using the black and white dot ribbon to the piece and of course I will take pics as it’s my first scrapbooking piece / first tag which I like and once finished will share :)

Thank you for reading :D

Imogen xoxox

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Storage & Recycling: Jars!!

Hello again,

So a while we got some jars (coffee) which had unusual stopper tops and not twist tops (see pic) and so I thought to myself they were far too nice just to throw away or put in a recycling bin! So I decided to use them for beads, buttons, sequins, ribbons and various other findings. - The reason I am mentioning this is because there's so much reusable stuff out there and the amount of people who go out and buy storage containers for findings and such is unreal as is the prices of the containers!! I went down to my local crafty place and for £3.99 I could buy an empty container with 3 dividers!! But for £2.49 I can buy a jar full of coffee, drink the coffee and reuse the jar! Besides there's other jars out there if you don't like coffee such as jam jars and other spread jars: marmalade, chocolate, peanut butter and much more!! ~ Just thoughts.

Another quick tip for removing lables: Make a bowl (washing up bowl/sink) of very hot water and add washing up liquid to gain the bubbles. Sink the jars/bottles into the water and leave until water is cold. Removing lables and glue is now very easy... enjoy.

Imogen xoxox

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Scrabooking using recycled old books

An idea for scrabooks and such thus far is to buy old books from charity shops, car boots etc and use these pages (especially the pictures) to create pages and decoration to pages in the scrapbook journal thing I am going to make so wish me luck! Just an idea.

Bye ~ Imogen xoxox

Friday, 27 January 2012

Going to start scrapbooking!!

So, recently I decided I need a Filofax to keep all my numbers, appointments, organisations, names, addresses, dates, etc etc etc in as I am constantly making new contacts and arranging things to do with my disability. I have so much paper all and a unorganised files in a very organised filing system which is making it impossible to find the right piece of paper. So I was going to buy one and then I saw the prices and the prices of the refills and thought to myself “I am sure there is something better than a simple notebook that I can make, lets consult Google”.

So Google came up with the idea of scrapbooking which in truth I have always been put off by the expense of stock card (chipboard), patterned paper and such forth before embellishments and such which all in all is quite a bit of money just to cut it all up and stick it together. – For this reason I never got into scrapbooking although when I was in college we had to do a ‘final major project’ (yes I was an art student) and during this time I collected lots of research and made two large sketchbooks with sketches, print outs, cut outs and such and decorated each page with paint, decoupage, collage and much more and really really enjoyed working like that and creating two sketchbooks one of research and ideas and the other of process and final works.

So I have decided as an additional side project to my currently polymer clay craft hobby I will do some scrapbook minis or similar to use as diaries!

I thought I would update this journal with some of the ideas and processes I’ve come up with

Sunday, 15 January 2012

I am still here: Polymer updates 2.


So where have I been? Nowhere! Short and simple, I have simply been very busy selling things on Ebay (which I have made just under £400 in just under 2 months!! Very happy!) ~ but it has taken over and become quite addictive and no I do not now have plenty of money as I have been using the money to pay off what I owe and buy nice things (thus had a wonderful Christmas) anyways.

Aside from Ebay I have been overwhelmed with polymer clay – I am crap! It is not as easy as the 8 year olds on YouTube make out that it is (in my opinion) …but I am still trying and thus far have made a couple of micro turtles, micro mushrooms, micro cupcakes, leaves and a little robot thing! I did make a bunny last night but I fell with a blade in my hand and squished the white bunny which is now stained orange (guess why). So I am recovering with my injury and thought I would take this time just to write a quick journal to those of you who care – love you.

I will be back with the art soon, I promise!! Any suggestions?