Hi my dear readers! I hope your September is starting out good. Originally I was going to make a card but after watching a Scrapbook Soup rerun on the internet I decided to make a mini album using this as the cover. I have tons of photos both on my camera and on my cell phone of times spent with my granddaughters so although I'm not a scrapbooker I thought it would be fun to use some of the photos in a small album. For me a large album with layouts is too intimidating. Just making the decisions alone of what papers and how to do the layout makes my head spin.
I will be placing the photo used to make the Kaleidoscope on the other side with information of when the picture was taken. In fact the back of all the pages will have information of when, where,etc. Perhaps even in my own handwriting. I will also be punching a hole at the top so I can use a binder ring. That way I can add pages as the years go by.
I practiced stenciling with color mist on the circles but then ended up spraying over my stenciling. I found out the best way to stencil with color mist is to hold the spray bottle far away and lightly spray. After the circles were dry I used "Stickles" on the edge and when that was dry I cut slits. Then using a tape runner put everything together to make my flower. I was going to put a small gem in the middle but could not find them so perhaps later I'll add one.
The background was made using Brilliance ink and a Plaid stencil. I found some Plaid stencils which are small and there is something like three patterns per sheet of stencils. Because the stencil was so small I had to move it in order to fill the background with pattern. I used a cotton ball in a circular motion which I had dabbed onto the ink pad. Of course I found my blending tool after I was all done. If anyone sees the cleaning /organizing fairy will you please send her my way.
I stamped on the sentiment using Ranger Archival black ink. The stamp is from Teresa Collin's Everyday Moment stamp set which has all kinds of neat stamps in the set. The stamp set is available through Amazon and may be available at other places. I won this set a couple of years ago.
Did I mention that the cleaning/organizing fairy really needs to come my way. I was looking for a set of playing cards so I could start the Altered Playing Card challenge. Alas I could not find them so while I was out running errands yesterday I bought a set at a Dollar store. Now I'm off to start gessoing the cards. For information about the challenge please click on the icon on the right hand side.
Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!