Wednesday, 24 September 2014

September Crop Class Sneak Peek

This Saturday is the next Cre8tive Crop. We do at class at 6 of the crops we run in the year and this is one of those crops. So for those of you who are joining us here is a sneak peak of the class to help you choose your photos. I'll post pictures of the completed class and the ladies interpretations of it after the weekend. If you aren't booked and would like to join us on Saturday please get in touch... you can either do the class or come along and do your own thing all day.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

July Crop class pages

Wow! What a scorching few days we have had! Not what we are used to but a lovely start to the school holidays. My boys have been making the most of it with trips to the beach and swims in the sea - we are really blessed to live so close to the sea.

Anyway, enough about the weather. At our crop last Saturday we had a great group of ladies who took part in the class and this time I gave them the option of using my colours or changing the colours to suit their photos. They all did an amazing job and there are a couple in particular that I thought turned out really well.

So first off here is my page. Note the crimped and inked paper above and below the photos to mimic the waves. I also loved colouring the lace to tie in the with page.
Next up is Bobby's page. I love how she has added a line of pen to the journalling block, it really helps it to stand out.
This was Eve's first class with me and she made the page her own moving the stamps around to fill the page. I love how the orange pops against the blue.
Next up is Mary's page. She stuck to the same colours as me as they go really well with her photos. She didn't get time to add her title in the class but has it to add at home!
Maureens page of her grandson is great fun. She wanted the title in muddled up cases, her words.... I can't do anything straight! For those of you who read the blog but didn't do the class can you work out how we did the blue solid(ish) circles?
 Another page with a title to be added at home but this is Pat's lovely page. Where was it Pat?
Penny (no 1) just used two colours on her page and ened up with a beautiful muted page.
 Penny (No 2) changed the colours and I think the ones she chose go really well with her photos.
Sue no 1! Pink and red... perfect colours for girls and Disney! The photo doesn't show it very well but there are touches of aqua which look lovely too.
Sue No 2! used some old family photos to make a great page. The photo on the left is her and her husband before they were married!
And last but most definitely not least Wendy did a page using photos from Wimbledon. I absolutely love how she has used the green and the purple to match the Wimbledon colours. She also has her title in purple to match to stick on!
Well this is most of the pages.... sorry if I missed photographing yours. Do send me a pic and I'll add it.

Friday, 6 June 2014

May 2014 Crop Class

Finally I have a few spare minutes to put up the pictures of the ladies crop classes from May. The ladies did a brilliant job and as always the pages look very different even though we started from the same point. I really enjoyed coming up with this class and started from the idea of wanting to do an ombré page and wanting to use a stencil with paint and the page came out of this starting point. So first off here is my page. I love that the colours of the page reflect the colour in the sunglasses which is why I chose this photo. These colours would be great for a sunset as well.
Next up is Bobby's page. Bobby isn't a fan of messy and inky so I am extra impressed with her doing this class!
I hope that I have got the two new ladies around the right way and that this is Mary's page! It was her first class with me so I hope she enjoyed it!
Maureen often has a shake up of the class and makes it her own and this class was no different! I love how she divided the page in four with the thin red strips.
Pat hadn't stuck her page down so we positioned it so we could have a record of it. The photo doesn't show it as clearly in real life but Pat applied the paint more lightly so her page was more subtle and she used the magic sheets for her title as well which went really well with the more subtle look of her page.
Penny's dad was a photographer so she always has amazing photos of herself. This photo is of her dad. What a lovely record.
Can you guess that Su is a big time Doctor Who fan! She is doing a second page with the same technique using the blue from the doctors Tardis.... can't wait to see it!
 Wendy was also doing one of my classes for the first time. Didn't she do a brilliant job?

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Product Focus - Tiny Alphabets

Tiny alphabets have become very popular over the last 18 months and lots of manufacturers have brought out stickers to feed this trend. They are brilliant for adding sub-titles and journalling on your pages. I thought I would show you a few we have at Cre8tive and surf the net for some pages made using them to show you how they can be used.

So first off are Tiny Type by Cosmo Cricket. There are a lot of colours available but some of the brighter ones have been discontinued so grab them while you can. They also have some which are on clear backings which look great - the BEAUTIFUL and SWEET SOPHIA are done with Tiny Type in the page below.
Basic Grey have Micro Mono Stickers in lots of great colours. I love how they have been mixed and matched with other alphabets on the page below (the white 'inches' 'and' 'beyond' are the Basic Grey Stickers). The orange stickers are the Basic Grey ones on the brilliant Dr Seuss quote.
And finally for my selection of mini alphabets My Minds Eye do some brilliant Tiny Words and Co-ordinating Tiny Alphabets.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Happy Birthday Dad!

It was my dad's birthday on Monday and I made this card for him. I used a doily and inks to make the background with pen and glitter highlights and the rose was stamped and coloured.

Monday, 3 February 2014

One more....

Debs has just e-mailed through to me pictures of her pages. Debs took the class page and turned it into a triple page layout!! She had several pictures she wanted to incorporate so made the class spread over three pages! Brilliant.
Debs has even more photos in a pocket behind the ones you can see (the tabs are sticking out for ease of access!)
She has also customised the page by turning the flower into a rosette. Perfect!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Washi Tape Class... the ladies pages!

I always love at the end of a class looking at the ladies pages and seeing how they have made them their own. There are always a couple of pages I don't manage to photograph but here are most of them.

I love the colours Carol has chosen to tie in with her photos and I love how she has managed to fit lots of photos on the page as well. Brilliant!
Jennys page has a great triple layer washi flower on it! Lovely idea.
Karen looks like she is wearing a hat in her page where she is holding the owl from Harry Potter!
Su did a great page to remember her parents back in 1996. I love how she has created a border around the chipboard journalling shape.
Sue wasn't happy with her page so is going to adapt it at home, hence no title
Penny added a washi tape border to her photo and changed the washi tape flower. See the close ups below for more detail.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Washi Tape Page

Ok so normally I wouldn't use quite so much washi tape on one page and I probably wouldn't normally end up with such a vibrant page but I wanted to use as many Washi tape techniques as possible in this class so the ladies had something to refer back to so they can use just one or two on future pages!

So here is my page and afterwards I'll go through the 8 techniques just so that you can get some different ideas about wonderful Washi! I'll post the ladies pages tomorrow so you can see how they made the page their own.
 Technique 1 - Washi Tape Titles - Stick tape to card three widths side by side and die cut title. Go round edge with pen to help lift from page
 Technique 2 - Washi Tape Border - I have used lots of colours here but you could use just one tape to make your border for a cleaner look
 Technique 3 - Washi Tape Punched Border. - Stick tape to card and punch with a border punch. For a different look once punched peel up the Washi tape and restick down parallel to the punched edge for a shadowed effect.
 Technique 4 - Washi Tape Embellishments - Here we have brightened up a humble paper clip with two lengths of washi tape wrapped around it. Wouldn't it look cute with a whole line of these in a row?
 Technique 5 - Washi Tape Ribbon Frill - Stick the washi tape to some ribbon overlapping about 1/3 and then stick to your page pleating as you go. You get a lovely ruffled effect on the ribbon. I would probably stitch over the tape to help make sure it is extra secure and for extra interest.
 Technqiue 6 - Washi Tape Banner - Wrap lengths of Washi tape around a string and 'v' cut the ends
 Technqiue 7 - Washi Tape Flower - Punch two 1 1/2" circles from card. With the wider tape pleat around the edge of the circle so only 1/4 of the tape is on the circle and 3/4 hanging off. Follow the circle as you pleat around (red tape below). For the narrower tape reverse so 3/4 is on the card and only 1/4 off. This will mean you need tighter pleats to enable you to follow the circle around (green tape below). Trim once a full circle is completed. Stick two layers together.
 Technique 8 - Washi Tape Button - Cover a regular button with Washi butting the edges up and matching the design so it looks like one continuous pattern. Tuck the excess under the button. This is easiest with a flat backed button and using the back on top so you have a flat surface to stick the tape to. Use a needle to re-make the holes in the button (my button had 4 holes originally but I remade just 2) and thread string through and tie a bow.
The tapes used can all be found online here :)

Monday, 13 January 2014

Cre8tive Crop Class Sneak Peek

I have loads of photos of pages from last years crops that I haven't got round to putting on here... it is on my to do list! But for today here is a sneak peek at the crop class for this Saturday. If you are able to get to Fareham, Hampshire this Saturday 18th January we would love for you to join us on our scrapbooking day. You can come and do your own thing all day or if you would like to learn something new the class is all about Washi Tape. The page includes 8 different ways to use Washi Tape! Here are the sneak peeks...........