04-18-2016

Graphic 45 Mon Amour | Silhouette Cameo | Mini Album Tutorial

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Hello,

I cannot wait to share with you guys a closer look at this mini album that I made using my Silhouette software and Cameo as a DT project for PPS. I cannot tell you enough how easy it is to make an album or any paper project once you own a Cameo. It is a great paper cutting machine!

I used mostly the Graphic 45 Bon Amour 12×12 pattern papers and embellishments for this album.

So, for the pattern papers I chose the Patterned Paper 65lb Silhouette setting.

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Most often than not the machine suggested settings are accurate.

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The Mini Album cutting file is the Lori Whitlock Chipboard Mini Album bought from the Silhouette Design store. It comes with a very easy to follow video tutorial on Lori’s blog.

Here are all the pieces cut and ready.

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It is very easy to put these pieces together into a mini album even without a tutorial.
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This is the accordion spine of the album. I remember earlier how long it took me to measure and score the cardstock while making one of these.. but not anymore!

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This is how it looks when you attach the pages to the spine.

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Once the skeleton is ready you can go ahead and start embellishing it.

Page 1:

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On the inside front and back cover I made a pocket for the tags, journaling cards and photo mats:

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Page 2: Here, I have used some cut-outs with quotes on it to hold my tags and photo mats together.

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Page 3: I also used the band technique on more than a couple of pages to hold mini envelopes with journaling cards and other embellishments in them.

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Page 4:

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Page 5:

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Page 6: I used some acetate sheets too. It can be easily slid on and off the album page.

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That is it! My mini album is ready! All I have left is to fill it up with photos, sweet memories and maybe some more beautiful embellishments.

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I had a blast putting together this mini album from  beginning to end!!

Do let me know what you think about it in the comments section below.

Love,

sig

Supplies used:

Silhouette Cameo

Graphic 45 Mon Amour 12″X12″ Paper Pad

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Chipboard Die Cuts – Journaling

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Cardstock Die-Cuts 6″X12″ – Tags & Pockets

American Crafts Solids KRAFT Textured Cardstock 12×12″

Maggie Holmes Shine Foiled Acetate 12″X12″

Echo Park Paper Lucky In Love Cardstock Stickers 12″X12″

Bazzill Cardstock Bling In the Pink 12×12″ Cardstock

Bazzill Classic Cardstock 12″X12″- Cardinal

03-23-2016

Mixed Media Canvas Art

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Recently I had attended a mixed media workshop conducted by Bipasha here in Dubai. To be honest, I went in a bit unsure of what I thought about mixed media and came out with a whole new perspective. It turned out to be much simpler than I thought it was. What I love about the art of mixed media is that you got to follow no rules!! You can do what your heart desires.. splash and play around with colors, basically unleash your creativity and be amazed with what you come up with. You have the freedom to combine a lot of different media however you like and come up with something new each time you create. It is freaking awesome! I need to give a big shoutout to Bipasha who introduced me to this lovely world of mixed media and also to Neelu from PPS who conducted this workshop in Dubai. It just opened new doors for me.

Today, I have my very first mixed media project to share with you guys.

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I began with this oval artist’s canvas as my base. I mod-podged some white lace all over the canvas for some texture and evenly smeared white gesso all over it. This lace with leaves all over is one of my favorite which I have been hoarding for years. Finally I got some use of it.

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Like I said there are no rules in mixed media so I went ahead and placed a lot of flowers and other elements all around. Since I did not have a lot of charms with me I went ahead and used some potpourri I had lying around. Some of them were broken jewelry pieces that I had collected over the years.

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This is the other end of the canvas. Its a blend of orange and yellow mists and watercolors. I also added some pearls and rhinestones from Pie Lane.

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You can see that I have used more than one color mediums on this project. I’ve used mists, watercolors and white gesso.  The possibilities are endless!!

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Overall, I am very happy with the outcome. To be honest, I was a bit nervous as well playing around with the colors I chose. I thought a tinge of black would have probably highlighted my elements even better but chose to stop here.

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I decided to gift this piece to a dear friend who is expecting a new member into their family soon. If you notice, I decided to keep the center of the canvas slightly blank so my friend could put a family picture there if she wanted.

That is all from me today! Do leave in the comments below of what you think of my first attempt at mixed media. I would love to know what you think about it and also suggest me how I could get better at it.

I would like to enter this project to the following challenges:

Thanks,

sig

03-26-2015

Copics coloring

It is after 7 whole months that I have logged into my blog!

Ashamed? Naah! Missed blogging? Not really! But what I really missed was showcasing my ‘creativity’ to all you friends out here. I love the comments flowing in my comment box. I look forward to when you appreciate my work or even otherwise. I think it just motivates me to get better with time.

So, what has changed in these seven months?

  • Turned 30! YAY!
  • Discovered a pretty decent cook in me. (Watchout this space as I do plan to share some of my own healthy recipes here!)
  • Traveled
  • Bought some Copics!!!!!
  • Made a couple of new friends.

and last but definitely not the least is that I have got into living a healthier lifestyle and kicked out a good 12 kgs out of my body!!!

Yes, I do have a few more to lose to reach my ideal weight but the fact that I’ve lost so much makes me want to jump up with joy! I feel lighter and healthier from within. Life is good!

Unfortunately, what I have not been successful in is getting Nupie (my husband) motivated to join in with me in the weight loss journey. No amount of motivational testimonials, dietitian advises or emotional torture has made him put his foot in the gym. *sigh* Patience is the key..

As far as my arts and craft go, I honestly haven’t been doing much apart from arranging and reorganizing my little craft room.

I had decided that I would craft a WOW comeback project after the time off. But that did not work out either. Anyway, I leave you with a couple of cards I made while experimenting with my copics. I am still very new with Copics so I am open to any sort of criticism or tips and advises.

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I have used the Negative space technique here. I really liked how it turned out but I think I still have a lot to learn when it comes to Copic markers.

What do you guys think?

Love,

sig