Thursday, July 19, 2012

Evolution 5

Hey there! Here is my fifth post of my Evolution series.  My intention is to get to six, so hang in there for those who don't like these posts!  I'm almost done!

This time, I decided to post the picture of the layout I made recently first, as opposed to the other posts I wrote on the same subject.  So this time, the main challenge from the techniques class was to use the colour wheel to create our layout.  The principle is simple: using the colour wheel, find the triad of colours that fit your pictures the best.  The application of this principle: not so simple.

You must have concluded by looking at my layouts (see my gallery or older posts if you need), that I am rather a 'vintage/sophisticated/grunge' kind of scrapper.  So to be imposed colours by a so called wheel is out of my element, to say the least!  In both cases, i.e. in both times I attended that class where I was imposed colours, anxiety showed up in my chest and stayed there until I was done.

I have to admit, the result is not bad.  Not my cup of tea, but not bad.  So, here is the layout I made this summer during my SEM Scrapbooking Techniques class #2.

Mon Jardin Secret, completed July 16, 2012

So the first time around, I also had to use the colour wheel for this class.  I chose pictures of my daughter at 3 months old, when I visited my parents for a week.  Of course, I didn't know that my dear Papa would pass away a few days after that class, when my pictures and paper was picked using the colour wheel.  I have to admit, it took me quite a few months before I was able to even start this layout, but I did it, with a lot of pain and tears.  I like this layout though, and it reminds me of how my Father was an amazing Grand-Father.  He loved his grand-children like his own children.  Ok, I am digressing here.  So here is the layout I created in the summer of 2011.

De l'Amour plein les bras, completed in July 2011

This layout also gave me a hard time with the colours I had to work with, but I love it.  It is now in my daughter's album.

And here is the guilty colour wheel.  Kidding!  This tool is amazing and can assist any artist, including scrapbookers or cardmakers, in choosing colour combinations that will always succeed.  No wonder painters, interior designers, and other professionals make it their #1 tool.  It just takes a little bit of time and help to know how to use it at first. 

And once you know, you're good to go!
Happy colouring!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Evolution 4

Hello Friends! It has been six long weeks since I wrote on my blog... life got busy, that's the least I can say! But here I am, full of energy and with a lot of new layouts and fun stuff to share with you.

I am back from France where I spent two wonderful weeks visiting Paris and the Loire Vallée with my hubby. Of course, I took over 600 pictures, just to make sure I have enough scrapping material to keep me busy for the next 5 years!
So, being back home also means being back to preparing classes for Scrap en masse, my favorite scrapbooking store! I started a series of posts on the theme of evolution where I presented layouts I did during the course 'Technique de Scrapbooking #1 / Scrapbooking Techniques #1', which by the way will be given in English this fall.

Now I am presenting the layout I made for the second part of the course, 'Technique de Scrapbooking #2 / Scrapbooking Techniques #2' (same links as above). The first session of this series of 3 courses aim at combining stamping techniques along with creating a doilie and following specific guidelines in a layout.  Here is the layout I created last year, when I first took the class:

Based on an original layout created by Josée Lalonde (SEM)

I have fond memories coming back at me when I see this layout, as it reminds me of the wonderful visit my family and I had in Victoria. We also visited Butchart Gardens, which is by far the most beautiful flower garden I've ever seen!

Since I could not find a doilie that matched my photos, I created one by cutting a big circle and punching smaller circles that I crumpled with my fingers and then sanded.

We also used background stamps to created a cool effect on the white cardstock. Since I also wanted to include pictures of the flowers I saw, I re-sized four of them into 2x3 wallet size pictures using PhotoShop Element and combined them on a single 4x6 mat. I few embellishments clustered around, et voilà!

This time around, I created a totally different 'look' using the same layout. I made this girly looking layout for my very girly daughter. She loves it!

Based on an original layout created by Josée Lalonde (SEM)

Again, I made my own doilie, this time using the hearts that were on one of my papers.  I cut them with scissors and inked them with Walnut Stain distress ink.

I found this cute girl chipboard in a sale bin at SEM. I painted it and added a few coats of glimmer glam to give it a glittery effect. I embellished it with pearls and flowers.

I used the new sew stamping around my page, I love how it turned out!

Finally, I used a beautiful background stamp and spayed it with goosebumps texture spay, a very cool product that adds texture to any surface. You can see it on this picture. I used a beautiful die designed by cheery lynn designs, a company that I just discovered and that creates some truly amazing dies!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Happy scrapping everyone!