Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How many techniques do you know?

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

It's a rainy rainy day here. We've had sunshine for several days and it was wonderful....but it's not here today!

The kitchen is coming along. It's not finished yet, but almost. David's been painting the cabinets for me and I am so glad. I was so very tired of all the painting!

My mother is doing really good. She's healing and getting a little better each day. She still says a turtle could beat her in a race, but that's ok. Think she's enjoying the break from daily chores and all the attention she is getting! And why shouldn't she be enjoying it? I'd milk it for all I could!

Matt's back at work this week. Poor kid had the flu last week. He was so very sick and I wouldn't dare go over there. I called him, well actually he called me several times a day. It's funny, no matter the age, when you are sick you call your mother! I did call and check on him every few hours, but didn't want to run a chance on catching it and then passing it to my parents. It was funny though... he had the combination of being my kid plus having the man in him... so you know he thought he was dying!

Today is my friend Courtney's Birthday! I'm hoping she has a fun filled day that is all about her! Happy Birthday Court!

Have you guys ever stopped to think about all of the different techniques there are out there for scrapbooking or cardmaking... or as some call it... paper crafts?
A few days ago I was working on the layout below, well actually starting it and I knew that I was wanting to use my Tim Holtz masks. I hadn't used it yet and was wanting to try it and see how I liked it. Then I started thinking about all of the different techniques I've used since starting this project for my mother... which then lead me to think of all the techniques that I've used in the last year.... and then all the techniques I've learned but not used yet. There are a lot! Have you ever really just stopped and looked at your stash of stuff and thought about all the different things you can do with it.
For example.... a few months ago if I had a sheet of printed paper or even cardstock that I didn't really like the color of or the design I would just put it to the side in my stack of I'm really not feeling this paper. Not now, now I'm like hmmmm I can ink it... I can mask it.... I can glimmer mist it... I can stamp words all over it... do a little embossing on it... basically I can make this one sheet of paper look like a dozen different sheets! Why sometimes I even take a perfectly pretty piece of new paper and rip it to make it look old! It's amazing.... talk about a Power Rush!

So, I've decided that over the next few weeks I am going to try and use at least one technique that I've not yet done on each layout. This could be really fun... of course it could also lead to need to purchase more stock! Hmmmmm..... oh well! What are ya gonna do?

As you can see, I did use my Tim Holtz mask with the clock. I just inked all around the mask... it was so easy and really fun. Then I took the sheet of pp that is under the top picture and did a little masking on it in the corners. Afterwards, I took the ink and distressed over the rest of the paper, changing the whole look of it. The printed paper that is under the bottom picture, it was just a little plain, so I took a stamp and stamped the text on it giving it a look of a letter that had been written. Throw in some grungeboard and a little Jenny Bowlin and it's all starting to take shape.

Papers I used were by: My Minds Eye, Graphic 45, Stampin Up, and Bazzil.
Embellishments were from Jenni Bowlin, Tim Holtz, Prima and Stampin Up ribbon.

I'm really stepping way out of my comfort zone on this album and am loving every second of it!

As always, thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. Have a fabulous Hump Day!


Melissa said...

Love the layout Lisa! The clock works perfectly.

luv46kdz said...

Lisa you should be real proud. Your work is just beautiful!!

courtney said...

This is great! Look at you learning and growing in your art.
And thank you for the birthday wishes, it was a great day!

Susan said...

Lisa - Love that layout. Very eclectic, very beautiful!