Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rania's Layouts: June 2010

Hi ladies, it's been an awful week because I was sick with gastric flu (gastroenteritis) but yesterday I felt ok, so I thought, time to do something pleasant and creative but relatively simple and quick. So, here's a LO!

I just used a decorated paper with a lot of  patterns, added the photos, cut the title on pink foam, a little journaling, a little doodling (lower right corner) and ready!

For the focal decorational piece I chose a cherry blossom (Inkadinkado clear stamp) because it sort of matched the cherry blossom on my niece's shirt, I spiced it up with a little glitter.

This is the last LO in my niece's first album, so I adhered on the inside of the back cover a little something I made, I used Precious Moments images I found online, I put them in place using Photoshop, printed it and colored them with my copics. Aren't they cute?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Project: Crafted Filofax!

I must confess that I've never been into Filofax, because I found them too bulky for my handbags. But, one day, I saw the Filofax of a colleague on her desk, a cute Songbird, so I decided to take a look at Filofax UK. And guess what? I fell in love with the bright red Adelphi and I couldn't resist the temptation to make an early Christmas gift to myself! Here it is
When I got my hands on it, I was thrilled with the color, the size, the softness of the leather, I just loved it as is!
Hmm, maybe not exactly as is...but then again, you know me! The fact is that it needed a little something, so first step, I decided to make my own content dividers. So I printed some images in BW and colored them with my copics (sooo predictable!) Here they are, this is the first section with the diary:
 And here are the tabs I made so far, they were in a Moleskine diary, I just stuck them on some clear acetate and adhered them on the back of the pages with Glue Dots:
Second section for birthdays, anniversaries etc:
 Next section, Tasks:
Bills to pay (I could live without these, LOL!):
 Shopping list (I could use a whole Filofax for this alone, I have to be ready for the day I'll win the lottery!!!)
And last but not least, books to download:
On the back there's vertical pocket and I thought to put a Moleskine Volant inside, for random thoughts, sketches, etc, but they were either too small or too big, so I experimented once more (what's life without  burned eyebrows, LOL!) and I ventured to make a litlle book by myself. I just cut some photocopy papers, folded them in two, arranged them randomly in bunches (one inside the other), sthiched the "spines" and then adhered them to a thick cardstock piece that I had already stamped, embossed and varnished. The whole process took me about an hour and the result is simple because it is the first one and didn't want to spend too much time and materials on a thing that could end up in the garbage. Here it is:
And here's the back pocket:
 It sits perfectly inside, because, as you can see below, the rings are really small (it is a Slimline, the rings are smaller than the standard size) and there's enough room for a notepad:
And that's about it, I haven't so far customized it the best possible way because I want to use it a while first and then figure if I want to add or remove something.
Last details (in case you wondered) the small pen is a Pilot Petit and the backround is an gorgeous scarf I bought from Marks & Spencer!

PS:I thought to share with you that Filofax Italia currently has sales!

Update: Here's the blank template

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Project: Lavender letters and green butterflies Bracelet

If you liked THIS bracelet, here's a new one:

I made it for a friend who likes subtle colours and I thought light purple and green look well together. I don't have any inks in purple, so I just used pink and blue distress inks.

This is how I made it:
1. I cut a strip of plain grungeboard at 1'' 1/4 wide
2. I covered it with thin white paint and let it dry
3. I colored it with randomly with blue and pink distress inks using the foam applicator, I varied the intensity of colour because I didn't want a uniform result
4. I stamped the butterfly with black ink and then heat embossed it with a Ranger's Holographique embossing powder
5. Then I masked the butterflies and stamped on it with the Hero Art's Old Letter stamp and blue distress ink
6. I colored the butterfies with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and Mat Medium and added the pearls
7. Then I covered the lot with Gloss Medium, I also used Mat Medium underneath it, as a sealer
8. Last step I added the fastener and adhered the cutout butterfly on it.
 And she can wear it with the closure upwards or on the inside, as shown above.
Now that I see it again, maybe I should make one for myself too!


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