Saturday, May 31

Pens, a hybrid layout, a card and some good Walmart buys...

I'd like to start with a hybrid page I did a few days ago.

I wanted to make a layout about my brother, sister and me, and I want to use a lot of photos.  With the aid of Photoshop Elements, I used KHMize's Photo Mosaic Cluster element and Art Nation's Blossom Paper 3 and 9 for the background.  I didn't want to add anything else because I want the rest of the elements to be traditional.  After printing, the 8x8 digital layout on the 8.5 x 11 photo paper looked like one of those polaroid photos.  I decided not to trim it, and just use the entire letter size.  I was having a little difficulty with this layout because my brother is in it.  It's always hard to create a layout with men in the subject. 

I ended up using a lot of left over ribbon that match the main background, and eyelets (with the aid of my Crop-a-Dile2).  I also used some of the Foam Stamp Set by Creating Keepsakes, stamped on white chipboard coasters.  For the title, I used yellow alpha stickers by Provo Craft.  As for the number "3", I threw away the packaging years ago, and now I have no idea what brand it is.  If somebody knows, please tell me.  I adhered it using 3D foam squares to pop out.  The donut word stickers are from K & Co.  I also used a fabric sticker roll (plaid) and adhesive backed cork strip, both bought from the 100 Yen Store in Japan.  For journaling, I used black Sharpie Ultra Fine Point marker. 

And of course, none of these is possible without my Scotch ATG 700 and Duck adhesive.  When I thought everything was done, I felt like the layout seemed flat.  So what I did was print the digital layout again.  But to save ink, I only selected the three photos  that I want to pop out in the layout, using Photoshop again.  I just use the eraser tool for that, and it was easy.  After printing and cutting those three photos, I adhered them with 3D adhesive foam squares.  Can you tell which three photos are actually popping out?   

Yesterday, I finally decided to clean up planet.  My attention went to the Copic Markers I bought in Japan.  I printed the color list from the website, and made an inventory of what I have.  As I was doing this, I decided to organize all my pens and markers according to color families: 
  • Clear
  • White
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Blue Green
  • Violet
  • Blue Violet
  • Red
  • Red Violet
  • Yellow
  • Yellow Red
  • Green
  • Yellow Green
I was able to separate all my pens and markers successfully.  But with the new addition of Copic Markers, they just won't fit in my Pampered Chef Carousel anymore.  Off to the internet I went to search for the "perfect" pen organizer for me.  And as expected, I couldn't find any.  It's either I have someone build it for me, or I'll have to improvise.  I haven't picked which road to take, so I decided to just put the markers in ziplock bags according to color.  This is how it looks like for now. 

This morning, I was so in the mood to make a card.  I've been reading through some card making books and magazines and I got inspired.  I wanted to use my embossing folders this time (Tiny Flowers & Flowers # 2 by Sizzix; Leaves by Fiskars). 

I embossed assorted hues of orange cardstock and punched them with my Creative Memories Square Punch.  Among the four orange squares you see, one of them is an actual embossed paper I bought in Japan a few years ago.  Can you tell which one?  It's my first time to try Embassy Black Cardstock which I bought from Walmart for $3.96 (60 sheets).  I like it so far.  Then, I used Diffusion stamp by Hampton Art Stamps and the sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts.  Then I added purple flower sequins, leftover orange flowers (cut in half), brown button and leftover purple paper strip.  I also love the stand I bought for $3.47. 

Speaking of Walmart, if you happen to go there, here are some items that I consider really good buys:

Georgia Pacific White Cardstock (8.5 x 11) - if you love to create cards, this is the bomb. The quality is really good and a lot of card makers use this brand. Only $5.48 for 150 sheets.
Duck Double Sided Adhesive Rollers (4 Pack) - This is the best and economical handy adhesive roller that I've ever used. Aside from paper/cardstock, they're also good for ribbon and fabric. The price is about $9 and some cents. Plus each roller lasts a long long time.

OK, time to freshen up :)

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