Sunday, March 28, 2010
Of course I think that Helena Bonham Carter's new version of the royal lady is fabulous. So I searched for images on Google. While I was looking through images from the film I saw pics of flowers that had faces and thought I had to make some of those. Then I came across this great little pic of the Mad Hatter on a pocket watch dial and had to have that too! I have to tell you that I drew a page lay out map including all of the handmade goodies I wanted to add. The page you see before you is not entirely what I drew or all that I made. This page has morphed about a dozen times.
I had my DD make funny faces while I took pics and then used my camera/photo editing software and messed with the RGB settings to get the colored photos. I handmade the carnations out of matching colors and distressed and curled the edges. The flowers actually ended up being too puffy and I had to flatten them out a bit. I used grunge board butterfly wings and distressed those and used rock candy stickles to give them a shimmery, sugary look. I used the same stickles to glue the pic of the mad hatter to an acrylic circle and glued them to the wings. I used an SVG file and my cricut once again to cut out the frame. I used red brick and black soot distress inks on it and then used clear embossing powder to give it a leathery look. Which is kind of does up close. I cut my DD out of her photo and found a heart themed paper to put behind her. I used paper from my Once Upon a Time stack for the background as well as the book pages. I of course, distressed those. One of my favorite objects on this page his handmade lace that my DH Grandmother made when she was a teenager (pre-1920). It is fabulous and I decided that it is too pretty to keep in my sewing box, so I added it to my page. I think she would be pleased.
So far I have been doing pretty well with continually doing something creative everyday. I feel pretty good about that. Even if I'm not working on a page, I am online looking at things other people made, or making a list of things I want to try, or drawing page lay-outs to try to bring to life later. So far so good.....
Posted by Lisa Bardou at 3:54 PM
Monday, March 22, 2010
So, with this particular memory strand I took a perfectly beautiful paper and added layers to it. I used SCAL software and my cricut and downloaded a few svg files of trees. Believe it, or not, these trees come with labels like "spooky tree" and "fright night". I also used svg files of leaves from a 3-D flower file. I cut them out with manila colored paper and then "got inky with it". I got out my Distress Inks and ink blending tools and had a blast. I got my fingers all inky and loved every minute of it. I got out some pieces of grunge board and inked those up too. I took a B&W photo and printed it in sepia as well. I then cut my DD out of the sepia picture and placed it over the top of the B&W so that she stood out a little more. I took a postage stamp from K and Company and stuck it to a hand cut tag. The postage stamp is a woman's face that is slightly off the page. To me, this fit. A face slightly of-center; a road less traveled or perhaps a random life on purpose LOL. I inked it up and then used Rock Candy Distress Crackle over the top. I used some Prima flowers and printed out on vellum the last paragraph of Robert Frost's poem A Road Less Traveled. To me, this page pulls you in and the woods come to life. The poem invokes thought about the girl in the picture. What is she doing with her life that is maybe not so main stream? Then the thought inevitably turns to focus on your life.........
Posted by Lisa Bardou at 7:00 PM