Wise Words - Punky Scraps is back with a blog hop. If you're not familiar with Punky Scraps then read on and if you're part of the blog hop then still read on....
Punky Scraps is a challenge blog run by my good friend and DT teamie, Natalie Jane. Their aim is to gather together like-minded people who shun the clean and simple and love the inky, painty, messy life that I enjoy. After a short break they're back with a blog hop to kick start a new challenge era.
Natalie asked me if I'd like to be part of this launch hop and I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't want the excuse to get messy especially in the company of such talent??
I put together this little mini booklet/super card, call it what you will, and Nat has asked me to tell you a bit about what I love so much about what I do and to hopefully provide a little inspiration along the way, so here goes.
Firstly, my great love (after my family of course) is mixed media. Art journals and mini books are part of my life as you know. I've never been one for full page 12 x 12 layouts because when I started scrapping quite frankly they scared the pants off me. So I turned my attention to mini's and wow, what a revelation. I could tell a story in a mini. The pages didn't intimidate me, being small, and I found interesting ways to fold and bind them together. Recently, despite having a stack of scrapbook papers, I've found I get more pleasure from creating my own papers by painting, spraying, stamping and inking - the messier the better.
This little mini has all the elements which give me the most pleasure in life. The whole sheet of A3 paper was sprayed with ink, sprayed again through a stencil, folded, then stamped with some gorgeous stamps from a company called Infiniment Scrap. Then I started my process of layering and building up the story.
I make full use of my computer too and working for Sarah Hurley I get to use some amazing digital elements. I love to find interesting ways of using her elements in a hybrid fashion and the film strip is from a digital kit called Say Cheese. I printed it onto acetate to create my own overlay.
I love this little quote from Winnie The Pooh. It went perfectly with the photo.
"If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening,
be patient. It may simply be that he has
a small piece of fluff in his ear."
On the facing page I've used Dymo tape and a Sizzix bird die cut. I also tend to cut multiple die cuts in white and store them in a box ready to be pulled out and sprayed or painted over. It saves me getting the die cutter out every time (lazy).
Anyway, I hope you liked my little mini. Good luck to Punky Scraps and welcome back. If you're hopping on through the blog hop participants then you're next port of call is to a very talented lady called Marie Johansson and you can find her blog here. If you're coming to my blog without having been through the blog hop then start at the Punky Scraps blog first. There is a wealth of talent to be seen along with a challenge, of course and the grand prize at the end is the opportunity to be on the design team itself. So what are you waiting for??? Other prizes are on offer and not to be missed.