Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scrapbooking with World's Fair

When I was 15, my family moved from Missouri to Texas. I quickly reconnected with some old friends, one of whom introduced me to scrapbooking. I fell in love immediately and I have been hooked ever since.

Scrapbooking quickly lead to making mini albums, card making, altered canvas, up cycled items, and mixed media.
I kept scrapbooking on and off, but found myself spending less and less time on it as I learned new things.  

So yesterday I decided to try my hand at it again after about two years. I picked a photo of myself and my mother from when she and I went to see the Broadway tour of Wicked when it was in Springfield MO earlier this year.

I chose Graphic 45's World's Fair paper for this layout. I wanted something very bright and colorful. I chose to make my photo black and white to help draw the eye in.

I did lots of fussy cutting and distressing for this layout. Lots of pop dots where used! I used Tim Holtz distress inks in Spiced Marmalade, Blueprint Sketch, Walnut Stain, and Wild Honey for my background papers. I think it gave them all a nice extra pop of color.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mon Amour Wedding Invites

Hello all!

Sorry to have been MIA. The summer is a very busy time around my house.

But in amongst all the crazy, I had an order for some wedding invites!!
The order was for five invites, all different. This is the first large order I have had! I was so excited! Word of mouth pays off :)

So I have been taking my time on these, if I rush my process I tend to get frustrated.
I used the Mon Amour paper line from Graphic 45 for all the cards. And yes, I used a lot of my scraps on these! This is why I keep everything organized.

This is the Bride's personal card. She requested the image with the saying "I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart."  I think my favorite part about this card is the butterflies.

I tried to subtly keep all the cards tied together in some way. I used at least three layers for each card, and I also used a different love saying from the collection for each card. This also helps tie the card into the bride's card.

I love all the paper roses in the paper, these made for great detail on the cards.

A tip I have for using bling is to line it up where you want it, and then cut it to fit. This way you can stretch out your bling!

I used quite a bit of bling and stickles for these cards. Sometimes its the little details that help pull the cards together.

I really love how all these cards turned out. This was only the second time I have used this paper, and this was the first time I had really been able to play with it.

Thanks for stopping by!!
-Altina R.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Cards, Cards, and More Cards!

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy around my house with not a whole lot of time for crafting.
But the past couple of days I have finally had a chance to sit down and make a couple of cards.

I've been trying out more layering, fussy cutting, and distress techniques on my cards.
I have throughly enjoyed taking the time to sit down and work on these the last few weeks. Hopefully I will have some new projects soon!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

World's Fair Card

For my latest card I wanted to experiment a little more with layers.
I have been getting braver and been learning to be ok with covering things up on my beautiful Graphic 45 paper.

For this card I decided to use the gorgeous World's Fair paper.
I love the bright colors and the intricate designs. I have used this paper for a few other cards, so I used a mix of scraps and sheets from the pad.

I cut out several different elements from the paper for this card. The background layer is made up of three different papers and distressed. The third layer is popped up with pop dots for extra dimension.  Tip for using different images from the paper, just because it isn't a complete image doesn't mean you can't use it! The flowers at the top were cut from the edge of a paper sheet, and I just covered the cut edge. Same for the tickets, I just tucked them up so you couldn't see it wasn't a complete image.
It took me awhile to get everything arranged like I wanted it. Once I did I used a combo of pop dots and score tape to adhere everything. After it was all down I added some stickles for some extra pizazz.

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Current projects and quick update

Hello all!!

Just a quick update since I haven't had a chance to post in over a week.
Things have been very busy here, so I haven't had time to finish a full project yet.

I am currently working on altering an old washboard I have had tucked away in my stash.
I am also working on stocking my card stash, as I may have an offer to stock them in a local shop!! Eek!!!

Anyway, no pictures yet but I will soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Recycle Packaging from Graphic 45 Staples!

While I was cleaning up all my art supplies the other day, I found the part of the packaging from the Graphic 45 drawer pulls I had used in one of my recent up cycles. I almost threw it away when the thought occurred to me that I should use it as a tag! So I set it aside until I had some free time to work on it.

So this.............

Became this......

I just love the way this turned out! I had the Artisan Style paper sitting in my collection for awhile and decided this would be the perfect thing to use it on!

For detailed instructions just check out my snapguide:
Check out How to Recycle Graphic 45 Packaging With Artisan Style by Altina Robinson on Snapguide.

Thanks for stopping by!!
-Altina R.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition-Round 2

Making round two has been an absolute dream come true. I have had the biggest smile plastered across my face from the very moment I found out.

 For round two I decided to make three projects that represented me as a designer. For this I choose two altered projects and a card.

 For my first project I was inspired to do an altered bottle after watching the movie Snow White. I am a HUGE Disney fan so Disney movies are heavy in the rotation when I put in a movie while I craft. I was inspired by the scene where the evil queen is mixing up her poison and you see all the bottles, melted candles, and cobwebs everywhere. Since I collect old bottles this felt like the perfect fit for me.

I painted the inside of the bottle using a mix of blue and black paint. I have painted the inside of bottles before, but let me tell you this was an experience! I normally just water down a little paint and then pour it inside and it works like a charm. This however did not. When I awoke the next morning all the paint had settled in the bottom of the bottle, leaving the sides in a thin tinted layer of paint. I actually liked it better than what I had intended! Happy crafting accident for me! I decorated the bottle using Eerie Tale.

For project number two I decided to fix up something in my thrift store stash. Whenever I go thrifting I buy things I might like to fix up later, and keep them stashed until I am ready for them.

For this one I used the Mon Amour paper. I got the idea for this when flipping thru the papers and I saw the photo of the gentleman and just thought of how perfect it would be in a frame! I had a Prima one in my stash, and the idea just kinda snowballed from there. I used some antiques from my personal collection, and the rings on the top are a priceless family heirloom that I was loaned to use in the photo. I made the roses from the paper, and the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die.

For my last project I decided to make a card. I knew right away that I wanted to use the Steampunk Debutante paper. For me this was a nod to what introduced me to Graphic 45. I was learning how to make mini albums and was watching a video in which that paper line was used. I saw it and immediately knew I had to have it. I managed to find a 12x12 and an 8x8, both of which are still in my collection. For this card I decided to use some of the 8x8 paper, and I must say this is one of my favorite things I have ever done.

Here is my round two video with all of my projects:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish me luck!
-Altina R.