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Week cards – white on kraft? A poll

I am experimenting today.  I got a comment on the colourful weekly Project Life cards asking about them in white on kraft.  Had a bit of a play and I can’t seem to work out a way to do the textured strip that I am happy with.  But I did come up with a few alternatives that I like well enough.  It’s still a lot of work to convert them, so I went hunting for info to see if it’s possible to do a poll.  Turns out not only is it possible but it’s easy.  So I thought I would have a go.  Thing is, I know that a lot of people visit me but I also know that commenting on a WordPress blog defeats some people.  I’ve tried to make it easy but it still isn’t as easy as for a Blogger blogger to comment on another Blogger blog (say that 5 times fast!)

This is what I came up with:


Bearing in mind that view is zoomed in, so the Kraft card looks pixelated, even when printed.  But the ACTUAL cards won’t be cause they won’t be stretched to fill a page.

So what are the (subtle differences?

1. Plaster texture with a bold drop shadow


That is printed on linen photo paper.  Mistake, as it makes the texture harder to see but maybe you can see it at the arrow?

2. Flat white text, resting on a line, with a faint brown drop shadow


I may add the drop shadow to the LINE as well.  I’ll have to see how it looks.

3. Plaster texture, different drop shadow


The goal here was to make it look a bit like dimensional modelling paste.  I think the texture is more obvious here.

Of course all of this is going to be even LESS obvious one they get slipped into the photo sleeves, so to be honest it might just be a waste of time.  But I’m curious to know if people will bother.  I accept that perhaps a HOLIDAY may not be the best time to test this out LOL!

So here we go.  A poll!

I’ve left it open for a week.  I’ll be very curious to see what happens.

Happy Easter….

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As promised – weeks 33 to 52

Here are the rest.  Weeks 1 to 32 can be found in the previous post.  Here is the sample sheet for the remaining week cards:


You can grab them here. I’ll add a link to this post from the other one as well.

Now, DH successfully acquired the last two tubes of acrylic medium from my source store so I’ve lost a day to drying time.  I’m off to finish that journal up.

Happy Easter to all!


Weekly PL printable cards

What a frustrating day!  working on putting together my art journal and I ran out of acrylic medium.  Argh!  Luckily DH was in town and hopefully he’ll be coming home with a couple of tubes of it for me.  So as I was 90% done but dead in the water till I got more, I had to set that aside till tomorrow.  So I decided to wrap up a set of weekly card printables (week 1, week 2, etc, so a LOT of them…52 in fact {wink}) but  my design was more labour intensive than I thought it would be.  The decorative strip is actually two colours, a dark over a light, and the process even to change it from card to card is time-consuming.  Here is the screen grab of the first four:


Also the font – there was a lot of tweaking the kerning and the baseline, sometimes of individual numbers, to get it to look right.  I suppose I didn’t HAVE to do that, but I like them better because I did.

Then there was the colour choices.  I thought about going with a real mixture but I just couldn’t settle on a method and random wasn’t working.  So I picked a colour for every group of 4 and tried to go (sort of) from light to dark.  But then I was forever second guessing myself – should February be BLUE cause it’s a cold month (at least in my hemisphere) or RED cause of Valentines day?? Then I worried about months with 5 weeks in them – did I need to handle them differently?  Then I sort of kicked myself  and thought It’s not like I charge people for them – it doesn’t need to be this difficult! So I just regained a little focus and finished up to week 32.  It’s to late in the day to finish them now (dinner, family, etc etc) and the PDF would be ginormous, so I’ll split it in to two and do the rest tomorrow (before I even pop open the acrylic medium, I promise)

The colours are as seen here (well, depending on your monitor…)


You can click on that image and see them a little bit bigger, but not full size. It gives you enough of an idea, I hope, for you to know if you want to grab them or not!

If you do want them, here is the click.

NOTE: and the final weeks are in the post HERE. This is what they look like:


I am considering making the whole set in black and white (with the strip in shades of grey {no snickering – I’ve not read it but I don’t live under a rock so I know what some of you are thinking….} either all the same or light to dark, not sure, I’ll see when I play about what I like and how hard it is to do!) but I’ll see – comment if you want that but I can’t promise it’ll be tomorrow ….


So cool – the REAL WOYWW photo

OK, well really, I should have waited to add this next week for WOYWW as that way the people who care about seeing what’s on desks across the world will get to see it.  I’m not sure how many people who visit me then visit me on a regular basis.  ANYWAY, this Google camera app for creating a photo sphere is just the most fun. I have an iPhone but recently DH bought a job lot of android phones from China.  As an app developer he needs to be able to test things on a variety of platforms – we don’t really NEED 12 phones LOL! I suspect a little research into iPhone apps is in order to see if I can find similar or I’ll have to commandeer his phone on a regular basis…and indeed I found this one for the iPhone

Basically you pick the center of your sphere, then, standing in one spot you move the phone around, matching up little on-screen dots, till you fill the area.  Press the tick mark, and the app processes this series of photos into a photo sphere.  When viewing on the phone you can zoom in, rotate, shift up or down, side to side.  More complex than a standard panorama shot, which pans along a plane, side to side.  Photo spheres allow you to grab the floor and ceiling as well – Helen, take note!

SO, in the interest of full-disclosure, here is a shot of my WOYWW desk – The little area where you see the distress markers is the only area I often have to work in…eagle-eyed users will note that Julia’s blog appears on my left-hand monitor.  You will also see the Cricut is slightly warped (on the left there) and you can just see my UKS Blog Hop project, the photos surrounding my light fixture, hanging there at the top.


Usually I add a smaller version of a photo but I am trying adding the full version here – what I hope will happen is you will see the smaller size but if you click it you will see it bigger! It’s a monster – almost 6 mb.  Frightening, no?

I can see a whole new level of snooping for future WOYWW posts…nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, the true state of my desk laid bare for all to see.  TMI? perhaps, but fun and clearly demonstrating that when I say my desk is a mess I am not lying


As to real projects, I have two sides of my envelope art journal to gesso then I can assemble it.  You can see the finished and dry pages there, just above my keyboard.  I’ve been dithering back and forth as to whether I should leave the flaps in place or cut them off.  I’m thinking cut them off at this point, creating a fold-over as part of the cover to hold any loose bits inside, rather than having a flap on every pocket page – that’ll make working on the pages easier….



Happy WOYWW.

What’s on my desk is not exciting. Chaotic, but not exciting….


There are some erasers, to be carved, including one that isn’t great, a bit of text and a couple of bits of  pattern


These are small erasers, about 3/4 inch x 2 and cheap (on sale at Staples) so perfect for experimentation,.  They carve well – any flaws are down to me.

On my ironing board are some of the large envelopes I am turning into an Art journal, drying


and a depressing sight, a totally empty pot of Gesso.


Best add that to my shopping list…

Stuck at home with no car for a couple more days but looking forward to getting it back repaired.  I’ve been ransacking the house for a crochet pattern I want to pass on to LLJ at the WOYWW crop in a few weeks time.  Can’t find it but found it online so turning that into a PDF.  It tempts me, as it’s a scrap yarn afghan and lord knows I have a lot of bits and pieces of yarn…I did find a couple of baby afghan books I think she will enjoy, one for the oddly named “pillowghan” – a baby-sized blankie than folds up to store inside a matching pillow case.

Toying with the idea of making one of the cards I brought back unmade from the Card Marathon too.  Might end up doing that while the envelopes dry.

Hope you are all having a good WOYWWednesday!



A new Art Journal from envelopes

My existing AJ is starting to get full. It wasn’t too big to begin with so that isn’t surprising – although *I* am surprised I’ve managed to make more than 2 pages and haven’t abandoned the process yet.   LOL!

Anyway, if you read here often you know I like making stuff from scratch.  I had an idea t make an AJ that shared some of the properties of a paper bag book, in that it included areas to stash stuff.  When at Staples, looking for something totally unrelated, I found these massive envelopes.


I thought there was an idea there.  I’ve started my folding each envelope in half, up to the edge of the fold-over flap


Note they are called “manilla” when in fact they are more like heavy paper bags.  That is what I keep banging on about – the UK manilla isn’t like the US manilla..oh would that it was.  I knew they paper was likely to allow bleed thru so I decided to gesso the pages before constructing the book.


Some of the pages got scraped gesso, some got brushed gesso, and some got either one, then folded together and pulled apart to produce texture, then left to dry.

But another serendipitous thing – while at the grocery store I grabbed a cheap kid’s dough modelling toolkit. It had a pizza cutter in it so I used that as a texture tool.  It is blunt so should also work fab on the Gelli plate!


See how simple, but cool, are the marks?


And there is a wavy scallop as well!


I think having the pages ready to go will mean no more fear of the blank page.

The whole toolkit was so cheap and in addition to the pizza cutter and the wavy cutter there are some other useful items – the paddle scraper is handy, the little hard brayer might be interesting with some wire or rubber bands wrapped around it, and the little interchangeable tools I’ve not yet thought much about, but I’m sure they will make some interesting marks. Check out that price…


So I’ll be Gesso-ing like made while the sun shines and the pages can dry outside with the laundry. I’m thinking that a series of sewn signatures (maybe two envelopes each, with the flaps one side, then reverse the envelope for the other side) with a hard matboard cover (maybe even stuck inside a folded envelope?  not sure of that) will make a nice sturdy book.  The size is good, and I imagine I could stash all manner of bits inside the open envelope (loose pages, written or even typed journaling, photos or magazine articles or newspaper clippings that have been annotated by me…) so long as they aren’t bulky.  It’ll be interesting to see how it works out/IF it works out…

LOL!  Probably doomed to failure, if I were superstitious, as this is my 1300th post….


AJ page – Storm in my head (stencil shift)

I was thinking about the fact that I so often make stencils Using my Cricut.  Not everyone has one, so I was thinking of stencils I could make with other tools.  I thought about windows, and my Nestabilities.

So I took a filmstrip die – now this die cuts as a rectangle, and I thought that would suit my purposes.


On a Gessoed page I sponged on dark green paint


Replacing the stencil but shifting it slightly (I know I saw this someplace – could have been a Stencil Girl video but it’s been a while so I’m not sure) I sponged some lighter lime green paint over it. They key here is that you need good coverage and heavy bodied paint.



It gives it a bit of a halo effect.  I added some olive-green Pitt pen, smudged along the join of the two paints for a little more depth, but given how much I layers over it, it was perhaps a wasted step!


I scribbled some purples onto the background


and blended them with a baby wipe, letting some of the purple skitter over the rough texture of the page


Then I carried on with the usual – some stencils, some stamps, some punchinella stenciling, some tiny scripty text, and some BIG stamps in black.  That gave me a nice complex background.  Over a particularly busy area, I stencilled a face that I cut (sorry, back to the Cricut, but this time with SCAL tracing the image.


I masked the lower compass so it (I hope) looks like it’s in front of the face. I stamped the “title” – do you call it a title when it’s and AJ page?  I do, but more as a way to call a particular page to mind,  less as a TITLE, IYKWIM.


Now off to file paperwork.  And maybe try to finish up the last two cards from the Marathon – although cause I have to photo of the sample and only the barest memory of what the cards actually looked like, that may all come to nothing…..


Cardmaking fun

I am EXHAUSTED.  The Card Marathon was lots of fun but my word you have to hustle.  The hall was quite nice, and the basket set-up, where all you needed (except for your tool-kit items) was a good one.  Having said that a lot of people ended up missing stuff thru the day when the previous user forgot to put everything back in the basket (I, myself, had to go hunting to find me follow-up person to deliver a small Memento ink pad - oh, the shame of it!) and occasionally the colours didn’t quite match the sample, perhaps because people put the wrong shade ink pad in the basket for example, but with everyone madly grabbing baskets and making cards, it went a lot better than I would have expected.  Julia (and Ally) run a tight ship, and certainly got their exercise passing around trays of cakes and handing out cups of tea and coffee.  And of course Lunch Lady Jan spend virtually all her time in the kitchen, setting out the cakes and producing a delicious meal to keep us going.

There were 25 cards in all, I’m told, but I got nowhere near that.  I made a solid 10, with two more where I took the “bits”, one which is no more than the die cut card (for a sort of card-in-a-box one) and one which is just the stamped image an a very vague idea of what the card is meant to look like.  Sure I must win the prize for the least cards done, I’m told that 10 is actually not too bad.

Want to see them? Not the best photos, but if you want to see the REAL samples (I tend to deviate from the plan, by error or by design so don’t take my samples as gospel!) pop to Julia’s and you will see them, eventually. Some have already been posted.

Love the tiny dot stamp that you can’t see much on the right card.  Kaisercraft, I’m sure.


Love these next two, maybe best of all, but note to self – Do cards with Stickles on them FIRST so they have time to dry.  You can’t see it at all in the photo but there is a scattering Stickles on the bold flower background, and some of the dots on stems are touched with Stickles too.



Another problem is hall tables – they are always so springy, in virtually every hall I’ve ever crafted in.  I should have taken the stamp over to the hard surface of the lunch-service bar and I bet I would have gotten a better impression. I just had to stick on the sentiment. Copic colouring, for the sewing one.  Very cute.


I stuck down the sentiment so you can see that card finished, and the one with the most  deviation.


The card sample had a more celery ribbon (my favourite green) but this one is more forrest.  I was “sharing” a basket with Laura from Ludgershall and used my Mowed Grass ink pad rather than the coloured pencil that came in the kit so we could pass the basket on.  Then I grabbed the ribbon and went Hummm. There was only one small bit of ribbon left so maybe there had once been a choice? I had a few scraps left after trimming the points (too sharp – may replace that from my stash)and  never saw the stamp that is supposed to go under the edge of the skirt, so I just added the ribbon scraps for a bit of a flounce.  Also I added the hanger paperclip.  A better look at it:


I’ll possibly ask Julia for the stamp at crop or find a suitable one in my stash, or leave it blank so I can customize it to the recipient.

These three are the last – I again had trouble with the large dictionary stamp and the springy table, but they did have extra card in most of the baskets so I got a better impression the 2nd go.


I added a few extra bits of Washi tape and more stars (ie I used all the bits from one of the die cuts, not just the two on the sample – don’t worry, I didn’t deny anyone by using more than my fair share!) and the last card, the ‘tashe is meant to be stamped on some flocked cardstock then cut and mounted image face down.  I liked the stamp so I just added it face up.

Phew.  I am not really a keen cardmaker but it’s been a while and I was getting down to the dregs of my stash – I may have had to resort to cutting the fronts off cards I had already given, mostly to my family, cause they never throw them away. So 3 months after the card-giving I collect them up from the window ledge or mantle and stash them back in my room LOL!

Sorting out a lovely BBQ for tonight, a bit of work, a bit of tidying, a mountain of laundry, and getting organized for the week as the car is going in to have the body work done so I’ll be trapped at home for 3 days. Meh.


A selection of printable ATC backs

I thought as long as I was going to change the WOYWW ATC backs to make them more usable for all I might as well collect all the ATCs back I have made into one post for quick reference.  It certainly points up how bad I am about going back to add tags or categories info to older posts if I create a NEW tag or category.  I tend not to create one if I think there won’t be more than one thing in there.  But then I do more… DOH!

Clearly, the design I created is my favourite one as they are almost all variations on a theme….

Here are the Non-WOYWW portrait and Non-WOYWW landscape versions.


1. ATC back made with a Photoshop brush (made from a Graphics Fairy image) – post and download is here. There is another post here that shows how to make your own in your choice of colours – that post also has a linked Dropbox file for downloading the Photoshop brush.



2.  Another simple set – these are very much like the WOYWW ones, but different colours



3.  Yep – you guessed it – same basic design, but a chalkboard version.  Looks best written on with a white pen. Hunting thru my blog, I can’t seem to find that I shared these.  I can’t believe that I didn’t.  So here are the downloadable PDFs.  Landscape version is here, Portrait version is here.


4. Just for Gelli plate fans, yet ANOTHER version with a Gelli theme…..this sheet is mixed orientation, portrait and landscape.



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