Friday, September 24, 2010

Scrapbooking at Christian Paper Crafts!

How long has it been since I've posted? I know....since July! I feel so guilty. I can tell you how busy I've been since I got back from my fabulous beach trip, or I could tell you that my fibro has not improved and I'm not feeling well enough to do much at all. Both of those things would be true! I could also tell you how much time my new puppy, Augie, takes out of my daily schedule, whether I am housebreaking him or just playing with this adorable little furbaby who has stolen my heart! That is definitely true. I need to post pictures of Augie, as a matter of fact. Although he looks so much like Cotton, it would be difficult for you to tell the difference. lol I will pass the blame to my dh for that. I was browsing the net, looking at BichonPoo pups, and Kent saw Augie's pic. He didn't feel like his heart was ready for a new puppy. We have both had such a hard time dealing with losing Cotton. I finally decided that I would not think about missing Cotton to the degree that I was (which was getting crazy!), if we got a new pup. I knew a puppy could NEVER replace Cotton, but I thought it could help fill the void. I also wanted to find a puppy that needed us. So Kent saw Augie's pic and said "If you have to get one now, get that one". Even though I was a little bit worried that this puppy looked so much like Cotton, I had to jump at that chance. So Augie (which rhymes with doggie......Kent named him) was flown to us from Missouri! That's another long story. He is 7 months old now and full of energy. Next time I will show pics and tell a few Augie stories, but for now I will just say that he makes me very happy and keeps me very busy. SO.........
ZOE - Dare to Fly

that is why I have not posted the
BIG NEWS........

CHRISTIAN PAPER CRAFTS now has a SCRAPBOOKING component. I am fortunate enough to be one of the designers, better known as Scrapbook Specialists there. You have to come by and see for yourself. Jennipher Lowery is our fearless leader who came up with the whole scrapbooking idea. She has worked SO hard, plus she is so talented, as are the other Scrapbook Specialists. We have all kinds of fab challenges. They are monthly challenges and will start on the 15th of each month. We are already into our first group of challenges. My challenges will be technique challenges........Techniques to Scrap By.  Here is the layout I did as an example of my first challenge. The technique is this case,  to paint (with a brush or sponge......just no spray paint) over a mask of some sort in at least 2 places on your lo.  

The mask can be one that you buy, like the Heidi Swapp butterfly masks that I used on my base cardstock, or you can make your own mask out of most anything. As you can see below, I added a Basic Grey half pearl and painted the antennae in with gold Smooch. You can also clearly see the K & Co. blue rhinesones lined up over the photo mat.

Closeup of painting over Heidi Swapp masks
 I laid a Queen & Co. felt border strip on the left end of the Crate Paper mat that is under the photo and painted over that. Then I carefully pulled up the border strip. See what a great mask it turned out to be? It already had adhesive on the back, and HERE'S A GOOD TIP- ***I laid it on my jeans and pulled it up a few times before adhering it. This takes away some of the stickiness, so when you pull it off the page after painting over it, it won't mess up your page by pulling up some of the paper with it!***  The paint I used for all of the masking was a mixture of pale blue acrylic paint and Lumiere Pearl White (which is a shiny, metallic paint that gives a nice shimmery look to the mixture). In the closeup below, you can also get a better look at the red ribbon with pearls that I adhered under the photo, as well as the edge of the Hambly white acrylic border that I rested the photo on at an angle.
Masking done by painting over Queen & Co. felt border
In case you are wondering, the beautiful little girl in the photo is Zoe, who is the granddaughter of one of my two best friends in the world - Jill. I have done other layouts of Zoe......just look at my slideshow. Wow, she has grown so fast. That's why we scrapbook, isn't it? To capture those moments that slip by so quickly.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I plan on having a tutorial for my next technique challenge, but I do hope you will stop by before that! Please stop by CPC also and check out our new scrapbooking challenges, as well as the card challenges. It's a great place to fellowship with others who love Christ and to get some great inspiration from the talented DT and members! Hope to see you there!


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