Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mixed Media Waterfall Album

Hello Hello
What's up? Hope all of you are having a fantastic work week. Here on the home front, my oldest daughter is back to health and I got back to work earlier this week; plus recently I have been contemplating some unfinished projects and pieces on my very long 'to do'...or rather 'over due' list. It's time I really ought to decide if some of those unfinished pieces/projects should just get canned or if I should actually finish them, especially before I start anything else new.
But of course...
have I decided any of that?
nope...
the one thing most on my mind that I am really trying hard not to think about to much is...

Vacation...
a for real one where we actually go somewhere else and do what we want to do...lol

 and what's even better...I get to introduce our girls to the Pacific ...they've never seen the ocean and I can't wait to see each of their reactions. My soul's essence was born of water and to share this fundamental part of me with them is a milestone for me on an emotional level, probably not something they will understand until they are older if even then and probably nothing I would ever be able to explain with words. Anyhow...
who's ready for the beach?
Lucky for you I have just the thing...

This is a waterfall style album that I created. On the cover I did some mixed media techniques that I will share with you in a moment and then on the inside I did a pocket with tags and a double spread of waterfall style pages. 
For the cover:
 first of all I bound this book differently than I normally do, I still used a medium weight chipboard but instead of covering it with a pattern paper I covered only the front with canvas which ended up giving me the perfect surface to work the mixed media on. Then on the inside covers where I would normally add another piece of pattern paper, the pocket and the two waterfall pieces dub as the cover piece so I actually saved myself a step this way.
Starting out with the mixed media, my first step was to gesso the entire cover, next I added on the lace with some gel medium then moved on to the stenciling once everything was dry. I waited a bit longer then added on some color with the idea of sky and water in mind, once I was happy with that I added on the fishing net using a heavy gesso, then just because I could I added on the sand while the gesso was still drying and you know what...it looks awesome!
It wasn't until after I finished the entire cover that I realized I had no way to close the book...damn!
So I improvised...I punched a hole in each of the finished covers, on the left side I used a hair tie that I looped through an eyelet which then catches the hitch post that I added to the right hand cover. So far so good but I am worried if it will hold once all the photos are added in...but I'll jump off that bridge when I get to it...lol
Here is a closer look at all the texture - do you see the lace at all, it's so subtle and I think that is what I love the most, then towards the top you'll notice the stenciling, then finally the most obvious - the net with the sand bunched up within it.
Fantastic - I really had no intentions of this becoming an actual piece, my fear was that I would end up with just a huge mess...so glad I didn't let that stop me from trying.
For the inside:
So the first flip out opens to the left and this is where I included an expandable pocket, being that it is expandable I decided to use the string closure so that it would be able to accommodate any extra bulk and still be able to close correctly. This pocket is where the journaling goes, I made several tags that fit into it and they are each double sided with one side being a large photo from the paper line and the other side being journal lines that I created on my computer.
The next flip out brings us to the main double spread waterfall pages. Before I started this project I asked my friend several questions: How many photos do you normally print, what size of photos do you want and what orientation do you usually prefer? It's a good thing I asked because a lot of people still don't understand what 'orientation' means photographically speaking ...all I was asking her was is if her photos are tall and skinny or short and fat when they are in a photo album...do her printed photos look right at 4 inches in width and 6 inches in height or the other way around. A  4 x 6 is typically considered 'Portrait' style so therefore a 6 x 4 is a 'Landscape' style.
Hopefully all that was clear as mud...lol
Anyways her preference happens to be landscape style and so what I did is I made my waterfall pages large enough to orient them in a landscape fashion {6 x 4} also I made sure to have enough spots to accommodate the amount that she normally has printed {36} and then finally to have them all matted with a half inch border all the way around which actually makes the pages 7 x 5 
Let me tell ya...this sounds crazy having spelled it all out like this...but really it wasn't difficult in the least once I had all my measurements down.
Let me show you what I mean.
 So in the photo above you get an idea of the way I oriented the pages and why the 'waterfall' style was the best way to approach this particular project. I was able to get 36 photo spots in this whole thing, she asked for somewhere between 30-40, so by making a waterfall style not only do I have photo mats on the front/tops of the pages - when they're flipped up I have a photo mat on the back/bottom of that same page giving us more bang for our buck and then what with that pocket on the far left to document the adventure...it makes a pretty sweet little album with all the important bits and pieces tucked inside it.
I'm gonna have to back up a minute - go back to that initial question/answer thing that I did with my friend about the photos...yeah...I also asked if there ought to be a theme... 
'the beach'...
that was the response I got so the two paper packs that I used are by Paper House - one called at the beach and the other is Nautical I believe. In fact the two pieces that are in the place of photos at the top of each waterfall, are actually 6 x 4 cut outs from the pack.
Now finally we are getting to the end...this is the final element that I added in at the end of it all. I got to thinking, sometimes that happens to be a good thing, and decided that with this many photos there wasn't going to be enough journal spots to document it properly so I added these two ephemera pockets at the end of both waterfalls to catch any of the remaining bits and pieces from their adventure. So receipts, clothing tags, ticket stubs, photo booth pics, postcards they happen to grab along the way...all of those little extras can fit into these pockets, fancy that!
So there you have it...
Whose ready for the beach?
besides me me me me me...lol
thanks for taking a look
hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead
color your world and live creative
just B

Friday, April 22, 2016

Our Year in Review

Hello Hello
How are you this fine chilly morning? Hopefully great with a cuppa java to boot!
I am good...with said coffee in hand and find myself with an unexpected day off today due to a sick kiddo. I figured it would be a good idea to keep her home from school since she is running a fairly high temperature...so here I am again...finally I should say...after being gone from the blog for a bit.
So what to share?
I'm thinking that I will share this...my 2015 highlights mini waterfall booklet. I was on burn-out bad last year and did not hardly do any scrapin' of any sort, nor did I really take any everyday photos. I took quite a few on our 'staycation' but that was one week out of the whole year and an accurate account of our year it does not make so I had to come up with a way to capture our year in the simplest format and this is what I ended up with. 
Essentially I made a booklet and down both sides I used the waterfall technique to create the pages. Each page has one month assigned to it, along with a photo and a journal block, so the left side of the booklet is January through June and the right side is July through December. I am actually quite fond of this booklet because although simple - it is a more accurate account of our year, plus being super simple it also lends it's self to that fact that I did not do a whole lot in the scrap booking realm either.
For the photos I used my Instagram feed and just printed those at home at 3 x 3, then cut them out and added them in. For the journal blocks I printed off the sheet of journal lines I made about a year ago, cut them down to size also so that they would fit in my photo mats as well. I think if I were to do this type of booklet again, I would keep it the same size for sure, which is roughly 3 and a 1/2 inches wide by almost 6 inches tall by about 1 inch thick, but I'd flip flop the card stock colors. Instead of doing white mats on a black base, I would do black mats on a white base.

The reason I think that I would switch it up is because not only would the photos pop out a bit more...so would my journal blocks, I am just not caring for the white against white even though it is the same card stock. Also I would use just one color to document the moments in instead of using all different colors...reason being...some of the darker colors are hard to read because my journal lines are fairly small. I should have stuck with an in between color throughout
...but...
live and learn.
At the end of the waterfall on both sides of the booklet I added in these little bitty pockets that have the string closure, thinking this is just another simple layer of interest in our year review.  Inside of them I included a couple of clothing tags, a ticket stub, a receipt or two and quite possibly a few other things as well and that pretty much sums it all up. As I said I had a fairly simple year last year, not doing much beyond a few big projects and lots and lots of reading so... 
Last but not least here is my front cover, I kept it fairly simple as well since that has been the style throughout. I did however add a  few charms along the spine of the booklet...I have a couple of watch hands plus a philosophy tag that says, 'simplify' and a word token that says, 'moments' both of which of course are totally fitting for this book and my whole year to be completely honest. For the closure I had added the seaming binding on the inside covers before I added on my waterfall pieces and so it just ties closed...again...simple.
Hope you like it and I hope you have a wonderful day. If you have any questions please comment me and I'll be happy to answer.

Thanks for taking a peek!
just B