Monday, 11 June 2018

Getting Organized with Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey there! Lynne here with the new Organizer System that I've been looking forward to putting together for a while now...I just had to find a paper pack with colours and patterns that would look good in my craft room and coordinate with my other storage before I could make this. I found a Recollections pack at Michael's that was perfect.



I decided to put all the pieces together before papering them because there were so many pieces and I wanted to make sure I put the right patterns in the right places. It's of course perfectly fine to paper everything first, and I usually do, but this worked well for me on this project.



After putting the pieces together, I painted all the edges white, then adhered patterned paper (since I couldn't trace around them like I usually do, I actually had to do some measuring, but it was pretty simple and I lived to tell about it-lol1)

I inked the edges/joints of the paper with honey-coloured ink.



I like my storage to be labeled, so I used a combination of the Miniature Bookplates and the Stackable Labels. I ran them through my Cuttlebug in a damask embossing folder, then heat embossed them with a white enamel called Jasmine.





The bookplates didn't have labels to stack, so I made them by tracing the centers onto boxboard, then making them a little larger before cutting them out. I covered all the label pieces with patterned paper that was light enough to write on, and again inked the edges in the honey colour. I glued them onto the drawers and bins with a hot glue gun


The organizer pieces can be arranged so many different ways, depending on your preference and the space you have for them. After I had taken all my photographs and filled my bins, I noticed that some people also used them on their sides like cubbies. For my purpose (tall packages) the upright position was more practical though.  I thought they looked nice spread out like these examples as well, but I decided to use them on top of a set of drawers that was too narrow for this configuration.





I love the versatility of these pieces; you can finish them so many different ways and arrange them to fit any area. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with them; be sure to share on the Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Craft Group page on Facebook!

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

Miniature Bookplates Shape Set

Stackable Labels Shape Set

OTHER ITEMS USED

Donna Salazar Mixed Media Ink-Honey
-embossing powder-Jasmine

Recollections Paper Pad-English Rose Garden

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Shaped mini-album for Scrap & Craft

Hello there! Lynne here with a little chipboard mini-album I had in my stash; I love the soft colours of Craft O'Clock's Morning Dreams II paper line and used them to create this  project.



I placed 3x4" photos on the first pages to show how they would fit; to make photos that size you can collage 2 photos onto a 4x6" template or scan 2 of them into a photo printer together.


These are the other pages as well as a closeup of the foamiran flowers I made for the cover.

 I cut apart a couple of the rosettes and added them to the banner I cut from the yellow paper.


Monday, 28 May 2018

"Sweet"-a simple layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercus

Hi crafty friends! Papercrafting has grown and changed so much over the past few years, and sometimes it seems  that complicated and time-consuming projects are in the spotlight; you know the ones you look at and think, " I could never DO that!!" ( I know I think that quite often!) Well, this page focuses on simple ways to use Gypsy Soul chipboard and has no complicated techniques, but I still love how it came out!



The paper I used was Blue Fern Studio Seaside Cottage-the colours worked so well with my photo, but since this is not a beach-themed page, there were elements in the left lower corner that didn't suit my page....so I just tore off both corners, inked the rough edge, and added some coordinating paper....and a couple diecut pawprints.



I matted the photo and cut two more rectagular pieces from another sheet and created a layered mat for the cute photo of my cat Honey (she very seldom isn't running around getting into trouble, so I was happy to get this shot!) The edges were all distressed and inked as well. I have a distressing tool, but usually just do it with scissors-either works great, but if you use scissors, rub the blade along the paper gently so as not to gouge into it, unless that's the effect you want.

I stenciled pawprints here and there and also used punchinella to create the spotted pattern on my page...I find pigment inks the easiest to use this way, as they have the foamy pad that rubs smoothly across the stencil.

This photo shows  my homemade flowers, which were made with a flower punch, then crumpled, inked and layered. And nothing is easier than adding naked chipboard to your project-that's right, I did NOTHING to these fern pieces!! I thought the natural colour went well with the colours on my page.



The danglers were heat-embossed, and I knew this embossing enamel had really good coverage, so I didn't prime them before adding it-I just rubbed them onto the Versamark pad, then made sure they were well-coated with the embossing enamel, and finished with the heat tool. The ivory colour with the gold flecks inspired my choice of brads for the flowers as well.



I wanted the title piece to look different from the danglers, so I painted it with dusty blue acrylic paint, then sponged it with sage green paint. You also get a closer look at the punchinella stencilling in this photo


I added a twine bow to the word dangler and stapled some twine above the photo for added texture; a page like this can be done in one crafting session, and goes together even easier with purchased flowers; I just enjoy making them because then I know they coordinate perfectly and don't have to pull out every flower I own to see if they match (or go shopping for flowers that match, although that can be a fun excuse to hit the craft store!!) 

I hope you enjoyed my page and that, if you find complicated projects intimidating, the simplicity of this will inspire you to grab some supplies today and put together a page! Crafty hugs from me ad sweet little Honey!!

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

String Alongs-cats
Words & Phrases 2
Fern Fronds

OTHER ITEMS USED

Blue Fern papers, Seaside Cottage
Colorbox Mixed Media Ink-Honey
Ranger Distress Ink-Bundled Sage
acrylic paints
Stampendous embossing enamel-Aged Ivory
Versamark ink

Sunday, 27 May 2018

"Together"-a layout for Scrap & Craft

Hello dear crafty friends! I'm sharing  a layout for Scrap & Craft's Design Team using some of Studio 75's beautiful "The Peony Avenue" papers. I wanted a monochromatic look and loved the different grey patterns in this paper line.The brick pattern was perfect to cut around and make a shaped photo mat, and I made my own flowers with some of the paper as well.



The title piece looks gold in the photo, but was heat-embossed in Antique Silver to coordinate with the silver texture paste and metal quote strip in the lower right corner. I also added hand-stitching with embroidery floss.





Studio 75-The Peony Avenue-12x12 paper pack

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a wonderful and creative week! xo

Monday, 14 May 2018

Nature's Sketchbook folio for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

hi! Lynne here with a project I especially enjoyed creating-as soon as I saw the Folio & Mini Book I knew it would be so much fun to put together! I went to a big event called Scrapfest a few hours away from home and scooped up this wonderful Graphic 45 paper, which turned out to be perfect for the folio (which I plan to use for photos from daytrips taken this summer!)


Usually they are made to open like a book, but I decided to have mine open vertically, so when closed it would look like an envelope; one the back I placed a sentiment where the address would go, and added a pretty stamp sticker I had from another paper set.


The one end of the folio folds on the scored lines to become a pocket; attach this with a sturdy adhesive.
↖ This piece folds up and the side tabs are adhered to the lower section.

If you've read many of my other posts, I've mentioned that I don;t like to measure and usually trace around things, but I did do some measuring here; after cutting base pieces and attaching them to the outer sections, I measured pieces 1/2" smaller both ways to create a 1/4" border. I also did this on the covers of the mini books (I decided to make 2 with fold-out pages)



I added chipboard corners to each cover; they were painted with gold acrylic paint, then heat embossed with Ranger Distress embossing powder and rubbed with Art Alchemy Metallique wax.



I used the same finish on the stacked label, and attached an egg I cut out from the paper; it needed a little trimming but fit almost perfectly! It reminded me a bit of a piece of turquoise.



I used the belly band to hold the second album; tuck the folded ends under your cover paper and use a strong adhesive.

The insides of the albums are made to fit smaller photos (3" x 4") but of course you can use any size you prefer. I made a waterfall album by cutting 4-1/4" squares, then scoring 2 fold lines at half-inch intervals. When you attach them to each other, starting at the bottom, attach the lower line of the new piece to the upper line of the lower one....this is a sample I tried, as I had never made one before. I used a tape runner, which would be run above the first score line, then the next page would be adhered by placing the area between the score lines onto the tape. When you reach your final page, fold the remaining strip in the opposite direction to cover the open edge.


The finished waterfall album:





On the other page of this album, I used leftover paper to make fold-out pages which will hold 6 photos each.


 In the other album, I made a variation on a waterfall album with staggered pages, which were attached by using folded paper strips as "hinges"



















I love that this folio album could be finished so many different ways, for specific themes like a new baby, Christmas, a school year, graduation, vacation etc etc etc. We'd love to see what YOU do with yours! Post your finished project in the Gypsy Soul Craft Group on Facebook!! have a wonderful and creative week! xoxo

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

Stackable Labels Shape Set

OTHER ITEMS USED

Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook papers
Various G45 paper scraps
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder-Vintage Photo
Art Alchemy Metallique Wax-Aged Brass

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Thank you card and mini gift bag for Scrap & Craft

Hello crafty friends-Lynne here with a project using the lovely "Always Together" papers...I love to fussy cut and enjoyed layering the flowers to create dimension and interest, and added a bit of lace to the card for extra texture. The sentiment is made with a die from my stash, and I inked most of the edges in a rose coral that closely matched the colours of the flowers.  I hope you like it!









Colorbox Rose Coral ink
foam adhesive tape
white cardstock (for diecut)
Cuttlebug and thin die
Small grey gift bag
scrap of lace

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative week!! xoxo

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Cherry Blossoms boxes for Scrap & Craft

Hello crafters!! This is Lynne and spring is finally here in Canada- I'm so pleased to see it! The lovely patterns in the Cherry Blossoms paper inspired me to decorate these plain 4" wooden boxes I found at a thrift store a while back-the small patterns in the 6x6 paper pack were perfect for a project this size.




I used pink tulle to embellish the tops of two of the boxes, with diecut flowers on one and sweet pink Cherry Blossoms on the other. The third box was embellished with a fancy diecut heart. I used three different types of pearls, one on each box, and fussy cut some flowers to add interest as well. The loops and spirals were just strips cut from the patterned paper. All edges were inked in charcoal grey.





I used:

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project, and I wish you a wonderful and creative week! xoxo