I've heard this a few times .... *oh I am just a simple scrapper ...* said apologetically.
In Singapore, many prefer the layers of fussy cutting, popped up pages and they are perfectly right to love that. But this kinda leaves us simpler scrappers out in the cold, with that sinking feeling our pages are less artistic, perceived with less scrapbook value because we used less *stuff*. All I say is : there's room for every type of scrapper ...... so just SCRAP !! Keep those memories, whether you use the latest stuff or use what you already have ...... just scrap.
When Webster's Pages announced Alison Kreft was designing for them, we all waited with much anticipation for the new collections. Then it all arrived in Singapore, I got myself some of it and here is what I did.
I love the light, fresh feel of the designs with much of its journal sheets skewed towards Project Lifers. Still, they were good for layouts, the journal sheets can be used as background layering. And yellow is one of my favorite colors, it just feels so happy and positive !!
Being invited to be on the Sizzix US Team is such an honor, honestly there wasn't the slightest inking my Blog and Instagrams were followed. I am thoroughly thrilled to be back using Sizzix products to create !!! For this layout, here's what I used : Alterations Bell Jar with Pedestal, Frame Fancy, Frame Flower 3D. You can also click on the images.
- Current Mood:So Happy
As usual my scrap table is in a mess, I'm working and refereeing 2 cats in on-going fights ....... and keeping the new kitty away from the guinea pigs (not totally sure if she thinks of them as play things or food).
This face is adorable, but she has the mind and attitude of a toddler with full-on terrible twos.
Every month there is a window of time when all the work is done, schedules are out, I get a space to ..... well ...... breathe ! It was supposed to be lunch with scrapping girlfriends but yesterday my ears started ringing, the aches crept up on me. Our two girls had colds and I just thought myself lucky to have missed the bug .......NOT !! So lunch is out, it's rest and lots of fluids.
Tomorrow will be a long day with a workshop in a school, and I need to be able to deal with that.
There's exciting news I will be sharing soon, come visit tomorrow !!
It's wonderful to work on small projects as they are easy to fill with embellishments and the size makes for less stress. These were the 2 canvases I made for the Paper Market Blog At Home with Aida and if you need to find out how I made them, just click *HERE*.
I've been asked how to make these canvases and really, it's just about going with the flow. When I begin, I don't worry too much about the finished outcome as the intention is to enjoy the process, textures and color. While there are times when I like pale or monochromatic palettes, I usually love color in my projects. For the first piece, the cupid stamp and the flowers in the basket die cut were my cues and I worked from there. The second piece, the 7 Gypsies tag "Right Now" led the way for an aged look, with lilac color pops from the Prima flowers and butterfly ephemera. The girl on the swing was a last minute whimsical addition to the piece.
It's important to enjoy what we do. When we tell ourselves consciously to relax, to meander, explore and find the fun, we nearly always end up being pleasantly surprised by the results. No where more than Singapore are we are so intently focused on the end product that we often forget the journey, the little details, the small joys and successes are just as essential to rounding our emotions and perceptions.
Hope your week started well and will continue to be so !
This is LP, a stray Stasha found behind La Salle after her band practice. What surprised us is how friendly she is, unafraid of humans and litter trained, most strays are quite skittish and dislike being handled. LP is short for the band's name *The Good Life Project*.
I've really not updated the Blog much with news, there just doesn't seem enough time like before. Even though I work part time, teaching in the store manageable, on days off, I R_E_A_L_L_Y just want to chill, not come online or deal with whatspps messages from work. Three classes a month to design and plan for means much of my time is spent figuring out supplies, techniques, seeing if the process is do-able in 3 hours, if it's interesting enough, will it sell ....... am I duplicating anything from the other classes or other educators in the store. Bit by bit I am *getting it* ...... routines are getting easier and personalities I work with more familiar. Being based in a smaller branch has it's advantages with the smaller classes, the bit I am completely happy with.
The question of whether craft educators in Singapore have value or not came up a few weeks ago. I've come to the conclusion that some people who teach *ART* often assume paper crafters have no depth, and are capable of only auntie-type work. In Singapore unfortunately this is fairly a common perception as craft was previously (still is ?) the domain of retirees and grandmothers, homemakers who have the time to dabble in crafting. I've always admired people who teach art in schools, it's not easy and my assumption has always been they would be open to all types of media, even paper crafting because it is another perspective, another way of seeing/doing things, another way of teaching students to understand layers, effort, patience and appreciation of details.
I might not understand all the art pieces I see in exhibitions, but I certainly will not patronize them, think of them unworthy or ridiculous simply because it is not my method of self expression.
Hey, that's life huh ?
And so I move on .........
For details of how I made this, go *HERE*.
Have a great week ahead !
Hey scrappers, every Monday the past few weeks I've been on Paper Market's Blog ! It's where I share projects made for the store and scrappy tips you might find useful,
Hop on over if you'd like to see the steps in making this project.
Thanks for coming by, have a good Monday !
Singaporean scrappers equate simple as *no value* ........... even when they have very little understanding of balance and composition.
Oh well ......... that is life ? We adjust, we find things that work and get on with it !
Here are a few personal projects I made the past weeks .....
A re-purposed tag I added to a canvas for a friend not seen for over 25 years.
And another page for my Art Journal ....
Be back soon, have a great week ahead !
Here's the pic :
Have a wonderful week ahead ....... and let's all collectively wish for sun, no break downs on the MRT lines please !