Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Julie: Scrapbooking 2014 ... with 52 Weeks of Photos

Hi there.
Are you a scrapbooker, or a scrapbook-curious crafter, looking for a fun way to document the coming new year? Then why not join us in the 52 Weeks of Photos challenge?
If you're a regular reader here you'll know that the 3DJean Design Team have been working their way through taking one of the 52 categories of photo from the list each week for several months now ... but you can still join us in using the list any time. And there's no better time like the start of a new year to pick up a new creative project!
Here's a month's worth of my photos which I've been scrapping in 4x6" pockets:
While I do take a fresh photo each week, I don't scrap them straight away; I save them up and scrap several at a time, usually when I go to my local crop. And the small format I've chosen means it really doesn't take that long to achieve a colourful and interesting re-cap of my year!
Here's a few close-ups to show you what I mean:
I've been using lots of the retro-style blank tickets from the shop as little journaling blocks [there's 60 for £1.00 so it's fine to use so many!] and I combine them with either handwriting or my faithful date-stamp:
And here I used a blue one beneath frame:
 ... to create a little layered embellishment in its own right:

So, what do you think? Does it sound like a manageable photo / scrapbooking project for 2014?
  • The list is just there to prompt you and you can take it in any order you like. [We're not going from 1 to 2 to 3 etc we're selecting each week which one we fancy! Some structure in a long project like this is useful ... but too much can be restrictive .... so we're just having fun!]
  • Scrapbooking the results on a small scale is a great, quick way to document the passage of time and also to really show off some of your favourite smaller supplies [like the blank tickets I've been using.]
You can always share your pages on your blog and link us up via the 3DJean Facebook page, or by leaving a blog comment.
I'm honestly really enjoying having the list to work from ... it's keeping me life-documenting through an otherwise scrapping-desert at the moment!! Maybe it's just what you need too!
Julie :-)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Open The Box...

... need some handles...then you can find them here. and the door knob too! Just the right size for this little cupboard.

The papers are Graphic 45.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

More Christmas

 Just a few tags. I don't normally make them but last year Julie made us all a lovely one and I thought I would do the same this year.  
 Here are 6 of them fingers crossed I get time to make another 6 at least. The Pion papers have come in very handy , add them one and a bit of bling and were sorted.  

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Julie: Stencilling with Shimmerz Dazzlerz

Hello again.
If you're someone who likes the colours and finishes of the Shimmerz paints ... like this pot of smooth and shimmery Dazzlerz in 'Dreamsicle':
... but you don't generally get involved in painting, art-journaling or what you might call 'messy' crafting ... then here's another, less messy way to use them: with a sponge and stencil.
That's how I've been using this glorious rich peachy shade of paint in the album I've made to house my 52 Weeks of Photos:
Sometimes, when I'm feeling in the messy mood I flick or scrape the paint on - but sometimes that method can be a little 'hit and miss' [as in: sometimes it hits the wall and misses the paper!] and it's not appropriate for every project. But that doesn't stop me using paint:
  • instead I've been putting a small amount of the paint on to a craft mat / palette;
  • then taking a section of Cut N Dry foam [often used with inks] and dabbing it into the paint, working it in;
  • then I test it out on some scrap paper - just to make sure the sponge isn't overly filled with paint because I don't want it to ooze out under my stencil;
  • finally, I take a stencil/mask [you can find a selection of masks in the shop here] and position it on to my finished mini scrapbook page, and begin gently sponging through to create the design:
The end result is really very subtle ... compared to the other used you can put these lovely paints to ... but it does add just that slight hint of 'arty-ness' that I'm aiming for on these pages. Here's a closer look:
Obviously, depending on where you position the stencil, you can gain a lot of control over where you want to add some shimmering colour using this technique.
BTW: Everyone's welcome to join in the 52 Weeks of Photos project. I use the list [check out the full list of 52 items here] as a way to focus my mind , to make me stop and think each week, then I take a photo which not only represents something on the list ... it also represents something I was doing that week too. You can play along any time whenever you need a prompt to start recording some day-to-day moments. 
Don't forget you can now keep in touch with Jean via the 3DJean Facebook page [have you 'Liked' it yet?].
If I don't see you before ... Merry Christmas to you!

Thursday, 5 December 2013


Crackers , so it must be getting closer to Christmas. These were made with a piece of card for the body and then crepe paper wrapped round with a snap and present inside. 

Decorated with the Pion christmas papers a bit of bling and they were finished.
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