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Monday, July 22, 2013

5, 4, 3, 2, 1.....Blast Off - Again!!

Hi Everyone,
Mel here again for my second post for July...aren't the months just flying by??

Well, I have been busy playing with my kit from Scrapbookit this month and I must say I have had HEAPS of fun with this paper collection.....Blast Off! from Kaisercraft.

Today, I have a few things to share with you. So grab a cuppa it might take a while!!!

The first is another layout following the recipe that Ruby has set for this months challenge. Have you emailed your entry in to Joanne? You only have till the end of the month!
The recipe is...
5 - Buttons
4 - Circles
3 - Ribbons
2 - Paint colours
1 - Photo

Here is my layout using the Blast Off! Paper Collection...

Now for my second project...
I tried to think outside the square a little and create something that is useful.
So I came with a canvas is a shot of the completed project...

Thought I would step you through the process of making this cute little canvas calendar so that you might feel a little inspired to make one for those little monsters in your life.

Step One:
Create your canvas background.
I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to swipe over the canvas. I was a little impatient with the drying process so I used a heat gun to move it along....just make sure you don't hold your heat gun too close and burn holes in your canvas...I came very close several times!!

Step Two:
Choose your background patterned paper and adhere.
I used Mod Podge to adhere my paper to the canvas. I also then use this as a sealer...great if your project is going to be on display and collect dust particles...easy to wipe over with a damp cloth.
Hint #1: Distress Ink and Mod Podge don't go well together. The Mod Podge appears to move the ink around. It will change the colour of your brush. Be careful when you are applying Mod Podge over your paper. However, this could be a great effect too!

Hint #2: In the photo below, the paper may look a little bubbled or wrinkled. Don't be too put off by sure to adhere and then let it settle. You will notice that it will all calm down and flatten out over about 24 hours.

Step Three:
The next background layer...Texture Paste.
To create another layer I have used the Kaisercraft 'Bubbles' 12x12 mask and some texture paste.

Once these were dry I painted them using three different paint colours.

Step Four:
Create your layout.
Essentially the base is like creating your own layout...just minus the photos (although photos would be good too!)
You will need to decide what elements you would like to include.
I included...some die cut stickers, some collectables and a cute little chipboard word from WOW.
You will also need to decide how to incorporate the calendar.
I have decided to make it so that the day, date and month were interchangeable.
I created a space for these elements to be attached...see below.

Step Five:
Create your the day, date and month labels.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the letters for the day, date and month and adhered them to strips of paper. You could use any sort of die cutting machine, adhesive alpha letters or even print them on your computer.

Step Six:
Protect your project!
Projects like this usually get handled regularly. We would be disappointed if they weren't used for what they were made for however, we would like them to last as long as possible...especially with those little monsters fingers!
I protected the canvas, paper and all of the die cut stickers in the background with Mod Podge. All of the strips for displaying the calendar, the calendar pieces and the collectables have been laminated for further protection.

And there you go a cute little calendar for all of those cute little monsters in your life!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed today's post and I have inspired you with something a little different.

A few reminders:
* Pop on over to Scrapbookit (instore or online) to grab all the bits and pieces to create these projects.
* Be sure to get your entries for the challenge in by the end of the month...and the kids challenge too!
* Have you registered for our October Retreat? It is sure to be a super weekend!

Enjoy your week and happy scrapping...
Mel xx


  1. Great work with this range Mel,what a fantastic little calendar. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  2. Love the layout and the calendar Mel. The papers are awesome for boys. Rockets, spaceships and aliens, cant ask for more when it comes to the little guys. Brayden is so cute in that pic. Each time I look at it I smile and think is he saying "Ohhh! Its an alien" Fantastic idea for the calendar. My boys want one for their room.


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