Friday, July 24, 2020

Flat Mail Mini Album | Little Birdie Crafts


Hi Everyone Kerrie back with another tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts  
I have been inspired by so many flat mail/happy mail projects I have seen on instagram and thought I would create a mini album that I could pop some embellishments in to send out as a RAK to someone. 
I created my mini album base using one sheet of 12x12 patterned cardstock from Little Birdie's Shabby Chic Bouquet collection


  
as you will see this is a flat mini except for the flower on the front which to flatten down you can remove the pearl centre and add a flat pearl or a bling centre





to start I scored at 4" from the bottom of base cardstock


then to create the min album page folds I scored at 1/8" on either side of 4" and 8" this gives the mini album base some depth for adding embellsihments


cut out the sections on bottom as this will fold up to create pockets


before sticking down your pockets add some patterned cardstock to all three sections of your album


embellish from of pockets with doily pop outs and journaling card, I have also added a border with black fine pen to add some definition to my layers, I also inked the edges again to give the illusion of depth to the layers


I cut three tags from patterned cardstock again doing a lined border and inking


to create the front embellishment, I added a paper clip so that the flower cluster embellishment can be removed and added to the recipients project  


I left the pearl center in the flower but as I said earlier you can remove it and add a flat pearl or a flat diamonte 


I added journaling cards, burlap doilies and fussy cut pieces adhered to paperclips to slip into each pocket. I also removed the little pearl centers of these mini flowers and replaced them with mini flat pearls 


you can change out the embellishments and add photos or your could add messages and give this mini as a special card




I finished off with some watered down gesso splatters

Little Birdie Products Used



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 Happy Creating 




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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Formal Cruising | Little Birdie Crafts



Hi Everyone Kerrie here welcome to July and my first post for Little Birdie Crafts for July. 
Can you believe we are in the 2nd half of this unprecedented year?

I hope this post finds you all well and living your life wherever you are in the world as best you can. 
As documenters of our families we must document the good, the bad and they WOW where did that come from moments and sometimes we get so caught up in making things so perfect that we lose our mojo to just create and have these special albums filled with all our treasured memories.




That is what this layout is about, these photos are from a cruise I taught on back in early 2016 which I am ashamed to say I still have so many photos from this cruise to scrap because of wanting to create the perfect layouts for all my photos, when the reality is I just need to get in and scrap and get my cruise album finished. 
This layout has no special techniques it is just about creating layers to showcase my photos of my friends and I which is all you need to do to create beautiful layouts, especially if you want to get your albums finished. We don't always have 4-5 hours to create one layout.


I started this layout by cutting a scroll from my patterned paper making use of the floral border on the paper, I then fussy cut some clusters and another floral border piece for the top left hand side of my layout. I also cut some layers to mount under my photos. I distressed all the edges of my paper pieces to give texture and dimension. I layered all the pieces on using foam tape to give dimension and I always pop my tape away from the edges so I can easily tuck in my fussy cut pieces and them other embellishments later on 
Now if you are liking the look of this nice flat layout you could stop here but if you want to embellish a bit more keep reading and scrolling


A great way to add dimension to your handmade flowers and leaves is to dry brush them  using Gesso, it also help to soften down the colours if the flowers or embellishment are a bit too bright or slightly wrong colour 


another tip to get more from your handmade flowers is to break them down, this is also great when you don't want a really lumpy bumpy layout. It also changes the look of your flowers to give you more variety


another way to change up your flowers and make them less bumpy is to remove the centre and add some bling again you just gently pull the bead from the centre


another tip for finishing off your layouts is to add splatters, splatters really change the look of your layout in a subtle way.  For this layout I mixed some Gesso with a spritz of Hot pink Color Splash. Always remember to cover your photos before spattering as you can see I just used some packaging.


when creating clusters work in the rule of threes and also make sure your clusters draw your eye to your photos, while we love all our gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts products we want our photos to shine, so our creating is to make that happen 







another tip, give your flowers, fussy cut pieces, leaves and diecuts a little smoosh to give them a little life 


Little Birdie Crafts Products Used



Thanks for stopping by I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial,
please if you don't already follow Little Birdie Crafts on FacebookInstagram and of course their Blog 
 for fabulous tutorials from all the Design Team
You can purchase all Little Birdie Crafts products from your local crafting store or online HERE

 Happy Creating 





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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Macrame Rope Rainbow | Mary Maker Studio

#kerriegurney #roperainbow #fibreart

last month I bought some XXL Rope from Brydie at  Mary Maker Studio to create my own rope rainbow as I kept seeing them on my instagram feed and loved them
Mary Maker Studio is an aussie small business which I love to support so the fact that Brydie came up with this XXL Rope perfect for creating rainbows is awesome. 
TIP you need to be quick to order from Brydie when her stock comes in as it sells out FAST!!!

so here is my Rope Rainbow!!!
 It will hang proudly in my bedroom I love the mix of Mustard, Navy, Gold and Cream which matches my bedlinen perfectly 



lots of winding to create rope rainbows and then brushing the fringe tails when you are finished. I was going to trim all my ends to be perfect but I like how there were and so just trimmed a little. I need to brush my ends a bit more but again I like the messy look of the ends. 


I decided to add some pom poms to my rainbow which I love 


as you can see I didn't cover my XXL rope perfectly as I wanted some of the mustard rope to peek through and can I just say how gorgeous is that gold string!!! It is also from Brydie at  Mary Maker Studio. The wool and gold fleck macrame rope  I have used is from my stash.


I then got hooked on creating pom poms so I just kept winding now I have a stash to use on something else 


Brydie has a fabulous FREE tutorial on her blog on how to create these Rope Rainbows including how much rope, string and fibres you will need , make sure you read through to the end as there is a discount code which I missed seeing until I actually started making my Rope Rainbow!


 Happy Creating 



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

MemoryDex Challenge | Week 13 Put it in a Pocket


Week 13 
Put it in a Pocket


for this challenge I created two pockets and created some tags to pop in the pockets 
I have used Cocoa Vanilla Studio's More than Words collection 
If I decide to use this Memorydex card on a layout I can pop my journaling on the tags  



find my other MemoryDex Challenge posts HERE

and if you want to play along follow Damaris and Caroline on instagram

 Happy Creating 



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Monday, June 29, 2020

MemoryDex Challenge | Week 12 Let's Flamingle




Week 12
Let's Flamingle

this this card I dug deep into my stash of dies and die cut a flamingo and clustered it with some diecuts and puffy stickers  added some splatters and done super quick and cute 




find my other MemoryDex Challenge posts HERE

and if you want to play along follow Damaris and Caroline on instagram


 Happy Creating 



#kerriegurney #memorydexweekly #memorydexchallenge

Sunday, June 28, 2020

MemoryDex Challenge | week 11 Flower Power



Week 11 
Flower Power

for this challenge I through why not cover an entire memoryDex card with flowers and so I did!
not sure I am loving it so I may redo this week but for now here is my Flower Power card
All flowers are Little Birdie Crafts, I popped some sisal down first then covered with flowers adding some resin flowers and gemstones to some of the centres topping off with wood veneer word and some splatters 





find my other MemoryDex Challenge posts HERE

and if you want to play along follow Damaris and Caroline on instagram

 Happy Creating 



#kerriegurney #memorydexweekly #memorydexchallenge