Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fab Scraps Beach Comber Mini Album ----> Wall Art

I receive a mini album to create with and I received a wonderful family picture of a friend of mine's family on a holiday to the beach.  I didn't have enough pictures to create a whole album with, and I was playing around with the elements of the album and I came up with an Idea!!  Why not convert the album to a wall piece.  So here is what I did.

I gathered my X-Press IT products and Fab Scraps Beach Comber collection.

Then here is what I did to come up with my idea:

I know it doesn't look like much, but this was my starting point.

I then started by tracing the areas I wanted to cover with denim, cutting out the denim and fraying the edges. 

I then added distress stain and then rubbed some blue metal finish onto the anchor area, then using Triple Tac, adhered the denim to the areas I wanted covered.

I then Used Picket Fence Distress stain on the edges of the other pages, and using Xpress IT 12mm Tape, adhered the Beach Comber paper to the chipboard pages, trimmed the edges and sanded them

I then painted the areas of the centre piece that would show and then using X-press It foam Tape, adhered the four feature pieces onto the centre mounting piece.

Then it was tme to dress it up a little more....

I added some stitching detail.

Added some more Distress Stain to the Fab Scraps Chipboard.

So here is my final creation:

And for some closeups:

Hope you like my creation:

Products Used:

Fab Scraps Beach Comber Paper
Fab Scraps Beach Comber Album
Fab Scraps Beach Comber Chipboard.


Thanks for Looking.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


We are loving our Hazel & Ruby Stencil Masks - the possibilities are endless! 

We decided to  have a play in an X-Press It Blending Journal, using the Copic Airbush System. It is so quick and easy!

We want to share the love, so we have a set of the Hazel & Ruby Blindside Alpa Stencil Masks up for grabs!

For your chance to win, leave us a comment telling us what you would write!
You have until 11:59pm AEST on February 5, 2014 to enter. Sorry, Australia residents only.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Retro Twist Layout

Hi Inspiration Lane fans and a Happy New Year!!
Sharmaine here with a layout I created using the new Retro Twist range from FabScraps, and some other cool X-Press It products.
X-Press It products
The very first thing I did was cut a few 1cm strips, you could also use scraps. In fact this technique is great for scraps!
Close Up FabScraps Retro Twist Pattern Paper
I then used my 6mm X-Press It Double Sided Tape and used what I call the “rip and stick” method.
Close Up FabScraps Retro Twist Pattern Paper
I stuck the strips down to create a cross pattern, this would become the base for my photo.
Close Up FabScraps Retro Twist Pattern Paper
I then pulled out the trusty Chromacryl, in white, and lightly covered the strips.
This makes the strips uniform but also allows the patterns to “quietly” show through.
X-Press It's Chromacryl paint
I then lightly stamped over the papers and used some water colour paint to add part of my title.
Close Up FabScraps Pattern Paper
Next step involved removing these chipboard leaves from the packaging, which I also used.
Close Up FabScraps chipboard
I pained the outside packaging frame black.
Please note that I used the plastic packaging as a protective sheet, keeping my desk clean from the paint.
Altering FabScraps chipboard
I then added this to my page, using my trusty Clear Gel Glue.
Using X-Press It Clear Gel Glue
Because my photo was going to be placed on top of this I used some High Tack Foam Tape to give the photo the height it needed.
X-Press It High Tack Foam Mounting Tape
The chipboard leaves I painted with some purple and some blue water colours.
Close Up of FabScraps chipboard
The last part was just adding the little details, like the gorgeous pearls and a little metal filgree, that I cut in half so I could add it in two places.
Close up of FabScraps Pearls
I love that you can see little pops of the pattern paper.
Subtle hints of the colours in behind the photo.
Layout created by Sharmaine Kruijver using X-Press It products
Love the texture of the FabScraps cardstock too!
Perfect for adding paint as it allows little dots of colour to show through.
Just gorgeous!
Happy creating.

PS, If you pop over to the Inspiration Lane Facebook Page before 11:59pm (AEST) you could win an awesome prize pack!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine's Day Subway Art Canvas

I was really excited when I received these fabulous Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks to play with for this month's project. There is some truly wonderful Subway Art that has been created using these letters across the web, so I was eager to try them out for myself.  They are described as strong and reusable and true to their word, they are made from nice thick vinyl and once I had washed off the thick layer of paint and dried them - they were once again ready for use (and I wasn't gentle so these really can take a some punishment!)

These are the Broadside Alphas from Hazel & Ruby

To recreate this canvas you will need:
  • Hazel & Ruby 'Stencil Mask Broadside Alpha'
  • X-Press It Heavy Weight Canvas
  • X-Press It Triple Tac Glue
  • Fab Scraps Paper 'Pink Flamingo'
  • Copic Markers: RV14, RV16, RV17, R39 & N5
  • Airbrush
  • Matte Acrylic Paints: I mixed 'Black' and 'Rose' for a velvet look
  • Stippling brush or foam brush
  • assorted embellishments (stencils, paper flower, twine etc)
Gather your supplies.

Coat the canvas with Triple Tac and glue the Fab Scraps paper to the canvas - remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.  Once dry add another layer of Triple Tac over the surface of the paper to act as a protective coating (this makes sure the letters don't stick or lift the paper) - leave for 3-5 hours to completely dry.

Using Copic Sketch marker N5, stencils and an airbrush, add a pale grey design across the patterned paper.  N5 is my favourite grey as it looks great with both cool and warm colours and it isn't too dark!

Using a variety of bright Copic markers and stencils, add designs across the paper.

Use Hazel & Ruby Broadside Alphas to create a message, saying or sign, remove letters from plastic backing and adhere to the decorated paper - make sure you have smoothed the letters down well so that paint will not bleed under the stencil masks.  

Using a foam brush or stippling brush, coat the entire surface of the canvas with paint.

While the paint is still wet carefully remove each letter from the canvas.  You will need to use either a pin or some fine tweezers to lift the letters up.  Once the letters are removed, wash letters under warm water to remove the paint and then leave to dry.  Leave your canvas to dry overnight.

Use the directions on the Copic Oz blog to create a Copic coloured flower to match the colours used on the canvas.  I have trimmed off part of the flower so that it will sit flat.

Use the same Copic Marker colours to add colour to some twine.  Glue the twine onto the canvas in a random twisting pattern.

and this is the finished Subway Art canvas I created.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Back with more soon,
Kate P.