Monday, February 24, 2014

Colourful Life Mini Photo Book Album

Hi Friends

Am back with another mini :) This one however is totally my style happy and bright.

Its a custom order for a photo heavy scrapbook mini and I was given the headings of each page which do show as titles as well.

Its a continuation of the hinge binding design I had done recently for this Mini Album. In this one i actually added a lot more photo matting and tags as requested. Since it was very interactive i also went ahead and captured it in a short video which you can see towards the end of this post.

Here is what Neha singhal had to say after receiving this customised mini book album

"My experience with CQ was simply awesome. I cannot get a better gift than the mini album ordered from CQ. It was prepared keeping in mind all my requirements. Its full of sentiments and amazing designs which makes it really funky and wonderful. I really want to thank CQ for the gift which my friend will surely love."
To place an order for a similar product please click HERE

So here are all the pics :)

The Album Cover was aptly decorated for a masculine look.

As you open you can see various photo mats and journaling spaces

Welcome to corporate World and the journey :) More Tags here.....

These pages were titled about friends and the recipient

Some Memorable outings and lazy days enjoyed together

Fun at work and more pics of the recipient.

Cheerful tags for friends to write wishes for the recipient who is now shifting to another job, another town!

Some Random clicks to end the album perfectly!

And as promised here is a detailed video for you all to watch. Please do share your feedback :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Precious Moments 6 by 6 Mini Pocket Album with Hinge Binding

Hi Friends

This time am super excited to share my all new Mini album. Two reasons am pretty proud of it. one - I finally gave in to use the pretty Secret Admirer paper pack from Kaisercraft and two - because i tried a new hinge binding technique and it all came together beautifully for me! I am a big fan of designer papers and i can hoard them forever! But this album has inspired me to get them out and make some more minis.

This album has 12 pages with ample space to journal on tags or add more pics. There are also 6 paper photo mats which will allow to add 12 pics of 4 by 6 inch size easily or maybe you can create your own collage here!

It took me 3 days to complete this album and I have been dying to share it here!

I am sharing all the pics but towards the end i have also shared a video to help you understand how this album looks on a more personal front. Do leave your feedback for me.

This album is a perfect gift for the upcoming Valentines Day or maybe a fabulous Anniversary gift and is currently available.

So thats the cover which lets you know how amazingly it stores your precious pics!

and its pretty thick.

Lots of pretty papers inside.....look promising.

and here is the journey inside..

many tags to share many memories together

the black photo mats are hidden  between all the pages so you can add 12 pics easily

And as promised here is the video :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How To - Mixed Media Wall Art with Gesso and Multi Medium

Good Morning

Here is a quick post to share the recent mixed media attempt I have made. Yes i am going to try all the techniques and products I have always been no so friendly with.

For this layout I used one of the heavily printed paper from an Echo Park collection. Sometimes large prints are often ignored due to their bold look and feel but they are great for such projects! So for the first step I tried to create some texture by using the American Crafts Chevron Stencil some Gesso with my Palette knife. I found using the palette knife did make spreading the Gesso alot more easier. In some section I have used Matte - Studio Multi-Medium too. One thing I admit is that you can never judge a product just be reading about it. You must give it a try to see how it works its magic :)

The basic difference is the results achieved from each, this is purely from my understanding and experience
1. Gesso - its very similar to white acrylic paint but only thinner. It dries hard, making the surface more stiff. Artist use Gesso  to prepare (or "primes") the surface for painting, making the surface slightly textured and ready to accept acrylic paint. Without gesso, the paint would soak into the weave of the canvas. It dries white so its great to make bright things tone down a bit and also create some white area on background. Its not ink resistant and allows you actually add colour later on.
2. Multi Medium Gel - It dries clear so you can see the background shine through. also its ink resistant so you can create lovely patterns like I did. The basic use for these is to build texture in paintings by mixing them with acrylic paint or even magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang. If you add a small bit of it to your paint it will also extend the drying time so you work around it easily. The Soft gel is the medium that is most often used by paper artists. It can be used as a glue for collage and it is also used to make photocopy transfers. So basically it is a glue, a paint, and decoupage stuff.

Can you see the little Chevron path on top right? that's the Gesso work. its white and ink resistant. the chevron patch on left bottom is done by using gel medium and hence its clear. this layout looks much pretty in person :)

After its all dried I used coordinating Distress Inks to make the background a bit subtle. I have used a combination of Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick. Do keep a paper towel handy to remove excess inks from the textured patched immediately.

This is the Layout without the frame to show you the textures better :)

I used the backing of the stencil as a photo mat, added some left over broken mdg branches and coloured them with acrylic paints. The flowers are ready made and sponged just a little with Gesso to make them match the BG. Finally I added some Pebbles chipboard embellishments to complete this.

I hope this encourages you to try some mixed media yourself :)

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Wall Clock.....on my wall :)

Hi people!

Finally got a chance to get my hubby to click some nice pics of this Cuckoo Clock that I finished in early January actually! I had a new year resolution to finish my incomplete projects and yes this has been hanging out in my craft room for exactly an year. I remember because I started it when I did a Wall clock made to order. See HERE. But somehow I never got to finish it :(

I have used some ready made flowers and the orange ones are punch craft flowers which have been distressed. all the flowers were sprayed with Lindys Cactus Gold Starbust Spray. Love the shimmer. Several chipboard pieces are from different collection of Studio Calico chipboard.

This is a Kaisercraft cuckoo clock that I hoarded all this while and now my hubby finally smiles that its done ;) Coz i added a pic from our recently celebrated 3rd anniversary. This is my gift for him for Valentines Day!

Do let me know how it looks.


Thanks for dropping by!


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