Thursday, February 21, 2013

Scrapmatts Projects Reveal

Happy February everybody! Hope you are having a very "Sweet" month, and have surrounded yourself with people you love, things you love, and have made time to do some of the things that you love to do. It is time for my monthly Scrapmatts Australian Chipboard Reveal, and in keeping with the Scrapmatt's "love is in the air" theme, I have created a a romantic memory pocket in a French Country theme that I love, with lots of little tuck ins to journal, store momentos and keep some of those most loved memories in. 

Before I get started, I would like to credit the artist Cherry's Jubilee with this design. She had created a sewing pocket using manilla folders, and I just loved the basic design that she had created, so I took it, and altered it a bit and of course made it my own with my own style, but the basis of the design was completely inspired from her original~So thank you Cherry :)

I am the bookkeeper/Accountant for our local family business, Affordafixx Service Center, and I have lots of  those basic manilla file folders that need to be recycled in some way and this project was perfect for it. I cut  four file folders down to size 8 1/2 width x 9 1/2 height then machine sewed them together, leaving the tops open for tucking in treasures. I then heavily inked them for an aged distressed look. I then took layers of Prima Printery papers,  from a past Scraps Of Darkness Kit, distressed, inked and sewed them. I was then ready to start adding details which include lots of Scrapmatts Chipboard and past Scraps Of Darkness Victorainna Kit pieces.

Here I took a Scrapmatts CB 1092 Eiffel Tower  piece and heat embossed it with Tim Holtz Distress Emboss Powder. I then took a CB1081 Silhouette 01 piece, colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Markers then attached a hand tinted mini rose and seam binding to her dress.  

The "Memories" sentiment at the top corner of the front file folder is a CB 1168 Assorted Word Piece that I
heat embossed it with Tim Holtz Distress Emboss Powder.

I used some Scrapmatts CB1017 Keys that I inked, stamped and added german glitter glass and snaps to. I then added leftover burlap strings to these two, and tied them to a 7 gypsies aligator clip. I attached a smaller key to a Prima Piece on one of the tabs, along with a Sweet Memories handcrafted butterly from my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop.

I created lots of pull outs, and on one of the large ones that can be used for journaling and attaching photos to, I used the other part of the CB1081 Silhouette 01 piece for an accent.

Here you can see where I created a sweet envelope for storing small pieces in out of a Graphic 45 toggle envelope, layered with a Prima Journal Spot and a small Scrapmatts CB1028 Butterfly that I heat embossed with some Lindy's Magicals and added a hand tinted mini rose and wire antenna to.

This is the back side view of the whole piece. 

This is a double sided punched tag with hand tinted seam binding ribbon that tucks in.

Toggle Envelope Full View

Large Journal/Photo Pull Out- Front Side

Large Journal/Photo Pull Out Back Side (Has Lots of hand stamping and inking)

Elongated Tag Pull Out (is double sided) with hand tinted seam binding.

Another Large Journal/Photo Pull Out with Hand Crafted Butterfly-Front Side

Another Large Journal/Photo Pull Out -Back Side

Next, I have a Mixed Media Canvas piece that is actually a self portrait. Scrapmatts participates in lots of Craft Shows and Fairs and they have their Design Team create an 8 x 10 Self Portrait Canvas, and then they take them with them and hang them all together. What a FABulous way to show off their Design Team and their beautiful products while showing others how their products can be used!

Here is my canvas piece and it is titled Lucky Me, because I feel so lucky to be a part of such a diverse, talented team!!

I used an 8 x 10 canvas, lots of Scrapmatts Chipboard and different techniques, and Scraps Of Elegance "A Dream Within A Dream" Kit pieces to create this piece. I did lots of technique work on the canvas piece before getting started. I first painted the whole piece in gesso, then misted it with multiple layers of Lindy's Mists, smooch painted areas, distress crackeled areas then accented them with glitter and seed beads, I did stamping with pearl work, and gel medium and stenciling for loads of texture, and visual interest. 

The photo of me was taken by my son, Draven this past August, and I used a CB6011 Ornate Frame that I distress crackle painted in white, then went over with silver ink to bring out the crackle.

Here I took a CB1125 Hinge, and paired it with a piece from the CB1163 Ornate Frame Set then painted them, and then used rub ons to create the design pattern, and added some pearls for accents.

Tucked into my flowers is a sweet little MC1028 Micro Chip featuring a painted birdcage and a little bird that I colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

I love butterflies, so this Scrapmatts CB1015 Large Butterfly Chippie was a perfect addition. I painted it with white gesso then added fine silver glitter, and lots of white puff paint.

The title work was done using a small Prima tile with the sentiment "lucky"  tucked into a CB1163 Ornate Frame that I painted and then stamped with a script stamp. I then took a "Me" Sentiment from the CB1157 Assorted Words Set, painted and stamped it, then took a CB1017 Key and heat embossed it and attached a little Prima pearl for accent, and layered it underneath the "Me".

Thank you for stopping by for my Scrapmatts Reveal!! I just love working with all that yummy chipboard, and hope that you have enjoyed all the different ways that I have used them. Hope you find the time to learn a new technique or just to create something new~Hugs, Renea


Lizzy Hill said...

Hi Renae ...fabulous post - love how you've explained all your techniques & that manila folder idea is SENSATIONAL...gorgeous job - love your shabby chic look going on:):):)

Swissdutchy8 said...

Just Beautiful, love the flowercluster on the canvas!

Rachael Funnell said...

All of these are TOTALLY GORGEOUS Renea....

Sandie Edwards said...

Oh wow, Renea your projects are always inspiring - these are magnificent. Your pocket tag is amazing and isn't it lovely where we find the inspiration for such. It really is gorgeous. The canvas is a work of art on its own, so many amazing elements and techniques - I adore the colour hues!

Michelle said...

Beautiful techniques on your chippie embellies Renea. I really loved the hinges with the rub ons!

Cindy Gay said...

Pretty alphas. Pretty elements and lady!

Anonymous said...

So glad I stopped in Renea! I love your posts, and the file folder one is something I love and will tuck into my inspiration memory folder! WOW so cool to see each piece like that! TFS~ Karen

Monica said...

ok now that is cool! I love what you did to the chipboard. oooooh this is gorgeous and so worthy to hang on their display!