Chirps and twitters!

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Hello!

I have been in love with birdhouses since for ever! This week I wanted to make some 2D-esque birdhouses for keepsakes and I loved them so much I decided to incorporate them into a scrapbook layout. And what better picture to scrap than this one of chiu and mau!

I selected a few of my favourite pattern papers (from various collections by American Crafts’ different branches) for making the birdhouses. Then I designed and cut them with my Silhouette Portrait and and mixed and matched the patterns for the roofs. The variety in the patterns and the shapes gave them a cute and whimsical look.dsc_0003-blog

After deciding on the placement of the birdhouses and the photograph on the layout, I smooshed(? is that a word?) watercolors on the white background so it co-ordinated with the houses on the front. Draws the eye more toward the details! 🙂

And then I did something I never thought my Laziness would let me do- I fussy cut flowers! 😀 tons of them! 😀 😀 I must admit, watching Harry potter really takes away the tediousness out of fussy cutting! 😉

I loved how the layout came together- and all the super dimensional look! I backed up all the houses with a lot of thick chipboard and the photo with some more.

Supplies used:

Patterned Paper: 1. Crate Paper Bloom collection- Sun Lit

2. Crate Paper Notes and Things

3. Heidi Swapp September Skies

4. Pink Paislee Bella Rouge

5. Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine

Other products: 6. Crate Paper chipboard stickers from  Wonder and Shine collections

7.. “Always” puffy sticker by Heidi Swapp

8. Silhouette Portrait

Here’s some more shots with deets- Hope you like it! 🙂

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Till next time! Happy November and happy Thanksgiving to all my friends on the other side of the world!

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Something different :)

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I am different. I am me. I work with weird paper sizes for scrapbooking. I write with both hands. I dream during the day and think during the night. I create layouts and not post them because I am lazy. I keep making lame jokes and think it makes me look cool and chill. I am weird. I love it! 🙂

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Bloopers!

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This pic of me and my husband is the real deal. It was one of the discarded photographs from our shoot before the sangeet ceremony. Bickering with each other is our hobby since ages. 😀

The layout is 6×6 Inches. A weird size, I know, 😀 but I didn’t have any A4/12×12 Cardstock on me then. So simply used what I had on hand 🙂

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See ya!

Trying out food colors!

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Hello Everyone!

This layout is a perfect example of what to do when you’re out of watercolors. Or you simply didn’t own them in the first place. 😀

Here’s what I did- I got myself some basic (and really cheap) liquid food color from the local dept store. Mixed some drops of it with water in a palette, tried swashes on a scrap paper and voila! Simple yet pretty background is ready! This color palate has lately been making me go all heart eyes ❤ ❤ Inspired by the amazing Wilna Fursternberg of course. 🙂

For the butterflies I placed washi tape strips on a wax paper and cut them on my Silhouette Portrait.

Here’s some more shots of the layout. Enjoy!

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Supplies Used-

  1. Title- Rise and shine collection by Amy Tan
  2. Photo mat- Pattern paper by Amy tan
  3. Washi Tape- www.thecraftshop.in
  4. Clear stickers- this shop from Aliexpress
  5. Silhouette Portrait
  6. Laugh arrow chipboard sticker by Simple Stories from www.crafterscorner.in

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Be You.

Hello!

It’s back to school time in India and my little nieces are off to it! It is just amusing how they are so excited for their school. When I was their age I probably just threw my stuff away and lie on the ground throwing tantrums. Ahem. So anyway, here is the layout-

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Today’s layout features my big crush for clear acrylic die cuts. And my Heidi Swapp crush. I simply love her September Skies paper (also used here) AND the die cuts (used here).

Can you see how the journaling comes through beautifully from under the die cuts? Cool, isn’t it? Here’s a closer look-

Supplies used-

Patterned paper – September Skies by Heidi Swapp

Acrylics – Dreamy Ephemera Die-Cuts by Heidi Swapp

Title- color magic resist striped alphabet by Heidi Swapp

Love,

Shalaka

Lime green fresh!

Hiee!

Today I am feeling particularly fresh. Like I can conquer the world. Destroy 7 horcruxes or even sit on the iron throne (tee hee). All because I had a perfectly sound sleep and woke up early enough to enjoy the magical sunrise in a lovely monsoon. It’s funny how simple things in our life give us the greatest joys.

To be honest I am a very lazy person- you may throw a pile of clothes on me and I wouldn’t tether from my bed! And I love love LOVE sleep. But today I felt so good I promised myself I would make it a habit to wake up early and get most of my top disliked chores first thing. And then I rewarded myself by deciding to post this in the morning instead of the usual afernoons ^_^!

So today’s layout resonates closely with my mood-

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Fresh lime green!

This photograph of my nephew and my nieces was taken when the cousins met after a long time. Elder bro was so happy to meet his princesses! ^_^ How I wish they could remain just as young always, and love each other just as unconditionally forever and ever. Sigh.. Wish they never grow up!

Supplies used-

For the background- Gesso- white primer by Daler Rowney

Lemon and Lime gelatos- Mix and match gelatos by Faber Castell

Patterned paper – September Skies by Heidi Swapp

Cardstock butterfly, hexagon acrylic title – Dreamy Ephemera Die-Cuts by Heidi Swapp

Chipboard butterfly, conversation bubble, and heart shapes  – DIY boutique chipboard by Simple Stories

Buttons- Local find

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Thank you for visiting!

Love,

Shalaka

When potterhead scrapbooker met modelling paste!

Hi all! (*waves frantically*)

How have you been? I have been awesome. Been on two long vacations; relaxed in one and had crazy fun with family in the other! Missed scrapbooking though. So as soon as I came back I jumped right at the new order of gesso and modeling paste that was waiting for me!!

Being inspired by watching Wilna Furstenberg’s process videos, I decided to try modeling paste myself. Using it was a very new and helluva ( 😀 ) experience. First, I spent days reading about all the mediums like light and heavy modeling paste, gel medium, texture paste and crackle paste and so on. Then I gave up and randomly ordered the first type of modeling paste I laid eyes on on creative hands (because really, you cannot understand these mediums just by reading on the internet. You need to actually work with them and feel the texture, understand their nature and how they dry etc.)

So onto my layout- This one is about me and (one of) my best friend(s), Anannya. We are such Harry Potter fanatics! 😀 We love love love the books. All the characters. The movies too. And most of all Snape!

I decided to create a stencil of my most favourite paragraph from the story (from The Prince’s Tale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and use it on the background to apply the paste- Believe me, the moment I had the concept, it was like a brainfreeze 😀 I’m not lying!

The patterned paper from Heidi Swapp’s September Skies Collection prettied up the plain cardstock in an instant. Used Bits and pieces from Simple Stories and Acrylic pieces from Heidi Swapp and fashioned out a bow from a golden wire. The title ‘Potterhead’ was designed and cut out using S note and silhouette portrait, then covered with a thick layer of gesso.

Here’s the page-

Always ❤

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.

<3!

Love,

Shalaka