Is it really Wednesday already? WOYWW?

January 23, 2013

Wow!  It’s Wednesday again!  That means it’s time for  What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  I’m still in a coloring mood, so most of the things on my desk are markers.  I don’t know if you can see the image that I just colored, but it is a really wonderful fairy from Digital Two for Tuesday and the image is available here.     So many wonderful vintage images there.    Here’s what my desk looked like this morning.


WOYWW and I think I’m crazy

January 16, 2013

I don’t think I’ve posted this often in one week in a couple of years, but I’m in a little bit of a lull with after school activities right now.  That isn’t going to last!  I think I might have signed the kids up for too many activities.  We will see how the next couple of weeks go once everything has started.  It’s been a while since I’ve done  What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  I still haven’t finished any layouts since before Christmas.  I was having too much fun channeling my inner four year old and coloring with markers.  I’m in the planning stages for a LO now though.      


Adventures in DIY paper tapes and WOYWY

December 11, 2012

I think I’ve mentioned (just a few times  ) that I’m obsessed with the decorative tapes but that almost all of the tapes that I’ve tested with my pH pen test acidic.  So now I’m focused on making my own so that I know that they are safe to use on my scrapbook pages.  It’s super easy to print on regular paper, but I want a translucent look that is more like the washi style tapes.  I know that some people put tissue paper through their inkjet printers, and I even ordered some acid free tissue paper.  But I would need to dig out the ink jet printer and mess around with a carrier sheet (I still will eventually, but not before the holidays).

So my next thought was velum.  It looks great over a plain surface and tears nicely, but is actually too transparent when you put it over a pattern or dark color.  The top strip in the image below was made using a freebie from Spyder’s Corner.  Very pretty!   Also please forgive the bad photos, I discovered that my camera battery was dead earlier and it is now dark outside (which means that it is dark in my craft area too since there are no overhead lights).

IHM tape01

The first thing that I tried was paint.  Have you ever painted vellum?  It curls up like crazy!  So that was a no go.  I pulled out my white pigment ink and inked up the back.  It is pretty close to the look that I want and you can use any color of ink that you want for a background.  Now the strips just need to be cut and some adhesive added.  

IHM tape02

Now for What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday since it is less than an hour until Wednesday here.  I said that I was going to post earlier and I finally did it!  This time of year I’m mostly wrapping up projects and getting ready for the holidays, so my desk is almost empty (and even cleaned up a bit).  My test papers are there and the Crop-a-dile that I use as much for school projects as I do my scrappy stuff.   Also a couple of ornaments my DS just painted in a class tonight that are sitting on the boxes of last years ornaments that still need to be given away, if only I could remember who didn’t receive one.  


WOYWW and A paper tape obsession

December 5, 2012

I’m really late again today for What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  One of these weeks I’m going to post on Tuesday night  instead.  I’m currently in the process of picking out papers for a LO.  I’m thinking that I’ll die cut some snowflakes and doilies.  I also might try some machine stitching with the heavy thread that I bought and never used except to play with it to see how it looked.

I’m currently obsessing about paper tapes, and since I’ve pretty much given up on buying acid free tapes I’ve been playing with making my own patterns again.  I spent more time than I should have today with that.  I still don’t have a finished product, just some working files and a test print.  I promise that I will post something before next Wednesday (since it doesn’t look like I will actually do that without a deadline I’ll set one for myself.)  :)