July 21, 2014

Getting to know ME

Hello friends!
Recently I was invited on a Blog Hop with a difference, by Kay Fatula a very kind and talented lady. Check out her blog and I promise you won't disappointed! She makes not only beautiful layouts and minis, as well as amazing altered projects like boxes and frames.

So, the idea of this blog hop is to share a few things about myself and introduce people who inspire me. 
Now I'm supposed to tell a few things about myself...

What am I working on right now 
At the moment it is a DT work which will be revealed soon. Here is a sneak peak...


...but there is always something else waiting on my desk to deal with, like journals and minis :)

How long does it take to create a project
That actually depends on what am I creating. But I think the real issue is to find the time to sit on my desk as I am not only a crafter, but also a mother of two kids, wife, housewife, cooker, cleaner, working woman (and as many of you know, this list is endless!)...  Nevertheless I always try to relax and spend some time alone on my desk - I think it would probably take 1-3 hours of actual time spread over 2-3 days.

How does my creative process work
I always choose my photo first and then the colors, papers, stamps and masks that best fit to the photo's subject. I love mixed media techniques, so I like blending different kind of mediums and inks to create texture and give dimension to my pages. Firstly, I remove the photo from the working area and start adding gesso, mists and inks on my masks, then I stamp randomly with several stamps on the texture, to create a connection between the different media. After the stamping, the photo is placed back in possition and it is time to choose the embellishments that fits into the theme.

Here are some pages I created following this process...

       


How do I become inspired
Inspiration is a strange and unexpected 'thing' that depends from anything or nothing!
Everything on my page has to do with the photo, so that is my motivational trigger.
And how I choose the photo? Well, besides family photos who are always a pleasure to work with, I love to use on my projects photos I find on the internet and social networks like Pinterest and Flickr.

Here are some pages with non family photos...

      

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And now is my turn to present to you my top 3 creative ladies - check their blogs out by clicking the images below and I'm sure you will love what you will see...:)


She is not only my best scrappy friend but we are friends in real life! We love hanging out together and make our personal crops, as no one else in this city has a clue what scrapbooking is, lol!
You can visit Helen on her blog to see the amazing art journal pages and layouts she creates!
a handful of handicrafts



We have never met in person, at least not yet, but we live in the same country, Greece, and I consider her as a very good scrappy friend! She has a unique style and her pages are so gorgeous, that I'm sure you will LOVE her work! Here is her blog, please pay her a visit and you won't regret it ;)



Cristina Lampropoulou
She is also a Greek scrapbooker and I recently 'discovered' her blog, or rather she found me first :) She creates so beautiful pages with mixed media techniques and I think you will love her work too!
You can see all her beautiful creations on her blog:


Each of the ladies will post on their blogs next Monday, 28th July, so be sure to check them out!

That was all for today, a little peak into my crafting world and mind...
Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful week!

July 15, 2014

...but she had wings


Hello friends!
Today we have a super challenge starting at Scrap Africa with this beautiful mood board...


Isn't it gorgeous? All these flowers, the beautiful violin, the color combination, just amazing inspiration!
So, I desided to created a journal page this time and I think I manged to include and combine all the elements given by the mood board with mixed media techniques...

I also inspired by Prima's BAP sketch which is amazing too - I love Kasia's work!!!...

2014 July BAP Sketch KasiaK
click click!


So, I used for my page a paper from an old Prima collection"Tea-Thyme' and some more Prima products I had in my stash: masks, stamps, a typo bulb and some resin frames...

...and I wrote a quote on my page which I found on Pinterest - I really love these words...

When she transformed into a butterfly
the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty 
but of her weirdness.
They wanted her to change back
into what she always had been.
BUT SHE HAD WINGS

-Dean Jackson






That's all for today!
If you want more inspiration, click here to see what the rest of Scrap Africa's DT  created
and maybe you will play with us!  :)

July 4, 2014

bloom


Hello friends!
This is a layout I made and inspired from this beautiful sketch from Scrap365 challenge blog... 

The paper I used is from 7Dots Studio Domestic Goddess collection incorporated with  Nature walk collection stickers.  I also used white gesso and mists for masking and did a lot of stamping as always... This is my second entry at 7 Dots Studio July's challenge, I just can't have enough :)







That's it for today, hope you like it!