Thursday, October 27, 2011

GCAE#9: Holiday Ornament Art Exchange Reminder

Laura wowed us with some wonderful artwork last month for the holiday ornament exchange and the deadline to sign up is almost here! I decided to make some tags to hang on the tree, but remember that any shape is allowed - round, square, star, snowflake - let your creativity know no bounds!

LinkArtwork by Ali Manning

Here are the details:
  • Media: holiday themed ornament - minimum size 2" x 2" - any shape
  • Theme: any seasonal holiday that you celebrate
  • Style: any but must include some stamping and be more than one layer,
  • Number of Pieces: 4 for 4
  • Sign-Ups/Withdrawals: by November 1, 2011
  • Due Date: November 15, 2011
All the exchange details are on the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group. Feel free to email me at alimanning@charter.net with any questions.

In order to participate in the exchange, you will need to become a member of the Yahoo Group, so that we can maintain proper communication. The membership process, including a short questionnaire, is quick and easy. Once you've requested membership, be sure to look for your questionnaire in your email and return it to us ASAP so that we can process your request!

Artwork by Ali Manning

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wrap-Up: GC118 - Turquoise, Blue and Purple

It's always fun to see what everyone will do with the same colors! Thanks to all who joined in! Your art was fabulous.

Thanks to Viva Las Vegastamps for their generous sponsorship of this challenge! The winner will receive a set of flower stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps.


Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Cheri Weston
of

Stamp'n Boomer


Congratulations, Cheri. Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by November 15, 2011 to collect your prize.

Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 10 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.



Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Color Challenge.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wrap-Up: GC119 - Shared Moments

Thanks to everyone for sharing so many lovely moments in art with us! Your creations were stunning.

Thanks to Viva Las Vegastamps for their generous sponsorship of this challenge! The winner will receive a set of flower stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps.



Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is


Congratulations, Kate! Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by November 8, 2011 to collect your prize.

Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 10 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Our Shared Moments
Ginger Gems



Artwork by Dana



Artwork by Kim - Lazy Cowgirl




Artwork by Sarah Engels-Greer




Artwork by Cindy Adkins



Artwork by Sue The Iron



Artwork by Meggymay



Artwork by Brenda Brown



Artwork by Janet



Artwork by Beverly G



Artwork by Cath


Special Guests


Artwork by Silvia/Barnie


Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Random Redhead Challenge.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mary Green: Fun with Vintage Gluebooks

A good composition allows the viewers eyes to move easily over the piece, going from one area to the next, without glaring starts or stops.

One thing you should know about vintage gluebooks is that, quite honestly, you probably won’t like the first page you do. Don’t be discouraged, it happens to just about everybody! Just start a second page and you’ll be amazed at how much better you like this one. Maybe we have to get a bad page out of the way so we can enjoy the rest of the journey!

When playing in your gluebook, you’ll practice a lot with your composition skills, so be prepared to move your pieces around many times, and to change some of the patterns or pieces you choose, before you find something that’s pleasing to you. I recommend creating your main composition before you actually glue anything to the page.

Supplies
To start, I suggest working on a small scale. You’ll have more flexibility with the images you choose. For my book, I use the Moleskine pocket size sketchbook or cahiers notebooks, which measure just 3 ½” x 5”. You can use any sort of notebook or sketch book you like, alter an existing book, or use loose pages and bind them later with binder rings. Please don’t feel you have to use a specific book.

I collect and use vintage papers. I remove pages from damaged books I pick up at antique stores, flea markets and online. I’ll also use old handwritten letters, maps and ledger papers. Ebay is a good source for bulk purchases; Etsy is terrific for getting a few great pieces. You can also use new things with vintage imagery and colors – collage sheets, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper, etc.

Next, I use regular scissors to cut out images and then a smaller pair for detail. S omething like the little Cutter Bee scissors are great for this.

Finally glue. Avoid children’s school glues or repositionable glues – they take longer to dry and aren’t as long lasting.

That’s it – the list of necessary supplies – book, paper, scissors and glue. You can add optional items, maybe great punches or decorative scissors.

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Next grab a selection of the papers and images you’re considering for a page. Here, I have the main image I want to use, some additional images and accents, and some background papers. The pieces here are a mix of genuine vintage paper and those I have scanned and printed from my own collection.

If you’d like to play along, here’s a collage sheet you can print, with some of the images I used:

Images sheetI start by choosing paper for the background. I want this to coordinate well with the main image; and with the opposite page since I’m doing 2 pages at once. I choose carefully because I do glue this piece down to the book and trim the edges.

1I begin by trying my focal point in a variety of places, usually guided by the shape and size of the image, and the best parts of it that I want to retain. With the pretty woman, I love those sleeves and want to keep a good portion of them visible. I place her on the left page so that she’s looking towards the rest of the pages, not looking off the page.

I also try a selection of coordinating papers to add to the background or compliment the main image. For example, I need something below the image since she’s not as long as I’d like. I don’t leave cut-off images “floating” in mid page.

You'll notice that in many pictures I'm using a cardboard "frame" over the pages to blockout any paper that's hanging off the edges. This helps me visualize what the final pages will look like after excess paper is trimmed off.

2 3 4 5Next, I try a selection of focal pieces for the opposite page. I want this to go well with the first image, and often choose something of a similar size. I rarely use a picture of a person on both sides of a spread.

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Finally, I choose accents and small bits to blend it all together. In this stage I am looking for areas that need a little something, and focus on size and color. For example, I want some sort of small accent over the top right of the woman’s head, and I would like it to blend the blue color from the right page over to the left – again, moving the viewers eye around the page. I try different bits of paper, tickets and labels.

10 11 12 13I choose a bit of bird imagery, since I like the colors of blue and sepia with the other papers. It’s torn from (a copy of) an album page in the free images section of my blog, HERE. It’s great to look for little sections of images in your larger papers – you’re sure to find something interesting.

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Lastly, I add a bit of Latin to the outside top of each page, for a last bit of color and corresponding interest.

That’s it – the way I build pages in my gluebook

Some little tips:

  • If you frequent antique stores and flea markets, look for damaged and shabby books and ephemera. Using the real thing makes a huge difference in the final look of your product, and the damaged pieces are often very affordable.

  • Don’t “clean up” your imagery if you scan and print it – save as much of the discoloration and ripped edges as you can. It will blend better with your genuine vintage papers, and you won’t be tempted to ink the edges.

  • Tear paper – it helps the pieces blend with each other and makes it easier for the eye to move around the page.

  • Then looking for small accents, consider a snippet of map, music or flowers, rather than a complete image

I hope you liked this little walk-through and that you’ll play with gluebook pages yourself soon. I welcome your questions and feedback, so comment if you can!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Deb Corder: Poe Mini Album

I love October! The leaves are changing. The countdown to Halloween is ticking away. And the CANDY CORN IS OUT!! (yes, I'm addicted to candy corn).

In celebration of All Things POE this month, I wanted to share this quick little mini album I created for my Poe.

Here's the finished album. It's 4x4 and about inch thick. AND! It can hold as many pictures as you want to add.

The supply list is pretty basic. 2 coasters (4x4), 18" ribbon, 2 pieces of double sided card stock cut 4x12, 4x4 piece of coordinating paper, 12x12 card stock for the accordion pages, and Red Line tape.

Start by covering both sides of each coaster with tape. Trim off excess tape.

Cut the ribbon in half. Remove the protective tape covers from one side and stick the ribbon in the middle of the coaster.

Lay each piece face down, ribbon out on one of the 4x12 papers. Place a piece of Red Line tape in the spine. Trim the extra paper off the corners. Remove all the protective tape covers.

Then slowly (because once it's down...it's down!) lay the other 4x12 paper on the inside. Trim the excess paper.

Cut a coordinating 4x4 paper for the outside of the spine. Lay it in the middle of the outside of the album. Gently pull both sides together and tie them. This will make the spine curve.

Cut your 12x12 piece of card stock 3 3/4" x 12". You'll get 3 pages. You can cut as many papers as you need. You may want to glue half to each album cover.

Score each strip every 3 3/4". I flipped my pages over after each score to help me pleat the papers. You will end up with a small tab at the end. Run tape down the tab, press to the next strip. On the last strip, cut the tab off. Pleat the papers.

Apply tape to one side of the stack.

Press into the album.

I liked the pleated paper to pull in the opposite direction.

Fill with photos of your favorite spook! I used some spooky pictures from my Hipstamatic iPhone app!

So where is Poe, you ask? Well, if you've read my Gingersnap bio...you know I adopted a rescue cat last Halloween. I named her Edgar ELLEN Poe...or Poe for short. (I love that her initials are E.E.P.!!)

Enjoy!!

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