Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Using old product - 70's anyone?

(caution:  photo heavy post)

Today's challenge at Layout A Day has us digging into our stash for old scrapbook product, really old.  I still have scrapbook product and tools going back to 2001.  And if I can count the non-scrapbook specific crafting materials that I now repurpose for scrapbooking, I can go back to the 1970's.

That's right, the 70's.  That is when I did counted cross stitch and accumulated a lot of DMC embroidery floss.  In the '80's, I gave candlewicking a try and did one project.  But I still have the thread and it is in with my twines for scrapbooking.  So those went into this selection of old stuff.

The scrapbooking items here include stickers and large chipboard letters I bought at a scrapbook outlet about 2004.  There are Zig markers that I got when my husband took me scrapbook shopping for our first wedding anniversary in 2002.  There's mulberry paper, remember that?  The raw chipboard is the last of some I got from Oriental Trading so long ago they have finally stopped sending me catalogs.  I selected these things to use on my page:

Those huge letters on the left were bought about 2006, I think, and I've used two letters total, but there is only one of each letter of the alphabet so they are very limited.  What was I thinking?

I did not do a video today.  I took photos along the way so I'll go through a bit of my process for creating the page above with really old stuff.

For the background, I'm using something from my mulberry paper folder.  This is the weight of cardstock but has the textured look and feel front and back.  The backside is a chartreuse green and I have two pieces of it.  The letters are Oriental Trading.  I debated cutting my photo in a circle with my CM cutters (2001) that I still use all the time.  But I decided to keep something about this a bit more modern.

For the letters, I'm using a technique from Wilna Furstenberg's wonderful class heART class at Two Peas (the first one, haven't had time to take her 2nd one yet.)

I painted all the chipboard with a heavy layer of gesso.  She encouraged us 'glob' it on.  Then go over all of it with watercolors.  It really is a beautiful technique.  I also used this on some covered chipboard from K& Company that wasn't the right color for my project - but it is several years old too.  I outlined a few pieces with the old Zig markers.  The beauty of using old stuff is if you mess it up it doesn't matter.  It seemed to be hard on the pens - marking on the paint - but they recovered.

Just this morning I saw on Chantal Vanderburg's blog a layout where she used modeling paste on her chipboard 'waves.'  I decided to give it a try and used what was left of that Oriental Chipboard as a stencil. It turned out pretty but I thought a bit too white for the rest of my page so I gave it a coat of Heidi Swapp mint green mist with a paint brush leaving a little white showing through.

We're almost done!  I adhered the large "love" letters down and then glued all the other words over top.

To work in the DMC floss, I stitched around the photo very casually.  I didn't even use a punching template for this.  I'm getting brave here.

And here's the page again and the details:

There's no journaling.  I think this will be a title page for our 2013 album.

Worked in the candlewicking thread to hold together my tags.  I did have to sneak in a couple of wood veneer pieces.  The one on the bottom covers a seam in the yellow cardstock.

So that's my page!  The only products from this decade are modeling paste, mist, and the wood veneer hearts.

This was such a fun challenge.  I'm really glad I didn't have to time this one!  As you can tell, I save a lot of stuff.  Don't tell my husband that, OK?  I'm always after him to clean up.  :-)

Hope you have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love it!
    I have tons of chipboard, so the gesso and watercolor technique is a great idea!
    Hope to see more of the older stuff from your stash!

  2. This is such a great layout, and process.
    I think we have done all of the same hobbies at one time or another, and saved all the supplies, lol.
    I like that the word "Love" is under the main title.

  3. Love the layout! It sounds like you're really enjoying the LOAD class. Thanks for sharing.

  4. WONDERFUL page!! It's fun to bring out some of the old stuff... great job! And that picture... LOVE IT!!!


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