Sunday, May 13, 2012

DIY stencilling

First of all, let me say a huge welcome to my new followers, I am so happy to have you!  Don't forget to let me know what progress you are making on your own stash!
Yesterday afternoon, Rob took the kids out to see The Avengers.  There's something about any time at home alone on the weekend which is so different from any time at home during school hours.  Instead of screaming at me with a hundred competing jobs, it screams "what a treat! Spend this time crafting.  So I do.
So here's a page I completed for no challenge at all, other than my very own Product Challenge to Self.
I try to do a page for my children at each age of their life, just with photos of them at that age, and a bit of journalling about their current interests, etc.
I'm not up to date with all of them, by the way, so it's nice to have done this one for Angus only one month after his birthday!

There's a reason behind the way I've angled the photos on this page.  My kids don't have the patience for long, drawn out photos shoots where all the distracting elements are removed from the background.  The left hand photo has a small but suprisingly distracting bit of Hamish's ear (Hamish being our dog), and the BBQ in the right hand side photo has, amoung other things, a large and very distracting pumpkin!  
For a while now, I've been wanting to make my own stencils on the Silhouette to use with my Mini-misters.  But I'm still a beginner in getting the mist right, so I thought it best to start simple.  I cut out some triangles, like the ones on Angus's shorts.

This page earns me 3 points, as I used not only my misters, but fibres and felt.  When I was choosing the ten things to put on this month's lists, it was a toss-up between felt and tulle, so I hereby award myself a bonus point for using something that almost made the list!

Silhouette owners, have you tried this trick yet? After creating my title, "11", I added an internal offset, and then changed the line style of the offset line to a dashed line.  Not sure where I read it, the Silhouette blog maybe?  Easy but effective.

thanks for reading, and I'll be back again soon!

1 comment:

  1. Such a gorgeous well balanced LO! I don't think it's possible to get boys to sit still at any time... lol, you did well to get these great photos! ps love the 'dash' line in the number, will have to look into doing that on my Klic n Kut!