Rubber stamping and water coloring techniques.

Heather is getting to be more familiar with the process of scrapbooking.  I figured it was about time to introduce her to rubber stamping.  I brought out two of my Stampin’ Up! sets to have her create the embellishments for the pages we did yesterday.

One set was “Fun and Fast Notes” and the other was “Big Bold Birthday”.  I think the Fun and Fast Notes is still available but I think the Big Bold Birthday  has been discontinued.  I’m not sure.

All scrapbooks HAVE to have a birthday page or two 😀  Heather told me she will be getting photos of the boys birthday celebrations.  She won’t be present for the parties so I’m glad to hear the foster families are going to share the events with her.  Time will come when her boys will be back home with her and she will have a lifetime of birthdays to celebrate with them in her own home 😀

These are the pages she made yesterday.  They turned out so cute!

Birthday layouts

Birthday layouts

It started with having her stamp the birthday cake from the Fun and Fast Notes onto some Whisper White card stock.

Birthday stamp from Fun & Fast Notes

Birthday stamp from Fun & Fast Notes

Then I gave her a pallet of sparkly watercolors I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I let her select the colors she wanted to use on the stamped images.  She stamped two of them – one for each boy.

Sparkly watercolors

Sparkly watercolors

Coloring in the cake

Coloring in the cake

One finished

One finished

Then it was to stamp and color the second image.

Stamping the second image

Stamping the second image

While she was occupied coloring the second image I cut the first one from the strip of paper then cut out the image.  Heather applied some Krylon Gold from a paint stick she acquired from a yard sale 😀

Notice the concentration on her face.  I think it is hilarious when people have some “tongue action” going on as they work 😀  I wonder if that helps? 😀  It is so cute I have to chuckle, even now 😀

Edging the piece with gold paint

Edging the piece with gold paint

While Heather was busy with the second image I cut a yellow mat for the first image and had her layer the two together.

Yellow mat behind image

Yellow mat behind image

Then I cut some black card stock for a tag and had her mount the layered image on the “tag”.

"Tag" completed for one embellishment

"Tag" completed for one embellishment

Another yard sale find was some brads.  I had to incorporate that find in her work.  I used my Cropadile to cut the holes for the insertion of the brads.  This small bit adds to the look of a tag for her brightly colored pieces.

Brads added to the "tags"

Brads added to the "tags"

Next were balloons.  Have to have balloons for a festive layout 😀  From the Big Bold Birthday set I had Heather stamp balloon images on some Whisper White card stock using Real Red, Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun Classic inks from Stampin’ Up!.

Balloons stamped on card stock

Balloons stamped on card stock

Then I gave Heather the task of doing the “Fussy Cutting”.  There are some things I get to pass off on to someone else to do 😀 all in the interest of teaching 😉

Fussy Cutting the balloons

Fussy Cutting the balloons

Of course, the balloons had to have some sparkle applied to them.  I had Heather add the watercolors to the balloons in about the same color as the ink.

Watercoloring over the inked image

Watercoloring over the inked image

Now it is time to begin the process of putting it all together.  In the large stash from Maureen, Heather found a striped piece of brightly colored card stock and a piece of matching striped vellum.  I cut the both at 4 inches by 11 inches.  Two of these I cut for her.

Heather is mounting the striped card stock to her base page.

Attaching the striped paper to the base

Attaching the striped paper to the base

Next she attached the vellum over the striped paper.  The vellum was turned sideways to make the final print of the paper look like a plaid.  Super idea she had.

Attaching the vellum

Attaching the vellum

Next was to add tails to the balloons once they were secured to the base.  Heather used another gold pen found at a yard sale.  She really found some great stuff while out hunting around.

Adding tails to the balloons

Adding tails to the balloons

What party would be complete without those noisy tooter things.  Since they are in the Big Bold Birthday stamp set I figured Heather could do with stamping a few of them on her page.

Stamping a noise maker image on the layout

Stamping a noise maker image on the layout

Then last was to color in the mouth piece of the noise maker.  Heather chose to use her gold pen once again.  Keeping continuity 😀 is a good thing.

Coloring in the mouth piece of the noise maker

Coloring in the mouth piece of the noise maker

Then the final touch was to add the sentiment “Make A Wish” from the Big Bold Birthday set.  Heather placed the sentiment on the photo mats.  Before I forget, the running on “happy birthday” pieces are from the Big Bold Birthday set as well.  They are the two narrow strips backed with black card stock.

Layouts finished

Layouts finished

Her layouts from last week are finished as well.  They are just so cute!  The little paper dolls I had her create during her last visit and having her take these home to complete.  Heather brought them with her yesterday to show me what she had done.  Just way too cute! 😀

Last week's layouts finished

Last week's layouts finished

Heather’s scrapbook is getting filled.  She is learning about this fun way of making memories for a lifetime and I’m learning a lesson in not being a “Control Freak” and perfectionist.

What am I going to do next week?!  So far we have covered measuring and cutting for Photo Mats in the first lesson.  And we did some photo cropping by cutting the images down to smaller sizes.

Measuring and cutting photo mats

Measuring and cutting photo mats

The next lesson was to get down to the boys eye level and take photos from a lower position.

Getting at eye level of the subject

Getting at eye level of the subject

Last week was using die cuts and stencils for page embellishments.  This week was using rubber stamps and watercolors.

I think next week I’ll have her learn about page pockets.  I think it is time for Heather to focus on her feelings of the boys and write them each a letter.  Put down in writing how much she misses them and enjoys the small bit of time she gets to be with them each week.

The purpose of this is when her boys get old enough to read and understand the events of their life they will know that she did everything in her power to get them home with her and the struggles she has gone through to do just that.  This is a bit of their personal history as a family and it is important enough to document it.

Okay, back into my room to clean up the mess I have in there and get some things done.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aspot2stamp
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 12:30:22

    Wow Heather is a natural. Love her pages and the bright blue eyes of her precious babies. The scrapbooking is a fantastic way to share their family history as a foster parent we are asked to keep photos and memories so the children and parents have no gaps in their life. We dont have any photos of any of our girls til we got them. Heather had a rough time when she had to do a story of her life and didnt have any pictures of her til she was 17 months old when we got her. Jasmine was 2 ( we had them placed with us on her 2nd birthday) and Ariel was a little over 3. to help them along we take tons of pictures and have them running as a screen saver so we can reminece about our times together. I’m sure the boys will appreciate all her time and energies spent on this plus I’m sure it must help her in this difficult time. My headache is gone finally. we have several here with bronchitis that are being watched for pneumonia That pescky stuff is running amuck in our area 😦 Hoping the antibiotics kick in. we have a recheck thursday to make sure. You are having garage sales already in your area ….Lucky We love the treasure hunting 🙂
    Oh before I forget Love the way your supply organization is coming along. I have a some sheets that stampin up had for demos that have a place for eyelets, brads ,ribbon,glitter, ink ect. but I need to add my other company supplies and wiull be putting the one Maureen made to good use when I get time to play child free 🙂 Thanks for sharing Heathers progress with us It is always fun to see the wwork of a new crafty sister 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Shelly

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  2. gardenpinks
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 17:10:01

    Well done Heather, obviously she is enjoying the process. Wonder if she knows what a good tutor she has 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

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    • Message In A Fold
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 08:52:05

      Thank you Lynn 🙂 Heather is doing very well and is gaining confidence in her abilities 😀 It is fun to watch her put these pages together. And it is fun to see the things she makes from Maureen’s bounty for her friends. Heather has become the “Sticky Queen” of card making 😀 and it just tickles me to see the things she makes. Heather has a way of using stickers to make the best “Ransom Note” cards I’ve ever seen 😀

      Love you – Leslie

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  3. charmingliltrinkets
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 21:53:22

    That plaid made from the two sheets of vellum is brilliant.

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    • Message In A Fold
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 08:56:32

      Heather was given lots of card stock with matching vellum pieces. This set was just one of them. I’m thrilled she has gone through the paper and is playing with it 😀

      Thank you Krissy for stopping by and leaving your comment 😀

      Leslie

      Reply

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