Saturday, 30 June 2012

TCR # 117 Wakey Wakey and June Meg's Garden page

Hello dear friends near and far!

I have been more or less absent from blogland these passed few days. Spent them in the animal hospital with our fur baby Max. He has a kidney condition and we know that eventually the moment will come when we will have to let him join our other fur babies in Rainbow Land.

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I won't get into the details but he had IV liquid transfusions for 8 hours per day for several days. The number of tests that were taken are many. He was such a good good boy all the time despite all the pulling, pricking and tugging at him, didn't say a word when he was x-rayed and I had to keep him still with a rigid grip on all his legs.

I was worried sick for him and actually sat by him all these hours. I bless my boss for her understanding and the hospital for letting us occupy an entire cubicle to ourselves instead of Max being put into a cage all on his own. I know we were both a lot calmer for having each other nearby. Our Max is now on the road to recovery. His kidneys were not the problem, he has an infection that can be treated. YAY!

So a little late, here's the TCR # 117 palette designed in cooperation with the Swedish scrappy magazine Inzpira. Bold, juicy and vibrant summer colours!

Well, I wouldn't be me if I didn't add something to the page that isn't all about pop crackle and fizz even if I truly adore vibrant layouts that others create. Here is my take that I have called "Wakey Wakey", not difficult to guess what inspired me to the title :))  #117_Wakey Wakey 3000px main 2
The backing paper is MME of course and I have used subtle techniques to get the extra shabby effect. Washed it with a small wet sponge and diluted cream acrylic paint for starters, dabbed on diluted gesso, misted in Wheatfileds and Concrete and Slate.
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This Prima bloom is the melon part, so difficult to have it photograph properly. Cut-out blooms from a Crate paper and branches from a Prima paper. Stickles Cinnamon on the chicken wire chippie.  #117_Wakey Wakey - 3
The little girl peeking over the fence is fussy-cut from Swedish Pion Design's newest collection called Grandma's Schoolbook.
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The frame was a plain white cardboard passe partout frame from a hobby shop. I primed it in gesso and then modelling paste before using mask/modelling paste for the cherry blossoms/branches. Then I misted everything in Wheatfields (one of my top 5 fave mists) and smearing out glass beads texture gel. Finally I wiped over the blossoms with a finger dipped in gold acrylic paint.

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Mr Rooster is a mighty handsome creature, just look at his plumage! the other photos I looked at, had a parade of chicks and hens. Totally adorable! So this one is not one of my own, I found it on a Swedish gardening site.

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More fussy cutting from the same Crate and Prima papers as above.
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And now to my June DT page for Meg's Garden that is called "Laughter", although I completely forgot to stick down the title on the page, sloppy me!

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This is once again my scrappy friend R and her darling husband E on their wedding day back in March 2012. Beach, Florida, sand, sun, family and friends, in love, the bride was barefoot and had blingbling around her toes, a lot of reasons for a really really happy LAUGHTER in other words.

I will just upload the pages without comment, adding some background text before I do to give you an idea of what I've done on this page.

I wanted to show how the romantic papers can be used in a rather modern but shabby way by adding mixed media techniques to them. It is very easy to get stuck in just fussy-cutting them, which I think would be a pity as there are quite a few scrappers out there who don't do fussy cutting but who could be inspired to use the papers anyway by adding other elements to them.

I started by misting in different shades of blue, teal and sand, and then used modelling paste/mask on it.

Two layers of frayed and misted calico were scrunched and placed under the double layer of photos before strips of chunky lace were tucked in. A couple of tears on the sides and left over pieces of patterned paper placed in the tears.

A bed was made of muslin, lace, strands of hessian and skeleton leaves before placing an abundance of flowers on top. A string of pearls and a butterfly trinket. The smaller cluster up to the left was created in the same way, with some fussy-cut forget-me-nots added at the base.

As a finishing touch, gesso, modelling paste and gold acrylic paint were randomly smeared out with my finger.

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Things will have slowed down considerably next week as the majority of Swedes have begun their summer holidays. I have another week to go before mine starts, but I will telework from home. Yeeehaw! saves me 2 hours of daily commuting not having to go to the office.

So I'm having high hopes of being able to finally repay ye faithful friends who have come for so many appreciated visits and left beautiful beautiful comments for me. Till then, have a really wonderful weekend!

Toodeloo! xoxox Eila


  1. Oh wow Eila, your layouts are just totally breath-taking!

  2. HI.. I am so glad your Max is going to be ok... and these layouts are stunning.. all the details, all the flowers, and the clusters of flowers and embellies are amazing! love them.!!

  3. So happy that Max is recovering well :) I love your choice of unconventional photographs because they really complement your artsy style. The one with Rebekah just blew me away. Simply DELISH!

  4. Oh thank goodness Max is recovering, what a weight of your mind :0) Scrummy layouts.....beautiful use of flowers (as always) and the way you layer paper just always inspires me!! Love, love, love your style Eila

  5. I am so happy for you and Max that is is going to be photo of him.
    Your pages are beauty's as always!Great details and layers.
    byebye ,Lean and a big hug for Max!

  6. Hi Eila it's me Jenifer from ScrapThat! (I worked with you on the ST and TCR team up):D
    I just came across your blog and have become your newest follower, it's amazing, I am so inspired and aching to go in my scraproom after looking at your beautiful work!! Just wanted to thank you for the yummy inspo!

    Thank goodness on your Fur Baby, I am happy for you that he is going to make a recovery!

  7. Oh Eila - so glad your Max is doing better - it's hard when they hurt and can't talk! Your pages are just gorgeous - so much to look at and your layering is awesome!

  8. Hi dearest EIla, sorry to hear about Max I have been MIA just finished degree this week, so will catch up with everyone and looking forward to some crafting! Loving both layouts, R. Looked stunning, did you do her wedding album for her? Sounds like you are ready for your break, let's hope the weather is kind. We have three more weeks at school then all of to Florida fit two weeks in August which I think after this year we all deserve it. Looking forward to getting organised and doing lots of tidying and sorting. Are you going away for the summer and any plans for the UK this year. Well must go, speak soon, take care and have a great weekend x

  9. Stunning, STUNNING layouts Eila!! I am so glad to hear that your fur baby Max is on the road to recovery. It is so horrible when something goes wrong with our beloved pets. Glad it wasn't his kidneys. Lots of lovely treats for him now and probably a glass or two of something for you!! Take care. :-) xoxo

  10. these two are stunning WOW loving all the details had to look at them twice because I missed so many details the first time!! I'm glad to hear Max is recovering!!

  11. Eila, I am so glad Max is going to be okay.... what a relief for you and no doubt him! Our pets are such blessings.. they really become part of our families and when something goes wrong it is utterly heartbreaking. I'm so pleased to hear your news.... xx

  12. Hi Eila, I am so glad to hear your precious boy Max is on the mend. I totally understand your feelings about him. I too am a huge animal lover. I have a little FAT Staffy dog called Poppy & she has just torn a cruciate ligament in her leg & now can hardly get around!!! They are our babies & you just hate to see them suffer!! I hope Max is better soon.
    Now in regard to all this beautiful work I am seeing here. What can I say? You are just on fire girl. These are just DEVINE. Sooooo many gorgeous details, so many beautiful layers, I could just stay here & keep looking all day long.I really admire your work Eila. Just devine. Cheers Di xoxo
    PS. That white mist you asked about is from Studio Calico & the brand is Mr Hueys.

  13. Eila, so sorry to hear about your feline friend, hoping his is on the mend now.....take care of yourself and your precious family...
    Eila your scrap pages are so amazing. love them both, so many beautiful layers and details, you are a very talented lady. have a better week this week :)

  14. So glad to hear your pusskins is going to be OK Eila!! OMG adore your LO's.. love all the layers and textures.. stunning work!! Take care ♥

  15. So many lovely layouts Eila - but am most concerned about your fur baby - I hope he starts feeling well soon - He is so beautiful! I'll be sending positive furry thoughts your way! Hugs dear friend!

  16. Totally beautiful Eila! So glad I could savour and enjoy these from my cozy bed!! Amazing photography too, just love the close ups of all this eye candy!! So happy to hear that Max is better now...I can just imagine how distressed you must have been!

  17. oh gosh!! its been such a while since i've taken the time to check out your blog and so glad i'm takng the time now with all these amazing photos you've just completed of our wedding! this is another total home run - LOVE it!
    the 1st layout is amazing love the color palette and that picture & title combo crack me up!
    love the layouts!