Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sue Smyth November post

Christmas Canvas and Super Star Layout 
By Sue Smyth 

This month as we head towards Christmas I have made a dimensional 
canvas from cheap children's wooden blocks.
(be sure to check out Decembers post to see what I did 
with the rest of the blocks)

I have used Imaginarium Chipboard to alter the fronts of some of 
the blocks to spell out Merry Christmas and 
other appropriate words.

Some of the blocks have been cut in half with a saw for a 
lower profile and give a variety of dimension.

I have tucked some red wood fibre along the sides 
to hide the gap between the blocks and the 
canvas edge 

Cover some blocks with small squares of scrap patterned paper
 and use buttons and small decorations to add to blocks
that do not have an alpha on them 

I have reversed the canvas and arrange the blocks inside the cavity
then adhered them in place with strong glue.
When dry I have painted with gesso and sprayed 
with Red Dylusions or similar 
Then cover with spray adhesive and sprinkle liberally
with white glitter.
Decorate as above.

We all love a good boy page, so this month I have made a layout 
about my middle child who is quite the rock star.(well in his mind anyway )
I is talented with the guitar and I wanted to capture his
first performance in a layout.

By placing the arched window over the photo I 
am directing the viewer to notice the middle of 
the photo where the face and guitar is.

Add the Super Star title and of course lots of gold embossed stars and you have your own Super Star layout. I have covered the title with dimensional magic and black glitter.
Glitter comes in wonderful colours these days and is under rated as a medium 

Here I have added a splot of distress ink for anenamel red arrow to sit.
I have used a bright red Utee to get that gorgeous glossy colour.

Emboss stars with a variety of gold powders for a great variation in colours 
To emboss the arch I have randomly applied embossing fluid, sprinkled with 
an aged gold embossing powder and heat set.
Once cool rub over black in to cover the areas that the 
powder has missed. Wipe off excess ink with a wet wipe.

Some candid shots of my work space 

I need to have all of my materials where I can see them so I remember where they are! So I store the majority of my things in clear glass jars including my ribbons.

I have  a huge corkboard which I pin layouts onto, and I have just added the white cane bird cage for displaying  small items. I like to display my work to keep me inspired. 

All of my punches and dies, again I like to see them to be inspired as I work 

Other side of my garage( it is a 2 car garage) are 2 banks of  book shelves with papers, projects and books in them

My three tables are usually only clean in between projects and classes, never during them lol

My newest purchase was this multi drawed cabinet which holds all of my tools and then some.
Each draw is labeled and though I cannot see the tools, the labels work well for me. And 
it makes putting away so much easier.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my works space
I think it is important to have it as creative as you can, 
to inspire you all of the time.

Happy Crafting 
Dont forget to leave a comment to go in the 
running for an Imaginarium chipboard prize 


  1. What a fabulous project and your layout is awesome! What a wonderful work space you have created in your garage!!! Beautiful work!

  2. Love that Christmas frame, very clever to use the old childrens blocks.. fabulous layout.. love all the chipboard you were able to incorporate on your page.. and your scrap space looks awesome.. really it..

  3. Beautiful canvas frame
    and so fun to look at!
    Great layout and love
    your craft space.
    Carla from Utah

  4. How wonderful your post is. I love your craft room. It was also cool to see your gorgeous scrapbook pages framed and hanging on the wall. Your guy scrapbook page is awesome. I love the colors and embellishment you used and I especially liked how you framed the photo with the window frame. Very cool. Your dimensional canvass is uber cool. I love how you created the alphabet blocks with the chipboard letters. So creative.

  5. COOL layout and ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS canvas Sue - LOVE your CLEVER use of the reversed canvas and blocks!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your projects and your wonderful crafting space - you are so organised!!! What a pleasure it must be to be surrounded by your beautiful work too - LOVE IT!!!

  6. your projects are wonderful and inspiring!
    and your scrap-room is my dream, it's really impressed! )))