Friday, April 18, 2014

A Non-Scrappy Project: Consolidating my eye shadow

Since today is a holiday, I took advantage of the free time to consolidate some of my eye shadows and blushes.  If you watch the beauty guru videos on YouTube, you're probably already familiar with the depotting process for make-up, but I'll post my process of depotting and consolidating here just in case anyone is interested.

I really hate having all these individual and trios of eye shadow and blushes because even though I don't have very much make-up (at all!), I find I forget what I have and usually don't bother opening up all those separate containers to apply my make up in the morning.  So I used points from my favourite nail polish company to order a Z-Palette, which is an empty shallow box, lined in a magnet sheet to hold makeup in place.  Below is a pic of my zebra-print Z-Palette before I depotted all my eye shadows:
My Z-Pallet and shadows before I consolidated
The Body Shop makeup was the easiest to depot.  I set my flat iron to the hottest temperature, removed the top from the eyeshadow case (it unhinges easily and reattaches as well), then set the shadow on the flat iron for a few seconds.

Heat for only a few seconds to loosen and remove the label if you want to keep it.
After heating it for a few seconds, the label on the back peels off easily and can be reserved for later if you want to keep it.

Peel off the label
Then you need to heat the case a bit longer so the heat travels from the outside of the case, into the glue that attaches the metal pot to the eye shadow case.  So I put it back on the flat iron (not pictured) and when it was ready (it takes a few minutes, but keep an eye on it or the plastic could melt) I poked the tip of my craft blade into the hole in the backside of the shadow case.  This pops the metal eye shadow pot right out of the case- easy peasy!

Pop the metal pot right out of the case!
The if you like, you can go ahead a re-attach the label sticker to the bottom of the metal pot so you remember the brand and shade for future reference.  You can use a cotton swab with alcohol to remove the glue from the pot, but I didn't really care to do that, since it wasn't sticky after it cooled and you won't see it when the makeup is in its new palette.

Empty Body Shop case and de-potted, re-labelled eye shadow.
The other brands that I have don't have a hole in the bottom, so I had to pry them out by wedging the thin edge of my blade between the plastic case and the metal pot.  Some popped out easily (Cover Girl), and some required the case be broken on the edge (Rimmel and Mark).

The case of my Rimmel Trio had to be mangled and broken to get the shadow out but the shadow itself was unharmed.
It took me about 20 minutes to depot my small stash of eye shadows and one blush.  The Mark set of 9 was the trickiest because there were lip glosses on the flip side, but I figured it out!.

Some companies (like the Body Shop, and I think MAC, but I don't have any MAC so I can't say for sure) offer a discount for new product when you return old packaging to be recycled, so I'll hang onto the ones I can return.
All my shadow and blush together, with room to grow!
I LOVE having them all together!

The closed Z Palette
I love that it has a large window so you can see exactly what's inside!  Now hopefully I'll use them more!

Fab Find Friday: Creative Scrappers Sketchbook

It's been awhile since I've shared one of my favourite scrappy supplies, but don't worry, I haven't forgotten this semi-regular blog series!  Here is my pic for this time around:

This sketchbook is my go-to source of sketches
The Creative Scrappers: Creating with Sketches (Vol. 2) book is packed full of inspiration and ideas for layouts.  It includes 125 sketches and lots of design team inspiration to go along with many of them.  In the video below I talk about when I use sketches and how I use them, so I won't go into those details here.  I also flip through the book a little and show you how it's laid out, as well as an example of a recent layout I created using a sketch from this book.  

The video also gives you some details on an exciting giveaway!  All you have to do is comment on my video, or here on this blog post about how you use sketches in your own creative process, or how or why you'd like to try sketches, and I'll enter you into a draw to win a printed copy of one of these fabulous sketch books!  I'll pick a winner one week from today using a random number generator so be sure to get your comment in by midnight EST on Thursday April 24, 2014.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boston: They have Dunkin Donuts there! (vid included)

Lately I've found myself in a bit of a rut, not in that I don't feel creative enough to scrap, but in that I often end up with layouts that look very similar to one another.  One way that I get out of a scrapping rut, is to use sketches.  There are sketches all over the place online, and the Scraptastic Club has a sketch challenge each month, but my go-to source for sketches is this book:

I love this sketch book (in hard copy)
If you would like to purchase this sketchbook from Creative Scrappers I've got good news for you!  Kristine Davidson is offering my YouTube followers and blog readers $2 off their purchase by using the code traceyb2 when ordering.  Thanks so much Kristine!

Today's layout was based upon a sketch from Creative Scrappers: Creating with Sketches Vol.2.  Here is the sketch, which is found on page 10:

from Creative Scrappers Vol. 2
From page 10 of the book above

This is my layout, which does't deviate very far from the sketch, and stays true to my goal for this page, which was to use up more of the space on the background paper than I usually use:

Using the Let Me Go kit from the Scraptastic Kit Club

I'll explain the title in the process video below!

Below you will find my process video for this layout, but first, here are a few closeups of the details of the page:

If an embellishment does't fit with your page, feel free to alter it!  I added black outlining to this Ormolu flair badge.
I also altered this globe embellishment, but made it look altered on purpose

Journalling in a 0.005 point pen so I could fit lots in a small space without it looking crowded.

Here is the video that show my process.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Just Keep Swimming

I got to dive into the Let Me Go kit from Scraptastic today! I created 2 layouts, one of which I cannot share quite yet, but here is my second layout from today:
Fun with the circle cutter!
I used my Curvy Cutter from EK Success to make the background and I really love how it turned out.  It was surprisingly easy to stitch the edges of the circle:

I stitched rather than doodling the edges of the circles
I used a combination of letter stickers and the Beanboard Alphas from Jillibean Soup to make the title, which is a quote from Finding Nemo.

Decided to leave the chalkboard flags plain for their graphical impact
The mist splatters give a watery bubbly feel
Here is the process for this one: