Saturday, 11 September 2010

Acetate Rub-On Tutorial

It's been suggested to me by the creator and owner of Pictureit blog Kev, that I do a tutorial for making acetate rub-ons. It's something that I did ages ago, then forgot about. Recently though, Ifa used it as part of her class on The Studio Challenges cybercrop and this was my result. I've used the technique a couple of times since then and know I'll do more in the future. Here's a LO and a card.

So, how do you make these? Here's my tutorial, (please let me know if you don't understand something and I'll revise it):

To make your rub-ons, you need a sheet of acetate (doesn't have to be printable acetate as you're going to be printing on the shiny side, it just needs to be able to go through your printer), a printer and a computer programme that you can design in (I used WordArt in Microsoft Word for mine, but I'm sure you have your favourite programme).

1) In your chosen programme, type your word(s) and position them until you are happy (these will need to be flipped before printing). Don't forget that you can change the colours and fonts of these too.
2) Flip your wording so that it reads backwards. If you use WordArt, you may need to re-position the words so that they are where you want them. Alternatively, you could use the 'mirror image' option on your printer settings.
3) Print onto the shiny side of your acetate using best photo printing remembering that the printing will stay wet so handle with care when removing it.
4) Turn your acetate over and press down gently on your chosen paper/card. Be careful not to let the acetate move as this will smudge your printing.
5) Remove the acetate and admire your work.

This is a great way of being able to personalise your cards/scrapbook LOs without worrying about running out of certain letters. You could also rub your work onto card and stick these labels to jars etc. Have fun and if you try this, please come back and leave me a comment linking to your work. I'd love to see your creations.

Love, Sarah C xx

BIL's Now 30!!!

Yesterday (10th September) saw a milestone for my Brother-in-Law as he turned 30! I asked him what it felt like and his reply was "no different to how I felt yesterday".

Here's his card with some of the things that are important to him
(being silly and happy, God and Church, his wife and marriage, his car, Formula 1, Facebook and FarmVille on Facebook).
The sentiment is yet again an acetate printed rub-on (which I've rubbed onto white card.):

He and my sister held a party at their house for my Mum, my other sister and her family and of course I was invited. Who else was going to make almost 40 biscuits for them to eat? Yummy vanilla with lemon icing and chocolate. 

We all had a great time eating, talking and playing on the Wii. The teenagers and men played it mostly, but I did have a go at Extreme Ironing and came second I think.

Love, Sarah C xx

The Sunday Creative ~ Prompt 11

'Twas an interesting prompt this week by Madeline Bea on her weekly challenge The Sunday Creative. The word prompt was:


It's taken me until today to find something to photograph. Eventually, I realised that my beloved suitcase of a handbag is definitely timeworn as well as being well loved. I must save up for a new handbag as I can't take this one when I meet the Queen. Yeah right, as if that meeting's gonna happen eh??? LOL

Love, Sarah C xx

Friday, 10 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 10

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I know I'm early with this one, but wanted to share some of today.

I had the District Nurse visit to re-dress my leg this morning and she bowled me over as she left. My stash is in the living room and she spied it and a couple of mini-books as she left. She took a closer look at the said mini-books, an exploding box, a maze album and a couple of 12x12 LOs. While looking at them she asked me to make her 3 mini-albums, a maze album and 4 Christmas cards. Then she asked if I could do some samples of all my work (including 12x12 LOs) and a couple of batches of cards to be put in the staff rooms of both my local doctor's and the local hospital. All I could think was WOW. Now I've just got to price my work which is always the hard bit.

Good things really can happen when and where you least expect it.

Love, Sarah C xx

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 9

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It's three week's since I last went for my CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and my latest appointment was yesterday morning. Mum came to take me to it and when she arrived, she came up to my flat rather than wait in the car as she usually does. Just as well really as I'd missed my alarm and she woke me. Oops. I had just enough time to get ready as she was early. I've learnt that sometimes things are done for a reason.

Love, Sarah C xx

Thursday, 9 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 8

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The good and the bad happened yesterday.

The good being I made another 3 LOs (which are posted below this post)
and spoke to my friend on the phone for nearly 3 hours.

The bad being my printer nearly got thrown out of the window.
Why do we let electronics get to us like that? They're only a piece of machinery after all. All I wanted to do was print a few words onto acetate and it told me I needed to change the yellow ink. Easy enough, but once it had charged, it had run out of pink. That was the 'not so easy' bit. Do you think I could get the old cartridge out???? It's like it was sitting there saying "hey buddy, I ain't moving for no-one"! But I needed it shifting, so I pushed and pulled, spoke to it nicely, then told it off for misbehaving and nothing worked. So, I switched it off, blew it a raspberry and left it sitting on the edge of my desk while I changed the title for my LO and used chipboard letters instead.

A few hours later and I decided to do battle again. Deep breathing was called for and I pushed and pulled yet again, but this time I won!!!!!!!!! I certainly made the printer pay for it though as I had it print photos as well as acetate rub-ons last night.

So, lesson learnt today? If at first you don't succeed, walk away and try again later if you can.

Love, Sarah C xx

Shimelle's Cybercrop ~ 13th -15th August 2010 With A Little Pink

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One of the challenges of Shimelle's cybercrop was to scrap with 'at least a little pink'.

I chose to use a photograph that I created in PhotoFunia.
I've used pink chalk ink to edge the photo mount and PP and the journalling mat has a pink edge to it too.
The title was a freebie by Bethany Harty on her previous blog in this post here.
Seed beads in pearl and clear were added to the blooms and the floor!! Why do they not just go where you want them????
And I've used a piece of PP that I was saving for that 'special LO'. There was a discussion on UKScrappers about saving paper for 'that' LO and someone suggested that we brave it and use some of it, so here's mine:

Love, Sarah C xx

Shimelle's Cybercrop ~ 13th -15th August 2010 and UKS House Challenge

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I've done one LO for two of Shimelle's challenges and also the house challenge on UKScrappers.

Shimelle's challenges were to scrap:
with black & white photos
with letters or numbers

UKS House Challenge was to scrap:
using an old school photograph
using some stationery supplies

So, what did I do?
I enlarged a photo of me taken in the mid-seventies, made it black & white and printed it out. I designed the strip of numbers and printed onto acetate to create a rub-on. Framed my photo with the checked PP and stuck pieces of ribbon and lace behind it on two edges and clipped paper-clips to the top. The photo was then stuck to the card using foam pads. The ME is chipboard letters with the E on layered foam pads. The rest of the wording was done by making more acetate rub-ons.
This is one LO I loved doing and love the bright colours which is something I don't use too often.

Love, Sarah C xx

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Shimelle's Cybercrop ~ 13th -15th August 2010 Sketch #3

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Yep, the wonderful Shimelle had a week-end of crafting and photography and I missed it!! Once I found out about it, I gathered all the information together. When I feel like doing some 'just because' type art, I'm going to have a look at the list and see what jumps out at me.

I did this today and using sketch #3
Shimelle encouraged us to use 2 6x4 prints, or a row of smaller photos. I didn't use either!
The photograph is actually 5 different photos stitched together using a panoramic photo editing programme.

Love, Sarah C xx

Where Were You?

Where were you at this precise time and date?
05:06:07 08/09/10
I was carefully watching my computer clock
ready to hit Print Screen
and here it is:

Ok, so it's not exactly showing it in the right sense,
but with a bit of imagination, it's there.

Love, Sarah C xx

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 7

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Woohoo, I got to leave my flat today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Had to see both the doctor and nurse this morning, so Mum came over to take me. I've had my leg re-dressed and got another week's anti-biotic's and been told that I'm still on leg rest. I never thought I'd say it, but I know I can't wait to be able to walk into town or to the surgery.
Hope that's not too far away. Ho hum ........

Took Mum for breakfast when I'd finished with the medics and it was so nice to be out.
Should've photographed my plate of yummy scrummy food.
We haven't been out for breakfast since Mum's birthday in 2007 when we were on holiday in Somerset together.
(photo is from the internet)

Being out of the flat was amazing. It felt like I'd got some freedom. All too soon it had to come to an end and I was back home with my leg up again. Can't wait until Thursday when I leave here again for an appointment and then Friday when I get to go to my sister and brother-in-law's with the rest of my family to help celebrate the fact that he'll be 30!!! I'm staying at Mum's that night, so I'll have several hours of being free again.

Love, Sarah C xx

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ Day 6 and a Birthday Card

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6th September is my Mum's birthday. I rang her as I didn't think I'd be seeing her until today (Tuesday) and found myself surprised that she wasn't her usual cheery self. My Mum's always happy, isn't she? Seems like I was wrong. At that moment, I learnt that even the happiest of people have off days when all they want to do is curl up under a duvet with a box of tissues. She was going to have dinner and spend the evening with one of my sister's and her family and today she said that she'd had a lovely time. I was so pleased to hear that after her shaky start to the day. Love you Mum xx

Here's the card I made her.
The topper is a rub-on that I've put onto white card before mounting onto light brown paper.

Love, Sarah C xx

Monday, 6 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ Day 5

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I've learnt that I need to set aside more time than I think to clean my flat.

The joys of renting! I have a flat inspection on Wednesday morning and that always fills me with dread and fear. So much so, that I feel I have to clean every nook and cranny (whoever invented that saying???!!) and try to get my flat looking immaculate. It's hard to do the last bit when I still have boxes to unpack. Having a bad leg doesn't help as I can't do much at a time before my leg starts hurting and needing a rest. Yesterday, I started on my bedroom. What should have taken about an hour, took three because I decided that the boxes would be better stacked on top of each other in the corner of the room. Ok, maybe, but that meant moving things around so that they'd fit. After an hour of shifting, I began to wonder why I'd started.
It's like opening a tube of Pringles. Once you start, you just can't stop!!
Today I have the rest of the flat to do and I'm not moving furniture for no-body!!!

Love, Sarah C xx

Sunday, 5 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 4

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I've been busy crafting today and managed to make four LOs and one mini-book. Considering I've not done an awful lot of crafting over the past few months, I'm pretty chuffed with myself. You can see the results on this blog if you haven't already seen them and fancy a peek.

I thought I was going to be one of those people who take a huge break from crafting and maybe not get back into it at all, but I've realised that I'm not like that as I've thoroughly enjoyed myself this afternoon.

Love, Sarah C xx

The Studio Challenges Cybercrop ~ 10 Things I Love About Summer by Audrey Yeager

Audrey gave us a mini-book class of 10 Things I Love About Summer.
Here's my take on it with a few of the pages:

Love, Sarah C x