Friday, 20 January 2017

Inspiration by Gwyneth - January 2017 - Digital But Different!

I Know! - Long Time No Blog!

On top of my usual health, and disabling conditions issues, I managed to catch a nasty virus around Christmas Time and spent a while around the New Year with no voice and no energy whatsoever.  It's taken me this long to improve a little bit and get enough energy to get on my laptop to work on my Design Team inspiration pieces for Dragons Lair Designs.

I should have posted my inspiration piece for the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog at the begining of the month some time, and posted my inspiration piece for the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog - January Challenge the 1st Friday of the month.  But here I am at the 20th without doing either.  So I've decided to make a combined, "digital", creation for this month, and hope I've improved quite a bit more by next month to make up for my lack of crafting inspiration lately.

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Here's a bit about the challenge blog, with links -

Each ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

The theme for January 2017 is "New Beginnings"

This can be ANY ONE project interpreting the theme NEW BEGINNINGS in whatever way you are inspired! While the image gives the impression of a baby card the theme is more open and can be any new beginning.

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As I said earlier that I was going digital this month I'm guessing that most of you are thinking I've gone for digital scrapbooking - but no, I've gone down a new route this time.

As well as new babies, "New Beginnings" can also bring to mind New Year's Resolutions.  But I'm not big on them.  So my inspiration project isn't strictly about New Year's Resolutions either.

What I decided to do was use the skills and software I usually use to create digital scrapbooking pages to create a new background for my laptop desktop to remind myself to rest often while on the laptop.  I don't know about you but when I am feeling reasonable I tend to keep going for far longer than I should and then pay for it with worse health for days afterwords, so by making a layout to replace the choice of half a dozen generic backgrounds that come with Windows I hope to remind myself as the laptop goes on that I need to take breaks.



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CREATION:

I started by finding the resolution of my laptop desktop area (right click, graphics properties, then display gave me what I wanted on my laptop).

I then opened my software and drew out an area in the same proportions on my working area.

Dragons Lair Designs Item:


    Artistic Expressions

Equipment:

    My Craft Studio Elite software

Method:

I like to have my program icons placed in separate areas on my screen for different types of software and software I use most often, so as well as making a panel with my reminder using items from the Artistic Expressions collection I also used other items from the collection to make zones on my working area.




Having played around for a bit I was happy with my layout and saved it as a .jpg file.

I then went into the "Personalise" area in windows (Right click on an empty bit of the desktop and select "Personalize" on my laptop).  Then I "Browsed" to the location I'd saved my file and selected it.

And this is the result.




I think I need to change the position of a few things a little bit, but as a 1st attempt I'm quite pleased with my new desktop layout.

I know that any image on a laptop or computer can be set as a desktop background, but I think that having a play with creating a new digital layout, that could of course be a "digital scrapbook" style layout with photos and captions if you want, can make the experience of looking at a computer when it is turned on a bit different.  And of course you could have a "new begining" however often you wanted by creating a new layout with a new photo or caption.

Please do pop over to the Challenge Blog to have a look at what my fellow Design Team Members have created to inspire you, and then have a go at entering the challenge.  Remember, "New Beginnings" could be beginning a new craft, moving to a new home, starting a new job, having a new baby, ....  The possibilities are endless for the challenge this month.




Till next time - Have Fun Crafting!

Gwyneth

Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team Leader
(And if you are wondering "who's Gwyneth?" - then you'll find an "About Me and My Blog!" piece on my blog.)
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Now that you have had a look at this inspiration blog post why don't you visit some of the other areas in the Dragons Lair Designs family of sites:


We'd love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

DLD Inspiration blog December 16 using Citrus Celebrations

Hi folks I've popped in with my Christmas post for DLD Inspiration blog.  For this one I've used the Citrus Celebrations kit (and a couple of other bits) to create a scrapbook page of our time in skiing in Andorra. 


Jacqui


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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads.  These include whole collections of items that work well togetherdigital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here -

 Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Dragons Lair Designs October Project using papers from Blended Florals, Winter Solids & Fairies back splash

Hi folks Jacqui here with my October DLD Inspiration project.  For this I used the lilac paper from the Fairies kit, the grey paper & the background paper are from the Blended Florals.  The purple back splash is from the Fairies too & I coloured it purple in my Craft Artist.  The embellishments came from my Craft Artist kits.

I've made another scrapbook page of gorgeous grandson as he had all his curls cut off & he looks so grown up.  It made me sad when I saw it!  I was so shocked I couldn't speak lol!  But I still love him sooooooooooo much. 

Hope you like my project & plz join us on our challenge blog & our fb page & other sites (links below).

Till next time Jacqui over and out.


Jacqui


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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads.  These include whole collections of items that work well togetherdigital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here -

 Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sept/Oct Monthly Fan Group Challenge


you will find a post announcing the Sept/Oct Monthly Fan Group Challenge!

PM me (Susan Renshaw) from the post
 and I will send you some of the papers and elements from

Flowery Blues


 Make something using these elements and add it to the album...
It can be totally digital - or print out the pieces you want to use in a paper-based make!



I have used Serif Craft Artist 2  and elements from the kit to produce this layout...
My daughter Sophie and I were in Kuala Lumpur a couple of weeks ago on our way back from Australia. Here we are with the famous Patronas Towers in the background!


Happy Crafting!




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Saturday, 17 September 2016

September Dragons Lair Calendar

Hi...Susan R here...

Today I am showing you the September page of my Dragons Lair calendar!

This year I decided to make my calendar with 6 rectangular white card blanks
stuck in a star shape.



You might remember July and August:



For September I have used elements and papers from Francheska.


  
I used Serif Craft Artist 2 to form a digital design.


I printed this out and added it to my calendar with a ribbon.




Scroll down to see lots more lovely makes...

And by the way do look for the current Challenge Blog Challenge - Books/Paper

Happy Crafting!

Susan



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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Dragons Lair Designs September Inspiration project using Vintage Christmas papers, Xmas Border & Ruperts Snowman

Hi again bloggers we're really into Christmas over at the DLD Inspiration blog this September, it's hard to believe it's nearly time again lol.  Anyway for this project I've used the Vintage Christmas Papers, Xmas Border & Ruperts Snowman.  I've made a lovely scrapbook page using my Craft Artist 2 and I can't wait to add this years photos to it.  Don't forget to pop by our challenge blog, fb page & other sites (links below) for some freebies & fun.  Hope you like my page and please leave me a comment.
Till next time Jacqui over and out.


Jacqui


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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads.  These include whole collections of items that work well togetherdigital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here -

 Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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Monday, 5 September 2016


Hi everybody.

For September, here on the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog, we are working on the theme "Preparing For Christmas" and hope that we can inspire you with different ideas for crafting for Christmas, but not only for Christmas but for other times of year as well.

I've got a few ideas for you to think about and hope you like what I've made.

They don't look very "Christmasy", but not all Christmas gifts and ideas have to look specifically "Christmasy", especially if they are made to be used all year round, and you can always add more traditional Christmas items to any creation you make.

What I Made:
  • A decorated gift bag to give a baby blanket I'd crocheted in
  • A decorated "Book Box" of hand made cards
  • An unique mouse mat.
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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:
Items from the "Summer Sunset" collection available - here - in the store.
Items from the "Oh Baby Mine" collection
Background from another collection
Consumables:
Equipment:
  • Scissors
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Tonic Butterfly Die
  • Tattered Lace Flower Die
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paint Brush
  • Pallette
  • Sponge
  • Pokey Tool
Method - Mouse Mat:

This is a great way to make something that will be used a lot, and looked at often, but will be a specific memory for the recipient.

It's basically a scrapbook layout, created digitally, and printed out at the correct size to fit inside a blank mouse mat.  (it needs to be constructed digitally at the correct size for your blank because you must have a perfectly flat image for inside the mouse mat).

As this mouse mat was a gift for my father, who's had his autobiography published this summer, I wanted to keep the image layout very simple - lots of flourishes and frames wouldn't have been suitable for him, but for a different person a different look can easily be achieved in whatever graphics package you choose to work in.

I chose a pale blue background from one of the DLD collections as a background (should have made a note of which one I used I know!).

I then took the image from the front of his book, together with three photos my youngest sister had taken of him at three different book signing sessions during the summer, framed the photos, and made a simple layout.


This was then printed and cut out to size and put into the blank mouse mat before using the tape that was inside one edge to seal it.  I then used ultra tacky tape to attach the gell wrist rest.


Method - Book Shaped Box Of Assorted Cards

If you are a person who makes more cards than you have people to give them to, and are not able to get out and about to go and sell them at craft fairs, etc., then how about boxing some of your makes up to give as gifts to family and friends?  It will be a Christmas gift that will be useful to the recipient for months to come.  You can go all ornate in how you box them up, or keep it simple - how you present your gift is up to you.  I've used a book shaped box file and decorated it simply so that it can sit unobtrusivaly on a shelf until needed.  I'm actually giving this one as a raffle prize in a charity event my niece is organising this month.

I took the same type of book shaped box file as I used in a previous project - here - and painted it with white gesso.  I then painted it using Cosmic Shimmer Paints as I did on another project - here.  I was going for quite a distressed, old book, look.

I took items from the Summer Sunset collection into My Craft Studio software and put together a "book name" panel.  I printed this out quite small for the spine of my book box and larger for the front.  After cutting these out I attached them to book box.




I then went through my collection of made up cards to select an assortment, put in inserts, attached a sticker with my details to the back of each, matched them up with an envelope and put them into the decorated box.

 (You may recognise the dragon on the front of the top card!)


Method - Decorated Gift Bag:

Gift bags are handy to put gifts that are hard to pack into.  But buying decorated ones are expensive, so why not invest in a pack of plain bags and decorate them yourself.

With so many different collections available in the Dragons Lair Designs online store you are sure to find digital downloads that you can work with and print off to decorate a gift bag for anybody for any occasion.

I've used a baby collection to decorate this gift bag to place a baby blanket I crocheted into.

Once again, I took items from the collection into My Craft Studio to resize, add text, etc., and then printed them out onto Super Smooth cardstock.

I did one panel, including a digitaly "die-cut" Christmas Tree, for the front of the bag.


A panel and a frame for the back.  As this is another item that will be given as a raffle prize for the charity event I'm going to slip in a picture of the blanket that will be inside it and slip it into the frame.  The frame in this instance is stuck on on three sides using double sided tape.


I also made a gift tag with a panel for somebody to write a greeting on the front.


 And a pocket with a window that has acetate inside it on the back - I do this for anything I make using yarn these days so that the recipient knows the yarn content and how to wash the item that's being gifted.


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Anybody noticed that the first two items would be suitable for entries into this month's Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog?!  The theme for September is Books and/or Paper.  As the first item is a mouse mat based on the launch of a book and features book signing sessions it would fit into the theme.  As would the gift box of assorted cards that's in the shape of an old book.
So I hope that, not only have I inspired you to think of different things to craft for Christmas, but also to craft something suitable for entry into the challenge.

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And that is it from me for today.
Please keep coming back regularly to look at new posts as, over the next few weeks, you'll find various "Inspiration by ..." posts appear on this "Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog", as well as other posts by different Design Team members.  I'll be back with more posts over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those.

Till next time - Have Fun Crafting!
Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team Leader
(And if you are wondering "who's Gwyneth?" - then you'll find an "About Me and My Blog!" piece on my blog.)

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