[PAPER & DIGITAL CRAFTING GOAL: to create, to aspire, to design, to inspire and hopefully continue to reach new heights in this crafting hobby]
[NEEDLE CRAFTING GOAL: to create, to aspire, to design for gifts and give-aways of friends and loved ones]
[BAKING GOAL: to aspire, to indulge, bake and hopefully . . . learn to bake fondant & go full blast on this baking endeavour]

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HNY 2015 CBLK Maxicards

Hi!

I would like to share this time my New Year's Creo by Lady Katutz Maxicards.  These are also another SPECIAL ISSUE under my hobby Creo by Lady Katutz with Las Piñas City Post Office with cancellation of January 1, 2015.

The stamps are New Year's Greeting set by PHLpost.  For year 2015, it's the Year of the Goat or Ram which says in Filipino:  Manigong Bagong Taon.

Here are my Feliz Ano Nuevo - Happy New Year's CBLK Tall Maxicards.
(These are also non-traditional maxis)

The above is a Scholastic card depicting an international New Year with winter as the postcard design with a Year of the Goat Pilipinas stamp.




These were printed as Feliz Ano Nuevo tall postcards with an artist trading card on one side with a Year of the Goat/Ram Pilipinas stamp - saying in Happy New Year in Filipino - Manigong Bagong Taon.

As I have mentioned the above are non-traditional cards.  And may appear only to have a New Year's word in different language or sign as abstraction from Feliz Ano Nuevo, Manigong Bagong Taon and simply Jan. 1.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tips for the Month of July 2015

Hi!

This is a Summary of the June 2015 Tips of the Week, I've written for Sunshine Inspired Designs (SID)'s blog.

If you need to refer for some more layout examples, I've added the link to SID's blog on her weekly tip of the week post.

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TIP No. : 10  Don't be afraid to break the rules.  You are the Storyteller and no one will tell it better than YOU.

This tip is on being yourself in expressing oneself.
Break away from all of the DO’s and DON’Ts. The rigid rules that sometimes limits your expressive ways to create more of what you feel and what you see.
Some scrapbookers work or chronicle only the What, When and Where with the right embellishments and papers for the photo sometimes forgetting the Why.  Just add journaling and written notes to adorn your layouts.
One may be on a Heritage Album project and it’s up to you if you’d like to scrap by telling the History from vintage to eclectic layout styles.
You could rather be a Humorous Storyteller by injecting lightness in your scrapping going for light to bright colors, injecting cheerful doodles on your layouts, with word arts and thought bubbles.
Scrapbook Layout Challenges on a themed or thematic challenge, to a color motif, to a quote or song topic or to any challenge topic that can be asked of, works well for those in an inspiration dilemma for an LO. Just go with what you feel, what each element or embellishment you add to your layout means to you and to the main story you are scrapping about.
This is more than having photos of or the memorabilia itself for paper layouts in form of ticket stubs, mini souvenir items to receipts added as inserts or clipped on to your LOs.

It’s forming a layout which captures the very story running in your head, what that photo means to you or just tell us why your chosen photo is significant to be documented in a layout. Just take to mind, you are the Storyteller of your Scrapbook layout and do scrap to your heart’s content.

Here are my layout examples from YEAR 2015 for Tip No. 10:
Halloween Party LO as Creative Team Member - Worker Bee for Scrappy Bee (2014); Creo by Lady Katutz LO as Creative Team Member for Sunshine Inspired Designs (2015)Happy New Year LO as Creative Team Member for Sunshine Inspired Designs (2015); and Julio LO as Creative Team Member - Worker Bee for Scrappy Bee (2015);

To read more and find more examples, visit SID's June 10th blog post.


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TIP No. : 11  To give your letters more dimension, outline them.

This tip is on the use of alphas.  Do you ever realize or remember while working your layouts that there are cases that your title or journaling lacks in depth or dimension.  Nope, I’m not talking of how the content of your title or journaling comes across.  I’m talking about the total look of your layout created wherein, your letters or font used lacks in the added thickness.  In other words they come in too flat for your layout.  Maybe your letters or alpha choice are too thin, making your title or journaling barely readable or the letters barely recognizable depending on the type of font utilized.

The best way to create your layout with letters for those instances mentioned is to have your letters outlined.  For those utilizing Adobe Photoshop, you may use the blending tool – Stroke, for added dimension.  It’s up to you to choose the color that would be reflected in your outlined letters.  Another way, is to re-create your alphas graphically with a thicker outline.  Others use shadows for added dimension. 

Do try any of the above-mentioned, for you to get a grasp of the dimensional digital technique you would like to utilize or you would choose for your future layouts.

Here are my layout examples from YEAR 2013 for Tip No. 10:
different outlined or thicker alphas at Design Team Member LO Cafe by the Ruins for InspiredbyDominic Designs (2013); Design Team Member - Administrator Digital Card: You are a Friend as Sweet as Honey digital card/postcard for the Filipino Scrapbookers (2013); Design Team Member - Administrator Handmade Card: Snow Angel for Kaboodle Doodles  (2013); and Moonpie Creative Team Member Digital LO: Last Breakfast at Modesto's SG for Crescent Moon Designs (now Charly Renay Designs) (2013)

To read more and find more examples, visit SID's June 24th blog post.





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pasko 2014 CBLK Maxicards

Hi!

I would like to share with you today, another SPECIAL ISSUE by Creo by Lady Katutz and PHLpost Las Piñas City Post Office with special cancellation of December 25, 2014.

The handmade embossed cards are created under my Hobby Creo by Lady Katutz.  Colors are chosen to complement the colors of the Pasko 2014 PHLpost stamps.

These Handmade Maxicards were done following the issuance by PHLpost of Pasko 2014 postage stamps.  These stamps came in a set of 4.

The main concept of these set of handmade maxicards is to depict A Happy Christmas with the Filipino family celebrating under a Christmas tree.

Here are my Handmade Pasko 2014 Maxicards:




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Under FIAP and FIP these maxicards won't qualify for exhibition under the traditional concordance rule.   The above are non-traditional CBLK handmade maxicards.

These looks very much a spoiled set of maxis as the cancellation is or has become technically not upright as to the mention of country P.O, though the cancellation is quite clear.  {sigh}



Monday, June 29, 2015

Pasko 2013 CBLK Maxicards

Hi!

I would like to share a Special Issue in 2013 of Pasko 2013 Creo by Lady Katutz Maxicards.  This was done following PHLpost's release of Pasko 2013 postage stamps and mini sheet.  The postage stamps and Mini sheet are from the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (A.M.F.P.A.)

For the REGULAR PASKO 2013 postage stamp SET OF 4, my Christmas or Holiday Maxicards were cancelled December 25, 2013.  As mentioned, a special issue collection done in both gold and regular maximaphily black ink.

Here they are:



1st maxicard above: CBLK's Happy Holiday postcard cancelled in black ink 
2nd maxicard above: CBLK's Happy Holiday postcard cancelled in gold ink 
stamp: 1 of the regular Pasko 2013 set of 4 postage stamp




1st maxicard above: CBLK's Joy with Family on Christmas Eve postcard cancelled in black ink 
2nd maxicard above: CBLK's Joy with Family on Christmas Eve postcard cancelled in gold ink 
stamp: 1 of the regular Pasko 2013 set of 4 postage stamp



1st maxicard above: CBLK's Merry Christmas postcard cancelled in black ink 
2nd maxicard above: CBLK's Merry Christmas postcard cancelled in gold ink 
stamp: 1 of the regular Pasko 2013 set of 4 postage stamp


maxicard above: CBLK's Merry Christmas, Dear Santa postcard cancelled in black ink 
stamp: 1 of the regular Pasko 2013 set of 4 postage stamp


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For the Pasko 2013 Mini Sheet, I have prepared and have the same cards chosen for each of the 3 stamps belonging in the Pasko 2013 Mini Sheet.

Here they are:


maxicard above: CBLK's Happy Holidays postcard cancelled in gold ink 
stamp: 1 of the Mini Sheet Pasko 2013 stamps from the set of 3 


maxicard above: CBLK's Merry Christmas, Dear Santa postcard cancelled in gold ink 
stamp: 1 of the Mini Sheet Pasko 2013 stamps from the set of 3


maxicard above: CBLK's Joy with Family on Christmas Eve postcard cancelled in gold ink 
stamp: 1 of the Mini Sheet Pasko 2013 stamps from the set of 3


Due to the glossy nature of my postcards and due to the Holiday rush, some of the postmark cancellation are not quite clear.  Some are slightly smudged with the postmark a bit sliding upon postmarking or cancellation.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Writings CBLK Maxicard

Hi!

I would like to share with you now another Handmade Maxicard from my Creo by Lady Katutz Collection.

This handmade maxicard was created for the Philippine's or PHLpost's 160th National Stamp Collecting Month Celebration last year November 2014.  Though the handmade cards prepared were cancelled only January 30, 2015, these were still postmarked cancelled for the mentioned occasion or celebration.

The handmade postcards was created under my hobby Creo by Lady Katutz in shades of colors to complement PHLpost's stamp release for the said 160th milestone celebration.  November 2014 was the 160th year from issuance of the very first Philippine stamps.

Here are my CBLK Handmade maxicards:





Due to the embossed nature of the Handmade Maxicards the postmark cancellation is slightly clear.  My apologies as we tried our best to cancel it as clearly as possible.



Friday, June 26, 2015

Layout Artisan Entry #4 at With Love Studio: A Letter to the Future Generation

Hi, everyone!


I'm on the last week or Week 4 of the Layout Artisan Competition at With Love Studio (WLS).

Our 4th Week Challenge is to create a layout with a Spill Over technique with a Letter to the Future Generation.

Here is my take on the Challenge requirement:



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015 CBLK Maxicard Set

Hi, everyone!

I would like to share bits and pieces of my
Creo by Lady Katutz (CBLK)
maxicards.

These are my own card designs printed into postcards, turned maxicards with Las Piñas City Post Office.  Here is my one set from this year's Valentine's Month or 2015 Valentine's Day CBLK Collection:

My CBLK Valentine's Day postcard created for and printed as tribute to both communities of Filipino Scrapbookers Club and Philippine Crafters Association, turned Maxicard. 

My CBLK Handmade Valentine's Day Postcard turned Handmade Maxicard. =)

The philatelic stamp is a Valentine's Day release in year 2013 by PHLpost.

Per Maximaphily Exhibition purposes (FIP and FIAP), I believe both maxicards need to contain a clear cancellation.  The Handmade Maxicard could just be a clear heart abstraction per FIP traditional concordance rule.