Monday, March 31, 2008
Well, it's actually a little red bicycle in my layout - but these papers are perfect for boys! Add a couple of stickers, some Thickers, and a cool accent or two. To make this, I started with red cardstock and cut a piece of the Skate Park Stripe paper in half to surround my photos. I used the rub-ons in each corner of the layout. The flames were made with the Heidi Swapp flame mask - you don't have to just paint those things. I actually scanned and reduced it for this layout, then printed out the smaller size on regular paper, cut it out and traced around it on my patterned paper. Once I had the shape cut out I brushed the edges with some red paint.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
This is a perfect project to use up bits and pieces because the dimensions of each panel are only 4" x 4". I set up plenty of panels for journaling using some of the more plain patterend paper. Some of the wilder designs (like the flip flops or the words) added a fun accent.
I'll also be enjoying a bag of Lifesaver Gummies and a Cherry Coke this evening -- the ultimate cropping food, in my opinion. They have plenty of caffeine and sugar, plus they're not messy at all. (Chocolate is now banned from my scrap area since the tragic incident of last May involving a bag of Pretzel Flips and some Fancy Pants rub-ons)
What is your favorite thing to snack on while you're scrapping?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Better late than never, I'm hoping, with posting my layout from last month's tryout kit. Although the challenge is a little different for me, since I've been using what's left after assembling the Design Team kits, it is just as much fun to pull together. The papers from Daisy Bucket are familiar to you, but with fewer embellishments left, I needed to make some of my own. So I played with the blue vellum alphabet letters to compensate, matting them, doodling with white pen, and threading embroidery knots here and there. In addition to the paper photo corners, each photo has half of the blue My Mind's Eye transparency, also cut with a scalloped edge. Now that scallops are back in vogue, I used my scalloped scissors a lot on this layout to complement the swirly designs on the patterned paper.
As you can see, the journaling strips across the center span are cut in half. In order to read the words properly, these two pages would need their plastic album sleeves stapled together, a device that can be used to bring other components together when needed. Oh, and the stellar red netting gathered to foof up the "Love You" circle in the center is snipped from the avocado net bag from Costco. By the way, if you wish to see the details up close, just click on the photo to enlarge it.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I used the same paint process on the chipboard shells on my next project and thought they turned out even better. I am planning on cutting some more at the store and playing around with color. (Yes! Scrapbooks Plus has this die!)
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thanks for peeking!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
So how does that work for me exactly? When I buy new paper, the first thing I do when I get home is turn it into a page kit. I have a bunch of these Cropper Hopper Page Planners which I fill with the paper I just bought, coordinating cardstock, alphabets, buttons, ribbons and any other embellishments:
I keep all the completed page kits in this basket from the Container Store:
It's the perfect size for the Cropper Hopper Page Planners.
When I'm getting ready to scrap or pack for a crop, I just grab the Page Planners that I most want to use, gather any stamps, inks or other tools that I think I might need or want & I'm ready to go!
Once I'm ready to create, I just spread the kit out on my scrap desk and start playing. I do what feels good to me -- I don't worry about the finished product. I just keep adding elements or taking them away until I love what I have left. That's when I know I'm done. When I love it. And usually by the end I know exactly what pictures I want to use. Sometimes I know the story I want to tell, but I don't have any pictures. I don't let that bother me. I leave off the pictures altogether and just do my journaling.
Eventually I get sick of a particular kit & find myself always skipping past it when I am flipping through the kits in my basket. That's when I know it's time to dismantle the kit & use the page planner for something fresh. I sift the scraps, papers and embellishments back into my stash, where they wait until the perfect paper comes along.
How do you create?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
May 2008 - Erin Saravia (brave soul!)
June 2008 - Kathryn Krieger
July 2008 - Leah Kmetz
August 2008 - Nancy Palm
September 2008 - Sharon Mozer
October 2008 - Lisa Hausman
November 2008 - Kim Bartram
December 2008 - Deborah Mahnken
January 2009 - Susie Bentz
When we receive all the March design work by Wednesday, March 19th, we'll put up the grand display within the Design Team frame. If you have time before then, it would be great to see your designs' photos added to our DT blog. Thanks, ladies!!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I really loved my Tinkering Ink paper. I'm not usually a purple person (I have 3 boys) but this paper was so much fun to work with. I totally had to get out of my comfort zone- and I LOVED IT!
Here is a sampling of a few of the projects that I made:
I am really into using netting right now on different things- especially cards. It really adds a different dimension.
I dyed some Lil Davis letters that were originally white with some Adirondack Inks to make them purple. Really love using circles right now!
Have fun and enjoy!
UPDATE: Here are some pictures of the inside of the mini book. I only took a couple and I already turned it in:
At first the layout's problem was that it was overly simple. (Read: b-o-r-i-n-g.) It seemed very pale and washed out. I didn't take a picture of it during that stage because I didn't want to embarrass it in front of all the other layouts. I added the turquoise felt embellishments by Fancy Pants, but I felt that it needed one more piece of felt to make a visual triangle. I couldn't figure out where to put it, though, so I just gave up. (I know, I know, I'm a terrible design team member, but it just didn't look good anywhere. I promise.)
Anyway, Kim (Bartram) and I were cropping at ScrapbooksPlus on Wednesday (we do this most Wednesdays that they don't have classes) and Pam was looking at our projects. Which was fine. Until she brought up the two felt pieces and the lack of visual triangle. Sigh. It can't be avoided any longer. I must find a place to put a third piece of felt. I will not rest until I have a visual triangle!
First I put the felt here:
But I really didn't like it there, so I moved it here:
Which still didn't look right, so I pushed it around until it ended up here:
There! I think that's the winner. Whew. Thank goodness that's finally settled. Now if I could just get the monkeys to be a little more helpful ....
... unfortunately, they make more of mess than anything else! I'd love to stick around and show you some sneak peeks of my mini book, but I have some furry friends to untangle.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thanks so much, Deborah, for hosting this communal site for our Scrapbooks Plus Design Team. Welcome, ladies, to our very own forum for scrapbook design and sharing the love! Although we would all enjoy seeing each other more IRL, I'm sure this will be a great stimulus and support in the meantime.
Please show us your work, even while in progress, and highlight your special techniques. In return, we'll congratulate you and ask all sorts of questions. Show us your scrap space and great storage ideas, and we'll invite you to look at ours, too. Anything scrap related is fair game, but let's remember that we want this to be a Design Team blog that we are proud to open up to our scrapping friends as we progress. So strut your stuff!