Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
When it was finished I used brads to hold it all together. I put one brad through the front of the book and the first 3 folds. Then I put a brad through the back of the book and the last 3 folds. Finally I glued the spine together where the brads met.
Obviously, the number of pages you have in your book would be limited by the length of the "legs"(?) on the brad. I had 6 pages, plus the thickness of one layer of cardstock at the front and back.
The other limiting factor is the length of the cover. My cover was 6" long, and since I was using a 12" piece of cardstock, the maximum number of 1/2" folds I could create for the spine of the book was 6.
I don't know if the double brad thing is a new technique because I made it up as I went along...but it is new to me!! Oh, I will post the actual pages of the mini-book tomorrow.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
As I was flipping through pics, I came across a couple of my daughter at the pumpkin patch last fall and realized that the colors were a perfect match. Plus they featured her painting a pumpkin... so those circles were going to work with my art theme too! I used the fun circles as the background, the dots on the back of Laxton Avenue as an accent, and the cool, sun-designed side of Maxwell Avenue to point right to the picture. Stratigically cutting the sun paper and lining up the rays with the photo give it a totally different feel. Some foam stamps with brown paint for the title and a few accents really focus the page on the photo. I didn't want to crowd the page so I used some of the brick-colored, flecked Chantilly Lace cardstock folded in half behind the photo for hidden journaling... just lift the little tag to see it!
I've been seeing a lot of pages in the scrapbooking magazines lately that only use patterned paper and no - or almost no - cardstock. It's easy for those types of pages to be a little busy and overwhelming. To make it work easily, use a large scale print, a small scale print, and tone-on-tone prints to even everything out. This page is all patterned paper, but since two of the patterned papers used are practically tone-on-tone it keeps the page from looking too busy.
Enjoy and thanks for looking!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I gathered my photos and Scenic Route Grafton paper and decided on what I'd use. The two white squares represent photos and were punched out with my two-inch square punch. I wanted to see how that size would work in my space before I committed to punching the pictures. As for the title, I wasn't sure where I wanted to put my title and didn't want to accidentally stick my stickers where I didn't want them, so I lined them up on my transparent ruler. You can see here that the two words are too close together, which I easily resolved later. Sticking them on the ruler, though, lets me see how they'll look on the page without actually putting them on the page. And it lets me judge how much room I'll need. The transparent ruler is made of awesome.
I decided that I wanted to turn my 12x12 page into an interactive page by creating a folder with the blue 8.5x11 paper. To do so, I scored the longer side about an inch in and adhered it to the back of my 12x12 paper. This is a great way to keep your 12x12 dimensions while also giving you extra space. And you get the added touch of wondering what's behind the page. (Cool, secret stuff!) I also used my newest toy, Fiskars Threading Water punch, to create the scallops. You can see that I brought out some diecuts and stickers for possible use. Nope, they didn't make the cut. You can also see the fish up top still swimming around on my healing mat, waiting to be used.
I'm using my ruler here to place my foam Thickers by American Crafts. Once I had them where I wanted them, I pressed the tops down and peeled back the ruler. You'll still get some wonky letters (m's going askew, etc), but that's easily fixed by nudging them with your finger. (If you want to fix them, that is. Sometimes that wonky look is exactly what you want.)
The left side of the page was blank and needed a little kick. I wanted to keep a large portion of white space (negative space that allows a layout to breath) but also wanted a small something there. I tried the fish, but they were too overwhelming. So back to the healing mat they went. I went with couple of stripes of patterned paper and chipboard accent, which added the touch I was looking for.
For the inside of the folder, I wanted a good amount of images along with plenty of journaling space. My photos were all 4x6s and that wouldn't work here, so I opened up Photoshop, resized the images, added a title and printed it out on white card stock. That piece went on top of the fish patterened paper. Yay, fishes! They weren't the originals that were cut out, but sometimes you have to compromise on a design. :)
Supplies: Scenic Route Grafton paper and chipboard accent; American Crafts Thickers (foam and Poolside vinyl); font, Helvetica Neue; software, Photoshop CS3
I'd love to see how everyone else approaches their pages. Take pictures or just talk about your process. If you do take pictures, link us to your blog so we can peek!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Here is a quick look at the 1st project that I have finished with the new kit. The papers Kathryn picked from the Scenic Route Grafton line are perfect for any summer LO! The bright cheerful colors are easy to use and the patterned papers coordinate so well. On this LO I added the buttons on the "sun rays" to make them pop and used one of the the summertime stickers as the center of the "sun". I used the Zip Dry Glue that is available at ScrapbooksPlus to adhere the buttons and the photo corners down.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
So the other night I was out at ScrapbooksPlus cropping with Kim and another friend of ours. We're out there pretty much every Wednesday night -- just cropping, chatting, and, of course, shopping. We were talking with Pam and we realized that we have not had any giveaways or RAKs on the blog yet.
So, I'm going to change all that!
Do you remember this darling little notebook?
Well, it could be yours! I had a ton of fun making this little notebook, and I'm going to share it with one of our lovely readers. If you'd like to enter to receive the notebook, leave a comment on this post with either a question for the Design Team or an idea for some content you'd like to see, as well as some way to contact you if you are the winner (name, email, link to your blog). We'd love to hear from you!
At 6:00 p.m. next Friday (June 6th), I'll have my husband pick a name randomly from the comments to receive the notebook. I'll contact the winner to make arrangements for you to pick up the book at ScrapbooksPlus if you're local, or to mail the book to you if you're one of our world-traveling readers.
We'd love for you to help us make this your blog -- one you'd love to come to for tips, projects and more. Please drop us a line and let us know how we're doing and what type of content you'd like to see in the future. We'd love to hear from you!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
In addition, Kathryn's duties as Designer of the Month include making a project for you to do on your own. She has designed a fun summery mini album (mini-albums are her specialty) and has included all the Grafton papers and embellishments necessary, along with photos and instructions, to complete the project. Starting mid-month, you can see this specially-designed take-home Design Team Project behind the front counter and buy it while supplies last!
Our first Designer of the Month, Erin Saravia, already has a nifty Design Team Project for you to try. As May's Designer, she created a clever little photo album, small and sturdy enough for your purse, using a cardstock-folding formula that you can repeat easily for many more cute albums. Included in her project kit are instructions and all the supplies, including Jenni Bowlin papers and Erin's own hand-painted and hand-sewn flowers. This project is currently available at the front counter while supplies last!
The Design Team members are enjoying all your comments and hope to see many more to buoy our creative enthusiasm and to guide us as we share our ideas. Please scroll down and read past posts, too. Don't miss the giveaway, offered on May 30th, of Kathryn's fantabulous handmade "notes" book with My Mind's Eye papers. On June 6th, a winner will be picked from those who leave us comments on that May 30th post! Join us as we build this creative site together!