Sunday, March 29, 2009
I typically really struggle with double layouts. I just don’t do them so I am always looking for inspiration. I found this sketch some place or another ( I believe it was Creating Keepsakes) and it caught my eye. I would be able to display lots of different papers as well as display lots of pictures. I used different sized plates as the templates for my circles.
This layout was simple but fun. I think I may add another circle to do some journaling.
That brings up a question – do you ever go back and add things to your layouts or do you just let it be and move onto something else?
When a pair a large blossoms ended up in our kits this month, I vowed that I would put them to good use. An easy way to make an extra special card is to feature a beautiful flower on it. For this card I used the peacock cardstock sticker from Basic Grey's Marrakech line underneath the flower to add an extra layer. You can't even tell that it's a peacock since peacock's tail looks like a flower peaking out from behind the real thing! I used a piece of knotted ribbon as the flower's center and took some step by step photos to show you an easy technique.
First, you'll need some ribbon - anything opaque will work for this. Find a brad in your stash that is a little bit smaller in diameter than the width of your ribbon. I usually try to find a brad that is a similar color to my ribbon just in case it shows a little bit.
Now take your paper piercer and make a hole in the center of your length of ribbon.
Gently push the brad through the hole...
... and place the brad and ribbon together on your project, attaching it securely.
Now you just tie a half square knot and trim the ends of the ribbon and you have a beatifully embellished card with a nice, full knot in the center that won't come loose after a little handing by USPS! :)
Friday, March 27, 2009
When our family last visited New York in May 1995, there was a magnificent skyline, including the dominate Twin Towers. The Empire State Building gave us a vantage to take photos of the city. Our trip was planned to attend the Broadway play, "Having Our Say" at the National Theatre. Yellow taxis offered daring rides in Manhattan. We saw MOMA, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. I posed next to a bronze statue outside our hotel.
The journaling was printed on photo paper on the computer in Microsoft Publisher fonts Ariel and Broadway. The boxes of text were given a dark background fill. Each text box was trimmed to fit the spaces.
I used the striped paper from the Marrakech line to offer color and emphasis of direction. The blue cardstock is Basic Grey Marrakech blue. Dark rectangles lend themselves to support the vertical skyscrapers in the photos. When you want to accent the photos, leave the background solid.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Cards!!! I love to make cards, espiceally when I can use awesome matching stickers!! I loved this set that came with the kit this month. The key to making a sticker work is ALWAYS to ink the sticker! Now maybe you can find more uses for those stickers that we all have laying around!
Monday, March 23, 2009
I must say that I love having all the resources at Scrapbooks Plus at my fingertips when I scrap. The ferns on the bottom right are from an Accu-cut die in the classroom. I decided to add a little dimension by cutting them from chipboard, which is always available at the front counter. I used the Cricut Expression to super-size the elephant and I cut the palm trees using the store's Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. It was beyond easy to find the right shades of cardstock since I was right there, and running a tab on my supplies as I worked meant it was quick, too. It goes without saying that there were all kinds of creative and friendly people around when I needed input. It was just fun!
The fancy-shmancy picture frame on the 2nd page was actually from the die-cut sticker sheet. It started out life as a journaling block. I cut out the center with an exacto knife, added some bling, mounted it on the Palace Blue paper, and popped it up over a matte of African Nectar - I just love saying the name of that paper! I do plan to add journaling when I get the LO home. It will go above and below the small picture on the far right...maybe handwritten with some metallic gold ink, which I think will really "pop" off of the Green Tea paper - the shading on this stuff is awesome!
Here's a bit of trivia - you can tell what country an elephant originated from by looking at his ears. The ears on an African elephant are shaped like the continent of Africa. The ears on an Indian elephant are smaller and similar in shape to India. Interesting...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I used the Basic Grey papers to make a minibook of our recent trip out to California. The chipboard book is Maya Road. It's an accordian book and it comes with the o-rings already holding the pages together. These kind of minibooks are easy to display, but if you want to keep it folded you can easily tie a ribbon on one of the loops and wrap it around.
Minibooks are fun -- and easy to make if you use a consistent sketch for each page. My first decision was to leave part of the chipboard page showing around the edges. This saved time because I didn't have to take all the pages apart. However, if you don't like the raw chipboard you could always paint it first or use a spray such as Glimmer Mist to coat the background.
Next, I decided on a scheme. I divided my page into thirds - the top 1/3 and the bottom 2/3 (well, except for one page). I alternated blocks of patterned paper and photos, rounding the corners. To divide the two sections I used a strip of ribbon or border stickers from the Basic Grey sticker sheet.
After I had the pages assembled I pulled a few buttons and sticker flowers to embellish a few of the pages. I used a journaling stamp on some of the paper for my journaling.
The back side of the accordian book:
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I also used the black crystal swirls from Fancy Pants I picked up at Scrapbooks Plus and layered some of the stickers from the Basic Grey sheet around the corner of my photo.
For this layout I used the smaller strip underneath my photo. It provides a nice contrast with the floral pattern of the Basic Grey paper. The large flower was made from layers of the stickers, a fabric flower, and a button. And the bottom of the flower isn't even a flower - it's a bird sticker!
Friday, March 20, 2009
For my layout, I layered a number of the die-cuts together with a flower cut from the patterned paper. A sprig of rubons from My Mind's Eye - Laundry Line was the perfect color match. I added a few die-cut stickers over top of the rubon to help tie it all together.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Journaling is always a challenge for me, I actually journaled on both layouts this month and that is a rare occasion for me. Usually my idea of journaling is writing the person's name under the picture. But I have found one way to make journaling more enjoyable..... the computer! I have learned that I can type it, fix all the mistakes, play with fonts, and then print out pretty, neat journaling that looks great! You can print right onto colored cardstock. I usually use MSWord and put my journaling into text boxes. When you use a text box, you can format the size to make it fit where you need it to. For this layout, I made a box the size I wanted and then made several boxes with each piece of it, like "play" was in it's own box and "ball" was in another. That way you can move them around, then when you have it all the way you want it, just right-click on format text box and remove the lines. Voila!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I had so much fun at "Hockey 'n Heels" at the Kettler center, so I wanted to create a fun layout to express it! I liked the idea of using a large picture as my center point, so I balanced it out by creating scalloped circles with the rest of the pictures that I wanted to use. I also wanted to spice up the rest of the page so I cut freehanded the splash shapes, cut them out in paper and chipboard, inked them, and then layered them in! Next time you want a little more demention, try adding chipboard to accents and pictures to create depth!
Monday, March 16, 2009
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Perhaps you subscribe to the ol' "a picture paints a thousand words" theory, and therefore, don't bother with journaling. Or maybe the idea of trying to match words to your feelings and experiences is just overwhelming. I hear a lot of scrappers say that the most difficult part of the craft, is journaling. It doesn't have to be.
I have inherited scrapbooks and photo albums from both of my grandmothers. 'Know what I treasure even more than the photos? The bits and pieces of their lives I find stashed between the pages; shopping lists, receipts, birth announcements. I even found handwritten budgets my grandmother made for herself while my gradfather was dying in a Texas hospital in the 1930s.
These are mudane and amazing bits of their real lives. They touch me deeply, surprise me, and help me to understand what their lives were really like. I love these women even more as I learn about the trivialites they delt with, and the challenges they boldly faced.
Keep that in mind the next time you try to decide what to journal. It doesn't have to be profound or life changing... just real!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I love the blue/black paper combination of the Sencha paper from the Marrakech. I found that Coredinations black paper with the blue core went really well with it. I ran a piece of the cardstock through an embossing folder and sanded it really well until the blue core showed. It gave great texture and dimension to the page.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I love to have a current picture of my little boy on my desk in my office. This picture frame is the perfect way to do so. It was easy to put together and only took a short while to do so.
I popped out the glass painted the edge...a raw edge is so ugly. I added adhesive to the paper remember when you make your own to add adhesive around where your window is. :)
Then I cut his name (rather what we call him), again I used the Storybook Cricut cartridge that I borrowed from Laura. (Thanks Laura, I love it and I am gonna have to get my own.) Then I added the Diamond glaze and sprinkled with the Martha Steward glitter. I LOVE THAT STUFF! Pick up a bottle from Scrapbooks Plus if you haven't done so already. I layered the flowers added a button and called it done.
Now when all is said and done, I have a simple frame to take to my desk and bring the one that is there home and redo all over again. Simple is really the way to go for my desk at work, all the ladies at the office want to touch it and want to look at how things are glued on. You can make these as elaborate or as simple as you like. Check out Leah's. She really did a beautiful job on her's and it is the same frame. We didn't plan that...Though fun to see what we both did with it.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Journaling - Seaport Village: In the fall of 2006 we vacationed in California. San Diego was delightful with the sunny weather & so much to do & see. Seaport Village provided many joyful & quiet hours of watching boats & ships in the San Diego Bay. We walked from the hotel. At left, the Coronado Bridge spans the bay behind the colorful sailboats.
Old Town: The two bottom photos show the stark white building contrasting with the colorful flowers and umbrellas at the Rancho el Nopal Restaurant with palm trees in the background.
Trying to fit the photos on this page was a challenge. I overlapped them to gain space for the stickers to show. The journaling was printed on photo paper.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I got this great idea from my love, Tim Holtz. I used paper, distress inks, paint, and crakle paint to create this frame for my mom and I. I love taking all of the little pieces and putting them together to get a finished product. Each piece was prepaired on chipboard and distressed to get the nice weathered/muted effect! You can find "family" on the cricut home accents cartridge and then I just added a little stickles to "bling" it up!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
If you are anything like me, you adore printed paper. I have enough printed paper in my stash to complete albums for the next 10 generations. (And I'm always in the market for more....)
But sometimes, working with printed paper can present a challenge. especially if the prints are big and bold like Basic Grey's new Marrakech.
It's easy to let those gorgeous prints steal the stage from the real focal point; your photos. So here are a few tips that I've learned about working with printed paper, without upstaging those family faces.
1. More is Less. It's true in life, it's true when in comes to printed paper. If you want to indulge is big prints and bright colors, use them sparingly. You can actually play up the print more if you use less.
2. Balance it out with Card Stock. Next time you are at Scrapbooks Plus, and are turning cartwheels over the latest Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, or Wild Asparagus prints (a few of my faves!) head immediately to the back and collect coordinating solid card stock. And don't just go for the deep hues. Sometimes a neutral shade will make that print pop!
3. Create Your Own Matching Embellishments. Because I love prints so much, I am always looking for new ways to add it to my layouts, without overpowering my photos. One of my favorite tricks is to pick the prettiest part of the print, (or the part that best matches my theme) and turn it into a one of a kind chipboard embellishment.
Just glue it onto a piece of cardboard (I highly recommend using ZipDry, Debbie always keeps it in stock!) and cut around it by hand. It doesn't have to be perfect. Then use a file to knock down weird angles or the uneven parts. Finish it off by inking around the edges in a coordinating, darker shade.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
For this layout, I hand cut elements from Masala Bella paper to create a half frame for the focal photo of the gorgeous view of the Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai peak - the first one in the Napali chain. The design itself was inspired (sort of) from a layout by Nic Howard (love her work!). What I thought was so cool about her design was the handcut "file folder" mat under the smaller photo with the tab providing just enough space for a caption. So I just had to recreate that element in my design. (I could have added more journaling in the file folder under the photo if I wanted to). For the journaling, I printed it on cream cardstock, cuts the lines out and inked them with "Blue Moon" Powder Puff Chalk ink from Quick Quotes. The navy "brads" that highlight the second line of journalling are not brads at all - they are Candy Dots by Pebbles Inc., and are available in a host of colors - black, white, green, red, etc. - you can find them in the NEW section at Scrapbooks-Plus. They are my new best friend - I've been using them like crazy in my layouts these past two weeks - They look like brads - without having to poke any holes - and really stick. Love 'em!
Friday, March 6, 2009
For me a 1-page layout is the perfect way for me to keep some of my favorite pictures in one piece. I don’t really like to cut my pictures. So when I have a favorite picture I will usually do a one page layout. I find that another time for me to do single page layouts is when I have a professional photo. Frequently, I purchase every picture in a package, knowing that I have no need for that many pictures, however, how can I not get all of them, after all they are all so cute. :o) Aren’t we all guilty of that?
Here my letters are cut with the Storybook cartridge from my Cricut. (Thanks Laura) After I cut the letters out I used glossy accent (which you can get at Scrapbooks-Plus) and covered the letters, once the letters had the glossy accent I sprinkled heavy with the Marta Stewart glitter, let dry for a few moments, and tap excess off. Simple! And pretty even for a BOY!
By the way for those of you who don't know...Bumbo is the name of the seat that baby Boy is sitting in. It is not what we call him. He loved that chair and would sit in it on the kitchen counter while I cooked, or fixed his bottle. HE LOVED that chair!
***Just as a side note, if you have not tried the Marta Stewart glitter you are missing out. Run down to Scrapbooks-Plus, and pick yourself up a bottle. You will not be disappointed. This is the best glitter I have ever played with. It is so smooth, and pretty, and sticks really well to the paper!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I, like Susie, really like the Cardamon paper in Basic Grey's Marrakech collection. And sometimes a little is all you need. In my layout the stripes complement the other colors in my photos beside the blues. And I had a little fun with the strip, adding Thickers, a few buttons, and a bit from the Basic Grey sticker strips to turn it into a lightsaber.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Using the Marrakech line from Basic Grey this month was pure heaven! With three boys to scrap for, I fell in love with the vibrant blues, oranges and browns of the line. I loved the pieces of the Sencha paper that came with the kit. It worked so well with the older pictures of the twins from 2003. I used my Mocha Mama ink to tone down the brightness of the paper just a bit and to grunge up the edges. In this LO I also used my sewing machine and tore the edges of the paper to add some texture and dimension to the page. For my journaling spot, I used a bracket frame from Clear Scraps and stamped on the edges of the acrylic with a stamp that is from the Marrakech line and some StazOn Jet Black ink.
Stop by Scrapbooks Plus and check out the Design Team wall. The Design Team projects are beautiful this month!