Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thanks so much to everyone for participating in this month's challenge. We loved seeing the pages you all submitted - what a creative bunch! The Page Map Challenge has been our most popular and we had a tough time deciding between all the entries. Be sure you check back tomorrow when Designer Michelle Coffee debuts the new kit and challenge for November.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I loved the corrugated letters this month. I loved the endless possibilities with them. Just off the top of my head I can think of several things you could do with these kraft corrugated letters by Jilly Bean Soup.
- diamond glaze
Have you thought about what you would do with them?
I decided to use a quote that I love - in typical me fashion I didn't really plan ahead. SO... didn't have enough letters, but Scrapbooks-Plus has a very generous Design Team and they helped me out with the letters I was missing, thanks guys!
I also never know what I am designing until I sit down with my project. I am not a person to spend hours/days on my layouts or even to plan them out before hand. Once I got my letters down I knew that I needed to POP my letters a little more or else they were going to get lost on the layout. Of course, I didn't realize this until my letters were all placed down on the layout! OH CRUD, now what? I have to be honest, I didn't know if it would work or not but I just took my Staz-On black ink and rubbed it over the top of my letters, crossed my fingers and went to town. Guess what? It worked! I was super excited and ended up loving how it turned out! The good thing was I didn't have to hold each individual piece and get ink all over my hands, and I would love to tell you that this was all premediated. I'm not that organized!
Have a great weekend - enjoy your Halloween and be safe!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
So here is my challenge to you... celebrate a less-than-obvious relationship in your family. Perhaps it's a pet, a neighbor, a teacher, or someone that you just can't believe hasn't been featured yet on a page in your scrapbook.
thanks for stopping by,
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
For the chipboard leaf, I used a little red paint mixed with metallic gold paint (and water of course to keep it wet longer). I sprinkled the main body of the leaf with Carnelian. Garnet would have worked equally as well. I sprinkled the edges with Florentine Gold and Copper mixed for a more "natural" look.
You can see the beautiful results. To keep your piece from getting glitter all over your envelope, scrapbook and/or face, spray it with two coats of White Rain hair spray (the cheaper the hair spray, the better!) Remember that hair spray is not acid free, so keep the piece away from your pictures in your scrapbook.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thank You, Erin for an awsome page map...I loved it and new exactly what I was going to do with it...
I love that we were all handed the same exact paper and the same page map and they all were handed the same map...
Have you ever scrapped with friends and done this...Sometimes when I get a chance to crop with my sister we do this. Amazing how different we all do...I can't wait to see everyones layouts the did the challenge, and if you didn't do it this month, try next month as we got another page map and it is just as fun.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I liked sprinkling multiple Jounaling Sprouts across the pages - different shapes and sizes, but I tied them together by inking the edges with the same ink.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I really really loved the chipboard bird this month. I wanted to do something fun with it, so I decided to make a minibook about music (birds - songs - right?).
I had a hard time picking paper for this - so I decided to use all of it! I grabbed my square punch and went to town, fitting as many patterns on my cover as I could. There are two ways to do this: (1) you can adhere them directly to the bird then once the glue is dry cut off the extra with a sharp craft knife. Or, (2) you can adhere the squares to a scrap piece of paper, trace the bird outline onto your squares, cut out, then adhere.
For the interior pages, I printed out my photos onto glossy paper then traced the outline of the bird shape right onto my photos. I covered the back of each photo with patterned paper.
And you'll notice that I used that square collage on several pages - including one of my photos. If you have iTunes you can copy the album cover artwork with a simple click. I did that about eight times and arranged them in Photoshop Elements before printing it out on the sheet.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Not only did I rotate the sketch, but I flipped it horizontally so it better fit my embellishments:
And here's my layout. Other than rotating & flipping, I stayed pretty true to it.
In addition to the kit, I picked up this cool fabric tree at Scrapbooks Plus. I loved the polka dots on the tree (well, OK, I seem to have a thing for polka dots, period)!
To make the Jillibean corregated alphas stand out a bit more I lightly inked them by rubbing Distress Ink over the top. It really accentuates the ridges.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
When I talk about Stretching Your Supplies, I actually mean it two ways:
First, the obvious: making those supplies go as far as possible. Here I punched circles out of the various patterned papers and lined them up. This is a good solution to not enough paper left and a good way to use many patterns all at once. All of the white balances it out while the simple black line gives it a ground so that it doesn't float away.
Second, and a little less obvious: drawing your eye across the page visually. This is done with the line of circles starting at the top and continuing across the bottom, with the title split up and gradually guiding you across the page, and finally with the green photo mats. All of the mats touch each other giving you a pathway from left to right. Cutting a custom piece that went under each photo would be challenging... but overlapping and touching each individual photo mat works perfectly.
thanks for stopping by!
PS. I am guessing at the title per my high school German... so I hope it's right! :)
Monday, October 19, 2009
On this layout, I tore strips of different kraft papers and some black cardstock. I inked all the torn edges that would show with Mocha Mama Chalk ink from Quick Quotes. On a plain sheet of cardstock (kraft or otherwise - it doesn't matter), I layered the strips and glued the back edges, leaving the front edges unglued. Then I sewed the outer edges about 1/4" from the torn edge. I used long, straight stitches. Once I had the edges sewn, I "curled" them up. I used my finger to bend the edges up over the stitching for a really distressed, "curled" look. It really is quite easy. A very simple layout without too much measuring or cutting. The more inaccurate the measurement, the better! As long as you fill your 12x12 paper edge to edge, you're good to go!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tyson at the Pumpkin Patch. I love scrappin' my nephews because they are so photogenic. These are some of my faves from his first trip to the pumpking patch last year. I've been sort of into making my own embellishments lately, in case you haven't noticed. For this layout I wanted a pumpkin, but one that was more dimensional than a cricut cut-out. Soooo, just a quick 3 ovals punched out, inked and layered with a few pop-dots, and there ya go! A pumpkin that looks almost as good as the real thing! (Ok, well maybe not, but it looks great on a layout! :-)
Friday, October 16, 2009
Design Team's Customer Challenge
Every month the Design Team gets to play with fabulous new papers and products to create a 1 page layout, a 2 page layout, a card and an altered item.
Now, we invite you, the customer to play along in our new ***Monthly Challenge***!!
The rules for this month's challenge are pretty simple:
1. Come by the store and pick up some supplies (the papers and products we used for this month will be available on the 1st at a special display in the Crop Room.)
2. Create a layout (1 or 2 page) in which the majority of the materials used are from this month's kit.
3. Complete and post your project by the 21st. On the 1st of every month, the Designer of the Month has a post where she reveals the new kit.
4. The winning layout will be featured on our blog so check back on the last day of the month to see if you won! Won? Yes! A prize will be awarded - a gift certificate to ScrapbooksPlus!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Make sure you stop by Scrapbooks Plus and check out the DT Wall!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I picked this picture to scrap because it is one of my favorite pictures of my Mushu. Who we also call our Mini Moo, not that there is a full size one anywhere it is just what my son calls him... :)
I used one of the journal pages and cut it into strips for my notes. The title is on a journal block. When I was editing the photo I used the text option to journal a little on the photo as well. I inked the papers and everything up before putting it all down to make it look a little dirty, and old...not a fan of inking but I think that it worked for me this time :)
Monday, October 12, 2009
The cover is a transparent sheet that was rubber stamped with Stazon in leaf designs. Leaf shapes were punched and glued to the layers. Two holes (made with the Crop-a-dile) in the top are used to thread a 12” length of ribbon to hold the journal together. This gave me the chance to use the memo sheets to record my memories about reading books and sharing with family and friends. The “Autumn Memories” is a Karen Foster sticker. Now, if I can only find the time to journal the season’s activities, I will have a keepsake. This could be an idea for a journal for each season, too.
I could not get the photos into this blog; please view the Scrapbooks Plus Design Team Wall on the website for the pictures of the journal. WWW.Scrapbooks-plus.com
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I love for stripes to run up and down on a page...and i love to fussy cut...so it was perfect there was something to fussy cut and there was strips...
I used the core'dinations paper, to make the card itself...and then sanded it a little so that you could see the yellow-orange color as well.
I love this card...Did you make a card for World Card day?
Monday, October 5, 2009
The papers are great for "fussy cutting" - cutting out part of a pattern. I used a large flower from the Roasted Pumpkin on my first card. Then, I thought the green circles from the Chopped Parsley would make a great tree, so I added a hand-drawn trunk & branches and a few leftover red dots for apples (what can I say - we've been spending a lot of time at the farmers' market).
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I really loved the Jillibean Soup corrugated alphabet, but when I put my title down with just the kraft color, it didn't have enough "pop". I decided to ink the letters in black to tie it into the black capes and costumes that are in my photo. I also put some googly eyes in the "o"s of spook. The black ink worked really well and helped the letters pop right off the page!
Stop my Scrapbooks Plus and pick up some the papers that we used this month and show off your work!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
For the title - One of my favorite products from Jillibean Soup is the corrugated alphabet!! You will see in my other layouts this month that I played around with some different techniques on this embellishment. For this particular layout, I just swiped the letters with an orange ink pad and sat back and enjoyed the results! I like mixing up different fonts and textures, so I added vinyl thickers from American Crafts for "chick". I used my Base Camp Cricut cartridge to cut the rather large numeral "1" from coordinating blue cardstock and ran it through a paper crimper to match the corrugated alpha. Voila!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I also "mixed in" some papers from Anna Griffin and the "Boo To You" line from My Mind's Eye, because how can you scrap for October and not include Halloween?
We are really looking forward to seeing what your pages look like! For the DT Challenge this month we are providing you with a page map to use for your layout. We are also offering another incentive - a "free with purchase" bonus! I will post a picture of it tomorrow, so make sure you check back. Once you see how the DT used it on their projects you will definitely be inspired.
.So come on into the store, check out The Wall, choose your papers, pick up a page map and get "cooking" - there is another Gift Certificate up for grabs!!!
(and yes, I will probably continue to "pepper" my blogs for the rest of the month with references to cooking - oops! I did it again!)