Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's challenge.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's challenge.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I'm not sure if you can read the journaling, but Serbin Church is the oldest Lutheran church in the state of Texas.... and it has the highest pulpit of any church in Texas - up on the second floor looking down! Just a little intimidating! :)
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The best part is seeing all the designs that our friends come up with. This part is great...I have seen some really beautiful designs come out of our friends this month and can't wait to see who the winner is.
Thank you all for playing along with us...Check back on the first to see what the next page map is...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I love the way my title for the 5 things LO I did. Not only did I love using the different fonts, I really tried to change up the way each part of the title looked. For each different word I ended up trying to use a different technique. For the number 5, I cut out some Grunge Paper with my Cricut, painted it with a Copper Adirondack Dabber and put on a layer of Ranger Crackle paint in Rock Candy. For the words things and about, I altered my Thickers by adding some dimension with Ranger Glossy Accent. For the word love, I stamped out the word with a brown ink and covered it with Distress Stickles. I really love using the Ranger and Adirondack brands to add some pop to all my LOs. ScrapbooksPlus has a great variety of their products!
ScrapbooksPlus is putting out a DT call! If you are interested in trying out for the Design Team stop by ScrapbooksPlus, purchase a specially priced kit made for the DT call starting Dec 1st! Stop by the ScrapbooksPlus website for more information.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I also used one of the epoxy stickers to attach my vellum quote. I am always searching for ways to adhere vellum and this tied it all together and added a much needed punch of color in the lower right corner.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
A layout like this is easy to do. Start with two sheets of cardstock. Then grab four 4x6 photos (although for the bottom one I merged two together - gotta make sure I've got both kids!). After lining up your four photos, add a four inch block of patterned paper to the right of your photos with a two inch block next to it. I used a border punch for a scalloped edge. My title was quite long, so I added a third strip of patterned paper in my photo block to hold the rest of it. A little journaling strip, a flower or two and you're done!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
This month's page map was challenging for me, as I tend towards more simpler designs. However, with a few slight alterations to the sketch, I made it work for me. Don't feel like you have to copy a sketch exactly -- if something isn't working, alter it! For example, instead of having several blocks of overlapping paper, I combined them into a square collage of photos and paper. I used a circle cutting guide to lightly draw a circle around my layout and journaled on that line.
I used half of a Prima ?? that I picked up at Scrapbooks Plus. I just cut off enough for it to fit over my patterned paper square.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I really enjoy sewing on layouts... actually I enjoy sewing on layouts more than sewing with fabric. Many people are afraid to do this... so I put together a few hints to make it less scary.
- Set you sewing machine's stitch length a little longer than you would use for fabric. Mine is set on 3 for paper (and 2.5 for fabric).
- Always practice on scraps of paper first.... every time. I've made a few errors in the past when I neglected to check the stitch setting and accidentally left the machine on zigzag.
- Remember you can only stitch as far into the paper as your machine bed. Curling the paper up to get a little further over isn't really a good idea. Sometimes I may have to end a row of stitching and flip the paper around to do the next row from the other side. No one will know the difference except you.
- Tack your paper in place with a little glue (not under where you will be stitching) or a binder clip to keep it from shifting.
- Take your time. Once you stitch, there's no going back... so be sure of where you want to start and stop. Advance the needle by hand at the beginning and end of rows to get it in the right place.
Finishing off when sewing on paper is different than when you are using fabric too. Leave yourself long tails at the beginning and end of your stitching.
Flip the paper to the back and gently pull on the bobbin tail. This will pull a little loop of your top thread to the back. Pull thread through.
Now tie your two ends together in a knot. I usually trim the ends short and cover with a piece of acid-free tape.
thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Now back to the best part of scrapbooking - paper and paste! Except for the dark brown craft paper (Anna Griffin) and cardstock, everything on this layout is from the SEI Moravia line of papers and embellishments. I used a number of epoxy elements as well from the kit. I know a lot of our readers like that crazy distressed look I add to my pages. On this layout it is on those crazy circles. The key to getting this distressed look on circles is to run your finger nail over the edges like you would use a scissor blade to curl ribbon. The effect is similar on the paper edge; it makes it curl up. Do this before you apply chalk ink to the edges. The ink used on this layout was Powder Puff chalk ink in Amaretto by Quick Quotes.
Hope this inspires you to get together your layout for this month's challenge. And to create some very distressed circles!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Here is a 8 1/2 x 11 LO that I did of my twins from when they were much younger. I really enjoy doing 81/2 x 11 LOs. They have become my go to page when I have a photo that I really want to stand out and don't have a enlargement of that particular picture.
Check out the DT wall and see all the different sized pages that the designers are coming up with.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I love page maps. I always try to either use one that someone else has designed or make one up on my own. I used to not sketch mine out, but have recently started to. I think it keeps me on track and helps me get my scrapping done! I also find that using a page map can also help with scrapper's block~ something I think I have suffered from frequently lately!
This month's page map designed by Misty was fun to use. What I really look forward to is when I get to see the other DT member's LO using the same sketch. It amazes me how we can all have the same sketch and it comes out looking so varied! I really loved Susie's interpretation this month. She blogged about it on November 2nd. Go to Scrapbooks Plus and check out all the great LOs using Misty's sketch!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sometimes when I get the kits I have no idea what to do with them or where I am going to get the pictures to do them with...
This time was no different... :)The colors were darker then I would normally use, and the patterns were far more bold then I would have used. In the end I loved EVERYTHING that I made...Thanks Michelle for the challenge... :)
So I decided that little pieces were the best idea for me. I cut the scallop out of a album that I had...just traced it and had a scallop...(as my little boy would say ter-der...)
I glimmer misted the solid bottom to give it some brown colors. I love the look and the visit from Jen Starr inspired me.
Still it was lacking...the floweres were in the kit but they were FAR to white for me...so I glimmer misted them as well...and then added the stickers for the middle pieces. They were in the kit as well...
And still the flowers were not enough. So then with the help of some friends and an hour of discussionm of how to make the layout better. We added a block of blue...When that wasn't enough we added the corner pieces, ScrapbooksPlus has an amazing punch in the classroom that does two different pieces on the same punch so i used them both one i cut the velvet with (I love that stuff) and then a brown corner and layered them. When that was all done...it felt to open so I drew lines around it to close it all in...Thanks Enid...it worked great...
Add a picture and and ter-der all done... :)
Oh yeah and just in case you were wondering...
41 Days Till Christmas
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I love this picture of my nephew. It was his first day of preschool this year and it amazed me at the difference between this year's 1st day photo and last year's. He's grown up so much! He's no baby anymore, he's such a little man now.
All you need is velvet, a rubber stamp (clear will NOT work), and an iron with the steam off. Place the stamp image up, velvet side down over the image. Place the iron on top and gently rub, it only takes about 15-20 seconds to get a deep image. If you leave the iron on too long it will melt the velvet.
Lift the velvet carefully to check the image, if it's not deep enough you can place it right back down and add a little more heat.
Here's the finished product. I just kept emobssing the same image, rotating it each time so it sort of flowed down the page. It's a little more florally than I would normally use on a boy's page, but it was perfect for this technique.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I tried out a floral embossing plate for the background and like it so much that I used another one for my sentiment. To make the center of the flower I just used a circle punch after embossing. The rest of the flower is a bit of leftover Jillibean paper from October's kit.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The idea for the tail feathers for this little bird comes from a design by Nic Howard, one of my favorite designers. She used it in a layout she published earlier this year. Building on her concept, I cut the "feathers" from the same card stock that I used for the background. I simply folded the card stock in half and cut an arc from the folded edge. This technique is much like the way we use to make perfect hearts when we were in grammar school. Once I cut the "feathers" out, I unfolded them and sewed them along the fold with brown thread for a more eye-catching look, and then inked the edges with brown chalk-ink from Quick Quotes. I repeated the technique using patterned paper, folding it as I did the card stock and cutting smaller versions to fit in the top of each feather (I didn't sew these!). I adhered the pieces together with a small jeweled brad and glued them down using Zip Dry. I put the glue just on the fold so the feathers would sit up. The heart is cut free hand from K&Company patterned paper and the edges glittered with Martha Stewart Florentine Gold Fine Glitter. The epoxy stickers (there are three used here) are from the SEI Moravia line. The rub on is from the Basic Grey Wisteria line. Any flourish rub-on will work fine. And the feather is real. Zach and I found it on our recent trip to Skyline Drive (where all these pictures were taken)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Christmas is coming have you been thinking of all those homemade gifts that you would love to give. ScrapbooksPlus Crops would be a great opportunity for you to get out of the house and start working on those gifts...Sign up early, space is limited.
Santa Clause is coming for a his annual visit to ScrapbooksPlus. Come on December 5th from 12:30-4:30. They will have light snacks and drinks available. As well as a page kit ready for you to slap a photo of your child and Santa on.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So, I pulled out a few pictures of my daughter to document one of her "games" - grabbing anyone's face and saying "chubby cheeks."
I also had a bit of fun playing with the velvety/suede paper in the kit. Gotta die cut machine? This paper is great for embossing! I used my cuttlebug on the paper and came up with the blue circle at the top. You'll be seeing more embossing from me this month - it's easy to get carried away :)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I really enjoyed the papers in this month's kit. I loved the rich browns and blues, plus the copper accents. I was reading Creating Keepsakes this past month and they had an article about the 10 pages that you should have in your scrapbooks. This really hit home to me. I always do the major holidays, birthdays, vacations, etc but I haven't been doing many pages about how I feel about things or about everyday things. So I decided that I would do a page about the 5 things I love about each of my boys. I left plenty of space for journaling so that I can record my 5 things!
I decided that I would use some Copper Stickles to help pull the letters together with the copper in the paper. I think it really worked well. For this title I went outside of my comfort zone and mixed fonts. I really like the way it came out. Also, I put some Glossy Accents from Ranger on the Thicker letters that came in the kit. I thought that it gave the letters some needed dimension for the title.
Don't forget about the DT challenge! Pick up the papers and our page map and get creating~ we love to see what you come up with!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Just find a piece to fit behind your accent and use a wet glue to firmly hold it in place. It will give your piece just a little pop off of the page as well as supporting it so it doesn’t get smooshed and lumpy in your albums.
Monday, November 2, 2009
The SEI Moravia papers are so beautiful - I loved working with them. The foiled papers end up making your creations seem so elegant! You can't see the shine in this photograph, but trust me, in real life the effect is so impressive. I also added some bling! with five amber-colored rhinestone brads - see them in the corner of the blue photo mat?
In the kit this month, we also had a piece of lovely blue sueded paper and I used my Cricut to cut the title and the fancy corner embellishment out of that. Scrapbooks Plus has the Storybook cartridge - the flourishes and embellishments on that cart are amazing! New to Cricut? There is usually somebody around to give you a demo - just ask! For those of you already familiar with Cricut, make sure you check out this month's newsletter for details on the new Cricut Club!