Monday, February 28, 2011
My scan went a bit wonky this month, but here's a quick and easy formula for two page layouts. Does having lots of photos stump you? Or having just a bit too many to fit in a one-page layout? Here's a solution that you can use over and over again.
I had these pictures of my daughter's ballet class. I placed them across the page, tying to line them up close to the middle. Then, I added a block of patterned paper behind the photos, leaving an edge on the right. On the left, a block of a complementary pattern. To balance out the dark floors in my photo, I added a scrap of transparency over the paper.
A tip: when you have photos that span both pages, try to align them so that you don't make a cut through your main subject. Here, I shifted my blocks so that I divided my middle photo just to the left of my daughter.
Once your blocks are set, it's time to embellish. I added a title in dark grey Thickers, and a ribbon crossing the entire block. The ribbon acts like a line, and helps draw the eye across the layout to my title. A bit of embellishing, and I'm happy.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I am teaching a fun technique class that will result in a beautiful keepsake for all those extra snow pics you have lying around.
Canvas is all the rage but what do you do with it? Join me in this technique filled class where you will learn different ways to jazz up that blank canvas. Using various glimmer mist techniques, acrylic paint, & glitter I will help you create this unique album to put all those "snowmageddon" photos in. We will be "Holtzing it up" with metal, grunge, acrylic & handmade flowers. This album is packed with goodies Due to the technical nature of this class no kits are available. Class is limited to 5. Please pick up class list when you sign up. Instructor Karen Bearse. Cost $75. March 6th 11am-4pm. 0219
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
You basically just need cardstock, patterned paper, a craft knife and a scoring board. The card came together so quickly and it looks like I spent a loooong time on it!
Here is a view of the card from the top:
and the full front:It was so much fun to make this card and a great way to use up the scraps of paper!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
As with all Wednesday Make and Takes when you purchase the supplies to make the layout, you’ll receive a free element that you need to complete the layout. This week’s free element is the “Treasure” box that you need for the message “Treasure Springtime.”
This is a quick layout to make with two 4 x 6 pictures and two 6 x 4. In a short time you can have a gorgeous layout with your favorite Spring memories. I plan on including pictures of the things I love about Spring – baseball, flowers, BBQs and golf. Whether you want to scrap spring break, spring fever or just some favorite spring memories, this page will work.
While you’re at the store you can pick up some extra paper from this line. For those that are curious, marjolaine means marjoram in French. Each paper design in this line (and there are lots of them) is named after foods. For example, there is black forest strata, éclair, fudge truffle and buttercream just to name a few. Despite the food names, the primary blue, green and brown papers include flowers, mod designs and classic designs (like plaids, argyle) so there’s something for everyone.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
First, I used a large background stamp of definitions with vintage photo distress ink. I chose a paper with several colors to use as my background paper.
I then took a separate piece of paper and embossed the doily stamp with white detail powder. I chose one with more greens so it would stand out from the background. I layered a flower on top of the stamp.
Finally, the sentiment was also stamped on a scrap of the Kaisercraft paper - green again.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I always find designing 8x8 pages simple and challenging at the same time.
They are simple because they come together so quickly.
The challenge is the limited space. You really have to pick and choose what you will include since space is so limited.
I knew I wanted to include the design on the lower left corner of the paper. I had to include some sort of journaling so it really didn't leave much space for embellishments.
The only real space I had left was around the photo.
I used a paper towel that had been misted with Olive Vine Glimmer Mist and Cotton Candy Chalkboard. I folded the paper towel to create layers and then used a border punch to create this fun border.
I added the A & K brads in the corner of the photo for my title to finish the layout.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Products: Swirly: Prima Say It In Pearls; Flowers: Petaloo; Destiny Charm: Tim Holtz; Letters/Symbols: Thickers and Webster Pages; Brads and Lace (generic brands) – for similar items at Scrapbooks Plus check out the brand new Graphic 45 ribbon pack for the lace and WeR for the brads; Buttons.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
For this month's pagemap, I used two different pieces of the Kaisercraft paper as my background, distressing the edges. The colors of this month's paper were timely, as my daughter's dance class had a parent's day where we could watch and take pictures. Now if I could have only gotten her to untuck her skirt!
I added a My Mind's Eye tag for my journaling, some Prima bling and a Tattered Angels Irrisistable Chipboard bird that I inked. I loved making Tim Holtz's tissue tape flowers, and added one underneath the bird with a Prima flower in the center.
Monday, February 14, 2011
As I thought about it, the maroon and green mosaic pattern seemed perfect for pictures from a trip to Copenhagen. I had gone some time ago and had not had a chance to scrap the pictures so decided to try and capture the essence of Copenhagen on two pages in case this was the only page I ever completed. For me this meant spirals, water, interesting architecture and food.
To provide some focus on the five pictures, I made a large photo-mat for the four smaller pictures. This drew attention but since I had four pictures with different colors, I made a Sizzix frame for each of the four pictures. This highlighted each picture and provided some consistency to the diverse pictures.
But the paper seemed a little flat with the colors of the pictures. I addressed this by spraying a little Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist on papers. This gave the maroon paper a shimmer and made the color go a little better with my pictures.
Many of our blogs have mentioned using Glimmer Mist and I must say, if you’re not using it you are missing out on a really easy way to jazz up your pages. It is one of those things that can seem intimidating but once you start using it you’ll want to use it more and more. An easy way to start is just spraying some on a scrap of the paper you are using. If you like the look, spray it on. I first tried a green on the maroon paper but it made it to dark but the Walnut Gold gave the page a little sparkle. I liked the effect so I used it on the picture frames and the hearts.
For the larger picture on the left page, I didn’t want to reduce its size to fit in the frame used for the other pictures. Instead, I made a photo-mat the same height as the photo-mat used for the other pictures. Adding a strip of scallops at the bottom of the left page added some consistency with the right page. I also rounded the upper left corner of the picture.
The page clearly needed a few embellishments. I used a chipboard heart (made with chipboard pressed onto the Peeled Paint Distress Ink pad to make it green and applied Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist) to substitute for the word “love” in my title. A second heart was used as an exclamation point. Using a clear button, I made a period for the “heart” exclamation point. I simply put Glossy Accents on the bottom of the clear button and affixed it to the mosaic paper. Once it is dry, you simply cut around the button. Using a Danish coin was a fun way to add a little gold and accent the spiral picture. For balance, I used two more buttons on each side of the coin.
Since my pages were so different, I used a strip of ribbon completely across bottom to bring two pages together.
Finally, I filled in with some tags of various papers used in the page.
Even though when I first looked at the papers, I wasn’t thrilled. I really like this page and believe the papers reflect the “old country” well.
The moral of this blog is:
• really think before you reject papers
• use Glimmer Mist
• make embellishments using glossy accents and clear buttons to accent your pages
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I designed this layout using the page map as a template.
I chose to embellish it with lots of flowers.
To make the large flowers in the upper left corner I used the white Color Me Crazy flowers by Petaloo.
I colored the white flowers using Olive Vine Glimmer Mist and Cotton Candy Chalkboard.
Here are the results!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I hope you enjoyed this layout! I’m looking forward to sharing many more with you over the course of the year. I’ll be posting my pages on the 8th, 16th and 25th of every month. Thanks 4 looking (T4L) and Happy Tuesday!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I'm back! Hi I'm Megan and this is my second year on the Design Team. For me scrapbooking is more than a hobby, its a way of life. I dress my kids in clothes that go with papers that I love and want to use. I'll even buy them new cloths if I have to. I plan activities for my family to do so I can take photos to use in my scrapbooks. I'd feel bad about that but my kids have so much fun that I look at it as a win win;) I actually had to join the yearbook committee at the elementary school so that everyone would stop looking at me funny for taking so many photos.
I believe that great products are important for good scrapbook pages and would like to thank Debbie for bringing these products to all of us. We are so lucky to have our store.
I also believe that great photography can tell a story better. And when it comes to telling the story you need to include journaling. This hobby has lead me to develop myself as a photographer and as a story teller. This year I am committed to learning some new computer skills. I'm not trying to become a Digi scrapper, I love the feel of paper too much. I just want to know how to use certain computer tricks to enhance my scrapbooking.
I joined the ScrapbooksPlus Design Team last year and have grown so much as a designer in the process. These girls have so much talent I can't help but be inspired. I am so excited about the new talent this year.
This layout was so much fun to create. I went no holds barred with my Glimmer Mist and Chalkboard Mist and the results are just beautiful!
I was misting and chalking away on the Birthday Girl background that I cut using my Silhouette and paper flowers I cut using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.
Then I remembered the class I took from Lisa Hausman several months back. In that class Lisa had us use a misted paper towel to cut out the shape for an element we used on the cover.
I looked down at the paper towel I had been using while misting
(If you have never misted before then this might not make sense to you.) I added a bit more Chalkboard in places and dried it using my heat gun. I cut some flowers out of the paper towel using the same Tattered Florals die.
I began layering the paper flowers with the paper towel flowers and loved the results. The Olive Vine Glimmer Mist and the Cotton Candy Chalkboard Mist worked so well together and with this paper line.
I had actually never used the chalk and mist together before. I have to say that I love the combination. If you have never misted don't be overwhelmed. There are several great tutorial on all of the Tattered Angels paint products on line. To check out a good one I found this morning click here. She goes into a lot of different techniques and I learned a few new things too. Be sure to check out part two by clicking here.
I did notice that she did not mention using a craft mat, only refers to it later in the demonstration. It is very important to use a craft mat. If you don't own one, GET ONE! They are wonderful. Nothing sticks. Everything come right off. Paint, ink, glue, everything. Even if you don't mist you need one of these mats. They are always in stock at the store but you might not notice them so just ask!
And as far as misting goes I have to tell you if you haven't done it you really, really, really should try it. There are a lot of new products coming out that you will want to mist. I heard Prima is coming out with a White line specifically for Glimmer Mist. Other companies are moving in that direction too. You know when you are looking for an embellishment in just the right color but can't find what you're looking for, well now you can make it yourself. I predict that misting is going to get really big, so big you can't ignore it anymore! Sort of like computers which is the whole reason I own one. I tried to ignore them but I couldn't and look, now I'm a blogger;)
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Let me take a moment and introduce myself... some of you may know me as the Copic Marker instructor at Scrapbooks Plus. I have been crafting of some sort for as long as I can remember. My Mom always had craft supplies around the house when I was young so I naturally had to get into them and start creating! I have been 'officially' scrapbooking for about 5 years but have albums of photos and mementos from as far back as grade school. I actually resisted scrapbooking for a long time because I didn't need another crafting hobby. I have been a stamper for 15 years and over the years I had accumulated a lot of 'stuff'. Then a friend invited me to a crop and I realized I could use stamping (and all my supplies) to create my scrapbook pages of my children's mounting photos that were sitting in boxes (or still on the computer) and the rest is history. I have two children and a very tolerant husband and we live in Western Loudoun.
I don't know that I really have an official style to my work but I would describe it as clean and classic in appearance. I love to create projects and gifts with my scrapbooking and stamping supplies. As I said, I've accumulated a lot of 'stuff' over the years... mostly smaller things, not major purchases. However, I did break down and get a Cricut Expression a few years ago. I kept reading that people were getting rid of their punches and just had this one machine, cutting any size you wanted. People I knew raved about their Cricuts. Don't get me wrong, I like my Cricut and use it a lot, however, get rid of punches?!? Not me! They are far too handy for a quick project.
If you've checked out the what's new wall at Scrapbooks Plus lately there are several new large border punches. I love these punches! The ones I have in my stash are Fiskars, Martha Stewart or EK Success. I am attending my first all weekend away crop this weekend and needed a quick gift for my roommates as I've been crazy busy getting ready.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Ok so this month's kit was a challenge for me. I am not the big rose type & I am not a huge fan of pink. I had to pull out some weirdness to get this kit done! The good news is it forced me to stretch! The inspiration for this layout is Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas. All dies are from his Alterations line. I cut out the fence using the "On the Edge" die & painted it with picket fence crackle paint by Ranger. Pine trees were stamped with colors that blend into the back ground to make the trees look further away. The pine tree embellishment was cut out from paper in the kit & adhered to chipboard than a flourish was stamped with peeled paint distress ink.
Mr.Owl was stamped & painted using Glimmer Mist & adhered with a pop dot. The sign post was painted with glimmer glam & attached with brads. The title is made with Mrs. Grossman's Abigail caps stickers. I look forward to another year on the DTeam & I hope I can inspire you!
Owl stamp, glimmer mists, glam by Tattered Angels.
All Dies by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.
Distress ink by Ranger- forest moss, peeled paint, vintage photo.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Hi, I'm Deborah Mahnken, and I'm thrilled to be back on the ScrapbooksPlus design team.
I've been scrapbooking since 2004 - mostly of my two children - and this is my fourth year on the design team.
My style tends to be more on the simple/graphic side, or at least I start off that way before I layers and dimensional embellishments. This layout is a good example of my style - more graphic, handwritten journaling, a bunch of embellishment in a cluster, yet balanced. I used photos taken with my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. The greens in my photos really matched well with the paper.
Tags are one of my favorite things to make these days, along with one-page layouts and mini-books. Recently I've done a couple of books where you make one page each day of the month - of whatever you have on hand. It's a great way to experiment and use of lots of odds and ends. I find cards the most challenging thing to make. I've also been wanting to try an art journal.
My favorite products? I am a huge Tim Holtz fan. I love his inks, his stamps, his die cuts and the new Vagabond (my new best friend!). I always love new paper and have a hard time passing up Halloween collections. I have a long wish list right now - I just got back from CHA where I got to preview all the new products coming out this spring. But right on top are Tim Holtz's new Distress Stains and glacine paper.
I'm more of a scrap-at-home gal, but I really have a good time at crops. I'm just bad at pre-printing photos and putting together kits so that I have what I need. I try not to snack while I scrap, but I always have a glass of water in reach. When I scrap I'll often just set iTunes to shuffle everything around, including Paramore, P!nk, and any song from Glee. I like to browse most of the scrap magazines, but Scrapbook Trends is my favorite. As far as blogs, I regularly check out Scrapscene, Tim Holtz, Write Click Scrapbook, and Little Birdie Secrets.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This month's paper from KaiserCraft was really wonderful to work with. Since I have 3 boys, I'm not usually a pink person but I fell in love with the pinks/greens/creams in this paper line. I used some Glimmer Mist (including the stamps and screens!) on the right side of the paper under my photo. I also used some bling from Prima, Tim Holtz tissue tape (which is a FAVORITE of mine) and one of my new favorite tools the Sew Easy from We R Memory Keepers.
The flower is actually one that I made out of ribbon. I love, love, love to make handmade flowers and I think that almost every layout that I did this month contains a flower that I made out of ribbon. I will be teaching a class called Crazy for Flowers at ScrapbooksPlus on Feb 8th 6-8pm~ I'll be teaching you how to make this flower out of ribbon. Have a great day!