Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
To make this page, I started with Petticoat Plaid Red Polka Dot paper for the background. I added a 2 ½” strip of My Mind’s Eye Celebration Banner across the top. To make it a little more interesting, I cut the bottom of the strip in large scallops rather than a straight line. I added a 3” strip of Pieced Pinwheels across both pages.
I used two techniques to make the rather boring title (4th of July Barbeque) more fun – a banner & a chipboard star frame. I painted a chipboard star frame white. After inking it with Weathered Wood Distress Ink, I added some solid blue cardstock to fill in the inner star. For the banner, I cut individual flags using the Celebration Cricut cartridge. After string these on Lime Twist Fly a Kite “ Soar” Twine, I tied a small bow on each end and affixed with Glossy Accents. The “4th of July” was cut from the Petticoat Plaid Red Polka Dot paper using the Cricut. The “4” was made much larger. The “Barbeque” part of the title was cut from solid blue cardstock using the From My Kitchen Cartridge. The smaller “Barbeque” and “Chef” and the background ovals for each were also cut using this cartridge.
I printed my journaling on The Day We Celebrate paper so that I could create a box that overlaps the two pages and would use the papers border on three sides. In addition to journaling this box serves as a photo mat for two pictures. I also inked this. After printing the two recipes on The Day We Celebrate paper, I hand cut the recipes into the shape of recipe cards. To draw more attention to the recipes, I cut an outline for each recipe from polka dot paper (one red and one blue). The remaining photo mats were cut from Pieced Pinwheels paper.
To finish the page, I embellished with flowers, buttons and stars. All buttons were tied with twine. The buttons and the stars came from the BoBunny Liberty Button set. To make the flowers, I stamped plain white flowers with Weathered Wood Distress Ink very lightly. I tied twine in the center of buttons for the center.
I love this page and even more love that our 4th of July barbeques will not be forgotten.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I really love using red , white and blue papers. But I don't take a ton of 4th of July photos. So when I got the kit this month I was trying to think of photos that I wanted to use. As I've said before, my dogs are like my kids~ sometimes I think I take more photos of them then the boys! I found this Quick Quotes vellum quote at Scrapbooks Plus and thought it would be perfect for a layout featuring "my pack" of dogs!
This layout came together really quickly once I had found the photos I wanted to use. for the dogs names, instead of putting their whole name I just did an initial of it. I used the wooden letters from the Pink Paislee Daily Junque line~love these letters! They are so versatile!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I love taking photos with my phone. It's convenient and lightweight. And although you don't get the same quality with your photos as a DSLR, there's some cool things that your phone can do. My favorite is an app called Hipstamatic. You get to choose the type of camera and film to imitate. I used the "Helga Viking" in these pictures. I love the black distressed border and the slightly faded look to the photos.
For this layout I used three snapshots with a neutral background. I chose a piece of the My Mind's Eye paper behind my photos because of the red suitcase. I added a bit of ephemera from the House of Three "Daily Junque" ephemera pack, a large tag that says "travel." To stretch it across the page I ripped it into two pieces and stuck a piece on either side of my photos.
I also used a couple of really cool things I picked up at the store. Petaloo has these Color Me Crazy flowers. They're just gorgeous and come like a ribbon on a strip, but you can easily cut them apart. And, a Tim Holtz game piece. I thought the number "65" would be fun, since it was a road trip and all ... and we were going at least that fast....
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This was a fun thing to do with the various cardstock patterns of this kit. This is a simple version of a quilt pattern. Shapes were cut with a knife and mat then placed side by side. After mounting them to a solid sheet they were trimmed to have curved ends and fit the page. Blue cardstock is the base.
Monday, July 25, 2011
This month I tried something new. Never before have I used glitter on a layout. In fact, I’ve never even owned glitter before this month. There couldn’t have been a better opportunity to use glitter than this months DT kit. The red, white and blue theme was perfect for a bit (okay, maybe a bunch) of sparkle and bling!
If you’re like me, you likely have lots of chipboard shapes, letters, etc. Next time you’re at a loss for how to cover your chipboard, I’d suggest a bit of glitter. I used a double sided adhesive and a glue pen. I covered the chipboard with the adhesive and glue. I then sprinkled a bit of glitter over the chipboard shape and brushed off the excess glitter. Easy as 1, 2, 3! The glitter was a simple and fun way to decorate my chipboard stars.
I hope you enjoy!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I used used the chipboard stars as my accents for the LO. I painted them with a white acrylic paint and then covered them in some melted UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing enamel), which I melted in my Ranger Melting Pot. Love the way it came out!
I loved the vellum quote sheet from Quick Quotes~ thought it worked well with the theme of my photo.
Stop by Scrapbooks Plus and check out the Design Team wall~ you will be so inspired by the great designs!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
For the front and back cover, I cut two 5" X 6 ½" pieces of chipboard. I covered the edges with blue ribbon so the edges would be finished. After I finished the edges, I adhered paper to both sides of each cover using a glue stick and a brayer. Using the Cricut, I cut the title “Barbeque” and “Recipes” from dark blue Bazzill cardstock.
I cut six dividers using the same cardstock as the title using the Tabs Feature (2 each of mixer, blender and toaster; 4 ¼”). Each divider has a title on the divider and on the tab of the divider. For the title that goes on the divider itself, I cut the words using the Cricut from the same cardstock as the dividers. The cartridge offers several options. I used drinks, appetizers, vegetables, meats, breads and sweets. To make the titles stand out, I cut an oval shadow for each using the Cricut. The oval shadows and the tabs (3 3/4”) were cut from matching paper. I used a label maker to make the title to go on the tab. For some dividers, I added some stickers from the Moxie Hometown Celebration sticker set to decorate them a bit more.
I printed the recipes on My Mind’s Eye American Made “Patriotic Picnic” Paper. I printed five recipes on one piece of paper by using Microsoft Publisher so I could turn some sideways to fit more per page. They were cut to be 3 ¾” x 6” . I cut a recipe card overlay for each recipe (Tab Feature Key, Shift & Cookie) from one of the Moxie papers and glued to the recipe card. In printing the recipes you have to work around the shape of the recipe overlay.
There are a few ways that you could make this project a little simpler. Two involve the recipe card overlays. The simplest way would be to not use any recipe card overlays so that your recipe card would just be a rectangular piece Patriotic Picnic paper. Another alternative is to use recipe card overlay that is rectangular. The cartridge offers several options. I used an overlay that has a circular cutout on one side requiring formatting the recipe to avoid this spot. Another option is instead of printing the recipe on paper and then cutting to match overlays, you could simply cut a recipe car and stamp lines on it for handwriting recipes.
After punching three holes in all (cover, dividers, recipe cards), I put We R Memory Keepers blue eyelets (large) so that the holes would withstand use. After putting book in proper order, I strung all items tan twill ribbon from Scrapbooks Plue and tied in a knot and then a bow. You could also use rings but I liked the look of the ribbon.
It will be great in the future to have all the recipes I use for barbequing in one place so that I don’t need to look through a bunch of cookbooks. It would also make a nice gift for a housewarming or bridal shower.
Saige Barnett, who was visiting my house, for the 4th of July holiday helped me with this project. She did lots of assembling and holding.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
ART JOURNAL CLUB
ScrapbooksPlus is starting an art journal club-come be apart of it. Once a month we will get together & learn new techniques with both old & new products. From the cool new faber castell gelatos, water color pencils & pitt pens to alcohol ink, stamping, collage, & maybe even encaustic art. Join the art journal craze & start a book that expresses who you are & where you want to go. Maybe you want a book that tells your story or a travel book, pick what ever theme you want or no theme at all just random thoughts & musings!
Is there a product you want to learn more about? We will do that too! From Atc cards to tags, polymer clay to beeswax, we will get inky & create cool unique art journals.
Our first class is August 24th from 6-9pm. Cost is $25.
Hope to see you there!
Instructor: Karen Bearse
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Have a lot of photos you need to scrap? Here's a quick design you can use over and over.
I used 4x6 photos for this layout (and one 4x6 piece of paper) and laid them in two rows across the middle of the page. I lined the first row up with the right edge of my first page so that none of my photos jump the seam.
I took a piece of paper and cut three 4" strips. Two strips go above and below the photos on the right-hand page. The third strip is cut in half and used above and below the photos on the left-hand page.
For finishing touches, I added a few border strips, a couple of labels & tags, my title and journaling.
Monday, July 18, 2011
If you are interested in learning more about these markers, join us on August 17th at 6:30 for our upcoming Copic Club class at the store! Here's the completed photo frame.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I’ll admit, I was a bit unsure as to how I was going to use the red, white and blue paper provided in the design team kit this month. I didn’t have any 4th of July, firework, or family barbeque pictures – events I associate with red, white and blue. However, when I saw the BoBunny Liberty chipboard and brads, I knew exactly what pictures I should use – pictures from the Statue of Liberty in NYC. I’m happy I got the opportunity to scrap a few of my pictures of NYC and am thrilled with how my layouts turned out.
o Moxie – Hometown Celebration
Grand Ol’ Flag
o My Mind’s Eye – American Made
“The Day We Celebrate”
o BoBunny – Liberty
o Echo Park – Dots & Stripes and For the Record
Navy Small Dot
o BoBunny – Liberty
o Tim Holts – Game Pieces
o Reminisce – Est. 1776 Stickers
o Jenni Bowlin Studio – Star Banner-Red Stickers
o Melissa Francis – lace trim
o Want 2 Scrap – bling flourishes
o Eyelet Outlet – brads
o May Arts – ribbon
o Prima, Petaloo and Recollections – flowers
I hope you enjoy, thanks for looking!
Friday, July 15, 2011
When I was putting together my layouts I kept reaching for a sheet of white cardstock as the background. And while I thought white was the best choice, it seemed a little stark, a little drab to me.
So I grabbed my stash of glimmer mists. I have to admit, I have been more of a collector than a user of glimmer mist ... until now. Once I gave them a try I really liked the look - and ended up using them on most of my projects for the month.
Here's two of them:
In this layout I used the Dark Denim color. I decided to add the glimmer mist after I had adhered everything to my layout. How to protect the photos? I just placed a scrap piece of paper over them. After spraying a couple of pumps I pulled the sprayer out of the bottle and made a few larger drops on the page.
I liked the look of the glimmer mist so much on my first layout I wanted to use it again. Howevr, this time I started off by spraying my background first. I was a little more lighthanded with the Dark Denim color on my "b*day" layout, adding it in with a bit of red and light blue (I think it was Robin's Egg). I think it looks festive :)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
To set off the collage, I used one of my favorites -- Idea-Ology Film Strip Ribbon. I used paper from Echo Park’s For the Record line behind the ribbon.
I inked the cream side of the Red/Cream paper with Fired Brick Distress Ink a bit to give it more dimension and color. I cut a piece of the film strip a little longer than I would need for top of the collage. I glued this film strip to the cream side of the Red/Cream paper using Glossy Accents. Once dry, I trimmed the paper to the exact edge of the film strip on each side and affixed it to the top edge of the collage using Glossy Accents. (Where I wanted to add a picture above, I only applied Glossy Accents to bottom of film strip.) I repeated this for the bottom of the collage. Once glued in placed I trimmed the excess from both sides of the paper.
To create the stars and flag, I began with chipboard stars. I inked each one with Faded Jeans Distress Ink by placing directly on ink pad and pressing hard. Each was then embossed them with Fired Brick Distress Embossing Powder. I wiped off some of the embossing powder to give the stars a vintage look. I filled the center of the large star with Red/Cream Echo Park paper (after inking it slightly with Fired Brick Distress Ink.) Using a blue pen, I followed the inside of the star to create two stars made with dashed lines.
I created a journaling box out of Echo Park Red/Cream paper and made a designed edge with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Brackets die. I also cut a small star out of Echo Park Red/Cream paper. Both were inked with Fired Brick Distress ink. A blue pen was used for journaling.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
border punch than
adhered along the photo with a strip of tissue tape. The butterfly were cut out of acetate using THoltz alterations & embossed. I colored them with glimmer glam & ran Stazon over top to pick up the embossed image & of course added some bling. The butterflies were glued to the page using Helmar scrap dots- a fantastic dimensional wet glue that dries an opaque milky color & is perfect for acetate. I bought these at Scrapbooksplus.
I took a piece of bazzill pleated paper ribbon & sprayed a stencil with gmist. The title was added using Bo Bunny stickers. The metal 15 is THoltz , the words from the ephemera pack. I painted a wooden butterfly with gglam & cut out the swirl from a starbucks sleeve. I painted the swirl with crackle paint it was not the right color so I added gglam. Finally I cut some of the Moxxie paper using the tattered florals die cut, embossed it & swiped it with black soot. I assembled the flower using a brad.
Paper: Moxxie-starspangled, EchoPark-navy small dot
Stencils: Prima, Tattered Angels, Crafters Workshop
Brad & Letters: Bo Bunny
Die Cuts: Alterations by THoltz/Sizzix
Tissue Tape & metal: THoltz
Wood Butterfly: Kaiser Craft
GGlam by Tattered Angels-Blue Suede Shoes
Gelatos by Faber Castell.
White pleated paper & cardstock-Bazzill
CracklePaint by Ranger-Broken China