Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I'm really loving this fun BOY inspired line from Crate Paper. It's called Static and really was just perfect for the story I wanted to tell in this LO! All about my complicated 4 year old. Everything is included in the kit except the SEI ribbon and the ScrapWorks letters.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I was going through my photos and came across this one I took last month at a local park and I knew at first glance the title I wanted to use, and the Tree house kit papers were just perfect for this shot! I also added some felt thickers, and some other felt embelli's from Creative Imaginations.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
And this is my first LO for the challenge of using up those brads you have sitting in your organizer...collecting dust. Hop on over to the SYC blog and enter you brad LO, because I know I'm not the only one who has what seems to be thousands of them sitting around begging to be used up!
I used the Crate Paper Brunch Kit papers for this and a bunch of odds and ends including 32 brads! WOOHOO!!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
For "The Next Generation," I used some fun new tags by Collage Press that help make journaling about the occassion a little more fun.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Paints and Templates
The key to working with paints is to keep your brush fairly dry. If you have too much paint on your brush it will leak under the edges of the template. Foam or stiff stenciling brushes work best. Dip the tip of the brush in paint then blot it until it’s fairly dry. Apply the paint with an up and down motion as opposed to a brush stroke.
Chalks and Templates
Chalks give a soft, pretty look. They are easy to blend, even within the boundaries of a template. Another advantage to chalks is they erase easily so if you don’t like the effect you’ve achieved, you can start over.
Use a pen, marker or pencil with your template, then cover your tracings with glitter glue.
Use embossing ink pads with doodling templates, then emboss.
Use the template as a guide for placing bling, brads or other embellishments.
Get those templates out and start playing!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Step one - Cut out your desired shape
Step 2 - turn you shape upside down on a hard surface and rub it hard like you would a hard to apply rub on.
Step 3 - Peel the backing off the vinyl shape
Step 4 - Place you shape sticky side down where you want your shape applied.
Step 5 - Rub you shape on with moderate force into place like you would a normal rub on.
Step 6 - Check out your cool vinyl applique!! :)
I did this one with the BRAND NEW Tree House Kit!! I added a few extra products which are the cream and green thickers, small Heidi Swapp brads and Melissa Francis lace. Other than that all products are in the kit!! Come and get it while it's still available! :)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Kit includes the following:
Pink Paislee Spring Fling Collection
SEI Dill Blossom Collection (double sided)
ScrapWorks Magpie Collection (double sided)
7 Gypsies Notting Hill Collection
Melissa Francis Papers
Hambly Screen Prints
Bazzill Basics Cardstock
-Parakeet Mini Scallop
-1 package ScrapWorks Magpie Collection Self-Adhesive Chipboard
-1 sheet ScrapWorks Magpie Vinyl Appliques
-1 package ScrapWorks Brown Flea Market Cardstock Stickers
-1 sheet SEI Dill Blossom Rub-ons
-1 sheet Melissa Frances Cardstock Stickers - Date Prompt
-1 Yard Bazzill Stitched Ribbon in Parakeet
-11 Prima Paper Blossoms (color and style will vary)
-2 7 Gypsies Notting Hill number clips (styles will vary)
-15 Melissa Francis Vintage Buttons (5 silver, 10 white)
-1 roll 7 Gypsies Notting Hill Gaffer Tape (styles will vary)
-1 Jenni Bowlin "Grow" Bingo Card
-1 Pink Paislee "Love Birds" Clear Stamp
-1 7 Gypsies Matchbook Mini Album
-3 7 Gypsies Family Phrases Tags (styles will vary)
-1 Melissa Francis Self Adhesive Mini Frame
-1 bottle Making Memories Acrylic Paint in Sunflower
-2 assorted Shabby Chic Crafts journal spots (styles will vary)
$37.99....click here to order!!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Here is an oldie for me but I still love it. On this LO, I used several different techniques and that really made this one fun for me.
I printed on a transparency all the different words that described Kayla. I also added her name throughout the words in different fonts, so it wouldn't all look the same. Printing on transparency is REALLY easy and it's a good way to add subtle touches to your pages. I use Hammermill Transparencies and they work REALLY well. I always print on the rough side and depending on the boldness of what I am printing, I will print in draft mode. I have an Epson R1800 printer.
It can be difficult to attach transparency, so here I decided to use eyelets and ribbon. It's anchors it to the page, but still gives me some texture. I also added ribbon to the strips of paper under her photo to tie it all together.
I also incorporated, inking, and sewing. It adds small touches without overpowering the LO. That is one thing you have to be careful of when using lots of different techniques. Not to take away from the photo or your story.
And that is it :-)
Little things (even when working with a few different techinques) can add a lot of wow to a LO!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Something fun to do is to predetermine the specific topic for your layout (a focal point) and emphasize just that explicit item. For instance, in the example below I decided to accentuate the importance of my son’s birthday and his ‘coming of age’. I altered the entire photograph to black and white, except the glass of beer, to make his beverage stand out. Every time I look at the picture my mouth waters for an icy cold brew !!
In this next layout I altered the entire photograph to black and white as I felt colour was dominating the layout. I also think that using black and white made the arrangement appear more formal, which suited the occasion.
Another example of using a black and white photograph is this layout. I altered the photograph to black and white so I could use fun bright colours without losing the intent of the photograph. I put a flower in my subject’s hair which I think stands out much better in a black and white photograph.
For me, a bonus in altering colour photographs has been varying photographs of my Grandson Ben. Ben has encountered bouts of eczema on his face and when I alter the photographs to black and white the rash magically disappears. Take a look ...
Final examples of when I have altered my photographs to black and white is when I have worked with a slightly out of focus photograph.
These next photographs were some of my favourites; but they were out of focus. I wanted to include them in my Scrapbook, and I found when I altered the photographs to black and white the clarity improved and I was able to use the altered photos to produce quality layouts.
In closing, I hope my examples have illustrated the successful outcome of altering colour photographs to black and white. By manipulating your photographs you can open doors to new and exciting layout scenarios. Altering colour photographs helps to emphasize your subject without using embellishments or other additions that take away from the actual purpose of your layout.
Remember - it's not just laundry that should be separated by colour !
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Love the patterns, colors and robots in the Sassafrass Lass Robotics paper pack! Although I have a lot of sports photos waiting to be scrapped, this pic of my husband lazily playing the Wii cracked me up, so I went with it for the challenge. The American Crafts blue "giggles" Thickers seemed appropriate too. lol