Monday, August 31, 2015

Simple Mixed Media Backgrounds by Kris Berc

Design Team member Kris Berc is featuring our August Main and Limited Edition kits today with a look at her background designs!

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Hi My Creative Scrapbook fans!  I'm excited to share some stepped-out background work photos to show you how just a few simple mixed media techniques can take your scrapbook pages to a whole new level.

I start all of my backgrounds with a layer of clear gesso.

 
Then I apply color with spray mists.  My favorite way to apply the mist is to spray it onto some plastic packaging (like the packaging that most embellishments come in) and then "stamp" the sprayed plastic packaging onto the background paper.  This allows nice control over where the mist will go on the paper.  It is important to let each mist color dry completely before applying the next color, otherwise the colors will just mix together, and, the paper will warp a lot.


I like to add black for contrast.  Here I used some background stamps with black ink here and there on the page.


For even more contrast and texture, I applied super heavy gesso here and there through a stencil.


I started the next layout the same way- first clear gesso then layers of coordinating spray mists using the technique of spraying onto plastic packaging and then stamping that onto the paper.


Here I also sprayed some water onto the mists near the bottom of the paper, then stood the paper up vertically to allow the mists to run a bit, resulting in a drip effect.


Black contrast with random background stamping and white contrast with random placement of gesso through a stencil.


I added my paper layers and then some more color with mists.


Next layout: clear gesso painted onto the background paper, then colors with spray mists.


I picked up the idea of drawing random circles on the background from some very talented scrappers out there, Riikka Kovasin and Terhi Koskinen.  So simple yet so effective!


Here I added a layer of white thread on top of my paper layer pile for more texture.


Black contrast to complete the layout, using a chevron stamp with black ink.


Below is the kit that I used, the gorgeous August Limited Edition kit:


I also used spray mists with my Main kit work:


Contrast was achieved by using white cardstock for the background.


and on this layout as well:


Don't worry that a lot of your background work will get covered up by other layers and embellishments.  Just have fun!


Below is the awesome August Main kit:


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Shabby Chic Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

Design Team member Marilyn Rivera designed this breathtaking page with our August Limited Edition kit!


  She even recorded her process to share it with you so that you can make a page just like hers!  Enjoy Marilyn's video :)


Marilyn also created these stunning designs with the same kit:




Here's the August Limited Edition Kit:

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Start to Finish Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Design Team member Marta Lapkowska is back today with yet another fabulous video tutorial featuring our August Limited Edition kit!


Enjoy watching Marta's design process including how she created her gorgeous mixed media background.


Here's the August Limited Edition Kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Start to Finish Beginners Vintage Scrapbook Page Video Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Design Team member Marta Lapkowska created this stunning page with our August Limited Edition kit, and she's sharing a start to finish video tutorial to help YOU create it, too!




Marta will be sharing another video tutorial this month, so be sure to check back!

Here's the August Limited Edition Kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Start to Finish Layout Video Tutorial by Michelle McDonald

Design Team member Michelle McDonald is treating us to a start to finish video tutorial today using our August Limited Edition kit!

Here is the fabulous layout featured in Michelle's video:


Sit back and enjoy watching Michelle's creative process!



Michelle also created these gorgeous projects with the same kit!




Here's the August Limited Edition kit:


For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Monday, August 24, 2015

August Creative Kit Inspiration by Izzy Anderson

Design Team member Izzy Anderson is featuring our August Creative Kit today with some looks at how she used the kit's brag cards on her projects!

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Hello, everyone!  I'm here to share a closer look at how I used some of the kit elements on this summer layout.


I took this photo of my son on what we consider the first day of summer. Of course, that's the day after the school year ends. We always do something particularly summer-y on that day. It usually involves water and ice cream! On this day, we hit the pool and had a frosty later that afternoon. 

I needed a spot for my journaling and wasn't sure where to put in on the page. I decided to type out a sentence or two and tuck it in vertically alongside my photo. Even though it's very short, it covers the basics of Who, What, Where, Why and When. Well, not who. But I have only one kid so I know who is in the photo!



The kit I used featured the Summer Sun collection from Fancy Pants Designs and included this cute set of cards. 



I used several of these cards on the layouts I made with this kit. On this particular layout, I used the three circled in yellow. 

The card with the orange strip circled at the bottom is the vertical Take Note card seen above. It was the perfect landing spot for the die cut that reads: Another Day in Paradise

The card that says Travel: I tucked that card under the top of my photo.  I used the Hello Summer card at the top of my layout, and layered a few die cuts on top. 

Here's a look at the layout with the cards circled. 



Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week! 

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Here's more of Izzy's beautiful August creative kit work:




and here's the August Creative kit:


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Friday, August 21, 2015

August Main Kit Inspiration and Tips by Jodi Wilton

Design Team member Jodi Wilton is featuring our August Main Kit today with some fabulous ideas for how to use the kit supplies!

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Hi everyone! Jodi here today to share with some cool ideas, on how to use the embellishments in your AUGUST MAIN KIT!  Are you loving the kit as much as I did?! The papers and embellishments were so much fun to work with! I especially loved the INSTA-kit from Pink Paislee! There were so many cool possibilities that you could use them for! Here are some ideas:


On this layout I actually used them in a few ways! I added one to frame a photo and the other two, I added the insta frame and chose which insta phrase to add! I added some other embellishments (and letter stickers) from the kit to personalize it, and make it fit with the layout!  Here is a close up:


There were some smaller sticker frames in the kit too, that I thought would be fun to use to frame some embellishments, like I did here (ice cream)


and here (camera)


Here are some close ups:



Another idea that I had was to make cards from the frames too (but I ran out of time!)... I would love to see how you used the frames in your kit!  Hope you enjoyed my "sharing" today and I hope you are enjoying your AMAZING Kits!

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Here's the August Main Kit:

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Start to Finish Mixed Media Tag Video Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Design Team member Marta Lapkowska created this gorgeous tag with our August Limited Edition kit.  If you would love to see how she made it, you're in luck!

Marta has prepared a start to finish video tutorial for you!




Marta will be sharing more video tutorials throughout the month, so be sure to check back!

Here's the August Limited Edition Kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August Limited Edition Kit Designs by Guest Designer Debbie Burns

We have another talented guest designer to introduce today!


Hi everyone! I'm Debbie Burns and I'm thrilled to be guest designing this month for My Creative Scrapbook. 

I've been scrapbooking for 17 years and love the creativity it unleashes in me. I love to incorporate mixed media into my shabby chic layouts and canvases. I currently design for Blue Fern Studios and The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog. You can find my blog, Love Life's Little Pleasures here

I live in beautiful state of Maryland near our nation's capitol. By day I am an Assistant Project Manager for a general contracting company. In the evenings and weekends you can find me in my scrapbook room creating away and when Spring arrives I am busy outside tending to my flower gardens.


We sent Debbie our August Limited Edition kit, and the work that she created with it is just fantastic!  See for yourself... :)





You'll be seeing more of Debbie's work with our September reveal!

Here's our August Limited Edition kit:

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