Thursday, January 29, 2015

Enter our New Improved Sketch Challenge (Hint: Easier Rules!) for a Chance to Win!

Have you visited our sketch challenge blog, My Creative Sketches, recently?

We have NEW RULES to make it even MORE FUN and EASIER TO PLAY ALONG! That means it's even easier to have a chance at the beeeeeeautiful prizes!

Have a look at this month's prize package:


We are excited to get this beautiful prize into the hands of our randomly selected sketch challenge winner!

Here are the CHALLENGE RULES as shown on the My Creative Sketches blog:

The Sketch Contest begins January 16 right here on our Sketch Blog.

The deadline for this contest is February 14 (midnight EST, USA).

The winner will be a random draw and announced on February 15.

Anyone, anywhere, may enter this contest using any products. You do not have to be a member of our kit club to be eligible for the prize. We DO ship our prizes internationally!

NEW!!! You may enter this contest as many times as you'd like... multiple entries are welcome.

NEW!!! You may combine this sketch challenge with any other challenge or design team work that allows combining! Just make sure we can see the sketch in your finished layout :)

Here's the January sketch:


All of the details can be found on the My Creative Sketches blog >>> HERE <<<

We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Jodi Wilton

Jodi Wilton is featuring our January Main Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!

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Hi everyone! Jodi here today to share with you a layout I created using the gorgeous January Main Kit! I adored this kit- the papers, the patterns, the colors, were all such an inspiration when using this kit! I often use the colors of a kit to choose my photos and theme for my layout.  For this kit I immediately thought of my youngest daughters swimsuit from this past summer with the exact same colors as the kit!  I then found a sequence of photos of her eating ice cream, which I thought would be perfect!

I started off by cutting two strips 12 inches long, and two triangles wide. I adhered this to the top and the bottom of my cardstock. Because this was a sequence of photos, I wanted to create movement on the page, so I staggered my four (3 X 4) photos from the top to the bottom of the page (left to right); as shown below:


I love using really long titles and quotes that go with my scrapbooking layout, and with the alpha's in this kit, there was so many possibilities!  I decided on the quote in various colors at the top of each photo: You Scream, I scream, We all Scream for ice cream!


I then wanted to add some embellishments from the kit, without taking the focus away from the cute photos.  I added some wood veneer at the top right and bottom left corners layered with a tag and the Happy Happy Days die cut.  I then added some clear die cut arrows in the kit which were perfect over my cream cardstock:


Finally, because I like to "fill the entire page"  when I create I added some home made embellishments with my punches.  Here are the punches I used (two inch circle punch, large heart punch, and smaller heart punch)  I then used three different types of paper, and punched two of each shape out:


Above you can see how I mixed the patterned paper up!  I used foam tape to make the embellishments appear 3-D too! Here is a close up of then:


I use this technique a lot when I want to fill in my layouts! you can use just circles or hearts, stars, etc...

Here is the final layout:


I hope you enjoyed my layout tutorial today!

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Jodi’s beautiful work.

Here's the January Main Kit:

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anatomy of a Layout by Becky Litz

Becky Litz is featuring our January Creative Kit today with a look into her design process!

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Hello!

Becky here with you today to share how I put my 'Meet Cute' layout together.

Do you know what the term 'meet cute' means? Basically it comes from movies or tv and it refers to when two people meet each other in an amusing, crazy or zany way but are ultimately destined to be together in the end.

Now my daughter and my brother did not get off to the best start, but I know that she is going to love her crazy Uncle in the end....maybe he needs to shave the beard! LOL


The 'hello' paper worked perfectly for this layout and was the first piece I just knew I had to use. I wanted the layout to have a bit more of a masculine feel so I kept the pink out of it for the most part.


 One of my favorite patterns for masculine project is wood grain. There was not a lot of wood grain in the kit but I made sure to use every piece I could. The wood grain tag was the main focus but I wanted there to be some more of that pattern in the layout to balance it out. The little strips of wood grain around the layout are actually the back side of one of the barcode strips from the bottom of one of the other patterns. I cut the strip up and tucked the pieces around the layout.

Speaking of barcode strips...one of the other barcode strips had those fun little emoticon faces. I chose one that matched my daughter's face in each photos and added them to each photo.


 I think the placement of the photos and the papers help your eye to travel from the top left of the layout, down to the bottom right. The layout follows the story of the photos.

I made this layout with the January Creative Kit.


 Thanks for stopping by! We'd love to see what you do with your kits on our FB page.

Have a great day
~Becky

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Angel Rodrigue

Angel Rodrigue is featuring our January Main Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!

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Below is the steps I did to make the layout..

I used white cardstock from my stash and choose paper I wanted to use in my layout from the Main Kit!  I then cut 2 strips at 2 inches wide and place them on my base sheet as above.

  I then cut two more strips at 2 inches wide using another pattern to make banners as shown above.

 Then I used 2 4x6 photos and mounted them on pattern paper and placed them as above. I add a doily from my stash to peek out the top of the two pictures.. On the right side of the pictures I made a cluster with the flowers from the kit.

Then I placed another cluster of flowers below the picture as shown above. I also used a wooden piece in the cluster as well.

TIP: To make the flowers go further using one color I tore them apart and added stickers to the centers of the ones that was ripped.

I then added ribbon banners on top of the paper banners and uses some sticker letters for my title. I also add two arrows and a tab from the pieces in the kit as well.
As you can see it made a nice Layout with hardly any fuss..

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Angel’s beautiful work.

Here's the January Main Kit:

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Step by Step Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

Marilyn Rivera is treating us to a step by step mixed media layout video tutorial today featuring our January Limited Edition Kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Marilyn's incredible creative process :)


Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Marilyn’s beautiful work.

Here's the January Limited Edition Kit:


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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Lynn Shaffer

Lynn Shaffer is featuring our January Creative Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!

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Today I am sharing my process for creating my family layout. 


Using a stencil I applied light molding paste to a stencil and let try. I cut squares out of the pattern/saying paper. 


I then painted these squares with white Gesso, and glued them to the page. 


I then took a gelato and my dylusion spray and with a water brush defined my squares.


I then folded my ribbon using my hot glue gun.


Once complete the ribbon should look like the below. 


I then removed the top of my Prima Bloom spray and splashed a few dots here and there. 


I then inked and distressed my matt pieces. I scored my paper to give it the corrugated effect. 


Distressed my photo matt to give a bit of a texture look. 



I then began to cluster my stickers behind my photo. To maximize my embellishments I cut them in half.


I like to have embellishments poke out of the sides of my picture. 



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Here are some of my other layouts created with this fabulous kit. 






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Here's the January Creative Kit:


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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Step by Step Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Michelle McDonald

Michelle McDonald is treating us to a start to finish mixed media layout video tutorial today featuring our January Main Kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Michelle's creative process :)



Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Michelle’s beautiful work.

Here's the January Main Kit:


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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to Create a Grid Layout Step by Step, by Brenda Cazes

Have you ever wanted to create a grid layout?  Brenda Cazes is showing us step by step how she created hers with our January Main Kit!

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Hi everyone!  I want to share with you how I created this layout using the Main Kit.


I love grid layouts – they are a great way to use up scraps and they always look great!

I started by creating my grid on my background paper using light pencil strokes.   Starting from the left, the first vertical line is 3¾” from the edge of the paper and 1¼” from the top and bottom.  The next vertical line is 2¼” from the first line and 1¼” from the top and bottom.  The last vertical line is 3¾” from the right edge and 1¼” from the top and bottom.

The horizontal lines are the same as the vertical – 3¾” from the top and bottom and 2¼” apart.


Then, I placed my paper over my piercing mat and using a ruler and a piercing tool, I poked holes on my grid lines every quarter inch apart.



Using a yellow embroidery floss, I stitched all the lines in my grid.


Next, I cut eight 2x2” squares and two, 2x4¼“ out of different patterned paper and adhered them to the grid.


Next, using a dark brown and a pink spray mist, I spattered them in a diagonal pattern starting from the top right corner moving to the bottom left.


I then matted my photo using the green patterned paper and adhered it to the background using pop dots to make it stand out a bit.  Then, I added my title to the top left corner.


I finished off the layout by adding a few of the many embellishments included in the kit.


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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Brenda’s beautiful work.

Here's the January Main Kit:

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