Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scrap Space Organization by Angel Rodrigue

Angel Rodrigue is sharing some awesome scrap space organization ideas today!

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Today I wanted to show you how you can store your big eyelets along with your mini eyelets and brads.. I will also show you how I store my sequins, punches and mask as well.. I hope you find inspiration and  I help you with ideas as to how you can organize yours as well..

Here below is the one of the Bead cases I had gotten to store all my Brads, and Eyelets In.


Here is a closer look at them filled... The first Picture is the bead jar containers and the second or the smaller ones as shown above.You can get many different size bead containers its a atter of what you are putiing in them.



They store in your drawers so easy and can be stacked on top of each other to save space.



As for my sequins I used the shaker bead containers. I love this way to store them..They also store easy in drawers. and very easy to take to crops just throw them in your crop bags...



I like to store my punches in the big alex drawers from Ikea as well..They hold up nicely.. I have a whole unit full of punches...:)



Last thing I wanted to show you all was How I store my Mini Mask Templetes.. I got the clip it up version from Hobby Lobby and and clipped them up. I like to be able to see what I want and they at easy reach too.. No stuffing them in a drawer for them to get bent and creased...


I hope my organization can help some of you get ideas.. I love my New Room and its so easy to find things when they have there own home..

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Use Your Scraps to Make Pie Charts by Brenda Cazes

Brenda Cazes is featuring our October Main Kit today with step by step instructions for creating pie charts!

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Hi everyone!  I’m going to show you how to create pie charts like the ones I used on this layout.


Normally, I would have used my Silhouette Cameo to create these, but I thought to myself – not everyone has an electronic die cutting machine – therefore, I made them by hand…so you can too!

I started out by cutting a 3 7/8” circle out of very heavy cardstock.



Next, I cut the circle in half.



Then, using a ruler, I drew lines dividing the two halves into five sections.  You can make them any size you like.



Cut them apart and number them so that you know how they will fit perfectly back together.



Place your pie chart patterns over your paper and carefully cut them out.




Cut out another circle to use as the background for your pie chart.  This circle should be 4 1/8”.



Glue your pie shapes to the background circle being sure to put them in the correct order so that everything lines up.



I created two different pie charts, although you could use the same template for both and just rotate them so they aren’t perfectly aligned.



Now, you could just leave them as is, but I decided to use my sewing machine to do a zig-zag stitch between each section and then a straight stitch around the entire circle.




Pie charts are such a fun way to use up all those scraps that we just don’t want to throw away!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Look into Design Process by Becky Litz

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

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Hello friends!

Today I would like to share with you how I put together my Love This layout. This layout was made with the October Creative Kit and features the super adorable Forest Friends collection from Doodlebug.

I'm not really into the Pocket Style of scrapbooking for the most part, but sometimes the simple style of it appeals to me. Rather than use a page protector with pockets, I just adapted the style to fit on a typical 12x12 page so it would fit in my regular sleeves.


The Jillibean cards in the kit work perfectly for this style of scrapbooking. They are the perfect size.

I layered some patterned papers in the negative spaces on the card to create my title, and then layered the heart sticker over the arrow. Now of course I can't have things too linear or flat so I offset the sticker of the flower on the card and popped it up with a pop dot. I added the little tag of ribbon to add some texture.


I used one of the small flowers from the kit to create an embellishment cluster in the center of the layout. The flowers are actually two layers glued together, but I carefully took the layers apart and used just one flower on this layout. I used the other on a different layout.  I tucked the owl sticker under a button and used a pop dot under the sticker to add a bit more depth and dimension there.


The is my favorite part of my layout. I wrapped a piece of string around the purple card I cut and strung a bunch of the little tag stickers onto the string. I put a pop dot under each (I love pop dots! I can never leave stickers flat). then I tied a little piece of the orange ribbon from the kit in between each of the tags.


..it's super adorable.


Finally I loved the circle/bubble card in the kit so I added it in the last section. I liked how the white cards are on opposite corners of the page. It helps to create balance.

And again, I just can't have things too linear so I offset the cute little owl journaling sticker and added a button for dimension.


So that's it from me today....  
Hope that list gave you some ideas for your next project!
Thanks for stopping in today!
~Becky

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Anatomy of a Layout Plus Using a Photo Collage by Izzy Anderson

Izzy Anderson is featuring our October Creative Kit today with a look into her design process for two of her adorable October layouts!

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I loved the patterned paper with the words about Fall and wanted to feature it so I made it the base of my design. I layered a few other papers in the collection to make a horizontal photo mat near the bottom of the page. 


The die cut card is from Jillibean Soup. It was white and a bit too stark for my layout, so I darken the card a bit with mist and sewed on a colorful ribbon. I backed the card with purple patterned paper from the kit to make it pop against the orange background. Then I added a couple stickers on top. 


To the right of the large orange photo mat, I added a doily under the photo, a tab sticker and layered a flower on top of a large die cut leaf.



The layout was coming along but I needed a space for my title and I wanted to balance out the heaviness at the bottom on the page.  So I added a shipping tag to the top, colored it with mist then added some stickers, die cuts and my title. 


Here's another look at the completed layout: 


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Next, I have a simple layout made with a photo collage, a journaling card I ran through the printer, and the October creative kit.

We had a big party for my Mom for her 70th birthday and I had several photos I wanted to use.  I used PicMonkey to make the collage, then printed it out as an 8 x 10 photo with a large white border. I trimmed down the white border to make the collage fit better on my 12 x 12 layout. 


I wanted to add some journaling to this layout, but there was no room on the page itself. The kit contained a white cute die-cut card that I thought would work perfectly as a journaling spot. 

I backed the die cut with orange patterned paper for a pop of color, used washi tape to adhere the card temporarily to regular printer paper then ran it through my printer. The photo trio below shows the steps I used and the finished journaling card. 


After the journaling card was ready, I made a little pocket for it under my photo collage then slipped the card into the pocket. The card pulls out to reveal the hidden journaling. 


Though this kit is Fall-themed not birthday themed, it worked out great by using the more neutral papers and palette. A cute and versatile kit

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Step by Step Layout VIDEO Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Marta Lapkowska is treating us to a step by step layout video tutorial today featuring our October Limited Edition Kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Marta create...

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Make Word Stickers "Pop" by Kristin Greenwood

Kristin Greenwood is featuring our October Album Kit today with a tip for making word stickers "pop"!

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 I knew I wanted to use the Jillibean word stickers for my title on my mini album, but by themselves they just were not bold enough.  I am going to share with you how I made them pop!
I cut the word I wanted out of the sticker sheet.
I traced it on cardstock.
I cut on the lines I traced on the cardstock.
I took the sticker off and stuck it to the cardstock.

Here is how it looks on the cover!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Lydell Quin

Lydell Quin is featuring our October Main Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!

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Welcome to MCS today.  I have a Tutorial to share with you.  I thought I would show you quickly how I created this Page.


I had lots of Artsy fun with this page, and you can see it morph with the layering in the pictures below.
It really is a layered piece!


First I used stencils and brown Ink to add some texture to the background.
Then I added paint and sprayed with water and dry brushed it on here and there.


I used a bottle lid stamped in india ink, to leave circles around the page, with some black drips added with a dip pen dipped in the india ink.
I wrote words, drew scraggly circles in varying sizes and just made marks.


I hand cut some letters for my Title from the Paper in the kit, and I painted them with the Shimmerzy Paint!  Gorgeous!

I pulled out elements that would work.
a doily
the hexagonal chip shapes....which I painted with crackle texture paint, and then green paint, then Shimmerz Paint.
The ribbon (olive green organza)
A title that matched what I wanted to say
A flower I pulled apart and sprayed with Shimmerz 


Then I started fiddling about with the layers and the placement of the bits and pieces.



By this stage I wanted to take it back a bit, and tone down the strong colour.
So I swiped gesso over the background, and used the end of the paint brush to made circles all around, with the Shimmerz Paint , framing my focal area of the page


Lots and lots of texture.


I let that dry and adhered down all the pieces .


Here's some of the layers and embellishing close up.
I stick little bits here and there to create groupings and fill spaces.
Little pieces of left over string, Folded ribbons
Little labels and strips cut up
and little stickers....
(I adore those owls.  You can use the 'Owl' sheet of paper in the kit and cut out the sweet little owls and you can have owls forever!!!)


I wrote my journalling on strips and cut it up to place down the side of the page.




It changed a bit over its production, but I liked how it came out in the end.
And I almost gave it up several times,  I set it aside, and kept going back to it, because I loved the colours with the striped Paper.....I learned two things.....1- sometimes it pays to persist......and 2- almost anything can be saved....sometimes you just need to set it aside, and come back to it with fresh eyes.

Hope you enjoy this kit this month!



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