Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Create Paper Ruffles with Punches by Sandi Clarkson

Sandi Clarkson is featuring our October Limited Edition Kit today with instructions for creating her paper ruffles on her pretty pink layout!


Hello, everyone! Sandi here with you today to share how I created the fun ruffles on my pink "Lucy" page! I don't do that much punch work anymore but I wanted to do something a little bit different and this is the very first thing that popped into my head! 

I've used primarily the Prima Coffee Break Aromatic Blend paper along with 4 inches of side B of the Cup O' Joe paper (pictured in lower photos.) Trim everything into 2 inch strips, 6 of the pink and 2 of the black and white.

 Then I began using some random border punches being sure that they were all of a similar nature and that none were a deep-edged punch. 

I began laying them out until I got a rough idea how I wanted them to be. You can see here that I initially planned to perhaps place a black strip at the top.  Later, I decided to go all pink at the top and let the black and white paper serve as a petticoat effect at the bottom. 

Then I made tick marks on my pink card stock on both the right and left margin at 1.5", 3", 4.5", 6", 7.5", 9", 10.5" and of course 12" being the last marker.  Once you have your tick marks, all you have to do is start taping your pieces your pieces down. I fiddled with mine a bit to ruffle the bottoms upwards once I had a rough idea where my photo and embellishments were going to be placed. 

I forgot to take a final photo until I was further along in my process but here is one as I was getting ready to do some inking with my stencil and black ink. Ruffles is certainly one way to give your layout a girly look! 

Thanks for coming by and taking a peek! 


You can see more of Sandi's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the October Limited Edition Kit:

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Come Play Along with our October Sketch Challenge for a Chance to Win!

Our October sketch challenge is up and running!
We would love to have you join in the fun.

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's the sketch:

For a chance to win the prize package, create a layout based on this sketch using any products you'd like to use. This challenge is open to everyone, everywhere (you do not need to be a kit club member!) and ends at midnight (EDT) on November 14th.

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, October 17, 2014

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 October Limited Edition Kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Marilyn work her magic...



You can see more of Marilyn's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the October Limited Edition Kit:

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Look Into Design Process by Heather Binnie

Heather Binnie is walking us through her design process today with our October Creative Kit!


Hi everyone!

Here are my instructions for the pages I made for the fabulous My Creative Scrapbook October kit. 

2nd Place:

I first sprayed the background with a gold ink mist.

I wanted the columns to be at different heights to represent "1st", "2nd" and "3rd" place. Because Trent was in 2nd place for the Pinewood Derby, his picture is in the middle.

For the left column, I punched a tag hole in the orange background and tied a ribbon around it.

I used the sticker with the 3 leaves to again represent "1st", "2nd" and "3rd.
I added the rick rack at the bottom.

I put the rounded leaf tag sticker on a piece of cardstock and cut it out so it wouldn't be sticky. I used a generic, yellow brad to adhere the tag to the piece of purple.

Lions, Tigers and Bears:

For some reason, I had the hardest time coming up with a clever title for this. The colors in the photos were perfect for the paper. We were at the Wildlife Museum (which I call "The Museum of Death") and at the end we came across this cute lion cut out that the kids really (well, Kat did) wanted to  stand behind and get their pictures taken.

I couldn't think of how to use "fall" and "lions" together but then a commercial came on TV (because I always have the TV on. I can't function unless I'm multi-tasking.) about the Wizard of Oz. That's when the title idea came to me and then the rest of the page came together.

I had to find that scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy is about to meet the Lion. I found it on Youtube and wrote it down. That became my title and since they found the Lion in the woods, the leaves as accents were perfect. One of those leaves is on a 3-D dot.

I rounded the corners of the mat behind the placemat to match and then I rounded the corners of the white cardstock to match.

I added the cute bunny on a postage stamp sticker to make sure it stayed friendly and cute.


In first grade, my son was a bunny in a play. I think it was a play about trolls and for some reason he was the bunny.

I knew that I wanted to use the picture because of the colors and I really, really wanted to use the cut off strip from the papers. I like to re-use things. :) If you've read my blog before, you know I don't like throwing things away that I could possibly re-use; and that means cut off strips. Seriously.

I used the cute little fox side of the paper to help emphasize the age of my son and the fact that he was a cute bunny. The corner is rounded on the inside to help your eye follow right down to his cute little face. (Yes, I used "cute" 3 times in that paragraph. Well, now 4)

I carefully cut off the strips from the paper and lined them each up with a button.

I added some leaves on 3-D dots and added the title.


I'm not going to do a lot of instructions on this one. You've already seen it twice. It was on the Blog Hop from the 5th and then it was used as part of the sketch challenge on the 16th.

I think you get it. ;)

Thank you so much for reading and tagging along. Have a great night.


Don't forget to check out our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the October Creative Kit:

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Painted Background Tutorial by Guest Designer Stephanie Buice

We are so happy that Stephanie Buice joined us again to guest design this month. Today she's featuring our October Main Kit with instructions for creating her painted background!


Hi everyone, it's so nice to be here with you today to share this super easy painted background technique.

First let's gather a few basic supplies: Two pieces of white card stock, Distress Stain Daubers (I used Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint), scissors, and a napkin or paper towel.

Step 1:) Using your darkest color first, simply press the dauber down on the paper and draw some lines. You can draw separate lines but for this background I like the look it gives when the lines are all connected. Your lines should end up looking like upright zig zags.

Step 2:) Then repeat step 1 with your lighter color (Crushed Olive in my case) making sure to fill in all of the white spaces and blending the two color together.

Step 3:) After you get your color down quickly lay down your napkin on top of your ink to pick up the excess. This helps prevent your paper from warping too badly.

Step 4:) Now your main design is done! Don't worry too much about how it looks right now since you'll more than likely be covering it up here and there. Let your paint dry completely (mine took about 15 mins).

Step 5:) Once it's nice and dry go ahead and cut it out. If you'd rather just finish your layout without cutting it out I've done it like that before as well and it worked just fine. However for this layout I liked the texture and dimension that it adds to my layout when it's cut out and sewn on.

Step 6:) Once you have it cut out, decide on the placement you want it to be and then use tiny piece of wash tape to hold it to your other piece of white card stock.

Step 7:) Using your sewing machine sew your background down. I sewed in a double square so that I have the center to place the rest of my embellishments for my layout. (If you would rather just use adhesive you can skip this step).

And now you're done, See, wasn't that easy peasy!?
Now you can try this technique out with other mediums and colors, good luck and have fun.


You can see more of Stephanie's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the October Main Kit:

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

6 Ways to Color Canvas Thickers by Nicole Doiron

Nicole Doiron is featuring our October Limited Edition Kit today with six different ways to change the color of the canvas Thickers that came in the kit.


It's my time once again to show you a few tricks of the trade.

Well, this month, I have decided to play around with the set of canvas Thickers that came with the
October Limited Edition kit and show you different ways to add colour to them.  Obviously, there are dozens of possibilities out there, but I have decided upon 6 different mediums that I have in my stash.

First I have decided to use number 1-6 of my Thickers set.

On number 1, I went the easy route, dabbing some Ranger Distress Stain.  I love Distress Stain as it is very watery and flows so easily from the cotton dabber.  It's also very pigmented so every colour available is very potent and bright.  It absorbed fairly quickly into the canvas, not requiring a lot.  I've had my Distress Stains for a couple years now and none of them have ever dried (unlike some paint dabbers) and they last a long time.  Definitely a favorite of mine!  

Number 2 was misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  I love mists and I love Glimmer Mist as it gives such a beautiful translucent glimmer effect and they come in a variety of colours, but I have to admit that they are a bit more complicated to use than Distress Stains.  More complicated in the sense that they are messier and yes, they do often clog up!  And it's never an easy task unclogging them!  But according to the Tattered Angel website, before each use, if you "hold the bottle straight up and shake side to side multiple times, avoiding flipping the bottle or turning the bottle over as much as possible", your mist should remain clog-free.  I love using mists the most to create nice mixed media backgrounds for my projects, often mixing more than one colour.  To cover the canvas Thicker, two sprays were more than enough.
Hold the bottle straight up and shake side to side multiple times. You want to avoid flipping the bottle or turning the bottle over as much as possible. - See more at: http://mytatteredangels.com/glimmer-mist-tips-techniques/#sthash.ub1KTc9A.dpuf

Number 3 was more of a challenge.  I dare say that Ranger Distress Inks do not work that well on canvas chipboard.  I used a finger dabber to rub the ink unto the Thicker and it resulted in a more distressed uneven look, the canvas even ripping in some places.  Maybe Distress Ink is better for distressing paper.

Aww... the good ol' marker method!  I love coloring so I often use my markers to color in any type of chipboard.  These markers worked pretty well on the canvas, absorbing quickly and so easy to use.  Another advantage is that you can even add colour even after your chipboard has been stuck on your layout as it's fairly mess-proof if you are careful with the tip.  

Number 5 was painted using FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint.  I could have used a paintbrush, but I normally like to add paint to anything by using makeup sponges.  I just put a drop or two of paint on the sponge and just dab away.  That's how I achieve the whitewash frosted look I add on a lot of my layouts for anyone who is familiar with my style (if you're not, you can see most of my creations on my blog http://scrap-utopia.blogspot.com - I would be thrilled if you came to visit!).  If you want a LOT of shimmer, I do suggest this brand of metallic paint.  They come in different shades and are very good quality for crafting.

With number 6, I went even more shimmery than Glimmer Mist or Metallic Paint.  Ranger Perfect Pearls is a pigment powder creating dazzling pearlescent effect.  You just need to mix a tiny little bit with water and paint your chipboard using a paintbrush as you would with any other paint.  On normal chipboard, you need very little to cover a large piece.  With the canvas-covered Thickers, it was a bit more difficult.  Perhaps I hadn't used enough water.  You can also Perfect Pearls in a mister and make your own glimmer sprays.

So now you can compare and tell me which one you like best!
Personally, I have to go with either the Distress Stain or the marker.  However, each one of these mediums created a cool effect and if you start to search online for different ways to use each of them, the possibilities are just endless.

Hope you liked my little tutorial this month!  See you in November!


You can see Nicole's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the October Limited Edition Kit:

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Blog Hop Winners!

We are very grateful for all of the love, support, and wishes that we received during our birthday bash blog hop last week.

We feel very blessed to have such wonderful customers and to have gained so many new friends in our 9 years. A great big thank you to each and every one of you!

Are you ready to find out who the blog hop winners are?

The Grand Prize Winner of the My Creative Scrapbook October Main kit is:

 The 3 winners of the Carta Bella prize packages are:

Congratulations to the winners! Please claim your gift by emailing your mailing info to MyCreativeScrapbook@gmail.com with Blog Hop Winner in the subject line.

Rumor has it there are more gifts to give away as we celebrate all month long, so don't forget to keep checking back *wink wink*

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Kit Reveal and Birthday Bash Blog Hop with GIFTS!

Welcome to the My Creative Scrapbook October Kit Reveal and Birthday Bash Blog Hop!


My Creative Scrapbook is celebrating its 9th year in business!
We feel very blessed to have such wonderful customers and all the new friends that we have made in our 9 years.

Yea, it’s time to party!  We’re celebrating all month long, and, believe us, you’ll want to party along with us.

We have BIRTHDAY GIFTS, lots of them, to give to YOU!

We’re getting the party started with a blog hop filled with birthday gifts! 
Are you excited?!

Do you want to know what you could win?

*** The Grand Prize winner will receive a complete My Creative Scrapbook October Main Kit featuring Echo Park and Carta Bella! ***

This kit is filled with beautiful Echo Park and Carta Bella goodies (and more!) that are just perfect for your Fall/Autumn projects.

That's not all.

We know you all LOVE Echo Park and Carta Bella as much as we do. So, we are beyond thrilled to have Echo Park and Carta Bella partying along with us!

Yes! They have been super generous to provide not just one, not just two, but THREE beautiful gifts to give to YOU!

*** Three of you will win the gift below! ***

Do Echo Park and Carta Bella know how to party or what?!

>>>>> Here is how you can win <<<<<

Complete our blog hop. It begins on the My Creative Scrapbook blog and takes you on an inspiration-filled journey through several MCS designers' blogs. You won't want to miss any of it!  You’ll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post.

Be sure to leave some comment love on each blog... the gift winners will be drawn from the comments!

and now...

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook October kits:

Main Kit:

 Creative Kit:

Limited Edition Kit:

Album Kit:  

Are you a My Creative Scrapbook kit club member?
If not, now is a great time to join!

Subscription information can be found here: http://www.mycreativescrapbook.com/kits.htm


We have some very talented ladies to introduce today!
Please help us welcome...

Stephanie Buice
Returning Guest Designer

Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie Buice and I'm so happy to be guesting for My Creative Scrapbook this month! I live in AL with my hubby Bryan and our Son Brady (2). I've been scrapbooking since 2001 when I was gifted a Kit to scrap my senior year of high school. I currently serve on three DTs: Crate Paper, me & my Big ideas and Bella Blvd. I think paper crafting is a blast and it's my perfect escape from the everyday. I've been fortunate in meeting so many awesome women and some of my best friends through this industry, I can't imagine my life without it or them. Thanks for having me here and I hope you enjoy what I've put together for you.

Brenda Cazes
New Design Team Member

Hi everyone! My name is Brenda Cazes. I live in Alberta, Canada and have been married to my best friend for 20 years. We have two adorable little boys who are the stars of my scrapbooks. I began scrapbooking in 2006 after going on a Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, I dropped my camera into the ocean on the last day of our vacation and lost all of our photos. I still have nightmares about it! Luckily, we had friends with us and I was able to use some of their photos. By the time my first son was born in 2007, I was completely addicted to this wonderfully therapeutic hobby. I would describe my scrapbook style as clean, layered, and whimsical. I love bright, fun colors and no layout is complete without machine stitching, buttons or twine. I’ve been fortunate enough to be published several times in Canadian Scrapbooker magazine and Scrapbook & Cards Today.


Before you go, remember to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawings!

We would love it if you would follow us on Facebook, too.

The blog hop ends on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Winners will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog on Monday, October 13th.
(By the way... we're partying all month long, and we have even more gifts to give that we haven't shown you yet! So keep checking back this month for more ways to win)

Alright, it's time to hop around!
** If something should go wrong along the way, such as a broken blog link, or a blog post not appearing, the complete blog hop lineup is below **

>>> The next stop on the blog hop is the Echo Park Paper Co. blog!

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Echo Park Paper Co.: http://www.echoparkpaperblog.com