Friday, April 24, 2015

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Brenda Cazes

Brenda Cazes is featuring our April Main Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!


Hi everyone! Today I’m going to show you how I created this layout.

I started with a piece of black cardstock and using a white gel pen, I freehanded a border on three sides of the paper. I didn’t do the right hand side because I knew I was going to cover it up.

Next, I drew different sized circles over the doodled lines.

I then added a 1” strip to the right hand side.

Then, using one of the barcode strips, I cut it down to about 8” and added it over the strip I just added.

Cut a 4” x 9” piece from the pink grid paper and a 1 ½ “ x 8 ¼ “ piece of the triangle paper and glue it to the right hand side of the pink paper.

Next, I cut two 1” x 7.5” strips of the black striped paper. By just using strips, you save on paper!

Glue the strips to the pink grid paper.

Glue these pieces to the left side of your black cardstock.

Add one of the journaling squares and tuck it under the piece that was just added.

I then journaled on one of the diecuts and added it to the journaling square.

I trimmed my photos down to fit the frames and glued them to the frames.

Glue the framed photos to the pink grid paper.

Next, I added the title and some of the other embellishments included in the kit. I cut out two of the rectangles from one of the patterned papers and tucked them at the top under the strip on the right hand side. Then, using my sewing machine, I did a zig-zag stich over the red strip.

You might have noticed the yellow strip on the right hand side isn’t it any of my photos. It wasn’t until I finished my second layout and placed it beside this one that I noticed it wasn’t 12x12”. Apparently, the black cardstock I used wasn’t a full piece! So I used another one of the barcode strips and glued it to the right hand side and stitched it to keep it in place. Here’s the finished layout.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

We're on Instagram!

We know that many of our subscribers and fans are on Instagram.  We're excited to announce that we're there, too!  Hope you'll "follow" us for inspiration and fun.

Be sure to tag @mycreativescrapbookofficial when sharing your creations using our kits on Instragram... we're watching, and you may be featured! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Sandi Clarkson

Sandi Clarkson is featuring our April Limited Edition Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!


Hello, My Creative Scrapbook fans! Thanks for stopping by! Sandi here with you today sharing how I put my "You & Me" page together using the gorgeous April Limited Edition Kit. Every month seems to be a new fave Kit for me but this one had all my favorite colors, so I was really in scrappy heaven!

I wanted to use Marion Smith's Junque Gypsy "Nota Bene" paper in a  unique way, so I decided to rotate the paper and pair it with some of Prima Bella Rouge "Les Rosas" paper.  This was step one. 

Then I took a remaining portion of the "Les Rosas" paper and turned it over to show the beautiful red roses. Using teal and red always makes me happy as it's a favorite color combo. I thought it would work beautifully with the "Nota Bene" paper to accent those flowers.  Some punching along the edges of the red paper helped add a shabby, romantic touch. 

Next I prepped my paper with Clear Gesso on both side of the paper, then added some texture with a Donna Downey stencil and molding paste from my stash.  I also added splashes and droplets of color using my Prima Bloom Sprays in Light Teal and Tea Stain. 

Then the layering fun begins with some of the Prima Bella Rouge note cards and Marion Smith's Romance Novel Chapter 2 papers as well as some white doily die cuts created with a Prima die from my stash. 

Here it is after I've layered and added my Prima florals, Bella Rouge brads and butterflies cut from the section of the Junque Gypsy paper that I didn't use. You know this is a great Kit when you open it and find some of your favorite flowers in there! Yes! 

Here is a little close-up showing where I've tucked gauze here and there for texture. And the Bella Rouge brads are just gorgeous. 

Another close-up where you can see some of the misting. 

And here again is the finished layout. A sweet grandson kissing his baby sister. What could be better than that? 


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Step by Step Layout Video Tutorial by Michelle McDonald

Michelle McDonald is inspiring us with a terrific step by step video tutorial today!

Enjoy watching Michelle design her beautiful layout with our April Main Kit:

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Friday, April 17, 2015

April Sketch Challenge

Our April sketch challenge has begun and we'd love for everyone to 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 April sketch:

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

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Scrap Space Tour by Christine Meyer

Christine Meyer is taking us on a tour of her awesome scrap space today!


It's always fun to take a peek into someone else's scrapbooking space, so today I thought I would share mine with you!  I recently got to redo my scrapbooking studio because my old one had some flooding issues. 

My room is very functional for me - all my design team products have specific homes as do products from my favorite companies.  I am a big time purger - so if it isn't being used I get rid of it. I try very hard to keep things organized because I think it makes me much more efficient and creative!   It's not fancy and is almost entirely made up of pieces from yard sales - but here it is - my scrapbooking studio :)

Throughout the room I have different altered pieces that I have made - ones that haven't found a home elsewhere yet and help to make the room my own.  This first shelf holds my Thickers container up top and next to it is a crate where I store 12 X 12 sticker sheets and papers from miscellaneous companies.  The second shelf is all my punches.  I don't have a lot, I only keep what I use regularly.  The next shelf is storage for design team goodies.
The bottom shelf is class supplies and cards that I have made and extra cards.

This shelf just got reorganized!  Up top I have all my 12 X 12 paper pads and smaller paper pads.  The two shelves with bins are now filled up with different supplies from like extra adhesive, ribbons, fibers, and more.  The bottom is mostly containers of ribbon - that is an area that I need to do some more purging!  

This little dresser holds design team goodies! I try hard to keep those all organized so I won't mix up which company they came from. 

I've always wanted a display wall and this time I made one.  The lower level is made up of my favorite cards and some published cards.

The top level is some of my favorite layouts.

I no longer had a use for a changing table for my kids so I moved it into my room!  The top is used for my Cinch machine and my Cuttlebug.  It works great as a stable surface for both of those machines.  The bottom is just general storage.

This is one of the ways I organize my stickers - keeping them hung up on a pegboard makes it so that I always see what I have.  I try hard to keep the original packaging so that I can keep them hung up until they are nearly gone.

This storage rack is the best thing I have ever found at a yard sale - I got it for $10!!!  I use it for drawers for some of my favorite companies products - each one gets a drawer so I can keep them all together.  The bottom and biggest drawer is just scraps.  Above it I have two racks - one is full of cups with miscellaneous storage (dies, punches, etc) and the second is all templates.

I also store my washi tape up there on what was intended to be a dish drying rack.
This is my desk - more cups on racks full of miscellaneous embellishments and tools are hung above it.  I have a lazy susan where I keep my most used adhesives and tools.  I also have a tray with 8 1/2 X 11 papers and a another shelf for pictures.  The drawers on my desk are also reserved for design team product. As my teams change so do the drawers.

I haven't found a better solution for my wood veneer pieces so I keep them here in an old tupperware container.

On top of this dresser I keep all my mists and drawers with little miscellaneous embellishments. 

The biggest change that came with this room was adding in an extra table.  This has been great because it gives me multiple areas to work and I can bounce between projects.  It also makes it so there is plenty of room for someone else to join me!

Underneath the table I keep my cardstock, another scrap basket, and a rolling cart that has stuff my daughter is allowed to use in it.

Lastly I'll show my Raskog which my hubby got me for my birthday last year.  I love this thing!  It looks like a mess but each little compartment is home to little things that I needed to organize - from chipboard pieces, to silhouette cuts, to rub-ons.  It has made me use all those little details way more!

I hope you've enjoyed this quick little visit to my scrapbooking studio!  


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Designing with Washi Tape by Kristine Davidson

Guest Designer Kristine Davidson is continuing the April Main Kit colorful washi strip fun today!


Hello Friends! It's Kristine Davidson with you today. I'll be showing you how to create a layout using washi tape in a fun " Paper Like " way! I love circles and of course I love washi tape as well. Sadly my washi tape is more of a collection than a practical embellishment.  This tutorial can be done with strips of paper, the washi tape included in this month's Main Kit or any other washi tape you might have sitting in your stash collecting dust!

First You'll need these simple tools:
Washi tape package from your kit
White Cardstock
Circle Punches ( Sm, Med, Lg)
Pop Dots
Black Journal Pen
Black Ink

The first step is the adhere atleast 3-4 of your washi strips to a piece of white cardstock,include the colors you think go well together or mix and match.

Once your washi is placed on your cardstock, it's time to punch out some circles. I did 4 sizes but you can choose your own if you wish.

Once my circles are cut, it's time to create my layout.
I added 2 yellow srips of the washi on the bottom of my page and I simply cut a few strips from the multi colored striped paper - no paper trimmer!
Add these strips to the bottom of your layout.

Then place your circles on the left hand side of your page. You can use pop dots for this to give your circles dimension.  Once your circles are in place, how about a little doodling!? I am hooked on this right now and it makes creating a page so fun. Amy Tangerine's paper collection is perfect for this! Try It ;-)

I then added my photo, journaling, and title.

This is my finished page! Colorful, fun, full of doodles and WASHI TAPE!

Hope this inspired you to use some of that washi tape and doodle too !


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