Friday, August 22, 2014

Lots of Creative Journaling Ideas by Lydell Quin

Welcome to the Blog today!
Here is my table set up for my Project Life stage of my creating this month.  I am a little behind, so I am trying to get as much done with my supplies this month as I can.


So with this in mind, I am sharing a few tips I find useful doing Project Life, especially when you are behind, and you are trying to get the very most out of your kits!

I love journaling.  I love words.  I love telling the story.  Project Life Style recording is perfect for story telling and in a format that reads a little like a family journal or Diary of sorts.  It records our stories of our life in pictures and in words.  It is sometimes a challenge however, finding the places to write in the limited spaces left, after we add photos.  Journal cards, blocks, stamps and labels are great for this.  I find you can never have enough and it is often necessary for me to make my own to match the papers I am using in the kits.

Often times when you are using Patterned Paper, the pattern is just too busy to add your journaling to, so you need something to adhere on top that matches, while still keeping with the cohesive embellishing in each cards design.  Not always an easy thing to do.  But I have some Ideas!





Cut a strip of Patterned paper and staple it to the top of one of your cut out labels.  Add pen lines and your journaling.

Swipe a matching paint colour onto your paper and use that as a journaling strip....This makes a 'stage' for your words.

Here are some other ideas pictured below.


Simple white on top of patterned paper (described above.)



The arrow journaling bars, very effective and points to the focal point of your journaling.....  Really cool!


One of my most favourites is strip journaling.  Just love it as a design element of my cards too!


Rounded corner labels layered and stapled.  And journaling around a frame.  
Great way to fit the story in places it might not normally fit.


Rounded corners and edged with washi tape, then stapled.  Faux pen lines to finish off....Really sweet!


The flag.  Can be any size any width, to fit your space.


Cutting a strip with freehand scallops and adhering right below or above the photo.  Journal right onto it.  


Patterned paper cut a little taller than your white journaling strip.  Layer together.   
Add staples for more interest.


Journal directly to card design, following border of image or shape.  Great way to journal on there, without greatly impacting the image or the card design.  It blends right in.


Flag with washi tape again, just larger.  

Other ideas......

Journal directly onto dead space on your photo.  Just use a pen for slick surfaces in either white or black

Journal around the border of your Photo

Journal around the entire perimeter of your card.

Die cut blank shapes and use them as journaling cards.

Journal within a pattern of your Cards.  ie look for zig zags, or lines on your paper.

adhere a flap to the top of your journaling card and use the flap as hidden, interactive journaling.

hunt up your journaling stamps in your stamp stash and use them with ink colours to match your spread


I am sure there are many many more ideas, but these are just some I used to complete the spreads using this months kit.  So that's me for the day!  Hope this sparked some ideas for journaling on your next spread!

Have a good one!



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Main Kit Traditional Layouts and Project Life Spreads by Lydell Quin

Hello again,
Lydell with you today, sharing the things I created Using the Main Kit for August.  It is a lovely one to work with this month.

Check it out....


And here are the things I created using just this kit.
The first 3 you already saw if you joined us on the hop.

Layout 1
"Family"

Layout 2
"Girl Time Spent with You"

Layout 3
"Tablet Love"

Layout 4
Project Life Spread
Side a- Week 19

Layout 5
Project Life
Side b- Week 19

Layout 6
Project Life
Side a- Week 20

Layout 7
Project Life
Side b- Week 20


Layout 8
Project Life
Side a- Week 21


Layout 9
Project Life
Side b- Week 21


Not a bad production with just the one kit!!!

Hope you enjoy your kits this month.
Have a great week!


 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Step by Step Layout VIDEO Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

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

Sit back and enjoy as Marta shows you her design process!



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Here's the Limited Edition Kit:


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Create a Gesso Alpha Background by Guest Designer Kristine Davidson

Guest Designer Kristine Davidson is up today with a tutorial featuring our August Main Kit!

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I will be the first to admit that creating tutorials scares me. Seriously, i find it terrifying LOL! i 'm not sure why -- maybe you'll try what i tried and go.. what was she thinking !!  but today, i'm sharing something i just recently tried and maybe you'll enjoy it ;-) 

First I used the Thickers  from the My Creative Scrapbook Main Kit, a piece of cardstock, gesso, paint brush, water brush and  gelatos. 

Step 1 : 
Place your thickers in a random order or create your own message on a piece of cardstock. Take an old brush and add gesso to your alphas.

Let it dry overnight. 

Step 2:
The next day take out some gelatos or watercolor paints and add them to your page. Rub on different colors to your alphas - as much or as little as you like,


I added a few selected colors to match the pattern paper i was using
 - Blue, Red and Green. I didn't add a lot of color, i just wanted a hint of it.

Step 3: 
After letting it dry for a few minutes
- the colors showed up nicely on my background


Step 4:
I added some messy sewing on my page and
started adding some papers and embellishments.

   


Overall it was a great first trial to my { Gesso Alpha Background } Something i'll probably try again to use up some of those thickers! 

Hope you enjoyed this today and looking forward to seeing your projects ;-) 
Kristine Davidson
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Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Make Die Cuts Work for your Project by Kristin Greenwood

Kristin Greenwood is up today with some tips for using the die cuts that are included our August Creative Kit:

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This month in the Creative Kit there is a package of American Crafts die cuts.  As awesome as these die cuts were, they just were not going to work with the photos that I wanted to use!  So I needed to come up with a creative way to add them to my projects!

Since it was just the design that would not work, I decided to just flip them around and use the back side!  The shapes were perfect!
I had to trim some off the arrow here to get the shape I wanted!

I just adore the surf board on this layout!

I added some of the stickers from the kit on the road sign shape!

The arrow was perfect for an extra layer!

Here are the completed layouts!



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

August Sketch Challenge - Everyone is Invited - Enter to Win!

Our August 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 September 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, August 15, 2014

Creative Uses of Stamps by Guest Designer Wendy Antenucci

Guest Designer Wendy Antenucci is up today with some terrific tips for using the stamps that come in our August Main Kit! Here's Wendy:

So you're not a stamper!

When I received my kit there was the stamp set from MME included, now I don't stamp, but I didn't want to not attempt to try everything in the kit. Hmmm so what was I to do with this stamp set? As I looked at the stamp set I realized that there was a great leafy piece included and it looked just like seaweed! This was the inspiration for my layout Love this Life.


I began creating my seaweed by pulling my inks that were similar in color to the green paper in the kit and stamping multiple pieces. Tip: For better images place a mouse pad under your stamping area.


I then began fussy cutting each of the leafy pieces. This for my is probably my most used element and you will find some fussy cutting on every layout I make. I use a Fiskar finger knife which gives me great control.


I then began laying out my layout; I wanted a beachy feel and cheesecloth adds great beachy texture. I grabbed some that I had laying in my box that I had previously sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Wheatfield and pulled and stretched until it fit beside my picture in a way that I liked. I also tore my cardstock to give a cloud feel to my layout and soften the lines. The white cardstock was a little bright for what I wanted so I misted the top of the page with Prima's new mist to soften the area.


I then piled my seaweed randomly in a pile to match my picture. What do you think? Does it look like seaweed?


I added in a sticker on a stick to imitate the signs you see at the beach.


Some clouds punched with my Fiskar punch and inked with a light blue added to the top of the page to give the feeling of wide open space.


A few pieces of seaweed on the bottom of the layout to tie everything together. Don't be afraid to throw in pops of color to spice up your layout - the red wasn't at all part of my design, but it added energy to my page without clashing.


Have an empty spot but your layout is complete as a design? Add a few lines and journal! I added my sons age and a heart (pop of red) for a little more interest.

But, what if you don't have beach pictures? What else can you do with the stamp set if you aren't a stamper?


Use the leftover seaweed to finish up your trail of flowers forming a diagonal line and tapering the end of your design.


Here's another stamp that I chose to use as my journaling and again to add to my design without making it too heavy.


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