Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Get a 3D Effect on Your Pages by Elizabeth Hellum

Elizabeth Hellum is up today with a tutorial featuring our September Main Kit!

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Hey there, Elizabeth here and today I want to show you a cool way to get a 3-D affect on your pages when I created this layout for My Creative Scrapbook!

 First off, I wanted to do some blocking so I cut my papers into squares as well as using a Sharpie around them to draw your eye inward. That's a fun lil' side note, but I wanted to show you this:


Cute layout huh? I like it a lot, but I wanted to focus on off the page! As you can see here, I used pop dots to make the photo and its frame pop off the page:


I am really in to poppin' stuff off of my pages, see here:


and here:


and here:
But I have to admit it's not rocket science. Really nothing I do is, but it doesn't have to be! It just has to be what I like and how I like it and that's all that matters. So I use these little handy things:


And I wanted my layout to look like the photo and background papers holding the photo up were like on an easel. So I only placed the pop dots in the upper left & right hand corners of the papers. This way it looks like a cookbook on a stand! I know right, cute huh? I think so and of course its super easy, which is what I am all about!!


Pop dots are amazing because like I said, they allow texture to your pages and makes it pop of the page!

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

Here's the September 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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September Sketch Challenge

Our September 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 October 14th.

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tips You Can Use on Every Layout by Guest Designer Wendy Antenucci

Guest Designer Wendy Antenucci is up today with some fun tips featuring our September Main Kit!

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As I was creating with the amazing September Main kit, I realized that I have a few tricks that I use on a lot of my work.  So for my tutorial today, I thought I would share so that you all can enjoy too.


1.  I just participated in a Creative Blog Hop and a podcast where the question was how do you create.  Well I multi-task!  This layout started from another layout where I had trimmed the outer 1.5" to mat my layout on, but I didn't like the full 1.5" so I cut it down.  I was left with the cool square so I stapled it down to my paper.  I wasn't even working on this layout, but I now had my base covered.  I often will not use a piece on my layout so I just lay it on another one to see if it works.  This allows me to create layouts in under an hour when I actually start them.


2.  I like to use foam adhesive and cardboard scraps to build layers on my pages.  But on this page I already had the large chipboard banner at the top and I really didn't want to have another piece competing with that, but I wanted to use the large floral.  So, what do you do?  You rip the backing off the chipboard until you have the thickness you want!  This allowed me to layer my photo over the flower piece without any problems and I didn't compete with the other chipboard pieces.



3.  I cut my smaller leftovers from other layouts (see multi-tasking again) into 3x4 and 4x6 cards, first because I do Project Life, and second because I love to use these sizes to build layers.  I assembled the colors/patterns that I wanted and stapled them together to hold them while I assembled the rest of my photo block.  I did cut the pink piece down then to better fit my area.


4.  And my last tip/trick has to do with filling up white space that might be unbalanced or empty.  I LOVE clouds (and hearts), so I have a Fiskar heart punch in two sizes and I punch hearts from my white cardstock, edge them with ink and presto lightweight fillers that always look good on layouts (in my opinion).



Thanks so much for joining me and for the opportunity to create with My Creative Scrapbook, it was wonderful!

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

Here's the September 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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Layout Design Process with Lynn Shaffer

Lynn Shaffer is up today with some looks into her design process featuring our September Creative Kit!

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Hello, 

Hope you are having a fabulous day. 
Today I am demonstrating my process in building a page. 

Trim 11 ¾  inch off each side of pattern paper.  Matt down 11 ¾ x 11 ¾ pattern paper to black cardstock.


I then matted my sticker letters to black cardstock to make it pop. 



Free hand I cut various shapes and inked all the edges. 


I applied Glossy accents in layers and let dry.


I then began layering all the elements and adding brads to my page. 



The trick to layering is to tuck the shapes behind larger elements. 


Also popping up stickers will help give dimension to your layout. 


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For my second layout I changed the look of my page with Gelato's. 


I put a layer of gesso on my base page

inked the edges of my misc pieces.


To add dimension I matt my photo's and pop them with 3D adhesive.


Now that my base page is dry I apply Gelatos. 


I then placed my various cut pieces on my layout. 



Tracing out my sticker words help make titles pop. 


Thank you for joining me. 
Don't forget to check out all the amazing inspiration in the DT Gallery. 

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

Here's the September 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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Step by Step Layout VIDEO Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

How would you like to see another fabulous step by step video tutorial to inspire you for the weekend?

How about a mixed media and shabby chic layout tutorial featuring our September Limited Edition kit?

Well, we're all in luck, because Marilyn Rivera has prepared exactly that.

Here's the layout that Marilyn designs in her video:


So sit back and enjoy as you watch Marilyn create her layout step by step!


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

Here's the September 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, September 11, 2014

September Main Kit Designs by Guest Designer Kim Watson

Today we're sharing the AMAZING work of Guest Designer Kim Watson.  Kim designed with our September Main Kit, and due to shipping delays, she created these inspiring layouts in a very short amount of time.

Clearly, Kim works extremely well in little time, as you can see by her beautiful work:





Thanks for designing with us this month, Kim!

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By the way, you can see the rest of the team's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the September 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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Create a Quilt Effect with Paper Scraps by Becky Litz

Becky Litz is up today with a tutorial featuring our September Creative Kit!

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Hello Friends!

Today I would like to share with you how I created the quilted heart on my 'Work of Heart' layout. 

This month I am using Creative Kit which features the Creative Agenda collection from Echo Park.


I started by using my silhouette to cut out a large heart from my base patterned paper. If you don't have an electronic die cutting machine you could certainly draw a heart freehand and cut it out by hand. I then used embroidery floss and stitched around the entire outside of the heart.


Next I placed the paper with the cut out heart on top of a sheet of white cardstock and traced the heart shape with my pencil


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 I took a bunch of scraps from layouts I had already completed and cut a whole bunch of 1.5inch squares. You could use a square punch if you have one but I just used my paper trimmer. I then cut each one in half diagonally so that I got two triangles.


 I then began randomly sticking the triangles down to the white cardstock in the pattern you see below. I really didn't have a plan for which triangles I stuck down, except for that I didn't want any of the same patterns to be touching each other. 

I was not covering the whole white paper with triangles...only where I had traced the heart. I also left a bunch missing from the bottom right corner as you can see, because I knew my photo was going to go there and cover that space up....no need to waste paper, am I right?!?!


 When the heart was all filled in I simply attached the patterned paper with the cut out heart on top and added my photo.


 I finished off the layout with a title block, journaling and a few stickers and embellishments.


 And here again is the finished product! A great way to use up small scraps, and you could use all kinds of different shapes for the cut out...maybe a star!....oooh, I've gotta try that.


Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were able to find some inspiration.

~Becky

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

Here's the September 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.