Thursday, November 27, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook Thanksgiving Message


At this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn gratefully to you our customer with warm appreciation. We are deeply thankful and send our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

We have so many exciting items coming your way in this next kit, Yea!

We will be out of the office on Thanksgiving day and due to our holiday travel we will be billing on the 26th. E-mail us with any questions, we are happy to help.

Have a lovely weekend,

Pam Rangel

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to Make Your Layouts Pop by Lynn Shaffer

Hello! Lynn here today sharing my tips to making your layouts pop. I had the pleasure of working with the Main Kit. I don't know about you but receiving my scrapbook kit is a production at my house. The whole family is involved. The minute that bad boy makes it to my place the kids and I are dancing and squealing. We then sit down and open the kit. The rule is mommy is the first one to touch (everything). This kit is stuffed with beautiful pieces, lots of great embellishments. 
Beautiful flowers and I loved the velum words. 

Little did I know there is a bit of a competition between my kids as to who's picture will be used in the layouts.

Once the pictures are selected I will then match them to the base pattern paper. I then go through the embellishments and add the ones I believe will go well with my picture and the base page.  I then start to stage my layouts. Using either a sketch or playing with the various pieces, till I get my look. Once my look is achieved I will take a picture of my layout.

This picture will serve as my guide as I layer, ink, distress the pieces. I will cut pieces in ½ to layer. 

The picture on the left is of my stage layout and the one right is my actual finished layout. You will see there is a slight difference in the placement of the pieces but overall pretty close match. 




By cutting pieces in 1/2 and layering you achieve a full look to your layouts. Slightly inking those edges will help those elements pop. 



I also picked inks that would go with my embellishments. 



Another way to make your layout pop is to add a darker color with a bright. For this layout I loved the black vellum lettering. But when I staged my layout the black lettering was a bit off. 



I decided to layer my patterned paper with black cardstock. I then painted a few embellishments with black paint. Adding bits of color here and there around the layout. 
For extra shine I added Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

I love soft layouts but sometimes simply tracing out a few elements in black will help them stand out. 



Tracing words or shapes will help draw attention. 



Also don't be afraid to manipulate some of the pieces. I had a few gold leaves in my kit that I cut into hearts to make my layout work. 



I also added a few color blotches by fanning my nozzle on the pattern paper. 



I started editing a bit of journaling on my pictures. I really wanted to use these pictures but the paper combo's where not working for me. So using a bit of color (I used my Color Bloom spray or you can use your Lindy's) re-colored a couple of my pieces. I also cut hearts out of other embellishments.



I also recolored some of the pieces to "bold" them. 



Inking the edges to help them stand out. 


Hope this helps you on your creative process. Don't forget to check out the DT Gallery

Enjoy this fabulous kit!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Adding Details to Project Life Cards Using Masks by Guest Designer Kristine Davidson

H​ello, It's Kristine Davidson with you today! I'm sharing a little idea with you that might give you some ideas on how to use up some of the left over papers and stickers from this month's Creative Kit.

I had a few pieces of scrap paper left, and almost a full sheet of the American Crafts Shimelle - Haynes. I decided I was going to do a few 3/4 Filler cards for my ​Project Life Album.


I decorated my cards with stickers, a little sewing, some pop dots and I knew something was missing. I then realized the kit includes this awesome package of masks!


Yes, ( blushing! ) after I glued and sewed I realized what I could do with this Mask set. HINT: Do this before you glue and sew!

I got myself some Colorshine, and Sprayed only a few parts of my cards. It added some extra details and a little pattern to my cards.




I then added some twine for bows and voila!


I really love the outcome and hope you give this a try!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

How to Use your Printer to Print on Journaling Cards by Brenda Cazes

Brenda Cazes is featuring our November Main Kit today with instructions for printing on journaling cards!

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to show you how to use your printer to print on journaling cards like I did on this layout.


I really don’t like my handwriting and prefer to print my journaling. However, a lot of my layouts have my handwriting as I feel it adds a personal touch, but sometimes I want the clean look of printed journaling. Or if I have a lot of journaling and not a lot of space for it, I prefer to print it.

The first step is to measure the journaling card – keeping in mind the margins. For example, if your journaling card is 3” wide, you’ll want your printing to be about 2 ¾“ wide. Next, you’ll want to open your word processing software. I use Microsoft Word.

I usually just guesstimate the spacing the first time and then print it out. Be sure to pay attention to how your printer prints, so that you know how to feed the paper into it once you’re ready to print onto your journaling card. Put the journaling card behind your printed paper and hold up to the light to see if your spacing is correct. If not, make your adjustments and print again. This step can take a few tries before you get it right. As you can see in my photo below, it took me three tries.


In order to print around the heart on this card, I inserted a triangle. I used a triangle because there is no heart shape and it was close enough. In Microsoft Word go to Insert on the Main Tool Bar, click on Shapes and then on the triangle. I measured the heart on the card and made the triangle the same size using the rulers at the top and side of the screen. Next, I turned the triangle upside down so that it was similar to the heart shape. To do this, put the cursor at the top of the triangle until the cursor turns to a rounded arrow. Click and hold and drag the triangle until it is upside down. Then, with the Drawing Tools toolbar open, click on Wrap Text button and choose “Tight”. This will allow your text to wrap tightly around your shape.

Once the spacing is correct, draw a line around your journaling card so that you know where it needs to go. This box will be on the back of your printed paper. (For photography purposes, I flipped my journaling card over so you can see it, otherwise it would have been white on white and very hard to see.)



Now flip the paper over and using a tape runner put a couple of lines of adhesive inside the box you drew.

Stick your journaling card to the adhesive lining up the edges of the card to the box you drew earlier by holding it up to the light so you can see the lines.


Run it through your printer again and remove the printer paper from your journaling card.



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Scrap Space Embellishment Organization by Becky Litz

Becky Litz is sharing a terrific embellishment organizing idea with us today!

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Hello Everyone!
Becky here with you today to share my favorite organizational item in my craft area....and it is this box! I got it at a big box craft store, but I'm sure you can find something similar in other places.


It is advertised as a storage system for organizing your 4x6 photos, with 16 clear cases inside....but I LOVE to use it for my embellishments!

here is my box all packed up and FULL of goodies...all organized in rainbow order of course!

I've got my cases divided into: Red/Burgundy, Orange/Peach, Yellow, Lime Green, other Greens, Teal/Aqua, Blue, Purple, Pink, Brown, Black/Grey, White, and Cream as well as boxes for Clear, Metal, and Wood Veneer to fill up all 16 cases! I labeled each with my label maker.

When I open a package of embellishments I just divide what is inside the package into their specific colours and add them to their box....These boxes seem to be mostly full of buttons...I love buttons!!!!
Take a peek inside a few of the boxes!

Each box has a clasp to close it up tight and the whole box closes up nice and snug to hold all my goodies. I love to take this with me to crops...it keeps everything right at hand.

You could easily add a spool of bakers twine in a corresponding color to each case as well!
As papercrafters I'm sure I don't have to tell you to find creative ways to organize your 'stuff' and to look at organizers that aren't necessarily made for scrapbooking, but I wanted to share one of my favorites with you.
What is your favorite organizational item in your scrap room???

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anatomy of a Layout by Izzy Anderson

Izzy Anderson is up today with a walk-through of her design process for this darling layout made with our November Creative Kit!

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Hi everyone. Today, I have a tutorial to share on how I used the November Creative kit to make a Fall layout. 



The kit featured the versatile Home + Made collection from Pebbles Inc. While the collection isn't specifically Autumn-themed, the colors and icons worked perfectly for my photo of the kids at our local pumpkin farm. 



I started the layout my piecing together the background on white cardstock, then I stitched the whole background onto a 12 x 12 sheet of kraft paper. 


The mask in the kit was perfect for creating a journaling spot. 


The kit included some cute script word stickers. I used the sticker that said "friends," inking it to make it pop against the background paper. 



I loved the sheet of Crate Memo paper in the kit and cut apart several elements from that sheet, including the arrows. It was perfect for adding little touches to complete the layout. 



I cut the phrase "Life Captured" from the Crate sheet as well. Here's another look at the completed layout.



Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Here's the November Creative Kit:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

4 Ways to Use Masks by Kristin Greenwood

Kristin Greenwood is featuring our November Creative Kit today with some fun ways to use the masks that come in the kit!

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This month in the Creative Kit we got a set of Mr. Huey's masks!  There are so many possibilities with them!  I am going to share a few ways that I used them on my layouts!
On this layout I used a gold pen and traced the lines of one of the mask and added some mist under the flower clusters.

Here I randomly traced the word LOVE from one of the mask with a black pen.  Using a pen with your mask is a great way to use them if you don't want a clean look on your layouts.

For this layout I used the stencil with black gesso.  I applied the gesso on small parts of the mask each time so it looks different on each spot.

For my last layout I used a Versamark ink pad on top of the mask, then brushed some PearlEx powder on top of the ink.  It is a very subtle look, but it adds a lot to the background!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Angel Rodrigue

Angel Rodrigue is featuring our November Main Kit today with a step by step tutorial!

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Here below I have done a step by step on the layout titled Favorite Document  using the Main Kit.

I started out with a white card stock as my base. Then layered a piece of paper on the bottom half.


I chose another pattern paper and trim enough to fit on the piece of pattern paper above so that it was peeking out. I took some white card stock and did a trim using a scalloped punch I had in my stash..


 Next I used a strip of the remaining pattern paper and added scallop strips to it as well. I Adhered it to the bottom of the top layer of the pattern paper.


 Next I cut a doily in half from my stash and tucked it under this strip.


 Then I added some of the bits and pieces to make a cluster in the corner and added a title..



Now for the top of the page I added more pieces from the bits and pieces to make another cluster and add the other half of the doily by tucking it behind the envelop and the house.


 Here you see the flower cluster forming..


 Then here I tried to make the cluster match on the other side...


 This is what it looks like without the photo.


 After the photo was added I added more bits and Pieces around the photo did a little journal on one of the pieces and added a lace bow in the corner below.


This was very easy to do and so much fun to play with the bits and pieces in the kit.. I know you will love recreating this and making it your own.. Be Sure to tag me if you use my layout I would love to see how you recreate this.

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