Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fun Ways to Use Decorative Tape by Nicole Doiron

Nicole Doiron is featuring our August Main Kit today with some fun ways to use decorative tape!


Hello everyone!

I'm happy to be on the MCS blog today to show you a few tricks on how to use the Decorative Tape (otherwise known as Washi Tape) included in the August Main kit.

I have to admit, I don't use Washi Tape too ofen, but I do love the feel and versatility of it.

The first thing I wanted to do with it is create beautiful bold flowers to add to my kit creations.
Not to waste anything, I used the packaging material from the MME buttons.

I layered strip after strip of tape on to the cardboard...

 until it was completely covered up to the top part.
Turning the piece over, I just simply stuck the edges of each tape strip on the back side.

I then used different flower dies and my Cuttlebug to cut flowers out of the tape-covered card board.
If you don't have flower dies, you can easily use different size and style flower punches, or even draw your flowers by hand and cut with a scissor or exacto knife.

The cut flowers looked like this.

I ended up punching out small circles out of pattern paper to put in the center of each flower.

Here are the flowers used on one of my double-page layouts.

I dabbed them with a touch of white paint.

Then, left with the negative piece of my die cut flowers, 
I thought to cut around the outline of each to create more flowers.

These ones I used on my Lovin' the Good Life layout, adding a button from the kit for the centers.

And more of them...

Another way that I used the Washi Tape is to add it to white cardstock 
to just create the illusion of another pattern paper to use on my project.

Again, just lining up strip after strip.  
What I love about this tape is that if you line it up crooked once in a while (as I often do), it doesn't fully stick to the base right away, so you can always rip it off again without damaging anything and start over.

Now I have a shiny glossy piece of pattern paper.

I used a big circle puncher to punch a hole out of one side.

And I used it on one of my cards.

And that's it, folks!

There are dozens and dozens cool ways to use decorative tape.  

To see how all the DT has used up their tape and to see my Main kit and LE kit creations, 
make sure to visit the DT Gallery right HERE!


Here's the August Main Kit:

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

How to Make an Embellishment Featuring Ribbon by Guest Designer Brenda Cazes

Guest Designer Brenda Cazes is sharing a fun embellishment tutorial featuring our August Creative Kit!


Hi everyone!  I wanted to share with you a simple tutorial on how I created the sun for this layout.

Even though I love ribbon (I have a TON of it in my stash!), I'll admit that I almost never use it on my layouts.  Other than tying it into a bow, I never know what to do with it.  So I challenged myself to come up with a creative way to use it. 

First, I gathered all the supplies needed to make it – stapler, foam dots, 1¼” circle (cut with a punch), ribbon, and the lemon die cut found in the kit.

Then, I cut the ribbon into six 1½” lengths and notched out one end on each piece.  Using the stapler, start attaching the ribbon to the 1¼” circle.

Keep attaching the ribbon until you’ve gone all the way around your circle.

Once that’s done, adhere the foam dots to the back of the lemon die cut.

Remove backing on the foam dots and centre over the ribbon circle and voila - a cute embellishment for any summer layout!


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

Here's the August Creative Kit:

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Jodi Wilton

Hi everyone, Jodi here today! How are you all enjoying your amazing August Kits?!  I am still in love with my kit, and today I wanted to share with you a step by step tutorial on how to create a layout using the August Main Kit.  This layout took me under an hour to create (yes it can be done!)  My inspiration for the entire layout came from the cute Globe with a Heart Paper!  I really wanted to use as much of this "globe" theme as possible without the layout looking too busy.  Here is the breakdown of how I created the layout:

I first gathered my white cardstock and then created a border using the Doodlebug Washi Tape found in the kit! I use washi tape all the time to create a border, and the mix of black is really striking with this kit:

Next up I cut two pieces of the globe paper to fit on both sides of my layout, leaving a 6 inch white space in the middle (the pieces were approximately 2 1/2 X 1 3/4):

The next step was to add the 4 X 6 photo at about 3 1/2 inches from the top of the layout. I then added my title using the Thickers in the kit as well as the alpha stickers.  Just under the photo, I added a 6 inch length of ribbon (hint:  you can cut a piece of ribbon just over 6 inches long and tuck both  edges under the paper to keep it look uniform)

Time to embellish! Use foam tape to pop up the pennant sticker at the top of the layout.  Add three corner stickers and the You Make the World Go Round sticker. use foam tape to pop up the big globe sticker.

To finish off Cut down the Globe 4 X 6 card to fit the space provided.  Add the border sticker cut down to 6 inches and add both flag sentiment stickers: Simply Wonderful & The Good Life.  Add a chipboard button tied with twin from your own stash.  Finish up with cutting the bottom border saying to fit between the washi tape border:

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and you are having lots of fun playing with this amazing kit!! So many possibilities! Happy Crafting!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Design Process by Heather Binnie

Heather Binnie is walking us through her August Creative kit layouts today!


Hello everyone! Here are my tips and techniques for the pages I made with the gorgeous My Creative Scrapbook August Creative kit.

Summer Smiles:

I cut the three 4x6 photos of my son running on the beach into little strips. I wanted to get as many photos on this page as possible. I have so many pictures of him running that it was hard to choose just one or two.

After I arranged them, I cut out the waves from one of the transparency waves to anchor the photos down.

I decided to really highlight my son's smile by using two frames. After I cut the photo into more of a square, I used a frame both underneath the photo and above the photo. All of the transparency frames have a little film on the top, so make sure you remove that.
I cut the top frame to fit the square photo. I think it's 4x4.

I found the best adhesive was either my giant ATG tape gun but I had to hold down the sticky part to the frame to get it started. Otherwise, it would just roll up on itself.

Remove the film that is on top.
 I used a photo corner punch on the red heart paper for the corners.

The papers and stickers were arranged as shown. I added a ribbon to one of the post card images I cut out from one of the papers.

I used a ruler and a pencil to draw straight lines for the journaling. I wrote out the journaling with a pencil, wrote over it with a ultra fine Sharpie and then erased all the pencil lines with a white eraser.

Fair Food:

I don't have to mention how much I loved this kit, do I? I say that every month but it's true! So true!

My favorite part about this kit were the frames. I had the best time working them into my pages. I tried very had to think out of the box and use them for something other than placing them on top of my photos. 

For the layout above, I first used two different colors of spray ink on the background. I didn't spray it, though. I took out the spray mechanism and just flicked the ink onto the page.

I used the frame around some food related die cuts. The photo is a picture of my kids in front of a food vendor at the fair so I wanted my page to be just about that.

P.S. In the picture, the kids are actually holding stuffed animals that they won but shhhh...don't tell.

I set up the frame to look like a shaker box. The die cuts are glued down and don't shake.

I used another frame on the right behind the photo. I added some die cuts underneath the frame and positioned some on top of the frame.

I hand cut the pinwheel from one of the patterned papers, tied a ribbon around it and stuck it down.

Some items are on 3-D glue dots for added dimension. 

I glued down everything and then just simply kept placing die cuts and stickers around the page until I felt like the page was done.


Since this page revolved around golf on the beach, I wanted to reflect that in the page by using a sand colored background and circles to represent golf balls.

I used a punch to get the circles for the bottom of the page. 

I cut one of the transparency frames in half and used them to highlight each of the kids near their heads. I also used a full transparency frame on each photo. Don't forget to remove the film on top of the frame.
After I arranged everything, I decided it needed some gesso on the background. I remember the day was not sunny at all. It was very cool and gray. Adding the gesso made it seem a little less sunny and more foggy like the day.

So, my favorite trick after I arrange everything but need to add something to the background is to take a picture and then dump it off. Taking a picture helps me remember how all the little pieces were.

Dump it! Take a picture!

Add some gesso right down the middle of the page. Ahhh, doesn't that feel better all ready?
You can see between the "before dump" photo is different than the final. I'm always changing around and nothing is set until it's actually stuck down. Well, actually that's not always true, either. Several times I remove things (very carefully) even if they're stuck down.
The beach ball, some of the "golf balls" and one of the clouds are on 3-D dots to make them stand out better.
Use a pencil on the journaling card, write over it with ultra fine sharpie and then erase the pencil with a white eraser.
Summer Hello:

I had this picture in my stash for so long. I didn't know if I was ever going to use it. It seemed a little dark and I wasn't very happy about the lighting.

I put it on the background paper and it just worked! I was surprised. I didn't want to put anything on top of it to take away from it. I trimmed the photo just a bit and added the transparency frame underneath it. All I wanted were to dots to show anyway. By putting the frame underneath the photo, it made it much easier to adhere to the page.

After that, I knew I wanted that "SUMMER" piece as the title. I measured my photo and then added additional strips of patterned paper, allowing for a small space in between, to make it all the height as "SUMMER". 

The page still needed something on the bottom, so I attached a ribbon with a bow. I used a mini stapler on the ends of the ribbon. The lemon slice is on 3-D dots as are the clouds.

I just kept adding stickers, etc until it worked for me. 

Thank you everyone for looking and reading. I just love making these pages and it means so much that you take the time to read about them, too. 

Thank you!


Here's the August Creative Kit:

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Step by Step Layout VIDEO Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

Marilyn Rivera is treating us to a step by step video tutorial today!



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

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Lynn Shaffer

Lynn Shaffer is up today with a step by step for you!


I love paper. 
At times I am torn with a paper because I love both sides. So here is my tip on how to get the best of both sides of a paper. 

To take advantage of both sides for my layout I fussy cut the border of the MME paper. 

I then fussy cut the title of the border. 

I love adding texture to a page. But I did not have a stencil. I decided to make my own. Using my circle punch a cut the plastic from the stamp set. I have a binder for my stamps and I am in love with this set so into the binder it will go. 

Using my Dreamweaver paste with a gift card gently went over the punched out circle. I let the paste dry. 

Then using my color spray sprinkled my white cardstock that will be my base. Pam has a great selection of Lindys stamp gang mist set in the add on section. 

I then cut rectangle pieces from side B of the MME paper and distressed them. 

I always like to place my pictures and pieces on my layout as I work but only glue everything at the end. This way I can judge size and placing. I matted my picture against black paper.  

I adore the MME stamp set that came with this kit. I decided to create layered jars. I stamped the image four times. 

I fussy cut the jars and then layered the pattern paper over the white cardstock. 

Realizing how much this was an awesome stamp step decided I needed to add some background stamping. 

The layered brad was awesome but there was only one. So I decided to cut it up and ink the edges black. 

Now I am happy with my layout and glue everything into place

Around my picture I am adding brads and buttons included in the kit. Voila all done. 
Cannot wait to see what you will create with this kit. 

Have a great day!


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

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