Thursday, December 18, 2014

3 Cards Using 1 Layout Sketch by Nicole Doiron

Nicole Doiron is featuring our December Main Kit today with a trio of cards inspired by our My Creative Sketches December sketch!


I am happy to join you today to show you just how great and versatile
scrapbooking sketches can be!

If you subscribe to My Creative Scrapbook, 
you are probably familiar with the beautiful sketch challenges from My Creative Sketches.

Here is this month's sketch:

Even though the My Creative Sketches are primarily designed for scrapbooking pages, they can also be used as inspiration for other scrapbooking projects like cards.

Let me show you how I used this one single page sketch to create 3 unique cards with the December Main kit.

For card #1, I decided to flip the sketch around...

and started layering my pattern paper in the same designs as the sketch.

I substituted the picture spots with another piece of pattern paper and added ribbon as the vertical strip.

I replaced the heart with some flowers and added the sentiment in place of the title.

For card #2, I rotated the sketch anti-clockwise.

I started off with adding a large flag piece with the polka dot paper.

The December Main kit comes with so many beautiful tags to fussy cut 
so I used 2 of them in place of the picture spots.

Then it was time to add the embellishments like ribbon bows on the tags,
 the chipboard sentimentand beautiful flair.

Card #3 was based on the sketch in its original position.

I added a layer of pattern paper and then some embossed cardstock over it, tied in a sheer ribbon bow.


Inspired by the banner on the sketch, I added the chipboard flags with a strip of scalloped sticker border.
I then used another chipboard piece in place of the title.

I slipped a mini tag behind the cardstock, added some flowers and more chipboard pieces.

Then, I wanted to soften up my cards by adding my signature style of white acrylic paint dabs over each of them, using paint and a Martha Stewart sponge dabber. Any makeup sponge will also do.


And here are my 3 finished cards, all based on the December sketch!

I'm hoping that you'll play along with this month's sketch challenge
and save the sketch for inspiration to create other projects!


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Here's the December Main Kit:

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spotlight on our June Sketch Challenge Winner + Announcing our December Sketch Challenge

It's time for our December sketch challenge over on the My Creative Sketches blog.

But before we tell you about that, we're excited to shine the spotlight on a previous winner.

This is Julie Dionne, winner of our June sketch challenge, with her box full of prize goodies!

Julie created this beautiful layout with her winnings:

Thank you, Julie, for sharing your photos with us!  We LOVE hearing from our challenge participants and are thrilled to feature you on our blog.

So, who is going to be next?

Our December sketch challenge began yesterday 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 December sketch:

For a chance to win the prize package, create a layout based on this sketch using any products 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 January 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, December 16, 2014

Anatomy of a Layout by Sandi Clarkson

Sandi Clarkson is featuring our December Limited Edition Kit today with a stepped out layout tutorial!


Hello, My Creative Scrapbook fans! Sandi here with you today sharing my little Anatomy of a Page for "Tis the Season, 2013." I only have photos (and poor ones, at that!) for about 1/2 of my tutorial because a terrible thunderstorm came along while I was working on my layout and the sky turned black as night! Oh, well. I should have known, it was raining while I worked but you can never plan those things. 

After I chose my base paper from MME Joyous "Carols," I selected a damask stencil from my stash and applied some molding paste, then used my heat to dry both sides of the paper. 

 After applying gesso to my paper to create a whitewash, I added some color to the background using Lindy's Stamp Gang Delphinium Turquoise that I first diluted with water to lighten. 

I had a random sheet of Kaisercraft green patterned paper scrap left from another completed page, so I used it here and punched the side edges with my Martha Stewart Vintage Doily punch. 

Then I started experimenting with how to align some of the papers I had trimmed from the Kaisercraft Yuletide patterned paper. This collection has so many great possibilities! I added the horizontal piece high enough that it would be seen over the floral cluster  because I wanted to be able to read it as a title. I also added a couple of doilies from my stash under the green patterned paper. 

Originally, I though my bow was going to the right of the photo but I later opted to place it on the left. It was about this time that the storm came along, so I just continued working .. placing the gorgeous red Petaloo flowers to the  right of the photo and the cream but colorized (Heidi Swapp, Charteuse) Petaloo flower to the left. I also altered the Prima resin holly with various inks and sprays until I got just the color I wanted, then added some clear and some red glitter for shine. The resin was mostly colorized with QQ PowderPuff chalk ink in Green Tea and Prima Color Bloom in Lime Wedge. The red was created with LSG Ruby Red Slippers and Red Glitter. 

Nothing is ever complete without finishing it off with white gesso to blend everything.  I've tucked in a few of the Teresa Collins Tinsel and Co chipboards pieces around the florals ... yummy! A few little Teresa Collins Tinsel and Co flags were placed under the photo.  And lastly, I added the year the photo was taken with the American Craft Thckers.

Here is the completed page:

Thanks for coming by! 


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Be Inspired by Maiko Kosugi with our Holiday Limited Edition Kit

The holidays are upon us and if you're like most everyone else, you're running around working on those last minute preparations to make a wonderful holiday for your loved ones.  Don't forget to treat yourself to a holiday Limited Edition kit!  If you're been thinking about making a purchase, now is the time to grab one before they're all gone.

Here are some beautiful layouts created with the kit by Design Team member Maiko Kosugi!

Here's the December Limited Edition Kit:

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Friday, December 12, 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 December Limited Edition kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Marta's process :)



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

Here's the December Limited Edition Kit:

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Design Process of Four Layouts by Heather Binnie

Heather Binnie is walking us through her design process for each of her December Creative Kit layouts today!

(she also shares tips for preventing your cat from interfering with your work!)


Hello everyone! It's my turn to share my tips and instructions for the pages that I created with the Creative Kit.

Blake's First Christmas:

I really liked the background and wanted to leave as much of it showing as possible. This is a very simple page and I didn't take any extra closeup photos.

I first tapped some gold and red ink on the background. I didn't spray it, I just pulled out the spray top and flicked the end of the tube.

I chose just one sheet of patterned paper and chose green to help accent my grandson in his green pajamas.

After the photo was matted onto the green pattern paper, I simply just added stickers, carefully making sure I was making a few visual triangles.

I have a triangle with the wooden snowflakes and with the red stickers.

Some of the stickers are on 3-D glue dots to help them stand out more.

I used a little red rick rack to ground the photo.

That's it. Easy Peasy.

Merry Christmas 2013:

I was determined to use this picture, darn it, with this kit. My only issue was that I had a purple background and not a stitch of purple in any of the papers.

That wasn't going to stop me, though.

First, I sanded the background to make it look worn.

sand, sand, sand...don't make any holes.

Sprinkle some Heidi Swapp gold lame ink on the paper. I also used white ink. 

Uh oh, it looks like the cat is on the prowl again. Don't let your cat mess up your project. If she steps in your liquid ink, she'll track it everywhere. Just blow on the cat. Yes, blow on her. She'll move along and your liquid ink will dry at the same time.

Then I added (my favorite) gesso and some purple paint. Ooops, I don't have a picture of the purple paint but it's a Tim Holtz distress paint.

I ripped up the background pattern paper that I wanted to use to highlight the actual photo. I inked it up and added it back in kind of the same order it was.

That red bow on top is made with a Tim Holtz die. It's really very cute and very handy. I made sure to use a visual triangle this time with the color red to move your eye down the page. I broke up the big solid chunk of purple with a garland sticker.

The washi tape was added at the bottom as part of the triangle.

The green holly and the tree in the bottom right are also a visual triangle.

Santa 2012:

Now that my children know the truth about Santa, I had to make a page on it.

In my house, Grandma is Santa. That is also my journaling that is written all around the circle.

"Santa is really Grandma"

My family comes over to my home every Christmas Eve and every Christmas Eve, my mother is late. My mother has never been late to anything in her life but my kids never picked up on that. Every year, she was scolded because Santa would come and leave and she would miss him EVERY STINKIN' YEAR.

"Grandma!! You missed Santa again! Where where you?"

"I forgot the olives", was her response every year.

Poor Grandma.

Once the kids figured it out, they no longer felt bad for Grandma.

Anyway, I wanted this page to be simple, too. One patterned paper strip down the center. A circle of green dotted pattern paper to highlight the photo. If you've read any of my posts in the past, you know I have just a plastic template for circles. I just trace it at the size I want and cut it out by hand. I'm tired of goofy machines. I don't have room on my desk for all these things, especially when the cat wants to visit.

I cut the doily in half and put each half behind the circle to accentuate the photo.

I added some stickers and called it a day.

Oh, and the journaling. Don't forgot the journaling.

We're ready!:

Everyone is ready for Santa but where the heck is he?

Standing on my fireplace, we have my son, my neighbor, my daughter, my grandson and my neighbor.

They're all waiting for Santa and they're getting impatient but I'm doing a good job of keeping them distracted by making them hold still for photos.

I don't know if you know this, but I'm kind of a texture girl. I like texture. I wanted to do something different for the background and since I'm in Vet Assistant School (did you know that?), we've been practicing folding towels for surgery.

My entire life, I have folded towels in thirds and this is wrong. You're supposed to fold them accordion style like my picture above. Of course, you don't need to make as many folds but I will say I was inspired by class for this technique.

After I folded it all up, I sanded the edges. You can't see them very well in my photograph, but there are little creases and white lines on the green background.

For the rest of the page, I just kind of put it together. The snowflake is on a punched piece of red pattern paper, the ribbon is tied and glued down and those nasty little puffy mint candy things are on 3-D glue dots. Does anyone even really like those candies?

That's it for this month everyone. Thank you for reading and please join and get a membership to this fabulous place. Pam really does an excellent job at putting these kits together and she is SO ORGANIZED! I love that about her. :)

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone.


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