Friday, November 21, 2014

Scrap Space Embellishment Organization by Becky Litz

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


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 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!


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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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!


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!


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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Monday, November 17, 2014

Spotlight on our September Sketch Challenge Winner + Announcing our November Sketch Challenge

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

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

This is Kerry Bruce, winner of our September sketch challenge, with her box full of prize goodies!

Kerry dug right in and created beautiful layouts with her goodies.  Her first layout is about her receiving the prize. How fun is that?!

Here is another beautiful layout that Kerry created with her prize package.

Thank you, Kerry, 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 November 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 November 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 December 14th.

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Introducing our Scrapbooking Mega Packs- Limited Time Only

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Lydell Quin

Lydell Quin is featuring our November Creative Kit today with a step by step tutorial for how to re-create her layout!

Check out >> How to Make This Layout -Step by Step MCS-November Kit << by Lydell Quin on Snapguide.

Hope you enjoy your kit this month!!!!


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Guest Designer Tracy Funk

Guest Designer Tracy Funk is featuring our November Limited Edition Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!


Ladies and Gentlemen

This was the first layout I made from the November Limited Edition Kit.  For this layout, I layered 3 pieces of paper from the kit.  When I trimmed the top layer, I left the floral corner uncut.

I then trimmed around some of the floral pattern with an x-acto knife in order to slide the right side of the photo underneath.  I decided I didn't like the look of the 2 flower buds over the photo and ended up trimming those off later.

To add some texture, I used molding paste with a stencil from my collection (Prima 6x6 stencil - Lattice), then sprayed over those areas with brown and green mists (Lindy's Flat Fabio mists - Aloha Avocado and South Shore Sand).  For a more subtle effect I sprayed those areas with water first and after applying the colour, dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.

Around the center area of stencilling I cut out a thin frame using a ruler and utility knife, then distressed the edges of the frame, the photo and outer edges of the 2 top paper layers.  Before gluing the layers onto a plain piece of cardstock, I cut out the center portions of the 2 lower layers to use later.  I ended up putting some of that back behind the cut out frame (initially I was going to use a different colour behind it but decided I liked the red better).  I then inked around the edges of the framed area, the outer edges of the top 2 paper layers and the photo with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  For the hard to reach areas I used a craft nib to apply the ink.

I used the paper cut out from the centers of the 2 lower layers to make the fans, cutting it into strips, and scoring them at 1/4" intervals to get nice crisp folds.  After folding, I glued 2 strips together to make the larger fan and then glued each end to a craft stick cut to the appropriate length (you can also use a popsicle stick split in half). I then pressed the arch inward, adhering this part with hot glue.  I snipped the bottom of the white lace from the kit to make it easier to arch then glued it onto the fan and covered the messy looking part with a medallion sticker from the kit.  For the smaller fans I used half a medallion sticker. The lace wouldn't sit very flat so I put tiny dabs of glue under the exposed edge to keep it down.

I added a few random touches of green to the paper with a watercolour pencil, then brushed over them with water.

All the flowers I used are included in the kit.  I lightly dry brushed white paint over all of them except the larger red rose.  The bright yellow flower with the stamen center was pulled apart from a larger flower in the kit. I trimmed off the long ends of the stamens sticking out the back and re-glued the back to keep the stamens from falling out.

The butterfly sticker, metal chair, cross (I modified this with some tin snips) and the rhinestone corner flourish are all from the kit.  I inked around the edge of the butterfly and lightly wiped some green ink onto the metal embellishments.  The photo was glued to a piece of plain chipboard to keep it laying flat over the lumpy background.  I also added some cheesecloth underneath the flowers, dabbing it with a brush dipped in the green mist used earlier. Then it was just a matter of gluing everything down.

Here are some close-ups.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.


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