Friday, July 25, 2014

How to Use Packaging on Your Projects by Lydell Quin

DT member Lydell Quin is up today with some fun tips featuring our July Main Kit!

Here's Lydell:


Hello and welcome to My Creative Scrapbook today!

Have you ever really looked at the packaging that your scrapbooking products comes in?  More often than not, if you get creative, you can utilise the packaging in your projects..... Some companies these days even make the packaging pretty for the purpose of incorporating in your art.  (Green is good! Reuse & recycle :-))

Today I am sharing with you some ideas on using some packaging in some interesting ways, just using the packaging that came in the main Kit this month!

I pulled out all my goodies that came in packages....Die cuts, The Stencil, The flowers....etc

The most basic is punching these little circles.

a couple of different packaging samples.....  

Run each one through the sewing machine using a continuous straight stitch.

They make sweet little banner accents

These little circles can be the centre of flowers also, just add a few little rhinestones, or some glitter.....

The next is a step further than this idea, and it is to cut out leaf shapes.

 Just rough leaf shapes about an inch long.....

again run continuously through the sewing machine using a straight stitch.

Another project life card, (I had a left over die cut flower on my desk that matched the paper in the kit, so I grabbed it, added the badge and a couple of leaves.....finished.)

The next one is kinda fun!  There were foam dots holding the badges on in the main kit this month. 
 I peeled them off.....

I found some more circle foam dots in my foam tape stash.  I found two sizes.

I had a piece of perspex in my drawer and I arranged all these on it in a pleasing design.  (You could also use the heavy plastic in the bubble pack packaging of many items, as your stamp base)
Being double sided foam tape the side facing out is also sticky.....I got rid of this by pressing it into the (clean) carpet a few times to remove the stick.  You could also dust with a really light dusting of talcum powder.....

I inked it up with some distress ink that matched the kit Papers and stamped a repeating pattern on a sheet of white card.  Perfect for PL cards, or tags...etc.

Really cool!!!!

The last idea is the one I normally go to with the packaging, and it is just arranging layers of die cuts and Pieces, with packaging card with the hanging tab cut out in the top.  I love the look of this hanging tab cut out in layers on my pages, just peeking out behind layers!  
Makes a really good base to your photos and a good kick start to your next page!

Go a step further, use stamps or stencils and create patterns on the back side of packaging.  
This works best if its plain on the back. (no printing)
Use this as another patterned paper element in your layering.

So maybe you should give your packaging a second look before you throw it away, 
just in case you can incorporate it in your next project!!!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!
Have a wonderful day


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Here's the July 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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Design Process with Heather Binnie

Today DT member Heather Binnie is sharing her design process using our July Creative Kit!

Here's Heather:


Hello everyone! Here are my tips and techniques for the July I made with the fabulous My Creative Scrapbook Kit.

I LOVED this kit. I loved all the bright colors with the bold black and white stripes.

You make my heart sing:

I was first inspired by the paper with all the frames.

I liked the way it looked but I couldn't just slap a photo on there and be done, so I cut out all the frames and arranged them like I did above.

It was still kind of boring to me so I said, "Hey, I'll make it look like a 3 dimensional room!"

So, I took the photo and the frame off and started using a pencil and a ruler to make some angles on the kraft cardstock background.

Corner to corner first.

Then, decide how deep you want the "floor" and draw a horizontal pencil line across the page over the angled line.

Draw a vertical line where you want the other wall to be.

Line up the "floor" and draw that angle again using pencil on the patterned paper.

Do the same thing with the trim. Line it up on the angle, use a pencil and cut along the line. Remember that the closer the trim is to the edge of the page, the bigger it should be to help give that 3 dimensional look. 

I made a frame for the extra wall. I followed the angles on the floor and made the ends slightly wider.

I really wanted the shadow of the corner to stand out a bit. At first I used Copics but they just weren't working for me so I used a sketching pencil, sprayed some water on a dauber and rubbed it around until I got the look I wanted.

I added some doodling around the mat of the photo to make it match the other frames. It looks like I'm left handed here, but I'm really not. I have to take the photo with my right hand. ;)

I added a little bit of distress stain to show up behind the photo. I just needed it to stand out a bit more.

The butterflies are 3 dimensional, too. To do that the easy way, I put half of the butterfly stickers on a scrap paper. I cut out the butterfly and used the sticky part to adhere to the page. The butterfly that's on the cardstock won't stick so it will automatically stick up and give some more dimension to the page.

I added 3-D glue dots to each of the frames before sticking them down. I also shaded around each frame with a very light Copic marker.


The story of my daughter and her missing 100 Fruit Loops had to be documented on the page with all the circles! After all, Fruit Loops are circles.

I used 4 "1"s of different colors to make one big "1". I used the wood circles to make the zeros and added stickers inside the circles.

 The "zeros" didn't stand out enough so I painted them using black acrylic paint.

I separated the cloud stencil from the Studio Calico mask and sprayed blue ink over them. I carefully moved the stencil around and kept spraying.  It would have been easier to spray before I stuck down the "100" but I don't seem to work that way. I used a piece of scrap paper to cover up the "100" before I sprayed.

I matted the photo on black cardstock and used a white pen to make dots around the frame. I used the black ribbon, wrapped it around the photo and mat and tied it in a knot.

I wrote up the journaling on the computer (double spaced), printed it up and cut it into strips. I cut it up with a guillotine first and then use my scissors to hand cut it. I don't care if it's a little crooked. I also added green strips to help draw the eye down the page as I found that the strips were kind of washing out in the background.

After I arranged and glued down the strip journaling, I outlined each strip with an ultra fine Sharpie marker.

You can see that I had a tag behind the photo. I decided later I didn't like that and removed it. 

Rainbow Loom:

When I first saw the Studio Calico mask, I knew it had to be sprayed in rainbow colors and then I said, "Oh! Rainbow Loom bracelet page!" And that's how it all came together.

I started with red ink and carefully moved the stencil around to spray orange, yellow and green and blue. I ran out of room for purple.

I layered all the colored paper behind the photo as one big mat. They're all cut in random sizes.  Pssst, you can see the vertical line of the mask on the page. I covered that line up with another mat.

Later I used a ultra fine point Sharpie to outline the colored mats. On the dark polka dot paper, I used a white pen.

The circle stickers and the wooden circles are used to make the visual triangle around the photo. In addition, the two half circles and the oval do the same thing. I also made a third triangle with the title and the label stickers.

Go Chutney Go:

This darn dog is not even my dog and I love her so much. She is a dog that has no home. She lives in a boarding kennel while waiting for her forever home. She's lived in a kennel for four months and the rescue that pays for her boarding is running out of options for her.

For the last month, every morning I pull her out of the kennel and take her to the dog park. I wanted to document her energy and how much fun she has while on the grass (something we don't get a lot of in Tucson).

I used a photo app (Fotor) to make the strip of photos. I printed the photos and matted them on the striped paper.

I wanted to use a lot of ribbons and banners because they're festive, happy and energetic like Chutney. I cut stripes and placed them vertically on the cardstock.

Ooops, you don't see the ribbons here but I added them later. I liked the phrases on that patterned paper so I knew I wanted that on the page. I inked up the edges and placed it (not glued) on the cardstock. I also used the same technique (from Rainbow Loom page) of the layered mats for behind the journaling. Once I had the journaling placed and the pattern paper placed, I knew where I could add my title.

I added banner flags and stickers to the photos.

I stuck down the ribbons, placed the pattern paper over them and added the flowers on top.

Then I crossed my fingers hoping that Chutney at least gets a foster home this month.
Thanks everyone for looking. :)


Be sure to check out Heather's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the July 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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mini Album Design by Guest Designer Jen Chesnick

My Creative Scrapbook guest designer Jen Chesnick is up today with a tutorial featuring our July Main Kit!

Here's Jen:


HI everyone Jen Chesnick here today and I am going to be showing how I built the base of my mini album using the July Main kit.  I make a lot of mini albums, so I have a streamlined process.  I tend to keep them to 6 pages, 5 to 10 photos and I keep the embellishments very similar in placement or alternate 2 or 3 designs.  I knew I wanted to make a mini as soon as I saw the kit.  Kits make me nervous though! I am always worried about spreading my embellishments around.  Thankfully there were full and fabulous embellishments in this kit.  I went ahead and created my layouts and made the mini last!  That way I knew I could throw everything I wanted to on it. 

To start I trimmed down the wood grain paper to 4x6, 1 sheet- 6 pages.  I then lined the back of each with another piece of paper from the kit to bulk it up.  I took my 2 3/4" circle punch and punched away.

Once I had my shapes cut out I lined the backside with pop dots.  You could also use kids craft foam to make them have some depth.  Or you can skip this step if you like! 

I printed out 5 photos, each at 4x4 square.  I chose them based on where they would line up within my circle.  I attached each photo to the pop dots and then covered the backside with yet another piece of paper.  This time cardstock to save my pretty pattern paper.

I repeated the process for all pages and then punched my holes out with the crop-a-dile.  Next up was actually making them all pretty. I kept all the embellishments tucked just under the circles along with strips along the bottoms.  I used the Gardens pattern paper a lot to create other embellishments to add in.  I really love how it came together.  I hope you enjoyed and incorporate some of these ideas in your next project!


Be sure to check out Jen's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the July 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.