October 24, 2008
I built two layouts of my kids enjoying the NW Washington Fair-- our favorite! I used the Reminisce paper (it was two sided--words and stripes) and stickers, and added Bazzill cardstock and chipboard, pom pon ribbon and rick rack from the store. To add a little more creativity, I did some stitching, added some fabric and buttons, and did a little painting on the photos and photo mats too.
Anyone for a funnel cake and a spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl? Mmmmm....
October 23, 2008
This line, from My Mind's Eye was fantastic to work with. The accompanying sheet of cardstock tags and borders made these pages and cards come together really quickly. Be sure to think outside the box...some Halloween embellishments lend very well to general fall themed projects, cards and pages and vice-versa.
Here's to a photo-laden Halloween and many fabulous projects afterward to prove it!
October 22, 2008
Creating with the Mr Campy Line from Cosmo Cricket was breath taking like so many of those camping trips that we all venture on during the summer months. I chose this time to make an altered project along with a layout and cards because I thought it would be fun to take this scrap booking line along with us on those future camping trips. For the altered project I went to the Dollar Store and got a puzzle box and made it in to a First Aid Kit box. I inked around the edges and used the rub-ons that go along with the line of paper. For my layout this is an original, for those of you that know me I love to scrap lift from lots of different places but this time I couldn't find anything that I loved so I decided to go it alone and do a Nikki original. I used a title strip for the sheet of Mr Campy's Striptease and the journaling box is from the sheet of Mr. Campy's Journaling Cards, which both sheets are very easy to use. I added some more of the rub-ons and some twill around the plaid strip of paper and Wow it was done and looks good. For my cards I loved the rub-ons in the pack so decided to find more that would work on the cards that I made. What an awesome line to play and create with.
October 13, 2008
The main difference? Elizabeth made her layout mostly by traditional paper scrapping. I did a majority of my layout by creating it digitally in Memory Mixer. Here's a photo of the digital page alone:
Then I added some fun traditional embellishments (Bazzill brads and cardstock, pattern paper scraps, pop dots). Those really made the page come alive with texture, color and style. Here's the final product:
It was fun to try and make a digital layout look so much like a traditionally created page. Would you have known it's a Memory Mixers page?
The Harvest cards are hybrid... mostly using Paper Pals products (My Minds Eye patterned paper, Bazzill cardstocks, transparency, brads, circle punch and twine) but adding in just a touch of digital by printing a photo and text on transparency. Memory Mixer is simple enough to use for those of you interested in sticking to mostly paper scrapping with the occasional digital element.
The 8 1/2 by 11 layout is all digital-- created entirely in Memory Mixer. I used elements that come with the program: a light colored background paper, photo frame, flourishes... Then I used fonts that were already on my computer (Fabulous 50s and CK Curly Girl) and photos that I took. Memory Mixer gave me the option of printing a photo as a background with journaling on top-- which is a big draw for digital scrapping. I think the digital page turned out great "as is", but could also have more embellishments added with products from the store.
You can use this software to create your paper projects with as much or as little computer generated pieces as you want!
October 7, 2008
If you have been scrapbooking for very long you can probably look through your books and find trends in your techniques. You know, the paper tearing phase, the eyelet phase, the brad phase, the black-and-white phase, the bling-n-ink phase. You get the idea. Some of these things become part of your personal style, some don't.
I've been in an ink phase for quite a while now.
When I first started using ink in my scrapbooking, my hands were always covered with different colors that would not wash off. Friends and even total strangers would come up and say, "What is wrong with your hands?" like I had some sort of contagious disease and they might need to grab their kids and run. I thought that with time I would learn how to use the ink without getting it all over myself. I was wrong. I still get it all over my hands. So if you see me with normal, clean hands, you better tell me to get busy because I probably am not scrapbooking or paper crafting enough.
One of my favorite inking tools is the Ranger Inkssentials blending tool. The package says it gives better control of your ink -- "no more inky fingers!" which might be true for you, but totally isn't for me -- but even though I still get ink all over myself, I don't know how I ever lived without it. It has foam pads that stick on with Velcro, and they work great to blend and apply ink. I keep one pad for each different color. It's so easy and fun to use that I ink random things just to be inking. (Paper, gems, my craft table, my fingers, my sleeves, the floor, the cat...)
That's how this snow sign came about. Karen showed me the cute little Bazzill snowflake chips, and I thought, hey...I could ink those!
The Bazzill chips are white, textured on one side, and they take ink very well. I added lots of sparkles to them and then hung them on wire I had beaded with seed beads. I spiraled the wire to give it a little bounce. The Bazzill chips also come in trees, candy canes and light bulbs. There is also a very cute little gingerbread chipboard house at the store that is calling out my name!
I wanted my project to feel wintry so I used lots of cool blue ink, white paint, blue Bazzill card stock, and one of the newer Bazzill Just-the-Edge borders. I put gems and Hero Arts pearls randomly on the sign around the letters to look like ice or glittery little snowflakes. I really like the way the pearls look, and I love how they can be colored with Copic markers (and the gems can, too).
One thing I thought about but didn't do -- though it could look really cool -- is to use some Stickels to make a little "snow" on the sign.
For the lettering, I used various chipboard and Thickers brand letters. They are all painted white and have Broken China colored Ranger ink on them to add some depth. The "W "is from the Tim Holtz line of grunge board, which is really cool to work with because it is completely flexible and you can paint, ink, or sand it. Each box is full of several different fonts and sizes. If you haven't seen the grunge board yet you should really check it out. I'm sure there are more ways to use it than I have discovered -- if you have a fun technique you use on it, leave me a comment, I'd love to hear!
October 6, 2008
October 2, 2008
October 1, 2008
I was able to make 3 layouts and 3 cards each reflecting a different "vibe" that the paper can so easily help to convey.
First, the gorgeous snowflake paper...yes, in a lovely sage green. I love the feel of the elements on this page with the paper...
Next, a "blue Christmas"...anyone who knows me knows how very much I love blue... so, you'll have to stop by the store to see the "fine print" on this page. I printed the photos on a transparency to convey the idea that these memories are faint, fuzzy, fleeting (these photos are from 3+ years ago).
I used traditional "red/green" for my "Remember" Christmas page. This line comes wtih a sheet of die cut elements that make putting together pages like these a snap. It was really fun digging up some old photos and reflecting on them in a new way...
Finally, the cards...with the elements left after the pages, I was able to create 3 (and there could've been more, but alas, I should've been sleeping:), fun and fresh cards.
Tricks and Techniques used:
*print photos and journaling on transparency
*paint chipboard letters and then coat with Diamond Glaze
*cut the tiny strip from the end of the paper (where "My Mind's Eye" is printed) and use it for yet another page element
*use Diamond Glaze to accent parts of an element and sprinkle with glitter (on the snowflake card)
You'll love this line...give it a try!