The wonderful Shimelle shares her crafty mind with us in the Best of Both Worlds project where she designs a scrapbook kit and you can – or NOT – shop her link and pick up any goodies you may like from the kit. Or you can do as I do and shop your own shelves. I include a mix of some new, but mostly older product that I have acquired in my crafty stash.
You can see how I interpret the items that Shimelle chooses by watching my video.
And if you want Shimelle’s personal take, please visit her Facebook video.
And if you want to see my first use of that foil product, but process video shows a different type of technique for using stamps & foiling on your project.
Go enjoy creating (or buying?) a lovely kit and playing along. (Just a note, Shimelle’s shopping link changes over to the NEXT month’s project pretty soon after the current month gets under way. So if you are seeing products you don’t recognize, that is likely why. Follow Shimelle on to stay up to date with her fresh link.)
Christmas is on the horizon and I’m busy planning for the holiday. I realized that I had photos from last year hanging around that I hadn’t scrapped yet. So why not tackle those now and share some tips and tricks with you on some festive elements you can add to your Christmas layouts?
In this video I show three ways to use Nuvo drops as embellishments for layouts. 1) Spell out words with the liquid. 2) Create little ornaments to sprinkle around your page. 3) Create frames for photos. (How-to details in the second video)
I love the shine the drops add to this layout. It totally reminds me of frosting on cookies! And that is a bonus tip. You can create some die cut gingerbread or sugar cookie style cutouts and then “frost” them with Nuvo drops!
In that first video I mentioned having already created my frames. In this second video I show you a kit build and then toward the end of the video I feature how to create these frames. Since creating this video I’ve realized that if you create your frames on a nonstick craft sheet instead of parchment then you are likely to get a smoother end result. However the craft sheet can be harder to see through (depending on your brand) and will make working a bit harder.
Last week I was playing along with Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine’s fall issue challenge. I had a good time creating layouts for most of the prompts. Though the prizes are closed, you can still go check out the inspiration for day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.
Anyone participating could email their projects to the magazine for a chance to win a bit of a prize. While I didn’t win, I did get a layout spotlighted. It was weird to scroll through the blog and suddenly see my work there. And while I like the layout it really isn’t my usual style. It is very bold and a project I just wondered if it was “too much.” So here is my layout. (And you can see all the other entries from the challenge on their blog post.)
So, the lesson is 1) beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and 2) go ahead and give a magazine submission a try and see what happens. The worse thing that happens is, well, nothing.
And here are the other layouts I made for the challenges.
My September 2020 Hip Kit Club unboxing video is up. The kit is filled mainly with the Crate Paper Marigold collection. Along with an unboxing I always show a process of a project using the supplies. This way the videos aren’t just about buying stuff, but about putting your stuff to good use! This time I talk about the rule of thirds in design. Then I give some advice on avoiding a mistake that I made in my design process.
So this has been a month of firsts for me. I first participated as a guest designer for Counterfeit Kit and participated in the designer project hops there (and I still have more coming!). But today I have my first YouTube only hop hosted by Sara Scraps.
This hop is all about “What Does School Look Like for You?” With the world events this year school is looking very different for many of us. So why not enjoy some inspiration from different points of view on how to document these strange times?
Here is my take, and below I listed links to access all of the other 40 — Yes 40! — YouTubers on this four day hop. Enjoy!
Day 1: Thursday, September 10, 2020 • Sara Scraps, our host, starts off the fun with her video and a giveaway! Sara Scraps-. Follow the day’s fun from there.
Day 2: Friday, September 11, 2020 • Khristina Sorge will begin our Friday HOP on her channel. And you can follow her links for Friday’s fun.
Today I’m back with my Guest Designer post for the first layout challenge that the Counterfeit Kit team has for September. If you haven’t seen the kit I built from supplies on hand for this project, please check it out. The layout prompt this time is to use a grid. I’ve got two examples for you.
First off here is my layout process video featuring a central grid block of pattern papers used to highlight a single photo.
Next up I have a grid built using stitched bakers twine on an embossed white cardstock. The grid is expanded in areas to accommodate larger elements like a big title block and inked highlighting of the embossed words on the paper. Check it out.
I hope you enjoyed my examples of using a grid. Don’t forget to check out the full time design team’s takes on this project.
I got fewer layouts done this year than I normally would. The difference was twofold.
I didn’t pack kits for each layout like I would normally do. This meant I was spending more time browsing through supplies to come up with ideas (see post #3 and #4 to see how my thought processes played out).
The scrap space was full and I had to share a table with other people. That meant I was chatting more with people. It was a good trade off as I had fun getting to know some people who turned out to be really local to me!
It is okay that the quantity wasn’t there. I’m happy with what got made and I had a good time. Scrapping is so much more for me than just the final product.
For this layout it was all about theme. The photo represents characters from a WiiU game called Splatoon. That game is all about paint. So, yes I used painting techniques for this layout. Ink puddles and ink splatters were the focus. I wanted a lot of contrast and happened to have a bold, black alpha for my title. I went with that and matted my photo in black as well. Then I added red as another smaller, yet still high contrast element to finished it off. These high contrast pieces actually help the colors pop more than they would have otherwise.
Had I planned things better I would have used watercolor paper as the base for this layout. This cardstock did not hold up well to all the water I put on it and it buckled. It isn’t the fault of the paper; that just isn’t what it was meant to do. But again, I went rolled with what I had on hand. Like I said at the start of this post, it isn’t always about the finished product!
So I have all these photos full of purple. Where to go with the color scheme? I don’t want more purple. So I look through my supplies, embellishments mainly, to see what I can decorate with and pull colors from those items. I grabbed that die cut that reads “you are my greatest adventure.” (This kid of mine loves to DO things, so I’m often dragged along into her world. So, yeah, she is my adventure.) Pink embellishment? Pink and purple color scheme! I kept the purple smaller with just a strip of patterned paper, rhinestones (her character is named Amethyst after all) and a bit of twine (Honestly, I just needed a filler for the awkward white space at the bottom.) The star pattern paper offers some neutral contrast and provides a bit of theme (the character is famous from a TV cartoon). I grabbed a couple more pink items to create my visual triangle and threw it all together.
There is some tonality difference between the main die cut sentiment and the brighter white of the “this!” word and star paper. That might bug some people but I don’t mind. I think the wood veneer actually helps pull in the color from that one die cut and makes it work okay.
So when you are stuck with photos, look to embellishments to find your color scheme and pull together items that helps everything flow.
pattern papers: Stampin’ Up (purple), unknown (rest)
Where to start when you don’t know where to start? That is the problem I had with this next set of photos. I’m at a crop with a limited set of supplies and I don’t know what I want to use to capture the mood of these photos. Even at home with a whole craft room you may find yourself in this situation. Do you wait and go buy something new that fits or do you just make some choices and go with it. I decided to just make some choices!
As I’m looking at my photos and looking at my supplies on hand I decided more neutral would work and the neutral I had was wood grain. Sure that could work; it would mimic the idea of siding on a house. Plus the DCWV “The Guilded Paper” stack offered enough contrast in papers to mat my central photo group. When I was flipping through that paper stack I found a journalling card that reads “you are my shining star.” I just laughed at the contrast of the photos and the sentiment, so I knew I had an angle. A bit snarky, just like the photos. I grabbed this LOL flair button as soon as I saw it and the basis for my page was there.
The black button gave me an addition to the color scheme. The “star” sentiment gave me a way to go literal with embellishments; I chose stars in wood grain and cork to match paper textures and sentiment. More black stars in epoxy and vellum to match my black button add more texture. Then a few gold sequins, again to match the gold sentiment, finish it all off. The design reads as elegant, but diving into the photos and title leads to the snark.
I did something different here with title and journaling. I made them both the same thing. By using a mixture of large and small fonts with a mixture of colors the words can be read in multiple ways.
The scale of the brown font reads as a title with the contrast of the white font adding into that tile. The green font (chosen as a contrast to the paper but a match the hair!), can then wrap it all together to create the journaling. Repeating a bit more journaling in the bottom right corner both enhances the green letters as the journaling words and creates flow from left to right, top to bottom across the page.
It did take a while to get all those tiny letters organized but it was worth it. The rest of the page was pretty simple so keeping my focus on the words made the design what it is. To make this easier I used a leftover scrap of clear packaging from an embellishment. I drew a line on the plastic with a sharpie and a ruler right near the edge. Letting the letters hangover the top and aligning them to the drawn line gave me a place to hold all the words as I spelled them out. Then I could just line the letters up where I wanted on the page and press them in place as I pulled the plastic away from underneath them.
I will try and get a post organized on more details of this technique. A video perhaps? I’ve done just a couple of videos and I find the learning curve steep but this may be a good way to jump back in. Now that I said it, can I hold myself accountable? We’ll see.
Simple doesn’t have to mean boring. This design is simple with only 2 pattern papers used. A few stickers and a few wood veneer make up just small embellishment clusters. Most of the oomph of the page comes from the diagonal flow and the title lettering choice. When you are scrapping don’t worry about every layout being stunning. You will look back at these layouts later and be glad you got those photos plus those memories down.