It was by accident that I discovered we have the ability to shop by color at www.acherryontop.com! I guess I'm set in my ways, but I always shop by company or by looking at the new arrivals in the shoppe. A couple of months ago I scrolled down to "by color" without realizing what I had done and was immediately intrigued. If you've been in my gallery, you've probably noticed I'm a big fan of scrapping with black and white, so this "new way" of shopping at ACOT is perfect for me!
First I chose to shop for black papers and embellishments, just as I would when shopping for clothes. Who can resist the "little black dress," right? This is when I discovered the new Prima Whispers and Kaisercraft's black pearls! Once I had loaded up my basket, I matched what I had chosen with a mixture of white and cream products. One of my favorite lines is the Creative Imaginations 'Narratives' line by Karen Russell. In my opinion, her antique cream products were created with me in mind!
I'm planning to have a cream and black wedding this summer and I was looking to alter a set of frames to display with photos from our engagement period at our wedding reception. A few months ago I had altered a few frames using chipboard pieces of a Basic Grey mini album for my reveal with Basic Grey's Offbeat line. I knew the album pieces would be perfect for the frames I was planning. To create the frames, I followed the following steps:
1. Trace chipboard pieces onto background paper and cut with scissors. I used a mechanical pencil so that the lines were very thin and easy to cut along.
2. Adhere background pieces onto chipboard pieces. I used my Xyron to do this, but a wet adhesive such as modge podge would work as well. If you use wet adhesive, be sure to iron out any glue bubbles so that the paper is flat.
3. Next I used the leftover scraps of paper to create photo mats on each of the frames. Since many of the papers I chose had scalloped edges, I tried to use these to my advantage with the photo mats. I used my regular tape runner to adhere the photo mats.
4. My last step was to embellish the frames. I used a mix of coordinating stickers from the Narratives line along with Prima whispers, ribbon, and lace.
5. Eventually I plan to alter the back of each frame as well and make these into a mini album, so I am going to use temporary adhesive when I adhere the photos to display them at our wedding. This way I can remove them afterwards and replace them with photos from the day of our wedding.
Bo Bunny Clearly Mixed Up Acrylic Album
When I saw this album in the shoppe, I knew I had to have it! I love being eclectic, and the idea of an album with mixed up pieces was right up my alley. This was my first time creating an acrylic album, and I made the following discoveries:
- purchase double-sided paper (I did not do this) because you won't have to match up as many sides this way
- use a clear wet adhesive (I used KI Gloo, but heard that Zip Dry works as well)
- plan out EVERYTHING in advance so that things match up as you flip the book
- embellish last in case you want to change your layout
Black and White Layouts with Pops of Color
When creating layouts with my leftover papers and scraps, I found that even I was getting sick of using only black and white. I integrated pops of color into each of the layouts by playing off of small bits of blues and pinks within the papers and stickers. Doing this allowed me to match up the products with the photos I was planning to use. In the end, I found I like the look of color photos more than black and white photos when using black and white products.
Reader Comments ...
oh kat, these are amazingly beautiful :) very classy, timeless, and elegant!!
Wow wow wow!!! Kathy, everything you created is simply beautiful! Love it!
Beautiful album and layouts!
Gorgeous stuff, Kathy!
GOOD GRIEF woman this article is AWESOME!!! I love absolutely EVERYTHING about it!!!!
Beautiful projects Kathy! love your article! I've never searched by color either so I'm definitely going to give that a try! :)
Awesome layouts. I love the Missy