When I saw the new 7Gypsies lines, I was drawn to them, but honestly, had never scrapped with them before. I was excited to try something a little out of my comfort range this month and had a lot of fun doing it. The papers have so much detail that the layouts and projects really came together quickly and easily!
The very first thing I noticed when I got these papers was the cute little bird cage on one of the papers in the Victoria line. I knew I wanted to cut it out and use it as the focal point for something and this gift box was the perfect home for it. I used a Cosmo Cricket box as the base and coated it with Mod Podge to adhere the papers, then used my trusty Basic Grey file set to sand the edges. Behind the little open window, I added a piece from the 8x8 paper pack with a design that fit perfectly. I then used foam adhesive to mount the bird cage and added some Prima crystal stems behind it. I used one of the stickers in the 8x8 paper pack for the butterfly and topped it off with some pearls. My Mom loved receiving this box with her Mother's Day gift inside!
I said before these papers have a lot of detail, and the one I used as a background for this layout was no exception. All of the papers are double sided, with the "B sides" all being a monochromatic polka dot pattern. I used one of these pieces as a large mat to ground my photos, then added a scalloped edge for good measure. The butterflies were already on the paper, so I used a coordinating sheet and sticker from the 8x8 pack to cut out duplicates and used foam adhesive to give them some dimension. The Victoria line also included some brads, so I used the flocked butterfly brads to add to this layout. The chipboard letters were so pretty for the title! The tags are stickers from the 8x8 pack that I tucked under the photos for little journaling spots. I tore a piece of the paper out from the upper corner and backed the empty space with more of the B side polka dots, then used a needle and crochet thread to "stitch" it back up.
Cool City Find
I'm always on the look out for fun spots to take photos, and luckily my husband has a job where he drives around our town a lot and can scope out some locations for me, too! He took me to this fun building and the Avignon line had just the right colors and designs to compliment these photos. The photos had so much detail in them and I didn't want to lose focus on that, so I cut a few small strips to layer under the photos. The turquoise strip really helped to bring a little pop of color to the layout (and happened to match my shirt perfectly!). I punched a few scalloped circles to back the butterflies I also punched from the patterned papers. Some staples, black pearls and an office supply tag (I love those lately), helped add a little of the urban look to the layout and it was done!
The Avignon line is perfectly suited for a heritage layout, too, and I had been wanting to scrap these photos of my Grandfather for quite some time. I loved the look of the old handwriting, so I used that sheet as my main background, then matted the photos on a larger piece of cardstock. The postage stamp edge punch was the perfect heritage/masculine punch for some strips I layered on this layout. I used some of the fun new puffy glitter Thickers for my title. I did have to leave empty space for my journaling until I can get to my parents' house and search for a news paper article that tells exactly what my Grandfather did in the Army during the Korean War. For now, though, I was really happy with the way this line showcased these precious photos so well!
Products used in this reveal include:
Learn to make a spiral Paper Flower with this step-by-step tutorial.
You will need a square, with the corners rounded. I used a 3x3, a 2x2 and two 1 1/2 inch squares to make a total of four flowers.
The next step is to draw or freehand a spiral shape on your square and cut it out.
This next step can be done freehand or with deco scissors. Go back over the outside edge of your spiral and make it wavy.
The next step is to roll from your outside edge to the center. You can either do this by hand, around a pencil or skewer, or with tweezers like I did.
Keep rolling until you get to the very center. Then I set mine down and remove my tweezers, allowing my flower to unwind a little.
When it gets to the oint I like I add a glue dot to the bottom
and secure the flower in place.
Here is the finished flower:
and my layout using these flowers:
Hope you enjoy this flower!
Texture. It's what first drew most of us to scrapbooking. The joy of touching and feeling paper.
For those of you out there who are screen-lickers, it may be something you miss - seeing and feeling the unique patterns and texture that you just can't quite reproduce on the computer. Well, while glue-eaters have their Sizzix machines and embossing folders, we digi gals now have these cool embossing papers to create the textures we've been missing.
When you first see them in the shop, you might think, okay, how do I use that? But it really is quite simple. Simply take your desired paper and place it on top of your textured sheet, then adjust the opacity of the paper until the desired effect comes out.
This week, our gals have been busy playing with textures, particularly a new line, "Emboss It," by Merkeley Designs. We hope it inspires you to play a little, too!
"For the Digi CT reveal this week, we decided to get textured! I tried out a couple of the Emboss It papers by Merkeley Designs (set #6) and used some textured papers and elements from the kit Soda Pop by Kim Gehring to give the page an overall want to touch feel! For the embossed papers, all I did was paste a paper on top of it and change the opacity to 60%. This lets the design underneath come through while keeping most of the color of the paper."
"This week we are using textures in our reveals. I love these new embossing tools designed by Merkeley Designs. They are so simple to use and really add a special touch."
"Made for the reveal with texture, I used Emboss It 8 by Merkeley Designs for the feel of stripes on the background; further I used the kit Soda Pop by Kim Gehring and a stock photo."
"I love texture, especially in paper, and sometimes find it missing when I'm digital scrapbooking. Embossing tools are a great way to add a bit of depth to your page. When you're using the embossing tool word art or embellishment, place your paper over top, group with previous and then play with your opacity level on the paper, before finally merging down."
"Our reveal this week was all about textures and I used as many as I could fit! The photo frames are embossed with Merkeley Designs' Emboss It Set 4 overlays, the woven ribbon element, beaded trim, stitching, chipboard corner, and sequins (which just happen to look like grapes!) were all in Kay Eflin's Boho Chic kit, and the corrugated cardboard was part of the template from Kim Hill's PDQ Templates: Set 22. The sticker doodled leaves were a freebie by Angelica E."
"Quick snaps of DS while in the car. Check out that fuzzy lip! Using various textures adds depth and interest to your layouts. I can just imagine running my fingers over this if it were a paper layout, with the chicken wire, stitching, string, embellishments and corrugated papers and woven-looking fabric. I also loved the chance to play with some brushes, which is a new tool for me as a newbie with PSE."
"Seaside Vacation by Kelly Shults (LOVE the colors on this!) Emboss-It Alphabet and Sample (background of pp) by Merkeley Designs. I am officially hooked on embossing--it's so easy with the templates--just place them on top of your pp or element layer, then adjust the embossing layer--on the title and frame, I used vivid light and on the background pp, I used regular overlay. On both, I duplicated layers to get the look I liked..."
"I think texture is an important part of digi scrapping because I enjoy my layouts more when they look closer to paper. This can be achieved with adding lots of different textures. For this layout I used crumbled paper, netting and shells, glitter and paint stamped alpha. Each one is a very different texture and all have a unique look."
Like what you see? Check out these cool products featured in this week's reveal...
Something old and something new,
something pink and something blue.
Something soft and something fine
all in one lovely paper line!
Smoochies to you Tim!
I know I must sound fickle but I have still a newer love than the love I had last month ...
Little Yellow Bicycle has become one of those companies that is a must have for me. There papers are superb in both quality, design and color. They have many embellishments from which to chose, not that I am able to pick and chose, I usually just go overboard and get them all ...
This week I went with a simple flower that can be done in just minutes.
You need to start with 4 circles...whatever size you desire. I did a couple of sizes and will show you all of them that I did for m completed page.
View this video to see the "Play Date" Collection from Jenni Bowlin Studios
View this video to see the "Birthday Party" Collection from TPC Studios:
National Scrapbook Day and our annual crop brought lots of loveliness to our galleries, and we'd like to take this opportunity to spotlight a few of our favorites!
Flight of Fancy by Anderjackie
View this video to see the "So Sophie" Savvy Collection from My Mind's Eye:
View this video to see the "So Sophie" Charming Collection from My Mind's Eye:
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