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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Little Yellow Bicycle--Autumn Bliss 18 comments  

If Fall is in the air and even if it is not

When I originally requested the Little Yellow Bicycle Autumn Bliss line, I guess I thought I was still living on Colorado, or maybe I assumed it would be fall here in VA by this time, but I was wrong on both counts. So, I kept putting it off, thinking the leaves would change anyday, but they didn't. I started to panic a bit, but then realized, hey this paper is gorgeous and I can use it for anything, NOT just for fall. So even if you are like I used to be and live in a place where you don't have four seasons, don't pass over this line quickly but take a deeper look. The colors are just so vibrant and the words of family, thankfulness and gratitude can be used anywhere!

For this layout I had a die cut with some leaves on it, but I needed to adjust a bit, so I cut off part of the paper and used the EK sucess Binder punch to create a different look for the die cut. I also hole punched around alternating scallops to bring in some of the green to the diecut.  I then cut rectangles from four different papers and layered them around my black and white photo. Then I alternated two matching colors and hand sewed along the border edges. Covered a chipboard heart with paper, then grabbed coordinating stickles and outlined the heart and used some to highlight the details from the gorgeous paper. Finally I added a cardstock tag. They are adhesive with pop dot type of material and I just love how they added some dimension to the page. Finally, I added the title using the "beautiful" overlay, with some tiny Adornit stickers.

This next layout I did happened to be one of just Cole. I had it kind of fancy and lets just say he did not like it looking so "girly". Oh vey. So, back to the drawing board I went. Tried to use a manly black which actually looked quite good against the oranges and blues from this line. Thankfully when I showed it to him after school, he said it was much better. Good grief! LOL

For this layout, I wanted to use the photo mat for a journaling tag instead. So I practiced on a regular piece of paper and once I got the font, size and placement right, I taped the photo mat over the paper and reprinted it. I found a kokopelli clip art online and printed it out onto a strip of orange patterned paper. Then I placed all those over some black paper strips. Added a circle to make the kokopelli pop, and added some black doodle dots to try to make the edges stand out.

I LOVE these frames. So cool, and from the moment I got them, I knew I wanted to use multiple ones on a page. I wish my mother in law would let me take more pictures of her, because I probably would have used the whole package on the page. For this page, I used a 12x12 swirl from this line and placed it on a kraft background. I then found pictures that would work in my frames. They were not taken in the orientation I wanted to use the frames in, so I backed them with patterned papers and then added the pictures. I then cut three paper strips and distressed the top edge of each one, then layered them. I then lined up some of the chipboard word stickers along the bottom of the frames and added lace to the top so it would all look even and uniform. Throw in some little embellies and a title and the page was done.

Finally I just loved the neutral colors so much, I decided to make an inspiration wall hanging for my scrappy room.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A little bit of something for everything... 22 comments  

Featuring Dream Street Papers Sam and Merry & Bright

A little bit of something for everything is exactly what I thought when I first saw these two lines by Dream Street Papers!  I love warm neutral colors with a splash of bold, like the orange in Sam and the red in Merry & Bright.  I knew that Sam would be perfect for fun outdoor themes, such as hiking or camping, as well as for fun fall activities, Thanksgiving, and back to school photos.  And, of course, Merry & Bright would be perfect for Christmas, but of course it could also work really well for vintage or heritage layouts by using the non-Christmas patterns.

Sam I am!
For my first project I created a layout about a recent trip my family took to a local state park. The colors in Sam of course went perfectly with the outdoor theme. I decided to stretch myself a bit and attempt a 2 page layout. I used four 4x6 and three 3x3 photos. I used a patchwork type design on the right hand side and added some fun techniques to the squares. I distressed the edges of the papers with the back side of my craft knife. I use a needle to poke holes around the edge of several of the squares from the back side using a ruler to keep the lines straight and then I lightly sanded them with sand paper on the front side to let the white core of the paper show through.  I added owls to the orange squares that I hand cut from the Woo-hoo paper, and embellished them with the Basic Grey pearls. I used one of the arrows from the die cut set and then I used the negative of the die cut to create two more arrows from scraps of the Seasons of Change paper. I also used the Zig Zag punch to create some fun border strips.

My next project is a layout about my DH and his horse Woody! Again these colors were perfect for my outdoor photos and they have a nice masculine feel to them! To create the border, I cut ½” x 12” strips and ran them through a paper crimper. I added pearls to the center where they overlapped. I again did some distressing with the back of my craft knife and I used the Zig Zag punch to add some texture. For the title block I cut out the center of the frame and backed it with patterned paper and then added my title letters. I finished the layout by adding the three groupings of stars which were embellished with some Basic Grey pearls and given dimension with doubled sided foam adhesive. 
Now for some altered fun with Sam!
This was a quick and easy project to create and I think it will make a great Christmas gift!  Don't you?  I took an unfinished wooden bracelet and applied a light coat of off white acrylic paint to the outside of it. I then cut out some owls from the Dream Street Sam Woo-Hoo paper (aren’t they just the cutest little owls?!) and I applied them around the center of the bracelet using Mod Podge. I added several coats of the Mod Podge for protection.
Another quick and easy gift I created was this necklace.  I simply cut out a piece of patterned paper and another owl to the size that would fit inside the charm and glued them in place. I embellished the owl’s eye with the Basic Grey pearls and wah-la a cute little gift!

Merry & Bright  and oh so fun!
If you haven't noticed, I enjoy doing altered projects and with a Christmas line in my hands like Merry & Bright, I knew I wanted to create some sort of Christmas decoration!  I love Christmas, and I truly believe that no one can ever have too many Christmas decorations!
This altered  project is going to be both a gift box and center piece for Christmas! I created it using two round paper mache boxes with removable lids.  I stacked them on top of each other and then added a cute little winter scene to the top. I covered the small house with patterned paper and hand cut the door and windows. The little trees and "faux" snow added the perfect finishing touch to complete the winter scene! To create the ruffled edges I cut the paper strips and then lightly misted them with water before I folded them. If you hold them for a minute or so until they start to dry just a little, they will hold the ruffled shape well enough until you can adhere them in place. I used a hot glue gun to adhere everything in its place.

Leftovers aren't so bad!
My altered project above used up most of my papers, so with my scraps I decided to create some Christmas cards. The rub ons were perfect for this task and with the addition of the Kaiser Craft pearls I felt like they were decked out for the season!

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Posted by JulianaM

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Getting Creative with Core'dinations Cardstock 10 comments  

Exploring the different ways to use cardstock with a coordinating core color.

With this fun product from Core'dinations, cardstock isn't just for  backgrounds anymore. Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock has a core color which “core’dinates” with the surface color. Each sheet has a tab underneath labeled “core color” that represents the interior color of the sheet. You can choose to keep that color hidden or add your own creative touch by sanding, tearing or embossing. Join me for this tutorial showing the different ways I've found for using it on my layouts.

Here are some of the types of Coredinations cardstock I used and some others I think would look amazing using these techniques:


To check out the full line of Cordinations Cardstock the ACOT carries click HERE.

To start I will be showing you simple techinques like tearing and sanding and how they can be used on a layout.



Crumpling and Sanding: for the sanding I used a regular emory board and a foam backed sanding block. But you can use sand paper or any other distressing too.


I started with a sheet of paper cut to the size I needed, then gently crumpled it. Once it was creased to the point I felt would look good I smoothed it out and sanded it with my sanding block. What I like best about this techinque is that you can crumple as much or as little as you like and sand as much or as little as you like as well.



Edge Distressing a Mat:
I found that if you place your cut mat on the edge of the table and pull the emory board down it will distress the edge of the paper so that it looks like is had been inked with that color that is showing through. I love the inked look without the mess.


Distressing a Border Diecut:
when using a border like waves for your layout, distressing the top edge can give you a little extra something. The lighter color showing through looks like the sea spray or white caps on the wave.


Pulling it all together: here is the layout I made using all of these techniques. I don't even notice that not one piece of pattern paper was not used.

Using the simple techniques above in a more creative way you can make even more exciting looks.

Creating an Embossed Look Without an Embossing Tool: I do not own an embossing tool with fun plates but I wanted my background paper to look like I embossed it and sanded it, so I used my paper punches instead. First I punched different sized circles of the my paper and then I sanded it to amount I wanted. Then I glued my circles to my background paper which is the same color as my circles. This is what helps trick the eye into thinking it is embossed.


Folded Paper Ribbon: I wanted a border on my page that gave me the feel of ribbon without actually using ribbon, so I made it. First I cut a strip of cardstock about an inch thick, then folded it to create a sort of ruffled effect. I adhered each fold down, sanded it and then adhered it to my paper. To help keep my folds in place and add more interest to my paper ribbon I punched holes down the middle and sewed a contrasting color thread through the paper.




Making Patterns to Accent Covered Chipboard: after covering my leaves with cardstock I felt they looked a little plain. So I used the edge of my emory board to carve veins in the leaves. First I adhered the front chipboard piece to the non-textured side of the cardstock. Then I cut out the piece with a craft knife and sanded the edges where I didn't cut well. Then using the edge of my emory board I rubbed back and forth until I had line in the leaves where veins would be.



Distressing With a Stencil: While the older metal embossing plates I owned did not do much for me with the very heavy cardstock when I wanted to emboss it, I found it worked great as a stencil for distressing. First I used a spray adhesive to adhere the metal plate to my paper. I would use a very light spray or you will have trouble removing the sticky parts from your paper once you have removed the plate. Then I sanded the paper that was not covered with the sanding block and an emory board (for the smaller areas) until I could see the shape well. Once I removed the plate I decorated the shape a little more with some glitter glue.





Pulling It All Together: here is the layout I created using these techniques.

Finally there are few more techniques I want to show you.

Fun Paper Fish: while playing around with the cardstock I made these elements which I plan to use on a layout in the future. First I used a border punch to create a scalloped border on a few strips of paper. Then I sanded the scallops and adhered the strips together as shown. Then flipping the stack of paper over I sketched a fish and cut it out. I added an eye to finish them off. I love how the distressed scalloped paper really looks like scales.





Sanded Titles: you can also use extra chipboard pieces to distress shape, patterns or letters onto your paper. I chose to show you a word that could be used as the title for your page but it would also be fun to create patterned paper by sanding letters or shapes in different dircections all of over the page. First set your self-adhesive chipboard pieces where you would like them on a piece of wax paper. Then cover the chipboard with the paper of your choice, I held mine down with magnets to prevent it from slipping while I was sanding. Then use your sanding block or sand paper to rub across the cardstock, revealing the letters.



I hope this tutorial has encouraged you to pick up some Core'dinations Cardstock and try of few of these techniques.


Posted by Smiley-Scrap8

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bo Bunny makes me a Gypsy at heart! 20 comments

The new Gypsy collection in all it's glory!

Ok, I will admit to being a little loopy when it comes to certain scrappy products.  Once in a while the colors and designs in a collection will make me want to get up and dance or sing. It is sort of like my weird thing with the smell of books (but we don't need to ...

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Monochromatic 7 comments

Just One Color - Baby!!

A monochromatic layout utilizes one main color and its various hues.

You ask:  "Why in the world would anyone scrapbook with a monochromatic color scheme?  Isn't the result overly simple and rather boring?? "

Oh Contraire!

A mon...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Mind's Eye Ooh La La! 21 comments

For Him, For Her and everything in between!

I always look forward to the new releases from MME, and this one didn’t disappoint! It includes their fabulous heavy-weight, double sided papers and coordinating die-cut embellishment sheets. Ooh La La has two sets of papers- For Him and For Her.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Colors of Autumn 12 comments

Featuring Bo-Bunny's Kitchen Spice and Delilah

 When I found out that I was going to be lucky enough to work with Bo-Bunny for my reveal this month I was beyond excited. I love Bo-Bunny and all the awesome papers and embellishments they have, but when I found out it was going to be there new Kitchen Spice and

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Beyond the Page with KaiserCraft 21 comments

This month I had the pleasure of working with the new KaiserCraft Beyond the Page items.  The collection includes mini albums and tons of different alterable items at really affordable prices.  All of the Beyond the Page items are made of stur...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

When it's worth 1001 words: 8 comments

Embellishing Large or Panoramic Photos.

Would that I find a photo worth a thousand words, maybe a thousand and one words?  Let's face it... where would we be in the scrapbooking world without our treasured photos?  This week we honor those special photographs in our lives that inspire us, that mo...

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Paper Creative Team Spotlight 3 comments

Along with Fall, change is in the air!

With the beginning of our new Creative Team members and a larger team, we have decided to make a few changes to our Creative Team Spotlight! From now on, look for two Creative Team spotlights each month...one from the paper team, and one from the ...

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meet butterfly843/Jenn 2 comments

Our featured Guest for September

Please join me in welcoming Jenn/butterfly843 as our featured guest this month.  You have probably had a chance to meet her on the message boards or in the gallery.  In case you haven't or would like to get to know her better, here is a bit about Jenn and

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cooking Up Some Fun 8 comments

With Shabby Green Door

I had the pleasure of working with Shabby Green Door line of products this month and I really cooked up a lot of fun projects and just in time for my hubby's birthday.  E, as he is known to our friends, is the resident cook and a man who is har...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire 14 comments

Inspiring simple gorgeous vintage looks

I was so excited when I found out that I got to work with the Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire line this month. Not only is it my first official month as a member of the ACOT CT, but I adore this line of papers! I love vintage looks, but I also love color, so th...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's Add Some Layers of Memorabilia! 9 comments

Tattered Angels, Graphic 45, My Mind's Eye and Little Yellow Bicycle all layered up!!!

Hi. My name is Laura, and I am a collector. A collector of bits and pieces of paper, of receipts, of cards from birthdays long past, of old report cards, and calendars from all of the years of the life my husband and I have shared. I am a collecto...

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Featuring Digital Designer: Kreations by Kami 1 comments

Our featured designer this month is Kami; designer of Kreations by Kami!  After taking a stroll through the products in her shop, you will immediately see why they are loved by many.  All of Kami's designs have a great soft and elegant feel to them.

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