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.
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.
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.
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