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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Basic Grey - Porcelain 5 comments  

It's a delicacy!

When I saw this line, I knew I had to have it! Basic Grey is one of my favorite scrap companies, but this time they have totally outdone themselves with the Porcelain line! I had taken some newborn photos for a friend, and was planning to scrap a few of them as a gift. My first project was a wall-hanging, using connected chipboard pieces from a mini album by Little Yellow Bicycle

1.       I used my crop-o-dile to add extra holes so that I could attach the pieces with ribbon. 
2.       I traced the pieces onto coordinating pieces of patterned paper and glued them with wet adhesive. To avoid wrinkles, I used my bone folder to press out any extra glue.
3.       Once the paper was adhered, I inked the edges using a chalk ink by ColorBox. Basic Grey papers lend themselves well to extra distressing since the papers themselves are always distressed.
4.       I matted my photos with patterned paper, and added photo transparency frames to protect the photos from fingerprints.
5.       Finally, I embellished the frames with stickers, chipboard, buttons, and flowers. 
I loved the black and white newborn photos with this line, so I chose to do a layout with one of my favorite photos from the shoot. There is nothing sweeter than a newborn!
For months now I had been holding onto these photos of the night Phil proposed. I had left my camera at school and so these were taken with an old point & shoot that we propped in our entertainment center. Even though the quality is less than desired, the moment itself was priceless, and I wanted to scrap them with something elegant and pretty! I chose to use the greens within the Porcelain line to coordinate with our living room walls and the Christmas tree. For the journaling, I asked Phil to describe his side and then I described my side as well. That way, when our kids look back on this moment in our lives, they can see how both of us felt. Again, I chose to ink the edges of my photo mats, and distressed the edges of the large piece of patterned paper using an edge-distressing tool.
Since these papers are so elegant, I knew I wanted to use them on a layout about my friend Erin’s wedding. Years ago, I had gone on a double date with the married couple to a drive-in movie theater where we saw the movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, making this the perfect title for my layout! I used a chalk ink by ColorBox to distress the papers, and then made a glitter border to dress things up a little.
Lastly, I had a lot of scraps leftover and used them for a gift box & bag. I got the idea from Jess’s recent crop class, and LOVE how these turned out!


Below are the products I used:












Posted by katarria

Monday, March 30, 2009

Here's Looking at You, Marrakech 18 comments  

Basic Grey goes to Morocco!

Basic Grey has a way of inspiring my awe with every new collection and I know I can’t be alone in thinking this way!  There is a reason why they are one of the most popular scrapbook companies around.  Their new collection Marrakech really illustrates why Basic Grey is on top of the charts.  The colors are rich: orange, teal, blue, and green, with a touch of darker neutrals thrown in.  And the patterns…oh, the patterns!  One of my favorite features of most Basic Grey collections is that they have distressed solids, bold iconic patterns that fit the theme of the line, and plenty of more subtle patterns that you can mix and match to create pages that work for almost any subject or season. 

Marrakech channels the warmth of Morocco and almost makes you feel like you can hear the music of Casablanca and smell the spices in the market.  You get flowers, elephants, graphic mosaics, and more.  It can be as exotic or versatile as you want it to be!

My first layout was true to the essence of this line.  I have a friend who went to Egypt last year and has asked me to scrap her photos for her.  This line was a no-brainer!  The main colors of the photos were sky blue and the orange of the sand so I used those paper colors as well. I added the dark blue paper as a mat to ground all those bright colors.  I used a collage template to group the photos in a block because there were so many.  The page only needed a border sticker up the side and a few of the awesome chipboard stickers and title letters to complete it. 

My next layout shows just how easily this line translates to your every day pages.  My husband was goofing around for this photo of him playing video games and the rusty paper matched his shirt perfectly.  I used some of the more masculine prints for this page, like the stripes and checks.  Layering stickers, chipboard, and brads gave me some great circle accents. 

Last Thanksgiving I hosted our annual “Friendsgiving” celebration and I just didn’t have enough traditionally colored table cloths so I mixed it up for a more contemporary palette of teal and orange.  The Basic Grey was fantastic paired with these photos!  I matted the pictures with orange and set everything on a background of teal.  Alone, the patterns I used here do have a Moroccan feel to them but by adding other details like the felt house and leaves I was able to make the layout feel homey rather than exotic.

This last layout is my favorite of the bunch and it really proves that this line is versatile!  I chose only green, blue, and teal papers for this page.  I have a little bit of a love affair with this color combo and (of course) I had the great photo to go with it.  Again, here is my husband goofing around (are we getting a theme here!?) and I really wanted the focus to be on the picture itself.  I cut the giant chipboard flower so that it better suited the spacing of my design, added some brads, my title in mini alphas, some journaling spots and a monogram sticker.  And of course I distressed and inked all over the place!

I always like to whip up a few cards with my scraps when I am getting low on a line.  Why not make something useful and quick as long as the supplies are out, right?  Both of these cards came together so easily.  The first uses more of the fun chipboard stickers as well as the chipboard alphas. I overlapped the mini monogram stickers on the second one, inked them and then glazed them with a layer of Ranger Glossy Accents. 

And in the name of continuing my quest to recycle everything I use into something scrappy… an altered spice bottle.  I will probably store brads or flowers in here.  I think having pretty storage is lovely! I simply covered over the label with paper, tied a few ribbons around it, and added some stickers, chipboard, brads, and a flower. 

I used the following products:







Posted by ScrapGoo

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Digital Tools: Burn & Dodge 9 comments  

You can use the Burn and Dodge tools to quickly and easily enhance the lighting in selected areas of your photos and layouts.
(I use Adobe Photoshop Elements for this tutorial but these instructions should translate to any digital editing program though the terms may be different)

Below is an animation of the sample layout, with before and after, to show how using the burn and dodge tools on various page elements can give different effects and help enhance your layout.

These tools are useful for:
accentuating shadows
darkening highlights
adjusting element color
giving edges an inked effect
adding dimension (for example- when using a pin embellishment)
make text pop against a background
darkening edges of photo for a vignette effect

In this image you can see the basic, unedited page elements.

In this image, the papers and chipboard have been given an inked edge effect.
The overall colors of the flower and notebook paper have been darkened.
The photo has been given a vignette effect.
The text has been highlighted with a slightly lightened background.

Begin by locating the Dodge and Burn tools in the tool bar. The Dodge tool brings out details in shadows, making things appear darker, while the Burn tool brings out details in highlights, making things appear lighter.

You can set the tool options in the options bar along the top:  

Use the drop-down Brushes menu to select the brush tip you would like to use. I prefer to use a soft rounded brush most often. 

Set the Size of the brush. If you are creating an inked edge, a smaller brush size works best. For adjusting the overall color of an embellishment, use a very large brush size that encompasses the entire embellishment. 

Set Range to affect a particular type of lighting in your image. Select Shadows to change the darker areas, Midtones to change the grayer areas, and Highlights to change the lighter areas.

Exposure allows you to set the intensity of the technique, a higher number will result in a stronger effect. It is a good tip to start with a lower Exposure, allowing a softer amount of shading. Then you can repeat shading the same area to your liking.

On this piece of chipboard, you can see how I've used the Burn tool to darken a section of the edge. Its as easy as that!  Now you can play with these tools, various ranges and brush styles on different elements.

 Here are a couple more sample layouts to give you ideas on how to put the Dodge & Burn tools to use on your own layouts....

>On this layout, I used the burn tool to adjust the hue of the red embellishments from different kits, so that they would match better.

>On this layout, I used the burn tool to edge the chipboard bracket. I also enhanced the colors of a couple embellishments.

>On this layout, I used the Burn tool to help give the photo a drastically darkened effect. I also edged the papers to help them stand out

>On this layout, I really went to town with the burn tool on the photos. I wanted to darken the crowd in the background and really make the photos subject *pop*. I added a little burn to some of the embellishments to give them a darker ton as well.

Posted by MamaK321

Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's Girly Girl Time 10 comments

With Ki Memories

First off, let me say a big Thank you to A Cherry On Top and KI Memories for giving me the opportunity to work with the fun and funky new Girly Girl line. I had a fantastic time working with all the pretty colors and girly accents like the chipboard b...

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's All About the Green 1 comments

...what would you do with it?

What do you think of when you think green?  Spring?  Jealousy?  Money?  St. Patrick's Day and green beer?

Let's see what our creative team came up with when challenged with the word "GREEN".  My bet is you'll be surprised!

Strong Enough <...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Scrapping your Little Guy 5 comments

with KI Memories

KI Memories has consistently been one of my favorite scrap companies through the past few years. I tend to scrap using a lot of neutral colors, and it seems like KI’s lines always steer me away from my normal color schemes to brighten things up!&nbs...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

KI MEMORIES Princess Products 11 comments

Girlyness Abounds!

If you know me, you know I LOVE taking photos of all of the little girls in my life! Scrapbooking some of those photos has never been easier than when using these fun new Princess Papers from KI Memories.  The pretty coordinated papers and blingy, girly elements are ...

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

KI Memories 15 comments

Family Time

I love the fall.   The colors, the smells, Halloween, and our annual trip to Emma's.  It's the one thing I'll miss about Minnesota, someday....when we move to a more tropical location.  I was asked to use some of KI Memories fabulous new

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Inspiration is everywhere! 7 comments

Any common household object can spark an idea for a great page!

Some days it's harder than others to find that great idea you need to make that special page. The week we are focusing on using the world around you to be your inspiration for beautiful layouts. Each digi Ct member chose an object from around the house to u...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

March Creative Team Spotlight 14 comments

Beautiful layouts chase away the Winter Blues!

Well, spring has sprung, and we on the CT here at A Cherry on Top are so happy to see that the winter doldrums didn’t keep all of you from scrapping some beautiful projects! Our spotlight this month is on the following fabulous layouts!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

HELP!!! I lost my MOJO! 16 comments

How to get back in the groove featuring MME Penny Lane

MME Penny Lane

For this reveal, I got the opportunity to work with My Mind's Eye's Penny Lane line.  One thing I have always loved about MME is the thick, textured papers and their coordinating die cuts.  With this release, they also in...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jenni Bowlin Studios 15 comments

falling in love with a new style...

If you are a frequent message board visitor, you have heard my Jenni Bowlin Studios stories.   When I was at CHA, I asked Kristin and Heidi to order this line.  That was on Saturday.  Then on Sunday, I asked again.  By Monday, I was begging.  Tuesday...

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Make your title POP with American Crafts "THICKERS" 14 comments

I have known about American Craft Thickers since they came out a couple of years ago and to be truthful, I thought everyone knew about them. Well, at a crop last month, I realized that was not the case. Some have never experienced the fun and versatility of using the...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Meet Renee 16 comments

Our Featured Guest for March

Join me in welcoming Renee as our featured guest for the month of March.  She has been an active member of the message board and a contributor to the gallery ever since I can remember.  You can view her awesome gallery here.

Here is a LO ...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Featured Designer - Kim Hill of CG Essentials 8 comments

Discovering Digital Scrapbooking

This week, the Creative Team are highlighting one of the most happening sections of our digi store - none other than CG Essentials!

Designer Kim Hill is, according to her own website, a "professional photographer turned stay-at-home-mom of two ...

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