I certainly have a brain with way too many tabs open! And it usually is a bad thing for me since it causes me stress and anxiety. I am working on doing one thing at the time and to really focus, but it is hard.
Note: With this last few weeks with extremly grey and gloomy weather it is a challenge to take a decent photo of my layouts. Bare with me!
I rarely use patterned paper for backgrounds, but it has occured more often as of late. I see now that the journaling I did on my typewriter is a little bit washed out on that patterned, but I will leave it as is. I took that selfie a few months ago and thought it would be perfect for a page like this!
How about you? Does your brain have too many tabs open?
Ps. I always enjoy picking out and post the Sunday Photo + Words, and hope that you do too! I hope that you can get inspiration from the quotes!
I am loving this month´s theme! I am inspired by stuff around me all the time, so I thought I´d show you my latest layout that was inspired by by my photo. I don´t usually pay more attention to the colors in my photo than that I might match one of the colors in my layout to it. But this time I loved how autumnly it all felt in the photo and since I love fall, I wanted to really use that as a jumping off point for the whole page.
I usually use white cardstock for my backgrounds, but felt like the kraft one better suited that fall feel and matched the red color scheme. I went through my scraps and picked out a few muted red patterned papers and traced a few leaf shapes to go with my fall theme. I also picked out a sticker list where I filled out some stuff about me right now that went with the colors also.
It is so easy to be inspired and influenced by the world around us!
Lisa here today and first I must say that this months theme of re-using, re-cycling is one of my very favorite! I do tons of this in various ways all the time. This time I wanted to talk a little bit about those odd, left-over letter stickers...
If you have been a scrapbooker for a while you are sure to have them; left-over letter stickers. Right?! I have a big stash of odd letter stickers that are not being used mainly because they are out of vowls. But also because I don´t like the style or color. I have a few tips on how to use them anyway!
I created this page on how I miss my Sadie dog like crazy. For this I made a cluster with odd letters (still from the same set) and to make the title I used a different color letter stickers to make it stand out.
Another example is to use number stickers on a birthday card like I did above.
I used chipboard letters for this art journal page. The letters were all white and I painted over them to create unity.
I had several older sticker sheets with colors I wasn´t so keen on anymore. I didn´t want to just toss them since there were still quite a few letters still. So, I simply painted the whole sheet with black craft paint. Suddenly I had a whole lot of “new” black letters that I find easier to use!
And here is a layout where I have used one of my "new" letterstickers!
I hope that I could give you some inspiration for using those unused letterstickers!
Is it pointless to have a blog post on photography that doesn’t include any photos?
Maybe, but I’m going to try it anyway!
This is Amy Sorensen, and the reason I’m not sharing a photo today is because I haven’t taken it yet. You’ll see why after I share my idea instead.
Every month on my blog, I try to write a monthly summary. I include everyday details from all of my family members’ lives…what we did and saw, sometimes what we ate, what we read and watched and argued over and loved. (Here is August’s monthly review so you know what I’m talking about.) Sometimes I include photos, sometimes I don’t.
I like doing this for a variety of reasons, one of which is that it makes going back to scrapbook the past easier. It gives me some details to work with when I can’t remember exactly what was happening. It also helps me feel like I am stopping to appreciate this time right now. To observe and remember and even sometimes celebrate a little bit.
I say that I “try to” write a monthly summary because I don’t always get it done. Sometimes I forget altogether. Sometimes it is a week (or, yes…two) into the next month before I sum up the previous months. But I’m trying to be more proactive and regularly-scheduled on my blog, and a few weeks ago I came up with an idea to help me get this post done on the first day of every month.
Every month, on the last day, I’m going to take some “goodbye ___________” photos. (So this month would be, yes, “goodbye September.”) A few images that visually represent that month’s emotional “feel.” I might never scrapbook these pictures—but I will use them on my blog post.
I don’t have a picture to share with you because I already know the image I want to say goodbye to this September with. And I can’t take it until this afternoon when school’s over. Every day, one of my 9-year-old’s responsibilities is to pick up the apples that have fallen from our tree. Homework, snack, then apples before he can play with friends. Sometimes he’s happy with this chore, sometimes not so much, but it’s a thing he does almost every day in September. That’s the photo I want: taken at a low angle, so I get the grass and some of the fallen apples, and maybe his hand picking one up, all in that glowy, late-afternoon light that only happens in the fall.
You’ll have to imagine it.
Then, tomorrow, I’ll have an image to go with my September summary!
I’m posting this without that picture, though, to encourage you to watch today for your “goodbye September” image. To challenge you to take some photos that summarize how the end of this month feels for you. Maybe share them on your blog, maybe make a layout with them. Maybe just write some details about them in your journal. But watch for them!
Hello everyone and welcome to Day 4 of our week devoted to learning new techniques!
Sue here today, with a new technique I’ve been enjoying using on my scrapbook pages. Embossing paste adds an interesting dimension and texture to your cards and layouts. It is spread through a stencil to create a raised surface. I like the way embossing paste adds dimension without a lot of bulk. It’s a fun technique to learn.
You will need these materials to use embossing paste on your projects:
- embossing paste (comes in a variety of colors, I have white and silver)
- stencils (another stash item to start collecting, beware!)
- removable masking tape (I use washi tape because I have a ton of the stuff)
- pallet knife(s)
1. Decide where you want your embossed image to go. Tape the stencil into place so it is flat to the page and will not move. Mask off any areas you do not want to emboss if necessary.
2. Use your pallet knife to apply a layer of embossing paste over the surface of the stencil. Use gentle sweeping movements, like icing a cake, to push the paste through all the holes of your stencil. You can apply as thin or thick a layer as you want. (if you end up with some paste where you don’t want it, you can use a clean pallet knife or craft knife to scrape the unwanted paste from the surface of the page)
3. Carefully wipe off any surplus paste and return it to your jar of embossing paste. Remove the masking tape and carefully lift the stencil from the page. Clean your stencil and pallet knife right away to avoid the paste hardening on them!
4. Leave your page somewhere flat to dry. This could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes, depending on how thickly you have applied the embossing paste.
This technique looks especially nice on dark paper, don’t you think? Another of my favorite looks is white-on-white. As a clean and simple scrapper, I love being able to add a few splatters while having complete control over where and how much goes on the page.
If you decide to try this technique, there are plenty of examples on Pinterest. Allow yourself time to play with your embossing paste on scrap paper, or try it out on a card first. Give yourself permission to experiment. Who knows? Embossing paste and stencils may become a new staple in your scrapping repertoire!
Please come back tomorrow as we wrap up the week with a final new technique from Jenny Larson!
Welcome to another Learning a new technique post this week! Lisa here and today I am going to show you how very easily you can use watercolors to make pocket cards. The trend of watercolors in memory keeping has been going on for a while now, but let´s face it not everyone is a painter me included! But, really, if you can hold a brush and color then you are set. I am going to show you 4 examples.
First cut cardstock/watercolor paper to the size card you would like to make. I cut mine to 3x4” cards.
For this first card I used a fuller brush like this.
Choose your color and then simply paint a circle that is filled in.
Put aside to dry!
I used a flat brush for this.
Choose your color and with the flat brush paint stripes across the card.
Change back to the fuller brush.
Clear your workspace so that nothing will get splattered that shouldn´t.
Choose your color and make sure that you use a little more water so that you can easily get splatter.
Then hold your brush like you would a magic wand (he he) and make a rapid motion downwards so that you get small drops of color on your card.
For this I used an outlined heart stamp from Technique Tuesday, but the important thing is to have a stamp that is outlined.
Stamp (with your normal stamp pad) randomly on the card and then let dry.
Now, use a thin brush (or even a q-tip) depending on how big the space is that you will color in is.
Tip! Don´t use too much water when you color in the stamp.
Now you have your basic cards. Here is how I used my 4 cards in my Project Life album!
The circle card became a title card.
The lined one is perfect for journaling.
The splattered one is a weekly card.
And finally the stamped card is used as a background.
Fun, eh?! I hope that I have been able to inspire you to try watercolors for yourself! Have a great day!