Have you been to a football game yet this season? Have you picked apples yet? Put up any decor for autumn or Halloween? I am marveling in the beauty of all things seasonal. We have had a series of blue sky days and lovely crisp air. My scheduled life is falling into routine and I am grateful to find time to scrapbook. Love that.
This week's sketch is from Jennifer's gallery layout, First Day Back to School. I was intrigued by how she fit on five photos while still maintaining a chunk of white space. Which we all know I love so much.
Here is the accompanying sketch.
Sue made a terrific layout which removed one of the bottom photos, nipped in one of the patterned paper strips, and added some journaling above the title. She is always so good with her mixed patterns. I like how she balanced them this time with a cardstock section for her white space area. It really balances the patterns.
And did you notice the crocodile (alligator?) in that photo? I might be picking a new golf course, t'were it me...
Next up is Amy. With a page that makes me want to drink some cider with all its warm tones. Do you like all the adjustments she made to the sketch? Her photos are slid over to the paper's edges, and their mattes have been removed. The bottom row is leveled and made into rectangles. She found room for her journaling at the top of her focal photo, while her title treatment takes left stage by storm. It has a totally different feel with its newly discovered asymmetry.
Lisa also created a lovely layout, soothing in its whites and blues. Her focal photo became two, her lower photos (just three) were lined up with even margins. And one of her strips became her place of journaling. With her rectangular page shape, she lost her title space, but found the perfect place for it at the top. Oh how I want to visit her one day and see her island and all its rocky beach glory.
In my looking-for-a-good-grade way, I stuck true to the sketch, mostly. My created the layout with tipped photos and then decided I wanted to the string them up, so straight across they became. I had to scooch my focal photo over a bit to the right to fit my title on, and then I moved my title up a smidgen so that I could fit the journaling underneath. I'm sorry for the repeat performance of this paper. I really do love it.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy the sketch and that it helps inspire you to create your own layout!
It's Friday! I hope you have had a wonderful week. The weather here has been phenomenal. Blue skies. Not a cloud to be seen. Crisp weather. And all week I have been munching on my bag of honeycrisp apples (the greatest apples on earth!). I even switched out my summer tshirts for the navy, grey, and black. It's almost time for firepits, apple crisp, and down comforters!
But today I wanted to celebrate the colors of the season. I found these amazing color boards on Crystal Wilkerson's site. I chatted with her and asked if I could use them on a layout and she said yes!
Here are all three for your viewing pleasure.
I love them all. Do you have a favorite?
I went looking for some lovely autumnal photos I could match them to. Here is what I found.
Now I just had to figure out which pictures went best with which color scheme!
I picked the first color scheme and the first photo. The orange needed the orange.
Then I used the second color combo and the third photo. I picked the most desaturated photo to go with the more muted and subdued tones in scheme 2.
It was a fun way to build a layout. Start with color. Find a photo. Then find papers and embellishements that match the bits of color. It was fun! I never would have selected a purple title for the last one otherwise, but I do love it!
I hope you have a fabulous Friday! Be sure to leave Crystal some love if you use her mood boards!
Hi there, it's Cristina here with some letterpress inspiration. Last week, Jennifer talked about learning to letterpress, and I want to show you how easy it is to build a scrapbook page starting from some gorgeous letterpress designs.
A while back I showed you how to create a faux letterpress look using embossing folders, but today I want to show you how to do real letterpressing.
Letterpress platform. I have seen people who say they can letterpress just by adding some cardstock shims and the regular cutting pads, but I didn't want to have to guess every time so I bought the platform - and I have no regrets! Especially since letterpress paper is pretty expensive and I don't want to waste it on trials.
Letterpress paper. The type of paper you use is critical to get a deep impression and get the most out of your letterpressing. I know some crafters have great results with watercolor paper, but that has not been the case with the watercolor paper I had on hand, so letterpress paper it is for me.
Letterpress plates. There are many designs available, I'm sure you'll have fun picking your favorites!
Ink. To be honest, I have not tried letterpress ink just yet. I've heard horror stories about how hard it is to clean up, so I started going the easy way, and I have just used ink pads for now. :) The examples on this page use distress ink pads (I love the bright colors). I also love doing blind impressions (no ink) as I think adding the ink detracts a bit from the deep impression.
With the idea of putting a page together, I made two letterpressed cards using plates from Studio Calico.
I used the Poet Society kits by Studio Calico. Using the letterpressed cards, it was very easy to build a design using my photo and some strips of patterned paper. I added some stamping with grey ink to tie to the background paper, and completed the page with some gold splatters and sewing.
Here are a couple detail shots.
I hope this has inspired you to give lettepress a try - I love how easy it is to put together a page starting from a couple of letterpressed cards. Share your creations in the comments! I'd love to hear your tips too, as I am just starting out myself.
When recently going through some of my scrapbook supplies I ran across some super cute divider pages.I believe they were made for Smashbooks, but I had other plans for them.
The title spurred the entire idea to make an organizer to help keep me on track with things to do, projects, stuff I need to get and notes in general.
Divide & Conquer...how genius is that?!
Ok, let's get started!
I love the bright colors...a different one for each section.
I started by cutting the little hooks off the ends.
Next, I selected the paper for my inside pages. Instead of regular copy paper, I decided to use patterned paper since I have an abundant supply. :)
Once I had selected my paper, I sorted it into colors to coordinate with the tabs. I selected 10 sheets per section.
I cut each page the same size as the divider pages, stamped titles onto the tabs and bound the book with my Bind It All. For the finishing touch I added an ampersand flair, from A Flair for Buttons, over the existing one printed on the cover to dress it up a bit.
On the inside pages I added copy paper to the pages that I thought would be difficult to see writing on, adhering it with washi tape.
Below are just a few pages from each of the sections.
Red Section - To Do
Orange Section - Urgent
Blue Section - Projects
Green Section - Notes
Pink Section - Shopping
I can't wait to start using my organizer, making to-do lists, and jotting down notes. I hope this will inspire you to dig into your stash and make an organizer that fits your needs too!
You can easily duplicate this project by making divider pages using cardstock or patterned paper from your stash. For the title page, use letter stickers or Thickers for a little dimension. Customize the tabs to fit your needs.
If you don't have binding machine, use 2-3 jump rings to keep it together. If using jump rings, you can even add or remove pages as needed!
Thank you for visiting today...I hope this has inspired you to dig into your stash and make something pretty to keep you organized.
This has been an amazing week. I have loved everything that our team has done. I have learned so very much. Sometimes I think it is time to go back to paper scrapping so that I can try out some of these cool things!
Hello! It's Jennifer Larson, finishing our week of learning techniques. I'm here to share with you my journey to learn how to use Letterpress. I hope it inspires you to jump in, even if, like me, it becomes a process of Making Do.
I purchased some Letterpress plates when Studio Calico first offered them; at the same time, I had bought some on sale at Archiver's. I had enrolled in a class to learn how, but I never took the class. I also did not buy the Letterpress starter kit because I had most everything in it, all but the platform. I thought I would mess around to try to get it to work with what I had. Here's what I did:
1. Watched a video showing me how. I used the wonder of google to search for "Letterpress videos using the Big Shot" to find this video:
(Note: this video is also very good, which I discovered after I'd figured out how to made Letterpress work with my equipment. Watch it for its specific information.)
2. Got out my equipment. To do Letterpress, I had brought several things with me to an out-of-town crop:
My Big Shot
The one thing I didn't bring that I needed?
Brayer to add ink to the plates.
Whoops. I also noticed that the paper I thought I'd brought disappeared, so I had to make do with the back of some textured cardstock.
3. Improvised with alternate ink. Since the Letterpress plate is a raised image, I decided to use my stamp ink on it. I inked the plate with some dye ink pads I'd brought.
4. Experimented to get the best inking. I ran the Letterpress again and again with different papers and numbers of shims to find the best fit. Some experiments went awry:
Ultimately, I found opening my platform to tab 1 (and taping the plate to the left and the paper to the right), adding about 6 pieces of cardstock as shims, and using one (only 1!) cutting board got the best results. Here it is in action:
And here's what I ended up with:
These three were the best--all the others that were poorly-inked I used as shims.
5. Put the Letterpressed images on the page. Now I got ready to design my page. I knew I wanted to use the slide frames as frames for these photos, so I cut out the centers:
And here's the final page:
I raised the Letterpressed images with dimensional stickers so they would add greater depth to the page; since the inking wasn't as crisp as traditional Letterpressed images would be, I selected weathered products to reflect the uneven inking. I like to say it's not a mistake, it's an unplanned opportunity for additional creativity.
Thank you for sharing my process as I worked my way through Letterpress, and thank you especially for joining us this week! I hope you are inspired to craft this weekend.
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!