Hi! It's Dee and I'm so happy to be here with another blogpost for Write. Click. Scrapbook! I hope you are enjoying this week with the subject of "no." This topic may seem a little negative, but as we've seen the passed few days it contains a lot of fun ideas for layouts.
Today I'd like to challenge you with another no: no visible journaling on your layouts. First and foremost let me preface this by saying that I love love love layouts with a lot of journaling! But sometimes a layout just works better without journaling. If you do want to tell a story with that layout you can of course add in an extra page (maybe a 6x12) even, but another option is to hide the journaling. That is exactly what I did! For both of this weeks layout I'm keeping in check with the food theme of this month's gallery because well.. I just really like to talk, blog & scrap about food ;-)
First up is this fun layout about an absolutely amazing lunch at the Eiffel tower me and my husband had last September when we visited Paris.
I printed the pictures with my Canon Selphy. The little ones are 2x2 and the bigger ones are 3x4. I've written the journaling about this amazing lunch on a grey tag that I tucked behind the bigger photos. For the title I used a fun stamp by Kelly Purkey and letter stickers by Tim&Beck for Studio Calico. The acetate shapes are by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper and the colored paper is by Heidi Swapp.
The second layout is another picture heavy layout and it tells the story about another great food-experience. Dinner at an amazing restaurant in my hometown. This dinner was a gift for our wedding. People who visit my blog probably already know this layout, because I posted it there recently.
This layout features a special centerpiece: the edible (!) menu we got at the restaurant. I'm not sure this menu will stand the test of time, but we'll see! I tucked the journaling and memorabilia behind this menu. It can be pulled up to read with the floral washi tab I created at the top of the menu.
I hope you are inspired to make some pages with no visible journaling yourself! Please link up if you do so!
Lisa here with the last day of Jenni Bowlin Mini Madness week. I worked with the September 2013 Papercrafting kit. When I was planning on what my minibook would consist of I saw that the 30 days of lists were going to start on March 1st and that was that; a 30 lists mini it would be!
Here is a look at the finished book. I had pre planned pretty much all the design for the inside pages.
The book is made with just patterned papers. I trimmed the 12x12" papers to 6x12" and simply folded the pieces in half. For the binding I used 2 staples. I first poked holes for the staples with my craft needle and simply pushed the staples in those and closed them.
For the cover I just played with the great things in the kit. The stamp works as a base and then I just added the letter stickers and embellsihments.
I wanted to use tags on each page for the lists. There were a few tags in the kit, but I decided to cut mine from the cardstock in there instead. I cut them all out and added a small punched out circle from a black paper in the kit to the tag before I punched a whole.
This is how they turned out! That black circle makes all the difference, no?
Here are a few quick looks inside. I knew the list topics since it is a paid event and printed each list as a strip. One of the girls doing the challenge made a pdf with numbers so I cut those out aswell.
Then I started listing! I have done this project before I knew i would like it!
I love the chunky feel that this mini has! And i hope that it will inspire you to make something like it!
Do we have any needleworkers amongst us? I learned embroidery around age 11, but quickly dismissed it as one of those things I just didn't have patience for. After getting back into the crafty world as an adult though, I picked it back up, mainly to use in scrapbooking. Using cross-stitch and embroidery, you can create some unique and customized page accents, and even backgrounds. Let's take a look at some examples.
Diane is a master cross-stitcher! Just look at this gorgeous heart embellishment
And here's another to continue the love theme with two sets of XOXOs.
I guess when it comes to cross-stitch it's all about the love! Lisa sent along this page:
I've always thought cross-stitching was too finicky for me to try, but Diane and Lisa are making me reconsider that opinion! Plus I found a couple of tutorials that could really help.
Hi everyone, it's Diane here! I have a confession...I like wrapping presents! I find it enjoyable to wrap them and I LOVE giving a beautiful or clever wrapped package with the special gift that I selected to the recipient. Over the last year (literally, I've been planning this post for that long :)) I have scoured the internet to bring you some fun and clever ideas for your holiday (and everyday) gift giving.
Wrap it in Kraft
During my search, I found lots of Kraft wrapping paper ideas. Not only is it simple and cost effective, but it can be easily customized too.
Hello everyone! Thanks for coming back and joining me for another day in embellishment week. Today we are going to look at wood veneers, which are wildly popular right now, and the tried and true chipboard. Both come in many shapes and sizes and are a great addition to any layout.
Wood Veneer Ideas
The beauty of wood veneers is that they look great all on their own, without any altering. For this layout, I simply accented a couple tags with natural snowflake shapes and also tied twine around one by the title.
Do you see a couple other techniques we talked about earlier this week? Yes! The colored hanging tags accented with snowflakes and the fabric brad used for the center of the "o" in the title. All fun easy ways to add extra touches to your layouts and get all those cute embellishments on a layout to enjoy.
Many of the basic shapes that are available in wood veneers have open centers. Try using the open space to highlight something on your photo, journaling or other important detail on your layout. I used the heart to draw attention to the sun which makes the sky look like it is on fire. It was also the inspiration for the play on words I used in my title.
Wood veneers are easy to alter with spray mist. It is my go-to method for coloring them. For a more intense color, spray lightly, let dry and spray again a second time. On this layout, the brightly colored wood veneer stars frame the photos making them the focal point. The title is also made of wood veneer with a brad used as part of the punctuation!
I took full advantage of the open centers of all the circle wood veneers on this layout. One houses part of the title, one is home to my journaling and the other is backed with patterned paper that coordinates with my theme. A couple veneers were stitched down, which is functional and decorative too.
Finally, look for ways add similar shapes in different mediums for visual interest. Here I mixed stamped asterisk shapes with asterisk wood veneers. I like the way the two work together to lead you through the layout.
Let's not forget our beloved chipboard. Some manufacturers offer chipboard in colors, patterns and designs that coordinate with their paper collections. Other manufacturers offer natural chipboard giving you the option to paint them, cover them with patterned paper or even leaving them natural.
On this layout, I created a scene with a tree chipboard. To dress it up I added small punched flowers accented with rhinestones, an owl perched on a branch with a kite tied off next to the owl. It's fun to alter the look of chipboard with paint too, like I did with the alphabet chipboard in the title.
With just a few simple touches you can really dress up chipboard that coordinates with a line. I used several pieces to create an entire scene that coordinates with the theme of my layout. I added a couple small details that make a big difference to dress them up. Take for instance the cute egg chipboard banner...the addition of the tied seam binding on the ends really sets it off. I also used a piece of chipboard as the background for the title and layered a small birdie chipboard on top. These simple little touches make all the difference.
Chipboard can be beautiful left natural too. On this last layout, I left the chipboard unaltered but adhered small pearls to create a choker necklace on the silhouette shape. It was just the right detail for my vintage layout.
Thank you for visiting today. I hope you are inspired to get out your stash of wood veneers and chipboard and add them to a page. I'll see you back here tomorrow for our final day of embellishment inspiration and a giveaway!
Merry Christmas Eve! With a little help from some fellow write. click. scrapbook. teammates, I, Vivian, am here today to help with some quick-fix last-minute ideas if you suddenly need something for last-minute gift-giving or decorating. Let's face it, we've all been there - suddenly there's an extra guest at at a holiday gathering, an impromptu visitor, etc. - and we all wish we had a quick fix (provided we have at least some advance notice!).
Let's start with decorating. I am not one of those people who is good about switching out holiday decor, prettying up my mantel, etc. I would love to be that person, but never seem to find the time to get it done. I came up with this quick-fix art that could either sit on a mantel with some candles or could be hung on the wall to add a little holiday cheer (simply take down a non-holiday piece of art hanging up and replace it with this for the holiday):
Start with a simple shadowbox frame. Cut patterned paper to fit the background. A smaller-scale print, tone-on-tone print, or text print would work well. The subway art Christmas-print paper here is fromEcho Park, and October Afternoon also has a fun one. Grab a couple of rolls of Christmas-y washi tape and add four strips of varying lengths at the top left and bottom right. Add dimensional embellishments over the washi tape at the top and the bottom. Add a large dimensional embellishment at the center (mine is a star cut using this Silhouette file - I cut just one half and just the background part), put the art in the frame, and you're done! I promise this can be done in under 10 minutes once you have the papers, embellishments, tape, and frame in front of you, even if you are cutting something with a die-cutting machine!
How about a 2-minute card? Grab a piece of cardstock, a sheet of washi-look stickers (like the ones I used here, from Crate Paper's Sleigh Ride line) or a few rolls of washi tape, a star punch, a scrap of holiday patterned paper, a pop dot, and a paper trimmer. Cut a 7" X 10" piece of cardstock, score at the 5" mark, and fold in half. Stack graduated lengths of washi-look stickers or tape to form a tree and its trunk, then punch a star from patterned paper and adhere with the pop dot. Done!
After I made the card above, I realized the negative star shape peeking out of the tag I'd cut it from looked pretty cool, so that got me another 2-minute card. I backed the opening in the tag with another scrap of paper (love those little reindeer peeking out at the North Pole!), tied the tag with a doubled length of baker's twine, and then adhered the tag to a card base with a washi-look sticker greeting.
Francine made some quick and easy cards by downloading free card printables, printing them, and adding embellishments, including washi tape, baker's twine, and gems:
See here for the source of the downloadable cards and here for more information on Francine's blog.
This first tag is super simple - just a tag base, alphas (these all came from one multicolored set, but you could mix and match sets nicely here), and some ribbon. Start with either a pre-made tag base or make your own by cutting a rectangle from cardstock and punching a hole at the top. You can also either angle or round the corners of your tag. Add words, tie a bow, and you're done!
The next tags are a non-traditional set I created using photobooth-print paper, chevron ribbon, colorful label stickers, and a stapler. I used my Silhouette to die-cut five tags from the patterned paper, added a sticker hanging off the edge of each and trimmed it flush with the edge, and then stapled a folded piece of ribbon at the top. This set could be easily replicated with black and white photos of the recipients for a fun twist, or could be created using holiday-themed patterned paper, label stickers, and ribbon.
Lisa made this fantastic (and quick!) set of ornaments. Don't they make a lovely gift? She simply added stickers to plain ornaments to personalize them and dress them up.
You can see more information about these on Lisa's blog.
Hopefully we've helped those of you in a pinch out a bit with today's blog post!
Happy Holidays everyone! Kelly here, with a quick project that will brighten your season - and as a bonus, it can be made with supplies you probably already have!
I love plain, ordinary, manila-colored shipping tags. You know, the kind you buy at an office-supply store for next to nothing. I love that you can dress them up, or leave them bare. I love how useful they are. I love that they come in all different sizes. So a few years ago, I decided to make them part of my holiday decor.
Here's a peek:
I found a fabulous list of how to say "Merry Christmas" in different languages, along with the pronunciation. With a bit of measuring and the help of a word processing program, I taped my plain tags to a sheet of paper and ran them through my printer. Each tag now had a phrase on it. Then I gathered a few supplies and went to work embellishing them.
I used stickers, stamps, chipboard, and bits of ribbon and twine to make each tag unique. Then I lightly inked all the edges with red ink.
After I finished all my tags, I strung them on a bit of ribbon to make a banner. It's fun to try and pronounce the different greetings, and of course, I never get tired of those manila tags!
Here's a shot of the banner from a bit farther away:
Happy crafting to all and to all, Her za Krismas! (That's Swahili).
Hi, it's Sarah Pendergrast here again today to share fun ideas for creating tags, using different bits and pieces from your stash. With November on our doorstep, I've decided to focus mainly on Christmas, but these ideas can be used for all occasions. Here are some ideas to get you started, using a package of shipping tags from an office supply store.
1. Use your stamps
2. Use fabric
3. Use chipboard
4. Use your die cutting machine
5. Wrap a ribbon around the middle
6. Embellish with bling
7. Use strips of washi tape
8. Use stickers
9. Use buttons
10. Use a mask and spray ink
11. Go glittery
12. Add some flair
13. Use a doily
14. Use your punches
15. Use some twine
I hope this inspires you to grab what you have and just start creating. These tags are super quick, and could also be used in December Dailies, Project Life, or on your pages...come back Friday!
To finish up, here's a few birthday tags that I whipped up using strips of washi tape, stamps and spray ink.