October 31, 2013

Step By Step Layout

I love seeing other scrapbookers' step by step posts, so I thought I'd try it myself. It was more challenging than I thought it would be, because I had to remind myself to take photos, and as you'll see, sometimes I missed recording a step (or two).
Here's the finished layout followed by the step by step photos-

I started with white cardstock, a stencil and modeling paste, and let it dry completely. As usual, my stencil was not so clean, so I got some circles with colored edges, luckily it was pink, so it fit my color scheme.

Added a strip of patterned paper, from one of the basics dot collections from Echo Park-

Next I added a piece of pp I cut from the 6*6 Heidi Swapp's Mixed Company collection pad. I love the colors of this collection.

And here I forgot to take some pictures (quite early on... shameful). I got to the next stage by adhering some ribbon to the edge of the mint pp, going behind the pink piece. Those lovely ribbons are from the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection. First piece of ribbon was glued straight, and then I used another piece and I used some hot glue to glue it in a few places (so some parts of the ribbon were without glue, slightly raised), to create more movement and dimension. In the same 6*6 pad, there's a pp with different patterned circles, I cut some out, and used them as embellishments-

Next to the photo I chose a die cut from Dear Lizzy 5th&Frolic collection (which is one of my all time favorite collections, well, I've been scrapbooking for two years, so all time is less impressive, but still:))and added some Dear Lizzy thickers. These thickers are beautiful, they have a little glitter or something similar, and a very distressed print pattern-

Added a transparency from the Mixed Company ephemera pack to the left side of the photo-

Added a vellum piece from the same ephemera pack, and two more circles-

Another piece of vellum to the top of the page, just sitting on all the other layers-

This star/flower like shape came with the Thickers sheet-

 Now take a break to create some embellishments. I used chip board hearts and colored them with distress paint in Picked Raspberry, which was a perfect match to the pink in the patterned papers. I dotted the hearts with a paint marker in an aqua shade (it's actually the only color I have, that and white, but it fit great here).

I also colored some wood veneer feathers from Studio Calico (I think they don't make them anymore, sadly, but  I've seen other companies do, like Prima) with acrylic paint. Adhered those down between the other embellishments-

Another heart next to the title-

Then it was mostly finishing touches. That spot over the title looked a bit empty, and I wanted to use that camera clip, so I used a scalloped circle punch to punch another pp from the 6*6 pad and put the clip on it, along with some enamel dots and puffy stickers from American Crafts.

I added more ribbon, this time horizontally, as though going behind the photo, again gluing it in certain spots. I also added a ribbon bow from Maggie Holmes Flea Market on the heart. You can also see some ink spray splatters, I can't seem to make a layout without those nowadays-

I cut a small triangle from the pink pp and glued it to the upper right corner of the layout.
I tucked another scalloped circle behind upper left side of the photo, and made my own (much less pretty) bow out of ribbon, as an embellishment on that circle. You can see these details in the photo of the finished layout, here it is again-

Hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for visiting!

October 29, 2013

A Double Pager- With A Twist

I really like double page layouts, but I didn't do a lot of them because I always felt I needed the same background paper for both pages. I don't have a lot (hardly any) doubles of patterned papers, which is what I usually start with. But then I took this online class at 2 Peas in a Bucket, Glitter Girl's Scrapbook Survival Guide, and there it was- a double page layout with two different backgrounds. Now why didn't I think of that?? Anyway, I created this double pager, I really liked the result, and didn't mind at all that the backgrounds were different.

So I guess that was somewhere in the back of my mind when I created this double pager, I guess I would call them complimenting pages-

 And the pages separately-

The page design is very much inspired by a page from another online workshop called Pop and Colours (you can find more details here, and yes, I love taking online classes:)). It just started recently, but till now the content is really inspiring, with lots of mixed media, but done in a way that I really like, with pretty feminine colors, messy but still modern and stylish.

This happened by accident. I wanted to create a background with mists and a stencil (this feathers stencil from The Crafter's Workshop- lovely!). I love using mists, so I tried making my own mists using Distress Reinkers and water. Here I used Worn Lipstick (love this shade of pink!), Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold. I misted through the stencil, as usual, trying to get the colors nicely mixed. Then I thought I'd just use another 12*12 white cardstock to absorb all the mist from the stencil. I didn't move anything, just laid the paper on top of the stencil (that was on top of another white cardstock), and pressed lightly with my hands. I loved the result, and then I thought I'd use both backgrounds for a double pager.
Here's a close up at parts of the backgrounds. This is the one I started with, when misted you get the negative spaces of the stencil-

 And the one I used to soak up the remaining mist from the stencil itself-

I'm also inspired by Wilna Furstenberg and her style of embellishing, I have a crush on my hot glue gun, it does such a great job adhering embellishment while giving them a subtle dimensional look. 
So I added to the basic design which was just the background papers and some layered strips of patterned paper on the sides of the double page, using pretty much every little embellishment that caught my eye in the right color. A mix of Crate Paper, Studio Calico, American crafts, Dear Lizzy...
Here's a couple of close ups on the embellishments clusters-

 I used die cuts as titles, I thought the page was embellished enough, and did not want to add more letters to it. There's no journaling, in case you noticed, and the reason is that I used a 6*12 divided page protector to write.

Today's post is just full of inspiration I got from various other scrapbookers. Ali Edwards is another scrapbooker I follow, and what I especially love about her work, are the stories she tells about her life and family. Last week she posted a few pages she made with "10 Things Right Now". I really like that concept, and wrote down some things about us and about my husband right now. I also made a page for my daughter that I will share soon.
The pictures I used are just two favorites (unlike the million photos I have of my daughter, we rarely make photos of ourselves, especially together) from a two day trip we made back in August to Tel Aviv, the city that never stops:)
Here's a picture just to show how that looks, I used cards from the Project Life Polka dot Party mini kit.

Hope you're inspired to try this with a double page spread.
Thanks for visiting!

October 27, 2013

Scrap More- The Rainbow Series- Part 4

This will be the last one for now in this series, though I'm sure I'll be returning to rainbow layouts, because they're just too fun.
I think this one is my favorite.

I created the background with a piece of 12*12 white cardstock that I cut into 1 inch strips. I then used some ink pads to color the strips completely. After that I just glued them onto another piece of white cardstock, and the background was created. LOVE how happy it looks. The last two turquoise strips look very similar in the photo, but in reality one is darker than the other.
I used Project Life cards from the Midnight edition to built some layers behind the photo. Added that fun camera die cut from Amy Tan, some sequins that matched the different colors and that was it! 

 For me, this page looks more like something I want to put in a frame and hang on the wall, rather then in my album, but I can always add a title and some journaling. I do admit I just love that photo, there's not a lot of story here, we just went on a small day trip, and that was one of the photos. Many times I write things that are not directly connected to the photos, but here I just felt I really liked the look, and didn't want to add anything.

I drew around that heart with glitter jelly roll pen, subtle and cute:)

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October 24, 2013

Scrap More- The Beloved Die Cut

As I've written in recent posts, I'm really trying to use my stash. I usually have my fixed order, photos, papers (though recently I've been starting with papers quite a lot), embellishments etc. This time I say- try to start from that die cut you've been wanting to use, but never do.
For me, one example was that flower die cut from the Dear Lizzy collection Lucky Charm. I really liked it, and tried to use it in many other projects, but because I started from the paper and/or the photos, it was hard to find the right place for it.

So I started from the die cut. I chose white cardstock as my background, but still wanted some color. Since the die cut was from Lucky Charm, I looked at the other items I had from the collection, and that patterned paper with the color blocks was a perfect fit (I used half of the 12*12).
This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter, so I really wanted it to be the center of the page, without too many other elements. I thought that Lovely chipboard sticker was a great title, also from the Lucky Charm collection.

Here's the finished layout-

So then I had that other half of that great patterned paper from Lucky Charm. And that chipboard stickers sheet lying on my desk. And here's another way to approach your page. Look at your supplies (that one or two items lying on your desk, from the previous layout for example), and think about which photo would work with it. I immediately thought of this picture of my daughter at a playground, definitely her happy place:) And that's how another fast layout came together!

I just thought it was a funny story, we were walking around in a pretty town in Slovenia, with a pretty river and a castle on the opposite side, but what really makes a 3 year old happy is a swing in a playground, Slovenia or where ever. Which is awesome.

This is not necessarily the way I want to create all my pages now, but I do love the idea of starting with the product you most want to use, be that the 12*12 paper, 6*6 pad, die cut, ink spray, stamp set or anything else you really love in your stash. I think I wouldn't have created these two pages otherwise, and I do love how the relative few elements used here get to shine.
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October 21, 2013

Scrap More- The Beloved Patterned Paper- Part 3

Autumn leaves...
I have a lot of pictures from a couple of weekends we spent in Slovenia last Autumn. I'm trying to make things easier, and I'm scrapping these pictures with a limited set of supplies. I chose a few embellishments I had, mostly from an old Crate Paper collection called Pink Plum, and I keep adding patterned paper as needed for each page I make. That already narrows down the choices considerably, since I only use papers that go with those embellishments.
I love this paper from the Sundrifter collection  by Studio Calico. The color is gorgeous, the pattern unique, and it just goes really well with all those lovely autumn colors. So I really wanted to let it stand out. In the previous posts, I used my favorite papers as the whole 12*12. But this paper was too busy, so I cut it down to about 4 inches. With the page design I used, the photos take up about 6 inches in height, which leaves a perfect 1 inch at the bottom and the top for the background paper, here a dark wood-grain. 
When you use a busier paper this way, you really don't need much else. I had those lovely chipboard pieces I wanted to use, and a couple of stickers, but that was it. I see the patterned paper as an embellishment here.

That forest in Slovenia was like out of a fairytale. Amazing. I love that my hair was so color coordinated:)
A few close-ups:

I wrote in a previous post, lately I try to use only one 12*12 paper per page (the background), and use my scraps (or 6*6 pads) for the rest. That's because I have wayyyy too many scraps. But here I did cut that lovely Studio Calico paper. So another "strategy" I'm trying out, is to use it fast. Leave it on the table, and work on something where I know I can use that particular paper. So I stayed with my Slovenia photos, and went hunting for a 12*12 paper that would work with the SC paper. I found that great notes paper by Sassafras. Again, I used a design that really lets that paper stand out. Here's the finished page-

Using those pre-chosen embellishments, made this layout come together fast. Those pictures are from this really pretty cafe we sat at. Very girly, I liked it:) Ljubljana really surprised us and turned out to be a lovely, lively classy European town.

So that left with me one last piece of paper, and luckily I had (just kidding, I still have lots of pictures to scrap from that trip...) a few more pictures from Ljubljana. I created this page-

And that's how I used that lovely SC paper. One almost too pretty to use paper, 3 layouts. I think this is a great way to showcase your favorite papers in your albums.
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October 18, 2013

Scrap More- The Beloved Patterned Paper- Part 2

I call it- The Allstar Layout:)
This time I chose a Maggie Holmes paper from her first collection with Crate Paper. It's a beautiful pink brick wall pattern, and I've been reluctant to use it. But I did! And I decided to pair it with a couple other favorites I've been hoarding.
Here's the finished layout, very simple-

I used a couple of 6*6 paper from Crate's DIY collection. I love the soft colors, and it works really well with the background. Next came the photo overlays, also from the DIY collection. I'm happy to see them in a few new collections (Crate's Flea Market and Close Knit, for example). I used one on the photo, and two as a place for the title and location.

Finishing touches with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine mists, another current favorite-

And that's it! I'm sure I could have added a lot more to the layout, and I might come back and add a few embellishments, but I don't tend to do that, and I am happy with the somewhat minimalistic look of this layout.
More layouts with my favorites on monday!
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

October 16, 2013

Scrap More- The Beloved Patterned Paper

I want to continue and share a few tips that help me scrap more and use more of my supplies.
I guess the biggest thing that changed in the last weeks, is that I am actually using less product than my usual dose on many of my layouts. I'll explain. I have quite a respectable stash. I don't buy as much as I would like by far, I mean the amount of beautiful things in this hobby is mind blowing, but I still have a lot.
I really love most of it (I also have some products that make me say-what was I thinking??), and I really want these products to be on pages, not in boxes and drawers.
So I started scrapping in different ways. I don't search through all my embellishments for every layout I make, to see what else could fit. I don't pick a photo and then go through all my patterned paper to see which one matches the best.
I start from the product I really want to use. I take that 12*12 paper I love/ I want to use/ I've had for way too long, and start there. I choose the photos later, and that is actually a step that is so much easier for me than I thought it would be. I really recommend trying this. The results? More pages, less products per page, but more scrapped and used in total, because this way is less time consuming, by far.
So for today's post, here's one way to scrap with a purpose:) And today's star is the 12*12 patterned paper.

Take that paper that you just love and couldn't find the right project for it, and make it the star.

I love this paper from Kesi'Art, the colors are gorgeous. I didn't know what to do with it, didn't want to cut it. So it lay there waiting. And waiting. And waiting. So at some point I said enough is enough. I decided to use it as the only paper in the layout. I used a stencil and some molding paste to create that cool dimensional chevron. I chose a photo that was very quiet, with not a lot going on, so that it doesn't have to compete with the patterned paper. It's a very random photo of me in the apartment we lived in before moving to Austria, so I took this opportunity to write a few things I loved about it. The title says (in Hebrew)- 'This is where we happily lived'. I added a few puffy stickers from Amy Tan, and that was it! I also find that drawing a frame, with a marker (here I used a black Faber Castell big brush artist pen) or a pen, really makes the page look more finished.

I'll post another layout using one of my favorite precious 12*12 patterned papers on Friday.
Thanks for visiting!