Saturday, May 26, 2018

Welcome Spring Step-By-Step

This month's main kit from My Creative Scrapbooks contains so many beautiful floral die-cuts and chipboard pieces from Carta Bella's Spring Market collection, and one of my favorites is the pitcher of flowers. Recreating a similar pitcher, super-sized, and to have this as the centerpiece of a scrapbook page was what I set out to do.

First I needed to sketch out a pitcher. It wasn't as difficult as you'd imagine! I used a ruler for the straight lines and free-handed the rest, albeit with lots of eraser marks, as I adjusted the size and height to fit the paper and my page.

Here it is cut from the sketch and placed on the black and white print I intend to use for the pitcher:

Next I turned over the paper and traced my template on the reverse side, so that I could better see the pencil marks when cutting. Remember to flip your template too, unless it doesn't matter which way the spout is facing.

The lines show up much better on the lighter colored print, making it easy to follow with my scissors.

Here is the pitcher, cut and flipped to the desired side:

And here are the flowers that will eventually come together to fill it:

But first, the pitcher needs a little white highlight with dry-brushed gesso. To achieve the light effect, I loaded my brush with gesso, then brushed most of it off on a paper towel, before lightly swiping the paper, following the lines of the pitcher. I repeated this until I was satisfied with the look.

And now, for a fun background, using a mix of watercolors and gelatos. I had my handy chipboard flower arrangement nearby as a model, as I was attempting to bring in those same colors of pink, peach and yellow to my paper.

First, I brushed sections of waxed paper with various colors, being careful not to mix and muddy them up.

Then I smooshed a clear baggie over the waxed paper to pick up areas of color, and transferred it to a plain white cardstock. I smoothed and smeared and re-smooshed until the center of my background looked like this:

And now I don't want to cover it up! lol. 

But onward I go, adding the pitcher, button-centered flowers, and bits of greenery to fill in the spaces, tying on the tag, adding my title, and finally backing with pink cardstock.

I originally imagined this page would hold a photo of my plant-filled kitchen window, but I forgot to add it to my print order! Guess what? I think I like it just fine as a decor item. Eventually I'll get that photo printed and add it to the page. Meanwhile this happy spring scene will sit on my easel and brighten my workspace.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Pinnacle Party

Today I'm sharing another page from the April main kit from My Creative Scrapbooks, and this might be my favorite. I started with a grass green splatter and smear background. Really high tech! ;)

Then added my matted photo and this pretty "Celebrate" tag, whose colors and flowers inspired the arrangement at the bottom of the page.

Die-cuts from the kit were combined with cardstock and patterned paper to create large layered flowers, accented by additional die-cuts, stickers, and several leaf clusters.

At some point I noticed the grasshopper on one of the Patio Party collection papers. (He did a great job of blending in; nature's camouflage is pretty remarkable!) Of course I had to add an oversized grasshopper to my bouquet, cutting him freehand from the same paper from which I cut the leaves.

"Party this way!" he says.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be sharing my pages from My Creative Scrapbooks' May main kit, so check back next week.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Tales from the Trail

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be true, but sometimes you need words to tell the whole story, a story the photo doesn't reveal. And that is precisely why I needed to create a scrapbook page with this photo, one that includes more journaling than usual. It's the story of our hike to this lake...and consequently a ride to the emergency room! :o

The whole purpose for this pre-breakfast hike was to capture an early morning photo of this lake and pier. I intended to lay down on the decking and get a really awesome shot of water, mountains, trees and sky.

Then, as my journaling describes, "it all went downhill...literally."

With 2/3rds of the page devoted to photo and journaling, I had one long strip of paper left on which to place my embellishments.

First, bits and pieces of patterned paper from My Creative Scrapbooks' April Main kit were layered away. A honeycomb-pattern strip of packaging was added to the mix. Then the fun begins, as die-cuts and stickers complete the page.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Forever Friends-A Grid Design Scrapbook Page

(The following scrapbook page and step-by-step tutorial was showcased on the My Creative Scrapbooks blog.)

Grid designs are my go-to on various occasions. Sometimes I use them when I want an orderly display of multiple photos from an event. Other times I use a simple grid design when I'm in a time crunch, as the straight lines make assembling the page a breeze. With today's layout, a grid design is the perfect vehicle for embellishing with all of the fun and colorful die-cuts in My Creative Scrapbooks March main kit. 

In the closeup below, I have set a simple scene with die-cuts, adding dimension by adhering some of the pieces flat, while layering and popping up others. A cardstock "frame" ties it all together. 

To begin this page, I gathered cardstock in colors to coordinate with the kit's patterned papers and embellishments from Pebbles' Patio Party. The top left square was sized to frame my photo, the middle right rectangle to accommodate my title (a banner cut from one of the patterned papers), and the long piece at the bottom to hold journaling. Additional pieces were cut to "fill in the holes" and complete the grid. 
Here are the six components of my grid design, set on a white cardstock background. Already these colors are making me happy!

Once I added my photo and title banner, I cut white cardstock bases to hold the die-cut scene planned for the top, and the journaling planned for the bottom. Patterned paper fills the remaining grid.

Then out come the die-cuts and dimensional flowers, creating the scenes below. Hmmm...I think it calls for more die-cuts!

So more die-cuts it is!

At this point, owing to my indecisive nature, nothing is permanently attached. A strong breeze could blow it all away! But now that I'm content with the look,

I can finally print my journaling and adhere all these little bits and pieces.

A double cardstock border was also added, and it frames the entire page nicely. I simply cut down the white background by about 1/2 inch on each side, adhered to yellow cardstock, cut down the yellow cardstock by 1/4 inch on each side, and adhered to pink cardstock.

That frame makes all the difference! 

Can you see how this design can be transformed to fit a photo in another shape or size? Or more than one photo? That's the versatility of a grid. :)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Feels Like Summer

You know that song by Weezer; well, it's in my head a lot now...and I couldn't be happier with these warm summer-feeling temperatures! Summer is my season. ;)

Here is a colorful page documenting Kevin's summer of 2016, a summer filled with lifeguarding, swimming, video games, swimming, Driver's Ed, swimming, watching Big Brother (an addiction I tell ya!), a week at the beach and swimming. Ahhh...soon he'll be at it again, minus the Driver's Ed.

The next layout was published in the summer 2017 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today. It features a fun assortment of patterned papers, a melange of die-cuts, washi tape banner, and a title of colorful chipboard letters.

Summer days...bring it on!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Sisters Do Lunch

Me and my four sisters...we've taken this photo before...a year before to be exact. Each year during our beach vacation, the girls all go out for shopping and lunch. Two years in a row we've chosen to eat at George's in Alyc Beach, and both meals ended with a photo in the same spot!

I chose the Summer Fun collection from Echo Park for it's combination of color and whimsy, fussy cutting some of the elements like the flower cluster...

 and scooter below:

Hmmm...should we find a new photo spot next year...or continue taking our picture on the steps under the frogs?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

All The Colors

This old kit had SO many die-cuts and stickers, I thought I'd never use them up...but I sure came close after completing this birthday page. Large patterned paper balloons were handcuff and pen-stitched before tying them up with an assortment of baker's twine. Colorful washi tape and enamel dots add to the celebratory feel of this birthday page:

And another kit bites the dust...almost. ;)