Sunday, July 15, 2018

Boy Pages from the MCS June kit

So many patterned papers have pink...and flowers. Not really a problem when scrapping myself, except I also scrap boys: grown up boys, and an almost grown up (teen) boy. So this is how I handled creating two "boy" pages with a recent My Creative Scrapbooks main kit.

For the first, I went with a black, white, and yellow color scheme. I splattered white cardstock for my background, cut leafy wreaths (a My Creative Scrapbooks cut file) from off-white cardstock, used two patterned papers from the kit and added ticket stubs from my stash. The music-themed washi tape wrapped around the wood veneer jar added another touch of black. Finally-a white on white title. It's more minimalistic than some of my pages...but I LOVE it! These colors worked so well with my photo!


The second page, is truly monochromatic. Light blue, dark blue, any shade of blue was welcome here. And blue of course worked perfectly with a photo of my swimmer doing "what makes his soul happy"! Again I used mist to transform plain white cardstock for my background then cut papers into strips and banners, adding enamel dots and fussy cut clocks. A simple title from the kit's pack of Thickers completes the page.



Til next time...







Love My Life-Step By Step-MCS June Kit



My idea for this, the first page that I created with My Creative Scrapbook's June main kit, was to piece together a quilt-like center portion from all the beautiful patterned papers in the kit. But first, I created a background with a bit of spray and several splatters of mist on white cardstock:



Next I cut 2-inch squares from the patterned papers that I chose. A paper punch would have made this so much easier! ;)


I also wanted to use a couple of thin strips from this paper:


Specifically, these. (You'll see!)


 Here are my strips and squares, inked and arranged in the center of my background paper:


After adhering my photo to the upper right hand side,


I began my title on the lower left, using a wood veneer word from 1Canoe2,


then finished the phrase with Thickers (all included in June's main kit):


Layered chipboard pieces enhance the title,


and add dimension to the page elsewhere:


One of the patterned papers in the kit was made to be cut up into journaling blocks, embellishing strips and 2x3 inch cards. Here's how I chose to use them:


Fussy cut butterflies and enamel dots along with the words cut from the cards make a cute little cluster next to my photo:

The cut out phrase from one of the 2x3 cards was the perfect size for a banner:


The end result: a pretty uncluttered page. I actually find that I LIKE the white space along the top and bottom! Eventually, I 'll add a little journaling to the bottom left...when I think of what I want to say! ;)


And there's the finished page!



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!