Monday, December 29, 2008
Here are some of those ideas.
Overall Design and Page Elements
Use Masculine colors. Ignore the pattern and go for a color scheme that screams testosterone. :D Browns, blues, yellows, oranges, reds, greens.
These colors and patterns may seem feminine on their own, but combined in a "boyish" color scheme they work perfectly fine for this baby boy page.
Use patterns that are more generic or geometric. Dots, stripes, plaids, checks, diamonds, woodgrain, etc. Use them alone or combine them with "feminine" papers to keep the page feeling more masculine.
Use a Neutral background color. Patterns and colors will seem more masculine when combined on a background of black, white, grey, cream, tan, or Kraft.
Use a large circular element on your page. This obviously works for all kinds of pages, but can be especially helpful when would like to include a large page element on your layout for a boy.
Use office/school inspired patterned papers. Notebook paper, maps, ledger paper, book paper, music paper, invoices, telephone message paper, graph paper . . . mixing these in with your other patterned papers on your layout can give it a more masculine feel.
Distress! Paint splotches, swashes or drips look interesting. Change the color of something by using paint or ink. You can also ink and distress edges of paper, chipboard, etc.. Sand your paper, stickers or embellishments for a time-worn, rustic look. Crumpling. Rolling edges. Walnut Inks. Dyes. Etc. The list goes on and on.
Build your layout on a sheet of cardboard. Pulling off the top layer in spots reveals the corrugated layer underneath adding a great "boyish" feel.
Use background stamps. There are all kinds of background stamps available. Use these to add an interesting layer to your page or to alter something that is typically considered "feminine" . . . like a flower. Imagine a flower with a graph pattern stamped on it! Cool!
Accents and Embellishments
Ribbon. When I think of ribbon, I immediately think of big fluffy bows tied in little girls' ponytails or around a pretty package. But ribbons can be masculine, too! Tie a ribbon in a knot around a photo or journaling block. Tie a length of ribbon in several knots and use it as a border. Weave a length of ribbon in and out of holes leaving the ends loose and cut at an angle. Staple the ends of ribbon to your page for a masculine feel.Pleat it. Fray the ends.
Flowers. Cut the rounded ends of of flower petals for a more spiky flower. Paint it. Grungy them up with ink. Stamp a pattern on them.
Use Geometric chipboard shapes as page accents. You can also arrange them in a grid, or in rows.
Try using a large descriptive word as a page accent. Or how about the date . . . really big! 1/11/2009 A row of numbers is cool, too!
Tags, tickets or bookplates.
Strips of patterned paper. Cut them straight or uneven.
Mini Envelopes or a torn larger envelope.
Large monogram or number. Try the person's initial, age or jersey number.
All kinds of hardware . . . hinges, washers, picture hangers, etc.
Metals and Office Inspired embellishments. Brads, paper clips, binder clips, staples, labels, File Folder tabs, safety pins, stick pins, etc.
Try printing out a quote or poem to fill that empty space.
How about a bunch of messy stitching to add that final touch?
Bare chipboard. Or give it a messy coat of paint.
Zig-zags and ric rac.
Arrows, leaves, trees, stars, animals, bugs, tools, etc.
I hope this gives you some new ideas to try! If you have any other ideas, I would LOVE it if you would share it with us in the comment box, so I can add it to my list! ;)
Monday, December 22, 2008
For this I am using the new "Love Story" kit which can be found here. There is only 3 left in stock so if you wnt one i suggest you get it now.
The only supplies you will need for this is:
* Cutting mat
* Cutting tools (eyelet setter or hole punch, craft knife or trimmer )
* Bone folder ( or whatever works for you to make good creases )
* 1 piece of 4.5 x 12 paper
* 3 pieces of 4 x 5.5 printer paper
1) Take your 4.5 x 12 piece of paper and fold in half lengthwise. Sharpen crease with bone folder.
2) Open up your folded piece and fold in from both ends towards the middle crease. Leave an inch space in the middle ( so .5 inches from each side of crease )
3) Set aside cover piece and take your three sheets of 4 x 5.5 pieces of paper and fold in half lengthwise. Flatten crease with bone folder and 'sandwich' them together.
4) Return to your cover piece and mark spots half way from top to bottom and 1 inch from the edge. ALSO, mark spots directly across 1 inch form the spine. You only have to mark either side because you should be able to use your hole puncher and pnch through the layers. if you are using an eyelet setter mark the font and the back.
5) Punch holes in those marked spots. ( Punch all the way through the flaps inside )
6) Take your inside pages and sandwich them inside the cover page
7) Turn it all over flat so the inside is facing the table and staple twice through the spine. This is to secure your inside pages.
8) Take your ribbon and thread through hole (1) from the outside in. Come up through hole (2) from the inside. Re-enter at hole (3) from the outside then come up through hole (4).
i know it might be hard to see but i penciled the numbers. you will start on the right.
Done in about 10 minutes... easy quick, cute and a great little xmas happy!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is a basic page protector and on the other side of this sheet is a transparency that the stamp sheets are glued to. I recently stamped all of the images onto a white piece of paper so I could clearly see what stamp is where. I also have them organized acording to journaling, flourishes, flowers, etc. Makes it a little easier for me to find things.
Now for those small little stamps I finally found something that keeps them all in one place...baseball card protectors! The last time I was at the dollar store I say them and didn't know what I would do with them - but KNEW they would be good for something - so I bought 2 packs.
Turns out those little singles stamps fit PERFECTLY in there.
Here is what I did:
For the stamps that I had previously attatched to a transparency, I took them off and stamped the image onto a piece of white cardstock that I could slide right in front of the stamp. This is what they look like:
Here is another page:
Monday, December 8, 2008
The first trick I have for you is to use small magnets to keep all your needles and straight pins up and within reach. I love having them on my metal organizing tins, or even on top of the metal lid on my button jar. They stick there very well and are easy to find!
The next thing I want to show you is where I keep my flowers! I have a 12x12 piece of cork hanging on my wall, and I store some of my flowers on there... I stack them together and stick a push pin through them, and voila! A pretty way to display them and keep them where I remember to use them.
I also keep a few of my favorite flowers in glass mason jars where they are easy to grab for crops & such.
I really like the idea of a Clip-it-Up, but I knew that if I had one sitting on my desk, sooner or later one of my littles (my kids are 3, 2, and 1) wouldn't be able to resist all those lovely dangly stickers.
I saw this on several websites, and created it for myself in just a few minutes! It's just a simple curtain rod, curtain hangers, and clips. It's not pretty, but it's very easy to use!
For some of my more frequent letter stickers that I use, I store them in an old napkin holder I found in my Grams' garage. If you don't have a grams that has cool vintage napkin holders just laying around, check your local thrift store or yard sales. Even a new napkin holder would work well for this storage!
I keep all my kits in one of these wonderful 12x12 plastic drawer sets. I made little labels for each drawer, so I can keep the current kit in an easy to access place. Once I'm done with that kit, then I break up any remaining items and store them with other like items in the rest of my stash.
When I first get the kit, I lay all the bigger pieces down in the drawer, then I use one of these plastic trays (found at Walmart for .99!) to store all the smaller pieces. It's easy to just grab the whole drawer and take it into the tv room, and not worry about losing any of the small pieces.
The last little tip I wanted to show you is one my friend Brittney recently told me about. You know how Staz-On ink comes with that little plastic thing inside to keep the ink protected and juicy? Well, it's always a pain to me to lift the lid off, and that thing, and then get it back on... I know, I'm lazy. :) Put a couple of foam adhesive squares in the lid, then stick that plastic tray onto it. It still covers the inkpad perfectly, but then you don't have two loose lids! Ingenius!
I'd love to hear what sort of little solutions you've found to things around your scrap room!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Well, I really like them, but I wanted to see if I could make some customized ones for me. You know how when you get new box of embellishments, and there's one in there that is your "favorite," and you don't want to use it on just anything?
I figured out a way to keep making the same glittery die cut over and over.
Get out a few favorite stamps, an acrylic block, some black Staz-on ink, and a plain ol' transparency sheet from the office supply store.
Stamp your main image on the sheet.
Add a few more images until it looks good to you.
Don't be afraid if the images don't impress well, or if there's a tiny mistake here and there... it won't show up in the final product.
Using Sharpies (or Slick Writers, or Gel Pens- the options are endless!), color in your images.
Again, don't be afraid to make a few little mistakes.
Once it's all colored in, get out your Stickles. You can tell that the colors of my Stickles don't match the colors of my Sharpies, but that's ok. I wanted the layered colors, as you'll see in the pics below. Go ahead and color in your image to your discretion with the different colors of Stickles, or just use the clear Diamond Stickles to let the Sharpie's colors come through.
This is what it looks like before Stickles.
This is what it looks like after! (Click on it to see it bigger.)
All you need to do now is cut it out and use it on a card, a layout, or whatever else your little heart desires!
This whole thing took me MAYBE 15 minutes... and you just have to wait for the Stickles to dry after that. (You could use an embossing gun to speed up the drying process, but I'd be worried that it would warp the transparency.)
You could also use this same technique with rub ons instead of stamps, pre-printed transparencies like Hambly, or you could print your own designs from the computer onto transparency. Fun stuff!
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Sunday, October 19, 2008
I used Noel's Ghost Story kit to create these cute containers.
Roll paper from short end!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I started by picking my stamp and the colors that I would need to "paper piece". Since I picked a candy corn stamp - I picked white, orange, and yellow cardstock.
I then stamped the image on each sheet of cardstock with the same black ink.
I then chose for my " base" to be the white cardstock paper. So I cut out the orange and yellow secions of the cady corn. After I simply adhered them to the white paper - leaving the whit tip the same.
I then cut all the images out (this step can be skipped - it just depends on your design) and adhered them with pop dots on a little tag that I made to add to a Halloween gift.
This is really easy and simple and allows you to use your stamps a little differently -- hope you enjoyed it!
*Here is a layout where I simply added to the strip of stammped images -- the only cutting was the layering that I did!