Monday, January 28, 2008

Use Your Pen!

One of my favorite ways to add detail to my pages is also one of the easiest . . . by using a pen! I know, I know. It can be intimidating at first. Believe me! I use to clam up just thinking about doodling on my pages, but once I practiced a little bit and learned a few tricks, it was easy!

A simple way to add doodling is to outline a few of your page elements. Add a border around a scalloped piece of paper. Add a line around a photo. You'll be amazed at the subtle detail it adds and the way it makes each piece POP! off the page.

Here I layered a thick line and a thin line for some added fun! Add a personal and artistic touch to your page by creating your own design elements. On this page of my daughter I doodled a cloud-like scallop border to frame her photo. I also drew a few flowers, cut them out, and used them to decorate my page.
The scallop border is easy. Use a pencil to draw a rectangle the size you would like your border to be. Remember making those fluffy clouds on your pictures in elementary school? That's exactly what you do! Don't worry about making them all the same size. Just play and have fun with it! Now, go back with a permanent marker or pen and trace the pencil lines you made. Erase the pencil and then cut out your design. You are ready to use it to frame your photo!
Ready to make some flowers? One of my favorite places to find doodling inspiration is from children's items . . . clothing, bedding, home decor. These flowers are from a home decor item from "The Land of Nod". You can even use one of your doodled shapes as a journaling block!
Create the flowers the same way you made your scalloped border. Draw your design in pencil first.
Next, use a permanent black marker to trace the lines. After you've erased the pencil, you are ready to color your designs. I used Prismacolor colored pencils, but your children's pencils will work great, too! I used a colorless blending pencil to make the color look more even. Another fun way to color in your designs is by using watercolors. This is where the permanent marker comes in handy. If you use a water based black pen to trace your designs, they will bleed when they come in contact with the water, so just be aware. Another fun place to get doodling inspiration is straight from your scrapbook papers! These flowers were copied from this sheet of Imaginisce patterned paper.
Use your design on your pages, or create a fun card! Here I outlined the floral design in the 7 Gypsies patterned paper to give it a different look.
Use your pens to outline your letter stickers. I do this a lot! I love that it gives me a completely different look, and it's quick to do.

Last, but not least, use your pens to add your handwriting to a page or project. It's a great personalized touch that will certainly be treasured.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sewing and Scrapbooking

Incorporating sewing with your scrapbooking really isn't a hard thing to do and anyone can do it! Here is a little step by step SIMPLE tutorial of how I made the following card.

First, collect all your supplies that you will need. I used some stuff from my wonderful kit that I got from NoelMignon.com :-)

For this card I used a simple zig-zag stitch. I use an OLD brother machine, that I now use only for sewing on paper. I don't want to sew paper on my new machine, so this one does JUST fine lol.
I do suggest taking your time when working with paper. My thread broke halfway though this and it was HARD to get it back just right.... so ignore the extra holes :-)

Before I adhered my paper the card, I inked the edges just a tad of colorbox ink to add some contrast. I LOVE using ink. Colorbox and Tim Holtz are my two favorite brands.
Place everything where you want it and taa-dah! You are done. A pretty quick simple card!
I even added a little stamp to the back!

Supplies Used:
January Kit from NoelMingon.com
Bazzill CS
Fancy Pants Crush PP
Titles and Tags, Fancy Pants Crush

Non-Kit Supplies:
7Gypsies Graffer Tape
Colorbox Ink
HS Photo Corner and heart

Hope you all enjoyed it! I did! LOL :-)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Using Shaped Cardstock

I love using shaped cardstock on my pages. It is an easy way of adding some fun and whimsy to a page. You can use the shaped cardstock as the background itself, of layer it on other cardstock or patterned paper, and then layer your photos and other patterned paper on top of it. The latter is my favorite way to use it, and below are a few example of using a heart shaped piece of cardstock in this way. On both of these examples, I adhered the shaped cardstock where I wanted it, and then trimmed the excess.

Notice on the second page, I inked the edges of the heart so it would stand out against the background.

On this next page, I used another shape in a similar way, and decided to really accent the shape by placing some buttons on the scallops.

If you haven't tried using shaped cardstock, I hope you will! It really is fun and what could be easier!