Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ruffled Flower with Tape

Hiya! Last weekend I made this fun little banner using the Sun Kissed kit and I am in love with this little flower!! I used the Pink Paislee tape in the kit and I'll show you how below in my very first online video. I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. Demille!

Okay guys, so for some reason it is playing super wonky now that it's actually posted. WEIRD! Watch it at youtube for the best resolution!

Well, hopefully the audio matches the video for you! Happy scrapping and see you next week!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Title Tip: Masking a Unique Looking Title

Sometimes when creating a layout, I don't have the right letter stickers that match the mood of the layout, or I'm missing letters from the set that I do have, so I have to improvise.
When creating this "Community" layout, I wanted some letters that were soft looking, but still had some impact & punch against the pretty blue of the cardstock.
I decided to cut out the title on my Silhouette (more about my favorite tool, here!) and then use the negative space as a mask for my blue ink pad & dauber. I just loaded up my dauber with blue ink and lightly tapped it over the mask. I added a little bit of olive green on top of it just to add dimension.
I then removed the mask and outlined the title with my white gel pen, then scratchily went around that with my black pen. I love the look this gives, and it's a fun way to experiment within boundaries.
(Layout created with the Sunkissed kit) I did the same technique in the above photo on a canvas album I'm working on, with a mixture of glimmer mists and inks. It's fun- try it out!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Using Patterned Paper as an Embellishment

One of my favorite ways to create is to use patterned paper as an embellishment. The easiest way to do this is to cut design elements from patterned paper. On this layout using the Lemonade Stand kit, I cut out flowers from the KI Memories patterned paper. I cut the flowers in half and then adhered them at the top as a border. I used foam adhesive on half of the flowers for extra dimension. 

To help carry out the textured edges of the flowers, I used part of the Hambly transparency along the bottom of my title. The rounded edges of the transparency and flowers help carry the eye around the layout.

Another tip here is to machine stitch across the chipboard letters. Doing this can be hard on machine needles so I use a separate needle for stitching on chipboard.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Few Tips On Putting A Layout Together

Ok so today I have little tip for you.  With the latest Double Trouble Challenge I realized that I don't rely too heavily on pattern paper - I rely more on embellishments.  But, I did want to make the pattern paper go far, so I cut the paper in half and used both sides together as a 'single' sheet.  To hide the seam I used some Pink Paislee tape and some bazzill trims.  By doing this, I was also able to dsiplay my photos in a way that hilights the the largest photo.
I also used 3 different sized photos.  I made sure that each layer overlapped and provided continuity throughout the layout.  To bring everything together I used the large Melissa Frances frame for my title.  This frame overlaps the photo at the bottom left as well as some of the layers on the right. 

Because the top left corner was so bare to me I decided to stamp a mini border to balance the layout out.  With the stamp alone I didn't like it - and was upset that Ididn't just leave it be - but I added a neutral tag to take away some of the harsh black.
I guess that wasn't one tip that was a few - heee - I hope it made sense and provided you with some background on how I put the layout together.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!