Friday, May 31, 2013

The Weekend Forecast- Scrapbook fun ahead!

It's been about a week since I have posted. Our internet has been quite spotty due to a lot of local storm activity. It's meant a lot of taking it easy and family time. Both of which are always good.  Some people may not like the rainy weather, but I love the break it gives us from the heat and humidity. We walked a lot in between storms and enjoyed the cooler breezes.

The sea grapes are almost ready! We found quite a lot of them on the trees. Yes, they are edible. We usually watch for the local vendors to begin selling their crops on the side of the road. It usually means they are ready to pick and eat.

The lilies are loving this weather. We saw a lot of buds and a few blooms.

Most of the local flowering plants were destroyed during the heavy rains. We did find a few wildflowers still blooming in sheltered locations.

The weekend forecast calls for more rain. This means I will  be curled up in my creative space with a cup of coffee watching the lovely weather. I have some lovely supplies from the latest JBS Mercantile kit to play with. I plan to sit and watch the class lessons for Adventures in Alcohol Inks with Ronnie Johnson over at the Art Studio. I will also be enjoying the latest Scrapbook Coach lessons and Masterful Scrapbook Design Seminars from Get It Scrapped.

Speaking of Get It Scrapped...there is a blog hop tomorrow. It's the first one ever for Get It Scrapped. The new Creative Team is coming on board to share loads of inspiration for you.I hope you will stop buy and hop along with all of us.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Get It Scrapped: The Gilded Look

I never thought gold would be a color I would use on my scrapbook layouts. I tried it a few months ago and it seems to have stuck. More so than I ever could have imagined. From gold doilies to paint and even paper. I now have gold mist and gold embossing powder. It seems the gilt look is here to stay, at least for awhile.

Looking Up at Me by Christy Strickler | Supplies: Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico; Alphas: Jillibean Soup, Webster’s Pages; Stamp: Hero Arts; Embossing Powder: Ranger; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico, Lawn Fawn; Cloth Tag: Basic Grey; Buttons: Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey; Jewel Studio Calico; Other: Tape, jewels, submitted for Layout Linky Love at the Purple Mailbox

Why does gold work so well? I think it has the ability to add a soft warm glow. It's a rich color but not hard like other metallic colors tend to be. It can make something feel elegantly aged or even cherished.

If you have thought about using gold but weren't sure where to start, paint may be the easiest choice for you. For about a dollar, you can get gold paint at your local craft store. Mix it with a little water and you have homemade gold mist.Other options include: gold pens, tape, tissue paper and stickers.

You can find more gold inspiration at Get It Scrapped and on Pinterest here or here.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Get It Scrapped: Mosaics

I like to use odd materials every now and again on my layouts. It's fun. It can be a challenge to find a way to get something to adhere to the page. Using everyday things and leftover bits and baubles is a great way to recycle.Sometimes though, some items won't work no matter what you try to do.

I had an assignment from Get It Scrapped to create a mosaic look on a layout. My first thought, of course, was to use tiny tiles. As I perused the tile selection at the local hardware store, it became quite apparent that the sheer weight of the tiles was not friendly for paper. I did find something that would work quite nicely though...tile spacers.They are made from rubber or plastic. They can still add weight to your page, but not as much as a tile would. You can opt to use them directly on the paper or arrange them on the paper and use them as a mask.

Daddy! Catch Me! by Christy Strickler Supplies| Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Alphas: My Little Shoebox; Stamp: Fancy Pants; Ink: Tsukineko; Mist: Pink Paislee; Other: Vellum, tile spacers

Creating the faux tiles was a pretty easy task, though it did end up being time consuming. I cut one inch strips of paper, then cut those into 1x1 inch squares. Each square is embossed with several layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). I recommend using some tweezers so that you don't burn your fingers. You do need to hold the paper, otherwise, the heat gun will blow it away. I stamped the fish into the UTEE while it was still hot.  

Adhering the tile spacers involved the use of liquid adhesive. Using something like Tombo's mono multi liquid glue or Beacon's zip dry is often the best bet for adhering found items. The bag of tile spacers is quite full. I still have plenty left over for using as a mask with my mists. In this case, it was also necessary to use the liquid glue to adhere the photo to the tile spacers.

Overall, this layout has a relatively simple look. I didn't want a lot of embellishments to distract from the photo or the mosaic background. I did receive one suggestion from the Get It Scrapped Guided Study Critique class. I could have stitched a frame around the mosaic section. I agree it would have added a more polished look to this layout. However, I wasn't too keen to go back and rework the journaling.

I had a lot of fun making this layout, but I know that using tile spacers or unusual items isn't everyone's cup of tea. The creative team at Get It Scrapped have made a variety of wonderful mosaic layouts to inspire you. I also recommend checking out Debbie's Mosaic Pinterest Board or my Mosaic Pinterest board.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Journey in Art Journals

I have seen them on-line for awhile. I have friends who make them. It always looks like so much fun. Until recently, I told myself I didn't have time for another hobby. However, I am now finding that art journaling can be a great way to experiment with techniques I can use on layouts later on.

Making an art journal page can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be. If you need help with something step by step, you can try a class. I recently took Creating an Art Journal Page: Leave your Mark with Christy Butters at the Art Studio. The background for this page was inspired by that class.

The bonus to taking a class is that you get to focus on a specific technique or set of supplies. There are so many art supplies available that choosing the right ones can become overwhelming. Classes give you the opportunity to explore materials and discuss them with classmates and your instructor.

It's important to remember that art journaling is fun. It doesn't have to be full of deep seated meaning unless you want it or need it to be.It also gives you the opportunity to experiment. If you have a new medium and you are afraid to try it on a scrapbook layout, the journal is the place to play.

On this particular art journal page, I played with cutting out silhouettes from a magazine. I then covered them with black gesso and drew on them. I discovered that some silhouettes work better than others. I also learned about areas in which my drawing can be improved. ( I am not to fond of the lips). I discovered I really like using the white pen on black. I want more pens that might create the same effect.

The bottom line with art journaling( or any art for that matter) is to just try it out. Have fun and try not to be overly critical of yourself. After all, art is a journey.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Anniversary to the Art Studio!

It's been a year since the Art Studio opened it's doors. The staff of Scrapbook News and Review magazine would like for you to celebrate along with us. From now until May 31st, you will have the chance to win some fabulous prizes. Prizes will be posted over the coming days, so be sure to stop by the SNR blog regularly.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Get It Scrapped: the Asymmetrical Cross

Understanding a design means that you need to use it on a regular basis. It's likely you have several go to configurations for your scrapbook layouts. Dina Wakely likes to use the asymmetrical cross. I got a little practice with it for a recent assignment for Get It Scrapped.

Snuggles by Christy Strickler | Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin;Alphas: Sassafrass; Flock: American Crafts; Tag: Basic Grey; Jewels: Making Memories; Other: Pearls, Crochet Trim, Labels by Dymo label maker

The asymmetrical cross was a little different from my normal layout composition.I have a tendency to group my photos in the center of my layouts. I approached my assignment by examining Dina's work and by scraplifting Dina's Bad Hair Curse.

When you are working with a composition that is different from your normal configuration, it can be helpful to scraplift a layout or use a sketch. My layout is quite a bit different than Dina's though the "bones" of her layout are present in mine. Scraplifting doesn't mean your layout needs to be an exact replica. I am not quite ready to say that the asymmetrical cross will be part of my normal layout compositions. It usually takes a few tries with any configuration( or technique) to make it truly your own. 

Understanding composition is important in learning more about layout design. After all, there are only so many ways in which one can place paper and photos onto a canvas.Take a look at your layouts over the past few months. Look for patterns in the way you place your photos. Chances are good that you will often use the some of the same configurations over and over. If you want to understand more about layout composition, study sketches and look for the underlying structures. You can also take a class.Get it Scrapped has a series of free articles on the blog about layout design. Debbie's Scrapbook Coach and Building Pages classes offer further insight into the subject.

Always remember that the key to learning more about your style is to pay attention to how you work. Once you understand your preferences you can then add new tricks to your repertoire.  Don't just try something once. Try it a few times to become comfortable with the concept. You can then decide if the new composition is something you want to use again or you can turn back to something familiar.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

SNR Magazine: The May Issue

Happy Mother's day to all of the moms and grandma's out there! I have spent a lovely day with my family and I am a bit sad to see the weekend come to a close. However, this weekend ends on a high note. The latest issue from Scrapbook News and Review Magazine is live!

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing day, just like I did. Have a great week everyone!

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