Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Story Play

I have to confess. I haven't been signing up for a lot of classes lately. Both my time and money have to be budgeted right now.  You might have heard me mention in the past month about how our highschool homeschool endeavors are occupying much of my time. There is,however, one class I always make time for...Masterful Scrapbook Design.

This month, Masterful Scrapbook Design is focusing on Story Play. While I know that I choose embellishments, paper and motif with the story in mind, I am still often left feeling that I could do a bit more. After reading through the e-zine, I decided to start off simple. I decided to make my title pop and to focus a bit of the visual story telling side.

Old School Telephone by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Elle's Studio; Letters, Journal Card: October Afternoon; Digital Paper and Embellishments: Down This Road Designs, Echo Park; Template: Fiddle Dee Dee Designs

My efforts to make the title interesting are in many ways considerably a weaker effort than the ideas given in the e-zine. Despite this, I still like my title. I chose to print a schoolhouse die cut from a digital kit. So the title reads Old School Telephone with the word school represented by the image. All of the papers were chosen with care. The base is a ledger print which reminds me of an old address book. The grey paper has wavelengths which remind me of sound traveling. The telephones and number prints are obvious choices for a phone layout.

I still have a ways to go in expanding my own story play. The month might be over, but there is still time to play along. On October 1st, the Scrapbook Coach accompaniment will be launched. I plan to work through each of the story based layouts with the process videos. I am also very excited about the new look book. It will be available in November. 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Get It Scrapped: A Curated Natural History Style

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a zoologist. Circumstances changed, however, I still love the look at feel of vintage scientific illustrations. While I have never really considered using them to decorate my home, I do like using them to decorate scrapbook layouts.

Explore by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Webster’s Pages, 7 Gypsies; Letters: American Crafts; Buttons: My Mind’s Eye, Jillibean Soup; Twine: True Hemp; German Foil: JBS Mercantile; Other; Doily

It's easy to add the look of botanical prints or other vintage scientific images. You can find free printables on the internet. Some scrapbook supply companies sell scientifically inspired images or you can find images in digital scrapbooking supply stores. I used themed patterned papers to compliment the photos of my son at the tide pools. Scientific images often don't have a lot of color.This allows you to add embellishments or paper with pops of color to your design. I also find that scientific images pair well with maps. For this layout, I used a blue map to contrast with the cream of the scientific prints.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get It Scrapped: Composing in the Negative Space

Ever since they came out, I have loved the idea of large die cut place mats. You know the ones. They come with a variety of shapes welded together, with the idea being that you can use them as an embellishment on your layouts. The problem I always had revolved around how to use them. The place mats take up a large amount of real estate on the canvas. Many people place items under them. Though I like that idea, I really wanted something a bit different.

Content by Christy Strickler | Supplies Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee, Carta Bella; Tape: Glitz Designs; Letters, Die Cuts: Snap; Stickers: Snap,Sassafrass, My Little Shoebox; Ink: Ranger; Stamps: Pebbles, October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn; Sequins: Jenni Bowlin

Instead of layering the place mat over patterned paper, I chose to allow the layers of paper and embellishments to project outward. I punched circles from the patterned paper and layered them over chipboard. This allowed me to stack the embellishments giving them a sense of height.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

JBS Mercantile: Autumn Love

Today,I am up on the JBS Mercantile Inspiration Blog with a post about Autumn. Fall is my favorite time of year, though where I live it comes to us quite subtly. Though the colors of the September kit were not your typical fall variety, I felt their subtle tints were perfect for telling our annual autumn story. I added in a sprinkle of gold and some fabulous maple leaf cut files to tell my tale. You can hear the full story at the JBS Mercantile Inspiraton Blog.