July 24, 2014

Scraptastic June Kit Layouts+Process Videos

I was on vacation for half of June, so I didn't have my usual month to play with the kit before the July kit knocked on my door. And since I can be impatient when new goodies arrive, I didn't get a chance to 'kill' the June kit, but I did get some layouts done, and here they are-
What I love about the June kit, is how versatile it is. And the fact that it has some hot pink:) Gotta have me some pink!
This is the first layout I created with the June kit-

And a few close ups-

Those bows from Crate paper are soo cute!!
There's also a process video on my YT channel-

Second layout was a fast one, super simple and still so happy and fun-

And here's the video-

A double page spread is a great idea when you have lots of photos. So here I created one layout that is more like a title page, and then the other layout is full of photos. Repeating some elements, like the pattern papers from Capture Life by Echo Park that came in the kit, help make the page look like a 12*24 layout, and not just two 12*12 pages put together.

Some close ups (love the stamp set that coordinates with this kit!)-

And the video-

I'll be back during the weekend with some more layouts made with the June Scraptastic kit!
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July 8, 2014

Mixed Media Layout and July's Focus + A Process Video

I decided in 2014 to focus each month on a product, kinda, so I've had mists, distress products and more in previous months. June was a bit problematic, since I was away most of the month, and August will be the same, but for July I'm sticking to my original plan. So during this month, I'm focusing on using my computer more in my scrapbooking, which includes Photoshop, my printer and my (neglected) Silhouette Cameo.
Here's today's layout-

This page was really fun to make, and I used peerless watercolors, Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, Dina Wakley's acrylic paint, molding paste, gesso... It was a celebration of mixed media:)

My favorite color scheme is def pinks and yellow, and everything in between (peaches and oranges). I've decided to embrace it and not fight it:)

The letter stickers are Amy Tan from the Plus One collection. I used some bits and pieces from a couple of Scraptastic kits, and some stuff from my stash.

I love those flowers, I used a  Crafter's Workshop stencil to create them.

And the part about the computer? Here it is. I used my printer to print my journaling on a piece of vellum that will go directly in my album, adjacent to the layout.

I explain exactly how I printed it on the video, as well as showing the whole process of creating this page-

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July 4, 2014

Using Dina Wakley's Paints and TWC Stencil+ Process Video

It's Friday! Weekend is just around the corner, which means less scrapbooking time, so I'm trying, besides posting here, to edit some process videos. Hopefully I'll manage to upload some during the weekend.
So for today's layout, I used my new, fast becoming favorite, acrylic paints, by Dina Wakley. These are relatively new, I think they've been available for a few months now. They are heavy body acrylic paints. You can search them on YouTube, there are some great demos by Dina Wakley, and some useful information as well.
I got 8 colors out of the 12 that are available, going for the bright colors, that I know I use all the time. There are also some other mediums available (white and black gesso, for example), brushes (I wanted to get some but they were sold out:(), as well as stencils and stamps. I own some heavy body acrylic paints, that I mostly used for other crafts and less on my pages. I decided to get these mainly because of the gorgeous color palette. Dina Wakley is all about the color, and I love her choices here. My favorites of the eight are Turquoise, Lime, Magenta and Blackberry Violet. The texture of these is dreamy. They are heavy body, but spread (on gesso) beautifully. They are not opaque, so you can get lovely layers using them on top of each other. The colors are fun and bright. When you add water they look like watercolors, but permanent, as they are acrylic.
Less talking, more showing. Here's the finished page-

Aren't these colors just amazing?

Mixing the turquoise and magenta created a beautiful vibrant purple, and turquoise and lime together made a lovely minty color.

I used some BasicGrey embellishments from the Highline collection.

Enamel dots, puffy stickers, Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm buttons and some black splatters were the finishing touches.
Here's the video-

Thanks for visiting and have a great Friday!

July 2, 2014

Using a Stamp and Distress Inks to Create a Background+ Process Video

I'm doing my best trying to keep the blog updated with my YouTube channel, but unfortunately it's not happening... I've uploaded over 10 process videos to YT, that didn't make it to the blog.
I hope.
So if you like to see what's going on in my scrappy world, my YT channel is the best place at the moment.
I just got back from a lovely vacation in France (and a little taste of Italy and Switzerland on the way there and back), and so I'm trying to get back into the scrapbooking groove, while fighting the demons, or as some people might call them, huge piles of laundry.
I did manage in between to edit and upload a video. I made this page a couple of months ago, and though I admit it's not my all time favorite, I love how the background turned out. Distress inks are just one of those super fun versatile products.
Here's the page-

  I used the camera stamp from the Amy Tan Plus One stamp set. I love the size of it for backgrounds. There's a also a clear stamp set from that collection, and there's the same camera there, just smaller, in a size that is perfect for using it as an embellishment.
I used shades of pink and orange, that go really well with the Amy Tan papers and stickers.

I love using project life cards as layers behind my photo. So much choice, and there's just ready to go!

Quick tip about stamping here, the longer you wait after you stamp, the harder it's gonna be to move that ink around. There's no right or wrong here, just know that so you can get the result you want. If you're looking for a messier watercolor look, go over the image immediately after stamping with some water (for this you really don't need a lot), and pull the ink to where you want it. Because it's not dry yet, it will move better. For a subtler look, let it dry a little bit, and then come in with the water.
Here's the video-

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June 10, 2014

Recipe Challenge #1- Layout+ Process Video

I like challenges. I think it really helps get creative and also cut down time and choices for a layout. But I don't like to look for challenges, and many times they are just not right up my alley. I like to challenge myself, but I like to do it using products and techniques I really love. So that's how Meaghan Russo and I started giving each other these recipes. We follow each other on YouTube, and have quite similar taste (and therefore products). At the time of writing this post, we're both working on recipe #4, but June is turning out to be a busy month for both of us, so we'll probably be back to a more normal rhythm in July (and break again for August, since I won't be home that whole month... a month without scrapbooking!! Inconceivable!!!).

So here's the first recipe:
1. Use 2 papers from the 6*6 Daydreamer paper pad
2. Put a dent in an ephemera pack
3. Use gold rub-ons
4. Use any mint medium (watercolor, ink, mist...)
5. enjoy!

And here's my finished layout-

I loved using so many chipboard pieces, it was really fun to build those clusters, and use the beautiful Maggie Holmes gold rub ons.
There's also a process video-

And here's Meaghan's layout-

I just love how our layouts are similar and yet so different.

Here are some close ups (back to my layout:))-

I'll be back soon with the second layout and recipe, and some more new pages that I've posted on YouTube, but not yet here...
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May 21, 2014

A Double Pager + 2 Process Videos

I don't usually make double pages, but this time I did it in a unique way, for me at least. I knew these pages would face each other in the album, since both photos were from the same event, but I didn't want to create one 12*24 layouts. I started by making one page, and then when I made the second one, I echoed some of the details of the first one.
Here are the finished layouts-

I knew I wanted to use that gorgeous Capture Life Echo Park paper (the name is Bokeh Blur Paper) as my background, and I really wanted it to show. So I only added a couple of other papers, from the Our Travels collection by Webster's Pages and from the Echo Park Capture Life 6*6 paper pad. I also added some vellum from the Cosmo Cricket Vellumptuous pack.

I also kept the embellishments simple, using die cuts and vellum die cuts from the Oh, Darling collection by Crate Paper. Final touches were mist splatters in Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst mist in Cosmopolitan Pink.

Here's the video-

And then I made the second page. I kept the design very similar, again using a 6*6 paper, also from the Capture Life collection. I used a 1/4 inch strip I cut off the background paper in the first layout on the second page, to get that hint and pop of color.

For the second page I went with an almost monochromatic look, using lots of white and touches of silver.

Those gorgeous triangles are Studio Calico, and the feathers rub ons Jenni Bowlin. I also added some silver enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.
Here's the video for this page-

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May 20, 2014

Scraptastic May Kit Layout +Video

Here's the first layout I created using the May The Story I Heard kit-

I used some Theresa Collins papers from the add on kit, fussy cutting those beautiful red flowers to use as embellishments here.

The Thickers are from my stash, they are from the Polka Dot Party collection by Dear Lizzy and one of my favorites.

Final touches were some die cuts also by Theresa Collins, and an exclusive Scraptastic flair button.
There's also a process video-

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