April 1, 2014

12*12 Pages Using the Sunshine Project Life Kit+Videos

I've been neglecting my blog, in favor of newer things for me, making process videos on YouTube. I got the courage to start making my own videos after being a member on the Nicolejones911 Facebook group, and seeing how much people enjoy them (I know I do! Watching other people's videos, that is). I was worried about extra costs, but the only thing I had to buy was a tripod, which I wanted to get anyway. I'm using a Fujifilm point and shoot camera, it's a waterproof one I got my husband for his birthday 4 years ago. While the quality of the videos is not that great, it's satisfactory to me and my standards at the moment. In the future I'd love to buy an HD camera, but I wanted to see how I liked making videos before making such a huge investment. I might also just wait for my birthday (only in November...) and get a new DSLR (I'm drooling over the D5300 and the D7100, both are also excellent for video making, I believe). I've had my Nikon D50 since 2006, and I think it might be a good time to upgrade. But the responses I've received have been awesome, so very kind, I thank everyone that subscribed, that comment and give me such great feedback. I rarely comment on videos, but I'll have to start doing that more, cause I now understand how fun and rewarding it is for the video maker. So I do apologize for not being as active on the blog. I know there are a lot of people out there that prefer blogs and photos to videos, but I have to admit that at the moment I'm enjoying making the videos a little more than writing blog posts. It's so much easier to talk about my process and products than to write it down.
I did want to keep the blog updated though, so here are a few of my latest pages, and the videos. If there are any questions about products used (if I didn't mention it on video, or if you don't like videos but want to know what I used), please leave a comment and I'll be happy to reply.
I'll start with two layouts I made using lots of  cards from the Sunshine Project Life kit. For the first one I used some circle dies and the two heart dies that come with the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer die set to create this layout-

Here's the process video-

And then I had all those leftover, which I had to put to good use-

Those Amy Tan rub ons from the Cut&Paste collection were just perfect for this page-

And the video-

I'll be back later this week with more layouts and videos.
Have a great day!

March 26, 2014

March's Focus- 6*6 Paper Pads- Daydreamer Collection

Today I'm sharing another layout I made using the Daydreamer 6*6 paper pad.
Here's the finished page-

This is a very different style from my usual, all that empty white space! But I like how the patterns shine. I used the steel dies from this collection to cut the hearts with leftover papers from this layout. I had some photos from my daughter's first birthday, that were probably not the best, and there was a lot of noisy background. I'm not sure how I'll feel about this in years to come, but I decided to cut the photos also. I have better pictures from that day, so I'll probably scrap those in their original (boring:)) rectangle form...

I thought silver thickers were perfect for this special event.
And those puffy hearts... Just get me a few more packages of those please!

A very minimalistic page for me, but I like to try new things once in a while:)
Thanks for visiting!

March 24, 2014

Scrapbooking with a Bold Floral Patterned Paper

I love floral patterned papers, but they can be tricky to use sometimes. Especially if the pattern is really big, because then when cut to a small size can turn out unrecognizable. So today I'm embracing the big floral with these two layouts.
Here's the first one-

There's something about Maggie Holmes' floral papers... The one I used here is from the her first collection for Crate paper. That paper is just beautiful. The good thing about it, is that the colors are not that contrasting or bold. At least not compared to the floral in the next page.

Tip #1 for using big floral patterns as backgrounds- Frame it.
Cut the background paper to 11 and 3/4 of an inch, or 11 and a half, and mat it on cardstock or a calmer patterned paper. I used here another pattern from the same collection. This frames the page, and keeps your eyes from wandering outside the layout.

Tip #2- Keep it simple.
With that busy background, I try to add just a few other elements. Here I just used some bits and pieces from a cut out sheet also from the Maggie Holmes collection. I didn't add more colors, but went with the colors of the floral. The embellishments I chose were small and simple. I placed the title on the camera, and this united those two larger elements to a smaller area of "real estate" on the page.

A few finishing touches with wood veneer feathers and a little stamping in black just for some extra texture on the page.

Here's the second page, an even more challenging pattern, from Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection-

Tip #3- Use close-up photos.
I think using photos that are close ups really helps them "compete" and hold their own with the background. A photo with small images or a lot going on would get lost on a page with such bold colors and pattern.

Tip #4- Mat your photos.
Matting the photos on cardstock or patterned paper with a smaller and calmer pattern helps separate the photos from the background and stand out more. I actually used another floral here as a photo mat, but the flowers are small and there's only one color on that pattern, so I think it works well, and brings out the yellow of the small flowers on the background paper. I know I didn't mat my photos in the first page, and I have to admit I wish I had, even though that floral is less bold than this one.

Tip #5- Hide your journaling.
I doubt writing on that background paper will end up in anything legible, so the other options are to add another element to the page, or use vellum. I think hidden journaling is a good way to go here. I really didn't want to add another busy element to the page. I added the bow for easy access to the journaling spot, I sometimes use ribbon (attached to the paper with Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher) or washi for the same purpose.

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel more courageous about using a bold floral as background. Thanks for visiting!

March 21, 2014

March's Focus- 6*6 Paper Pads- Fresh Cut Collection+Process Video

A pleasant Saturday to all of you! Today I'm sharing another layout I made using a 6*6 pad. This time I used the beautiful Fresh Cut collection by BasicGrey. I just love the colors of this collection.
Here's the finished page-

I was inspired by this layout from garden girl Jill Sprott at 2 Peas in a Bucket.
Here's the video-

And some close ups-

Thanks for visiting and have a scrappy weekend!

Scraptastic February Kit Layouts- Part 6 and Last

Today I'm sharing the last 3 layouts from the February Scraptastic kit, Feel Again (and add-on). Two of the layouts are "leftovers" layouts, since I really killed this kit. Here's the first one-

Inspired by this layout by Wilna Furstenberg and using her digital cut files at 2 Peas In A Bucket, I created this layout. The paper on the left, the transparencies and letter stickers are from the kit, the rest from my stash.

I cut the hearts from white cardstock, and then used some mists to color them. I also colored the wood veneers, first with white paint, and then mist.

 The next layout is completely different, I love it when you can get such different looks from one kit.

Very simple layout, about my car:) Or my ex-ex-car... I got that cute Peugeot 206 when I was 21, and together we made it through medicine school, she's a doctor too:) We said goodbye after 10 years, when my daughter was born and we had to get a boring family car...

It was also a magical time for me and my boyfriend at the time (now husband), we explored the country with that cute car, so all those memories are tied together. I would totally buy it back and bring it to Austria if that was financially possible (and made any sense...)!

And last but not least, leftovers layout no. 2-

I didn't have anymore patterned papers, but really wanted to use all those great transparencies that came with the kit, so I grabbed some Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party papers and made this layout.

I made those splatters with two mists, Heidi Swapp Coral and Lindy's Stamp Gang Wild Honeysuckle Coral. I also painted the heart wood veneers with mist, and sealed it with some Glossy Accents glue from Ranger.
And now I have to wait impatiently for my March kit, but meanwhile I'm playing with my 6*6 paper pads, and I'll be posting tomorrow a layout and process video using the Fresh Cut pad from BasicGrey.
Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

March 20, 2014

March's Focus- 6*6 Paper Pads-Mon Ami+Process Video

Hey there! Today I'm sharing a new layout I created with the 6*6 paper pad from BasicGrey, the new Kelly Purkey collection- Mon Ami. I only have the pad, buy wanted to see what I could come up with.
Here's the finished page-

I really like the whimsical feel of this collection, and the color theme is also a nice change from my usual pink-aqua:)

There's also a process video-

Here are some close ups-

Thanks for visiting! Tomorrow I'll be sharing my last layouts made with the Scraptastic February kit. Have a great day!

March 18, 2014

Polka Dot Party Collection Layout+Process Video

Happy Wednesday! We've been having the best weather here in Austria, it's spring bordering on summer with warm sunny days... It only snowed one time in our area this whole winter, which is unusual, but no complaints here! Anyway, I'm sharing today a layout with a process video.
Here's the layout-

And here's the process video-

Almost everything on this layout besides some of the pink patterned papers in the back is from the Polka Dot Party Dear Lizzy collection.

I'll be uploading another process video tomorrow, using the new Kelly Perky Mon Ami collection for BasicGrey, or the 6*6 paper pad from that collection to be exact.
Have a great day and thanks for visiting!