September 30, 2009
One of the things I love about Reveal Night is seeing what the DT came up with using the same exact things. I'm always floored at how the exact same kit produce so many different layouts! Well according to the extremely talented May Flaum, it's all about your individual style and how you decide to use the products provided you. I know that the kit club concept has stepped up my own personal scrapbooking abilities, having to use certain products makes me look for different ways to put them together. May has taken kits from a number of kit clubs out there right now and designed a class that helps you maximize your own style using your kits. The class is called Adventures in Scrapbooking: Using Kits, and you can read the exact description of her class here at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Here's what May had to say about working with her Studio Calico kit:
What can I say about Studio Calico kits? I am never sure what I will get, but I know that it’ll be fun, fresh, include stuff I’ve never seen before, and be loads of fun. As a crafter who lives and bleeds in kraft, I’m clearly attracted to the kindred spirits at S.C. I love working with neutral cardstocks like cream & kraft and then pumping up the color and funk with papers and embellishments. This October kit has been so great to work with, and I can’t wait to be able to share my layouts with my Big Picture Students.
The YEARBOOK kit is featured in the final week of class, and I can’t think of a better way to close out class than with this super fab October kit. I’m having so much fun with it – I can’t stop creating! It’s been a pleasure putting this all together and I can’t wait to get started with all the kit loving students who will join me.
Class starts November 5
For sneaks and updates, be sure to visit May's blog: http://mayflaum.wordpress.com/
And totally changing gears…do you ever make mistakes on layouts? What do you do? Throw a kicking and screaming fit? Toss it and start over? What if it's the last thing you had to do to finish your layout?
I just wanted to share what I did on my Pencil Proliferation page. I make mistakes all the time, but they usually force me to come up with creative solutions for hiding them :) That's what happened with this page. I left the journaling until the end, a big no-no in my book, but I'd added so many things that I was flat out of room for telling the story. See where the scroll is?
See how the scroll covers up some words? :) I had enough space for two lines of text and I totally totally totally messed up the wording. I used the word "far" two times within in five words of each other. It's a silly thing, but it would have bugged me every time I read it. I usually prewrite my journaling, and I had for this page, but I decided to go all renegade and change it up AS I was writing it in with my pen. I got to the end of the line and realized I hated what I'd done! But I had no intentions of redoing the whole page. I thought about moving the number strip up, but that would have messed up the balance. Then the idea of the scroll hit. I'd already done all the journaling I needed to about this particular habit of my son's on my blog. So I sized a document in Photoshop to the dimensions I'd need to print on my small notebook paper, copied the text from my blog, printed it out on the notebook paper, and smartly glued the whole scroll onto my layout. And you can't tell because of how I photographed the layout. Sneaky, yes? The scrolled notebook paper fits the topic, I covered up a mistake, and I journaled all that I wanted to, without having to start over again. It's a happy thing! So the next time you make a mistake, don't panic, just look for a creative way to hide it.
September 29, 2009
A couple of months ago, Emily posted about a website that she had found and become addicted to....anything that Emily likes usually appeals to me, so I investigated. I'm now addicted to StumbleUpon too! Here is how it works, you go in and fill out a list of your interests, they use your preferences to deliver high-quality pages that are matched to your interests. If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend it. Here are a couple of inspirational things that I Stumbled Upon:
This picture reminded me of something that you would find on the some of the papers that we have featured over the past two years. I love the little deer and the mushrooms on the right side. Orange is also my favorite color, so I am always drawn to anything that is orange.
I never noticed things like fonts before, but this one really made me stop and smile. It just looks so fun and whimsical.
Well, that's all for me today. Emily will be posting tomorrow....I won't steal her thunder by telling you what she will be posting about, you'll just have to tune in and find out!
Have a good night!
September 28, 2009
Here is your mission should you choose to accept it:
Make a layout or a card that includes at least one of the following:
An SC sticker from your brown paper bags
An SC promo card
A packed with love card
A stamp backer
An SC sticker wrapper from your trims
Your submission must also include:
Twine, Scrapper's Floss or String
You must use at least one of the exclusive SC Stamps
You have until Saturday at midnight for this challenge.
On Sunday, we'll draw a name for a $5.00 gift certificate to Studio Calico.
Make sure to link all of your projects to this thread to be entered into the drawing. I've been mulling this one over for a while, so I hope that you take the challenge and create something unbelievable! I'll be posting a layout later this week and Emily is working on a project as well!
I've been mulling this one over for a while, I hope that you accept the challenge.....I can't wait to see what you come up with!
September 27, 2009
well, i love the colors of fall, but the spring is the best around here. the weather is getting good, not too hot, and everything is in bloom... such a lucious time of year. a new beginning of life.
September 26, 2009 11:08 PM
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information within 24 hours to claim your prize.
Each week, the layout in the gallery is linked, so you can add it to your favorites easily.
(layout removed for publication)
This layout has been added to your favorites more than any other layout in the SC community gallery for the week of 9/20-9/26.
Congratulations Briana! Because of this you have won a $10 gift card to be used on any new purchase at Studio Calico.
Want a chance to win next week? Be sure to upload your projects to the SC gallery, and support your community by adding special projects that catch your eye into your favorites! It could be YOU next week!
Please note, winners are not allowed to win more than once in a four-week period.
Winners are not limited to those using Studio Calico kits.
September 26, 2009
Enjoy and I'm sure you all are dying to see the complete projects and so am I...one more day! :)
Have a happy Sunday!! :)
All you need is 4 supplies:
- Scissors (fine point)
- Craft Knife
- Self-healing mat
Next, write your title word(s) lightly with the pencil. You'll want to write the letters larger enough to cut around. (I've written this a little darker than typical, so you could see it in the photo.)
Using scissors, cut around the pencil lines leaving about a 1/4" on each side. At this point, it's easy to see if your letters are a bit off, so if an "L" is too short, just cut it taller, or if a "C" is too flat, round it out a bit more. Here, my "r" was too narrow, so I cut over a bit to compensate.
To finish the title word, cut inside the letters using an exacto knife and self-healing mat, then erase the pencil lines.
Now the title is ready for your layout!
A few more ideas for hand-cut titles:
- Before erasing the pencil lines, hand-stitch or sew over them to accentuate the word.
- Before gluing the title to the layout, add a layer of glossy accents.
- Handcut a title from cardstock or lightly patterned paper, then stamp directly onto the title before adhering to the page.
- Trace around the outside of the letters with a black journaling pen to make them stand out.
September 24, 2009
Do you always print out your photos before you begin a layout? To be honest, sometimes I don't. Probably about 30% of the time, I start with the design (laying out the papers & embellishments). Then I like to figure out where and how the photos would fit best into my design. In the layout above, I knew I wanted to use that SC text paper, but I also knew that with my clean style that I couldn't have it be too overwhelming. That's where the torn paper came in giving just a "peek" of the text paper. Those Sassafrass hot air balloons were just begging to be handcut and I had this idea for a layout as soon as I saw them.
Now, I'm definitely a jump right in & start cutting kind of girl. I don't like to hem haw around too much about where things will go or panic about only having one sheet of a certain paper. I know that makes a lot of scrapbookers uncomfortable, but I always figure I'll just try and make it work one way or another. :) After I cut those balloons out and used pop dots to adhere them and added some other details to the layout, I was ready to add the photos. Most of the time if I have 3 photos I want to use, I will print them out in a smaller wallet size. This time I wanted to balance out the balloons and knew that regular rectangular photos weren't going to work here. That's when I decided to make the photos into circles. I think it adds a neat look to this layout and lends something that regular photos wouldn't have. After I adhered the circular photos, I finished it off with little bits of the text paper to balance the two sides.
If you always start scrapping with photos already printed and in hand, I totally recommend switching it up from time to time and starting with the design first. You might be surprised what you come up with! If you give it a try, be sure to link here so I can see! It's almost the weekend...yay! :)
September 23, 2009
I'm in love with this neat tree pillow from CB2...
Ruffles seem to be big in fall fashion this season...ruffles would be so fun to try on your next layout!
September 21, 2009
Last weeks challenge was, admittedly, a stinker. No patterned paper, no embellishments and use of a handful of basics like paint, mists and pens, punches and plain cardstocks.... **snigger*** However you all did good and rose the task with spirit and mucky fingers. Here are a few that caught our eye but if you want to check out everyone's work in full click on this link HERE to take you to the thread from the Studes forum.
Penny's bold take on the challenge certainly has a hypnotic effect - those blues!
Reeni' focuses on those mists that we have all become so crazy about - she made them into bubbles to match the theme of her photo
Cannycrafter clearly made an impact with the photos but cutting 27 of them into butterflies! Clever!
Simple yet striking - I wish I could pull that off at times and here JenniferL nailed it beautifully
and finally this little smasher by *Audi* made excellent use of the lack of supplies here.... I love this one muchly
So, now then................
This weeks challenge is more sedate-ish. Kelly and I have decided we ought to celebrate Autumn - sigh, this time of year is truly amazing. This leaves it wide open to how you come up with something special for us all to delight in. But (always a but) Id love to see you use 5 key products (add more if you wish, but definitely use the 5 key supplies listed below). After enjoying Emily's 5 product challenge the other week, I thought why not make the challenges somewhat limited but also resourceful and fun (or not fun, in some cases). So whilst I conjure up a creation of my own here is a checklist of the 5 items to use:
Eyelets (lets resurrect those little blighters)
Patterned paper pieces no bigger than 4 inch square
Again, feel free to add extra supplies but make sure the above 5 are on there somewhere.
Im off to create - I shall be back forthwith.