June 30, 2009
I love how emily used her hole punch to punch out the edges of the stamp stamp.
April made the genius move of connecting her photos with the apron punch. I also love how she cut out her title from the MM acetate paper.
I had to look at this layout twice in order to figure out what scarlet did with her letters. I am going to HAVE to try this technique out ASAP.
I just loved the little "scene" that Dav made with her title, and then I saw the stitching on the clouds....just amazing!!
I totally stumbled over the holes that Emily made and sewed through on her layout! Genius!
I love the stitching on this layout! But even more than that, I just love how she doubled up her cardstock, and rounded just that ONE corner!
I love how kelly painted the woodgrained letters, red. It totally took the layout in a different direction.
In this mini album, Kirsty used doodled squares to her pages. I love the added interest these make without overpowering anything!
I love what Maggie did with the K&Co. animal alphabet. Such a great idea!
Nik H. professed hardship over this 2 page layout, but you can't tell by looking at it. I LOVE the little strips of paper on the edges. But even more than that, I love how she traced the MM number over and over and used it for her title!
I really love how Nic S. created a bunch of flowers on this girlie page with very few REAL flowers.
Stephanie rocked this sweet layout about her husband's military career! I love the way she punched out the stars, especially the ones out of cork letters.
I love how Tina A. cut out the circle paper, and added the brads! Perfecto!
Both Tina's rocked the brads. I just love how Tina C. placed her brads, random, but perfectly!
June 29, 2009
She asked if I had been to www.stumbleupon.com and proceeded to explain to me the idea behind the website, I'll just quote them directly,
StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click Stumble!, we deliver high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages have been explicitly recommended by your friends or one of 6 million+ other websurfers with interests similar to you. Rating these sites you like automatically shares them with like-minded people – and helps you discover great sites your friends recommend.It sounded like a good idea, she said it was highly addicting, but at the TIME SINK red flag went up and I never thought further on the subject.
Until last week...
I needed a kick start. I remembered how she'd explained StumbleUpon and thought I'd give it a try, hoping that I'd see something that might give my creativity a boost. It was really easy to sign up and get started, I thought I'd walk you through the process.
First thing you'll do is sign up for an account with user name and password, then you'll be directed to pick your areas of interest. There are over 200 and some of them overlap, you'll start to notice. I just started clicking the boxes, here's a screen shot to prove it :)
I was almost done with the categories when this drop down window appeared. You can only choose 127 areas of interest, so be judicious in your selection :)
Once I'd made sure I liked my 127 selections, I hit the "Save Now & Stumble" button and away I went. This was the first page that showed up and I was a little confused. So I just started clicking the green squares, they'd pop up just a bit and the tune that was playing would change slightly. I realized it was probably a result of my interest in "music." Sure enough, I could create musical patterns just by popping up or flattening the green blocks. It was fun, but not the inspiration I was looking for at the moment (i.e. TIME SINK).
So in the upper left corner of the screen, there's a button that says, "Stumble." I figured that's the button I needed to push to move on. This page came up next, a result of my interest in nutrition I'm sure. I bet you could come up with a layout using this inspiration, but it didn't jump start me, although I did eat much healthier on Friday. :)
I pushed the "Stumble" button again, and it took me to a blog called "The Positivity Blog." It was at this point I realized I could definitely use this as a scrapbooking tool. Lots of amazing ideas from this blog alone could translate themselves into pages. AND there was a really cool graphic element on the page that I stashed away in my head to use one day as well. Very much worth the time spent.
I stumbled again and found a blog where they superimposed WWII photos onto modern-day ones of the exact same scene. Pretty interesting, but I decided to stumble one more time and found a website of creative advertisements, one of which I pulled off for your view pleasure. This is an entrance/exit for a train station in Switzerland (recognize it Hera?) where they've made life sized replica of a Mini Cooper that looks like a whole bunch of people are coming out of it. Clever!
Total time spent: less than 15 minutes.
StumbleUpon records all your stumbles, so if you want to go back you can easily find what you were looking for the next time. There are tutorials on how to use the application, I am sure I haven't even skimmed the surface.
Joy and I will be doing some stumbling this week and we're asking you to join us. While you're waiting for your July kits, we challenge you to use StumbleUpon to find some sort of inspiration and create a layout or card. Post it to gallery and link us here to share your work. We will be doing the same thing and posting our layouts at the end of the blogging week. We'll be highlighting some of your work on the last day as well!
What a FANTASTIC giveaway! This would make my summer! SC rocks! :)
June 26, 2009 11:32 AM
Thank you so much for an opportunity to win Scrapbook Trends. . . one of my favourite publications of all times. I always find the colourful layouts so inspirational!
June 26, 2009 6:53 PM
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
June 28, 2009
"I just opened my mailbox and there was our last lesson. I am feeling so ambivalent about opening it. I am excited to see what new you have to teach us but I am sad its the last lesson already. I just want to say (and I know this sentiment has already been expressed by many) that I wish this were not over and that I thank you from the bottom of my heart for so freely sharing not only the cogent basic instructions but also the the tips that short-cut a lot of the learning curve and get us loving our cameras - and not being intimidated by them. You could have been proprietary about the knowledge you acquired through your own study and hard work, but you are just the opposite.
I have such a long way to go to rough tune and gradually fine tune my photos but already I am reaping such pleasing rewards that it spurs me to keep taking, keep improving. Almost all of my shots are already such an improvement over those immediately pre-course. Really, I just can't express how grateful I am for this course, your style of teaching and your gentle, encouraging style of critique!
I am so sad this course is almost over. If you do plan additional courses in the future, I am pretty sure you will have a large audience among former students - me included.
"Let me just say I see a major difference in my pictures as far as exposure and lighting goes. I had the composition down, but needed/still need help with my exposure and knowing what to do in different light situations. Today, I took the kids to the pool and was able to get some bright happy photos without being overexposed and even was able to catch my son jumping mid-air into the pool with no motion blur. I've really enjoyed working in manual and am happy/relieved to find that its not as intimidating as I thought. Thanks so much Maggie for the great guidance, and all you participants that post your work so I can learn from it. Looking forward to these last few lessons! Have a great week everyone!"
"This is so much fun! I absolutley can not believe after 4 weeks I am shooting in manual and loving what I see! You are amazing Maggie!!!"
June 26, 2009
Hand Stitching Tutorial
In this case, shooting from down low allowed me to add some texture, color and lines to the image in the tree and the wall.... again things that would not have been in the image had I just shot straight on.
June 24, 2009
My only real "rule" for tilting is not to overdo it like this. My general rule of thumb is that you do not want the subject to look like they are about to fall over. You also don't want to confuse the viewer as to whether the photo should be viewed horizontally or vertically. I always say that when you look at the image, if you feel like you have to turn your head to get the proper view, then you have overdone the tilt. In the image above I do find that I want to turn my head to the right in order to see it properly... and so I think it is too much. (the first image is the same image with a natural and pleasing tilt and it just looks so much better - again enough to add some interest but not too much.)
June 20, 2009
June 18, 2009
First things first, a lot of people are confused on just how to use their border punches when they use them for the first time. It’s really simple once someone shows you how. First, just back your paper up into the punch, so it is straight along the edge like this:
Push the lever down till you hear the paper punch, then slide your paper down making sure (this is KEY!) that the design you’ve punched matches up with the design printed on the punch itself. Here is how it should look:
Now that you’ve got the basics down, try and look beyond borders with these punches. There are so many creative ways you can use them. Take a look at this card…a pretty basic card, but check out the dimension you get when you layer two punched borders atop each other. Just punch one border and trim to the desired size, then punch another the same size. Adhere the first border to your project and then use pop dots to adhere the second border to add that neat dimensional look.
Here I used the scalloped edge punch to punch a border. Then simply used ribbon to weave in and out of each hole.
I trimmed the ribbon and adhered the loose ends to the back of the border.
Finally, I adhered the border to my card for a fun detailed look.
How about using the weaving border punch to create a monogram for your project? I simply punched a long strip of border, then cut it into 3 pieces. I weaved the yellow ribbon in and out of the slits and adhered the loose ends to the back of the border strip.
Finally, I simply arranged the border strips into the shape of my letter, in this case the letter K, and adhered them down.
Here’s an idea for adding a fun treatment to your title. I simply adhered sticker letters to a piece of white cardstock for my title block.
Then I used the Boundary Waters punch on the title block the same way as above in the first tutorial. And now there’s a wave going right through my title. Note: This only works for some titles…some letters don’t read very well when you punch them in half. J