Tuesday, June 30, 2009
STEP 1 LAYOUT:
I looked through my scrap maps and came up with this one from http://www.pagemaps.com/
I apologize that it's a bit blurry. One of the things that drew me to this page was it's use of stitching. I have never used the sewing machine on paper before and I decided that this was a great place to start. Another thing I have learned about my scrapbooking habits is that I really need to figure out my colours and then play around with the layout to find a combination that works for me.
STEP 2 - COLOUR:
I find that I am immediately drawn to some colour combinations. This page was really difficult for me. I tried to draw colours out of the photo, but when I played around with them and the picture, I didn't like any of them with the photo itself. Eventually I came up with Chocolate Chip and Sage Shadow and white.
This is an example of the first paper I sewed. I decided to adhere the paper on the cardstock first and then run it through the machine. (much like pinning 2 fabrics together before sewing. I used the zig zag stitch and I used the widest stich so that you can really see that it's sewing. Here's a closeup.
It was kinda fun. I learned that you really need to go slow and steady. Too fast and it's hard to keep the line straight. I also learned that adhering the paper together made it really easy to sew a straight line. I feel that you really need to choose your thread carefully and I really like how this white thread is contrasted on the chocolate chip. I laid the photo out on the sage shadow cardstock and used some retired DSP and some Chocolate Chip DSP for accent paper. Then I attached the layers and sewed on them as I went. It was easier for me to sew each layer and then adhere the next. The title 'LOVE', and the oval sentiment 'you're the BEST' are rub ons. I added glitter with my 2 way glue stick which made the title really POP. Oh yeah, and the Journaling was added by putting the cardstock straight in the printer - super easy. And finally I glued on the buttons with Tombow.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
So I used the layout from Lotus Papiere as a starting point. The whole point of a sketch is to make it your own. So with that in mind, I decided to try to work on getting my colours in order which led to step 2.
We have, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, and Bashful Blue. So I pulled out my accessories and cardstock which matched these colours. Then I focused on how to matte the photo. I knew that I liked it on Tangerine Tango, so that was a natural for the first colour. I didn't have a lot of paper left, so I was limited to my DSP and a small scrap of cardstock. So I matte'd it on the DSP.
After some time, I decided to incorporate images from "Best Wishes & More" because I wanted images that were bold and strong, not outlines of images. So above you see a photo of me playing around with the layout. Next I decided that I needed ribbon and a sentiment. I used the sentiments from Best Wishes & more and the bitty birthday sentiment. Finally I stamped the bottom sentiment with some little abc stamps I got from Mike's. But the short order alphabet stamps from SU would work great instead.
Monday, June 22, 2009
This second photo shows the colours much better.
Stamps: Soft Summer. Ink: Purple Staz On, Paper: Whisper White, Lavendar Lace, Flat wrap from Autumn Leaves. Accessories: Metal Edge Tags from Making Memories, Ribbon from Purdy's, Rhinestones from Colorbox, Stampin' Dimensionals.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Above you see...
Sweet Thing - matches retired simply scrappin - Special Delivery Boy and Girl - mounted and slightly used - $15
Best Yet - great set for card sentiments - retired level 1 set - mounted and slightly used - $15
Seasonal Icons - part of retired level 3 hostess scrapbook kit - $10 - or what's left of the kit - rub ons and paper and stamps $15
Yummy - retired Sale-a=bration - mounted and slightly used - $12
Lots of Thoughts - retired Sale-a-bration - mounted and slightly used $12
Above you see...
Make It Count - retired level 2 set - mounted - used once - $15
Birthday Whimsy - retired Sale-a-bration set - mounted and slightly used - $12
Friendship Blooms - retired SAB set - mounted and slightly used - $12 - partially used matching rub-ons $5 - or both for $15
Time Well Spent - retired level 3 set - mounted and used once - $30 - GREAT set for watercolouring
Happiness Always - retired level 3 set - mounted and slightly used - $30 - 2 STEP stamping - great set.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
As you can see from my blog title photo, I have redone my favourite card in the new In Colours. I absolutely love them!!!! This card was originally featured on my blog here and inspired by this card here.
Stamps: Best Wishes & More. Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White. Accessories: 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" circle punches, half pearls
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Paper: DSP from Lovely Flowers bundle, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Melon Mambo. Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive. Stamps: Flower Lines. Accessories: Lovely Lines Rub-ons, Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Corduroy Brad, Fabric flower and Pink Ribbon from the dollar store.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So here's the layout in its' finished form. I apologize for the 'crappy' photography. I decided that I wanted to create a layout using a bunch of photos that I took driving around the complex we were staying in. The thing about Palm Springs is that it's such a contrived environment - who decides to build 18 million golf courses in the desert???? We were staying in a complex that had over 1000 units and a full 18 hole golf course and 19 outdoor swimming pools. And this complex is only one of many in Palm Springs. So one day as we were returning to our unit, I decided to photograph the entire drive in from the passenger seat. So the photos are not anything special. So what to do when creating a multi-photo layout?
I decided that I really wanted to use the Petal Party Simply Scrappin' kit in order to expedite the process (what a joke that turned out to be as you will soon find out) The cardstock and DSP all coordinate which means you don't need to spend time fussing with matching up colours. So I took out the cardstock and laid all the photos on it and chose a colour to matte them all on. Matting them all on the same colour simplifys things and allows me to use busy'er cardstock in the layout.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I played around a lot with this card until I was happy. I knew that I wanted to use the scallop sentiment, but then I stamped, I cut, I layered... until the final result was done. I decided to make the mounted borders small to emphasize the polka dot DSP
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Stamps: Live Your Dream, Oval All. Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip. Accessories: Tulipe Bigz Die, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch and 1/2 pearl.