Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Simple Card with a Few Hints!

Hey there, my scrappy friends - Lizzy with you today! I wanted to share a few tips that I use for creating a simple but effective card:)

* Choose one big flower, with either some small leaves or blooms. Match them with one plain cardstock & one patterned.
* This is a great way to use up scraps - often after completing a page, you'll already have papers out that match - so pop them aside for a card!

* Add a black border around your card stock. It really makes your card look more 'finished'.
* My two FAVEST black pens for this sort of work & well worth the investment, are these:

*Always, ALWAYS lay out your card BEFORE you stick it together. Quite often you feel a need to add another element...& if it's stuck can't!

* Wood can be coloured or heat embossed or even covered with papers. Here, once more, I've used my fave black Pitt Artists Pen...
* A few little 'dots' around the card seem to add something special. This is one of my very fave products for this purpose:

* It comes in a variety of colours, but the darker ones are the most useful.

* Stamp a sentiment directly onto your card. Black RANGER ARCHIVAL ink works really well for this sort of 'fine' stamping. I think it's a MUST in every scrapper's arsenal of weapons:)

* Always press the PAD onto the STAMP & always using a 'dabbing'/ 'patting' action, rather than a 'sweeping' one. This loads the ink up much more evenly & you get a cleaner, crisper result:)

And the finished card:

If you know me even a little, you'll know that I find it difficult to use flowers. This sort of card is one really easy, simple way to move them outta my stash & for a good purpose!

Hope these few hints help get you creating ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Noticing Things Around You

Today on the blog we have the very clever Lynn who has created a tutorial that will make you view things in another way.

As we were flying down the road on the way to the keys, I happened to notice these banners cleverly leading your eye back to the advertising sign. (I apologize for the photo because did I have the presence of mind to capture it on the sunny day we were on our way down? Nooooooo....I captured it on the return trip - where it poured down rain the entire time. Anyhoo, my scrappy minions, I had an AHA moment, fleeting though they are, and I quickly thought it would be cool to have a banner used in that same clever way by associating it with a title or journaling box and draw my reader's eye straight to it.

I grabbed my little notebook and did a quick sketch with some notations. What? You don't carry around a notebook? Well I didn't either, so when we stopped to pick up some supplies, I purchased an inexpensive notebook and I will carry that baby around with me hence forward. 

It will be earning its keep by keeping notes, lists, and cute things I'll never remember, although I have high hopes, and catching all those things around me that could possible provide another AHA moment and get more cool and interesting things on my scrapbook page.

I made a second sketch when I discovered the photos I had in mind had a different orientation than what the first impromptu sketch. And isn't that versatile.

 I laid out my photos according the sketch and began to add in the embellishments and layers. The base paper is from Studio Calico and has those cool words already written on them so I tried to place the pictures where I could keep the words as accents. I decided to make the banner out of vellum because the photos took more space than what I drew on the sketch and needed to overlay it on the photos.

 I got rid of the knot because it was making me crazy and I hand cut the banners. On the final version I had to make the banners smaller because it just got way too wild with the bigger size. I also changed them up and made triangles with the banners.

I like how it actually does take you eye right up to the title. You could also use the banners to highlight your journaling or that special photo. You know of course being sketch professionals that you are, that its just a guide and you can change it up to suit your fancy. 

In full disclosure, I don't normally draw my own sketches (as you can see from the awesome talent going on), so this whole process was new to me, mostly because I was tasked as a DT member to provide a tutorial for you, and I, in turn, learned something as well.

Thanks for tuning in, and your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to look about your surroundings and see things that can be incorporated into your scrapbook pages, and use either a notebook, napkin or receipt that you might have handy in order to make note of your awesome find.

Then make an awesome page and share!

Monday, August 18, 2014

July's Memory Planner from Felicity

Its time for another instalment with my memory Planner.
It was birthday month for us, so lots of birthday photos!

I added in a flap so I could add a few more birthday photos.

Just another flap too on the other side of the plastic sleeve.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Adapt and be inspired

Hello all you happy scrappers,

It's Wendy on the blog today and I thought I would drop by to give you a quick example of how I sometimes adapt in order to get my mojo back.

I know some pretty awesome card markers but, although I like making cards, I would not consider myself among their ranks. I often struggle to pull all the elements together to make a card that portrays the right feeling. If I'm doing a layout, I'm always inspired by the photo and what was happening at the time the photo was taken. I don't get that same kind of inspiration when making cards. Well this was the problem I had last weekend when we had a birthday dinner for my sister in law. I really wanted to make a nice card for her but didn't know where to start.

The mojo was back instantly when I thought of Fiona's fabulous sketch and colour palette for the Off the Rails August challenge.

I love the fun colours, so I decided to use all of them on my card. I totally love the sketch too and if I was doing a layout I would hardly change a thing. But, my sister in law is not a real "grunge" "splatter" type of girl. She laughs readily and likes whimsical things. So, I used the basic sketch but replaced the splatters with some whimsical elements.

As you can see, I've scaled everything down to card size and used the "photo" space for the sentiment. I replaced the splatters with fun whimsical elements - pinwheel, feathers, buttons and swirls. I had fun making the teabag fold pinwheel because I haven't made one for ages. I thought these elements together fitted the birthday theme well. I was pleased with the outcome for several reasons - I wouldn't normally have thought of using those colours together (and they work nicely), nor would I have been able to put the elements together as well without the sketch. Most of all though, the card totally suits my sister in law's personality.

Thank you for stopping by. 
Happy scrapping and cheers for now :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mid Month Inspiration

The Design Team have done it again, provide us with some stunning and gorgeous layouts to share with you. I love how each of the layouts are so totally different and yet they come from the same mood palette and sketch.

Aug 9 happens to be Singapore's National Day. This photo was taken years ago, marking my girl's first "planned" celebration of National Day. And just nice that red is the "national" color. Taking the cue from my girl's T-shirt, I have drawn n cut out red banners for the background. Created texture paste swirls and stamped with swirls stamps for the background before misting it. I used Lawn Fawn "Gnome Sweet Gnome" stamps for the cute elements.

I highlighted mostly the red and pink from the palette and kept to the sketch. My Lawn Fawn products are the cute die cut leaves, which I had colored with gelatos and tucked under my flower clusters

You still have 17 more days to get your entries in

Happy Creating

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Little Extra Inspiration

Hi everyone! Sue here today with a little extra inspiration for you. Despite the fact it wasn't my turn to create a sample for this month's challenge, I just couldn't go past the mood palette - it had me itching to create! Initially I drew my inspiration from the gorgeous colour combo, but then the image of the flower had me searching for a nature image of my own.
Here is what I came up with...

And a couple of close-ups...

And here's a little reminder of what this month's palette looks like...

Don't forget to link your entries up before the end of the month to be in the running for a fabulous stamp set from Lawn Fawn!

Please don't forget to visit the About Us section as we have change the guidelines just slightly to fit in with our monthly challenges

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book of Memories

Good Morning all A little something I am sharing with you today I made this a little while ago for a very good friend friend who had recently lost her mother - I want to make her something nice to store her memories in and of course her favorite color was purple

I added decorated tags to go behind the photo so a memory could go with the photos she added. I hope you all enjoy my mum Book