Saturday, August 27, 2016

August Main Kit Scrapbook Pages Video Tour by Jaclyn Rench

Design Team member Jaclyn Rench is walking us through her beautiful August Main kit scrapbook pages today with a video! We love this inside look at her creative thought process!



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scrapbook Layout Process Video by Kelly Barron

Design Team member Kelly Barron is back today with her third Main kit scrapbook page process video.  Isn't that a pretty background?!


Here's Kelly's video:



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Here are our August kits:

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Essential Crafting Tools by Tracy McLennon

Design team member Tracy McLennon is featuring our August Main and Creative kits today as she reveals several of her go-to crafting tools!

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I know that I love to know what other avid crafters like to use in their day to day crafting. So today, I thought I would share some of my favourite tools of the trade. There things are always within reach when I craft.


Punches-
First, I have to give a shout out to my circle punches. I would never give them up. I have had to replace a couple over time, as well as I do maintenance on them regularly to keep them sharp and punching well. By far, they are the punches I use the most. I have them ranging in size from 1/2” to 3” and everything in between.

Ink-
You may or may not have noticed, but I ink the edges of my cardstock and patterned papers about 98% of the time. I vary sometimes in the colours, but I have 3 go to colours. First and most popular is a chocolate brown. Tsukineko Pearlescent Chocolate to be exact. Then I also use black ink from time to time, that is also a Tsukineko Coal Black ink. Then sometimes when I like a lighter look, I will ink in a light grey, ColorBox Cloud.


Paper Trimmer-
This is a big one. I could not create without my Fiskars 12” Rotary Blade Trimmer. Now, the one I use is now vintage....do you remember the purple trimmers with the lime green cut surface? That is the trimmer I still use to date. It's no longer made, and the replacable cut surface bar, is also discontinued. So I bought up what I could and only have 2 of them left. It is so well used that the lime green surface with measurements on it, is almost all worn off. I've had to re draw measurements that I often use.
A plus to a good rotary trimmer is, I have never had to change the blade, just the cutting surface bar. I have had this trimmer for over 10 years now.

Scissors-
This is another very important one for me. People often have favourite pairs of scissors for one reason or another. I have 3 pairs in my bag. First, my all purpose scissors for fussy cutting, flag snipping etc. are a pair of Fiskars “Easy Action” Premier No.8. These are a 5” blade, large for fussy cutting...but it's what I like :) The big reason I LOVE these scissors, are that they are spring actioned. I suffer from joint pain, and not having to work both ways when cutting makes a huge difference in the amount of cutting I can do.
My second pair of scissors are the Micro Tip “Easy Action” scissors from Fiskars. I use the ONLY for ribbon. That way they always make a beautiful clean cut.
My third pair is a pair of Wescott Craft Titanium. They are non stick and I use them for cutting adhesive.



Adhesive-
This is another very important part of crafting. So here are a few of my go to adhesives.
My all purpose adhesive is 1/2” acid free ATG, in my big yellow gun. I use this most often.
For slightly smaller paper items that need adhering I reach for my Tombow Stamp Runner, like a regular tape runner, but can also stamp adhesive dots onto smaller spaces.
I do a lot of 3D work, so I always have 2 thicknesses of 3D foam tape and squares. I'm not really brand specific here, just whatever I can get my hands on.
I will often use a hot glue gun for adhering flowers, metal stuff and buttons. Mostly becuase I don't have the patience to wait for most liquid adhesives to dry.
For adhering ribbon I LOVE Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, it will stick any type of ribbon like nobodys business.
Last but not least for a liquid adhesive I use Tombow Mono Aqua. I like the dual tip that makes it pretty darn versitile.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Step by Step Scrapbook Layout Tutorial by Lee-Anne Thornton

Design team member Lee-Anne Thornton has prepared a step by step tutorial of this darling layout that she created with our August Main kit!


Here we go!


Adhere a 9 1/2 inch by 9 1/2 inch piece of black card stock to the centre of the floral paper as shown above.  Machine stitch in white thread around the edge of the black card stock.  You could also add hand stitching or faux stitching with a white gel pen.


Add a 9 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch strip of pink gingham paper to approximately 2 inches below the top of the black card stock.


Add a 10 inch by 2 inch strip of the plaid paper to approximately 3/4 of an inch from the left edge of the black card stock.  Adhere.  Cut the bottom edge of the plaid paper as shown above.


Adhere an 8 inch by 1/2 inch strip of the small floral paper over the pink gingham and plaid paper as shown above.


Add the yellow square paper photo corners to the top right and bottom left corners of the photo.  I use a square paper punch and cut it in half diagonally to create the photo corners.


Add the white foam word "wonder" to the bottom right hand corner of the black card stock.  Add the floral flair button on top of the letter "o" of the white foam word. Adhere.


Adhere the "be happy" ephemera tag to the bottom left corner of the photo.  Next add the yellow paper behind the wood grain and small floral paper frames from the ephemera pack as shown above. Trim the yellow paper on the edges. 


From the ephemera pack, add the yellow bicycle die cut above the floral frame as shown below. Adhere.


Adhere the pink doily from the ephemera pack and add the chipboard "just keep blooming" piece on top using some foam squares or dots.



Add the pink tab to the right of the pink doily and "just keep blooming" chipboard.


Adhere the flowers in a jar chipboard piece to the center of the wood paper frame.


Adhere the large flower to the right of the floral frame.  


Adhere the ampersand flair button to the left of the large flower.


Bend the middle of the small butterfly die cut and adhere it to the upper left corner of the ampersand flair button.


Bend the middle of the large butterfly and adhere.  Add the large butterfly die cut to the right top corner of the yellow bicycle.  


Adhere a small yellow flower die cut to the top right hand corner of the large flower die cut and adhere the small blue flower die cut just below the large flower die cut.


Using a fine line acid free black marker pen, journal the year.


Journal the name with the acid free black fine line marker pen to the pink gingham tab.  

You have now completed the layout!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by and have fun with the kit!  Be sure to check out all four of the monthly kits at My Creative Scrapbook.

To see more beautiful creations made with the contents of this kit, please visit our inspiring Design Team Gallery.

Here are our August kits:

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Sketch Contest!

It's time for our August sketch challenge!

We have a beautiful sketch and a gorgeous prize package to send to the randomly drawn challenge winner!

Have a look at the pretty prize:


Wouldn't you like to have a chance to win all of that?!


For a chance to win, create a layout based on this sketch using any products that you'd like to use, and link it up on our sketch blog.  The challenge is open to everyone, everywhere (you do not need to be a kit club member!) and ends at midnight Eastern time on September14th.

All of the details can be found on the My Creative Sketches blog >>> HERE<<<

We have some super talented designers on our sketch team!  Check our their beautiful layouts created based on the sketch:

by Shizuka Hirano

by Veronica Goh

by Debbie Weinhold

by Angel Rodrigue

by Lee-Anne Thornton

A great big THANK YOU to our sketch team for all of their time and effort toward creating beautiful layout samples to inspire you!

Now... it's YOUR turn!  Head over to My Creative Sketches for all of the details!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Clean White Space Scrapbook Page Process Video by Kelly Barron

Design Team member Kelly Barron is back today with her second Main kit scrapbook page process video.  We love her clean style and hope you will enjoy watching her design this sweet layout!


Here's Kelly's video:



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Here are our August kits:

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Scrapbook Layout Process Tutorial by Wendy Antenucci

Guest designer Wendy Antenucci is featuring our August Main kit today as she takes us on a walk through her creative process!

Good morning, My Creative Scrapbookers!  Wendy here today, to share my thought process in creating my layout using the main kit.
 

When I first began this layout I knew I wanted to play up the sunshine rays in my picture, so I pulled items that enforced the sunshine feel.


I looked for colors that were included in the picture (yellow, black, a touch of green, and even some blue).  I was drawn to the ephemera with the sunshine saying and of course clouds and flying items.


I first fussy cut the flowers from the Bella Blvd black/white stripe paper and began a grouping of elements down the side of my page.  I wanted to focus in on adding some more layers and colors, so I pulled out the doily style die-cuts to add to my layers.  I also grabbed some of the leftover wood circles from the background I created in another layout.


My next step was to add in some green.  I snuck in a piece by my pictures, but I wanted to form a visual triangle and allow the green to lead my viewer’s eyes around the page.  I chose to punch circles out to match my previous step, in a smaller size as I wanted just a few pops of green.  You can see in this detail shot some of the green peeping out from other elements adding a touch of surprise.


Design Tip:  If you want to layer a few items that have bulk, for instance, chipboard, remove some of the layers of paper giving your element less height.


I wanted to use the heart chipboard, both for the color and for the sentiment in my page, but I had too much in that area.  By removing the layers of the chipboard piece I was easily able to form an embellishment grouping without all the bulk.


Here is one last detail shot of the green peeking out from the clusters of doilies and circles with my main embellishment that I started with.


To see more beautiful creations made with the contents of this kit, please visit our inspiring Design Team Gallery.

Here are our August kits:

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Mixed Media Shabby Chic Scrapbook Page Process Video by Michelle McDonald

Design Team member Michelle McDonald has once again designed gorgeous layouts with the contents of our Limited Edition kit this month.  Today she's treating you to a process video for this one!


Here's Michelle's video:



To see more beautiful creations made with the contents of this kit, please visit our inspiring Design Team Gallery.

Here are our August kits:

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