Thursday, January 19, 2017

Clustering Embellishments with Alicia Giess


CLUSTERING EMBELLISHMENTS

    Since I am a home-schooling mother of 4, full-time legal secretary, and a part-time photographer, I have, out of necessity, become a speed scrapper.   One of the tricks I have discovered in order to make my pages look more creative/complicated than they are is to cluster elements throughout the page to add movement.  

For example, look at this page I created with the creative kit:








It really looks like a lot is going on, but it was  a very easy page to create.  I took the Snowglobe patterned paper with the 4 squares and made it my background.  I then took two journaling squares from the Hearts Snowman patterned paper, matted them in black cardstock, and surrounded them with wallet-sized photos.  It actually looks like a giant cluster in the middle of my page.   Here's  where I added some more cluster in the middle of my journaling blocks/photos.   



I cut out some elements from the same Hearts Snowman paper (the Snow Day block and the Ice Skating sign) and added in the middle of my page between the journaling block and the multi photos.  I then added some ribbon, buttons and snowflake stickers and the page was complete.

Here's another example of clustering embellishments:



On this page, I created a cluster with my photo/title/journaling.  I wanted the eye to be drawn to my daughter's crying face so I clustered elements around that photo.  



Notice how I added some tape, snowflakes, journaling stickers, and even sequins.



I then added the title, snowflakes, ribbon and sequins to the bottom of the photo, drawing the eye once again to my photo.

I encourage you to try clustering elements in order to make your pages come together quickly.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mixed Media Layout Tutorial by Jackie Clark!

Hi there! It's my turn on the My Creative Scrapbook blog today to share a step-by-step tutorial for completing this mixed media layout. If you aren't following the MCS blog, you're missing out on tons of inspiration and tutorials. Be sure to check it out and follow!


Start by tearing a strip out of the centre of the C'est La Vie paper.


Adhere the Oui Oui paper behind it.


Adhere scraps from other projects (mine are scraps from the second sheets of Oui Oui and C'est La Vie). I adhere the centres of the scraps, but leave the edges loose.


I print many of my photos in 4x6, only to later decide that I want them to be a different dimension. By printing them with a border, I can trim them down later and adhere the border back on for a smaller print that still looks finished.


Trim the centre piece to the proper dimensions.


Adhere the two edge pieces under the middle piece without trimming them any further, and voila, you have a smaller print with finished edges, and no one will notice that you pared it down.


Next, add some stencilling through the Crafters Workshop stencil. I painted in the circles and splatters with mist and a fine paintbrush.


Don't worry if it isn't perfect - you are going to add tons of layers on top of it. Add in some splatters.


Trace around the dried stencilling with a black journaling pen.


Repeat with another colour of mist, and trace around that as well once it is dry.


Add some mesh stencilling using the same stencil in another colour. I used pink to tie the pink in the centre of the layout to the rest of the layout. I didn't have any pink paint, so I mixed mica powder with gel medium to make my own paint.


Layer on pieces of the tear strips from the bottom of the sheets in the collection.


Add stamping. I used a round stich stamp set to complement the stencilled circles.


Add in some more splatters of mist (I used the teal Color Bloom spray from the kit along with a pink mist from my stash).


While the mist is still wet, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set for a wet look and some added texture.


Adhere chipboard pieces from the kit.


To make the flowers go farther, and to prevent all of your flowers from looking the same, tear some of the flowers apart into layers.


Cut the bottom layer apart, and adhere the layers on top of one another for a more dimensional flower.


Add the dark resin Prima frame from the kit, and adhere your flowers around where your photo will be.


Position your photo (but don't adhere it yet), and add extra layers of paper and chipboard at the bottom, and finish it off with a flower.


Cut one of the dark Cartographer flowers in half and add to the top left and bottom right of the photo.


Don't be afraid to customize your embellishments to fit your layout.


The medallion from the kit is easily transformed by folding the ribbons under and adhering one of the druzzy stone brads (I cut off the metal fasteners and hot glued it on).


Add your medallion and other brads to the background.


Adhere sequins from the kit to the background.


I use Gel Medium to secure them as it dries clear (pictured here wet).


Add splatters of white paint to the background. This is why I didn't adhere the photo earlier - I find it easier to splatter without having to worry about getting paint on my photo.


And the completed project:


If you haven't picked up your January kit yet, be sure to check out the My Creative Scrapbook store.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Monday, January 16, 2017

January's Sketch Challenge!

It's time for our January sketch challenge!

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

Have a look at the 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 February 14th.

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 out the beautiful layouts that they created based on the sketch:
*** You'll find more samples on our sketch blog ***

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!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Design Team Call!



We are excited to announce The My Creative Scrapbook Design Team call for 2017. 
We are having a design team call for our Main kit, Creative kit, and our new Card kit. 


The requirements: We are looking for different designers for each of our kits: Main and Creative kit.


We ask that you have the following skills
-Ability to create scrapbook layouts and projects within deadlines. Our DT members will be asked to create 4 layouts with the items included in each months My Creative Scrapbook kit. Our card makers will be asked to create 8 cards showcasing the kit supplies. 
-Design Team members will be asked to promote My Creative Scrapbook kit club thru social media, Facebook, Instagram, and personal blogs. 
- Having a strong online presence (Facebook, Instagram, personal blog, and Pinterest) is a plus.
-Ability to create a tutorial for our blog monthly is a requirement. 
-Having the ability to create video tutorials is a plus. 

The Perks: 
-My Creative Scrapbook kits: retail value from $49.00 to $150.00 a month. 
- Your kit work will be featured in our design team gallery and promoted thru our social media accounts. 
- Your kit work will be promoted to industry manufacturers. We pay for the postage to ship your kits, this includes international Design Team Members. 
-Ability to purchase our other kits at a 40% discount. 

 We would love to see your designs, we are looking for new and experienced talent. 

To apply: email your four layouts or projects: One project must have been created just for this DT call. 

 Submit to: MyCreativeScrapbook@gmail.com in the subject line put Design Team Call. 
The deadline for entries is Jan. 31st, 2017. 

Follow our blog for more information.

Please include: 
1.) Full name, shipping address, email address and social media links. 
 2.) Short Bio or Scrapbook Resume. 
3.) Why you want to be on the My Creative Scrapbook design team. 
 4.) What is your scrapbook style? 
 5.) What My Creative Scrapbook kit is your favorite? 
6.) Are you currently on any other design teams? If so, please list the teams and what you are committed to create for them monthly. 

We look forward to seeing all of your amazing projects and finding excellent additions to our team! Pam Rangel – Owner 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Pinterest Inspired Layout by Yvette


Hi Scrapping Friends!

Today I'm sharing a layout I created from a Quilt I found on Pinterest!

Here's the Quilt design that inspired me...


I love the complete overall design and decided to use it as an inspiration to created my layout!

Here's what I did....


I started my layout by selection a few of Heidi Swapp foil pocket cards...draw a herringbone design to copy the design from the Quilt and then machine stitched.





I wanted to add some more texture to the background, so I added a strip of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee-Moonstruck collection...cover it with vellum and stitched around the edges.


Next step is to arrange the cards by added a small amount of adhesive to the tip of each one and added foam squares to the back to give it some more dimension. 



The next step is the created the circles, I used my Big Shot with a circle die cut to make a few different sizes and then arrange the circles to match the Quilt design! 
     



I kept the embellishments to a minimum to the left side of my page and created a little cluster using the Moonstruck rub-ons, with a few die cut arrows from the Ephemera-Moonstruck collection...

  
I hope I inspired you to create something beautiful!
For more information on the kits please visit My Creative Scrapbook website

Here's the BEAUTIFUL January Main Kit...


To see more beautiful creations made with the contents of this kit, Please visit our inspiring DESIGN TEAM GALLERY