Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Working with Triangles + Flower Detailing by Joan Bronson

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Joan Bronson is sharing how she worked with triangles and also has some flower detailing tips for you today featuring our September Creative kit!

Here's Joan:

If you are like me you flip though the pages of your scrapbook and see lots of rectangles and squares; even plenty of circles.  September’s Creative kit inspired me to work with a different shape – a triangle.  I’ve done a little with triangles in the past but typically I shy away from them because it is hard to get them in a uniform shape or to have the pattern of the paper look good with the shape.  This month we have a great paper in our kits with a triangle pattern.  I knew this was the month to do something different – to use a different shape on my layouts; triangles!
On my “Love This” layout I made some large triangles simply by following the pattern of the triangle paper.  Once I decided on how wide and how tall I wanted my triangles to be I just cut them out followed the lines of the triangles on the paper.  Once I cut my triangle paper I used it one triangle as a template to make my cork looking (packaging for my die cuts) triangles.

Here is how the layout turned out.

My second layout using triangles really challenged me but you should not be scared off by it!  Once I figured out what I was doing I couldn’t believe it took me so long to figure out.  This is not difficult nor does it  take as much time as you might think. 
First, I chose three papers to work with and cut a bunch of 1 ½” squares.  I cut my squares diagnally in half.  Next, I decided where I wanted the triangles to go on my layout and used a pencil to draw a line on my cardstock for the top row of triangles.  I drew a second line about half an inch below the first line as well.  Now I was ready to add my tringles.  I put the triangles on my layout before I added the yellow strip on the right as well as the pictures.  This way my triangles didn’t have to be perfectly placed on one side or the top row. 
I started on the right side of the bottom line and placed my triangle with the point down and the part I cut (where I cut the square in half) on the line.  Do the same thing with the next triangle but overlap the first triangle about half way.  Place the third triangle overlapping the second one half way as well.  Repeat this across the page and once you get to the end of your line, trim your last triangle as needed.  I started the next row of triangles between the two pencil lines and a little further to the right of the first triangle (in order to offset the points of the triangles).  Repeat as you did with the first row.  The third row of triangles should be placed on the to top line again offsetting the triangle points as you did on the other rows.  Once you add your yellow strip and photo any imperfections  and offsets on the right will be covered up.  Just finish assembling your page.

Lastly, I wanted to share how I created the carnation looking flowers on my “I love you” layout.  I have to admit I was scared of ruining my flowers when I started working with them but as I did, I got more and more excited about how they were turning out.
First, I poured a little pink colored glimmer mist on my craft mat and lightly dipped my paint brush in it then touched the tips of the petals.  Once I added the mist to the flowers I set them aside to dry (or you can use a heat gun).

Once my flowers were dry I added glimmer glam to the entire flower petals.  I find it best not to mix up the glimmer glam.  Just dip a fanned paint brush into the bottom of the glimmer glam jar to gather the glitter.  The mist may bleed a little so if you feel you picked up much mist on your brush you might rinse it before you apply more glimmer glam so you don’t spread the mist on other parts of the petals.  Again, let the flowers dry or use a heat gun to dry them before you add them to the layout.

I had fun trying some new techniques this month - I hope you will to!

Joan Bronson
My Creative Scrapbook Design Team Member


Here's our September Creative kit:

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Have a look at the rest of the beautiful layouts that Joan created using the kit:

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1 comment:

Alex ScrapFriends said...

Wow...This is what i have been looking for and you have done a great job. Beautiful cards.