Sunday, January 23, 2022

Time For us with Rebecca!

Today Rebeca Ruiz is sharing her process on how she created her layout Everyday Moments! She used our January 2022 Creative Kit!

Hope you are having a great day! Has it happen to you that a collection is so pretty you don't want to trough it away before making something else with the biggest pieces you have? Well, this is what happened to me with the Day in Life collection by Echo Park that is featured in the January 2022 Creative Kit of My Scrapbook Creations. After making the 6" x 8" binder mini album and one layout, I still had a few pieces of papers, so I grab them all and make this layout. The good news, I also recorded the process of making it and you can see the video at the end of this post.

Let's start talking about how I made this layout. First, I prepared the white cardstock with clear gesso and let it dry. Then, I added Pop Art Shimmerz paint to it. I used a piece of transparency to apply the paint, then add water and move the paint using the same transparency. When it was dried, I added gold splatters using Miner, Miner 49er paint by Shimmerz. I let the paint dry before I added dots to the background using an stencil I think is from Vicki Boutin and white modeling paste. This Deco Art paste dries quickly, five minutes or less, I love it!

Once the background mixed media was ready, I choose three pieces of patterned paper from the kit to create the banners. They are all 2 1/2" wide and the height varies. I cut one of the edges in "V" shape to create the banners and distress the edges of all the papers.

After that, I added the paper stripes at the bottom using scraps from the kit because I didn't have the 12" paper sheets, but since they are teared and distressed, it wouldn't be notice. I used my nails to distressed the edges and to fold the border a little bit.

To make the central photo the focal point, I made a frame out of the wood paper and added it to the layout using foam tape. After that, I started embellishing the layout using flowers and butterflies fussy cut from the papers. I added most of them with foam tape for dimension. The label on top is a sticker.

The white leaves were cut on the Silhouette using a file from Echo Park. Sometimes, when I'm using the machine and have little spaces available I added this design and store them in a resealable bag to have them on hand because they add a nice touch to floral clusters.

For the title I used the white chipboard alphabet included with the kit and the words Thickers. I colored the white letters using a Kingart watercolor pearlescent set I bought at Marshalls last year. They were very cheap I didn't know how they will paint, but OMG they are gorgeous. You can see the shimmer in them and they are very concentrate, I'm in love with them!

At the end, I added a few gold dots I had in my stash and stitched a border around the layout using white thread. 

No matter this layout was made basically with scraps, I love how it turned out and I'm happy I used so much of this kit. Here is the process video for this layout:

Thanks for your visit, I hope you like this layout as much as I do and it inspires you to craft!

 Creative Kit!

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Absolutely Amazing Day with Laura!

Today we want to share with you Laura's process video using the limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook for January 2022 !

Limited Edition Kit 

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Scrapbook Room Tour- Design Team Member Angel!

Hi , Angel here and I wanted to share with you my scrap room space. Its not Fancy But it's mine.
 Here is a photo coming into my room. My Room is 12x13.

Below is a close up of each wall coming from the doorway.
Here are the tall and the short Alex Drawer Units. Above that I have two Recollection Embellishment Centers. The First one holds my Paint daubers and paints supplies , the second one holds all my sprays and stains. The Middle one my husband made me. That holds Acrylic Paint. On top of the Alex I have two clip ups one holds all my Lalaa , Greeting Farm, Prima doll and Gorjuss Girl stamps. The second one holds My screens and mask. I also have all my distress inks which on the white holder (again made by my husband).

Here is the area that I do all my Design team work at.I have my table between the two shelves.As you can see I have my stickles and Liquid Pearls hanging upside down using Velcro from above the shelf separator. 
To the Left I have my stuff stored in the boxes and my Cricut Cartridges (which I barely use now I have my cameo). The bottom has all my layout done for MY Creative Scrapbook Design Team!
On the left I have all my flowers in there original Jars and more storage boxes. Next to the shelf you see the wicker basket. That is stuff I still need to pick up then I will use that for my go too supplies I use on a daily basics.

This is the other wall.. I hold all my paper to the left including my past My Creative Scrapbook Kits in the clear cases with black straps..
To the right the shelf that holds my sewing machine has all my sewing supplies stored there. I also Have My Albums there as well. The cubes next top that has some project life, Ribbons,Tulle and my cameo supplies.

Here behind the Island holds all my Machines.. 

 Here is my Cart from Ikea.. I organized my Project Life Supplies in this as well so easy to roll to the table. I just ordered another one and it came in. So I will be replacing the white cart soon. Love these carts...

This picture with the black Curtain is my office area. It's not quiet done as my husband did not get to make my second shelf which will hold my Flat Screen TV and a few other things. I will have this posted to my Blog when completed so If you want to see this then keep a eye out HERE

To the right is my entrance door to the room. The basket next to the door is my dump all when I come back from shopping.. As you can see Its time to pick up the new stuff.

A few organized Items...
I used the clear bead storage and organized my eyelets, brads, and Sequins.

Here is what I stored in the Alex drawers this whole bottom unit is filled with punches. First 3 drawers has We R Memory Keepers box envelope and other cutters along with my plates for my machines.

Here is my Tim Holtz and Martha Stewart Glitter ..Stored in the other Alex Drawer. This unit hold all my powered stuff Like Glitter, flock, embossing powder, mica, etc.

This unit hold all my inks and liquid media stuff along with embossing gun and stamping things.. I also Have my  Gelatos, Watercolor Pan set, and melting pot.

Here is how I store My loose Flowers.. I do have 2 more full drawers of flowers that are still in packages (Thanks to Pam:) ).. Love me some flowers..

This is How I store the flowers sprays and some bling . My Sweet Man made this Peg board for me.. I love to see all the pretties hanging up.

This is how my ribbon is stored.. I also have some in a basket that I never put away yet.

Does you floss look like this? You you don't have time to sit and roll it up on bobbins like me.

Well I have a solution for you. I went out and purchased the photo storage  keeper made by Iris from Hobby Lobby. They do come in a bigger size which holds I believe 16 containers (don't hold me to that number I am guessing here) but I got the small ones with 6 containers which is perfect for me.

I then labeled each container as shown here...

This is what they look like in its own container... 

So Much easier when you want to find a certain color. You can even put your left over cut thread in the container to use on something else if you had cut to much off the first time. Also if you scrap away from home and want to pack certain colors these are so much easier to throw in your crop bag.

Hope you can find some inspiration in my space. I know I love being in this room. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Snow Much Fun with Claudia!

Today we want to share with you Claudia's process video using the Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook for January 2022 !

Click on the link above to watch her Tutorial Video!

Main Kit

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Scrapbook Room Tour - Design Team Member Maja!

Today I'd like to invite you to my craft room again. After more than a decade of using my tiny room I think I finally got to the version I always wanted :-) I started here 11 years ago with a bunch of mixed pieces of furniture that had only one feature in common - they were all white. But besides that they were just what I had or could afford at the moment. But at last I got time (and, well, money) to cut it to my measure. The whole process started more than a year ago: I designed my furniture, talked it over with our carpenter, paid the advance...and then the pandemic happened, which delayed everything a couple of months. Can you imagine the anxiety? :-)) But finally! it's finished and I can show it to you too:

As you can see, it's still tiny (3,5 x 2,5 m, or 8x11 ft), but I did my best to utilise the whole space available. I think for such a small space visual order is  very important, so I chose a fixed colour palette of white, black, gray and mint (I repainted the previously arctic blue wall) to reduce the colour chaos where possible, and closed the lower part of the storage unit with doors and drawers as well as used boxes to store the hundreds of small items each scrapper has ;-)) So here's my large storage unit on one of the walls:

The top of each of the three parts is an open shelf on which I store boxes: large ones for my layouts (they are usually dimensional, so won't fit in regular albums) and the smaller ones for things I use least often. One box is dedicated for assembled 3D chipboard pieces that I use inside exploding boxes:

Now, the first part of this unit is mostly for papers (and I have thousands of them gathered throughout the years...):

As I mentioned, I used up each inch of space ;-) so here's my guillotine:

 ...and the scoring board and stamping platform:

When I designed this storage unit, I took into account the organisers I had, among them the paper racks and boxes. But they are not normally available in Poland, so I decided to showcase those I have on open shelves and store the rest of papers in boxes or file bags below. I also managed to squeeze in my binding machines and the laminator ;-)

 Here's the middle part:

Here I keep boxes with felt, ephemera, chipboard pieces, ribbons and stamps in their original packages.  The light grey "linen" boxes store the cards I have for sale, divided into categories.

In the lower shelves behind the door I keep my paper DT boxes:

And here's the last part of the unit:

The boxes on the upper shelf store more embellishments, the black boxes - flowers by various categories...

...while in the file binders I keep all my DT stamps, stamps for colouring and some sets:

Like many of scrappers I have tons of embellishments and tools to store, but I thought keeping them in the lower part in boxes would not be very comfortable, so I designed the last part with drawers instead of shelves. And as the "paper part" was designed with my organisers in mind, so were the drawers :-)

Here's how I store the bling ;-)

And here's my "organising solution" for vintage seam and sequins :-)

In the next drawer I keep lace, pom-pom trims and waxed strings:

Whenever possible, I like to have some pre-made elements for my projects. For instance, I use waxed string bows in most of my cards, so when I watch tv or a film, or while traveling, I often make them for future use and keep in here :-)

I have a lot of embossing powders from one of my previous DTs. When you keep them in a drawer, you just see the caps, and I like to sign them with markers, but these caps are black, so I punched circles from sticky paper and wrote the names on them :-)

OK, if you're not fed up with the "tour" yet, turn around to the other side ;-) It's my working area which used to look like this:

...and I was really tired with that hotchpotch of random shelves and add-ons, so I designed a single desk top unit, again with particular things to store in mind:

And I think it looks so much better now! Even though it takes up more space of the wall it doesn't look overwhelming and designing the particular shelves to fit the storage elements I had makes them blend in and look balanced despite the abundance of colours. 

The Alex drawer units from Ikea and the table top are the only "old" elements, I just added two more pieces under the desk (a lot of stuff, I know, but I still think it's OK as the last change to the room was made 6 years ago!). 

So here's the tall Alex unit in which I store my metal embellishments, most of my ribbons, washi tapes:

...and as part of my job is making cards for sale, I also keep here stamped card bases, envelopes and foil packaging:

I don't mean to bore you with the contents of each drawer, so I'll just show you how I store paper scraps: one drawer contains ones that are large enough for a card background, the other - smaller ones:

One of the drawers is the home of my Distress inks ;-)

As I already mentioned, I desgined the shelves for particular organisers I had, like the racks for inks and markers or the small drawer unit:

Now, I love those nice fancy brand craft organisers, but they are seldom available in Poland and even if they are, they're quite expensive, therefore I always try to find something similar but on a budget, and often look up for things in regular stores, like the nail polish display that I use for storing glitter glues, an office stamp spinner for ink blending tools or a small parts garage organiser that I store brads in - all of them for a fraction of their "craft equivalents" prices. 

Here's the room for my Big Shot, some cardstock, more drawer organisers for small this and thats, and more shelves. On one of them I keep some small stamp sets and my most used dies, for which I'm now changing the storage solution. I used to keep them in album bases, on adhesive magnetic sheets, but after a couple of years they started to deteriorate. Now I'm moving them to D-ring binders that I secured with eyelets:

In one of the small drawers below I keep all my glues and mounting foam:

...and in another one - pre-coloured images and die-cut elements for future use. I often stamp, colour or die cut in bulk just to save time on another occasion. The die-cuts are in those plastic boxes - they were just ordinary jelly beans boxes that I decorated with patterned paper ;-)

As my room is so tiny, I really use up any space available, so there's some storage under my desk too :-) I keep Prima mists in the metal basket, there's also a bin (it's dirty because I use it as a spray box too ;-)) and a folding stool so that I can reach the top shelves.

So that's my craft space. I know, to some it may seem ridiculously full of stuff, but remember I scrapbook for 13 years, it's part of my job and also I've got lots of things from my wonderful generous DTs throughout the years. I didn't gather all of this in an instant either, sometimes I waited for a really long time. For example, when I imagined my perfect craftroom I had a particular chair in mind. It took me 3 years to find exactly what I wanted, but it was so worthy of waiting!

So remember, you don't need all of this to be a great crafter, all you actually need is paper and scissors, and also remember even the most beautifully equipped room doesn't create, it is YOU, so imagination is the most important tool you need to have and everything else is just to help you speed up the process of creation.

Thank you for joining me on this tour, and happy crafting!