Thursday, April 24, 2014

April Main Kit Layouts, Cards, and Mini-Album by Lydell Quin

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Lydell Quin is back today to share a variety of beautiful creations that she made with our April Main Kit!

Here's Lydell:

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Hi there!

Its Lydell with you today sharing some of the Projects I got out of the Main Kit for April.  As always, I could have kept creating if time had permitted, I still have a good amount left over from the kit!

I chose the yellows for this first project.  And I added some Shimmerz Paint (Vibez-Rolling in the Hay)  which matched the papers really nicely.




A Project Life style Layout (Double Spread)



A regular Project Life Spread
Side A


Side B


A Mini Album




and a few cards for my daughter to give her friends for birthdays




and thats it from Me for this month!
Hope you are all having a wonderful April.


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Here's the Main Kit:

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Project Life Style with the Main Kit by Lydell Quin

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Lydell Quin is up today to share how she used our April Main Kit to create a fab Project Life style spread!

Here's Lydell:

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Hi There.  Lydell with you today and I have a tutorial to share with you which might be of interest to those of you who might enjoy the Project Life style of recording our lives, but may not have any of the pocket pages to complete it, or really want to commit to this new way of scrapbooking.

This time I created my Week 10 spread as Layouts.  Not using pocket pages at all.  It still works just as well.  And can be used for any topic where you might have too many photos to put onto a normal layout.

So here we go....

I got my 2 sheets of white cardstock out as my base.  I set it all out in front of me with in reach, but with a little room directly in front to work on the individual card pieces.

Next I cut up the Patterned paper I have chosen to use.  I cut each sheet in half (6x12), then cut that at 4 inches, (x2) so I have 3- 6x4 inch pieces.  I chose 4 patterns.  Some of those pieces can be cut in halves again to make the 3x4 Pieces.


Once I have layed out the paper as I want them, then round the corners of each piece with a corner rounder.




Start adhering the pieces down when you know where you want them


Keep the adhesive away from the edges so you can slip things behind if you need to.
And heres what it should look like all glued down.....


Now I tread each card like its own mini Layout.  The first is my Title block.
I add the week number, and the dates.  Likewise this could just be the title of your event and the date, or a quote relating to your theme....etc.

I have chosen any little elements that suit the pattern pieces and lay them out, getting a feel for where I am going.


Keep an eye on the packaging as well.....


It makes a nice background for a photo!


I cut off all the manufacturer title strips from each piece of paper,  Most have a pattern on the back side that you can use.  These make sweet little layered elements for edges of the cards.  
Just stack them and staple together.




You can add your photos and any alphas, stamps or titles you like to each.  
I tent to hadwrite my titles and journaling telling the story of each photo on each card.
Pen lines and faux stitching adds the finishing touches for me.


So here are some of the finished cards 








You can see each one is simple and sweet.

and the final Spread as a whole.


Just slip these Layouts into normal scrapbooking page protectors and you are good to go!

Hope you will give this a try.  Its a fun way to do project life style scrapbooking without changing your style of scrapping!

Until Next time.  
Have a great week!


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Here's the Main Kit:

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Make a Dimensional Balloon Embellishment from Paper by Yuko Tanaka

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Yuko Tanaka is up today with a handmade embellishment tutorial featuring our April Limited Edition Kit!

Here's Yuko:

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Stack two pieces of patterned paper and cut out a balloon shape.


Place tissue in the center of one of the balloon pieces.
Apply glue around the edge and adhere the other cut-out balloon piece.



Apply gesso to the edges of the balloon for a dimensional effect.



Tie a string to complete the balloon.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Using Mists and Stains to Paint Layout Backgrounds by Jodi Baune

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Jodi Baune is up today with a tutorial featuring our April Limited Edition Kit!

Here's Jodi:

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Hello! I just love my monthly kits from My Creative Scrapbook! Each kit is packed with so many fun papers and embellishments. This month I had the privilege of working with the Limited Edition Kit....absolutely stuffed with flowers, diecuts, chipboard, wood pieces and more! I decided to take my dimensional layering one step further and play around with a soft colorwash background. A bit out of my comfort zone, but that's how we learn! I love how it turned out!

Let's get started!

We've all heard about using different mediums for watercolor backgrounds and we all love mists. I couldn't help but wonder....what happens when I paint my background with my mist?! LOVE...a new addiction, that's what!

I chose this awesome graph paper from the collection.

this is the assortment of stain and mists I used ,and my paint brush
As you can see, I used a variety of companies. They all seemed to work out the same.

For the stain, I created a puddle onto my craft sheet, the rest I dipped my brush directly into the bottle!

The colors were all so light that I didn't even use water, with one exception, the Maya Road Mists. The Maya Road is a darker concentrated Turquoise so I did use a bit of water to tone it down and give it more of a watery effect.
I loved the watercolor effect of the mists! When I started adding the darker turquoise I started wondering what I had done! I'm great a hitting the panic button and fearing that I just ruined my paper... Not liking it so much anymore! BUT, don't freak out when it's not what you had in mind... that it the great thing about scrapbooking, layering, and embellishments...you can always find a way to cover fix those things you don't want to see!

Here she is all done!

Now I really like the turquoise streaks! They look completely different and actually blend the perfect hint of color with the softness of the layout!

Closeups!
lot of diecuts, chipboard, fussycutting, and flowers!

Aren't the flowers gorgeous?!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Here's the Limited Edition Kit:

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