Friday, October 24, 2014

Step by Step Layout VIDEO Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Marta Lapkowska is treating us to a step by step layout video tutorial today featuring our October Limited Edition Kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Marta create...

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Here's the October Limited Edition 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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Make Word Stickers "Pop" by Kristin Greenwood

Kristin Greenwood is featuring our October Album Kit today with a tip for making word stickers "pop"!

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 I knew I wanted to use the Jillibean word stickers for my title on my mini album, but by themselves they just were not bold enough.  I am going to share with you how I made them pop!
I cut the word I wanted out of the sticker sheet.
I traced it on cardstock.
I cut on the lines I traced on the cardstock.
I took the sticker off and stuck it to the cardstock.

Here is how it looks on the cover!

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Here's the October Album 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, October 22, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Lydell Quin

Lydell Quin is featuring our October Main Kit today with a step by step layout tutorial!

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Welcome to MCS today.  I have a Tutorial to share with you.  I thought I would show you quickly how I created this Page.


I had lots of Artsy fun with this page, and you can see it morph with the layering in the pictures below.
It really is a layered piece!


First I used stencils and brown Ink to add some texture to the background.
Then I added paint and sprayed with water and dry brushed it on here and there.


I used a bottle lid stamped in india ink, to leave circles around the page, with some black drips added with a dip pen dipped in the india ink.
I wrote words, drew scraggly circles in varying sizes and just made marks.


I hand cut some letters for my Title from the Paper in the kit, and I painted them with the Shimmerzy Paint!  Gorgeous!

I pulled out elements that would work.
a doily
the hexagonal chip shapes....which I painted with crackle texture paint, and then green paint, then Shimmerz Paint.
The ribbon (olive green organza)
A title that matched what I wanted to say
A flower I pulled apart and sprayed with Shimmerz 


Then I started fiddling about with the layers and the placement of the bits and pieces.



By this stage I wanted to take it back a bit, and tone down the strong colour.
So I swiped gesso over the background, and used the end of the paint brush to made circles all around, with the Shimmerz Paint , framing my focal area of the page


Lots and lots of texture.


I let that dry and adhered down all the pieces .


Here's some of the layers and embellishing close up.
I stick little bits here and there to create groupings and fill spaces.
Little pieces of left over string, Folded ribbons
Little labels and strips cut up
and little stickers....
(I adore those owls.  You can use the 'Owl' sheet of paper in the kit and cut out the sweet little owls and you can have owls forever!!!)


I wrote my journalling on strips and cut it up to place down the side of the page.




It changed a bit over its production, but I liked how it came out in the end.
And I almost gave it up several times,  I set it aside, and kept going back to it, because I loved the colours with the striped Paper.....I learned two things.....1- sometimes it pays to persist......and 2- almost anything can be saved....sometimes you just need to set it aside, and come back to it with fresh eyes.

Hope you enjoy this kit this month!



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Here's the October Main Kit:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Create Paper Ruffles with Punches by Sandi Clarkson

Sandi Clarkson is featuring our October Limited Edition Kit today with instructions for creating her paper ruffles on her pretty pink layout!

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Hello, everyone! Sandi here with you today to share how I created the fun ruffles on my pink "Lucy" page! I don't do that much punch work anymore but I wanted to do something a little bit different and this is the very first thing that popped into my head! 


I've used primarily the Prima Coffee Break Aromatic Blend paper along with 4 inches of side B of the Cup O' Joe paper (pictured in lower photos.) Trim everything into 2 inch strips, 6 of the pink and 2 of the black and white.


 Then I began using some random border punches being sure that they were all of a similar nature and that none were a deep-edged punch. 


I began laying them out until I got a rough idea how I wanted them to be. You can see here that I initially planned to perhaps place a black strip at the top.  Later, I decided to go all pink at the top and let the black and white paper serve as a petticoat effect at the bottom. 


Then I made tick marks on my pink card stock on both the right and left margin at 1.5", 3", 4.5", 6", 7.5", 9", 10.5" and of course 12" being the last marker.  Once you have your tick marks, all you have to do is start taping your pieces your pieces down. I fiddled with mine a bit to ruffle the bottoms upwards once I had a rough idea where my photo and embellishments were going to be placed. 


I forgot to take a final photo until I was further along in my process but here is one as I was getting ready to do some inking with my stencil and black ink. Ruffles is certainly one way to give your layout a girly look! 

Thanks for coming by and taking a peek! 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Come Play Along with our October Sketch Challenge for a Chance to Win!

Our October sketch challenge is up and running!
We would love to have you join in the fun.

Have a look at this month's prize package:

We are excited to get this beautiful prize into the hands of our randomly selected sketch challenge winner!

Here's the sketch:

For a chance to win the prize package, create a layout based on this sketch using any products you'd like to use. This challenge is open to everyone, everywhere (you do not need to be a kit club member!) and ends at midnight (EDT) on November 14th.

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Step by Step Mixed Media Layout VIDEO Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

Marilyn Rivera is treating us to a step by step mixed media layout video tutorial today featuring our October Limited Edition Kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Marilyn work her magic...

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You can see more of Marilyn's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the October Limited Edition 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Look Into Design Process by Heather Binnie

Heather Binnie is walking us through her design process today with our October Creative Kit!

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Hi everyone!

Here are my instructions for the pages I made for the fabulous My Creative Scrapbook October kit. 

2nd Place:


I first sprayed the background with a gold ink mist.

I wanted the columns to be at different heights to represent "1st", "2nd" and "3rd" place. Because Trent was in 2nd place for the Pinewood Derby, his picture is in the middle.

For the left column, I punched a tag hole in the orange background and tied a ribbon around it.

I used the sticker with the 3 leaves to again represent "1st", "2nd" and "3rd.
I added the rick rack at the bottom.

I put the rounded leaf tag sticker on a piece of cardstock and cut it out so it wouldn't be sticky. I used a generic, yellow brad to adhere the tag to the piece of purple.

Lions, Tigers and Bears:


For some reason, I had the hardest time coming up with a clever title for this. The colors in the photos were perfect for the paper. We were at the Wildlife Museum (which I call "The Museum of Death") and at the end we came across this cute lion cut out that the kids really (well, Kat did) wanted to  stand behind and get their pictures taken.

I couldn't think of how to use "fall" and "lions" together but then a commercial came on TV (because I always have the TV on. I can't function unless I'm multi-tasking.) about the Wizard of Oz. That's when the title idea came to me and then the rest of the page came together.

I had to find that scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy is about to meet the Lion. I found it on Youtube and wrote it down. That became my title and since they found the Lion in the woods, the leaves as accents were perfect. One of those leaves is on a 3-D dot.

I rounded the corners of the mat behind the placemat to match and then I rounded the corners of the white cardstock to match.

I added the cute bunny on a postage stamp sticker to make sure it stayed friendly and cute.

Bunny:


In first grade, my son was a bunny in a play. I think it was a play about trolls and for some reason he was the bunny.

I knew that I wanted to use the picture because of the colors and I really, really wanted to use the cut off strip from the papers. I like to re-use things. :) If you've read my blog before, you know I don't like throwing things away that I could possibly re-use; and that means cut off strips. Seriously.

I used the cute little fox side of the paper to help emphasize the age of my son and the fact that he was a cute bunny. The corner is rounded on the inside to help your eye follow right down to his cute little face. (Yes, I used "cute" 3 times in that paragraph. Well, now 4)

I carefully cut off the strips from the paper and lined them each up with a button.

I added some leaves on 3-D dots and added the title.

November:


I'm not going to do a lot of instructions on this one. You've already seen it twice. It was on the Blog Hop from the 5th and then it was used as part of the sketch challenge on the 16th.

I think you get it. ;)

Thank you so much for reading and tagging along. Have a great night.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Painted Background Tutorial by Guest Designer Stephanie Buice

We are so happy that Stephanie Buice joined us again to guest design this month. Today she's featuring our October Main Kit with instructions for creating her painted background!

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Hi everyone, it's so nice to be here with you today to share this super easy painted background technique.


First let's gather a few basic supplies: Two pieces of white card stock, Distress Stain Daubers (I used Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint), scissors, and a napkin or paper towel.


Step 1:) Using your darkest color first, simply press the dauber down on the paper and draw some lines. You can draw separate lines but for this background I like the look it gives when the lines are all connected. Your lines should end up looking like upright zig zags.


Step 2:) Then repeat step 1 with your lighter color (Crushed Olive in my case) making sure to fill in all of the white spaces and blending the two color together.


Step 3:) After you get your color down quickly lay down your napkin on top of your ink to pick up the excess. This helps prevent your paper from warping too badly.


Step 4:) Now your main design is done! Don't worry too much about how it looks right now since you'll more than likely be covering it up here and there. Let your paint dry completely (mine took about 15 mins).


Step 5:) Once it's nice and dry go ahead and cut it out. If you'd rather just finish your layout without cutting it out I've done it like that before as well and it worked just fine. However for this layout I liked the texture and dimension that it adds to my layout when it's cut out and sewn on.



Step 6:) Once you have it cut out, decide on the placement you want it to be and then use tiny piece of wash tape to hold it to your other piece of white card stock.


Step 7:) Using your sewing machine sew your background down. I sewed in a double square so that I have the center to place the rest of my embellishments for my layout. (If you would rather just use adhesive you can skip this step).

And now you're done, See, wasn't that easy peasy!?
Now you can try this technique out with other mediums and colors, good luck and have fun.



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Here's the October Main Kit:

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