Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Start to Finish Main Kit Layout Process Video by Kelly Barron

Guest designer Kelly Barron has another clean & simple layout process video for you today, featuring our April Main kit!




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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Start to Finish Main Kit Layout Process Video by Kelly Barron

Guest designer Kelly Barron is back today with her third April Main kit process video!




Check back tomorrow for another video from Kelly! :)

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Monday, April 25, 2016

How to Create a Handmade Stitched Element by Jaclyn Rench

Design Team member Jaclyn Rench is featuring our April Main Kit today with step by step instructions for creating a handmade stitched element for your scrapbook pages!

Here's Jaclyn...

If you follow the trends in scrapbooking, you know that hand stitching is back in style in a big way!  While the results are fun and offer a homemade touch to your project, it can be quite time consuming to commit to this technique.  So, today I'll show you a fun way to add an embroidered element to you page that makes a statement but doesn't require a big investment of time.

Here's a look at the embroidered heart I worked into the design of one of my April Main kit pages...


Framing out the heart with one of the Simple Stories chipboard frames gives it more presence on the page, and keeps it from getting lost amongst the other elements.

To start you'll need:
a scrap of cardstock.  (Here I've trimmed mine to fit neatly behind the dimensions of the chipboard frame.)
a punched shape to trace (you can also freehand your design if you wish!)
a pencil
embroidery thread
a small needle
paper piecer

Begin by laying out your design.  If you're using a frame, as I did, you'll want to lay that atop your scrap cardstock for proper placement. Then lay your punched piece in the center.


Now, using your pencil, trace lightly around the punched heart, creating a stitching guide.


The next step is to poke the holes in your paper.  You can do this with a paper piercer, or the actual needle you will use for your stitching. My stitching runs vertically through the heart.  With that in mind, start at the upper left portion of the design and poke a hole.  Following that placement, you'll want to poke a coordinating hole directly below that one, along the traced design.  Here's an example of that - where holes 'A' and 'A' coordinate, 'B' and 'B' coordinate, and so on.  Complete piercing the holes throughout the remainder of the design.


Now, it's time to stitch! A good way to secure your stitching to the back of your project is with a bit of washi tape.



Continue your stitching, up and down the design, matching up the coordinating holes, until it's complete. 


Here's a look at the full page in which I incorporate this fun technique...


Now you have a fun handmade element to add to your page!  I hope you'll give this technique a try and share the result with us!

Please visit our Design Team gallery to view more of Jaclyn's inspiring work.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

How to Create a Scalloped Accent by Tracy McLennon

Design Team member Tracy McLennon is sharing how to create a super fun scalloped accent for your pages using bits and pieces of leftover paper!

Here's Tracy...

I created this layout using some bits and pieces leftover from my April Creative Kit. The scalloped/fish scale accent is one of my favourites to use up smaller pieces of patterned paper.


The middle section of my layout is 7” wide.
The circle punch that I used was 1.75”.

I started at the bottom with a strip of the blue patterned paper that was 2x7. Then I made lines up the white cardstock above at the 1.75” mark, then 0.8” above that, and so on with the 0.8”. This will give you a staright line, so your circles won't get off kilter.

My first row of yellow circles get glued down. The next row starts with a half circle, 3 full circles and then another half circle. The third row, all 4 full circles, and so on.


Continue the circles up as far as you'd like.
You can create this look with any size of circle. It just depends on how many circles you would like to deal with in the end.

A little narrow matted strip of the striped patterned paper covers the top of your circles. I cut 2 pieces of pattern for the sides, and that's about it. Add a few embellishments and your matted photo and you are finished!


Thanks for stopping by to check out this simple little tutorial.


Please visit our Design Team gallery to view more of Tracy's inspiring work.

Here are our April Kits (click to enlarge):

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Clean & Simple Main Kit Layout Process Video by Kelly Barron

Guest designer Kelly Barron is back today to share another clean & simple layout process video featuring our April Main kit!




Check back next week for more inspiring videos from Kelly! :)

Here are our April Kits (click to enlarge):

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Home Decor Altered Frame Tutorial by Misty Willis

Our guest designer Misty Willis is sharing how to make a beautiful home decor piece with your kit leftovers in no time at all!

Here's Misty:

With some of my left over embellishments from the Limited Edition kit, I decided to make a hanging photo frame.

I have plenty of frames that have no glass that I use for various projects.  I got one from my stash and put it to use.  I have created a step by step tutorial on how I transformed a plain black wooden frame into a "Work of Heart"!







Please visit our design team gallery to see more of Misty's beautiful work!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

How to Get Perfect Splatters with Mists by Audrey Yeager

Our guest designer Audrey Yeager knows how to create perfect splatters on her pages, and today she's showing exactly how she does it.

So, get your mists out and get ready to drop, flick, and tap some fun color onto your pages!



Audrey designed with our Main Kit this month. You can see her beautiful pages in her video and also in our design team gallery!

Here are our April Kits (click to enlarge):

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Start to Finish Shabby Chic Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout Video Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

We are in love with this precious mixed media scrapbook page that Design Team member Marilyn Rivera created this month with our Limited Edition Kit!  Enjoy watching her design process in her start to finish video below!




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Friday, April 15, 2016

Start to Finish Limited Edition Kit Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Design Team member Marta Lapkowska created this gorgeous scrapbook page with our April Limited Edition Kit.


Amazing, right?! She's even treating us to a process video so that we can see exactly how she created it!


Please visit our Design Team gallery to view more of Marta's inspiring work.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Start to Finish April Creative Kit Layout Tutorial by Lee-Anne Thornton

Hello! It's Lee-Anne here today and I would love to show you how I created this layout with the April Creative Kit and some circle paper punches.


Kit Supplies
Snap Cards
Yellow Polka Dot Patterned Paper (For paper strips and matting the photos)
Butterfly Paper (handcut a green, yellow, aqua and pink butterflies)
Stickers (Spring Banner, Bloom Where You Are Planted, It's A Beautiful Day Today! and Butterfly Circles)

Additional Supplies
12X12 sheet of white textured cardstock
Adhesive - tape runner and dimensional foam dots or squares
Craft Paint Or Mist (I used Heidi Swapp Colorshine in Mustard Yellow)
Paper Trimmer
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Circle Paper Punches (in a variety of sizes if possible)
Scalloped Circle Paper Punches (in a variety of sizes if possible)
Collage Maker For Photos (I used Turbo Collage on my iphone, but any collage maker will do)

Instructions

Cut the yellow polka dot paper in strips with a paper trimmer and adhere to top and bottom edge of the 12X12 sheet of white textured cardstock.

Add paint or mist splatters to the top left, top right and bottom left of white cardstock as shown. Be sure paint or mist is dry before moving to the next step.


With the Snap Cards, which are included in the kit, select several colors and sizes of snap cards.




Punch the selected Snap Cards with circle paper punches and scalloped circle punches.



Using the pencil and ruler, draw pencil lines across the 12X12 sheet of white cardstock as shown.


Hand cut the punched paper circles in half with scissors.


Arrange the paper circles, that are cut in half,  flush along the pencil lines being sure to overlap and alternate colors.



When you are satisfied with the placement, adhere the paper circles down with adhesive and if you would like, add some dimensional foam dots or squares to the backside of some of the circles to give more dimension.

Create photo collage and print.

Mat photo collage with yellow polka dot paper and adhere to the page using dimensional foam dots or squares.  Make sure that the matted photo collage is beside the punched paper circles as shown.

Fussy cut the four butterflies and adhere to the page with foam dots or squares.

Add circle butterfly stickers to the page with foam dots or squares

Add Spring Sticker Banner to the page as shown and also the the other stickers as shown.

Your layout is complete.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try. Happy creating!

Please visit our Design Team gallery to view more of Lee-Anne's inspiring work.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April Main Kit Scrapbook Page Process Video by Kelly Barron

Our guest designer Kelly Barron excels at white space design.  Just look at this sweet layout that she created with our April Main kit!


Kelly has a start to finish video for you today!



Please visit our Design Team gallery to view more of Kelly's inspiring work.

Here are our April Kits (click to enlarge):

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Start to Finish Limited Edition Kit Layout Process Video Tutorial by Sandi Clarkson

Design Team member Sandi Clarkson is up today with a beauty of a Limited Edition kit layout along with a step by step video tutorial...look at all of those fabulous layers!




Please visit our Design Team gallery to view more of Sandi's inspiring work.

Here are our April Kits (click to enlarge):

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Start to Finish Limited Edition Kit Layout Process Video Tutorial by Michelle McDonald

Design Team member Michelle McDonald has taken our breath away once again with her stunning Limited Edition Kit designs.  Today she's sharing a process video for this beauty!




Please visit our Design Team gallery to view more of Michelle's inspiring work.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club April Kit Reveal + Guest Designers

It's time for the April REVEAL!

Our April kits bring you a beautiful array of perfectly coordinated products for documenting your family, friendships, seasonal memories, celebrations, and more.  With delightful colors and a gorgeous variety of embellishments, you're sure to love creating with our lineup of kits.

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook April 2016 kits:
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Are you a member of our kit club?  Subscribing ensures that you will have beautiful kits like these delivered to you every month.  Now is a really terrific time to join!  For more information, please visit us at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

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Announcing our FOUR wonderful April guest designers!

Welcome back, Guest Designer Kelly Barron!
My name is Kelly and I am so excited to be a guest designer for My Creative Scrapbook. I am married to my best friend Mike, and we are blessed with two teenage children who keep us on our toes!  I have loved all things crafty for as long as I can remember.  My mother taught me how to cross stitch and latch hook, and they both were things that I loved to do throughout my childhood.  I have also dabbled in cake decorating and crochet.  I stumbled upon scrapbooking when my son was born in 2000 and have been in love with the hobby ever since I started.  There is just something so special about playing with pretty papers and embellishments that is just therapy for my soul, with the added bonus of documenting our lives.  My focus in scrapbooking is to document the little things, the everyday moments, and the stories that I don't want to ever forget.  If I am not scrapping, then I am usually reading or knitting. I have a couple of projects on my needles at all times, and always try to keep a small project ready to travel. 
Blog: http://kaybeetoo.blogspot.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiMbKy8p0ib5wug27fd9v1Q
Facebook: Kelly Barron
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaybeetoo/

Welcome back, Guest Designer Audrey Yeager!
My name is Audrey Yeager and I am currently a stay at home mom to Charlotte (6) and Kyler (4).  I spend my days pretending to be a domestic goddess, when actually I am doing some kind of craft project (or playing Candy Crush) while the dishes are piling up in the sink.  I was the recent owner of an online scrapbook store, but decided to close it down so that I could get back into my hobby more!

I have been scrapbooking for about 8 years or so, and I have changed so much in my style and design process over the years.  I am currently loving using my die cutting machine, using bold patterns and colors, and layering and stitching everywhere!  And of course I always have some distressed edges and mist splatters somewhere on my page, too.

In addition to scrapping, I am a big quilter.  I like to switch up the two hobbies to keep me from getting burnt out!  I also love to play volleyball, watch sci-fi movies and TV series, play video games, and the occasional workout or run here and there.  

I am so honored to be guest designing for My Creative Scrapbook this month!

Welcome back, Guest Designer Patty McGovern-Pugh!
Hi, my name is Patty McGovern-Pugh. I lived many years in Dallas now I live in Topeka, Kansas. I started scrapbooking when my daughter was born. I love being creative and working with all the beautiful papers, embellishments and trims to create layouts, mini albums, altered home decor items and custom albums. I have designed classes and taught scrapbooking in multiple scrapbook stores and at scrapbooking conventions. I am published in the Scrapbooking for Dummies book. I have a son age 20 stepson age 20, daughter age 27 and two darling grandkids! I love the My Creative Scrapbook kits and I am honored to be a Guest Designer for this wonderful kit club. Their are so many talented designers on the MCS team. You can find me at PattysCustomDesigns.com

Welcome, Guest Designer Misty Willis!
I am Misty Willis,  a 39 year old mother of five...(3 boys & 2 girls)...aka Mommyof5kidz.   I have been scrapping for over 19 years since I became pregnant with my first child.  My style has changed and evolved over the years, but if I had to put a label on my style, it would be "Clean with Layers".  I have experimented with every technique, medium and new idea out there...but I have found myself to stay true to the clean layered look.   I like to put emphasis on my photos, while utilizing my papers and embellishments in such a way that it helps to convey the story that the photo is trying to tell.   I like to pay attention to the detail.   One thing I stress to new people starting out in scrapping is the importance of journaling.  My journaling is usually hidden behind a photo or tucked away in a secret place within the layout...but I ALWAYS journal.

I do mostly hidden journaling, not because I don't want to share my memories, but because I am VERY LONG WINDED! lol...and I do actually TELL the story.  I believe that the story is important...because when I am 80 with a failing memory, I will NEED those words to jog my memory!

I used to scrap in hopes that someday, when I am gone, my kids will be able to look into their photo albums and know that I loved them with all of my heart. Now, with the death of my oldest son, my scrapping has taken on a whole new purpose.  Scrapbooking my memories is not just a hobby for me, it is my mission. 

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