Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Main Kit Traditional Layouts and Project Life Spreads by Lydell Quin

Hello again,
Lydell with you today, sharing the things I created Using the Main Kit for August.  It is a lovely one to work with this month.

Check it out....


And here are the things I created using just this kit.
The first 3 you already saw if you joined us on the hop.

Layout 1
"Family"

Layout 2
"Girl Time Spent with You"

Layout 3
"Tablet Love"

Layout 4
Project Life Spread
Side a- Week 19

Layout 5
Project Life
Side b- Week 19

Layout 6
Project Life
Side a- Week 20

Layout 7
Project Life
Side b- Week 20


Layout 8
Project Life
Side a- Week 21


Layout 9
Project Life
Side b- Week 21


Not a bad production with just the one kit!!!

Hope you enjoy your kits this month.
Have a great week!


 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Step by Step Layout VIDEO Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

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

Sit back and enjoy as Marta shows you her design process!



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

Here's the Limited Edition Kit:


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Create a Gesso Alpha Background by Guest Designer Kristine Davidson

Guest Designer Kristine Davidson is up today with a tutorial featuring our August Main Kit!

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I will be the first to admit that creating tutorials scares me. Seriously, i find it terrifying LOL! i 'm not sure why -- maybe you'll try what i tried and go.. what was she thinking !!  but today, i'm sharing something i just recently tried and maybe you'll enjoy it ;-) 

First I used the Thickers  from the My Creative Scrapbook Main Kit, a piece of cardstock, gesso, paint brush, water brush and  gelatos. 

Step 1 : 
Place your thickers in a random order or create your own message on a piece of cardstock. Take an old brush and add gesso to your alphas.

Let it dry overnight. 

Step 2:
The next day take out some gelatos or watercolor paints and add them to your page. Rub on different colors to your alphas - as much or as little as you like,


I added a few selected colors to match the pattern paper i was using
 - Blue, Red and Green. I didn't add a lot of color, i just wanted a hint of it.

Step 3: 
After letting it dry for a few minutes
- the colors showed up nicely on my background


Step 4:
I added some messy sewing on my page and
started adding some papers and embellishments.

   


Overall it was a great first trial to my { Gesso Alpha Background } Something i'll probably try again to use up some of those thickers! 

Hope you enjoyed this today and looking forward to seeing your projects ;-) 
Kristine Davidson
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Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Make Die Cuts Work for your Project by Kristin Greenwood

Kristin Greenwood is up today with some tips for using the die cuts that are included our August Creative Kit:

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This month in the Creative Kit there is a package of American Crafts die cuts.  As awesome as these die cuts were, they just were not going to work with the photos that I wanted to use!  So I needed to come up with a creative way to add them to my projects!

Since it was just the design that would not work, I decided to just flip them around and use the back side!  The shapes were perfect!
I had to trim some off the arrow here to get the shape I wanted!

I just adore the surf board on this layout!

I added some of the stickers from the kit on the road sign shape!

The arrow was perfect for an extra layer!

Here are the completed layouts!



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Here's the August Creative Kit:

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

August Sketch Challenge - Everyone is Invited - Enter to Win!

Our August 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 September 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, August 15, 2014

Creative Uses of Stamps by Guest Designer Wendy Antenucci

Guest Designer Wendy Antenucci is up today with some terrific tips for using the stamps that come in our August Main Kit! Here's Wendy:

So you're not a stamper!

When I received my kit there was the stamp set from MME included, now I don't stamp, but I didn't want to not attempt to try everything in the kit. Hmmm so what was I to do with this stamp set? As I looked at the stamp set I realized that there was a great leafy piece included and it looked just like seaweed! This was the inspiration for my layout Love this Life.


I began creating my seaweed by pulling my inks that were similar in color to the green paper in the kit and stamping multiple pieces. Tip: For better images place a mouse pad under your stamping area.


I then began fussy cutting each of the leafy pieces. This for my is probably my most used element and you will find some fussy cutting on every layout I make. I use a Fiskar finger knife which gives me great control.


I then began laying out my layout; I wanted a beachy feel and cheesecloth adds great beachy texture. I grabbed some that I had laying in my box that I had previously sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Wheatfield and pulled and stretched until it fit beside my picture in a way that I liked. I also tore my cardstock to give a cloud feel to my layout and soften the lines. The white cardstock was a little bright for what I wanted so I misted the top of the page with Prima's new mist to soften the area.


I then piled my seaweed randomly in a pile to match my picture. What do you think? Does it look like seaweed?


I added in a sticker on a stick to imitate the signs you see at the beach.


Some clouds punched with my Fiskar punch and inked with a light blue added to the top of the page to give the feeling of wide open space.


A few pieces of seaweed on the bottom of the layout to tie everything together. Don't be afraid to throw in pops of color to spice up your layout - the red wasn't at all part of my design, but it added energy to my page without clashing.


Have an empty spot but your layout is complete as a design? Add a few lines and journal! I added my sons age and a heart (pop of red) for a little more interest.

But, what if you don't have beach pictures? What else can you do with the stamp set if you aren't a stamper?


Use the leftover seaweed to finish up your trail of flowers forming a diagonal line and tapering the end of your design.


Here's another stamp that I chose to use as my journaling and again to add to my design without making it too heavy.


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Here's the August Main Kit:

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Color Patterned Paper with Gelatos by Joan Bronson

Joan Bronson is sharing a fun technique featuring our August Creative Kit!

Here's Joan:

This months Creative kit inspired me to try out Gelatos! I've owned a few for at least a year; even played around with them a tiny bit; but I really didn't know what to do with them and was afraid to give them a try. I'm guessing you might have some tools in your stash that you feel the same way about.

So what finally convinced me to give it a try? My good friend and fellow design team member Kristin Greenwood recently made a layout using Gelatos. Her demonstration convinced me to give it a try. That along with the perfect piece of paper in the Creative kit was all the inspiration I needed. Yes, this is my tutorial but she really deserves the credit for this tutorial because she is the one who taught me about Gelatos.

Here is the Creative kit paper I started wih:

I was able to change the look by using Gelatos, a little water, and a paint brush.

Gelatos remind me of crayons only much creamier and water-soluble. There are many different ways to use them. This month I used a very simple technique.

First, I chose the colors I wanted to use on my paper; grabbed a paint brush, paper towel, and small dish of water. I colored a little Gelato on my craft mat (don't push too hard or you will get chunks of Gelato rather than a creamy base) then lightly wet my brush. Depending on how wet your brush is and/or how dark you want your color to be you might add more or less water to your brush. If your brush is too damp use your paper towel to dry it a bit.

Use the wet brush to pick up the Gelato color off the craft mat then color your paper just as I did. My brush wasn't too wet so my paper didn't take long to dry. When I first started I didn't think the color was showing up much but as it dried the color really set in. Still, there were a few parts of the paper I went over again because I felt the color was too light. Here is my finished layout and a close up!


I have to admit, being a member of the My Creative Scrapbook kit club has really inspired me to use scrapbook paper in whole new way as well as inspire me to try out new techniques and tools. I love it! I hope you do too!

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

Here's the August Creative 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, August 13, 2014

Step by Step Off the Page Project VIDEO Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

Marilyn Rivera is treating us to a step by step video tutorial today featuring our August Off the Page Kit!

First, have a look at Marilyn's gorgeous project:

Some more views:





Sit back and enjoy as Marilyn shows you her design process!




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

Here's the Off the Page Kit:
The Off the Page kit can be purchased on a one month sub. It can also be purchased on a three month subscription- this will guarantee that a kit is available for you each month. You do not need to be a member to purchase this 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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Elizabeth Hellum


Hello there, Elizabeth here to show you today a step-by-step layout and its process! I loved this kit and all the different elements in it. I was able to really go a different way with each layout I created and this time around, I fussy cut some flowers to create this beautiful layout!

Directions:

Fussy cut the flowers from the EP We Are Family Family Floral papers. You can use as many as you'd like! Once cut put aside. 

 

 Cut your papers to select size and place upon background papers.
Place dolie on to paper.
 

After all the papers are down, you can place and arrange your fussy cut flowers on to your page. 
 

Once you have the desired affect, you can adhere them down on to paper.
 Then you can add the Prima flowers for more texture and pop.
 To center the flowers down, I added the MME decorative buttons for the center of a couple of flowers.
 

I wanted to tie in the black from the flowers so I added the ribbon from the kit as well as backing the entire layout with some black bazzill cardstock.

 

I usually don't add my photo(s) until I am almost finished with my layout. I decided to use one photo this time around and then added a few more elements from the kit to tie it all in.


  As you can see I kept this layout pretty simple because I wanted the flowers to speak for the layout itself and the photo. I think it's a beautiful layout, just like my subject!!! Go cut some fussy flowers too!

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Here's the August Main Kit:

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