Friday, July 24, 2015

A Layout Walk-through by Sandi Clarkson

Design Team member Sandi Clarkson is up today with a closer look at one of her beautiful layouts created with our July Limited Edition kit!

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Hello, everyone! 
Sandi here with you today sharing a quick tutorial. 
I heard through the grapevine that some of you ladies like to see projects with less mixed media and more of just the papers and embellishments from the Kit. So, this layout kind of fits the bill. It has minimal mixed media and is mainly just product from the July Limited Edition Kit. 

Because I knew that I would be adding some stenciled work, I did apply clear Gesso to both sides of the  hot pink paper and let each side dry before continuing to the next. Then, instead of using modeling paste with my stencil, I used super heavy gesso which is so much whiter. It does seem to be a bit runnier and has a tendency to bleed through but I like it's white-ness. 

Anyway,  I am so happy that paper tearing has truly come back in vogue with a vengeneance, not that I ever gave it up. But I can really do it with abandon right now because it's the "thing" to do! The printed paper was torn true to how the design would be if it were still all one sheet of paper. I loved that printed paper and thought the houses and butterflies were so gorgeous! Of course laying it on the hot pink paper really makes the colors and designs pop even more!  



This close-up shows how the white core is dominant which I generally prefer. It kind of depends on what I'm doing … and I do go back and for the using it and not using it. That black piece of twine is from my stash. I've had it for 100 years! You probably have some too! 



I had so much fun working on this center cluster and really piled on the layers! Lots of paper. chipboard, flowers, feathers, netting, parts and pieces from the Kit. Omigosh! There was tons of product in this Kit and I was determined to use it all! 

You can see in the background where I used my butterfly stamp. My original intent was to stamp the butterfly and then fussy cut them but I have been a super busy girl this summer and opted to try them this way and was very happy with the look! 
Did you notices chipboard layered on chipboard? Yep, you can do that! 

Anyway, that is my very quick two cents for today! I encourage you to rip that paper! There is always more where that came from! It's only paper. 
Don't be afraid .. it's fun! 
Thanks for coming by. 

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Sandi’s beautiful work.

Here's the July Limited Edition Kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to Make Pinwheel Embellishments by Lynn Shaffer

Design Team member Lynn Shaffer is up today to share how she created pinwheel embellishments with our July Creative Kit!

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Lynn here with a tutorial on pinwheels!
I loved making these cute pinwheels! 

Here is how I made them. I cut a 3inch x 3 inch square.

I drew lines in the corners about an inch


I then cut up the lines

Fold one corner and attached a button or you can use a brad! 
Voila! A simple embellishment :) 

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Lynn’s beautiful work.

Here's the July Creative Kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Start to Finish Layout Video Tutorial by Michelle McDonald

Design Team member Michelle McDonald has prepared a start to finish video tutorial for you showing how she created this stunning layout with our July Limited Edition Kit!



You can see more of Michelle's fabulous work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the July Limited Edition Kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Monday, July 20, 2015

Taking Better Photos by Tracy McLennon

Design Team member Tracy McLennon has some photography tips for you today!

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Taking Better Photos: Part 1~

Today is my first of hopefully many, mini photo tutorials to try to help some of you out there to take better photos easily!

Get Closer/Zoom In:

Seems simple right? But it can make such a huge difference in your photos. When people ask me what they could have done to make their photos better, it's often the first thing that come to mind. Get closer or zoom in. This mainly pertains to photos of people or pets, but can also help when shooting macro images.

When you are taking portraits, you have to remember what the focal point of the image is. It's the people, not the pretty garden or scenery in the background. Not to mention that when you use your zoom, it is far more flattering than a wide angle shot.

This is my first sample. Zoe was kind enough to model for me. The first shot is typical of what I see. A horizontal shot showing the full length of the person. There are times that you do want a full length shot, like a wedding or prom. With that said, not all shots need to be full length.


So for the second image, I walked closer, zoomed in AND rotated the camera so that the image is now vertical. The focal point is now Zoe, and not the scenery in the background.


Another real world sample that most people could relate to would be taking photos at your child's Christmas concert. I see it EVERY time. People, way back in the audience with their point and shoot cameras trying to take photos of their children from their seat. Here is why your photos will not turn out:

1. Normally the person is shooting with flash, as you are indoors. The average point and shoot camera flash will only reach about 12 feet. It will not reach your child on stage.

2. When you use the zoom AND the flash, it makes the scenario in #1 even worse. When you zoom in, the amount of light being let into the lens becomes less. Meaning you need even more light from the flash, which wasn't working for you in the first place.

3. Being in the audience, your camera's light meter is metering for what your flash will reach, which is people's heads in front of you. Again not your child on stage. So the stage will look very dark.

This is what you need to do. Get out of your seat and walk up in front of the stage. Don't worry about the other people taking photos, their photos aren't turing out anyway :) Now your flash may reach. You can always try turning off the flash and being very still. This all depends on how dark the room is, and how bright the stage is lit.

Here is another sample of simply zooming in.


My final samples show the same image in 3 steps of getting closer. Thank you to my snow day pajama models! Wide angle shot, showing too much background. The girls are not the focal point.


The second image I walked closer and zoomed in slightly. It's better, but you still have some background that you don't need. Plus the PJs are a little distracting.


Finally we have a beautiful winter portrait. The focal point are their beautiful faces, and not everything around them.


Good luck and happy shooting!

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view Tracy’s beautiful work with our kits.

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Friday, July 17, 2015

You're Invited to our July Sketch Challenge!

Our July sketch challenge has gone live, and you're invited to play along!  Check out 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 July sketch:


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

All of the details plus DT samples for inspiration can be found on the My Creative Sketches blog >>> HERE<<<

We can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Start to Finish Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Design Team member Marta Lapkowska has prepared a start to finish video tutorial for you showing how she created this gorgeous mixed media layout with our July Limited Edition kit!

What a treat to watch Marta's design process! :)




Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Marta’s beautiful work.

Here's the July Limited Edition Kit:


For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Traveling with your Kit by Christine Meyer

Design Team member Christine Meyer designed with our July Creative kit while on the road!  Today she's sharing how she made that happen :)

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Hi My Creative Scrapbook Fans! Christine joining you today with some unique tips! Last month I got to take a week-long road trip with my husband.  Because of some different issues (hello broken washing machine) I didn't get my design team projects done with the kit in advance of leaving.  So I grabbed my Creative Kit and a few supplies and took it along.  I didn't know if I would actually get anything done but it was worth a shot.

Here's what I learned, with the right tools in hand it is possible to do a lot from the road.  I actually got the better part of 3 layouts done and cropped hundreds of pictures!  Here's the supplies I took along:

Travel Supply List:
-Hard cover plastic case
-Paper Trimmer
-Scissors
-Circle Punch
-Adhesive Runner
-Glue Ball Point Pen
AND of course
-The July Creative Kit

My Creative Scrapbook has such good comprehensive kits that you really need little else to create beautiful projects!  Here's the layouts I did from the road:

For each one I wrote in the different parts that I did while we were driving.  

This one was the easiest to do from the road!

Not sure I would have made time to fussy cut all those waves if I would have been sitting at home!

So if you are setting out for some long drives this summer, grab one of your kits and see if you can't knock out some fun projects too!

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Christine’s beautiful work.

Here's the July Creative kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Start to Finish Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Marilyn Rivera

If you would like to see how Design Team member Marilyn Rivera created this gorgeous mixed media layout with our July Limited Edition kit, you're in luck!

Marilyn prepared a start to finish video tutorial for you :)





Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Marilyn’s beautiful work.

Here's the July Limited Edition Kit:


For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Monday, July 13, 2015

Spotlight on our March Sketch Challenge Winner

Have you submitted your entry for our June sketch challenge?
You still have time to play along, but hurry (deadline is July 14th at midnight EST)!


We LOVE to see the faces and designs of our members and contest winners!  This is Åsa Johansson, winner of our March sketch challenge.

Åsa created this beautiful layout with her winnings:


Thank you, Åsa, for sharing your photos with us!  We're so happy that you enjoyed your prize.  We love hearing from our challenge participants and are thrilled to feature you on our blog.

So, who is going to be next... will it be YOU?

Have a look at this month's prize package:

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


Here's the June sketch:


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

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Design Process Video by Guest Designer Karan Gerber

Guest Designer Karan Gerber is featuring our July Limited Edition kit today with a video look into the design process of one of her layouts!



Here's Karan's completed layout:


Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Karan’s beautiful work.

Here's the July Limited Edition Kit:


For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook July 2015 Kits

It's REVEAL day!

We are so thrilled to reveal the My Creative Scrapbook July kits today!  From summertime, to travel, to everyday moments, our kit lineup this month is sure to help you preserve many cherished memories.

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook July 2015 kits:

July 2015 Main Kit

July 2015 Creative Kit

July 2015 Limited Edition Kit

July 2015 Album Kit


July 2015 Summer Fun Add-on Kit

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We have some fabulous guest designers to introduce!  Be sure to check our their kit work in our design team gallery.  You're sure to be inspired!

Melissa Phillips

Melissa is a returning guest designer for My Creative Scrapbook!

Melissa was born and raised in American Fork, UT. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she and her husband moved to Southern Nevada where they currently live with their little girl. After the birth of her daughter, Melissa wanted to make handmade Thank You notes to send out and became hooked immediately on card making. It all spiraled from there and has become a wonderful and rewarding part of Melissa’s life. “I love creating things for other people, and I enjoy the process of working with my hands to turn ordinary paper into something heartfelt. My loves are card making and altering anything that sparks my interest. I enjoy every minute of it and I love to share my creations with those I love.”

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Karan Gerber

My Name is Karan Gerber and I am addicted to scrapbooking. I reside in south western Ontario, Canada, with my family. My husband, Glenn of 20 years and our two boys; Elijah 18 and Galen 15. My passion for this hobby definitely shows in the projects I love to create and you will often see the faces of my loved ones on my layouts. I love to create tags, cards, altered canvas; mini albums. I love creating all kinds of paper projects. But my true love lies in 12x12 layouts. I love chunky and lumpy. I can best describe my style as detail oriented of which i love to incorporate textures and layers of dimension whenever i can. From canvas, paper, to chipboard, fabric. I enjoy tucking tags for journal spots and hidden elements that the reader can pull out and learn more about the people in the photo.

I am currently on the Design Team for Heartfelt Creations and teach workshops in cardmaking and scrapbooking at two large scrapbook stores in Ontario. I am so thrilled that Pam has invited me to Be A guest Designer here at My Creative Scrapbook and I hope my creations inspire you.

My Blog: http://karangerber.blogspot.ca/

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A big THANK YOU to our guest designers!

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My Creative Scrapbook is currently accepting new members!
Subscription information can be found here: http://mycreativescrapbook.com/join-the-club/

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Sketch contest reminder:
The deadline for submitting your sketch contest layouts is the14th! Don't miss out on your chance to win the fabulous prize package.  The details can be found on our sketch blog at http://mycreativesketches.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July SNEAK PEEKS!

It's SNEAK PEEK time!

The girls have really rocked our kits for July... just wait until you see the full reveal on the 5th.  In the meantime, we're very excited to share a few peeks at what Pam and the team have been up to!

(As always, click on the pictures to see them larger)

Our July Main kit sneak peeks:







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Our July Creative kit sneak peeks:







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Our July Limited Edition kit sneak peeks:







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Our July Album kit sneak peeks:

by Angel Rodrigue


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Let us know in the comments what you think of our July sneaks!

Now that you have a peek at what's coming, don't forget to reserve your kits :)
Please visit MyCreativeScrapbook.com for more information.

See you on the 5th!