Thursday, May 21, 2015

Step by Step Layout Tutorial by Sandi Clarkson

Sandi Clarkson has prepared a step by step layout tutorial for you today featuring our May Limited Edition Kit!

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Happy May, everyone! Sandi here with you today to share my Build-a-page on my "Joy" layout created with the May Limited Edition Kit. This is a photo of my daughter, her hubby and their friends when they took a West Coast trip last year. The photo quality isn't all that good but I wanted to scrap it for her anyway as a memento! 


First, I cut a square out of the center of the undermost paper to save it for later use. 


Then I trimmed about a 1/4 of an inch all the way around the actual base paper. I distressed the edges heavily with my Distrezz-it-all. 


After adhering it to the undermost paper, I tore a few strips from that square I cut earlier. I had already decided to place my photo in the upper right to cover the image of the lady that is printed on the Blue Fern Studios Montage paper. While she is lovely, it didn't work for my photo. At this point, I stopped to apply clear Gesso where I knew I would be adding wet medium. 


Then I adhered the two large flowers and laid my photo on top, making sure that it was going to look okay and to see if my two chipboard dangles from Blue Fern Studios were going to fit in as I envisioned them. 


I coated my chipboard with white Gesso and then added color with Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge and accented with Tim's Vintage Photo. Later I applied Ranger's Crackle medium and let it air dry overnight. After that I applied some ink and worked that into the crevices.  Looks divine IRL. 


Oh, then the fun begins! There is a fabulous Prima stencil in the Kit called Fading Florals. I mixed some white paint into my molding paste and applied it to my background through the stencil. While it was still wet, I scattered on some microbeads from my stash. 


 I adhered the remainder of my flowers and coated them with more of those same microbeads. 


I used watercolors and then ink to colorize some of the leaves, fussy cut them and tucked them into my florals on the right side of the page. 


I fussy cut the wee basket of flowers from one of the papers and used it to balance the page. (Had to add microbeads here, too!) Then I added color around my photo with some Lindy's Stamp Gang mist and using a watercolor brush. I tucked in some gauze here and there, added a title and a few finishing touches. To wrap things up, I dabbed white Gesso on everything to blend! 

Thanks for coming by and letting me share! I hope you were able to scoop up this amazing Kit. If not, be sure to subscribe and never miss another Kit! Tell them Sandi sent you! :) 

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Here's the May Limited Edition Kit:


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Step by Step Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial by Marta Lapkowska

Marta Lapkowska has prepared yet another amazing start to finish video tutorial to share today!

You're sure to be inspired watching Marta design her lovely serene layout with our May Limited Edition Kit:


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

Here's the May Limited Edition Kit:

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Monday, May 18, 2015

May Sketch Challenge!

Our May sketch challenge has begun and we'd love for everyone to join in the fun.  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 May 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 June 14th.

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Create a Rainbow Style Background by Christine Meyer

Christine Meyer is featuring our May Creative Kit today with a colorful tutorial!

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The colors in this month's Creative Kit are just so vibrant and playful - I focused a lot of my projects around playing with the colors.  Christine joining you today and for today's tutorial I am going to show you how I created this rainbow style layout.


The first step was to trim a piece of each color patterned paper.  I did 9 X 1 3/4 so it would be close to a square in the center.  I then layered those on a piece of cardstock and cut it out.  Then I had one big piece instead of trying to keep things straight and even on my own!

Next I added my matted 4 X 6 picture and some stickers to the top left corner. Hello Sunshine serves as a title and is enhanced by the sunshine and cloud stickers beneath it.

I then placed stickers below the photo in the opposite corner and added "Beautiful Spring" as a subtitle.

Using a 1 1/2 inch circle punch, I punched a ton of these circles - you'll need 7 on each side.

Start lining the border of the rainbow area with these, tucking each circle about half way under.  This will create a scallop like border.  Add foam adhesive pieces under the part sticking out to make them pop up and add some extra dimension.

Add journaling/doodling and any finishing touch stickers, brads, and chipboard to finish the whole thing off.

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring day!

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

Here's the May Creative Kit:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All About Pocket Letters by Tracy McLennon

Tracy McLennon is featuring our May Main Kit today with a Pocket Letter tutorial!

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You may have already heard of the new papercrafting craze that is Pocket Letters. For me it's part scrapbooking, and part a homage to my pen pal days as a child in the 80's. There are websites and Facebook Pages dedicated to Pocket Letters and bringing matches together.

You start with your match, and from there you decide on themes, whether it's a one time or continual trading match, and likes & dislikes for the goodies that come along with it.

Pocket Letters are a great way to use up scraps of patterned papers and embellishments. So when I was finished creating layouts with this months kit, I sat down and used some of the leftovers to create this Pocket Letter.


So what we all start with is a Trading Card page sleeve. You can pick these up at your local dollarstore, stationary store, or mega store.

Then you start creating, I look at each pocket as a mini scrapbook page. I love layered design, so I create layers of cardstock and patterned paper. Then I add embellishments.



The pocket size is just shy of 2.75x3.75. However for me, I cut my pieces no larger than 2.5x3.5. This is because I like such layered design and thicker embellishments. This leaves a little more room in the pockets for the dimension.


It's very free form, and I even find it relaxing. Because, often you are not working with photos...you just get to work with the papers and do what you would like. Not restricted really.

Once you have your pockets finished, I will often add washi tape to the binding area to make it a little prettier.

Then it is time to add the goodies for your swap pal in the back of the pockets. Just little goodies they might like, or to go along with your chosen theme. Then you are ready to mail it out!

Everyone loves to get happy mail, instead of bills in their mailbox.


Thanks for stopping by, and check out the new rage of Pocket Pals online, you could meet a whole new crew of crafty buddies all around the world.

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

Here's the Main Kit:

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Monday, May 11, 2015

How to Make a Mini Album Spine by Angel Rodrigue

Angel Rodrigue is featuring our May Album Kit today!

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This month I got to play with the album kit! I just love Pam's Album Kits!! If you have not seen them Please go check them out at My Creative Scrapbook!

The album came with rings and I did not want mine that way so I created a spine and made my own little book. I am going to show you how I did that..

First of all here is the album I did..

To see inside pages go to My Creative Scrapbook Gallery or visit my blog at Scrappalace.blogspot.com.

Here is the Back of the book.

To get started you will need some chipboard and score tape along with some sheets of black Cardstock.
First I cut two pieces of chipboard at 5 1/2 inches x 5 1/2inches  and the spine piece at 5 1/2 long by 3 inches wide. I then placed them on my table in the order they will go. Then added score tape on the spine and on the covers as shown here..

Then I cut out a piece of black cardstock about 4 1/2inches wide by 5 1/2 inches to place over the spine and overlapping the covers as shown below. Then folded the book closer to make the crease in the cover. Do not fold the book the opposite way cause it may tear your cardstock.NOTE: I did front and back the same so it can be stronger.

Then cut a piece 2 inches wide by 5 inches long and score at 1/2 inch on each side as shown.then flip over and add score tape to the middle. You will need three of these for your pages..
Before adding the piece above to your spine I covered my whole cover in black cardstock. then I adhered the pieces above in the middle of the spine spacing them out even.as shown below.

Then added score tape on the back flap of each piece as shown below.


Then I covered each chipboard page with black cardstock.


Then I added each page to those flaps above pressing them down to be sure they stuck to the score tape. Once you done it should look like this.

Now you are done with that part of the album and you can now decorate as you wish.. Hope I explained well enough for you to be able to recreate your own mini album..

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

Here's the May Album Kit:

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day (and site maintenance)

We would like to wish all the mothers out there a very happy Mother's Day!

Our website is currently being worked on to make it even better for everyone.  Please bear with us during the maintenance.  It should be back up soon :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Kits Reveal!

It's REVEAL day!

My Creative Scrapbook is super excited that the day has finally come to reveal our May kits.

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook May kits:

May 2015 Main Kit

May 2015 Creative Kit

May 2015 Limited Edition Kit

May 2015 Album Kit

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We have a brand new design team member to introduce this month!  We loved her guest designer work with our kit last month, and we're sure you'll agree that she's a great addition to our team.


Tracy McLennon

Hello, my name is Tracy McLennon and I live my crafty life on the east coast of Canada in Nova Scotia. My world consists of my talented band teacher husband, my 2 beautiful step daughters and our crazy rescue pooch Kya. I have been a scrapbooker for about 17 years now, I adore papercrafting! I would say my scrapbook style would be clean, classic and layered. Currently I design for May Arts Ribbon, DecoArt and I am the new DIY Crafting Bride columnist for DIY Wedding Magazine.

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Welcome, Tracy!

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We also have some really terrific guest designers to introduce!

Melissa Phillips

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.”

Lynn Lefebvre

Hi everyone! My name is Lynn and I live in a small town in Northern Ontario Canada. I am married to the love of my life and we have two girls and two Siamese cats. I discovered the wonderful world of scrapbooking about 12 years ago and like most of you, I am totally addicted! I cannot imagine my life without doing something creative.

I am thrilled to be a Guest Designer this month at My Creative Scrapbook. This kit was a joy to work with and I am so grateful for all the ladies at MCS for inviting me to be part of the team this month.

You can visit my blog at http://stscrapbooker.blogspot.com

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A big THANK YOU to our guest designers!

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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

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Kit Sneak Peeks!

It's SNEAK PEEK time!

Our designers have been hard at work preparing incredibly inspiring layouts, cards, and projects with our May kits.  We're so excited to share these sneaks with you!

Take a peek at our May Main Kit:


And some Main Kit projects:

by Lynn Lefebvre 

by Melissa Phillips

by Brenda Cazes

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Take a peek at our May Creative Kit:


And a couple of Creative Kit layouts:

 by Lynn Shaffer

 by Kristin Greenwood

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Next... our May Limited Edition Kit:


And some Limited Edition Kit layouts:

 by Yuko Tanaka

by Yuko Tanaka

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Take a peek at our May Album Kit:

by Angel Rodrigue

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Now that you've had some peeks at our May kits, what do you think?! The full kit reveal is coming up on the 5th... be sure to check back then!

Don't forget to reserve your kits.
Please visit MyCreativeScrapbook.com for more information.