Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Mini Album by Kristin Greenwood

Kristin Greenwood is walking us through the pages of her mini album created with our December Album Kit!


I had so much fun creating the mini album this month!!  I want to share with you some tips on some of the techniques I used!

For the cover I layered some of the embellishments!  Did you know that if you use your heat setting tool on the pearl flourish, it will stick better?  

I wanted to be able to add some extra photos on this page, so I did a waterfall technique!

Snow globes are one of my favorite Christmas decorations, this one was a little I added some glossy accents and glitter!

Layers of embellishments and a Santa I fussy cut from the pattern paper!

A black outline makes everything pop of the busy pattern paper!

Don't forget the pop dots! 

Ribbons are a great addition to any page! I used this one on the photo mat, it is going to hide something in the background of my photo!

I love the black in this kit!  I used my black copic marker to color the Pink Paislee elements!


Its ok to layer your photo mats over your embellishments! 

I used a simple (nice word for plain!) embellishment sticker as a base for my busy cluster!

After I thought I was finished with this page, it just didn't look complete!  So I added some banners!

I only wanted to use the SANTA word on the black sticker, so I layered it behind my cluster!

I wanted the last page of the album to mimic the front cover!


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

Here's the December Album Kit:

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Step by Step Layout Video Tutorial by Michelle McDonald

Our new design team member Michelle McDonald is treating us to a step by step video tutorial today featuring our December Limited Edition kit!

Sit back and enjoy as you watch Michelle's process :)



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

Here's the December Limited Edition Kit:

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

3 Cards Using 1 Layout Sketch by Nicole Doiron

Nicole Doiron is featuring our December Main Kit today with a trio of cards inspired by our My Creative Sketches December sketch!


I am happy to join you today to show you just how great and versatile
scrapbooking sketches can be!

If you subscribe to My Creative Scrapbook, 
you are probably familiar with the beautiful sketch challenges from My Creative Sketches.

Here is this month's sketch:

Even though the My Creative Sketches are primarily designed for scrapbooking pages, they can also be used as inspiration for other scrapbooking projects like cards.

Let me show you how I used this one single page sketch to create 3 unique cards with the December Main kit.

For card #1, I decided to flip the sketch around...

and started layering my pattern paper in the same designs as the sketch.

I substituted the picture spots with another piece of pattern paper and added ribbon as the vertical strip.

I replaced the heart with some flowers and added the sentiment in place of the title.

For card #2, I rotated the sketch anti-clockwise.

I started off with adding a large flag piece with the polka dot paper.

The December Main kit comes with so many beautiful tags to fussy cut 
so I used 2 of them in place of the picture spots.

Then it was time to add the embellishments like ribbon bows on the tags,
 the chipboard sentimentand beautiful flair.

Card #3 was based on the sketch in its original position.

I added a layer of pattern paper and then some embossed cardstock over it, tied in a sheer ribbon bow.


Inspired by the banner on the sketch, I added the chipboard flags with a strip of scalloped sticker border.
I then used another chipboard piece in place of the title.

I slipped a mini tag behind the cardstock, added some flowers and more chipboard pieces.

Then, I wanted to soften up my cards by adding my signature style of white acrylic paint dabs over each of them, using paint and a Martha Stewart sponge dabber. Any makeup sponge will also do.


And here are my 3 finished cards, all based on the December sketch!

I'm hoping that you'll play along with this month's sketch challenge
and save the sketch for inspiration to create other projects!


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Here's the December Main Kit:

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spotlight on our June Sketch Challenge Winner + Announcing our December Sketch Challenge

It's time for our December sketch challenge over on the My Creative Sketches blog.

But before we tell you about that, we're excited to shine the spotlight on a previous winner.

This is Julie Dionne, winner of our June sketch challenge, with her box full of prize goodies!

Julie created this beautiful layout with her winnings:

Thank you, Julie, for sharing your photos with us!  We LOVE hearing from our challenge participants and are thrilled to feature you on our blog.

So, who is going to be next?

Our December sketch challenge began yesterday and we'd love for everyone to 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 December 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 January 14th.

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anatomy of a Layout by Sandi Clarkson

Sandi Clarkson is featuring our December Limited Edition Kit today with a stepped out layout tutorial!


Hello, My Creative Scrapbook fans! Sandi here with you today sharing my little Anatomy of a Page for "Tis the Season, 2013." I only have photos (and poor ones, at that!) for about 1/2 of my tutorial because a terrible thunderstorm came along while I was working on my layout and the sky turned black as night! Oh, well. I should have known, it was raining while I worked but you can never plan those things. 

After I chose my base paper from MME Joyous "Carols," I selected a damask stencil from my stash and applied some molding paste, then used my heat to dry both sides of the paper. 

 After applying gesso to my paper to create a whitewash, I added some color to the background using Lindy's Stamp Gang Delphinium Turquoise that I first diluted with water to lighten. 

I had a random sheet of Kaisercraft green patterned paper scrap left from another completed page, so I used it here and punched the side edges with my Martha Stewart Vintage Doily punch. 

Then I started experimenting with how to align some of the papers I had trimmed from the Kaisercraft Yuletide patterned paper. This collection has so many great possibilities! I added the horizontal piece high enough that it would be seen over the floral cluster  because I wanted to be able to read it as a title. I also added a couple of doilies from my stash under the green patterned paper. 

Originally, I though my bow was going to the right of the photo but I later opted to place it on the left. It was about this time that the storm came along, so I just continued working .. placing the gorgeous red Petaloo flowers to the  right of the photo and the cream but colorized (Heidi Swapp, Charteuse) Petaloo flower to the left. I also altered the Prima resin holly with various inks and sprays until I got just the color I wanted, then added some clear and some red glitter for shine. The resin was mostly colorized with QQ PowderPuff chalk ink in Green Tea and Prima Color Bloom in Lime Wedge. The red was created with LSG Ruby Red Slippers and Red Glitter. 

Nothing is ever complete without finishing it off with white gesso to blend everything.  I've tucked in a few of the Teresa Collins Tinsel and Co chipboards pieces around the florals ... yummy! A few little Teresa Collins Tinsel and Co flags were placed under the photo.  And lastly, I added the year the photo was taken with the American Craft Thckers.

Here is the completed page:

Thanks for coming by! 


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