Friday, April 18, 2014

Saving Paper when Layering by Angel Rodrigue

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Angel Rodrigue is up today with a tutorial featuring our April Main Kit!

Here's Angel:

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Ever wondered how you can make your paper go further in your kit? Well if you like to use alot of paper like I do then you just might want to watch how I did the Honey Bee layout for using the April Kit..

I always start out with a base cardstock.(I like the sturdiness of it).
Then I picked two sheets I though would look nice together.

I then cut the inside out using my paper trimmer I put it about a inch inside the mark and do this all around.

Then I take the next sheet and  do the same trimming the sheet down a bit first so it leaves a boarder as shown below..

Then I use  the back side of the first drop off piece .

Then the reverese side of the last piece that was dropped off..
There you have it the look of 4 layers using only two sheets of paper.
This lets you use the back and front sides as well for those of us that like both sides..

Then you add your photos and embellishments the way you like..

Here is a few close ups of my finished layout..



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Be sure to take a look at Angel's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the April Main 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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You're Invited: April Sketch Challenge!

Our April sketch challenge is up and running!
We would love to have you join in the fun.

Have a look at the yummy 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 and ends at midnight (EDT) on May 14th.

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

We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Altering Flowers with Washi Tape by Kristin Greenwood

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Kristin Greenwood is up today with a tutorial featuring our April Album Kit!

Here's Kristin:

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I love getting white flowers in my kits.  There are so many possibilities for techniques you can use with them!!  You use ink, mist, paint, stamping, embossing, glitter or just leave them white :)

I am going to show you yet another fun technique I used, using the flowers and washi tape that are included in the Album kit this month!
First step it to take one white flower and pull all the layers apart.

Use the washi tape and cover one of the petals on the flower.

Cut off the excess washi tape by cutting around the edge of the petal.

Repeat this process, until all the petals are covered.

Finish the flower by placing a My Minds Eye brad, that comes in the kit, in the center of the flower!

I used this technique on a few of the flowers and added them to the mini album I created.



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Be sure to take a look at Kristin's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the April Album 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, April 15, 2014

Fun and Colorful Background Techniques by Missy Whidden

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Missy Whidden is up today with some fun and colorful tips featuring our April Main Kit!

Here's Missy:

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Hey, everyone!  It's Missy here with you today.  This month's Main Kit has a set of white glitter Thickers in it, and when I saw them, I knew I wanted to try something different.  Instead of using them as part of my title, I decided to use them as part of my background design.  Let me show you what I'm talking about.  It's easy and pretty fun!  Here's what I did:


Here's my layout using this technique.  I like that the Thickers are white, so you can do anything to them.  I wanted to create the blue color of pool water since I converted my photos to black and white.  I used simple watercolors here to just paint right over the letters.  I used a paper towel in some spots to blot color, and if it was too light, I just kept painting over it.  This creates some amazing textures, and it's a fun way to jazz up your background with something besides patterned paper.


Here are a few close-ups.


Here are three more layouts I created using the April Main Kit.  It's FULL of bright colors...perfect for Spring or Summer photos!

One note on this first layout here...to create the background, I took the plastic off a 12x12 stencil I had lying around, and I sprayed mist all over it.  I sprayed water next and then used a brush to mix it up all over the plastic.  Next, I laid white cardstock over it and used my hands to smooth it all over.  When I picked it up, this was the result!  A nice watercolor effect in a random pattern & shape...PERFECT for pool photos!  Easy and fast!  (A tip on drying:  I hold my paper upright as I'm using my heating tool.  I also heat the back.  This helps to keep my paper from warping.  I turn the paper different directions as it's drying.)


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We can't wait to see what you create with these beautiful kits!

Have a great day!

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Be sure to take a look at Missy's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the Main 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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Detailing Tips by Sandi Clarkson

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Sandi Clarkson is up today with some tips featuring our April Limited Edition Kit!

Here's Sandi:

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Hello, everyone! Sandi here with you today sharing a few design detailing tips using the My Creative Scrapbook April Limited Edition Kit featuring lots of great Crate Paper, Prima, Studio Calico and more! 


I thought a little bit of ruffled paper "lace" would look great on one of my pages and selected a neutral paper "scrap" from the kit along with one of my fave Martha Stewart vintage doily punches. 


I cut a strip about 1 and 1/2 inches wide and then used my punch along one of the long edges. 


Next I took a Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick) and inked the punched edges. 


Then I moistened the paper with a small mister of water.  If you don't have a mini-mister, any small bottle you have on hand  will work just fine.  At this point, you can either pleat your paper or "gather" it with your hands as I've tried to do.  Both ways look great! 


When that was done, I took one of my photos and put a strip of Tacky Tape at the bottom on the backside.  Then I lifted the protective red strip and attached my paper ruffle carefully.  I also placed some corrugated cardboard on the back of my photo to "lift" it off the page since the ruffle gives you some nice dimension under the photo. 


Turn your photo over and there is your lovely ruffle! These paper ruffles are also great for attaching to a small circle of paper and creating a lacy flower! 


This is how it looked when my layout was completely done. 

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While I'm here, I thought I'd share a few steps in how I prepared the alpha embellishments on my "Forever Friends" page. 


After preparing the basic edges of your layout, use molding paste and a flat spatula to add texture to your page where you plan to attach your alphas. 


This is how mine looked at that point. Dry with a heat gun or allow it  t dry naturally. 


Next add some Viva white crackle paint .. or whatever you have in your stash! Crackle paint needs to dry naturally for the best results, so you'll need to wait a few hours before moving on. I love the look this gave to my page, so it was totally worth the wait. I've also applied the Crackle paint to the edges of my layout as well as on a few of my other elements. 


Then sprinkle some mist drops in whatever color you like  or have on hand by removing the uptake nozzle from your bottle and flicking or tapping on it. 


Then begin adding your alphas in a random pattern, some going horizontally and some vertically. 


Spray out a bit of your mist if you want to alter the color of your letter as I did. Paint it on. 


After adding color, I used more of the crackle paint, this time on my alphas. After that dried a few hours, I added some Sno-Tex from my stash for a nice, frosty feel. The Sno-Tex has also been added to a corner of the page to complete the wintry feel. I know most of us are tired of the long Winter but I like using a Kit in slightly unexpected ways. 


And this is my completed page! 

Thanks for coming by today and letting me share. 

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Be sure to take a look at Sandi's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the Limited Edition 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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook + PageMaps = WIN a Kit!

We're thrilled to share that My Creative Scrapbook is sponsoring the current PageMaps sketch challenge!

YES! This super pretty April kit is the prize!

From the PageMaps blog:
For your chance to win this awesome kit, create a layout based on the sketch below, using any products you'd like. Your layout must include at least one photo, a title and journaling. To enter, add a comment to >> this post << with a link to your layout. This contest ends at midnight (MST) on Sunday, April 20th, and is open to everyone, everywhere!


We LOVE PageMaps and are so excited to see everyone's takes on the sketch.
Yippee!!

Some of our design team girls couldn't resist playing along:

by DT Member Mary Ann Jenkins

 by DT member Angel Rodrigue

by DT member Kristin Greenwood

Remember, you have until midnight (MST) on Sunday, April 20th to link your layouts up on the PageMaps blog.