Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How to Create Stunning Watercolor Techniques

Options abound when it comes to watercolor techniques and there are a huge variety of products out there.  Christine joining you today with a set of techniques for you that work great using the Watercolor Twist Pencils!  The Watercolor Twist Pencils come in three different sized packages, 12, 24, and 36.The video below features several ideas on how to create stunning watercolor techniques with tutorials on how to do each:

Here's a card that showcases how I used one of the backgrounds I created.
How to Create Stunning Watercolor Techniques
I punched the two leaves out from a watercolor background I made.  Doesn't it add a lovely, whimsical element?  The more I play with watercolor, the more I love the softness it adds.

The sentiment comes from the Child of God stamp set  from SRM Stickers and it is a versatile set great for cards and so much more. 

Let me know if you have any questions on this unique product - I'll be happy to share my experience with you!  Here's my supply list along with affiliate thumbnails - click on any of them to check out the products up close!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Anniversary Scrapbook Layout

How do you capture your anniversaries in your scrapbook layouts?  I always find it challenging, I don't want to use a Valentines collection necessarily but I would like something that fits our marriage.  When I got my hands on the "Faith" Collection from Simple Stories, I knew it would be perfect for our anniversary layout.  Our marriage is built on our Christian faith, so what better way to share that story!  I used it with the current sketch from Stuck?! Sketches!  Here's what the sketch looks like:

My favorite part of this sketch is the rows of strips...let's you run a little wild with color if you want to!  Here's what I created with the sketch:

I built the whole layout around the navy blue scheme as it is a big part of the collection and I'm wearing navy blue in the picture.  That was a different approach for me, but I really like the end results.  I do have a video that goes along with this layout and talks you thru the details and my design choices with fussy cutting, layering, etc.

Here's the video for today:
This layout definitely inspired me to pull out more of those dark colors so I can combine them with brights.  And of course to continue to capture my husband and I in layouts.  Be sure to head on over to Stuck?! Sketches and play along with us.  

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

10 Ideas for Back to School Scrapbook Layouts

Do you ever get bored with scrapping the holidays and events that happen year after year like Back to School and Christmas? I know that I do!  Because of that I am always trying to think outside of the box for fresh ideas on how to capture those memories in a different way.  Today I thought I would highlight some different ideas for capturing Back to School memories .

1) Use a Traditional Shape but Change up your Approach to it!
In this layout I used a cut file of an apple and then pulled out my circle punch to create a scalloped look on the apple.  I have a video to show you how I created this!

My original plan was to do a scalloped pencil but then I decided an apple would be really neat looking.  There are a lot of possibilities out there!

2) Create a Collage Based on a Shape, Number, or Letter and Then Build your Layout Around that.
In this example I built my collage around the letter K and stitched around it to create a border.  This is a really fun technique to use when you want to use up supplies!  Here's a video sharing how I created this one:

I have loved doing this technique for several years so I have a second sample to share where I created a collage of a heart.

This was a great way to capture a traditional school portrait and make it a little more fun!

3) Create a Play On Words for a Clever Title.
One, Two, Four, Eight...all easy grade levels to think of a phrase that fits with the year since they are homophones.  This is a pretty simple layout but includes a process video walk thru.

Despite the fact that the normal quote is "Too Cool For School" I decided to change it up making it all the more eye catching to read!

4) Use a BIG Number in the Background to Emphasize their Grade Level.
String art and stitching can be a unique way to make a big number or letter and really add flash to your scrapbook layout.  You could also use cut files, big pieces of chipboard, or do some unique paper piecing!

 5) Create Scenes on your Layouts that Revolve around School. 

There are a few companies that do themed products and do them really well - Doodlebug and Paper House Productions come to mind first for me!  You can pick up a sticker set and patterned papers from these companies and easily create themed scenes around nearly any topic!  Here you can see I used a ruler as the base for me scene and then built it from there to include a cute owl, lunch items, stars, and more.  In this case I specifically built a scene into my title!

6) Use Non-Traditional Themed Products to Fit your School Theme. 
This collection was not at all school themed.  But by cutting out the patterned paper trees to look like leaves I made it have more of a fall feel.  I also used the register style patterned paper as a background to add to the academic feel.  

 7) Use Circles to Emphasize a School Theme.
 A circular theme works really well when it comes to back to school because it takes our brain to thinking of academic things like a globe, protractor, geometry, etc.  In this case I cut my big circle out of a constellation themed paper.

8) Use Patterned Papers that Weren't Intended for a School Theme but Still Fit it.
This is a map paper from a travel themed collection but by using text to create a circle it mimics a a globe and therefore becomes a school themed layout.

9) Paper Piece a Background with a School Themed Shape.
Paper Piecing can be a fun way to make patterned paper look totally different from it's orginal form. You can use it make a shape using negative space or create a mosaic using positive space.  All of it can come together to be eye catching and unique.

10) If there's a Major Milestone to go with that Day, Focus on That Instead.
By the time I created this layout, I was sick and tired of Back to School colors, stickers, etc.  So instead of doing that I picked a completely unrelated set of supplies and emphasize a milestone that came with starting that year - new glasses!  I still count it as his 6th Grade Back to School page - but it doesn't scream that theme.

There are a lot of great School Themed Paper Craft Supplies out there - here's Affiliate Link Thumbnails to some of my favorites! Just click on them to head on over and check them out at the Scrapbook.com Store and as always - Thanks for Your Support!


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