Monday, May 22, 2017

Ocean Love with Laura!

 Hey there!  I am sharing a new process video today showing how I created this page using the My Creative Scrapbook May main kit! I think this may be my favorite page of the month!  Mainly because it turned out exactly how I had hoped and that rarely happens!

I had this photo on my desk for a few months and in my "to be scrapped" pile for a few years.  So I was super excited to see the tropical flowers and flamingos in the kit this month!

I started my page by cutting a semi circle from the yellow polka dot paper to use as a sun.

And then I stitched all around it and added in some rays.  The rays alternate in length for a bit of interest.

I decided that this blue and white chevron paper might make fun "waves.  I opted to leave a hint of the white on the top of them, thinking that is sort of looked like white caps.  Yes, it is a bit of a stretch but I am taking creative license! ;)

Next came embellishment cluster and there was so many gorgeous pieces to choose from!  My most challenging part is narrowing it down, but not too narrow!

I wanted to balance the white stitching and the white in my title so I added a tag hand cut from scrap cardstock.

A die cut piece and the DIY Thickers combine to make the perfect multi font title - you know how much I love those!  I opted to leave the Thickers plain old white on this page and I think it works perfectly!

Final steps included journalling and a sprinkling of white mist.

You can see my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.

Supply List: (From the Kit) Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" patterned papers {bite sized bits, day dreaming, think with purpose, pie in the sky}, pea pod parts, puffy stickers and label stickers; DIY Thickers; Pink Paislee "take me away" buttons. (From my stash) Mr. Huey's mist {opaque white}; crochet thread; Staedtler black fine tip pen; CTMH black ink; One Canoe Two date stamp.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Process Video from Katty!

Hi, My Creative Scrapbook fans!  Design Team member Katty Miranda is treating us to another fabulous process video today. check out her Layout using My Creative Scrapbook Main Kit!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

WaterColor with Lee Anne!

Hello friends! Today I would like to share a tutorial with the May Creative Kit on how to create an extra large title on a layout using an electronic die cutting machine, watercolor paints and paper strips.
My Creative Scrapbook May 2017 Creative Kit

You will need the following supplies:

Basic Supplies

12X12 sheet of white card stock
Black fine line marker
Clear gesso
Electronic die cutting machine (I have a Silhouette Cameo)
Foam adhesive tape
Paper trimmer
Sewing machine (optional)
Small glue dots
Tape runner adhesive (I used my Scotch ATG gun)
Photos (I used two)
Watercolor paint set (mine is a very inexpensive set from Michael's)
White acrylic paint
Wide bristle paintbrush

Kit Supplies - (from the May Creative Kit)

Easter buttons 
Patterned papers
Phrase stickers 
Pink alpha stickers 
Puffy stickers 
Stickers (from the sticker sheet)

Download the May cut file, that is included with the kit, and trace it on your die cutting machine software. Type out the words "Easter Memories" and enlarge the words making sure to add some space between the word "Easter" and the word "Memories" so that two small photos can be added later. Cut it out on white card stock with the electronic die cutting machine. 

With the cut out title is still on the cutting mat, take the wide bristle paintbrush, and the clear gesso and paint the gesso around each letter and let dry. 

Take the watercolors, dipped with water,  and paint around each letter alternating colors. For my layout I used green, blue, yellow, pink and peach. Let dry.

Take the white acrylic paint and a little water to thin out the paint and dip the paint onto the paint brush and flick some of the paint onto the watercolored background. Let dry.

Turn the white card stock background over so it is wrong side up.

Cut several paper strips, with a paper trimmer, from the scraps of patterned paper in the May Creative Kit about 1/2 inch wide by about 3 inches long making sure that the paper strips are long enough to cover the back side of each letter and still have enough space to adhere the paper strips to the wrong side of the white card stock. Be sure to alternate colors.

When all the paper strips are adhered to the wrong side, flip the white card stock right side up and with the black fine line marker and a ruler, draw around each letter. This will make the letters stand out more.

Add photos to the space in between the word "Easter" and the word "Memories". Adhere.

Add the pink alpha stickers in between the two photos making the word "family". Add a flower puffy sticker to dot the "i" and a pink heart sticker. Machine stitch through the pink alpha stickers to ensure they stay in place.

Place the dark pink "happy" phrase sticker to the top left hand corner of the layout above the letter 

Place the mint green phrase sticker "blessed" below the left photo and center it.

Place the light pink phrase sticker "happy day" under the right photo and center it.

Cut a 1/2 inch wide by 12 inches wide paper strip from the multi-colored striped paper. Machine stitch.

From the sticker sheet of the May Creative Kit, use one of the egg stickers as a template, trace around it with a pencil and fussy cut out two more egg shapes.

Fussy cut a small pink egg from the egg patterned paper.

Fussy cut three butterflies from the butterfly patterned paper. One will be placed near the bottom right hand corner, one will be on the left side of the left photo and one will be on the right side of the right photo.

Cluster the two large fussy cut eggs and the small fussy cut eggs and pop up the small egg with foam adhesive. Add to the bottom right side of the page and tuck into the multicolored striped paper strip. 

Add the date with the black fine line marker.

Add the bunny, egg and chick shaped buttons to the center of the A, O and both R's in the title. Adhere with glue dots.

The layout is now complete.

The paper strip technique is a great way to use up the scraps of paper from the kit and the watercolors accentuate the title even more.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this technique a try with your paper scraps.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Textured Layout with Keren!

This is the third layout I created as a guest designer  this month for My Creative Scrapbook using their Limited Edition Kit.

Watch the video below to see how I created this layout:

Here is the video tutorial:

Here are some close-ups:
I love creating texturized beach themed layouts and adding real shells I've collected at the beach.

Thank you so much for visiting me today
Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Disney Dream with Madeline!

This photo has been sitting on my desk for quite a while (cough, cough...six years), so it's about time that I scrapped it! The discordant colors of our shirts had me pushing it aside, thinking I'd never find the "right" papers to pull it all together. I was wrong, because the gorgeous array of bright papers in My Creative Scrapbooks Main kit for May were perfect. 

All of the papers, die-cuts, puffy stickers and frames are by Jillibean Soup (Bowl of Dreams collection) and part of the Main May kit. Also from the kit are the white Thickers from American Crafts. Cardstock is Bazzill. 

Although my layout is titled, Disney Dream, the design can be easily tweaked to fit your own photo(s) and "theme". 

Here we go:

1.) First, cut (6) 9 X 1 1/2 inch strips from the following patterned papers: Dream Big, Make Magic, Think With Purpose (cut twice, used both sides), Pie in the Sky, and Aim High, ink edges, arrange the strips rainbow-like, and adhere all to a sheet of white cardstock cut down to 11 x 11 inches. 

2.) Then adhere to the center of a 12 X 12 sheet of Pie in the Sky (floral) patterned paper:

3.) Next, prepared your photo and frames. (I used one frame for my photo, and a second as an accent.) Adhere photo to the backside of the "bloom" frame. Adhere Pie in the Sky (floral) paper to the backside of the green patterned frame.

4. ) Then, arrange prepared frames, staggering placement, as shown below:

(Another option is to use the second frame for another picture, but overlap only slightly so as not to obscure the focal point of the photo.)

5. ) Now, add puffy sticker and die-cuts (dream-catcher, feathers, flowers, and greenery): 

6. ) Punch small shapes (hearts, stars, flowers, etc.) to embellish above and/or below the row of patterned paper strips. (I used a Mickey head punch to coordinate with the theme of my page.)

7. ) Adhere punched shapes and title. For an eye-catching mixed title, use a combination of Thickers and die-cut words, and accent with a punched shape.

And there you have it! If you choose to use this page as a jumping off point, I'd love to see what you create and how you make it your own. ;)

Thanks for stopping by the blog, and as always, happy scrapping!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Process Layout with Aimee!

Hello MCS fans! Aimee here with you today to share a layout step by step tutorial. I had the pleasure of working with the colorful and Springy Creative kit. It was just a delight to work with as I love color and I tried to get as many colors on this layout as possible! I love the way it pops right off of the white background.

Happy Spring

And here is a view of that gorgeous Creative kit that I used:

Step 1: cut about 6 strips of pattern paper

Step 2: adhere to background paper and run through sewing machine to create lines across each strip of paper with the exception of the "happy spring" strip. Gently run your finger under each strip to curl the edges up. Just please be careful to not give yourself any paper cuts as we all know those stinkin' things HURT!! ;)

Step 3: layer a couple of pieces of pattern paper or card stock and adhere to your photo

Step 4: add some pop-dots to the bottom half of your photo. You won't need to add them to the top because of the raised elevation of the strips of pattern paper already on your layout...adhere to layout.

Step 5: Fussy cut a tag and some flowers.

Step 6: Adhere the tag directly under your photo using pop dots on the right side of tag. Add your flowers, heart punch and Happy Spring sticker banner.

Step 7: cut out a triangle of the flower pattern paper and adhere to the bottom corner

Step 8: cut two strips of pattern paper. Adhere the pink polka dot strip down first. Then adhere 3 pieces of ribbon on top. Use pop dots on the back of the rainbow stripes piece and adhere on top of the polka dot paper and ribbon. Add flower puffy sticker.

Step 9: add butterfly sticker, puffy "shine" sticker, and the "life is sweet" sticker around the top left of your photo.

And you are done! 

Thank you for visiting us today and I hope you enjoyed this step by step tutorial!

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