Showing posts with label Sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sewing. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

No Place Like Home Scrapbook Page

I really like this page, and have to tell you up front that it looks way better in person.  (Anyone have any great tutorials for taking photos of pages for blogs?)

This page was meant to capture a little about how excited my sister/nephew were to visit our hometown over Christmas.  They have moved pretty far away, so their visit was a really fun/large occasion for us.

I can't name all the papers, but the grey/striped is definitely from the Yellow Flowers DCWV paper pack I was celebrating a while back.  Love it!  The title is cut from the Creative Memories Reminisce Cricut cartridge (did you know that thing has a font too???? I didn't!)  Lots of stitchign involved... I used some scrap bias tape I picked up at a second-hand store to mak eth eruffles.  The diamond-shaped things are actually dark gray rhinestones in metal settings/clasps.  The ribbon strip is a plush velvet.  Overall these three things combine to make this page feel really rich in real life :)

The photo is again over-saturated (intentionally) using Picasa - I love the effect.  The lavender paper just helps tie the photo to the page.  The punches on the right are EK Success border punches.
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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Cousins Scrapbook Page

The third page from my retreat:

This was fun to assemble because of the colors I chose to use - blue/green is probably my all-time-favorite color combo, and the orange grid paper just helped make it even more fun!

You'll notice three flags again - this time with stitching too :)  Definitely a good time.  The title is cut using Alphalicious (Cricut).  The journaling spot (I know, I'll get to it eventually) is from the Creative Memories Reminisce Cricut Cartridge.  The bottom green border is EK Success Circles Large Edger punch.  The stamp in the back is from Rubbernecker Stamps, and was randomly inked with Distress Inks.  You'll also notice the zig zag stitch (I had fun with that puppy!)

The other important thing about this page is the intentionally over-saturated photos.  If I haven't said it before, I. Love. Picasa.  Picasa is Google's free photo editing/storage/organization tool.  Similar to its search engine, it comes with an "I'm Feeling Lucky" button that does some amazing things to photos.  I'd have to spend a few hours going through all the different creative features, but for these photos I used a combination of the following effects: Saturation; Lomo-ish; and Cross Process.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Reason for the Season Scrapbook Pages

This is the official beginning of pages I created at my retreat.  I had a great time this year, but it was definitely a lot of work.  I'm not sure if I'm meant for these retreats, but I can definitely promise you that I'm almost never more productive than I am when at this cabin!

First up are a few sets of pages I created using old "blank" pages that I had created a while back, but never added photos to.

There is a large part of me that really enjoys creating empty projects/creating without specific photos in mind.  I know that I'm a lot faster and (honestly, I believe this)  more creative when I'm not trying to build a page around specific photos - I usually end up liking the empty pages a lot more than the ones I create with photos.


It can really be a bear sometimes trying to match up photos to the right page afterward...  Just sayin'.  I'm going to keep thinking about this little dilemma...

Anyway, on to the good stuff!  Behold, a two page layout:


This page was a ton of fun to make - the trees are fun, it used up some old patterned paper I had lying around, and featured my favorite little man.

This page was a good exercise in thinking about complementary colors.  With those photos, it was SUPER TEMPTING to try to find a page with a ton of red in it (to pull out Elmo) - instead I focused on his teal nightcap and tried to bring in more blues to my already-very-green layout.

I'm going to re-do the journaling with some white (not beige) lined paper - but that little rectangle is stitched so I'll try to save that.

Finally, you'll see that I've really fallen in love with the idea of the three little banners up in the top-left corner!

I can't name the source of just about anything on that page, but the letters are cut out using my Cricut and the  Jubilee cartridge with the "Runt" effect.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Colour Q 127 and Mojo Monday 231

Well, I was too late to be able to submit this for Colour Q 127, but I played along with the color palette anyway! 

This card was fun to create because it forced me out of my comfort zone - these are definitely not colors that I naturally would gravitate toward, but whatever!

I had some fun paper from an old 6x6 paper stack that used these colors and I was able to finally use it, as well as (you guessed it) other old scraps and papers from my scrap collection.  I also used my sewing machine to add some interest.


Supplies: Shapes cut with my Big Shot; Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large and Classic Ovals Large sets; Spellbinder Labels 4; butterfly punches from Martha Stewart; stamp from Stampin' Up; Ink from A|Muse Studio; misc brads.

See below for the details on the two challenges: 
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Monday, November 07, 2011

Scrap Retreat Results

I returned yesterday from my latest Scrapbooking/Crafting retreat and let me tell you - I feel re-invigorated with stamping/scrapping creativity!  I know from experience that if I don't want to lose this feeling, I need to make time for myself to work on pages/cards soon - its so hard to get this feeling back once I've lost it...

The next few blog posts will all showcase different projects from my weekend.  Some I can say I genuinely LOVED - while others... they need work.  I'm going to try posting those as "work in progress" pages - meaning they're "lightly" glued down, but I'm not 100% satisfied with them and looking for ideas for how to rescue them.

So to start, I wanted to share one of the first projects I created.  The retreat was Friday/Saturday/Sunday - and after arriving and unpacking, Friday ended up being a rather short/uneventful day.  I was pretty worried about how Saturday was going to fare... but before hitting the sack I managed to turn out a few cards.

This first one features: misc papers from my scrap box, kraft base paper, Large Scallop Circle punch and stamp from Stampin' Up, colored pencils, Tim Holtz Sizzix die cuts, inked edges with A|Muse Studio inks, some pearl stickers, border punch from EK Success, old hem tape from the thrift store, and... my birthday present to myself - SEWING!  What fun!

What do you think?