A few years ago I gave up sending handmade Christmas cards (we were sending almost 80 then) and started making photocards. On a nice November day, I put the kids in their matching Christmas pajamas, get out the Santa hats, and we do a photo shoot. Then I upload the pictures to Shutterfly, pick out a card template and order the cards. I used the Scrapbook Circle December kit for this layout of our photo shoot:
Archive for November, 2008
I have some very creative scrappy friends on the Design team here at Scrapbook Circle, they inspire me to greater heights. One thing I’ve noticed is their use of things that are not necessarily scrapbook items, (cardboard, silk flowers, etc…) My tip of the day (or challenge) is to think outside the box. Look at your regular or crafty items and think of other ways to use them. My example happens to be seed beads & brads, I used them to make my cranberry garland & balls on this Christmas tree:
I would love to see what you come up with! Please come share in the community….. (in the photos section.)
I can spend a lot of time on one layout or card. Sometimes I have to leave my project alone and come back to it later-possibly days later! When this starts to happen often, I realize I am starting to burn out and I need to do something different. That is when I go back to keeping it simple. I might use minimal patterned paper and minimal pre-made embellishments.
I love being able to get something accomplished without pressuring myself for perfection. It brings back my passion for creating. Decembers Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for whatever your style may be. I love the mix of traditional, modern and bold patterns in the kit and the embellishments can take you any direction you choose. Oh! And don’t forget about the Pink Paislee Add-ons-the kits are incredible and fun!
I could pretty much use bling on every layout I do! I LOVE it! The Kaiser Orange Rhinestones that come in the November kit are a perfect embellishment for any layout! I love that they are different sizes so you are able to “bling” in a variety of ways…On the layout above I added a little sparkle to the ribbon and below framed the side of my layout to show more interest in the shape of the paper. Who says pumpkins can’t sparkle? I used Candace’s idea last month of layering your papers to make a design and knew it needed a little something more…why not bling? The colors were perfect for the pumpkin and it gave my layout that much more depth.
did you know that you can make your own chipboard? Yep, and here’s how. (If you are using a punch or die cutting machine this works especially well) You cut your shape multiples of times. Then glue them together. That’s it Easy Peasy! Here is an example of what I used this TIP for this weekend. (click on tip) For my tree I cut it out 4 times, it gives stability and a textured look. Enjoy!
Have a layout where you just need to get all those photos on and still make it look good? Here’s a tip: Crop them all down to their various sizes — they don’t have to be the same size, just crop away. Then, choose a pp or cardstock color that will match your background paper (the actual 12×12 paper you are scrapping on). Start arranging all your pictures on the pp or cardstock, leaving a 1/4 inch border on the outside only. Make sure your pictures all overlap. Make a fun, random pattern. Then, cut out a 1/4 inch border all the way around your collage of picture and you have one massive photo to put on your scrapbook page! Here is an example.Good luck!
Here is an easy and fun project for the Holidays. This would be a really fun project to do with your kids too. Using non-traditional colors makes this full of interest and flair. Of course, traditional Christmas paper would also look fabulous This project was created by Jeff Rudell at CraftStylish.com.
A styrofoam wreath form of your own choosing (roughly $3 to $5 at most craft suppliers)
A hole-punch (A 3-inch-diameter punch was used here)
A hot glue gun
Once you finish the outer edge, add a second course of disks to the inner edge, again, gluing them in place.
A fourth and final course of disks is then added to completely cover the wreath form and hide it from view.
The addition of some 1/2-inch, tricolored “berries” (punched from red, fuchsia, and burgundy paper) along with a wide ribbon from which to hang it completes this project in no time. Mr. Rudell suggests when you’re done with your first wreath, made a second or a third and hang them in groups of three or five.