Archive for February, 2011

Lifting You: Debbie

Hello and Happy Monday to you all. This week, we are lifting Debbie.

I absolutely loved her embellishment clusters and banner. That twine wrapped about the banner is such a wonderful added touch, don’t you think?!

DT members Diana W. and Heather were the ones lifting Debbie. Here are their pages.

DIANA W.

HEATHER

Both ladies did a fabulous job of using the banner element. And their embellishment clusters are fantastic. Thanks, ladies!!!

Remember, we can’t do this feature without you!! We need you to share your work on the Facebook page or with me! Send an email to dianadesigns [at] rochester.rr.com if you do not Facebook and would still like to have your work considered for this feature.

About Me Page

Most of us, scrapbookers, struggle to the fact that we scrap more pages of our family than ourselves. There are so many reason why we do this. We love scrapbooking about our gorgeous kids, adorable pets, and beautiful places we visit. But for me, honestly, I don’t scrap my photos because I lack self-confidence after I gained weight during my pregnancy.

Scrapping About Me Pages for me is the most important and significant of them all. Who can tell our story better that we do, right?

That is my new goal for this year, to scrap more pages about myself. Here is a layout that I made using the fun February Kit:


Digital elements

The digital elements of the Scrapbook Circle kits are just AWESOME!  I usually print them on white cardstock and cut them out.  But this month I wanted to try something different, I printed it out on photo paper!  The color just pops and doesn’t absorb down and get matted.  I couldn’t believe the difference.  The paper I used is matte so it isn’t glossy so I’m not quite sure of the results there.  If you want a little different twist to the digital elements try printing them on photo paper, I set my printer to the normal setting–really no need to print it photo quality.  Another fun thing that was an experiment with the digital elements was to punch the circle elements with my sunshine punch.  It gave the element more umph,  (if you look at the layout you will notice the red circle towards the top–I also used a pop dot.)

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Weekend Warm-up 2.24

I am looking ahead to a very scrappy weekend.  How about you?  I’m getting down to the last bits of my Happy Days kit, so thank heavens there have been great tips about using the precious last pieces of our kits on the blog this past week.  I have one more tip to share with you today.

Try using your punches to get the most out of your scraps.  I opted for my Martha Stewart butterfly punches (the original one and the new anywhere punch).  I punched what I could from my left over pieces and added foam adhesive to the little ones.  I adhered them to my page in a way that draws attention to my photos and my journaling. 

This is a great way to add several busy patterns to your layouts in small doses.

Enjoy your upcoming weekend.  However you spend it, scrapping or otherwise, have a good one!

Hybrid Scrapping

Sometimes terms like digi scrapping or hybrid scrapping scare some of us paper lovers away. But the Scrapbook Circle kits make it easy by including a digital download. Yes, every time you download images and print them off and include them on your paper layout, you are technically doing a hybrid layout. Not scary at all, right?! I simply printed my download on smooth white cardstock and cut out a bunch of elements and then moved them around on a layout until I found a good fit.

For this layout that meant a journaling spot and a word element for the title.

And the best part is that the Scrapbook Circle digital downloads are created to coordinate perfectly with the kit, so there’s no worry about matching colors or patterns. There you have it–a quick and painless way to incorporate some hybrid into scrapping!

One Item Wonder – Metallic Rub-ons

Oh how I loved using the Glitz metallic rub-ons in the February kit!  What a fabulous product – smooth, bold, and just the right touch of glamour and shine.  Let’s take a look at how Jennie and Lady Grace put these pretty polka dots to use.

Jennie created a patterned paper effect on this fabulous thank you card by applying the rub-on sheet to cardstock.  I love polka dots, and these metallic spots make a bold statement.

Lady Grace scattered the rub-on across her page, highlighting different areas and guiding your eye through the elements of her layout.  The look is subtle, effective, and beautiful.

If you haven’t given the rub-ons a try, what are you waiting for?  Need more ideas?  Take a tour through the gallery to see how the rest of the design team sprinkled these pretty polka dots throughout their projects, then go grab your rub-on tool and get to playing!

Lifting You: Alison

Happy Monday everyone! Let’s start the week off with another fabulous segment of Lifting You. This week we are lifting Alison.

When I chose Alison’s layout, I was drawn to her large photos, top and bottom framing of the page and all of the wonderful layering on the corners. Fabulous, isn’t it?

Alison

Alison was lifted by Diane and Elizabeth. They both did a great job focusing on putting the photo front and center, as well as the clustering of the embellishments.

Diane P. (Layout Removed for Publication)

 

Elizabeth

I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s Lifting You. As always, we’d love to see your work with the kits! Share on Facebook, and it you do not Facebook, I would love to see your pages for consideration at dianadesigns [at] rochester.rr.com.

Leftovers!

Hi Again!

Nicole here with another little tip for you using the February 2011 Happy Days kit!

Yesterday,  Heather posted about using up your scraps to make other projects, so I thought I would share some projects using some of my scraps from the February kit! Truth is, I am in a stage of using lots of little bits on this and that on my projects — which makes your kit go even farther!

For this page, I used some of the leftover parts of the rubons in the kit to scatter around the layout to fill in some blank space:

I love using little bits and pieces of bright paper , and even the rub ons to create the background to the page.  I love the scattered effect that I was able to do with them, and it made the kit go so far too!

This page was made with tons of scraps. I trimmed down some already punched out pieces of paper from another layout, and used them on this layout:

I didn’t want to part with any part of those papers in the February kit!

Don’t forget to use all your little bits and pieces too.. don’t leave anything behind!

Scrapilicious Saturday

I just can’t get enough of the February Happy Days kit. I don’t know about you but I hoard my scraps. I have always figured they could come in handy ONE DAY.  The problem is that I now have an entire drawer dedicated to old scraps that I have never used.  Well that ONE DAY is today. Instead of throwing my scraps in a draw  that I will inevitably forget about I am making a committment to those scraps to use them. I figured the most logical thing to do was to make a card with them, like the one here. 

Did you notice that I used a couple of elements from the digital download (border strip and caption)? I love that little thought bubble, which was actually my main starting point in creating this card and the Thinking of You sentiment.

 Here’s a few more ideas of what you can do with scraps:

  • Cut them into squares or circles and use them as an embellishment or lay them out as a grid on a card or layout. Even better if no two are alike but they coordinate.
  • Use a scrap with a cool design and turn it into a piece of jewelry – adhere to glass shapes with soft edges, dominoes, scrabble pieces; roll thin paper strips tightly around a needle into a ball to make beads, etc, etc.
  • Punch or fussy cut scraps into shapes for a layout or card, like stars, flowers, birds, etc.
  • Adhere scraps to chipboard shapes, letters, frames.
  • Cut them into triangles or semi-circles and string them as a banner.
  • Cut them into different size circles and layer them on top of each other to make flower-like embellishments, like the one above.
  • I could keep this list going but I want to here from you…

What do you do with your scraps?

If the answer is to put them bag in the kit bag or store in a file or drawer like me, then whip out your Scrapbook Circle kit scraps, make something with them and share them with us on Facebook. We’d love to see them!

If you are a pro at using up your scraps, let me know in the comments below what you do with them. Don’t forget to post your projects on Facebook.

Sew it on!

I don’t know about you all, but sometimes I struggle with transparency attachment. As in, I don’t know how to attach a transparency to a layout without the adhesive showing through. Some people have a really good invisible adhesive. I havent found one that is completely invisible. Sometimes I layer other embellishments over the adhesive portion. Sometimes I staple them. This time I decided to sew the transparency right onto my background:

This way I didnt have to worry about hiding little bits of adhesive behind the letters and the sewn border helps the transparency stand out.

If you have other creative ways of attaching transparencies I’d love to hear them!

:) Rebecca