This week I have a very easy page. Scrapbooking does not have to be difficult and take ages to do. I have been doing a 8 x 8 album for my son’s baby album. I have used an 8 x 8 scrapbook album kit, Rugged Baby Boy, from Creative Memories and it has been very quick to complete as the pages are beautiful and do not need much embellishments at all.
For this page I have just added a title sticker to the page and matted the photo on a StoryBox photo mat.
Here I have just added a photo mat as the paper has a pattern on it and I did not think it need more embellishments.
My plan this year is to complete a 12 x 12 album for James so will spend the holidays sorting his photos out in order. I have decided on the Rugged Power Palette Range as the colours work in well with James and the colours in his photos. So this should keep me busy for the next few months. The bigger pages should give me more scope to add more embellishments and photos.
I will keep you posted.
I love taking photographs of flowers, and especially like how the light falls on flowers creating a contrast of light and shadow and bringing out different colours not always apparent. I used to do watercolour painting and used these photos as a basis for my paintings. Now I am in the process of putting the photos into an album. Here are a couple of large photos that I have trimmed down a little and put into a double page spread. It has been quite a challenge with large photos so I think it has turned out well. The Reflections Range of papers and embellishments complement the colours of the roses and also go well with all my flower photos – and I have a lot and still counting now I have a lovely new camera. Sigh… It will keep me very busy for a long time! At least I have my Memory Manager 4.0 to keep my photos organised on my computer.
Here are the two pages side by side. I have linked the two pages together with a Reflections Range Ribbon and also cut out images from my photos for balance and alternated the outdoor roses with the roses in the vase. As you can see I love flowers and couldn’t resist a little flower on the ribbon under the journalling. I have finished off with a sentiment from Creative Memories and some Enchanted Epoxy Stickers.
Everyone has their own style and I am very much a “square” person and everything has to be balanced. I am trying very hard to be more “freestyle” but it is an ongoing battle.
I also look a the photos themselves and the colours that are in the photos. Here the complementary colours of pink and green help bring the photos alive and stand out. I have never used a colour wheel and am instinctive about how I use different colours. However, a colour wheel can be a very useful tool if you are unsure about how to mix colours together.
Here are the pages in separate images.
Creative Memories card stock – Green
Creative Memories Reflections RibbonsCreative Memories Reflections flowers
Creative Memories Reflections Storybox Journalling page
Creative Memories Enchanted Expoxy Stickers
Creative Memories General Purpose Scissors
Creative Memories Simply Beautiful Sentiment
Creative Memories Tape Runner
Here is the finished painting for your information.
Many thanks for visiting and I hope you get some inspiration for your own crafting.
Please check out my latest creations using my StoryBook Creator 4.0 under Digital Creations. I have put the instructions on this page for your information. I really enjoy using this software and find it very easy and flexible to create the most amazing layouts. I also find that the kits give me good inspiration for my own traditional scrapbooking.
Creative Memories StoryBox packs and embellishments make great cards and are really easy to do. Here are some of my examples that are already on Pinterest, but please feel free to repin them from this site.
As you can see the Power Palette Ranges provide an easy way to coordinate colours and embellishments for simple but effective cards.
Welcome back to my blog.
I have recently attended a VIP Roadshow and one of the projects was this layout. We were given a basic layout template and then it was up to us to put the embellishments to finish the page. Here is the original template
Instructions for my layout:
1) One sheet of 12″ x 12″ Designer Print Paper – Enchanted as base
2) I used the straight blade of my 12 -inch Rotary Trimmer to cut a 10 x 28 cm sized rectangle from the red 12″ x 12″ Embossed Paper – Enchanted. I then rounded the four corners with the Corner Rounder. This rectangle was then placed on the Designer Print Paper base about 1.5 cm from the top edge and 10 cms from the left edge of the base.
3) I used the Border Maker System and the Twinkle Chain Border Maker Cartridge to cut a pattered border out of the red Embossed Paper – Enchanted. I trimmed this chain to fit on either side of the rectangle.
4) I chose a green coordinating peice from the Storybox Photo Mats & Journalling Boxes – Enchanted and placed this over the red Embossed Paper – Enchanted about 2.5 cms from the left hand side and about 6.5 cms from the top.
5) I then used my Custom Cutting System – Circle Patterns to cut a circle from a red piece from the Storybox Photo Mats & Journalling Boxes – Enchanted. I then placed this circle on the lower right corner of the green piece. I put a landscape photo onto the green sheet and then using the Custom Cutting System – Circle Patterns to cut the portrait photo into a circle and then placed it onto the red circle.
6) I then cut a strip of green Paper Ribbon – Enchanted approximately 23 cms and placed it under the red twinkle chain border and this went over the red rectangle as well.
7) I used one of the journalling squares from the Storybox Photo Mats & Journalling Boxes – Enchanted and placed it on the upper right corner and then wrote about the photos using my Dual-Tip Pen.
8) Finally I have used the Paper Ribbons – Enchanted and Epoxy Stickers – Enchanted to finish the page and placed a Title Sticker – Enchanted under the landscape photo.
I am still making a lot of Christmas cards. This time I have used some old watercolour paintings that were rubbish and then stamped on them and used my custom cutting set to cut out the images. I am quite pleased with the results.
For this card I have used a landscape painting with hills and far trees and stamped my tree on the top. For the snow effect I have used Liquid Applique and dusted this with fine glitter for a touch of sparkle. I then cut out an oval of dark green card and placed it over my image. I then used Peelcraft stickers for the corners and edges.
This another card using a watercolour background. This one used a plain sky background that I had painted years ago. I have used the Liquid Applique and glitter again to create the snow effect. My custom cutting system is great for cutting out the matted image as well as cutting out the green card in the foreground. A Peelcraft Christmas greeting finishes off this card.
For this card I have stamped a Santa image onto a plain slightly watercoloured background. I painted the Santa image with my watercolour paints. The Santa beard has had flock applied for a fluffy effect and for the trim on the coat and hat I have used Liquid Applique and glitter. I have used a combination of red and green scraps for the background, matted greeting and the ribbon. The touch of bling is from the Enchanted epoxy stickers.
This card has another stamped image on a lightly coloured watercolour background. I have painted the stamp with my watercolours and then I have matted it on a green card using my custom cutting system. The base of the image needed to be covered hence I have placed the band across the card. For the grey card I have used my zigzig blade on my rotary trimmer for the fancy edge. I then placed the blue card on top and finished with a strip of green ribbon from the Noel range of products from Creative Memories. I have put three stickers from the Enchanted epoxy stickers on the ribbon. Finally I placed a Peelcraft sticker onto the card.
This rather simple card also has another tree stamped onto a watercolour background. I managed to get some hills in the background to create some depth to the image. Once again I have used the Liquid Applique and glitter to create snow on the tree. This time I have stamped Merry Christmas onto the image and then cut it out using my custom cutting system. I used a scrap of green patterned paper for the background and then finished of with a strip of ribbon from the Noel range (which sadly is being discontinued, but the new range of Nordic and Be Merry is just as good) with some bling from the Enchanted epoxy stickers.
I love the blue and grey tones on this card. I have stamped the tree with blue (actually it was not meant to happen but still turned out great) ink onto a lovely watercolour hill paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to stamp it evenly so covered the blank areas with the stamp of Peace and a flower from the Reminisce range from CM and with a black sticker from the Enchanted epoxy range. I then cut out the image and matted it with blue card using the custom cutting system. The lacey edge is made from using a punch from Fiskers and layed using a lovely cream metallic paper and a silver grey card that I had in my scrap drawer. I then cut a piece of the same blue card approximately 1 inch in diameter and topped it off with a piece of the metallic paper using the deckle blade on my rotary trimmer. To finish of I have stamped the greeting and then placed some Kaisercraft blue rhinestones.
Materials used in these products:
Creative Memories rotary trimmer, custom custom cutting system, Noel range of ribbons, Enchanted epoxy stickers Reminisce flower
Kaisercraft Christmas Sentiments and Turtle Dove stamps
StampinUp green and blue papers
Happy crafting and catch you again soon.
Green and blue card stock from Timbrels in Upper Hutt
Scrap cards and papers.
Today I will be showing you how to make the Christmas tree. As you can see it is very easy to do. I have used the Enchanted range as the colours are great for Christmas.
First cut a 5 inch half circle. I have used the Creative Memories Custom Cutting large circle and the red cutter to create the shape.
Well it is that time of the year and I have started on making Christmas cards. Most of my cards have been created using CM products, but I have also used other scraps that I have had in my scrap drawer. I have also got a book out of the library with old fashioned images which makes lovely vintage type cards. All these images are copyright free which is even better.
This card has been created using CM Noel papers and a die cut. I have also used the red Enchanted ribbon which goes really well with the Noel range. The stamp is from Rubbadubbadoo.
This is one of the images from the library book. I have put a little glitter on the snow in the image. I have used my CM custom cutting system ovals to create the matted image. I have finished off with a Peelcraft Christmas greeting.
I have printed off an Enchanted paper from Storybook Creator for the background. The ribbon in the background and the die cut is from the Noel range of papers. I have used white liquid applique and shook some glitter over the top to create a snow effect.
Noel ribbons have been used here and a Noel die cut with a Santa also printed from my Storybook Creator placed in the centre. The strip on the left has been created using my CM border system twinkle chain cartridge out of Enchanted embossed paper. Finished off with a couple of Enchanted embellishments.
Once again I have used a combination of Enchanted papers and Noel ribbon and die cuts.
I have printed off an image from my Storybook Creator and backed it onto a piece of scrap paper that I had in my scrap drawer. I love the colours in this card.
This Christmas tree is a very popular image on Pinterest and is so easy to do. I have used a 5 inch circle of paper and then cut that in half. I scored about 1.25 inches along from the edge and then folded it back. I then folded that fold onto the edge and then back onto itself. Sorry about the confusing instructions but there are very good videos on You Tube. Here I have used the Enchanted bling for the tree decorations, and Enchanted papers for the background. I love these colours for Christmas cards and the Enchanted embossed papers mean I don’t have to use an embossing folder to create the dots on the white oval. The green Enchanted ribbon makes a nice edging when a piece of card is placed on top.
In this card I have used some scraps for the ribbons. I have used my Snowman punch and put them on the circles. Peelcraft greeting finishes this off.
This angel is another image from my library book and has been placed on an embossed red card and finished off with Peelcraft corners, lines and greeting. Glitter glue has been used to highlight the wings and snow.
Similar card to the last one with another image from the lovely library book. I have highlighted the snow with glitter glue.
This card is made from Noel papers and a die cut with a Peelcraft greeting.
Another ‘scrappy’ card from scrap drawer and again the lovely image from the library book.
Another card with scraps and an image from my Storybook Creator.
As you can see cards are so easy to make and it is great to use some of scraps. The library is a great source of information and images.
I took some lovely photos of a rose at the front of the house in the morning sun this morning. I was really pleased with my results. Here is one of the photos I took. I have placed this photo onto a 12 x 12 photo page and then put a page from the Baroqe digital kit. Using the Custom wand from the Cut and Fill ribbon I cut out the rose to highlight it from the background. I then used the opacity function from the Format ribbon to just leave a hint of the paper on the background of the rose. I then put a freebie sentiment on the bottom left of the page. Sometimes less is more…