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Fancy Pants Designs
Check out this post on the Fancy Pants blog for some incredible Beach Bum projects created by their Design Team.
Check out this post on the Fancy Pants blog for some gorgeous Beach Babe projects created by their amazing Design Team.
Check out this post on the Kaisercraft blog to see some of the coordinating embellishments as well as some gorgeous layouts from their Design Team.
Restocked and on our shelves you will find all of the Sew Easy products from We R Memory Keepers. So, of course, a little inspiration to use said products is in order. Check out the video tutorials below (taken from the We R Memory Keepers website).
It is Thursday again and that means so more fabulous inspiration from a Design Team member. Julie is up today and is sharing some fabulous embossing goodness with us!
This week I have 2 simple embossing techniques to share:
1. Embossing with an embossing folder
Choose an embossing folder and a piece of cardstock, tag or even a flower or chipboard embellishment. Place the cardstock inside of the folder and run it through your Sizzix or Cuttlebug. (Embossing chipboard pieces should only be used on machines designed specifically for heavy duty embossing, unless the chipboard is very thin - Cuttlebug and Revolution. It is recommended that you lightly spray the chipboard with water to make it more pliable before embossing.)
I've also embossed foil (the heavy duty kind you wrap/cook food with), as well as aluminum (I've cut pieces from disposable foil cookie sheets for example).
Embossing foil works best if you fold your foil piece in 3 before running it through your machine. For 2 reasons: If you don't and your foil is thin, it will make holes in it. And the second one is that, once it's embossed, your piece won't hold well and it will be hard to alter it with any ink because the bumps will flatten as you work with your embossed piece afterwards.
By folding in 3, you avoid all these problems and it does work very well!!
Did you know that you can emboss plastic too? And Tortillas!!!!!!!!! Yes you can!! It works great! Credit for this idea goes to «Francofun». You run the tortillas uncooked or still soft (the way you buy them) through your machine and then you cut into little squares and you bake them a bit to brown them and you have fantastic crackers, fun to serve at any party!!
Also, remember Mim's Smooch tutorial? You can alter metal (your embossed foil pieces) with Smooch or any alcohol based ink and also acrylic inks and paints!! Just give them a few minutes to dry
2. Embossing with inks and embossing powder and heat gun
Stamp your image with pigment ink and sprinkle with embossing powder. After shaking off excess powder use the heat gun to "melt" the embossing powder.
Finishing touches: I pressed ink onto my Ranger craft map and spritzed with water. I then "dragged" my tags through the ink, dried them with the heat gun and then repeated with another colour.
I then inked the edges with distress inks using a sponge applicator. I also used the applicator to go over deeper portions of the tag where there was no colour for ma resist technique. I then added embellishments..inchies, twinchies, buttons...and added twine and ribbon to finish it off. I'll probably continue to play and add to these over the next few days or when I decide to use them on a layout.
The middle tag was the one done with the embossing folder and the ones on either side were done with embossing powder. You can also do the stamping and embossing powders after dragging the tag or cardstock through the ink and drying it.
This week we are bringing you a Style Challenge. Check out what Michele has to say about our chosen style.....
The Clustering Style
For those who are new to this style or have heard of it but know little about it, basically, just think of «clustering» as its definition explains: Grouping. This style entails scrapbooking in clusters, it’s as simple as that. It’s about regrouping all elements in one or more areas of your layout, leaving the rest of the space empty. Clustering can also be referred to as Clean & Simple (although C&S is not necessarily Clustering), and I also heard the term «American style». In reality it isn’t a scrapbooking style per say, it’s more of a laying out technique.
Clustering, in its traditional form, can be extravagant by leaving a lot of empty space with only one or two small clusters; Often described as using less than a quarter of your page and aiming at that «less is more» feeling.
However this popular style evolved and the clusters don’t necessarily have to be tiny. Clustering can be created by laying out one or two or more larger clusters. You can make the empty space stand out by using a plain background or camouflage it by using a busy background or altering the plain background. It’s a matter of taste.
Some cannot handle the empty space and some drool over it. It really is a matter of taste!! And I am very pleased to present very different examples of the Clustering Style, thus reaching out to everyone’s taste!! We hope we were able to inspire you in trying out this style in your own scrapbooking layouts!
Thursday means another DT Special Assignment. Today's is brought to you by Jenn.
We've had some WONDERFUL tutorials from our DT this term, but I wanted to switch things up a little. So, for your reading pleasure I've written an article about my take on the importance of journalling!
Beyond the Words and Pictures
A journal is typically defined as a daily record of occurences, experiences and observations which may, or may not be specific group, society or profession. Journalling could therefore be defined as the action of recording the occurence, experience or observation.
In the scrapbooking world, most people journal their work for those exact reasons. They want to commemorate and/or capture the specifics of the events, experiences and observations of the memories they are preserving. Usually journalling on a scrapbook page will identify dates, people in the pictures and what the event was in the picture; these details are important and wonderful for preservation of these details. For some pages, just these basic details are all that are needed or all that a scrapbooker wants to include.
However, creativity more often than not, flows from the artist's canvas of paper, ribbon and embellishments, into the words and/or way the words are presented in the journalling. Some people create poems to serve as their journal, others write a story or narrative of the details they want to capture and some just use creative words to vividly describe the memory they have captured.
Not only is the style of writing part of the creativity, but the presentation of the journalling can be just as adventurous and creative. You may choose a journalling block, pre-printed or self stamped, and write all the details by hand. Exploring different font in hand writing can also add character to the journalling. Some people, particularily those with a very "neat and tidy" style, prefer to print it on a computer and add it to the page in a more formal way. Making the journalling more whimsical and less structured can add fun and vibrancy to story as well as the piece of art itself.
Although the words in journalling capture the details of what you want to remember, which is very important, your journalling is also be beyond the words you have written. The words which you use to describe the event, occurence and experience, coupled with the creativity of the journalling presentation show who you are and what's important to you. Both are essentials to good journalling and good scrapbooking in general.
Scrapbooking is most definitely a great way to preserve your memories, but it also a very effective way to express yourself as a person. As a scrapbooker you want to achieve both the preservation and the expression. If these weren't important, you wouldn't be putting all the time and effort that you do into the pages you create. For these reasons, always remember that the journalling is just as important as the pictures and paper you choose for your masterpiece.
So take that few moments to include some journalling no matter how short or long you choose to make it. Have fun with it, be creative and remember to make the words your canvas too!
Monday is here again and that means the team is back for another round of reveals. This week, is a technique challenge. It is all about the Embossing!
Here is a sample of using an embossing folder on cardstock and then highlighting the raised images with ink
This closeup shows an example of using heat embossing on the flag banner. The cardstock was inked and then covered with embossing powder. Using a heat gun to melt the powder gave a shiny silver finish.
I love embossing!! Since we are featuring just that this week, I used both my Big Shot and my heat gun! I embossed and double embossed several pieces on this LO to show you the different things you can do with both heat and cold embossing and the 2 combined.
Here are detailed photos to better see the embossing. Note here that the background paper (the little bunnies) is already embossed by Best Creations.
I embossed the green card stock on the backgroud of the pictures using a cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I used ink and lightly brushed it over the raised part of embossing. To add a little more definition to the embossed area, I traced the embossing with my Sakura glitter pen.
I am finally here with last week's special assignment! These Blogger issues were making me crazy!! This is not my main blog so of course Blogger would not let me sign out of mine and sign into this one. It was making me a little NUTS!!! Anyway, I am here now so let's get on with it.
This week's tutorial is from Michele and she is going to show you how to make some super fabulous Milk Carts.
The milk cart; good for any occasions. It makes a really nice gift for all ages. And it’s actually very easy to do. I’m slow; I like to take my time. And I made these 4 milk carts, including decorating and taking half of these pictures, all in one afternoon. Try it, it’s fun!! And you are bound to make someone, on the receiving end, very happy!
One 12x12 card stock or any sturdy paper
Four 6cm x 11cm (2.3 inch x 4.25 inch) leftover papers and whatever to decorate a bit
One 28cm (11 inch) piece of ribbon
Four eyelets (optional)
First, start with a 12x12 cardstock, or any paper, but choose one that is sturdy, not flimsy. Measure where your folding lines and cutting lines will be. I drew thick lines across mine to make it clear for you but you could just mark with tiny dots.
2 cm = 0.8 inch
4 cm = 1.6 inch
7 cm = 2.75 inch
12 cm = 4.75 inch
Now cut the excess off and you have something like this. Mark to round the top corners and cut the indentations on the right:
This is it:
Mark four more folding lines (the two triangles):
Score along every line:
Erase your marks:
And you have something like this:
Cut on the bottom and also the small part on the top right (that you see well on pics 2 and 3):
(I forgot to cut it earlier!! LOL Sorry, that's why it's light and hand-drawn... so sorry, hehehe)
Now fold every line:
This is what you get:
Mark 2 spots on each tab (center in the same place on both, they will line up when you glue your container together:
Pierce your four holes:
Set in your eyelets (this is optional, just holes will do if you don’t have eyelets):
Don’t glue yet but if you now fold, this is what you get; you’re already seeing your cart:
Now you can decorate as you please. It’s easier to decorate before gluing, this way you can work flat on the table:
If you want an edge going all the way around, unless you use fabric ribbon, I suggest you cut into 4 pieces (instead of one long piece); this way it will fold better in the end.
Once you have finished decorating, you are ready to glue your container. Start on the bottom:
Bring your four flaps together one by one:
Now you can glue the side:
And the top part:
Cut a ribbon (about 11 inches) and before you close the container with it, fill with goodies of course, here I have Easter chocolates but you could put anything in here, hot chocolate, what not:
And tada!! This is the finished product.
I placed the chocolates in a plastic bag that went in the Milk Carts... What if the chocolate melts...)
And of course, the dimensions can be changed to fit any need!!