Monday, October 13, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook October

The October Main Kit from MCS features some fabulous Carta Bella  and Echo Park Products.  This one was a really cute Kit, and I enjoyed it.  In fact I still have heaps left over and am going to continue to enjoy it!!!  But for Now, here's another of the Layouts I created!  (See the first one I shared in the Blog Hop Last week HERE)

I loved this ruler paper!  
I just chose a  brown Paint (Shimmerz Hot Fudge) and sprayed other elements to make them a little more monochromatic, so it didn't 'fight' with the busy background.
I chose the brown ribbon to add to the background, some strips of stamped waxed paper,  Cut a label sticker in half and used top and bottom as 'tabs', sprayed a white flower brown, and painted the banner with texture paste and rubbed walnut distress inks into it.  The sweet little brown deer finished it off nicely!

I loved the waxed brown String in the kit too.....really nice!

Heres the next one....
A simple one.

"Poor Little Sick Bub"

Hand cut lettering for the title....

Cute little owl pieced together to match the paper.
He's so cute!

And the Fourth Project....
A very quick and easy one this time.  
Clean and simple, with just a couple of layers of some contrasting papers in the kit.

So that's it for today.  I will share the Last Project in the next day or two, so stop by again soon.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook Birthday BASH Hop!!!

                      Welcome to the My Creative Scrapbook October Kit Reveal 
                                                    and Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

My Creative Scrapbook is celebrating its 9th year in business!

Yea, it’s time to party!  We’re celebrating all month long, and, believe us, you’ll want to party along with us.

We have BIRTHDAY GIFTS, lots of them, to give to YOU!

We’re getting the party started with a blog hop filled with birthday gifts! 
Are you excited?!

Do you want to know what you could win?

*** The Grand Prize winner will receive a complete My Creative Scrapbook October Main Kit featuring Echo Park and Carta Bella! ***

This kit is filled with beautiful Echo Park and Carta Bella goodies (and more!) that are just perfect for your Fall/Autumn projects.

That's not all.

We know you all LOVE Echo Park and Carta Bella as much as we do. So, we are beyond thrilled to have Echo Park and Carta Bella partying along with us!

Yes! They have been super generous to provide not just one, not just two, but THREE beautiful gifts to give to YOU!

*** Three of you will win the gift below! ***

Do Echo Park and Carta Bella know how to party or what?!

>>>>> Here is how you can win <<<<<

Complete our blog hop. It begins on the My Creative Scrapbook blog and takes you on an inspiration-filled journey through several MCS designers' blogs. You won't want to miss any of it!  You’ll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post.

Be sure to leave some comment love on each blog... the gift winners will be drawn from the comments!

and now...

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook October kits:

Album Kit
Creative Kit
Limited Edition Kit

Main Kit

Are you a My Creative Scrapbook kit club member?
If not, now is a great time to join!

Subscription information can be found here:

So on with the PROJECT!

Here is just one of the projects I created with the October Main kit: 

I loved working with this Kit!  Such gorgeous papers. and sweet embellishments!
I did a lot of subtle layering in this page. 

*******Layout How to******

1. I chose the dotty paper
2. I started with the Prima Packaging from the flower Packet.  The green suited the colour scheme!
3.Then I layed on a doily
4. I used the scalloped border from the Sticker sheet tucked under the packaging, top and bottom.
5. I printed out my Photos 4 to a 6x4 Photo- printed at home using the 'Fuzel' App on my i-phone.
6. Cut up the die cut 12x12 sheet of Kraft Polaroid frames and chose 3 to frame my photos.  I just stapled these together with the photos placed how I wanted them, to stick down as 1 entire piece. 
 (A bit less fiddly that way)
7. I pulled apart a couple of the flowers in the pack, so they are more 'simple' and less dimensional for my page.

*******TECHNIQUE TIP******

8.  I threaded a needle and using the ruffled ribbon in the kit, I cut a length about 4.5 inches long and ran a loose straight stitch up the length of it.  Pull the thread to gather it and it makes a little circle.  Do a couple of stitches to hold it together and glue to the centre of each flower. 
and you have the sweetest little altered flower!

9.  Select the little birds and the owl adding foam tape to the back of the owl and largest bird....and layer them on top of the flower stacks.  Poke in little leaves around the perimeter to create a little gathering of embellishments.  Choose a mix of stickers and chip embellishments to add dimension.  Layer them on top of the flower as well.
10.  Using the rhinestone gem embellishment cut apart sections that look like flourishes and poke them in around the cluster.
11.  Add in the chip banner "Such a Perfect Day"

12.  Peel off the sticker banner and cut off three flags.
13.  Add a chip word strip "homemade with love" and the chip arrow just above it.
14.  Cut apart two gemstones and add them to the owls eyes.
 15.  Select the stickers with the words in the sub title and cut apart to form the word stack on the left of the photos.  "A perfect Day to Spend with you"  glue them in place.

Have fun creating your own Layout!!!

Before you go, remember to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawings!

We would love it if you would follow us on Facebook, too.

The blog hop ends on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Winners will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog on Monday, October 13th.
(By the way... we're partying all month long, and we have even more gifts to give that we haven't shown you yet! So keep checking back this month for more ways to win)

The next stop on the blog hop is Sandi's blog.

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Echo Park Paper Co.:

Enjoy the Hop Ladies!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Little Lettering.

I have a quick lettering Project to share with you.  Its in my Bible, but you can do with anywhere.

Heres the project.

I used Shimmerz Marigold, Golden Wheat, Royal Red, Celery and Tickle me turquoise

Below is the opposite side.  I used gel medium through a stencil on wax paper, dried it and painted it with Shimmerz. Its totally transparent, and very pretty.  See the how to post HERE

Here it is turned over and you can see the text through it.

and here is the video on how I did the lettering.

so that's it from me today!

Rembember if you are looking at getting any Shimmerz Paints go Here and mention my name in the Notes to Merchant section to get a free paint in your order.

If you are in Australia, check out The Color Room Store we have loads of Shimmerz paints!

Hope your day has been a good one!

A journal insert with waxed paper.

I had a bit of a play with some waxed paper today, Similar to Deli Paper I believe.  I used the paper side rather than the waxed side.  First I cut pieces of the paper into sheets directly from the roll.  Then I got out my staz on and stamped some text over the whole sheet and let it dry.


I pulled out a stencil which had a good stand alone image.  I found a Crafter's Workshop Stencil Live Love Laugh TCW467 which had a nice open flower on it.  I used some Studio Gloss Gel Medium through the flower portion on this stencil in the 12 x 12 size, with a palette knife.  (make sure you wash the stencil well afterwards.)


 It goes on white like this, but as it dries it starts to go clear.


I gave it a little help along with the heat tool, because I am impatient, but I did leave it sit a bit as well.


Eventually it started to go clear.


Next I added some colour.  I used Shimmerz Paints, with a paint brush instead of using them as sprays.  Just remove the spray top and dip your paintbrush directly into the paint. Its really watery and goes on like watercolour.


 I just loosely brushed it over the image and allowed the colours touching to blend into another colour.  I chose colours next to each other that I knew would make a pretty colour when mixed (as opposed to mud!)

The paint clung to the gel medium, and resisted off the background.  I didn't even really try to just colour in the image, I just smooshed it on!  I added some droplets of the colours around the image and then let the whole thing dry. I used my trusty heat tool again!
Next I needed to cut the piece down to fit inside my book.  (this one is an insert into my Bible)  You could add this to your journal, diary, what every you like!  I just used my paper trimmer.  Run a line of tape adhesive down the side that would be sticking in the centre spine, and carefully press it in.


I adore the transparency of this.


The Shimmerz Gives a lovely luminosity.


Hope you will give deli paper or wax paper a try in your multi media work.  It takes paint and mediums really well.  Just keep in mind it is a resist surface, so if your media is really wet, then it will resist.  The gel medium allowed the watery paint to stick in this project.
Have a good and creative week!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September's Tutorial- My top 10 tips this month

This Month I thought I would share some tips from the productions of this months series of Projects using the September Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook!

 So lets jump right in.....

#1.  Handwrite a title, and cut it out.

I just used a Calligraphy pen with the flat chisel tip and then fussy cut it out leaving a small white space between.  Not difficult, but it takes a little time.  Add some sticker words and some chip alphas and you have an interesting title!

#2. Place your stickers and alphas on plastic

 I just used an empty cellophane bag.  Just hold it over your Project so you can find the right placement without pulling off individual letters a million times trying to find where it looks best!!! (and risk tearing your Paper)

#3. Make your own chevrons

I just cut a rectangle of patterned paper (with a small print)  Cut a snip in the centre of the bottom, and  cut from the corners into the centre snip to cut out two small triangles.  (Keep these they are great for arrows pointing to a focal point on your project)  Now cut an angle into that same centre point from the outside in, about 1/2 inch wide, making your first chevron piece.  Keep your eye on cutting evenly.  do the next and the next in the same manner.  Snip the top triangles off the top creating the last chevron....
You can mark the back if you like, but I like doing these fast, so I just eyeball it!

#4.  Layer die cuts

I am always looking for ways to layer die cuts.  The one above was easy.  It needed a backing to slide easily into my Project life sleeve.  But die cuts can looks so very sweet layered on top of each other.

#5.  Add stencilling in the background

This is a really simple way to add depth.  I chose a coordinating colour (green on green)  Just to add a slight pattern, and I layered several stencils.  Use a foam blending tool for a smooth and even finish.  

#6. Use Layered String

Pull off a length of string to create a frame for your focal point. Its really effective, creating a lovely soft framed look, rather than bold framing a solid frame would give.  Play with coloured strings and cottons too.

#7.  Overlap heavy chipboard alphas

Some alphas have large serifs, or long tails or tops which prevent them from sitting really close together.  Sometimes you can layer a letter on top of another to keep the kerning even (the spacing between the letters) Like the letter 'g' above.  He is actually sitting on top of the 'u' and the 'h'.  This can be difficult to secure, so I just ran it through my sewing machine.  It works perfectly in my paper machine (one reserved for crafting) Just go slowly, but you shouldn't have trouble.

#8. Try some variations of Journalling Styles

Draw wonky lines and write directly on them for an imperfect uneven style.  It still looks neat surprisingly, and can look better than trying for a perfectly aligned journalling block, and not fitting words in well.

Strip Journalling- Cut thin strips of card stock, and write on them.  Glue them on in the formation you want.
OR cut the strips into individual words and make a strip of word journalling either in a long line, around a photo or the entire page, or even just one on top of the other down the page.

Use a bullet point style.  No need to think about flowing journalling, or the perfect vocab and grammar!

#9.  Use two photos the same

This can look really interesting, and add to the design without taking away from the focal photo.  
(the other photo IS the focal photo!!!)

I played with this several times this month.  I created a collage of 4 photos on a 6x4 in Fuzel on my i-phone and then printed it out twice, so I had several cute pictures in multiples.

(App- Fuzel- I believe its free but you can buy add ons with in the app.  My collage used 4 photos and I just made the ratio 2:3 for printing as a horizontal 6x4 Print)

You can even use more than two, to create a 'stacked' feel.  Love this look!

#10.  Add Paint splatters

I use paint and ink splatters all the time.  Mostly because I love it, but when you design for a paint Company, you have loads of paint you need to use!!!!  I love the look the irregular and uneven splashes give on a page or project.  Try different colours, but black and white looks great too!  You can use mists if you have those (just take the lid off and flick the tube inside over your page)  Or mix a watery mix of water colour on an acrylic block  (or a palette) and flick that over your page.  

You can even use water based markers or distress inks.  Colour or press the colour on an acrylic block and spritz with water until it beads.  Soak your paintbrush in it and flick it over your page.

REMEMBER if you are doing this last, cover your photos with a scrap piece of paper.

For my drips and splashes I love using my copperplate dip nib calligraphy pen in India ink.  It creates really nice splatters, that are a little more 'controlled'.

So that's it from me today....  
Hope that list gave you some ideas for your next project!

Thanks for stopping in today!