Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tutorial for My Creative Scrapbook- A start to finish Layout.

Hi there.
Lydell with you today for a Start to finish Layout Tutorial.
I wanted to just reflect on the Christmas season coming up with this page.  I have never really gotten into December Daily, so this was my start!  I am hoping to get photos each day to start my first this year.
Here is the project I will show how I completed today........

I used the Main Kit for this Project.

1. Cut Your Black Patterned Paper from the Main Kit to 9 inches x  8.5 inches and ink
2. Cut the grey and white dot paper to 9 x 6-1/4 and ink.
3. Lay in place on your cardstock ( I used white- not in the kit) and stitch in place with a sewing machine (optional- you can just ink the edges if you don't sew)

4. Using the red and white candy striped Printed Paper cut into strips about 1 inch wide and fold into thirds.
5. Add a fine bead of strong glue down the seams and hold to secure.
6. Cut into varying lengths.  (I made 13)

7.  Lay in place on your LO-(you can secure with a dab of glue in the middle of each strip if you like, to hold it in place.)  Sew straight across top and bottom catching the tops and bottoms of the shortest pieces. I did 3 rows....one in the middle too.

8. Now find your flowers and embellishments (chipboard pieces and stickers)


Using the wired flowers
I find the wired flowers sit a little too high off my pages for my liking,  so I alter them to suit my needs.

I use some little punched circles to secure my new flower on, once I am finished.  This is optional.

I always remove the wires to start with....
Take off the green leafy layer at the base of the flower, attach it to the small  punched circle

Then I snip straight through the flower cutting off the bottom third.  (see previous photo above)
TIP.....Hold the flower 'top' securely after you cut it, and add a dollop of strong wet glue  covering the entire base of the flower ( the part you just cut through) this will hold all the petals together.

and adhere it straight back onto the leafy green layer you removed first.  Then set aside to dry.

9. Start to arrange your flowers and layer your embellishments.  I created three groupings around my photo.  Lay your photo on to get the placement if you need to.

Slide in some chipboard embellishments and layer them if you like.  I snipped a little piece of the bobble trim from the trim pack and placed it between the flowers and leaves too.  Get your placement right before you glue anything down.

I used the little cut off ends of the flowers as little buds amongst my groupings too.

10.  Once your floral arrangements are how you want them, start lifting flowers and squeezing a good strong glue underneath- with out moving anything too much.  This prevents having to totally de-construct your arrangements (which never go back the way you originally had them!!!)  Lift out the chip pieces and remove their backing adding a bit more glue and set them back in place.

Now the wires you cut off......Twist them around something thin and round, like a paint brush.  I used a round file.

leave the ends straight.  Add blobs of glue, wrapped around the wire end and slip them in behind leaves and flowers in your arrangement.

Now add your title, and draw intentionally wobbly lines for your journaling


Sometimes you run out of the correct letters in your alphas sheet.
I didnt have a couple of letters to spell 'december'
heres what you can do.....

Heres the letters I had. 

 I chose alternate letters with the basic shapes of the ones I need.  
.....an 'F' and 'L' for the 'E's' and a 'P' for an 'R'
Then I just cut up left over letters to 'construct' my needed letters.

and the final title....

Now just add your photo/s mounted on foam tape, and you can call your Layout finished.
Hope you enjoy creating your own welcome to December Layout!
Have fun.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Creative Scrapbook in December Project #4

Another project with the Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook today!

A bit of a fun one.
This was a few years ago.  We went to the farm for Christmas day.  My S.Dad dressed up as Santa and arrived on the 4 wheeler with a bag of pressies. (Stinking hot day, as always)  The kids didn't recognise him, which made it work really well......but it kinda freaked me out a bit though,  he did look a bit strange....LOL, and VERY out of character!!!  LOL.  But the kids LOVED it, and it was a bit of fun.

One last one for December, and it has a tutorial attached!  See you again soon.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Creative Scrapbook In December Project #5

Here are some more projects I have done using the Main Kit for December from My Creative Scrapbook.

I am yet to add photos.  Its an upcoming week, so I am ahead for this PL spead! 
Completely and utterly unheard of!!!

Side A

Side B

and i did a December countdown as well.  My version of a December Daily.

Baby steps!!!

The numbered days go across from left to right, so both pages need to be together to see the spread make sense.

So I am looking forward to filling these in.  Nice and easy.  Print the pics, add some journaling and what ever else suits!  Now just to get back to the 15 or more PL spreads I am behind on!

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Creative Scrapbook. Project #3

Hello again.
Back with you today sharing the next project from the My Creative Scrapbook Main Kit for December

A stunning variety of Christmas Themed Papers and goodies.....Plenty of goodies!

a 'no photo' page this time.  
Purely recording some simple (and common) traditions that we have for Christmas.

I really enjoyed this 'no photo' one.  Just felt a little fun to do!

Hope you are recording your Christmas this year!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Creative Scrapbook- Project #2

So here is my next Christmas Themed page using the Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

I really enjoyed this one.
It came together super easy.  Doesn't always happen for me.
The papers really lent themselves to a simple strip work background.

These were our table decorations for Christmas last year.  So much fun setting the Christmas table!

Short sharp and shiny today
See you again soon!

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Creative Scrapbook in December!

Something I have to admit is that I have never really done Christmas Preparation Pages, and have probably only a couple of Christmas pages in my albums.  So when I got this Christmas themed Kit from MCS, I was a little worried.  Dont get me wrong, its gorgeous.  Check it out.

But never having done December Daily, or recorded anything leading up to Christmas, I wondered what angle I could take!  So off to Pinterest I hopped to see what others record leading up to Christmas, and with some ideas floating about in my head, I started.......and had trouble stopping!!!  LOL

You will love this kit.  I got 5 pages out of it, and 3 Project life spreads.  Woah!  Thats alot.  and for someone who didnt ever really 'scrap' Christmas?

Here is my first page!

A bit on the sad side this year!  We decided it would be in every ones best interest ( mostly mine) to not put up the tree this year, due to the toddler we have residing with us, who is into EVERYTHING.  He is my little tornado, and I am thinking having a tree up would just tempt fate, and I would be constantly telling him off or trying to reconstruct our tree each time he was out of our sight!!!

so no tree for us.
I did put a little Christmas arrangement on the dining table, which I have since moved out of reach, the tornado baby worked out that candy canes were for eating (after never being exposed to them before.....I thought I was safe....but no!)

Oh well.  We will visit the department stores for our festive decoration fix.  LOL

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Alacraft in December!

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Christmas flower and decoration dimensional stickersGold and white Merry Christmas stickersChristmas reindeer glittering stickers
Santa Christmas glittering stickersGold and white Christmas lantern and candle stickersChristmas tree glittering stickers

Some amazing Ribbons and trims in Silver, Gold and Red
7mm flat corded metallic silver braid
13mm metallic gold braid
25mm metallic red braid with laser sequins
Beautiful floral sprays and flowers

Red craft flower with red pearl stems
12cm 12 head metallic gold craft flower bunch
White pearl spray with flowers

Red pearl spray


Clear flat back glue on diamantes - 3mm 4mm 6mm 8mm
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