Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Tutorial. MCS

Today  I have the October Tutorial to share with you.  I thought I would show you quickly how I created this Page.  I used the October Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

I had lots of Artsy fun with this page, and you can see it morph with the layering in the pictures below.
It really is a layered piece!

First I used stencils and brown Ink to add some texture to the background.
Then I added paint and sprayed with water and dry brushed it on here and there.

I used a bottle lid stamped in india ink, to leave circles around the page, with some black drips added with a dip pen dipped in the india ink.
I wrote words, drew scraggly circles in varying sizes and just made marks.

I hand cut some letters for my Title from the Paper in the kit, and I painted them with the Shimmerzy Paint!  Gorgeous!

I pulled out elements that would work.
a doily
the hexagonal chip shapes....which I painted with crackle texture paint, and then green paint, then Shimmerz Paint.
The ribbon (olive green organza)
A title that matched what I wanted to say
A flower I pulled apart and sprayed with Shimmerz 

Then I started fiddling about with the layers and the placement of the bits and pieces.

By this stage I wanted to take it back a bit, and tone down the strong colour.
So I swiped gesso over the background, and used the end of the paint brush to made circles all around, with the Shimmerz Paint , framing my focal area of the page

Lots and lots of texture.

I let that dry and adhered down all the pieces .

Here's some of the layers and embellishing close up.
I stick little bits here and there to create groupings and fill spaces.
Little pieces of left over string, Folded ribbons
Little labels and strips cut up
and little stickers....
(I adore those owls.  You can use the 'Owl' sheet of paper in the kit and cut out the sweet little owls and you can have owls forever!!!)

I wrote my journalling on strips and cut it up to place down the side of the page.

It changed a bit over its production, but I liked how it came out in the end.
And I almost gave it up several times,  I set it aside, and kept going back to it, because I loved the colours with the striped Paper.....I learned two things.....1- sometimes it pays to persist......and 2- almost anything can be saved....sometimes you just need to set it aside, and come back to it with fresh eyes.

See this kit and the rest of the Kits for October HERE

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!!!