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Friday, October 28th, 2016
3 Principles of Interactive Design

One of my favorite paper craft techniques is interactive design. I’m just fascinated by all the moving parts that can be created from paper: flaps, pockets and inserts. They don’t only make every page or mini album much more fun to create or look through but it gives you a lot more “real estate” for more photos and journaling. The feeling of unexpectedness you get when you don’t know what you’ll discover next is simply amazing and I think everybody should try interactive design at least once! Here are my 3 Principles of Interactive Design.       3 Principles of Interactive Design The interactive mechanisms, which are the moving parts of the design, can sometimes seem complicated and difficult to create but if you follow these 3 simple principles you’ll find out they are much easier to create than you think. Measure, Measure and Measure     Interactive design is first of all a very accurate technique. It’s even …

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
My Graphic 45 October Projects

My Graphic 45 October Projects are here! This month I surprised myself a little because one of the projects I created is not really my style. The other project is totally up my alley but not so much. Confused? So am I… this was a great month in terms of projects because I managed to step outside my comfort zone and that’s always a good thing!     My Graphic 45 October Projects       The first project we had to do was a pop-up project. Just the project for me right? I love making pop-up projects. I actually think they got the idea to make projects with a pop-up element from one of my DT submission projects: the pop-up book. Anyway, I wanted to create something easy that everyone can do. Sometimes when people hear pop-up they immediately think it’s too complicated for them so I wanted to change that. So I created a pop-up card. Here’s where …

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Stamp Carving Tutorial

Remember the Carving Your Own Stamps post? Now it’s time to for the full step by step Stamp Carving Tutorial. If you’re still in doubt I suggest reading the first post on stamp carving. If that will not convince you to give it a try then nothing will. It’s affordable, easy and the possibilities are endless.        Stamp Carving Tutorial The first step is to decide what kind of stamp you want. There are two options: draw your own design or transfer a printed design. ***A very important thing to remember about printed images. If you print an image from the internet it probably has copyrights. That means the design rights belong to someone and you can’t do anything without their permission. The rule of thumb is that as long as you use the image for personal use like creating a birthday card for your mom it’s ok. However you can’t sell the stamp or a design you …

Friday, October 21st, 2016
Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album

I just couldn’t resist creating an interactive mini album for Halloween… It’s called: Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album. I think you’ll agree that Halloween is the perfect time for an interactive mini album. After all all those pockets, flaps and hidden tags are just like a spellbook or a witch’s secret diary or something. You never know what’s coming and each page is a surprise.     Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album This Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album is full of interactive surprises like this. I got so carried away I don’t even remember all of them So this mini album holds a few surprises for me too. The best thing in it is that it looks very complicated but it’s really easy to create! Just follow the step by step video tutorial and  you’ll have no problem creating it for yourselves.     Oh…I forgot to tell you the best thing! You can purchase a kit of the Scary 31st Halloween …

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
START Art Journal Page

Today I’m sharing my START Art Journal Page. We’ve just celebrated the Jewish New Year and according to tradition the circle has a special meaning on that day. A circle is a perfect shape much like the perfect year we all wish ourselves. That is also why circle foods like apples, pomegranate and a circle bread are apart of the holiday meal. This art journal page is all about starting a new perfect year!     START Art Journal Page I started with cutting pattern paper scraps into circles and arranging them to see where each circle would go. Then I put them aside. I painted the entire page with a metallic gold acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry I attached the circles.     Then I made a 3D frame to each circle with a Pearl Pen by Viva. This is a special pen that comes in different colors and you can draw 3D lines with it. Once …

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Halloween, The Skeleton, and The Wardrobe

Do you know the movie: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe? I just love this movie. The entire vibe of the magic, the monsters and of course the witch reminds me of Halloween. So when I thought of a name for this project I immediately thought of: Halloween, The Skeleton, and The Wardrobe (even though it’s technically a closet and not a wardrobe). This Halloween project is so much fun. This magical wardrobe is filled with potion books, bottles and all things witchcraft and it’s all made from paper!     Halloween, The Skeleton, and The Wardrobe The wardrobe is made of black foam board and has a sliding door that opens and reveals all the goodies inside. Of course it can fit lots of embellishments and mini books with photos. I made two but the shelves are large enough to fit many photo mini albums for years to come. I used the amazing Graphic 45 rare Oddities collection. …

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Scrapbooking Tips: Creative Title

Today we continue our series on scrapbooking inspiration. Today’s episode: Scrapbooking Tips: Creative Title. A title is an important ingredient on a layout and can add a unique look to the entire page. A creative title will always boost up your page and add extra interest to it.     Scrapbooking Tips: Creative Title I always try to come up with new ideas for titles. It’s not just the content that matters it’s also the shape and design of the title. One of the main ways I use to create interesting titles is to match the title to the design. This layout is all about the passage of time and how it moves quickly. The paper has clocks on the background so I created a title that echos that theme.     I used the word TIME that was already printed on the paper as the first part of the title. Then I added the word FLIES created from some …

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