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Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Interactive Scrapbook Pocket Page

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I thought it would be fun to share with you how to create an Interactive Scrapbook Pocket Page. I don’t do Project Life but I can sure relate to the trend of micro scrapbooking or pocket pages. I think it’s a great idea to document memories in a fast and space efficient way. So I wanted to share an idea of how you can jazz your pages a little.     Interactive Scrapbook Pocket Page The first problem you have when you work with a pocket page is the space. On one hand it’s enough to document a complete week full of memories and experiences. On the other hand it’s sometimes too small for everything you want to document. In mini albums and 12×12 pages you can solve this problem by adding paper “real estate” in a form of an interactive mechanism. But here we come to another problem… the pockets.     The pockets …

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Using Interactive Elements

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing another of my Scrapbooking Tips: Using Interactive Elements. I get asked a lot how to add interactive elements to a scrapbooking layout especially with the page protector getting in the way. It’s actually much easier than you think if you cheat a little.     Scrapbooking Tips: Using Interactive Elements The idea behind interactive elements is that there are moving parts on your page. Something on the page can be opened, turned or moved in any way. That adds interest, sophistication and fun to the page. It works great on mini album pages but when you want to add it to a 12×12 layout you have a problem with the page protector. There are two ways to solve this problem. The first,which I like less and is more tricky is to cut the page protector and allow the moving part to be on the outside. For example if you have a flap gently …

Friday, September 1st, 2017
Create Your Own Paper with Sizzix Dies

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you how to Create Your Own Paper with Sizzix Dies. We usually use dies to create embellishments for a scrapbook page, a card or any other project. But today I want to share a little different idea.     Create Your Own Paper with Sizzix Dies If you want to use your dies in a different way then try creating a 12×12 lace paper with them. To do that you’ll need some dies in bulky shapes like flowers for example. It will not work with delicate or small dies because you need enough space to attach them to each other and they need to be able to carry the weight of the paper.     Cut the dies from different but matching papers and then start attaching them together while leave an empty space between the shapes. Keep adding shapes until you created a large enough “paper”. Then take a …

Friday, August 4th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Black and White Photos

Hi dear crafty friends! I want to share another one of my Scrapbooking Tips: Black and White Photos. Sometimes you have photos you really want to use in a layout but their colors are all wrong. What do you do?     Scrapbooking Tips: Black and White Photos When I have a problem matching the papers I want to use to the photos I want to use I simply turn the photos into black and white. Changing the colors of the photos is really easy and if you don’t have Photoshop you can do it with any free program like PicMonkey. Another way is to set your printer to print in black and white or to ask the photo lab to print them like that for you.      Why change the photos to black and white? Because that makes them neutral in terms of their visual weight. It means they go with every color, pattern or texture, which allows …

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Using Leftover Stickers

Hi dear crafty friends! It’s time for some more fun ideas for scrapbooking. And today on Scrapbooking Tips: Using Leftover Stickers. Let’s be honest, we all have a pile of sticker sheets we don’t need and don’t use just sitting in our stash right? Here’s a little tip on how to use them.     Scrapbooking Tips: Using Leftover Stickers We all have them. Those half used sticker sheets with only the letters we can’t use because they don’t make up any word. So all the “Z”, “X”, “W” and “D” are just sitting there and we can’t use them. Well… I have an idea! Use them as texture not as words! When we look at a letter we immediately combine it with other letters to form a word. It’s automatic, we can’t help it. But if you try looking at a letter in a different way you’ll discover it’s basically a shape. 24 shapes to be exact.      …

Sunday, June 11th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Scrapping Multiple Photos

Hi crafty friends! Today on Scrapbooking Tips: Scrapping Multiple Photos. I don’t know how often you see other people’s layouts but I’ve noticed that recently almost all the pages I see are with only one photo. It bothers me. It’s not that these pages are not beautiful, they are amazing, but what happens if I want to tell a story that requires more than one photo?     Scrapbooking Tips: Scrapping Multiple Photos Resize So today I want to share a few tips and ideas on how to create a scrapbooking page with more than one photo. The most important tip I can offer is to resize the photos. If you use regular size photos, like 4×6 then the photos will cover a lot of the page and that will be a little overwhelming. However if you down size the photos into a smaller size then you can fit more photos on the page with them being too over powering. …

Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Nature Sketchbook Double Layout with a Twist

Hi crafty friends! Today I want to share one of my Graphic 45 project for this month: Nature Sketchbook Double Layout with a Twist. It has been awhile since I created a layout, much less a double layout so it wasn’t easy. Nature Sketchbook Double Layout with a Twist However even though creating the layout was initialy kind of hard once I started it all came back and I had fun. I did notice that it’s almost impossible for me now to create a project with only paper. I always feel like I need to add a little mixed media to it. This time it was no different. So the twist I added to the page was green grass made from gauses I sprayed with different colors of green inks. Not only did it add color it also added dimension and texture to the page making it more interesting and fun to look at.       Nature Sketchbook is …

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