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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Using Modeling Paste on Layouts

Today’s episode on Scrapbooking Tips: Using Modeling Paste on Layouts. I get a lot of questions about how to combine mixed media techniques and scrapbooking. It’s actually very easy and simple. Today will review one way of doing that.   Scrapbooking Tips: Using Modeling Paste on Layouts For this technique you’ll need modeling paste and a stencil. If you don’t have modeling paste you can also use heavy gesso or thick acrylic paint. Make sure the medium you are using is thick enough to create a pattern with the stencil and will not run under the stencil and destroy your pattern.     This technique is aimed for the background so make sure to apply it before you add photos or embellishments. Place the stencil on your page and add modeling paste to create a raised pattern on the background. I left the modeling paste white because i wanted a very mute background but you can add paint on it …

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Ways to Add a Title to your Project

A title is a very important part of a layout, mini album or art journal page. Today I want to share Ways to Add a Title to your Project. There are many ways to add that title with positive and negative points to each way. Which way to use is up to you but my recommendation is to try as many ways as you can to make things more interesting.     Ways to Add a Title to your Project String use a string or a twine to sculpture the letters of the title. The best way to do that is to “write” the letter with glue and then attach the twine to the page. Do it letter by letter and allow time to dry.     Chipboard Letters The reliable and easiest way is to use chipboard. The great thing about chipboard letters is that you can paint them, emboss them, cover them with glitter or flock, ink them, …

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Using Basic Shapes

Today we continue our series on scrapbooking inspiration. Today’s episode: Scrapbooking Tips: Using Basic Shapes. Scrapbooking is all about telling a story that is in the photo. A really easy way to create such a story is to add “chapters”. Chapters are basically little parts of the bigger story and the best way to create them is use basic shapes like squares or circles.   Scrapbooking Tips: Using Basic Shapes The most common way to create story chapters is squares but I used circles. I think it gives more interest and flow to the page. I created six circles some of them photos and some embellishments. I even added the title on a circle. To add to the main circles I also added smaller paper circles and stamped circles to tie everything together. You can use the same design with squares or even change the size or number of the basic shapes you add to the layout. It depends on …

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 …

Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Scrapbooking Marathon: 1 Sketch, 6 Pages

Remember I told you I’m going back to scrapbooking? Well… I challenged myself to a Scrapbooking Marathon: 1 Sketch, 6 Pages. I created one simple sketch to use as the base for my layouts and wanted to see how many pages I can create from that one sketch. I made 6 pages! It was a really productive day for me and I was so happy I started scrapbooking again!     Scrapbooking Marathon: 1 Sketch, 6 Pages One of the things I noticed is that in the recent layouts I created I really went crazy. Crazy with the amount of embellishments, with too many techniques and too much time. So I wanted to go back to simple scrapbooking that puts the photos in the center and concentrated on the documenting part instead of losing myself in a crazy race for elaborate complicated pages. The layouts I created are just about that. Simple, but interesting, fast but pretty. I let the …

Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Scrapbooking Tips: How to Create Landscape

I got a lot of requests for scrapbooking ideas and techniques so I’m starting a new series: Scrapbooking Tips. Today on the first post in the series I’m sharing Scrapbooking Tips: How to Create Landscape. My goal is to share tips and ideas on creating scrapbooking pages with what you have in your stash. I want to help you use your stash and create affordable, fast and fun pages.       Scrapbooking Tips: How to Create Landscape Creating landscape with grass, trees and more is very easy and doesn’t require expensive materials or fancy techniques. How to create grass? For this technique all you need is a green wide ribbon. Pleat the ribbon and adhere it to your page (if you want to create the landscape don’t adhere it yet). The pleats create movement like the moving grass.     How to create a tree? To create a tree use scraps of brown and green card stock. Cut a …

Friday, July 29th, 2016
Mixed Media Scrapbooking

Some people think Mixed Media Scrapbooking is an oxymoron, which means that these two words contradict each other. But are they really? Is mixed media scrapbooking something that is a contradiction in terms or is it another way of doing things? You can probably guess my answer…mixed media scrapbooking is an amazing way to create beautiful and interesting layouts while combining different techniques from other arts.       Mixed Media Scrapbooking The first thing you need to do is to understand the two terms. Scrapbooking is the art of documenting life with photos, papers and embellishments. Mixed media is an art form that combined different techniques and materials. Scrapbooking is a “dry” art that uses mainly paper and paper products, while mixed media is a “wet” art that uses paints, sprays and gesso. Mixed media is a combination of materials when scrapbooking is not.  So what if you can combine the two? Create scrapbooking layouts with paints, metal and …

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