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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 …

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: How To Use Cut Image

Today on Scrapbooking Tips: How To Use Cut Image. When you have a bad photo with a background you don’t want to use you can cut out the image on the photo and use it on your layout. The best images to use are people images as long as you do it correctly.     Scrapbooking Tips: How To Use Cut Image Rules of cutting First you need to make sure you cut out the image properly. You can’t use a person’s image on a layout if some of their organs are cut. That means that if you can’t cut the image fully don’t cut it. If you need to cut out arms or legs that would look weird on a page and I recommend against it. However there are exceptions. If you need to cut off a foot or a hand then you can still use the photo as long as you find some way of hiding that. For …

Friday, April 14th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Using Clusters

Today on Scrapbooking Tips: Using Clusters. One of the best secrets of creating great layouts is using clusters. This is a simple way of adding embellishments to your page that is almost never mentioned. Maybe it’s because it’s so obvious or maybe because it’s basic whatever the case is this is what can lift your page or bring it down.     Scrapbooking Tips: Using Clusters Cluster is a few items arranged together on a page. It can be photos, text or embellishments. The idea is to arrange them on the page close together and even slightly overlapping. When you add items to a page and they are not clustered there is a feeling that they are “flying” on the page and you eye just gets confused. When you cluster the items it creates little anchors on the page for your eyes to follow.   In this layout I clustered the embellishments in two main places on the page and …

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
5 Ways to Create AMAZING layouts

Hi dear crafty friends! Today i want to share my 5 Ways to Create AMAZING layouts. Sometimes it seems like we create the same layouts over and over again. They all look the same or at least similar and that can be kind of boring. Today I want to share with you 5 ways to change that and create fun, beautiful and unique pages.     5 Ways to Create AMAZING layouts Use canvas Instead of a paper background use a canvas page. You can find them in different colors and even printed ones. Even if you use the same photos or embellishments your layout will look completely different on a canvas.                       Design your paper Use any graphic software or scanner to design your own images and backgrounds. Combine them all on a paper and print it at home or at the local office supplies store. A paper of …

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