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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Using Wet Mediums

Today on Scrapbooking Tips: Using Wet Mediums. In continuation to the last scrapbooking tips post I want to continue exploring how to combine mixed media techniques on a layout.     Scrapbooking Tips: Using Wet Mediums Lots of the mediums or materials used in mixed media are wet. Wet means they come in a liquid form with a variety of consistencies. Mediums like gesso, modeling paste, sprays or paints. The main question is how to add them to your page without making the paper curl, tare or damaged. There are two methods of operation: 1. Cover the entire page with clear gesso before start working. The clear gesso creates a buffer between the paper and the wet mediums without covering the pattern of the paper. This technique is good if you’re going to work with lots of wet mediums.      2. The second way is to work directly on the page. That method is good if you don’t put …

Friday, March 10th, 2017
5 Ways to Make Your Photos Pop

If you’re scrapbooking (and you better be) you’re probably looking for ways to make your photos noticeable on the layouts you create. Today I have 5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop. The photo is usually the focal point of the layout but it’s always a good idea to make it pop even more!     5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop Use Interesting Shapes My favorite shape to use is a circle. This is not a shape you would expect a photo to be so it’s surprising and draws your eyes immediately. You can also cut your photos into an oval, heart or even diamond shapes. Another great idea is to cut the photo along the lines of the image on it. For example: a person sitting, dancing or just standing.                                     Use Contrasting Colors Put a white and black photo …

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 …

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 …

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
5 Tips for Adding Photos Correctly

Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to add photos to your scrapbook page? Here are my 5 Tips for Adding Photos Correctly. It’s important to know how to adhere photos correctly; otherwise, within a few months the photos might become loose or have dark spots from using the wrong kind of glue. You’ll agree with me that this could be really annoying after all the hard work you put into your scrapbook.     5 Tips for Adding Photos Correctly Tip #1 Use the right glue Inexpensive glue sticks tend to leave little bumps under pictures if the glue doesn’t adhere to the back of the photos smoothly. Over time, the glue can become brittle and begin to flake. Another issue is the acid free issue. Some people say that the acid free thing is an invention made by the glue companies so they’ll sell more glue. If you agree with that or not the …

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 …

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
20 Scrapbooking Tips to Make Your Layouts Better

I have 20 Scrapbooking Tips to Make Your Layouts Better! Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced scrapbooker, these tips will make you say “wow, I didn’t know that”. Use these tips to create better pages, save time and money and create your pages better.     20 Scrapbooking Tips to Make Your Layouts Better Tip #1 If you intend to pair a black-and-white photo with a color photo on a layout, put the color photo at the bottom of the page. That’s because color photos have more visual weight, and doing the reverse would make your page looks top heavy. Tip #2 If you’re pressed for time and don’t have time to create 12×12 layouts switch to smaller page size. Use your own handwriting for journaling and whatever scraps you can find lying around. You’ll be amazed how much time you can save. Tip #3 Look to your photos for elements of design, such as lines or shapes that you …

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