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Monday, May 20th, 2013
Technique Corner: What do you need to make a great layout?

What do you think is needed to create a great layout? Lots of fancy embellishments, many new and cutting edge techniques or maybe expensive materials? I’ve asked my self that question and the answer surprised me…you actually need very little of those embellishments, techniques or materials. You can create a fabulous layout with paper, ink, gesso and mask! This layout is paper based with a simple easy technique. I started the layout with a circles mask gesso and a little distress ink. I first used the gesso and then the ink to create a continuation in the pattern of the circles. I hit set it to dry the gesso and then puffed some of the gesso with the hit gun.   I then layered paper and paper tags to create dimension as well as different fussy cutting shapes.   Finally I created different sizes of paper flowers and gave them a little more dimension with small touches of gesso around the edges.   Try to challenge yourself …

Monday, April 8th, 2013
Technique Corner – Flow with it!

Creating movement on a page is really easy. The best way is to avoid corners and squares and design a layout with flowy shapes such as waves , swirls or circles. This layout is all about circles! circles of all sizes and materials. I wanted to create a flowy layout to echo the flow of water in the photos.   To create that I cut the photos into circles and added different round embellishments to complete the look. I put all of the elements on my layout in two opposite corners, like two river banks.   Have fun creating!Einat

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Technique Corner: Fine Cutting

My students say I’m crazy. They say if there is no fine cutting in a project it’s not Einat’s class.My crafty friends say it’s impossible to find a project of mine that has no fine cutting in it.And I say…I love cutting! When I look at a patterned paper I see exactly that…patterns, patterns that I can cut and use in a project! Fine cutting is not that scary! Here are a few tips: 1. Start with big patterns and after a little practice work your way to more complicated shapes. 2. Use small scissors or scissors that you can hold comfortably and move easily in small corners or turns. 3. Play with what you cut – ink it, embellish it or give it dimension. 4. Fine cutting is a great way to maximize your leftovers and scraps. Have fun cutting stars, flowers, birds, abstract shapes and more,sometimes you can find just the right embellishment in a patterned paper!   Have fun …

Monday, December 17th, 2012
Technique Corner – Flags or Banners, Why not Flanners?

The hottest trend lately are flags and banners embellishments on a layout. I tried to understand if there is a difference between them but I really couldn’t find one. As I understand it a banner is a few flags hanging together (at least in scrapbooking), so the way I see it if a flag and a banner are basically one in the same why not rename them…flanners? Here’s a layout celebrating flanners! I used different materials, shapes, colors and sizes to create the flanners on the layout. The more there are the better it looks!   What I love about flanners is that they are the perfect embellishment. It works for every theme or color, you can use it for masculine or feminine layouts, for baby or teenagers. All you need to do is change the color and/or shape of the flanner and you’re done!   Have fun creating! Einat

Friday, December 14th, 2012
Technique corrner – round layout

Don’t you just love those round papers? I just love them! They are always so fun to work on because of the unusual shape that inspires me to try different things. I’ve discovered that my favorite thing to do is design a layout that has elements sticking outside of the page. Because the paper is round, all the corners are basically open space and can be used for elements that are beyond the paper’s edges. I put one of my photos beyond the edge as well as some embellishments! The only thing to remember when you are planing to add parts that suppose to stick out is to secure the side that is on the paper with enough adhesive so it will hold the side that is not attached to anything.   Have fun creating. Einat

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Technique Corner – White Space

Some people get really uncomfortable when they hear the term white space.Well, there’s nothing to it! White space is just another name for empty or almost empty space on you layout. In order to create a balanced layout some of the page must be empty or almost empty or else we’ll get really dizzy with all the details. This is a layout I created to show that white space is not that scary! As you can see on the layout most of the center is empty, there is nothing on the paper. Some parts of the paper only have interesting background that I made with masks but not a lot more. Even the photos are extremely small and don’t take a lot of space.   Here are some tips to create white space: 1. Don’t be afraid to leave parts of your layout with no photos or embellishments.2. Make sure to create a balance between the full parts and the empty …

Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Technique Corner – Create a balloon

I love hot air balloons! They are magical, they fly high in the sky and it seems like they carry all our hopes and dreams. Here’s a simple layout I created around a hand made balloon. here’s how to create it… 1. Cut 4 circles or ovals and ink them.2. Fold three circles in half.3. Adhere the three circles. 4. Adhere them to the fourth circle on the bottom. 5. Cut a small basket from paper, adhere it and add the lines. Have fun creating! Einat

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