More Scrapbook Design tips with Blooms & Bliss DSP

If you’ve been following along with the scrapbook design posts the past two weeks of April, you’ve seen an Aquarium layout with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) and A Beautiful You layout with the Neutrals DSP stack.  This week we’ll return to use more of the lovely Blooms & Bliss DSP and learn how to take what we’ve learned in using a DSP cut to span a double page layout and add more layers of cardstock and DSP to the design.

As you can see on this layout, the focal DSP is centered-cut down the middle for 12″x6″ on both inner Blushing Bride bases. This time, however, the 1/2′ strip of Silver Foil Paper is not applied against the edge of the focal DSP, but applied along the edge of the coordinating horizontal (1″x12″) DSP.

Texture was applied to this layout by adding raised stripes with the Stampin’ Up! Trimmer score tool alternating between 1/2″ and 1/4″ for 6″on both base pages. *The 6″area covered by the DSP need not be scored.

Banners pointing down or in toward your page will lead your eyes to the interior of the page.

Since the orientation of the photos on this spread are in the middle, the banners help bring your gaze into the page. The two white journal blocks (or if you prefer to stamp or add photo images here, that would work too) at the angles create an upside down “V” moving your eyes along the page.

The addition of the horizontal DSP and Silver Foil paper strip helps provide the layout with more interest, but also balances the page by providing the bottom 3rd of the page as much weight as the photos which are right above.

The rule of 3rds is frequently used in design (I discussed using it in card design April 7).  When figuring where to place your horizontal paper strips, it should be no surprise that 4″ (1/3 of 12″) is the top of the strip.

Materials needed:

  • 1 Sheet 12″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP cut in half to form 2) 12″x6″ pieces.
  • 2 Strips 1″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP which coordinates with focal DSP
  • 2 Strips 1/2″x12″ Silver Foil Paper
  • 2 Sheets 12″x12″ Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer scoring blade to emboss lines on Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Use to create 3) 6.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 4) 4.25″x3.25″ mats, and 1) Banner 1″x3.75″
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Sweet Sugarplum cardstock: Use to create 3) 6″x4″ photo mats, 4) 4″x3″ mats, and 1) Banner  1″x5″
  • 1 sheet 8.5″x11″ Whisper White cardstock: Use to create 2) 3″x4″ journal mats(stamp, photo, or title areas, if you prefer)
  • Adhesive

Blooms & Bliss DSP is while supplies last on the Retiring List.  You can check out the list at my online store HERE. If it happens to be sold out, remember you can choose a different DSP and coordinating cardstock to create the same layout-You may even prefer doing this in order to create a page which color coordinates with your photos.

I have one more layout to finish out April’s weekly double page creations.  Stop by next week to see the Mediterranean Moments layout which will finish out my designs for this month.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Happy Easter 2017

Easter arrives here in Western Pennsylvania just as flowers are beginning to bloom.  The entire season and feeling of renewal and rebirth is emphasized by new things popping up all around us, while we are also packing away Winter things and excitedly planning for the weeks and months of Spring & Summer weather ahead.

This is a special time of year at Stampin’ Up! as well: the last few weeks of this year’s Annual & Occasions catalogs. Last week the retiring list was released to everyone and as usual some old & new favorites will be saying goodbye so new & reconfigured (yes, there are still rhinestones & pearls in the new catalog!) products can debut and keep our crafting up to current trends. Demonstrators everywhere are now getting a peak at what is to come in the new Annual Catalog which will debut June 1 and while it’s sad to say goodbye to some things in the 2016-2017 catalog, I’m really looking forward to quite a few things in the 2017-2018 catalog–I’m very sure you will love some of the new things too!

Today I wish to share this Easter card & additional wreath ideas made with a few products appearing on the retiring list.

If you saw my last card post (April 7) using the Law of 3rds, this card design should look very familiar. The Fruit Stand paper and outgoing Watermelon Wonder In-color makes this card feel bright & Spring-y.

Adding seasonal decorations, such as the Basket Builder Bundle here, to the Wondrous Wreath set is an easy way for me to make a quick card. Over the years, I’ve added many other sets to the Wondrous Wreath set to create cards for many seasons.

As you can see, by making a few changes, I could easily change up the look of the wreath with the same set of stamps & matching dies. The ideas were endless when adding other sets to create wreaths for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, etc.

While I will continue to love these sets (I buy what I love and keep what I buy), if you are in love with them too, you may want to check out the retiring section at my online store HERE. Things often go very quickly around retirement time and dies/bundles are often the first to fly off the shelves.

Happy Easter!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Neutrals DSP stack: A Beautiful You Scrapbook Layout

Today I continue with the idea of using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as a starting point for your scrapbook layout design.  This week we step away from the Blooms & Bliss DSP we used in the Aquarium layout, but build upon what you learned in that layout-cutting a sheet of DSP to span two pages. 

This layout is slightly more advanced to create than the Aquarium layout since the DSP chosen to span the pages has writing (we want to keep it upright!) and the base pages also use DSP with a pattern. However, it still is easily recreated, even for the beginning scrapbooker.

All patterned papers used to create this double page layout were selected from the Neutrals DSP stack.

As was done on the Aquarium layout, the spanning DSP paper is cut once creating sheets which then measure: 12″x4.5″ & 12″x7.5″.  Because there are words on this paper, you must pay attention that you are cutting it so that your words are upright (to read them!) AND that your 12″x4.5″ will be the LEFT page piece.

Just like on the Aquarium layout, you will apply the DSP up to the inner edge of each base page and the Silver Foil paper 12″x1/2″ strip against it.

Since your background paper has a striped design, here is a design skill tip: Notice the direction of your stripes.  In the double layout I have chosen to use the stripes to help move your eyes from top left to bottom right of the left page and from bottom left to top right of the right layout page.  Creating a “V” is no coincidence.  Placement of stripes in eye movement order allows for a more viewer friendly layout.

The placement of the photo mats also follows a traditional pattern of eye movement-upper left to lower right. Surprise: the stamped dancing girl begins to complete the “V”, while indicating to move to the next page with her outstretched leg!

Movement is important in design elements.  Without using arrows to point, the paper and stamp designs can provide movement on your page.

Details/Materials to recreate:

  • Neutrals DSP stack: 1 sheet Black/White words paper, 2 sheets Smokey Slate/White striped paper
  • Silver Foil: 2 strips 12″x1/2″
  • Smokey Slate: 2 sheets 8.5″11″.  Each sheet should provide 3) 6.25″x4.25″ mats and enough scraps leftover to cut the scalloped circle framelits dies and make 1/2″ strips for the pages- Left page: 1/2″x2.75″, 1/2″x3.5″, 1/2″x3″. Right page: 1/2″x3.25″
  • The Beautiful You stamp set was used with Archival Grey ink. Girls were created with a technique called paper piecing. Girl images were first stamped onto the white mats and also onto the Neutrals DSP stack scraps I chose as clothing colors. The clothing only was then cut out of the DSP stamped images and glued over the images stamped onto the white cardstock. Prior to gluing (tombo mono-adhesive) the clothing pieces down, I used the Calapso Coral watercolor pencil and aqua painter-took aqua painter to tip of pencil to acquire color and applied to body parts on the white cardstock for skin tones.
  • Scraps of blasic black cardstock were used to die cut layering circles
  • 6 Whisper White mats 6″x4″ are needed for double matting and stamp areas
  • 2 Whisper White Stitched Shape Framelit circles are needed on which to stamp what is the theme/title circles on the pages.

I hope this is helping some scrapbookers out there to create AND understand some of the basic design of pages.

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Quick cards: Using the rule of 3rds

I started this month with a type of intro to scrapbooking by showing how to turn a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) into inspiration and the design element for a page; A basic skill all beginning paper crafters learn with or without the realization that they’ve learned it!

I didn’t want to leave my card making friends out of the loop.  So, today I’d like to share a similar concept with card making in mind.

This one rule can get you far in papercraft design: The rule of 3rds. See if you can spot it in the card below.

Two-thirds of this card is the This Christmas DSP with music notes.  One-third is the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Between the two is a small enough strip that the eye will not mind the split, but provide a place to accent and create a focal point, which on this card is  the Watercolor Wishes Kit Sentiment “Just A Note” stamped on Layering Circles Framelits. It is all adhered to a matching Basic Black card base.

Below you shall find the measurements to recreate the basic 3rds card design.  Looking around at various cards, you’ll notice how frequently this starting point is used in the card making world!

The above diagram shows too, how easily it would be to select 1 DSP and make this card.  Both prints above are actually just 1 paper that is double sided!  If you first cut your DSP the same size as the “Insert” (where you write your inner card message), then cut that DSP to form the two sizes, flip over one piece to show the other side’s design and you have the two prints above.

Here is a sample of the Rule of Thirds card made from the cardstock in the diagram above:

Notice I flipped the orientation of the smaller section to the bottom this time and stamped my sentiment (also from the stamps included in the Watercolor Wishes Kit) directly on the DSP.  The boots are from the Country Livin’ stamp set; colored with aqua painter to ink to paper.  I also misted ink onto the Occasions catalog Lace doilies to get the color to match my sentiment.

The rule of 3rds closely resembles the rule of threes.  Odd numbers are typically more pleasing to the eye and you’ll often see designers use 3 of something.  Check out the Watercolor Wishes Kit stamped sentiment above- there are 3 hearts.

If you look back at this recent card post using the Build It Framelits, you’ll notice I used a variation on the rule of 3rds diagram provided above.  I eliminated the center strip and instead added an addition cardstock mat.  The pegboard and bottom sentiment spot still maintain the 2/3 to 1/3 area splits.

I show you this card so that you see that the first two examples are just the jumping off point to this rule of 3rds design.  Try it on your next card or scrapbooking project for quick, easy, and eye-appealing results. And don’t be afraid to flip it on it’s side too for a bottom opening card!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Blooms & Bliss DSP: At the Aquarium Scrapbook Layout

I recently sat down with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a few double page scrapbook layouts which any beginning scrapbooker could recreate and still happily show-off with pride.   All of this month’s layouts have one thing in common: they all start with 1 piece of 12″x12″ DSP which I used as the focal paper for the double page spread.  How I cut and used that DSP and the other papers I added changed only slightly.  However, the photo orientation and matting is what changes the layout designs.

This Aquarium themed layout starts with 1 sheet of  the 12″x12″ blue speckled paper in the Blooms & Bliss DSP pack.  As you see in the final double page spread below, the chosen DSP will be cut and be used on both the left and right pages of the layout.

Island Indigo & Mint Macaron, the main colors in the DSP,  were pulled as I chose the color scheme for this aquarium layout.  In addition to these two colors, I added Whisper White cardstock to brighten and provide a nice stamp background for the images. Plus, since I’m now mainly working with photos printed from my Selphy printer, I like to double mat my photos (I’ve always preferred double mats and with the postcard size prints from the Selphy, it is easier to trim a smidgen off one side and double mat.)

I have more (small) photos I’d like to use and decided to add them to the area with the jellyfish.  During my thought/creative process I thought that would be a great place for title placement using the Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp, “At the Aquarium”, but have since decided the photos & journal block (lower left, right page) will speak for themselves and I would rather have the added photos on the page.  Since you, my readers, might also have the same dilemma, I thought I’d pencil in the sizes for these small photos and you could decide if you stamped your title here or added additional small photos as I have chosen to do.

Because I knew I would be using the watercolor pencils and aqua painter pens to color in my images, I chose Archival Grey Ink as my stamping ink. It handles the water (always distilled) well.

If you are very new to watercoloring, you may wish to use watercolor paper only.  Until you learn to control the water content, it is very hard not to overwork Whisper White cardstock (it pills easily).  I used watercolor paper to create the turtles, which I later cut out only after allowing them to dry & then embossing with clear powder. You could certainly use this same process for the jellyfish and marlin and apply with glue; it would even provide added dimension to the page, which you may prefer.

Materials recreate this layout:

  • 2 sheets 12″x12″ Island Indigo cardstock as background
  • 1 sheet speckled Island Indigo & Mint Macaron 12″x12″ from Blooms & Bliss DSP stack. Cut once to create a 4.5″x12″ (Left layout-applied up to inner spread edge) AND 7.5″x12″ (Right Layout-applied to inner spread edge.)
  • 2 sheets 8.5″x11″ Mint Macaron cardstock.  Cut both sheets as shown in the photo below:
  • 1 sheet 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock. Cut 6) 4″x6″ and 2) 2″x4″
  • 1 sheet Watercolor paper
  • 1 Aqua Painter Pen filled with distilled water (tap water could later lead to mold or spotting problems).
  • A paper towel to blot off water & previous colors as you watercolor
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Versamark (Using a dry aqua painter a Versamark refill can be used to apply Versamark to the area which you wish to apply the clear embossing powder. Should you decide to cut out all images from watercolor paper you could smoosh the Versamark pad over the images.  OR… If you own the retired, but still widely available in other markets Versamark pen, that can be used)
  • Clear Embossing Powder (all my images were dried after watercoloring, covered with versamark, and embossed.)
  • Heat gun to set Embossing Powder
  • Stamp Set From Land To Sea
  • Archival Grey Ink
  • SU! Snips-fine tip scissors
  • Tombo or other adhesive (I used both Snail & tombo)
  • Clear Wink of Stella (If you desire glitter on the jellyfish and marlin, do this prior to adding the Versamark & Embossing.  It will seal in the glitter!)
  • Paper Trimmer to cut the cardstock

Further Instructions:

  • The pieces Mint Macaron 1/2″x2.75″ and 1/2″x3″ are butted up against the Blooms & Bliss DSP. Both 1/2″x2.75″ pieces were flush with the Island Indigo edges.  The 1/2’x3″ is centered.  (This allows me to use my scraps & avoid cutting down a 12″x12″ sheet of Mint Macaroon for a 1/2″x12″ strip)
  • My small photos (faint pencil lines) on the jellyfish mat are: left top to bottom: 1.75″x1.75″, 2″x1.75″ & 1.75″x1.75″ Right side: 2.25″x2″

I hope this helps some of you create your layouts.

Until next time…

-Joanne

A simple paper, scissors, glue project

Today is a very quick share of a very simple paper, scissors, and glue project perfect for on the go crafting.

Sometimes I want to create, but want to do so with as few materials as possible. This is especially true if I plan to create away from home. These following creations were made with that thought in mind.

I made these two pocket cards for my scrapbook album from the A Little Foxy paper stack and a Whisper White & Smokey Slate Die cut – I always cut extras when I’m working with any of the shaped Framelits I own so I have them on hand on days I’m not feeling up to die-cutting-or when I’ll be crafting away from home.

The little foxes were so cute on the paper and cutting them out was time consuming, but it didn’t take much energy to cut them and these little cards are too cute with those tiny little foxes added.  Plus, it really is nothing to take a 6″x6″ sheet of this paper and a pair of scissors with you to create!

I also thought these little cards (3″x4″)  would easily be turned into a card front with a “congratulations” or “welcome baby” or “hello, foxy” stamp sentiment, so making multiples of these makes sense if you aren’t using them as pocket cards like I decided with these 2.

So, if you don’t have a card kit or Paper Pumpkin kit to do in a pinch and don’t want to drag a lot of materials with you, try choosing a paper which you can cut out the shapes (in this case foxes) and adhere to a matching designer paper. Add coordinating cardstock die cuts for the perfect little on the go project.

Materials needed to make the cards above:

  • A Little Foxy 6″x6″ paper stack: this has the little foxes to cut out AND provides matching paper to make the pocket cards (sized 3 15/16″x4″ to fit standard Project Life pocket pages)
  • Paper Trimmer: to Cut paper to the pocket card size you desire (you could make 4″x6″ also, I didn’t need them for my project) *Pre-cut to prep an on-the-go kit.
  • Fine tip scissors- Stampin’ Up! Snips
  • Pre-cut Die cut shapes: I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits for the Whisper White Oval and Layering Circles Framelits for the Smokey Slate Scalloped Circle
  • Your favorite adhesive: Tombo in the white/green bottle works great
  • I gathered all of these materials in an empty Paper Pumpkin box for easy grab-n-go crafting. By pre-cutting the cards & dies, I could leave the Big Shot, Framelits, & Paper Trimmer at home & just take smaller items in this box.

If you are away from home sitting at an appointment waiting room, at a child’s activity, or on vacation, remember that you can take your crafting with you.  In this example even just taking the paper with the little foxes, scissors and a baggie for your cut out foxes would give you a head start on these cute little cards for later…and perhaps save you from reading an out of date well-handled magazine at a doctor’s office!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne