Mediterranean Moments: A Blooms & Bliss layout

For three weeks we have started a double page layout by starting with one 12″x12″ sheet of designer series paper (DSP) and cutting it to span the to pages on a double page scrapbook layout.  This week we will be using this same idea, however our orientation of the DSP will change.

*My apologies for the week delay in posting-technical difficulties & a busy week left no time to fix them until now…thanks for bearing with me…On to the layout:

The 5″x12″ DSP on this layout will be applied flush with the outer sides of each layout page, with the 12″x1/2″ Silver Foil strip against it .

Since we’ve flipped the orientation of the DSP to the sides, we’re including small banner strips (1″x11″ & 1/2″x10″) to ground the large (9 3/8″x8.5″) Rich Razzleberry mats which contain the smaller Whisper White photo mats (6″x4″ and 3″x4″).

The stamps used on the 2.5″x1″ banner piece are from the Project Life Hello Lovely Accessories.  The same Hello Lovely accessories stamp set was used for the flower on the journal card.

I really love the Mediterranean Moments cafe scene stamp and chose to add it on a 3″x3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the wonderful watercolor pencils and blender pens to color the image.  I later matted in on 3.25″ square of Sweet Sugarplum and added to one of the 6″x4″ photo mat areas where I used Blooms & Bliss DSP and centered a 6″x1.25″ strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock under the stamped image.

Having the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil really helps the color flow with this Blooms & Bliss cardstock.  I love the color coordination with Stampin’ UP! products!

For my beginning scrapbookers: Remember that this same layout design can be created with different designer series papers & stamps to fit your photo needs.

I do not add titles to all of my scrapbook pages, and instead rely heavily on a journal card to tell the reader the information behind the photos.  However, if you prefer having titles, try adding smaller ones along the sides or longer titles across the bottom of this layout.

I hope you enjoyed these 4 weeks of beginning scrapbook design layouts. My apologies again for those who were waiting a whole week longer on this last post in the 4 week series.  Thank you for your patience.

May is National Scrapbook Month.  What better time to get scrapping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

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

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