Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stormy Seas


I love the Pacific coast and spend quite a bit of time there.  Here is another digital layout from my January 2018 trip.


The layout is fairly simple. I used diagonal mats to create continuity. I liked the look of the rusty prongs from the Oceanside pack so I added them to the first photo.  The sandy border was just what I needed for beach photos so I extended it across both pages. For a fun look, I added a sand splat to the upper right corner of the first page.


I flipped the layout for the second page and added some netting and a bird to the large photo. The sea grass and driftwood anchor the bottom left photo to the page.

Project Supply List:
  • Papers - Day at the Beach (CMD)
  • Sandy border, sand splat, rusted prongs, driftwood, tags and net - Oceanside Pack
  • Wave border - Summer Doodles (MMDCS)
  • Birds, grass and shells - Walking By the Sea (Sekada)




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I Wuff You

Oh my! What a cute puppy. This is another stamp from the Valentine Pals stamp set*. Don't you just love him? I started by stamping him on  Whip Cream* cardstock with Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink*. Next, I colored him with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers (TN1, TN2, TN3, PP1 and BP2).  One of the things I really like about the FSJ Fusion inks is that you can color them with just about any medium without having to worry about the ink smearing.



Do you like that background?  I made it with Liquid Color*, coffee filters and photo paper.  It's a really fun (and messy) technique.  I made a video tutorial a few months ago. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/_pn8k-3zpgo

I used the Decorative Hearts die set* to cut the heart from Whip Cream* and Bubble Gum* cardstock.  The 1.5" x 4" floral paper strip is from the Follow Your Heart Prints paper pack*.
Next, I added some pink organza ribbon and a tag and finished it off with some Pink World sequins*. It was really fairly quick and simple and oh so cute!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve

A digital scrapbooking layout? What's going on here?

Well, I have thousands of photos on my comptuer that are just begging to be scrapbooked.  One of my goals this year is to actually FINISH a scrapbook including having it printed. Toward that end, I've decided to consolidate my scrapbooking blog with my card making blog.  Going forward you will find a fusion of both digital and physical creations. I have a passion for both card making and photography and this just made sense.

First, here's a little information about the pictures in this layout...

If you head South out of North Bend on the Cape Arago Highway, you'll eventually come across Seven Devils Road which will lead you to the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.  It's right in the middle of some pretty rugged terrain, but the road leading to it is good.  You can't see much from the parking lot so you'll want to bring a good pair of walking shoes and maybe even a walking stick.  The trails are well maintained but some are a little steep.  The views make the drive and the hike well worth it.

Here are a couple pages I made in My Memories Suite using the pictures I took last January.

Picking a color palette to accent my photos is always a challenge.  I try to keep my choices to just 1 or 2 digital paper packs, but I'm not always successful.  For this two page spread I chose papers from Fireflies (MMDCS) and Day At the Beach (CMD).

For the blue and orange layers, I added photo boxes first and sized them to the dimensions I wanted. After that I added the background papers as photos and dropped them into the photo boxes.  It's always best to do any resizing before dropping the papers or photos into your photo boxes or you may end up with distorted images.



One of the things I love about digital scrapbooking is having so much control over image sizes and zoom levels.  The bridge on the above page was actually from a landscape photo. Since there was no more room on the page for a landscape shot, I dropped the photo into a portrait oriented photo box and zoomed in on just the bridge.

I don't often use a lot of embellishments on my pages, just a little here and there to accent the photos or page topic.  The embellishments for this spread came from several different kits from My Memories as follows:
  • Tags - Bella Grace Add On Kit (jjscrap)
  • Washi Tape - Beach Romance (kapi)
  • Stitches - Day at the Beach (CMD)
  • Frame, green and red leaves - Autumn Garden (CatDes)
  • Bow - Turtle Cove (MMDCS)
  • Fir sprig - A Little Birdie Told Me (DBMarci)
  • Star Confetti - Fireflies(MMDCS)
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mice to Know You!

Valentine's day is coming soon and here is an adorable card you can make for a friend or loved one.


Isn't that little mouse cute?  It's part of a set of four critters from the Valentine Pals stamp set* from Fun Stamper's Journey.  If you don't like fussy cutting there's also a matching die set.*

Construction:

 I started with a Sweet Berry* card base and added a background I made several months ago using Liquid Color and photo paper.  You can read more about that technique HERE..

Next, I cut a 1.25" x 4" border strip from a sheet out of the Follow Your Heart Prints paper pack* and adhered that about 1/2" up from the bottom of the card.  I positioned the small striped strip from Deco Strips - Black Sticker Strips* about 1/4" down from the top of the gray border.

Then, I used the medium sized heart from the Decorative Hearts die set* to cut a heart from Bubble Gum cardstock* and a background from Whip Cream cardstock*.  Then, starting from the outer edges, I inked each of them with Sweet Berry true color fusion ink* so that the outer edges are darker than the centers.  Once that was done, I adhered the two pieces together and adhered them, slightly tilted, to the left side of the card.

I stamped the mouse onto Whip Cream cardstock* and colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers: IG1, IG2, FS5, and BP2. After coloring it I used the die from the the matching die set* and popped it up on medium foam squares* on the right side of the heart.

I used the smallest heart from the Heart Felt die set* to cut a heart from Rustic Rose cardstock* and stamped "Mice to know you" from the Valentine Pals stamp set*. I popped that up on medium foam squares* just above and to the right of the large heart.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Coffee Filter Rose

For Thanksgiving this year, my son set an empty place in honor of a soldier he lost from his unit and he asked me for a rose to include in the place setting.  There is quite a bit of symbolism to each item at the table and he didn't have all of them this year but he plans to make this a tradition every year.
Not knowing about the tradition beforehand, I did not realize the rose was supposed to be red, so it was white this year. I made it from a large coffee filter and I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt.  Several people asked me for a tutorial, so here it is.

The coffee filter I used is enormous, but you could use any size filter. Why do I have such enormous filters? A friend of a friend ordered the wrong size and rather than send them back, gave them to me. I've been trying to figure out what to do with them ever since.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas Card With Spirelli Ornaments

Christmas is just over a month away and I am behind on making my Christmas cards!  Here is a beautiful card that takes less time than you may think.  I find Spirelli, the technique of wrapping the thread around the scalloped circles, relaxing.  I love watching as the geometric forms take shape. It kind of reminds me of Spirograph.


When I make the ornaments, I don't count the notches. I like having a variety.  Just remember that the fewer notches you skip, the larger the center aperture.

If  you're new to Spirelli, here's a video explaining how to do it as well as instructions for completing this card.  Even if you're not new to Spirelli, you might find a useful tip for keeping your thread from unraveling. ;)


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