Archive for April, 2008

Ah, chipboard…..

April 30, 2008

chip·board

-noun

1.  a low grade of cardboard, used as a backing for pads of paper, a stiffener for photographs in mailing, etc.

2.  a thin, stiff sheet material made from wastepaper.

3.  a type of board made from compressed waste wood bound together with synthetic resin.

Oh but we as artists, memory keepers or the like would prefer to think of it as a new medium to create lovely works of art!

As you have been noticing, Houston has made some fabulous home decor projects with our Maya Road chipboard trees, you saw Vivian use Scenic Route chipboard butterflies in a lovely layout about her daughter, and the list goes on.  We also offer classes that feature mini chipboard albums, check out our website for the class schedule.

We LOVE chipboard at our store and have a plethora to choose from:  Maya Road, Scenic Route, etc.

A few examples:

And on the subject of houses:  These albums would make great projects for documenting a move, your new house, the dream of building a house, etc.  You could even use them as gifts for a house warming, decorate the house and add recipes on the inside, etc.

Thanks for indulging me as I myself am in the middle of settling into a new house.  I used the last example to document our humble abode.  Of course I made a few alterations, took the rings off and used the bind-it-all to bind it together.  I also recycled a piece of bind-it-all wire for the smoke coming out of the chimney.

Come visit us and let us guide you on renovating a chipboard house of your own!

Creative cheers, Rachel

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Jenni Bowlin Mini Die Cut Label Papers

April 30, 2008

Having long been a fan of Jenni Bowlin products, I was thrilled to discover her new Mini Die Cut Label Papers. These cute little label papers measure 4″ X 4″ and come in an 18-pack, with three each of six different colors. Here’s a quick snapshot of the different colors:

Die Cut Papers

Here, I combined the brown mini die cut label paper with some other new fun products (Scenic Route Grafton paper, dinosaurs handcut from Basic Grey Archaic paper, and Making Memories Tiny Alphas in brown ledger) to create a 6″ X 6″ birthday card. The label paper and the dinosaurs are adhered with pop dots, creating three layers and lots of dimension:

Jenni Label Birthday Card

On this layout, I turned the label paper on its side, allowing the curves of the paper’s edges to help draw attention to my title and to the subject in my photograph. I paired the label paper with new American Crafts products here – the paper and chipboard are from the Spring & Summer line and the title letters are Poolside vinyl:

Sheer Joy

I keep thinking of new ways to use these papers, and can’t wait to try some (or all) of the following ideas:

  • using one of the papers as a photo mat for a small photo
  • creating a mini-album with several of the papers, attaching them with a binder ring in one corner
  • cutting the papers across at the point and using them to create fun placecards
  • using one of the papers to house my title

We’ve got a lot of different Jenni Bowlin products in the store – click here to see more!

Home Decor with Houston – Place for You

April 28, 2008

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Here it is, the “Place For You” piece to complete your set of wall art!  Just follow the same steps from last Monday!

Roof Trim

A fun little addidition to the houses was trimming the roof lines with scalloped or pinked edges.  So dust off those decorative scissors and channel your inner architect!

Supplies Used :  Background paper, Scenic Route: Houses, Maya Road: Patterned Papers, October Afternoon (a great company coming soon to Scrapbook Destination): Ink, Colorbox; Letters, Making Memories: Ribbon, Making Memories.

Have a great Monday,

Houston

 

Sketch on Sunday

April 28, 2008

I love working with sketches.  They are a powerful tool that help me most of my limited scrapbooking time.  Sketches are like a blueprint for your pages. The help me formalize my design, figure out where to place photos and embellishments and make the most of my supplies. You can find sketches in just about every industry magazine, there are tons of books (Layout Blueprints, Best of Becky Higgins’ Sketches)  and, starting today, a new sketch right here. Each week we’ll supply you with a new sketch to spark your creativity.

I used the sketch with some scraps from the super fun Cogsmo line of paper from Cosmo Cricket.  I used just a couple rubons and a Bazzill ‘Big Chip’ star to embellish the layout.

The great thing about sketches is that you can use them over and over for different looks or projects.  I used the same sketch to make a birthday card with the leftover scraps from the layout.

We would love to see how you interpret our sketches; bring your finished project to the store so we can ooh and ahh in person or email a photo and we’ll share it on the blog.

Happy scrapping!

Crafting With Kids: Mini Books

April 26, 2008

I don’t know if you all have had the time to make your creative box for your kids yet, but let me tell you what happened with mine once I introduced it to them. Creative crafting all weekend long! Literally.

So I decided that I need to help them get a little focus and not just jump from one thing to another going through paper and pictures like crazy. I decided to create a little mini book for them.

Taking a few, maybe three, pages of the pre-cut paper from their box, we holed punched on one side. Then I dug through their stash and found some ribbon to tie the pages together.

We found pictures for them to use and I challenged them to stick with the project until their book was complete.

What I loved was the original journaling that they brought to the project. I was able to see from their perspective what Christmas or a birthday party was all about.

I plan on using some of their work on pages of my own, or even just leaving it as it is and dropping it into a page protector, in order to incorporate their work into our family’s history. I want them to feel that their feelings, thoughts and artwork are just as important as mine.

Have your child begin adding to your family’s history today!

Dillon’s work- 8 years old

Bailey’s work- 6 years old

Technique Friday: Fun With Brads!

April 26, 2008

Add a little excitement  and texture to your plain brads by heat-embossing them.  
Once you see how easy it is you will want to emboss all your brads. With so many kinds of embossing powders to choose from you are sure to create some unique looking brads. HAVE FUN!

Things you will need:

  1. Tweezers
  2. Brads- Any size ( the ones that are more flat on top work best) 
  3. Versa Mark or embossing ink
  4. Embossing powders
  5. Heat gun

  • Using your tweezers hold the brad prongs and press the top into the versa mark.

 

  • Dip into or sprinkle with embossing powder and heat. 


  •   Make sure you allow the brad to cool before touching. 
    *Try double embossing to get a thicker coat. Just repeat until you have the look you want.
    *You can also try using the Embellishment Glue Stick and fun flock to make your brads fuzzy.
      Just apply the glue to your brad and press fun flock on top. Make sure you allow the glue to dry    after you have flocked it otherwise your flock will rub off. 
     

 

 

Book Review: Photo Freedom, by Stacy Julian

April 24, 2008

 Stacy Julian’s scrapbooking philosophy, first laid out in Big Picture Scrapbooking, is simple: It’s not about getting it done. It’s about telling the stories. That makes a lot of sense to me, even though I spent many years trying to “catch up.” I finally realized (and some of you may have heard me say this!) that you’ll never be caught up unless you stop taking pictures, which I don’t recommend.

 

In her second book, Stacy goes on to describe, very specifically, the organizational system that allows her to tell the stories, rather than just scrapbook her pictures. She calls her system the “Library of Memories.” She has several stages she takes her photos through after they’re developed, including sliding them into storage binders (regular slide-in photo albums), sorting them into category drawers (for photos sorted by a variety of categories), library albums (for completed layouts), a memorabilia file (for those bits and pieces of life you want to save but often aren’t sure what you want to do with), and (she’s not done yet!) cold storage (photos you have no plans to scrap soon but don’t want to toss) and square punch drawers (she punches faces out of photos she’d otherwise throw away, and often uses them for mini books and the like).

 

Using these strategies for sorting her photos, Stacy is able to make connections between photos that she would never see if she scrapped chronologically. You might find photos of your son on his birthday every year, and put together a “through the years” page. Or perhaps you find you’ve taken a photo of the kids in front of the house every year on the first day of school—these make a perfect mini book that shows how they’ve grown, how their first-day fashions have changed, and even what lunchboxes were en vogue.

 

The great thing about this approach, when you’re freed from chronological scrapbooking, is that you can see patterns and relationships that wouldn’t be obvious if you were just trying to get “caught up.” Stacy gives a host of examples from her own scrapbooks, as well as short interviews with others who have adopted the “Library of Memories” approach. I found the idea both inspiring and stress-relieving; I can tell my stories simply and easily, without pressure! What a great gift. I know this is a book I’ll refer to again and again as I begin to create my own Library of Memories.

 

This just in!

April 24, 2008

Ready to be a Monet or a Van Gogh?! 

Arriving in our store today:  LuminArte Twinkling H20’s!  And WoWzers, the colors are fabulous!  We had a customer in today SO excited that we have these in stock and she has given us some helpful tips as well.  Come see us for a demo!

These semi-transparent self-blending colors combine into endless shades and hues.  They are non-toxic and safe for scrapbooking.  Dip in your wet paintbrush or use a watercolor brush by Aqua-Flo (also available at our store) and you’re ready to create your next work of art!

Cheers to your next plauteau of going beyond the scrapbook!

 

Designer’s Corner: Got Triangles?

April 23, 2008

One of the easiest and most effective design principles that you can incorporate into your scrapbook pages is the visual triangle. The idea is to use a trio of something to help move the viewer’s eye around the page and to retain focus on the page elements located in the center of the triangle. Visual triangles can be created in many ways, including using:

  • Three of the exact same embellishment
  • Three variations on the same embellishment (for example, three different label stickers, three different colored brads, three different types of flowers, etc.)
  • Three items that are the same color
  • Three areas of text
  • Three pieces of the same patterned paper
  • Three of the same shape
  • Three items that have dimension

I love how easy it is to create and use visual triangles on my pages and I love their impact. When I first learned about visual triangles I made a conscious effort to incorporate them on my pages. Now they are second nature to me and I often find that without even trying to I’ll subconsciously create one or more visual triangles on a layout.

In this first layout, I created a visual triangle with three stickers from Scenic Route’s new Grafton Boy sticker sheet, all of which have the same aqua background color (the three stickers are: 1) the dot on the “i” in the title, 2) the “are you ready for this?” circle, and 3) the “I don’t think so” strip). I also included a dark orange triangle: 1) my title, 2) the strip of polka dot patterned paper – also from Scenic Route’s new Grafton collection, and 3) the bit of bike visible on the patterned paper from Basic Grey’s new Cupcake collection, which I made more prominent than the other images on the patterned paper with the sticker placement. Both triangles draw attention to the photographs – and especially the focal point photograph – and to the journaling.

In this second layout, I again used two visual triangles (and Scenic Route products from their new Lynden and Providence lines):

  1. A pink triangle created by the two butterflies and the flower above the title. This triangle is further enhanced by dimension, since the butterflies are paper-covered chipboard and the flower is adhered with a pop dot, making it stick up off the page. This triangle calls attention to the photos and title.
  2. A triangle of three black brads. This triangle draws attention to the journaling.

I’ll leave you with one last example, which again uses two visual triangles:

  1. A trio of Scenic Route label rub-ons – each adhered to a different color of cardstock and trimmed or punched with a bit of a solid color border on the outside – that draws attention to the photographs.
  2. A trio of black brads, which draws attention to the journaling.

So…go ahead and try using visual triangles on your next page! If you’re already using them, see whether adding a second – or even a third – triangle will help to punch up your page design.

Home Decor with Houston – “Planted” Wall Art

April 21, 2008

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I was so excited to use the new Maya Road Trees and create some great art for our home!  Remember just because you bought it at Scrapbook Destination, it doesn’t have to be on a page, you can make wonderful art for your home with all of the amazing new papers!

The supplies that you will need to create this project are:

  • A 10″x13″ Frame
  • 1-12″x12″ piece of chipboard
  • A tin of Maya Road chipboard trees
  • Paper that mimicks wood grain I used the new Botanico line from Chatterbox!
  • Papers that strike you as spring, summer, and fall tree tops – All the paper tree backs are from Scenic Route’s Lyden, Providence, and Grafton lines
  • Colorbox Ink – Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, and three colors that say “bird” to you!
  • Ranger Crackle Paint – Shabby Shutters and Weathered Wood
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters, Weathered Wood, and Walnut Stain
  • 1 piece of 12×12 creamy grid paper from Scenic Route
  • 1-2 pkgs of tiny alphas from Making Memories
  • 1 small flower
  • 1 mini brad
  • 3 snowflake brads or die cuts
  • White thread
  • 1 piece of 12″ lace
  • 2 leftover brown Thickers from American Crafts
  • Small scrap of green paper
  • Tools of the Trade : Paper Trimmer, scissors, pencil, glue stick, pop dots, Crop-a-dile, sewing machine (optional), and 1/4″ Super Tape, and Glossy Accents or a heavy duty wet glue.

Instructions

  • Begin by choosing patterned paper for the tree tops of your spring, summer, and fall trees.  Trace the tree top shape onto the paper and cut out using scissors (or a craft knife).  Adhere the patterned paper to the front of the tree tops and ink the edges if you desire.  Do the same thing with the tree trunks of your choice. 

  • Ink the remaining tree trunks using Colorbox Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown = Summer  & Chestnut Roan = Winter)  You can also stamp on the Winter Tree with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink to give the impression of bark.
  • Ink your birds in the three colors of your choice.  You can then cut out the Thickers with your scissors to resemble wings and a nest if you would like.
  • Paint the winter tree top with Weathered Wood crackle paint and the three apples with the Shabby Shutters crackle paint, let dry. 

  • While your apples dry you can trim leaf shapes out of your green scrap to glue onto the apples and give them a little more dimension!
  • Once all of your crackle paint is dry you can use the matching ink to give some depth to the cracks by sponging it over the paint.  I used the Ranger blending tool for this, but a makeup sponge works well too!  Just make sure that the paint is dry or it will react with the ink and turn an upleasant purple color.
  • Now it’s time to assemble the trees, I used Glossy Accents to put them together, remember you just need a little and that it is a really strong hold so make sure of your placement before attatching.  I used the same glue to attatch all of my embellishments except for the snowflake brads which I used the Crop-a-dile to make holes through the tree back for those.
  • Now you want to trim your chipboard to 10×12″ then trim the small scrap leftover to 10″x1″ and attatch to the larger piece with painters tape or packing tape on the back of the chipboard.  Remember while you are doing this to keep checking for fit within your frame! 
  • Trim the piece of graph paper in the same way as above and glue to the chipboard, you can use a good glue stick for this.  Don’t worry about the seam, we will cover that later with the lace.
  • Now lay out your tree and lightly trace them onto the paper so that you won’t overlap your words with them.
  • Choose a favorite quote or scripture for your piece of art!  Spell this out with the tiny alphas from Making Memories, remember it doesn’t have to be perfectly straight, a little off center here and there is great. 
  • Once your phrase is down, run it through your sewing machine at both the top and bottom of each line to give it a homespun feeling!  This is optional.

  • Next you want to run the super tape along the seam of your papers and attatch your lace.
  • Now you are ready to attatch your trees to the paper, just remember to erase the pencil lines.  Again, I used Glossy Accents for this, just make sure that the glue you use is nice and strong! 
  • Let your masterpiece dry and then you are ready to slip it into the frame and hang it up on the wall.
  • Next week I will post the second piece in this set using the Maya Road Chipboard Houses.  Keep these directions handy because you will do the same things for that masterpiece.

Have a great week,

Houston