September 05, 2015

Bring It All Together

Working with embellishments is one of the most enjoyable aspect of scrapbooking. If  you have  pieces from the same collection it should be easy to use them on a layout since these are designed to go together in terms of colour, pattern and scale. Things become more interesting when you choose to work with assorted collections or different brands. A bit more effort may be needed to bring together a variety of unrelated items but you'll be rewarded with a finished layout containing a unique combination of embellishments. And that's exactly how I approach designing pages for Memories Trend - as a creative opportunity to design with a wide range of embellishments.


So what are the embellishments I get to play with? A hot-air balloon, gold vellum leaves, fabric yoyos in primary colours, crocheted lace and a trio of black birds - a lovely selection of fun and happy items. My plan for organizing them into a coherent design is to place the photo in the middle of the page and have the embellishments swirl around it in a gentle falling motion. I also crafted some handmade pieces to help connect these elements. One example is the polka-dotted pocket. It frames the photo while referencing the colourful yoyos dancing around on the right. Another example is the striped basket made out of red and white cardstock. It's filled with delicate gold leaves and floats upward courtesy of the hot-air balloon. The little birds also get their own perch in the form of a ticket-roll banner.      


Making pages like this where I have total artistic freedom to chose which supplies to work with, how to compose the layout, the mood and character of the end-product is enormously satisfying and I'm really thankful for the amount of creative licence Anna of Memories Trend gives me. If I've interested you with this post then you might like to check out my newest work for them. You'll find it over on the Challenge section of the Memories Trend blog where the theme this month is Back-To-School.

Memories Trend Supply List : Bazzill (Embossed Cardstock Peek-a-Boo Leaves, Classic White Cardstock, Classic Red Cardstock), Crate Paper Confetti (Festival, Acetate & Vellum Ephemera), Echo Park Everyday Eclectic Element Stickers, Basic Grey (Piccadilly Fabric Circle Stickers, Little Black Dress Lace Stickers, Plumeria Hearts & Flower Stamp), Ranger (Liquid Pearl Gold, Archival Ink Monarch Orange), WRMK Cropadile Corner Chomper, Fiskars Pinking Shears. Others : Echo Park Recorded Right Now, Crate Paper (Confetti Chipboard Phrases, Open Book Vellum Phrases)

Photo Credit : Pezibear

August 30, 2015

Featuring A Dalmation

One layout leads to another. This layout using the August Citrus Twist Kits is a modification of one from last month. What's the change? The page again features three main elements but this time I reshuffle them into an inverted triangle design. Triangles also appear in the form of envelop flaps linking the elements as they point from one to the other. These flaps are moreover useful in that they raise off the page adding a sense of depth to the layout. And, finally, I enjoy inserting several Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy die-cut pieces, especially that spotty dalmation who looks like he's accompanying the little girl on her walk through a flower-strewn field. It's a bit like creating a storybook illustration.


Citrus Twist Aug Kits : October Afternoon Summertime Puffy Clouds, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes, Pinkfresh Happy Things Rustic Triangles, Crate Paper (Confetti Surprise, Poolside Sunshine), Kaisercraft Fiesta Hola, Chickaniddy 365 Cloud 9

Photo Credit : Jill

August 25, 2015

Along The Edges

What could be more appropriate when scrapping a photo of summer splashing than creating a border of mini swimming pools? That's exactly what I'm going for as I line the edges of my page with rectangle pieces from the Crate Paper Poolside cut-apart sheet, choosing predominantly blue-coloured items for a watery effect. Since no pool is complete without rippling water I add some lines of stamping where the undulating calligraphy is reminiscent of gentle waves. It almost feels like I'm designing a 6"x8" frame for a photo to be dropped into the middle. I think I'll explore more edge-emphasized projects next month, it's a fun alternative to center-focused designs.


Citrus Twist July Kits : Crate Paper Poolside (Admit One, Heat Wave), Chickaniddy Yipee Picnic Party, Seven Paper Amelia Washi Strip, Citrus Twist Stamp

Photo Credit : Public Domain

August 20, 2015

Shape Shifting

What's my favourite thing from this month's Citrus Twist Kits? It's the Pinkfresh Happy Things Rustic Triangles paper. I adore the quirky, whimsical doodles flowing across the paper in a series of interlocking triangles. Inspired by the geometric theme I created this graphic style page dominated by twenty five circles. Turning triangles into circles meant I was able to capture the in-between spaces where the apex of triangles met, bringing an added layer of complexity and intriguing randomness to the pattern mix. I think Trina plans to include more Pinkfresh products in next month's kit and I for one am thoroughly looking forward to that.  


Citrus Twist August Kits : Pinkfresh Happy Things Rustic Triangles, Seven Paper Amelia 003, Crate Paper Craft Market Inventory, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes, white cardstock,

Photo Credit : Nikolapeskova, Photomagaflor, RyanMcGuire

August 15, 2015

Troubles With Gold Foil

Still having fun with Dear Lizzy's Fine & Dandy ephemera pieces from my July Citrus Twist Kit - two of them this time, layered on top of each other. To bring out the gold in the foil card I use a dark navy card base. I needed something to tie the base to the sentiment and then it hit me there's a small floral pattern paper in the kit which can be fussy cut to create the perfect cascading border.


The card came together quickly after that but when it came time to photograph it I faced quite a challenge. Shooting it under diffused natural light conditions resulted in a flat looking card where none of the colors popped. When I switched to using studio lights, I got better contrast but then the reflective gold foil would blow out. This is the best shot of the lot and I'm going with it because the reveal dateline is due tomorrow.

Citrus Twist August Kits : Kaisercraft Fiesta Hola, Crate Paper Poolside Summertime, Chickaniddy 365 Cloud 9, Simple Stories Summer Vibes Enamel Dots, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes. Others : navy cardstock