Yeah, it's not Monday anymore. In fact, the week is just about done. Blame it on the busy season, I guess. I had every intention of creating this post on Monday but while I wasn't looking the week passed me by and now it is Thursday. Well, here it is for your enjoyment now! :)
For this month's Technique Challenge we are going to work with our Product of the Month - Ranger Accents. We are adding paper pieced elements to our layouts and then using the Accents to highlight them further!
Paper piecing is so much fun to do. There are all kinds of designs on the internet but you can also use colouring pages like I did here. I included the image if you want to try this swallow, it is easy to do, it only has 11 pieces. And covering it with Glossy Accent made it so fancy!!
Of course I had to use Crackled Accent on the clock... I know not all old clocks are broken but it looks so great with that medium, I just can't help myself! lol
The keys were fun to do as well; These plastic shapes are designed to be lacquered. They look like they are made of copper because of their colour but really, they are plastic and well designed!! They have a little ring on the leys for example, that you use to hold your piece while you add the Accents on them and once it's dry, you cut off that little ring with scizors. I did a white one last week on my sketch double layout and on this layout, there is a black one made with Enamel Accent and also a clear one made with Glossy Accent.
Paper: TPC Studio - Memory Lane paper collection and Bazzill cardstock
Inks: Coffee Bean Chalk ink and black pigment ink pen
Other mediums: Glossy Accent, Crackle Accent and black Enamel Accent
Ornaments: One TPC Studio - Memory Lane Sticker, a paper clock, 2 plastic keys, black zipper
For this challenge, I decided to do a different take on the paper piecing thing. I actually used QuicKutz dies and then covered them with these mediums. The heart is covered with Crackle Accents and the apples as well as the words "apple" and "eyes" are covered in Glossy Accents. These mediums work wonderfully with die cuts to help them pop off the page.
Right now, most of us are probably running around all crazy trying to get everything done. But soon, the day will be here and it will be time to hopefully stop and enjoy the festivities. And of course to snap way too many photos! This week's "Quic-Kit" is perfect for scrapping some of the many captured holiday memories!
And while I am here I thought I would show off this month's Calendar Kit as well.
Getting the most out of your photographs….even the not so good ones!
If you are like me, you often look at a photograph and make a decision on whether or not you could build a layout around it. And, if you are still like me, you will often discount some of those photos because they are not great. We’ve all had them…photos where you might say…oh if only it was just this part, or closer, or clearer…. Well, I’m here to say don’t rush to discard some of those photos and to remind you of things that you can do with some of those not so great pics!
What about a photo that’s not quite in focus…a little blurry? Not to worry!
Originally I had hoped that the focus of this photo would be the little girl in the background, but she is a little too blurry for that. So, instead, I’ve made the focus my DD in the foreground and made the whole layout soft and romantic. You still get the feel of the fun the two of them are having without having a completely clear photo.
And we all have these ones…the too busy backgrounds or other distractions including headless “extras” in the photo. Well, if there are a few of these at the same event, I’d recommend cropping them quite small and matting them and then layering them so that they are grouped in your layout. You can tell they are part of the same timeframe and provide a “bigger picture” of the event while zooming in on the main subject of a photo. A great example is this layout of Heather’s. It is soooo cute! Even though she admitted to using the same photo over and over again but cropped differently, the same type of thing could be done with your “bad” photos!
Layout by Heather Haggett
Another way to add interest to a photo is through cropping pics. I think we all tend to crop to slightly smaller rectangles or squares, but think about cropping and matting just a “slice” of a photo. This works well when you want to zoom in a small section of the photo and works really well with architectural or landscape pics.
In this layout, the small photo is in a round frame. While I’m not sure if the original photo was a “not so great” one, this would still be a great way to crop and use one.
Layout by Ann Jobes
The photos on this layout have been trimmed to focus on the player. Love the circle framing Bev’s DGD, pulling her into focus from a pic containing another person.
Layout by Bev Code
Shelley has used landscape pics to make her title letters – what a great way to use photos that we probably all have a ton of!
Layout by Shelley Scheeringa
I love how Mim has cropped these pics to fit into a circle. Not only does it add interest, but is a great way to crop what might be run of the mill photos and make them unique!
Layout by Michele Harris
This is one of my favourite examples of a photo that is great, but far away. The scenery in this pic is wonderful, but the person in the pic could easily get lost. Love the way Tammy has used a frame (that she has also journalled on) to highlight the person!
Layout by Tammy Spruce
Another idea is that if you have a photo with the main subject off to one side, and maybe not too close up, you can slice the photo into sections and spread it across a larger space. This will lead your eye to the part of the pic you want to focus on and add interest to your page. This works well with photos that have something of interest or colour in the section of the photo that you want to cut. (Unfortunately, I don’t have an example of this one handy.)
I had intended to do a basic tutorial on making an accordion fold mini album, but I thought I'd incorporate the idea of doing a monthly "Currently" into the project as well. I've made this album twelve pockets large, perfect for on "Currently" sheet and photo each month. At the end of 2012, I'll have a snapshot of me throughout the year.
First off, you'll want to score a 12x12 piece of cardstock into thirds (at 4 inches and 8 inches), then you'll cut that 12x12 in half, so you have two 6 inch pieces. Fold them accordion style and glue together by overlapping two of the flaps. A 12-pocket album will use six–6 inch strips glued together.
Once your accordion is glued together, cut twelve 3 " x 4" rectangles and punch a half hole on one of the 4 inch sides. Then glue a rectangle to the right side of each two page spread. To get all twelve, you'll also be using the back of the accordion to house your pockets and photos.
I then printed off the questions and cut them into 3" x 4" rectangles. I also cut up a sheet of calender bingo cards from the Year•o•logy collection from Simple Stories (all patterned papers and stickers are from this line). I slipped the questions and the calendar in the pocket. When I answer my questions, I'll circle the date on the calendar, clever, no?
The final step is adding the cover. I cut a 6" x 12" piece of paper, scored it at 4.5" and 8.5" then glued the back page of the album to that scored part. Then I scored at 3.5" and 9.5" so the cover would fold up and around the accordion.
Decorate as desired, you can add a ribbon to hold it all together if you'd like. And there you have it, an accordion mini album, waiting to be filled.
Check out this fabulous tutorial from the head chef herself over at Jillibean Soup!
Sour Cream Containers
By Jill Yegerlehner
These cuties have become one of my favorite new things to make. I know they've been around for a while and I did not create anything new! I love the simplicity of them!
Step 1: Grab your papers, tacky tape (or some other sticky tape), twine, crimper and embellies.
Step 2: Cut your paper to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
Step 3: Put tacky tape (or some other sticky tape) on 3 sides - 1 short and 2 long. Make sure to put the tape on the backside - or the patterned side that will be in the inside of your container. Peel off the tape cover.
Step 4: Roll 2 short sides together, overlap to form roll (like toilet paper roll).
Step 5: Pinch one of the ends together (I usually have the seam in the middle).
Step 6: Add your treats.
Step 7: Once you've filled it with treats, pinch it closed by pinching the second end in the opposite direction of the first seam.
Step 8: Crimp edges with a crimper. You can skip this step if you do not have a crimper. They still look cute ;).