Traveler’s Notebook Spreads - Guest Contributor, Norine

     Posted by Norine on March 17, 2019

Hello again friends, I’m delighted to be back again with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share with you!  Along with that I have a couple of tips and tricks to Stretch Your Supplies, Make It Work and Use What You Have in your paper crafting.  Lets jump right in!

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Here’s a layout of my two grand babies.  The photo is a couple of months old now, but those two are just as sweet as ever!  Archie has a lot of words at his disposal now, having recently turned 2(!) but he doesn’t yet say his sister’s name, favoring HIIBEEBEE over Ramona!  Lol.  We recite them often.

Archie, say Papa.  ”Papa”

Archie, say Mimi.  ”Mimi”

Archie, can you say cheese?  ”Cheese!”

Archie, say Archie.  ”Awchie”

Archie, say Ramona.  ”HIIBEEBEE!”

LOL!

The first thing I want to make note of, to do with layout design though, (ok fine, with most things in life) is I have a hard time choosing between one thing and another.  In this case, traveler’s notebooks.  Some have flimsy paper pages (not a huge fan) but have WHITE paper.  I like that.  White paper makes me happy.  Other’s have lovely thick card stock paper but the paper color is ecru.  That’s what the case is here - I’m using beautiful Dylusions notebooks from Ranger, because the paper weight is so great, with pattern choices between graph, lines and dots.  But the paper color is cream.  Sometimes it doesn’t matter at all, but on the occasions when I have a particular paper I want to use - like the blue hearts on white background, or something in the photo is a particular color, then the cream colored paper doesn’t work that well.  So I painted the paper with white craft paint.  Simple as that.  Now I can make my Dylusions notebook work for whatever color of paper or photo I want to use!  This tip falls into the Make It Work category.

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The heart patterned paper I used is from the Love Story line from Webster’s Pages.  I cut the sheet at an angle and glued it to the notebook pages, then added a couple of contrasting strips of washi tape to delineate between the patterned paper and the painted section on top.  In the Stretch Your Supplies category, I love using my stamps on memory keeping pages.  Besides painting the paper white, I stamped a leafy design on the top section with a pale mint green ink, mostly so that I could include pale mint green clouds and the “happiness” chipboard embellishment, without it seeming odd.  I also included a small piece of mint green mat paper behind the photo to establish that color as a purposeful design choice.

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I die cut the letters for the title using the MFT Emmet alphabet dies and the wood veneer bunny is from the Kaisercraft Woodlands embellishment pack.  The “best of friends” is from one of my own packs of phrase strips (I think still available in the store).  All of the chipboard pieces are from various kit clubs and collections in my stash and the navy burlap heart is die cut using a Sizzix steel rule die.  Lori has made up similar heart embellishment packs in past and I always love them!

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Moving on to layout number 2, I am feeling the lennnngggth of this winter up in Minnesota and wanted to do a layout to remember summer!

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Here, you can see the color of the notebook paper I was referring to above.  It works ok for this photo though, and I simply chose patterned mat papers (all from stash scraps) that supported the cream card stock, although you can see a couple of pieces of white edges sticking out among the other mats and I don’t hate it.  Those white pieces are actually journaling cards.  And here we have a tip for the Use What You Have category.   Somehow, in all the paper packs I’ve acquired, I seem to have collected more journaling card papers than I will ever use, so this is one way to use them up, letting their edges peek out as photo mats.

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If you’ve been into the store since last summer, you’ll have seen the rack of various word/phrase chipboards, designed by yours truly, and laser cut by Lori’s Laser Division.  The heart shapes are also available in the store.

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I love the look of layered papers and thick chipboard or wood veneer embellishments, but I will admit that my notebook is already getting very bulky, so I tried to reduce that a little on this page (and Stretch My Supplies) by embellishing with stamps.  Both of the stamps I’ve used on the left hand page are an Ali Edwards stamp set (that I’m glad has survived all purges to this point) and to make them a cohesive unit, I drew a box around them and the heart embellishments, first using a straight edge and Sharpie marker, and then with a wonky, hand drawn line.  The card stock camera embellishment and washi tapes are from my stash and the “awesome” banner is from the Boys Rule line from Cocoa Vanilla.

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Thanks for stopping by today to see what’s new!  If you see some products here that you’re particularly interested in, leave a comment or contact Lori about ordering the same or something similar.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Explore, Dream, Discover

     Posted by Lisa on March 10, 2019

Sometimes as we explore art we dream of a project that just doesn’t want to come out the way we expected.  Through the process we discover patience and perseverance.

Don’t give up when something isn’t turning out as you expected, walk away, come back and try again.

This project was one of those.  I had a vision and well it just wasn’t working.  Many, many layers and a nights sleep later the end result is totally different than what I imagined…but I LOVE how it eventually turned out!

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Pink…it seems to be my nemesis, I don’t use it often but once in a while it’s the right colour.  However it seems to be the colour I struggle most with trying to get it just right.

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But you know using things that you struggle with create a challenge, they make you try techniques or products you haven’t done before.

Then at the end you just have to giggle over the feelings of frustration, and how you almost let a colour get the best of you!

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Normally I share some of the products I used, hmmm so many through the layers not entirely sure I could event attempt to list them.

There was lots of gesso, sprays, paint, waxes and embossing powder.  All thrown into the mix for the end result!

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I do know that the background started by gluing some packaging that I saved to recycle rather than throwing out.  Texture paste and stencils started the layers for this piece.

To support the fun little frame I picked up years ago (it’s about 3×4″) I added a layer of paper straws.   This allowed me to layer some embellishments under the corners of the frame.

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The body of the dragonfly was made using Prima molds, I discovered that hot glue works well in them.  I also discovered that a large glue gun works better than a mini gun.

The wings were cut from Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight die, an oldie but a goodie!

The saying ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ definitely applies to this project!

I also remind myself that not every piece I create will be a masterpiece, I mean really it’s not going in a gallery or anything LOL!

Have fun with everything you create and don’t give up!!

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