Creative Sunday ~~ Norine

Hi Everyone, how is your Sunday going?  Norine here today.

I wanted to show you how you can use a sketch and mix it up! There are umpteen sources for sketches out there, so I didn’t waste time trying to re-invent the wheel, and picked one from PageMaps.

This sketch is one of their September choices.

Here is the first layout I made using the sketch. You can see it sticks pretty close to the diagram with only minor deviations. It makes for a really quick and simple way to jumpstart your creativity.


And then I made this layout. I turned the sketch 90º to the right, and used only one photo instead of four. You can do that. There really are no rules in scrapbooking.


If you’re sitting at your scrap table today, wondering where to start, I challenge you to use this sketch and see what it inspires you to create! You could use any number of photos you like, or change it up in a million other ways. Your choice! We’d love to see what you make!

Posted under Design Team Inspiration

This post was written by Lori on September 30, 2012

Distress Marker Goodness ~~ Norine

Hi lovely people,  Norine here again with some Distress marker goodness!

I saw a cool tutorial by Jennifer McGuire that helped me understand how much I needed the Tim Holtz Distress Markers! I got right down off the fence and clicked Add-to-cart as fast as I could!! When I got them I tried this technique…

Stamp on 140 lb cold press water color paper with Versamark clear ink, emboss with white emboss powder and heat.
Color in the spaces with your choice of Distress marker colors. (Aside: The only drawback about these markers is that there aren’t MORE COLORS!! T!m. We need more colors!)
Mist fairly generously with water, dab randomly with a clean paper towel. Heat dry with an air gun or just let it sit till dry. With this kind of a stamp you get the most beautiful stained glass window effect and if you were to add some Perfect Pearls Pigment powder to your water mist, the ink will dry with a gorgeous sheen!! You can see how the color “shared” from one space to the next because of using lots of mist spray.

To view images larger, right click on photo and click view image.


Then I had to try another technique. I ran more 140lb cold press (sounds like an Olive Oil process does it not?) water color paper through an embossing machine (Big Kick, Big Shot, Cuttlebug, anything like that), several times to get a sharply raised design.
Then adhere the paper with repositionable adhesive to a craft mat, and using a brayer loaded up with Versamark, run it very carefully over the raised design. The idea is to get the raised part sticky enough for white embossing powder to stick to. (If you don’t have a brayer, you could draw over all the raised design with an adhesive pen.) Before heat embossing the powder, use a dry, fine tip paint brush, to remove the excess powder from the “recessed” part of the design. No matter how careful you are, there will be some Versamark overflow. (As you can see I could have been much more thorough with brushing off excess emboss powder but I was too excited about what I could do with the Distress markers to spend the necessary time, lol.)
Now take your choice of Distress markers and color patches on your craft mat or any other smooth non porous surface such as an acrylic stamp block. Use one paint brush to wet one area of your design, then with another paint brush (damp to wet) load up one color of Distress marker color. Paint that color into an area. You’ll notice, if you have a nicely soaked area of paper, that you can just touch down the brush and the color will spread in a cool painterly way that makes you look way more talented than you actually are. Unless you’re an accomplished watercolor painter. Then don’t listen to me at all! The ridges in the embossed design will be a barrier to keep the color localized. Once dry, you can stamp on a sentiment, or use your design in any way you like.


I hope these samples will inspire you to pull out your markers and make something pretty!!

Posted under Design Team Inspiration

This post was written by Lori on September 27, 2012

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