Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all had a great weekend. This week is an exciting one around the SCT offices. The brand new summer issue is shipping to subscribers TODAY, Saskatoon Crop & Create registration opens TONIGHT and we are getting ready to celebrate 12,000 facebook fans! Be sure to like us on facebook (if you don't already!) for an opportunity to be a part of our celebration there. Then of course on Friday the long awaited summer issue will hit stores and online. Exciting week!
We also have one more exciting thing...we have a brand new guest designer joining us today and Wednesday! Cindy Stevens had a beautiful layout in our spring issue and we were lucky enough to meet her at Crop & Create Moncton a few months ago. She is here today with a great "faux embossing" trick!
"When I first started scrapbooking, I wouldn't ever consider 'wasting' my money on scrappy 'gadgets' such as die cutters and punches. Paper was and always will be my weakness. In fact, early on, I had a paper stash that might rival most scrapbook stores. EEK!! Fast foward 7 years later, I feel QUITE differently about my scrappy tools and my circle punches get used on almost every layout or project that I do. They are definately something that I am glad that I invested in early on.
Recently, I had a happy accident with my punches and noticed that when you punched cardstock & adhered it to the same color piece, it had an embossed appearance. I really like embossing because it adds that little bit of subtle detail to your paper but it doesn't take attention away from your photo or LO by making your work look too crowded or busy. This is a simple way to add a bit more drama to your paper crafting.
Today I am sharing two projects showcasing the 'faux embossing' technique. The first is a layout that I did for American Crafts and you can see that I layered my circles, using different sizes. My layout isn't overly detailed and might border on boring otherwise, but the punched circles add a subtle detail. You might also notice that alot of my circles appear to run off the page. I don't know why but this seems to look less manufactured and more random.
The second project that I am sharing is a card that I also added some circles to in yellow and then trimmed the base. This time I only added a single layer. It gives a little background detail to an otherwise simple card. **Card courtesy of Hip 2-b Square.
So today, my challenge to you is this: dust off your circle punches and think of some new ways you can add circles to your layouts and cards!
Please join me again on Wednesday and I will share a few more neat little tricks you can do with your circle punches. Have a Happy Monday!" ~ Cindy