In this month's "Create Today: Just Ask Jen" scrapbooking process video, designerJen Gallacher shares how to create on a diagonal! Using the "Everyday Circus" collection from Fancy Pants Design makes this layout playful and humorous. Learn how to create a "faux banner" that curves along the bottom of the layout. Then learn how to create a multi-colored die cut title for your layout.
Here is the finished layout created by Jen in her video::
Here are some close-up photos of this layout that show both the title and the little details that make the banner beautiful!
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Hello Thursday! The 2015 Planner is currently on press and guess what heads off to print next week? The 2014 winter issue! Would you love to see the cover we just revealed? It's what I love to call "winter fresh!" And aren't those two little girls the sweetest ever???
This issue is probably one of our most creative issues ever and full of amazing artwork by our outstanding team. As I saw the drafts of each article just might have squealed. Ok in the interest of full disclosure, I squealed...loudly :) Want a funny (not so funny!) behind the scenes story? Moments after we shot the cover, the woodbackground gave way and fell forward smashing all those pretty glass ornaments. Clean up in aisle 3!!! Thankfully the air pushed the layout forward and it was unharmed. Whew! Cover layout is by designer Nicole Samuels.
When I see an issue come together it's always a great reminder of this amazing design team we have. I took a few minutes yesterday to hop on to a few of their blogs and am always blown away by their creativity. You know I'm the sharing kind of girl, so I just had to share a few that I spotted...and of course a link to their blogs. If you haven't visited them yet, you may just want to!
blog link - a video too!
So there you have it, a little Thursday inspiration for you! Enjoy!
Hi! it’s Virginia here on the SCT blog today and I have an idea to share with you on making some DIY sequinned embellishments. All you need are your sequins and some packing tape to start, yes you read that correctly, packing tape!
Sprinkle out some sequins and use the packing tape (sticky side down) to pick them up. Then gently flip the tape over so the sequins are facing up.
Trim out a small piece of card stock that matches the colour of your sequins.
Apply clear scrapbook adhesive onto the card stock and then press this onto the sequins. Mush it down a bit so that it adheres to the sequins.
Essentially you have just created a sandwich of sequins between the packing tape and card stock. Run this sandwich through your steel rule die to create your die cut shape.
You may have to use a little bit of liquid adhesive to secure a few sequins that may have come loose from the die cutting process.
Voila! a pretty sequinned embellishment is ready for your project.
The packing tape gives the leaf a nice glossy sheen and also keeps the sequins contained when the card is sent in the mail.
I hope this inspires you to dig into your sequin stash, remember it’s okay to use them up, wink wink!
Have a wonderful crafty day!
Hey everyone, it’s Laura Vegas here! Do you have certain subjects or themes that you avoid scrapping, for one reason or another? I have two main ones. First off, sports. Which I will continue to avoid for the time being, because I just can’t begin to wrap my head around dealing with 13 years of soccer photos for two different kids. Secondly, Christmas. I always feel terrible when I say this, but I honestly don't enjoy scrapping Christmas. Not sure why, but I just don’t. I mean, I do create Christmas layouts here and there, but it's only when totally necessary.
I got this weird urge last week to work on getting all of our Christmases documented and in the albums. I am focusing mainly on layouts that document the actual holiday. Christmas morning with our girls and family get-togethers specifically. Because that's really what the bulk of my Christmas photos revolve around. My goal when it comes to scrapping holidays and events is to get the entire celebration on the page. I am not one to do a large number of layouts every Christmas, with a single photo, or maybe two or three photos on a page. If I'm going to take the time to scrap Christmas, I'm going to use ALL the photos at once, and "get it done". That just sort of goes in line with my style and how I like to scrap.
Once I had a good idea of what years and what photos I needed to get into my albums, I started creating photo collages. LOTS of photo collages. I had a plan to get all of these photos, from 8 different years, scrapped quickly and without much fuss. And that plan heavily revolved around photo collages. It's the best way to get LOTS of photos on your pages, in a neat and organized way. I like clean looking pages, and photo collages are great for just that. I thought I would share the first two layouts that I’ve created. Both have the same basic look and feel, and they’re a good representation of what many of my other layouts will look like.
Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Simple Stories; Die Cuts: Simple Stories; Brads: My Mind’s Eye; Tags: My Mind’s Eye; Mists: Studio Calico; Die cut machine: Silhouette; Punch: Stampin Up; Photo templates: Kerri Bradford Studio
On this first layout, I got a total of 18 photos on my two page layout. When I have lots of photos to include, I will often create a 12x12” photo collage for one side of the two page spread. I then create a smaller collage to include on the opposite page of the spread, which still gives me room to include a bit of patterned paper, my title, journaling (if I feel it’s necessary), and a few simple embellishments.
Knowing that I wasn’t going to have room to add a ton of product really helped narrow down my choices as far as what I wanted to include. I stuck to 3-4 patterned papers for each layout. My first choice for my titles was to die cut them with my Silhouette, although I am open to mixing in some stickers or chipboard alphas if I decide I need them.
When it came to embellishing, I kept it simple by using brads, buttons, and a few basic punches. I also have a stash of Christmas themed embellishments, both old and new, that I may pull from if they coordinate.
My go-to choice for photo templates is Kerri Bradford Studio, as she has such a wide variety to choose from. I print a lot of my smaller photo collages at home, but anything larger than 8.5x11” I send to Costco for printing, which is super convenient for me as it’s only two miles from my house.
Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico; Glitter paper: Fancy Pants; Chipboard alphas: Target; Brad: Little Yellow Bicycle; Mists: Heidi Swapp; Die cut machine: Silhouette; Punch: Fiskars; Photo templates: Kerri Bradford Designs
On my second layout, I used the same 12x12” photo template as I used in the first layout, but used a slightly different template for the smaller collage on the first page.
I added two individual photos right above the smaller photo collage, for a total of 20 photos on this spread. But that wasn’t enough, as I still had leftover photos that I wanted to include. So I also created two 6x12” photo collages, which I am including in a 6x12” page protector that will be inserted between these two pages in my album, for a grand total of 29 photos.
I used a mix of die cut words and chipboard alphas for the title on this layout. The silver chipboard alphas were from the dollar section at Target last year. I’m pretty sure I bought about 14 packs of them, so it felt nice to actually use a few of them! Instead of adding a simple strip of the black text patterned paper along the top of the page, I used a scalloped edged banner punch to create the fun row of flags across the top of the page.
Personally, I have no problem with having layouts that look very similar in my albums. Usually, these layouts don’t end up next to each other, so it’s not going to be super obvious that I used the same basic page design. This is especially true with Christmas layouts, since they’re a full year apart in the albums.
I figure if using the same basic design, some of the same elements, and even the same photo templates helps me tackle something that I’ve been avoiding, then it’s all good. I would rather create quick and easy pages and “get it done” … then to keep pushing these photos and memories aside, all because they’re subjects or themes that I either don’t enjoy doing, or am too overwhelmed to dig into!
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It’s Becky again, here to show you how to make four more flowers (and an online bonus design!) for your fall floral cornucopia or centerpiece. I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s tutorials! Here is a link to yesterday's post so that you can jot down the supplies you’ll need. Oh, and be sure to download the free cutting files, too! Let’s get started.
Flower 1: CHRYSANTHEMUM
Using the Spellbinders Petite Scallop Nested Circle Lg dies, die cut four of the 2¼” scallop circle, three of the 2¾” scallop circle, and two of the 3¼” scallop circle from dark red cardstock. Ink all of the edges, front and back, with a darker shade of red ink.
Using a pencil, draw a 3/4” circle in the center of each scallop circle. With fine-tipped scissors, cut in between each scallop, stopping at the pencil line. Your petals will be very narrow when you are done.
Using your thumb nail or the barrel of a pen, gently curl all of the petals up and towards the center on each of the circles. The curling will soften the cardstock and make the layers more pliable for the remaining steps. Don’t worry if you accidentally pull of a few petals as you curl them.
Glue a 5/8” wooden ball to the center of one of the smallest scallop circles and set it aside to dry.
Apply wet glue to the tips of several petals and pull them towards the wooden ball to secure. I start out by selecting petals that match the face of a clock. This helps to evenly distribute the bulk of the petals around the ball.
Finish pulling up the remainder of the petals and securing them to the ball shape.
Glue the covered ball to the center of a small scallop circle. Run a line of thick, wet glue around the inside of the circle about 1/4” down from the tips.
Pull up on all the petals and press them into the glue to secure. This will leave the tips of each petal loose and partially open, just like the bud of a flower.
Glue the covered ball to the center of the third small scallop circle. Repeat the previous step, but place the glue closer to the base of the ball so that the petals open further.
Glue the covered ball to the center of the last (fourth) small scallop circle. Repeat the previous step, but place the glue around the edge of the bottom of the ball so that the petals open even further.
Whew! Are you still with me? J At this point, you’ve created a chrysanthemum bud and you’ll want to make a few of them for your cornucopia. Here’s how to finish off the full flower:
Flower 2: QUEEN ANNE’S LACE
Using a medium green cardstock, die cut two large, one medium and one small “stamen” design from the Cheery Lynn Build A Flower #1 die set.
From off-white cardstock, die cut 49 Baby’s Breath flowers from the Cheery Lynn Embellishments #2 die set. An alternative is to use a 1/8” hole punch or Crop-A-Dile and punch out 49 circles.
Using a stylus and foam pad (or mouse pad), firmly rub the stylus in a circular motion in the center of each tiny flower to form a small cup.
Glue a flower to the end of each of the “spokes” of the stamen die cuts and set them aside to dry.
When dry, bend down the tip of each spoke where the flower is glued.
Trim a 6” piece of floral wire. Slide all four assembled stamen pieces, beginning with the largest two, then the medium two on top. Space them apart about 1/8” and dab a bit of glue underneath each one to secure them to the paper-covered floral tape. Glue the last small flower to the tip of the wire. Set the assembly aside to dry completely.
To create a dome shape, gently end up on the top row of spokes to form a tighter circle. Continue with each layer until a dome shape is achieved. I found that bending each spoke where it attaches to the center works best.
Flower 3: DAISY
Mix equal parts of black and brown Flower Soft (about a teaspoon of each).
Punch/die cut three ½” circles from thin chipboard. Stack and glue them together to form one thick circle. Ink the edges with brown ink.
Cover the chipboard stack with an even coat of thick, wet adhesive, including the sides.
Cover the circle with the mix of Flower Soft. Press gently on the top and sides to adhere it to the glue and set it aside to dry (do not shake off excess yet).
Die cut three daisy shapes from script patterned paper using the daisy die from the Spellbinders Jewel Flowers set.
Ink the tips with light brown ink. Using your thumbnail or the barrel of a pen, curl the majority of the petal tips up and a few of them down.
Stack the three daisy shapes, offsetting the petals, and glue them together.
Shake off the excess Flower Soft from the ½” chipboard circle and glue it to the center of the assembled daisy shapes. Fluff the petals up/down to add dimension.
Flower 4: SPIDER MUM
Die cut two flower centers from the Cheery Lynn Embellishment 1 die from butter yellow cardstock. Ink the very tips with a dark yellow (both sides). Trim a 1”x4” piece of teal cardstock. Ink one long edge with dark teal ink. Ink a white flower stamen with yellow ink (or use one that is yellow).
Starting from the inked edge of the teal strip, cut up to 1/8” away from the uninked edge, all the way across, creating very thin snips. I’d recommend doing this step very slowly to avoid cutting all the way across to avoid cutting all the way through to the opposite edge.
Snip into the center of each die cut flower center and cut out the middle.
Twist both, one after the other, onto the yellow stamen.
With the inked edge at the top and facing you, glue one end of the teal strip to the flower center.
Begin rolling the teal strip around and onto itself, securing it with wet adhesive as you roll it up.
Beginning on the outside, gently pull down the “petals” and curl them downward with your thumbmail. Continue until you reach the yellow center.
And with that last flower, this wraps up the flower tutorials. You are well on your way to creating your very own fall floral cornucopia!
Online Bonus: 3D PEAR & APPLE
Just for the blog readers (that’s YOU!), I’m including a bonus 3D pear and apple how-to. Although these fruits are not in the original cornucopia, they can easily be added to your design. You will need:
Using the free die cutting file, die cut 30 apples and 30 pears from off-white cardstock. Score vertically down the center of each piece, but do not fold yet.
Ink around the edge of each apple with red chalk ink. Ink around the edge of each pear with green chalk ink. Set them aside to dry.
Fold all of the scored pieces in half and run a bone folder over the crease. Keep all of the pieces folded.
Starting with the apple, apply wet adhesive to the exposed half of one piece, making sure your glue goes all the way out to the edge. Glue that folded piece to a matching folded piece, aligning both pieces on the crease.
Continue gluing the folded pieces together in the same way as the previous step until you have glued all 30 pieces together. As the piece gets larger and fans out, it helps to clip several together with clothespins. When you’ve glued all 30 pieces together, it will look like this:
Apply wet glue to the remaining exposed halves and glue them together to close the apple. Remove all clips.
Punch out 16 tiny hearts (approximately ¼”) from black cardstock. Cut each one in half to form a teardrop. Run a few rows of temporary dry adhesive across a scrap of paper and press each teardrop to the adhesive. Cover each teardrop with a coat of Glossy Accents, Liquid Glass, Diamond Glaze or other clear, dimensional adhesive. Set them aside to dry.
Using the free die cutting file, die cut two leaves from a scrap of green cardstock or cut them out freehand (approximately 1”x1½” each). Score down the center of each leaf and lightly crease each to give them dimension. Ink the edges with dark green ink. Cut two 1" pieces from a twig or stick.
Glue two pairs black “seeds” to two facing halves on the apple. Repeat seven more times in a random order throughout the apple. Glue the twig into the hole in the top of the apple and attach a green leaf.
Repeat all of these steps for the pear.
MAKING YOUR OWN CORNUCOPIA WIRE SHAPE:
The cornucopia shape itself is super easy to create. I used a coil of 6-gauge armature wire, foam florist blocks and dried moss. The armature wire comes in a 10-ft coil, so when I opened the package, I just pulled up from the center to elongate the spiral, then bent it into a cornucopia shape. When I was happy with the shape, I spray painted it a barn red.
Using a bread knife, I cut the florist foam into pieces that fit within the wire cornucopia and glued them together, reinforcing each connection with toothpicks. After the glue dried, I slid the foam piece into the wire shape. I covered the foam with dried moss, tucking the moss underneath the wire in areas that showed. From there, I started decorating with the paper flowers. Super easy!
ADDING FLORIST WIRE TO YOUR FLOWERS:
Here is one more technique to attach florist wire to all of your flowers so that you can control the height and form of your cornucopia:
Trim a bunch of floral wire pieces to 4-6” long. Bend the top ½” of each wire at a 45-degree angle.
Punch out several 1” circles from dark green cardstock scraps. Punch a 1/16” hole in the center of each circle.
Slide the bent end of a wire through the center hole of one of the circles. Using a thick, wet glue (or a glue gun), apply glue under and over the wire to attach it to the circle. Set it aside to dry.
When dry, glue it to the bottom of a flower (be generous with your glue). For smaller flowers, punch out ½” circles and make the 45-degree bend in the wire slightly smaller than ¼”.
Phew! I hope you’ve enjoyed these two days of how-to techniques. If you have any questions about creating the cornucopia, please leave a comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy fall, everyone!