welcome to a NEW fabulous WEEK… in a brand new month… kicking off a fresh new SEASON of spring! take a minute today to take a deep cleansing breath! and think about all the POSSIBILITIES! i love a new start! and right now is FULL of them! i am a monday fan! i know it’s kinda a minority, but here’s to a GREAT day! and here’s one reason it’s a great day… just wait until you scroll down a bit and see Maggie Massey’s gorgeous use of LOTS of photos + my newest “favorite things” collection! This is a seriously BRIGHT and totally refreshing collection of bold and beautiful prints and colors! it’s PERFECT for those of us suffering from spring fever! (shipping very soon!)
It’s no secret that I’m pretty much a one-photo-per-page scrapbooker…
So when I was asked to create a layout using a bunch of photos I was like…really? Me? Ask Kim Jeffress…she’s awesome at it.
BUT! I love a challenge…so I set to work…and I am thrilled with the results!
I really wanted to capture a (fairly) typical day around our home…so I kept my camera at the ready…all day.
Once I had our day photographed I edited my photos in Photoshop Elements. I knew I wanted to use the new Favorite Things Collection to document the photos, so I converted them all to black & white. I love the way b&w photos really stand out with brightly colored embellishments…
It also helps to have b&w photos when you have so many on a page…especially when they are taken at all times and in all types of light. It kind of evens out the differences in the photos…and makes them look like they belong together.
I cropped and sized each photo to around 2″x2″ and arranged them on an 8.5″x11″ page…leaving room for patterned paper and embellishments.
I printed out the photos on a sheet of semi-gloss photo paper and used that right on my 12×12 background page. I cut some 2″x2″ pieces out of my favorite patterns in the Favorite Things 6×6 paper pad and placed them in the areas where I didn’t have a photo.
Then I grabbed my Favorite Things Ephemera Pack and some Favorite Things puffy stickers and alphas and got busy adding some pops of (amazing!) color!
I printed out my journaling (which was really just a synopsis of our day) onto vellum and sewed it onto my page…
I was so excited with how quickly this page came together…and I love love love how all of the photos from our day fit so well onto this one page!
And, just because I’m cool like that, I put together a little list of things I try to always remember when I’m photographing for my projects…a few tips that may help to keep your photos fresh and interesting…
Try these things the next time you’re out shooting…
1. Change your perspective…
Get down low…
…or stand up on a chair…
2. Take candid shots
Posed shots are fantastic…but candid shots capture real life…pretty or not.
3. Turn OFF your flash
Try to use natural light to shoot your photos…and, if you’re using a DSLR and you don’t have much natural light, bump up your exposure (and use a tripod!) OR change up your setting in your post-production using PS or Lightroom. Natural light, even if there isn’t much of it, looks soooo much better than a blown-out flash shot…trust me.
4. Don’t forget that you don’t ALWAYS need photos of people to capture your mood…
And 5. It’s OK if parts of your life are super-boring…they’re still important to your story!
I think I may try to do a “day in the life” layout like this more often…I’m kinda diggin’ this multiple photo thing…
So, Maggie makes a good point – when was the last time you documented the basic activities in your day? i love her tips and suggestions! thanks Maggie! i just love what you created!
Supplies: Favorite Things 12×12 Paper Pad, Favorite Things 6×6 Paper Pad, Favorite Things Word Jumble Stickers, Favorite Things Shapes Puffy Stickers, Favorite Things Puffy Alpha Stickers, Favorite Things Ephemera, Watercolor Tags – Stars, Color Shine – Citron, Color Shine – Teal
happy THURSDAY! the weekend is close at hand people! YAY! it’s been a super intense week in the Swapp house, as we have been moving into a new home!! You KNOW how fun that is! you FEEL my pain! it’s a good pain actually! we are so excited! The opportunity to purchase this home came very unexpectedly – long story – and so many absolute miracles happened to make it possible. i honestly just keep pinching myself! right now, we have stuff everywhere between the two houses, and we are all exhausted! i can’t wait to share more of the process… and some of my ‘decorating’ choices… so hopefully the dust will settle and i can make it pretty too!
TODAY, however… i am wishing i could spend this dreary rainy day working in my NEW studio space! especially after i read Lindsay’s stencil and stamping tutorial! She has done an amazing job of capturing EXACTLY what i had in mind for these layering stencils! When i designed these stencils, i wanted a shape and a pattern to combine … and then i wanted beautiful stamping designs that could also be masked by the stencils – watch how Lindsay explains it! brilliant!!
So how many of you are loving the first ever Heidi Swapp E-Book? I know I have been looking through it endlessly, always finding more inspiration, new ideas and creative ways to use all of the fabulous new products that are now available at Michaels. It is so inspiring to see everyone’s take and interpretation on how they are using these products in their memory keeping, I absolutely love it! To this day I still find myself pinching myself that I was able to be a part of such an amazing project. It truly is and forever will be an honour, so thank you so much Heidi for providing me such an incredible opportunity to share what I was inspired to create. Of the 3 projects I contributed to the publication, I am excited to share a “quick tip” on how stamp and stencil on canvas using Heidi Swapp’s new stencil, stamp and ink collections. This is the canvas project that I created, featured in the e-book:
As you can see I was definitely busy compiling, layering and mixing the stencils and stamps together to create this piece. It was most definitely an adventure in “play and no rules”. I just let myself go to create layers and colours and different combinations to reveal this as the finished product. It was a project that in the end, began to take on a life of it’s own. Now if you have never experimented in the world of mixed media, then I can definitely relate to the feeling of not even knowing where or how to begin. I have so been there myself! So I thought today I would just share a basic easy and quick starting point on how to use the stamps, stencils and inks on canvas to show just how fabulous of a team they are when you work together with them. With this basic demo, you can literally create SO many different looks and compilations with these products. The key truly is to just have FUN and get familiar with these products because they really can take your projects to the next level.
I used these 3 specific Heidi Swapp products pictured above in my demo today so you can see how they work together. The star stencil, the bracket stencil and the clear stamp arrow.
On my workspace I gathered the above supplies, plus a 4 x 6 canvas, some acrylic paint, a paper plate, some make up application sponges (these are key to applying acrylic paint on stencils) and the Heidi Swapp Navy ink pad.
To begin I laid the star stencil on my canvas to where I wanted my stencilled image to appear.
I then began to add some yellow acrylic paint onto my stencil. I find you really do not want a lot of paint on your sponge to create a beautiful image. Rather add some paint to your sponge and do some practice dabs to get the perfect consistency on a scrap paper. Less is truly more when applying paint with stencils.
Once you have completely created your stencil image, let it dry without removing the stencil. Our next step is to add stamping inside and the stencil will serve as a dual purpose because it will also serve as a “mask” so that our stamping will ONLY appear in the stencil opening.
To do this, apply ink to your stamp. Then apply your inked stamp directly onto the image, lining it up where you want the stamping to appear. I added my stamp directly onto the image so that it lined up perfectly with the stencil. However this is where you can really have fun and play….you can add stamping to just the corners, the sides, the edges…completely up to you! Just make sure to mask off the areas that you do not want stamping to appear before proceeding.
Now remove your stamp to reveal your image:
Now, I will take the stencilling one step further. I really love how in my canvas project I added some simple and subtle polka dots onto my stencilled images. Here we are going to do the same. Again, the key is to keep your star stencil in place so that it continues to serve as a mask.
I simply laid the stencil overtop and this time I used white acrylic paint to add some white polka dots randomly to my star image.
Once you pull all of the stencils off, we are left with this image! How neat right….and simple?? You can see the basic star stencil, with the stamp detail and the polka dots that we added at the end.
Once you feel comfortable in playing with your stencils, stamps and all of the different layering opportunities the sky is truly the limit! Like in my above canvas project, you can start adding multiple stencils to a project, different coloured paints and inks and really have fun digging into your stamp stash and adding additional images and elements. I even added some chipboard and glitter stickers to my project to add some fun dimension and sparkle.
So I really encourage you (if you have not done so already), to grab some of these stencils and stamps, roll up your sleeves, get out your paint and inks and start playing! Most importantly have fun and make pretty stuff!
Supplies: Clear Stamp Arrow; Stencil Set Star; Stencil Set Bracket; Navy Ink. Other: Yellow and White Acrylic Paint; 4 x 6 canvas; make up application sponges; paper plate
first of all… Lindsay… you have been amazingly creative even in these last few weeks of pregnancy! i used to be the LEAST creative when i was pregnant! you are so awesome! THANK YOU for sharing your amazing talent!
I am just going to go ahead and start out by saying that i just totally and completely LOVE this idea! oh, the possiblities! the lovely-ness!! this will just melt your heart!!—-> Jen Evans created this interactive, and beautiful frame project for the free e*idea book that we launched a couple weeks ago, and i just LOVE it!!
But Jennifer Evans kept going, and created this lovely thing! I can’t wait to try this! so awesome!
I am so excited to share with you this project! The idea was featured in Heidi’s new free ebook that you can read right here! The possiblities of adhering rings to the front of any frame so that you can change out the background paper and pages of a mini book are endless!
In fact, here is another frame I created to show you today! I took a great black and white frame, added black and white striped paper to the inside and had a blast using the NEW Favorite Things collection. This new collection can be seen right here – and it is by far “my favorite”… so much that in the tutorial below I actually can’t stop calling it “My Favorite Things” when it really is just “Favorite Things” lol! This new collection will be shipping to local and online scrapbook stores mid-March!
To show you how easy it is to create this project you can watch this quick how-to video!
The pages are simple to make and I can even add more later if I want!
I used a Color Magic Card as an interactive page! Just open the flap to see more…
It is easy to embellish this little book with the Favorite Things Ephemera Pack! Who knew so much goodness could come in such a small package!
This is going to be a great gift giving idea for anyone! So, grab yourself a frame and have some fun customizing it!!
OK< i am so totally doing this! thanks JEN! i am pretty thrilled to have
Supplies: Frame; E-6000; Binder Mechanism; Favorite Things 12×12 Paper Pad; Favorite Things Epoxy Stickers; Favorite Things Word Jumble Stickers; Favorite Things Glitter Frames; Favorite Things Ephemera Pack; Seam Binding; and Primrose (Pink) Color Shine
This last weekend, i was lucky enough to teach at the Grapevine Scrapbook Expo event! i had an amazing time! it is always a thrill to be surrounded by hundreds, even a couple thousand scrapbookers! Thursday night, i taught just a 30 minute workshop during the “make n take extravaganza”. The room was filled with 300 women visiting and creating! what i have always known is true, we LOVE to scrapbook with friends! there was so much laughter and smiles… i was reminded of what a KEY COMPONENT of this hobby that “SOCIAL” is…. sisters, best friends, moms and grandmas, co-workers… even lots of people who see one another a couple times a year when they craft! not too long ago – in the fall, i threw a party to introduce some my girl friends to my passion of documenting LIFE ! the connections that were formed that night are so very special! My Sweet friend Maggie Massey was inspired to have a “pretty party” all her own… so take a look:
So you guys may remember Heidi’s Pretty Little Party?
And then remember Jamie’s?
Well, today I’m going to share mine with you!
Just to give you a little refresher…Heidi’s idea behind the Pretty Little Party was to get people to get their photos out of their phones…to remind them how important documenting is…to get people together…and to have a special girls’ night out…
I invited my bus-stop girls (you know, the moms you hang out with while you’re waiting at the kids’ bus stop?), my BFF Michelle and my dearest Sarah over to my house for the evening in late November. I asked each girl to send me photos of her favorite people and I got the photos printed out and ready to be scrapped.
I had the best time setting all of the supplies out for us to use. Inside everyone’s file folder was their collection of photos and the things needed to make this little book…
It’s just a simple little book made with the back-to-back bookbinding technique…each of the pages also contains a little pocket for tags, memorabilia, etc.
My idea for the night was to provide everyone with an opportunity to come together to make something wonderful…to get them excited to document some of their favorite photos…and to show them that their memories are important.
We spent the evening laughing, sharing stories, learning new things about each other and creating something awesome…it was wonderful…
Like in both Heidi’s & Jamie’s parties, each of us brought something we love to share with the rest of the girls…
I tucked little journals & pencils in my bags…along with a Starbucks gift card (cuz Bucky’s is my jam…). I wish I had taken photos of everyone’s gifts – they were all wonderful, and so fun to have and take with us! Just a little piece of everyone there…
We all had a really good time. I feel confident in saying that it was something we all enjoyed doing together. In fact, I think I may have converted a couple of the girls…we are talking about getting together soon to make more stuff…and I can’t wait.
I just wish that i lived close enough to come to a Pretty Party with Maggie! she is amazing, and would be the most delightful hostess! i want to send out a challenge for you to find someone to “make pretty stuff” with! have fun! chat and listen to oldies you will be amazed!
greetings from SCRAPBOOK EXPO in Grapevine, Texas! i am here staying at the most amazing resort: The Gaylord Texan. yea, google it… AMAZINGLY beautiful and fabulous place for a scrapbook event!! and there are A LOT of people here taking classes, and doing make n takes and SHOPPING!! This evening we kicked off the whole event with the MAKE n TAKE “extravaganza”…
this is the make n take that i was showing people how to make … and i thought that i’d also share the instructions wiht YOU! i love this!
all the items are available at Michaels – the mini files and buzz words are by the stencils… and the frames are on the embellishment aisle -look closely! you will find them! the paper (behind/inside the frame) is from the Mixed Co. paper pad. this is SO cute!
i will be sharing more pics tomorrow of all the happs! so much going on! have a great night!