Saturday, May 31, 2008

Twenty Minute Makes

I don't know if it's me or it's just the way it is for everyone, but there aren't enough hours in the day to do all that needs doing, plus find time to indulge in my favorite past time - scrapping. So I decided to find cool ways to add new techniques to layouts without alot of time. My inspiration was hundreds of vacation photos and a pile of supplies left over from an SEI Iron-on class I recently taught at Scrapbooks Plus . So I set out to see how I could use them- fast. The result - my first "Twenty Minute Make"

The first layout is my sample for the instructions, which are available in color at the store. The second layout is the one I did for myself of my son showing off his purple leis next to the Tiki Man. You'll note that the neutral tones of the Madera Island paper allows you to coordinate the layout to the prominent color in your photograph.

And I timed myself - iron-on and all, I made the second layout in 20 minutes. Now granted, there was no time for cutting a fancy title or printing computer journaling (but sometimes handwriting your title and journaling can be liberating!).
ONLY TWENTY MINUTES!! I was amazed I could pull it off. I promise you can too!! On your next trip to the store ask for the SEI Madera Island supplies and pick up an instruction sheet.
You’ll Need:
1 sheet of 12x12 Dk Brown Cardstock
1 sheet each of SEI’s Madera Island 12x12
- Arboles Flocked, Corteza, Cebollas
SEI Madera Island Iron-ons
SEI die cut tags
One sheet 8 ½”x 11 of vellum
6 inches of brown or white ribbon
A favorite photo measuring 5.75”x7.25”

Cut Flocked paper 7”x 11.5”. Tear the short bottom edge at a 30° angle.
Cut Corteza 6”x11”. Cut vertical strip from Iron-on package. Measure in 2” and iron the decal onto to the Corteza per the package instructions.

Cut 2 strips from Cebollas, one strip 1”x 8.25”, the other 1”x 8”. Layer the brown side of Cebollas over the orange side with the orange piece skewed from the brown strip’s edge by ¼ inch. (Note: If your photo contains a prominent accent color, like my photo of my son with his purple leis, you can use ANY cardstock color to pull that color out of your photos as an accent. Because of the neutral color scheme of the Madera Island line of papers, you can accent with nearly any color – green, pink, yellow and even hot fuchsia purple! See my sample at ScrapbooksPlus as another example. Simply make the 1” x 8.25” strip and the photo corner – see instructions below – out of the coordinating cardstock)

Cut a third portion of Cebollas 1.5”x 3” for a photo corner. From the center fold the corners to the long edge making a triangle that will form a photo corner.
Tear vellum 3”x 9.5”.

Using the Dark Brown Cardstock as your background, adhere Flocked first, then overlap Corteza with equal distance on top and bottom margins. Adhere vellum no more than ½ inch to the right of the iron-on embellishment. Place photo corner on the right lower corner of photo. Adhere photo 3 1/16” from the right edge of the Flocked paper. Adhere strips of Cebollas to the top. Tie ribbons on tags. Add tag, title, and journaling and you’re done.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Basic Grey Class "GROW"

My peonies, iris, rhododendron, roses and dianthus are in full bloom, inspiring me to create a layout to show-off the glory of my garden. I used the Sultry line from Basic Grey to create this two page layout. All it needs are the pictures which I will add after the class. Sign up to make this layout for yourself - Tuesday July 1, 6:00- 8:30 at Scrapbooks-Plus.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Birthday Wishes - June's Basic Grey Class

Using the newest CUPCAKE line for Basic Grey, I've created a two-page birthday to celebrate anyone's birthday at any age. In addition to the Basic Grey fibers and papers, I used their "Build a Clown" crystal stamps to make a custom embellishment. This class is Tuesday June 17 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Scrapbooks Plus in Chantilly Virginia. Come join us for a ton of fun!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Make and Take from National Scrapbook Day at Scrapbooks-Plus

To celebrate National Scrapbook Day, I developed a make-and-take demonstration for Scrapbooks-Plus on Saturday May 3. As part of that demonstration, I showed participants how the make-and-take, a cute vintage photo frame using Melissa Frances papers, could be used in a single page layout. To replicate this layout, you'll need to select two patterned papers from the newest Melissa Frances line. I suggest "Celsey" as the background. Depending on which make-and-take kit you chose, you will want to use a different pattern for the 5"x12" torn strip. My make-and-take frame was from"Peaceful" so I used "Isabel" for my strip. I used torn blue and white vellum for the journaling and title blocks and the tag with a little extra blue ribbon for the bottom embellishment. The white vintage frames are also from Melissa Frances. The brads used on the tag and as the photo hanger are from Anna Griffin. All of the product used in this layout can be purchased (and if sold out by the time you get there, can be special ordered) at Scrapbooks-Plus.

Monday, May 5, 2008

May Design Team Kit at Scrapbooks Plus

I picked up my Design Team Kit from Scrapbooks Plus on Thursday and have begun my work. This month the kit is almost entirely Jenni Bowlin products, which to me has a similar feel to the Anna Griffin lines of paper. So I got out my Anna Griffin scrapbook for inspirational ideas. For the two page layout I have scraplifted a design from December last year involving pleating and the musical sheets. Since the palette of this line is not as bold as the line used in that layout, I am sure to make some

alterations to blend the colors in a way to pop off the page. Here's a peek at my progress so far.

Altered Anna Griffin Card

Once again I altered the card design from the ANNA GRIFFIN Class I took on Sunday at Scrapbooks-Plus to create this cute single page layout. I kept with the circles in the original design but gave them a larger background field to "play" on. You can create layouts from almost any card design with a little imagination and inspiration. Enjoy!