Winner of the March Inspiration Board!

Good morning! As you can probably tell, we’re missing an inspiration board this month. That does not mean, however, that there wasn’t a winner from last month’s challenge!

The winner is: Amanda Hartmann

Her layout can be seen on the left. Amanda, if you could email me (scrap.editor [at] gmail [dot] com), I’ll get your prize out to you ASAP. =)

Guest Post: Making some colour magic! (By Sandra Scott)

Ed’s note: Firstly, I must apologise PROFUSELY to Sandra for the lateness of posting this guest post. It was supposed to be posted a month ago. Alas, time escaped me. Secondly, you have to check out the pictures on this post–AMAZING. ❤ E

I was lucky enough to attend an event with Heidi Swapp and Kim Jeffress last year and I’d like to show you a layout I’ve created using the Color Magic resist paper and Color Shine sprays.

You could also use Dylusions ink spray for a really vibrant colour and no shimmer or Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst spray, the application is endless really because you may like to use your favourite sprays.

I chose an appropriate resist paper that would suit my photos and layout. Then I went for it and began to spray, you will always achieve a different look depending on the amount and type of spray you use and I think that’s what makes it exciting. I used three different Color Shine sprays and the camera is sprayed with Dylusions ink spray.

I like to use the nozzle of the spray bottle to add dots or splats to the page for an added dimension as well as stamping. Depending on the colours on the page I will choose a colour that’s appealing to me for the stamping.

I used my new Silhouette Cameo machine for the title, black arrows and film strip and the transparent clocks are from Kaisercraft. As there were bits of the pink/red colour in the photo I used matching Liquid Pearls to add centres to the clocks and dot around the page.

I also think by choosing related elements, such as the film strip and clocks, it enhances the meaning of your journaling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my layout and try the resist paper and sprays for yourself.

You can find me on my blog or on facebook!

Guest Post: Photographing the Unwilling (by Jodie King)

Hi Scrapbook Creations friends. It’s Jodie here, and I’d like to thank Ellen and Scrapbook Creations for having me back for another Project Life guest post today.

So you love documenting your family’s everyday, but have you found that your children have suddenly grown from being cute three and six year olds posing in front of the camera on request for you, to suddenly being teenagers that can’t think of anything worse than their mother in front of them with a camera… again… Mum, really?

Although I use a lot of these tips to get photos of my teens, try some of them on camera-shy younger children, or as ideas to add in more details of your everyday to your Project Life spreads.

This is my spread for Week 4, 2014.
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The left side.
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And the right.
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Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 2)

Ed’s note: Make sure you check out Kerry-Jean’s post from Wednesday where she talks about why she loves Easel Cards and shows us two of her masterpieces–a Butterfly Easel Card and a Steampunk one.

I used to feel that masculine card were a little terrifying to come up with, but these days it’s a totally different feeling. I use darker tones of colour usually, or in this case earth tones and creams. I find a motif that fits the person I am making the card for, or just something more generic and common; clocks, gears, and hot air balloons tend to work. The main difference is really no flowers or butterflies, however sometimes simple leaves are appropriate. Something fun to do with cards is to add some visual texture, the stencil and texture paste technique from mix media is a great way to break a paper pattern up a little.

This final card is a variation on the easel, the twist easel card. It is super easy to do and can add a new dimension to your design. Using a bit of acetate again gives a wonderful silhouette of an embellishment and remember to try and compliment your anchor with the design of the card.

A few extra tips!

When choosing the paper that goes on the inside of the card, keep in mind that writing needs to go there so make sure that the design or colour is light enough to allow someone to inscribe a personalised greeting.

To enhance the effect of ageing in your design, distress the paper. I distress the edges of my paper all the time. This is just how I roll. It gives a vintage and rustic look that cannot be achieved any other way. This effect can also be enhanced by inking the edges after I have distressed paper, which you can see on the Happy Birthday card (above).

I want to take a moment to thanks Scrapbook Creations and Ellen for giving me this opportunity to talk about my creations and I hope I have helped inspire you. If you would like to check out more of my work, head over to my blog, and I can also be found on Facebook, instagram (@kerryjean), pinterest (@kerryjeanwatson). If you have any questions please feel free to come and find me.

Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 1)

Ed’s note: Kerry-Jean gave us so many beautiful creations that we wanted to show her off a little more. Look out for Part 2 on Friday!

01.1The card: a little bit of art you can give to someone special. I love making cards and all of them are different except for a general style that can be found in them all. The thing that I find amazing is there are so many different card styles, that really you can never get bored. Stumped yes, but not bored.

One of my favourite card styles is the easel card — and it is so simple. The best thing about this style of card is it is designed to display itself. How awesome is that? I think one of the keys to making great cards is the sparing use of vibrant colour and textures. I try and use 2 or 3 different patterned papers and no more, otherwise it gets a little crowded or busy.

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