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Video – Simple 6×6 Scrapbook Pages and Ideas using Mesh

He is a new video I’ve uploaded to show some simple scrapbook layouts where I have used mesh as a background and a stencil, and although it’s not shown here, you can obviously use the coloured mesh (after using it as a stencil) for another scrapbook page, talk about ‘get your money’s worth’!

A Quick Way to Darken Text on a Scrapbook Layout

This is a close up of a hybrid page I made .

It’s to show the word “Deep”. As you will notice, it is shiny!

I thought that in the printed copy of the digital page the black words did not have enough contrast so I used some 3-D Gloss over the top to just lift the letters and give more definition.

I used a thick needle to “paint” the gloss onto the thin image.

It’s a quick and easy way to Darken any printed graphic or text.

Here’s the full page which was the first in my Random Album.

 

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Let’s Take Issue – Mini Marvels – 8×8 Scrapbook pages?

I was re-reading an issue of Scrapbook Magazine and came across an article called ‘Mini Marvels’ (Page 50 of issue 66).  The subheading was “Caroline South shows us how to scrap in miniature with her cute 8×8″ page designs”.

Lovely scrapbook pages they are too, one of them shown almost full size on a page.  So why am I wittering on about this?

Well I take a ‘mini’ issue with the reference to 8×8 scrapbook pages being ‘miniature’!  A miniature scrapbook page is one that is 4×4 perhaps or even smaller.  I teach scrapbooking using 8×8 to sgart people off… ALWAYS!  It’s perfect for beginners as it’s no where near as daunting as a 12×12 blank page staring back at you!

 

They are quicker to do as there is less to ‘cover’ and you can get a whole background page from an A4 piece of paper (letter size), and of course, I sell (and give away) printable scrapbook papers on A4 which are perfect for 8×8 pages.  But DON’T BE FOOLED… they may be only two thirds of a full 12 in page, but they can hold just as many pictures.  I have managed 5 good sized photos on one page (shown above) and with the use of a mini book attached to another page, I managed to fit on even more photos.

I have made many 8 inch scrapbook pages and have hand-made albums to keep them in. 

So please if you read that article, or haven’t tried 8×8 pages before… do give them a try,  they are not miniature, or less significant that 12×12 and you will find them surprisingly satisfying!

Photography Tip for Scrapbookers

Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLOn my Walk in October I took some photographs of the sky as the sun was setting. And I mentioned that I would use one of those photos with white lettering out of the black siloutted landscape in the foreground for some cards.

Well I wanted to give you a TIP with regard to leaving “white space” in some of your photographs! I can hear you asking why?!

Well If you have your subject beautifully framed and filling the space, that’s great, but it pays to pan back as well, to get some space around the subject.

There are a couple of reasons for this. 1 is that you can crop the picture in different ways then, you have given yourself more flexibility to crop the picture into the space that you need to fill rather than being completely dictated by the dimensions of the picture. In scrpabooking terms this means that you can simply cover the unwanted areas with embellishments, etc, but the overall frame of the picture remains correct for your project.

For those a little more into either digital scrapbooking and/or placing text directly onto photos before printing, (which is a great way to add dramatic titles or lots of contrasting journalling), if you have left some space especially if it is not busy with images, ie sky or plain landscape, or a large expanse of cloth is ideal, you can now have space to introduce your text.

Or… even… if you feel really adventurous you can add smaller photos on top of the main one framing them within the expanse.

And… you can actually do that in a program lilket MS Word. You don’t have to have a graphics program to do that.

I Made It – Scrapbook Page by SundayL

Following on from a personal scrapbook page I made last year with the title “I Can Do This”, which was made as encouragement for myself to keep going and stop doubting myself  (with regard to this massive gamble my husband and I were taking by buying a closed pub and turning it into a Tearooms!)…

… I made this layout as an acknowledgement of what I have achieved!

 I Made it - Scrapbook Page by SundayL

Here is a close up of one of the hand made flowers (made using the wet crumpled paper flower technique)

Wet crumpled flower technique - close up

Journaling Technique Number 2 – Lists

Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLLists are a great way to provide  journaling on your scrapbook pages.  They are absolutely ideal for those who don’t enjoy writing the more in-depth sort of journaling.
 
You can include numbering with your lists, but bullet points, or stars do just as well, if not better, as they don’t particularly give a hierarchy to the words. 
 
Of course, you can include numbers to your information to act as captions for a multi-photo layout, especially if there are lots of smaller pictures, or in case you need to write  about each one, say for a bunch of wedding pictures… you know the ones… shots of hundreds of people that you either don’t know, or haven’t seen for 20 years!
 
If you want to provide a little more detail than just names and dates, but don’t particularly like the idea of writing “War and Peace” (ok that’s a bit of an extreme!!) then listing the poignant thoughts relating to the scrapbooking page is a quick and easy solution.
 
Don’t forget that these bullet points can be listed as single words, phrases or whole paragraphs, there is no limit.
 
Example of lists - Hidden strips of journaling

Example of lists - Hidden strips of journaling

Some favourites among scrapbookers are to make lists such as “My Favourite Things” or “5 Things About Me” “10 Reasons Why I Love You” and so on.

As for WHERE these lists go… well anywhere is the answer, but some ideas are:

separate strips of paper stapled in a column
or semi hidden strips of paper/card tucked behind a photo
typed list printed and matted into a journaling block
written directly on the page.

Video Tutorial – How to Distress Paper Edges to Add Interest

Distressing the edges of paper to great effectI am often asked how I achieve the “distressed” look to paper edges on my scrapbook layouts and cards… something I do quite a bit, especially on Vintage style things, (layouts and cards).

So I thought it would be a good idea to make a video for you, showing exactly how I crumple, fold and rip the edges. 

By the way, it’s not just for vintage stuff, oh no… it can be used in almost any setting, or theme.  The beauty of the effect is that you gain dimension to your page/project without the bulk. 

craft-video-logoIf you use this technique on paper for a birthday card, for instance, it doesn’t matter if the edges are then flattened in the post… they look just as good “squished” flat!

How to Easily Apply Self-Adhesive Letters to a Scrapbook Layout

I posted a picture of this scrapbook page a few posts back.  It was a fairly quick page to make and I used the Wisteria Collection from Basic Grey.  The reason for me showing it to you again is because I used self-adhesive letters from the sticker sheet included with the collection.  I am going to share a TIP as to how you can line up your letters quickly and easily to form your words before you stick them down on your project.

Scrapbook Page "Snow Angels" by SundayL

Firstly, find a ruler.  It is preferable to have a transparent one but not essential, you can still use this technique with a metal or wooden ruler for instance.  Then take your first sticky letter and place the bottom third (ish as this is only to hold the letter still while you work) of the letter onto the top edge of your ruler.

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As you can see in the picture above I have lined up the six letters I need for my word using the top edge of my ruler as a guide, so that they are straight.  I have only lightly stuck them in place so that they can easily be removed.  Now I can move the whole word around my page (or a card for that matter) until I am happy with the placement.

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This is where the transparent ruler comes in handy as you can clearly see the layout underneath and decide where your word should end up permanently.

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When you are happy with the placement, you can press the tops of the letters down onto your project, whilst holding the ruler in place.

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Once all your letters are stuck to the page, carefully tip up the ruler and slowly pull it away from the bottom of the letters.  You may need to either hold down the tops of the letters as you pull, and/or release the bottoms gently from the ruler (this depends on how tacky the adhesive is and whether you “overstuck” them to the ruler in the first place! lol)

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Now you can press the bottoms of the letters down and, all being well, your alphas should look neat.

On the Down Low – Low Level Photography

This is brought to you from the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com website… I thought I would post it here for those who have read it… because it’s changed and for those who haven’t because it’s interesting!  The article reads…

I found an article on my travels across “web-land” which I thought was well worth sharing. However, although I duly credited the author and gave a link to the website from whence it came, I have received a fairly curt email asking me to remove it, because I didn’t ask first! So I have removed her words and her photographs and written my own! I would have thought that the Author would be appreciative of the publicity, but sadly this was not the case.

The article was about getting “down low” with your camera and taking photographs from a different perspective. I often get down on the floor for photos of my dogs, and so the article was not news to me, but I thought I would share it. (So here is my version instead!)

"Old Timer" Scrapbook Page by SundayLOf course a low level perspective is good for all sorts of photos, just getting on the floor (or at least crouching down! – mind the knees!) and pointing your camera “up” a subject can give a whole new slant on quite ordinary things.

It also lets you see things you would not otherwise see – just remember the time you had to sit on the floor in the kitchen for some reason and you looked at the bottom of your kitchen cupboards and noticed the underside of your wall cupboards… or is that just me?! lol

Anyway, if you want to scrapbook a page about something for which you have no “new photos” for instance, then take your camera and take the shot from near the floor area.

Try taking pictures from low level of your children, pets, garden, house, and these shots are good for scrapbooking everyday subjects. For the picture above I quietly got down on the floor and laid on my tummy, placing the camera on the floor. I did just tip it up very slightly to get the dogs head completely in shot. And I used the subsequent carpet area as a good light background for my title which I placed over the photograph before printing it. (Using this technique)

I know a lot of scrappers take part in classes and challenges which can often have, what would be considered, mundane subject matter… such as “A typical day in my life” or “my home”. If you take all the shots from your eye level (sometimes called the default view, or standard perspective) it gets a bit boring…. change the angle, et voila!

"All Mine" Scrapbook Page by SundayLAs you can see from the photo of this layout (left) I crouched down to take a picture of the front wing of my car and it ended up being the most powerful of all the shots and therefore became the focal photo with the “normal” pictures as small backup photos only.

It’s a fairly natural thing to get down low when taking pictures of smaller animals, it is for me anyway as I have mentioned earlier, and you will see from the next photo, I was in amoungst the grass for that one – well with a small Jack Russell it’s a case of getting down to her level!

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A little tip… try taking “upward facing” shots at gatherings, such as weddings for some “unusual” photos!

So when you are next scratching your head for something a bit different, get your camera and “get down and groovy” as they say!

 

How to make Wet Crumpled Paper Flowers

Recently I showed you a birthday card on which I had put some “Crumpled flowers”.  I made them using the “wet” technique.  Here is a closeup of one of the flowers (before I put it on the card).

Scrunched scrapbooking flower

They are great for using on greetings cards and for scrapbooking, because they can actually end up no deeper than the brad you use in the centre, so aren’t too bulky.  I will admit that I have added stickles to the edges of the “petals” here for a little bit of extra glitz.

I particularly like the way the paper looks a little like fabric, or even leather when it has been scrunched whilst wet and then dried! You can use a brad to hold the layers together as I have here, or use glue in between and then glue a button in the flower centre, or even just a ball of scrunched paper, as I have dome sometimes.

Anyway, I have made a video tutorial of how to make these scrapbooking flowers… I hope you enjoy it!