19 October 2014

Using stamps to match a collection's leftovers


Hello everybody!

Have you ever kept scraps from a collection that you loved, but without using it because you had not enough left? Or have you ever sighed after your unused stamps and inks, without ideas about how to use it on your projects?
Then, these ideas are for you!

I love to match stamps with leftovers, because it helps me to stretch a collection's scraps (I usually only buy a few sheets from a collection) AND it makes me to finally use my inks and stamps...  I should do it more often!

I usually start with a multicolored pattern from the collection, and I look for inks with this color palette. Then, I look for stamps that match well (here, flowers and leaves were a good option)

The easiest way is to use a small stamp several times on a strip, like I did with the dark blue flower on the card below. (I also used watercolor pencils to color it).


Or you can of course stamp a larger piece! On my layout, I chose to stamp on a cream paper with a very subtle pattern (it's almost a solid color). I started by the biggest stamp and finished with the smaller ones to fill the spaces.
I used the september sketch from the free digital magazine CREATE.

Here is a close-up pf my homemade patterned paper:

Finally, I also used my stamps to embellish my layouts: I stamped, colored the white stamps with alcohol markers and fussy cut them...

16 October 2014

Pinwheels in another way


Today on Scrap Your Scraps blog, Sandi shared an awesome tutorial to make pinwheels in another way. I didn't know it and I decided to give it a try: it's so easy! It's really great for using scraps...

pinwheels with scraps
Supplies: Patterned papers by Webster's Pages - Tools: alphabet die by Quickutz - Stamps by Florileges Designs - Other: brads
 And a close-up of the pinwheels:

pinwheels with scraps

Tip: I wanted more dimension for my photo block, but I didn't want to use all my 3D adhesive! So I cut and glue some craft foam... Cheap and perfect!

15 October 2014

Tip to make older collections fresh again!


Hello everybody!
Today, I would like to share with you one of my favorite tip about paper: mixing two (and only two) collections together...
Okay, it's not new, but it's so fun! It's a great way to use favorite collections with a new look (or even to use scraps), and it's so much faster than to build up your own kit from many different manufacturers... And you still get this fresh look!

Coucou !
Aujourd'hui, je voulais partager avec vous un de mes trucs préférés pour choisir mes papiers : mélanger deux collections (et seulement deux). Rien de bien nouveau, certes, mais il n'empêche que ça aide bien pour finir d'utiliser des collections (ou des chutes !) tout en leur donnant un petit air nouveau, et surtout, c'est très rapide...

For my first layout, I wanted to use again my beloved "Persimmon" papers (Basic Grey), perfect for fall, and I decided to match them with some "Switchboard"papers (Pink Paislee).

For my second layout, I had very few "Vintage Bliss" leftovers (Simple Stories), but I loved this collection so much that I really wanted to use them... And I finally found that they matched beautifully with "RSVP" papers (Basic Grey)!
The yellow background, the pink border, the aqua and orange titles are all from the "RSVP" collection.

Ici, j'ai changé l'aspect du papier jaune en utilisant un pochoir faux-bois avec du gesso teinté avec ma poudre "Magicals".
Ces poudres sont très pratiques pour ne teinter qu'un peu de medium à la fois ! Tout ce qu'il leur faut, c'est un medium "mouillé" (avec de la poudre à embosser, ça ne marche pas, par exemple), comme de l'eau pour faire mon encre en spray sur ma première page, un tout TOUT petit peu d'eau pour peindre mon titre sur la troisième page, ou encore de la pâte de structure comme sur ma dernière page.
A noter que si on utilise un medium opaque (comme de la peinture blanche), on perd le brillant pour obtenir un effet mat.

What to do with last year Holidays papers? Why not matching them with summer papers! Here, I used two Fancy Pants collections: the wintery "Timbergrove" (the grid and the red paper) and the summery "Nautical" (the blue and the woodgrain papers). I cut them with a heart die and I outlined each of them with a white pen.
Papers from the same manufacturer often match well!

Another tip is to start with a multicolored paper from one collection, and to look for matching papers from another collection (one color papers work better for this), like I did on this last layout with papers from "Brightside" (Glitz Design) and from "Hey kid" (Pink Paislee):

I also used my "Magicals" from Lindy Stamp's Gang on each of my layouts: the powder form is so versatile, you can use it to color any medium of your choice!

- I started by mixing the "Shabby Turbine Teal" color with some water in a mini mister, and I used it with a Heidi Swapp chevron stencil on my first layout.
- Then, I mixed the "Rusty Lantern Lime" color with some white Gesso, and I used it with a woodgrain stencil on my second layout. The effect is of course totally different!
- Next, I mixed the "Steel Shimmer" color (which is a beautiful and rich silver and not a black) with very VERY few water to create a silver paint, and I used it to color my title on my third layout.
-Finally, I mixed the "Steel Shimmer" color again with some white modeling paste, and I used it with a star stencil on my last layout.

Magicals Lindy Stamp Gang

I noticed that with both white gesso and white modeling paste, you get a lighter color, and if you want to keep all the wonderful shimmery look, you need to use water (spray ink or paint, depending on how much water you use).
Looking for stencils? Take a look at the Frosted Designs store!

13 October 2014

About inspiration!


Hello everybody!

I recently took a scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes about inspiration, and I wanted to share my projects with you, and especially why I did them this way.

Coucou !
Récemment, j'ai suivi un cours en ligne sur l'inspiration appelé "Here and There" et je voulais partager mes projeys avec vous... 
Pour ma première page, je me suis inspirée d'une video d'Amy Tan où elle partageait ses voyages et j'y ai trouvé tout un tas de petits détails qui m'ont amenée à construire un sketch !

For my first layout, I was inspired by an Amy Tan's video (which was part of the class). It was not a process video but a video about finding inspiration all around us.

Here and there week 1
Supplies: Papers: patterned papers by Kesiart and cardstock by American Crafts and Bazzill- Tools: cloud die by My Favorite Things, flower die by Kesiart, alphabet die by Quickutz and arrow stamp by Denim Tampons - Embellishments: envelope by Maya Road - Others: stitching, stickles by Ranger, sequins and twine.

While watching the video, I jot down some notes about random things that inspired me for scrapbooking.

Here and there notebook

Here is what I noticed in this video and how I used it in my layout:

1 - Sunset color palette: it was the starting point of my inspiration. I looked for photographies that would work well with it in my "to scrap" folder, and I found photographies from my kids at the amusement park last summer: perfect!
Then I looked for the papers, but finally, I chose papers with a different color palette, because I thought they were really perfect for my photos! I don't think I would have matched these papers with these photos without this starting idea.

2 - The pavement, at one moment of the video, makes an interesting corner, and it reminded me this trend when you have a paper at angle on your project, so I decided to use that on my sketch.
(I didn't plan to draw a sketch, but it is finally what happened when I added all the ideas watching the video).

3 - At another moment, Amy enters a restaurant, and the door behind her has a very interesting wrought iron. I added this idea by thinking to stitch a big frame with also diagonales (I finally didn't stitch the diagonales, only the frame, but I did it in a different way than what I used to do, with bigger stitches).

4 - Big circles with texts inside: I used this idea but for my photos. I love circles!

5 - The foot print in the sand: I loved the idea of something sprinkled here and there, and I added sequins on my project.

6 - At the restaurant, there were a row of plates: I wanted to use somewhere on my project a row with something small repeated. I was thinking to small stamps maybe, but I finally used a strip with a repeated arrow stamp. I was glad that I used my so often forgotten stamps!

7 - At one moment, there were palm trees against the light. I loved that! On my layout, this is the grey flowers die cuts...

8 - At another moment in the video, there is a pretty banner, okay, why not a banner for my title?!

9 - I don't remember where I saw the tab, but I know that I was inspired to use one when watching the video.

10 - Finally, I also wanted to use a kraft envelop like Amy's one when she is in the plane.

As you can see, I used all of this to create a sketch for my layout... And while the resulting layout is quite slightly different from what I used to do, it's still really really me and I love that!

For my second layout, I found this picture on Pinterest and I was really inspired both by the color palette and the design of the cover:


Pour ma deuxième page, je me suis inspirée de la couverture de magazine ci-dessus : en particulier les couleurs et la mise en page.

So I decided to use golden yellow, turquoise and brown. I also wanted to have things on the very edges, like on the cover: I used a text stamp, scalloped strips and tiny punchies to get this look.

Here and There week 2
Supplies: Patterned papers by American Crafts - Tools: alphabets and tab dies by Quickutz, edge punch by EK Success and heart die by Lawn Fawn - Stamps by Hero Arts and Florileges Designs - Other: brads, white pen and Glossy accent by Ranger.

Enfin, pour ma dernière page, tout est parti de l'image envoyée dans le mail du cours en ligne : une devanture d'un magasin de mode, avec tout un tas de textures intéressantes (denim...),et surtout, l'effet vitrine que j'ai essayé de reproduire avec mon bloc central.

Finally, for my third layout, Kelly Purkey shared a picture of a fashion store that really inspired me: I loved the "shop window" look, and tried to recreate it on my layout with the "boxed" design and the punched edge on the top.
I also loved the textures and the patterns, with all the different fabrics, so I used denim pattern, stickles, stitching, and I added some subtle background stamps (with white and Versamark ink for a tone-on-tone effect).
The color palette also comes from the inspirational picture: denim blue, red-orange, light brown, pink and aqua!

Here and There week 3
Supplies: Patterned papers by My Mind's Eyes and American Crafts and cardstock by Bazzill - Tools: alphabet dies by Quickutz and punch by McGill - Embellishments: flair by American Crafts and envelope by Maya Road - Stamps by Hero Arts - Other: stickles by Ranger and stitching.

Color palettes and designs are often the most difficult parts for me when I make a project, that's why I often pull my inspiration from what is around me instead of from my mind only... And you, what inspires you?