September 27, 2012

Scrap Map 1 Challenge is now hosting weekly challenges! You've gotta go check them out and submit an entry. If your project is picked you get a FREE download the next week. WooHoo!

A couple of weeks ago the challenge was to use this layout:

And here is what I came up with:

Now, I'm not really a vintage style person, and I'm definitely not a "crooked picture" person, but I love how this turned out. I really wanted to use these two pictures together, but the colors didn't look nice side-by-side and it created a very busy look. Thus, I decided to try the sepia tones and was very impressed with how it pulled them together. After that I vintaged up the page a bunch more- paper flowers, antique brads, and the flower embellishments from the "You're My Sunshine" kit.

Now, if you are familiar with the "You're my Sunshine" kit you might object- those embellishments are all grey and yellow... but I would tell you that MDS2 has this great new feature for recoloring embellishments! To match the blue from the paper I recolored the flowers by picking the dark shade in the upper right corner, and to get the browns I just used Espresso (same as the journaling). Cool right?

To see how you can do this yourself just check out this tutorial video SU! put together for MDS2. Enjoy, and flutterby again soon :)

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September 24, 2012

Black and White Affair

Do you have a wedding coming up? If so I've got just the card for you today!

Isn't it so cute! I love how they used an embossing folder to make "lace" on the wedding dress. After that, all it takes is a little cutting by hand to make the dress shape and a slit in the black paper for the grooms tux (fold the slit back into two triangles to make his lapels). Add two pearls for buttons and a little tie, and ta-da you're done. So quick!

Thanks Trina Congie for the great swap!

Flutterby again soon!

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September 20, 2012

Its the End of the Trip (as we know it)

My Branson album is almost done. Whatever will I show you now... I'm sure I'll think of something :) I hope you enjoy seeing an entire project come together instead of just bits and pieces. I'm one of those people who likes things "matchy matchy". Thus I pretty much always do two page spreads (it bothers me when they don't go together, LOL). And when I can I do theme albums so that the flow goes throughout. So, if you're like me, I sincerely hope that my full albums give you ideas for your next project too!

Alright, enough fluffy stuff. On to the good stuff. I saw this layout and loved the simplicity of it. It has nice clean lines and allows for some bigger pictures. I also LOVE alphabet punches! That is how I wrote Dinosaur with spotted DSP. Seriously, if you haven't yet invested in a digital alphabet punch it is time to do so. You will fall in love too!

If you ever go to the Titanic Museum you will find that they don't let you take pictures inside :( . Boo. However, I was able to find a handful of decent pictures on the internet (I did a google search for only large pictures). This layout worked nicely for only a handful of pictures. Then, I scanned in our tickets and "tucked" them behind the photos. Great thing about scanning- even though I only saved two tickets I was able to make it look like I had them for all four of us. Yay!

Well, that brings us to the final page of my project. Thanks for coming along on my journey :)

Flutterby again soon!

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September 17, 2012

Emboss Resist

It has been so long since I have used embossing powder. But this card makes me want to break out the heat gun! It is so simple and yet so pretty. You can achieve this look yourself by using embossing powder and then sponging ink on top of the embossed design. The ink will stick to the paper but not the shiny embossed area. Sweet right!

And think of the possible color combinations... I'm thinking white embossing on white paper, and then start with yellow in the middle and blend outward into orange then red. If you know me you know I love bright colors :)

Thanks Cindy Buczkowski for this cute swap card and reminding me about this simple elegant trick!

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September 14, 2012

Photo Background Paper

I love the fact that with MDS you can have a FULL PAGE picture as your background paper. Yeah, that's right- the whole thing can be a picture. Now that's something you can't do with traditional scrapbooking (at least not without paying an arm and a leg for a huge print).

Now don't get me wrong. I love using DSP for the background. But sometimes there is something so cool about "setting the scene" with a picture of just that- the scenery :).

However, if you like to do 2-page spreads as I do, I find that sometimes using a full page picture makes the pages not look "matchy matchy" so I always like to add some similar elements on top of the picture to tie the two together. Here I used a strip of DSP that matched the first page, along with repeating the double layer ribbon embellishment.

Hope you enjoyed today's layout. Flutter back soon!

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