Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simple but Beautiful DIY Milagro Style Scrapbook embellishments- Week #38

I have been bringing my son to art museums since he was a toddler. One of our outings brought us to a museum which featured art heavily influenced by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. It seemed appropriate to document those photos during September,the month that Mexican Independence day is celebrated. I chose to pull inspiration from the art of Mexico since both cultures are a part of it's roots. I found myself fascinated by Milagros and I wanted to recreate something similar on my scrapbook page.

What are Milagros?

Milagros are small folk charms that are of a variety of materials including wood, wax,gold, silver and tin. It's the shiny charms that inspired the scrapbook embellishments that I am sharing with you today. I loved the look of the tin and the metallic paints on the little Milagro charms. You can see what inspired me on my Pinterest board: Inspiration from Around the World-Mexico.

It's easy to achieve that shiny, metallic painted tin look!

One of my favorite ways to add a shiny metallic look is to use Decofoil. It comes in thin sheets and with a little adhesive, you can adhere it to a variety of surfaces. I used the Decofoil in conjunction with Icraft's foam adhesive sheets. The foam sheets are thin and you can easily cut them with a die cut machine. 

Once you have the die cut foam shape, you simply need to peel the backing off and lay the foam piece, sticky side down, onto the silver or dull side of the Decofoil sheet. The foil comes in a variety of colors. This rainbow foil seems a bit busy, but if you use small shapes, the color doesn't feel so crazy.

Another alternative is to use the Decofoil transfer adhesive. It's a liquid glue that does require a bit of patience( due to the drying time). It takes about an hour or two to dry before you can use the foil with the shape. I chose to use it on some resin pieces that I had cast. If you don't have resin shapes, try it on chipboard, die cuts, or wood veneer. 

Customize chipboard, resin or wood veneer with acrylic paint.

I did learn the hard way that I should have painted my resin pieces prior to using the Decofoil.  It is possible to paint them after you add the foil, but doing so beforehand would have really been much easier. Should you need to touch up a piece with paint after you add the foil, you can easily wipe off any stray paint marks with a baby wipe or damp cloth.

Once everything is dry, the assembly of the Milagro is simple!

Assembly of the Milagro is easy and can be finished within minutes. Simply begin layering up your pieces and adhering them as you wish from largest piece to smallest. Depending on what you choose to use, you might find that you need a strong liquid adhesive.

Search through your stash to find the perfect objects to create your own Milagros!

My Milagro scrapbook embellishments consist of die cut foam shapes, metal die cuts and resin objects. 

The elements you choose will determine whether your Milagro will look bright and fresh or if it will have a weathered look. This particular piece, for example, has a lot of delicate filigree edges. Once I painted it and added the foil, it had an aged appearance. The great thing about these scrapbook embellishments is that you can mix and match the weathered and fresh style Milagros without any issue.

I layered the Milagros into embellishment clusters. I chose a few matte embellishments to place within each cluster. The matte piece keeps the cluster from feeling too bright and busy. 

Once your Milagros are complete, choose the rest of your scrapbook supplies and create your scrapbook layout.

I chose scrapbook papers with a muted color palette taken from the Mexican Coat of Arms. The patterns, colors and Milagro style scrapbook embellishments all come together to form a subtle tribute to Mexico and the art we saw at the museum that day.

I love the way the Milagros turned out. I have to admit that I adore a bit of something shiny on all of my scrapbook layouts. Do you love adding in shiny objects or do you prefer to leave them off your scrapbook layouts?

Supplies Used
Patterned papers: Cocoa Daisy, October Afternoon, Basic Grey
Adhesive: Decofoil Transfer Adhesive and foam sheets by iCraft
Foil Sheets: Decofoil by iCraft
Dies: Spellbinders
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Rubber Stickers: Pinkfresh Studios
Other: resin,silicone molds, acrylic paint

This scrapbook layout is based on a design from the Scrap Free Scrapbooking Ebook by Jennifer Priest. I had the opportunity to test the book when Jennifer first wrote it. It was so awesome, that I became an affiliate! You can get your copy here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mexican Inspired Stripped Layout - Week #37

Hi, Rose here an today I am going to share with you a very easy Mexican Inspired stripped layout. While this layout is simply about documenting one of my favorite tools of the trade, I wanted to incorporate a little bit of Mexican Flair. I created a miniature version of Mexican Style linens. Finding a good quality pen is reason to be happy, am I right?

Mexican Inspired Stripped Layout


First, decide which color will be used as the base (I chose black) and cut off 1 inch off the vertical edge. Then cut the remaining cardstock colors into 1 inch and 1/2 inch strips, you'll only need about two of each color in each size.

Next, start adhering the strips in desired color patterns, alternating between the two varying sizes to give it interest, being sure not to cover up all of your base color.

Adhere two white strips to the ends of the scrapbook page, use your scissors to fringe the edges. 

For added interest, tear and adhere silver glitter washi tape to break up some of the bolder strip patterns.Add journaling and call it done!

I really enjoyed creating this layout to celebrate and commemorate the enjoyment I find in using my these colorful pens! Find other great techniques in this Scrap Free Scrapbooking ebook.

Have you tried this stripped technique? Leave a comment below, I'd love to see your projects.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Substitute Paint for Paper in a Layout Sketch - Week #36

Hi everyone! It's Nancy, back with another layout to show you how to use one of my favorite scrapbooking resources, the Scrap Free Scrapbooking eBook by Jennifer Priest.

Layout patterns in the book are designed to make your scrapbooking quick and easy, and to create the maximum amount of layouts with the least amount of paper. But what if you could use the layouts without using paper at all - or barely?

If you look at the patterned paper in the layout patterns as "blocks of color" instead of as paper, this opens up whole new ways to use the patterns. For this project, I decided to substitute acrylic paint for most of the patterned paper in one of the layouts from Cutting Pattern 7. 

how to substitute acrylic paint for paper

My layout is about my recent visit to the new Disney Springs (formerly called Downtown Disney). With predominantly Spanish style architecture and an exuberant atmosphere thanks to its theme park influence, it's perfect for a latin fiesta style color scheme. I chose mine based on inspiration from some photos I found online of sugar skulls and cover art promoting an album of latin music. 

I used the orange - reflecting the Spanish tile roofs of the complex - for the background. The blue color reflects the water in the stream winding its way through the complex, and the green highlights the many palm trees shading the sidewalks. The bold pink calls attention to the journaling written on it, as well as the red umbrellas at the Sprinkles bakery. 

I painted the colors in messy swatches to replace the blocks of paper that make up the layout's design. In areas where the paper blocks are designed to overlap in the pattern, I had to decide how to handle it. The pink and green were supposed to overlap in this design. I chose to take the pink all the way across and stop the green when it got to the edge of the pink. 

Cardstock like this isn't designed to handle heavy wet media, so it warped a bit, but that won't matter when the layout is in an album. 

With all of that color put down with the acrylic paint, I only had to use my Westcott Titanium Trimmer to cut one piece of 8" x 8" paper for this entire layout! The white block serves as a mat for the photos and the title, separating it from the bold background. 

Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock (Orange, White)
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Lake, Festival Pink & Apple Green)
  • Colorbox Archival Pigment Ink (Royal Blue)
  • Colorbox Archival Dye Ink (Wicked Black)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Pen
  • 28 Lilac Lane Limited Edition "Fall Jewels" Mix
  • Webster's Pages Painted Passport Word Stickers
  • Pink & Main stamps (Directional Borders)
  • Stampendous stamps (Cling Daisy Mix)
  • Technique Tuesday stamps (Going Places)
  • Black Letter Stickers
  • PPA Matte Adhesive
As long as the paint isn't applied too heavily, you can use Archival inks to stamp across the top of it, or adhere items on top like stickers or beads. 

I used a fine point Sharpie to journal right on top of the paint. I made the edge of the paint somewhat wavy when I applied it. Then I followed the edge of the paint to write my journaling, creating a nice wandering journal line!

This was a really fun, fast, and no-stress way to use the Scrap Free Scrapbooking eBook, and I love the results! What can you think of besides paint to replace your patterned paper blocks with?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clean and Simple Scrapbooking with Journal Cards #34

Hello everyone!!  It's me, Kymona and I'm super excited to be here.  I'm here to show you how to create a clean and simple scrapbooking page with journaling cards.

Would you believe if I told you scrapbooking was my first love before card making?  Well it was!!  I use to create scrapbooks for my son, when he was born.  That was 18 years ago and boy have things changed.  Scrapbook pages are so elaborate these days I wasn't sure where to begin.  Now don't laugh at me but its true.  Do you start with the paper, the embellishment, the colors or photos?

When Jennifer asked me about scrapbooking I told her my story and my dilemma.  She kindly let me know that she had a solution for me!! Yayyyy!!  The Layout A Week team!!  The goal is to inspire scrapbookers, new and old (thats me), on how to create easy to make layouts with no waste!!

Lets get started!!

Here is a list of supplies:

When I sat down to think about what I wanted to create, I knew I wanted a modern look with a  clean and simple feel, since that's my style.

So I went with a pocket page!  I see so many of them these days, I wanted to give it a try.

Take a look at what I created:

Here is how I created this page:

1. Scrolled through all of your pictures on your computer in search of the perfect pictures. That will help you decide how many pockets you will need to create for this page.  Print the pictures, size them, add stickers, then place them in their pockets.

2. Then decide on the pattern papers/journal cards you wanted to use that matched what was happening in the photos. Once you pick them all out, add them to their pockets.

3. After that, pick out some embellishments that matched the colors on the pattern paper. Add them to the pocket of your choice.

4. Decorate the pocket that has the embellishment with a sticker.

5. Type or write your message, add a sticker then add it to its pocket.

6. Seal all of the pockets so that nothing falls out to the pockets.

Nice, easy and definitely clean and simple.

So what do you think?  Would you give this style of scrapbooking a try? I would love to hear from you.  Leave a  comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Simple String Art for Stunning Scrapbook Layouts- Week #33

Texture and dimension are integral parts of scrapbook page design. Creating a simple string art background is a quick and easy way to give your page both. 

Quick Tips for creating a Simple String art Background:

  • Choose your supplies first. The color of your supplies will guide your selection when it comes to choosing the color of your string.
  • Choosing a piece of patterned paper with a grid or polka dots can save you time. You won't have to use a ruler to measure or align the dots. You can use plain cardstock. If you do, be sure to mark your dots lightly with a pencil. Light pencil marks are easier to erase than dark ones.

  • If you plan to tuck stickers among the string( like I did), have some scrap cardstock at the ready. Back the stickers with the cardstock and cut it out. You don't want that die cut to stick flat to the string, you want it to pop up off the page slightly. The cardstock will give the sticker some heft and enable it to stick up from the page with support.Use a craft knife to trim off excess cardstock or to remove cardstock from inner sections of the sticker( as with the space inside the kettle shown above).

Take a look at this video to see just how easy it is to create this string art background.

Supplies Used

Jewels: Duck Tape Brand

Monday, August 8, 2016

Buttered Toast Scrapbook Page Week #32

Hi Rose here! Today, I am going to share with you two things, a little secret about me and a very, quick, easy, and fun, multi-photo scrapbook layout. I'm in love with Snapchat. The filters bring me so much laughter that I check in every single morning to start my day. If you're not familiar with Snapchat, it's an app on your phone. It has a series of filters that can alter your appearance, voice and even interact when you raise your eyebrows or open your mouth. It has a lot of other cool features going on, but for the sake of this post, you get the gist. 

My daughter had discovered the newest Snapchat filter (unbeknownst to her, I had already discovered it). Bread! She says to me "mom, they have bread", I responded with "I know", she says, "I wish it would put butter on me when I open my mouth" as she swiftly sent me a snap. When I received it, I laughed so hard. I had to screenshot it for future laughs and entertainment. This post contains affiliate links.

"If buttered toast is what she wants, buttered toast she shall have!"

Buttered Toast Scrapbook Page

Start with a piece of white cardstock. I want the focus to remain on the images and speak the title loudly, so I kept the background very simple. 

Blend white gesso and Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in sun kissed to create creamy buttery yellow. Then add in gel paste to give it a bit of depth for the effect of slathered butter.

Using a palette knife spread on as you would butter on toast. Use a heat tool to dry or set it aside to dry over night.

Print images and fussy cut the "pieces of bread". With my HP Printer, I used HP Snapshots to print my snapchat images. I love the HP Snapshots because they're already adhesive. Much like stickers, just peel the plastic backing and adhere to your projects.

Next, adhere your images. Embellish with eggs and bacon embellishment stickers (so simple and so easy) and add title using letter stickers.

Lastly, add journaling, This Buttered Toast Scrapbook Page would not have been complete without the inclusion of the memory.

Have you ever tried creating your own "medium" for mixed media backgrounds? 
Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear your ideas.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Adapt a Pattern for Smaller Photos - Week #30

It's Nancy, bringing you week #30 of Layout-A-Week! I have nearly 30 years of photos from before I started scrapbooking that are in boxes, waiting for me to give them some attention. One of the challenges of using them is that they are smaller than today's standard size of 4" x 6" prints, so they don't match a lot of today's supplies for creating quick and easy pages.

Today I'm working with photos from 1994 using a page design from Cutting Pattern #3 of Jennifer Priest's Scrap Free Scrapbooking ebook. This page layout pattern is designed for two 4" x 6" photos, but like most of the patterns is easily adaptable to smaller photo sizes. Using Scrap Free Scrapbooking is one of my favorite ways to get my older photos into albums! This post contains affiliate links

The layout is designed to have the large patterned paper block on it, and then two 4" x 6" vertical photos in the bottom left corner. With the smaller photos (3.5" x 5") in place, it left loads of room vertically and horizontally to fill.
I filled this room by adding another photo - this one horizontal - in the upper right corner, and a large title block across the center. 
The large text title was cut out as text on my Cricut Explore die cutting machine. It's great being able to cut out detailed items like this, but not so fun having to adhere them. I always run them through my Xyron machine to turn them into stickers. It's a real sanity saver! 
Since these photos are so old, I don't have a lot of detailed memories to journal to go with them. Strip journaling is the perfect solution for when you only have a few details to add to a layout. 
I typed my strips up in Microsoft Word and left an extra line in the document in between the lines that I wanted to turn into strips. Then I just printed it out and trimmed it into strips on my Westcott Titanium paper trimmer. 
I used the text stickers to add a bit more journaling to the layout, while also adding some decoration as well. I wanted the photos to be the focus, and I also didn't want the layout to be too busy and compete with the already busy photographs. The stickers give a nice touch of detail and color without being overwhelming. 
I used the flower stickers to "frame" the center section of the layout. They fill white space and keep the eye from falling off the edge when reading the strip journaling and stickers. 
In the Garden layout by Nancy Nally
Go dig those boxes of old photos out of the closet! With some creative use of patterns, you could have them scrapped in no time at all.