Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shadow Box Sampler Workshop



Shadow Box Workshop

 Thursday,December 4 @ 6:30 RSVP no later than November 27

Here is how it works. Order these four products on my web site:
 X7188b Snowhaven Paper pack ( you will only use less than half the pack. Why not invite a friend to make the project and split the paper cost)
X7188 Snowhaven Compliments
Z1861 Mini Medley Ruby assortment
Z2015 Designed D├ęcor Shadow Box
They will be shipped directly to you
The class fee is $5, which includes:my assistance,instructions including a photo of the project,Cuttle bug & chevron folder,seeing the sample in person,use of a simple positioning tool for the paper squares.
This sampler idea was from Michele at Evergreen Memories

Friday, October 24, 2014

Glue, Paper, Scissors...a Scrapbookers Game

 I am sure my title reminds you of the childhood game called 'rock,paper,scissors'. I did this on purpose just for fun. In the game, scissors beats paper, paper beat  rock and rock beat scissors.  In the scrapbook version you win with all three, glue, paper, scissors (plus others) every time. These tools are needed to get your scrapbook pages to be and stay a lovely scrapbook page. Lets take a closer look.

glue dots- great  for ribbon,and embellishments, little dimension, cost $$
Liquid glue - paper to paper adhesion, cost $
Tape runner - fast, refillable, also good for paper to paper adhesion,cost $$
Foam tape - add dimension, sticky, cost $

Acid Free- acid can be added to paper to make it easier to write on. This same useful acid can eat away at your photos over time.
Lignin Free -  Lignin, a substance that occurs naturally in wood. Paper is made out of wood. Lignin helps make paper stronger, but it is biodegradable. Over time it breaks down, turns brittle and changes color.
Buffered.- an alkaline substance sometimes added to paper, to reduce the effect of the acid content.   Buffered paper will be safer for your memorabilia.

Basic-  scissors, paper trimmer. 
Extra tools -  punches,embossing folders,staplers,scoring boards, piercing tool, rulers, heat embossers.
There you go, a great list of ideas to get you gluing and cutting with your photo safe scrapbook paper. 
Next week my blog will be titled "The finish line", Page protectors and Albums for your completed scrapbook pages.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

If you remember last week, my blog post was about getting your photos sorted and prepared for a scrapbook layout.  Now that that step is completed, it time to move on to the scrapbook layout design process. If you have ever arranged some flowers, painted a room or tried your hand at home decorating, you will find that those same basic design theories also apply to scrapbooking. They are focal point,  rule of odds, visual triangle, repetition and gradation. Lets take a closer look.

Focal Point
  A focal point is the place where the eye naturally goes on a  scrapbook page.
 Photo on left side of layout is an example of focal point.
  • Enlarge the Photo
  • Crop photos - the other photos on the page
  • Matt  photos- double,triple matt.
  • Portrait and Landscape pictures-  having options help create balanced pages
  • Close up- usually the strongest photo and makes a great focal point photo  

The Rule of Odds

  The rule of odds says our eyes tend to find it more natural and pleasing if things are arranged in odd numbers. Notice the photos(3) and embellishments on the layout above.
  • Photos- use a focal point photo plus odd number photos or a focal point photo plus an even  number of photos
  • Embellishments- select in groups of 3's, 5's or 7 's. 

 Visual Triangle
 A visual triangle is three connected things. Our brains seek out familiar shapes, like triangles, Having these shapes, allows our eyes to see the page as a whole.  In the above lyout it is the clusters of embellishments and photos.
 Repetition is using the same item on different places of the layout to make the page complete. This works well for 2 page layouts. Repetition by itself can become boring, but repetition with some variation looks like movement on a scrapbook page.  Here are some ways to use repetition in your layout.  In my example above, it is the red cardstock and patterned paper
Gradation is the gradual change in size and color. It creates movement helping the eyes to follow the changes across the page.  By combining repetition with gradation you will have a powerful design principle that can guide the viewer to the most important parts of your scrapbook pages. Again the example layout show this in the changes of size in the red cardstock and patterned paper on the right side and the gray and blue buttons on each page. The photos change in size too.

So there is it, some basic design theory to help you make an eye catching layout. As satisfying as this can be, I now do something different. Close To My Heart has  several  How To Books with layout templates, that fast track me through much of the design process. I so appreciate the help I get from them, and use them all the time. Contact me to order your own copy of  Reflections, Cherish, Imagine, Magic, or Make it from your Heart 1 and 2. You will not be sorry you did.
Thanks for reading ~ Michelle

Next time, Glue,Paper,Scissors - A scrapbookers Game

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