Geometric fonts and Playing with Scale

Hi everyone,

Here is my post about the scrapbook pages that I created for Get It Scrapped. The first one is about using geometric fonts on your scrapbook pages.  The page I created was documenting my son learning to ride a bike without training wheels.  I used quite a simple composition with an interesting background page and used the colours in photograph for inspiration.  I used the geometric font because it reminded me of the spokes of the wheels and so supported my story.  Geometric fonts can provide a lot of interest to your page and suit some topics of scrapbooking.  I like to mix fonts in my titles so they are great for that technique. You can see lots of other ideas over on the Get It Scrapped blog here.

Bicycle

I, like many other scrapbookers love to take photographs.  Sometimes I like to play with scale in my photographs and this is one of my favourite photographs showing my two boys in amongst some tall trees.  I know that they won’t always be this little and so for me this is one way of capturing them the way they are right now.  For my page I took design inspiration from online photography galleries, and used a large photograph, neutral coloured patterned paper with neutral embellishments to make my photograph the dominant element on the layout.

The rest of the team had fun playing with scale, creating fun photographs with people in the foreground and then using those photographs on their pages.  Head on over to check them out.

scale in photographs

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

 

 

 

Cushion Repellant – Inspired by Home Decor

Hi Everyone,

Two posts within two days!  Today’s scrapbook page takes inspiration from home decor to mix textures.  I love using different textures on my page and as I like to use white frequently on my page, I often rely on texture to keep things interesting.  For this page though I have used lots of different textures inspired from my own home and home decor photographs.

I created a subway tile background using the Martha Stewart Score board, a ruler and silver artline pen.  It was quicker to create the background using the scoreboard than measuring and marking before ruling the lines.  I then used a mixture of burlap, faux glass beads, lace, velvet ribbon, threads, tulle, metal plastic and woodgrain alphas to echo the textures found on cushions, in lounge rooms and in kitchens.  The colours are inspired by the cushions found in our home, which fits well with the story of how the cushions from our couch are always on the floor – so often that I jokingly say that our couch is cushion repellant.  A simple colour scheme works well when using lots of textures.

For more inspiration and ideas about mixing textures inspired by home decor had over to the Get It Scrapped article here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

cushion repellant blog

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Pen: Sharpie; Burlap: Unknown; Alphas: American Crafts; Laves: Green Tara; Crystal pin; Maya Road; Metal Flowers: TIm Holz; Finnibair; Lace: Prima; Ephemera: Simple Stories

 

Recording Conversations on your Scrapbook Layouts

Hi everyone,

Today’s post shares an idea for recording conversation on your layouts.  Although my son likes school, he has had some struggles with missing me as he is now full time and has less time at home with me.  This page documents a series of conversations we had over the week.  This page makes me feel sad because I don’t like to think about him missing me and smile because it captures him just the way he is right now and I know that this phase will pass as he grow more confident.

Design wise vertical strips in the centre of the page create two separate sections on the page to hold our words and thoughts.  The different colours of text and varying size help to distinguish my son’s voice and my voice, giving emphasis to certain things he said.  I used the colour orange because it is his favourite colour and the blue and black because they work well with the orange.  Alpha stickers and strips of washi tape create a timeline and show the separate conversations.  I used a mix of fonts and sizes to create interest.  I took the photograph of the scrape on his knee as it is a part of the story for the week and I wanted a to include a photograph of him but didn’t want to distract from the words on the page.

This page is one of my favourites and I am feeling inspired to think of more stories and conversations I can capture.  For more ideas head over to the Get It Scrapped blog and the article here.

Tell me its not monday-2

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny; Washi tape: Unknown; Wooden shapes: Freckled Fawn; Alphas: Jillibean Soup; Simple Stories, Kaisercraft

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Tension and Textures

Hi everyone,

Today is a catch up for Get It Scrapped.  The first page focuses on creating tension and the illusion of a ticking clock.  For my page, I created a layout about my daughter, her growing up and wondering what work role she will have in the future.  I created tension by creating a shape with the blocks that build upwards across the page but has an unstable base; by leaving part of the title over the edge of the blocks and the question mark floating in space on the page.  For more ideas about creating the sense of a ticking clock check out the blog post here.

teacher lo

A Teacher Maybe ? by Kristy T | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Simple Stories, Echo Park; Alphas: American Crafts, Echo Park; Stickers: Simple Stories: Clip: Heid Swapp; Journalling Card: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: Unknown.

For my second page I created a layout that tells of the time when I suddenly run out the door in pursuit of the ice-cream van.  I have layered lots of drips of paint down the page to evoke the senses and give the viewer a visual picture of dripping ice-cream as that is a big part of the experience of ice cream cones.  I have used fluid acrylic instead of watercolours as the paint is a thicker texture, but it will still drip down the page.  I used a thicker paint (Dina Wakely) to create the splatters using a Tim Holtz stencil onto acetate and also just allowed the paint to dry on the my craft before glueing onto my page.  I can then place the splatters wherever I want to on the page.

For more ideas about making scrapbook pages that appeal to the senses check out the blog post here.

worth the

Worth the Chase by Kristy T| Supplies: Alphas: Websters Pages, American Crafts, Chipboard: October Afternoon; Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Paints: Distress Paints, Dina Wakely, Jo Sonya; Washi Tape: Echo Park; Stencil: Tim Holz layering stencil.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Using contrast on your scrapbook page

Hi everyone,

Today I am here sharing a page about my son’s love of minions and using the technique of contrast on your scrapbook page.  You don’t really get a more striking colour combination than black, white plus one other colour (on this page yellow).  On this page I used the yellow and the colour in the photograph, plus the size of the word Stu-art to focus the page on my title and the cute photograph.  The pops of yellow around the page move the eye and draw attention to the main parts of my page.

Over on the Get It Scrapped blog you can see a mix of paper and digital pages that also make use of contrast.  There is a mix of bold and also subtle examples with pretty backgrounds and even a great video too so head on over here.

Stu-art

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

A sketch, a page and my December Story

Hi everyone,

A few things to catch up on today – a couple of layouts but I also wanted to share about Debbie’s Your December Story class that you can get over at Get It Scrapped.  This class is different to other December classes I have taken from different people and prompts me to include stories and photographs that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought about.  I really love that about it and I would definitely recommend it.  If you want more info head over here (it has video, audio as well as written pdfs).  Note: I am part of the Creative Team at Get It Scrapped but if I didn’t like something I wouldn’t promote it.

This year I am making another December album using some of the prompts from the Your December Story classes and probably some of the ideas that Ali Edwards shares on her blog.  I don’t tend to do make a big thing of the individual days but this year I thought I would try that a bit more.  I think share some of it in January but it is definitely still work in progress.

For now though I have a couple of layouts to share.  This first one was created by using one of the sketches in the Sketch library at Get It Scrapped.  I don’t tend to use sketches that much but I can see that they are a great way of speeding up your process and getting pages done faster. when I do use them I really enjoy making the page.  I was really happy with how this sketch worked well for one of the photographs I took just after we arrived in Rome on our big trip.  You can see the sketch and other pages made using it for inspiration here.

rome lo sketch

This second page was created for the Get It Scrapped article about using lots of photos on your page.  I think of this as a cluster of smaller photos around the large focal point photo.  To see other ways to use lots of photos on your page you can check out the article here.  Lots of great ideas that can be used to get those holiday/Christmas photographs scrapbooked!

selfie lo.jpg

I have some cards I have created so will be back to share them too and this year I have a nice space for the kids advent calendars so will have to take a pic of that to share.

Hope you are having a good December and thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Cheaper for Lunch – Designs for Speedy Scrapbook Pages

Hi everyone,

I tend to be a slow scrapbooker.  Sometimes I over-think things.  But I am getting quicker at making decisions and have a few go-to layout designs that I like to use.  Over on the Get It Scrapped blog a couple of the design team share their go to designs for speeding up their process.

Now don’t get me wrong I don’t think the goal of memory keeping is to get it done fast all the time, but at times I do think you just want to make sure those stories get recorded.  So sometimes having a few basic designs that you just know work can really help.

For me, I like the band foundation (which is basically a band that runs across the page); three photos in row and the one I have used for this layout – diagonal flow.  If you are interested in learning more about scrapbook design foundations Debbie has a free guide that you can download in the blog article – speeding up their process with go to designs for getting started.

This page tells the story of a day where my son and I were possibly going to meet my husband for lunch but instead we went to the local Bunnings to get one item and came home with a whole bunch of plants, after my son asked for just one plant.  Impulsive shopping for plants is something that we tend to do.

Cheaper4lunch

For this page I used a fairly symmetrical base and then created the diagonal flow using a mix of mists.

Some other tips to speed things up that are not specifically related to design are:

1. Use a partially premade background.

2. Use paper towel to pick up excess mist and speed up drying time.

3. Use the thin tube inside your spray mists to flick dots across your page rather than a paint brush and  then dab with paper towel (I was able to use 10 shades of mist without colours mixing and completed this whole page in 40 minutes)

4. Handwrite journalling using it as part of your design  – in this page it frames the photo and adds to the diagonal flow.

5. Hand draw a border.

6. Don’t be fussy with your letter sticker placement.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Kristy