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Archive | August, 2011

Video | Pink Paislee Mistables

What’s cream and white and neutral all over? Pink Paislee’s new Mistables line – which is exactly what the name promises. These papers and embellishments are the perfect blank slate to ink, mist, spritz, stain, and otherwise colorize.

Resist is a technique often seen in stamping and mixed media arts, and in 2011 we have seen it begin to show up in several scrapbook companies in pre-made designs. These products feature a resist design as well as the black printed designs, which allows amazing results you have to see to believe. Have you seen all these resist products but don’t know what you’re supposed to do with them? Watch and I’ll show you!

As you can see, the possibilities are endless! I’ve taken the patterned paper I used distress stain on in the video and created a layout with even more mistable products.

The chipboard letters are definitely a stand-out favorite. I love how well they take ink, and all those little white lines that pop up in resist.

Supplies that I used in this layout include Pink Paislee Mistables paper, fabric pleat stripchipboard letters, anddie cut labels. I also used stickers and brads from American Craft’s Amy Tangerine line, and Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Tumbled Glass), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Worn LipstickBrushed Corduroy), and Studio Calico Mr. Huey’s mist in Piglet.

With the ability to make these product any color in the rainbow, and the durability and quality of the products I have been working with, I’ll be keeping my stash full of mistables, and adding them in many of my projects in the future.

Mistables are now available in stores as well as online, including at Scrapbook.com andTwoPeasInABucket.com.

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Trend Watch | Lattices, Honeycombs, and Hexagons

I’m especially excited to share today’s trendwatch topic with you because, at its core, it’s all about pattern, geometry, and mathematics, and being an engineer (as well as a scrapbooker) those things definitely appeal to me. What, exactly, am I so enthralled with? Lattices!

The Oxford English Dictionary gives this definition for the word:

lattice (lat·tice)

Pronunciation:/ˈlatis/
noun

  1. a structure consisting of strips of wood or metal crossed and fastened together with square or diamond-shaped spaces left between, used typically as a screen or fence or as a support for climbing plants.
  2. an interlaced structure or pattern resembling this
  3. Physics a regular repeated three-dimensional arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules in a metal or other crystalline solid.

For the sake of conversation (and simplicity, since I’m not really up for writing an article on structural physics today), we’re going to restrict the scrapbooking definition of a lattice to the first two entries as we take a tour of some of the newest and hottest supplies that feature this versatile pattern.

Straight-line lattices are perhaps the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word, but in the scrapbooking world that type of structure is actually the most basic and least common form of the pattern. That doesn’t make it any less lovely, though! Pink Paislee’s “Clam Bake” print from the Nantucket line (which is perhaps the perfect poster child for the lattice trend as a whole) features a lattice as a “B” side (back side) print.

The “Frolic” print from Studio Calico’s Autumn Press line features a slightly more complex (but still linear) lattice, also as the back of the paper print.

Webster’s Pages and Authentique also feature straight-line lattices as B-side prints – Webster’s on the “Postcards to Santa” sheet from Botanical Christmas, and Authentique with “Jaunt” from Journey – and add interest with small bits of embellishment at the vertices.

Crate Paper’s “Mint” from their new Peppermint collection shakes up the linear lattice by adding small curves to the larger lines while retaining the overall straight-line feel of the pattern.

Lattices, though, are not always straight and in fact come in a huge array of styles and patterns. I mentioned earlier that Pink Paislee’s Nantucket was the poster child for lattice prints, and here they are again displaying a much more elaborate version of the structure in the “Crabcakes” print. The line’s coordinating cardstock pack from Core’dinations also features the same intricate lattice pattern along with a honeycomb print – another variant that we’ll explore in-depth shortly.

Pink Paislee’s “Mistables” paper line is also full of lattice prints – everything from ornate to honeycombs to quatrefoils (another sub-category we’ll be exploring) is represented here.

The quatrefoil lattice is a special category of pattern that combines a series of four-lobed shapes into an integrated structure. Quatrefoils come in many varieties – some more square, some with more or less overlap than others – and are popping up in paper lines of many different styles and themes.

Echo Park’s Victoria Garden line features two prints – “Sunshine” and “Rose Garden” – with quatrefoil lattice patterns gracing their B-sides.

Hambly introduced a line of screen printed papers and overlays called “Lattice” at CHA Summer 2011 featuring a quatrefoil pattern.

My Mind’s Eye’s Lost and Found 2 collection includes a quatrefoil pattern (found in the “Everything Dry Goods” print from the Rosy line) that’s a bit more square than some of the specimens we’ve looked at so far. They’ve also taken the pattern a step further and added an outline color to the original pattern, giving it more dimension.

Lily Bee’s lovely Memorandum line also sports a two-toned quatrefoil outline on its “9 to 5″ print.

The new Homestead collection from SEI features quatrefoils not only as a B-side to the “Cedar Chest” print, but also as a pattern in their 12×12 pad of companion papers for the line.

Two of Teresa Collins’ new lines from CHA Summer 2011 also feature quatrefoils on the backs of a paper sheet – “Geometric” from the World Traveler collection and “Words” from Christmas Home.

Hexagonal lattices, or honeycombs, are another extremely popular pattern in the scrapbooking industry right now. Echo Park reflects this trend in two very different paper collections, showing its versatility. The bright and colorful “Country Drive” collection uses a hexagonal lattice on the hive-themed “Bees’ Knees” print, while the very traditional Christmas line, Seasons’ Greetings, uses a reduced-scale honeycomb with an embellishment in the center on its “Tree Skirt” pattern.

October Afternoon further proves the versatility of the hexagon by including them on the “Hong Kong” print from the Boarding Pass line.

Studio Calico is also no stranger to the honeycomb. The “Betsy” sheet from their Countryside collection was introduced at the 2011 Winter CHA, and Memoir (released at CHA Summer 2011) varies the hexagonal lattice in the “Flower Bed” print by removing some of the interior lines of the lattice, thus combining the shapes into flowers.

Pink Paislee is once again right on trend with the Nantucket line’s hexagonal Chipboard Tiles.

Lattices can also be found in non-consumable papercrafting products, such as the Petite and Tile printing press plates for Lifestyle Crafts’ L Letterpress set

Memory Box has a wood-mounted rubber stamp featuring an intricate lattice pattern.

Digital scrapbookers definitely aren’t left out of the lattice trend! “The Open Road” kit from Paislee Press at Oscraps includes a variety of quatrefoil patterns.

Crystal Wilkerson of Creativity By Crystal took it a step further by creating an entire pack of nothing but quatrefoil papers!

The Lucious [sic] paper pack from Maplebrook Studios at Designer Digitals features some very complex lattice patterns, while Mindy Terasawa’s HoneyComb paper pack sports a variety of solid colored, distressed honeycomb patterns.

Sara Schmutz recently released her new Nursery Rhymes kit at Design House Digital and included a pair of honeycomb papers in the mix.

Honeycomb patterns in particular lend themselves to a variety of options for creatively using your paper on layouts. For example, when making the layout below I opted to use only a strip and a small piece of the “Hong Kong” paper from October Afternoon’s Boarding Pass line, then carefully cut along the edges of those pieces to make the honeycomb pattern stand out a little more.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: October Afternoon “Boarding Pass” (TokyoHong KongBerlinNew YorkVenice); ButtonsPapertrey Ink;Metal Accent: Making Memories (Vintage Findings); Brads: My Mind’s Eye (Stella and Rose Hazel “Lovely” Decorative Brads); Letter Stickers: Sassafras (Woodgrain); Journaling Sticker: October Afternoon (“Seaside” Word Stickers); Date Stamp: Office Supply; Ink: Tsukineko Staz-On (Jet Black)

Hexagon patterns are also easy to cut apart and use individually as embellishments since all of the dividing lines are already printed – it’s like having a cutting guide built right into your paper!!

Lattice prints are quickly becoming as common as dots and stripes in paper lines. They give scrapbookers a more intricate and often more appealing option to use when a semi-solid coordinating print is needed, and they lend visual interest to projects without calling all the attention to themselves. Be on the lookout for more lattice prints to be released in the future – I think this trend is here to stay!

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I Love You

This week was an especially difficult anniversary for my husband and I – the tenth anniversary of the stillbirth of our son. As that date approached I knew that being apart as we remembered that awful loss was going to be extra hard. I wanted to do something special to bring some comfort to my husband as he tried to endure reliving our past nightmare while living through the current one.

DOC rules severely limit my options to reach out to him, however. I finally settled on making a handmade card as my best option. But even sending a card has challenges, because anything sent into his correctional facility can’t have adhered layers on it (too much risk of contraband or hidden messages). So I had to come up with a design that, basically, didn’t use any glue. Then I realized the solution – creating visual layers with ink, basically creating a painting!

I dug out my stamps and various mediums, and started playing. This was the result.

I love you card

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Cards | I Love You

This week was an especially difficult anniversary for my husband and I – the tenth anniversary of the stillbirth of our son. As that date approached I knew that being apart as we remembered that awful loss was going to be extra hard. I wanted to do something special to bring some comfort to my husband as he tried to endure reliving our past nightmare while living through the current one.

DOC rules severely limit my options to reach out to him, however. I finally settled on making a handmade card as my best option. But even sending a card has challenges, because anything sent into his correctional facility can’t have adhered layers on it (too much risk of contraband or hidden messages). So I had to come up with a design that, basically, didn’t use any glue. Then I realized the solution – creating visual layers with ink, basically creating a painting!

I dug out my stamps and various mediums, and started playing. This was the result.

 

Supplies – Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothies (Walnut Cream). Ink: Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot), Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Faded Jeans), Studio Calico Mr. Huey’s Mist (Classic Calico). Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Text Style), Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous (Nature’s Elements), Technique Tuesday (Words We Love). 

First, I used half of an 8.5×11 sheet of the Bazzill cardstock to create the card blank out of. This conveniently left me with the other half of the sheet to use to practice my effects on before stamping them on the “real” card.

The first layer of the stamping that was laid down was the text background stamp by Papertrey Ink. Using the Antique Linen Distress ink, I stamped that background strip twice across the bottom area of the card, leaving enough room at the bottom to add the sentiment stamp later.

Next, I started adding the foliage. First I added the large spray of leaves from the Nature’s Elements set, in Peeled Paint Distress Stain. Then I added the slightly smaller green floral element, stamped in Pine Needle. Finally, I filled the blank area between their stems with the small floral stamp in Faded Jeans. I selected the Distress Stain for these elements because I wanted a soft, watercolor look. Practicing on the scrap piece of cardstock really helped get the order of the stamping of these elements right, as well as figure out which piece should be which color. It also gave me practice learning how much stain to use on the stamps for the effect I wanted.

The butterfly from the Nature’s Element set was stamped with Distress Ink (not stain) in Brushed Corduroy because I wanted a crisper effect for that image than I had wanted for the foliage that I did with stain. The last stamp placed was the sentiment from the Technique Tuesday set, in Black Soot Distress ink.

As a finishing touch, to knock back the glaring perfection of the Walnut Cream background, I gave the card a spritz with the Mr. Huey’s spray mist. I sprayed from near the top of the right side so that most of the spray was concentrated in that area.

Mike loved the card and I learned a lot about working with my various different inks and stamps doing this. I liked the challenge of trying to see what effects I could achieve solely with my inks. I’m sure I will be doing more of it in the future!

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Noteworthy | 8.26.2011

Children are heading back to school, CHA product is hitting stores every day, and on-line there are all kinds of exciting things going on in the scrapbook world. Here are some noteworthy happenings this week:

BasicGrey has been exploding with announcements this week. The company just started a blog, and leading the way is their new (also just announced) social media coordinator Melanie Bauer. This is noteworthy on its own, as the company has not had a blog previously – instead most new product peeks and announcements by the company could be found via designer Kelly Goree’s blog. Adding to the excitement, the company has also announced a long-awaited design team search this week. All of the requirements are posted on their blog.

Perhaps the most exciting BasicGrey news is that their new lines are hitting store shelves now. Scrapbook.com has received over 150 new items just this week. Nordic Holiday is one of my favorite new holiday lines this season. I can’t wait to try it out.

Jennifer McGuire has a new class called Inspiration Showcase coming online September 12th-23rd, that features special guests like Tim Holtz and Kristina Werner, and more than 40 techniques. At an affordable price ($19)  for what looks to be a value packed event, even I could not resist signing up. Here is a bit from the class description:

In this class, you will follow the creation of a 12×12 canvas utilizing over 40 fabulous techniques including tried-and-true favorites as well as new tips and techniques. This technique-heavy class will explore the many forms of resist, creative uses of distress inks, die cut and embossing techniques along with fabulous finishing touches and using your stamps with more than just the usual suspects of ink and paper.  Through daily videos, you will learn creative ways to make your supplies go farther, such as creating your own embellishments and making the most of your inks, stamps and papers.

Authentique has begun releasing images of their soon-to-be-released line “Free Bird”. All the details are not released yet, but they have said this line will feature 32 designs in eight color themes. The 6×6 patterned papers in this line will be sold in individual sheets instead of just in paper pads – something that is definitely groundbreaking. Having 6×6 papers “freed” from the paper pad that they are normally sold in is something I am sure 6×6 paper fans will be excited about.

Making Memories sent out an email on August 22and, announcing that consumers can now buy from them at a wholesale price:

Making Memories is offering YOU the opportunity to buy direct from the manufacturer!
Not only will YOU find product you’ve not been able to locate in years but YOU will get it at Wholesale pricing!
As incentive to the launch and for a limited time, we are offering 20% OFF WHOLESALE!  Use code:  SHOPMM at checkout.
Simply Click:  Shop Making Memories
This is your opportunity to save on your favorite makingmemories products!

Some of the offerings are products I’ve not seen in years, while others are less than a year old (for instance, the 2010 holiday lines are there). When Scrapbook Update contacted Making Memories for more information, a company representative stressed that this is not a liquidation sale, and that they have product launch plans going forward into 2012 and beyond.

Tutorials from Tim Holtz are always popular, and this one is no exception. In this post on Tim’s blog he shows why the new Snow Cap mixative (from his Adirondack alcohol ink line with Ranger) is a game-changer, and shows the possibilities for getting more out of your alcohol inks, especially on metal surfaces.

After reading I purchased some from www.simonsaysstamp.com. This Scrapbook Update sponsor carries a full selection of alcohol inks, and most all things “Tim” as well. Once my Snow Cap mixative arrives, I’ll be sure to do a video post here at Scrapbook Update to share my personal findings.

Here at Scrapbook Update I’ve been sharing back to school inspired posts, and I’m not the only one! Bella Blvd has had new projects posted each day this week for their own B2S week. Above is a peek at a project they posted earlier this week. They all feature Bella’s Midterm line, which is of course perfect for school scrapbooking. I also spotted fantastic blog posts from Fancy Pants Designs and Core’dinations celebrating the back to school spirit. Based on the peeks I’ve seen of Studio Calico’s September kit  (named Glee Club), I have the feeling that it is going to be filled with product perfect for fall, as well.

“Noteworthy” is a new regular weekly column at Scrapbook Update. Have something new & noteworthy to share? Feel free to leave a comment, or if you have something you would like considered for next week’s column, email may@scrapbookupdate.com with a link or press release.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #80: The Glitter Queens

Ana was in her element on this episode of the Roundtable, because we got our diva on and talked all things glitter! And…do you know which member of the Roundtable isn’t wild about glitter? <gasp>  Tune in to find out!

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Layout | Back 2 School

On Tuesday I showed you my back to school kit, and today I’m back to share a layout I made with it – my first layout of the new school year!

At first glance, I wasn’t sure how I could make the papers of this kit work for the bold colors in my photos. After a few minutes it became clear to me that I needed to play up the yellows, kraft, and brown of the kit for this page. Because I designed my kit with all double-sided patterned papers this meant that I had a lot of options to play with! By combining some of my favorite bits, I really like how this turned out.

Supplies (from kit):
Kraft cardstock (Bazzill)
Lost & Found 2 Sunshine – Forever Classified patterned paper(My Mind’s Eye)
Lost & Found 2 Rosy Ordinary brads (My Mind’s Eye)
Finally Fall – Quadrants (Bella Blvd)
Finally Fall – At the Patch patterned paper (Bella Blvd)
Finally Fall Alpha + Bits Sticker Sheet (Bella Blvd)
Sunshine Broadcast – Kindle patterned paper (Sassafrass Lass)
Uncommon Petite type circles alphabet stickers (Authentique)
Blissful – Prosperity patterned paper (Authentique)
Inkssentials Kraft tags (Ranger)

Additional items used:
white thread
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade (Ranger)
black pen
Souffle 3D Puffy Ink pen in white (Sakura)

 

With just utilizing bits and pieces of this kit, and by only adding in a pen, some ink, and a little thread,  I love how this page turned out. Here is a simplified sketch version of my page. All you need is two 4×6 photos for this design, and you could easily rotate the sketch if you have landscape oriented photos.

 

Next up, I want to be sure to capture some of my kids favorites, what they’re into right now, and things they are liking about school. Then in future years, I will do the same so that each fall I have a new layout to add, and notes on what they were like and liking to compare from year to year.

If you have kids (or grandkids, or even your  own school journey) to scrapbook, what school themed pages are your favorites? I invite you to share – and wish you happy crafting.

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Thank You Very Much

Thanks for coming back for part two of the series on office-inspired design!

For this thank you card from the “office supply” series, I decided to use bright cheerful pastels. The office theme here isn’t as literal as the first card. Instead, I created something softer and more feminine.

thank you very much card

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