Inspiration comes in all forms. You never know where you might find it. Perhaps a color combination will inspire you. Or maybe a unique layout from your favorite designer will prompt you to pull out your own photos. As a visual learner, I regularly go on the hunt for inspiration. While browsing through Pinterest recently, I came across this subway art image and it gave me an idea for a some beach photos.
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In the past year, the ombre trend has made quite a splash across fashion runways and into the home deor industry. The colorful trend can be spotted in hair color, shower curtains, nail enamel, cell phone covers and even shoes.
And perhaps the trend couldn’t be hotter than within the wedding market. From bridesmaid dresses in vibrant tones to wedding cake icing in soft shades for every tier, the ombre trend is headed full speed ahead into 2013.
But what exactly is ombre?
As Merriam-Webster defines it:
om·bré / having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.
I recently started an ombre pin board on Pinterest and within days, I had good collection of images from painted furniture to tableware to jewelry.
I recently challenged myself to complete a layout in 20 minutes — just to see if I could. When life gets busy and there is precious little down time, the only way I can fit in my paper crafting is to finish it quickly. And since I’m not the fastest scapbooker in the world, this was truly a challenge for me.
Today, I am sharing my 20-minute page and a few bonus details I added later that helped me step up the design.
I knew I was going to use the Echo Park Eclectic collection for this layout. I looked for a subtle print to use in the background, but couldn’t find anything that worked from this collection. Keeping my 20 minute goal in mind, instead of looking through my collection of pattern paper, I grabbed a sheet of kraft cardstock and misted the background with white Mister Huey. The mist gave me the subtle texture I was looking for.
I have started documenting my holiday season via Instagram this year. I was late to the Instagram party, but like many other scrapbookers and paper crafters have found, the medium has quickly grown on me. It’s a fast and easy way to share snapshots of your life with family and friends.
In my layout today, I wanted to capture my early December holiday traditions – shopping, baking and deocorating – and paired my Instagram photos with Polaroid frames. The frame gave me room to add short descriptions to each photo and in doing so, there wasn’t a need for additional journaling on my layout.
Right around the end of September, I think to myself, this year will be the year that I start my holiday paper crafting early. But it’s such a busy time. Things come up and the next thing you know, it’s December. With time running out, is it possible to still add a handmade touch to your gifts and cards?
Absolutely! When I need to do some bulk paper crafting quickly, I set up an assembly line and everything comes together in snap. In fact, it usually takes me longer to gather all the supplies than it does to actually create the projects.
Over this past weekend, my goal was to create three different sets of items: gift tags for family and friends, place cards for the holiday table and embellishments for holiday cards.
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed a new byline on this post! This post marks the debut of a new contributing writer for Scrapbook Update, Tammy Dailor. Tammy’s style is very clean and simple and she has a great way of breaking down her creative process and writing short and clear technique tutorials that appeal to scrapbookers of all styles. We hope you will welcome her contributions at Scrapbook Update, and if you want to see more of her, you can visit her website, Your Memory Connection. — Nancy
Today I wanted to share a fun and easy technique using embossing folders. The photo for this layout is of my youngest nephew taken during a Christmas shopping excursion. Because the colors in the photo are blues and grays, I thought a wintry spin would set the right tone. For the main design element on my layout, I used a snowflake embossing folder and two coordinating distress inks.
First, emboss the snowflake pattern on a piece of smooth cardstock. If you do this technique with textured cardstock, you might want to make sure that the embossing goes on the textured side so that it will be smooth on the debossed side that you want to work with. Once you have your embossed piece, turn the sheet over so that the debossed or smooth side is up (i.e.the side with the bumpy texture of the design is face down on the table).