Mini Tutorial (A First For Me!)

From my dolphin swim layout that I posted yesterday, I used 3 specific sized photos because I tend to be a very precise/linear type scrapper. I’m not good at winging it for sizes, page placement, etc. If you know me, you’ll find that completely hilarious as math is not my strong suit at all!

I want to share how I cropped the pictures to grab exactly what I wanted from the 4×6 print. I know I could edit them before printing but I’m not very diligent about that. I can’t be alone on that can I? Definitely not! Simple Stories just came out with some photo crops to do precisely that job!

Well, here is my version. All you need is a little vellum and some washi tape, it’s really that simple.
Pardon the glare on the photo! So, I took some vellum and measured out the size I wanted my photo to be, laid it over the 4×6 and I could see exactly what part of the photo I was getting in that size, stuck it down with washi and put it through my trimmer. I’ve seen the Simple Stories ones used with scissors, but I’d be too afraid of the crop shifting, or not getting as straight and clean a cut as I’d like. The washi is great to use because it’s not overly sticky and doesn’t leave a residue behind, and I have more washi than I think I’ll ever use.

I hope you find this little shortcut useful for cropping your photos!

Dolphin Swim – ScrapMuch? Reveal

Hello everyone! TGIF!! I feel like the 2 weeks since my last reveal have flown by. Not to worry though, there is still lots of time to play along with the sketches for May and link up for a chance to win an amazing prize!

It’s Team A’s week on the ScrapMuch? blog for Sketch-y Friday, and here is the sketch we had to play along with:

I just recently picked up this super fun paper pack by Jillibean Soup called Sightseeing Stew. I’m a sucker for travel packs as it is, but this one really hit it out of the park!! I also picked up the flash cards to go with the pack because they’re just that awesome too. I knew just the photos I wanted to play with to go with these papers for this reveal!

So here is my take on the sketch:
Dolphin Swim
Supplies Used: Cardstock-Bazzill; Patterned Paper-Jillibean Soup; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Vellum-Stampin’ UP!; Die Cuts-Jillibean Soup, Pink Paislee; Buttons-Bella Blvd; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Twine-Stampin’ UP!; Distress tool-Tim Holtz; Distress ink-Tim Holtz; Punch-Stampin’ UP!; Letter stickers-Sassafras; Sewing Machine-Janome

I just love that the sequins picked up the “mist” and “sparkle” feel of the ocean water. The big square patterned paper is a bit bolder than I’d normally use so I love that the vellum tamed it down a bit. I also completely love that I had a few other embellishments I could add in from my stash that worked so nicely with the pack, including some other Jillibean Soup from another collection.

Here are some detail shots:
dolphin detail 1
dolphin detail 2

I had so much fun swimming with the dolphins when we stayed at Isla Mujeres Palace in January of 2013. I think this layout, and the pictures, really captured that joy.

I hope you’ll pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team created this week, and then play along yourself! I can’t wait to see what you create! And if you’re in Canada, have a fantastic long weekend!!

Sketch Inspired

ScrapMuch? hosted an online crop in a facebook group to celebrate {Inter}National Scrapbook Day. I was sad I wasn’t able to participate beyond providing sporadic feedback because I was working. And that’s really saying something because I’m seldom compelled to take part in an online crop. So, yesterday was my first day off after the weekend, and I was super eager to get into my scrap room and create a few things inspired by the awesome creations that were posted over the last two days.

I must say, I am beyond touched that some of my scrappy friends from different corners of the United States also hopped in to create with us. It was a very very cool moment for me. Thank you Gretchen and Susan! I’m super excited that Gretchen won a scrappy prize too!

One of the challenges was to create a layout based on this sketch:

I opted to dig deep into my stash (after a lot of pulling out and organizing things), and this is what I created:

Pardon the lack of good light for pictures in the scrap room at 2AM.
And some detail shots:

I have mixed and matched so many products in here it’s not funny. I’m going to do my best to cite every manufacturer used on this layout.
Cardstock – Stampin’ UP!; Patterned Paper – Scenic Route, Teresa Collins; Ribbon, rosette – Crate Paper; Twine, date tab, grey clouds, grey arrow, journaling banner – Jillibean Soup; Button – Bella Blvd; Banners, stars – Fancy Pants; Summer card – Simple Stories; Mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Title letters – The Girls Paperie; Epoxy quote – Cloud 9 Designs; Pearls – Melissa Frances; Journaling pen – Zig Photo Signature.

A great big thank you to the ladies of ScrapMuch? for organizing a great online crop! And an even bigger thank you to all who participated and shared some awesome and inspiring work!

First Reveal!

Hello and Happy May!

It’s finally time to share my first reveal as a member of the ScrapMuch? design team! I’m part of Team A which means we get the first Friday of the month sketches, and they are usually a 2 pager! 2 pagers can be quite a challenge, but they can also be really fun too! They’re also a great way to use a lot of photos and fun patterned papers and embellies! I would love for you to pop on over to ScrapMuch? and see what the rest of the talented design team have created, and then join in on the fun! It’s really easy to play along and there are great prizes to be won!

Here is the inspiration sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Route 66

Here are some detail images:
Untitled Untitled Untitled
(click to be taken to the full size image on Flickr)

Supplies Used: Cardstock-Bazzill; Patterned Paper-Fancy Pants Trendsetter & Simple Stories Urban Traveller; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Black Magic & Red Nosed Reindeer; Washi-My Mind’s Eye & Bella Blvd.; Die Cuts-Silhouette Cameo; Embroidery floss-Close To My Heart; Buttons-Fancy Pants Trendsetter & American Crafts Elements; Rosette & Chipboard Pieces-Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue; Gem star-from stash, bought in bulk; Large brad-Bazzill Basics

The photos were taken during my road trip to the Grand Canyon last fall when I detoured off the interstate and on to old Route 66 to visit Kingman and Seligman Arizona. I’d already scrapbooked a bunch of these pictures in my mini album from this trip, so this was a fun way to use up the extra photos I printed. I was also thankful that the last that I had of the Fancy Pants Trendsetter line paired so well with the Simple Stories and Pink Paislee elements. Essentially, I was able to shop my stash and create my own page kit. It’s so easy to stick to one line that automatically matches, but finding other lines that work is so much fun too.

For me, when working with 2 page layouts, I find the most important thing is to use some repetition to link the two pages and draw the eye across. You can easily do that with patterned paper, embellishments, shapes, etc. My other secret is I like to use washi tape on the back of the two background pages to keep them stuck together while creating the layout to help keep things aligned.

Tomorrow is also {Inter}National Scrapbook Day. ScrapMuch? is hosting an online crop via FaceBook. Please contact me if you would like to be invited to the group to play along in this virtual crop. I will be working so I can’t take part, but I’m happy to share the link with those who can.

Have a fantastically creative weekend! Thanks for stopping by!