Hi there! :) I'm Julie and I have a problem.... OK, maybe it's not that bad, but I certainly haven't been a good blogger for...about a year now! I guess for quite a while, I was in a creative funk. Now I'm just so crazy busy that this is the first scrapbook layout I've really taken time to create for myself in months. And in another amazing feat (for me anyway), I even shot a photo of it, uploaded it and Photoshopped it a bit for you. So I'll share a little bit about it's story & then get back to my 4 part time jobs. Yes, 4, no lying around here!
If you can remember way back when in this blog, I'm sure I've mentioned that I moderate an online community for the local scrapbook store where I work, Whimzee's Scrapbook Studio. Well, right now, we have almost 600 project photos posted, so that's where I go to look for layout inspiration. And just look what I found...
This fun layout was created by Kris, our online member with the most uploaded photos. I love how she uses only half of the bracket die cut and gives the illusion of the other half by tracing its shape onto her background. Such an amazing idea and also a money saving one. Now, she has the other half of the bracket to use in another project. I'll have to ask her what she did with that other half, or just check her project photos to see if I can find it!
Personally, I think "scraplifting" is the highest form of scrapbook flattery! It says, "I love your layout so much that I'd use it with my own photos!" It also gives those of us who are unpublished, the those warm fuzzy feelings of having people love us for our creativity! :) So please, please use my layout (via Kris, of course) to create something for yourself!
For my project, I chose mostly Bo Bunny products from the Love Bandit line from Valentine's last year. If you remember, I had another layout of the week, back then using this same collection, Little Love Bugs. For my background, I chose Bo Bunny's Turquoise Dot paper from their Double Dot Designs Collection. Such amazing colors and wonderful matching backgrounds, with just a touch of texture. Now they are available in more patterns than just the dots! When we were ordering for the store, we just couldn't decide, even after hearing from our loyal Facebook fans, and decided to order them all! I hear they just arrived yesterday, so I'm heading down today to check out the yummy colors and patterns in person!
This is a very simple layout to create. Just choose your background and a die cut shape. Cut the shape in half and lay one half down on your background. Then take the other half and a pen in a matching color and trace the die cut onto the background. I loved Kris's idea of moving the background askew a few times and tracing it over & over. Don't worry about your lines not matching up perfectly. Just use a paper stripe or a page length sticker (or both, like I did) to cover up the edge of your die cut and the area where the lines meet its edge. Then have at it! Lay your photos and embellishments on top and play with them until you like the way they're arranged and get gluing! :)
Being a fan of a beat up or distressed look, I took a large brown Bo Bunny "U" and sanded it with some sand paper from the garage and then rubbed some brown Technique Tuesday ink all over it's surface. Always being one to add extra texture, I had a piece of thin pink twine on my table (left over from creating samples for this weekend's workshop at the store), so I wrapped it around the "U" a few times and tied it in a knot. For one more distressed item, I used a tag from Creative Cafe. Now, I've had this sheet of tags lying around FOREVER, just waiting for the perfect project. I HAD to have these tags, but was never sure what to use them for. They look exactly like the tags that The GAP used to use on all their clothes, I worked there in college and they brought back lot's of fun memories. I chose the brown tag that says "Just Because" at the top and in fine print "I Love You" in the center. My love of distressing took over at this point and I remembered a previous layout where I took a new tag and made it look old in my, Children of the Corn layout. So I wadded up the tag as much as I could and then rubbed the TT brown ink over the ridges, not too much, I still wanted to read the writing. Then I punched a hole and added a small piece of the BB green dot ribbon.
Overall, this was a pretty simple project. I gathered my supplies and then put it together in about 15 minutes. So the next time you're looking to "scraplift" an idea, try looking online in one of the many scrapbooking communities like ours. These communities are a great way to meet other scrappers, share ideas and ask questions. Remember...all scrapbookers love to hear that you like their layouts & ideas. So when you find something you love, be sure to leave a comment for the creator and if you want to use their photo on your blog, like I did, always ask permission first. Thanks, Kris! :)
- Browse online scrapbook communities for layouts to "scraplift".
- Don't be afraid to use left overs from another project to create something totally new.
- Holiday collections aren't just for holidays...this collection was a Valentine's collection & I've used it here to showcase a fun summer photo of my kids.
- To get a distressed look, use your imagination & items from around the house. Here I wadded my tag & sanded my chipboard before inking both.
Papers, Stickers, Chipboard & Ribbon
Rhinestones by Kaisercraft
Tag by Creative Cafe
Ink by Technique Tuesday
Unknown...Sandpaper & Twine