Although I have a few different hobbies up my sleeve (primarily crocheting and
photography), I am a scrapbooker through and through. It makes me giddy to get
my hands on some pretty products and capture some memories. Although I love
experimenting with new techniques, there are a few techniques that I find myself
turning to time and time again on my layouts.
One thing I like to do on my layouts a
lot is frame my photographs or the outside of my page. All the die-cut papers
on the market these days make it easy - I love cutting the outside edges and
using that as a frame. On this layout, I enclosed my photographs and my
embellishments all within the frame, leaving the white space outside of the
Layering and dimension.
Layering papers is another thing I
love to do. On this layout, I layered papers, journaling spots, and some
elements that I handcut from the patterned paper. To make my clouds truly look
like they were floating above, I used some pop dots to give them some dimension
- pop dots are some of my favorite adhesive!
Clustering, borders, and sewing.
great way to direct a viewers eye exactly where you want it to go. On this
layout, I created a little embellishment cluster to the side of my photographs
to draw the eyes to them. Border strips are my best friend. I used them time
and time again when I feel my layouts still need a little something. Lots of
companies make them already cut for you, but with all the fun border punches on
the market these days, there are so many ways to make your own. And sewing! I
find it's such a fun way to add some finishing details to a page. Of course, I
wish I knew how to use my sewing machine for something other than paper. Oh
well, it certainly still gets a lot of use ;-)
Handcutting and masking.
I am always on the lookout
for patterned papers that have beautiful patterns that can be cut out and used
as embellishments. On this layout, the black flowers that I cut out did double
duty. I placed them down on my background cardstock to use as a mask with some
mists, and then I attached them to my layout to use as an embellishment.
You can find more of my art on my blog: creatingmyeveryday.blogspot.com.
A big thank you to Cartwheels for having me as a Guest Designer. I'm constantly
finding inspiration and new ideas here, and i'm thrilled to be a part of the
P.S. Here's my random just-for-fun fact about myself: When I was about 8 or 9, I was in a
bowling league with some friends on Saturday mornings. I ended up dropping out
of the league because it was getting in the way of my Saturday morning cartoons
- primarily the Smurfs! :-)