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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hybrid Interactive Layout using Silhouette

On a vacation in Wyoming we had a ton of fun trying on cowboy hats.  We didn't get pictures of all of the hats that we tried on (believe it or not), but we did take a few.  I just had to create a scrap page to remember all the fun that we had.  When I started to lay it out, one page got to be too crowded. So I made it a double page.

I designed the layout in my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. I set my design size to 12"x24" to accommodate the 2 12'x12" pages.  Then I set out the photo blocks and elements that I wanted to include. 

The digital kit that I used is a collab by the designers at The DigiChick called Howdy Ma'am. It's a great kit for travel, outdoors, edgy,  camping, hiking, you name it.

When I look at each of the photos, I think of a western "wanted" poster. That's where the title of the page came from "Wanted Cowboy Hats". I used a few western and cowboy inspired shapes from the Silhouette online store to create the title. The letters for the word "hats" is a font called Outlaw. I typed the letters in the Silhouette software, then filled them with a color to match the digi papers.  I then used the offset option in the software to create an edge around the letters, like a sticker.  I turned the cut lines off ("no cut") for the actually font, but kept them on for the offset. I then print and cut the letters.

I also print and cut the swinging saloon doors.  My Cameo cuts pretty spot on for print and cut (yes I have calibrated it), but sometimes it might be off just a tad, especially if there isn't enough light when it reads the registration marks. So rather than just fill the door shapes with the digital papers, I create a box shape around the shape I want to cut. I then fill that box with the digi paper and turn the cut lines to "no cut" for the box, but let the shape still be set to cut. This way I get the color/pattern paper all the way to the edges of the shape that I'm cutting.

To get the look of metal for the hinges, after print and cutting them, I coated the top of them in Top Emboss. I then covered them with copper embossing powder and heat embossed them until it melted all nice.  A little bit of ink on the edges gave them a worn look.

Here's a look at each of the 2 pages

Left side

Right side

And here's a peak at the photo behind the saloon doors

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes

Winter has shown it's chilly side. We have had snow, ice and cold blowing winds!!  Brrrr!!!  What a great time to send some warm wishes out to the ones you care about.  I created this card fro a special friend of mine.  It was also perfect for the new Card Caravan Challenge over at The Hybrid Chick.  The theme is "winter".

I used several digital items to create this card. The digital kit that I used is Winter Solstice by Kimeric Kreations.  The sentiment is from a set of digital stamps by Arty Pants called Card Sentiments 2. And the layout for the card is from Winning Ribbon Card Templates with Cutting Files by Paper Garden Projects. I opened the cutting files in my Silhouette Software and then dragged the digital papers into the shapes.  The cocoa mug and snowflakes are shapes from the Silhouette Online Store.

Vellum made the perfect "steamy" look with a little bit of Stickles bling. All the papers are inked for added dimension.  I added pearls to accent the sentiment.

I hope you are enjoying the winter months and staying warm too!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Valentine Pocket Wall Hanging

This Valentine wall hanging was created using a digital stamp and digital scrapbook kits.  The stamp is a new release by Arty Pants Digital Stamps called Valentine Banner.  I love her digi stamps. She includes a .jpg, .png and a .psd layered file!  I used the layered file and clipped digital papers to it to color in the stamp prior to printing out!  Makes it so easy to color!!

The digital kits that I used are: Christmas Retrospect, Valentine Retrospect, and Sugar Blossom; all by Quirky Twerp.

To create the ribbon hanger, I wanted pink ribbon but didn't have any. So I took some white May Arts Ribbon, placed it in a plastic zip bag along with a few drops of ink. I sealed the bag and squished (that's a creative technical term!  LOL) the bag between my fingers being certain to roll it about and saturate the ribbon in the ink.

Allow it to dry, and I now had a beautiful shimmery pink ribbon!  You can see the light pink color contrasted against the white that is started out as in the photo above.

Here's a view of the pocket.  Now I can start filling it up with love notes and cards!!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Circus Birthday - Hybrid Style

Here's a project that I made recently to help celebrate a "Big Top" birthday!  I created a card and a gift box. And it's all done hybrid style!  By hybrid I mean that I combined the use of digital and traditional crafting supplies.  All of the colored and patterned designer papers and elements in this project are digital. Want to know what is great about digital?  You never run out!  You can reuse them again and again!!!  And that's just one thing that is great about digital!!  There are many things to love about digital crafting elements.

The card could be used to send wishes to the birthday person or as an invite to a birthday party. Or even as a thank you card to all the party attendees!!  You can change up the sentiment/wording to suit your needs.  Want to know another great thing about digital?  you can resize the elements or patterns to fit your project!  

The gift box could hold a special treasure for the birthday person. Or use it to hold some treats on the goody table at the party. Maybe even make several, fill them with special treats and use them as favors!  To create the flag on the "big top" I used a toothpick glued in place when I created the lid for the box.

The digital kit that I used for this project is Big Top by Kate Hadfield Designs. I also used some May Arts Ribbon, Red River Polar Matte 96lb heavy cardstock, inks, adhesives, scissors and my Silhouette Cameo.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Big News!!

I'm bursting at the seams!  I've got some really big news to share with you!  Several years ago I joined up with a scrapper that I absolutely love, Pam Callaghan, as a Contributing Artist of her site Ideas For Scrapbookers.  Well, it's now official. I've stepped up to be co-owner of the blog with Pam!  You can read about it here.

I'm so excited. We are planning to bring lots of content to you to keep you motivated and creating.  And we would love to hear from YOU!!!  If you have ideas for the Ideas For Scrapbookers blog, please share them!  You can email me - my address is at the "Contact Me" button at the top of this blog.  We want to know what you love about the blog, what you want to see more of, and any new ideas that you'd like to see included.

You can also become a follower of Ideas For Scrapbookers. Just visit the blog and select a follow option on the right side. You can join/follow via Blogger, or subscribe by email and stay up to date with all the great inspiration, sketches, templates and tutorials!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Punchy Cards

There is a new Card Caravan starting today over at The Hybrid Chick. The theme this time is to use negative space from a punch or die.  I've got 2 cards to share with you. Both are hybrid creations.

This first one uses a digital kit called Upside of Down by Etc. by Danyale and Card Sentiments by Arty Pants Digital Stamps. Both are available at The Digi Chick.  On this card I used the negative space from cut of the daisy flowers to add to the flower clusters. To accentuate them, I popped the green panel up using foam adhesive.

For this second card, I used a Freebie Add-on to the digital kit Family Fun House by Wishing Well Creations, also available at The Digi Chick.  I cut the design using my Silhouette Cameo. I then backed it with white card stock, added some pearls and have a clean and simple Thank you card with lots of happy colors!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Island Park

It's been way too long since I've had a chance to do any scrapping.  Over the holiday break I had some time to play!!  And it felt great!  

This page has some photos from our summer vacation to Wyoming. I know, the title of the page says Idaho. We actually stayed in Idaho while visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The entire area was absolutely beautiful!

One of the things I liked was that each day we would get up early and make the drive through Idaho, into Montana and then Wyoming!  It was really a very short drive, but it felt neat to cover 3 states each day!

For this page I combined bits from 2 different templates. The elements, kit and one of the templates are part of the January Boutique Collab at The DigiChick called Into the Great Unknown. A great kit for scrapping  travel, vacation, or adventure pages and projects.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

FREE Card Making Class

Yep you heard me right!  There will be a FREE card making class offered over at The Hybrid Chick.  The classes will begin on January 3 with an intro. Mark your calendars, set your reminders, and start your New Year off with some amazing new card making skills!!!

The classes are being hosted by The Hybrid Chick's own Cathrine of Paper Garden Projects. She's not only a card maker, but she is also a designer of digital kits, stamps and cutting files. The classes will post on Tuesdays and Thursdays during January.  Be sure to stop by and join in the fun while learning too!

I'll keep this post at the top of my blog until January 3, 2013 to help remind you of this class!!

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