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If I were a scrapbook designer I would create supplies made partially with fabrics.
Fortunately, I don’t have to be a designer to get what I want — I create some of my own dream supplies from fabrics right at home, and so can you.
Look carefully at your once-beautiful, now worn-out clothing and costumes before you toss them. While the entire pieces may no longer be beautiful, I bet there are parts that still are.
Cut them off and add them to your scrapbooking stash.
Make it a habit.
Here are some reasons why…
- Fabrics soften the hard, straight edges.
- The organic quality of fabric can add contrast to our commonly geometric patterns.
- Fabrics add gorgeous, intricate detailing.
- Fabrics add dimension and texture to the page.
- It gives a second life to worn-out clothing and costumes.
- It’s free!
- Designing your own supplies is just super awesome. :)
Want to get some ideas? I shared several and then scrapbooked with them in the newest episode of Paperclipping. Making my own fabric supplies is one of my favorite things to do so I’m feeling especially excited to share this video.
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Are you a binge-cutter?
If not, what is preventing you? Is it the question of where you’ll put all your resulting cuts?
Is it possible that a lack of binge-cutting has kept you from using your die cuts and cut files as much as you would like?
What is binge-cutting?
It’s when you make several cuts in one sitting, usually from an electronic cutter like the Silhouette Cameo, even if you’re not sure if and when you’ll use all of them. You could also call it blind-cutting.
I know from my own experience that I rarely use my Cameo to make cuts once I’ve sat down to scrapbook, even though I love it, and I love my cut files. But if I already have cuts that I made in the past, I easily find uses for them when I’m scrapbooking. They don’t sit in my stash for very long.
Electronic cutting requires you to get on your computer, look through your library or the store to find a cut file that will go with your scrapbooking, and then pull it up, size and adjust it, and then cut. I tend not to even think about it as an option.
But if I run into pieces I cut some time ago, I very, very often use them immediately.
If you’re like me, then you will get much more use out of your electronic cuts if you cut a bunch of them ahead of time, too (I choose white cardstock if I don’t have a specific idea in mind).
What is the drawback of binge-cutting?
Well, the big one is having a bunch of unused cuts and not knowing what to do with them, which means they often end up in piles on our work space.
Don’t worry. In this week’s video tutorial I did some binge-cutting and experimenting, and shared some different ideas for what you can do with all those cuts that you can’t possibly scrapbook with right away.
I also put a layout together with some of the pieces, and did quite a bit of playing (an example in images above and below).
I hope you enjoy the tutorial.
The video is available now in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.
You must be a member to watch.
When I was a girl I fell in love.
I was coloring a page with ocean waters in my coloring book. Instead of using one blue for the sea, I decided to try a mix of blue with aqua. That successful experiment taught me the power of harmonious color schemes. It taught me my favorite way to use color. I’ve been in love with this kind of color palette ever since.
Two kinds of color variety that will harmonize your pages:
- Monochromatic: a mix of lighter and darker or warmer and cooler versions of the same color.
- Analogous: a mix of two or three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.
Here are 3 delicious products I’ve been using lately because they give me a perfect amount of subtle color changes, creating a harmonious feeling of movement and flow…
1. A Product to Harmonize Your Title
Amy Tangerine’s Transparent Letter Stickers from the Yes, Please Collection: Each color comes in two tones, and the transparent quality helps them to blend with your background better, too.
How to use it to get harmony: Use both the light and the dark version within your title, like I did with light letters for “Monsoon” and dark letters for “Season.”
Don’t mix it up though, meaning don’t mix light and dark every other letter, or with light popping up sporadically between dark letters. For the flowing harmonious movement we’re talking about, you want the color changes to graduate subtly. Start with one version of the color for part of the way, then finish with the other version.
2. A Product to Harmonize Your Patterns and Embellishments
Amy Tangerine’s entire Rise and Shine Collection: The collection as a whole has lots of different colors around the wheel, but within that collection are patterned papers that wrote the harmonious color schemes playbook with their mixes of tones or analogous hues. And then there is the Transparent Sticker sheet that is my favorite collection of stickers of all time. The image in the link does not show the vibrancy of color that it actually is. You can see it a little more by the doodled “sunset” I added between “AZ” and “Monsoon” in the layout image above.
How to use it: For a super harmonious layout, pick from the papers an analogous color scheme of 2-3 colors as your dominant palette. Then if you want, just add touches of an accent color that is from somewhere else on the color wheel.
And don’t forget the epoxy stickers, one of which I used below…
3. A Product to Harmonize Your Stamping
Ombre Ink Pads by Hero Arts: These gorgeous ombre inks blend analogous colors for you!
I’m just waiting for them to come up with Orchid to Purple. Oh, hey…I just came up with it for them! Wouldn’t that be a gorgeous addition to these harmonious beauties?
How to use it: Be sure to rotate your stamp a little as you pounce it into the ink so you the different colors blend. Otherwise you’ll have a line between each one.
You can see the Butter to Orange in the sun rays above (I added a bit of Scattered Straw yellow to the bottom) and on this cute fox below, with just a little bit of line between the yellow and yellow-orange. Oops, don’t forget to rotate that stamp sightly as you pounce!
And now you have one key to creating harmony on your layouts!
Get Even More Harmonious
There are other ways to get harmony and unity in your pages. I’m doing a whole class presentation on this called, “Scrapbookers, Unite!” at the upcoming True Scrap event, hosted by Lain Ehmann. For the next few days you can get a half off the sales price.
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When’s the last time that’s happened?
I know there are a lucky few of you who still do it, but for most scrapbookers around here, the online community is where we find our scrapbooking friends.
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Hey there! At the time of our recording this week, one of our two panelists had a family emergency.
Do not panic — all is well, thank goodness!
But we had to push the show back and record today. And since next week’s show was not solid, we decided to do something different and release today’s show this coming Monday.
That way it will cover both weeks.
I know, two shows in two weeks is better than one show in two weeks, but just wait. It’s a good show. It has Shimelle Lain and Amy Tangerine, so I think you’ll enjoy it!
I know I did!
Thank you for your patience. :)