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CHA 2012 – Julie Fei Fan Balzer and Eco Green Craft Stamps and Paint

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Julie Fei Fan Balzer has partnered with Eco Green Crafts and in this video she shares the stamp sets she designed for them. She also demos their delicious paints and shows us what’s different about them!

Free Video: Repurposing Stuff into Scrapbooking

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Is the Scrapbook Industry Denying Us Our Outdoor Greenery?

Are you one of many who feels this way?

One frustration I have with the latest papers is that there is virtually no true green in any shade unless you use themed Christmas or St. Patrick’s day paper. All the green is blue-green or yellow-green. Very little that matches the foliage I see outside in the trees or my garden or my grass. Do other scrappers share my desire for papers with the colors of nature ( not photo-realistic paper)? A line that has a range of greens from grass green to forest green, a range of sky blues,. and a range of browns the colors of tree trunks and dirt would be so helpful for scrapping outdoor pictures. Even the recent camping lines had yellow and olive green instead of foliage green. I looked at the summer scrapbooking magazines and found almost no true green used. When I used Scrapbook.com’s color-matching program it showed products such as green ink and paint, but not much paper. Any ideas?

This was a question for the Roundtable and while I think the green-yellows work well with nature and foliage, I definitely feel this audience member’s pain, as I’ve been on a desperate but futile lookout for true basic reds over the last few years.

Six Ways to Scrapbook Outdoor Greenery

I have a tip at the bottom of this article for those who love and miss pure green. But in addition to that, below are some ways that the other greens can highlight the plant life in your photos, and sometimes do an even better job at it!

1) Make the plant life pop by backing it to a different shade of green.
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This is not my favorite green. At all. But it’s what I had. Still, it works with the green’s in my photos. If I had used a green that matches the green in my pictures, the edges of my photos would have disappeared, and I expect all the greenery in the photos might be lost to the background.

2) Use green-yellow to bring out the highlights and complexities of greenery.
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The yellowy green in my patterned paper brings out the yellowy green parts of the trees,their fuller complex mix of greens. A more basic green would likely have brought more of the basic (middle-tone) green shade out. But then, it’s possible the brighter trees would compete with my kid’s faces.

I’d have to try it and see, but like the reader said, I don’t have any of that green to sample with. That’s okay, though, because the yellowy green works great.


Here’s another example of where I used just a touch of green-yellow to bring out the highlights in the greens and show the complexity of green in the plant life.

3) Use green-blue to compliment your greenery while also making it pop.
Swings & Slides
The only greenery on this page is in the bottom right photo. But I think the green-blue background is enough to pull out the green grass and trees in my photos while contrasting with it enough to make it pop from the background instead of fade into it.

4) Use an off-green shade to compliment the greenery while keeping the focus on your non-plant subjects.
Look at all the yellowy-green plant life in my background. My blue doesn’t keep it from glowing. It’s beautiful, but I wanted the background to remain the background so that Izzy and I would be in the forefront of the story.

I used a blue-green paint as the dominant paint color with a few strokes of green-yellow mixed in. It’s enough green to highlight the plant-life, but the true subject remains the subject.

5) Pair a green-yellow color with blue to get the effect of a bluer green.
I backed my photo to a green-yellow + blue. If that blue had been mixed into the green it would be closer to a truer green. But I still get a similar result with them separate. Together, they draw out the yellows, blues, and greens of the plant life in the background!

6) Make a monochromatic green page with off-green backgrounds and true-green foregrounds.
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I like that the yellow-spectrum green of my background highlights the yellows in this picture. But would a truer green look prettier? Maybe. If that’s the direction you want to go, but can’t find the green paper you’re looking for, here’s what you can do to compensate:

  1. Choose a mono-chromatic green color palette with the greens that are available.
  2. Ink or paint a “matte” in true green on top of the yellow-green paper.

This will allow you to use the yellowy-greens that are available and still get the true green that seems to only be available in ink, paint, or cardstock.


Here’s a combination of that idea. I used cardstock and paint in true green on my muted green-yellow background. I happen to prefer green-yellow’s over true green, so my color proportions reflect that. You can add a lot more basic green than I do to get the balance of color you love.

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Seven Why’s & How’s to Keep Memories via Scrap-Journaling

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From age eight to college I was an avid journaler. For most of that time I journaled daily. I could spend an hour or more pouring my life and views into my journal, and I think it may be one of the reasons I remember so much of my childhood.

As an adult, four activities replaced my old method of journaling in big blank lined pages:

  1. scrapbooking
  2. blogging
  3. journaling into the metadata of my photos
  4. art journaling

But all of these journaling methods are lacking one thing, and recently they haven’t been enough for me. What could possibly be missing from traditional scrapbooking and my other three journaling forms?


I wanted to be able to write just a sentence or two about my day — every day — and include some little bit of ephemera, like a receipt or some scrap paper I took notes on. I wanted to document the kind of stuff that is just way too mundane for even the scrapbooks of the most everyday kind of scrapbooker. I wanted the ability to record something on the spot without having to wait for a photo, without having to pull out my art supplies, or be tied to my computer.

A few weeks ago I added a fifth way to share my story, and I now feel totally and completely fulfilled in my ability to express myself and share my thoughts, whether it’s through my photos, through writing I develop on my blog, through some uninhibited art activity, or through a few words and bits from my day.


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This is my scrap-journal. In it you will find my words, my doodling, my brainstorming, my extra-mundane bits of ephemera, and an idea of who I am right now. It’s currently one of my favorite things. You could use a “normal” blank lined book intended for journaling. Or you could make a scrap-journal out of cute scrapbook or found papers.

I keep a stack of unloved hardback books that sit and wait for me to alter them, and I decided to use one of them as my scrap-journal (you can see its spine in the top photo. It’s a hard-cover book of short stories). Why would I use a book that is already full of somebody else’s words? And how do you do it without turning it into a project instead of a quick spontaneous three-minute activity?

Here is the why and the how . . .

  1. It’s green. I am trying to decrease the amount of manufacturing I cause by buying something new. I figure, every time I buy something, they’ll make another one. I know that’s a simplified summary of how the system of stuff works, but it keeps me on the green path.
  2. There are some blank areas at the front and back of the book, and at the beginnings and ends of chapters.
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  4. I like to play with the words already on the book — circle some, cross out others, or even respond. The words also inspire little humorous (to me) thoughts, and that encourages a light-heartedness that I enjoy with my scrap-journal.
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  6. I add journaling to my own scraps of ephemera when the typed words of the book don’t give me enough writing space of my own.
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    Above: a summary from my dentist.
    Below: a scrap of paper I used to test paint colors I had mixed that day.
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  8. The book’s text encourages me to doodle. I don’t want to have pages and pages of the original text, so I doodle on top of it. The doodling makes it feel more mine — more like me. And doodling is always good creative brain food.
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  10. It’s not intimidating. I don’t have to fill a blank page. Because I do so much journaling in the other ways I listed above, my goal with my scrap-journal is not to get deep or to say a lot. I just want to share a little bit of myself every single day without the task of making it “pretty,” or making it into a project that takes time.
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  12. The text causes the writing “canvas” to be non-linear. I get to write in different spaces around the book, and this is much more similar to the way we think. Our brains bounce around from thought to thought and it’s good for the brain to develop thoughts the way it is naturally inclined, instead of in the linear fashion of typical writing.
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Since this added form of memory-keeping has been so fulfilling for me, I decided to share it with you. It’s not typical scrapbooking as we know it today. But it’s easy and spontaneous. It’s fun. It’s real. It’s definitely scrappy. And you don’t have to wait for a photo, or a time slot, to sit down and do it.