Julie Fei-Fan Balzer shares some great tips on using stencils with different types of paint consistencies, tips for design ideas with layering stencils, and tips for saving money. We get a look at her new stencils and some sample layouts and projects in this video.
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See a card demo using the Hero Arts Daubers and stamps.
See Rebecca demo techniques for layering tape, stamps, and paints using her new line of stencils with The Crafters Workshop. We also show her new line of stencils and some gorgeous backgrounds she made with them.
Tim Holtz shows his new ranger products at CHA2014.
(Keep checking back. This is just the beginning of a bunch of new CHA videos…)
What’s the big deal about Pantone’s Radiant Orchid?
It’s just lavender, right?
Well, not really. From what I understand of lavender, it is a whiter version of pure purple. Pure purple is a balanced mix of blue and red. Lavender is a simple color.
Orchid, on the other hand, is more complex. What does that mean? Somewhere along the way, either during the mixing of purple, or after the purple was already mixed, pink and fuchsia are blended into it.
Complex colors draw us in more because there is so much to discover about them. It takes longer for the eye to see and register their nuances. They’re also more interesting to combine with other colors because each color you pair with a complex color will enhance and emphasize a different “ingredient” of that color.
In terms of trends, Radiant Orchid is styling this year! Before Pantone announced its color choice to represent the current thought, ideas, and desires of our culture, fashion experts predicted pink as a hot trendy color for 2014. Orchid, with its infusion of pink and fuchsia, is just the right type of purple to hit the scene.
Radiant Orchid and Color Temperature
Complex colors can be easier to mix and match with different color temperatures because there is bigger mix of warm and cool within them.
In Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 1 I shared a cool color combination, and then showed how you can take that same group of colors, but go darker and more vibrant with it.
In today’s episode, Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 2, we go warm with orchid. I share one combination that is darker and vibrant and on the cooler spectrum of warms. Then we move into a softer muted palette that is far warmer.
Watching both episodes should help you see how many directions you can take a single color. Especially when you consider all the other colors I DIDN’T use that we could still pair with Radiant Orchid.
In Part 2 I also share some super fun techniques that will give you brilliant results! If you’re a Paperclipping Member you can watch this video now in the Member’s Area or on iTunes.
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Do you love layers and gatherings of embellishments on your scrapbook pages?
Want to know some good places to put them? There are lots of great places. Here are nine I’ve used lately, along with a few tips for creating attractive and intriguing layers!
Do you like getting more out of your products?
Me, too. It’s one of my favorite topics to get ideas for…
- Rejuvenating old products
- Getting two uses for a single product instead of just one.
- Punching and die-cutting in a way that results in useable off-cuts
- Creating additional items with the residual spray and paints that fly and drip while you’re creating something else.
Three of those four things not only save you product and money, but also time, because you’re creating two items to scrapbook with at once.
A Tip for Electronic and Die Cutting
When placing your dies or cut images, position them in a way that the off-cut with the negative can be used in another project. I ALWAYS do this.
I made a video that shows examples, techniques, and resulting pages. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area. It’s Paperclipping 212 – Get More Out of Your Electric and Manual Die Cuts.
Spray Mists, Paint, and Other Color Mediums
Every time we spray or paint we lose a lot of our medium. This is totally unnecessary and you can get a second or third creation from each spray and paint session!
I made a video tutorial this week that demonstrates this. I show you how you can create a second or third item to eventually scrapbook with while you’re spraying or painting something else. And you don’t even have to know how you’ll use those second or third items.
How does that work? Watch the video!
The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.
You’ll need an active membership to see it.
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Want another fresh design idea that you can use in a whole bunch of new ways?
Well, we do embellishment gatherings all the time, where we cluster embellishments into a spot. Let’s take the idea of gathering items together, but instead, we’ll gather with the purpose of forming lines.
Lines are amazing elements of design because you can use them to anchor your photos and embellishments, and prevent them from appearing like they’re floating. You can also use lines to lead the eye to important spots, such as your main photo.
What kinds of things can you gather into lines? Almost anything…
- embellishments of all kinds
- border strips
I think I’ve gathered all of these at one time or another.
Gathering a whole bunch of a single type of item makes a big statement. It has a lot of impact.
So instead of taking that sheet of labels and using them one by one on various pages, try using all of them in a line gathering on one page in a line that intersects with your focal point photo. It can look really cool, while anchoring your photo at the same time.
Need to see it in action?
I just released a video where I made line gatherings out of the first three items in the list above. In this video you get to see me assemble three different scrapbook layouts, each with its own line gathering.
This video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a Paperclipping Member to get the video.
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There are so many reasons a layout might feel off.
A common one is that the color is not balanced across the page.
Any time you add an item to your page, you need to repeat that color in a couple different ways:
- across the page
- up-and-down the layers
How do you do that?
Well, let’s say you have aqua on the side of your page. You need to add aqua somewhere across the page at least once, though often twice. And if you add multiple layers of other colors on top of the aqua, then your aqua is in that bottom layer and you’ll need to add more aqua somewhere in a top layer.
If the various colors aren’t spread out in multiple places, then items look random and call way too much attention to themselves. When you find yourself continuously drawn to an item and you feel the slightest hint of discomfort, then you know that the item isn’t fitting in with the rest of the page in a balanced way.
Want to see how it all works in action? Want to see how to tell when it’s all balanced, and when it’s not?
I made a single page layout and a two-page layout step-by-step in a video. You’ll get to see how color can get off-balance and then balanced again with every additional item. You’ll see ways to fix a color balance problem. You’ll see the difference between getting it and not getting it, and you’ll be better able to spot the problems next time.
This video is now in the Member’s Area and in the Member’s iTunes feed.
If you’re not a Paperclipping Member, click here for info!
How do you know when it’s finished?
If you’re like a lot of other scrapbookers, you’ve wondered this same thing.
You may have also wondered why some pages slam-dunk it, while others don’t — even sometimes layouts that were scraplifted by someone else’s perfect page.
Believe it or not, there’s probably one thing that is not in place whenever you’re asking these questions.