I'd like to start with a hybrid page I did a few days ago.
I wanted to make a layout about my brother, sister and me, and I want to use a lot of photos. With the aid of Photoshop Elements, I used KHMize's Photo Mosaic Cluster element and Art Nation's Blossom Paper 3 and 9 for the background. I didn't want to add anything else because I want the rest of the elements to be traditional. After printing, the 8x8 digital layout on the 8.5 x 11 photo paper looked like one of those polaroid photos. I decided not to trim it, and just use the entire letter size. I was having a little difficulty with this layout because my brother is in it. It's always hard to create a layout with men in the subject.
I ended up using a lot of left over ribbon that match the main background, and eyelets (with the aid of my Crop-a-Dile2). I also used some of the Foam Stamp Set by Creating Keepsakes, stamped on white chipboard coasters. For the title, I used yellow alpha stickers by Provo Craft. As for the number "3", I threw away the packaging years ago, and now I have no idea what brand it is. If somebody knows, please tell me. I adhered it using 3D foam squares to pop out. The donut word stickers are from K & Co. I also used a fabric sticker roll (plaid) and adhesive backed cork strip, both bought from the 100 Yen Store in Japan. For journaling, I used black Sharpie Ultra Fine Point marker.
And of course, none of these is possible without my Scotch ATG 700 and Duck adhesive. When I thought everything was done, I felt like the layout seemed flat. So what I did was print the digital layout again. But to save ink, I only selected the three photos that I want to pop out in the layout, using Photoshop again. I just use the eraser tool for that, and it was easy. After printing and cutting those three photos, I adhered them with 3D adhesive foam squares. Can you tell which three photos are actually popping out?
Yesterday, I finally decided to clean up planet. My attention went to the Copic Markers I bought in Japan. I printed the color list from the website, and made an inventory of what I have. As I was doing this, I decided to organize all my pens and markers according to color families:
- Blue Green
- Blue Violet
- Red Violet
- Yellow Red
- Yellow Green
This morning, I was so in the mood to make a card. I've been reading through some card making books and magazines and I got inspired. I wanted to use my embossing folders this time (Tiny Flowers & Flowers # 2 by Sizzix; Leaves by Fiskars).
I embossed assorted hues of orange cardstock and punched them with my Creative Memories Square Punch. Among the four orange squares you see, one of them is an actual embossed paper I bought in Japan a few years ago. Can you tell which one? It's my first time to try Embassy Black Cardstock which I bought from Walmart for $3.96 (60 sheets). I like it so far. Then, I used Diffusion stamp by Hampton Art Stamps and the sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts. Then I added purple flower sequins, leftover orange flowers (cut in half), brown button and leftover purple paper strip. I also love the stand I bought for $3.47.
Speaking of Walmart, if you happen to go there, here are some items that I consider really good buys:
|Georgia Pacific White Cardstock (8.5 x 11) - if you love to create cards, this is the bomb. The quality is really good and a lot of card makers use this brand. Only $5.48 for 150 sheets.|
|Duck Double Sided Adhesive Rollers (4 Pack) - This is the best and economical handy adhesive roller that I've ever used. Aside from paper/cardstock, they're also good for ribbon and fabric. The price is about $9 and some cents. Plus each roller lasts a long long time.|
OK, time to freshen up :)