Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I've bought a linen covered album for Chloe's scrapbook pages. It came with a label holder on the cover. I think that it is too common to put the title on the label holder. I've even thought of altering the whole cover but I liked the colour of the plain linen on it. Therefore, I've used some left over thumb prints to decorate the label which will add more personalized touch on the album cover. To read more ways to use your thumb prints or index prints, you can refer to "Thumb Prints on Layouts and Album Cover" in my tips and tricks section.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
This is a layout that I've just finished yesterday, titled "Fresh Step". It's about Chloe cruising around by having his daddy supporting her. She is not even army crawling or sitting up unsupported yet, but loves to learn how to walk with support. This is definitely a moment worth capturing.
The idea for the layout actually came from my thought of creating a baby looked page for Chloe's baby album and using the multi-tiered layout technique. I must admit that after being creating adult looked layout for sometime, this is somehow quite a challenge to me.
I've used the multi-tiered technique for the clouds and some embellishments in this layout. (Refer to my "Creating a Multi-tiered Layout" and "Matting your Stickers" in my tips and tricks section). To add a little sweet looked to the layout, I've journalled around a heart and creating my title using tags with a some baby themed embellishments.
The steps are as follows:
1. Create the first tier using the floating layout technique by using only one or two pieces of foam tapes.
2. Overlaps part of the second tier on the first tier by using another piece of foam tape. However, for parts of the second tier that are not overlapping the first tier, you must use two pieces of foam tape if the first tier is using only one piece of foam tape. (The formula here is to add another piece of foam tape to the pieces of foam tape that are used for the first tier)
3. The steps will repeat for the third and following tiers but you must remember that if any parts of the upper tier that are not overlapping the immediate lower tier, use the formula above to calculate how many pieces of foam tapes to use.
It might sound a bit confusing here but once you've got your hands on it, you will figure out, what I'm trying to explain here. Give it a try on your next layout!
To create a better look on these stickers, I've matted them using card stock and with a little decorative fake stitching or even real stitching will even make them look as if they are paper-pieced. You can also add more borders to it or using soft elements such as ribbons or laces. Therefore, with these tips, I bet you wouldn't want to thrown any stickers away anymore.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
The steps are as follows:
1. Create your frame out of card stock with your desired measurements. It depends on your layout size and how many photographs you want to pile.
2. By choosing a pattern paper or any paper you liked, cut out strips with the width of about 3 inches. (This width depends on what is the width you would liked for the strips behind the frame and multiply it by two)
3. Fold all the cut out strips in half horizontally.
4. To prepare the frame for attaching the strips, first you need to get a center point of your frame which is the upper right corner to the lower left corner or vise versa. (This depends on how you would liked the directions of the photographs to be pile)
5. From the center point, slowly arranged the strips towards the upper left corner for one side and lower right corner for the other. (This is referring to the layout above). However, you should be careful not to have space in between strips. Every strips should have an overlap about half inch.
6. Temporarily stick them into place using sticky tapes that are easily removable. Then later when all the positions had been confirmed, then only you stick them permanently in place.
7. Leave it to dry for awhile before you pile your photographs there. However, after positioning your positions of your photographs, do stick it down permanently too.
Tip: Try to use photographs that are in portrait position then the landscape ones.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
After much opinions on my last layout titled "The Cut", I've decided to do a cheery layout based on some very sweet photographs to cheer up the mood here.
This layout is about Ryan reading to Chloe who is just five months old then. How sweet is it to see them being so loving of each other. I'm still in the mood of experimenting with new shaped layouts and new techniques. With the sweetness in the photographs, it actually reminds me about honey. I guess most of resembles honey to sweetness. Therefore, the idea of creating has started in my head. I know that the shape should be in hexagon of it were to follow my idea but after playing much with that shape, it does not looked very nice. Therefore, I've altered the idea to an octagon shaped layout.
This is a floating layout. I've used some technique to create this floating effect. (Refer to "Creating a Floating Layout" in my Tips and Tricks section) As for the octagon shapes, I've used self printed templates. (Refer to "Self Printed Templates in Layouts" in the Tips and Tricks section) In this layout, I've also created a circle journal in it. (Refer "Journaling in Circles" in the Tips and Tricks section).
This is a very fun layout for me and I think that it will cheer anyone up.
In the layout, I've used some foam tapes to create the dimensions and the floating effect to it. I've used different thickness of foam tapes to create the different floating heights on the layout which gives it more depth in dimensions. You can also mix different shapes of floating pieces in a same layout.
With this technique, I could say that besides embellishments, there are some other more simple and fun way to create dimensions in a layout. Try it!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
The idea for this layout came to me when Ryan is having his hair cut. The snipping sound of the scissors really inspired me. Therefore, the title of this layout is "The Cut". I've promised myself of doing one layout by using newspaper as a background enhancer. With that I've combined the both inspiration into this layout.
I've applied my inspiration to the layout as follows:
- black colour card stock background as "Ryan's hair"
- the snips at the side of the card stock resembles "the cuts in Ryan's hair"
- the triangle shaped clip on the snip resembles "the hair clips put on Ryan's hair while having his hair cut"
- the snipping of the photographs resembles "Ryan's hair that had been cut away"
Isn't this interesting? Try using this method to apply your inspiration onto your layouts.
I had always love doing something which combines the world of quilting and scrapbooking. I've done a few quilting pieces and had a lot of scraps lying around and had nothing better to do. This situation inspires me to do a combination of fabric and paper piecing for my family album covers. For more details on this, please refer to my previous post named "Fabric Piecing on Album Covers" in my tips and tricks section.
Friday, March 16, 2007
While I was visiting the country USA, I've found this. This is a very cheap scrapbooking album that I've found while I'm in a dollar stores there. Everything there is only a dollar. Even though it is not as attractive as the albums that we used to showcase our layouts but still it is acid and lignin free. Therefore, you can alter it to keep your layouts, used it to keep your children's layouts or even better used it to keep your unfinished layouts. The refills are also a dollar for ten sheets. They are acid and lignin free too. Using this albums to store your children's scrapbook layouts are great because it is very durable and cheap of course. So for those of you who live near any dollar stores, try to go there. You might not know what you can find there. By the way, I've found some 12x12 scrapbook papers and embellishments too.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
You can try to do a layout based on the theme of your album and paste it directly over the album cover liked what I did for my USA vacation album. You can include cut-outs from travel magazines, travel brochures or even add paper-piecing to it. I've included a paper-pieced luggage bag which includes all the destinations in the scrapbook pages on it. Try to personalize your album covers to your album theme.
This is not the only way to alter your album covers. For simplicity, you can even cover your album with your favourite fabric or any fabric that may resembles your album theme. You can also create unique titles and paste them in front of your covers.
In my "Japanese Tea Garden" layout, I've used some Chinese newspapers to stamp my title on before cutting it into squares and mat them. Using newspaper in your layouts are great because it will distressed itself as time goes by and you will get a better looked on them. (natural distressing).
In my "Tulip Garden" layout, I've used alphabets cut-outs from magazines to design the title and words on the the tag of the layout. This will add some fun and make the title looked more interesting. However, pay attention to the colour of the alphabets you choose from the magazine. It has to match your layout.
Thirdly, is my "Dutch Windmill" layout. I've used some pages of articles in a magazine to stamp my title on and later cut them out and mat them. Again, pay attention to the colour of the article that you choose to stamp on.
Some other ideas on using newspapers and magazines would be using them as your background paper. You can mix your colour card stocks with newspapers to create a unique background paper. This can also be done on tags and embellishments. I have not tried that yet but will try in future layouts.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Just use the picture in the colouring page and trace templates for paper-piecing (remember to trace it a bit bigger at the part you want to piece it) Then paste it to colour card stocks and just each piece out.
After piecing them together, chalked it to give a little dimension to it. Sometimes, layouts that tells very little stories can be filled up using paper-piecing technique. I had so much fun doing these pages. It is especially difficult to find paper-piecing templates for Disney characters.
They are actually photographs taken using normal simple digital camera and not any SLR cameras.
The tricks to get such great photographs is the techniques to take photographs and the editing techniques.
The simple photography techniques are
- to use natural lighting (lighting from a window area or balcony area).
- use a tripod or stable your hands while taking the photographs.
- take it while your subject are not aware of it.
- take photographs of your subject from various different angles.
- don't wait for your subject to pose for you. Taking photographs while your subjects are in action tells more stories.
The photograph editing techniques are :
- crop you photographs to hide any flaws or avoid busy background
- if the lighting is not right, use the "I'm feeling lucky tool" in Picasa or editing the lighting and the highlights manually using photo editing softwares (refer to my "photo editing software" post in the general comment section)
- to warmify your photographs if you use flashlights on your photographs.
- if it is still difficult for you to crop out your busy background try "soft focusing" it using softwares or change the colour to black or white, sepia or a one colour tint.
Therefore, having great photographs to scrap is not difficult at all.