Friday, May 5, 2017

NSD Watercoloring Techniques

Hello to my Disney Scrapper friends! I am so glad you could join me over here on my blog for a fun tutorial using watercolors.

Watercoloring is a hot new trend in the world of scrapbooking. There are many different ways to use this fun medium and today I wanted to share a few of my favorite techniques.

Don't have watercolors? You can make your own with an ink pad, a water spritzer, an acrylic block or non-stick mat, and a paint brush. I have found that dye inks work better for this technique, especially the Tim Holtz Distress inks and the Stampin' Up Classic Ink Pads.

In my first layout to share, I created the striped border patterned paper to match the rest of the elements on my page.

Here are the steps:
1. Gather your photos and patterned papers. Then choose 5-6 ink colors to coordinate with your layout. Here I chose a mixture of inks: Ground Expresso and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks. Stampin' Up inks in Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Delightful Dijon. I also pulled Barn Red from Close to My Heart. Also get out a piece of smooth white cardstock. (I tried watercolor paper with this technique but it bled too much.)

2. Apply each color of ink to a spot on your craft mat or acrylic block. You want enough ink and enough space to be able to mix it with the water to create your watercolor.

3. Spritz your ink splotches with the water. I use a mini mister from Ranger which gives a good amount of water...not too little and not too much. You will start to see the colors pool a bit in the water. Also a word of warning...sometimes you get little ink splatters when you do this so be sure to move your photos and patterned papers out of the way before you add the water.

4. Choose a paintbrush and swirl it around in the color you want to start with. Then make a 3-4 inch line at the edge of your paper. This is your first stripe.

5. Continue making stripes with alternating colors down the paper. Try to vary the width of the stripes. This will give your paper more interest. You may need to experiment with the colors a bit. Sometimes certain colors don't look good next to each other when they overlap. It really is just trial and error.

**At this point you may notice my stripe colors look different. I did this demo with different ink colors and once it dried it did not match my paper at all. So I chose different colors and started over. But I forgot to retake my photos.

6. Let your paper dry completely. You can speed up the process with a heat tool but your paper will warp some. This is normal. :)

7. Once your paper is completely dry you can cut it out or use a border punch to create a border for your layout.

Here are a few other pages I have created lately using this technique. I am loving how it looks and how I can create custom patterned paper to match my layout.

This layout was created with digital elements from Project Mouse's Adventure Kit. I needed a patterned paper with many of the colors from the other elements on the page to tie it all together so I created the striped piece using this technique.

I found the perfect paper collection for my Disney Wishes photos but there was not a paper that had all of the colors from the collection on one paper to tie the colors together so I created my own striped paper to coordinate with the rest of the papers.

A second technique I wanted to share with you is making a watercolor washed background for your layout. I created the background of this layout using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors and 12x12 watercolor paper from Strathmore. The watercolor paper allows the paint to bleed more and gives a more blended look.

Here are the steps to create this look:

1. Choose your photos and patterned papers first. This will help you choose what colors to use for the background. Choose 4-6 colors of paint that go well together.

2. For this layout I had a general idea of where I wanted things to go on my layout so I marked where my photo was and made sure I had the edges covered but didn't do too much painting under where the photo would go.

3. Load up your paintbrush with lots of water and a little bit of watercolor paint. It may take a practice run to figure out how much paint to get to get the look you want. I ended up wiping some of mine off of my brush with a paper towel before I started. Choose to work from one end and continue around the page. I started in the middle and had to go back with some extra water to get my colors to blend if they had started to dry.

4. Then add your second color, making sure to overlap the two colors a little bit to get them to blend. Continue with new colors and continue working across your page until you have all the areas filled in that you want to.

5. Let the paper dry completely before moving to the next step. I had a small wet spot on my paper and that made my pen bleed...luckily it was right where I wanted to cover it up. :)

6. I then used this Disney Scrappers die cut that Susan is making available for National Scrapbook Day and my Silhouette Cameo with the pen attachment to draw the die cut on my page. (See Challenge #10 for more details.)
(This was my first time playing with the Silhouette pens and I am so pleased at how this turned out!)
7. You can color in a specific word or phrase or leave them as is. I chose to color in the "Disney Magic!" to make that my page title.

There is so much you can do with watercolors in your paper crafting. To learn more, I recommend this awesome FREE video series from  It has lots of great easy projects and techniques to learn to use watercolors even more.

What I loved about these projects is that they gave me time to just play and see what I could create. After all, isn't that what paper crafting is all about? So my challenge to you is to pull out your coloring materials and let's see what you can create!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Refresh. Update. Renew.

Hello blog land. It has been awhile since I have posted here...too long. I have decided to start my blog again to share my love of all things creative and maybe inspire someone else to be creative too.  I haven't stopped my creativity over the past 2 years...I just haven't been online as much. I have been busily creating scrapbook layouts. Over 160 of them in 2016! I have scrapbooked many travels including Israel, Chicago, Pensacola Beach, and of course Disney. I have also scrapped many holidays, birthdays, and time with family and friends.

If you want to see what I've been up to lately, you can head over to my gallery on by either using the button on the side of my blog or you can click here.

I'm hoping to share some of my scrappy fun with you at least a few times a month and hopefully inspire you to dig into your stash of pretties to tell stories and remember the stuff and events of life. What we are made of. Who we are as people and how we are affected by the world around us. So come along and join me on this journey to discover our creative sides as we play with fun products and tell the stories of the pieces of our lives.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Lucky Day

Today is St. Patrick's Day. A day many people consider to be lucky. I don't know if I would consider it luck, but I do consider myself a pretty lucky girl  probably not for reasons that many would consider lucky. I explain it all in the layout I made a few years ago.

"Yep, I am one lucky lady. I may not have the job that I truly want, but I have so many other things to be thankful loving supportive family, a fabulous group of friends, a faithful dog who loves me no matter what, my health, a hobby that I both love and am talented at, and most importantly my faith in Christ. These are just a few of the blessings in my life that make me truly lucky. "

The journaling on this layout that I made in 2010 is still as true today as it was then. I am truly blessed and thankful for my life. 

This layout is also being featured over on Paper Crafting Studio today. You can check it out and learn how I made the shamrocks.   Come check it out.

Since it is St, Patrick's Day I thought I would share one more layout I made. It is based off a sketch from the incredibly talented Valerie Salmon from one of her Got Sketch classes. 

These pics are of my sweet dog Bailey from a few years ago. The patterned papers are the same ones I used in the layout above and are from Little Yellow Bicycle's "Lucky me" collection from a few years ago. It's one of my favorites and I only have bits and pieces left of it now. And the title is cut using the Silhouette the intricacy of the cuts on the word lucky. 

So my challenge to you is to scrap something related to the topic of St. Patrick's Day or luck. You never know where it might take you. 

Scraplift Yourself

Have you ever scraplifted yourself? Scraplifting is looking at another's work and pulling inspiration from it, whether it be design elements, colors, embellishments or a title. While I love to scraplift other scrappers, one of my favorite things to do when I'm in a creative rut is scraplift myself.

 I was recently looking back through some of my layouts and I realized just how many times I have scraplifted one particular design. So I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

I created this layout from a sketch I received from the very talented Valerie Salmon in one of her sketch classes. She no longer has the classes but I still love her awesome multi photo designs. In this layout I stuck pretty closely to the original design and used multiple pictures in the recommended sizes. I also used some fun things for my borders including Bazzill strips, ribbon, and border stickers. I also put embellishments where the sketch had them and journaled on a tag. 

This was the next layout I created. I swapped the wavy edged strips for just straight cut borders of 3 different patterned papers. I kept the tag and circle embellishments the same but added photo corners to the large photo. 

On this layout I kept the same design but this time I used a fancy border I cut from my Silhouette. I also traded out the square tag for a rounded journaling spot.

For this layout I again used the fancy border cut for my layout because I loved the elegance it brought to my layout. I also moved the placement of the title and embellishments and added more strips to the right side. I used 2 8.5x11 photo collages to change up the photo design and found this design worked great for this size of collage. 

On this last page, I printed the 2 8.5x11 collages and then realized just how little space I had left to design in. It made me think of the wedding layout I had done so I looked to it for inspiration. I again loved the lacy border but decided that design was too fancy for my photos. So I switched out for the geometric one. I loved the embellishments more in the middle so I moved them. 

Now thanks to this great sketch and scrap lifting myself, I have 5 different layouts. They are scattered throughout my albums and they each have a different feel based on the photos and embellishments. 

So next time you are in a creative rut, try scraplifting yourself. The results will amaze you. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

December Daily...the prep

I am back today to share my preparations for my December Daily album.  In yesterday's post, I shared the supplies I am using in the album. And today I'll share a sneak peak of some of my pages and my design process for my album.

When I am doing an album like this, I find it easiest to stick to a dedicated collection of papers and embellishments to give my album a cohesive look. I also wanted to find an element to tie the pages together like I did with the snowflake theme in my 2012 album. With the papers and embellishments this year, I decided to use poinsettias in this year's album. 

To help me plan out my pages and stay organized, I turned to my trusty Silhouette software. I love preplanning out my pages using the software and it is a great way to make sure my die cuts are the exact size I want them.  It also helps me see what the page is going to look like before I start cutting papers. :) Here are my sketches for each page in my album:

Once I had the pages all designed, I precut most of the elements and assembled some of the pages. Other pages I just slid all the page elements in the page protector. This way when the season starts, all I have to do to assemble my pages is print the pictures, add accents and assemble the pages. It should make it easy to keep up with this project as the holiday season progresses. 
 You may notice that I start my album before December begins. That is because for our family the Christmas season starts the day before Thanksgiving when my dad and I head out to do our Christmas shopping. This page is almost finished except for adding my photos and some journaling.

This page is also almost finished. I will add a circle accent to the middle of the poinsettia and the other side will be a 6x8 photo collage.
This is another one of the poinsettia pages. The date will go in a circle in the middle of the flower, but I am allowing myself some freedom to switch up the page order if I need to so I didn't die cut the date.
This is one of those pages where I just die cut the elements and stuck them in the page protector.  I will assemble the page when I add the photos.
On this page I just simply assembled the background. I haven't fully decided what I am going to do in front of it. I'll figure that out when I scrap it. It's fun to leave some pages without a ton of direction so I can be inspired by the photos. :)
This is another page I mostly is for Christmas Day so I already added the date with some stamps from Ali Edwards. The die cut phrase is from Kerri Bradford. You can see that I pretty much followed the sketch for this page and I love how it turned out. :)

This is my album with all the pages in it. I haven't decorated the cover yet. I usually wait and do that at the very end of the project. :)
And now I eagerly await the beginning of the holiday season so I can begin adding the stories to my album. I will be posting the pages on here and I can't wait to share the finished project with you all!


Monday, November 17, 2014

December Daily 2014

We are quickly approaching my favorite time of year, Christmas. I love spending time with my family and celebrating our favorite traditions. In 2012, I decided to document my holiday season with a December Daily album. You can see my 2012 album posts here and here.

December Daily is an awesome holiday album concept from Ali Edwards. It is all about capturing the everyday moments of December in a creative way.  You can read more about Ali's concept here and see her examples.

Last year, I was going to do a December Daily album but abandoned the project after some not so great December memories that I really didn't want to remember.

So this year I am jumping in headfirst and completing my album.  Like before, I am using a pretty dedicated group of supplies to create my album. Here is what I am using:

The album I am using is from Simple Stories. The pages are 6x8 inches and they are the perfect size to create with. They also have pocket pages but I am just using the full 6x8 pages.

The papers are all from Simple Stories DIY Christmas Collection. I just loved the colors in the papers and there are some cool elements to add to my pages too.

I am also using my favorite stamps from Ali Edwards Designs. Most of these have been discontinued but you can still find some of them online. As you can probably tell, I am quite addicted to them. :)
 My Silhouette. This is my most used scrapbooking tool and there are so many possibilities with this machine.  It makes super intricate cuts and there is so much you can do with it...the possibilities are endless. I found lots of shapes on the Silhouette Store that coordinate with the Simple Stories DIY Christmas Collection. I also used several shapes from Kerri Bradford her titles and shapes!

I am also using some of Kerri Bradford's photo templates...they make adding multiple photos to a layout a snap. This one in particular I am looking forward to using a lot in the album since all the templates are 6x8, which is the same size as my pages. :)
This post is getting pretty long so I will be back tomorrow to share some of my base pages and how I planned out my album. :)