For this layout, I used the Everywhere Scalloped Square Punch by Fiskars to create a grid design with the "April Showers" collection by Pretty Little Studio. I punched five squares in my kraft cardstock and then backed them with patterned paper. Other embellishments and photos were added to the remaining squares. I then machine stitched around the perimeter of the layout for fluidity and added a couple of die-cut banner pieces to offset the design.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Merry Christmas, friends! My layout today uses the gorgeous "Bedford Falls" kit from Noel Mignon, and I created it for a new challenge to scrap outside decorations. When I learned we were doing this challenge, I knew that I wanted to scrap about my hometown's annual huge Christmas tree that is placed in the middle of main street. My hometown has less than 1,000 people and yet this tradition is upheld every year.
But, I didn't have any photos of the tree so I sent my mom on a mission for me. The pictures she e-mailed me were not ideal for printing (only 121K) so today I'm going to share a fun little application with you that I used on my photo. It's called Poladroid and it's completely free! You just have to download it to your computer and drag your photo to the application and wait for it to expose. To print my photo, I went back into Photoshop and re-saved the photo to a size I could print. This type of photo treatment works so well for those photos that aren't great - they might be blurry, overexposed, etc.
Here are a few close-ups of my layout...
I added a Jenni Bowlin label from my stash.
A fun little cluster of embellishments (Making Memories patterned paper, Pink Paislee die-cut, Making Memories snowflake and rhinestone, My Mind's Eye brad)...
And here's a look at all the patterned paper I put together at the top of my layout....love all the choices Noel included in this kit!
I used my Fiskars trimmer to cut all of the patterned paper and then machine stitched the pieces together to create a patchwork look.
I have a tutorial to share with you today with a fun technique I used on this "Snow" banner I created using the "Snow Day" collection from Crate Paper. I love the bold, fun colors in this collection that are sure to brighten up any dreary winter day. I hand drew my mitten template and cut the snowflakes out using the Christmas/Noel cartridge with my Cricut. I wanted something to hang across my china hutch and I love that the banner isn't necessarily for Christmas but something I could keep out through January and February and March and April (sometimes winter in Iowa lasts that long, you know?!) (Be sure to click on the images to see them larger.)
Here's another look at my banner and all the fun bits and pieces of ribbon, tulle and paper.
To keep things consistent, all of the mittens were cut using the "Mittens" patterned paper (aptly named, don't you think?) I chose to bring out the teal, yellow, pink and green of the patterned paper and used somewhat neutral patterns from the Crate Paper collection to create accordion medallions edged with silver Stickles. The kraft centers were punched using a scalloped circle punch. The chipboard letters are Melissa Frances and I also used mica flakes to add to the snowy look.
I used the "Shadow" feature on the snowflakes and backed them with kraft cardstock. The Cricut cartridge was Christmas/Noel.
The ribbons are by various manufacturers including American Crafts, May Arts and Basic Grey.
I strung the banner on a wire and curled it to help hold the pieces of it in place.
And here's my tutorial on how to create the fringe trim I made on the mittens. The trim color coordinates on each individual mitten with the accordion medallions. As I was putting the banner together, I tried to come up with ways to give it extra dimension and texture. That's how this fringe trim was born!
First, I cut five 1" pieces of Melissa Frances white crepe paper.
Next, I stacked the pieces on top of each other and then machine stitched down the center.
I used a fine tip scissors by Fiskars to cut small fringe on either side of the machine stitching.
The piece should look like this after cutting the fringe.
Next, I used my fingers to ruffle up the trim and it looked like this when I was finished.
I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on this particular piece of fringe. I sprayed one coat and let it dry with a heat gun to speed the drying process. Then I repeated this step.
Once dry, I ruffled the fringe a bit again.
Here's a look at the fringe on one of the mittens.
And here's the completed banner again...I love the pops of color!
Have a great day!