Friday, 28 March 2014

No Rectangles Allowed!

Think "OUTSIDE" the Rectangle

 The Challenge: Shaped Cards
The Details
1. a hinged door that opens
2. embossed brick texture
3. black kitty in the window
4. washi tape bunting flags
5. flower brads in the grass
Mission Accomplished!

FYI- I didn't have a kitty small enough to sit in a window of my house so I stamped a cat on black shrink plastic. He shrunk to just the right size to sit on the ledge.

Visit Practical Scrappers today to see how others went beyond the safety of the rectangular card base.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Trendwatch: Ombre

If you are unfamiliar with the term Ombre, according to scrapbooking legend Shimelle,  "Ombre is essentially a fade – it’s often a monochromatic look with one colour starting as a saturated hue and fading out to pale or white." 

I selected numerous green patterned paper scraps in varying shades to create my subtle ombre effect.  I scattered hexagons diagonally across the page arranging them in order from lightest to darkest.  Take a peek over at Practical Scrappers to find more ways to create the subtle ombre effect on your next project.

Tip: If you don't mind getting a bit messy, use mist, ink, or paint 
to create the faded and blended effect on paper.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Baker's Twine

I used baker's twine to help guide the eye around this layout by simply draping it among the flowers and adding the occasional loop, knot, or bow. To bring attention to the central photo I placed vellum over the two side photos to mute the colors while still being able to see the image. This is a great trick to use if you have that less then perfect photo because the vellum can serve to camouflage any imperfections.

                                    For more inspiration, stop by Practical Scrappers.

Top Tip: Don't forget to tie simple knots at the end of the twine for the finishing touch.