Archive for July, 2013
There is a fun title technique being featured at Get It Scrapped today. Working with two different fonts in your title work. I love the variety of ways that the Creative Team came up with to showcase tow fonts! I had not thought of several of these options, just shows how I fall into a routine and can’t see outside my own little box. Here is the layout I came up with;
Snow Bunnies by Michelle Houghton | Suppies: cardstock; The Paper Company, patterned paper; Bo Bunny, Patterned paper die cut; Fancy Pants, die cuts and washi tape; SEI, chipboard and sticker letters; Doodlebug Designs Inc., fabric letters; American Crafts, ink; Tsukineko, Sharpie and Copic
I manipulated both of these fonts. The top “snow” is a sticker letter created by Doodlebug Designs that I added glitter to. The “bunnies” is a fabric Thicker made by American Crafts that I colored with my Copic markers to match the cool feel of the page. Nothing like a snow page in July to cool you off right? Of course I had to find an extra E for bunnies so I just used the number 3 and turned it upside down. this is one of those pages that just kind of fell together. The papers were ones that had been tucked into my stash for a long time waiting for the perfect photos and I really liked that I was able to pull products from a few different companies in to complete the look. Make sure to check the rest of the inspiration at Get It Scrapped HERE.
Hope everyone is continuing to enjoy there summers here in the US. We only have tree weeks left of summer vacation and then the girls are back to school! Hard to believe!
Today at Get It Scrapped there is an amazing article about welding on your layouts. There is a slew of gorgeous examples of both digital and paper welding ideas. Many are cut on electronic diecut machines, mine is hand cut and others are wonderful digital creations.
Sharp Shooter by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Bazzill, patterned paper; Basic Grey and American Crafts, washi tape; Queen and CO., ink; Sharpie and Signo, brads; unknown
The black lettering in the title for Sharp Shooter and the black rings of the target are all welded together, meaning they are cut out of one piece of paper. Doing this by hand took a few tries as I was not completely sure on sizing and the color of each of the parts so I made a couple rough drafts that did not get completely cut out to start. One option even had “shooter” in a cursive script. I cut that one all the way out and it just did not work so back to the drawing board. These are the steps I used to get the finished title weld you see above.
1) I used a ruler and gave myself some VERY light guide lines for the lettering.
2) Again with pencil I used block lettering to create the title, making sure all the letters were connecting side to side and that the top word connected once or twice to the bottom word.
3) Still with pencil I traced 3 concentric circles that overlapped both words. I was not worried too much about perfection on size or even spacing here, I really just eyeballed it. It is OK to me if there are imperfections showing that it is hand made.
4) I used a thicker Sharpie marker to go over my title and the circles a few times making the lines quite a bit thicker. I also went back in with a white Sharpie paint pen to ass highlights on the letters making them easier to read.
5) Now came the time consuming part, cutting it all out. I always start with a pair of micro scissors and cut away as much as I can with those. Then I break out an X-acto and cutting matte to finish the cutting.
6) I started with my smallest circle and backed it with red cardstock then added yellow to the middle rind and blue to the outer ring. I finished by hole punching the center of my target and roughing up the edges of the hole to show a direct hit by my “Sharp Shooter” daughters!
I also made the two smaller targets to help add balance to the layout and so it looks like Sara is getting a direct hit from her photo as well!
I am still in catch up mode a little. As soon as I posted earlier today i realized that I have another layout to share from Get It Scrapped. This one is one I am particularly tickled to share because it includes a very old photo of my father and myself. My daughters both had a difficult time believing it was even me with my short hair and “Grandpa” with brown hair and a stash! ;-). But even better was the fact that I found the older photo after I had taken the new ones.
My Dad was so excited to shop for rockets for my girls and then help them get them painted and of course then launch them! The countdowns and squeals of delight from everyone were the very best. It was so fun to see history repeat itself and to have the photos to show how it did.
Check out all the beautiful work showcasing old and new photos on the same layout HERE
Blasting Off into the Future, Then and Now by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: patterned paper and letters; American Crafts, ink; Copic and Ranger, wood clocks and lg. button; Prima, sm. button; Crate Paper, Twine; Queen and Co.
We explored the color “emerald green” over at Get It Scrapped this past week. It gave me the perfect excuse to find the perfect product to go with my photos! I knew before I started this layout that I wanted to use navy and kraft colors to go with all the water and the wood of the kid’s rafts but i was not sure exactly how to tie in the emerald green. I had these hexagon wood veneers in my stash already so tried several products to color them to their bright emerald color. Acrylic worked the best for this particular color but I tried a few inks and stains as well. The letters are chipboard and were a wood looking finish so those got some Copic color added to continue the green. I added touches of sparkle with gems and a glitter pen around the kraft cardstock. Make sure to check out the rest of the emerald green inspiration HERE!
I am late in posting this because i have been out of town so I will post a little about that later.