So I am a bit of a foam tape junkie. Love the stuff, love to pop up elements on cards and scrapbook pages. The X-Press It Foam Tape makes it easy.
I used to buy all kinds of dots and squares, and I just got frustrated with all the waste. The squares were the wrong size, the circles have all the extra scraps around them. Any way I just found myself cutting them all to pieces to suite my needs anyway. I love the tape from X-Press It because now I just cut off exactly what I need in the shape I need it and don’t waste any.
A week and a half back I actually got to go on a scrapbooking weekend! The first in a year and a half and a scrapped three days away! I used my X-Press It Foam tape a lot. Here are some of the results: (These are all from the summer and fall of 2013, boy my girls are growing up!)
Here is a close up of the little apple elements I fussy cut then popped up. They were a perfect accent for the page and the detention made them shine a little more then the flat paper would have made them. I love that I could even trim a tiny piece to fit up under the leaf.
Then of course a zoo page. I have one of these about every 3-4 months in my albums. Our family always LOVES the zoo. we just wander and enjoy the animals. I try to select only a couple photos from each time we visit since we go so often and the giraffe was a highlight of the day. so I fussy cut him and his neck and head pop up above the page. I love the tape to run along his neck supporting the entire length so the photo will not get smashed when I add it to my album.
Here is a close up of Mr. Giraffe:
Lastly a series of Halloween photos, all are 4″ x 4″ so they fit across a 12″ x 12″ page perfectly, but then they all run together. Solution, pop up the focal center photo. And with the X-Press It Foam tape you can use nice long strips to support the edges and center of the photo.
Here you can see the dimension a little better, this one was hard to get a good shot of, but it makes a big difference in the layout.
the trip was a HUGE success 44 pages complete and OH SO MUCH FUN WITH FRIENDS. I ate too much, laughed too hard and enjoyed way too much. Always good to come home to the family and look forward to the next time
If you are a crafter that loves the pop up effect you will want to check out the X-Press It Foam tape. Scrapbooking, card making and general crafting I know it is a staple in my tool bag.
Have a scrappy kind of week!
I actually did a little scrapbooking before Christmas this year! It had been almost a year since i had had time or the energy to scrapbook and it really felt decadent to squeeze it into the holiday crush. I made two mini albums, one for each set of grandparents, featuring things we had done together over the past summer.
I have to qualify this and say that the album I made for the Houghton GPs had the paper glues down and sanded to the chipboard and so I just needed to crop, add photos and do-dads. The Weaver GPs got the Mini Album I have been slowly creating over the past 7 months for Copic In The Craft Room. I had all the bases to the pages and do-dads made it was gluing it all down. Not that all that did not take time it just was not a start to finish project all crammed into the week before we left for Arizona.
Then the four Des Moines Houghton’s tromped off to Arizona for a fabulous time roaming the desert mountains for another holiday.
I had 3 days at home and off to Anaheim, CA for CHA, Craft Hobby Association’s annual convention. Our team had a very successful CHA with lot’s of spectacular classes, demonstrating in the booth, meeting with our team to keep things running smoothly in 2016 and plan ahead for 2017. Overall I had an amazing trip and came back one whipped puppy with a smile on my face. I really do LOVE my job!
I am cranking away at new videos, curriculum for local and national classes, photo tutorials and you know keeping a house and family running like a well oiled machine, ha ha!
I hope this note finds anyone readying it, happy, healthy and well, tucked in and warm!
Have a Happy Colorful Week!
I fell off the wagon again, but I have a really good excuse this time! I have some big changes rumbling around in my world, all good ones and they are keeping me hop, hop, hopping! So catching you up, I have traveled to both Indianapolis and Columbus, OH since last time I posted. Copic classes are going well and I have another big trip all the way to Dallas coming up in a few weeks! If you are in the area you need to check out the workshops HERE. I would love to have you join me for coloring fun!
I have had three layouts post at Get It Scrapped and all ones that I love. Without a whole lot of explanation here they are with links to the wonderful articles that they are a part of.
Day and Night by Michelle Houghton | supplies: cad stock; Colorbok, patterned paper; Recollections, crochet flowers; SEI, acrylic flower; Studio Calico, butterflies; American Crafts, felt and paper doily, ampersand, vine, glitter dots; Freckled Fawn, pink letters; Bella Blvd., corrugated letters; Pebbles, ink; Sharpie
Pretty self explanatory, beautiful girls, but OH so different. Anyone who knows them knows just how much, the real beauty lies within though. These two have the biggest, most caring hearts that rome this world. To see the article at GIS click HERE.
Next is collage and list making on pages:
30 days 30 photos by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Kraft, letters; American Crafts and Basic Grey, cork; Freckled Fawn, buttons: unknown, Washi tape; My Minds Eye
The hardest part of this layout was fitting it all in. There was a lot of resizing, citing and moving about the pages. Check out the other layouts and inspiration HERE
Lastly is a layout including doodling! Yay! I love doodling as most of you know so if offered the job of adding it to a layout purposefully for an assignment I jumped at the chance.
Always Better by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Colorbok, doily; SEI, sticker letters, words, flair scallop frame, puffy sticker, brad and Washi tape; Freckled Fawn, sticker words and acrylic dots; My Mind’s Eye, ink; Sharpie, airbrush and ink; Copic
I did all of the doodling first and then masked off areas and airbrushed the background. My Copic ABS airbrush allowed me to quickly add color and pattern right on the same page that I had spent hours adding the detailed doodling. Check out the other scrapbooker’s layouts for more great inspiration HERE.
This past week I had a page as part of an article on Artsy Storytelling in Scrapbooking. The idea originates from Debbie Hodge’s “Story Styles Lookbook”. The Artsy Storyteller uses artistic techniques on their page to help tell the story. Here is my Artsy page:
The Cherry On Top by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Colorbok and Core’dinations, watercolor paper; Strathmore, spray ink; Dylusions and Adanorak, modeling paste; Golden, acrylic dots, puffy stickers and chipboard arrow; Freckled Fawn, sticker letters; My Mind’s Eye, chipboard letters; American Crafts, doily; Bo Bunny, ink; Copic and Sharpie, book plate, ticket and brads; unknown.
There is a lot going on on that background so here are a couple closer looks:
This first shot is before adding any other elements. I had JUST added the top layer of ink splatters over the still slightly damp modeling paste.
Here is one angle of the finished layout, you can see two things changed as the media dried completely. More of the underlying ink base layer sealed into the modeling paste middle layer and darkened the middle layer. Also the splatters softened as they soaked in and dried.
Here is another angle of the finished layout, The modeling paste did not get quite as dark here and you can barely see the splatters that hit the inky background, they ended up a little brighter then the base and with water mark rings.
I love baking with this girl! She is amazing in the kitchen and it blows me away as her Mom to watch her flourish here, I could not be any more proud of her.
Happy creative days to you!
What is Kitsch you ask? Well the design team at Get It Scrapped is adding it onto our layouts today over at the blog so you must check it out. You will get the feel not only from the layouts created, but the, always wonderful, information written to support the work by Debbie Hodge. Another place to gather inspiration of course is on-line. Pinterest and Google will shed much light on the topic. Here is the layout I created for the article:
My Love by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Bazzil and Core’dination, patterned paper; Crate Paper, washi tape; Little B and Lawn Fawn, letters; October Afternoon and American Crafts, ink; Sharpie.
Here is a close up of some of my Kitsch. I used some Valentine postcards from an old Houghton family collection. My Mother-in-law set them aside just for me and hoped I would find something to do with them. I am thrilled to say that I did and that I love the results.
A couple notes the cards are BUSY so I tried to keep the other elements and colors calming and right in sink. The papers and title work matches colors already found int he cards. The Washi tape is used in very small amounts to pull the viewers eye, and also ended up becoming a background in the case of the woven tape behind the photo and cupid. It softened the space between the elements that as the plane Kraft paper had been quite harsh and created a heavy dead space.