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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Keep it Simple with a Grid Design 0 comments  

Keep it Simple with a Grid Design

How often do we get lost in the intricacies of design with our layouts and forget the purpose of them?  For me, this is a common situation, and I find the grid design to be an excellent answer to design overwhelm!  Whether you choose a basic four square grid like the one below or a larger grid, this linear design is simple but effective, especially if you have multiple photos.  For this layout, I used the gorgeous new Pinkfresh Studio line, Joyful Day.




Simple, linear layouts take the guess work out of your creating and give you a plan.  You still have creative freedom to play, but the “plan” guides you through the process more quickly!  Often, when your creative mojo is stagnating, a quick, planned layout like this one can spark your imagination.  Keeping the “plan” simple helps you find the accomplishment in a finished project and encourages you to continue creating!

With this layout, I began adding layers to the background, defining the border of my grid area.



I sectioned each of the 4 quadrants to use them as miniature layouts with two small 4 inch doilies and two die cut wreaths to define a back ground for each quadrant. 



I began building layers from there, being aware of the balance between the diagonal areas.  Two photos of my daughter and baby niece create an equal shape on the diagonal. The ephemera wreaths backed with patterned paper bring bright pops of color to the opposite diagonal.



Then, I embellished them simply and colorfully to contrast my mostly black and pink photos.  This contrast makes my photos pop off of the page!  I love that effect.  In the end, my layout is quite simple, but charming and lovely nonetheless…plus created in half the time of my normal layouts!




What do you think of the grid design? Is this an option you have tried?  Such a quick and fun way to scrap!

-Laura Alberts

ACOT Design Team



Posted by Rachel Kent

Friday, May 17, 2019

Double Page Layout 0 comments  

Hey friends! Natalie here with a fun take on a double page spread. I no longer use post bound albums, so I don't often make the traditional double page spread, you know with the same background paper and continuous design flow. However, I definitely still create layouts with photos from the same event spread among two pages. Today's spread includes two pages of photos from the same breakfast with similar elements to create a cohesive, double page spread that can also exist alone.
For both layouts I used this awesome Authentique Ingredient collection! I used a Page Maps sketch from February 2018 to create my first page, then the second page fell into place using the same circular elements. I used a stash paper for the wooden background for the first layout, but all patterned paper is from the Ingredient collection. I used papers One, Four, Seven, Eight, and Eleven.

When a sketch suggests a sewn circle, I like to try to think outside the box and create new ways to represent the element. I tinted texture paste with Heidi Swapp shine and spread it messily around the bottom of a jar. I then created two texturized circles in the accent turquoise color.



I carried this texture paste element throughout the page using the Tim Holtz polka dots stencil.



The banner was inspired by the sketch and created very easily with a simple circle punch and cutting the resulting circles. A good adhesive to adhere the twine along the back and - boom! - so much added texture and depth to your page.

I also fussy cut some of the cute icons from Paper Eleven to include as die cuts!



If I have trouble thinking of a good title, I will do a quick google search for a pun about my photos - such as "milk pun" or "cow pun," which is how I landed on this title!



To tie in the rest of my photos from the same event, I chose one of the Authentique Papers with a very similar color palette for the background page. I also brought over circles to continue with a cohesive design.


I used a couple of wreath dies from my stash to add interesting circles to my photo spread. I cut those with the turquoise papers to ensure the color accented as well as the companion page, but was not the overwhelming color choice on the layout.





I stamped a couple of circle stamps sentiments from my stash and punched a few circles from the Authentique patterned paper to build layers among my photo strips.



I also included my journaling on a circle with my favorite photo, to stand out in the bottom of the page.



The title came easier with this page since I had used a milk title on the first, I wanted to continue that theme on this page. It actually sparked the "story" I wanted to tell in my journaling!


Finally, inking my circles in a contrasting black helped them to pop well off the page for depth.

I hope you've enjoyed my take on double page spreads which can also function alone! These Authentique papers are a super fun line to work with and document some deliciousness in your life. I also hope you feel inspired to make a sketch of your own by adding unique elements and mixed media!

Have a beautiful day, crafty friends!
xo DT Member Natalie


Posted by Rachel Kent

Monday, May 13, 2019

New Tool For Mixed Media Backgrounds 0 comments  

A Fun New Tool For Mixed Media Backgrounds!
Hello Hello Everyone! This month I decided to play with a new tool. I saw Rachel playing with a silicone wedge on Instagram and I wanted to try my hand at creating layout backgrounds too! The tool was easy to master. I made 3 "practice" backgrounds and, honestly, all three will make an appearance in scrapbook pages. The tool is easy to use and fun...what couldn't be fun about taking heavy body acrylic paint and just smearing it over heavy weight paper and creating cool texture and effects on a background? 
The best part for me - the paint dries practically immediately (no waiting!!) and the warping is soo minimal. I was one happy girl playing with these paints and the wedge tool! I have a video showing how I used this tool, some tricks and tips I learned along the way, and how I created this project!


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Have A Lovely Day!
DT Member Sara 

Posted by Rachel Kent

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Cherry Box 2 comments

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Meet May 2019's Guest Designer 0 comments

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from bella blvd, pebbles, dear lizzy


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