Let’s be real. Scrapbooking guys can be hard — especially if you are a bright colored whimsical loving paper crafter. Don’t despair — it can be done. When you have paper you absolutely love, but it is made up of lots of bright colors and almost childlike balance it with black and white.
For this layout I primarily used the sides of paper from Clique Kits that were black and white. I backed it on a solid and added just a pop of colors with strips of paper. I had to throw some rainbows on it because I am just into them! By using a solid alphabet for a title in different fonts it pulls it all together.
For the next layout I still stuck to black and white as the primary color scheme. However, I used pictures that were a little goofy. I mean, it is all about a weird Al concert! You really can’t get more goofy in that in adult life. From there I was able to venture out and add some whimsical elements.
By using a sketchy black and white title it grounded it.
Masculine layouts have gotten challenging for me because I am a colorful whimsical crafter, but the challenge is super fun! Trying to make my style and masculine pictures work is flexing my creative muscle.
During the last few months the world had had a lot of time to reflect. I think we can all say in one united voice that “Together is the best place to be”. This has been heavy on my heart and I have recently taken a liking to rainbows because of the message it portrays. After the storm there is a rainbow. I have been picking up rainbow themed items for my home and craft room for several months. Clique Kits had a ton of rainbow themed products. The following layouts were created with kits I found on Clique Kits.
Nieghborhood Sidewalk and Street Art
Every morning I run 2 miles in my neighborhood. Ever since we have all been staying home chalk art has been popping up on walls and sidewalks. I am so moved and warmed by the positive vibes from my nieghbors — most of them I have never met IRL. I had to document this rare time in history focusing on the GOOD.
When was the last time you got to see your extended family? I created this layout reflecting on that. We were all together for Thanksgiving. This kind of makes me sad. My kids live in the same area as their grandparents, but yet the last time we were all together was in the Fall. This has to change once it is safe to get out again.
You Are My Happy
Though it is unfortunate that my children can not see their grandparents and their great grandma I am so very grateful that they all still live at home and I get to spend this time with them. They also are all teenagers and young adults which means I am not needing to be hands on with their school. I kinda lucked out! I am not alone during this time and I am not pulling my hair because I have little ones.
For the record, I am not a short woman. My sons are tall! I am 5’9. My daughter is about 5’5 and my boys are 6’1 and 6’5! As you can tell from the look on my youngest son he is super happy he is finally taller than me!
These puffy stickers are so much fun! I feel like they give a nod to the 1980’s!
In Memory Of…
Of course it is important to remember our past and where we came from during this time. By doing so it gives hope and knowing things will get better. I created this layout in memory of my Grandpa who was a war veteran. My Mom has had his flag for about 15 years, but it wasn’t protected. I made her this case to safely keep it.
Here is a tutorial on how I created the glass shadow box for his flag.
Of course we are all getting the “get out of the house” itch. This was one of the last big meet and greet I attended before we went into quarantine.
Hope For You
I know this time may be harder on others than it is on me and it may be easier. We each are dealing with our own situations and every one of us has valid concerns. My hope for you is that you stay optimistic during this time. Easier said than done, right? I get that! It is just the only thing we really have any control over is what runs through our heads and our actions. Let’s make an effort to focus on the good and know that there is still hope in our future. We will get through this together!
What is one thing you are grateful for? Tell me in the comments.\
Welcome to the DCC Blog hop featuring an awesome new paper stack from DCWV. Please make sure you check out the DCC blog for the complete list of designers participating in this hop as well as the next stop along the way at the end of this post. You can find Petal Paper at Joann’s. They also have an instragram account that you can check out too. You can find it here!
DCWV has a new paper created specifically for making flowers — Petal Paper. DCWV has been a long-time producer of the stack– a set of coordinated papers. Stacks have been made in so many themes and colors over the years. Happy members of the American Crafts family of products, they continue their pursuit of serving the consumer and their crafty needs with new paper stacks releasing several times a year in updated themes and colors. You can find them online and in a variety of craft stores. At first glance it looks like fragile crepe paper, but its not. It’s very cool and I can’t wait to share with you two home decor pieces with you.
I experimented with a couple different kinds of flowers that I have made in the past with felt, card stock and foiled paper. My favorite small flower to make with Petal Paper is rolled flowers!
I placed each flower in a jar that once had a candle in it. I up-cycled a candle votive to finish of the decor piece. Here is the tutorial on how to create it:
Another one of my favorite kinds of flowers to make is made with hearts! I made a small one with the paper and thought it was cute, but then it dawned on me that similiar flowers were being sold on Etsy for $45-$60 for one big one. So, I created a HUGE flower that is so easy to make!
This flower is 22 inches! It would be perfect on a wall as a back drop or as a center piece for a table. You could easily make two flowers per paper stack! The best part is it comes together fast and only requires scissors and glue. Check out this tutorial on how to create one:
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One of my favorite things in the December 2017 Bad Girls Couture Kit is the mini album! It is comic book images on scalloped pages. I had a few pictures of my son who is currently obsessed with Jurassic Park and basketball. We took a trip to Universal Studios and the Wax Museum in Hollywood two summers ago. I have been waiting for the perfect place to document them in and this little album was it! The kit came with cool little black pockets and white tags to journal on as well as fun colorful clips! I used ink to color the title to match and make it pop! Here is a flip through of the album:
Have you played with modeling paste recently? In a recent Bad Girls Couture Kit a large container of it was included and I had a little fun with it! To create this layout I used everything from the kit!
I added three strands of ribbon to give the layout texture without adding bulk. I even cheated and only tucked the ribbon into the edges as to not use it all up.
I used the stencil in the kit to create fun triangles with the modeling paste. After I lifted the stencil I sprinkled glitter on the wet paste. I set it aside to dry. Once it was dry I sprinkled the excess glitter and went over it with a soft bristled brush.
I had so much fun creating the layout of my daughter’s 15th Birthday. I mixed up my title and the whole thing came together beautifully!
One of the things I like about white titles is how easy it is to add colored glitter to them to make them match a project. I really wanted to amp up and create a bright fun layout with my son and I. he is bright and fun so a layout needs to reflect that, right?
All the supplies I used are from Bad Girls Couture and the adhesive from Supertite (You can actually take 10% off any order over $5 with coupon code: Supertite-Golden).
I used the Dual Tip Max-Glue Pen to adhere the glitter to the letters.
I like it because not only is it clear, it also has a nice tip with a comb to move the adhesive around.
I applied my adhesive to the title:
I sprinkled a generous layer of glitter on the wet adhesive.
Once the title was covered I went in with the flat side of a craft spatula and pressed the glitter down.
I applied another layer of glitter and let it dry.
I simply removed the title once it was dry and applied to my layout.
I really like that with this technique I could glitter different words in my title different colors!