Re-inker + Artbooking = Love

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Artbooking Love You Mini-Album

Make your own background paper using this great re-inker technique.

One of the things I love most about going to Close To My Heart events is the ability to see artwork up close and personal.  I absolutely fell in love with this mini-album when I saw it at the Artbooking Album Retreat in October.  Close To My Heart had several tables filled with artwork from the Artbooking Made Easy video series.  I took photos of every page of this mini-album because I love the colors, style, re-inker technique, sentiment, stamps, Artbooking shapes…really…everything about it.  Well, minus the binding.  I’ve never been a fan of loosely bound albums.  When I recreate this, I’ll remove the holes from the pages in Cricut Craft Room before cutting and then use my Bind-It-All to bind it with coils.

Artbooking Overlay using the Re-inker Technique

Artbooking makes it easy to cut the pages, overlays, photo mats, and icons for a wide variety of layouts and mini-albums.

It’s nice to be able to take detailed photos of the pages to capture the details I may miss in the video.  For instance, the photo to the right includes the heart overlay (Artbooking pg. 48) that uses the re-inker technique described in the video below.  It also includes black stitching on the hearts that I may have missed without seeing the page in person.

You can get these sneak peek privileges by joining my Studio Scrapping team and attending the Close To My Heart convention or other regional events with me!  Ask me about the exciting event taking place in Sea-Tac at the end of February…you don’t want to miss it!

Now, on to the Artbooking Made Easy video.

Re-inker Technique

There are so many great re-inker techniques that range from simply dying ribbons/flowers to creating your own paper by pairing re-inker with shaving cream or marbles.  Paper crafters are a creative bunch!  I’ve used re-inkers as watercolor with a paint brush, but I hadn’t used a sponge dauber to paint or create giant paint splats before.  Check out these awesome re-inker techniques in the Artbooking Made Easy video below:

Re-inker Technique Creates a Paint Splat

Create giant paint splats by saturating a sponge dauber in a re-inker and water mix and “splat” on your page.

Do you find this re-inker technique as amazingly fun as I do?!  It makes me want to create splats in every color of re-inker I own.  I have 41 re-inkers, btw…I felt the need to count them all!

Re-inker and Spray Pen

Use re-inker with a CTMH Spray Pen to create your own mists to perfectly match your projects.

Another re-inker technique used in this mini-album but not mentioned in the video involves creating mist by mixing re-inker and water in the CTMH Spray Pen.  There are so many fun and trendy looks you can achieve with mist.  When I’m misting, I also like to use a small paint brush to dip in re-inker and water to create slightly larger splats of paint that aren’t quite as large as the sponge dauber technique.  Simply fill your brush with re-inker and water, tap the handle against your hand, and watch the splats of ink fall.

Artbooking overlay on top of re-inker technique

Paint a portion of the background page using the re-inker technique and cover with an Artbooking overlay.

The key with these techniques is to expect it to look messy.  Once you start adding photos, embellishments, and journaling, it will start to look the way you want it.

Please leave me a comment below to let me know how you plan to use these re-inker techniques!  Once you make something, feel free to post your project on the Studio Scrapping Facebook page.


Artbooking in August #4

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Artbooking Blog HopThe End of My First Blog Hop

Well, I have to admit that I’m a little sad that our blog hop is coming to an end with this 1/2 completed project!  I was busy at a Star Trek Convention in Seattle this weekend and ran out of time.  I’m posting this anyway, because I think it shows you that Artbooking makes even a partially completed project look good.  It helps that I’m using some of my left over Dream Pop papers as they are super cute! 

If this is your first visit to my blog and the Artbooking in August Blog Hop, know that nearly 40 consultants were challenged to create four projects with the Artbooking Cricut Collection this month. We posted either a layout, card, home decor, or mini-album on each Monday in August.  I’m far more proud of what I posted earlier in the month, so be sure to check out the other projects on my blog. 

If you are coming from Jody’s blog, you are in the right place.  Now, let’s finish out the Artbooking in August Blog Hop with a little look at how easy it is to create the pages of a mini-album.  I used keys 3 & 4 on pages 40 & 41 to created the base pages of an 8×6 Snapshots Mini-Album.  

 When you set your page size to 8″, all the other elements will cut at the proper size.  The overlay and title are great examples.  I encourage you to save all the “bits” from your overlays, because they just might come in handy later in your project.

BlogHopMiniAlbum02For instance, prior to adhering the circle overlay to the cover, I used it as a guide for placing the leftover circles on the inside cover.

BlogHopMiniAlbum03Here is where the “decorations” end…LOL!  Yet, look at how awesome the right page looks as a result of the cute Dream Pop paper.  I loved lined paper because it makes journaling by hand so easy.

snapshotsMiniAlbum04The Artbooking Snapshots Mini-Album also includes pocket pages.  Close To My Heart’s fantastic, double-sided patterned paper makes it easy to create darling pockets every time.

snapshotsMiniAlbum05I backed the “My Favorite Photos” flags in black and then added a little Liquid Glass to give them the look of epoxy stickers.  This is such a fun and easy technique.

BlogHopMiniAlbum06Here is a 2nd pocket page style.

BlogHopMiniAlbum07There are even little envelopes you can create to store fun little treasures in your mini-album.  I used a Hook & Loop Dot to keep the flap closed.  I can see creating a bunch of these for My Crush Album, as well.

Even though our Blog Hop is coming to an end, I will finish this album and post it later.  Until then, continue on with the Artbooking in August Blog Hop by visiting Rebecca’s Stamp & Scrap Studio!

Remember, if you ever get lost along the way, visit this page for a list of all the blogs on the hop.

 


Cricut Craft Room CTMH Display Tray

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy! This video shows you how to create a Close To My Heart Display Tray in the Cricut Craft Room. Visit my blog at http://amyulen.com/
and click on the Freebies link to download the CCR file for this project.


Artbooking in August #2

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Artbooking Blog HopWelcome to Week 2 of the Artbooking in August Blog Hop!

If you are joining me from the super talented Scrappin’ Katy, you are in the right spot.  This week, 36 Close To My Heart Consultants are taking on the challenge to create a scrapbook layout, card, mini-album, or gift item using the new Artbooking Cricut Collection.  I gave myself the added challenge to “shop my stash.”  I put away all my new products and dug deep to come up with papers I haven’t used for years.  They are so old, I can’t remember the name of the kit!  That really is one of the things I love best about Artbooking, it is breathing life into papers I was getting ready to donate to my school.

Sunburst Overlays 1Artbooking Overlays

Of the 700 images on the Artbooking Cricut Collection, nearly 90 are full or half page overlays!  The overlays range from themed for holidays/seasons to geometric shapes used for everyday projects.  The Cricut book suggests that you cut the overlays at 11″ for a full page layout, but don’t forget that you can use the Real Dial Size to cut your overlays to fit your projects.  That’s exactly what I did for this Hello card.  I designed my card in Cricut Craft Room, but you don’t need it to modify the size of your overlays.  Simply hit the Real Dial Size button and set your dial to 3″.  This will give you a 3″x6″ sunburst overlay to fit the front of your card.

Sunburst Overlays 2My final card measures 3.5″x6.5″.  I placed the sunburst overlay onto a rectangle of blue patterned paper and mounted them both onto 3.25″x6.25″ White Daisy cardstock.  I used foam tape to adhere it all to my card base.

Sunburst Overlays 3Since I used our older, lighter weight paper, I cut the sentiment several times to make the title stand out more.  This experience reminds me that I really love the weight of our patterned paper!

Giving Overlays Character with Stamping & Stitching

Sunburst Overlays 4Whenever I cut overlays out of cardstock, I feel like they are a little flat.  I want to add some dimension to the overlays through stamping or inking.  In the case of the sunburst overlay (page 81), I added stamping using the Patterned Pennants (D1534) stamp set.  I masked the center of the sun and the border of the overlay so that only the rays of the sun were stamped.  I love the contrast that this provides even though I stamped tone-on-tone with Buttercup ink

sunshineCard05This stamp set also had the perfect sentiment to use with the overlay!  On my next card, I’m going to move the “You’re a ray of” to the left a bit so it doesn’t overlap the “sunshine.”  But, frankly, I spent way too much time on this card to change it now!

Sunburst Overlays 5So, you may be asking, what took so much time?  Hand stitching!  Our new Stitch Guide (Z1852) made it really quick work of punching holes, and the new 15″ Foam Mat (Z1859) is amazing!  Even so, stitching by hand takes time.  It was totally worth it though, because I love the look of this card!

Sunburst Overlays 6Thank you so much for visiting my blog; please feel free to leave a comment and say “Hello”!  Then click on over to the start of our blog hop at Rebecca’s Stamp & Scrap Studio!  If you get lost along the way, be sure to visit this link to see the entire list.

4 Stitching Techniques Tutorial

Watch the following tutorial to learn 3 more techniques to add stitching to your projects in addition to hand stitching!


Artbooking in August #1

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Artbooking in August Blog Badge

Welcome to Artbooking in August!

Are you ready to get creative with Artbooking in August? If you’ve just come from Katy Taylor’s blog, you are in the right place.  If this is your first stop on the Artbooking in August blog hop, please note that each Monday in August, close to 40 talented CTMH consultants will post artwork to our blogs using the Cricut Artbooking Collection and any CTMH paper pack (even those oldies-but-goodies just waiting for new life as an Artbooking project!).  Our challenge is to create 4 different Artbooking projects, including a 2 page layout, card, mini-book, and home decor or gift item.  You are going to get so many ideas for using the Cricut Artbooking Collection this month that you are going to want to follow all of our blogs and set reminders in your calendar so you don’t miss a single page along the Artbooking in August blog hop!  As you hop along, be sure to leave comments to let the artists know you were inspired by her work.

Pajama Party Inspiration

Join the BPC Pajama Party The day before the Cricut Artbooking Collection was released, Big Picture Classes held a Pajama Party where Stacy Julian previewed the collection.  She provided instructions for creating the layout on the left.  During the PJ party, I cut the pieces with every intention of recreating the sample layout.  Yet, my photos were screaming for some nautical flair, so I pulled out my Tommy kit and went to work.    I ended up with a bright layout that really showcases my focal photos.
Artbooking in August--Ulen01

Artbooking in August Blog Hop

If you keep reading below, I’ll share some tips for creating this layout.  Yet, if you are ready to move along the Artbooking in August blog hop, you’ll want to jump back to the beginning and check out Rebecca Altamirano‘s awesome project.

Layout Tips

Artbooking in August--Ulen02To create this double-page spread, I used the Friendship Layout on page 78.  Since I was down to my last sheet of the map paper in the Tommy kit, I cut out an 11″ square from the center of the paper so that it would fit perfectly behind the large overlay.  I used the remaining piece to frame the left side of the layout.  That’s one way to stretch your paper when you get down to the last full sheet in a kit!  You’ll also notice that I created the look of rope on my banner by putting knots in some Natural Hemp.  Love the way that little touch continues the nautical theme.
Artbooking in August--Ulen03To create the look of chipboard on my title, I cut the “You+Me” icon (page 58) from Outdoor Denim cardstock five times and layered each cut.
Artbooking in August--Ulen04I then placed the same cut in White Daisy.
Artbooking in August--Ulen05Finally, I offset the Cranberry piece on top of the stack to create a bit of shadow for the title.
Artbooking in August--Ulen06My last tip is to add dimension to your Artbooking cuts by inking the edges.  I used a sponge dauber and Desert Sand Ink to give my White Daisy overlay a little more character. If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading my first Artbooking in August post!  I hope you’ll leave a comment before heading on over to Rebecca Altamirano’s blog.  If you would like to order the Artbooking collection and you don’t have a consultant, please visit my online store.

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