Thursday, April 26, 2012

I started this project to demonstrate Studio J to a friend.  Since we were planning the layout for her son Sean's 2nd birthday which hasn't happened yet, I didn't have any pictures to use so this was the first time I tried to make and purchase a layout making text boxes where the pictures would go at a later date.  It was a little tricky and there were a couple of places where I didn't get things lined up as well as I thought I had, but with a little practice it is very doable.  I wanted to go ahead and share it, though, because I loved the colors and the energy (I was especially pleased with how the airplane "pulling" the tag turned out) and overall thought it was very fitting for a busy little guy.

I used the Rough 'n Tumble kit and the Fab Fifteen layout (mix #4) for this layout.

Tip: If you decide to replace empty picture wells with text boxes, I found I had better luck if I added a 1/4" mat to the photo well and then added a text box and made sure to use the same color for both, and I had to type in one space so that no text showed, etc.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This first project is a very simple pair of covers I made for 4x6" clear photo books from a dollar store, and I made them for my daughter and one of her friends as I had taken several pictures both girls wanted copies of and they had both stated they liked this particular stamp, although as you can see they picked out quite different paper patterns.  :-)
The girls didn't want anything else added to the covers and while I do like the look of the simple lines of the center shapes set against the busier backgrounds, I think this would make a nice card with a ribbon running behind the center tag and maybe a cluster of small flowers.  The writing at the bottom of the stamped image reads "much happiness" and if I decide to do this as a card, I think I will either add the sentiment "you bring me" at the top or " my wish for you" inside.

top image: The base paper is from the Roxie set (X7140B); the colors used for the shapes are Vanilla Cream and Desert Sand.  The edges of both shapes and the base page were inked with Desert Sand, which was also used to stamp the image.
bottom image:  The base paper is from the retired Lucky set, the smaller shape is White Daisy and the larger shape was cut from a silver (25th anniversary) paper from TPC Studio but I think Grey Flannel covered with Liquid Glass would like also look nice or silver embossing powder could be used on White Daisy or Grey Flannel as well.  The image was stamped using Outdoor Denim.
measurements:  The base pieces are 4.25 x 6.25" and we used <shape10> from CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (p.67 of the instruction booklet) and cut the base layer at 3.10" height (sorry, I used my Gypsy which can do 1/10" increments but 3" should work just as well) and the smaller image was cut at 2.75" height.