Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Paper Element - check it out!

Hi all and welcome! Some of you already know that this month I am a guest designer for The Paper Element. Be sure to check out their blog for weekly challenges, and have a chance to win prizes! I love working with their papers, and I will be showing you much of what I have been doing these past 10 days with The Paper Element, as well as Magistical Memories chipboard. I will include design tips and ideas that I hope will inspire you, and maybe you will even give some a try. I love to play – and don’t mind getting ink stained hands and paint on my clothes – as long as I am wearing my “scrapping sweats”!

October Memories, the hybrid layout I am sharing today, was an idea I had in October, but frankly did not have time to scrap it until now. (If you understand the LO you will understand why October was so busy!) This layout stems from a TPE challenge to scrap your favorite part of Autumn. For me, it is the month of October. I love this month – and why not? It is the month I married my BFF, and it is the month in which God brought both of our miracles into the world. It is a month of celebration!

I created a photo collage in Photoshop (PS Elements works just as well.). To create my collage I scanned in the Magisitcal Memories Jumbo Fancy Frame, and saved it as a jpeg file. I opened a blank document in Photoshop, brought the bracket into a new layer, using the eraser tool to remove most of the white background. I then opened each photo file that I wanted to use, reduced it’s size, converted to sepia tone if desired, and then brought it into my new document, each on their own layer. Once the photos were positioned as I wanted, I used my Scrubble, my favorite “stamped look” font to stamp the appropriate date on the photo, i.e. our anniversary date, and that of each child’s birthday. I also added digital ribbon found in the FaithSisters “Autumn Harvest” collaboration kit by D. Ballance.

I simply googled for the calendar, downloaded the jpeg file and added in our special dates.

Chipboard Treatment:
The Magistical Memories Jumbo Frame (this could be my very favorite MM chipboard!)was painted brown, spritzed with two coats Latte colored Glimmer Mist, and stitched with a sewing machine. You can see a bit of that glimmer in the photo below, but as happens so often, photos do not do the treatment justice.

The chipboard White Oak Leaves were colored in maze pastel chalks (smeared around with my finger), then colored with gold Cra-pas oil crayon, and top coated with Diamond Glaze to give the look of fire glazed pottery. (photos do not do these leaves justice!) I have to say I was searching for my velvet puff paints when I came across my pastel chalks and Cra-pas from highschool art class - woot! woot!

Do you love the chipboard? Magistical Memories has a great special going on right now - purchase $25 in chipboard and get free shipping!! Check it out here!

The Paper Element was very generous with embellishments and such they sent along with their papers. THANKS TPE!! I am not positive on the orange, ric-rack ribbon but pretty sure it is Maya Road.

October Memories Supplies:
Cardstock: Core’dinations
Patterned Paper: The Paper Element “Hot Cocoa”
Chipboard Shapes: Magistical Memories (oak leaves and Jumbo Fancy frames)
Color Mediums: brown paint (frame)Folk Art, gold paint: Liquitex, pastel chalks and Cray-pas
Sparkle Medium: Glimmer Mist by Tattering Angels Latte
Dimensional Glaze: Diamond Glaze by Judikins
Buttons: American Crafts
Floss: DMC
Leaf Stamp: Close to My Heart
Ink: Brilliance Coffee Bean by Tsukineko, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink
Fabric Sticker: EK Success
Pen: Ranger Inkessentials White Opaque, EK Success Memory Writer
Ribbons: Maya Road, Basic Grey and digital ribbon from FaithSisters “Autumn Harvest” Collaboration kit, designer D. Ballance.
Thread: Wright & Co.
Font: Jayne Print
Software: Photoshop 6.0

Again, I am honored to be designing with the new Hot Chocolate and Blue Flannel lines from The Paper Element. AND I am thrilled to announce that the stores are now getting this paper - the Scrapbook Superstore in Madison just got their shipment. Woo hoo! I cannot wait to get my hands on the Safari Spots line! Stay tuned for a new layout tomorrow, and the chance to win a prize package from The Paper Element!

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