Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Put A Twinkle Back in Your Eye with Calypso!

When I worked at the scrapbook store people would often ask me how to use a sheet of paper with a large design - here you go! Sometimes patterned paper that is just too cool to cut up into smaller pieces -as was the case for this particular paper from BoBunny's Calypso line. When paper already has a pretty design I would rather work around it. I used my craft knife to slice into the paper in a spot that works to tuck in my photo. I limit other paper pieces and embellish with coordinating cardstock stickers, title letters and try to showcase the paper itself.

Magistical Memories Nesting Stars and Star Tab Trio are favorite shapes that I use over and over. For this layout I painted the chipboard with a base coat of acrylic yellow, topped with iridescent yellow (Duncan Scribbles found in the fabric section at Michaels), and added a third coat of sparkle medium - some shapes were coated with Sparkle Mod Podge, and others Ranger Stickles in Stardust.

I want to say HELLO to anyone who might be stopping in from my class at the library! I had a great time working with all of you to create your Snorkel Summer Fun mini albums. I hope you will take some of the ideas and techniques and keep on using them. For those of you who have never scrapbooked before - please don't let your mini album be your last!

Yes, taking on a large album can be overwhelming. It seemed like many could relate to the "takes years to fill a 12x12 scrapbook album". Don't forget to check around your home for chipboard. Cut it down to size, cover it with patterned paper, using rings to hold it together and walah!!!! you have a little album in a day or a weekend and have almost instant results!

Chipboard shapes...I encourage you to not let the Magistical Memories Seahorse be your last. I could tell you had fun painting - so many creative and personal touches! (Wish I had photos to share here!) I was proud of everyone - and for those who put their fingers right in the paint - WOO HOO!! Just wait, if you get dry skin like I do in the wintertime, you can really achieve cool textures when you fingerpaint! (LOL) Keep the baby wipes handy, and keep on finger painting. I personally think it takes years off ones age.

Tonight's class was clear evidence of the fellowship that takes place when a group gets together to scrapbook. In no time a room of strangers became a room full of friends as everyone endeavored to make their album (I can now see how having participants share a plate of paint encourages chit chat!). Creating memories and creating friendships - it really goes hand in hand.

The point I really wanted to drive home is that scrapbooking should be fun - there are no mistakes, only creative opportunities, and getting paint on your fingers once in a while is good for the soul. I think everyone had as good a time as I had teaching it.

If you are new to my blog - WELCOME, and I hope you visit again. I did forget to mention I have a couple of giveaways going. Two posts down in a giveaway for a Summer Fun mini album - if you made one tonight you have a chance to win the class prototype.

Also, if you click on the Cosmo Cricket Creations link in the sidebar, it will take you to another blog of mine. There are several great prizes, and all you have to do is pick your favorite project on the blog and leave a comment. Both giveaways end July 15th at midnight.

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