May 22, 2018

Reworking Backgrounds

Hello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying this new week!  It is time for a new tutorial, and this time i wanted to show a way to rework those layouts we some-and/or-many times we end up not loving after they are completely finished.


This is the original layout i had created for this tutorial, i wanted to show you a quick and easy mixed media background, but i think i got carried away, and ended up not loving the finished product.  So i set it aside for a while, and played with a few ideas, but i knew that it was not up to my liking, so i decided to rework it.  So please enjoy the following video that will show you how this layout yielded two new layouts:

 How about those layouts!!  Let me just give you  a bit more information on what i created with that salvage layout.


 This new layout is similar to the original one created.   The major difference is all that extra gold stenciling that run diagonally across the opposite side of the picture.


   This layout has a more refined background, and all the elements of the previous page (i kept them all as they were featured in the first page).  With this simpler design, the picture is the focus of the page, and all the embellishments (all from Pebbles' Patio Party Collection) shine without being overtaken by the background.  Now onto the next page:


   This layout features the background of the original page.  The choice to cut circles out of the original lbackground takes away the busy pattern that all that extra stenciling created on the page.


 A bit of a watercolor brings a new clean canvas for all those background circles.  Due to the bold pattern of the circles, just a few of them are enough to complete the page, and add dimension to the layout at the same time.


   To balance the bold pattern in the circle, the rest of the layout's embellishments were kept simple, so that the picture becomes the focus of the page. I am sure some of you might think that reworking a background into other pages might be a bit of a stretch, and i completely understand.  But  this might serve as inspiration to create your own patterned paper (so you could create shapes out of it), or to try a simple mixed media background.    It is completely up to you!

 As always please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I would love to help you, it at all possible.  Remember to stop by Scrapbook Nerd  to check all the materials used in this page.


May 21, 2018

Beach Fun

Scrapbook Layout created for Maya Road  - BEACH FUN -

Hi there Roadies!
Nathalie with you today bringing you a bit of inspiration using the beautiful Maya Road products in a new 12x12 scrapbook page.

Well, after the long winter here in Canada, I think I am ready for Summer to arrive, so I decided to pull some tropical colors to create a page about one of our beach vacations.

To start,  I used the Tropical Flowers Die set to cut flowers and leaves from Pink Paislee's Confetti Wishes collection.   A bit of foam adhesive was used to adhere the center to each flower.

I used the negative part of the die cuts to add  a bit of mixed media to the background.  I simply laid the negative part on the white cardstock, and then used a stencil brush and some art crayons to add some leaf details to the background.

Next, I glued the die cuts onto the cardstock, so that they cover the top part of the page, and then glued the picture on the middle of the flowers.  One of the Wood Classic Tokens was painted with gold watercolor and added to the top corner of the page.

Next i used the Lowercase chipboard to create the title for this page.  Once i had the letters for the title, i also used the same shade of gold watercolor to add a bit of shine to the letters.  Once they dried, the title was glued to the page. A few lines of journal, and gold ink splatters complete the page.

This page came together in no time.   The beautiful Maya Road dies are so easy to work with, and cut paper like butter. 
Stop by the Maya Road store to check all the products available, there is so many to chose from that will for sure inspire you to get creative!
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions on how this came together.

Take care,

Maya Road products used:

May 20, 2018

Day Dreamer

Scrapbook Layout created for Citrus Twist Kits  -  DAY DREAMER -

Hello everyone!  It is Sunday, which means time for a new Sketch , and this one is such a fun and versatile one.

Gotta love all those layers behind the picture.  Well,  I used this month's Malibu Scrapbooking, and Embellishment kits to create my take on this week's sketch.

Sketches are a great starting point for projects, and  i chose to remain true to the sketch after flipping it 90 degrees.

All the layers behind the picture are created following the ones in the sketch.   I even used the Circle Punch Cut file to create the layer that sit behind the picture from one of the papers in the Scrapbook main kit.

I was so excited to see the small music sheet in the Malibu Main Kit, and used it in this page to convey the sentiment of the picture.   The pink tulle also was added as a layer behind the picture.

To bring a bit of texture to the page, i added some mixed media so that it just peeks from under the paper cluster.

The only difference between the sketch and my page (besides the rotation) is that i replace the long thin strip of paper for the gold puffy leaves from Crate Paper's Flourish collection that are included in the main kit.    The following video will show you how this page came together:

Now it is your turn to be inspired to create a new project using this week's Sketch.  I cannot wait to see your take on this sketch!  Remember to use today's date when sharing your creations on the CTK Fans Facebok Page, or by tagging #CitrusTwistKits when sharing  your creations on social media.

Have an awesome week!