December 18, 2014

Going Round In Triangles

Occasionally  I set myself the challenge of building a whole page around one product. Sounds crazy I know but it's just the sort of design challenge that appeals to me. Here I choose to work with the teal green glitter buzzword that says "Good Stuff".

My scrappy process goes something like this:
  1. Find a photo with white space on which to place this glittery title. Make sure there's some green in it to complement the colour of the word.  
  2. Repeat the colour in a lighter shade in the background to reinforce the colour message.
  3. Create a visual triangle around the photo using green circles. This will bring the viewer's attention to the photo as his eye moves around the page to connect the path of the circles. 
  4. Take advantage of the position of the girl in the photo to create a second (white) visual triangle by adding a cream-coloured border on top. This injects subtle complexity and dynamism to the design. 


The overall structure of the layout is complete. All I need to do is include some finishing touches. I do some wonky stamping using random word phrases from the December Citrus Twist Kits. They reinforce the visual flow and inject a bit of slapdash carelessness. I also sprinkle a handful of woodchip hearts down the right together with some casual flecks of black inks to give the page a more relaxed feel. Now I'm done.


Citrus Twist Dec Kits : Jillibean Soup Soup Staples III (One Way Ticket, Blue Print), Crate Paper Open Book (Bookmark, Ribbon Tags, Vellum Die Cuts), Heidi Swapp Hello Today Teal Blue Glitter Word Sticker, Star & Bee Chipboard Hearts, Citrus Twist Stamps, washi tape,

December 15, 2014

December Nostalgia

It's not yet Christmas but Santa's delivered me a lovely present : in the new year I'll be designing for Memories Trend, an online scrapbooking store based in Greece. I'm flattered that the owner Anna is a fan of my scrappy style and totally delighted when she invited me to be part of her inaugural design team. The degree of creative freedom she's offering means I excited to start creating projects for Memories Trend and this gift-card holder is my contribution to their December Ideas Gallery.

Supplies : Jenni Bowlin Christmas (Accessory Sheet, Calendar), Pink Paislee City Sidewalks Parcel Tags, Basic Grey Capture Snippets Journal, Studio Calico LemonLush Loyalty, Gossamer Blue Get Happy Enamel Dots  

December 12, 2014

Keeping the Tree Warm

Last year I took a break from Christmas crafting which I think has been good for me as it has made me doubly excited about creating projects for this festive season. So here's a quick share of my third Gingerbread Village Storyteller Card project before I pop off to the post office to make sure all my Christmas and New Year cards get on their merry way.

Xmas Trees

Supplies : Webster's Pages Gingerbread House Storyteller Card II, rhinestones, cardstock

December 09, 2014

Oh My Deer

She gets to me every time. I'm talking about this adorable vintage fawn illustration. She's been popping up all over the place, most recently in Adrienne Looman's designs for Webster's Pages. I've previously succumbed to her charms perched on top of a pile of suitcases, creating this card. Now I've done it again, lured by her cuteness (sitting on top of a limbering bear of all things! ) to buy my one and one Christmas supply item this year: a Gingerbread Village Storyteller Card. It's totally worthwhile as I manage to get three season's greeting cards out of this single piece of pattern paper.

Supplies : Webster's Pages Gingerbread House Storyteller Card II, Heidi Swapp September Skies Ephemera, vellum, cardstock

December 05, 2014

Window Dressing

Can't believe how quickly this year has flown by. December is here and the holiday season is in full swing, filling my head with thoughts of parties, presents and dreams about the north pole. I brave the crowds in Orchard Road and did my Christmas shopping last weekend. While waiting in line to pay I admire the beautiful window displays and made notes in  my sketchbook of some interesting ones. Back in my craftroom one of those sketches inspired this 8"x8" layout created using Citrus Twist's December Kits.


Now that you know the creative idea behind this page, you can totally see the shop window concept can't you? I copied the stylist's trick of displaying goods at different heights by suspending my elements with black threads from the top of the page. The display had twinkling lights which I mimicked with an earthy wine red  (Pantone is calling it Marsala and predicting it'll be 2015's Colour of the Year) pattern placed behind the deer's head, achieving a bokeh effect by cropping in closely on one of the iconic papers from Crate Paper's Open Book collection: Slideshow. To recreate the display's look of fake snow falling, I lightly splatter tiny ink spots onto the page. 


Finding scrappy inspiration while Christmas shopping is unexpected and I'm so glad creative ideas can strike at any time and from anywhere. I guess the trick is to keep one's mind receptive to what the eye is seeing - even during one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year!  

Citrus Twist Dec Kits : Crate Paper Notes & Things Slide Frames, Crate Paper Open Book (Vellum Shapes, Slideshow, Pages), Jillibean Soup (Holly Berry Borscht Labels, Soup Stapes III Blue Print),   Star & Bee Chipboard Heart Banner, Gossamer Blue Get Happy Enamel Dots. Others : Gossamer Blue On My Desk Desktop, Fancy Pants Corrugated Cardstock Black, Basic Grey Wholy Cow Rub-Ons   

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