March 05, 2015

Design Tip: Unifying Patterns

Today's Design Tip Post for Memories Trends is all about a beloved product: Pattern Paper. Most scrapbookers who enjoy layering patterns will be familiar with the Gallon-Quart-Pint rule governing the proportion of different patterns to use. They will probably also factor variations in pattern size, scale and density into their design. So I wouldn't go through these considerations. Instead I'll share my unifying tip for creating cohesive and coherent pattern mixtures.  


Unifying Patterns :
  1. select a unifying colour - for my sample layout I use white, but you can chose any shade you like.
  2. select patterns that contain some shade of this unifying colour - here I use polka dot and circles patterns that include white, on the wood grain chevron that doesn't have any white tones in it I add a camera motif using opaque white embossing powder. having this common colour run through most of your patterns will create a unifying effect.
  3. add unifying colour in between patterns - what this means in my example is that I introduce white elements like an envelop, a doily, a polaroid frame between different patterns. this separation allows for breathing room between patterns and minimises the commonly encountered problem of patterns becoming too 'busy'
  4. tone down overwhelming patterns - I've done this on my background by overlaying with a vellum. other options will be to apply a thin layer of paint or gesso over the pattern paper. alternatively you can sew tissue or light muslin on top of the pattern.   

Hope you find this tip on mixing patterns useful and start creating more pattern-filled pages.

Memories Trend Supplies : Pink Paislee Soiree Trellis, Echo Park (Everyday Eclectic Journaling Card, For the Record Picket Fence), American Crafts (DIY Shop 6"x6" Paper Pad, Zing Opaque White Embossing Powder) Kaisercraft Basecoat 4"x6" Journal Cards, MME (All Is Bright Collage, Follow Your Heart Be Happy Adorable), Basic Grey (Knee Highs & Bow Ties Wooden Flag, Carte Postale 6"x6" Paper Pad), Jenni Bowlin Wired Vellum Feathers, Technique Tuesday Adored Clear Stamp, Bazzill (White Vellum, White Cardstock), Tsukineko Versafine (Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia), Ranger Watermark Resist Ink Pad, Ranger Heat It Tool, WRMK (SewEasy Floss Yellow, Envelope Punch Board). Others : Citrus Twist Stamp, sequins

Photo Credit : Freeios7

February 28, 2015

Easy Breezy

Today I'm under-taking the biggest test of my 'Use Cardstock' challenge: to  create a classic, white-cardstock background layout. It's something I've never been comfortable doing which makes it all the more important I try. I don't feel I've fully embraced the spirit of my February challenge until I've done so. While I'm at it I decide I might as well take a leap and eschew my usual methodical approach to designing. Instead the process for making this layout goes like this: pick my favourite pieces from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss ephemera pack, scatter them out across the cardstock, doddle on some loops and whorls to connect them - all the while trying to ignore the sceptical inner voice telling me this will end up a disaster.


Well imagine my surprise at how this Valentine layout for Citrus Twist turned out. Light and airy, courtesy of the clean background with an easy-breezy effortlessness. I debated whether to splatter some ink, paint or mist but in the end settled on some gold confetti bits to retain a pristine background.Couldn't be more pleased with the result of stretching myself and trying something different.

Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Ephemera Pack, Dear Lizzy Serendipity Royal Rose Gold Foil Word Stickers, Citrus Twist Stamp, handcut white cloth clouds, white cardstock, glassine bag

Photo Credit : FeeLoona

February 23, 2015

Well Structured

It's been a chaotic week for me. To escape the craziness that's going on, I take to my craft room to indulge in some scrapbooking therapy. The result is a page that literally seeks to impose order on a selection of ephemera pieces from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss Collection.  Using the charcoal cardstock as a background means I've successfully accomplished my goal of using all the cardstocks from this month's  Citrus Twist Main Kit while simultaneously injecting a dose of calming stability to the page. This small exercise in compensation therapy has centred me. I leave my craft room ready to face the erratic messiness with better grace and humour.


Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Crate Paper Kiss Kiss (Gold Cut-Outs Paper, Darling Charcoal Gray Thickers, Ephemera Pack), Crate Paper Notes & Things Chipboard Frame,  Webster's Pages Ocean Melody Dirftwood, Dear Lizzy Serendipity Royal Rose Gold Foil Word Stickers, Citrus Twist Stamp, Cork Arrows, American Crafts Charcoal Cardstock. Others : Ranger Liquid Pearl Gold, Crate Paper Open Book (Ephemera Pack, Vellum Shapes)

Photo Credit : frolicsomepl

February 18, 2015

The 15-Minute Layout

It's 5pm on the 9th of February. I've just missed Citrus Twist's reveal dateline for the month. Not a great something to be highlighting I know. As a kit club designer, along with the perks of receiving hot new products every month comes the responsibility to scrap quickly, especially during busy periods like CHA when kits could be shipped later than usual. I have got three layouts done and just need to finish one more. The dilemma is that there's a dinner tonight to get ready for which leaves me less than an hour to scrapbook if I don't want to fall any further behind in completing my assignment.


The solution is this : the quickest page I've ever made. From start to finish it takes just fifteen minutes. A large photo, a vintage floral pattern and a title card from  Webster's Pages Hall Pass collection in a classic design. Is there any takeaway from creating this simple layout? Well yes, it's the concept of buffering - introducing a neutral area around key elements to separate them from other elements competing for attention and to highlight their importance. OK now to load all my February Kit creations onto the Citrus Twist Gallery.

Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Webster's Pages Hall Pass (Playground Bench, Storyteller Card Sheet II), Amy Tangerine Stitched High Profile, Pink Paislee Rainbow Bright, Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Ephemera, Cork Hearts

Photo Credit : RondellMelling

February 13, 2015

Working Cardstock

It's halfway through February and time to set myself another mini scrapbooking goal. I'm going to tackle that most ubiquitous of products - the cardstock. In my Citrus Twist February kit are red, white and blue cardstocks which evokes the bright, happy mood of a fun fair for me. So I think : Create a colourful striped backdrop that resembles the fair tents. There are also embellishments in the kit like vellum hearts and a banner garland I can use to add to the feeling of a fete. With so much going on in the background I'll need to use more white cardstock to break up it up. That way the photo has some breathing room around it, the title and caption wouldn't get lost among the stripes.


Creating the diagonally patterned background takes a bit of time but is simple to do:
  • cut 1cm strips of red and blue cardstock
  • glue the first strip down on the top left corner at a pleasing angle
  • use one of the strips as a separator to determine the positioning of the next strip
  • continue until you fill the page
  • trim off the excess

Using cardstock this way turned out really well, allowing me to have a custom base layer and to overcome my panic when faced with the task of working with a blank cardstock in the background. There is now only one more piece of cardstock, the charcoal one, left in my kit and to keep myself honest about becoming comfortable with cardstock I'll have to use it straight as a background for my next layout. Hope you'll come back and see how I do with it.
Feb Moodboard

Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Ephemera Pack, Dear Lizzy Serendipity Royal Rose Gold Foil Word Stickers, May Arts Kraft & Gold Dot Banner, Circles Washi Tape, Citrus Twist Stamp, American Crafts Cardstock (White, Crawfish, Powder), baker's twine

Photo Credit : Pixelbay