Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crate Paper Project Life 6x8 Pages

Hello! Jen Chapin here, and today I am going to share some 6x8 pocket pages with you. I love doing Project Life in many different formats. Currently, I have 3 albums going. 12x12 and 9x12 family albums, as well as a 6x8 personal album. This is the album that I am filling with things all about my life as a person....not just as a mom but as a wife, co-worker, friend, student, etc. I had the idea a few months ago because I think that it is so important to document the story of us for our children.

For all of these projects, I used a mixture of the new collections Craft Market and Confetti. Even though they are not specifically designed for Project Life, the patterns and elements lend themselves well to it. This page is a full 6x8 and it is such a fun size! I love how little it takes to fill up the page but yet makes such a great impact.

These chipboard Thickers from the Confetti collection are just gorgeous. I am quickly working my way through a package of them! I also love that butterfly patterned paper and the ephemera/vellum elements too.

This is also a 6x8 single page. I wanted to document getting to make projects for the Crate Paper CHA booth and thought that my personal album would be the perfect place. I used elements from both Craft Market and Confetti on this one.

It seems I cannot make a project without my sewing machine....and stitching through chipboard Thickers are one of my favorite techniques to add to a page. I love the texture and interest it adds.

I also took advantage of the birthday theme in Confetti and created a few pages about my husband's birthday celebration in January. I had fun layering stickers, chipboard and vellum to create a balanced spread. Paper clips make a great addition to pocket pages as they add some fun visual interest without being too bulky.

One technique I also love to do when pocket scrapping is to layer my enamel dots on the outside of the pocket. This creates more dimension and lessens the glare from the page protector.

This black and white floral patterned paper is from Craft Market and it is one of my favorites - I love the pattern and eventually want to spend some time water coloring it. I slipped that into the pocket then added a chipboard sticker and gold heart from the Confetti line.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I had so much fun making these pages and I hope you have taken some inspiration for your own pocket scrapping. Don't forget to document your story as well -- you are worth it and it is so important!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Using Elle's Studio Digital Files to Create Patterned Paper

Hello! Jen Chapin here and today I am going to give you a little digital tutorial on making your own patterned paper with Elle's Studio digital files, and even how to recolor your elements if you wish.

For this layout, I used the True Story PNG file from the February Digitals. Go ahead and open the file in Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements). If you see this type of checkered background on a file, this means it is probably a PNG, meaning it has a transparent background. These types of files can be placed on other layers such as paper or photos, and you won't be able to see the background. Just the elements of the file. 

First, go to File + New  + Blank File. The above window will open. Create a new file that is 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches high at 300 DPI. Click OK.

Drag the PNG element up on to your canvas and release. You can then use the pointer to drag and resize the file to the desired spot.

Keep filling the canvas with your desired pattern. You can do this by repeatedly dragging the file, or on the right side where your layers are, right click and pick duplicate layer.

You can definitely leave the elements black, like I did in this layout, or you can re-color them to match your projects. One great thing about digital scrapping is that you can sample colors from different photos to match your projects! I downloaded this kit photo from the Elle's Studio site and pulled it into Photoshop. On the left side of the screen you will see the eyedropper tool. Click this, then click on a color in the photo that you want to use.

Next, grab the paint bucket tool. You can see this on the left side of my screen as well, it looks like a bucket of paint dumping out. Click this. Then go to your canvas and click on each element you would like to recolor. Easy peasy!

After you have the pattern the way you would like it, go ahead and print it out using your printer. I used 8.5x11 white cardstock. I then layered elements from the February kit and wood veneer. This is such a great technique to customize patterned paper for your projects. I hope you will try it soon!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paper Issues Die Cutting Saturday - free cut file!

It's Saturday and I am so excited for the weekend! Today I have a free cut file for you up on the Paper Issues blog.

You can download the Silhouette file HERE.

I had so much fun making this layout! I used my Silhouette Sketch Pens to create the alphabet letters, then colored with watercolors and filled in with patterned paper. I used WeRMemory Keepers and PinkFresh products.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog for lots more inspiration from the DT!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Die Cutting Feature with Crate Paper

Hello and good morning! Jen Chapin here and today I am excited to be introducing my new monthly series for Crate Paper. Whether it is punches, an electronic die cutting machine or a manual die cutter, I love incorporating die cuts into my scrapbooking projects. Today, using the new Confetti collection by Maggie Holmes, I am going to share two creative ideas for incorporating die cuts on 12x12 scrapbook pages.

The first page is a very simple die cut. I used my Silhouette machine to cut a large 9 inch circle from the center of a sheet of white cardstock. In the negative space, I placed patterned paper strips, chipboard, ephemera and chipboard from the Confetti collection.

As you can see, this line is birthday themed but I have effectively used it for a page about my little boy. The key is to pull elements that are neutral themed and incorporate those into your layout.

 I also added machine stitching around the edge of the circle for some added texture. I love all the die cuts and paper peeking through!

 You can also see here how I have actually placed the white cardstock on foam adhesive. This adds some fun dimension to the page which is even more impressive in real life.

Another closeup of some of the fun embellishments in this collection! Those 3D die cuts are my fave.

I also thought I would share a little of the die cut and vellum pieces with you. The phrases are so much larger in real life than they look online and I am excited to use them as I think they will make great titles for 12x12 pages.

You can see a bit of the gold foiling here which is just gorgeous. I love the pops of black as well.

For this page, I used a linked circles die cut in white cardstock. I added it to a 12x12 sheet of yellow striped paper from the Confetti collection.

As you can see, I had a lot of fun filling in the circles with punched paper, chipboard, stickers and buttons. I also used one of the pretty gold bow clips from this collection.

I was also able to incorporate the chipboard banner and thought it was the perfect touch for a birthday layout. And I added a little gold thread to my pink button.

I hope you have enoyed the inspiration! Hopefully you will try some of these techniques soon!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Elle's Studio February Kit!

It's time again for another kit from Elle's Studio! The February kit is fabulous and available now! Today only you can get the kit for $9.99. Tomorrow the price will go up to $11.99 :)

For this layout, I used the digital PNG file to create my own patterned paper. A tutorial on that is coming soon!

You can find these digital files HERE which can also be used in your die cutting machine! The printables are gorgeous too.

You can see a close up of that great wood veneer too here as well.

Here is a project life page I made with the kit. I am loving the pops of black this month! I wanted to hoard that XOXO card but I resisted.

This heart and soul card is from the Hello 2015 collection.

Here is a picture of the wood veneer and stamp this month. I thought the stamp was really versatile!

Also, starting today February 10th,  you can receive 20% off all stamps, plus 14 items are on sale now! Visit the shop here: http://www.shopellesstudio.com/LOVE-YOU-SALE/
Sale ends February 15th at midnight EST. Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Craft Market by Crate Paper - Two Ways

Hey Crate Paper fans! Jen Chapin here, and today I am showing you Craft Market - two ways. This is one of my favorite new releases from Crate this season and when I first took a look at it, the collection seemed very feminine to me. But as I examined the elements further, I saw that it could be used for masculine layouts as well. Today I am going to show you both a boy and girl layout with this collection. That's the great thing about having one of each, I can scrap the best of both worlds!

First off, I wanted to show you a bit about what is in this collection. Here I have some of the die cuts and wood veneer pieces. The best thing about these wood veneer pieces is that some have glitter and some have paint. They are fabulous and really thick.

Here is a close up shot of some of the Craft Market ephemera and clothespins. The clothespins have gold glitter - LOVE. The die cuts also have some gold foil and glitter added to them. So great.

Here is the masculine layout I created. I used two 4x6 photos. I always print my photos with white borders as I feel it gives a nice contrast on the page and I don't have to waste time matting them with white cardstock.

I added some color to the white background with gelatos and mist droplets. I also added lots of machine stitching for texture.

Here is a closeup of one of the chipboard embellishments along with a word strip sticker. You can also see one of the wood veneer arrows that I adhered and stitched over with some gold thread.

The number 2 tag is significant on this page since my son is 2. I added some bakers twine and adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.

Can you see that star patterned paper peeking out from under the photo? That is one of my favorite pieces from this collection. I also added one of the word stickers to the wood veneer heart.

And here is my girl themed page! I cut four triangles from patterned paper and adhered them in a square pattern. I used lots of hearts and florals from this line.

I cannot leave a tag hanging without some twine. Can you?

The glittered patterned paper in this collection is to die for. It is adhered really well so the glitter doesn't flake off.

And my favorite - the gold ampersand! I really love it and wish I had a whole package of them :)

That is all for today! Hopefully you have learned how versatile the Craft Market collection is. I can assure you it is super easy to work with and there are lots of options for the projects you can create. Have a great day!