We have something new for you on the blog today! Simple to stupendous shows you ways of how to take your scrapbook pages to the next level. Stacy Cohen has brought this stunning page with her before and after steps on how she made her simple page stupendous.
Whether your scrapping style is “Clean and Simple”, “Shabby Chic”, or something altogether different, Prima’s beautiful products can be incorporated into any style of scrapbooking.
Personally, I don’t have a single set-in-stone scrapbooking style. To keep things interesting for myself, I like to play around with different styles. Some of my pages are very simple with minimal embellishments, and others are filled with techniques and lots of lush Prima products. Today I’m going to show you two versions of a layout I created. The first version is very simple. On the second version I took it up a notch by adding more techniques and embellishments.
Here is the first version. Pretty simple, huh?
I created a quick and easy base for the photo by punching squares from the Songbird collection papers. One of these papers is the Songbird “Collage” paper. The beauty of this particular paper is that it has a collage of different patterns on one side, so I was able to get a variety of punched squares using just this one piece of paper. I kept the rest of the page pretty simple as well I used a minimal amount of flowers (just enough to “pretty up” the page a bit), added my title, and then I hand-wrote my journaling on a doily. This is a page that could easily be completed in half an hour and with minimal supplies.
Here is the second version.
As you can see, there’s a lot more going on here. I added more embellishments and details. For example, I beefed up my cluster of flowers and embellishments. I added some details, like machine stitching around the page and tiny drops of Liquid Pearls (by Ranger) around the center section.
Instead of a simple punched square design, I added a more eye-catching patchwork design adorned with pearls.
My name is Ingvild Bolme from Norway, mother to little Iselina (5.5 years), who also is my biggest scrapbook inspiration. I discovered scrapbooking in 1996, and, since 1997, have been totally addicted to this amazing craft. My style can vary a bit after the pictures I scrap or the occasion I design for, but there are always lots of details on my works, simply because I love to put on lots of embellish and try out different techniques. I also love the vintage and romantic style and often choose that style if possible. I love photography and design, and I simply love everything within this craft. Prima is my heart brand, and I dare to say that Prima's products has shaped my style in scrapbooking to what it is today.
You can see more of Ingvild's work on her personal site:
The Comfort Craft Tools are an ergonomic line that give you the comfort and support you might need for those detailed scrapbook projects. The line includes a craft knife, self-healing craft mats (available in two sizes), and the all-in-one distressing tool. This distressing tool will make all of your other distressing tools obsolete. It has a sanding edge, heavy grate distressing edge (with removable bed), edge distresser, bone fold, wire brush, and rub-on tool. This is a must have in your arsenal of scrapbooking supplies.
Also available are the amazing chalk edgers. These come with a handle already built onto the ink pad for ease in holding. The iron shape reaches well into those tight corners and the broad pad will cover larger areas quickly.
Here are a few of the chalk colors available.
Along with the handy tools Invild has designed a beautiful line of embellishments done in metal and resin.
The Shabby Chic line is full of wonder and whimsy fit for any design and style. The pieces can be altered to match your color schemes as well! Here are some projects Ingvild designed using some of her products.
Now here are a few projects, by our design team, showcasing Invild's line of tools and gorgeous embellishments.
This fantastic altered piece was designed by Trudi Harrison. Trudi created this breath-taking frame and embellishes it with a few of the Shabby Chic resin and metal embellishments.
#890735 Resin - Mini Windows
#890704 Resin – Old Church Window
#890759 Resin – Gable
#890674 Resin – Roman Pillars
#890858 Metal Treasures – Bird Cages
#556808 Miss Godivas – Celadon
#553319 Pixie Glen – Coventry Rose
#843571 Pixie Glen – 6 x 6 Paper Pad
#552534 Essentials 11 – Pixie Glen
#551629 Resist Canvas
This next project was designed by Steph Devlin. Steph uses the adorable bird resins on her page, a perfect centerpiece to her beautiful layout. Steph also utilizes the Comfort Craft knife to do all of her intricate fussy cutting.
844134 - Edison
844158 - Agenda
844141 - Notary
844127 - Shaffer
556259 - Lucerne
554590 - Art Tiles
556235 - Charme rose
554224 - Trinkets
556655 - Vintage Mix
557737 - Marcelle
890773 - Small Birds Resin
557645 - Laraine
544232 - White Alphas
891169 - chalk fluid edger- shabby tote
891015 - chalk fluid edger- rust
890964 - Craft Knife
Maiko Kosugi brings this soft stunner. Maiko uses the metal gates to frame part of her cheerful photo. She also accents her page by using the Chalk Edgers in Shabby Tote. The chalk ink adds detail to the abundance of layers.
Today is our last Scraplift feature for the month. We had so much fun using each other for inspiration and we hope you did as well.
When scraplifting, there are so many things you can use from a layout as your lift. It could be the colors used, the outline of the page, it can even be as simple as the products used. You can go back through your own work and find projects to scraplift. Using scraplifts is an easy way to get out of that creative rut or give yourself that extra boost.
Our fist scraplift was inspired by this creative page designed by Trina McClune.
There are so many gorgeous layouts from Trina I truly could not decide which one to lift. I scrolled through her gallery (several times) and was mesmerised by this stunning page. Her work is so incredibly neat and her little details are just delightful.
Of course having 3 boys the pink just would not work for me, but keeping the same amazing design I opted to change the colour palette.
I loved Trina layout so much that I kept a lot of the same elements on my page and just added my own touches and style for example the misting!! I cut paper circles and distressed the edges and used the end of a paintbrush to dot my way around the page. Thankyou so much Trina for inspiring me, I really did get lost in your layout;) ~Stacey Young
#550080 Alphabet stickers
#549343 Candy Gems Fruity Tutti
#546892 Treasure Rae Emerald Sea
#549046 Sugar Blooms
#547424 Precious Metals
#549015 Sugar Blooms
#552770 Carlotta Blue Pearl
#555726 Pixie Vine
#844226 "Kindred Spirit" Sunkiss
#843885 "Billettes" En Francais
#843854 "Cheval" En Francais
#552114 Meredith Dove
#557089 Lady Godivas Orange Ice
#557652 Laraine Blue Lagoon
#557720 Marcelle Curtain Call
#553463 Medley Midas
Anna Marie Mondro thought up this beautiful layout. Her beautiful work inspired Emeline Seet's wonderful project.
I scraplifted Anna Marie's gorgeous mix of warm colors into her layouts.Her use of embellishments and use of recycled elements (i.e.: corrugated board) brings attention to her photos.
It is a struggle for me to scrap in darker, warm colors. However, the freedom to scrap lift Anna Marie's layouts made me think it isn't so difficult to work with deep colors after all ! Thank you for inspiring me, Anna Marie :) ~Emeline
Printery Collection "Monogram" #843533
Printery Collection "Printery Collection" #843519
Printery Collection "Page Four" #843526
Printery Collection " Signature" #843519
Notecards Fairy Belle #554897
Vintage Knittie Flower #546595
Melody Love Note Flower #548803
Manette Maples Flower #557256
Yellow Flowers #PE-067-D48
Toggle- Bobbin #550431
Flutter Bits Songbird #555627
This colorful treat was created by Leslie Ashe. She was the inspiration for Janine's scraplift.
I had the wonderful task of scraplifting one of the layouts of the super talented Leslie Ashe!! I love the way Leslie has an artistic edge to her pages and a more free-flowing style. I chose to lift this page as I adored her arty circles and the way it meandered down the page. I used a lot of elements from the original page as my inspiration, especially the placement, but adapted other aspects to fit my style. In keeping with the artistic whimsy of the original page, I went to town with glimmer mists to create my own “artsy” background paper, but rather than using Pan Pastels for circles as Leslie did, I used an octagon die and double layered them to add a touch of my style into it as well.
Finally I finished off the page with flowers, chipboard and some bling. I replicated the flower placement fairly closely, but chose to add a bit of my style to it by incorporating a bit of bling trailing from the lower floral cluster. Thank you so much Leslie for creating such an inspiring original design for me to lift. ~Janine Koczwara
844226 Sun Kissed Collection – Kindred Spirits
844202 Sun Kissed Collection – Nectar Fields
844196 Sun Kissed Collection – Bliss
544842 Sun Kissed Collection – chipboard
555696 Sun Kissed Collection – Essential Petals
555702 Sun Kissed Collection – Lucerne Flowers
555658 Sun Kissed Collection – Camille Flowers
555665 Sun Kissed Collection – Vinetta Flowers
555634 Sun Kissed Collection – Perle Bebe Flowers
554521 Wood Buttons
554316 Alphabet Stickers
Emeline Seet created this amazing layout. It's the perfect layout for Anna Dabrowska to scraplift.
I had the honor of scraplifting a project of the wonderful and talentedEmeline. I totally adore her sense of style and multifloralcompositions which were a great source of inspiration for me. In factI discovered we've got a lot of things in common: we both like to workon the customized backgrounds and we both create clusters... maybe a bit of different kind, but the idea is similar! I loved studyingEmeline's multi-layered flower projects, finding new elementsin very detailed work and trying to follow her steps in composing alayout based on one, large group of embellishments. I found out thatEmeline tends to use one, medium sized or small photo in a company ofa large number of clustered flowers, usually situated on the one sideor bottom of it - that was a challenge for me as I usually try tosurround my photos from all sides! The next observation I made wereher delicate, feminine, usually whitewashed color palettes - beautifulsets of colors matching each others perfectly... again, veryinspiring! My project is based on her amazing layout "Blessed are the pure inheart" - I loved this artwork from the first sight! Eye-catchingphoto, masked and painted background, large flower cluster - it allmade my creative juices flowing! I started with the background: the two papers were layered one on another, distressed, and sprayed. Then stampedand painted with a bit of gesso. The photo I used is my interpretationof the composition of the original photo - the person showed on it hasgot the flower cluster behind her back, just like the children on thebeautiful Emeline's picture. Building the group of embellishments Itried to use a similar set of elements, but with a touch of "me" too -and i'm quite happy with the final result:)Scraplifting this project was a pure pleasure for me - Emeline is avery talented artist, so I feel that I not only had great creative funbut also learned a lot about other ways of building composition. Thankyou so much for this inspiring challenge! ~Anna
Item# 950156 - Fairy Belle Collection La Ronde
Item# 950088 - Fairy Belle Collection En Pointe
Item# 551100 - Reflections - Printery
Item# 556372 - Laredo Socorro
Item# 890773 - Resin - Small Birds
Item# 558468 - Soiree Champagne
Item# 557669 - Laraine River Rock
Item# 551704 - Fleur De Lys - Almond
Item# 556495 - Allegra Adelle
Item# 551094 - Imagenne Stamp Set - Alla Prima
This dimensional work of art was created by Heidi Kelley. Heidi's layout gave Anne Jo Lexander, her ideas for her adorable page.
When I think of Heidi Kelley...I think of her little scenes, no matter if it's on a layout or a shadowbox, where she hand cut her photos, staging a whole new stage for her protagonists...and then there's paint, lots of paint, and colors, and usually a whole little mix of flowers....While I had her recent layout "Blowing kisses" as a starting point (her two focal points on the layout are the two clusters, I've mimicked them on mine)...I additionally had her whole style in mind when creating my lift, especially the playful side of her creations, it's like she's carefree and happy when creating, exploring the artsier sides of scrapbooking and painting and art journaling, happily bringing them all together.
I'll admit..I was terrified...I still am...I like to think I'm handling most styles well, but hers really is one I don't go exploring too often! But once I started...I had fun during the planning stage, thinking....what would Heidi do now....in the end I just had to jump in and get started before I regretted things too much! :D Heidi, I hope you approve! ~Anne Jo
Who wouldn't approve Anne Jo? This is terrific!
Sun Kiss collection – Sun Dried 844233
Lucerne Sun kiss – 555702
Charme rose Sun kiss – 555689
Flutter bits Sun kiss – 555689
Tweet Vine quail 553722
Harmonie pastel 556877
trixie bright 557201
Miss godivas caramel 556839
Velvet rainbow spring mix – 556358, brights 556310,
Tonight, we have our rescheduled class with Marion Smith, featuring her Printery Mini Album on Live with Prima. And on the schedule for next week, we have guest designer, Jen Matott from Faber-Castell, creating a gorgeous canvas tote using Prima and Faber Castell products. These two shows offer tons of great techniques and inspiration!
See these shows live on our Prima channel at ustream.com or watch the recordings at any time on the same channel. Join our Live with Prima Facebook group to stay up to date on all of the show news. Anyone on Facebook can join! Create a free login on ustream and join our chats that take place during each broadcast. The chat is located on our channel, next to the video screen. Hope to see you at the shows!
Thursday, May 31st at 6:30pm PT/ 7:30am MT/ 8:30pm CT/ 9:30pm ET
6/1-1:30am GMT/ 11:30am Sydney
This class will explore different mixed media techniques using both Faber-Castell DMC and Prima products. Jennifer Matott will lead you through techniques with the "yummy" Gelatos, Aquarelle pencils, and Big Brush Markers for a artsy bag that will get you noticed! This class is messy, fun and FULL of technique.
921538 Donna Downey Canvas Tote
555146 Cling Mount Stamps- Almanac
554699 Resist Canvas Nature Garden
554699 Calcutta Leaves
920920 Canvas Flowers Plain
547608 Amia Shalimar Buttons
558192 Tattered Treasures-wheat
551339 Say It In Crystals- Brights
558253 Wood buttons Doodle Deux
921712 Paintable Quilted Words- Journey
US ArtQuest Light 101 Art Cement (light modeling paste)
Faber-Castell Red/Yellow Aquarelles
Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens (black Small)
Faber-Castell Big Brush PITT Artist Marker - Black & Red
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