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A New Website To Love & A Layout from a Sketch

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First of all can I say a huge thank you to everyone out there that wished me a Happy Birthday for yesterday. I had a lovely day: pancakes for breakfast, a surprise delivery of bouquet of flowers from the gang at work, and a few sets of nestabilities to add to my craft stash. Can’t wait for the weekend to get here so I can spend my time playing with them. But as I sit here eating left over cake, I want to share somethings with you…

I’ve found a new website that I loooove. I love it because it is French and it is about Scrapbooking – so I can get inspiration and improve my french all at the same time. Chouette!

It’s called Scrapidees, and you may have already noticed that i’ve put a link to their site on the side bar of the homepage, so feel free to click right on over there once you’re done here.

Scrapidees is a blog which focuses on sketches, which is a little out of my norm. Yes,I sometimes sketch ideas of what I think my finished layout will be, to give me some structure to the design, but I rarely follow other peoples sketches, or scraplift. What I love about this site is to look at how each of the different people interpreted the sketch and adapted it to suit their own style.

I was particularly inspired by the layout created by Delph57 for sketch number 93, and decided to make a summery layout roughly based on her design approach. The photo above is my final creation, and thank you Delph for the inspiration.

Sunburst Effect
I had lots of fun creating this sunburst effect on my page, and it is sooooo very, very easy. I had a scrap piece of acetate which was a backing sheet from a pack of used stickers, and I cut a long narrow triangle into it with a craft knife. I then used this as a stencil to create the rays of sunshine with an ink pad and a piece of cut & dry foam. I used more ink near the centre and just tapped lightly further out at the edges to create a softer look. FUN FUN FUN!

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Make your own 3D embellishments
I also had a go at making my own 3D flower embellishments, which look great on pages. Be warned though – they are also very attractive toys for cats as I discovered before having to make a second batch for my layout. Here’s how you make them – Cut a long narrow strip of pattern paper and create concertina folds the whole way along. Use glossy accents and a little bit of patience to stick either end together. If you make narrow folds then the flower wont be too dimensional, which may suit better if you store your layouts in pocket page protectors.

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Give it a go yourself and have some fun!


Products used
DCWV 8.5 x 11 Cardstock stack
Scraps of paper from Daisy Buscket designs
Prima flowers
Scallop edge Punch by Fiskars
Foam stamps by Do Crafts
White Gesso
Ki memories Bubbleletters Stickers
Making Memories Shimmer Alphas
Special Effects metal embellishment
Circle punch by Stampin Up
DCWV Floral Prints 6×6 paper stack
Sizzix Little Sizzles Watercolor paper pad
Purple embroidery thread
Doodlebug tags & tabs, Summer
Bisous Pattern chipboard
circular chipboard from Dovecraft
Glossy Accents
Ampersand stamp by Studio G
Crop a dile
And some unknown scraps of paper from a scrap-swap.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Suz August 29, 2009, 5:03 pm

    fantastic layout. I love the embellishments.

    glad you had a great b’day

  • Brit S. August 31, 2009, 4:15 pm

    I must say- I LOVE your style. Every project on here is absolutely fabulous! Love the bright colors and fun feeling all of your layouts and cards have. I’m definitely adding you to my reader. Nice to “meet” you!


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