December 22, 2014

The Glint Of Gold

In terms of value-for-money I think very few embellishment can beat the ephemera / die-cut shapes pack. Most manufacturers include one, if not more, in each new collection released. Crate Paper offers three packs for their Maggie Holmes Open Book line, of which my favourite is the vellum shapes. I love the variety that's included in that pack : brush-script phrases for titles / sub-titles,  journal cards and frames for layering around a photo plus lots of small, differently shaped pieces (from arrows to rabbits, from flowers to dart boards) to pretty up a page.  


I couldn't resist using a whole bunch of these die-cuts on this Citrus Twist page. Since they are vellum they have a soft translucency that ensures it's not overwhelming even when used in quantity. I start by placing pieces around the framed photo then slowing build upwards and downwards by adding more die-cuts. Being strategic with the colour of pieces used I'm able to create little visual triangles of pink and of green to lead the viewer's eye around the page.


Since it's almost Christmas I decide to give my page a festive mood by including touches of gold in the form of gold-flecked enamel dots and, more importantly, a large block of gold-foil stickers also from the Open Book  collection. These label and phrase stickers have an embossed texture and come on a 6"x12" sheet. Instead of using individual stickers I treat the entire sticker sheet as a textured paper, cutting out alphabets for my title from it.     


Overall the effect is soft and pretty, but also very me with the use of strong, clear shapes and an underpinning of eye-catching typography which is lifted from one of Michael Bierut's award-winning poster designs.

Citrus Twist Dec Kits : Crate Paper Open Book (Vellum Die-Cuts, Gold Stickers, Pages), Crate Paper Notes & Things Chipboard Frames, May Arts White Lace Ribbon, Gossmaer Blue Get Happy Enamel Dots, cardstock

Photo Credit :

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