Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day digi scrap page




Today's project is a digital scrapbook page celebrating Father's
since June 18th is Father's Day (USA) this year.

I created this page with a kit by JMC Designs called Sea Shanty
and a template (slightly altered) from Dagi's Temptations.

This particular page was created in Photoshop Elements 14.

The quote printable was found at 
by doing a google search.

I'll add photos later.

It was originally created as my design team project for 
Digitally Made (thus the watermark).
Since we recently acquired a sponsor, I needed to change my project
to use their products. So, I'm sharing it with you today.
By the way, this months theme is to use 
a quote on your project if you are interested in joining us !
This is a challenge for 100% digital projects,
meaning nothing handmade. 

Thanks for looking =)


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Photo Collage Map







I'm so excited to share this project with you today for the new 
Anything Crafty Goes challenge at Love To Craft!

It's a large, 24" x 36", photo collage map of the USA !

I've been working on this project off and on for several months.
I'm not exaggerating, it's true ! 
This was a real labor of love to be sure.



Read on if you would like to know how I did it, all by hand. 




First off, choose a photo (or more if you would like)
from each state you've visited.
You could also make it photos of friends and family
that live across the USA (or your home country),
perhaps places you'd like to visit one day.
Even use no photos at all, 
just make it a collage of fun papers or fabrics !


There are two ways to create the collage map:
cut actual photos to fit a pattern that you make
or
make a digital version, as I did, and have the images
printed in the shapes of the states.
Note that if you choose to have the digital
images printed in the shape of the states,
some may need to be larger prints
depending on your finished collage size.

I made my own digital template from one large USA map outline.
I enlisted the help of my daughter to figure out how to do this in Photoshop.
Once we were able to get one state done (and I noted the steps,
but don't ask me how now because I do not remember !),
I proceeded to do the other 49.
I did not add Alaska and Hawaii on this piece.
One day I hope to have photos from the state of Alaska to add.....










After having digital outlines of each state, 
I could start filling them in with my digital photos.
Doing it digitally I could manipulate them to fit
several on some states. 
Note that several states on the East Coast
will be near impossible to put photos in 
since they are so tiny !






Since I had a large swath of the country filled in with photos, 
I decided to have 12" x 12" prints made.
I thought this would be easier and take less time to assemble
than having each state printed individually to hand cut out. 
Plus, they probably wouldn't fit back together so well. 

I had my prints made at Persnickety Prints.
If interested, read my complete review here.
I had a quality experience all around and 
recommend them to anyone wanting 12" x 12" 
prints made (they print many other items as well). 











I sectioned the large digital map into 6 portions
and had them printed onto a drafting vellum paper.
I glued the sections back together to make one map
then proceeded to cut each and every state out by hand.
These created the pattern pieces to trace onto decorative paper.

Have I mentioned that this project took hours and hours 
and hours to create ?! 

Once all of the state outlines were printed and cut out,
I laid them back out onto a large table top
(best not to do when you have a cat "helper" nearby)
in the rough shape of the USA.





Next up,
deciding which paper or fabric to use on which state ! 


This is why I laid the map back out, 
so I could position the pieces of paper I wanted to use
on each state to get an idea of what I wanted where.
That took a while, too, trying to decide what color or
pattern should be next to another. 
Honestly now that it is hung,
 I think I am going to change California.
I wanted a different coordinating paper for each state
and needed one that could be easily pieced together for 
CA (I was using 6" x 6" papers) since it was so large.
It looked out of place to me when I was putting it together,
really does now that it is hung up. 




Moving on.........

Get all of the papers decided on,
trace the patterns you made then hand cut them out.
Do this only for the states you have no photos to put in.
NOTE: 
Turn the pattern upside down and trace on the back 
of the decorative papers, then you won't have any lines
showing when you cut them out. 
You may want to mark the state names on the backs ;) 











After all of your photos and state images are cut out,
you will need to lay them out on your background 
to get them aligned before gluing in place.
I used a large piece of mat board for my base.
It took me three times and even then, they still ended up being 
crooked to me after I started gluing them down ! Sigh. 

I forgot to mention that I did go over the outlines of the states
on the printed photos with a fine line black Sharpie marker. 
There were lines from my digital files/photos, 
but they didn't seem very distinct. 














Finished and hanging!
This is a huge piece, just over 24"x 36". 
The frame is a lightweight composite material
with a piece of thin plastic in place of glass.
This makes it lightweight and easier to hang.
I bought the frame at Michael's on sale, 
Honey Belmont frame by Studio Decor.
The 6"x 6" paper pad also came from Michael's,
Recollections brand item # 484762.
The mat board is something I've had in my stash
from my job as a framer long ago. 

Yes, I have saved my patterns in hopes of filling in more states!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sticker Fun Scrapbook Page 1




So, I bought a "fun with stickers kit" some time ago and hadn't put it to use yet (raise your hand if you are willing to admit you have untouched craft goodies, too!). I didn't feel that I had photos suitable for the colors/patterns of the items in the kit once I got it home and really looked at it, so I didn't use it right away. Honestly, I still don't have any photos planned for the pages (maybe photos of flowers), but I went ahead and made them. There are a few other pages I'll be sharing at some point.





It's a simple to put together page. Randomly apply stickers however you would like onto three tags that are aligned in a row (I trimmed around my clear stickers). Once you are done placing the stickers, cut the tags apart. Add ribbons and any other embellishments that you would like (I added rhinestones). Adhere to your page in a row, leaving a small gap between each tag. Simple and fun page filler!


I'm entering my page in the current Use Your Stuff Challenge, warm summer colors.

Thanks for looking =)













Sunday, June 11, 2017

Simple Road Trip Scrapbook Page



Super simple scrapbook page I made to go with the "fancier" page I posted previously . Just a couple of the stops we made on our 3500+ mile trip last fall.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Grand Canyon Scrapbook Page




Today I'm sharing a paper crafted scrapbook page I made 
for the scrapbook album for my Dad's truck. 
I've been busy recently making some simple pages for it
to showcase the trophies and dash plaques he won with it.
I am also adding a few pages with a couple of photos 
that we took of it on our extended road trips with it 
early last fall and late this past winter.
I'll be sharing them as I finish them up.

Since Dad's passing, the truck was given to me to be used
as a daily driver. I don't drive it every single day,
it's just too nice of a truck to do so.

We did drive it over 3500 miles last September
through 11 states out West!
We even drove it to the summit of Pike's Peak,
14,115 feet elevation.

This past February we put another 1800+ miles 
on it driving through 7 more states down South!
This time it was taken below sea level
when we drove through two tunnels in Mobile.
Putting it through the paces for sure. 

There is so much to see in this great land of ours,
maybe next time we'll head to the East Coast
( I really want to go out West again though!).








Page details:

Papers and tag are from an old basic scrapbook kit I bought
at Big Lots several years ago. The tags and frame were all
printed on the packaging which had to be cut apart,
so I do not have the information about the kit any longer.
I added dimensional effects to the compass on the tag
and stapled on a brown grosgrain ribbon scrap.

Brown card stock was die cut with the
Monogram alphabet die set by Little B
(Canyon) then stamped with the old Sanded
background stamp by Stampin' Up!
I've no idea how old this stamp is, there is no
year printed on the sticker. I've had it for years.

I didn't realize when I pulled the two pieces of
Chocolate Chip card stock scraps out that they
were sightly different shades, so the die cut word
"Grand" is darker. It was cut with my old
Cricut Create machine and the Library Fonts cartridge.
The individual letters are glued together.

The tag was stamped with old clear stamps
by My Sentiments Exactly, Casual Multi.
Once again I am unsure of the age,
but I've owned them for many years, too.
I started "collecting" stamps in 2000
and haven't bought any new ones for
a while now, so all of my stamps are
oldies but goodies, perfect for the Retro Rubber Challenges ;)




Thanks for looking !

I'm entering my page in the following challenges:

Retro Rubber - #64 Anything Goes
(I'm guessing the stamps used are at least 10 years old)

Use Your Stuff - #266 Patterned Papers
(5 decorative papers, two card stocks)

Love To Scrap - #98 Boyz Rule

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes