I love this. I would take a strip and carry it with me all day.
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I spend a lot of time on the computer looking at things. Blogs, bulletin boards, websites… there’s lots of inspiration out there!
But there’s just something about the printed page that speaks to me. I like flipping pages and turning down corners. I like to flag ideas with post-its, and write in the margins.
Want a copy of the latest Close to My Heart Idea Book? You can mark it up and turn down corners to your heart’s content. You know you want to.
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The Roxie paper pack is so hip, cool and fabulous. Like that ultra-fashionable friend who effortlessly combines a vintage embroidered cardigan with a pair of cuffed jeans and killer heels, Roxie is all about style. Mixed and matched to perfection!
This layout is my version of the Roxie Workshop on the Go, which includes all the stamps, paper, embellishments and instructions to create this layout, a second layout and you can create a bonus project with just a few additional items.
Take-away Tip: With the new double-sided cardstock weight B&T patterns, it was so easy to customize the layout for my own look. I love a busy look with lots of mixed patterns on my layout, so I flipped over the linen-printed B&T and used the swirled, flower-printed side. This gave me those lovely patterns I adore, but I needed to change the journaling and title areas, the pattern wouldn’t have let me journal right onto the cardstock and still be readable.
The title was easy, just make it a bigger, bolder title with black embossed chipboard letters. For the journaling, I added a colonial white cardstock strip with computer text.
Whether you are working with a Workshop on the Go kit, or a page from your scrapbooking class, adapting your layouts to suit your tastes and your photos is the key to working with pre-designed layouts.
You can find the Workshop on the Go kits for just $$29.95 on my website.
Today is the final day, it’s time to share the details of the last page on my Make A Wish Album!
If you haven’t seen the video, it’s a must watch to really appreciate the album “in action”. Watch it here.
These follow-up posts are for those die hard detail lovers who want to see things up close and personal. I’m talking about you, Miss how-did-you-make-that?
Before I get started on the last page, here’s a few pics you might enjoy. I snapped these photo of the pop-up castle in progress, when it was just beginning to take shape.
First sketch, with a more fortress-like castle. Meh… too predictable. I went to bed after this sketch and woke up with the idea to make the castle more curved, with a smaller base to appear like it was sprouting out of the page, and a different angle of pop-out so it would lean back, away from the reader.
Much better. I’m so tidy – like my workspace?
Alrighty, let’s move onto page five, shall we?
Lots of handmade flowers here. I particularly like the cardstock roses. I made them from Colonial White cardstock, then inked the edges in Smoothie. I also snuck in a little nod to CTMH products by using the package insert from an embellishment pack to create a rose. It’s the little rose next to the letter L. You can click on the photo to make it larger.
The page above is one of those I couldn’t remove from the page protector, because of the interactive element. So it’s a bit shiny in the photo here.
The album was displayed at convention to prevent too much handling, so all-in-all my artwork was in pretty good shape when I received it back. This element is the one that probably got the most abuse, because it could not be displayed opened up, so it had hundreds of opens-and-shuts. I tried to make it as secure as possible, so there’s only a bit of paper tearing and fingerprints, I’m pretty happy about it. My heartfelt thanks to all the consultants who were very careful, I appreciate it!
Well, that’s it! Just 5 pages in 14 days. I’ll admit I’m a slow scrapper, but this album is a bit unusual. I estimate that I spent between 20-30 hours per page on the construction. And I’d do it all over again, in a heartbeat. It was so much fun to dive into the creative process, and come up with a one-of-a-kind scrapbook that felt personal yet I could share it with the world.
Now that I have it in an album, you might wonder how thick a 5 page scrapbook could really be?
Yeah, pretty thick.
Ah, if I could go back to my 20’s again. The only thing I’d do differently is wear more sunscreen and not get the spiral perm.
This page fulfilled the requirement to create a layout using Studio J, the digital scrapbooking site by Close to My Heart. I chose to create a hybrid page, combining the best of digital and traditional scrapbooking.
The embellishments on the right side of the photo (above) are layered in Studio J. I used the paper kit Notebook, which had that perfect amount of grungy elements with coffee stains and handwritten notes on the background paper, yet it also fit into the color scheme I wanted to coordinate with the entire album.
Did you know? Studio J has dozens of retired papers available to choose from, as well as patterns never released in paper format, so if you’re looking for lots of choices, Studio J might be the place for you!
I created the page layout online, with photos, paper and some of the embellishments in place, then added additional embellishments and the interactive element after receiving my prints.
Above, I added patterned paper, a chipboard circle and I even sewed directly onto the smaller blue circle, which is printed on the Studio J layout. The EXEC letters are part of the Studio J layout and I cut them out then used foam tape to pop them up off the page.
I did learn that I could not heat emboss directly onto the page. Photographs just don’t like that at all, major heat bubbles. Yikes!
This page, above, is sliced down the middle to create the interactive element. I changed all my photos to black and white in Studio J, it was easy with a click of a button.
I added a few additional embellishments to the page, including ribbon, sewing, flower with brad and pearls.
The page opens up and reveals the pop-up butterfly. I’m still new to the pop-up engineering, so this took me much more time than it should have, getting the angles right. The butterfly is rather heavy, with several layers of cardstock, embossing, glitter and wire antennae, but it worked out well because it makes the butterfly bob when the page is first opened.
Happy discoveries are the best!
I’ve had many people ask about page protectors on this album. In most of the photos I’m sharing here on my blog, and in the video I do not have the protectors on the pages. The entries were required to have protectors for display at convention, and I have kept them on now that I have the album back at home.
The page protectors do not cover the interactive elements, of course, but they do keep the storybook safe from handling. I sliced, diced, taped and sewed the protectors to get them to accommodate the pages, so they’re not perfect but they do the job.
You can see the sewing on the above page protector.
One of the “challenges” in the contest was to create a page using no B&T paper (pre-printed patterned paper) but we could use stamps to create our own patterns. The globe has many layers of stamping using several different sets. I use a technique I call “bad stamping” when I’m layering images. I don’t press fully on the stamp when inking or stamping, to create partial or faded images.
I love how the big flourish stamp fits perfectly as the wake of the boat. I created the waves by tearing, distressing and edge-rolling Lagoon colored cardstock, then painting the edges with adhesive and dipping in glitter.
More embellishment clusters. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to keep track of the products used in this project, or even use currently available products. As long as it’s all CTMH, it’s good. And I have plenty of CTMH products, you can be sure of that!