Thanks to Saskia for guest posting! These tips are so helpful! I always have a hard time with busy papers. Do you like to use bright, busy papers in your projects? –Katie
Do you ever use vintage graphics on your projects? If so, where do you find them?
Life style) to scrapbook my everyday, using photos that don’t make it into my other projects as well as other things I want to document.
March to June. They’re just photos I’ve taken while working in my garden, my daily garden harvest, etc. I wanted to show how much I enjoy working in my garden.
- Photos -You can use any size photos, but you’ll have crop them down to fit 4 x 6 or smaller. If I’m just needing one or two photos, I
usually print at home. But when printing a lot of photos, it’s great to use a photo printing service like Shutterfly.
- Scrapbook Album -There are plenty of these to choose from. First, decide what size you want to do. The most popular size is a 12×12″ album, but they also come in smaller sizes. My favorite albums are D-ring albums by American Crafts.
- Pocket Page Protectors -These are essential for documenting pocket page style! There are multiple brands that sell them, when deciding which to purchase, be sure they fit your album.
- 3×4″ and 4″x6″ Journaling Cards -Most pocket page protectors have pockets that are either 3×4″ or 4×6″. For those, the
journaling cards fit perfectly and are an easy way to add color and places for journaling into your album. Some page protectors are square, which are perfect for using Instagram photos.
- Journaling Pen
- Core kits -These are made by the Project Life brand and have a themed kit containing journaling cards to fit your page protectors.
- Letter Stickers -Perfect for
adding titles to your page.
- Stickers and Embellishments -A great way to add embellishment and make it your style.
- White and Colored Pens
- Washi Tape
photo printed in a 4×6″ size.
fit your style — try all photos, or a certain color scheme, using mixed media, or hand drawn journaling cards! It really is 100% customizable to your everyday life.
First I start off by choosing half a dozen 12 x 12 papers. I like to have a few muted papers like tone on tones or polka dots and a few patterned papers, like the bicycles.
My color scheme was inspired by this 4″x6″ The Good Life paper pad I have by Fancy Pants. My past layouts about the R2R have been mostly red white and blue (since we’re riding with wounded warriors) but this year I wanted to go with blue and yellow with just a few touches of red.
Next I hit my sticker and embellishment stash. To go with the biking theme I found some cycling stickers by Karen Foster and a chipboard bicycle. I also picked out some arrow embellishments which I think go well with the biking theme.
- Keep it small. The reason you’re making a kit is to have the supplies already picked out so that the process goes quicker, right? But if you’re putting everything from your stash into your kit it kinda defeats the purpose. So keep it simple, choose a few sheets of paper, some embellishments and some letters. You can always go back to your stash while you’re scrapping if you need something else.
- Challenge yourself to use up older supplies or supplies you can’t bring yourself to use. I have some papers that are a little bit older that I sometimes find hard to use and putting them in a kit makes me use them. This also works for supplies that you love so much you don’t want to use.
- Shop your supplies. Act like you’re shopping at a scrapbooking store instead of your own supplies and pick out what you would “buy”.
Do you make your own kits from supplies you already have? I’d love to know!
I do still love kits from kit clubs, but making custom kits like this are fun! You’re also clearing out your stash which means you can purchase new kits and supplies!
Glue: Buy glue sticks, tacky glue, super glue, and hot glue at an office supply store or the grocery store. Also, don’t buy double-sided tape in scrapbooking — buy it in the general crafting section.
Paint: If you’re buying acrylic paints, you can find them much, much cheaper at the supermarket than at an art store or even a crafts and hobby store.
Pens and markers: These can also be bought at an office supply store or the supermarket for much less than what you would pay at an arts supply shop.
Yarn: Unless you need a specialty yarn, buy this at the supermarket. Most big-box retailers carry a lot of yarn and it’s much cheaper.
What are your favorite tips for someone new to crafting?
Choose a nice selection of wooden items to practice on. I liked having a variety to choose from.
If you want to try intricate designs, it can be helpful to lightly sketch these out in pencil first. For patterns and geometric designs, you can probably just freehand it.
Test out the heat levels of your woodburning tool. If the heat setting is too low, your designs won’t burn into the wood. Or, if the setting is too hot, the wood will burn too quickly and could ruin your design. Test the heat levels on a scrap piece of wood if possible.
Use multiple tips for different looks! While you will have to wait for the tool to cool down between tips so that you can change them out, Using different tips gives your design nice texture. You can use a simple tip to draw with, circular tips, or even letter tips to spell out words.
If your woodburner came with a stand, it can be helpful to tape the stand to your table while you work so that when you set the burner in the stand, it doesn’t fall over or slip off of the table. We like to stick ours down with a little bit of washi tape so that when we’re finished, it comes right up!
Use a wood conditioner to seal your wood. Wood conditioner is an oil or wax based treatment that is typically used to pre-treat wood before you stain. If you’re using inexpensive wooden items, it also makes your wood look more finished and less cheap.
This may seem obvious, but be careful! The tool gets really really hot. Always wait until the burner has cooled down before touching it with your bare fingers.
These wooden spoons are going into our 2014 Gift Closet, so when we need a handmade gift these awesome spoons are ready to go!
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