Bella Blvd: Creating Stamped Cork Embellishments

Hello, friends! Today I am up on the Bella Blvd. Blog with a fun tutorial. It’s Stamping Week and I decided that I wanted to try something a bit different for my assignment. I pulled out a sheet of thin cork from my stash and used the Illustrated Faith Delight in His Day and Seeds of Faith stamps to create my own cork embellishments.

First, here is a look at the completed page.

TODAY I AM…

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First, I used red, blue, and lime green ink to stamp several images onto the thin cork sheets.

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Then, I used various circle punches to cut them out. To ensure that I lined up the images the way I wanted them to appear, I flipped the punch over, so that I could align the image in the window.

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The thin cork sheets punch out easily! Make sure you use a thin cork … the thicker cork sheets probably won’t even fit in the mouth/slot of your punch.

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I repeated this process until I had a variety of sizes and images to work with.

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The first thing I did was decide how I wanted to use the cork circles in my design. I decided to place a cascading column of the circles on the right side of the page, and then place my photo, title, and journaling on the left side.

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Once I had finished the page, I went back to the column of cork circles and filled in the white space in between them with Puffy Crosses and Puffy Stars Stickers (Milk White, McIntosh Mix, Pickle Juice), along with a few splatters of Teal Color Shine Mist.

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To balance out all the activity going on along the right side of the page, I added more visual weight to my photo by matting it with several layers of cardstock, patterned papers (Top Notch Paper, Sprinkled with Bliss Paper), and a sheet from the Crosses 6×8 Clear Cuts Pad. Everything is anchored on a vertical strip of Just the Ticket Paper and Borders Paper.

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I embellished the top left corner of the photo with a Designer Clip, Milk White Puffy Stars Stickers, and an arrow and phrase sticker from the Illustrated Faith Delight In His Day Fundamentals Stickers sheet.

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Below the photo, I placed my title. I wanted this page to be about how I am feeling about myself and my life lately, so I used the “Today” acrylic word, along with the letters from the Fundamentals Stickers Sheet to spell out the title of “Today I Am…” I followed that up with a few descriptive words and the date (created with my computer).

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A little bit of mist and a few more puffy star stickers, coordinate with the mist and puffy stickers going on along the right side of the page.

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One thing I love so much about Bella Blvd. collections are the bright happy colors … I couldn’t resist matting the entire page with the colorful Raise Me Up Paper. A line of blue stitching around the edge of the page and down the vertical strips of patterned paper finishes everything off!

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cork Paper: Die Cuts with a View
Sewing Machine/Blue Thread
Brown Distressing Ink
Ranger Inks: Seaside, Ladybug, Cactus
Clear Acrylic Block
Various Circle Punches
Adhesive, Foam Squares
Trimmer/Scissors

Have you tried stamping on something other than paper lately? Give it a try! I had a lot of fun with this one and love how customized you can make your page look by creating your own embellishments.

Have a wonderful weekend!
JanaBold

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Flexing My Declutter Muscle

Are you on a spring cleaning kick lately like I am? I have only just begun, but it seems like one of the things I am constantly reevaluating are my creative supplies.

I love my supplies! I love having them. I love creating things from my stash. But there comes a time when the amount of things I have starts to overwhelm my creative process and I know I need to purge.

The problem is that as a creative person I can see the “potential” in everything, so I have a hard time letting go of items I haven’t had a chance to use, even if I have had it for several years. I am trying to be better at mixing older things with newer things, using newer items right away, and matching my rate of shopping for new things to the rate of my consumption.

I recently came across a series of three videos about decluttering and purging by the amazing Origami Twist on YouTube. Her thoughts about culling our collection really hit home for me, and I have been able to give myself a bit more “breathing room” in my space.

My favorite phrase she said in the first vidoe is that each time we use our declutter muscle it will get stronger.

I FEEL that! I purged several things a month ago, but I decided to go through my stash again … and it’s true! I can feel my declutter muscle getting stronger.

I am being more realistic about the things I will truly get around to using, and more willing to pass things on to someone who will give those items a loving “home” and allow their “purpose” to be fulfilled, as well.

I have included all three videos below, if you would like to see them. They really are incredible and I suggest investing the time into watching all three.

The third video about HOW to actually MOVE the stuff out after you have decided to purge was just as ground-breaking to me, as the two about WHAT to purge.

I think you will enjoy these as much as I did!

Have a great week! and Happy Spring Cleaning!

JanaBold

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Using a Favorite Page Design Twice

Have you ever had so much fun creating a page that you wouldn’t mind making it again? Well, I say, go for it!

For example, last fall I submitted the following page to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. They liked the page, but asked if I could recreate it in a two-page format for their readers. I did exactly that, with different photos, and now I have two pages finished in my albums.

SCHOOL DAYS

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And here is quick snapshot of the two-pager …

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The photos are from different years, so they won’t be right next to each other in our albums. I’m willing to bet that someone looking through our albums, including my kids and husband, will be none the wiser! It feels great to “kill two birds with one stone,” so to speak, and complete two great layouts for our books.

Have you tried this approach on any of your pages? This same thought process would also be a great way to convert one page sketches to two-page sketches when you are looking for inspiration.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Have a great week!

JanaBold

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Inspired by a Sketch: Photo Placement

Sometimes the hardest part of beginning a page is knowing where to start. You have a set of pictures in front of you, but nothing concrete is coming to mind. You push them around the page and … nothing.

Turning to a sketch can be a great way to help you get started. Sketches are great as a pattern for following a page design, but they can also be great for helping you break out of your norm and arrange your photos in a way you may not have thought of.

For today’s page, lifting the photo placement from a sketch was my starting point for this design. I used the current sketch challenge at Stuck Sketches to help get me going. I used one larger photo with two smaller photos overlapping the bottom right corner. The sketch used square photos for the two smaller photos; however, I kept mine rectangular because the square shape would have cropped out more of the photo subject than I wanted.

HELLO SUNSHINE

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I could have kept going with the sketch design … because it is lovely! … But I opted to take it in my own direction. I kept the horizontal band that anchored the photo grouping, but changed everything else about the placement of my elements.

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I used both of the “Summer Lovin'” July kits from Noel Mignon as the palette of this page. I mentioned in my process video last week that it hurt my heart to cut a strip out of the Simple Stories “Sunshine & Happiness” Happy Day floral paper, because I KNEW I would want to fussy-cut those flowers for another project at some point.

THIS became that project! I cut out the flowers and layered them in clusters under the top right and bottom left corners of the photos. I grabbed some pink pearl stickers from my stash to add a bit of dimension to them, by using them as flower centers here-and-there.

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I used a journal card from the Daily Diary kit hanging off the edge at the bottom of the page to hold the journaling. Here I added more handcut flowers (this little cluster comes from a journal card), a couple of the phrase stickers (one phrase and one in a green pattern), and that adorable piece of flair with the bike on it.

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This really was a fun one to put together!

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Classic Kit, Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Daily Diary Kit, Cardstock (pink , yellow, white), Patterned Paper (Echo Park Paper Summer Party Vacation Time, Imaginisce Sunny Hello Sunshine, Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness Happy Day and High Five), Die Cuts (Imaginisce Sunny, Elle’s Studio Sunny Day), Journal Card (Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness), Stickers (Simple Stories Sunshine & happiness), Pearl Stickers (Queen & Co.), Gray journaling pen, Gray distressing ink, Scissors, Trimmer, Adhesive, Sketch Inspiration (Stuck Sketches)

So next time you are feeling stumped on where to start on a page, try looking at a sketch in a new way and just use the photo placement to get you going!

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On another note … the August 2016 kits have been released at Noel Mignon! This month the kits are the Vintage Charm Classic kit and the Vintage Charm Daily Diary (pocket style) kit. If you are interested in seeing what is included this month, I have listed a picture of each kit, as well as the unboxing videos below.

I still have several projects using the July “Summer Lovin'” kits that I’ll continue to share on my blog this coming week or so, and then I’ll start working with the Vintage Charm kits on Wednesday, August 3rd.

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Noel Mignon August 2016 “Vintage Charm” Daily Diary Kit

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Thanks so much for coming by! I hope you have a great week!

JanaBold