Today I am up on the American Crafts blog
sharing a fun technique for creating a page background using washi tape! The new DIY Shop collection includes the fun foiled tape rolls pictured below. The background of each of these tapes is a light kraft color with silver, gold, or copper foil patterns. They are just DREAMY!
I love the shine of the foil on these tapes and decided to use them to create a shimmery background for this layout of my kids playing with fireflies for the first time on a summer vacation five years ago.
After creating the background, I arranged the photos on top and then used several firefly themed elements from the One Canoe Two Twilight collection to fill in around them.
I LOVE how this page came together! The foil tapes in the background were so much fun to use and helped to make this magical memory feel special!
Have you tried creating a background using tapes yet?
School is back in session, but my mind is on all of the fun our family had this past summer. We were able to cross off one of my bucket list items with a visit to the Oregon coast. It was wonderful!
I cut the black banner chipboard banner
in half using half across the phrase sticker in between the photos and the other half at the bottom of the page. The zig zag shape adds interest to the page and the black color grounds the other elements and keeps your eye moving through the different portions of the layout.
have got to be my favorite part of this paper collection! They were so much fun to use and really helped to bring in the patterns that we saw in the art that we saw on our visit to the glass studio.
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Sometimes we create a page that we love, but something about it doesn’t feel quite right. Most of the time when I am feeling that way about a layout, I find that it is usually because all of the elements I have used up to that point are flat.
That’s my cue to look for a dimensional embellishment that I can add, even in just a few places, to step things up and make the design POP.
American Crafts is always coming up with fun and clever accents for our pages, and today I’m featuring my latest favorite embellishment on this layout.
I LOVE the Inflated Ephemera Hearts
in the new Shine On collection by Amy Tangerine
. When I first saw these hearts, all I wanted to do was purchase 5 more packages and hoard them. Haha! They are ADORABLE!!! I resisted, and instead used most of them on this page of my daughter on the first day of school.
I used a punch to create 1.5″ circles of various patterned papers and then arranged them randomly around the page, Next, I added the inflated hearts to several of the circles. The variety of patterns were cute on their own, but the fun dimension and shine the hearts added took it to the next level!
If you know American Crafts, you know that they are always coming up with innovative new products. They have just released a brand new DIY program called Color Pour! These products help you to create paint pour art in a simple, hassle-free way.
When I received my box of Color Pour goodies, I squealed with excitement! I’ve never done a project like this, and I couldn’t wait to try my hand at it! I was especially happy I was sent a range of aqua paints to play with … (How in the world did they know Aqua is my favorite color?!!) … not to mention all of the fun glitters and mica flakes that were calling my name!
I do have one warning for you … even though it is easy … it’s ADDICTING! 😀 Here’s a quick peek at what I created.
And all of the fun products I got to play with!
I created these two to hang together in my scrapbook room. They are a little bit different from one another … I will explain how below.
First, the top one. This one is my favorite! I just love the way the marbling came out with the bright aqua as the main color.
Besides swirling the paint around on the canvas, my favorite part was decorating the wet paint with the gold and iridescent mica flakes and glitters.
The second canvas was fun to make, too. This time I mixed chunky glitter in with the paint, creating a textured effect.
I had so much fun creating with Color Pour! What paint colors would you choose to create your own piece of paint pour art?