American Crafts: Creating a Background with DIY Shop Tape

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!
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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.
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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 used American Crafts’ Moxy Extra Fine Gold Glitter to add gold glitter accents to the wood veneer fireflies in the upper right corner of the page.
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In the lower left corner of the page I added the jar and firefly die cut from the Twilight Ephemera pack. A smaller wood veneer shape accents the jar, repeating the wood material from the fireflies at the top of the page.
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Finally, I fussy cut several blue flowers from a One Canoe Two Creekside patterned paper to fill in the spaces and add an outdoorsy feeling to this page.
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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!
 

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Have you tried creating a background using tapes yet?

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American Crafts: Summer Vacation Memories with Field Notes

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!
The bright colors and patterns of the Vicki Boutin Field Notes collection by American Crafts remind me of our Oregon vacation and the colorful Glass Shop we visited while we were there. It was the perfect choice to scrapbook these photos!
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I chose to use a neutral Kraft cardstock background for this page, which allowed the colors and patterns of the One of a Kind Paper and Flower Ephemera Die Cuts to really POP! The black accents and stamping punctuates all of the colors as well.
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I love all of the horizontal phrases and border elements included in the Escape the Ordinary Gold Foil Chipboard Stickers … they were perfect for the marrying photos together along the seam and filling in odd spaces around the page design.
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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.
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The stamps 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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American Crafts: Back to School with Shine On

Hello, crafty friends! This week on the American Crafts blog I shared a Back to School layout using the Amy Tangerine Shine On collection.
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.
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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.
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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!

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I cut a title from Black 12×12 textured cardstock and then added a flower cluster and camera that I fussy-cut from The Good Life and Remember patterned papers. Two bud vases and a word block accent the lower right corner of my pictures.
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Next time your page feels like it is lacking something, try adding a dimensional embellishment or two. Or, challenge yourself to use an entire package of dimensional embellishments as a feature on your page. It will add immediate pizzazz to your project, and I promise you will have fun doing it!
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“Back to School” cut file by Skyla Design (#267310 in the Silhouette Design Store)

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American Crafts: Color Pour!

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.

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And all of the fun products I got to play with!

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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.

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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.

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The second canvas was fun to make, too. This time I mixed chunky glitter in with the paint, creating a textured effect.

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I had so much fun creating with Color Pour! What paint colors would you choose to create your own piece of paint pour art?

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Happy creating!

JanaBold

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