I have now got my handcrafted cards for sale at The Wool Shop NZ in Avalon, Lower Hutt, so I have been playing around with using my StoryBook Creator 4.0 to make use some of my flower photos and the Enchanted Digital Kit. I have had these printed out and then using my tape runner I then mounted them on plain card stock to make the cards. They have come out well I think. These are so easy to do and very economical to make individualised cards. I have used flower photos as they are going to be sold, but any photo or image could be used.
I will put the instructions on my Digital Creations Page for your information.
I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and use your StoryBook Creator 4.0 in different and inventive ways. Feel free to leave comments about what you have created on this post. I would love to see what other people are doing.
Today I was thrilled to receive my calendar in the post and it has turned out beautiful. It did not take long from order to delivery either, especially at this time of the year as well. This month Creative Memories has a sale on calendars with 20% off so it is a great time to get them completed.
It is really important to not only organise, protect and save your photos, but actually bring your photos out into your life and share them with family and friends. There are so many different options now from printing them off to put into quick albums, traditional scrapbook albums or in Everyday Displays to doing photo books, page prints, posters and calendars. So make it your New Years resolution to get your photos sorted and start bringing them to life!
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to achieving great things this year.
I am still working on my Enchanted Flowers album. I love the Enchanted range as it highlights the flowers so well. It is going to keep me going for quite some time. There is a wide range of papers and embellishments to choose from. I don’t have a great range of flowers in my garden so I am going to have to be quite creative with lots of rose photos so they don’t look the same! I do love roses though so I am happy to have them there. I will gradually build up the range of flowers in my garden as time, finances and health allow.
Anyway here is another two layouts and as usual I have included detailed instructions on how I have done these pages on my Digital Creations page.
I have been really inspired on using the Enchanted Digital Kit for my flower photos that I have decided that I will do some page prints to put in the Enchanted Coverset. Here are some my first pages to start of this album.
The Flowers in My Garden were inspired by a layout that I saw on Pinterest by Two Peas in a Bucket. Unfortunately, it appears that that link is now unavailable.
As usual the instructions on how I have achieved these layouts are on my Digital Creations page.
I would like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
I have just been completing my first calendar using the CM Enchanted Digital Kit. The Enchanted Range is gorgeous and I find it difficult to put large photos or embellishments on the pages and cover up the beautiful papers, so I try to work around the backgrounds to enhance my photos. The colours go well with the flower photos that I have used.
I have just got a new camera and have been enjoying learning how to do macro photography using flowers as my subject matters. I love flowers, but I am not able to keep any in the house as I get bad hayfever. Even taking photos can be difficult with my eyes streaming from the pollen. But when you get an amazing photograph it is worth it!
I used to show roses but now only have two roses that we inherited with the house. One of the roses is Josephine Bruce (I think) and I love photographing it as there are so many different colours that come out depending on the light and conditions. In fact I walk past it every day to get the mail and the neighbours must think I am mad when I rush inside to get my camera out to take catch the roses in different light conditions. And the bonus is that it is pink, which is my favourite colour. I had to restrain myself to just using three images of this rose in this calendar. The other rose is a deep red (I am not sure if it is Loving Memory) but I find red a much harder colour to photograph as the strong light washes out the colours, unlike the other rose which highlights yellows and pinks. This is a work in progress to get this mastered. Lots of trial and error coming up.
I don’t have a big garden so I just make do with what I have including the bindweed which is trying to take over my garden. However, the bindweed flowers make beautiful images. There is beauty all around us if we go searching for it, including the weeds.
My intention next year is to take photos every month of the flowers in bloom and then put them into a calendar so it is more seasonal.
Here are the pages and I have included instructions on how I have achieved these layouts on my Digital Creations page. Please feel free to contact me if the instructions are not very clear or you would like further clarification of what I have done.
I have gone back to my scrapbooking roots and here is a sample of what I have been doing.
I have recently attended a VIP Roadshow and one of the projects was this layout. We were given a basic layout template and then it was up to us to put the embellishments to finish the page. Here is the original template
Instructions for my layout:
1) One sheet of 12″ x 12″ Designer Print Paper – Enchanted as base
2) I used the straight blade of my 12 -inch Rotary Trimmer to cut a 10 x 28 cm sized rectangle from the red 12″ x 12″ Embossed Paper – Enchanted. I then rounded the four corners with the Corner Rounder. This rectangle was then placed on the Designer Print Paper base about 1.5 cm from the top edge and 10 cms from the left edge of the base.
3) I used the Border Maker System and the Twinkle Chain Border Maker Cartridge to cut a pattered border out of the red Embossed Paper – Enchanted. I trimmed this chain to fit on either side of the rectangle.
4) I chose a green coordinating peice from the Storybox Photo Mats & Journalling Boxes – Enchanted and placed this over the red Embossed Paper – Enchanted about 2.5 cms from the left hand side and about 6.5 cms from the top.
5) I then used my Custom Cutting System – Circle Patterns to cut a circle from a red piece from the Storybox Photo Mats & Journalling Boxes – Enchanted. I then placed this circle on the lower right corner of the green piece. I put a landscape photo onto the green sheet and then using the Custom Cutting System – Circle Patterns to cut the portrait photo into a circle and then placed it onto the red circle.
6) I then cut a strip of green Paper Ribbon – Enchanted approximately 23 cms and placed it under the red twinkle chain border and this went over the red rectangle as well.
7) I used one of the journalling squares from the Storybox Photo Mats & Journalling Boxes – Enchanted and placed it on the upper right corner and then wrote about the photos using my Dual-Tip Pen.
8) Finally I have used the Paper Ribbons – Enchanted and Epoxy Stickers – Enchanted to finish the page and placed a Title Sticker – Enchanted under the landscape photo.
Today I will be showing you how to make the Christmas tree. As you can see it is very easy to do. I have used the Enchanted range as the colours are great for Christmas.
First cut a 5 inch half circle. I have used the Creative Memories Custom Cutting large circle and the red cutter to create the shape.
Cutting the half circle.
All cut out and ready to fold.
I then used my rotary trimmer to score a line about 1 1/4 inches from the edge of the paper.
The first fold in toward the middle.
I then folded the paper along that line.
The second fold
Fold the corner of the paper up to align with the folded edge.
The third fold
Then fold the card back along the shorter edge towards the back and in this photo you can just see the fold that I have made. Turn over the paper and there you have the finished tree to embellish as you would like. To finish off I sponged the edge of the tree with a brown ink pad and then used the Enchanted epoxy stickers to add a little bling. You can also cut a piece of brown card or paper to make the base of the tree.
Here is the finished tree
I hope you have fun with this. This is a great project for children to do to make their own cards and I will be doing this at my local library on Christmas Eve for their holiday programme.