Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Get It Scrapped | Today I am Golden

Hey everyone,

today, Get It Scrapped is shining the light on every part of a scrapbook layout:

1) Canvas, 2) Photos, 3) Journaling, 4) Titles, 5) Embellishments

I am playing along by sharing a layout where the focus is on the title.

I have to admit that my layout finished way more loaded than how I thought it would. But I still think that my title gets the focus because of all that white space around it. The empty pulls the eye away from the business of the rest of the page.

I used 2 different alphas. Both are foam, both are capital letters, one is smaller and white while the other one is much taller and very shiny and sparkly. I added a golden puffy sticker on top, right in the middle and I also added a giant balloon that I stamped over some gold leaf I had previously applied.

My main photo is right next to the title and also pulls the eye in with the golden balloons and again, the empty space in the photo. I added a subtitle right next to this photo: a giant 9 gold puffy sticker.

Separating the title and main photo from the smaller supportive photos, I layered 3 ribbons. One solid pink with some dark pink and glittery leaves motif, a transparent tule kind of ribbon. It was very wide so I folded it in 4, which gave it more consistence than a single layer would have had. And I topped all of these with a narrow gold ribbon that I glued in place forming circles.

Under that shelf of ribbons, 4 photos developing the story a bit more.
And my journaling, of course! I printed it on white cardstock and cut it out into stripes. I glued them loosely, creating small hills to give movement to the page. I also added some gold leaf here in that corner.

I finally added a gold foiled label with the date.

Visit the Get It Scrapped blog to see how the creative team made their layout part stand out! 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Get It Scrapped |Best Costume Award

Hey everyone,

Here's a layout I made for Get It Scrapped using my new Potpourri collection (available at Pretty Little Studio).

If you follow me on Instagram (@mpcapistran), you'll probably know that I now have a very talented team of designers working playing with this collection. So for inspiration, check Instagram out!

Here's my layout:

The story:

This year just before Halloween I found a makeup artist on Instagram (@classycozmetics) and I started following her. She had a video of her as this wooden doll. I fell in love with that make up and decided that's what Arielle would be for Halloween. I gathered the supplies and right after school, I got to work! I took me 2 hours to get this together! Thanks to my friend Lisa, Maya transformed into a cute little lion! Were usually not very big on costumes but this year, we went all in! :)

The page details:

Here's the main picture and the journaling. Short and sweet. I stitched around the polaroid frame.
The die cut word October doesn't work as the title, but add an element of journaling as well as works as a shelf on which my photos lay. I hid a small sticker label under there with the location and the date. We move a lot, so the location has to be on my layouts.

I perched that small owl on the card which is backed with all sorts of fall twigs and leaves. I added some wooden elements as well to give it a full feel: a clip, a slice of wood, and 2 wood veneers I had in my stash.

I finished that small cluster off with 3 blue sequins to tie the blue twigs with the rest of the layout.
If you look closely, you'll see that there is a date on this small Fun wood veneer. The date is NOT 2017! lol but I simply hid the end of the date under the leaves and no-one knows (this is just a way you can still use these older and dated products you probably have!)

Someone asked me how I used sequins on my layouts. Most of the time, I scatter them all over my layout. I a controlled way I would say. I pay attention to where it needs what color. I create cascades, lines, or triangles with them.

Here, I made a cute "shaker element" using patterned paper form the collection, which I've cut out in the shape of a pumpkin. I gathered sequins, topped it with a plastic sheet (I used a part of the packaging) and stitched it in place. Behind it, I added one of the vellum die cut leaves. I stitched around the leaf to give it the same texture as the shaker-pumpkin. I added a small pumpkin sticker in front of the shaker-pumpkin, again, to tie everything together and to the page. It's important to have elements in the front and also in the back to give dimension and to give the impression that everything belongs together.

You can see that I added wood here as well.

When I started adding wood to my layout I thought it would be fun to add another material: metal. so I tied this tiny metal camera charm I had laying around for YEARS! Tied to a twine bow, along with the acorn die cuts, I find it really heart warming and pretty. :) Notice too a strand of golden ribbon. Gold is always winner when making a fall layout.

To add even more texture, I stitched on all the vellum leaves. I only stitched the veins on the leaves, and not around the leaves. I feel like it gives the leaves an aspect of reality.

Again, see the purple sequins tying the leaves and the label together.

Here a cascade of sequins to pull the eye out of that huge cluster in the middle of my layout.
The red of our Elf didn't really fit with the other photo, nor with my fall theme, so I added the mushrooms from the collection as well as some red flowers from the flower die cut pack.

I like how the sequins run through my title and fell like falling leaves.

And that flair button, the smiley without a mouth, was the closest I could get to a surprised and creeped out smiley. :)

A small label to add even more details about the story.

 And one last detail shot of the embellishment cluster.

I hope you like my layout and I most importantly hope that it might have inspired you to use products in a different way.

If you want to see more creative ways of stitching on a page, head over to the Get It Scrapped blog post and be ready to be blown away!! :)

Thanks for watching!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Get It Scrapped | The Expat Life

Hey everyone,

have you seen my latest layout for get It Scrapped called The Expat Life?
The assignment was to make a layout using emojis.

What I love about DT assignments and especially the Get It Scrapped assignments, is that they make me think outside the box. I don't just tell stories, I think of better stories to tell and of better ways to tell them!

So while thinking about a story I could tell with emojis, I thought to myself "well, if I want to use emojis, the story better have some emotion!" The first thing that came to mind was my over sensitive daughter, but I didn't feel like using emojis was very appropriate to scrapbook a serious subject like that one. The second thing that came to mind was the Expat Life I've been living since 20 years! That's emotional I thought! And just the right level of emotions, positive and negative, to add emojis without it being inappropriate. You know what I mean?

What the emojis and the story brought me to think of is a roller coaster, with ups and downs and twists and turns! And I had the vision of making the silhouette of a roller coaster in black paper. I googled "roller coaster" and chose the best picture I found that I could possibly convert into a cut file.

I wanted the title to follow the ups and downs. I chose 2 different fonts. One for the title and one working as a subtitle. Both are gold.

I wanted to add lots of small photos representing the past 2 years we've spent her, in Prague. I wanted pictures of ups and pictures of downs, and pictures of favorite things. My pictures go hand in hand with my journaling.

And even though I tell all the stories of the pictures in my main text, I added tiny sticker labels to sort of identify each photo/story.

I also tried to align the photos with the text. So that when I talk about a story/an idea, the photo would naturally be there where the eye is looking. It wasn't easy and I had to reprint and recut my journaling a couple of times.

Throughout my text, I sprinkled emoji stickers (from my Potpourri collection, sold by Pretty Little Studio). I didn't do this randomly. I really wrote my text and placed the emojis where they would go, have I been writing a text message to a friend.

When I write I often add little hearts here and there with and through the emojis. So here too, I added the hearts.

I added some dimension to the tiny pictures, using foam adhesive and stitching.

I also left the smileys half stuck to the page and I stitched all the journaling strips, one by one. Again, this was a tough job! As I was stitching I had to make sure my strips of paper were staying straight, and I had to make sure I wasn't taking more space then wanted because I would have gone over my roller coaster silhouette.

To break the harsh black and white contrast at the bottom of the page, I decided to fit some of my small pictures in the back and front of the roller coaster. Again adding stitching, to keep the continuity with the top of the layout.

I had to put my last sentence at the bottom of the page, over the roller coaster silhouette. I did it because space was running low, but I'm glad it ended up like this because that strip kind of attach the top and the bottom of the page together.

Have you ever made a layout using emojis? If so, link me to it. And if not and you want more ideas, check this link to the Get it Scrapped blog where you will find more fun ideas for using emojis.

Also, don't forget to visit Pretty Little Studio to shop for emoji products and my Potpourri collection. :)



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pretty Little Studio | Welcome Home Maple

I can't believe I haven't blog since last October!!

But here I am with an awesome creation I made with my new Potpourri collection available at Pretty Little Studio!

Here's the whole page which was put together with 95% of products available in the Pretty Little Studio shop!! :) Let me break it down for you.

I used 3 pieces of paper: gold glitter (this is a must have in your paper collection! I adds a beautiful accent to any layout.), one colorful paper and a black and white paper, both found in the 8x8 Potpourri Paper Pack. The Combination of these 3 styles is perfect to give bling to my central photo!!

I stacked the papers on foam tape to leave some space to add small embellishments between the papers: leaves shape sequins (also from my Potpourri collection!), small star die cuts and some foiled die cuts in heart shape.

I've placed my photos on a diagonal and added the journaling in the space created by that line. I filled the small spaces with more label die cuts, stickers and wood veneer.

I the right space I loosely added leaves in a way that they look like they are falling. I sprinkled some sequins, playing with the colors and I added some stitching to add some more details.

At the very top of the page I have a large cluster of die cuts: large vellum leaves all stitched down with two lines of thread. I added a gold foiled banner on which I stamped my title in black ink. I adhered the banner with foam dots. Same thing for the speech bubble. I stitched all around the white heart in the middle of the speech bubble. Stitching is so easy with the sewing machine and it adds so much details!!! I added small wooden buttons and brads in the tones of the Potpourri collection.

Here's another perspective to see the dimension and the shimmer of the gold foil.

To sort of mat this first picture of the cascade, so that she doesn't go unseen, I added a colorful vellum leaf under it and a sticker and flair button on top of it. I then sprinkled some sequins. The check mark is really coll because it's simple shape and the fact that it is black and white is pulling from the black and white patterned paper I used under my main photo. Also the checkmark symbol is going hand in hand with my picture where my little one is checking the days that have passed and the ones left until she gets her biggie!.

On the far right, I added a fun cluster of die cuts, leaf sequin, wooden brad and wood veneer and a squirrel paperclip. Isn't it the cutest?!!

Also notice how I layered the pink label, left blank, under the gold foil banner. It just makes the banner pop even more.

I finally added a small chipboard piece, some word stickers  and more gold foil die cuts.

I've been asked how I use sequins on a page. I use them to highlight some groups of embellishments. Just like confettis. I like them way more than the enamel dots because they are sparkly! :)

I hope you liked my walk through!!

Talk to you soon with more beautiful layouts. I promise!!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Get It Scrapped | A Guinea Pig named Bubbles

Hello everyone!!

Ha, it feels so good to be back at blogging! :)

Today I'd like to show you a layout I made for Get it Scrapped. It's a layout that I love and it came so easily together. It's the first page I made after a 5 months break! I was a little afraid to get back at it as I was thinking I might not know how anymore.... but Debbie Hodge had a great way for me to get back at it, painless! You want to know the trick?


Debbie says: "A brand style guide is a collection of colors, fonts, images, textures and patterns that help businesses to create a cohesive look in the design of their websites, social media graphics and marketing materials that are consistent. These style guides can be a great roadmap when it comes to designing a cohesive scrapbook page. "

Here's a link to the Get it Scrapped Pinterest board where many brand style guide are curated.


Here's the brand style I chose:


I chose it for it's soft palette and also for the choice of colors. I knew I wanted to make my layout about Arielle getting her little guinea pig. I wanted to be soft and dreamy. The pictures I had had a lot of stark orange in it and I felt the very pale pink would break it. I also loved the marble texture. It's not far from my watercolor I use all the time. Finally I loved the title work. The font and the mix of the 2 fonts. I thought the general look of this image was a good match to my style.

First thing I did was to gather my supplies. I took out one plain cardstock in Pink Pirouette (Stampin'UP!) that I knew would work as a base for my layout. And then I took out my big box of die cuts and gather everything that was in that color palette. I didn't find much of that sage green, so I went for a very soft greenish aqua instead. I also held on to any little bits of gold I was crossing path with.

Once my desk was covered with all these supplies, I felt pretty pumped! lol I forgot to mention that when I go through my die cuts box like this, I usually skip the very pretty ones. I like to hoard them just a little longer, but not this time! Since it was my first page in a very long while, I gave myself the permission to use ANYTHING that would fit and find a place on the page! What a freeing feeling! You should try that too!!

I printed 6 small pictures of Arielle meeting her guinea pig. I printed them 2 on one 4x6 photo and also leaving a white border around each photo. I knew that I would need small photos if I wanted to fit so many on the page. I ended up using 4 of them.

Here's the finally result:

Look at the color combo. I stuck to the guide almost 100%. I have the pale pink, the darker pink, the minty aqua, grey and a touch of gold. I substituted the beige with a toned down yellow, just because that's what I had, and actually, I think it does add a little touch of life and happy.

I often hear people ask how they should match the colors of their layout to the photos. If you look here, you'll see that nothing is matching. I just went with the predetermined color combo without worrying about matching my pictures. My pictures have orange in them, purple, pink, peach, and even an orange red... Nothing says it would work with the combo I chose. But if you stick to your combo, it will all make sense at the end.

I gathered my photos closely together, forming a grid where one picture is on top of the others and another photo is made bigger than the 3 others because I used a frame around it.

I printed my title directly on my background (I have a wide format printer) in grey, rather than in the usual black. I also used the non textured side of the cardstock so that the ink dens get into the creases and do weird things. I also did a print test on a white cardstock before I used my chosen background. I had only one more piece of that color!!! (little panic moment here) And I did have to make some adjustments. My title was may too big for the canvas.

That little rabbit is one of the die cut I would probably have hoarded, hadn't I told myself I can and have to use anything I like most!  Also, I have to tell you that when i was looking for a place for the little rabbit, I first tried to put it down the page, next to the framed photo. But if you think about it, it makes so much more sens up at the top of the page, whit it's ballons in hand. I added a cloud and some stars to create a little scene. Try to think about that when you add an embellishment.

I also played with dimension. I added plenty of foam adhesive. And I played with foil as well. Also, when you add embellishment, try to link them together by overlaying them. You see how the star and the bunny are hiding the heart a little? And the head of the bunny goes over the cloud? And then the gold star is all alone, a little further? That creates tension between the elements and it makes them all belong together.

The smallest details like a tiny bit of stitching make a huge difference on a page.

I really like that small cluster of really pretty embellishments. The bicycle is a very pretty piece that draws the attention of the viewer very quickly. Then, the cluster of tags behind behind it, overlaying some transparencies and twine... it's a cluster of textures and different materials. It's very pleasing to the eye. Dont be afraid to add layers and letting just a little part of a very pretty piece (the bird!) peek out. Also, use little prompted spots to add details. Like here, on the new born baby tag with the stork, I added the date and even time we got the baby guinea pig. :) I checked on the picture information on my computer to find out the real time.

Finally, when embellishing a layout, use repetition! Here on the upper corner of the page, which was left totally empty, I grabbed elements that I had already used on the page. I used transparency, a flag label, gold foil, stitching and foam adhesive for dimension. All of these were already used somewhere on the page. By repeating them, you just tie everything together.

That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed it.

If you want to get out of a rut or if you just want to try this method to start a layout with a brand style guide, go ahead. Pick one from the Get It Scrapped Pinterest board and just get started. From my own experience, it works great!!

Talk to you again soon,