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 by   ALI EDWARDS
                    S    crapbooking websites are awesome. People are
                         chatting, shopping and sharing all kinds of
                         good stuff with people all over the world.
                      Have you ventured online yet? Two of my favorite
                    galleries are www.twopeasinabucket.com and the
                    gallery at www.creatingkeepsakes.com/gallery. Make
                    sure you have time to spare if you take a peek—
                    these sites offer a lot of incredible stuff.   >




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           The Internet has had an amazing impact on my life.

        Crazy, isn’t it? If not for the Internet, it’s unlikely that I’d

        be doing all the cool things I’m doing today. It was online,

        four years ago, that I first glimpsed modern scrapbooking

        and decided to give it a try. Today I’m online pretty much
                                                                                   QI
                                                                                                               Canvas Layouts
                                                                                                                  love the sheer size of this layout. Yep,
                                                                                                                  this is a layout. It just happens that it
                                                                                                                  won’t fit into a scrapbook. But it will fit
                                                                                                               on a wall in your home—out in the open
                                                                                                               for friends and family (and you!) to enjoy.
        every day. Checking out galleries. Reading blogs. So many                                              I’ve seen books about canvas scrapbooking,
        cool things out there. So many things that motivate me to                                              such as Design Originals’ Scrapbooking on

        try something new. This month I want to share three of                                                 the Wall, but I didn’t remember seeing a
                                                                                                               canvas this big. I was totally intrigued and
        the inspiring things I’ve seen recently, along with my own
                                                                                                               had to try this.
        creative interpretations of the projects.




                                                                                                                        Ali’s notes
                                                                                                                         > I love how Sherri used a wide
        Boys by Sherri Comeau. Supplies Patterned papers: Overton House Designs, EK Success; Metal corner and              variety of supplies that reflect
        acrylic paint: Making Memories; Chipboard letters (“family”): We R Memory Keepers; Word accents:
        Kaleidoscope and Wild Asparagus, My Mind’s Eye; Wooden letters: Michaels; Circle letters, yellow flower            the fun and sweetness of lifeen
        and credit-card tabs: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Other: Ribbon.
                                                                                                                           with her boys. I love how wh
        S H E R R I ’ S T I P S : “I usually attach the paper to chipboard before I adhere it to the painted                I look at this canvas I can
        canvas—it helps keep the paper from warping. Also, I use E6000 adhesive to attach all slick
        items. Otherwise, I use hot glue. Finally, as with most of my layouts, if something isn’t the right
                                                                                                                            feel the joy.
        color I simply paint it.” (Sherri spray-painted the flower on this particular canvas.)

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                                             Capture Life, Create Art by Ali Edwards. Supplies Canvas: Fredrix, Acrylic paint: Making
                                             Memories; Patterned papers: American Crafts and 7gypsies; Circle accents: Narratives,
                                             Creative Imaginations; Stickers: 7gypsies; Computer font: Chalet, House Industries.

 Ali’s notes


                                             M
  > Scrapbooking IS art. Use your                      y canvas, purchased at a craft store, is 24" x 30". That’s BIG.
     scrapbooking skills to create art                 I began by just looking at the canvas and trying to figure out
     for your own home or as a gift for
                                                       what in the heck I was going to do. I was totally scared at
     someone special.
                                             first, and it took me a couple of days to be ready to play.
 > Remember that sound design principles
    like balance, unity and contrast apply
    to a canvas in the same way they
                                             A L I ’ S B I G G E S T T I P : Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
   apply to a layout. Notice the three       Scrapbook this large canvas the same way you’d scrapbook a
   circle elements, the spacing between      12" x 12" or 81⁄2" x 11" layout—just enlarge everything. My
   the photos, the patterned-paper           squares and photos are 6" x 6". The text areas were printed
                                             onto transparencies and adhered with paint. I used Golden
   squares and the unity created by          Matte Medium (applied with a paint brush) as my adhesive.
   the black-and-white photos.
> If you make a mistake, work around
  it. Cover it up. Collage over it. And
  move on.

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     WW
            See-Through Layouts
                    hile checking out some of my favorite blogs, I came across a Kristina Contes layout built on a
                    transparency. A clear background? What a cool idea. Is it practical? Can you see the layout that
                    appears behind it? No worries on any of that: this is play.
              When I contacted Kristina, she asked if she could also send along a mini book based on this concept. I
            said yes, and the moment I saw it I knew I had to share it with you as well. Check it out. Awesome.




                                                                                                    Big by Kristina Contes.
                                                                                                    Supplies Printed transparency:
                                                                                                    Hambly Studios; Patterned
                                                                                                    papers: Chatterbox and
                                                                                                    Making Memories; Gaffer tape
                                                                                                    and rub-ons: 7gypsies;
                                                                                                    Chipboard letters: Pressed
                                                                                                    Petals and Heidi Swapp for
                                                                                                    Advantus; Other: Staples, pen
                                                                                                    and epoxy sticker.




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W        hen I asked who inspired her in
         creating these clear layouts,
         Kristina was quick to credit
Hambly Studios designer Allison Kreft.
Hambly (www.hamblystudios.com) creates
transparent sheets that are silk-screened
by hand in the USA. While attending
CKU–A in San Jose, California, I got to
visit Hambly’s printing facility. I loved see-
ing all the machines and the process these
sheets go through to be silk-screened.
Total works of art.




     Chloe 06 by Kristina Contes. Supplies Printed trans-
     parency: Hambly Studios; Number stickers: Heidi
     Swapp for Advantus; Letter stickers and word circle
     accent: Bookworks, EK Success.
                                                            Ali’s notes
     Smoosh by Kristina Contes. Supplies Printed trans-
     parency: Hambly Studios; Label sticker: Making
                                                             > Can rub-ons go right onto the
     Memories; Letter stamps: Michelle Ward; Pen: Zig           transparency? Yep. Cool, huh? I love
     Millennium, EK Success; Other: Clear file tab.
                                                               how Kristina cut the 7gypsies rub-on
     Stomach on Four Legs by Kristina Contes.
     Supplies Patterned paper: Making Memories;                in half widthwise to stretch it
     Patterned paper tape: Heidi Swapp for Advantus;
     Printed transparency: Hambly Studios; Letter stick-
                                                               across the entire layout. (There’s
     ers: Bookworks, EK Success; Circle tab: 7gypsies;
     Pen: Zig Millennium, EK Success.
                                                              no rub-on behind the photo.)
                                                            > Split up your journaling around your
                                                              title. I love how Kristina left just
                                                              a bit of the journaling under the
                                                              title to help anchor it.



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     F      or my layout, I decided to add elements both behind and on top of the
            transparency. I cut a variety of circle sizes from different patterned papers
            with my circle cutter, then layered photos on top. So much play—it totally
     made me happy to be experimenting with something new.




                                                                                          Ali’s notes
     Easter Brunch by Ali Edwards. Supplies Printed transparency: Hambly Studios;
     Patterned papers: 7gypsies, American Crafts, Autumn Leaves and KI Memories;
                                                                                          > By having the layers on both sides of the trans-
     Circle sticker and “Celebration” journaling tag: 7gypsies; Circle cutter: Creative     parency, I could hide most of the adhesive. If you
     Memories; Rub-ons and ribbon: American Crafts; Other: Staples and pen.
                                                                                            can’t easily hide your adhesive behind page elements,
                                                                                            use spray adhesive or attach items with staples,
                                                                                            brads or stitching.
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                             Accents
                                    y third inspiration comes from Michelle Wood. The first thing that really caught my eye on her
                                    page was her use of shape (the heart surrounding her journaling and photos). I love how she
                                    fit her journaling right inside the heart. The second was her use of accents. Now, if you hap-
                             pen to be like me, you probably have BUNCHES of accents in your stash of goodies. I love how she
                             brought them all together to frame her page content. Definitely needed to try this for myself.




Darling by Michelle Wood.
Supplies Patterned paper:
Scenic Route Paper Co.;
Stickers: Autumn Leaves,
Doodlebug Design, Heidi
Grace Designs, Jo-Ann
Craft Essentials,
K&Company, Making
Memories, Sandylion,
Scenic Route Paper Co. and
unknown; Flowers:
Doodlebug Design and
K&Company; Metal embell-
ishments: All My Memories
and Making Memories;
Brads: Making Memories;
Buttons: Doodlebug
Design; Rub-ons: American
Traditional Designs and
Sandylion; Clip:
Imagination Project.




    Ali’s notes
    > Dimension is a cool thing. I love how
      Michelle included both flat and dimen-
      sional elements in her heart frame.
      I just recently started using foam
      dots (can you imagine?), and I think
     I’m addicted.
   > I love the monkey sticker. It makes
     me giggle—what a great addition to
     this page.

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                T   his was one of those layouts that I just loved putting together. Mixing and matching
                    a bunch of elements, finding goodies I had forgotten about—loved that process. No
                    real rhyme or reason, just playing. Totally fun!




I Love Bubbles by Ali Edwards. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned papers: Scenic Route Paper Co.; Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Accents: 7gyp-
sies, Autumn Leaves, Imagination Project, K&Company, KI Memories, Making Memories and SEI; Stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Catslife Press; Stamping ink: Ranger Industries
and Stampin’ Up!; Pen: American Crafts.




                Ali’s notes                                                                                        This is the first time
             > Use two sets of photos from different times to tell                                             Kristina Contes
                a story. In this case, I could have told two individ-
               ual bubble stories or brought them together into one                                                               and
               larger layout that highlights Simon’s love of bubbles.                                             Michelle Wood
               I chose the latter.                                                                               have been published in
            > Add variety by taking photos from many angles.
              Get below or above your subject. Take some pictu                                                     Creating Keepsakes.
              straight on and some from behind. Focus on the res bub-
              bles or on the expression on your subject’s face. You                                      Thank you, ladies, for inspiring
              have so many options to tell a story. This, my                                               me to try something new!
              friends, is one of the beauties of scrapbooking.




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