Don’t Celebrate Christmas but still want to join in the fun, read on………..

Hi All,

Christmas is one of the most awaited and important holiday of the year. December is definitely the month of Christmas with so many Christmas themed kits and products releases. However, there are still some people that don’t celebrate Christmas, including me. I honestly get so envious sometimes watching all the awesome Christmas layouts and celebration. I had wished so many times that I could also participate by making Christmas layouts but I honestly don’t have any Christmas photos AT ALL. So how to solve this problem?

Luckily, I did find a couple of solutions thanks to my awesome CTs. So I thought to share this tips and tricks with all those who don’t celebrate Christmas but still wish to join in the fun.

1. Take photos of Christmas decorations in malls, stores, and other public places.
Normally nearing Christmas time, the malls, stores, etc. will start to decorate with Christmas decorations. Those photos would be perfect for a Christmas layout.

If you live near Disneyland or other amusement park, you can be sure to be able to capture some awesome Christmas decorations.

Credit: We Wish You A Merry Christmas Kit and Add-on by Chelle’s Creations

Credit: Season’s Greetings by Indigo Designs

Special Christmas displays or exhibition is also a great more general Christmas theme photos you can use to scrap Christmas kits.

Credit: Snowflake Kisses by Touched By A Butterfly

Credit: Snowflake Kisses by Touched By A Butterfly

2. Christmas photos RAK
You could also ask if your friends who celebrate Christmas might be willing to let you scrap their photos.

The photos in this page is a courtesy of Jen.

Candy Cane Cuties by Kristin Aagard Designs
Candy Cane Cuties Sticker Pack by Kristin Aagard Designs

Hopefully, those two tips will at least help you be able to enjoy the fun of Christmas a bit.

The sample layouts are all created with my new release: Christmas Jingle available at Mscraps and Gingerscraps. It’s currently on 25% new release sale. Grab this coupon: mscjingle5off for an additional 5% off at Mscraps. Coupon expires Dec 10th.

Tips on Using Artistic Side Template

Hi All,

Here are some tips and tricks to get you started on using Artistic Side Template.

1. Clip papers to the smears to create a mixed media background

Here is an example of the clipping page:

This is the background view.

These are the papers that I used.

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2. Replace the smears with ready made smears or a combination of both.

For this layout I combined the clipping papers and replacing elements technique.

This is the view of the background with smears. I used a total of 6 smears.

These are the smears that I used.

This is the view of the background with clipped papers.

These are the papers I used:

This is the complete background.

Kit Credit:

3. If you’re not the messy, mixed media type, you could always delete all the smears layers and scrap with a clean, traditional background.

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Blending Fun

I have recently attended a blending class by Jana Morton and boy am I addicted to blending. I’ve always loved blended pages and have tried to make a couple of pages but my pages are just kind of a randomized hit-and-miss attempt. I don’t exactly know what I’m doing but I just played around with the different blending mode. I wanted to learn more about blending so when Jana’s class opened, I immediately signed up for it.

I am very happy that I joined the class. I have learned a lot of blending technique and even photo editing technique from it. Jana’s great and she answered questions and emails very quickly. The videos are easy to follow and I love that you could download them.

One of the things I love doing is blending papers. When working with papers one of the biggest problem/challenge that I have is between using patterned and solid papers. Sometimes it’s either that the patterned papers are too busy or the solid papers will look too plain (if use alone). After attending Jana’s class, I applied the technique she taught to blending paper to achieve the look that I want. Here are some examples. The background papers are all the results of the blending of more than 3 papers together.

Credit: Hivernal by Sugary Fancy, Twist and Shout Template by Angelclaud ArtRoom

Credit: Santa’s Little Helper by Kristin Aagard

Credit: Mitten Weather by Ju Kneipp and Everyday Life: Bundle by Ju Kneipp.

Credit: Yesterday, Today and Forever by Juliana Kneipp and Sugarplum Paperie

Credit: Touch of Pink (Mini) by Pink Poppy Press and Touch of Pink (Clean Pats & Solids) by Pink Poppy Press

Grab Bags Mix n Match Tips and Tutorials

Hi All,

I am releasing a special Mix n Match grab bags for iDSD and here is a tutorial about how you might use the different packs to make 1 unique layout.

Before we start, in case you have different arrange documents setting, please choose first “consolidate all” setting.

First open all the different parts that you want to mix n match. For example here I chose stacked paper temp1 and photo cluster temp2.

Click on the acart_stpaperv1temp1 tab and activate the paper layer that you would put the photo cluster on top of.

Select the “move tool (v)”, normally the 1st tool from the top and check the auto select-group and show transform control box.

Go to the photo cluster temp2 tab and click on the most bottom layer, then scroll up to the top layer and shift+right click on it to select all the layers.

Move your mouse to around the middle of the photo cluster (where I drew the star) and the right click and hold it and then drag the whole cluster to the acart_stpaperv1temp1 tab above.

You should be taken to the paper page. Position your mouse cursor to where you want the photo cluster and then release it. The whole photo cluster will be added into the stacked paper template. With all the photo cluster layers still selected, you can move it around until you it’s at the position that you want. Now you can start scrapping with the unique template!

Don’t forget you can also rotate it, resize it, or add another photo cluster/stacked border/title cluster, etc. There are so many possibilities.

Here is a template with stacked paper temp1, photo cluster temp2, title cluster temp1, and stacked border temp2.

Here are some mix n matching from my creative team.

This is honestly one of my favorite layout. It’s such a busy page but yet it doesn’t look “too busy” but everything flows in nicely. I love how Kelly uses the arrows to point to the highlights of the page (photos and journal). Parts used: stacked paper temp3, 3 x photo cluster temp 1, which are rotated in different directions.

I love how Ella created a more “white space” layout by making the photo clusters smaller and putting everything on the side. They also made a great triangle with the blended photo in the middle. Parts used: 2 x photo cluster temp2 and title cluster temp2.

Here is another gorgeous “white space” layout by Ella. Here she only used the stacked border temp 1 and she rotated it to be placed at the top.

Lori showed that you can create a more simple layout with the cluster. Here she rotated the stacked paper and the photo cluster. She also added some journaling and title below the photo cluster. Parts used: stacked paper temp 1 and photo cluster temp1.

For this page Maria used stacked paper temp3 and photo cluster temp2.

Polygon – Hexagon Ideas

Hi All,

I wanted to talk a bit about using Polygon, in this case, hexagon in layouts. To be honest, I’ve never used them in layouts before because for me, they felt a bit odd and out of place unlike circles, squares, and rectangles. I don’t really use other shapes including triangle, diamond, etc. However, I decided to give it a try to make a template with it after it was requested by Sharon. It turned out that they are quite fun and not so “odd” after all. One of my CTs commented that they are great for showcasing patterned papers. Here are some ideas on some creative use of hexagon.

1. For photos

This is definitely the most general/easy usage. I think it definitely draws people attention to the photos due to the more different shape.

2. As fasteners (buttons, brads, etc.)

If you clip papers to the shape and make it smaller, they also work great as fasteners.

3. As block to showcase patterned papers or different elements

Similarly to square blocks used to showcase patterned papers or to put different elements on, the hexagon could also be used for such purpose.

In this layout by Amanda Yi, she placed different parts of the page. In one hexagon she placed the adjective to emphasize the yummy page, in another hexagon she placed the garlic elements with frame which is the main subject of her page, and in another, cooking related element.

4. Enhance specific theme/feel for tool/construction, etc. page

I really don’t know how to categorize this but I got this idea through Lori’s page here where she used the hexagon for metal-screw like feel for her Under Construction page. I think the shape of hexagon reminds me of screws and if you’re scrapping similar/tools/constructions type of theme, it would work great in the page.

I hope those give you all some ideas on what to do with hexagon and if you don’t normally scrap with them, you might experiment and have a little bit of fun with them. If you have more ideas and suggestions on creative use of hexagon, I would love to hear more of your ideas.

Happy scrapping!