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Quick & Easy Keepsakes

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Need help organizing your photos and other mementos?

Any of these statements sound like you?

  • Scrapbooking is too much work

  • I am not creative

  • I don’t know where to start

  • I have lots of photos and no time to show them off

You say making a scrapbook page is too much work? You don’t think you have any creativity to design a memory keepsake? Do you have photos and mementos just thrown in boxes or lying patiently on a shelf or in a drawer, just waiting to be displayed somewhere?

If this sounds like you then I have a perfect solution for taking those items and creating a memory keepsake in a flash! Close to My Heart has 13 beautiful kits available and during the month of August, we are having a sale! The kits come with 122 pocket-style cards + a 12×12 cover sheet for your album and 10 page protectors.

Picture My Life kits are the perfect solution for making a memory keepsake!

Picture My Life kits are the perfect solution for making a memory keepsake!

This month only you can add an extra set of 10 page protectors for only $3!  Plus as my own personal incentive to make your keepsake, when you buy 5 Picture My Life kits you get the 6th one FREE!  Can’t wait to see how you will make your keepsake so be sure to share a link or post a photo along with a comment when you are done- this is an “easzy peaszy” project that doesn’t take any talent or creativity to make it so come on and make one today!

Just Click HERE to see all the kits or click on the image above to visit my website and see more details.

Happy Scrappin’

~The Jewels of Kingwood

Making Memories: A New Perspective-Part 2

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Scrapbook Page Layout – Helpful Techniques…

Experimentation with page elements

Experimentation with page elements

Determining layout elements

Determining layout elements

For those of you following my blog, this is the second part in a series on how I created my first scrapbook page layout from scratch. Hard to believe? Well… up until this past week, I have never done any paper format scrapbook layouts. I must admit, though similar to a digital format, at times it seemed more tedious yet fun to make a layout this way. I love cutting the intricate images and changing the layout around while the base pages are actually laying in front of me on my work surface and not just on my computer screen. I would suppose that if it were the other way around, the “cut-and-paste” scrapbooker would find the digital process just as challenging. This process has definitely given me a new found appreciation for both art forms!

So now on to the process I want to show you today…

Keeping it simple without too much clutter

Keeping it simple without too much clutter

Because this project involved using only one of the new Close To My Heart (CTMH) paper packets from the My Reflections Collections in the new 2014-15 Annual Inspirations Idea Book, choosing the patterns and colors were so much simpler. For this layout I used Chalk-It Up paper packet. You can see all of the papers available in the packet by clicking HERE or on any of the images above. I had to keep telling myself to keep it simple and, as always in the field of graphic design and page layout, to follow the design elements and principles when planning the layout.For this particular layout, I chose asymmetrical balance which means that, even though there are different elements on either side of the page, the positioning or placement of the elements creates a type of balance with each side being somewhat equal in weight if that makes sense.

One of the main features I love the most about CTMH is that each collection of papers includes coordinating patterns and colors in 12 x 12 sheets; 3- double-sided patterned papers and 3 different colors of cardstock. This gives you, the designer, so many options and virtually NO waste because you can use everything. I was so surprised at how much I’ve been able to create with just 6 pieces of paper.

Maintaining a central theme…

Loving all the patterns and colors was the most challenging part because it was hard not to want to use a little bit of everything! The second page for this spread was even more fun to play with and this is where I added more elements to focus on my school-related theme.Choosing the various elements to embellish my page was a bit tricky because I am like a little kid with all of my tools and arsenal of goodies to use when creating art in any form- I get carried away and before I know it, I have a page or project that looks cluttered and confusing, and this is not the effect you want!

Placement of embellishments can be tricky

Placement of embellishments can be tricky

Generally, when I approach a new project, I will pick and choose from a variety of stamped images that I have already completed to see what might work. If I don’t have anything in my stash, I try some new stamps, markers, coloring techniques, and experiment with some stick-on embellishments or ribbons to see what works. This part of the process can take awhile because I like to play with several different arrangements before settling on the final look before I glue anything in place. During this phase I still have to keep in mind how the design elements such as lines, shapes, colors, textures, and space are being organized on the page. This means how I use the design principles for a layout; these principles, just to name a few, include balance, unity, harmony, dominance and emphasis, proximity, rhythm, and movement. And…. BTW… don’t forget you will be adding photos to your page layout so be sure to plan enough room for those without looking like the photos were an afterthought.

I hope this bit of technical info wasn’t too confusing and gives you a glimpse at how I approach the layout process. My next post will focus on some of the tools I use for assembling my projects. I will be showing you more in the days to come so be sure to come back often to see what else I will be sharing with you.

Until next time…

~The Jewels of Kingwood

Making Memories: A New Perspective-Part 1

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First Ever Scrapbook Page Layout…

 

Chalk-It Up Scrapbook Page Layouts

Chalk-It Up Scrapbook Page Layouts

For a person who loves to create, I amazed myself this week when I realized I have never created a 2-page scrapbook layout before. Well… I guess that’s not 100% accurate- I’ve  made some digital page layouts using simple scrapbook layout software and digital kits, and used old, archaic (before the digital era) mock-up page layout techniques when working as a newspaper editor, and some digital software for creating yearbook pages when I was in college and when I taught yearbook courses at the high school level. But to actually plan out and create a scrapbook layout from scratch using paper and embellishments, that is something I have never accomplished until this past week! I spend all of my time making cards and designing layouts for flyers, business cards and websites, but never for a real, honest-to-goodness scrapbook. LOL- and I must admit, it was quite involved when it came to the planning and manipulating so I have to give a big shout out to all of you who do scrapbooks all the time.

Thought I would share part of the process today with everyone just to give you a peak at how I did these 2 pages that took me all week to finish. I have to start off by telling you that, as a Close To My Heart consultant, we got to order new products and “play” during the month of July. What a blast! This is one of the many perks of being with CTMH and the reason is simple- this way we get to know the new products intimately and are better prepared to help you use the papers, idea book samples, and all the many new items that were available as of August 1, 2014. It was so much fun, but like some people, I just wasn’t quite sure where to start. For me, startinhg meant choosing a new line of papers from the My Reflection collection and making a commitment to a swap project so that I had to design a variety of items. In addition to the 2 layout pages, I also had to create 2 different cards as well as some type of altered object project.

My projects created using the Chalk-It Up papers, the new ShinHanart Touch Twin alcohol markers, a few embellishments and a weeks worth of trial and error. Click on this image to see the new markers in the Idea Book.

My projects created using the Chalk-It Up papers, the new ShinHanart Touch Twin alcohol markers, a few embellishments and a weeks worth of trial and error. Click on this image to see the new markers in the Idea Book.

I need to point out, when I got involved with this swap for one of the CTMH groups, there were some limitations. First, I could only choose one of the new paper packet sets from My Reflections. Then you had to use the stamps associated with that set of papers and some embellishments. In other words, the person designing the layouts must focus all their efforts on just one small selection from all of the new products. I thought that would be a fun way to use the new paper and stamps that I had ordered during the preview ordering month. This week long adventure was full of failed attempts and some projects that I wasn’t 100% pleased with the outcomes. So for now, this is what I have completed: the 2 page layout, 3 cards, 3 pillow shaped gift boxes, a mini album, and a Post-It Note holder, all done with the Chalk-It Up papers and following a school/teacher related theme.

Join me here again tomorrow and I will show some of the steps in the process for the 2 Scrapbook page layouts. Until then…      ~The Jewels of Kingwood