Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scrapbook Freebie: Earth Day Journal Cards

I've been working on a project for some wall art for my house. I created this background that I thought would be perfect to scan in for a 4"x6" filler card in my scrapbook album. I scanned it in and quickly made a couple 3"x4" cards to match and share with you. I thought it was too perfect for Earth Day which is coming up soon. Enjoy!

Earth Day Journal Cards

Heather Greenwood | Earth Day Journal Cards Printable Freebie

Happy Easter

This weekend we're getting our garden ready for planting and I can't wait to document the fun of being outside and getting our garden ready. Sunday we will be celebrating Easter and I plan on writing John 3:16 on the mixed media background I created and framing it to hang on my wall. I'll share what it looks like after it's finished and hung up. 

Speaking of Easter, be sure to check out my Easter themed journal card freebies. Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be back on Monday with my Week 15 page. Also, don't forget that I still have the Amy Tangerine Plus One Project Life Mini Kit sweepstakes going on right now through Friday, April 25th.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Mixed Media Tutorial - Stamping with Gelatos

I'm back again with another mixed media tutorial using Design Memory Craft/Faber-Castell Gelatos. I think it's safe to say that Gelatos are my favorite tools to work with. I also really love this wood mounted stamp from the Amy Tangerine Plus One Collection. I can't get enough of it.


NOTE: it is best to use thicker designs for your stamps. The more intricate it is, the harder it will be to get a nice clean image. My favorites are rubber stamps or foam stamps for this technique. Clear stamps will work, but when they are wet, they tend to slide around on your block and become more difficult to get a clean image without it sliding around.

First, you're going to draw on your stamp with your Gelatos. I wanted a gradient look so I started with the lighter color and ended with the darker color, blending them in by drawing on top of parts of the previous color.

Next, you will use your spray mister to spray it twice with water. I let it sit for a bit to blend the colors more and sometimes I'll go back and add more color.

NOTE: this part takes a bit of practice. Too much water will make it really flow which would be great for flowers that you want to have the watercolor look with. For more defined images, you don't want it to flow as much so that you can see the image.

Lastly, you will stamp your image on your card and press hard into it to transfer the Gelatos. If you press softly, the image will be soft and have a great watercolor effect. For more defined images like these words, you want to be sure to press harder to have the words appear more defined.

Carefully remove your stamp and you'll see your image. You'll also still have some Gelatos on your stamp and you can usually re-wet your stamp and make another image. The fun is in the playing and getting used to this technique. It isn't a super easy technique, but once you've played a little bit you'll understand how much water and Gelatos to use. This example below is a second imprint. The first one had too much water and it was difficult to see.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's a Rainbow of Scrapbook Organization

This past weekend the kids were sick and we needed to clean the house for our upcoming homeschool coop at our house. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do a little organizing of my scrapbook supplies. I had had my Project Life cards organized by color, but all my embellishments were just thrown into a big bucket. This made it really difficult to find things that I wanted to use and therefore they just sat in the bucket and never got used.

How Heather Greenwood organizes her scrapbook supplies, by colors

I decided it was time to organize the embellishments by color too. I went to the store and picked up all the CD storage containers I could find. These cases fit the 6"x4" cards so perfectly along the side of the container.

I split up all the cards again by color. This was easy since they were already in rainbow order. I then grabbed all my elements and dumped them out on the floor and went through them one by one to put them in the right container. My black/white/grey cards are all in one container and the elements in another container. All the other colors of the rainbow ended up having one container with all the cards and elements together.

How Heather Greenwood organizes her scrapbook supplies, by colors

NOTE: When I receive sticker sheets, except for alphabets, I cut out each sticker leaving the back in-tact. I like doing this for easy storage and it makes it easier to sort everything by color.

I ended up with one container each for pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown/tan, multi-colored, and two containers for the black/white/grey cards and embellishments.

The only exception to all of this is the Christmas themed cards and embellishments. I have those all in a large zip-lock bag and they are stored away in a large tote bag with the album and other things I have set aside for my December Daily album.

How do you organize your scrapbook supplies? Do you sort by color, or do you keep your kits together? I love seeing how different everyone organizes their supplies according to what works best for them!

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