Sometimes I find that it can be tought to come up with new ideas for boy layouts. I want to share with you a quick and easy tip on how to create your own grid-like pattern with Core’dinations. When I looked at my son’s shorts in these photos, for some reason it reminded me of Lego ….. So I took my Core’dinations and got to work !!
I cut (4) different colors into 2″ pieces and ran them through this cool mini square embossing folder from Darice
I gently sanded each piece and then adhered them in a pattern onto the top and bottom of my white spotted cardstock base making sure that each color didn’t end up on top of one another.
Today we have some gorgeous layouts from Debbie Standard!
We had a beautiful day for my mother’s 87th birthday and afterwards while the girls were still dressed up we went around the corner from my house and had them pose in this beautiful field of blue bonnets (Texas is known for their state flower)! My granddaughter was patient with me up to a point and then she spontaneously burst into some random poses – these were my favorite!
2. Use blue from the Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress collection and emboss it with a Spellbinder’s embossing folder. It is of course too wide to run through the embossing machine so I cut my paper in two and embossed each sheet and then attached them together.
3. I matted my photos with white and then added pink behind my photo strip. I punched the edges with a Martha Stewart punch and then sanded them before adhering.
4. I cut my flower and my title from my Silhouette ran the title through my Xyron machine and attached it. Totally loved how these colors came out and reflected everything in my photos.
We celebrated my mother’s 87th birthday recently and had her kids, some of her grand kids and great grand kids there. Even with just a partial group there were 16!. She was thrilled! When the restaurant realized who we were singing too they all joined in. She was so cute, I had to document it!
1. Sand the BasicGrey Core Impressions and adhere together with Washi tape.
2. Then I cut and matted my photos on a sheet of white and then backed it with a bright blue and attached it.
3. Next, I cut my title and my balloons from a Silhouette die, ran them through my Xyron 250, sanded them lightly and adhered them to my page.
6. Add some Queens & Co. twine for balloon strings.
I really love this stuff – it holds up to a lot of media work, as you will see in my stepped out tutorial today.
Step 1: Pour a bit of mist onto the Core’dinations 110 lb cardstock. While it is wet, blow onto the media through a straw. This will create the dramatic streaks above on your project.
Step 2: Once the streaks are dry, mist your cardstock with water, then pour or spritz your choice of mists. Spritzing onto a surface pre-moistened with water allows your colors to blend freely and spontaneously with each other.
Step 3: While the surface is wet, unscrew the cap to an intensely hued mist, and tap the color into the puddle. Instead of creating the typical splatter of mist which happens when you work on a dry surface, the colors will move a bit and create a watercolor effect something like Stained Glass.
Step 4: Add some stamping using Distress Inks. Lightly mist your stamping with water to further the feeling you are looking through the softening lens of stained glass.
Step 5: Add die-cuts, text, and other desired embellishments. To complete my organic look, I added my vascular hot glue effects (for which I have many videos available on my youtube channel). To make the die-cuts pop, you can use a marker along the edges – while still wet, blend in the pigment with decoupage medium.
Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog today!
I don’t know how she does it but Debbie Standard uses ALL Core’dinations on her layouts. The amount of detail is amazing and how she mixes and matches our different lines of Core is incredible! Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and get ready to be inspired!
I loved this sketch over at Page Drafts and knew exactly what picture I wanted to use with it. Love how the Tim Holtz Shattered collection gives you such great background even if you don’t do anything to it – it already has a great look. Love that I can do a layout and never touch any patterned paper.
I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw), Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.