The color palette for the Graphic 45 Couture Collection was a perfect match for photos I just took of my daughter and her tiny pet turtle. The aqua color was an obvious choice to match the photo background- but I knew I wanted to bring the green of the turtle in as well. I decided to create a “quilt” effect, and add in the green using Core’dinations cardstock. All the patterns of the Graphic 45, and the textures of the embossed cardstock mimic the look of a quilt, and machine stitching the squares together really brought the look together.
Tiny Turtles Layout Supplies:
- Graphic 45 Couture 6×6 Patterns and Solids
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock in Crab Grass, Roasted Pepper, and Mantis
- Core’dinations Chalk Core Cardstock
- Core’dinations Core Tags in Smooth Ivory
- Baker’s Twine
- Washi Tape
- Dymo Label Maker (manual style)
- Electronic Cutting Machine
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Select papers you would like for your layout, using a mixture of patterned papers and coordinating cardstock. and cut them into 4″x3″ pieces. Emboss and sand the cardstock pieces. Arrange the pieces out on a 12×12 sheet of cardstock, centering around a 4×6 photo. Machine stitch the perimeter of each piece.
Step 2: Using an Electronic Cutting Machine create title using Core’dinations Chalk Core. Adhere to layout.
Step 3: Using an Electronic Cutting Machine cut turtle shapes from Mantis and Crab Grass cardstock. Assemble turtles on Smooth Ivory Tags. Add Baker’s twine. Add additional embellishments to tags as desired. Adhere tags to layout.
Here is a close-up of the turtles:
Step 4: Add 3″ x 4″ photo to layout using washi tape.
Step 5 :Cut Chalk Core cardstock into strips to fit a manual Dymo Label Maker (pictured). Create journaling strips. Sand strips. Adhere to layout.
5) Stamp the critter image two times, once on Core’dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23 and once on Kraft-Core Shattered No. 20s. Stamp the tree stump onto the Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23. ***
***Tip: Be sure to sand & dust both of these pieces before stamping your image. By sanding and dusting before stamping, you get a sharper image and keep dust particles off of the stamp.
6) Fussy cut out both images stamped on the Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23. Cut out the tail, belly and nose from the critter image stamped on the Shattered No. 20s and layer onto the critter image you cut out in Step 7.
7) Using double-sided foam tape, adhere the tree trunk and critter to the right side of the card, next to the stamped sentiment.
ONE amazing Monday and THREE incredible layouts from Gail Linder!
Sweet Delight Layout
I have a secret to share today. Sometimes I scraplift my own layouts! Gasp!
Seriously, if you’re ever “stuck” for ideas, just choose an older layout of your own that you loved and scraplift it using new products or techniques!
That’s exactly what I did for today’s layout.
I knew I wanted to create bright, fun blocks at the top of the layout and I wanted to use Core cardstock (of course) showing a couple of techniques.
I cut 10 squares of cardstock (in 6 different colours) that were 2″x2″. After finding the arrangement that I was happy with I simply when from square to square, embellishing slightly.
Some of the techniques I used include:
- Embossing (you could also try de-bossing)
- Sanding and inking
- Adding die cuts (some raised on pop dots)
- Punching out a shape from the square, using the negative space
- Punching a circle ‘notch’ from the corner to add in a circular embellishment
I kept them quite simple as I wanted to fabulous colours to stand out!
And take a look where my journaling is hidden in this one:
The photo panel lifts up to reveal journaling underneath! I just folded a piece of white core cardstock to be the ‘flap’.
You can actually see the original layout that inspired this one on my blog here. I hope I’ve inspired you to look back at your older layouts for inspiration with fresh eyes!
Supply List – Gail January Project #2 – Sweet Delight Layout
Sand It Gadget
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
SSS, MFT & Avery Elle dies
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Feathers cutting file
One Little Word Layout
Do you follow the One Little Word concept? Although I’m a little late sharing my One Little Word for 2014, I have had it chosen since the end of last year, or rather, it came to me as per usual! Give.
I decided to create a layout for my word, using a phone selfie of myself (it’s the only recent photo I could find of me!).
I created the background to this layout by overlapping pieces of Core’dinations cardstock in pink and aqua with a few scraps of patterned paper. The card was cut at an angle (alternating directions) and I started from the bottom and worked my way up!
I gave all pieces of cardstock a quick sand to reveal a bit of the lighter core, for more dimension.
A couple more things to note:
- The title was cut using my Cameo. The word ‘give’ was cut out of Black Magic card (with a pink core) so when the edges had a light sand, they had a bit of pink showing to coordinate with the rest of the layout!
- I didn’t think my photos and title stood out enough on the busier background so I again used my Cameo to cut the circle design out of simple white cardstock to layer beneath! I love that effect and think it’s something I’ll be doing again and again!
I didn’t want to cover up any more of the background with a journaling blog and knew I had a bit to say about my OLW. An easy solution? I journalled on a white core tag, slipped it into a glassine bag and adhered it behind my photos. Love me some hidden journaling!
If you are interested in reading about why I chose this particular word, and more about my personal OLW journey, please visit my blog here!
I hope I’ve inspired you today!
Sand It Gadget
White Core Tag
Spellbinders ‘Asters & Poppies’ die
SSS heart die
Thirsty Script & Georgia fonts
Circle Background cutting file
Hello! I have another fun and colorful layout to share today! Can you tell I love putting together awesome color combinations with my Core’dinations cardstock? For this layout, I was inspired by a card I saw around the web that had strips of washi tape on the background. I tried to re-create the look with strips of embossed card.
I wanted the colors to “pop” so I used the reverse of a Kraft Core cardstock for a neutral kraft background. Then I chose six bright colors for my strips and got to work adding some texture to each strip.
You can see in the detail photos that a couple of strips are embossed and sanded to reveal the core. A few other strips I added some lines and borders simply using my Scor-Pal: a criss-cross, stripes and an outline.
Tim Holtz Kraft Core (reverse side)
Core Essentials – Fuschia Fizz, St Valentino
Neutrals – Snowflake
Brights – Atoll, Aqua
Tillie Dot – Tulip
Distress – Tumbled Glass
Adirondack – Purple Twilight
Sand It Gadget
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
PTI border die
Spellbinders speech bubble die
Thirsty Script font
Fall is here and we are all about scarves..sweaters..all things warm including coffee! Well, Suzanna really made this layout in July and it’s of iced coffee but that’s okay 😉 That allows me to point out the fact that she used her brown journal marker right on her Core Amour…it’s pre embossed but that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to embrace that texture and write right over it 😉
And can we just talk about the perspective of that photo? What a beautiful shot.
And next up we have a layout using loads of Core’dinations and some Graphic45 papers & stickers. What else screams fall but picking currants? Designer Shaunte Wadley adds so much gorgeous detail to this layout using her Lifestyle Crafts dies and Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered cardstock. The Graphic 45 are the perfect touch to add vintage elements to this project.
And how about some Chocolate box for that title?
Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions for the background.
Whitewash for the butterfly accents.
Chocolate Box for the title.
Core Essentials for the flowers and journaling tag.
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered for the leaf vines.
This is the last day of our week with SCOR PAL. Do you have one of these? Well, if you are a paper craft you better. AND if you love Core, then you BETTER! Scoring, then sanding with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only way to go. We hope that you have found some new and exciting ways use your Scor-Pal.
Scoring raises the cardstock so you can sand it and release that inner Core. It’s gorgeous AND both design teams are going to show you easy and fabulous ways the Scor Pal products and Core’dinations can add interested to your papercrafting projects.
Did you know we have a Scoring Video? Check out our Technique videos for some awesome ideas on what you can do with Core, including the scoring video.
PLEASE make sure you check out the Scor Pal blog for some iNcReDiBle designs this week (I think there might be a prize over there 😉 ). They SIMPLY rock. You know we always have something up our sleeve for you when we do these fun blog events so keep commenting for a chance to win some great Core’dinations Cardstock!
Design Team Member April Derrick created this cool envelope for her layout to keep Core Tags with her journaling and some photos. Brilliant!
Don’t forget your Scor Tape!\
EEEEK! May Arts Ribbon!
Some more scoring….