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Friday, November 16, 2012

Mini in Minutes with Kesi'art

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I know, I know, summer is over. But I can't dive into my December Daily project without first putting my thoughts down about our wonderful summer in France. Since time is a factor for me so I chose to go simple. I thought I'd share how I put together this simple mini book in a few easy steps. (Ce tuto est dispo en français sur le blog Kesiart.)

Mini in Minutes Tutorial 

1 CHOOSE A FORMAT
I used the Kesi'art Mini Classeur in kraft. I decided on the spot that some pages would be whole photos and others would have paper.
2 PRINT PHOTOS
This is probably the most time consuming step. My first selection turned out 80 photos! That was too many so I narrowed my selection down to eight. I could have added more photos, but looking at my final selection I knew the themes I wanted to write about were represented. Also, some summer photos have already been documented in layouts. Before printing, I added a title in Photoshop to the one above (no. 2).
3 CHOOSE & CUT PAPERS
This step is pretty straightforward. I wanted rainbow and bright (it's a thing with me lately). So I picked a few patterned papers and trimmed them down to 17 cm x 12.5 cm.
4 STAMP & PRINT CAPTIONS ON STICKIES
For the design, I was inspired by this Pugly Pixel post with the label in the center. I stamped some Stickies (label stickers) with phrases from the the 12-in-1 stamps and printed the others using this technique from Catherine at Design Editor.
5 PRINT TITLES ONTO PAPER
I created a 17 cm x 12.5 cm document on my laptop and added my page titles. Next, I ran the trimmed paper through my printer. Et voila.
6 ASSEMBLE THE INNER PAGES
Make sure to check and double-check the direction before gluing it down!

Mini in Minutes Tutorial

7 TAPE STRIPES ONTO COVER
Now it's time to work on the structure. I used washi tape to make a striped pattern on the cover.
8 PAINT COVER
And a foam brush to paint the cover white.
9 REMOVE TAPE & FIX EDGES
Love the nautical look of the white stripes! I used a straight brush to fix a few jagged edges.
10 COVER THE INSIDE
The packaging from the album is sublime with the perfect chevron pattern and nice turquoise color. I liked it so much, I used it to cover the inside of the album. The bonus? The width fits just right.
11 ASSEMBLE EVERYTHING
12 ADD ALBUM TITLE
13 STICK STAMPED & PRINTED LABELS ON PHOTOS
These are the finishing touches. I aimed for full center positioning.
14 ADD YOUR THOUGHTS
This is what this project was about for me. I had memories and thoughts about our summer that I didn't want to forget. Having a place to store these was important to me. It is very simple, but it is done. And that's what counts. Right?
Here is a look at the inner pages :

Mini in Minutes Tutorial

Have a great weekend! Now that this is done, I'm ready for my December project. How about you?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Boarding Pass | A Layout

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I am back at it. A layout! The whole month of February was about house guests and travel with zero time for crafty things. The past week has been about getting back to our normal school-time routine. I spent the last few days hovering around the work table and letting ideas come together. It has been a slow start.

Today I put together this page because looking at these photos reminds me of how awesome Andrea is as a travel partner. He is curious and helpful and nice to be around. Also, we have a new large-format printer so I have been testing the 12 x 12 prints (on cardstock because I haven't bought large format photo paper yet).

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QUICK TIP Here is a quick example of how to use themed stickers for something other than it's intended theme. In this case, it's Kesi'art's Back to School sticker strips. I liked the color and the text style of the stickers but this layout is about a boy and travel, so I kept the stickers but made the form (and not the words) the focal point. Here is how :

Boarding Pass

What about you? Do you use themed embellishments on any layout? Or do you keep them for similarly themed projects? Either way, here's to makng more layouts!

Friday, January 20, 2012

How I Did It : Handwritten Text on Cardstock


TIHIDI : NYE 2011

Hey, it's Friday! I'm pretty excited because it's freezing here which means I'll probably spend a lot of time in my studio scrapbooking or painting this weekend.

Yesterday I put together this layout. I intended to print the journaling onto cardstock but accidentally closed the PS file without saving. Instead of re-typing it I decided on Plan B - handwriting the journaling. This is how I did it:

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1. I already knew where I wanted the text so I put all the elements of the page together and left the writing for last.

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2. When I was ready to write, I made light guides with my pencil and ruler and made sure to make margins too.

TIHIDI: NYE 2011

3. Sometimes, I write a first draft in pencil, but I had already typed my thoughts out once (and lost them) so I was ready to write it out with my black pen.

TIHIDI: NYE 2011

4. After waiting for the ink to dry, I erased the pencil lines. Presto! 

It's funny how my desire for perfection varies. Most times I would have simply handwritten on a layout without making guides with my pencil. Yesterday, I wanted to try and keep things neat because my original plan included typed text. Lucky for me, I chose to just go with this quick solution. Sometimes that is the difference between getting it perfect and getting it done!

What about you? Do you change your course of action mid-layout if you run into a problem? Or do you rather get things exactly as planned? Does time play a role in your decision?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Moving Day + Kesi'art

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While the movers pack up our stuff over the next few days, you can find me over at the Kesi'art blog where I'll share some tips on getting some scrapbooking done. Hope you like what I've shared with you.

(Not sure at what time my first post will be up over so make sure to check in at Kesi'art later this morning.)

Friday, June 24, 2011

A layout : This Is Us Now

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New. If you scrapbook and live in France, you've probably already heard about the two new collections Kesi'art released this week. They are a reminder of why I like this brand so much - cool graphic patterns and fresh color palettes.

The Layout. When I saw that the paper Caracas has a beautiful aqua map of the world on one side (with Washington DC clearly marked on the top left!), I knew I wanted to make a layout about our move. One of the clocks on the Rome paper has the Washington time zone. I totally feel like this story is dying to be told.

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I punched out a circle within a circle and made a mini banner using the orange side of the Rome paper to highlight the two places on the layout where it says Washington DC.

The lovely 20 septembre 1956 paper from the Anachronisme collection that is full of nice sentiments typed out into strips. I added one along the top edge of the photos.

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The Photos were taken during a Sunday stroll through downtown Toulouse. I used Pioneer Woman's actions before printing them onto photo paper. 

The Journaling. I wrapped my journaling around the outline of a circle in InDesign and printed onto Bazzill cardstock. Then I stuck a round On the Road Again Itinérance sticker inside the outlined circle near my journaling. And voila! That's my layout.

If you are looking for fun scrapbook challenges to do this weekend, check out Kesi'art's blog for the Move ton Body game and giveaway.

Have a nice weekend.

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