Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Creative Scrapbook!!!

Good morning friends! I'm so excited to share with you some really awesome crafty news. I will be joining the Design Team over at My Creative Scrapbook! YAY!!!!!!! I have been a fan of MCS's kits for many years now. Pam (MCS owner) is always very generous with her kits and fills up each shipment with tons of paper, flowers, trim, and all kinds of beautiful embellishments.

For the month of June, I had won a spot on My Creative Scrapbook GDT call and received the Limited Edition kit to play with. This kit was amazing with so many variations of paper styles and colors. To my excitement and suprise, I was invited to join the DT full time! I can't wait to work with so many talented crafters and play with the best products around! Thank you so much Pam for all your kind words and for this amazing opportunity!

These are my creations with the June LE kit, which included all of Crate Paper's Portrait collection plus papers from My Creative Imagination, Glitz Designs and My Mind's Eye as well as gorgeous Prima flowers and pearls. For my first LO, I chose pastel colors to make a summery page. This photo was Emily was taken last year, with a little bit of tweaking in Elements, I turned it to BW. I just adore her smile here.

Here's a couple of close-ups. The pink background was created with a Martha Stweart Punch Around the Page punch. I also used Liquid Pearls in the center of each flower design. The letter stickers for the title were given a hint of color with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. The ruffled border was created by pleating a strip of paper I punched using a Martha Stewart border punch. I really liked the perfectly imperfect effect!

I did a lot of fussy cutting here, there were two sheets of this gorgeous paper in the kit!

For my second page, I used the doily die cut paper included in the kit and enhanced it with a punched paper border. You can see the tutorial here.  For this page I went with black and cream to complement the colors Emily and I were wearing in the photo, which was taken this past Easter.

I did some corset lacing here. The key to this technique is to punch an even number of holes and thread your lace or string 'one X at a time'.

The kit included an entire sheet of chipboard elements where I got the birdhouse and little clock. I just inked them and painted them some Crakle Paint in Rock Candy.

I wanted my next page to be subtle and elegant so I white-washed the green and yellow floral papers here.

This was my first time using my new sewing machine, I can only hope to get better! LOL! Aren't these flowers just gorgeous! They really make your pages look elegant. This would be a perfect wedding or communion page as well.

The stitched border was created with a Sew Easy tool and floss. I also did a little bit of stamping in the background using white paint bubble wrap. When trying out this technique, use a paint brush to spread your paint around your palette as you will get a better effect if you only have a thin layer of paint on your bubble wrap.

My last page with this kit uses papers by Glitz Designs. I scraped a photo of my beatiful sister which I printed twice and stacked them like you would playing cards to go with the theme of the paper.

I really distressed the edges a lot here adding straight and zig-zag stitching with my sewing machine. I also covered this design in the paper with Rock Candy Crackle Paint to highlight it as I decided to keep things simple as use that as my title.

I misted the background with Raven Glimmer Mist and added a few droplets of Candy Apple Glimmer Mist for contrast.

Lastly, here's a photo of the kit contents. I wasn't kidding when I said it was PACKED with gorgeousness! As you can probably tell, I only used kit contents, there was no need to add anything from my stash. I made four layouts and I still have a TON left over for cards or more layouts. These kits are an awesome value indeed!

Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope I have inspired you to create something! Have a happy scrappy week!


Sarah-R said...

Gorgeous creations - I am definitely trying your punched border!

Violette said...

I just love them all! You are very talented.

Jeannine said...

Beautiful work!! If you don't mind, I have a few questions:

1. Lovely Smile page... did you just roll the edges of the large circle or is that a cord of some kind?

2. To white wash, did you just paint white paint over the paper and then remove it with paper towel? If not, how did you do it?

3. Play Fair or Lose page... how did you distress the edges of the background paper to look that way?

You have become my mentor. lol Seriously, I just adore your style and would love to learn from you. I appreciate how you detailed the description to give us an idea of how you did things too. It took time for you to do that and I for one appreciate your efforts. :)

Jolaine Frias said...

Hi Jeannine,

Thanks so much for your lovely comment, I'm flattered!

1. Yeap, I simply rolled the edges of the circle to create dimension and show the white core.

2. White wash is when you water down your paint and brush it over your paper. It creates a 'milky' texture. If the result is too dark, you can use a baby wipe to remove some of the paint. Once you achieve your desired result, let your paper air dry or heat set it using a heat tool. If it's too wrinkled, I often use a craft iron to flatten it.

3. I distress all the edges of my papers using the Tim Holtz Edge Distresser tool. As I distress, I like to create tears on the paper for a more tatttered effect.

Hope this helps! I truly appreciate your continued support!


Jeannine said...

Yes, that does help. Thank you so much!

Kathy said...

I had written a lengthy comment but I am having trouble leaving my comment. Your work using Gabby's stuff is great and your children are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

So cool..I have a daughter named JoLaine..spelled the same. My middle name as well..your scrape book frames are just as pretty and unique as your name!


Jennifer JoLaine!