Saturday, October 25, 2008

Paper Crafting Tip #40: Use your black and white photos.

Because I was born in the '60s, I have lots of childhood pictures of myself as a very little girl that are in black and white.  Sometimes we get intimidated by these photos, or we can't figure out how to use them on our layouts.  Many scrapbookers think that they have to use vintage or muted colors with these photos.  Well, I'll let you in on a little secret.  I really don't like the vintage, heritage, or "shabby chic" look that became popular when I first started scrapbooking.  I don't like muted, washed-out colors.  I like bright, vibrant papers and embellishments.

You can use these lively colors with your black and white photos.  In fact, the photos stand out beautifully when you do.  Here are some layouts I've done with my photos.  The first one is from several months back, and it's a traditional layout, with everything "cut and pasted" together (my favorite way to scrapbook).  The second layout is digital.  Although it's not something I do a lot, I do enjoy creating a digital layout once in a while. 

Have fun with those "old" photos!

  Summer in the Sixties (L)
Summer in the Sixties (R)

Flower Child Circle

Friday, October 10, 2008

Paper Crafting Tip #39: A few Halloween ideas for you

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These are the samples I made for Repeat Impressions .  I used the Top Score Multiboard, by Crafter's Companion , to make the tri-fold card on the left.  The pumpkins on the middle card are raised with foam tape.  For the treat bag on the right, I painted a plain brown lunch bag with black acrylic paint.  Then I made a paper medallion using the directions from Martha Stewart Crafts .  The center of the medallion is a piece of a catalog cover that I recycled by stamping, coloring with markers, and covering with Diamond Glaze, by Judikins .

Happy Scary Crafting!