Hello there, and welcome back to Inspiration Weekend at Shimelle.com! It’s Meghann Andrew with you, and I am honoured to be a contributing designer here! Today I’d like to share a layout that truly inspired me to want to pull out my scrapbook stash, created by Nancy Damiano from the shimelle.com archives.
I was immediately drawn to the large amount of white space, horizontal design, and all of those colorful, painted wood veneer pieces! Knowing that I have quite a few of those in my stash as well, I went to work to create my own layout that stays true to my style.
The colors in the Shimelle True Stories collection worked so well with a photo of my daughter in a field of wildflowers, so I started pulling out floral, red, navy and green products to match the photo. I pulled out several wood veneer pieces that would fit my layout, and even planned to create a title with the wood veneer too. I often mix and match several elements to create a visually interesting title.
To add a bit more colour, I taped off my wood veneer pieces and painted them with blue, red and gold acrylic paint.
Along with the wood veneer, I also added various die-cuts and chipboard embellishments to add variety to the layout. I placed my photo, sized at 4” x 4” and backed with white cardstock, directly in the center of these elements, to make it the focus of the layout.
I almost never walk away from a layout without stamping on it first! These small flowers from the Starshine stamp were perfect for adding to the embellishment cluster.
To add a small bit of journaling to the page, I layered three different tags, and tucked them into patterned paper layers which grounded the bottom of my layout. Mixing and matching pattern is something that I do on almost every layout- and it’s made even easier when you use papers from the same collection.
A little bit of inspiration can certainly take you a long way, and by adding your own personal touches, you can still stay true to your style!
If you put Meghann’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!
The next challenge is one that is minimal on supplies and time – perfect for getting something done right now. You can probably do this without clearing your desk! May Flaum and I both heartily endorse that particular artistic technique!
For my inspiration, I was scrolling through projects I’ve done for Shimelle.com over the years and I stumbled across this card (it has a video) and I got to thinking about washi tape, shapes, and cards. I suppose you’d have to be inside my mind to make the connection on first glance, but trust me, it’s there!
For my card I first took washi tape and loaded up some white cardstock. Then I cut stars out of it with a paper punch. I love doing this – so quick and easy and it’s always interesting results.
The next step, I stitched five lines in a grid pattern with my sewing machine on a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card. Don’t have one? Just use pen! With this done I was ready to rock! First up, add the stars to the grid, decide which you like where, and then really get crazy. I used various Heidi Swapp mists and flicked colors here and there. Then I added a few sequins, buttons, and fun accents and bam! Card set.
Stickers or rub-ons would be great for the sentiment, in my case I stamped thank you. What I love about this and the original inspiration is that it’s bits & pieces. Lines & details on a plain white card. Great for scraps, when you’re short on time, or if you’re just wanting a splash of color on a homemade card.
I hope I’ve inspired you to drop a note to a friend today!
If you put May’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!
I love using geometric shapes on my layouts and I love color! So I recreated some of those elements on my own design. Like her original design, I also used squares to create a large diamond shape on my page. I started by using a square 1 1/2” punch to punch out various patterned paper squares from the Shimelle Go Now Go collection.
I then cut some squares in half at a diagonal to create two toned geometric squares, I then adhered them to a piece of white cardstock paper.
To add a homemade feel to my layout I added some hand stitching using white embroidery floss around the outside of my triangle design.
I then created my title using a combination of stickers and thickers and finished my design by adding ink, paint, and a few other embellishments to my page.
If you put Gina’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!
I’m delighted to bring you a full weekend of scrapbooking inspiration here at shimelle.com, starting right here! Each post today and tomorrow includes a chance to link up and share your work, with the deadline not until the 10th of August, so you have plenty of time to participate. We’re taking all our inspiration this weekend from the pages posted in the Scrapbook Like a Superhero Facebook group, the #shimelle hashtag on Instagram and posts in the shimelle.com archives. Kirsty is kicking off the fun by going all the way back to 2011!
Sketches can be a great way to develop and feature your own scrapbooking style without having to go to the trouble of designing a page completely from scratch. A sketch, and indeed layouts made from that sketch, offers a lovely starting point to a design and can still give you lots of freedom to include all those little things that make scrapbooks so personal.
I do think it is important to choose a sketch that you know will work for you. I wanted to use this sketch from Shimelle’s archive largely because it featured a single square photo and had lots of white space. I’m really enjoying working with square photos at the moment, which perhaps has something to do with Instagram, but it also allows me to pair a layout with a divided page protector of nine photos. That means I get more pictures in my album, and the square format means it doesn’t matter whether they are portrait or landscape.
This layout gave me really great guidance in placing my photo, and then including words and embellishments on the diagonal.
More often than not, I like to work with a white cardstock background. I think it helps the pictures and embellishment to really stand out. During the last few months, I have learned how to use a craft knife to make paper cuts, which are detailed, hand-written titles. I love the white-on-white subtlety of a lacy title on a white cardstock background, and this is probably the most recent technique I have incorporated into my pages. Learning to make papercuts was in some ways easier that I thought: the only equipment you need is a knife and a cutting mat. Using this technique has given me so much flexibility with my titles, and while I am still practising to improve the detail I can accomplish, it’s a process I’m enjoying very much. I like to learn new things!
Once I had made my title, The Very Friendly Zebra, I realised it was a little large to go in the space suggested by the sketch. So instead, I moved it into the journaling spot. This worked well for me: it was still a spot on the sketch marked for writing, but placing the title there balanced the page so much better. Following that decision, I wrote my journaling on little cards to include with the divided page protector, instead of on the page itself. Finally, I put a neutral, grid journaling card underneath the title to ground it, and frame the words.
By the way, if the title seems a little unusual, this page is about my experience in the town of Sucre in Bolivia. The traffic there is a nightmare, with drivers simply ignoring pedestrian crossings and the rules of the road. To combat this, the government employs students to wear zebra costumes and stand by the zebra crossings to manage the traffic, and so whenever it’s time for pedestrians to cross, the zebras dance out into the road, halting cars, walking small children to safety and generally being wonderful and cheery and cuddly. They do an amazing job!
When I scrapbook, I don’t stick anything down until the end, so my next step was to position some embellishment options. The photo here has black and white from the zebra stripes, and also features a lovely blue in the sky, and the sandy and grey neutral tones of buildings. So this was the colour palette I worked with. I pulled out scraps of patterned paper to layer behind the photo which would complement these colours. I love to use layering to emphasise a photo, and it’s a technique that is pretty much a staple feature of my layouts.
I also like to complement the story of my page wherever possible, so I included a camera icon and little luggage tag stickers to suggest travel. Once I was happy with the position of everything, I could build up the finished design. I inked the edges of all the patterned paper (something I always do as it can really define the layers) and splattered black droplets of mist onto my background sheet. Then I gradually built up my page, adhering the different layers, and arranging my embellishments along the diagonal as the sketch suggests. I also popped up the title on little foam squares; again something I do regularly for hand cut titles as it gives them a bit of depth off the page and creates a little shadow. The final touch was a scatter of wood veneer stars, and a quick hand-drawn border to include the date and add a bit of definition to the edge of the layout.
I loved using the sketch to incorporate key elements of the design, and reflecting on the finished layout, I can see a lot of my signature in it! From white cardstock, a single photo and a 12×12 design right through to using a camera icon (always my favourite and works for ANY theme), hand-cutting a title, using layers and adding ink droplets.
To complete this project, I filled a divided page protector with other photos I had taken of Sucre and the wonderful zebras. The colours in the photos tied in with the page very effectively and I was able to slip a couple of journaling cards in behind. Actually, this is perhaps the one part of my style that didn’t make it onto the layout; I usually make it a priority to include hand-written journaling. But given that I have included it here, I suppose my handwriting got into the layout after all! These two pages will go together in my album and tell the full story of a lovely day exploring the town.
If you put Kirsty’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!
Everything’s going a bit late night here at the moment, between Glitter Girl’s dark photo adventure and this project from contributing designer Sheena Rowlands. But all this weekend, there’s actually an absolute stack of inspiration coming your way right here. It’s an online crop weekend! That all kicks off tomorrow morning, so you can stop by and see more. Now thanks to Sheena, I have a new app to go download, so I’ll leave her to tell you all about it, and I’ll see you again tomorrow!
Over the last few years I’ve noticed that I tend to use my phone rather than my DSLR for catching the majority of the images of my family. This is probably due to a little laziness on my part but my phone is so handy and compact that its always with me.
Here in England it is summer time, even if the weather doesn’t always agree! As a family we always spend more time outside way into the evening relaxing, enjoying the warmth. Usually I don’t take many photos when it’s going dark as the flash can make them look unnatural. If I wanted to get a night lit photo of a static image, then I would rest my phone on a wall or other object to keep it still to get a good photo but if I wanted a photo of moving light I had previously got out the tripod and ‘big’ camera and had to set up a shot.
As my children will tell me there are apps for everything these days, so I set about trying to find a free one to help me take better photos at night and specifically alter the shutter speed to capture light. I found this and thought I would test it out.
I have to say we have had some fun playing with this app. In its setting you can alter the shutter time from a 1/8 of a second to hours to create an unique image. All these photos were taken whilst I was just holding my phone so no tripod or other methods to keep the phone still, making this ideal for spontaneous fun. They may not be technically perfect but to be honest that doesn’t really bother me.
The HI photo was taken using phone torches as the light source.
The wheel was a ride at a local Fun Fair.
The light trails are car headlights taken from a bridge.
These experiments gave me an idea of a photo I wanted to create using sparklers, with a little help from my friends.
Night time photos needn’t be scrapped with dark colours, for my page I chose the warm glow of the light as my starting point for gathering supplies. Having dark photos on lighter backgrounds really makes them pop.
I used the heart background cut file from Just Nick as the basis of my page and splattered it with lots of warm peach and gold tones plus some splashes of black.
I used the light photo we created as the title for my page. I’m glad you can’t see our faces behind the sparklers as we were concentrating hard on creating our letters! Do bear in mind if you try this technique some letters will need to be written backwards to get them right on camera. We did a dummy run with phone torches before we lit the sparklers.
I’ve used supplies from all Shimelle’s ranges here to help document my love for my children on this page. I’d love to see layouts featuring your night time photos and and any tips or tricks you have for getting great night time shots.
Today I’m joined by a certain lady named Orange who has me thinking I really need to get my head thinking more creatively about die-cutting! I use my Silhouette most often when I need to make dozens of the same item, like party invitations, and there is a wealth of beauty in creating unique pieces with the Silhouette rather than my assembly line approach. I hope Orange inspires you as much as she has me, and I also hope you enjoy something to get you started or to help build your cut file library.
I’ve been looking for the perfect way to document this photograph of my daughter watching the fireworks nearly two years ago. I struggle when it comes to being a “themey” scrapper — I’m just not good at it — I mostly focus on those everyday moments, but I really wanted to scrap this photo!
The fireworks that we were watching were set to music and so one day, it just popped into my head to use the title “Tick Tick Tick Boom!” from the song by The Hives (which also happens to be one of the songs from that night).
Shimelle’s Starshine collection fit perfectly because there was the navy blue and red, traditional “Fourth of July” colors, but balanced by the less “themey” yellow and bright green! I created three different cut files for this layout — two for the title and one that looks like fireworks to use as a mask.
Now I realise I’m definitely one guilty of letting my Silhouette gather dust, then having a flash of cutting inspiration and firing it up to cut as much paper as I can find. (Well, maybe not all the paper I can find. I can find a great deal of paper.) Recently that included cutting the days of the week in giant size for some big photo scrapping. Those penned words were a kit from the Two Peas digital store years ago, but now I’m delighted to share them with you here, in case you might find them useful to cut the days of the week or months of the year. They can also be added digitally to a photo if that’s more your style!
Summer is finally here and creatively I’m thinking about… autumn. I guess my scrapbooking mind is not in sync with the calendar! But I have a certain page on my mind that you might remember, or if you don’t, you can see it all come together in this video. And it’s this page that leads to our scrapbooking challenge this week!
This week, I challenge you this week to take inspiration from this autumnal scrapbook page. You might take your inspiration from the subject matter, the colour scheme, the placement of items on the page, the product choices – it’s completely up to you! You can find the full original page in the archives here. To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Kirsty Smith and guest artist Tiffani Nelson.
To create my own layout inspired by Shimelle’s beautiful autumnal page, I followed Shimelle’s approach of breaking the process down into two stages: the structure of the design, and then the embellishment. For the first stage, I lifted the foundation of Shimelle’s page, in the same way I might follow a sketch, and used a large photo of a night scene in Singapore which I matted and layered with a couple of rectangular blocks. I think the key to scrapbooking with photographs taken at night is the background of the layout.
The background paper here is actually a woodgrain from the Christmas Magic collection and I love how the deep, rich colour brings out the darker tones of the photograph. It can be tricky to find a match for photographs taken at night sometimes; trying out lots of different options will help you to find a background that allows the picture to pop. Because this photo is sitting on a darker paper, it tones in with the page design and it is easier to perceive the people in the image, instead of just seeing it as a large, dark block in the middle of the page.
With my design sorted, the second and final stage was the fun part! What makes Shimelle’s design work so well is the trail of embellishments across the page which leads your eye through the story. For my embellishments, I hand cut lots of flowers from a beautiful floral sheet from the Starshine collection. The reds and pinks imitate the glowing tones of the lanterns that adorn Singapore’s Chinatown area and help to tie the photo into the page. I continued adding flowers until I was happy with the balance of embellishment, and the flow across the page, starting with larger ones, and then adding little flowers for detail. Once I was happy, I topped off the page with a hand-cut title in white, to really stand out against the photo, and a couple of little pearls for sparkle.
I love simple layouts that have detailed images – after all, the art is also the photo. This layout is about the time my husband and I took a trip to Orlando for our nine year anniversary, after never being on a vacation.
I love hot air balloons and was just fascinated with this Disney balloon. Sadly we weren’t able to ride it due to weather, but it was by far one of my favourite parts of the trip. For this layout I used products from the True Stories line – I loved the colors and how well they matched the image and I though the word strips were perfect for cutting one inch circles.
Thank you so much for your sunny enthusiasm with The 20 Project. I can’t wait to share the results in class so soon. But not to worry: we still have a challenge for you this week!
I know some of you are reading from places where the school holidays started weeks or months ago, but here it’s pretty common for this to be the last week of classes. Yet my inbox is filled with advertising for back to school items! I’m torn: it’s definitely time to enjoy the summer, but I do love a good bit of back to school shopping. I’m always up for new themed stationery, of course.
This week, I challenge you this week to take your scrapbooking inspiration from planners. Where that very broad concept may take you is a totally open road! I started by thinking I would work in boxes with relatively even spaces between them to mimic the grid you might find on a calendar or scheduling sheet. Then added in broad brushstroke lines to write on in the style of a to-do list. But I still wanted to keep it in line with the way I would embellish most of my pages, so there’s a big embellishment cluster toward the middle of the page and a smaller one in line with the title to coordinate. Even the subject matter is quite planner-inspired: we’ve got to a point where we have a little routine we follow almost every Saturday for the morning up to lunch, so that seemed like a good way to give some context to the photo, because looking cute climbing under an elephant is not really the sort of journaling that makes me tick.
How you interpret the challenge is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! Contributing designer Meghann Andrew also gave this challenge a go to give you some more ideas! We’ve both followed a routine and timing sort of theme, but that’s definitely just one way to take the challenge this week.
My planner and I are pretty close, so when Shimelle challenged me to use my planner as inspiration for my next layout, I grabbed my Get to Work Book and took the challenge!
I love vertical columns in my planner to list my appointments and “to-dos” for the day, so a vertical column was the first thing to go on my 8-1/2” x 11” background cardstock. I used the colorful lines on the Americano pattern from True Stories to stamp the time along the column, making the 9am time, an unusually late wake up for our household, a different size and font. At the top, I added the day of the week in cork Thickers, and at the bottom, the date using a date stamp.
The right side of my layout was treated more in my typical, layered fashion, with patterned paper topped with two black and white photos of my daughter and dog, who clearly just didn’t want to get out of bed that day.
Having such a colorful left side meant that I kept the embellishment simple, adding cork Thickers shapes from the Shimelle collection, a die-cut title from the True Stories Grey Floral pattern, and a flair badge from Starshine.
I love the idea to use time to document a memory, and I’m excited to try it in a different way again- maybe next time to document different moments in a single day!