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A Rainbow-filled Colour Story

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Back in the Scrapbook Inspirations days, I used to write a piece about colour stories – sometimes it was something we used just in planning and when we went to the book format, we actually developed it into an article. And I found all the inspiration for those was purely visual. In recent weeks, a specific colour story has jumped to mind and it didn’t come from the visual at all. It came from a song that has been stuck in my head for what seems like an eternity.

We very much like They Might Be Giants in this household. In fact, it is one of the reasons I went on a second date with The Boy: I met him when he was working in a record store and I figured anyone working in a record store could at least have one date of decent conversation in them by talking about music. When the two bands he name dropped first were the Pixies and They Might Be Giants, I knew there would be more than one date of decent discussion! Even my grandmother will tell you that I have loved this band since my youth, and I thank her profusely for letting me use her phone on occasion to call their Dial a Song hotline to cheer me up on rotten days. (Dial a Song is back but weekly on their YouTube channel. I rejoiced, I tell you.)

In the years since I joined an epic conga line at my first TMBG show, they added children’s albums to their repertoire and I remained aware but blissfully ignorant of most of them. Until six months ago, when Wonder Boy was giggling so much at their back catalogue that it seemed appropriate to pull out the children’s tracks, even if Meet the Elements is perhaps a little beyond his comprehension at present. That song may indeed inspire a colour story and a layout on another day, but today it is most definitely a song about a magical little elf called Roy G. Biv.

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That song plus the blanket in the background of the photo set me in a spin of finding a rainbow of colour to use on a layout. There is a bit of True Stories on this page (in stores next month!) and also some Simple Stories Daily Grind, paper from my first 6×6 tablet, and that yellow sheet is an older Studio Calico paper.

I don’t think I grabbed that particular blanket with a specific thought in mind at that moment, but once it was printed, something really came through that I wanted to tell, and that was how much Wonder Boy’s personality changed around six months. Those first six months were pretty rough some days with a boy who seemed grumpy so much of the time, but once we were to the point where he could grab things and start to sit up, he was a bundle of happiness. I am sure much of that crabby personality was simply wanting to do things and not being able to do them, or however that translates to baby logic. I still wouldn’t trade the days with him even when he was grumpy, but that colourful personality had me hook, line, and sinker. I’ll take cheeky over subdued any day.

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These days we play that incredibly catchy tune some time in the morning, with an amazing accompaniment of tambourine, maracas, and blown raspberries, so even with a quieter flat and some time to scrapbook, I found myself singing about that colourful man, proudly found at the rainbow’s end. I suppose it is nearly St. Patrick’s day, after all. Maybe that calls for a rainbow or two. I’ll let you know if I find the corresponding pot o’ gold.

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
For so long, I’ve had the mantra that I must use at least as much as I buy – preferably more – in terms of scrapbooking supplies. But somehow I forgot my mantra entirely while taking that break More than once or twice, I convinced myself if I placed an order for new supplies, I’d find a way to scrapbook.

It may have taken me a few hours to open those parcels and find my desk recently. It’s shameful. My immediate plan is to get out of this surplus situation with a new stack of layouts into albums, a file of cards ready for all occasions, and perhaps even catching up on Wonder Boy’s Project Life baby book. And so Cut, Stick, Stamp is born: one of the new series I’ll be sharing here with projects and videos. It’s a pretty simple concept – multiple ideas for one stamp. I’m starting with a Studio Calico stamp I couldn’t ignore: this Alice in Wonderland Tea Party set by Emily McDowell.

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
Starting with just the text and teacup outline, I tried a simple photo embellishment shaded with markers. This teacup was coloured with Copic numbers G82, G24, and G99. Simple, quick, and easy to add just a bit of journaling to the empty space of a 4×6 photo to pop it into a divided page protector. But I think this stamp gets a bit better…

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
The set also includes a large solid image to create a shadow effect that colours the cup with ink. Sets that include a solid shadow and a coordinating line drawing are always my favourites! This 3×4 card is cut from watercolour paper, with the cup and text outline stamped first (using waterproof black ink) then the shading stamp added with two shades of pink Distress Inks. For this card, I added a bit of the same watercolour shades to the top edge and some of the small flower stamps in this set, plus a label and some stitching, but the video below shows the same stamping technique step by step for use on a 12×12 page.

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
Same idea, but quicker and less fuss: stamping the block image with a paler ink rather than adding any water to things. Just an even colour rather than the more delicate shading with the Distress Inks and water. Other supplies on this card include Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, Dear Lizzy washi tape, adhesive pearls, and a Crate Paper label sticker.

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com


My first video in a long while – I think it will take me a few to find my pace again! So you may need a hot beverage to make it through the twenty-two minutes or so, but it does include the Distress Ink watercolour technique in detail (and it’s easy, I promise). I realised after filming that my narration assumes you make the leap with me that things that are vaguely Alice in Wonderland themed should include some things that are upside down. I’m not sure if that is something that makes sense to the world or only the scrapbooker inside my head. Moving right along then…

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
And yes, that is an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party put on entirely for babies. It was mind boggling, and included a tiny drink me vial that changed flavours mid-sip. And Wonder Boy spent most of the party trying to drink my rhubarb and custard flavoured tea. Anyway: back to the crafting.

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com

Cut, Stick, Stamp :: Card & Scrapbooking Ideas for a Teacup Stamp by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
One last card with the same sort of idea, but much bolder in colour and the addition of embossing powder in place of black ink. This was still Distress Ink, just two shades of blue, and the steps are still in the same order – I stamped the outline and text in Versamark then embossed with white powder before adding the blue. The stamp at the top is an older Studio Calico design from a kit with different sentiments, and most of the papers here are from the Pink Paislee Solstice collection.

My aim is to try this with a different stamp set most weeks, so if there is a particular stamp set or technique you want me to try, do let me know! Likewise, if you’ve shared anything with this stamp set or similar techniques and different stamps, I’d love to see. I am definitely in that soak-up-the-inspiration phase of diving back into something you love, so links and tags are even more welcome than usual! Share away, and have a lovely day!

Remind me: what is this scrapbooking thing I do?

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

All good things must come to an end, and with that, I am back to work. It is mostly every cliche in the book, from phoning in a few times a day to see if things are going well (often yes, but sometimes no, including being very glad I am self-employed when I had to collect a burning up version of Wonder Boy early on his first day without me) to that mix of it seems like he was born two weeks ago and at the same time it seems he has been here a very many years indeed. I’m not sure I have anything new to add to the greater realm of words written on motherhood for the entire world and instead I just record my own meandering thoughts in my scrapbooks. Because when I try to remember what I do for a living, I think that was it. Something about recording meandering thoughts. Something about stories. Something about pretty paper.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

Taking a proper maternity leave has been an interesting adventure. I see a few friends with babies the same age a couple times a week and I am only the second of the group to head back to work, and truthfully I continued to do what I could do during nap times, and for that I can just say that getting a collection finished for CHA was entirely at the sacrifice of tidying up the toys, but we all seem to have made it through. Taking a year (or nearly a year) is a very normal practice for maternity leave in this neck of the woods but I know there are so many places where it just isn’t possible and while the Facebook requests for new videos and classes were so kind, I have no regrets about taking this time to just find our feet as a family of three and to spend so much time with that lovely little boy who turns one next month.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

Of course, I had all sorts of ideas in those early weeks that I’d be able to just keep right on scrapbooking because my baby would love to go to bed early or take long naps in the afternoon or whatever else I imagined. Of course that was entirely wrong, and instead I had a few instances of ‘if I buy it, I will scrapbook’ that I had to clear away to even find my desk this morning. I have a hunch my next few dozen pages will have a real mix of supplies new and old because now pretty much everything feels new to me, having done so little cutting and pasting over these past months.

On this page, that includes Crate Paper’s Notes and Things, Pebbles’ Jen Hadfield collection, some Amy Tangerine Plus One stickers, October Afternoon letters and some Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic. And one single sticker from my own collection, up there in the corner.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

When I was teaching, there was always much discussion of the ‘work/life balance’ that was so difficult to find and I’m sure this new one will take a little time to feel right, but at the moment I feel happy that we’ve found a good balance on paper, at least, so I can work and he can play but I don’t have to feel like I’m boring him by trying to get work done and I can still have some full days without looking at my desk so we can do amazing things like realising that my ten month old can basically swim better than I can at this point and being treated to near-hourly tambourine recitals.

All that to really just say ‘Hi. I had a baby and now I’m going back to work and it is really nice to see you again. Can we scrapbook now?’

The 2015 CHA report - True Stories from American Crafts

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
Somehow I am writing from London again, after the CHA adventure in California and time at the American Crafts office in Utah. No one in this house is on the right time zone and while the laundry is now more clean than not, what needs to be folded and put away is suddenly reaching modern art proportions. Seems as good a time as any to ignore that and show you my little corner of CHA 2015 – the annual trade show for the craft and hobby industry.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
We show new lines at the show, so most things on the floor won’t be available in stores for a month or so. True Stories ships in April. In the mean time, we try to set the tone so shop owners can imagine how the product will connect with their customer base. Much of the inspiration for this collection came from libraries and coffee shops, so we gave away a True Stories blend of whole bean coffee as well as silver True Stories pencils.

But I know you probably would rather see the products.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
We did gold in the first collection, and although that trend is still going strong, I was ready for silver. We added a silver glitter album, and like the gold version, the glitter doesn’t fall off or crack or feel gritty. Smooth and sparkly! On the right you’ll see the stamps – two single stamps that retail for a dollar: a camera and a starburst. The starburst is just the right size to add a background to a small embellishment, like a flair badge, a button, or some layered punched pieces. There are also tiny enamel dots, in a mix of circles, hearts, and stars.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
Four new Thickers! The Fitzgerald font (formerly in gold) returns in silver glitter and black foam, and we added a new style called Hipster, available in plain black chipboard or a multicolour pattern. There is a 12×12 paper with large monograms to match the coloured version, which you can cut apart or grab a coordinating cut file to cut out the whole sheet with the Silhouette Cameo.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
Starting on the left, the embellishments begin with the 4×4 card pack (more about that in the earlier post), a tag set based on a vintage design that allows you to select the right vellum phrase and pop it onto the patterned background of your choice. The small wood veneer set includes rainclouds and several text pieces. The die-cut pack includes the pink plastic radio I carried on the school bus in the fourth grade. The photo overlays are a mix of 4×4 and 4×6, with some in white, some silver foil, and some in colour. Below that you can see the 6×6 and 12×12 paper pads. The paper weight is heavier in the 12×12 pad now, but it doesn’t include the specialty papers (more on that coming up). The roller stamp comes with a 3×4 tear-off notepad that says ‘I just want to…’ and the stamp has all different phrases of things you might want to do, so you can finish the statement and lead into your writing. And the small sticker sheet is the same format as before – new words and phrases on the front and an alpha on the back – it’s white on teal and navy tiles.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
The sticker book looks like our standard format, but the stickers themselves are specially designed for layering. We’ve measured the pieces so they will balance beautifully in clusters, a bit like nesting dolls. There are stencils for mist or ink in a four pack: a tea cup, a large heart, background filled with small hearts, and a banner. The banner shows up again in the embossing folder. The die set has six shapes: the largest makes a tiny bag that can work for gifts, cards, or inside a page protector. Then there are two small folding banners (one says ‘lovely’, the other has no text), plus a photo corner, heart, and label for layering. At the bottom of this frame, you can see the wooden buttons shown earlier.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
While we’re discussing tools, I have a couple that fall under the WeR brand to coordinate, and one is this set of letterpress plates. So excited to give these a try. (I know that says February, but the full release is April.) There is also a set of six card making embossing folders, but I don’t have a photo – they are small greetings and motifs, about two inches high.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
Back to embellishments, there are two larger sets: those wood veneer borders and rulers we discussed earlier and a new set of cork stickers.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
And of course there is paper! Lots of colour and a mix of patterns – cut-apart sheets, florals, lightbulbs, rockets, and coffee cups to have in or take away. There are six specialty papers. Three have silver glitter: raindrops on navy, film negatives on white, and a turquoise and navy diagonal stripe. Two are a colourful print on vellum: patterned rainclouds and small hearts. The last one is a perforated sheet with designs you can punch out and fold to make dimensional embellishments in moments.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
That’s a quick look at everything! I know that’s a lot at a glance, but part of my time at the AC office right after the show was filming a full series of videos showing these products in action (like this), so by the time April is here and True Stories ships to stores, there will be plenty of examples of each product.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
But for now, there are a few layouts I made at the show – those houses are one of the punch-out-and-fold pieces from the perforated paper.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
And those small letter stickers are the teal from the back of the small sticker sheet.

Shimelle True Stories collection - CHA 2015 #scrapbooking
And just for good measure, some love from Wonder Boy! (We didn’t go match-matchy on the very last day. The others… perhaps.)

It was definitely a bit different staying put rather than walking the floor, but so lovely to meet faces from shops that have stocked the first collection (and the second, I hope!) as well as see familiar faces from the designer side of the industry. For more comment on the show as a whole, you’re better off listening to the CHA edition of the Paperclipping Roundtable.

Introducing True Stories... my new collection with American Crafts

true stories collection - scrapbooking & paper craft supplies from shimelle and american crafts

Greetings from sunny California, where the annual CHA trade show is just about to start – and I’m thrilled to be here to release a new collection with American Crafts: True Stories! Over the next week, I’ll be sharing so much about this, from an in-depth look at the products to project ideas and techniques. But today, just a little look to get things started, and a heads up about the chance to win the collection from American Crafts over on Instagram.

true stories collection - scrapbooking & paper craft supplies from shimelle and american crafts

True Stories is my interpretation of everyday daydreams: a mix of things that appear most days at home and the odd fantastical notion that makes you look twice. Because when I asked myself what I wanted to see on my desk with my paper and scissors, my literal answer was ‘coffee cups and rocket ships’. I promise we have both for you.

true stories collection - scrapbooking & paper craft supplies from shimelle and american crafts

We also have wood veneer border strips for you. With Alice in Wonderland quotes for good measure.

true stories collection - scrapbooking & paper craft supplies from shimelle and american crafts

And wooden buttons with happy little centres. No sewing required – ready to stick straight to your project as a lovely little detail.

true stories collection - scrapbooking & paper craft supplies from shimelle and american crafts

(That’s with a card from the cut-apart patterned paper and a sticker from the sticker book, which itself is a product I’m irrationally excited about, but I’ll show you that in detail soon.)

true stories collection - scrapbooking & paper craft supplies from shimelle and american crafts

And a pack of 4×4 cards, which is such a simple product but something that makes me so happy. Each card is a four inch square, but each design is created so it can be trimmed to 3×4 without losing the image or text, so it doesn’t matter if you want to use a 3×4 or 4×4 pocket, it will work perfectly. They are also handy for cards…

true stories collection - scrapbooking & paper craft supplies from shimelle and american crafts

…since they can be dressed up with just a little something to finish a design in minutes.

Don’t miss your chance to win a True Stories prize pack from American Crafts – they are running that opportunity here via Instagram.

With that, I think we’ll get back to preparation for the show – and I’ll be back with more details, projects, and photos throughout the coming week. Thanks for taking a first look at True Stories!

Christmas 2014

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Wishing you the merriest Christmas from one home very much filled with happiness this year.

May your holidays be so happy, it seems rational to run around with Christmas pudding on your head.

Creating Christmas Giftcard Wallets by Madeline Fox

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

In years past, my husband, kids and I would hurry out the door on Christmas Eve, arms loaded with fancy wrapped packages of all shapes and sizes, for a family gathering and present exchange. Now that our many nieces and nephews are older, we purchase gift cards to their favorite stores…and I can fit almost everything in my purse! Still, I want those packages to be special. The perfect solution – decorated handmade gift card holders.

While there are many gift card holder templates out there, I wanted something different. The requirements: ease of assembly, able to be reopened and closed, secure sides, and large enough to pretty up with my scrappy supplies! The result is this tri-fold holder, with tab and slot closure, foldable side flaps, and a finished size of approximately 3 1/2 × 5 inches.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Click here to access a true-sized jpg. template for use with your digital cutter.

Instructions

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Select several 12 × 12 patterned papers, with relatively small prints on one side and contrasting colors and patterns on the reverse. I used Pink Paislee’s Merry and Bright collection.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

The reverse

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Cut two holders from each sheet of 12 × 12 paper (and save those scraps!)

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Here is a look at those papers with a sheet of kraft cardstock added to the mix.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Using a bone folder, score across the card at notches and side tabs. Fold as shown, securing side tabs with adhesive to create a secure pocket for the gift card.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Now for the fun part! Shop your stash for stickers, buttons, chipboard, labels, flair, wood veneer and more. Not everything will find it’s way onto my project, but it’s nice to have a variety of embellishments from which to choose! Below are a few of my finds, including tags punched from paper scraps and corrugated cardstock (a favorite for adding dimension)

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Here’s one way to turn unused chipboard shapes into coordinating embellishments for your card holders. I’ve chosen a few chipboard shapes from Maggie Holmes Open Book collection, 

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

painted them with two coats of acrylic paint,

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

and decorated them with white dots (along the perimeter of the ovals, polka dots on the deer).

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Next it’s time to let your creativity shine! Decorate the front of each gift card holder using all those paper scraps and your stash of embellishments.

For me, having a basic design helps to streamline the process. I began by layering horizontal strips of patterned paper and corrugated cardstock across each of my card holders. Chipboard, banners, tags, buttons, stickers, burlap hearts and more make each one unique.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

At the bottom left is an alternate style, with vertical banners cut from paper scraps.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Inside or out, add a sentiment and/or place to add the recipient’s name.

There you have it, a beautiful and unique set of gift card holders, fun to create and sure to impress.





Madeline Fox is a mother of five, living in the suburbs of New Orleans. Through the years she has tried her hand at practically every creative pursuit known to man (quilting, smocking, cross-stitching, painting, and most recently, stamp carving) but has fallen hard for scrapbooking. Beginning her love for patterned paper when her youngest was a baby, she’s realized that she will never “catch up”, but that’s OK. Fourteen years later, Madeline still enjoys finding new ways to combine paper, pictures, and memories. 

She is currently on the design team for the Scraptastic Kit Club and Store, and can be found on Instagram, Pinterest, her Paper Gumbo blog, and poolside cheering for her avid swimmer.

Five Ideas for Scrapbooking with Creative Titles by Gina Lideros

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

When I saw the Shimelle collection I was instantly taken with the bold shades of pink, turquoise, and orange. I love color, and gladly embrace it any chance that I get! I couldn’t wait to dive into the glittery rub-ons, die-cuts with gold foil and embossed images, wood veneer, layered stickers and printed cork pieces. I also fell in love right away with the two packs of Thickers letter stickers, included in the collection. I couldn’t wait to get the collection in my hot little hands and create with it. And, even though I love Thickers (I do, I really do!) and hoard them any chance I get, I couldn’t wait to create my own custom titles. Which brings me to my post – five ideas for scrapbooking with creative titles.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

Happy
Hand cut letters are all the rage and are becoming a big trend within the scrapbook community. I decided to create my own hand cut letters and used them as a graphic design element on my page. To create my hand cut letters I first hand drew the word happy onto black cardstock paper with a pencil, and then cut it out. Since I decided to repeat the word “happy” three times to create my title, I just retraced them two more times and then cut them out by hand. This technique creates a fun handmade look.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

Shine
Creating a sequin title is easy and creates a big impact on a project. The idea to create a sequin title came to me while I was at the craft supply store looking at ribbons and I saw sequins sold by the roll. Because they are already stitched together they are easy to manipulate, position and use. To create my sequin title I first cut the word “shine” with my silhouette and then used the negative piece as a stencil. I used liquid glue to adhere the word down. I found that it was easiest to adhere the word down while the template was still in place, otherwise the word moved to much and fell out of place. To finish, simply cut off the excess from the sequin roll and make sure that the ends are glued down well so that none of the sequins fall off.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @shimelle.com

Oh My
Hand stitching is one of my favorite techniques. Sometimes I use templates, sometimes I create my own. To create my title on this page I first started by cutting out the word “Oh” using my Silhouette. I then used the negative (leftover piece of paper from the cut) as a stencil to create my stitched word. With a needle, I poked holes around the word and then stitched it up using black embroidery thread. I also, added the die cut word “my” and some letter stickers to finish off my title.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

You’re A Gem
I love a simple mixed title. I think that mixing up supplies that you already have on hand can give them a fresh and unique look. To create the title for this page I simply combined die-cuts with Shimelle’s gold glitter thickers. The die cuts are basic but the thickers add interest and texture. The result is a fun mixed title.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

Hello Love
Brush script is a creative way to bring originality into your memory keeping. There is nothing that draws me in to a project more than seeing a unique brush script title. To create my title for this page I first started by hand painting a large quotation bubble onto my page using a light watercolor pink. After my page dried, I hand painted the words “hello love” using black acrylic paint. For best results it is important to use a paint brush that it designed for calligraphy and sketching. To create my title I used a fine tipped size two bamboo paint brush.





Gina Lideros lives in Northern California with her military husband, two teenage kids and 3 dogs. She loves to spend time outdoors and in her craft room. You will usually find her with a Starbucks cup in hand. Gina designs for American Crafts, Scrapbook Circle, The Cut Shoppe and is the co-owner of BoxCrops Events and Scrapbook Retreats. You can follow Gina on her blog and Instagram.

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