My mum was looking for some ideas on ways to use Stampin' Up! products in her scrapbooking so I put together these photos to illustrate a few simple ideas. (My scrapbooking style tends to the simple, clean lines end of the spectrum most days. I love looking at more elaborate styles that other people do though but even when I start with that as a plan, my pages often end up a little more on the minimalist side.)
Anyway here is my black and white photo with a simple black mat.
I always like the look of a series of mats so here I've added two more layers. (Basic Gray and Basic Black.)
For a little more interest I've sponged the edges of the Basic Gray card with Basic Gray ink.
Now I can pop my matted photo in a frame or onto a scrapbook page.
I wanted to put this photo into an 8 x 8 album so I started again with an 8 x 8 inch piece of black card and popped my matted photo on a square of grey card.
Some options for dressing it up - hmm what about ribbon and eyelets. Love the Basic Gray taffeta ribbon.
The cropadile makes eyelet setting so quick and easy. Love it.
Now if you are looking carefully you might notice that I rushed a bit and my third eyelet is not as evenly spaced as I would have liked so rather than discard it, I flipped that layer of grey card over and covered the eyelets with the photo!
Now I needed another embellishment for the bottom right corner. I borrowed one of the stamps from my sister's Simply Sent Kit (pg 14, I just love the stamps you get in this kit.) Embossed it in silver onto black card, cut it out and added a rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit in the centre.
I'm going to experiment and try some embossed flourishes on the black card so stay tuned for that addition (if it works!)
My sister, my mum, my daughter (5) and I spent a lovely morning together stamping and trying some different tools and techniques.
Do you have some friends or family that like to do craft?? It is so much fun to get together and chat and share ideas. Plus you can share stamp sets and tools and try a few different things without breaking the budget! Maybe you would like to call some stamping buddies today and arrange a craft session.
My daughter Hannah decided to do a bit of 'demonstrating' herself today and showed Lisa, Maddy and I how to make a few things.
She enjoys making her own cards and creations. Maddy brought her a set of little storage drawers so she can keep her growing stash of supplies sorted.
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Quick reminder for those who want to be kept up to date on specials. Only one month to go on the Extra Extra special. If you've been thinking of hosting a workshop, this is a great time! If your workshop reaches $700 you will receive an extra $50 in hostess benefits plus your stamp set from the lovely hostess sets on pages 18-24. Imagine what you could select with $130 hostess $$ to spend! Hmmm, decisions, decisions. Give me a buzz (0417 377 057) if you'd like to book in for an afternoon or evening of stamping and creating with a group of friends or family. Lots of fun. Promotion ends 15 July.