Monday, August 18, 2014

Add color to your layouts using Gelatos

This months Creative kit inspired me to try out Gelatos! I've owned a few for at least a year; even played around with them a tiny bit; but I really didn't know what to do with them and was afraid to give them a try. I'm guessing you might have some tools in your stash that you feel the same way about. So what finally convinced me to give it a try? My good friend and fellow design team member Kristin Greenwood recently made a layout using Gelatos. Her demonstration convinced me to give it a try. That along with the perfect piece of paper in the Creative kit was all the inspiration I needed. Yes, this is my tutorial but she really deserves the credit for this tutorial because she is the one who taught me about Gelatos. Here is the Creative kit paper I started wih:
I was able to change the look by using Gelatos, a little water, and a paint brush.
Gelatos remind me of crayons only much creamier and water-soluble. There are many different ways to use them. This month I used a very simple technique. First, I chose the colors I wanted to use on my paper; grabbed a paint brush, paper towel, and small dish of water. I colored a little Gelato on my craft mat (don't push too hard or you will get chunks of Gelato rather than a creamy base) then lightly wet my brush. Depending on how wet your brush is and/or how dark you want your color to be you might add more or less water to your brush. If your brush is too damp use your paper towel to dry it a bit. Use the wet brush to pick up the Gelato color off the craft mat then color your paper just as I did. My brush wasn't too wet so my paper didn't take long to dry. When I first started I didn't think the color was showing up much but as it dried the color really set in. Still, there were a few parts of the paper I went over again because I felt the color was too light. Here is my finished layout and a close up!
I have to admit, being a member of the My Creative Scrapbook kit club has really inspired me to use scrapbook paper in whole new way as well as inspire me to try out new techniques and tools. I love it! I hope you do too! Joan

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook Blog Hop Update

Hello MCS Blog Hoppers! The hop is over but stay tuned .... the winners will be announced Monday. Check back at to see if you are one of the winners. A special thank you to each of you for leaving such wonderful comments regarding my scrapbook pages. I love making layouts but I'm always a little nervous to share them on the design team gallery. I'm sure you'll agree - the design team makes amazing layouts. I just hope there are a few people how like my layouts too. I have those friends who tell me I shouldn't care what others think. Ultimately, I do make the pages for myself but I do love getting the compliments. I share my pages with my husband but he doesn't get excited like other scrappers do. I'd love to see your kit work too. It can be your interpretation of a design team members layout or something entirely different. You can copy. I did that all the time before I joined the design team. I became the scrapper I am because of the design team. I learned so much just copying their layouts. Lastly, be sure to keep an eye on the sketch site, for a new sketch coming up in a few days. Also, my tutorial will be published on the MCS blog later this month but will be published here on the 18th. I'll be sharing my design tips related to this layout.
Have a great weekend! Joan

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Welcome to the My Creative Scrapbook August Kit Reveal Blog Hop!
My Creative Scrapbook is thrilled to celebrate the reveal of the beautiful August kits with an inspiration-filled blog hop complete with beautiful PRIZES! The design team has prepared a spectacular assortment of projects for you, so be sure to visit each blog to soak up all of the inspiration. Several prizes are up for grabs! *** The Grand Prize Winner will receive a complete Limited Edition kit! *** But that’s not all… there are more prizes to be won… Prima, Prima, and more Prima! Don’t forget to leave comments as you hop along to each blog for chances to WIN! Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook August kits:
There’s something for every style! Are you a My Creative Scrapbook kit club member? If not, now is a great time to join! Subscription information can be found here: Did you know that My Creative Scrapbook also offers a variety of Add-ons? Choose from flower kits, mixed media kits, off-the-page project kits, project life style kits, and more… there are even Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray sets available! The add-ons can be found here: Here is what I created with the August Creative kit:
Before you go, remember to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawings! We would love it if you would follow us on Facebook, too. The blog hop ends on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Winners will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog on Monday, August 11th. The next stop on the blog hop is Jodi Wilton blog. Here is the complete blog hop lineup: My Creative Scrapbook: Alicia Giess: Becky Litz: Elizabeth Hellum: Heather Binnie: Joan Bronson: Jodi Wilton: Kris Berc: Kristin Greenwood: Kristine Davidson: Lydell Quin: Lynn Shaffer: Maiko Kosugi: Marilyn Rivera: Marta Lapkowska: Nicole Doiron: Sandi Clarkson: Wendy Antenucci: Yuko Tanaka: