Hi, I am Alison Lindhardt. I’m a graphic designer, office manager, and also in charge of buying all the fun goodies found at the ADORNit Boutique. I also have my own design business creating custom wedding invitations. I’m so excited to be a guest blogger here at Ella and show you how to draw inspiration from an outfit and incorporate similar elements into a scrapbook layout.
Part of my job is buying and displaying the clothing and accessories sold in our store. I was inspired by the outfit in this photo.
It is an adorable girly outfit. I love the sweater trimmed with a gathered edge along the collar and layered over a cream lacy tank that is tiered with lace ruffles. And of course, no outfit is complete until you bling it up with jewelry.
What I love about this challenge is you can apply it to any outfit that inspires you – from either your own closet or from your favorite apparel store. The outfit I used is from the ADORNit Boutique. For your scrapbook page, be sure to find an outfit that is layered (this is a perfect example, because the lace tank top was layered over a plain white tee, a sweater, and then topped off with a chunky necklace). All the more to take inspiration from!
The papers in my layout are from the new ADORNit Daisy Dew Paper Collection. I drew inspiration for my lace embellishment from the beautiful cream lace on the top. I took a piece of vintage lace and ran a gathering stitch to gather it and tacked the lace down with glue dots.
I then "layered" my layout with layers of patterned paper. Now keep in mind the importance of using harmonious colors and keeping things tone on tone. When layering you don't want to use too many colors because it can “tackify” any outfit or in this case layout :D. Use your creativity by picking elements with texture and depth.
To top off your layout, be sure to add strategically-placed bling. I put jewels in the center of the daises and then finished it with a blingy flourish – just like my outfit!
Be sure to stay in touch with me at adornitblog.com or at the ADORNit Facebook page. You can also see more of my designs at my little company blog at wistfulmoments.com and the Wistful Moments Facebook page
I hope you will look at your closet a little differently now and find inspiration in all the goodies you have. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into your next layout, card, or craft project.
Greetings! Jan Tatomir here and happy to be guesting at Ella for Card Month! Haven't we received some fantastic tips on card making? Scrapbook manufacturers sure have made it easy on us card makers, haven't they? I love the new 6x6 paper pads that a lot of the scrapbook manufacturers are coming out with. The scaled down prints work so much better on cards, dont' they? Matching embellishments and easy to use sentiments make making a card quick and easy.
Here, I've let the fun sticker sentiment from SRM determine what I did for the rest of this simple card. I added a little fake snow for a frosty mustache embellishment.
For my Halloween card I used 2 pattern papers from a 6x6 paper pad from My Mind's Eye Mischievious line. I added one large felt tree embellishment with a pop of color from the stars. The eyes added a bit of fun to the tree. The sticker sentiment was cut in half in order to work on my card.
One of my favorite techniques for making a simple eye catching design is blocking. Using pattern paper from a paper pad makes it easy to do. Add a matching embellishment and you have a simply stunning card made in minutes.
Simple can be elegant. Simple can be fun. Easy to use products make card making simple and enjoyable. Please visit my blog, Simply Made, for a chance to win som SRM Sticker Sentiments! Happy Card Making!
Happy Card Making Month Ella Friends! I'm happy to be guest blogging over here at Ella. I'm hoping to meet many new online friends, so I hope you'll hop over to all my links below and learn more about me and what I do.
There is no denying that I love to craft, so much so that I was ending up with lots and lots of crafty things. Many were piling up with no other purpose than being "cute." My craft room was busting at the seams and I was in need of a solution. That's when I fell in love with card making!
Card making is perfect for me and my style of crafting. They are quick to make and give you that "I finished something" feeling. Handmade cards give your friends and loved ones that "I feel extra special" feeling. And making cards brought a sence of practicality to my crafting. I use them up quickly, they make great gifts and everyone needs a cards, so I can keep on making them and they never pile up!
I've been teaching card classes for 10 years and a few years ago I launched my own onlin card kit business. Today I wanted to share with you just how easy it is to make cards from kits! Kits are a great jumping off point, all the colors and embellishments are already coordinated and with my kits all the parts and pieces are already cut to size. All you have to do is put the parts together and add a little glitter or ink if you desire.
Here's an idea of what you can expect your kit to look like. There are two different kits pictured here.
Here are the cards I made from one kit.
And here are 2 of the 6 cards I made from the other kit.
It was simple and I can put together a kit in less time than it takes me to drive to Hallmark and pick out a card. Not to mention it's less expensive and I didn't have to beg my children to behave in the store. I hope this month you find ideas to get you inspired to make some cards. Hope you'll stop by and check out my shop and let me help you get inspired and make it easier than you ever imagined to make cards. I'd love to give away a kit today!
Just leave a comment here on Ella's blog and for another entry leave a comment on my blog and we'll pick a winner!
Giveaway closes in 48 hours October 13th at 9:00 pm
Winner is Jillt
To sweeten the deal the two kits above are specially priced in my shop this week.
Regularly $20.00 this week $12.95 Come by and say hi,
I hope you have a beautiful day, enjoy the cards!
It's card-making season! I'm happy to be guest-blogging for Ella Publishing Co.'s card making month!
Fall is here, and I wanted to share with you fun fall card—and a technique that makes me feel somewhat better about the 100+ embossing folders that I own. Simply take any shape of die (i.e., flower, leaf, heart, star) and add great dimension by embossing the shapes with a variety of folders or texture plates.
Now take that idea plus the newest cardstock to come from Core'dinations, Kraft Core, and you have a fabulous combination for all your autumn projects! Just be sure to lightly sand any embossed patterns in order to bring out the kraft paper core at the middle of your Kraft Core projects.
Here is a business-letter-sized card (9 x 4), which I made using my Tim Holtz/Sizzix leaf die and a few of my embossing folders (Cuttlebug, Quickutz, Sizzix, Stampin' Up!, etc.)—a different texture for each leaf.
Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock and Sand-It Gadget tool, Sizzix/Tim Holtz leaf die, Cuttlebug, Quickutz, Sizzix and Stampin' Up! embossing folders, Cuttlebug text die, Xyron sticker maker, Fiskars layering tape and heart punch, Queen & Co. bling, other: sewing machine and thread.
Would you like an opportunity play with the new Kraft Core cardstock from Core'dinations? Leave a comment on this blog post, and we'll draw one random winner who'll receive this awesome prize.
Winner is Hallymichelle
There's more card-making fun where that came from! Join us all month long. We'll keep you up-to-date with all the latest articles, giveaways and more on our Card-Making Month homepage:
Hybrid Scrapbooking is something I have been doing since before it was even a “thing”! By using my computer for fonts I used to print out titles and cut out my own custom letters before the age of die cut machines and the plentiful options in alphabet stickers.
These days, I find myself using the computer for less titles and journaling, and more for amazing photo overlays and digital designs that enhance my crafting. Today I’m going to show you how even if you don’t have photoshop – you can totally have some fun and get some quick projects going that are hybrid.
First, just open up Microsoft Word and go to insert > picture. You can insert any image – whether it’s a photo or a digital element such as a .png file! SO COOL! They all get treated the same.
For this project I’m using one of Rhonna Farrer’s spring digital images. She has some beautiful images and digi art on her site. Here’s the link. Back to this project - once your image is in, you want to change the orientation to “tight” as I have here below:
The default is ‘in line with text’ which will not let you do anything you want and will restrict your editing. By changing to “tight” This will let you move, size, and adjust the image freely. No rules! Wahoo!
Now just size, adjust, and play with your image until you’re satisfied. There are a lot of options in the “format” edit bar including cropping, some color adjustments, sizing, and more. If you want to add in more images or layer – go right ahead! Need to adjust where a layer is? Just right-click on the image and you can move what order it is in (top, bottom, etc).
For today, I’m just going to print mine right out onto a tan cardstock and turn it into a card.
Once I add some letter stickers (by Echo Park) and some ink around the edges I’m all set. I could add more elements if desired, but I love how quick and simple this card is. With so many possibilities – hybrid scrapbooking gives you the best of both paper and digital – I hope you can see why I love it so much.
How fun was that? I hope you had fun – if you’d like to see more of my projects and what I’m up to you can visit me at www.mayflaum.com and www.facebook.com/
I am teaming up with Nic Howard to teach a Double page layout class at Big Pciture Classes: Double Take.