Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Simple Box Pleats "how to"

I did this tutorial awhile back when I made my King Triton page but somehow I never posted it here on my blog. So better late than never...

Simple box pleats
The last time I did a page with lots of layered box pleats, I got so many emails asking how to create them that I decided to make a little “how to”. Honestly I just sat in front of the tv and hand folded the strips of paper with no measuring and that’s ok, but to just make it a bit simpler, I have added some measurements.
You can cut your strips of paper any width you like, but go ahead and cut a 12” length one 12” strip folds to be about a 6” length. You can make straight cuts, use your decorative edge scissors, or use border punches. In diagram #1 and 2 you will see that I have scored the paper strip between the scallops dividing into sections of 1 scallop and 3 scallops repeating.

Fold as shown in diagram #3. This will give you a very uniform box pleat following the design of your border.

If you would like to make a straight border, you can use any measurement in thirds. For my example I have scored in sections of ¼” and ¾” repeating as shown in diagram #4.

The measurements I have given you so far create a box pleat with space in between each raised “box”. You can also make closed pleats. In diagram #5 I have scored in a repeating pattern of ¼”, ¾”, ¼”, ½” repeating. You will have the ¾” as the top of your “box” so when you fold keep that in mind.

In diagram #6 I just want to show you that I have punched a strip of paper and randomly folded without any measurements, not following the punched design in any way. It’s just another look that you might want to add when layering a bunch of pleats.

After creating several of your pleated strips, lay them on your layout to see how the colors and patterns will fit on your page but keep in mind that these strips will shrink quite a bit when you actually fold them flat and attach them. Diagram #7.

Finally let’s talk about attaching these pleats to your page. Most patterned papers are cardstock weight and once you have folded them, they do not want to lay flat for you. You will need to really secure your pleats well before attaching them to the layout. The easiest way for me is to use my sewing machine and run a straight stitch along the top edge, but a low temp glue gun or red line double sided tapes might work for you as well. Next layout your pleats on your page because they are now the size they will be. At this point you can use any type of strong adhesive to attach your strips or machine stitch of course. Diagram 8

Here is my finished layout so you can see the effect of my mixed box pleats. I hope you will try some box pleats. I think you will find that they are a simple way to add impact to your projects.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Unexpected colors *CSI Case File #8*

We all like our layout colors to work well with our photo, to make it shine or pop off the page, but other things also effect our colors on our pages. Sometimes we are influenced by the theme, such as Holidays, Beach, Zoo, or Disney Parks. I have wanted to scrap this photo for a long time. I have alot of photos of us standing at the entrance of Disney World and you are tempted to use Disney fun colors, most likely red, blue, black, yellow, green... I saw this weeks CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration Case file #8 Challenge and then I found this photo and I thought it wouldn't work for Disney, but my guys are wearing the right colors. I really like the way it turned out. I used some MME, Basic Grey, and Pink Paislee papers and I was totally inspired by the Star theme. I cut my stars with my cricut, and the edges are just a couple of punches with a border punch - sometimes it's fun not to punch the whole edge.

 For "evidence" I used lots of stars, Stickles (liquid element), a solid background, my title is glittery for the sparkle. Can I say that I really love the "Evidence" category of the challenges :) Then for the "testimony" category, I went for the stellar inspiration and used words from "When you wish upon a star".

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine tags

I hope all of you guys had a nice Valentines day and maybe some chocolate too :) I spent the day with my mom and it was awesome! Did you send your mom a Valentine? if you didn't, put a note in your calender for next year right now. I wanted to share a couple of little tags that I made to put on gifts. I got my husband some chocolates and made a super simple tag and then put them in his suitcase to surprise him when he went out of town. I also made a much cuter tag for my mom. I planned to put them on her flowers when I gave them to her. Then I bought flowers that didn't match the tag so I still put it on the flowers, but it wasn't quite as cute as I planned. LOL! She loved it. I used the beautiful Yours Truly Collection by Cassandra Cooper for Echo Park, and then added embellishments that my sweet friend, Denise, gave me. Thanks again, Denise, I am having so much fun with these goodies.

Friday, February 10, 2012

cozy *CSI: Case file #6*

Check out Case File #6 at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration! Not colors you would normally choose but scroll down for the DT Pages - wow, huh? All so different and gorgeous! I found this old photo of Alex and Stripes on the couch and they are both so cute that it had to be scrapped. Alex was with me when we first saw Stripes and had to adopt her. She was a great kitty and we do miss her.

I used Crate Paper patterned papers along with some fabric for a ruffle and a yo yo shape. For my "evidence" I used woodgrain paper, fabric, and pleating. For my "testimony" I was inspired by the word: comfort. And when I found the little chipboard couch element from Crate Paper, it just pulled it all together.

Well Hidden *CSI: Case File #5*

Well I don't know how it happened but somehow I forgot to post this page last week. I just love CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration Case File #5 Challenge and I am really happy with my page, so I don't know what happened. Sorry. The good thing is that now you get to see two CSI posts this week. :) For the evidence I used leaves, cutting tools (punches), and created a border of small elements (leaves). And then for the journaling, I journaled around the edge. I really like doing that. The patterned papers are My Minds Eye and the border punch is EK Success. I cut the leaves from an ivory decorator fabric for thickness and then a nice green cotton calico print. I layered a paper leaf on top of some of the fabric leaves too. Then because I like fibers, I sort of mixed a brown fiber in with the leaves. The cool thing about this particular hidden mickey is that its so well hidden that I didn't even see it til I got home, saw the hidden mickey online somewhere and then went back to my photos and found it. LOL! Good thing I took the photos from that angle. If you look at the close up photo just above my felt mickey, you will see a mickey shape in the "mud" grey color on the trunk just to the left of the buffalo.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

christmas 1965

I finally got some October Afternoon Holiday Style and I just had to do a layout. Also my sweet friend, Denise, sent me some wonderful valentine colored goodies and I used a few on my layout. Thanks Denise! This collection is ideal for photos that I have from slides from holidays as a kid. Love the colors and little retro santas.

too cute

First, I saw this weeks color palette #96 at The Color Room and the colors were just too cute, I had to play along. I loved the inspiration photo and sketch too. I never get to use pink, blue and greens like that so I didn't think I would find a photo. I looked thru my old photos from slides and found this photo of my first puppy, Princess. I got her when I was two. She is beyond too cute. This is after her first trip to the beauty parlor and I had to scrap it with these pretty colors. She was such a good dog for 17 years. She wasn't the typical yippy toy poodle, but she was aware that she was the princess. I always thought that her registered name was "Susie's little Princess" and I called her Pincipoo. The other day I was talking to my mom and she told me that she is a "french" poodle so her name was actually Little Princess Suzette in french. LOL! Funny that I never knew that.

I made quilt blocks with some older Basic Grey Lily Kate, MME Stella &Rose, and DCWV Tres Chic. There is a bit of Prima Madeline as well. I made my flowers from patterned papers, cardstock, and chenile fabric.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Yours Truly Blog Hop

I have two fun layouts to share today but first....Have you seen Echo Park's "Yours Truly" collection by Cassandra Cooper!? If you have, you probably bought it, right? If you didn't, look again - seriously, click on the link and look at each paper. You guys know I am not a huge Valentines scrapper because my boys are grown and I just don't take the right photos, but there is so much more to this collection than you may have noticed at first glance. Awesome patterned papers that will be great to have in your stash. I am into red lately, because in looking thru my photos I have noticed that the colors that show up the most in my photos are: first black, second greenery(usually trees and grass) and third red - fourth is blue jeans :) So yeah, red is my friend.

Now that I said I don't scrap Valentines... here is a Valentines page that I couldn't resist. LOL!!! When I first saw this collection, I immediately thought of this photo and had to scrap it. Last Valentines was also the day we celebrated Christmas with our military sons so we were unwrapping gifts and my husband let Figaro play in his tissue. I got him the bluray "RED". If you haven't seen it, its hilarious, cute, and tons of action for the guys. Great date night movie.  So for my page, I loved the sticker banner "XOXO" so much that I kind of made the page around it. I used a bunch of super cute stickers for this page. The ribbon poof is an easy way to add embellishment. Just scrunch, stitch a pearl over the ribbon every inch(knot the back each time), and you have a nice trim. HERE is a little tutorial.

And while I was playing with this great Yours Truly Collection, I decided the colors were ideal for Christmas! And please excuse this awful photo of me, but I had to scrap it because I got the most fun phone from my husband. Its a PINK pop phone handset that attaches like an earpiece to my EVO. I love to use it in the car and have people stare at me with my big phone on my shoulder. Unlike a cellphone you can put it on your shoulder easily. 
This layout is also my example for Sketch #72 at SketchSavvy. I have seen so many pages with circles, hearts, and banners so I put them all together here. A bit of holly made from a green print from Echo Park's "Victoria Gardens", a couple of snowflake punches, and its a perfect holiday page. 
Just wait, because I still have a bunch more Yours Truly and I am planning to use it for Disney's Rock n Roller Coaster!!! It's practically made for that ride, right?

To start blog hopping, visit Cassandra Cooper's Blog HERE to find out a little secret about the designs in this collection. Next hop over to Madeline Fox's blog to see her 3 beautiful layouts! Then to Lara Gustafson's blog for lots of photos of her mini album. Then visit Heidi Smith's Blog - she has created the most amazing vintage Rosette Wreath. Check back because I don't have all of the bloghop links yet :)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

knock off!

I know you are ALL inspired by other peoples layouts, right? Well, do you ever copy your own layouts? or knock off a friend's page? Hey, I think it's totally cool, just try to give credit where it's due. Why am I telling you this? because I just totally copied my friend's layout, which was inspired by a sketch that I did for SketchSavvy, and that sketch is from a layout that I haven't shared yet but will soon. Not finished... that layout was inspired by all the layouts that I have been seeing everywhere that have banners, circles, or hearts. So I have to share this totally fun layout that is also not the most original idea. :) CLICK HERE For the sketch - I dare you to make just one page with these banners!

First here is Madeline's awesome layout (THANKS MADELINE!):

SEE!!! How could I not copy that!? You want to now too, right? When I finally post the original layout that started all of this, you will see that the style is much different. So here is my page using a photo that my brother took when he was at Downtown Disney. This page is for his book. And you know what else? Since this is for my brother - I might copy her page again for me! LOL!!!