When our stamping friends arrived at the Regional event that Pam, Katy and I planned on October 5, we had nametags and swap bags waiting for them at the front door. And Krispy Kreme donuts. Katy also picked up some spiral bound steno books and covered them with various pages from Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.
We asked everyone to take notes in their book and then take the books home to decorate and embellish. While we had make-and-takes planned for the stampers, Katy’s notebook became a take-and-make. Here’s mine:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Color Choices. When selecting the colors for the focal point of my notebook, I stayed true to the colors featured in the Designer Series Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky and Crushed Curry. How did I know which colors to use? I simply reached for the Designer Series Paper Swatchbooks (I keep them in a bucket on my desk) and they told me what to do – the colors are printed right on the back.
- Layering of the Central Image. I was really happy with how the shapes fit together to make a perfectly layered image. I started by stamping the image on Very Vanilla, Soft Sky and Crushed Curry. I cropped the Very Vanilla piece with a Circles Collection framelit and snipped the rest of the images and glued them on top. A couple of layers of card stock in circles and a Window Frames Collection Framelit, and you have a perfect focal point image for this notebook.
- A Grounded Image. When I was finished with the central square on this design, I needed to ground the image a bit – who wants a square just floating in the middle of nowhere? Instead of adding a horizontal strip under the square (that’s my instinctual inclination), I decided to cover some of the antiqued edge of the paper (this paper is browned a bit on the edges) with a vertical strip of Soft Sky on the left. This grounds the square by giving it something to perch on.
Stamp sets: From My Heart Papers: Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip Inks: Chocolate Chip Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Window Frames Framelits, Naturals Designer Buttons, 7/16″ Natural Trim, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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