Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Recipe Challenge #1

4 Product Recipe Challenge

Hi! We’re Megan and Allie from Document Life Workshop and today we’re here to challenge you to use a 4 Product Recipe to make a project! Stretch your creativity and get an amazing result with these four ingredients: washi tape, watercolors, Project Life style cards, and a hammer!

Homemade Recipe Book using Document Life Workshop Recipe Template Set by Megan Anderson

 And because it’s a recipe challenge, we're giving away a Recipe Template Set, which you can find in our store. You can check out what Megan did with the recipe template set here.

Megan’s Take: Recipe Challenge | Megan's Take

I'm using this layout as half of a Project Life spread, so I wanted it to be simple while still highlighting a life changing event: my brother-in-law coming to live with us (this was back in 2011). Using the recipe with an enlarged photo made making a simple page that packs a punch super easy! I used watercolors to make a strip of my own patterned paper. I stole them from my seven-year-old daughter; don't rat me out! I wanted to pick up the cool colors in the photo while making the page feel happy, so I mixed yellow, blue, and green. I think using watercolors is pretty addicting, I might have to do it more often! I used a Project Life card as a journaling spot - they're not just limited to pocketed page protectors. Washi tape added more color and texture, giving a home to my title. And I hammered on a few snaps I've been holding onto since my earliest scrapbooking days. I actually love this product challenge so much that I think I'm going to do another one later in the week! I'll make sure to leave a link in the comments if that actually happens. See a few close-ups of this layout along with how this it fits into a Project Life spread here.

Allie’s Take:
  Recipe Challenge | Allie's Take

I chose to take a digital scrapbooking approach to this challenge, but still managed to "stick to the recipe" exactly! For my page, You Add Color To My Life," I started with a neutral kraft base, and then added digital watercolors to the page-- this is very easy to do with Photoshop brushes, or you can even buy pre-made watercolor paper and elements. Digital washi tape is just as much fun to use on pages as physical washi-- and digital tape never runs out of your favorite roll! I used the edge of a "journaling card" with "Happy" written on it for some fun word art--journaling cards are so versatile even outside of Project Life, as embellishments or even as word art! The hardest part of the challenge to do digitally was to "use a hammer," but I thought about elements that you would technically need a hammer for in a physical page, and then use that as a digital item-- and for that I came up with using a stamped metal tag. This challenge was lot of fun to do-- and a lot of fun to interpret a paper challenge into a digital page.

 Megan Anderson is a crafty nerd, aspiring novelist, and avid life documenter. She reads piles of books, loves city life in Kansas City, and blogs about her nerdy family life with her husband Jake at The Nerd Nest. You can also find her at Document Life Workshop, a creative space made to challenge and inspire memory keepers. Get to know Megan better by following her on Twitter and Instagram at @Megan_NerdNest.
Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design and Document Life Workshop is a crafty designer, a photographer, and is scrapbooking obsessed. She loves great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram– and loves meeting new people via social media! Follow along with her creative projects and everyday life & sarcasm on twitter and instgram at @abandy.

Katie's Take:
I loved the recipe that Megan and Allie chose to work with. I already use watercolors, journaling tags and washi in a lot of my layouts so the trickiest thing for me was the hammer. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, so I hammered foil around a chipboard bike embellishment I had. The bike originally didn't match my layout, but I like the look of it now.

Emily's Take:

As soon as I saw that this recipe included journaling cards, I went straight for my Smash pads! I have a couple, but because I don't really do Project Life and my Smash books are both (sadly) at my mom's house, I don't get much use out of them. I paired up a list of the books I'd like to read this summer with a photo I took very sneakily during one of my many English classes last year. I used some of the very watercolor-inspired Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper and added simple strips of washi to create a visual triangle around my photo and journaling. I was almost stumped on how to use a hammer on my page, but then I remembered the bin of eyelets in my drawer! I used my Crop-o-Dile to set them (a little unsuccessfully, but I'm out of practice), but you can definitely use a hammer if you have one!


Want to win a set of Recipe Cards from Document Life Workshop? Create a project using this "recipe" and link it below by May 16th to be entered to win!

  • Washi Tape
  • Project Life Style Journal Cards
  • Watercolors
  •  Hammer

Friday, April 26, 2013

Freebie Friday #2: Organizing Your Washi Collection

Here at Paper Lovers Studio, we share a free printable for you to download every other Friday.

Today's download is by Emily:

I wanted to share something a little different, so instead of something you can use on a scrapbook page, I've made up something that will help you keep track of all the washi tape you own! Washi tape is extremely popular at the moment, and I have seen scrappers admitting to owning upwards of 100 rolls sometimes! Personally, I only have about 30, and it's still hard for me to remember what every roll looks like when I'm trying to decide if I want to add some to a page. So I designed a simple chart that will allow you to always have a small sample of each of your tapes at hand, without having to pull out every roll while you're working.


How Emily used the chart:
I keep my washi organized by brand, so I printed off three of the charts and filled in the "category" blank with the three brands of tape I own. Then I just stuck down small samples of my tapes into the boxes on the chart and added a few written details (width, color, pattern, if I had multiple rolls, etc). I store my charts in page protectors at the back of my current album.

I think it could also be very useful to print these charts out on transparencies, if you're able to. That way you can actually hold the sheet up to your layout and see how each tape might look on your page!

How Katie used the chart: I loved Emily's idea to sort them by brand but I really don't have enough washi tape to sort mine like that. So, I decided to sort mine by color and wrote in what brand each tape was next to it. I split my washi tape into 2 color schemes- Blues/Greens and Pinks/Reds. This works best for me, I think.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Inspired By... Challenge #1

It's always interesting when you're able to take an image of something not-scrapbook-related and transfer some element of it onto a scrapbook page or other paper-crafting project. The point of this challenge is to inspire you to do just that! We will provide the inspiration (usually something we found on Pinterest or elsewhere on the Internet) and some sample projects, and then all you have to do is link up a project inspired by whatever it is that inspired us!

This time, the inspiration image is this lovely quilt:

source: Sewing in a Straight Line, Brett Bara

Emily's layout: I treated the quilt like a sketch for a page and used strips of My Mind's Eye paper in place of the quilted stripes. This is a very simple interpretation of the image, but I love how it turned out and I'm really happy to finally have this photo (circa 2011 or 2012) scrapped!

  Katie's layout: I thought the bright colors of the quilt were perfect for the camping photos I had to scrap! I also loved the simple stripes on the quilt, but I wanted to change things up a little bit. I cut strips of green and orange/yellow paper, then I cut them in half and placed them on both sides of my page.
This project was perfect for using up a bunch of mixed matched paper scraps!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Technique Challenge #1 Heat Embossed Resist

Today we're going to show you one of many ways to use Gelatos! No, not the ice cream, the amazing pigment sticks named Gelatos by Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.
What are Gelatos? "Compact acid-free pigment sticks that glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage." 
They're color in a little chapstick style tube, perfect for paper crafting and mixed media.

There are a lot of different things you can do with gelatos, but we're just going to show you how they resist heat embossed areas and what cool technique it is. But for more ideas, visit the Design Memory Craft blog!
Supplies: Stamps,Embossing Ink, Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Cardstock, Paint Brush and Water, Gelatos or Watercolors

1. Using your stamps and heat embossing supplies, heat emboss a pattern onto your cardstock.
I used a little doily flower stamp from Amy Tangerine's Yes, Please line and clear embossing powder.
2. Color over your cardstock and embossed images with gelatos. You can use all one color or do multiple colors of gelatos, they blend really well!
 3. With a damp paintbrush, go over your gelatos. You'll notice that the color resists the areas you embossed.
 4. If you need to, wipe away any excess color from your embossed images using a paper towel.

No Gelatos? You can do this with watercolors too. Just emboss your stamped images and paint over them with watercolors! That's what Emily did to make this card:

The technique is just the same, but using watercolors instead of gelatos. It's pretty easy (once you get the hang of embossing) and looks great on cards and other projects. Embossing also resists most spray inks, so if you have any of those in your stash, try them out!

Enter to win some goodies from Design Memory Craft!

Create a project (layout, card or other paper craft) inspired by this technique and link it up here to be entered to win these products:
Stampers Big Brush Pens: Green.
Metallic Gelatos Colors and Stamp
Stampers Big Brush Pen: White
GRIP Trio Sharpener

This challenge and giveaway will close on Thursday, May 2nd.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Featured Layouts!

We are so excited at the response we've received for our first 2 weeks of challenges! We don't have prizes for the challenges yet (there will be one next week so keep an eye out!) but we will be featuring projects from the different challenges every other week!
Here are a few projects we think are fantastic. (Actually we think all of the projects inspired by our challenges are amazing, but we can't feature them all, of course.)

Happy Day by Probyte

Transparency Layout by Taylor

Love by Saskia

Stop back by on Tuesday to see a brand new challenge, technique and the chance to win some goodies!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Scraplift Challenge #1

We like scraplift challenges because there are so many layouts available online to be inspired by. Isn't this layout by Tina Aszmus so fun and colorful? We found it via the Studio Calico blog and love both the design and that Tina used minimal embellishments, yet her layout looks amazing!

Katie's Layout: I copied Tina's layout almost exactly, but here's what I changed up:
  • I converted it into a 12x12 layout.
  • I used watercolor pencils and gelatos instead of water color crayons to color my speech bubbles.
  • I stamped in a few of my speech bubbles.
  • I added glitter into my speech bubbles, using a bit of glue + white glitter.
  • I doodled my own speech bubbles instead of using a mask/template.

 Just like sketches, scraplifts are an easy way to speed up the design process of a layout! I think this is a really fun design. If you're a clean and simple scrapper and don't like to use paints or messy supplies in you layouts you could easily cut speech bubbles from patterned paper instead of drawing them or you a piece of patterned paper that already has speech bubbles printed on it.
Emily's Layout: I love the layout we chose to scrap-lift for this challenge! It was so much fun to work with. In my layout, I used patterned paper (from Lawn Fawn's first line, Bright Side) for the speech bubbles. I also changed the location of the journaling.

I decided to make a few of my speech bubbles from white card stock to add a tone-on-tone element to the page. I stamped this little rose from the Amy Tangerine Yes, Please clear stamp set in the white bubbles to add some interest to them, and then I popped them up with foam adhesive for dimension and to define them a bit more.

This might seem like a simple layout to lift, but there are so many directions you can take it in! We can't wait to see how you use it.

Link up your projects! We love seeing how you use our challenges to inspire you! This challenge will close on Thursday, May 2nd.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kill a Kit Challenge #1

One of the fun challenges we are doing here on Paper Lovers Studio is the "Kill a Kit" challenge. How does it work?? Simple:

We will be putting together our own kits to use and posting them once a month. The next month, we will post the projects we've made from the previous kit and post our next kit.

We would love to have you join in! Create your own kit and link up your projects!

Katie's Kit:
To make my kit, I started by going through my patterned paper stash and choosing a bunch of sheets that I thought could go well together. I included papers from Nikki Sivils, Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, DCWV and a few others.
For embellishments I am using a couple of sets of Thickers, 1 sheet of chipboard stickers, spirograph stamps, 2 rolls of washi tape and my Amy Tangerine phrase stamp.

I plan on making atleast one layout with this kit and definitely a couple of cards. I love these colors.

Emily's Kit: Most of my paper is already in collection packs or pads, because I find it very easy to work that way. But I still wanted to put together a custom collection of patterns for this challenge, so I pulled together papers from a couple older My Mind's Eye collections as well as some from a Recollections (Michaels' store brand) collection. I picked 9 papers in all, and then added a set of Thickers, a smaller set of alpha stickers, a stamp set from Studio Calico and a larger one from Lawn Fawn, and two rolls of washi. The colors in this kit are very different from what I've been working with lately, so I'm really excited to take on the challenge to get this kit used up!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Freebie Friday! Watercolor Journaling Tags

Twice a month on Paper Lovers Studio, We will post Freebie Fridays! Freebie Fridays will include free downloads that we have designed for you to use in whatever projects you like!

Today's download is by Katie:

I love the texture of watercolors so I wanted these tags to have that. I also added what I think is my "signature style" which is doodling. I usually doodle with a black pen or marker, but I decided to change things around and doodle with white. I think the white doodles look fantastic against the watercolor backgrounds.

Katie's Layout:
I had a hard time choosing which one of the three tags to use on this layout because they all matched my paper beautifully! I finally decided on the noteworthy tag, I liked the yellow-y green colors.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Card Sketch #1

Today's challenge is a card sketch. Just like the Layout sketches, feel free to change it up to suit your style, use it as a starting point or stay with the design in the sketch!
It's a fairly simple card sketch, a few banners, a sentiment and a place for a stamped image, patterned paper, embellishment, etc! You could also change this into a layout sketch, placing a photo where the image is.
Katie's card: I love this bicycle stamp which is from the same stamp set as the Radio stamp (from the Tough Supply Challenge) and I also have this fun black and white bicycle patterned paper, I think they go together quite nicely. For my color scheme I decided to go with pink, black and white, following the sketch and adding a little bit of bling for embellishment.

Cards are fun for when you don't feel like creating a whole layout. I love making small projects like cards, they're quick, easy (most of the time) and they usually turn out pretty cute!

Emily's card: I decided to flip Katie's sketch over so that I could make a portrait card instead of a landscape one. It was a simple card to make, yet I'm so in love with it! I used three coordinating patterned papers from My Mind's Eye and the big camera stamp from the Amy Tangerine Yes, Please clear stamp set. I think this sketch would be great for mass-producing cards, because it comes together quickly and looks great. Link up your project! We love seeing your different takes on our sketches!
This challenge will close on Thursday, April 18.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Color Challenge #1

Do you ever have a great idea for a layout, but have no idea what color scheme you want to use? Us too. That's why color challenges are fun, You can start off with the simple colors provided, and add in more colors if you wish!
If you ever need help putting color together, check out the site Design-Seeds. You'll find design ideas, color palettes, and so much inspiration for color.
(image via Design-Seeds)

Katie's Layout: I chose the color palette for this challenge and as soon as I saw it, I thought about a mini paper pad I have from MyMindsEye. The colors matched almost perfectly and I added a few brighter colors with washi tape and flower stickers from Amy Tangerine.
The hexagon and bumble bee stamps are also from MyMindsEye.
I like that I've got just a few bits of black here and there, I think they really stand out and give some focal points to my layout.
Emily's Layout: I'm not usually the best at color challenges, because I have a somewhat limited stash! But when Katie sent me the color scheme for this one, I was immediately reminded of the Echo Park Sweet Day papers that I picked up in digital form when they were on sale last summer. I only occasionally dabble in digital, but it's a great thing to try for challenges like this, when you don't have any real papers that fit the colors.
 I think my favorite part about this layout is how I did the journaling. I added a piece of "vellum" (just a white rectangle with the opacity set around 60%) over the patterned paper and then pulled out my Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet to write my journaling just like I would on a regular layout!

Link up your layouts! This challenge will close on Thursday, April 18.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tough Supply Challenge #1

Every scrapbooker has one: that stamp set, embellishment pack, or sticker sheet with something totally awesome on it that you love, but can't figure out how to use. At least, we do! So to help you (and ourselves!) in the everlasting quest to use your stash, we've created the Tough Supply Challenge. Pick out something you love, but have trouble using, and get it on a project! This time around, we realized we both had the same stamp set with a cute little radio that neither of us had ever been able to incorporate into a project. What a coincidence! So we did our best to get that little guy inked up...

Katie's layout: I've had this stamp set for a while and I've used all of of the stamps except for the radio. I think it's adorable I just couldn't ever come up with a project for it.. until now. I didn't have any pictures that really went with the radio stamp, but I decided to use it on this layout about my new shoes, as well as using a couple of Amy Tangerine Stamps. I was trying to make a "hipster" layout, with my bright shoes, and the bright patterned paper I think it all goes together.

Katie's card: I used a light pink patterned paper for the base of my card, but I used all of the same patterned papers and washi tape as my layout to embellish it. I used the sentiment "you rock" to go with the radio stamp. I love the colors.

Emily's layout: When we first decided that we would both use the radio stamp for this challenge, I immediately thought of this random photo I had of my headphones and my boyfriend's headphones lying on the table together. It's just an "everyday" sort of photo, with no real story (hence the lack of journaling) but I like to scrap those sometimes.

I used some older My Mind's Eye paper, washi, Thickers in "Goodness", and the ampersand stamp from the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go stamp set.

Emily's card: For my second project with the radio stamp, I decided use the same papers I used in my layout! I kept it super simple with this card, but I think it came out pretty cute. Handwritten sentiments are the easiest way to make a card look truly custom-made for the recipient!

Add your links! We would love to see how this challenge inspired you to use though supplies!
This challenge will close on Thursday, April 18.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sketch Challenge #1

Our first challenge here on the blog is a sketch challenge! Feel free to interpret the sketch how you want, changing it up here and there to fit your style!

I (Katie) really love following sketches. Deciding how I want to design my layout is the most time-consuming thing for me when I'm scrapbooking and sketches take all the hard work right out of it!

Katie's Layout:
I took these cloud photos a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to scrapbook them using different shades of blues and of course, lots of cloud embellishments. The cloud rub-ons are an older embellishment by Studio Calico, the cloud paper and the stitching template are by Amy Tangerine. I love the new embroidery templates!
Emily's Layout: Katie created the sketch for this challenge, and when she sent it to me, I was totally inspired--but I also knew that I was going to be changing it up quite a bit! I only scrap traditional pages in 8.5x11, first of all, and my stash of photos is all 4x6s because that's the easiest for me. So, here's my page:

And here are the changes I made to the sketch:
  • I used 1 photo instead of 3
  • I added an extra layer of patterned paper in place of the extra photos
  • I did my journaling directly on the layout, instead of in a journaling box
  • I added embellishment near the title and the journaling to complete a visual triangle

I really like this page! I've been meaning to scrap this photo of the Denton Courthouse and the lights for a long time. I used papers from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection, and the houses are stamps from her Ready Set Go collection.

This challenge will close on Thursday, April 18.
Link up your layouts!! We would love to see how you're inspired by our challenges.