Our first October challenge is all about favorite colors – and these colorful page layouts and projects created by the BetterScrap design team members are sure to become favorites of yours!
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* Cardstock: Discount Cardstock “Kraft 80# 12×12, Clove Felt 80# 12×12, Pink Mulberry 8 1/2 x 11”
* Vinyl: Gauche Alchemy Acme Kit
* Paint: Plaid Apple Barrel Victorian Green
* Vellum: Colorbok Friendly Forest Collection
* Fleece: American Crafts Fieldhouse Blue Skies
* Bird stamp: All Night Media by Plaid
* Banner, heart & “eE” stamp: For the Luv of Art “Sweet Ollie” Stamp Set
* Ink: Rubber Stampede
* Brads, sticker & journaling spot: Crate Paper Season Collection
* Bird, flower & leaf die cuts: Colorbok Blue Skies Page Kit
* Punchinella, tickets, chipboard letter “R” & plastic “G” & “N” game pieces: Gauche Alchemy Acme Kit
* Adhesive: Plaid “Paper Mod Podge, Sparkle Mod Podge“, Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Dots
* Other: Thread
Green has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I always had to have green everything. If my brother & I got the same toy, mine had to be green. Now, I associate it w/ calm feelings & nature. I guess that’s part of why I like it so much. It’s been a constant in life & always calms me down.
2. Take a photo of something you love that is in your favorite color, and use it on your layout.
4. Create hand-doodling somewhere on your page.
5. Make the name of your favorite color a prominent part of your title.
For my background, I used the credit card technique with my paint. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s exactly what it sounds like: I squeezed paint directly onto the bottom edge of an old plastic card (used gift cards work great for this!), and then smeared it against the Kraft Cardstock.
The For the Luv of Art stamps are so cute! Instead of just making a plain brown cardstock banner, I stamped the image in brown on a sheet of Light Pink Mulberry, cut the banner out, adhered it to the Clove Felt Cardstock, and then applied a coat of Sparkle Mod Podge over it. The same idea applies to the hearts. When finished, I had really pretty handmade embellishments to cut out and use!
Speaking of the stamps, to complete the word “Green” in my title (which is a play off the Aerosmith song “Pink,” by the way!), I needed a couple of “E”s — which is exactly what I found in the “Sweet” stamp, so I inked up them up and used them out of context! You can get so much more mileage out of your stamps by thinking about and using them in different ways. You can even cut acrylic stamps into pieces and use them that way; just piece them back together on an acrylic block if you want to re-use the whole word/image. Happy stamping!
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock “Sunflower 80# 12 x 12“; Stencil: Plaid Simply Stencils “Hip Floral”, Plaid Apple Barrel acrylic paint “Apricot”, Plaid “Mod Podge Sparkle” (inside the heart, on the butterfly and flowers); Stamp and Punchinella: Gauche Alchemy “Acme Mixed Media Paper Kit”; We R Memory Keepers floral paper, Die Cuts with a View Nana’s Nursery (plaid paper), CTMH yellow heart paper, All Night Media splatter stamp, Sakura White Jelly Roll Pen, CTMH orange pen, Prima (blooms and alphabet), Misc. buttons, twine, ribbon, butterfly.
I journaled to my favorite color, yellow, as if I were speaking directly to it, I told her why I love her and just what she means to me. I also chose to add some rounded corners with the floral paper. I used some hand doodling with a stencil and I included YELLOW in my title. I must say this is a challenge that I LOVE, it has inspired me to scrap more of my favorites to include in my book of me!!!
Techniques I used are to paint the All Night Media stamp with Apricot paint and stamp directly onto the page with ink. I love this!!!! I also chose to not ink the edges of my pages, but rather paint them with a sponge. This gave such a fun soft effect! I also used the sparkle Mod Podge to paint the inside of my heart and add just a touch of bling to the butterfly and flower. Did you notice my ribbon flowers? Those are just leftover pieces of ribbon that have been folded lengthwise, crisscrossed, and attached with a brad.
For this challenge I chose to do an inspiration mini journal based on my favorite color. Since my favorite color is yellow the cute little vintage book pages in my Gauche Alchemy kit was perfect! I used that as my inspiration and went from there!
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock “Brilliant White 80# 12×12“; Cardboard & embellishments: Gauche Alchemy “Acme Mixed Media Paper Kit”
Journal speaking directly to your favorite color
Use rounded corners
Use hand doodling (journaling was my “doodle”)
Make the color part of your title
Hmmm…my favorite color. I know what my favorite color is, but I wanted to show you something vibrant, something bright. Wouldn’t you love to see bright pink, maybe a purple, or sunshine yellow? However, the truth of the matter is that I love brown. All things brown – no matter what shade – make me feel peaceful inside. So I am bringing you a layout that is somewhat unconventional for me, but definitely highlights brown!
Plaid is one of our sponsors this month, so I wanted to show several different ways to use paint on a layout. The base sheet is a kraft cardstock, and I painted the edges. If you look closely, you’ll see that I also stamped a splatter stamp on my base and on the corrugated cardstock. I stamped with paint. It gives my layout just a little more texture, I think. That huge leaf is actually a stencil. After painting it, I put some dimensional magic here and there to give it some shine. Do you see the interesting bits and pieces on my layout? How fun are they? They are from another one of our monthly sponsors, Gauche Alchemy, and I am crazy about all these types of embellishments! I used old book pages and a simplicity pattern to make the flowers.
I sprayed the book pages (and the tickets) with Coffee Shop glimmer mist. Once I created the darker flowers, I randomly applied dimensional glaze and some antique bronze stickles. I aged the simplicity pattern flower with chestnut roan ink. Using Norma Kennedy stamps (yet another fabulous sponsor!), I created the journal spot and stamped on the lace. I have to tell you, the black lace is what wrapped my Gauche Alchemy package! How pretty is that!! I’ve used two options this week on my layout . First, I rounded the corners on the journaling tag and secondly, I used the name of my favorite color in my title on that journaling tag.
Plaid Products: Apple Barrel acrylic paint “Burnt Umber”, Mod Podge “Dimensional Magic”, Simply Stencils “Fresh Foliage” Stencil, Art Materials “Spouncer Set”, All Night Media “Splatter” Stamp
Gauche Alchemy “Acme Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit” Products: Ouchless Cardboard, Book Pages, Simplicity Pattern, Pin, Tickets, Lace
For the Luv of Art products: “My Favorite Things” acrylic stamp set
Discount Cardstock products: “Kraft 80# 12×12″
Other: Fancy Pants Buttons, Colorbox Chestnut Roan, Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist, Ranger Antique Bronze Distress Stickles
I combined the products from our sponsors, Discount Cardstock, Gauche Alchemy, Plaid and For the Luv of Art Stamps with some products from my own stash to create this layout featuring my favorite color shades of Aqua Blue. I also chose to round the corners of my accent paper, use the color I featured in my title and journaled about the color (sort of) as additions to this Favorite Color challenge.
I started this layout by using Discount Cardstock in Aqua Ice Dust. Plaid’s Apple Barrel Paint in Cloudless is absolutely my favorite color from their beautiful paint line, so I knew that I had to add it to my layout. I sponged the paint onto the Gauche Alchemy tag and also used it to paint the white Prima flowers that adorn the bottom of the layout. As a base for the flowers, I cut three scallop circles from vintage paper in the Gauche Alchemy kit, which I thought was the perfect addition to add a little something extra to the flowers. I created the journaling block using one of the stamps from the For the Love of Art Stamp set and some Hawaiian Shores ink, one of my favorite shades of ink.
As a final touch, I created flowers in my favorite color, added ribbon and lace and some patterned paper that featured my favorite color as well.
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint “Cloudless”
For the Luv of Art Stamps: “My Favorite Things” stamp set
Discount Cardstock: “Aqua Ice Dust 80# 12×12″
Gauche Alchemy: “Acme Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit”
Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores Cardstock, Perfect Match Hybrid Ink, Hawaiian Shores Ribbon, Vintage Buttons and Leaf Ribbon
We R Memory Keepers: Vintage Blue Patterned Paper
Websters Pages: Bloomers
Mark Richards: Crystal Stickers
Cosmo Cricut: Ready Set Chip in Fairy Tales
Other Tools: Corner Chomper, Sizzix Flower Die Cut, Paper Shapers 2 inch Scallop Punch