Happy NSD (National Scrapbooking Day)!
This time last year, I was not a scrapbooker. I didn't even know there was such a thing as "National Scrapbooking Day." In fact, I thought scrapbooking was nothing more that goofy stickers on bright paper. Ridiculous? YES! So glad I came to my senses! You can read more about this silliness and how I recovered here.
It truly is amazing what can happen in a year! Thanks to a close friend, I am now pretty much obsessed with all things pretty paper. At the beginning of this year, I started this blog to share the process photos that I love taking of my adventures in the studio. Through this blog and twitter, I have made some amazing scrappy crafty friends! One of these friends, Jennifer from Live.Teach.Create., recommended me as a contributor to Everyday Storyteller, an E-Book that is available NOW, just in time for NSD!
This was such a humbling opportunity for me....
I just have to pinch myself that someone took enough interest in my scrapping to put my little name forward in a book that has the likes of Amy Tan, Elle Price and Nancy Nally...just to name a few. My scrapping has become such a wonderful outlet for me, and it is such sweet icing on the cake that others are enjoying it as well! I am so thankful, I just had to whip up a little thank you tag to send with some scrappy happy mail for Jennifer. Let's have a look see at how it came together...
I like to layer up my tags, so first I cut this scrap of Kraft paper from MME into a tag shape:
Now, it's time to break in my brand new Studio Calico template...
...with some white acrylic paint! I love kraft, but I always feel like it needs to be "brightened up." Perhaps this will do the trick...
Once dry, that paint will act as a resist for some misty fun:
Ahhhh - love that contrast!
And for the next layer...let's break in my other new Studio Calico mask:
A little green, A little blue...
Lovely. But, I wish the lines were a bit more defined...
Signo pen to the rescue!
A little scrap of Authentique:
And now some title work with a technique from the fab Revlie:
After the washi is layered on, some MME die cuts get stitched on:
Things are coming together:
Now, I need a place for the sentiment. A cut, a mist and a pen line later, we have a little banner tag:
Some Glossy Accents made it's way to those little letter stickers for some more ooomph! (thanks to May Flaum for teaching me that in her recent Field Guide class!)
I like what we have here, but want a bit more pop. So, I take that white acrylic paint and my finger and just edge the pieces a bit:
Yes, I like that!
Some fringe, twine, pen lines and bits of final touches...there we have it!
I will forever be grateful!
I hope you liked your happy mail, Jennifer! And, if you all liked this post...click on over to grab your copy of Everyday Storyteller! In the book, I share 3 easy techniques for using wet mediums, along with 4 exclusive layouts that you won't be able to see anywhere else. I hope you enjoy it!
OH! One more thing...
If you purchase the book through my blog (using the links above or over on the right sidebar) and email me your receipt (email@example.com), you will receive a FREE PDF showing more detail and step by step processes of the techniques in the book, as well as a complete start to finish of one of the layouts. I hope to hear from you and send you one of the exclusive PDF files!
Happy Crafting on this NSD! I plan to do lots of scrapping this weekend...what about you?