Saturday, 15 May 2010

Shimmerz Technique

This project is so very easy. I got the idea from the Oaks StampScrapArt Tour where I vendor called Just for Fun stamps was using this technique for cards. (If you are a card maker, check out their website for all their premade templates) They used distress inks, but I thought this was a perfect application for Shimmerz! If you like this, I am going to teach this in the August class. It will be great. Shown here is the feminine version. To see colors for the masculine version, go to the forum for the video link.

Any shape can be used with technique, but I chose vertical rectangles. Step one is to cut a template for yourself.

Use a 12 x 12 trimmer, and cut three rectangles. The margin is 1 inch at the top and bottom. Starting from the left, cut the first box 2 1/2 inches wide, starting at once inch in. The second box starts 4 1/4 inches from the left page and is 3 1/2 inches wide. Finally, the third box should be cut 8 1/2 inches in, and is 2 1/2 inches wide.

Step two. Lay the template over a fresh piece of cardstock. Gather several colors of Shimmerz spritz mists. I like to work on my Ranger Craft mat - it's a great way to keep your work space clean. Start to spray them over the template. I like to concentrate the darker colors around the edges with the lighter colors closer to the center. I then usually finish the entire project off with an extra shimmery color like Baby's Breath, Concrete or my favorite, Tuscan Sun.

Step 3 - After you've let your layout dry (usually about 15 minutes) keeping the template over the bottom paper, stamp several images all over the page. I think Staz on is the best. If you haven't tried stamping with Staz on, you will never go back! Nature stamps work beautifully for this, btw, but I could see birthday candles, different size letters or numbers, music notes... Really, there are endless possibilities.

And Voila! Remove the template and you are done! From there you have the basis of a beautiful layout. It's need only photos and some journaling, but stay tuned for next week. I 've order some of the trendy new stick pins. I'm going to finish this layout using some organdy ribbon, some lace, and those new stick pins.

To see a video of this technique, see the link in my forum here.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Lions and tigers and bears.... oh my!

So I was sending a note to my meet up group this morning. Seems once again I was remiss and forgot to post the schedule to that particular calendar. I just want to smack myself sometimes...

But wait, is it really any wonder? In my note, I included all the ways to stay in touch with Scrap with Shelby. I mean, while the meetup group was once a wonderful thing for me (it immensely boosted my visibility in web search engines...) was it really worth the $150 a year I spend to keep it?

As I started posting the links, it was a bit astonishing..and more than a little overwhelming.

I mean, there is of course, this blog. Then there is my facebook page, the meetup group, the website with the classes and crops page, and of course my favorite, the forum. I didn't even list my you tube videos and apparently, I have a twitter page that my husbands plays with...

I would post the twitter link, but as you can see, I can't get in to even my own page

Do I have a point for writing all this? No, not really. I guess I am having some fun laughing at myself. In H.S. I took "Basic" as my computer course. It was cutting edge, and I remember struggling to just write that basic loop little character off, and it just wouldn't work.

Fast forward 23 years and I am blogging and facebooking and managing my own website and forum, and still trying to get everything in the right place. So in a way, while technology has changed dramatically in all that time, it still seems, to a degree, that I am still stuck in that loop.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Learning from my students...

So last Sat was National Scrapbooking Day. Yes, there really is such a thing, and it's usually the first Sat of May or so. I was already having a crop, but to maybe boost attendance and sales, I offered two extra hours of cropping, prizes, free technique demos and of course a special sale.

I was pleasantly surprised to have three new scrappers to the house in addition to some "regulars". Now with the regular crowd, it's a bit easier. I know their preferences, skill levels and how much they do - or don't - like demos and lessons. But with new folk, you just have to tread carefully, try not to get on their nerves and hope they like it enough to come back.

So after lunch time, I started a free demo and had some interest. I was working with SCAL with is a new program for me. I honestly told everyone I was learning too, but that I would cut anything they liked. So it went pretty well, and we continued to cut some more throughout the day, me learning as we went (can you weld them together? Can you find me a cupcake? etc etc) I still have a lot to learn, but wow, what an awesome program!

But then it got even more interesting. I noticed more and more that as I answered technique based questions about using Shimmerz Mists or stamping, more and more people would get up and come over what I had to say. What great fun! A teacher loves nothing more than willing and interested students.

But as I taught, and students learned, an interesting thing happened...As people showed me their creations using the techniques they learned, I learned more about the very techniques I was teaching.

Tammy learned that when she used paper to cover elements she didn't want misted...she could use the same technique to create a layered effect. She cranked out this gorgeous page:

So using that same idea, I took a hand cut template and layered Shimmerz for my own pattern. I just laid it down on white cardstock and sprayed with colors like rock-a-fella blue, plum passion, 4 leaf clover, and sea foam. At the end of most projects, I also tend to add a layer of tuscan sun to help blend it.

And Rachel, who was learning to stamp, reminded me how versatile stamps can be. Rachel was working one of the challenges from the Scrap with Shelby forum. Let's hope she posts the finished product soon in Rachel's Gallery

Sure you can stamp a flourish in the corners of the pages...but I forgot how stamping off the page can completely transform the page. Using the same stamp and color she did (because I loved what she did so much) I created my own background paper from shimmering lilac cardstock:

I guess that's one of the fun things about owning a store and being a teacher. Learning myself. No matter how much of an expert you become, you just never stop learning, and really, why would you want to?

I am already working on my new background pages to turn them into layouts. When I do, I will be sure to post it on the Scrap with Shelby Facebook Fan page. (Be sure to become a fan today so you don't miss any updates!)