Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ProPlayer-Layout #3

I'm back! Are you ready for the third layout in the ProPlayer series? We're going to take some of the same embellishments and stickease to complete another layout for our collection. I think that you will see how once these layouts have been completed with photos and journaling, you may forget that they are created using the same paper collection and pattern!

Do you recognize the pattern? This time the layouts have been turned to give a completely different look. You will find that I again used some stickease, cork shapes and bits from the ProPlayer assortment and before you know it, you have yet another fabulous layout. Let's take a closer look at the embellishment clusters on these pages.

In the upper left hand corner on the left page, I used a method of creating a title that utilizes one of the zip strips from the patterned paper. It is amazing what you can come up with when you take a closer look at the papers you are using! I have used this same idea on a number of pages and each one has had a different look. I simply cut the banner shapes using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and added words that I chose from the zip strip. It was so simple!

In the bottom right hand corner on the right page, I added the cell phone stickease layered with the shaped stickease and added the cork conversation cloud. (This cloud actually has letters that can be punched out or you can add a journaling piece on top of it as I will do.) When you look closely, you can see a bit of the baker's twine that is actually wound around the entire page and secured on the back with tape. Then just to the left of the cellphone, you can see where I tied a knot around the twine. Enjoy!

Monday, December 2, 2013

ProPlayer-Layout #2

I'm back as promised with the second of three layouts using the ProPlayer paper collection! As mentioned before, this paper packet, featuring deep colors of Black, Pacifica, Ruby and Slate, could easily be used to make the more masculine layouts needed. However, I like to look at the colors rather than the name of the paper packet or the coordinating complements, and make it work for whatever suits my fancy!

You may remember that I mentioned that all three of these layouts are made from the same pattern though they may be configured differently. If you compare this one with the first one  you will see that the left hand and right hand layouts were simply switched. Built on a base of Ruby cardstock, this layout has a completely different feel to it.

Again, I used more of the Midtown Cork Shapes and those fun little twist ties, this time letting them march down the side of the left layout on top of a zip strip from one of the patterned papers! They are accented by metal badge buttons from the ProPlayer assortment.  In addition, you can spot the twist ties lining the edges of the banner-shaped cork shape.

The cluster in the bottom right hand corner of the right layout showcases the same embellishments. It is simple to take the same collection of products and utilize them on all of the layouts completed using this paper packet. Try your hand at choosing a sampling of embellishments and creating your own clusters to give a polished look to your layouts!

Stop in again on Tuesday to check out the third ProPlayer layout and you'll be all set to create your own collection of pages! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Be a ProPlayer on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail blog hop! If you have arrived here from Tracey's blog, you're on the right track. As always, the hop goes round and round in a continuous circle, so you can start anywhere!

ProPlayer Paper Packet
This month we are featuring the ProPlayer paper packet with colors that include Black, Pacifica, Ruby, and Slate. While the paper hints of an electronic game theme, the colors and patterns can easily be translated to other uses. That being said, if you do have video game photos to be showcased on your layouts, consider using the coordinating ProPlayer Stickease  which very much follow that theme. You will, however, see that I have used those same stickease in my projects and simply chosen those that are a bit more generic.

Let's take a look at a layout created with papers from this collection. I created this layout to teach to my team at our annual stamp camp training day and I think that you will see how versatile these papers can be. Today, I will show you the first of three layouts. Come back Monday and Tuesday to see the companion layouts that we made. Once you've seen all three projects, note how each layout was made using the same pattern used in a variety of configurations. All are fast and simple and give you fun options to use in your scrapbooking creations!

This first layout is built on a base of slate cardstock and is titled using one of the stickease that announces "Game On". Sure, it could refer to an electronic game. However, if you think out of the box to any number of sporting events, challenges, and even graduation, you will find that you have many more choices!

Check out the embellishments along the bottom of the left hand page. The shapes were cut using our cricut cartridges and the Pacifica banner shapes were further embellished with small stickease. It is simple to string images together like this if you first glue dot all of the shapes to your layout taking care to keep the glue dots away from the holes you need to use for the twine. Once they are in place, you can thread the twine right thru the holes and secure the ends onto the back of the page with a bit of tape.

Do you see those funky little v-shaped bits dancing along the twine? Those are pieces cut from our Slate Striped Twist Ties!  Who would have guessed that we would some day be using the equivalent of bread ties to decorate our layouts? It is easy to cut a piece, twist it around the twine, and just bend it into shape. They are, after all, wired and simple to shape.

Top Left Hand Corner
Bottom Right Hand Corner
You will also see Mid-town Cork Shapes used on this layout both in the top left hand corner and the bottom right hand corner. These are easy to use as you can peel off the backing to find that they already have adhesive on them. They are also considered to be part of the color-ready collection of products so while I chose to leave them as is, you could add some color to them by sponging the edges. 

Remember to come back on Monday to see the next ProPlayer layout!  Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Connie's blog to see what she has in store for you!