Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CREATE November 2015 A Time to Say Goodbye

I've wondered how to write about the last issue of CREATE. In the end I can only say, I'm going this miss it. It's pushed me creatively and was just good fun.

To the ladies at Scrapbook Generation, thank you! You've helped to bring me out of my shell, applying was a last minute do or die kind of moment for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think little ole me would get picked for the design team. You've meant a lot to me and I can never properly thank you enough.

Now onto the actual magazine! Once again CREATE is a free scrapbooking magazine brought to you from Scrapbook Generation, you can find this issue and past issues here.

Love this cover and I'll probably scraplift it at some point. Allison always does such a great job with the cover layout.

I had three projects in this issue, let's start with my faux canvas.

This was for the altered section where we take either the card or tag sketch and use in another way. I've been working on making more home decor pieces for the various holidays, last issue I had one for Halloween. That was in a shadowbox frame and I almost made this one the same way but it just didn't feel right. In the end I decided to make it a faux canvas. I took strips of black woodgrain embossed cardstock and scored and cut to make what really did seem like a canvas.

Next up was my Christmas layout.

Lots of Bella Blvd, from what I think was multiple collections. I love that each Bella Blvd Christmas collection that has come out goes well with the ones before it. I hope they always do that.

And finally my what I think is my favorite project in the issue.

The challenge was to use some of the various coloring mediums on a page. At first this one was hard, I tend to use those products for cards. Bella Blvd to the rescue with the Just Add Color line, the perfect way for me to bring in my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, which I then went over with one of my very favorite products ever, Wink of Stella clear brush marker. I went over both the colored hearts and the ones I left plain to give a sense of continuity. The striped paper was my jumping off point for choosing colors.

The other interesting thing about this layout is the photos aren't great quality. They were taken with an older iPhone and put through several Instagram filters. Looks good on a screen, not great when printing them out. To correct this as much as I could I printed them fairly small, only about 2.75 square. Enough to be seen without focusing on all the flaws. I didn't want to skip these photos just because they aren't the best when printed and I'm happy that it worked out well.

Again, thank you to Scrapbook Generation! This will be missed but I can't wait to see what you do in the future!

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