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So excited to be a part of the Altenew blog hop in celebration of their March release! There's fun prizes plus a giveaway for a $30 gift certificate below, so be sure to enter. If you're coming from Debby Hughes' blog and you've never been here before, welcome! I used some of the new March release products from Altenew to create a spread in my traveler's notebook. What I love about this smaller format is that you can allot yourself a smaller amount of time and try new techniques, or just combine your favorites for a fun little spread. There are no rules, so I tried a few of my favorites and printed out a photo from my phone using the Instax Share SP-3. When I first laid my eyes on the dotted washi tape at Creativation (video here), I could hardly contain my excitement. I used the leaf burst stencil with the Antique Gold Ink Spray on white cardstock and then cut around the design using these scissors.
Then I began laying out the design to cover part of both pages.
Prizes: To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, March 14th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/17/2018.
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED! A $30 Gift Certificate is also being given away here. Leave a comment and a winner will be chosen and announced on this post. CONGRATS TO KATHY R - You are the winner! We have given your email to Altenew, so look out for the GC soon!
Now hop on over to Lydia Evans' blog!
Since becoming a mom and being inundated with not only baby + kid gear but also plenty of paper + art, I’ve realized that I cannot save it all. My son is now in preschool and has already created a vast collection of artwork in his short four years of life. As much as I want to preserve every last bit of it, there’s just not enough room in our home to properly showcase it all. That’s where the Instax art binder comes into play!
I recently pulled Jack’s art that we were storing in a plastic bin and gathered together all of our favorite pieces and paired them with corresponding photos of Jack creating the masterpiece or simply photographed the artwork with my phone and printed it with the FUJIFILM Instax® SHARE SP-3 SQ printer. The whole process took a few hours and minimal supplies, but the end result is a handmade book that my whole family will treasure forever. Here are some of my best tips for creating an Instax art binder:
- Don’t overthink it. Start with your very favorite pieces of art; don’t worry about documenting your child’s entire portfolio. Grab a small handful of crafting supplies (I only used white cardstock, a large date stamp, some alphabet elements and washi tape) and limit yourself to using those items only. The key is to get it done (while having fun, of course!) so you can document your child’s masterpieces while freeing up valuable space in your home.
- Tackle the oversized. For all of those extra large or dimensional pieces of artwork that just don’t seem to fit anywhere, take a photo with your phone (in my case I am using an iPhone X) of the art in natural lighting. You could also trim the piece down to fit the parameters of the binder while still capturing the essence of your child’s creativity. Print the photo out with the Instax SP-3 printer wirelessly from your phone. Note that you’ll need to download the Instax SHARE app from iTunes or Google play. You can also edit photos or add text to the photos before printing. Back to the options for oversized pieces, the Instax printer has a “split” feature so you can get creative and print one photo on two prints! Once you have documented the art, consider using the oversize original for wrapping paper!
- Curate the best parts. One of my favorite aspects of creating an art binder is that I get to showcase my favorite elements of Jack’s artwork by cutting them out of the original and gluing them to the cardstock background paper. Then I ask Jack for a little insight into the meaning behind the art and I write down his thoughts next to each piece, if it wasn’t there already.
- Use the front and the back. You know when your child is really feeling inspired and they express their creativity on the front and backside of a single sheet of paper? That’s where the Instax comes in handy. You can take a photo of one side and then glue that side down in the book. Then you pair the photo with the reverse side of the art and now you can treasure the entire masterpiece in a single, one-dimensional space.
- Take photos that represent the era. As much as I would love to have images of Jack creating every single piece of art, I just don’t. One of my most beloved pages features a questionnaire from Jack’s very first day of preschool that I paired with a photo of him taken on the same day. Being able to read his answers to basic questions (i.e. what’s your favorite movie?) and compare it to what he would say now is invaluable, plus his cute little baby face on the first day of school makes me swoon. If you don’t have the corresponding images to every piece of art, simply use a photo of them from that general time period and include it with the artwork. Remember that it’s more important to capture the essence of a moment rather than getting hung up on everything being exact.
- Make the book accessible. I love to think of my Instax art binder in the same way that I think of coffee table books; I want it to be readily available to anyone who wants to look at it.
Not sure I can explain just how obsessed I am with this technique that I recently learned. My cousin got me hooked and we made a lot of these canvases that to us, look like works of art! The process was truly amazing (although a bit messy!) and the results make us so happy. Check out the video and let me know if you try it!
Lately, I’ve been really enjoying brush lettering with markers so I wanted to try out a few different brands to compare them.
To test out these different markers and how they work with brush lettering, I made a video writing out example lettering swatches using each color that I can use as a reference later. For each one, I cut out a piece of American Crafts cardstock to size and taped it to the back of each package of markers. I find this super helpful when I’m looking for a specific color because it’s more true to how it will actually look than the color on the caps.
Watch this video to see how each of the markers writes and to hear my extended thoughts on working with them!
I’ve seen lots of photos on instagram and pinterest of people using these classic Crayola markers from my childhood to create lovely brush lettering designs, so I wanted to try it out! It does take a bit of getting used to even though the basic principles are the same, but this is a pretty good, inexpensive option that you can find almost anywhere.
Yoobi brush pens
These Yoobi double-sided markers are fairly new to me. They’re at what I think is a pretty reasonable price point and you can buy them at Target, so that’s awesome. The colors are very vibrant and bold and the tips feel slightly stiffer than the Tombows.
Tombow dual brush pens
These are the markers I’ve been using most often lately and I have the 96 pack - there are so many colors available!
For those of you who have been wanting to start brush lettering, don’t get discouraged if you don’t like your results right away! If you spend just 15 minutes a day practicing your brush lettering with your favorite tools, you’ll be surprised by how much you’ll improve after only a few weeks. Gaining confidence with a skill like this takes practice and trying new types of markers will take some getting used to.
If you have any favorite markers that you love to use, tell me about them in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you.
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