Friday, February 29, 2008
THANK YOU CHERYL, MEGAN & GENIE FOR A WONDERFUL DAY AT YOUR STUDIO............
We feel like we have "cool tools for cool people now!"
Annette and I both made these frames, mine is done using the silver metal side, then we put several different paints, layering them to create this wonderful aged look. Of course I put my favorite word in there, HOT! Can you find it? After the frames Annette asked about their dog tags, Cheryl whipped one out and had us make one. I love these, they were fast easy and so much fun to wear.
So without me even knowing, he found a wooded lot and then offered to build me a house there - cutting my drive time in half.
So we have this great house now - we have been in it nearly two years. And there are just two of us. We have so much room - it is unreal!
From there, take four steps up and there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. Thus the point of my post (whew - I bet you thought we'd never get here...but here we are).
While we were having the house built, I had lots of time to plan. And one of my plans was to decorate the upstairs bathroom for each season. And so I do. And it is truly the most fun. Summer is bright and beach-themed, fall is warm browns and oranges and greens, winter is light blue and red and snowflakey. Then there's Spring. Pinks, light peach, lavender, pale green and lots of Spring flowers - oh it has it all! My Spring shower curtain is a fun collection of bright colored butterflies. Searching for the fabric for each season is a blast. ...I digress...
What I want to tell you is to bust out those scrapbooking supplies and decorate a room or part of a room in your house. The picture above is made up of two scrapbook papers, a frame and a huge flower glued to the OUTSIDE of the frame. The jar in the top picture is filled with Spring silk flowers. Not too long ago, it was filled with Autumn flowers.
Look around and you will see decorating inspiration in everyday life - and recently I've noticed that the scrapbooking companies are really picking up on the home decor side of scrapbooking. So catch up! Decorate! Use those supplies in a new and fun way.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Let's look at some examples to help us understand this process. If we look at the page in portions and fill up one half of the space with a large picture. Then, in the other half of the paper something of equal weight is placed. In the examples by Isla and Annette in this post, the larger picture is balanced by either several smaller pictures or with journaling.
It might be easier to picture the asymmetrical balance by dividing the page differently than the four equal spaces discussed above. If you think about the page in three portions and still use the same idea of similar weight you might have picture(s) in one section and very different elements in the other sections, but it all balances. Here are a couple of pages that might be easier to see if thought of in three equal columns, rather than the four portions at first. It will work on the four portions as well, but is not as easy to see right off.
Sometimes it is taking items and moving them around and around on a page before the balance becomes clearer. At this time we are only focusing on the pictures and elements on the top of the page. We're trying not to look at the way the paper is put together under it. That will come later in the series. Take a look at billboards and magazine ads this week. See if you can name the way that they acheived balance in their designs. Did they use symmetrical or asymmetrical balance. Did they balance items in an informal style by using the same colors and sizes? How did they use light and dark or textures or sizes of items to acheive balance. If you try a simple assymetrical design this week. Link your examples here if you want. We'd love to see them. Next time we will continue to explore this topic with examples and the building of a page showing the many balance factors mentioned this week.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
As a principle of design, balance refers to the way the elements of art are arranged or distributed. Good balance creates a feeling of stability in a work; a pleasing distribution that provides equal visual weight on a page.We have all seen balance used in decorating when someone puts two lamps on a table-one at each side.
Visual weight is determined by the color, size, texture or amount of detail of an element. Maybe another way to think of weight is with the word dominance. For example, darker objects are heavier or more dominant that lighter color items, those with more texture of pattern are more dominant than those without it, and larger items are obviously 'heavier' than small items.
Two types of balance are usually discussed-symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetric balance, also known as formal balance, occurs when the two sides are identical — they reflect each other, kind of like a mirror. All items are distributed equally around a central axis. In other words, if you divide your page into equally sized portions with imaginary lines horizontally and vertically you would see items equally placed on the page.
This may seem like a lot of jargon, to me balance is something that many people do innately. I also think the way that a person uses balance is specific to that person's preferences. However, even for those who are not born with a sense of balance it is sommething that a person can learn or we can all learn to do better.
Let's use real examples for this topic. A layout that has an even number of pictures put in a square is a balance almost everyone can see easily. In this example, you see that Annette used 9 squares which are lined up evenly. Although each square is not exactly the same thing as in the lamp example, these squares are evenly spaced at the same levels on the page and it provides a very symmetrical looking layout.
Here is another example of a symmetrical layout. This one is even a little more symmetrical than the first example:
These symmetrically balanced layouts are calming, soothing and very pleasing to the eye, aren't they. I think everyone can easily see how the page looks balanced. Try a symmetrically balanced page this week and see how it fits with your way of scrapbooking. We will talk about asymmetrical balance next week. This is what we all use the most, and it can be difficult at times to acheive such a nice balanced look to our pages using assymetry.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
For lunch we tried a NEW place called "Two Sisters Boxlunch Cafe". A couple of sisters I know took the plunge and opened a cafe, I have to tell you that was the best chicken cranberry salad sandwich I ever had. Their special touch are their cupcakes, Saturdays specials were Hummingbird and Lemon cupcakes. I cannot even explain the taste....they were AWESOME! As you can see we all thought so, if you get a chance try them out, they are located in My Fathers House on Rogers Street.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
WE LOVE YOU MARYLOU....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
After I stamped the flowerpot onto rust colored paper, cut it out and adhered it to the card, I got out my trusty file and distressed it a bit so it looks aged. I think it gives it a more realistic look.
So when you finish your next project, take a look at your scraps and see if you can pull a card together to bless someone you know. And also be sure to always check The Crafty Scrapper blog for the latest card challenge at the store.
We were hearing this buzz about these organizers so we went downstairs to find this new company. We were instantly sold on the possiblities. They are sending back with us a class kit, which we will demo on Saturday. The best part is that you can alter these organizers.
A lot of people have asked for these message recorders, well they are coming. I loved this company because of how they showed them altered and the different ways to use them.
We found a little treasure down in the new exhibitors, Pink Paislee, we loved their booth, their pink and white polka dot aprons and all their product. They were so sweet and gave us stamps for each person who is signed up for the Saturday crop. This is a "HOT" new company and we love their stuff.
This is a new company for us, Glitz. We LOVED all the bling bling, big journaling rubons, and these awesome little roller doodles. We will have some of these to demo on Saturday too.