Camp Scrap 2015 is here!

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Here are two sneak peeks at some projects “as seen in Camp Scrap” today. This class is always so much fun to create because it is a little more relaxed, and a whole lot of fun. It’s different every time and – registration is only open for the full Camp Scrap experience for a few more weeks! If you’re on the fence because you won’t be home a lot this month just remember it is self-paced, and class remains open long after the content is all there/July ends. So if you want to join in on some creative fun check out the details here.

Now I’m off to get an iced coffee (way over 100 expected today!) and get back to work finishing up my content for this class – the 5th or 6th version/year of Camp Scrap! Thanks to all those in class – hope you enjoy!

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Camping Scrapbook Layout featuring the ScanNCut

 

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Camping adventures: Scrapbook Layout

I’ve been doing a lot of testing with my own handwriting + the ScanNCut and I’ve got to tell you – it’s good stuff. In fact the less I try to get it just right, the better it is turning out! I decided to turn my attention to a scrapbook page I’ve been meaning to make for quite a while that needs a giant of a title.

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To create a layout like mine you’ll need:

cardstock and patterned paper, buttons and do-dads, washi tape, gold and black pens, journaling tag, and of course a Brother ScanNCut machine.

To begin with, you need to write a word (any word!) then scan in, re-size, and cut!

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For the full video tutorial on doing this, please see my last ScanNCut post here.

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Then cut out of the material of your choice! I thought about cork paper or woodgrain… but I decided classic green cardstock was the way to go. I adhered the cardstock title, photos (4×6), and patterned paper (7×9) to get things started.

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Next add some small letter stickers (or stamps would work, or cut tiny letters) to complete the title, and add some washi tape to accent.

What comes next?

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We stitch with Tex my beloved Brother sewing machine, of course! This black stitching is going to add the pop and contrast I need.

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Speaking of pop and contrast – I am edging my letters with black pen (around outside) and gold puffy pen (on actual letter) and I love the results! For a little more “mess” an optional step here is to splatter with mist.

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Finally, it’s button, leaf, sequin, and do-dad time! Finishing this off was a breeze – and I love the finished results.

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What I am really loving about making my own words/titles with my ScanNCut is:

  • Any word, any size, any font, any material!
  • Use my stash of paper when my big alphas are running low
  • Perfectly size my title to my page/project needs
  • No more craft knife cutting in front of the TV – the machine handles it all in minutes while I keep on crafting!

In other words, there’s a lot to love and I’m sure you’ll see more projects featuring my words and doodles in the future.

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Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

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Challenge: Summer

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This week we are all about summer but my project went sideways! More on that in a moment. Simon is offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

So I sat down and was staring. thinking. So many ideas yet none. So I went with what comes AFTER summer – Halloween! This is a good reminder to you to please definitely stay open and play!

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Sometimes it is more important to let ideas out/flow instead of trying to stick to one specific idea. After I made this tag? a bunch of new ideas came to me and stuff was way better.

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ScanNCut homemade words and birthday card

One of my favorite things lately is doodling and then seeing what it looks like when my ScanNCut machine cuts it out of paper. What I LOVE about this is that I can take a word that is big (or small) or other shape and re-size it to the project I need. So often I doodle something and think “it’s not the right size….” well by scanning into my ScanNCut it doesn’t matter! I can just re-size and play!

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Today I’ve got a full (long!) video tutorial that will show you how to do that – and how I made this card.

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 My key tips are:

  • use pencil first (contrasted with the pen, the machine won’t pick it up!
  • don’t expect it just right on the first sketch, but at the same time don’t underestimate the “do it quick don’t think too much” approach
  • thin pen first, then thicken with more pen strokes or a thicker pen so that it cuts around your shape
  • Scan words separately if you want to be able to manipulate them as separate words
  • Don’t forget to unify the pattern so that you move all the pieces together/everything will re-size properly

Most of all though, have fun! Card making is my favorite for birthdays and thank yous. Something about celebrating a special person combined with crafting that just puts me in a great mood!

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I love how fun this turned out – and really it’s a party it could be for a man or woman, kid or adult. If you have any questions or requests with the ScanNCut be sure to email me or leave me a comment – I’ve got so much to share with you and have so many fun things still to come!


Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

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It is CAMP fun time! I’ve been playing with techniques like bleaching with water, die cutting whoopsies, and a ton more. Playing with kits, working with colors, and more. SO fun to be creating for class – and you can join us now! Get info over at Craft With May if you’d like to sign up for Camp Scrap! The pre-classroom is now open and the first video up.

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Hope to see you there!

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