April 2011

Open Road

Stacey Michaud


Icing on the Cake

It is a given that as a scrapbooker, you can sometimes get fixed in your ways. Make no bones about it, this affects creativity. Being stuck in a rut can leave you feeling like a chicken with your head cut off. This month, let’s go out on a limb and try a new strategy to help jazz up your pages. Don’t worry. I won’t have you bite off more than you can chew! Lend me your ear and I will introduce you to the wonderful world of idioms! Once you make the leap, the sky will be the limit!

You have heard a million idioms in your life. As a matter of fact, you just heard nine of them in the introductory paragraph of this article! Idioms are phrases or expressions that have hidden meanings. The expressions don't mean exactly what the words say. There is a literal and non-literal interpretation of each idiom. For example, “a piece of cake” does not describe a slice of your favorite chocolate concoction, but really means that a task is easily accomplished. Grabbing a list of common idioms can get the thoughts churning. The hope is that your mind will go to all new heights and ideas will be born!

The following artists were asked to find an idiom that spoke to each of them and create a layout that expressed their inspiration! Using engaging journaling to explain the idiom or provide more details makes these layouts stand out. Each talented girl designed a fun and interesting product!

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words by Pamella Brown

Supplies: Paper: October Afternoon, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabet Stickers: BasicGrey, Jillibean Soup, Thread: Coats and Clark. Tools: Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts, Other: sewing machine, sandpaper.

Design Notes: I wanted to keep this simple so the focus would be on the pictures, so I used less embellishments and just a few pops of patterned paper. I also wanted this to have sort of a graphic or advertisement look, so that was what helped me place the words and pictures. I used the patterned paper on the border to create a sort of picture frame effect to go with the theme of the page.

Journaling: There is a saying that goes a picture is worth a thousand words. But when I see pictures such as these, only one word comes to mind: love. These are my favorite types of pictures. It might be the placement of a hand, a look, or a smile...but you know just by looking at the picture just how much love there is.

Not Cut From the Same Cloth by Stacey Michaud

Supplies: Paper, Stickers, Alphabet Stickers, Flowers: Sassafras Lass, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Buttons: BasicGrey, Twine: Jillibean Soup.

Design Notes: My husband and I were having a conversation about our children when he first used this idiom. It struck me as a fun way to document how different Nathan and Ella are from personalities to likes and dislikes. I used the idea of cloth throughout my theme.

Journaling: You two are so different. Nathan is quieter, more focused and loves alone time. Ella loves to be at the center of things and enjoys a big crowd. Nathan is a people pleaser and Ella knows how to say no. Each of you has a fabric and pattern that is unique.

Dog Days of Summer by Susan Coish

Supplies: Paper, Journaling Spots, Stickers: Crate Paper, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabet Stickers: BasicGrey, Cosmo Cricket, Ribbon, Artisan Elements: Pink Paislee, Pearls: BasicGrey, Brads: Cosmo Cricket, Specialty Ink: Tattered Angels, Ink: Tim Holtz (Ranger Industries), Markers: Zig Writer (EK Success). Tools: Border Punches: EK Success.

Design Notes: I created the splatter background using Tattered Angels mist. I also used the Pink Paislee artisan elements as a side embellishment instead of a frame around a photo.

Journaling: Enjoying the hot sun...while cooling down at the splash park.

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