Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Step into Spring Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to my blog! Today we are celebrating the beginning of a new season with the Step into Spring Blog Hop brought to you by the Design Team from Memorable Seasons! If you did not start your hop today on the Memorable Seasons blog, please jump back over there so you do not miss anything.
Today we are looking at the word S-P-R-I-N-G and taking you through all the steps for creating a fabulous layout using an exclusive sketch created for this blog hop by Liz Chidester , which was the first step! And of course that would be for the letter S. If you have followed each step you should now be on the letter N.

And its my turn, so we have seen the sketch, picked the papers, used on packaging and inked everything up. So what comes next?
N= needs embellies

How appropriate that I "Miss Gaudy" get to do the embellie part of the lo. Now now girls don't be scared. This is alot easier than you think. Think of it like getting dressed for work, church or wedding. Ya know you have the outfit now you need some accessories to jazz it up.

So when deciding what to accessorize with I usually pick a bunch of stuff that would work well with the lo. So here's a photo of where my lo stands after the prior steps. Looks a lil naked dontcha think?

Here's some photos of the stuff I drug out to play with for my embellishments.


Now you dont have to drag out that much stuff but I wanted to show you a variety of stuff that would work. Remember there are no rules to what you can put on your lo. Heck I like to put "not normal" stuff on there it makes it more interesting and fun to look at.

So this first photo I pulled somethings and played around here in this first photo and I dont like it. The 3 buttons on the circle or the lil bunch at the top of the photo-just not working for me.

So here's the next take on it. Its getting better-we'll just keep playing around

Now here are some good rules to remember when adding embellishments to a page.
1. When you have busy, bold pattern papers-less embellies is a must. You dont want the page too too busy so that we are pulled away from our photos. Cuz isnt that whats this is all about?
2. When you have small pattern papers, 1 photo with a plain background aka wall, white background, black ground (you get the picture) well to me thats an open road to go embellishment CRAZY!
3. Now not all of us have "The Camera" so all of our photos arent just perfecto. So when you have something in the corner or the sides that are distracting from your photo-try putting some embellishment to cover it and watch how it draws your eye to the subject of the photo. I have done this on this lo-notice how I covered the staircase?
4. Lastly my own personal piece of advice--have fun with your embellishments-keep them packed in close together on your lo-it draws you to the photo better that way, and layer layer layer girls.
5. When making a cluster put the biggest item on the bottom and start layering from there making sure each piece shows thru-this is my FAVE thing to do. Besides I have an obsession that everything must be touching each other-ok now you know something weird about me--hehehehe!!!


And here is my example up to this point. Remember the rules stated up above-becuz these papers are soo bold and busy I decided to go with just a few embellies, but I did layer them up for added impact.

I have my photos and papers picked and have them placed as I have interpreted Liz's sketch, repurposed some Prima packaging, ink'd everything and dressed it up with embellies. Now we are off to Telah's blog to see what's next.

Be sure to leave me a comment telling me what you think about this step. By doing so, you will be one step closer to a fabulous Memorable Seasons prize as well as getting your name entered in for a RAK from me! Also, be sure to hop all the way until the end, where you will be taken back to the Memorable Seasons forum, where you will see a complete reveal of all the Design Team's finished layouts!

28 comments:

  1. Wow, thanks I needed those tips on embellies...I am ready to go now...

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  2. Love what you did!!! Adding embellies is the hardest part for me, seriously. I tend to be one of those girls who adds things and when I think I'm done, I take one thing off instead of adding. :)

    I also LOVE how you write. I imagine it's just like you talk! :) So much fun!!!

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  3. I hereby dub you Her Royal Highness Queen of Cluster!! Loved the step-by-step demo. Very instructional!

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  4. You are for sure the queen of embellishments. I always love what you put on your LO's.

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  5. LOVE your lo! And of course I love your added part to the challenge.

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  6. Great Job Tami!! Love that you tied the embellies back to PP... and some great tips too!!

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  7. I love your pages! I wish I can get my pages done as quick. I am already a follower and I will see if following your steps helps me move quicker!
    Michelle
    ScrapbookingSOS.blogspot.com

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  8. loved the embellies lesson... I'm a HUGE fan of LOTS of embellies too!!!!! great job

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  9. Tami....LOL, I use embellies to cover my bad photos too....lol!!! Embellies make the scrappin' world go round....lol.....looking forward to seeing your LO complete!

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  10. Great pointers. I probably need to do a bit more layering with my embellies.

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  11. Thanks for the embellies tips! I have used the "cover up" before too. Can't wait to see all the finished LO's.

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  12. GIRL! You are the QUEEN of embellies!!! Love your page thus far!

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  13. Looking good so far. I also have to have my embellies touching each other or something else. Can't stand to have "floating" elements.

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  14. It is a true skill to be able to perfect the art of embellie clustering. And Tami, you are a genius!! Love the page. Can't wait to see the finished LO!!

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  15. Wish I could layer and embellish like you do !!!

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  16. Fabulous tips! Thanks Tami!

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  17. Love this Tami! And so love that I got a little glimpse into your process of embellishing. I'm excited to give your techniques a try. Especially love the idea of pulling all the embellishments out first. Gonna have to give this a try. Fab layout!

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  18. I always love how you embellish your LO's!!

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  19. YOu are the queen of embellies!! Thanks for the tips, I usually go with less is more so good to hear how you add your embellies!

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  20. Great advice on embellishments! So excited to put this into practice!

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  21. I have the most fun with the embellishments and just like you I love flowers. They spice up a layout. Yours look great together.

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  22. I disagree with the "Miss Gaudy" title - I love your extra touches! I like all my stuff touching too! Great tips!

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  23. awesome layout....thanks for the pointers and a chance at a RAK

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  24. Thanks for sharing Tami! This was such a help to me - I have a tiny fear of too many embellishments!
    Off to see how it all turns out!!

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  25. Yes, I'm just now finding time to do my hopping! I love how you explained your embellishment thoughts! Great job and fabulous layout too!

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