From runners to dots, every scrapbooker worth their weight in paper knows the true meaning of a quality adhesive and once you find that special product, you “stick” with it! Finding that perfect product can take some extensive trial and error; trust me on this, I have been through my fair share of adhesives. You may be asking, “but there are so many different options…which one is right for my holiday project?” The following “experts” are here to help you with this question and more in their design notes located near each photo.
Two Sweet Treats by Erin Yamabe
Supplies: Paper, Alphabet Stickers, 3-D Flower: My Little Shoebox, Flowers: Making Memories, Washi Tape: Hambly Studios, Adhesive: Tape Runner XL, Zots (both by Therm O Web). Tools: Border Punches: Fiskars.
Design Notes: I like to add dimension without too much bulk, and to create my own embellishments from paper; a simple thing like rolling up the paper in a row does just that! Often times, patterned papers have such beautiful B sides, so instead of card stock, I choose to use those B sides instead as it coordinates very nicely.
Discovering Nature Shadowbox by Dr. Irit Shalom
Supplies: Paper: Bella Blvd, Chipboard: Tando Creative UK, Ribbon: Paper Studio, Flowers: Petalloo, Bling: Robin's Nest, Making Memories, Metals: Advantus, Making Memories, Paint, Ink, Glaze: Ranger, Specialty Paint: Marvi Uchida, Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts, Other: box, straw hat, wood bird house, bbq sticks. Tools: Die Cut Machine: Cuttlebug (Provocraft), Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs, Embossing Folders: Cheery Lynn Designs.
Design Notes: Scroll over those $1 stores for all frugal findings as I did and you can find this box there- it has holes on the upper part and made with plain wood. Add small findings from your vintage trash box to your new OTP projects: I had this hat for about 4 years, bought for zero cost in some S. America market and the small bird house was bought in some Italy small town vintage market too. I used them here as a part of my design. Don't be afraid to use your dies over and over! And one last tip: pull those Liquid Appliqués you have for ages and use them over patterned paper. It's not made for stamping and coloring only, you can add them on any paper to get this 3d effect (also you do need a heat gun for those paints).
Halloween Party Preparations by Alice Golden
Supplies: Paper, Stickers: Karen Foster Design, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Software: Photoshop CS4, Fonts: True Crimes, Clementine Sketch, Other: foam squares, tape runner, glue stick, baby powder. Tools: Punches: EK Success.
Design Notes: I created a blank document in Photoshop and arranged my photos and title as shown, then all I had to do was print and it was ready to add to the layout - much faster than printing individual photos and having to trim each one separately. I use the tape runner to hold the layers together and used the glue stick to adhere the punched circles. I also like to you have a little wiggle room while the glue is still wet to help get everything lined up exactly so I place a foam square on the back of the sticker and then brush the edges of the sticker with baby powder so that the edges don't stick to the background (essentially it turns the sticker into a die cut).