Sunday, November 16, 2014

GET READY FOR SOME SLEUTHING CASEFILE #147 IS NOW OPEN!

This weeks Casefile #147 over at C.S.I is a fantastic challenge. This one is a goodie for those of you that love to mix pattern in your projects, also there are plenty of opportunities to add stamping techniques and to use up some of those Rub-onz gathering dust in your stash! The testimony idea to write your story like an advice column is such a fun way to share your innermost thoughts and feelings. So why not pop your creative thinking hat on and try something a little different with these fun prompts!


'The Day Will Come'
by Wendy Bennett
Page Drafts Sketch for CSI #147 by The Nifty Pixel

The main sponsors this month are ...

STUDIO TEXTUREK


So to be in the running for some fabulous prizes head over to C.S.I 
and get all the challenge details there.

Just a quick reminder Casefile #147 ends 27th November 2014. Good luck everyone, hope you enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing all your amazing projects so don't forget to share a link here or post your project on our Facebook Pagewe'd love to see them!

Hope you enjoy the sketch and remember to,
Let your imagination do the rest!
Happy Scrapping.
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

BE DAZZLED BY JEAN MARMO!

Our amazingly talented guest artist exposé this month is this sweet and fun lovin' gal...


SO LETS LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HER....
Jean is a mother of two adult children. Its been a busy year for Jean with two engagements and one wedding and the second one next year, so its all systems go! Jean has been scrapbooking since 1993. It was during this time that she made lots of albums from her daughters sports teams and dance class activities. Those albums consisted of card stock, stickers and decorative scissors! Over time Jean's style evolved along with the kids growing up and with that the themes changed too.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SCRAPBOOK STYLE?
Until recently, my scrapbook style was clean and simple. A few years ago I discovered mixed media and that has been incorporated into my scrapping. Now I love to add modeling paste and paint to my layouts! It adds a whole new dimension.
HOW DO YOU USE SKETCHES?
I love sketches and in particular, Page Drafts sketches.
Did you know you can rotate and flip sketches? I love to do that too especially if my photo orientation is different than the sketch. Page Drafts sketches are always so dynamic. There are interesting shapes and design elements, a unique use of photos and clusters of embellies! All of these really help me pull a layout together!

'Snow Much Fun'
by Jean Marmo
Credits:

'1 Coat, 2 Coat'
by Jean Marmo
Credits:

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE TIP OR TRICK WITH US?
Adding layeres of texture to a page is a fun way to create some tactile elements. Incorporating items into your designs that aren't traditional scrapbook products is a unique way to customising your projects. Looking around your house or even trawling through you local hardware store can be a great resources for finding unusual materials to incorporate into your scrapbook pages.



Grab some plasterers tape from your local hardware store. This is a fabulous way to adhere texture as it is self adhesive backed. You can colour it using paint & mists and looks great all grunged up with thick layers of paint when roughly applied.

'P is for Pumpkin'
by Jean Marmo
Credits: 
Page Drafts Template #1.4 by The Nifty Pixel

So there you have it guys, our final Guest Artist for 2014! Its been a pleasure having you onboard this month Jean. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous creative pages and tips with us here at Page Drafts
and your sensational page in Release #36 is stunning too!

Thank you again from
 Em and the Nifty Gals!
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

RELEASE #36 'HEARTS A FLUTTER Vol.3' IS NOW LIVE!

Here is the November release 'Hearts a Flutter Vol.3'. They are clean and simple designs leaning more toward having lots of white space.  These designs are perfect for adding extra texture or image transfers into the background to create some very unique and personalised pages. Check out this months Tips and Tricks section for some fun helpful tips in creating some extra special backgrounds using wet mediums.

This month we have a new Nifty Gal join our Creative Team! Please welcome the fabulous Barbara Sokee. Barbs is a rocking digital scrapper and we are sure you'll love her amazingly beautiful white space pages. Also please extend your welcome to our fabulous November Guest Artist... the lovely Jean Marmo. Jean has been a great supporter of Page Drafts, often creating beautiful pages using our sketches so we thought it would be fun to highlight her and her scrapbooking process.
Keep an eye out for Jean's feature on the 15th November.

Okay so lets check out our
NOVEMBER NIFTY
GETTING CREATIVE WITH WET MEDIUMS
This months tips and tricks include fun ways to add some unique visual content to your backgrounds using wet mediums. Playing around with effects and experimenting with your stash of inks, paints and other cool liquid products is a fun way to unleash your inner creative. All too often we tend to get bogged down with making sure everything is just so in our pages. No element is out of place, every paper carefully considered but why not add a little of the unexpected into your projects. 

This is where your wet mediums will come into play and shine and well to be honest so will you! Mediums like watercolour, masking fluid and dimensional magic are so much fun and can be as unpredictable as you let them be. The extra cool part about them is the randomness of their outcome. So next time why not give it a go!

Here are some fun tips and tricks to get you started. Oooh and the creative team will also be sharing some of their own pearlers so check those out under their pages below.

Tip 1: Grab your Gelli Plate and start making mono prints! Gelli prints make some really cool textures and striations on your paper with one easy glide of your brayer.

Tip 2: Squeeze some random patterns onto your paper base using your dimensional magic. Set it aside to completely dry and then ink over the surface to see some awesome resist type patterns appear. This can be as controlled or as random as you want, it all comes down to what effect you want to achieve.

Tip 3: Stamp some designs to your paper and then watercolour within the stamped areas. Set aside to dry then in a well ventilated space use a small fine brush and bleach to remove areas in turn creating highlights in the stamped/coloured design. 

Tip 4: Gelatos and watered down mists are a fun way to add washes and or handpainted repeat patterns to your paper. You are only limited by your imagination!

Now that we have covered some fun ideas using wet mediums lets check out this months sketches!


'Be Happy, Be Yourself'
by Coralie Lizzy Crust
Page Drafts Sketch #36.1 by The Nifty Pixel

'Sweet Memory'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #36.1 by The Nifty Pixel


'DIY'
by Sanna Lippert 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.2 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: Try painting watercolours to a piece of card stock. Then stamp details over the top to create some texture. Now try cutting out elements like buntings, banners and clouds to add to your design. Watercolouring chipboards is also a great way to dressed them up.

'Blah, Blah, Blah'
by Barbara Sokee 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.2 by The Nifty Pixel

 'Natural Beauty'
by Ludmila Kodymskaya
Page Drafts Sketch #36.2 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: Adding several different layers of stamping, stencilling, masking and spritz is a fun way to build up dimensional texture and layers of coloured pattern to white backgrounds.

 'Yay I'm 6'
by Marie Joahnsson
Page Drafts Sketch #36.2 by The Nifty Pixel

 '6 Today'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #36.2 by The Nifty Pixel
 Artist Tip: Most digital stores stock gesso styles. Grab one they will become your go to tool or pack every time.

'Little Artist'
by Zeneva Kovic 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.2 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: Build up different layers of brush tools overlapping each other to create interesting textured effects on your background.

'Catch of The Day'
by Em Stafrace
Page Drafts Sketch #36.2 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: Lots of digital designers create packs of painterly overlays. Simply drag and drop into your work space to create layered texture on your backgrounds.


'150 Favors'
by Jean Marmo 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: I love to add dimension to my backgrounds using Gesso but I don;t always want it to be white. Try adding another medium to colour it like Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals. This will add pigment to the gesso creating a coloured variation.

'Friends'
by Coralie Lizzy Crust 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: Apply texture onto your background using a sea sponge and some acrylic paint.

'This Dress'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #36.3 by The Nifty Pixel

'Smart Dresser'
by Em Stafrace
Page Drafts Sketch #36.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: An easy way to add realistic texture to your page is to use a Gesso style overlay or action to create your own designs.


'Free Spirit'
by Stephanie Brower Czosnek 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.4 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: Digital brush sets are a fantastic way to add watercolor or other paint effects to your digital pages. You can easily recolour the brush impressions to suit your project.

'I Love You Daddy!'
by Em Stafrace
Page Drafts Sketch #36.4 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: There are tonnes of great digital brush sets available. Download a few and see how much fun it is to digitally paint bokeh style stamps and watercolour washes on your projects.


'Happy Birthday'
by Zeneva Kovic 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.5 by The Nifty Pixel
Artist Tip: In digital scrapbooking you can also create interesting spritz stencil patterns to your backgrounds simply by using the magic tool to select and area and on a new layer use a spritz/splatter brush tool to render a stencilled like effect.

Fall Run'
by Stephanie Brower Czosnek 
Page Drafts Sketch #36.5 by The Nifty Pixel

Hope you like these sketches and the fabulous examples from the team. Don't forget to share your creations with us over at our Facebook Page or here in the comments below. We are always on the look out for your amazing creations to showcase in both the GSO and Customer Creations galleries.

Have fun scrapping with the sketches and remember to
'Let Your Imagination Do the Rest!'

Em & The Nifty Crew.
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

✰OCTOBER GALLERY STANDOUTS✰

Each of these pages will show a creative use of the sketch, may include the monthly TIP & TRICK and of course possess incredible artistic talent. Where possible I have added links to each image so if you would like to see more of the artists work simply click on their pages to be redirected to their blogs or most current gallery, leave some love and say we sent you... he he!

If your page has been showcased here you are welcome to grab the GSO Eye Candy Badge
to pop on your blog sidebar. Below you can see two sizes to choose from.

                                                            125px wide                               180px wide

To grab it simply pick the size you want then drag and drop it onto your desktop or
alternatively right click and 'Save As' to your desktop.


Okay lets have a look at Page Drafts Gallery Standout Selections...

'Cute Dinner Date'
by Debbie Standard
Page Drafts Template #16.5 by The Nifty Pixel

Look at this sequence of photos isn't he adorable! What a fabulous mix of alphas in the title work and the clouds supporting the paper airplane patterned paper are a perfect way to reinforce a theme.
'Halloween Adventures'
by Kay Fatula
Page Drafts Template #31.1 by The Nifty Pixel

The mix of  papers is perfectly co-ordinated with the photos as the red tones highlight the same tones 
in photos. Adding a contrasting colour of Cobalt Blue adds drama and just a touch of the unexpected.
 
'Together'
by Kiana Fitzpatick
Page Drafts Template #3.2 by The Nifty Pixel

Such a fun mix of pattern and colour. Using word snippets is a great way to convey your story without having to resort to journaling everytime.
'# Growing'
by Libeeti Frenkel
Page Drafts Template for CSI #143 by The Nifty Pixel

The different shaped photo's is a a fun way to add a point of interest in stacked banners. Adding symmetry by dividing a page into halves is a great way to balance a page that includes lots of elements. 
'Snow'
by Shirley Mijares Mascarina
Page Drafts Template #35.1 by The Nifty Pixel

Using large formatted photos is a perfect way to really tell your story. Placing them in teh background and slightly blurring them adds a sense of movement and action to a set of outdoor shots.

Congratulations Debbie, Libeeti, Kiana, Kay and Shirley...all your pages are magnificent and really show a creatove flair and masterful use of the sketches!
I hope everyone enjoyed viewing these jaw-droppingly beautiful artworks.
Keep an eye out for next months GSO which will be end of November, you never know it could be YOU!

We'd also like to congratulate this months
CSI STAR WITNESS
 LISA L
for her beautiful page using Page Drafts Template for CSI #143

'NINE ONE'

...and to the Top 5 MOST WANTED artists for your incredible pages!
To get a better look at these fantastic artworks check them out at CSI

Congratulations ladies and Happy Scrapping to everyone!I hope everyone enjoyed viewing these jaw-droppingly beautiful artworks.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BE DAZZLED BY REBECCA DALY

Our amazingly talented guest artist exposé this month is this sweet and fun lovin' gal...
My name is Rebecca Daly. I am 30-something and live in on a lake in the country 20 minutes south of Bonnyville Alberta with my husband and son. I have been scrapping since 2004 but it wasn't until my son was born in 2011 that I really started learning new techniques and becoming more exploratory in my scrapping process. I consider my style simple and fun. My son, Kyle (age 3), is my source of inspiration and as such create mostly masculine/childish layout. 

SO LETS LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HER....
I have always preferred being behind the camera rather than in front of it; however, since I now scrapbook, I take photos differently. Instead of saying that is a nice photo. . .I say "do I have papers or embellies to go with this." I am not your typical crafter as I do not have a scrapping space and I scrap on the kitchen counter.

My husband is very supportive and encourages me to keep my scrapping stuff on the counter for as long as I need to. My son is my biggest fan and needs to look at every layout/card I make and touches every aspect, he also tells me what he likes about each creation. I am fortunate that i have recently joined my very first design team and have had the opportunity to be a guest designer a half dozen times or so. I am constantly taking classes and learning new techniques to grow my skills.

HOW DO YOU USE SKETCHES?
 I love how I can follow a sketch exactly or take it in my own direction!
It also depends on which photo I am using to determine which direction I will take the sketch.
'Be Different'
by Rebecca Daly
Page Drafts Sketch for LCOM #91 by The Nifty Pixel

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SCRAPBOOK STYLE?
I consider my style clean and fun. I like to get messy so am constantly playing with gesso, texture paste, paints and mists. I love using mixed media, clusters, and white space. I scrap mostly 12x12 layouts but will often create 12x24 layouts when working on albums as presents. I am forever learning new ideas (not  always so successful) but always fun trying new things. I scrap from my view so years from now when my son looks back through the albums he will see the memories as I see them and he can see how much I love him.
'Away We Go'
by Rebecca Daly
Page Drafts Sketch for LCOM #71 by The Nifty Pixel

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE TIP OR TRICK WITH US?
I am constantly looking for ways to scrap faster (another reason I love sketches). So I am going to share a way to create banners quickly and is so easy it has literally saved me hours!
Step 1:
Cut/trim a strip of paper (however thick you want).

Step 2:
Take your square punch and insert the strip on an the angle making sure you keep equal distance on both sides of the corner angle.

Step 3:
Punch the triangle piece out.
'A Day for Play'
Credits:
Page Drafts Template #30.5 by The Nifty Pixel

Wow, thank you Rebecca for sharing such an incredibly effective technique, what a time saver!

If you would like to check out more of Beck's fabulous projects head over to her BLOG and say hello. 
Thank you Beck for guesting with Page Drafts this month!
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