This month we are showcasing several products from our Escape and Scrap Designers: Falloween and Falloween Addon by Kay Elfin and Grunge Corners and Grunge Edges by Coppercurls Designs. We want to show you our tricks in creating fall treats! Click on any image to view all credits or leave a comment in the Escape and Scrap Gallery.
Chris used Falloween and Falloween Addon and then added a little extra emphasis by adding some Grunge Edges on her adorable page Are you a good witch or a bad witch. I really love her sunflower cluster and repetitive elements to highlight her adorable baby. One litte trick that Chris used was to add emphasis by using the same element multiple times — the borders, the edges, the sunflowers, the tags, and the strings. This provides continuity and reinforces the multiple photos.
Coppercurls used a simliar color palette for her page entitled Morning Dew. I love the way she used the grunge corners blended into the back and again on the photo itself in complimentary and contrasting colors. The border cut out from one of the papers adds a beautiful finishing touch. The trick here is how Coppercurls used the grunge brushes in multiple ways: blended into the background for a soft subtle look and then again more strongly to delineate and draw your eyes into her stunning photo.
And in her second layout, Fall Trees, Coppercurls created an entirely different look using a palette of gold and blending her lovely tree photo in the background and then highlighting some fallen leavens within the stamp frame. I especially love her quote. Quotes are a good ‘trick’ for layouts where you want to convey a particular mood, or when you want to add a visual placeholder and go back and add journaling later, or when you don’t want to share your personal journaling with the world.
Gold just seems to be a perfect color for all layouts. In her layout called miaumiau, Erica 922 features a lovely girl dressed up with kitty cat ears and painted whiskers. The grunge edges reinforce the colors used to highlight the photo as well as adding more depth and interest. The cat sticker is a cute thematic finishing touch!! Erica’s tricks include lots of “white” space, using cats to unite her theme, and adding a touch of blue to draw your eyes to the photo.
Erica922 has really outdone herself this month with her hybrid projects. Creating one-of-a-kind gifts is certainly a special trick. I sure would like to be visiting Erica922 on Halloween! Just feast your eyes on the hybrid items she has made for popcorn and candy treats.
Next, add a zero calorie treat such as this adorable bookmark and then ’round’ out your treats with a cute tag to let everyone know how special they are. Great ideas to keep in your bag of tricks!
JDsMom created a super card— I just love the message “Happy Fall, Y’all”. A digital card is a great trick to keep handy for special occasions. They are dual-purposed in that you can print them off for folks close by and you can also send by post or email for your friends who don’t live close by. If you are like me and forget things until the last minute, digital cards are the perfect last minute gift!
What a great photo of JD. The sepia tone of the photo looks great. Sepia or monotone is a great ‘trick’ when you have a photo that doesn’t match the colors in the kit you want to use or when there are a lot of distractions. I’d say that JD is pretty lucky to have such a smart mom!
While some people associate grunge with boys, I know some certain little granddaughters who are pretty good at getting grungy and dirty themselves! This is one of the few photos of our little Lily where the grunge doesn’t shine through. One good trick that grandmom has up her sleeve is the healing brush, it’s a good way to remove a little dirt or cookie crumbs from a sweet little face. Our middle granddaughter Lily has always loved to dance. When Lily was three I saw this cute little outfit which reminded me of a poodle skirt I had in first grade. Since the girls have a dress up box this seemed to be the perfect addition and Lily just looks adorable. I used a template by Coppercurls Designs which helped me pull this page together very quickly. I slightly re-colored the checkerboard paper to coordinate with Lily’s skirt. In the lower left-hand corner, I added a grunge corner which I clipped to a gradient using the bright orange of the pumpkin and the bright blue of Lily’s skirt. The tricks that I used on this page were: a template for fast action, recoloring a paper to better match a photo, and using a gradient to tie two colors together.
I also decided to make a card for Halloween. Here’s the same checkerboard paper unaltered. Since my grandkids live out of state and I have to mail them their treats so I found it easy to make a cute card in record time by placing the checkerboard paper over top a black background paper and cutting out boxes from the checkerboard paper. Since the checkerboard paper is evenly divided into grids, the cutouts came together with out much effort. Then I filled the cutouts with my favorite elements. There wasn’t a moon to go behind the bat so I cut a center out of an orange flower and used it for a moon. Another little ‘trick’ when you are using a dark background is to emphasize your element by using an outer glow similarly to how you use a drop shadow with a light background. My last trick is to find a perfect font — for my card I chose Gothic Flames.
So until next time, every fall brings a little grunge. And, sometimes ‘tricks’ can be treats!