Neith"s Crafty Creations - image created with Club Scrap DigiDeluxe Refresh and Serengeti Kits

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Paris Landmarks: Le Centre Pompidou et Le Moulin Rouge

Here are two more of the recent layouts I did for my "me" album! These are both from my exchange trip to France back during high school! We couldn't fire off a photo of Le Moulin Rouge because one of the other exchange students had tried, through her open car window, and the prostitutes who were working the street mobbed her car, ripping at her hair, until she gave up her film! So, we decided to skip that and just buy postcards! However, Le Centre Pompidou was easy to grab photos of!

Le Centre Pompidou

Club Scrap: County Fair 7/04 - Yellow Raised Print, Yellow Plain, Red Plain Stickers; Poetic 9/03 - Yellow Plain;
Lion Brand: Lion Chenille - Mocha;
Michaels: Bargain Ribbon;
Ranger: Adirondack Dye Ink Pad - Espresso;

Tip: If you want to add thick lacing like this to a page, you may want to use foam tape or layers of scrap paper under the other end of any overlapping page elements! I used up the very slim trimmings that I had of the red paper from making my matte, layered them up with ATG adhesive between the layers, and used them under each corner and the center of my photo to keep it level. This way, from the side, there's also no bright white foam, but more of the coordinating colors and they are dark so they fade into the shadows!

Moulin Rouge

Club Scrap: Bistro 7/07- Tangerine Print, Gold Plain, Black Plain, Grape Plain, American Crafts Thickers Black Felt Alpha, Go Have Fun CSt UM Stamps, Big City Black Crystals;
Scrapbook Takeout: Garfen Party 2/08 - Prima Say It In Crystals Centers;
Stewart Superior: Palette Ink Pad - Noir Black;
Zig: Millenium - Pure Black;

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Four Layouts of My Son, Sebek!

Since it was my son's birthday this week, it only seems fitting to share a few layouts about him! :) I'm actually working on a "Cool Dude" album for him which will be all digital layouts, printed out and adhered to a blank board book! For most of these pages I'm "messing" with the photos digitally as part of the "coolness" factor! And then there's a 2 page paper layout from an older Pinewood Derby, enjoy!

Life's a Breeze

Club Scrap: Body & Soul 5/08 - DP04, Tran03, Tran20;
Scan of Korean Silk;
Adobe PSE5.0: Artistic Filter - Fresco; Feathered Edges; Drop Shadows; Altered Hues;

Three Legged Race

Club Scrap: Avant Garde 3/08 Digital Kit - DP04, DP07, DP13;
Recycled Stuff: Scan of plastic mesh bag for background; Scan of paper towel for pattern on the blue paper;
Font: Font Garden - FG Vilma;

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Y Guides Pinewood Derby

Y Guides Pinewood Derby

Club Scrap: Work Bench 8/05 - ALSB #11 & 12, Red Plain, Red Print, Green Print, Translucent Plain, Measure Up Tape, Stickers;
Krylon: Silver Leading Pen;
Zig: Millennium Pure Black Pen;

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Book Of Me, Blog Alerts, and More!

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This week I've been working on some layouts about my own life as part of Club Scrap's PSL Camp Challenges, beginning to work on a series of challenges based on Bernie Berlin's Artist Trading Card Workshop book, and had a card to make for my son's birthday! Here are two of the layouts and a card that combines the ATC workshop and my son's card.. plus one other layout for my Book of Me that I made earlier in the month!


Club Scrap: Rhapsody 3/05 - Cream Plain; Farmer's Market 10/06 - Leaf Plain; Egyptian 8/03 - Gold Plain;
Scrapbook Takeout: Eclectica 6/08 - American Crafts Journaling Stickers, Maya Road Stitched Ribbon, Heidi Swapp Felt Flowers;
American Crafts: Galaxy Marker - Purple Nebula;
K&Co: Kimberly Hodges - Red Multi Striped Flat Paper 643077 639546;
Sizzix: Alphabars - Ransom;
Unknown: Fibers;

Science Fair 1990

Club Scrap: Bridges 2/08 - Brown Plain; Science 9/05 - Gold 8.5x11 Print, Transparent Overlay;
Scrapbook Takeout: Tell Your Story 3/08 - Jenny Bowlin Die Cut Sticker;Celebrations 12/07 - 7 Gypsies Photo Turns; Wonderful Whimsy 6/07 - American Crafts Felt Punctuation; Journal Jammers 4/06 - Heidi Swapp Chipboard Alphabet, 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape;
Zig: Writer - Chocolate;
Unknown: Decorative Brads;

Intuitive Bug Card

Scrapbook Takeout: Eclectica 6/08 - American Crafts Treehouse Chipboard Shapes, Maya Road Stitched Ribbon,
Club Scrap: A Study in Red 1/08 - Red; Be Still 9/07 - Yellow; Collections 6/06 - UM Font; Salsa 10/03 - White;
Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin: Intuitive Watercolor;
Darice: Kid Concoctions - Liquid Watercolor Hot Colors;
Niji: Waterbrush;
Stewart Superior: Palette - Noir Black;
Zig: Millennium - Pure Black;

The Tropics

Scrapbook Takeout: Parisian Vintage 5/08 - 7 Gypsies 97% Complete Flashcard Sentiments, Maya Road Trinkets Velvet Sparkle Blossom, Manila Tag;
Club Scrap: Simply Beautiful 5/07 - Green Print, Tan Plain;
Ranger: Distress Crackle Paint - Antique Linen;
Zig: Writer - Denim;

Friday, June 20, 2008

Petal Prints Too: FFC Exclusive Kit

Wow! The end of the school year and getting caught up with life has kept me so busy! I have been crafting but just not making quality scans for you guys! Here's the first in a new series of posts :)

Petal Prints Too FFC Exclusive Kit

The full kit contains twenty 12"x12" and eight 8.5"x11" sheets of printed (otherwise extinct Kit For a Cause papers) and solid cardstock along with a package of organza ribbons in 5 colors, and a full sticker sheet, complete with images, captions, and a full alphabet! In the photo above, you see 3 of the 6 completed workshop layouts along with all the extra supplies after you've made 6 layouts!

Petal Prints Too - FFC Exclusive ALSB #1

Club Scrap: Petal Prints Too 2008 FFC Exclusive ALSB Kit: Green Plain, Yellow Plain, Peach Print, Green Organza Ribbon; Kit for a Cause - UM B&B Stamps;
Ranger: Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Terra Cotta, Red Pepper; Adirondack Dye Ink Pad - Mountain Rose; Stickles - Baby Blue;
Technique Junkies: 6/08 - Alcohol Ink Float Technique;
Unknown: Faux Flowers; Circle Cutter;

I had a lot of fun adding more blooms to this layout of flowers from the Rose Garden in Lynch Park, Beverly, MA. I took some marbled paper that I'd created and cut it into circles for the flower centers then stamped an oversized block of script onto them and edged them in Stickles. Also, note that I trimmed the flowers whenever they would go under a matte... not only does this help your photos to lay flat, but you can use those petals elsewhere on the page, or on another layout!

Petal Prints Too - FFC Exclusive ALSB #2

Club Scrap: Petal Prints Too 2008 FFC Exclusive ALSB Kit: Green Plain, Yellow Plain, Peach Print, Stickers; Body & Soul 5/08 - Embellishment Pack Green Tag;
Ranger: Alcohol Inks - Lettuce, Meadow, Pesto, Oregano;
Scrapbook Takeout: Prima Flowers;
Technique Junkies: 6/08 - Alcohol Ink Float Technique;
TLC: Quick Sand Chips - Cream Square;
Unknown: Faux Flowers, Flower Punch;

I love how this kit coordinates so easily with other Club Scrap kits! Of course, Road Trip 3/05 is a perfect match to the solid papers, but much of it is extinct and it has a very different printed design. Here, I matched a printed tag/title from the Body & Soul 5/08 kit for a quick caption that helps express a little bit about our experience getting Midsommar floral wreaths made at Ikea. I have a few other layouts from this event, but here's one with the woman who taught me how to make the wreaths so that I could help them move the long line of kids that were waiting, and then she made Uatchet's wreath a little while later when it was her turn in line! I loved that they let me help out when they had a shift change and were short staffed and had such a great experience teaching the older kids to make their own and wowing my children in the process!

Petal Prints Too - FFC Exclusive ALSB #3

Club Scrap: Petal Prints Too 2008 FFC Exclusive ALSB Kit - Yellow Print, Peach Plain, Yellow Plain, Organza Ribbon, Stickers;
TLC: Quick Sand Chips - Cream;

While most layouts from the Walk for Autism Research with the 501st New England Garrison feature dark and starry prints to match the Star Wars costumes and marble backdrop... I thought that the "girl power" photos deserved a more feminine page! I loved the stickers from the kit, but the layout needed a little ornamentation with a more industrial feel without losing the femininity. I took these great matte finish colored chipboard shapes and adhered the clear printed stickers over them and then cut them out with my X-Acto blade and the Tonic Glass Cutting Mat (from Club Scrap) to create a uniform look!

Petal Prints Too - FFC Exclusive ALSB #4

Club Scrap: Petal Prints Too 2008 FFC Exclusive ALSB Kit - Yellow Print, Peach Plain, Yellow Plain, Organza Ribbon, Stickers; Kit for a Cause - UM Stamps;
Scrapbook Takeout: Parisian Vintage Chic 5/08 Kit - Maya Road Velvet Sparkle Blossoms; Garden Party 2/08 - Prima Naturally Felt Flowers;
Unknown - Faux Flowers;

My children, my cousin's children, and my brother's new stepchildren were being a little bit sneaky on Mother's Day! They were flocking to the driveway to create HUGE chalk art Mother's Day cards for all of the mothers at our family cook out! While not exactly the most lovely photos that you'll ever see, I think it went perfectly with this kit!

Petal Prints Too - FFC Exclusive ALSB #5

Club Scrap: Petal Prints Too 2008 FFC Exclusive ALSB Kit - Blue Print, Green Print, White Plain, Green Plain, Stickers; Kit for a Cause - UM Stamps; Mini Kit for a Cause - UM Stamps;
Loew Cornell: Aqua Crayons;
Niji: Waterbrush;
Ranger: Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Eggplant, Silver Mixatives, Stonewashed;
Scrapbook Takeout: Parisian Vintage Chic 5/08 - Heidi Swapp Ghost Butterflies, Basic Grey Boxer Buttons;
Stewart Superiors: Palette Ink Pad - Noir Black;
Unknown: Faux Flowers;

The clear butterflies on this page look amazing in real life! They are still translucent, but the silver alcohol ink makes them more opaque and shimmery on the actual page! I thought they were just the perfect accent for these photos of the local Audubon's Butterfly Garden, and they are perfectly customizable!

Petal Prints Too - FFC Exclusive ALSB #6

Club Scrap: Petal Prints Too FFC Exclusive Kit - ALSB #6, Blue Print, Green Print, White Plain;
Cuttlebug: Flower; Paisley;
Sizzix: Sizzlits - Skooshy Font, Flower Center & Leaf, Buttons #4;
TVWeekly: Heavy Metal;
Recycled Material: Aluminum Can; Ikea - Half Smooshed Decorative Napkin;

What princess party is complete without a stage coach? Somehow the horses rode on top for a while, then pushed from behind, but can we still call it a horse drawn carriage? For this layout, I rose to the Household Items Challenge at Club Scrap's Summer Camp Pro Scrapbookers League TM and used a recycled soda can and half crumpled napkin in my die cutter to create the flowers and caption! Learn how to prepare your recycled soda cans in Michael Strong's Heavy Metal webisode at TV Weekly!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Body & Soul: 1 Card plus 2 Digital Layouts

I have such a pile building up of pages that I need to scan and add here, but today I'll go with some that are already on my computer ;) Both of the layouts were made using the Body & Soul 5/08 Club Scrap Digital Kit and the card was made by using the digital transparency images on my photograph before printing and matting it!

Duckling Photograph by Audrey Schiller, DigiLayout by Neith Juch

Photography by Audrey Schiller
Club Scrap: Body & Soul 5/08 Digital Kit - DP04, DP07, DP10, Exp02, Tag07, Tran08, Tran13, Trans21, Xtra06, Xtra29;

I created my own custom background/printed matte in Photoshop Elements by using Filter >> Texture >> Grain >> Stippled and then by layering the kit's papers and transparencies with various blending modes and deleted areas of the photo until I was happy with the results.

As soon as I saw my friend's photos of the baby ducklings in her neighborhood, I knew I had to use them with this kit! You can see more of her work at her new photography blog!

Sparkle: Body and Soul DigiLayout by Neith

Club Scrap: Body & Soul 5/08 Digital Kit - DP04, Tran08, Tran14; Sparkle 12/07 Digital Kit - Tran22, Xtra54;
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0: Blending Modes - Multiply, Screen; Artistic Filters - Film Grain, Smudge Stick; Render Filter - Lens Flare;

For our very first sparkler experience, of course my camera was not ready and when I got it out I kept having to dodge the 7 kids to get a photo... winding up with just one unobscured shot, but it was blurry! What's a gal to do but mess around with the photo digitally?

Take Time Card by Neith Juch

Club Scrap: Body & Soul 5/08 Digital Kit - Transparencies; Painted Desert 5/06 Flower Embossed Plain Paper, Sand Plain Paper;
Stewart Superior: Palette Ink Pad - Noir Black;
Adobe Photoshop: Layer Effects - Soft Glow;

Printing text/images as part of your printed photograph can be a wonderful way to make a photographic card and add a sentiment... It's also very handy if you want to produce a lot of the same card, or just want the text to show up! You can always create a contrasting colored layer of the text under it then enlarge and soften it, add drop shadows, or add a soft glow so that it will be legible even on high contrast photos!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Digital Calendar Pages

If you didn't notice, in the top left of my blog, you always see a calendar page for the current month... These pages are created with Club Scrap's Digital Calendar Kit (and sometimes a little extra from my digital stash) and work not only for my blog, but as a great printed gift to give people each year! One very affordable way to do so is to print them at around 8x10 inches at home or at a copy center, onto your cardstock, trim, and place into one of the acrylic box shaped photo frames that are always for sale at the major craft chains! Then you can give refills to your repeat recipients each year!

Here are the most recent three digital calendar pages that I've posted!

June 2008 Digital Calendar by Neith

Club Scrap: 2008 Digital Calendar Kit 2008 - September Be Still Layout with June Brush; Be Still 9/07 Digital Kit - CS02, CS05, CS08, Tran02;
Font: Tribal Two;

May 2008 Digital Calendar by Neith

Club Scrap: 2008 Digital Calendar Kit - February Refresh Layout with May Brush;
Scan of my own inked edge paper;

April 2008 Digital Calendar by Neith

Club Scrap: 2008 Digital Calendar Kit 2008 - March Rhapsody Layout with April Brush;
Font: Belisa Plumilla Manual;