Saturday, May 7, 2011

March Gingerscrapstreet Article - Buntings & Banners

Here is my article that was featured in the March Edition 
of Gingerscrapstreet Magazine....

Bunting and Banners
Jodi Dolbel
When you are driving through the main street of your town and you look overhead and see bunting stringing from one side of the street to the other, it can’t help but bring the feeling of excitement!!! You know that something special is happening in your town today! Here in Australia, we celebrate Australia Day on 26th January and our town goes all out! We have banners of Australian Flags criss-crossing the street and it’s a real cause for excitement and wonder.
You see bunting & banners everywhere. Take a look around! We are having new telephone poles installed out the back of our house at the moment and there is bring orange bunting everywhere! On the news and tv shows we often see crime scenes surrounded by bunting & banners. When athletes return to their home towns after great athletic triumphs abroad, they are welcomed with bunting & banners.
Buntings and banners in scrapbooking bring the same excitement!! When you look at a page that has bunting & banners featured on it then you know that it is commemorating an important occasion. It’s little wonder than that bunting & banners have made their way into the scrapbooking industry! We love to commemorate important occasions in our lives through our scrapbooking pages. We commemorate the birth of a child, birthdays, important events, celebrations and moments of wonder.

Time to Party by Stacey Young
Supplies: Paper: American Crafts, October Afternoon, My Minds Eye, Doodlebug Designs, Chipboard: The Chip Chop Shop, Sassafras Lass, Crate Paper, Alphabet: Maya Road, Pink Paisley, Alphabet Stickers: Doodlebug Designs, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Felt: Sassafras Lass, Pins: My Little Bit Of Whimsy Paint: Kaisercraft, Pens: Uniball, Thread: The Chip Chop Shop, Other: material, handmade balloons and present.
Design Notes: Pick coordinating pictures to match your color scheme of your layout. I wanted this layout to be really fun as it was for my son’s 2nd birthday. I added lots of handmade embellishments and centered the pictures so your eye was drawn to them.

30 Feet Tall by Dawn Inskip
Digital Supplies: Kit: Warm Wishes Collection by Dawn Inskip, Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2, Fonts: Bookman Old Style.
Journaling: Don’t worry about the size of your Christmas tree, in the eyes of children; they’re all 30 feet tall.

Deck the Halls by Holly Takatsuka
Digital Supplies: Page Template: Snowflake Clusters, part 1 by Busy Bee Designs Elements: Christmas Wish by Kasia Designs, Vintage Frames by Jen Ulasiewicz Designs, Joyeux Noel by Stolen Moments Designs, Software: Photoshop Elements 8.
Journaling: Deck the Halls lyrics.

I am embarrassed to admit though that if you had of asked me to use “bunting” on a layout I would have looked at you with a weird expression. I had no idea what this even was until my dear friends pointed me in the right direction. But now that I know what it is, I have to say I am a totally fan.
I have been amazed at all the different types of bunting & banners. I have tried to feature as many varieties as possible in this article. I was really fascinated with some of the different types of available. I love how Holly’s layout “Deck the Halls” features Bunting made from snowflakes, all different sizes and colors, and then those snowflakes then flow through on the rest of the layout. It’s a simple design, but so effective. Julie’s Layout “Toi mon amour” features bunting made from black lace. It is so striking and a real feature for that layout, she has tied it in beautifully with photoshop effects on her photos. The Button Bunting on Amy’s “Cool” layout is totally adorable. So subtle an effect and it doesn’t take anything away from that adorable child!

Toi mon amour by Julie Blanc
Supplies: Paper: Making Memories, Pink Paisley, Teresa Collins, Alphabet Stickers: Adornit Carolee’s Creations, Flowers: Handmade by Artist, Lace: Vintage, Buttons: Vintage, Pearls: Basic Grey, Brads: Basic Grey, Ink: Versafine, Other: sewing machine.  Tools: Border Punches: Fiskars, Stamps: Es[Kiss] Design, Software: Photoshop CS2.
Design Notes: Trying to make the best of this huge black lace, a perfect accent for these bold colors... I have used PS to desaturate and add shadows to the photo.

Fly Free by Jodi Dolbel
 Digital Supplies: Element: Fly Free kit by Jenn Barrette, Software: Microsoft Publisher 2007, Actions: Trevor Daley Photography, Fonts: SimSun-ExtB.
Design Notes: If the photo you are using on your layout doesn’t match the colour, change it to Greyscale and add some contrast.
Journaling: My gorgeous girls, you’re both growing up so fast. You will soon be flying on your own.

Cool By Amy Martin
Digital Supplies: Kit: Always Find a Way by Lauren Grier, Template: Garland by Amy Martin, Wordart: Karla Dudley, Overlay: Nancie Rowe Janitz, Software; PSP X2, Font: Pea HeidiQ.
Design Notes: A digital template was used for this layout and small pieces of paper were cut out and stitched to the canvas to give the look of garland or a banner.
Journaling: So fun to see Daddy after returning from a trip. Totally cool and all smiles...

At first we had to make our bunting and banners from scratch using the traditional methods of paper and glue. Cutting out little triangles and adhering them to twine and draping them across our pages. Some crafters have been really clever and curled the edges to make it look like the banners are flapping in the breeze. Now though designers are starting to feature bunting and banners in their scrapbooking lines, and they are becoming hugely popular. Most popular brands are now featuring sticker or chipboard banners in their lines.
Digital designers are doing wonderful things with Buntings and Banners as we have seen in the previous layouts. Bunting and banners can serve many purposes in our layouts. They are a really eye catching way of highlighting a title or a feature word in a layout. They can also be draped across the page to bring focus to the photo. I love how Belinda has done just that in the layout “Sweet”, we see the banner and then sitting in the banner is the photo of the adorable fawn. In Louise’s layout “Childplay” and also Tracey’s “Smores Yum” the positioning of the banner is directing us straight to the photo of the child.

Sweet by Belinda
Supplies: Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Collections Elements, My Mind’s Eye, The Paper Loft, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Chipboard: Dusty Attic, Flowers: Prima, Die Cuts: My Mind’s Eye, Journaling Spots: Bo Bunny, Buttons: Purple Pumpkin, Ink: Distress Ink Pens: Tombow, Mist: Tattered Angels.
Design Notes: Try spraying your Glimmermist into its lid and then flick the Glimmermist across your page for a different look.
Journaling: One of our beautiful little fawns. I just love them so.

Child’s Play by Louise Williams
Supplies: Paper: Webster’s Pages, Alphabet: American Crafts, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Tape: 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape, Lace: Plastic doily, Bling: Kaisercraft, Specialty Paint: Dimensional white paint, Specialty Ink: Shimmerz Vibez Fiery Fiesta, Pens: Martha Stewart, Software: Photoshop CS5, Other: vintage music sheet.
Design Notes: For the little paper aeroplane I folded one out of a very small square of paper. To get it to sit right on the page I cut off the back wing and used mini glue dots to hold it together so it didn't unfold and held its shape. I then used a black pen to dot the planes flight path and to connect it to the main part of the layout. I also used Photoshop to adjust the colours and add a white edge to the photo.
Journaling: 2010.

Smores Yum by Tracy Kosofsky
Digital Supplies: Kit: Thankful Heart by Amy Wolff and Lauren Reid, Software: PSE 5, Fonts: Pea Lex Valentine.
Journaling: graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate - yum.

What ever you decide to with your buntings and banners, whether they are a the feature of the layout such as Natacha’s Layout “Special Moments” or a cute little embellishment like Anna’s Layout “Four”, Bunting & Banners can definitely put a wonderful finishing touch to your layout. If you haven’t tried experimenting with Bunting & Banners yet I encourage you to do so, I’m sure one you use them they will be the “go to” item in your scrapbooking stash.

Special Moments by Natacha Diemer
Digital Supplies: Kit: Creative Memories Garden Party, Software: StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0, Layout Design: Blueprint Pixels to pages.
Design Notes:  I always start with the pictures. Once I have them picked out then I go for the paper then put it all together.

Four By Anna Dąbrowska-Pekocka (Finnabair)
Supplies: Paper: Prima Marketing, Cardstock: Prima Marketing, Alphabet: Unknown, Buttons: Unknown, Ink: Faded Jeans Distress Ink , Pens: Artline, Punches: Woodware, Other: white doily. Tools: Other: sewing machine, sandpaper.
Design Notes: I love making my own scrapbook background, so this time I stamped a plain green cardstock with a bubble wrap coloured with blue ink and added some machine stitching on the edges and in the middle. I also used machine stitching to create lines for the banner. I punched some nice small circles which turned into decorative flowers. The final touch was adding some lettering and free-hand doodling combined with a little bit more of my favourite machine stitching.

Best Friends by Bente Fagerberg
Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee, Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View, Chipboard: Die Cuts with a View, Alphabet: Making Memories, Alphabet Stickers: October Afternoon, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Ribbon: May Arts, Lace: Vintage, Buttons: Fancy Pants, Unknown, Pearls: Vintage string pearls, 'Pearl Maker, Brads: Panduro Hobby, Paint: Unknown, Ink: Rangers, Clearsnap's Cats Eye, Software: Picasa, Font: Times New Roman, Other: sheet music.
Design Notes: I like to print my journaling out onto strips of paper and adhere them to the layout. I think it gives a much neater appearance. I normally use a lot of distressing on my pages. Most layouts will also have a lot of paint and ink.

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