Saturday, August 6, 2011

Gingerscrapstreet - Style Runway by Jodi Dolbel (July Edition)

Sharing July's Story with you from Gingerscrapstreet

"Style Runway by Jodi Dolbel"

Style Runway
Jodi Dolbel
Remember back when scrapbooking was about big paper scrapbooks and cutting out pictures from wrapping paper? No? Ok is that just me that has been scrapping for so long? The choices artists have with their scrapping styles today is endless. Every month it seems the scrapbook industry comes across a new “catch phrase” to describe scrapbooking styles. Just a couple of days ago I heard of a new style called Steampunk!! However, that is way too new for this little black duck to talk about so I will stick with a few of the more traditional styles we see in Traditional and Digital Scrapbooking.

Friendly Dragonfly by Michelle
Digital Supplies: Papers: A Bit of Grunge No.2 Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet (Designer Digitals,) Collection Manuscrite by Katie Pertiet(Designer Digitals), Gold Paper from Americana Mini Kit by Heather Ann Designs (, Elements: Dragonfly from Cute Critters Elements by Stacy St. Felix, Alpha: Softly Rimmed Alpha by Sahlin Studio (The Lilypad), Templates: Artsy Layered Template 13 by Anna Aspnes (Designer Digitals), Template Inspiration 4-3-11 by Katie Pertiet (Designer Digitals), Software: Adobe PSE8, Fonts: Futura, Gill Sans.
Design Notes: I used two different templates, one for all the photo masking and one for the filmstrip at the bottom, which made it easier to blend the photos and elements. I made the background dragonfly paper myself using the dragon fly element with filterto turn into a sketch, colorized it and then blended it into the background paper using blending modes.
Journaling: Part of the fun of our first visit to xxxxxxx Park (on my birthday) was just exploring the big open space and enjoying God’s creation. We walked together across the grass and saw lots of squirrels — then we spotted this amazing little guy. We stopped to see how close we could get, and it just let us keep getting closer and closer until James was able to pick it up. It was the friendliest dragonfly we'd ever seen! The kids were fascinated (and so were we). 10/12/07.

Under-Waterworld By Ulla-May Berndtsson
Digital Supplies: Kits: Ocean and Ocean Add On by Dawn Inskip (Scrapbookgraphics), Brushes: Ocean Brushes by Dawn Inskip (Scrapbookgraphics), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4, Fonts: Highland Perk.
Design Notes: I used an adjustment layer and blending modes to turn the photo of the child into a silhouette.
Journaling: (Swedish) My husband and I spent a week in Denmark together with our grandchildren in June 2009. This photo is from a visit at Nordsea Oceanarium in Hirtshals.

Goggle Boy by Karen Grose
Supplies: Paper: Bo Bunny, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Chipboard: Bo Bunny, Alphabet Stickers: Bo Bunny, Rub-Ons: Bo Bunny, Flowers: Lollipop Flower (My Vintage Blossoms), Journaling Spots: Mum of 2 Boys, Stickers: Bo Bunny, Ribbon: My Vintage Blossoms, Lace: My Vintage Blossoms, Other: Yellow doily.
Design Notes: Paint your background with texture paste (I added blue paint to mine), and before it dries use a stamp to create an effective background in your paint. Using a credit card to smear the paint on also creates a "grungy" feel to the background.

Sometimes the style we use for a page may be dictated by the reason we are scrapping these photos in the first place.
Shawn’s “Hero” layout is a collage design. The purpose of this layout is to commemorate the actions of our service workers on September 11th. This collage style tells the whole story, there is no need for journaling or dates and this event is so well known, just those two tall buildings the layout is based on is all that is needed.
Laurel’s layout about her pregnancy is similar to a diary style. With one feature photo and lots of journaling to describe the day she gave birth to her darling son. Both these layouts could also be classified as classic clean and simple in design. They feature square photos and are placed on a solid background. Embellishments are kept to a minimum. It’s the photo and the journaling that actually stand out.
Valeri’s “Hipstamatic” layout is classified as a Ephemera style. Digitally it is photo collage like the “Hero” layout, but it features Vintage colouring and an eclectic style with lots of journaling, busy embellishments and placed on angles.

Hero by Shawn Snowdon
Digital Supplies: Kit: Boy Oh Boy by Barbara Ryan (My Memories), Software: My Memories Suite, Other: Images from Google, Fonts: Consolas.
Design Notes: Placing images in a collage arrangement and framing with blocked color draws the eye inwards through the layout.
Journaling: God Bless our Heros

Pregnancy Journal - Benjamin in Finally Here by Laurel Flechtner
Digital Supplies: Paper: Kraft cardstock by Crystal Wilkerson (Two Peas in a Bucket), Template: Cathy Zielske's Layered Template #38 (Designer Digitals), Brushes: Frankie Alphabet Brushes and Stamps by Cathy Zielske (Designer Digitals), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Fonts: Arial.
Design Notes: Using the same template for all of my pregnancy pages creates a uniform look for this scrapbook diary.
Journaling: Today was finally the big day!! I got up at 6AM to take a shower and call the hospital to make sure they had room for me. They had room, so we left for the hospital. Alison was spending the night with my parents at the motorhome, so she was in good hands. When we arrived at the hospital, we did a little paperwork and got my bracelet and then they took us to the triage room. They checked me out and did their prep work there. Then they took me into the operating room. I was hoping they would let Kurt be with me when they did the spinal, but they didn’t. All the nurses and doctors were really nice though, so it wasn’t too bad. Needles into my spine make me extremely nervous though, which is no surprise. The spinal was weird. It took effect quite quickly. I could still feel people touching me, but I couldn’t feel cold or pain. They got me loaded onto the operating table and then they let Kurt come in. I was very glad to see him. The surgery seemed like it took forever, but I’m sure it wasn’t much over 30 minutes or so. Mr. Benjamin Richard Flechtner was born at 10:18AM. I was so happy and cried like a baby. He was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 19.3 inches long. About an inch longer and 9 ounces heavier than Alison was when she was born. After they finished up with the surgery, they moved me into the recovery area while Kurt went with Benjamin to the nursery. After they moved me to the regular room, I was really sick that night and into the next day. I assume it was because of the spinal. Barfing several times after having abdominal surgery is not what I would call fun. Benjamin decided he wanted to be a pill about breastfeeding. He was refusing to open his mouth enough to get a good latch, so I was really sore. The lactation nurses gave me some good advice though, so that helped a lot. I was in the hospital until Monday, April 25. This time, they remembered to take the security tag off the baby before we tried to leave. We almost set off the alarms when we were leaving with Alison, so I was paranoid about it this time. I was very happy to finally get home. Our little family of four is now complete and we’re thrilled to pieces!

Hipstamatic by Valeri Drewett
Digital Supplies: Kit: Focused On You by Cilenia Curtis (Digital Designer Shop), Template: Focused On You by Cilenia Curtis (Digital Designer Shop), Software: Adobe PSE6, Fonts: Sylfaen, Jane Austen, Rough_Typewriter, BlackJack, MTF Whimsy, Qarmic Sans, High Tower Text.
Design Notes: I knew I wanted to use as many pictures as I could fit on this layout and using the template helped to keep the shape of the layout together. I doubled the template, added extra rows as needed and shrunk it all down to fit in the space I wanted to use. I didn’t add too many elements to the page and kept the journaling simple, so that the pictures told the story.
Journaling: Captured in the I of a Phone. Every moment becomes possible to capture with a camera phone.

Another style of scrapping that is really popular is Shabby Chic and can often be a combination of so many other styles such as Vintage and Romantic. This style combines lots of patterned papers usually softened with some kind of distressing. It can also feature softer pastels and neutrals with embellishments that can range from flowers to items you would find in Grandmothers sewing box!! Buttons, threads, metal accents and ribbons. Tanya’s layout “I love you Rebecca Lynn” is a good digital example of this style whereas Karen’s layout “You are so special” is a good representation of this style in the traditional scrapbooking form.
The term “White Space” is used to describe a layout that has a large area of just color with no embellishments or photos also known as empty space. This white space often spans several scrapbooking styles. Brandi’s “Celebrate This Moment” layout is a good example. Although the “White space” in this instance shades from light grey to black, it is still white space and she has used a Playful Charm style which incorporates bright colors and whimsical accents.

I Love You Rebecca Lynn by Tanya Deskins
Digital Supplies: Kit: Pink Treasures by WendyP Designs (7th Heaven), Template: Pink Treasures by WendyP Designs (7th Heaven), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4, Fonts: Century Gothic.
Editor's Note: Clusters and repeating photos in varying sizes renforce the theme of your layout.
Journaling: It seems not that long ago that you were just a tiny baby. You are and always will be my baby, but you are growing and blossoming right before my eyes. You have done a lot of maturing this year. I am very proud of you as I watch you form closer relationships with friends, starting to take on an identity of your own. I am honored to be your mother and I am so blessed to have you in my life. I love you, Rebecca Lynn, more than I could ever tell you. Thank you. Thank you for being you.

You are So Special by Karen Shady
Supplies: Paper: Kaisercraft, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Chipboard: Kaisercraft Wood, Die Cuts: Kaisercraft, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Brads: Making Memories, Specialty Paint: Tim Holtz crackle paint, Ink: Tim Holtz distress ink. Tools: Die Cut Machine: Sizzix, Dies: Spellbinders, Border Punches: Martha Stewart, Other: Tim Holtz distressing tool
Design Notes: When fussy cutting flowers from a paper, I usually purchase 2 sheets, cut out the image twice, then using foam dots, adhere one on top of the other, giving it a paper tole look.
Journaling: The little girl who would become my Mum.

Celebrate this Moment by Brandi Sutherlin
Digital Supplies: Kit: Celebrate Life Collaboration: The Birthdays by various designers (freebie from My Scrapbook Art), Template: Journal Your Heart by Lilly Lane Market (Celebrate Life Collaboration at My Scrapbook Art), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Fonts: Orator Std.
Editor's Note: The banner and ribbons really add to the celebration feel of Brandi's layout.
Journaling: February 1, 2011

A style that is gaining more popularity at the moment is the fantasy layout. This style has found its place solidly in the Digital Scrapbooking world due to the complexity of the elements used to create this kind of layout.
There are a couple of different styles of the fantasy layout. Helen’s “Once Upon A Dream” layout is quiet complex in how she achieves this style. Typically, this style features whimsical and fantasy papers and embellishments, usually depicting a certain scene. The artist has to take a photo with the elements in mind, remove the subject of the photo from the background of the original photo and then place it in this scene that has been created by the artist from elements of the digital kit. The finished product though is something from a fairy tale!
The layout "Sweet Cherry" by Agnieszka is similar. She has used the same photo in two different ways on the same layout. The base photo has been given a faded out finish with an overlay and transparent embellishments. It’s such a magical layout with a beautiful feel to it. This is a style that I personally would love to have a play with!

Sweet Cherry by Agnieszka Nadel
Digital Supplies: Kit: Sweet Sweet Sweet by Fanfan-rue des anges (Digiscrapbooking), Software: Adobe PSE6.
Design Notes: I like to create layouts that are magical, cute and yet delicate and sometimes realistic, depending on the photo.

Once Upon A Dream by Helen Hancock
Digital Supplies: Kit: Fairies Of The Flower Field Part 4 by Magical Reality Designs (Pickleberrypop), Software: Adobe PSE6.
Design Notes: This photo was taken with my daughter positioned sitting on the couch. I quickly cut my daughter from the photo using a 'magic extraction', and then placed her in the layout to create this magical scene.

The Overlook by Kimberly Morris
Digital Supplies: Kit: In a Boy's World by Sugar Pie Scraps (Polka Dot Plum), Software: Adobe PSE7, Fonts: Blackjack.
Design Notes: The inspiration for this layout, was a photo of a wedding cake with flowers spiralling down the side. I clustered most of the elements in a similar fashion.
Journaling: You have always loved the overlook at Watagua lake. We have been taking you there since you were able to walk!

A fun style we see popping up is the Urban Grunge layout. Full of geometrical shapes, lots of slathered paint, twine and doodling. You will quite often see them featured with neutral colors. Grunge is a great way to feature the men in our lives through the use of colour and non feminine embellishments such as twine, grunge or word rub ons, staples and metal embellishments. Crystal’s Layout 15/12/2010 features a lot of the above with a large slather of black paint on the grid lines paper. The black and white photos really stand out against the black paint with the burlap and black and white ribbon softenening the finish. Tracey’s “It’s all about the Mess” layout has also used this grunge style but she has added some bright colors and lots of stamping! Jodi’s layout “All Natural” is a digital version of this style, and whilst it has less paint, it retains that grunge feel to it from the slather of stippled craft coloured paint across the paper.
Personally I find that the style I use to complete a layout will differ according to my mood or the photo I am using. I think it is important that we don’t get too “wrapped up” in what style we scrap! The most important thing is that we are preserving our precious memories for our future and the future of our loved ones. Though if you are looking for a change of style there are a few things that you can do. You can gather together images of layouts or pictures that inspire you or you want to recreate in scrapbooking form. Look for papers and embellishments that match your inspiration pictures and just go from there. I think the best advice I have ever been given is “there are no mistakes in scrapbooking”. If you love a certain style or a layout by an artist you admire, just sit down and attempt to replicate it with a scraplift. Most artists don’t mind sharing their work that might inspire other people, but if you do a “lift” and publish on your blog or gallery just make sure to give recognition to the person that inspired you. It’s just a common courtesy.

15/12/2010 by Crystal Goulding
Supplies: Paper: Kaisercraft, Alphabet Stickers: Fancy Pants, Rub-Ons: Basic Grey, Kaisercraft, Pen: Sharpie, Other: Ribbon, Hessian (Burlap), Staples, Fonts: Batik Regular.
Design Notes: : You don’t need lots of paper to create an interesting layout. Try using paint and rubons on your background and embellish with material, ribbons and some staples for something a little different!
Journaling: The best part of the birthday party is most definitely opening the presents. Everyone wants to get near the birthday girl.

It’s all About the Mess by Tracey Campbell
Supplies: Paper: Bo Bunny, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Alphabet Stickers: Doodlebug Design, Stickers: Bo Bunny, Paint: Making Memories, Ink: Momento, Markers: Zig, Pens: Angel Gel, Mist: Craftynotions Creative Colour Spray, Stamps: Kaisercraft.
Design Notes: To add a grungy, messy look to your layout, spill a bit of spray mist onto your layout and blow it around gently to create blobs of colour. Try an old toothbrush loaded up with paint to create some interesting effects when flicked at the cardstock. Ink up the edge of some cardboard and use it as a stamp to give you a messy lined border.
Journaling: Your first time trying to feed yourself ~ Bronte

All Natural by Jodi Dolbel
Digital Supplies: Kit: Winter Wishes by Jennifer Labre Designs (The Digichick), A Whimsical Garden by Kristen Cronin-Barrow (Sweet Shoppe Designs), Software: Microsoft Publisher 2007, Fonts: Arial.
Design Notes: I love layering elements and mixing different kits from different designers. To make the colors match between different kits in Microsoft Publisher, I just add or subtract contrast and brightness if the hue of the embellishment I want to use is a little different.
Journaling: Zane, so totally adorable. You don’t need to have any fancy clothes to be the cutest baby in the world!

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