12×12 Cool Kid + PicMonkey Tutorial

Hey friends! It’s been a good, long minute since I’ve posted any new content. To be honest, the pandemic zonked a lot of my mojo and I was struggling to be creative. Thankfully Project Life is a pretty simple process, so I have been able to keep up on my weekly documenting, but anything other than that has been slow going.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

When it comes to documenting, I tend to have a one size fits all mentality. By that I mean that I don’t like to document my memories in multiple formats. I was struggling to fit 12×12 layouts into my memory keeping since I started Memory Planning and Project Life. This is a rule that I completely impose on myself and doesn’t apply to most people. I’m not sure why I find it to be such a struggle?! Because Project Life comes together so quickly, I was finding myself bored on the weekends. I can get my weekly spread done in just a few hours and then I’m left with nothing to do. <<<How many scrapbookers do you hear say that?! HA! I decided that I have YEARS of memories that still need documenting and there’s no reason why I can’t create 12×12 layouts for those photos.

Face swap tutorial using PicMonkey.

I came across these photos from 2011 of when we took our son to his first movie in the theater. [I’m so impressed with how far photo quality has come in just these past few years! These pics were so washed out from my camera, but photo quality is always greatly improved by a simple switch to black and white.] One dilemma I faced with these pics was I didn’t have one where my both of my subjects [my husband and son] were looking at the camera. I used PicMonkey to do a bit of face swapping with my photos. [A full tutorial is shown in the video below.] 

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

After my photo editing was complete, I used the Super Star Alpha Cut File from The Cut Shoppe. I cut my title on kraft cardstock and backed the cut file with numerous 6×6 patterned papers from the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule scrapbook collections.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

I used my sewing machine to add a bit of texture to the letters before adhering fun foam behind each of the letters. I then grabbed numerous embellishments from the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection including cardstock stickers, vinyl/epoxy stickers and chipboard stickers.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

Before I adhered anything to the layout I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter to add journaling directly to my patterned paper background. After everything was adhered I added black splatters to add a bit of a messy, mixed media touch the layout.

Now you can take a look at my process video that includes the face swap PicMonkey tutorial.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!

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Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Watercolors Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey friends! I’m so excited to be included in the Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Watercolors New Release Blog Hop. If you started the hop from the beginning then you would have come from Virginia Lu’s Blog. If you’re starting here, WELCOME! You can still make your way around the entire hop by clicking the link at the bottom of my post.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

For my first layout, I used the Watercolor Roses Stamp Set. I used multiple color inks to stamp the flowers and leaves. I then used the matching die set to cut out each of those images.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I used my Cricut to cut a design on a piece of 12×12 white cardstock and then backed the openings with yellow cardstock. I added yellow hand-stitching before I adhered those pieces of paper together. The hand-stitching added a lot of texture and a bit of dimension. I then tucked the stamped florals into the openings of the white cardstock.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I printed my photo as a large square and adhered it in the center of the white cardstock. I used the black alpha stickers from the Altenew Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection for the title. I had a bit of open space remaining on the photo and I wanted to add journaling to the photo, but wasn’t really sure on what words to use. Thankfully the Dotted Diamonds Stamp Set had the perfect sentiment! I stamped the words directly onto the photo with Altenew Black Crisp Permanent Ink. I added a sprinkling of enamel dots as a final touch.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

Now you can take a look at my process video!


12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

For my second layout, I used a light purple ink with the Dotted Diamonds Stamp Set and randomly stamped the large background stamp onto white cardstock. I then cut the word “Hello”from the Mega Hello Die with black cardstock multiple times. I stacked the words together to create dimension. I then staggered them down the page. I printed my photo as a large landscape. This is a photo of my childhood home where my parents still live. It’s where we all meet for get togethers. It’s where I just walk in without knocking because this will forever be home.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I used the Dotted Diamond Stamp Set to stamp the sentiment which also doubles as my journaling. It summed up my thoughts perfectly! I added the word “Home” using the Brush Alpha Die Set and black cardstock. I, again, stacked the letters on top of each other to create additional dimension.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I used the Watercolor Roses Stamp Set and a masking technique [which you can see in the video below] to create my own floral die cuts for the layout. I added a few wood veneer hearts for the final touch.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

Now you can take a look at my process video!


GIVEAWAYS:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by February 18, 2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on February 21, 2020.


I have no doubt that you are finding inspiration on this blog hop and there still is more to come! Head to Svitlana Shayevich’s Blog to see what’s she’s created using this great new release!

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Blog Hop List:
Altenew Card Blog
Norine Borys
Kathy Racoosin
Erum Tasneem
Emily Midgett
Jaycee Gaspar
LauraJane
Laurie Willison
Caly Person
Lilith Eeckels
Kelly Griglione
Therese Calvird
Vicky Papaioannou
Maryam Perez
Keeway Tsao
Nicole Picadura
Amber Rain Davis
Reiko Tsuchida
Agnieszka Malyszek
Virginia Lu
Kelly Janes <<<< YOU ARE HERE
Svitlana Shayevich
Ashley Tucker
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Nathalie DeSousa
Isha Gupta
Jenny Colacicco
Zinia Redo
The Hedgehog Hollow
Kymona Tracey
Keren Baker
Sveta Fotinia
Lisa Spangler
Mindy Eggen
Jen Schow
Nicole Watt
Teri Wilson
Ashlea Cornell
Jennifer McGuire