How to Achieve Balance in Your Artwork

We’ve talked quite a bit about how to make harmonious color combinations based on color theory and the color wheel. Today we’d like to branch out and look at some other visual elements that can boost your artwork beyond the use of color.

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Balance is a design principle that refers to the distribution of visual elements (such as shapes, colors, space, and textures) and how they relate to each other in terms of their visual weight. That term “visual weight” sounds a bit complicated, so let’s take it back to the playground to explain.

Consider two children on a seesaw. To have a fun experience, the children on either side of the seesaw should be relatively the same size or weight. If one child is heavier than the other, the seesaw is unbalanced and it will continuously want to tip to the one side, creating an unpleasant experience for everyone involved. The same idea applies when working on two dimensional paper projects, such as scrapbook pages or cards.

We tend to strive, usually without thinking about it, to create artwork that is balanced. A balanced work, where the visual weight is distributed evenly, appears stable, is pleasing to look at, and makes the viewer feel comfortable. Work that is unbalanced does the opposite. Sometimes artists create unbalanced art on purpose, but that is pretty rare in scrapbooking and cardmaking.

So how do we apply this design principle to our craft?

There are a few different approaches to achieve balance in your artwork—and we brought examples! So far we’ve been alluding to probably the simplest approach, and that is something known as reflection symmetry, where one side mirrors the other (both kids on the seesaw are the same size). This is an easy way to achieve balance and doesn’t require too much consideration. Simply draw a line (hypothetically, you don’t really have to draw a line) down the middle of your work and then mirror what you create on one side on the other side. The line can be drawn vertically, horizontally, or even diagonally.

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Radial balance is another type of symmetrical balance where the visual balanced is based on a circle (don’t worry, we won’t quiz you on these terms we’re throwing around—the principle matters more than the vocab 🙂 ). The design has a center and it extends from there. Daisies, a star, and the sun (when depicted with it’s rays) are all examples of shapes in radial balance. The page above is a beautiful example of one way you could use radial balance in your scrapbooking.

The downside to symmetrical balance is that it can sometimes come across as too simple, or boring, since both sides are visually the same. But there’s more, so keep reading!

Asymmetrical Balance

To have balanced artwork does not mean that all of the pieces on your scrapbook page or layout have to be the same size and laid out in perfect symmetry. Back to the seesaw—if you have a big kid that wants to play but don’t have a child of the same weight to balance him out on the other side, you create the weight by stacking two or three kids opposite the big kid. Another option would be to move the big kid closer to the center of the seesaw with just one smaller child on the opposite end to achieve balance where the two can play harmoniously.

In art, if you have a large object on one side of your work it can be balanced with several smaller items on the other side. Or, instead of increasing the number of parts on your scrapbook page (because sometimes we don’t have them or just don’t want them), move the larger piece closer to the center and balance with the smaller elements on the opposite side.

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Take a look at our asymmetrical page above. This page is asymmetrical because it has unequal visual weight on opposite ends. To balance it, our “heavier” elements were moved closer to the center and were countered with a handful of lighter elements on the other corner.

When done correctly, asymmetrical balance is more interesting to look at. It offers more visual variety and even has a more modern feel to it.

To determine whether or not your artwork is balanced, rely on your perception of it. No one area should draw your eye so much that you can’t see the others. Also, consider how it makes you feel. Do you like it? Is it comfortable to look at? Or do you sense that something is off?

Balance is the first of several basic design principles we will be discussing on this blog. Make sure to subscribe and to check back with us regularly to learn how to better use the elements of art in your artwork.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Life In Color Page
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, Z5961 Saffron Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5981 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5970 Willow Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5967 Pacifica Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3356 All-star Complements, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z3090 Red Gems, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3290 Circuit® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #MD389A5, cut 12)

12″ x 12″ Summer Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7231C Central Park Complements, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z4185 Fresh Air Shapes, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z1297 Edge Distresser, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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Making Title and Created By Cards in Story Starter

Even though every story is unique, there are some important parts that each one includes. For example, every story has a title and an author. This is why you’ll find specific cards in the Story by Stacy™—Story Starter workshop kits just for adding those two essential pieces. Story Starter helps you access a collection of memories that you can write as small stories in an album. Each workshop kit includes one title card and one created by card for you to add those story elements to every album you make and share.

Title Card

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Story by Stacy™—Story Starter is perfect for documenting the people, places, and things that you love, and by sliding a title card in right at the front, that subject is clear at the very beginning. These examples from Story Starter albums we’ve made show a few ways you can personalize the title card to fit whatever it is you are documenting.

Use the coordinating stamp sets, Colorful Texture and Quotable Words, to add stamped images in colors that match the rest of your album. You could also combine stamping with a small photo, or fill the title card with a larger square photo that has written words on the edges. The title card is yours to customize however you want.

Created By Card

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Part of what makes the stories you tell in Story Starter albums special is you! The words you write and the photos you use to illustrate them are yours, and that is why each Story Starter kit comes with a created by card. You, as the storyteller, should also be documented because these memories come from your perspective.

Just like your title card, you get to choose how you add the finishing touch as the author of this album. It might be a simple black and white photo with your signature. This is another place where you can add a little something extra with stamped images from Colorful Texture or Quotable Words. You could even go one step further with personalizing your created by card by flipping it over and using the back. This gives you a blank card to arrange a photo and stamped images in any way you like.

Another reason why we love having a created by card is that it gives you a place to write a small note when you give a Story Starter album as a gift. These small albums are both an easy and incredibly fun way to celebrate the people and moments that you cherish. You can use the created by card to include your name as the author of the story and add a note to that special someone.

As you make your own Story Starter albums, don’t skip the title or created by cards. These little additions highlight your album’s subject and the storyteller (that’s you!). You bring something exceptional to every story you tell, and it’s an important piece of the memories you include both inside your Story by Stacy™—Story Starter album and in any memory keeping project that you make. Keep telling those stories!

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Millennial-style Scrapbooking

There are many, many ways you can preserve your story in a scrapbook and how we do that has changed over time. What hasn’t changed is how much we like remembering our story. People enjoy looking back, sometimes with nostalgia, other times just as a reminder of where they’ve been. People also like sharing their memories, talking about their experiences and the things that have shaped them.

We get lots of questions about how to encourage a younger generation to take up this mantle and preserve their story by creating something that will last like a scrapbook, and today we are showing you some examples of scrapbooking from a Millennial point of view. Anyone can scrapbook this way. The principles featured in this style of scrapbooking can appeal to all memory keepers, but we are specifically focusing on style aspects that Millennials gravitate toward.

1. Create intentional white space.

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Are you familiar with the term minimalism? It’s actually an idea that’s been around for quite a while, but today, minimalism is a trend that resonates with many Millennials. It focuses on eliminating clutter and avoiding excess and distractions. People apply this idea to spending, décor, design, fashion, and more. When thinking about minimalism and memory keeping, focus on clearing the clutter by intentionally leaving lots of white space, like you see in the page above. This page is primarily White Daisy cardstock, but you don’t get lost in the white space. Adding a thin Linen cardstock border on the top and bottom of the page helps to ground your eye and pulls you in to the center.

2. Use only one or two photos.

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With minimalism in mind, a single photo is the focus of this page. It’s easy to get lost in the thousands of photos on our phones or computers, but you don’t have to scrapbook all of them. That’s probably not even possible, but you can pick your favorites. Start with scrapbooking one or two photos that are truly meaningful to you and tell other people something about who you are and what you enjoy. Even just one photo on a page can tell a story in a creative, yet clean and uncomplicated way. The neutral color scheme keeps the spotlight on the photo. Just add a few embellishments and a couple stamped images to round out this look.

3. Focus on the story.

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We don’t always remember details about our lives, even from the most important moments. Details from events like family vacations, weddings, or even day-to-day life can get lost. Scrapbooking gives us a place to record them, so we can remember the little things that made them special later. Instead of thinking about your page as one that’s primarily photos, why not think about your page as one that’s primarily words?

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Describing the story can be the point of your page. Scrapbooking allows you to be reflective, to be grateful, and to document change. Those are ideas that matter to Millennials, and they often are thinking about ways to reflect and document their lives on social media or through other venues like a gratitude journal. These are all ways to tell your story. What makes scrapbooking unique is that it is preserved and available to continue to share and learn from over time. You can do this, plus exercise your creativity, through memory keeping.

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This page also incorporates elements from the minimalist perspective, using lots of white space and just one photo to complement the real treasure, the words. Keep in mind, your photos don’t have to have faces in them. It could be the perspective of your feet hanging out the window, like you see on this page, or maybe it’s the food you ate or the places you visited. Photos don’t have to be just of people. It can be whatever best illustrates the words on your page.

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4. Make something simple, yet Instagram-worthy.

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Millennials, and many of the rest of us, are already sharing their story on social media. These photos deserve a home, but it’s equally important to Millennials to be creating in ways that are Instagram-worthy. This means that what they make should be easy to share and aesthetically pleasing with a touch of simplicity.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

The beauty found in simplicity is something even Leonardo da Vinci recognized as important, and it continues to resonate with Millennials. Using an Everyday Life™ format can mimic the popular look of photo books, and these albums can be just as simple to create. Even in a smaller size, this type of scrapbooking can still emphasize white space with photos, similar to a photo book. Photos could be square, making it easy to scrapbook things directly from places like Instagram. Millennials are already sharing their story on social media, but it is so easy, and affordable, to take those stories and photos and slip them into an Everyday Life™ album. With little extra effort, you can preserve your memories in a simple, sophisticated way.

Scrapbooks come in all shapes and sizes. They allow us to creatively express who we are, the time we live in, and the things that matter to us. You don’t have to be a Millennial to appreciate the trendy looks in the artwork you see in this post. Like da Vinci’s thoughts about simplicity, some of these ideas have been around a very, very long time. Millennials just happen to be the ones taking inspiration from them today, and that can encourage us all to both try something new in our memory keeping and help others to tell their story in whatever way speaks to them. So next time you pull our your scrapbooking supplies, think about how you can add some extra white space, focus on the story, or keep simplicity in mind as you create beautiful pages for your memories, and as always, we hope you share those memories with others.


Recipes:

12″ × 12″ Happy Place Page
D1772 My Acrilyx® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ × 12″ And Then Page
D1772 My Acrilyx® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exlusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

6″ x 8″ Love Everyday Life™ Layout
X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4185 Fresh Air Shapes, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3252 Everyday Life™ Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″, Z3191 Everyday Life™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″, Die-cutting Machine

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Fun with Ribbon

It’s a new month and with it we have a spectrum of colorful goodies at our crafting disposal! Just for the month of June, we’ve put together custom color coordinated cardstock bundles, are offering individual spools of ribbon from our Fundamentals collections, discounted select accessories, and even created a brand new stamp set, the My Acrylix® Be a Rainbow. For complete details, visit our Create the Rainbow page here.

There are so many different ways to use ribbon in crafting. We put together a few fun samples of projects featuring several of the ribbons included in our Create the Rainbow special to get those creative wheels turning, if they aren’t already 🙂 . Take a look and then share with us, in the comments below, how you are using ribbon in your crafts.

Ribbons make perfect little pennant banners

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These little banners are easy, cute, and can dress up all sorts of celebrations. Simply double up the ribbon around a piece of twine, adhere with a glue dot, and dovetail the ends!

Embellish other embellishments

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Add ribbons to clips and other embellishments. This can be a great way to tie metallic embellishments into the color palette of your projects! (These cute clips, and others, are part of our Create the Rainbow sale, so get them while they’re hot!)

Use your imagination!

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How fun are these fishies? To create them, we wove two different colors of shimmery ribbon around a square of cardstock—even their eyes are fashioned from our adhesive Black & White Dots (also part of our Create the Rainbow sale) !

If you’re getting crafty with ribbon, tell us all about it below! We’d love to hear where your creativity is taking you!


Recipes

Cake Banner
CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, CC61813 Pansy Shimmer Ribbon, Z3216 White Twine, 8″ Skewers

4¼” x 5½” Many Beautiful Reasons Card
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, Z3216 White Twine, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

12″ x 12″ Happy Place Layout
D1780 My Acrylix® Aloha Spirit Stamp Set, D1774 My Acrylix® Build-a-Picnic Stamp Set, D1784 My Acrylix® Colorful Texture Stamp Set, D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, D1725 My Acrylix® For All Seasons Stamp Set, D1786 My Acrylix® Quotable Words Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61811 Juniper TwineZ3189White & Gold Ribbon, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z3379 Gold Arrow Clips, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Wonders Page
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, CC61813 Pansy Shimmer Ribbon, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1½”, 2″, 2½” Shift + Background <Succelnt> (p. 40, #MD71FB0)

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25 Scrapbooking Hacks

We talked to the pros in our art studio and came up with a list of easy, yet very effective, tips and tricks to take your scrapbooking artwork from good to great! (A few of these tips were shared in previous blog posts, but a lot of them are new. We’ve put them all together for you to have as a resource in one great list!)

Ready to step up your scrapbooking game? Take a look!

1. Try attaching embellishments with mini staples. Mini staples can give your page a different feel without any extra work.

2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw in journaling lines. Write your journaling and then either erase the lines or go over them with a black journaling pen.

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3. To change up the look of your title, cut letters from patterned paper or even the background of extra photos using Block Alphabet Thin Cuts.

4. Place embellishments in odd numbers on your layouts. Odd numbers are visually more appealing.

5. Cut shimmer trim into smaller strips by lightly attaching it to your paper trimmer. This will keep it in place while you trim, giving you a nice straight cut. Plus, it pulls off easily when you’re done!

6. Stamp outline shapes on patterned paper. Then, you don’t have to color the shapes in yourself.

7. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the patterned paper from several paper collections to have more options for your layouts. We spy three different paper collections on this page. Can you find them all, too?

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8. Missing a photo for your layout? You can put wax paper under a Complement sticker that might go over a photo. This lets you finish assembling your layout and add the missing photo later.

9. Stamp words with alphabet stamp sets to create personalized backgrounds.

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10. Before you throw your paper scraps away, see if you have pieces that you can use to cut small shapes like circles, squares, or rectangles. Even these little pieces can be used for layering, backgrounds, or as journaling strips. You can even tear the edges to use as washi tape.

11. When adding paint splatters after your page is put together, make sure to mask the layout and photos with scratch paper.

12. Didn’t get your title perfectly straight? Use a small tool like a Cricut® spatula to gently move something already attached to your page.

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13. Bend up the edges of layers to add dimension. This could be a simple banner or photo mat, just to give an extra touch of depth.

14. When sewing on your layouts, avoid putting adhesive where you plan to sew. The adhesive will get stuck on the needle. Use adhesive to attach paper in the center and then sew the edges like we did below.

15. Experiment with a ⅛” photo mat on your layouts. This gives you slight definition around your photo without distracting from other elements on your page.

16. Trim Complements from the 6″ x 6″ sheet and lay them on your artwork to preview their placement before attaching them. It’s much easier to find the perfect spot and see how they will look on your page.

17. When layering several patterned papers, staple them together first, then cover with a photo. This will keep your layers arranged how you’d like them while you are gluing down your page. Here is an example. A small staple holds the three layers in place behind the photo.

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18. Before attaching your paper, embellishments, and photos, lay everything out on your page and snap a quick photo with your phone. This gives you something to reference as you attach each piece, making sure you get it exactly how you want it.

19. Use the smallest possible My Acrylix® block when stamping on a layout. A smaller block can help you avoid rocking your stamp back and forth and ending up with a wobbly image.

20. Mix patterned paper with small, medium, and large patterns. Here you can see how we used a tiny floral pattern combined with the medium-sized triangle pattern, and finally the large polka dots.

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21. Move the paper not the scissors when hand trimming embellishments, stamped images, and other shapes.

22. If a color feels too bright for a layout, use vellum to tone it down. We added a small strip of vellum, sewn over the Charcoal cardstock, to create a softer edge.

23. Hold on to extra Thin Cuts or Cricut® shapes to use for other projects. You never know when an extra tag, banner, or circle could come in handy while you’re crafting!

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24. Need a different color or patterned paper for your layout? Remember your pocket cards! Pocket cards from paper packets or from Picture My Life™ cards can be trimmed and used as accents or titles.

25. Use tweezers, a piercing tool, or even the tip of your micro-tip scissors to help you gently place small embellishments like bitty sparkles.

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Now it’s your turn! Do you have any tips or tricks that you use while you’re scrapbooking? Share in the comments.

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Color Theory: Double Complementary Color Schemes

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In a double complementary scheme, we use a combination of four colors that, as the name implies, is made up of two complementary color pairs. (Remember, two colors are complementary if they are opposite each other on the color wheel.) To make it even easier, this kind of color combination is also known as rectangular colors because when the four colors are connected on the color wheel they form a rectangle.

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Because the four colors have to form a rectangle to fit this scheme, there are really only so many combinations that you can form. Six, to be exact:

  1. orange, yellow, blue, violet
  2. yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-violet, red-violet
  3. yellow, green, violet, red
  4. yellow-green, blue-green, red-violet, red-orange
  5. green, blue, red, orange
  6. blue-green, blue-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange

Once you’ve chosen one of these combinations, jump on the Close To My Heart color wheel and pick from the exclusive colors that fall into each category.

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Another way to approach color choice, like in previous color schemes we’ve discussed, is by starting out with a color you want to use, like Eggplant, and then drawing the rectangle from it to determine what the other three colors could be.

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This card uses Close To My Heart exclusive colors that fall within the orange, yellow, blue, and violet combination—Goldrush, Canary, Sapphire, and Eggplant.

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The page above makes use of the yellow-green, blue-green, red-violet, and red-orange combination—Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Thistle, and Poppy.

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Tetradic colors tend to be quite vibrant and can even be jarring if used in equal amounts. To avoid creating artwork that is hard to look at when using this type of color scheme, choose one dominant color and use the other three to accent. Including neutrals in your designs, like we did with white in both of our examples, is an easy way to subdue the effects of this bold combination.

After reading, reviewing, and applying the color principles that we’ve been discussing these past few months, it’s easy to see that making harmonious color combinations isn’t so hard. Keep that trusty color wheel close by and pick your colors with confidence!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Summer Page
X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, X5977 Crystal Blue Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5976 Thistle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7231C Central Park Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

4¼” x 5½” Life with Friends Card (Horizontal)
D1779 My Acrylix® Beautiful Friendship—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z4196 White Ribbon

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Postcard Perfect Cardmaking!

This post was written and photographed by our talented friend, Mayline Jung, whose love for the arts, design, and papercrafting (especially cardmaking!) has resulted in praise, admiration, and professional recognition from her fellow crafters. Check out her beautiful creations below and show her some love in the comments!

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Hello everyone! I am so happy and honored to be here with you. My name is Mayline and I love cardmaking! It was by chance in 2012 that I watched a cardmaking tutorial on Youtube. I immediately fell in love with the craft so I watched tutorials for an entire year when finally, at the end of 2013, I decided to try to make my own cards. I love clean and simple cards which are based on my unique creative ideas and layouts.

Today I am sharing six cards I created using the Postcard Perfect paper packet and stamp set. Each card comes with a video showing my cardmaking process from start to finish.

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For this card, I used the tropical paper. I fussy cut all the images, arranged them on the card base, and mounted them with adhesive and 3-D foam tape. I also decorated the inside of an envelope using the same tropical paper, resulting in a very special set.

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Here is my second card using the Postcard Perfect stamp set and Postcard Perfect paper packet. I stamped hibiscus images using various color inks on white cardstock and then fussy cut them. It’s so fun to stamp on paper! (Sometime I do it just for the fun of it!) If you are like me, you will enjoy making this card.

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Here is my next card, where I used the Postcard Perfect Cut Above® layout kit. After using the kit to make my scrapbook layouts, I had a lot of stickers and die-cuts left over. So, I used the stickers to make this card. And I love how it turned out!

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In this next card, I used the tropical leaves patterned vellum paper with stamps and markers.

This is a fun technique. I just used markers to color the vellum and the results are amazing! I colored the leaves with grey and light peach color markers—you can try this with any markers you may have—by gently coloring over the leaves, making sure to go slowly and with little pressure, so the pigment transfers to the leaves only. Don’t forget to color on the back of the vellum!! It turned out amazing! In this video tutorial, I walk you through exactly how I made this card.

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This next card takes less than 10 minutes to make. I used blending tools to blend the bottom of the paper. I then fussy cut the images and adhered them on the paper. That’s all. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

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For my last card, I used all my leftover stickers and die-cut pieces with vellum paper. This is perfect combination for a fun and unique card!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects. Thanks for stopping by!

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From Monica’s Kitchen

We were recently invited into Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s home to see how she’s using her Kitchen Traditions Cut Above® recipe kit. Watch the video below to see what she’s cooking up!

After seeing all of those mouthwatering dishes on Monica’s kitchen counter, don’t you just want to give them all a try? For those who do, here is a complete list of all of those yummy recipes straight from her recipe book! Enjoy!

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:
  • 5 chicken breast, shredded
  • ½ white onion, finely diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1-2 large can(s) Old El Paso mild red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 package white corn tortillas
  • 3 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
Directions:

Preparing this dish can get really messy, so make sure you have everything close at hand. You will need an apron and a lot of paper towels!

 In a large bowl, mix the shredded chicken, onion, and taco seasoning. In one large frying pan, start heating the enchilada sauce. In another frying pan, heat the canola oil. Once the oil is hot, fry a tortilla, for approximately 20 seconds on each side, using tongs to flip. Transfer the fried tortilla to the enchilada sauce. Dip the tortilla in the enchilada sauce so that both sides are covered. Transfer the tortilla into a 9 x 13 pan and lay it flat. Put a tablespoon of the shredded chicken mixture and ½ tablespoon of shredded cheese on the flat tortilla. Roll the tortilla and lay it in the pan with the seam facing down. Repeat this process until your pan is full. Sprinkle the top of the tortillas with the remaining shredded cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Mexican Rice

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups long rain rice
  • 1 Knorr Tomato with Chicken bouillon cubes
  • dash of cumin
  • 4 cups chicken broth (can substitute with water)
Directions:

In a medium saucepan, heat oil on medium heat. Combine rice, bouillon cubes, and cumin in the saucepan and fry until golden, about 4 minutes, stirring often. Pour broth into pan and cover. Lower heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes.

Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 6 green onions, sliced to stem
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cilantro bunch, pulled from stem and chopped
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 avocados, chopped (optional)
  • garlic salt, to taste
Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Salt to taste.

Steak Fajitas:

Ingredients:

2 flank steaks
2 oranges, juice only
2 lemons, juice only
3 limes, juice only
4 garlic cloves, quartered
8 cilantro sprigs
1 white onion, sliced
4 green onions, cut in half lengthwise
3 tablespoons soy sauce
garlic salt, to taste

1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow onion
4 tablespoons olive oil
garlic salt, to taste
lemon pepper, to taste

Directions:

Lay steaks flat, each in its own glass pan. Combine juice of all citrus with soy sauce and mix well. Pour evenly over steaks. Sprinkle both sides of each steak with salt (to taste). Lay garlic, cilantro, and white and green onions on top of steak and cover pans. Allow steak to marinate, preferably over night or for a minimum of 8 hours. Grill steak on medium heat to an internal temperature of 138°. Cut peppers and onion in half and lengthwise. In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium and sauté the vegetables for approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut the cooked steak into strips and add it to the frying pan. Sauté for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy!

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