Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Quick Way To Save Paper

Here is a quick tip to save paper... and money! If you are doing multiple layers on a page, or a photomat, cut out the middle part of the bottom layer that will be covered by the top layer.

In the example above, I cut out the middle of the blue paper that is covered by the black polka dot paper. I was then able to use those scraps to cut the blue part of the photomats!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How To Use A Color Wheel

I often hear people say that they do not know how to pick colors for their scrapbook layouts. So, let’s take a look at the classic color schemes, and how to choose colors that will go well together.

A monochromatic color scheme is made up of multiple colors within the same hue using variations of light, saturation and tint.

An analogous color scheme is made by choosing three colors that sit next to each other on a 12 point color wheel. By changing the light and tint additional colors can be added to the group.

A complementary color scheme is made by choosing two colors that are opposite on the color wheel. As with the analogous color scheme, additional colors can be added to the group by changing the light, tint and tone of the two main colors.

Split Complementary
A split complementary color scheme is made by choosing two colors that are opposite on the color wheel, and then using the colors that are on either side of them.

A triadic color scheme is made by choosing three colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel.

Tetradic (Double Complementary)
A tetradic, or double complementary, color scheme is made by using two complementary pairs. This is the hardest color scheme to pull off. If all four colors are used in equal amounts, it can look unbalanced. It is best to use one color as the dominant, and the others as accents.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Resources Page

Yep, we added a resources page to the website! Now you can find our free paper piecing patterns, tips, tutorials and articles all in one place. Take a look here!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cocktail Drink Paper Piecing Pattern

There's nothing like sitting outside on a warm summer night, with a nice cold cocktail in hand.


Oh, sorry... got a little lost in dreamland there!

Anyways... use this cute paper piecing pattern to make a couple of cocktails of your own. Paper ones that is! Simply click on the image above and you will be directed to a larger version that you can print. Or, copy it into an image edited program to re-size. (Word actually works really well for this too!)


*** All free patterns are provided for personal use only! Please do not recreate for commercial or resale purposes.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Make Your Own Newspaper Gift Bags

Gift bags can be so expensive, so when I came across a tutorial on how to make my own out of newspaper, I was super excited!

When I was a kid, we had a family friend who would always wrap presents with the funnies section of the newspaper, and we all loved it. Not only did we get the gift, but we got a couple of laughs too! You could vary what part of the newspaper you use according to what the occasion is... the real estate section for a house warming gift, the funnies for kids, etc.

Of course, if you need a smaller bag you could always use scrapbook paper! :0)

Get the full tutorial over at What About Orange!