28 March, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Trailblazing Travel Albums

You can document that unforgettable vacation, getaway, or outing with the travel keys on Close To My Heart's Artbooking cartridge. From artsy airplanes to ticket-like tabs, there are cutouts to accompany any of your travel-themed crafts. Today's Artbooking Made Easy is all about the travel mini-album keys. These keys are found on pages 38 and 39 of the Artbooking booklet, so let’s take a look! Contact ME your Independent Consultant for all the details!

Products Used:
Cricut Artbooking Collection   Z1906
Timberline Assortment  Z3005
Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon  Z1929
Base & Bling Craft Queen Charms  Z1958
Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles  Z1935
I love how versatile the Artbooking cartridge is—from just two pages of keys, we saw three totally different looks. Use your favorite colors, embellishments, and shapes to make your projects your own! Let me show you some of the details to inspire you.
I really love the simplicity of this page. Using kraft cardstock, the artist cut out the little geolocation icon and the airplane, and then, using the scallop border punch, created a simple border with the White Daisy and Goldrush cardstock. I love how the look of the scalloped borders matches the shape of the clouds on the next page. Sometimes using simple shapes ties things together nicely. If you have a favorite shape or cutout you’re using, experiment to see what other shapes or borders might coordinate with it.
This overlay from page 39 of the booklet looks great sized down for this card, but I especially love how the artist has decorated it with a unique twist on baker’s twine! These little wheels are easy to create, and I love the way they match the circles on the overlay, the border, and the center of the flowers. And of course, baker’s twine is typically used for tying bows or wrapping around paper, so I love seeing embellishments used in a way you don’t see very often! All you need to create these wheels is some Liquid Glass (or Glue Dots). Apply a circle of Liquid Glass to your paper, and then take your baker’s twine, adhering the end to the center of the circle, and just wrap your way around. Because the baker’s twine already has a twisted design, wrapping it into wheels creates a great multi-dimensional look.

From the "Our Vacation" album, these washi tape ruffles are just too adorable! They add such a fun element to these pages, and they’re so simple to make. Just put two pieces of washi tape together (so that the adhesive sides stick together), fold to create the pleat, and staple one side down along the edge. You can hide the stapled side behind another piece of paper, or just leave it exposed—however you’d like.
If you love the colors of your plain cardstock but want to give it more visual interest, you can always use the same color of ink to stamp backgrounds onto your solid-colored cardstock. The good thing about creating your own patterned paper using stamps is that you control how it looks—you can stamp several times to create a lot of contrast, or you can stamp it lightly to just give a hint of a pattern.

Another thing I love about this page is how the artist used the "Just Be" title in her own way to create a new title! Use your imagination to see what new titles you can come up with. 
What inspiring artwork! Feel free to adapt and adjust some of these techniques to work for your own projects.  
To see the full list of products used to make these 3 projects visit Jeanette Lynton's site