April Photo Challenge: Color

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is color. It’s so easy to get into a rut using the same colors of cardstock or the same color of journaling marker. But there are thousands of colors and patterns out there to choose from. Noticing colors around you, whether they inspire a picture or not, is an easy way to take note of color combinations you love (or ones you hate!).

See the picture I took below for my color challenge. I was at a coffee shop doing some reading and noticed these colorful marbles for playing games. I dumped them on the table and they shimmered in the light, making a great picture. Not only is it a creative way to scrapbook my afternoon at a coffee shop, but it adds color to my normal kraft paper layouts.

 

 

 

Keep following along with us with these daily photo prompts!

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April Photo Challenge

 

At Scrapbooks Etc., we ‘re always looking for new ways to be creative –whether it’s what we’re scrapbooking, our home remodeling projects, our dinner plans, or even what we wear. This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

 

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Exclusive Paper-Piecing Patterns

In the final round of the paper-piecing championship, the suitcase (see it here) overtook the butterfly (see it here) by a vote of 42 to 23. As a special gift for voting (and just because we love free patterns!!), we have two exclusive spring paper piecings from Vicki Boutin to share.

 

Download the pattern for this cute flower pot with Tulips!

Download the pattern for this fun kite with bows!

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A Banner Sketch to Inspire You

Have fun stringing up a banner for this sketch layout.  Create a playful page using scraps of patterned paper to create it.  Try adding alphabet stickers on it, too, as part of your title.

Don’t limit yourself to the photo sizes on the sketch.  As you can see in the last two examples below, you can easily make this sketch work with just about any size photos.  Enjoy!

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

“Handmade with Love”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES   Noel Mignon February kit: Charm school; Crate Paper-Paper Heart Collection, Friendship; Mist- Studio Calio- Sunshine; Elle’s Studio-Turquoise Pennants, Date Tidbits, Lil’ Snippets: This week-teal. Pennants-True Love; Buttons- Crate Paper: Random Buttons; Chipboard Alphabet- Studio Calico: Teal; Stickers- October Afternoon: Mini Market Teal and Cream; Yellow and White Twine-October Afternoon: Sidewalk Wrap Pack

Designer’s Notes: 

When I first saw this sketch, my initial thought was I wanted to mask the journaling area. I love how this turned out. I brought the yellow through the page with the misting. I like how it helped fill in the white space of this sketch just right. I used a Jenni Bowlin package backing to get this masked effect. I am really loving teal, yellow and kraft together, and it was the perfect colors for this sketch and the photographs I planned to use for this. The photographs were taken on my IPhone, and enhanced using Magic hour App, which is one of my favorites to use with my IPhone pictures.

“Wonderful You”

Designed by Christine Ousley

SOURCES  Patterned Paper:  Authentique; Cardstock: Authentique, Bo Bunny; Cardstock Diecuts: Authentique; Twine: Jillibean;  Diecuts: Silhouette (Title and Journaling Block), Kerri Bradford (Scalloped border); Diecut machine: Silhouette

Designer’s Notes: 

I love my diecut machines.  There are so many wonderful files to cut and the best thing about it is that I can totally customize the size, color, paper, and look of them.  Everything on my layout matches perfectly, which I love, plus I get so many wonderful ideas just looking at all the diecut files that are on the market.  They are a great inspiration and creative jump start to my page designs.

 

“Tractor Boy”

Designed by Chrissy Greenman

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill.  Patterned Paper and Embellishments: Jillibean Soup.  Pen: Zig.  Stitching Tools: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy.  Twine, Thread, and Tag.

Designer’s Notes: 

When I saw this sketch I immediately thought, “It’s so pretty!”  After going through my pictures I decided on some of my son riding a tractor.  Since “pretty” and “boy” don’t mix I decided to change little details in the sketch to make it work for my boyish pictures.  First, I changed the curvy banners under the title to a straight row of them and added another row on the right side of the pictures.  Then, I changed the lace border shown under the title to a larger circle border.  I also picked colors that would have more of a masculine feel!  Don’t be afraid to change small details of a sketch to make them work for your pictures!

“Cape Otway”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper, Chipboard Elements + Brad: My Mind’s Eye (Follow Your Heart Collection) | Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts (Meadow) | Twine | Clear Stamps: Autumn Leaves (Edge), 7Gypsies (Swirl + Text) , Studio Calico (Camera), Hero Arts (Bicycle) | Ink: Versamark, Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Corner Rounder: Zutter | Die: Papertrey Ink (Circles) | Marker: Staedler

Designer’s Notes: 

The original sketch has four 3″ squares. Once I decided what pictures to use for this page, the squares wouldn’t work for mine. I kept the overall size of the collage the same, but changed the individual sizes to fit my pictures. To create interest and depth into my background I delved into my stamp collection and created my own unique cardstock with several different stamps.

“Winter Season”

Designed by Virginia Wong

SOURCES  Bazzill (kraft cardstock); Pink Paislee (pattern paper, die cuts, dimensional elements); Maya Road (sheer snowflakes); Kaisercraft (pearls); May Arts (twine); stitching; WRMK Chomper

Designer’s Notes: 

For a uniquely styled banner, consider using a series of die cuts. Line up the diet cuts to your liking. Adhere using pop dots and then carefully slide the twine or ribbon under the die cut and pop dot. Voila! A banner in minutes!

‘Want more sketches?  Visit the Got Sketch? blog for more inspiring ideas to fit your scrappy needs.

Got Sketch 107 – our latest sketch-based workshop!
EIGHT weeks long, new sketches, pdfs, VIDEOS, and more!
Get the details to this creative class!

 

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Paper Piecing Championship

It was a tough battle, but these two paper-piecing competitors fought their way to the top with the help of your votes. Vote for the paper piecing you think deserves the title of “Best Paper Piecing.” Voting ends at midnight on March 28. If we get more than 50 votes, we’ll release two exclusive paper piecing patterns for our fans the next day!

 

Here are the final two piecings!

Download the suitcase paper piecing here.

See more travel paper piecings here.

 

 

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Final 4 Paper Piecings: Round 2

This March, we’re pushing basketball tournaments aside and are putting our favorite paper piecings in the ultimate match-ups. Our top 16 paper piecings will go head-to-head for the title of “Best Piecing.” And they need your votes!! Come to our blog every weekday to see who’s competing and to cast your vote.

Download the tournament bracket here to keep up with the competition. The current tournament bracket is below!

 

 

Here are our next two piecings!

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Final 4 Paper Piecings: Round 1

This March, we’re pushing basketball tournaments aside and are putting our favorite paper piecings in the ultimate match-ups. Our top 16 paper piecings will go head-to-head for the title of “Best Piecing.” And they need your votes!! Come to our blog every weekday to see who’s competing and to cast your vote.

Download the tournament bracket here to keep up with the competition. The current tournament bracket is below!

 

 

Here are our next two piecings!

Download the suitcase paper piecing here.

See more travel paper piecings here.

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Elite 8 Paper Piecings: Round 4

This March, we’re pushing basketball tournaments aside and are putting our favorite paper piecings in the ultimate match-ups. Our top 16 paper piecings will go head-to-head for the title of “Best Piecing.” And they need your votes!! Come to our blog every weekday to see who’s competing and to cast your vote.

Download the tournament bracket here to keep up with the competition. The current tournament bracket is below!

 

 

Here are our next two piecings!

Cast your votes in the comment section below. We’ll reveal the winner tomorrow!

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Elite 8 Paper Piecings: Round 3

This March, we’re pushing basketball tournaments aside and are putting our favorite paper piecings in the ultimate match-ups. Our top 16 paper piecings will go head-to-head for the title of “Best Piecing.” And they need your votes!! Come to our blog every weekday to see who’s competing and to cast your vote.

Download the tournament bracket here to keep up with the competition. The current tournament bracket is below!

 

 

Here are our next two piecings!

 

Cast your votes in the comment section below. We’ll reveal the winner on Monday!

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Elite 8 Paper Piecings: Round 2

This March, we’re pushing basketball tournaments aside and are putting our favorite paper piecings in the ultimate match-ups. Our top 16 paper piecings will go head-to-head for the title of “Best Piecing.” And they need your votes!! Come to our blog every weekday to see who’s competing and to cast your vote.

Download the tournament bracket here to keep up with the competition. The current tournament bracket is below!

 

Here are our next two piecings!

 

 

Cast your votes in the comment section below. We’ll reveal the winner tomorrow!

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