March 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm #6722
Tell us about your work in stages! Where to start, how the process of job creation?March 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm #233510
Good question Elena!
I usually start by selecting my papers, I know this is a little odd, but I somehow know which photo's I have, and you can Always edit them to sepia or b/w. When I selected my papers I grab my picture with me and then I decide (sp) on my design. The next step usually is, getting the goop out and create either with a stencil or palet knife – stamping etc. Then I commit on cutting my papers – distress them and glued their centers down. I place my picture and start playing with embellies, once I like it, I glue it down. Add some details by using liquid Pearls or iridescent medium. The last thing I do is distressing the outher edges of my background cardstock/paper.March 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm #233511
Oh, thank you Paulien! Great answer! I also almost do!) Thank you, it's very interesting…March 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm #233512
I pull out the paper combo I want-usually for a specific picture but lately I have just started in on the design like Paulien. I lay all the elements out on the page,including embellies and take a picture on my phone. Then i dismantle it and start the distressing,misting,texture,etc. and use my pic as a guide to how to reconstruct it. Sometimes it goes off on a different course but that's part of the fun!March 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm #233513
When I scrap for myself, I start with the picture and see what papers will go well with it. When I am working with a kit, I always start with the design. Like Paulien, I know my pics, and I can edit them to fit with the kit.
I start with my layers, then wing it. Misting and using stencils are usually something I do last. I also take pictures along the way so I don't forget how I wanted something to be.March 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm #233514
Oh, thank you ladies for such interesting answers! Always interesting to see how the masters work!Thank you very much!)March 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm #233515
Oh, dear, well here's the confessions of a slow, slow scrapper.
Like Paulien and Rae, I have a pretty good idea of my photos. (Once in a while, I'll go through them to refresh my memory and when I get a must scrap this, I put a copy in a separate file.)
Anyway, when I open my kit and pet the papers (this consists of looking at each piece in every possible direction and holding the various papers against each other), I mentally select the photos that I want to use.
Now for the hard part: thinking of a design. I usually start imagining this and that, sorting and blending ideas until I have a vague picture in my mind. When this is done, I take out a variety of mediums and stamps and stencils and think some more. FINALLY, I start to commit to my background, to my layers, to the die cuts…
I assemble all of this, glue it all down, and then I take out my embellies for another round of trying this way and that way…
Elena, this is a terrific question! Thanks.March 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm #233516
I am like Rae in that if I am designing for a kit I pick photos to go with the papers. Otherwise I choose my photos first and then choose papers to go with them. I usually gather 4-5 sheets of paper and push them around for awhile until I get an idea of how I want everything to go, then I start cutting and piecing. Then I will think about some mists, paste and masks. finally I work on flowers and added embellies. I usually have about 2/3 of the design worked out before I start cutting and adhering.
"Some cars look like they're going fast when they're standing still. The Camaro looks like it's going to beat you unconscious, put you in a silly hat, invite a couple of other Camaros over to take photos of you, then e-mail them to all your friends and co-workers. Call me crazy, but I like that in a car."March 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm #233517
I normally start with my pictures, unless it is paper that is screaming scrap me. Once I have my picture selected, then I chose what paper and embellishments I want to use. Lately I have been using a lot of sketches (thanks Jan) for my design. Normally I will push the picture around on the page until I get it in the right spot. Then I start building from there, paper layers, embellies, flowers, mist,stamping, masking. Then I do like Tracey. I put it all together take a picture on my iPad, disassemble and start reassembling and gluing. Once everything is glued down, I look at it and add 3 more things to it (thanks for the tip Andie).March 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm #233518
I start with the photos and then select papers and such. Lately I've been using a bunch of sketches, mainly courtesy of Pinterest and Blue Fe Studios, which has helped me to make a *small* dent in the chipboard drawer. There are times when the papers dictate what I scrap, such as last month's kit papers from Maja which will work perfectly for my wedding photos (I suppose 17+ years later I should get them scrapped, hmm?).March 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm #233519
If I am working with a kit, I know what papers I will be using, so I look for photos that I think will work with them. If they need to be changed to black and white, I will do that. Then, I play around with the papers, trying to decide how to layer them and try to come up with the design. After that, I play around with embellishments and try to mark where to do stenciling and misting. I don't often take photos of my LO in progress, but I do make notes of where I want to put things and of things I think I still want to do, so that if I leave it for awhile, I will remember what I had in mind when I come back to it. I will often let it all sit oveight and look at it with fresh eyes in the moing. Then I start gluing it all down and that's it!March 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm #233520
I match/combine the papers first when I'm woking from a kit (the work is already done for us, right?) and then decide on my photo (s). I usually know which pictures I have and still need to scrap so I usually go to them right away. If not using a kit, I start with whatever pictures need to get scrapped first. I then do a rough draft design on photoshop so all of my designs have a 'matching' sketch saved somewhere in my computer 🙂
After I have the pictures printed (I do this at home so I can get the right size), I start working with the papers (trimming, layering, distresing) and then I add the embellies. Lastly, i add my title and joualing
I'm a slow scrapper (layouts take 2-4 days to finish) but I'm always happy with the results. I've been scrapping since 2003 and have only tossed/re-scrapped a picture 2-3 times in 11 yrs. Since all the main design happens digitally on photoshop, I leave very little room for mistakes on paper 🙂March 12, 2014 at 3:20 am #233521
Gee you guys are all so inspiring with your ways of doing your projects. I have a basket in my scrap room with photos that I've printed out that I want to scrap. I usually pick out a photo then see what papers I have that will go with it. Sometimes when I'm printing out my photos I know right away what papers & embellies to use for a certain photo. I also like to go on the inteet and look around at other layouts and kind of get ideas or inspiration from them. Not quite the artistic process you all have 🙁
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