Please help me welcome Lori Bergmann as the guest designer on Making Memories' blog. Lori created a necklace using the Vintage Groove collection. It's simple but really makes a statement. When I look at this I keep thinking about all the outfits it would look perfect with. :)
Try mixing up metals and finishes so your creation has a vintage and modern feel.
Don't be afraid to use a charm or finding piece in a different way. For example, I took the rose off a combination so I could just use the rose.
Pearls make wonderful accents to anything vintage-inspired.
Thanks Lori for sharing your work. Don't forget that you can purchase Vintage Groove at select Target and AC Moore stores along with other independent retailers. Visit the Vintage Groove website to find a store near you.
I want the raised side to be on the solid side of the
patterned paper…so I’m going to put my paper face down on the mat.
You can do this technique with any of the cards, but if you
want to do letters or numbers, you need one with the MS option.Go ahead and choose the number (or
letter), choose the size, and then switch to the mirror image.
Place the Slice on top of the paper and emboss.
Choose the next number, place the Slice wherever you want to
emboss and repeat the process until you’ve embossed all of the images you want
that the patterned side of your paper will not even look like you’ve done
But when you flip it over, you’ll be able to see the
To make the images really stand out, choose a very fine grit
sandpaper – I like this super fine sanding block.
Gently rub the sanding block over the raised images.
I usually use a small circular motion – be really gentle so
you don’t rip the paper.
When you’re done sanding, it will look something like this.
Now you can go ahead and create the rest of your layout!
Today Jana Eubank is Making Memories guest designer. We are in for a real treat today. I asked Jana to create one layout to share with our readers, but in her own words she said, "Once I had all my stuff grouped together I was having so much fun that I didn't want to stop!" I love how Jana mixed and matched different Making Memories' collections. These are great layout ideas if you have scraps of older products.
Here are her layouts and her explanation of what she created.
Easter Morning For this page I used the striped side of the Great Escape Tile Pattern paper to determine my color scheme. I kept the colors on the softer side to go with the feeling of my page topic, Easter morning. I mixed patterned papers and embellishments from the Great Escape, Chloe's Closet and Chelsea's Place collections. The felt flowers and buttons are from the Funky Blossoms & Buttons set. I also incorporated a few things from the Vintage Findings collection. The letter stickers I used are Spotlight Simply Fabulous Velvet Alphabet Stickers, Alpha Peapod Shimmer Stickers, and Rust Metro Mini Shimmer Alpha stickers.
Spring! My jumping off point for this page was the floral pattern from the Great Escape paper. I carefully cut out the flowers eliminating the background and layered them along the left side of my page with additional paper strips. I added papers from the Chloe's Closet paper collection, border and label stickers from the Sabrina collection, a felt flower from a Design Shop sticker set and Funky Blossoms
& Buttons. I also added paper flowers and leaves with a tropical feel. The letter stickers are the Black Puffy Alphabet . . . I love mixing upper and lower case letters for a fun, casual title.
All Boy I created a layered strip background for my photos using papers from the Great
Escape, 5th Avenue, Animal Crackers - Jack, and Noteworthy collections. I accented some of the strips with borders from the Sabrina collection. It doesn't feel too chaotic when you ground everything on a neutral background like the Ledger Bookkeeper paper. Mount your photos on solid patterned papers and keep the rest of your embellishments and other elements in solid colors so they don't compete with the patterns happening behind them.
Pretty Next time you find yourself with more than one sheet of a fun die cut paper, try layering them together for fun and dimensional layers on your page. Patterned Papers, borders, buttons, flowers, label stickers from the Sabrina collection. Other items used are Black and White Chipboard Buttons, White Jumbo Blossom, Black Puffy Alphabet, and Spotlight MM Kids Fresh Stickers.
The Vintage Groove Designer Combos have specifically been made to take the guess work (or intimidation factor) out of jewelry making. Jill Schwartz is an expert in the jewelry industry, so we let her do all the work. She combined unique pieces that work well together to create designer combos.
Mikiela loved EVERYTHING about Vintage Groove. She would have created pieces all weekend long if Keisha would have let her. :) Mikiela picked all her pieces and arranged them to fit her style, then Keisha helped assemble them using jump rings and pliers. Her favorite pieces were the small charms. Mikiela was super excited to show her creations to her friends at school.
Amira was also excited to start creating with Vintage Groove. She enjoyed creating her own necklaces the most. She made several of them with simply charms to the strands. Both girls are excited to start creating more pieces next weekend. AND it looks like several of their friends have "volunteered" to join them.