I hope that everyone has had a great Thanksgiving holiday and are staying safe through these horrible COVID19 times. Sometimes it is hard to find entertaining things to do with the family and loved ones. However, one thing that is fun for sure is making Christmas crafts.
Preserve memories with your loved ones by making them cards, scrapbook albums, junk journals, cute bookmarks, and a host of other easy peasy mixed media gifts.
With Turkey day over with this is the perfect time to begin prepping for the wintery holiday season. This month I will try to have a surplus of freebies and good deals on Christmas resources. Starting with today, enjoy this free printable called, “Christmas Journal Ephemera Kit”.
This kit is composed of six themed journaling cards, and six 3″ circles all printable onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper. The graphics are in jpg format and are all high quality 300 dpi.
Also check out deals going on over at the Multimedia crafts hybrid and digital shops. Browse items such as digital papers, clipart, digital photo frames and more. On the hybrid site you can find die cut chipboard, papers, tags, cards, mixed media art and so forth.
Try to have a great holiday season and thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!
I’ve decided to conclude this month’s (September 20th-26th, 2020) shades of hues with the color gray. This color can offer various connotations of its context, often giving the viewer misinterpreted meanings of the art. This is largely based off the colors, images, techniques used, juxtaposition of elements, and so forth within the work.
I simply chose gray because I liked the neutral color. Although many people feel that gray represents dull, cold, and emotionlessness, while others see it as formal and sophisticated, I just viewed it as another pretty color on the spectrum. It has as many possibilities as blue, brown, and green in my eyes. I like to capture the moment from various perspectives, with no rhyme or reason.
I always marvel over “critics” when they try to decipher the meaning of what an artist felt when the art was being created. It is true that many famous artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso used certain styles and techniques which forever branded them their own unique way of art. These, among other great artists were fortunate to have access to fine academies and were exposed to the vast methodologies of art, in which they included in their various masterpieces. This and the fact that some of the famous artists were well known, was helpful for critics to dissect and conclude what the artist was feeling when they developed their craft. But are the pundits correct in their assessment of the artists?
Should the same approach by experts be used on art from individuals with opposite backgrounds? Are creators that have never studied at professional institutions still considered artists? Who can determine that answer? Who says which piece of work is art and another isn’t?
Perhaps it is up to all individual minds to see what they want to see. After all, isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder? I think that art is simply a fun release. If my eyes see something I like, I go for it. There is not always an underlying meaning behind why I use certain colors, techniques, elements and such in my work. I do it, “Just Cause…”
I hope this article was interesting and helpful. Thanks for reading it. Happy crafting!
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When you are creating a scrapbook layout how do you choose your design? Do you use premade templates or do you add elements and shapes to form your final photo blueprint?
I like to do both. First, I decide on a theme, such as the fall one in the layout above. Next I choose the page setup. I like to use a combination of shapes. Typically my photos are on square mats with decorative square pages behind them. I also like to use circles and various other elements that have different shapes. I find my focal point and start to build.
I acquire different digital papers from various places such as the ones used from the multimedia crafts digital etsy shop, “Weathered Wood paper kit“, and the FREEBIE paper pack, “Cinnamon and Spice” found here on the Multimedia Crafts Digital site.
Next, I add elements I found from sources such as pixel scrapper to accent the layout. I like to use leaves, bows, wooden shapes, and metal pieces, like the chain connecting the photo to the black button. I also typically add flowers, sparkle from sequin, paint spatter, and all sorts of fun embellishments.
Finally, I finish the project off with a title and sometimes a catchy phrase. I try to make sure that it represents what the scrapbook layout is all about.
I hope that this mini layout tip was helpful. Happy crafting!
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