Examining and learning from professional designers allows us to improve our design skills. Since we are featuring product and projects from American Crafts I have been perusing their products and blog and have a handful of tips for working with patterns based on their layout samples.
Try these tips next time you work with multiple patterns
Tip 1. combine small scale patterns that coordinate
Home by in house designer, Ann-Marie Morris using Pebbles newest line, Floral lane. (see end of post for chance to win)
"Inspired by the ambiance of a neighborhood floral shop, Floral Lane features flower arrangements, newsprint and jewel embellishments; as well as sweet phrases and a soft color palette. It’s bloomin’ cute."
Weather man by Shannon Zickel
Tip 2. use one large scale pattern with one color as the background, add pops of color with other patterns
Lomo by Susan Weinroth
Pug by Melanie Louette
Tip 3. keep the patterns all the same size and shape
Make sure you take a peek at the Craft Room video featuring the Floral Lane collection, where Ann-Marie talks about all of the individual pieces found within the collection and gives unique ideas on how to use the paper and embellishments.
We’d love to give away a Floral Lane prize pack to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on the American Crafts and/or Pebbles Facebook page (your chances will double if you do both) telling us that BPC sent you there. Leave your comment by June 1 at midnight. We’ll announce the winner on Thursday, June 2.
Take a long, hot bath. At the end of a busy day, take 30 minutes to relax your weary muscles and joints, and to allow your mind to rest. Whether it's a simple soak, or over-the-top with bubbles, soft candle light and a good book, quiet your mind, be in the moment, and simply enjoy the warm waters.
This is a photo of Salisbury Cathedral in the U.K. that was taken on a recent trip. It's a magnificent place and I'm especially taken by it because the book "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett is loosely based on it. Being a visual person, seeing the cathedral really brought the book to life for me.
I have a great tip on saving money when printing 2x3 photos. I don't order wallet size photos - you pay extra money and get 2-4 copies when you only need one. Instead, I'll take 4 different photos in Photoshop Elements and merge them together, then print it as a 4x6. I save money and only get what I need at the same time.
Do you have a tip for your fellow BPC friends? We’d love to hear it! Please email your Tuesday Tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your tip is featured here on our blog you’ll receive a $10 BPC gift certificate!
Is this class open to International students? - YES! That's what is so great about online classes no matter where you are you can take it!
Do I have to buy all Claudine Hellmuth Studio products to take the class? No you don't. Actually there is NO SUPPLY LIST. We repeat. NO SUPPLY LIST. Work with what you have and use the downloads Claudine provides. Yay!
Do I have to be "present" each day to take the class? No you don't! You can follow along as the class progresses, or check in periodically and download the directions, watch the videos at your leisure! It is *best* if you can follow along with the class as Claudine will be able to comment on your work and help you, but if you are out of town, don't worry, you won't miss out on any details!
When does the class start? June 2nd
How much is the class? $30 for 4 weeks of instruction! That's only $1 a day!
Where is the supply list? Actually there is NO SUPPLY LIST. Work with what you have and use the collage downloads I provide. Easy!!
How long does the class stay active for those who registered?Students will have "forever access" to the class materials, which means that class will end June 29th (so there will no longer be teacher interaction), but students can go back at any point in time (as long as BPC exists) and access the class materials, gallery and message board! WOW!
I am just starting making art/collage: That's great! You'll get a jump start just by learning these composition techniques and it will save you a lot of headaches.
Will it be fun? Composition sounds like math? Of COURSE it will be FUN!! Claudine likes to have fun and promises you'll be learning and laughing!!
Will it work on my ipad? Yes! You can lie on the couch and watch all the videos right on your ipad!
We are going to spend the next ten weeks (together) building a comprehensive system that will support all of the ways you want to live with your photos and share your life. I will teach and present proven principles of organization and show you how to effectively use essential tools, with lots of extra ideas so that you can act on inspiration and avoid the feelings of boredom, obligation and guilt.
Claudine is offering a TON of bonus collage downloads in her class. These alone are worth more than the price of the class! Here’s a peek at one of the collage images you’ll get if you take this class!
For those of you that missed out on the National Scrapbook Day crop I thought it would be fun to share a challenge from inside the classroom. This challenge is from Stacy Julian and it ties into her Finding Photo Freedom class.
Here is Stacy,
10 + 10 + 10 @ 10 Challenge
"I would like you to scrapbook a photo of someone you love with TEN products, TEN techniques and TEN words.
TEN products For some of you this will be easy. For others, not so much—either way, begin with your cardstock and count up ten consumable products and incorporate them into your design. Note: You do not need to count each individual items (ie, two stickers from the same sheet) or very generic things like pens, brads, staples, thread etc ….
Here are my products:
dimensional stickers (Pebbles/American Crafts)
fabRips fabric tear strip (Studio Calico)
Color-Ready kraft borders (Close To My Heart)
paper ticket (Jenni Bowlin)
rhinestone bow (Jenni Bowlin)
Teeny Alpha stickers (Glitz Design)
paper flower (Prima)
ribbon (Scarlet Lime kit)
TEN techniques My recommendation is just START and anytime you think of something to try or do, do or try it—the "Big Daddy" technique in my book is intentional imperfection, so if you haven't tried that, now is the time!
Here are my techniques:
punching (Fiskars Scallop Heart)
stamping (flower stamp from Close To My Heart)
stapling (I think using staples totally counts!)
intentional IMPERFECTION (make this not perfect on purpose!)
TEN words Now, here's the "Stacy Julian" part: As we build relationships in our families and with our friends, we discover characteristics in these loved ones that are also characteristics in us. Sometimes these traits have gone completely unnoticed; other times they are simply under-developed and being with this person strengthens them. And sometimes, these traits are obvious and mature, but we don't fully appreciate them until we encounter them in our loved one and draw a personal connection. It wasn't until I adopted Addie and began raising a daughter that I fully recognized and appreciated many of my feminine traits. Addie has taught me (and showed my husband and boys) that I am NOT crazy—I am simply a girl! I have wanted to create a page dedicated to the female characteristics Addie and I share for a long time. Note: I think I'll go back and add the word "CLUB" just above "PRINCESS" because we are both members!"
Here at Big Picture Classes we have some wild and crazy teachers. I can always count on Tami Morrison for a laugh. I thought that you might enjoy an inside look into what an editor-teacher email looks like.