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You Could Scrapbook... Nora Griffin

Scrapbooking instructor Nora Griffin welcomes us back to her home studio and shows us how to be brave with stamps.  Later, Wendy Reed shares tips for layering patterned paper.

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-Welcome to Scrapbook Lifestyle. I'm Patty Defner. Today we're going to visit with Nor a Griffin in her home studio designer and instructor of scrapbooking to see how she can live dangerously with stamps. Later we're also going to see Wendy Reed and how she layers paper. -Last year we---- my husband and I tried to adopt a little girl and we had her home with us for 6 days. And her birth mom couldn't do it and ultimately took her back. And it was beyond devastating to us, and so the night that we lost her Shawn was trying to make me feel better and he said to me, you know; well, you could scrapbook and so, I think I said to him get the camera while we were both crying. And he probably took the world's most horrible picture of the 2 of us because we just---- we looked like we've been hit by a car. And I scrapbooked it because it's a key aspect of our life and our marriage, and our family and who we are and, you know, I purposely kind of just threw the stuff down on the page and made it as messy as it all felt. And you know, it's just 1 page out of so many happy pages, but it's an important page. You kind of get through your days after something like that any which way you can. And you know, I got through it with some pattern paper and some stamps, you know? It helped to just go back to something familiar and to go back to something comforting, and to dig in and, you know, just grab that perfect stamper, you know, see something come together as it always does and know that you got something down that maybe isn't happy, but it's important. And it feels better just to get it out on the paper---- the stamps, and tags, and all the other cute stuff. -So, stamping can go either way, you can stamp on scraps of paper and stick it on, which is technically safer, because if you screw it up then you're not as committed. But ultimately stamping is a commitment, you have to be committed to your stamps if you're going to go, this is like life's scariest stamping. I have a picture of Mack my son who was in a wedding. And so, my idea is to stamp a background of suns. And I'm not going to do the whole page, because a lot of times I do the whole page. A lot of times you can just, you know, line it up on the whole page. A lot of times I just, you know, randomly stamp here and there, but this one I kind of wanted to do a block of repeated suns, but this is where the commitment comes in, you know? It's not going to be perfect, and there's no personality in perfection. The personality comes in the mistakes, and that's why you got to own mistakes. And so, here we go ladies and gentlemen. Life stamping, wish me luck. It's like we need a cue; dramatic background music like Mission Impossible or something. This feels like a---- so, you ink up your stamp. Stamp it once just to make sure you're good to go. Okay, we're in it to win it. The other thing I do is---- sometimes I will stamp backwards. On this particular thing is I kept going from here, I can't see over there to see if it's lined up, so I will turn it upside down---- I will turn my stamp upside down. I will get down close to the paper, and do that; but there you go, there you have it. And I could point out and I'm sure if you want to, you can see about 47 mistakes than that. And I'm sure they're there, but it is what it is. It's kind of a little bit center, and maybe I can manipulate the picture or something to kinda---- well, I've done that before. So, I'm going to add some pattern paper to the bottom, because pattern paper and stamps are my 2 addictions. So, I tore the bottom of that, I'm just going to cut off a piece. This is what I do. That's all technically crooked, so then it's making a mistake and I'm being committed to the mistake and making technically more mistakes so that it seems like that first mistake, you didn't really make it because it was all part of the grand scheme of things. So, that one I'm going to keep straight and then this one I'm going to slide underneath here, just like that down. And put it a little bit crooked. So, maybe I need another little piece or something to make that pop more. And this is why having a drawer of scraps, because I just had this little piece of paper that's already torn, just sitting in there. It's one of those things kind of going with the not perfect nature of the stamping and everything. I guess I could trim that off there, but I'm going to leave it on because---- maybe it looks a little bit more rough and undone and then like all the rough and undoneness goes together, maybe. Here's hoping. Okay. Last thing, handwriting; shouldn't leave it to the end, but I do. Want to practice it, want to kind of look at it and see if it's lined up right a lot---- the right size. And then just like stamping, you take a toothbrush and you just do it. I'm going to do it dot dot dot because I'm a dot dot dot kind of girl. We all have stamps---- I think at some point, you've decided to jump on the bandwagon and buy, you know, acrylic stamps or some kind of stamping something or an ink, or something like that, don't be afraid. Just totally jump in there and do it. All it takes sometimes is a little bit more creativity and that's kind of the whole point of scrapbooking anyways, it's trying to be as creative as possible. And so, it's a really fun way to kind of expand on your creativity and think about the different things that you can do with them and have fun with it, because ultimately it's your book, it's your page, it's going to be enjoyed by you and your family. I don't think they judge your stamping techniques, and there are no rules so you get to make whatever you want of it, that's what's so cool about all of this. -Did you know you can add journaling or titles directly onto your photo even if they have a distracting background. In Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, there's an interesting tip that you can do. Up here in special effects, I've chosen photo effects, and you can see what my photo effects all the way to the right there's something called text panel. And I'm going to click on this and click apply, and now I've created this fun text panel that has a little bit of opacity, so that I can journal right on top of the photo and really this distracting background won't get in the way. It's just a few steps, so give it a try. -I like to layer on my pages, both pattern paper and my photos. Sometimes when I'm working one, I want the layout to feel a little bit more heavy, have a little bit more depth to it. So, I'll use a lot of different pattern papers, and it gives the page a lot of depth and I think a lot of interest. It adds a lot of free space, free to add all the journaling you want or embellishments. And I think it just gives it a great overall look that kind of completes the page when it has a lot of layers to it, and a lot of depth. On this layout, I did a lot of embellishment layering. Down here I just used a chipboard circle, some cardstock, some rhinestones, more chipboard and another rhinestone. So, you can really build up; make your page a little bit three dimensional. I also layered a little bit of pattern paper here, there's 2 different ones. And some more layering of embellishments. Up at the top I layered my title, I put my main word, the biggest chipboard letters, and I just added the smaller letters on top of it. So, it says good looks. And I did a little bit more embellishment layering off to the side. On this layout, I did some pattern paper embellishment layering on this one also. I took a basic cardstock and I cut out a star out of this patterned paper, put that down and cut another couple of pieces of pattern paper, and I just kept layering on top until I got the look that I was going for. I have a chipboard circle underneath the black cardstock here, and I added my title on top of that with a brad. And down here I've just added layers and layers of cardstock, clear stars. And I added a little bit of the pattern paper underneath each of those. And I have pop dots underneath to give it a little bit more depth. On this layout it's mainly just all about layering patterned papers, there's probably about 5 different pattern papers on this. I started with the base one I cut out---- some of this is patterned paper that I've cut out. And did a little strip along the bottom. I did some stitching but I added a bunch more different patterned papers, and then it gives the layout a lot of dimension. I think it's a great depth for the layout. And then on this layouts---- this only has a couple of different ones, it's got the base cardstock, and then another layer of cardstock that has this skillet edge and some more pattern paper on top. And I've just stitched them altogether around the edge, and I've also layered the photos. It's a great way to give it kind of a collaged look and feel and it opens up more space on the layout to be able to use a lot of your embellishments. So, over here I've used a larger photo, and then I've just kind of downscaled them as I went, and just stacked them on top of each other. So, when you're coming to your pattern papers and your photos, play around with them a little bit, move them around in the page and cut different shapes and different sizes and see what you like. A lot of it is experimenting; I kind of just go crazy with my stuff---- a lot of people are very precise with their cuts and dimensions, but play around with it and just layer it up before you stick everything down and make sure that you like it. And I'm sure that you'll come out with a great layout. -Be sure to check out the blog at scrapbooklifestyle.com. To [unk] you could download Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 for free, just click on the banner at the top.