The big October reveal was last night and I thought it would be fun to share my process for working with my Label Tulip kit while I share my layouts.
STEP ONE: Unpack the kit.
I unpack my kit. If I bought an add-on kit or anything like that, I unpack it too. I put all of the embellishments into a shoebox.
That way when I open packages or try things out, nothing gets lost.
The paper goes in one big pile. Once I start to cut work on the kit, leftover scraps of paper will go in the shoebox too.
STEP TWO: Work on "The Lift."
Every month the Tulip Girls are supposed to scrap a page inspired by a member's page. One of the Tulip Girls chooses a page and we all turn in our own versions. Honestly, I used to just make my layouts and then figure out which one most closely resembled the page we were supposed to lift. But lately, I've been trying to make an effort to actually lift the layout. Here is this month's:
It's by Mette. I made a couple small sketches based on her layout.
By the way, if your layout is chosen to be lifted, you get a $10 gift certificate to Label Tulip!
STEP THREE: Work on the Monthly Challenge!
Every month, the design team coordinator (this is my first month getting to do it!) issues a challenge to the design team, which then gets opened up to the Label Tulip community. Here's the challenge I issued this month:
Choose a tutorial from *any* of the tutorials in the Label Tulip Tips/Techniques forum and use it on a project! Note: But not a tutorial that you wrote! Pick something new to you!
I'm a technique-a-holic, so it's no surprise that my first challenge is technique based, right? I chose this tutorial on embossing aluminum foil. And truth be told, I sort of followed the tutorial's instructions and I sort of didn't. I mean, I basically did with a few twists. Anyway, here's my embossed tinfoil:
If you'd like to play along and join in the challenge fun, you can! All the info is in the Label Tulip forum. The winner gets a $10 gift certificate to Label Tulip!
STEP FOUR: Use Up That Kit!
This is the fun part. I just use the kit until I run out of (a) time, (b) inspiration, or (c) kit. No rules, no requirements, just making layouts! Here are the two layouts I finished before I ran out of "a."
All the flowers on this layout are actually part of a single Prima rose. I sprayed it with spray ink to pull it apart and was left with individual paper flowers. The centers are scraps of dupioni silk that I stitched down.
I did some old school doodling along the edge of this layout.
But I most love the "inlay" of red cardstock. I cut out the center of the blue scalloped paper so that it would fit into my typewriter. Then, I trimmed it down a bit extra, mounted it onto red cardstock and re-inserted it into the middle. The result is the cool red border.
STEP FIVE: Paperwork.
Ick. This is the part that takes forever and ever and ever. Once I've finished the layouts, I have to go down this check list:
- Scan layout.
- Resize for blog.
- Resize for Label Tulip gallery.
- Photograph layout details.
- Resize photos for blog.
- Resize photos for Label Tulip gallery.
- Type up supply list.
- Type up journaling.
- Type up notes/technique information.
- Send layout to Jen.
And so I repeat that process for each and every project. Not fun, but totally necessary.
And that's it! I just have to slip the pages into page protectors and then into albums and I'm done!
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions!
PS: Technique-a-Palooza starts today! You can still sign up here.