October Afternoon is Captivating...

........don't you agree?!!

October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker collection is bright, fun, cheerful and easy to see why it's a favorite!

All this week we've been discussing homemaking, tips and tricks and more!

Our Glue Girl Grace Tolman said... "October Afternoon's retro/vintage designs on the papers are fun. And I love the tiny word stickers. There's so much you can do with them."  {we think so too!}

Designer Kristen Swain created a super sweet recipe album...and Designer Audrey Pettit shares a "Captivating" layout that we just loved!

Invitation and Recipe Album

Designed by: Kristen Swain

Designer Comment: How about inviting a friend to dinner? Then you can be a wonderful hostess and give them this pretty recipe binder with recipes from your meal. The binder is large enough for them to include some of their own recipes to create a treasured recipe album.

Papers/stickers/buttons/flair/letters- October Afternoon
Adhesives- Glue Arts Pema Tac, Glue Arts Adhesive Squares, Glue Arts UCutIt foam.
Diecut machine- Cricut Expresson, Elegant Edges and Storybook Cartridges
ribbon-Anna Griffin
Album- Pink Paislee
punch- Eksuccess

Card Instructions:

1. Fold card blank to 5x5 inches. Adhere block of paper to card, then add punched strip towards bottom of card and another to top of card.

2. Cut block of UCutIt foam to fit bracket shape, then adhere to card.

3. After cutting two butterflies using diecut machine, layer them together using Adhesive Squares. Adhere to card using Adhesive Squares then adhere flair button with twine bow to center of butterfly.
4. Tie bow, adhere button to center of bow with Adhesive Squares. Finish card by using sticker letters for greeting. 

Album Instructions:

1. Cut strip of pink paper and wrap around front cover of album, cutting second strip and adding enough to complete the wrap, adhering together with Perma Tac.

2. Adhere scalloped square with Perma tac to front cover, then adhere stickers down one side of square. Adhere button with adhesive squares.

3. Cut out and use adhesive squares to add butterfly to cover, adding button flair and twine bow to butterfly center.

Inside pages:

For appetizer page, adhere block of paper to chipboard divider, then add punched strip, oval piece and butterfly. Add button and twine to center of butterfly, then add label and stickers letters with Appetizer! across label.
For Meals page, adhere paper with Perma tac and trim excess from chipboard. Punch scalloped border then adhere across bottom of paper block. Add scalloped oval, with two buttons and butterfly in center of oval. Then use foam tape under sticekr and adhere in center of butterfly. Add label and letter stickers for Meals using Foam tape under sticker letters. 
For Desserts page, adhere part of scalloped circle across chipboard page, then trim off excess, adding strip of pink paper top to bottom of page. Use foam tape block on back of bracket shape and adhere to page. Adhere sticker label, trim off excess and adhere sticker letters for Desserts. Use Adhesive Squares to adhere butterfly, button and twine to page.

Captivating Layout
Designed by: Audrey Pettit

Glue Arts Supplies:
Glue Glider Pro with Perma Squares adhesive
Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares
Ribbon Adhesive

October Afternoon Supplies:
Modern Homemaker Collection
Patterned Paper
Word Stickers
Label Stickers
Mini Market Alpha Stickers
Tin Pins

Other Supplies:
Buff Ivory Cardstock
Basic Grey Alpha Stickers
May Arts Ribbon
American Crafts Pen

Working with patterned papers is one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking. I see pretty papers, and I want to pile them on, but add too many patterns, and you can end up with a busy, chaotic design. Striking the right balance is the key to a successful design versus one that might make you just a little bit dizzy. Here's a few tips I try to keep in mind when working with patterned paper.

1. Choose papers that are different in scale when mixing patterns. If you select a large floral pattern, for example, try blending it with a medium-sized print and a small print. On my layout here, I chose the green flower paper as my large scale bold paper and added to that a medium scale plaid and a small scale polka dot.

Another trick I use when working with lots of papers is to keep the color palette simple. I find that using three colors often works best and will keep your project from looking too busy. Remember, you can add in neutrals, too. Here I chose to work with red and green, two colors pulled from the focal point of my photo, the fun hat my daughter made from duct tape. For my third color, I chose pink, for an unexpected touch of whimsy. If I can look at a project and think to myself, hmmm.I wouldn't have thought to add that, but it works, then I'm happy.

2. Now that you've chosen your papers, it's time to put them all together in a cohesive way. Start with your background and several layers of paper. Then work on balance in the design. I added strips of patterned papers on both the left and right side to create balance. The left side, which contains my photo, is visually heavier than the right, so I used thinner strips of paper here. I also used a border punched detailing which helps draw the eye toward the photo.
3. To keep the layout from looking lopsided, I added more strips of the same papers on the right side. Using wider strips in this empty space counter-balances the weight of the left side.
4. For the center of my page, I used buttons and stickers to balance the single photo design. The labels make a great spot to hold my title and date, and how fun is that random grid of colors and shapes?
5. Since I placed journaling strips on the top of the page, I added a border of ruffled trim to the bottom to once again add balance. Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive makes it a snap to pinch and pleat your ribbon as you go. I just love this stuff!

6. One last balancing trick I used here is to place a sticker and button on the top left corner and the bottom right corner. Diagonal embellishments will lead your eye right across the layout, taking in all the key elements along the way.

Hope these tips help you strike a balance on your next project.

All week long we're sharing ideas using October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker line paired up with our outstanding lineup of GlueArts Adhesives. 

Modern Homemaker brings to mind homemaking, cleaning, care and keeping of your home, cooking and baking and a renewed interest in taking pride in caring for your home.

Thanks to bloggers, celebrities, tv shows, magazines and more there's nothing wrong with proclaiming you love to cook ...in fact I'm envious of all of you...who create in the kitchen! {I can cook but only with a recipe to follow.}

How many of you enjoy cooking and baking? What are some of your favorite recipes? Sites for inspiration and cooking tips?? Cooks? TV shows? Subscribe to any special magazines?? We'd love to hear!

And for sharing...well we've got this for you... the October Afternoon Modern Homemaker 8 by 8 paper pad, the coordinating Acrylic Stamps and.............

 ...........we're going to include a Glue Glider Pro and our must have 3D Combo Pac! We'll pick a random winner next Monday!

Be sure today to visit the October Afternoon blog...they're offering another way for you to win!

See you back here tomorrow with more Modern Homemaker and GlueArts of course! 
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