Sunday, August 8, 2010

From Screen 2 Scrap Bloghop

Welcome to the From Screen 2 Scrap blog-hop, and thanks for helping us celebrate our 1st birthday!

If you arrived here from the amazing Anne Patterson's blog then you're on the right track. If you've stumbled across this by accident then I encourage you to go back to the FS2S blog and start at the beginning - you won't be sorry!

To celebrate our birthday we've got a tonne of prizes to give away, but before we get to that I wanted to show you the layout I created inspired by the movie poster for Juno. 

I used the movie poster much like a sketch and clustered my photo and embellishments in the corner, and then filled up the page with stripes. I've used Sassafras Apple Jack collection papers and banner flags (including the negatives from the sheet once I had removed the banner itself - nothing goes to waste here!) You can still find the Apple Jack collection papers in the Handmade by Suzanne store here, and they're even on sale at the moment! The word 'sweet' and the boy flying the kite are from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite sticker sheet which you can find here. But the flowers are all from Kitschy Digitals.

On first impressions it might appear as though my 'lollipops' title is made of traditional alpha stickers (at least from a distance anyway!) but it is handmade. I'll quickly run you through the process of how I did it. It's an easy way of customising your titles and getting quite a professional appearance.

1. Type your title in a Word document and choose a size and font that suits your layout. You can find a tonne of fun (and free!) fonts you can download at Kevin and Amanda's. Print it out on a scrap piece of paper.

2. Use some tracing paper (or just plain old baking paper!) to trace your title

3. And then transfer it onto the patterned paper you're going to use for your title. I'm using the yellow b-side from the Sassafras Apple Jack paper called "my type"

4. Use a black pen or texta to go over it. I use a calligraphy pen as an easy way of making sure that the letters aren't all the same thickness. If you look closely you'll see that each letter is thicker in some parts and thinner in others. This gives it a more professional appearance.

5. Then just cut around it - either use your craft knife (or scalpel as the case may be!) or your fine point scissors. Whatever you find easiest.

6. You can either stop there, or for even more details I then matted it on another contrasting colour and cut around that too. Plus I also added a few 'shadows' to my letters with a brown pen.

When I added it to my layout, I used foam tape to pop it off the page a little. And there you have it! It really is a quick and easy way to customise your titles. You can easily change the size, the font, the colour - anything goes!

Oh, and in case you're wondering why this layout is even called sweet lollipops, the journalling reads "While I was pregnant if anyone asked Bethany what the baby should be called she always answered 'Lollipops'!!" Strange but true :-)

Now onto the really good stuff!

I've got a $10 voucher (plus free shipping) to the Handmade by Suzanne store up for grabs! How sweet is that? I love that Suzanne throws in free shipping too so that you can spend the whole $10 on goodies!

In order to be in the running for the prize on my blog you simply have to sign up to be a follower and then leave me a comment. If you're already a follower you still need to comment to let me know you're playing along :-)

Your next stop on the hop is the incredible Julene Matthews.
Make sure you leave comments on all 10 Designers blogs and then check back at FS2S to leave your comment there to be in the running for the FS2S blog candy. Or check back there if you get lost along the way.

PS. If you enter a layout into the August Juno challenge you automatically get a free entry into each of the 10 Designers blog prizes. And if you do that and mention that you are a follower of my blog (and/or any of the other Designers blogs) then you get another free entry into their blog prize!! Soooo many reasons to enter :-)

Thanks for hopping with us!


  1. Hey Natalie! I love the twist on your blog-hop post.....Fantastic!!!!

    I still remember way back when.....I was your first follower :)

    I may have even pushed you a little to start up your blog.....aND look at you now!!!

    Blogger extraordinaire!!!!

    You go Girl!!!


  2. Great layout, as usual! I love the kite and all of your strips! I especially love the photo in this one Natalie! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win!

  3. I adore your layout!!! Great job. I am a follower and I am having fun on the hop!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing how you made your title, that is GREAT and Love your LO.

  5. Yes thanks for shring on how you did your title very clever, I'll have to try it, yes I'm now a follower

  6. Great layout- GREAT tutorial! Love the negatives from your banners too... :)
    I love the story that Bethany wanted to name the baby lollipops! Hadley named EVERYTHING around here 'diamond sparkle' for awhile! They crack me up!
    Hope the move is going well- and the back to work is easy....!!!

  7. ooo lovin those strips across the layout makes for a fun layout

  8. Handmade by Suzanne is one of my favourite shops!!

    I'm now following your blog and off to hop to the next one!

  9. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm now following you and moving on to the next hop =D

  10. I am loving the "HOP" thanks Natalie!

  11. What a fun hop and just love that LO - thanks for the little tutorial on the title ... I have been meaning to try that for ages so maybe I will now!!! LOL :-)

  12. Very cute Natalie - love your 'lollipop' title.

  13. What a great thing to journal!!!

  14. such a cute page! and i do love what you did with the word "lollipop" it definitely makes it POP! :)

  15. What a wonderful layout. I really like how you made the word "lollipops. I vist Kevin and Amanda's blog frequently and have used thier fonts too. :)


  16. Hi Natalie. I've admired your work for a long time.Great blog hopping with you.

  17. Hi!
    I love your LO of Lollipops, it's so pretty. I'm following. Have a great day!

    My Journal

  18. Hi Nat,

    love yout tutorial. Am hopping my way around the blogs!
    Shelee from ARTastic!!

  19. Hi Melissa here from ARTastic, hope you are well I am on the blog hop and have truly enjoyed the tute above, this is very clever, your layout is just divine, what special memories here. Love MELxxx

  20. Love the layout! Just joined as a follower and I am going around the hop
    Kris Sobolik

  21. Great layout and I love this idea with the lollipop word! I am now a follower of your blog and love it!

  22. Hi Natalie from Texas! I love your layouts. You do very beautiful work! I hope to see more of your work in the future. I'm now following your blog!

  23. i am a follower and I must say I love your creations, now moving onto the next stop in the blog hop...

  24. Hi Natalie, I'm now a follower, enjoying the hop!! Sue McVeigh

  25. I'm new to your blog! I love seeing all these blogs I haven't visited before :)

  26. I'm hopping and already following! :D

  27. I love your lauout just my alexis colours, just hopping on your blog for a look

  28. Love your LO (of course LOL)!
    I'm already a follower (again - of course LOL) and still hopping!
    xxx Peggy

  29. Thanks for the chance to your stuff. I am now a follower and hoppin with FS2S

  30. Thanks for the great idea on the title. I'm a follower now. Off to hop.

  31. I'm following to win. What a beautiful layout!

    thanks so much,

    Debbie Reaves

  32. That layout is ooooh so sweet. Well done. Glad to be getting inspiration for all wonderful and varied scrappers. :)

  33. Thank you for your tutorial. Your LO is beautiful!
    I'm a follower now! Thank you for the chance to win!

  34. thanks for the chance to win natalie, im following, and off to keep on hopping

  35. What a lovely lo! I'm a follower now, and I entered the challenge over fs2s, even twice... :)
    Thanks for sharing your lo and the way to make that cool title.
    And thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I'm a following along! A little late bot so not sorry! Like yourself it seems, Shazza has encouraged me to get busy with my blog. I hope you might follow me as well. Thanks for the sweet xomplents on my S2S entry, Sweet on You. Your LO here is adorable. My guy called his lol baby bro 'quiet Wyatt'. lol.

  37. Hello Natalie! I won a ticket to the hop for my submission...yeah! I am now a follower and love your LO's. It is a small world because I know a couple of the Fussy and Fancy girls and you are one of their guest designers;0)

    Hugs xx
    Cecelia Blanco


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