Good morning the below post went live on the Donna Salazar Blog earlier today.
To be honest, I was struggling with the theme the DT were given for October because in the UK we do not celebrate Thanksgiving, Halloween or Harvest so I had some serious thinking to do on how to incorporate the theme into my projects.
As you may have seen on my previous post, I already made a Thank You card so I had to come up within something else to be thankful for.
I am a total sucker for great storage solutions and reference guides as they help me to be organised and to decide quickly what I need for a project at hand and one of my most used products from Donna Salazar Designs besides the papers, is definitely the Smooch Spritz.
What I needed was a quick and easy reference guide as to how the colours look on different coloured cardstock and papers - and my little book of Smooch has become a tool for me for which I am most thankful, as it enables to me to quickly check which cardstock or paper to pull to complete my chosen colour combination.
And here is the photo tutorial on how I created my SMOOCH book.
First I purchased a clear photo display album which holds 20 pockets of 6 x 4" size. You can get these albums super cheap - here in the UK I paid £1.50 for this (about $2.00)
** click on any of the images to enlarge/sharpen their view **
Then you cut some white cardstock to size which you will be using as the base for the individual colours. Additionally I took the 6 x 6 Artistic papers and cut the images with the aid of various Spellbinders Dies by Donna Salazar
As the Artistic Papers have a different base colour to white cardstock I decided to spritz them at the same time, giving me a good reference as to how different the Smooch Spritz will look.
As I also like to work with kraft coloured cardstock, I decided to spritz some kraft tags as well and adorn them with colour coordinating pieces of paper from the Tags Ribbons and Mosaics paper. And not to forget - label the tag with the name of the Smooch Spritz, even though I know them off heart by now...
I then adhered the tags and tabs to the white cardstock, but I could not help adding a little embellishment to my reference card, first by running colour coordinated chalk ink along the cardstock edges and secondly by adding some hand stitching to each sheet.
And here are all completed cards for to you to view
Finally I cut the letters S M O O C H with Donna's Alphas Spellbinders Dies from some left over Artistic paper, spritzed it with a combination of all Smooch Spritz colours, outlines the letters with a black pen and adhered them to the cover of the book.
There you have it - a reference guide book, which was a lot of fun to create but also something I make use of every time when I create. Truly a helpful tool to be thankful for.
P.S. I just noticed that you can see the self adhesive foil, which I used to stick the letters to the cover. No matter how I tried to photograph, it looks as if I did not stick the foil down correctly.
- Papers: Donna Salazar for GCD Studios - Artistic 6 x 6 Spring in Bloom, Artistic 6 x 6 Antiquities, Tags Ribbons and Mosaics - Spring in Bloom
- Mists: Donna Salazar for Clearsnap - Smooch Spritz in Caramel Latte, Pralines and Cream, Wood Stain, River Mossy, Green Olive, Tea Party, Sea Breeze, Mixed Berries
- Inks: Clearsnap Cat's Eye Chalk - Dune, Cocoa, Stucco, Prussian Blue, Dark Moss, Lavender, Dark Brown
- Dies: Donna Salazar for Spellbinders - Donna's Alphas, Creative Bookpages Two, Creative Book Pages
Embroidery Floss, Dymo labeller
Pens: Zig Millenium pen in black
Adhesive: Helmar, Scrapbook Adhesives