witticisms by Jess Witty

July 13, 2012

Shutterbug Special

I have taken over 1,000 pictures this week.

Not to be confused with 10, or 100. 

Such is the life of a VBS photographer ;)

And Papertrey Ink's July release has coincided with my life perfectly... today the design team is bringing you a brand new collection featuring what else? 

A camera. 

That you can actually pull pictures from.

Introducing Shutterbug Special...

My goal here was to take this super vintage camera in a super modern direction... I'm kinda digging how it turned out...

I started by heat embossing the camera in white on the black die-cut... that way it's nice and shiny and kind of Instax-y :)  The bright yellow background {stamped with Background Basics: Houndstooth} is another way to pair the vintage element with a super trendy one.

It's definitely on the simple side but I did add a simple dome sticker to the lens area for a special touch...

But to really take it up a notch, I knew the key would be adding a super fun picture. 

The Shutterbug Special die collection is a set of two dies... the first is the camera body die.  The second is the pull strip die.  The camera body die makes a slot for the pull strip to come out of, making it the perfect spot to add a sentiment or picture.  I added a little date tag {also from the Shutterbug Special set} to the end of my strip...

I resized my picture to 1.25" tall and made the area surrounding it {called the "canvas" in Photoshop Elements} black.  Then I just die cut the picture itself, making sure the photo ended up toward the middle of the strip and leaving room for the tag at the front...

One of the reasons I wanted to keep this one super fun and super modern was to coordinate with the tone and attitude of the picture :) 

Let me tell you... that chick on the left has some serious spunk, folks.  I couldn't go making something lame for my Caity girl.  {This is us rockin our tough faces at VBS this week ;)  Caity's tough face is way better than mine because she is one of the toughest students I've ever had the pleasure of teaching.  And when I say "tough," I mean tough in terms of making it through tough stuff... keeping the faith.  I'd say she's earned her tough face.  Take that, Lyme disease.}


I wanted to finish out the inside with this sentiment, but I needed it ground it.  Enter the bright yellow camera image :) 

Yup.  That'll do it.

Moving on to project #2...

I decided to keep with the photo theme and try my hand at a little mini album.

To get things going I started with the cover.  You know I love stamping on clear cardstock and it just seemed totally right here... another way to take that vintage image and give it a modern twist.

A little StazOn Opaque ink (Cotton White) does the trick on the clear cardstock.  I added a sweet sentiment right over the camera image with some regular StazOn ink.  A little wooden embellishment adds the finishing touch.

To really make the cover pop, I added a fun patterened paper behind it...

I went super simple with the rest of the book... the cover, patterned paper, and 3 layers of linen vellum are folded and stitched together right down the middle. 

I printed out some of my favorite instagrams and phone pics and added one to each page...

I kept the sizes consistent with the exception of the different shapes...

I love how having a square pic on one side of the vellum and a rectangle pic on the other made for a little faux polaroid effect...

This little album is just slightly smaller than 3.5x5" so it would slip perfectly into an envelope to be sent or handed off as a sweet gift.  I originally intended this one as a gift, buuuuuut... ahem, I might gift it to myself :)

Shutterbug Special... definitely a super fun, super clever collection.  Let's see what the rest of the design team came up with, shall we?
Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
(Erin Lincoln is taking a few months off to celebrate baby Sully!)

Papercrafting with photos has always felt like a bit of a challenge for me so I'm kind of pleasantly surprised to really love what happened with these projects :)  I can't wait to hear your thoughts on them!

Back tomorrow, everyone!

{Modern Memories} card
Supplies not available now but available 6/15: 
Stamps - Shutterbug Special
Die - Shutterbug Special
Supplies available now:
Stamps - Background Basics: Houndstooth
CS - White, True Black, yellow (unknown)
Ink - VersaMark, True Black, Summer Sun (Stampin Up)
Other - Epoxy Dome Sticker

{Happy} album
Supplies not available now but available 6/15: 
Stamps - Shutterbug Special
Die - Shutterbug Special
Supplies available now:
CS - Clear, Linen Vellum
PP - Crate Paper Farmhouse Collection
Ink - StazOn Jet Black 
Other - Wood Bingo Motif (Maya Road)


Anonymous said...

I love all the projects, Jessica! Your interactive card is super cool and the little album is adorable. I specially love how you made a vintage looking stamp look so hip, graphic and cool. Genius!

Suzanne Russell said...

Love these two projects! The bright yellow is such a great way to ground the whole modern-vintage style! The white embossing on black is very cool, too! I vote that you KEEP the little photo album! :)

jan metcalf said...

Nice projects!! Love the elements!

Unknown said...

Great, awesome projects! I can see keeping that little gem of an album:)

Holly Saveur said...


Lori Craig said...

I'llI never tire of your beautiful style. I'd say effortless because it's always so clean and classy, but I know it's anything but effortless to produce.

Rhonda said...

Oh my! Love the bright colors and creativity Jess.

Queen Mary said...

Jess, everything is so wonderful! I'm liking all the sentiments I'm seeing too!

see mary stamp said...

I love your modern take on this vintage camera. It really helps me see the possibilities.

Jill Norwood said...

Love the bright modern take of your projects! I vote you keep the mini album too - it is soooo sweet! Love how you showcased this set - your posts always inspire!!!

Rebecca Deeprose said...

Totally fab projects Jessica!!! Love that bright, energetic style of yours!

Roxana Hill said...

Love the colors! What an eye-opener!

cuecards said...

I love the projects you came up with!! The first one was so cute, how you incorporated an actual picture in the card! Creative genius! I was on the fence about this set, but you might have just pushed me over the edge! :) Great job on both projects!

Gabby said...

Great s.b. page! Love the colors and the "fold-back" pic. Your cards are fab and the mini album is super. :)