Hello, 49 and Market fans!
Antonia again with you sharing a new project! I know that most of you are aware of using photos and that you ask us, Designers, where do we find the ones we use in our projects. I usually ask photographers or mums for permission to use theirs and give them the project as a gift after publication. Some other designers use personal photos. And some other use free photos from a photo bank or gallery. But moreover, what I want to tell you about today is about the products you use in your works. I started making scrapbooks more than ten years ago, and there were not many products available in Spain. My first attempt was using low-cost papers (as thin as printer paper), gift paper, and things I had at home as embellishments. Flowers were made at home or bought at low-cost shops, small and without any quality.
When my students say to me that they like my projects, I always tell them that using the right products is 80-90% of the work, and that’s more than true. Using a good photo is ok, being creative is also important… but when you use good quality and designed products, the rest will come along and quick. This is valid for pastes, paints, papers, embellishments, and any other product. And today I bring you an example of this. This layout uses a free downloaded photo from an online gallery. I just used some art stones as extra embellishments. But what did the real difference is the 49 & Market products. Of course, you can add cheap products if they fit (that’s another point for great work: knowing that not everything fits in every project!), but take special care about the majority of products.
On this layout, I’ve used the new VA Essentials paper collection: Essential paper and lots of leaves and cut-outs of it. I also added lots of flowers from the new ranges you have available in your nearest shops -you know how much I love using flowers! The only real thing I did was putting everything together. I think the final layout is great – well, it’s mine but I guess you agree, don’t you?? – but not because I did a good job (remember, that’s maybe a 10-20%) but just because 49 & Market products highlight any project you create. This brand has everything you need to create a good project: papers and flowers, but also frames, epoxy embellishments, die cuts, wonderful rub-ons, word clips, stamps…
Please, do me a favor and invest a little bit in having good quality products: you will grow as a scrapper and will love your work. And remember to play with us on our monthly challenges, which shakes our creativity and helps also on working out of our comfort zone.
49 and Market products:
Vintage Artistry Essentials
Bonus Laser Cut
Wishing Bubbles & Baubles