Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Layout

Hi! Tami Sanders here today a fall scrapbook page to share.

I teach a monthly scrapbook class locally and the group had requested that we “play” with TCW stencils for one of the layouts.

I grabbed a few random stencils and some sprays to do a quick demo. The resulting page turned out better than expected and was perfect for a pumpkin patch photo that I took of my youngest…

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The three stencils I grabbed for the “sample” layout were TCW484 Netting…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Netting

which i used for as a background for the page, sprayed with Lemondrop ColorBox Spritzers with touches of Pumpkin Pie…

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TCW498 Kelp Forest, which was used along the left side of the page with Golf Course and Fireberry Spritzers…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Kelp Forest

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and TCW490 Tattered Lace, which is a little hard to see with the other layers that were added, but it was used along the bottom to “ground” the page…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Tattered Lace

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Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Spray in Bubblegum was used.

I added a few more layers once I got home to finish off the layout…

I wanted to add in a little purple to go with the colors in my son’s shirt, so I used Frosted Plum Spritz with TCW454 Specimen…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Specimens

pumpkin patch layout - web (1280x1060)

Then made a title using TC47 Perky Letters…

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And finally, I reused the Kelp Forest stencil along the bottom center and right with Molding Paste to add some dimension. After the paste dried, it was inked using ColorBox Chalk Ink in Harvest and Chestnut Roan. Then the designs were loosely outlined and shadowed using a brown pen. I cut out the tops of a few to slide the photo under…

pumpkin patch layout - stalks raised (1280x925)

So, with a quick random grab of stencils and sprays and about 2 minutes, a scrapbook page emerged. The group liked the layout so much, that several of them made a version of it for their own fall photos, including this 2 page layout…

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It was the first time this group had used stencils and once they got in the swing of it, they started having fun and getting creative…

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and here are a few more scrapbook pages they made…

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That’s the beauty of stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, even beginners can make awesome projects! The stencils do all the work and allow you to PLAY and take the credit!

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A Pocket Watch with Rita

Hey there creatives! Rita Barakat here and I am super excited to share this pocket watch project with you! Believe it or not this is chipboard!

My base is this  chipboard pocket watch “Arts Parts” by Wendi Vecchi. I covered it with Gesso  and Gelatos.


I  used TCW470 Geometric Art Layers stencil to paint another layer of Gelatos.This is such a great stencil because there are several designs on one stencil!

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Then I used a layer of Glaze with TCW488 Viva la art stencil. Another great stencil with several designs!

Here it is dry, then I went over it with some metallic embossing powders.

I filled in the edges with Big Stampers Brush, and added one of my girls in the center.

While the embossing powder was hot I added this little heart charm and a brad to secure the pieces together.

This close up shows all the fun layers.

Here it is open, I added some Icelets (Poly fill) on the inside.

Here is the back, same concept but it always comes out different with embossing powders.
I hope this gives you some ideas and maybe an inkling to make your own pocket watch!

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Continuing with Design Team

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Our first ever Design Team has been a great success.   We are growing awareness of just how versatile The Crafter’s Workshop stencils are.  They can be used with almost any medium and any type of project – everything from a simple tag to DIY furniture.   We have grown to adore our team as well, and as much as it may be disappointing for others, we have decided to extend our current team’s term for another six months.   ***ducking*** I know, we originally set out for a six-month term and many were looking forward to applying again, but we feel it would be best for not only us, but our designers (and future designers) to extend the term to be one-year terms from here out.   It’s a lot of work choosing a Design Team and getting every thing in place for us, and our Design Team feels like they are just getting into the routine of scheduling posts and creating projects.   So, we hope you will all understand why we have decided to go ahead and extend the original term.

However, we will give you notice now to save the date in your calendar.  We will be announcing our new DT call in March 2015.  Keep a watch out for the call because you will only have 2 weeks to get your application submitted.   New team will be announced on April 1, 2015.  Team members will receive an invite to attend our first-ever Stencil U camp for Designers in Elmsford, New York April 24-26, 2015.  This is an exclusive invitation-only event that we are currently planning and looking forward to.

Thank you all for the continued support and for all the lovely words of encouragement you share here with our designers on the blog.

Maple Leaf Fragment: Live Laugh Love

Hello, Karenliz here. I’ve been carving cardboard again. This time I used the Maple Leaf Fragment (TCW2048) and a scrap piece of cardboard.

First I traced the fragment on a piece of cardboard. I took my x-acto knife and sliced though the top layer of cardboard and gently pulled it off. Each leaf I carved differently. The largest one I took the inside pieces and the second one I took the outline of the fragment.

Karenliz_Crdbd1_TCWLeafOnce you have carved all that you want you can erase the lines or leave them there. To complete my piece I decided to use watered down acrylic paint to the top and then added some dictionary paper and paper flowers.


Have you carved any cardboard lately? You should try it. It’s lots of fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
My Blog: My Creative Endeavors



Buckets full of water

Hi there! Sanna here again today with another simple and fun stenciled background idea and layout. Instead of using plain modeling paste, try mixing it together with acrylic paint or “coloring” it with spray inks. Then just wipe it onto your layout background thru a stencil and you have immediately created an interesting detail and a unique background.


This layout is about my darling boy pouring a bucket full of cold water over himself and enjoying every second of it. These photos date back to summer 2013, so he apparently was way ahead of his time doing his own version of the “ice bucket challenge”. I had a great time creating this layout! Hope you get inspired to grab a few inks, some modeling paste and a stencil and play a little!!

Have fun!
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
Spotted (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Papers and embellishments – Studio Calico KitsWhite ink – Dylusion
Black ink – Tattered Angels