Friday, June 9, 2017

The Traveler; Our June 5th new release

Our new release this week is a whimsical little traveling gal named Beatrix.  Beatrix is wide-eyed,
ready to seek adventures with her well traveled suitcase, camera, map and postcard.  This value-bundled seven digi stamp set also comes with three sentiments all in jpg and png high resolution files.

Our talented design team has shared their creations this week with more to come.  With so many travelers this summer The Traveler set is a great collection for scrapbooking, planners, journals and bon voyage cards. 




VLS DT Member Carole  opened up our week of fabulous designs with this beautiful dimensional card. Carole reversed the image of Beatrix and used the accessory images in repetition to bring you to the car's focal point.  The delicate light colors are perfect for a summertime traveler.  Isn't her periwinkle coat pretty?  Learn how Carol approached this creation by clicking on her name for her blog.


Stephanie will be blogging later as she was one of our DT travelers this week!  She's back home creating for you but was able to get her beautiful water-colored card up for you to enjoy before she left town. 

Stephanie uses watercolors in many of her creations with depth and vitality.  Her monochrome outfit on Beatrix looks great against her dreamy watercolor backdrop.
Follow Stephanie on Instagram @inkypinkyboo if you'd like to see more of her techniques.



Design Team Member Nikki brought you this adorable journal entry featuring The Traveler along with a row of houses from our Tall Houses collection and one of our Vera Lane car images.  Clever to tuck Beatrix in the vehicle and create a mini road trip!

Nikki changes up her media so you never know what she will use next.  Click on her name to see her blog and learn about her style and techniques.




Mischelle is our designer that likes to show us options.  Often Mischelle will
make variations on a theme.  Her version of The Traveler features Beatrix in a bright red coat against neutral tones.  The text from this set is repeated to create  an effective background for this piece.

Please be sure to check out Mischelle's beautiful blog "Mischelle Makes"



Speaking of traveling, our Designer Teresa has been enjoying a sunny vacation.  Teresa was sure to have her sample ready for you with today's post.  Beatrix is featured with a lovely hue of pink hair, lime green lashes and a sweet light aqua coat.  She looks stunning on the creamy background with the photos that bring pops of color with images from some of our other sets.  You can learn more about Teresa's approach to this set on her blog The Fat Cactus.  Teresa's use of color and balance of design elements is ever so inspiring.


We have two more designers to show off their makes this week as well as customers showing off their version of Beatrix and her travels.  Our sentiments and accessories are so versatile that you can see your own vision to create with this set with such great team inspiration!





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Meet our June Guest Designer; Nancy Nickel!

Vera Lane Studio added an amazing Design Team in January 2017.  We are now bringing you additional creations from some of our talented Facebook members. Our new monthly Guest Designers will showcase along with our design team.  Look for our guests to present their creations every Sunday!

Please meet our very first Guest Designer for June 2017, Nancy Nickel

I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, with my husband of 30+ years. We have two daughters that are grown and gone, and we have lots of fun together in our empty nest. I am self-employed part-time, and am blessed to be able to spend my days playing in my craft room. I enjoy making projects that are encouraging, and put a smile on peoples faces. That's why I'm such a huge fan of Vera Lane Studio! How can you not smile at the fun and whimsical images available in the shop? Some even make me laugh out loud! I'm very excited to be Guesting with Vera Lane for the month of June. Big thanks to Janet and the entire Design Team! 

We are excited to have Nancy on board.  Please join us in giving her a warm welcome and check our FB fan page for her wonderful inspiring creations along with the rest of our super design team!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Windows and doors

We have two new releases this week on Vera Lane!  Our first release will be a shop favorite.  It is as versatile as it comes and can be integrated with your home photos and characters from our many collection.
Windows is an eight-image value bundle with five windows, a door and two sentiments.  Resize, stretch and pull these fun window frames to layers with characters or your family photos.  Our team has had so much fun playing with this set!

Design Team Member Teresa opens our week with these lovely samples that she shares on ur private FaceBook group.  All the characters are from other Vera Lane Studio sets!




Cute, right?  Please check our FB group to see the amazing projects our incredible design team has come up with  for the rest of our debut week!

Our second set release can be used with the windows quite well.  These "Girls on the block" faces make the cutest journal clips!  Use these heads for finger puppets or just about anything else!





Thursday, May 11, 2017

Black, white and a POP! of color

Our monthly theme is black, while and a pop of color!  The Vera Lane Studio design team has been sharing wonderful samples to inspire our members.  Our monthly theme also reflects the topic of our monthly ATC swaps --so inspiration is always a click away!  You can join us and jump in anytime to enter your ATC up until the month end deadline.

Here are just a few pieces the team has shared in their diverse styles for our monthly theme.  Many members have already been inspired and our swap album for the month of May is growing.







DT Member Carole creates this whimsical underwater scene in shades of gray featuring images from Under the Sea and Ocean 11
Marina uses Tall Town and March for this eye-catching B/W orange scene.



Mischelle took her whimsy to the Cherry Street set in her pink-popping journal spread.


Teresa creates this striking contrast with an image from Journal Faces.


Stephanie uses her watercolor techniques to create shades of gray washes using Love you to the bone.

Our whimsical and quirky characters are easy to work with and diverse to suit your crafting mood.  If you are not already a member of our FaceBook sharing group please join us and play along!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Guest Designer; Marina Prinsessan Holmen

Marina Prinsessan Holmen
I am delighted to announce our guest designer for the month of April, Marina Prinsessan Holmen.  Marina has been a fan of Vera Lane Studio digi stamps having submitted outstanding samples to share with our members,  I know the works she will be posting this month will be a treat!


Marina Prinsessan Holmen is 57 years young and loves to create cards.  Marina is married to a officer in military with 3 children ranging in ages 36, 21 and 19 and a  dog. Professionally Marina works children with special needs and has done so since 2003.

Inheriting her artistic vein from her mother and she from her mother , Marina loved to create art from an early age. Her art philosophy is to find beauty in the ugly, albeit Marina's creates are those of beauty!  When Marina had no time for pottery she began her paper crafting with scrapbooking -- that let to creating cards.  Marina has been creating wonderful paper crafts since 2002. 

Marina's creations will be posted on Wednesdays for the month of April.  I know you will be inspired by her creations.  Please welcome Marina in joining our fabulous and creative design team and cheer her posts on!  You can find more of Marina's creations on her blog at: www.frideborgsmys.blogspot.se





Sunday, April 2, 2017

ATC Swap April 2017 with Vera Lane Studio

Our Design Team Member Mischelle Smith has opened a new ATC swap in our private FB group.

 Mischelle is calling for Vera Lane Studio digi stamp images to be incorporated into a Rainbow themed ATC. 

The swap will be accepting submissions through April 30th.  An upload of your card must be submitted in our designated album on or before April 30th to receive a swap partner's address.

Mischelle and our design team memebers from Vera Lane bring the very best in ATC swaps to crafting.  Their inspiration is tops!  You can visit Mischelle's creations on her FB Look Book, on Instagram and her blog at www.mischellemakes.com .   Please browse our Etsy shop!  If you like what you see please "like" our business page on FB and join our private group for sharing, contests, swaps and more!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Digi Stamps and printers

Coloring with diverse media without smudging printing ink is a concern with new to digi stampers.  If you are looking for an economical printer that will give you the best results choose a b/w laser printer.  You can find a low end Brother model to do the job for as little as $60 US.  Shop around, there are deals to be found.  The laser toner will take your alcohol markers and watercolor without smearing.  The toner cartridge lasts a long time and the aftermarket replacement cartridges are as inexpensive as a dye ink pad. 

If you using an inkjet printer there are printer options that will be helpful and user-friendly to most media.  Prior to printing you should be able click on a new window to reveal "printer options."  You want to select grayscale printing.  Not only will it save your ink, the printed page can work well with your diverse media.


In the sample on the right, "Lil Love" was printed on an Epson Workforce printer using the grayscale option. (Cardstock setting was also selected and the paper is inserted in the back of the printer)  There was no waiting time, no heat setting.  Copic and inexpensive alcohol markers work beautifully.  Watercolor and pencils, no worries.  The Tombow marker will pull the printer ink -- but I really worked it in.  If you are careful wit the pointed tip you can avoid the ink lines and will have no problem.  I have had success with grayscale printing on several inkjet models.

Looking for a new inkjet printer?  Make sure it can accommodate cardstock.  (Papers discussed in last weeks post).  If you do not need color printing an inexpensive b/w laser is the way to go.

Some choose to go to Staples or Office Max for their printing purposes.  Load up your layout with as many images as you can.  Save your file to a flash drive and take it to your chosen copy center.  Many places will charge $ .18 - $.25 for a single color or b/w laser copy.  Request color laser copy if possible to get the blackest black. If you bring your own cardstock or request theirs the cost will be the same.