Thursday, January 29, 2015

Intro to Fusion Scrapping: Confessions of a Traditional Scrapper by CTM Mary-Lynne

Do you love what you see in Created by Jill's gorgeous Fusion kits, but just aren't sure how to use them?   Well, I can relate!!!   I've been a Jill fan from way back when she was creating traditional kits.   I loved them.  Then she had the nerve to switch to fusion!   She didn't even ask me!!!   What the heck am I going to do with all those "messy" papers and elements?  I like things neat, orderly and color coordinated. 

To be perfectly honest, I resisted until she put out her Beach Trip Kit.   Still my favorite kit, I just couldn't resist and bought the whole Bundle.  Now, what the heck was I going to do with it????

I had two outs for this problem...scraplifting and templates!   The templates I had were very traditional, so scraplifting it was.  I took a look at layouts that Jill's CT members had made.   I found one that I loved and I thought would ease me into this new style.  Did I mention I'm not much for change?  Duh!  

Now I know that when you scraplift, you don't need to use the same kit, but I'm a newbie at fusion here, I need all the help I can get!  So I found a wonderful layout by NancyC that didn't look too "fusie" (I know that's not a word!!!)
I grabbed some of my own beach photos and literally made a carbon copy of the layout!   Hey, I moved the netting!

That's pretty cool!   I always do two page spreads so I thought I would make the next one a little less lift and a little more fusion....how tough could it be?  

I grabbed yet another page of Nancy's to lift and forged ahead. 

This time I put a little more Mary-Lynne and a little less Nancy into the layout and fell in love with fusion!   The best part is that you can't do it wrong!  It's suppose to look messy and grungy and overall awesome!!!  Here's mine!

Then Jill came out with the Color Pop Collection and the Color me Happy Collection and I was totally hooked. 

But it just keeps getting better!  Not too long ago, Jill starting creating Blendits Layered Templates.   OMG...cheapest therapy session you will ever have!  They can sure be used with traditional kits, but they really shine with the Jill's Fusion kits.   Too much fun for words!!!!   For a great look at how these work check out my PSE12 tutorial here on this blog.  (also using Beach Trip).  Did I mention I love that kit??? 

Here's my Beach Trip layout with Blendits Layered Template 1 (these are soooooo addicting and you will find endless uses from just one template...so plan on grabbing more!)
So what are you waiting for?  Grab one of Jill's Fusion Kits from her Pickleberrypop Store (heck....go crazy and grab one of her Blendits Layered Templates too!)  Visit her Gallery and just scraplift one of the amazing pages you'll find in there for your first page!  Then....try one on your own!  You willbe amazed at what you will create!

Hugs from CTM Mary-Lynne!

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