Wednesday, May 27, 2015

making it merry *Scraptastic Club Store

I want to talk about holiday layouts today. I know I take a million photos during the holidays and now I have even more photos with a holiday theme from a November Disney trip so I have been looking at all of these photos and although there are gorgeous holiday collections that work with many of the photos, there are those photos that just look better with other non holiday collections. This layout uses papers from "Fine and Dandy" by Echo Park Paper, with a background paper from the "Rise and Shine" collection by Amy Tangerine.

I love the honeycomb patterned paper and fun colors of this collection for Pooh and Crystal Palace Breakfast so I just added a Christmas block from a "Home For Christmas" collection by Pebbles and made holly leaves with one of these fantastic felt Bows by Bella Blvd.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Confetti and Color Chaos *Scraptastic Store

Today I have some inspiration to incorporate your titles into your design and hopefully also help you use up some of your alpha stash. We typically just add our title using one package of alphas for a nice uniform title, but mixing fonts and using larger or longer titles as a design element on your page can be really fun. I thought I would share a couple of pages using some of the newer collections from the Scraptastic store. For this first layout I used Maggie Holmes Open Book collection for a soft sleepy kitty look.

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Supplies: Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Gala Paper , Maggie Holmes - Confetti -Lovely Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Surprise PaperMaggie Holmes - Confetti - Blast Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Happy Day Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Hooray Chipboard Thickers, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Ephemera, Maggie Holmes - Open Book - OverlaysChickaniddy - Silver Surfer Silver Foil Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Chipboard Hearts and Stars, Bella Blvd - Clear Cuts - Silver Confetti Transparency, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Party Enamel Shapes, Elle's Studio - Letters & Numbers Stickers - Dark Grey
My main title is Stuffed Animal Paws and I used the Confetti Thickers chipboard alphas along with letters cut from the silver foil paper. This silver foil is a perfect weight to cut alphas with your die cutting machines. After cutting them out I sanded the surface to give them a brushed look, but they are still so nicely metallic.


At the top of the page I added the a few pre-title words with little letters next to the embellishments. Since this page is about my very grey kitty, I used some of the grey, black and white chipboard embellishments from Bella Blvd's Color Chaos collection.


My second layout was super fun to create using the bright and cheerful Bella Blvd Color Chaos collection. I added the Chickaniddy Jolly Good brads because they are on sale in the store and coordinate so perfectly with the Color Chaos collection.

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Supplies: Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Ice Strandz Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Orange Strandz Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Peep Strandz Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Chipboard Symbols, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Trinket Stickers, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Treasures &Text StickersChickaniddy - Jolly Good - Mini Brads
I divided my title to add embellishment in two places on either side of my photos. The black letters are such fun sticker letters that I mounted with foam tape for dimension for the first word and stitched down for the second word. The wonderful thing about this collection is that there are so many elements such as papers, stickers, chipboard, bows, transparencies, and enamel shapes so you can really coordinate easily and the colors work so well with other collections too. I can see this being one of my faves for mixing and matching. Check out the whole Color Chaos collection HERE.


I thought it would be fun to cut the last word in the title from my background white cardstock allowing the splatter pattern to show thru.


and one last close up photo of the upper right corner just because these little stickers are too cute. A little black paint splatter and the whole thing looks like very organized chaos to go with my silly photos.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

MOH Bouquet *Scraptastic May kit

I knew when I got this May Scraptastic Club Purple Rain kit, Add on kit and stamp set, that I would have to scrap a couple of photos from my sister's wedding. Her maid of honor wore plum and had purples in her bouquet. I wanted an overall wedding white page with pops of color so I used my Silhouette to duplicate the Purple Rain digi cut file so that it would be a smaller design but would go across the page. I love the look with just a couple of pieces of the patterned papers behind the opening.

I cut the title from the pearly bling cardstock and the little labels are also Purple Rain Print and Cut files. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fun with the Purple Rain kits - Scraptastic Club

Today I have two layouts to share using the May Purple Rain kit, Add on Kit, Stamp set, Cut File, and Stencil, as well as the Janglin Stamp Set. Since watercolor is such a hot trend right now, I played with my watercolors for these two pages as well. I am not a painter in any way, but its fun to add a little bit of color when using a white or light background.
For my first layout I used only the Purple Rain Main Kit along with some of the stamps this month.

Love Little Things 

First I splattered pink mist onto my background before adding my 3 photos. I stitched the vellum "LOVE" die cut to my page and added a stamp as part of the title, then I painted 3 strips of color with my watercolors.  Also because I cut out honeycomb shapes, I had the negative pieces of paper and I placed them onto my page and used the mesh looking stamp to stamp thru the opening with black ink, and then watercolored some of the stripes in the design. It's very easy and very fast to add this accent. Just make sure to use permanent archival ink if you are planning to use watercolor or it may bleed.


My second layout begins with a white cardstock background. I used the hummingbird stencil from the Purple Rain kit, along with white paint mixed with heavy gel texture medium to add three hummingbirds to the background. They looked cute like that but while I had my watercolors out, I painted across the page and it highlighted the birds even more.


And here is a close up so you can see how I layered the texture medium with the stencil, watercolor, mist splatters, and stamping, allowing for drying between each step. Of course the little acrylic bird needed to be added as well, since he is the cutest.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Holidays??? *Scraptastic Club Store Sale

Happy Holidays!  Well, the holidays are long past, but if you are like me, you have plenty of photos that haven't been put into albums. I went on vacation in November and have Disney holiday photos stacked high as well. This is a good thing, because guess what? That gorgeous holiday paper that you didn't buy before Christmas is now on sale at pretty amazing prices in the Scraptastic Store! And that's not all, there are many items on sale in the Frugal Friday section of the store HERE. Today I am going to share a holiday layout using just one of these holiday collections, the Authentique Believe collection along with some gold accents from vellum, a photo overlay, and a chipboard alpha.

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Authentique - Believe - Collection kit, Authentique - Believe - Essence Paper, Authentique - Believe - Universal Paper, Authentique - Believe - Tidings Paper, Authentique - Believe - Cardstock Stickers, Chickaniddy - Goldie Lox Gold Foil Paper, Pebbles - Cottage Living - Imprint White & Gold Thickers, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Chipboard Hearts and Stars, Maggie Holmes - Open Book - Overlays, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Bella Bows McIntosh, Websters Pages - #Happy - Gold Stars Foiled Vellum
I wanted a very festive title so I cut "Merriest" from gold foil paper by Chickaniddy. Its a nice thick weight that cuts out perfectly. I combined that with my current fave Imprint White &Gold Thickers. Then I thought the Bella chipboard heart would look perfect layered under the title. The decorative title just pulled the page together for me.


Because it's a holiday page, it needs a bow and don't you just love the new Bella Bows! The red bow is a perfect Christmas red. I layered it over one of the Maggie Holmes photo overlays, I know they are meant to go over photos but I usually end up using them like I would a die cut. I just love the gold. I also layered a blue cardstock sticker from this Believe collection.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Confetti and Craft Market from Scraptastic Store

Today I have 2 layouts using the new Crate Paper Craft Market and Confetti collections from Scraptastic Club Store. These papers all work so well together along with the Craft Market Ephemera pack. The gold foiled and glittered accents in this die cut pack, really give it that extra something special to finish off your layouts. For my first layout, which is about antiquing, I wanted that market style so I cut blocks of patterned papers and the gorgeous printed burlap and attached them across the top of my layout with a bit of stitching.

***Also a quick shopping note - Scraptastic Club Store has a Frugal Fridays section of the store HERE that is packed with amazing sale products. Seriously check them out here because I just placed a big order and couldn't believe what a deal it was. I only just realized that there was a sale section. LOL 

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Supplies: Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Festival Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Music Background Embossing Folder, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Stitching Paper, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Hand Painter Paper, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Burlap with White Polka Dots Paper, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Ephemera with Gold Accents, Pebbles - Cottage Living - Imprint White and Gold Thickers, Elle's Studio - Letters and Numbers Dark Grey, Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Classic Star Clips, Freckled Fawn Paper Clips - Light Blue Long Arrows, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Party Enamel Shapes, My Mind's Eye - Fancy That - Kiss Enamel Shapes,

I used the  Maggie  Holmes music note embossing folder with clear vellum and layered it under my photos for a little extra dimension. This embossing folder has a nice texture and design that will work with just about any page.

The "sold" and "hold" tags just needed a bit of string from my stash and I crumpled them a bit and tore the bottom of one.


My second layout is a photo of my mom and her huge oak. I over-sized the photo because the tree is the main part and mom is so much smaller. The scale makes it look more grand and it is set off nicely against the woodgrain background paper. Since I took the photo on Easter, I just had to use the adorable squirrel and bunny die cuts.

Easter Mom 600Supplies: Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Lovely Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Jubilee Paper, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Stitching Paper, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Fresh Paint PaperCrate Paper - Craft Market - Ephemera with Gold Accents, Pebbles - Cottage Living - Imprint White and Gold Thickers, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Party Enamel Shapes, My Mind's Eye - Fancy That - Kiss Enamel Shapes,
For my title I combined some of the gold foil lined Thickers alphas with a script title that I cut from a scrap of vellum left over from embossing on the first layout. The flower motif is a piece that I hand cut from the center of the floral paper that I layered under the photo.

I used some embroidery floss from my stash as a bow on the tag and then hand stitched to hold the vellum title in place.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Getting Organized

Have you joined the organizer/planner album trend? Well I am the least organized person really and although I love the little cute daily planners, my life doesn't really work with those. I use a google calendar with notifications because I need to have a sound to actually alert me. LOL! That being said, there are lots of other things that you can keep in these smaller albums to help organize your scrappy world, so I thought I would share what I put together to help me not be such a mess.

Here are the kinds of things I am planning to include: I need a place to draw my sketches. I always hand draw them before turning them into a digi image for Sketch Savvy. I also have lots of ideas for pages or page titles that end up on little scraps of paper all over my desk and around my keyboard so I need a section for those types of ideas. Right now I am working on ideas for National Scrapbook Day at my Disney Scrappers site so that needs a spot. And of course all my little notes from my last big trip to Disney and notes for next time. I will probably include a few photos so it will be cuter. You get the idea. I am sure there will be more sections as I go along. Since there is alot of Disney going on, that's my theme. After shopping at Scraptastic Store, I pulled together some cute things and compiled a list of main supplies with links for you below.

 Here is my cover. I chose this great 6 x 8" Teal Burlap Binder.

It has basic pages for writing, pocket pages for notes and photos, and a large kraft envelope with a closure. I had some clear dividers from one of my older albums that I punched the proper holes in and I am using it for the tabs. Here is a peek inside. I only just started this but it seems to be working out well.

Next is a photo of some of the things that I think I will be using, followed by a list of supplies with links.

Simple Stories - Sn@p! - 6x8 Teal Burlap Binder

Simple Stories - Enchanted - Wood Veneers

Jillibean Soup - Party Playground - Rock Candy Blue Fringe Garland

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Photo Stickers

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Wood Veneers

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Sn@p! Cards

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Bits and Pieces

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Stickers

Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Photo Overlays

Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Classic Star Clips

Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Light Blue Long Arrows

Freckled Fawn - Washi Tape - Gold Polka Dot Small

Freckled Fawn - Washi Tape - Gold Polka Dot Large

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic Club

Hey, its time for another Sketchy Thursday challenge at Scraptastic Club Blog. Play along for a chance at the monthly prize. Here's the sketch - Sketch #140 at Sketch Savvy:

And for my example I have used the April Darlene kit,  Add on kit, and Sentiment Series v.7 stamp set . I saw the little globe chipboard and had to do a page about my new globe collection :)

The wood veneers are exclusive to Scraptastic, aren't they cool!
I used the Sentiment Series v.7 stamp set for the word "awesome" and I stamped using a sheer gold tinsel embossing powder. I printed the journaling on vellum. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Suitcase *Scraptastic Club April kit

Here is another layout using the beautiful April "Darlene" kit  and Add on kit.from Scraptastic Club. I was inspired immediately by the little suitcase chipboard because we are always on the hunt for a certain sized vintage leather suitcase for my uncle to use for car shows with his vintage car. We finally found one recently and I took photos of the cool suitcases too. The papers in this collection are light with gold accents and really let the photos pop.

For an extra homey feel I created sort of a quilt block effect with triangles cut from the smaller scraps of paper. I love doing this when I get to the end of my kits.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Journey - Scraptastic Store

Today on the Scraptastic Store Blog I have a couple of layouts using the new travel collection "Journey" by Crate Paper. This collection has the natural colors you need in a travel collection along with some nice rose, gold, and teal colors. The collection is a versatile travel collection with a southwest feel that is absolutely ideal for a few photos I took at the Tee Pee Motel on a day trip recently. I just love this woodgrain background for not overwhelming my photos too.

 Cutting fringe from one of the patterned papers is a fun way to add dimension without bulk on a page, but most appropriate for this theme. I cut a triangle from the Tribal Patterned Paper, added a slit up the center and curled the paper outward to create a tee pee. The feathers, map, and list card are all cut from the patterned papers as well. 


Although these pages were created separately, they function as a two page layout for my book. This second layout coordinates by using the same patterned papers and fringe cut paper. Also, I like to buy at least a couple of each of the papers in any collection that work as backgrounds since I know I will need a nice neutral background, but also because the back of the paper is always something I wish I could use as well. This lightly distressed grid is also great because when lining up pieces for a linear block style layout, you know it will be straight. 

 I cut the "Bigger in Texas" title from patterned papers, cross stitched on the first letter, and used the state shape for "Texas". The cute little tee pees are cut from the patterned paper that is shown behind the photo. 


 I cross stitched down the side of the dream catcher block and added enamel dots. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Perfection *April Scraptastic Club Kit

Do you love the new April Scraptastic Club Kits?! If you haven't seen all of them and the stamps, check them out HERE. I am using the Darlene kit, Add on Kit, Digital Print and Cut files, and Stamp Set for this layout. Noel does believe that she should be worshiped so this is definitely Noel captured.

I just have to point out the awesomeness of this aqua clear acrylic arrow that is one of the Scraptastic kit exclusives - so cute! 

I used the kit cut files to cut a couple of large feathers from clear vellum and I love the effect. The title is stamped using the perfect alphabet "Darlene" Stamp Set HERE.


Here is a look at the whole stamp set. 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hello Easter Bunny *Scraptastic Club April kit

I don't normally feel the need to have my photo taken with the Easter Bunny, but while Nancy was visiting we went to our grocery store and right in the front was the bunny. Of course we had to have a photo :)

I used the pretty Scraptastic Club April kit "Darlene", along with the Add on Kit, I Lived Stamp Set, and the Sentiment Series V.6 Stamp Set with the cute bunny in it. This kit has some soft colors as well as accents of gold and black that help to make the page just pop. It's a great contrast.

I used a piece of watercolor paper from my stash for the background piece because I wanted to add some mint watercolor, drips of gold mist, and splatters of pink and teal without too much page warping. I stamped on the background with black ink and also added some gold rub on pieces.

The wood veneers this month are just incredible but when you paint them and they get wet, they do curl so you have to place an acrylic block or something on them while they dry. Even then they curl a bit so I stitched mine down. The bunny is stamped and embossed with gold tinsel embossing powder on vellum. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Mixed Title Challenge

Sorry to post this so late. Last Thursday Meghann Andrew and I hosted a challenge on the Scraptastic Club Blog. You still have until tomorrow night at midnight to play along, so Check it out HERE!  The kits are so full of fun elements and word products such as die cuts, word stickers, exclusive wood veneers and acrylics, cut aparts, printables, and of course alphas. Putting them together adds interest to your title and turns it into a design element of your page, so we would like to see what you can come up for your titles. This weeks challenge is to use 3 or more elements to create a title.

For my example layout I used mostly the February Counting Stars kit and add on since I had so many goodies left. For my title I used a Scraptastic Club kit wood veneer "all of us", a few die cuts, and a word sticker "happy day".

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I added a glossy finish to my woodgrain and some clear glitter just for fun and although it does have the finish I wanted, it curled up badly from the wet gloss so I hand stitched it to my page and I really like the way it turned out. I added the small vellum heart with an adhesive foam square for dimension.

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To allow the page to flow a bit better I did a similar combination of elements in the upper left with a vellum die cut "Remember this" and little wood veneer pieces from Freckled Fawn in the Scraptastic Club Store.

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