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".

all of us 600

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.

all of us 1

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.

all of us 2

Scraptastic Store: Mix it up

Today I am sharing a layout on the Scraptastic Club Store Blog using pieces from a few collections that coordinate very well together. When I was shopping in the Scraptastic Store this month, I picked papers and embellishments that I loved from different collections and manufacturers. Then the box arrived and I noticed right away that several of these lines are using the same range of colors with gold accents. This page uses products from the My Mind's Eye "On Trend" collection, the Jillibean Soup "Summer Red Raspberry Soup" collection, and the Crate Paper "Confetti" and "Craft Market collections. After finishing the page, it even appears that they are all from one coordinated collection.

20th ep 600
Supplies: Crate Paper - Confetti - Gala Paper, Jillibean Soup - Summer Red Raspberry Soup - Fresh Yogurt Paper, Jillibean Soup - Summer Red Raspberry Soup - Frozen Red Raspberries, Crate Paper - Confetti - Gold Star Vellum, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Happy Paper, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Chipboard Buttons, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Sequins, Crate Paper - Craft Market - Ephemera Pack, American Crafts - Imprint Thickers, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Enamel Shapes.

The background paper (Crate Paper - Confetti - Gala Paper) has nice large white dots so I straight stitched around a few of them using metallic threads from my stash.


The gold accents of the papers, vellum, and embellishments help to tie all of the different collections together. I am more likely to use up my stash when I can easily coordinate like this. The flowers are cut from one of the Jillibean Soup floral papers.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Out of this world

I was working on a color challenge using disney photos and I found this photo that I just love so I drew a scribble design on paper and created a cut file. I used my silhouette to cut it out and added lots of little embellishments. Its just a fun way to bits and pieces for a playful look to your layout. I will share the cut file image below if anyone would like to use it.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello World from Scraptastic Club Store

Do you love to travel? Day trips to full on getaway vacations, the "Hello World" collection by My Mind's Eye is for you! Check it out in the Store HERE now. I seriously love this collection and the surprise for me was how easy it was to create pages that I really like. I am a slow scrapper but these papers and embellishments are so well designed that they pages just came together for me. The colors are perfect to go with any travel photos so I chose to do a road trip and plane trip page. You will most definitely see more of this collection from me.

Cant we fastpass 600
Supplies: My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Travel World Map Paper, My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Discover Here &There Paper My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Beauty in Flight Paper, My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Discovery Flower Paper , My Mind's Eye - Hello World - All Aboard Flair , My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Mixed BagMy Mind's Eye - Hello World - Adventure Chipboard Stickers , Elle's Studio - Letter and Numbers Stickers - Dark Grey,

After a week at Disney World we were pretty spoiled and used to fast passes for long queues, so at the airport my husband asked if we could fast pass this wait. I used I used the map paper as my base background and then cut an 11" square light neutral paper from my stash to mat in the center, but first I planned where my title would be and die cut it from the light paper so that the map paper would show thru for a fun title with a few added words using these  small Letter Stickers from Elle's Studio.


Just layering this chipboard airline tag and the airplane die cut, makes a quick dimensional embellishment, but I cut the flower from patterned paper and tucked it behind, then added the Vacation Memories die cut, this cute travel flair, and a punched Mickey icon. Everything in this collection just works so well together that you really can't go wrong combining elements.


For my second layout, I wanted to use 3 photos and still be able to use some of the fun travel elements to tell the story. I printed my focal photo 4x6" and then the smaller photos are 3" square. I arranged them in a grid formation on the grid paper background so that I could fill the gaps with decorative elements.

Road Trip 600
Supplies: My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Travel World Map Paper,My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Discovery Flower Paper My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Beauty Bonjour Page, My Mind's Eye - Hello World - All Aboard Flair ,My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Mixed Bag,My Mind's Eye - Hello World - Adventure Chipboard StickersSimple Stories - I AM  -Bradz.

I cut my title from patterned paper and lightly inked the edge, then mounted it overlapping the journaling piece with a chipboard ticket and bike flair.


Since my page is about a springtime day trip in Texas, I cut a rectangle of the  map paper that included Texas to use with a die cut compass and car. The gold text vellum pieces are scrap pieces from my stash, but the small pieces are perfect for layers under small embellishments.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

New MME goodies from Scraptastic Store

Oh that Food and Wine Festival. It was so yummy and we took so many photos. You will be seeing it alot as I attempt to scrap this vacation. One of the most attractive booths was Puerto Rico and I wanted pretty light crisp tropical looking products to go with my photos. They had this gorgeous fountain of plants and actual little pineapples growing. I combined papers from the awesome MME Hello World  and On Trend collections, floral paper from the I Am collection by Simple Stories, and a Pineapple from Dear Lizzy Serendipity. I have a full list of links to the products below in the Scraptastic Store.

I cut a strip of the floral paper for the lower edge of the layout and then cut out a couple of flowers to use like die cuts. This floral paper is fantastic for cutting out. I used the grey woodgrain Thickers for this page and I am noticing that I really love this alpha because it just goes with everything and doesn't overpower the page. 

What do you think of map papers? I am really loving this one because it has great colors and I can cut places out for travel layouts. They even have Puerto Rico listed there so I had to put a little piece on my layout. These cute sequins are from the On Trend collection by MME and because they have some larger fun shapes, They are pretty easy to stitch down. Don't forget when you have sequins to stitch down, hold the edges in place with a strip of not too sticky washi tape, stitch the exposed sequins and then carefully pull off the washi. 


March Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic!

Ok Sketchy Thursdays are fun because you can play along for a chance at the monthly prize on the Scraptastic Blog and you get to be inspired by the best Design Team ever! But this Sketchy Thursday is just overflowing with inspiration, lots of our designers played along and created some gorgeous pages with the beautiful March kits. Check it out HERE - I promise you will be inspired to play along! Honestly, I don't always like my sketches after creating a page, but this one I will do again. :)

For my page I used the fantastic March Rivers and Roads kit and Add On kit and you really cant go wrong with this kit, but the cut file and printable tags inspired me this time. I should mention that at Scraptastic you can also purchase just the two print files and cut files digitally aside from the kits if you love those kinds of things as much as I do. I also added the freaking cute bunny and egg hunt stamps from the Sentiments Series V.6 Stamp Set.

My sons are grown but on holidays like Easter you want them to have fun and you have to enjoy messing with them a little.

I just have to point out the really nice wood veneer "grow" - It was nice as wood but I wanted it to be gold so I heat embossed it to go with my bunny that I stamped onto vellum and heat embossed. oh also I totally forgot to put the whiskers on my bunny but I still think he is pretty cute.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's Spring *Scraptastic Club Rivers and Roads

It's Springtime and the March Rivers and Roads kit and Add on kit are perfectly springy. Our favorite spring day trip is to Texas Antiques Week for some treasure hunting. I added a couple of little layers of plain white tissue paper from my stash to soften up the layers.

Love the cute little pink retro radio sticker and this amazing script Spring wood veneer. This kit has gold foil accents so I chose to use the flower stencil with gold mist in several places in the background. I have also added a little twine from my stash.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Say Cheese II and Enchanted : Scraptastic Club Store

Today I have 2 layouts using the New Say Cheese II and Enchanted collections by Simple Stories from the Scraptastic Club Store. These are just some great papers and embellishments that are fantastic for your Disney layouts. New with this second Say Cheese collection and Enchanted collection are some fun and very versatile embellishments like photo overlays and wood veneers. For both of my layouts I also used the Desktop Embossing Folder which is a star background design that coordinates perfectly with these collections.

Magic Begin 600Supplies: Becky Higgins - Project Life- Desktop Embossing Folder, Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Laughter Paper, Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Say Cheese PaperSimple Stories - Say Cheese II - Never Grow Up Paper, Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Snap Cards, Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Enamel Dots, Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Wood Veneers , Simple Stories - Enchanted - Wood Veneers Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Bits and Pieces, Simple Stories, Say Cheese II - Photo Stickers, Simple Stories - Say Cheese II - Stickers

I used a scrap of vellum from my stash with the star design Desktop Embossing Folder for a little extra dimension under my photo layer. To dress up my wood veneers on this page, I gave some of them a white wash of paint and sanded the edges, and then for the camera and tiny heart, I heat embossed with black tinsel embossing powder to give it a glossy surface.

This cute little cloud is actually from the Enchanted Wood Veneers, these two collections work so perfectly together.

I splattered my page with a little gold mist to coordinate with the fantastic gold accents of this collection.

For my second layout, I used the Enchanted collection and again used a layer of star embossed vellum under my photos. I just love the way it works with these collections. The Enchanted collection has some gorgeous soft colors with the most wonderful grey chevron with flowers and the accents in this collection are silver. I was inspired to use a couple of photos of this princess that I snapped in Epcot France, she was so perfectly Aurora. The colors and designs in this collection will be ideal for alot of areas of the parks and I am thinking Tea Cups as well. They would be perfect for Easter layouts as the papers and many embellishments are not specifically themed.

princess aurora 600Supplies: Becky Higgins - Project Life- Desktop Embossing Folder, Simple Stories - Enchanted - Simple Basics Kit, Simple Stories - Enchanted - True Love's Kiss Paper , Simple Stories - Enchanted - Bradz  , Simple Stories - Enchanted - Bits and Pieces My Minds Eye - I Do - Fancy That Sequins,

I chose to create a white on white title to use with the "princess" die cut and the  "Once Upon a Time" banner. The sequins from the My Minds Eye - I Do - Fancy That Sequins Pack work perfectly for my sprinkled design.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2 layouts with the Rivers and Roads kits - Scraptastic Club

I have two layouts to show you that I shared on todays Scraptastic Club Blog First if you haven't seen the March kits, check them out HERE!  You just have to see the sparkly springy "Rivers and Roads" kit and Add on kit that I have used for my two layouts. First I have to apologize for my layout photos this time as I had to take them indoors and they just do not do the layouts justice. This first layout is my sister when we found the huge hydrangeas for her wedding bouquets so I chose to keep the page light and soft. I chose this nice light background print and then cut the top 1 1/2" and reversed it because it coordinates so nicely.

The floral die cut pieces that are peeking out from the top of the page and the strip of patterned paper are actually one die cut that I have cut in half to appear to be two elements. I wanted to use the "Remember This" image from the Rivers and Roads stamp set without it being too bold, so I inked the stamp with black ink, stamped on a scrap of paper and then onto my layout a couple of times. I painted a sheer amount of gold mist using a paint brush inside the letters.


The rose patterned paper was perfect under my photo, but to soften it a bit, I added a piece of vellum from my stash. So many of the die cuts in this kit have the bronzy gold foil accents for just a little shine, but they are tricky to capture nicely in a photo.


For my second layout I was totally inspired to scrap a couple of my photos of Marie because of the awesome pink bows in the kit! I just love those bows and this has to be the most perfect use.

This Time I used the "Remember" stamp as sort of a design element by stamping it a few times under the piece of white cardstock piece I cut and the teal dot transparency. The "favorite" element is a chipboard piece that I layered over a gold foil wreath shape sticker and the you and me is also a sticker that I mounted with adhesive foam tape. There are so many wonderful little pieces like these in this kit.


I just loved the pink camera sticker but it was looking flat next to the bow and puffy scallop so I attached it with adhesive foam tape. If you are loving little gold accents as much as I am lately, this is the kit for you!