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!


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Paper Inspiration - Scraptastic Club Store

Where do you find inspiration? I was thinking about this as I worked on my layout because I was totally inspired by one of the papers. I used mostly the Thinking of You paper from the  "Happy Day" collection by Pebbles. This collection has very crisp clear designs in vibrant colors. Its really a great collection to have on hand for just about any photos.

Today Starbucks 600 Supplies: Pebbles - Happy Day - Thinking of you paper, Pebbles - Happy Day - Blooms Paper Pebbles - Happy Day - Garden Walk Paper, Echo Park Paper - Anything Goes - Floating Feathers Paper Pebbles - We Go Together - Be Mine Paper, Pebbles - We Go Together - Heart Confetti, Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Retro Star Clips, Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Long Arrow Red, Freckled Fawn - Enamel Dew Drops - Classic

This is the Thinking of You paper that inspired my layout. I purchased two sheets because I knew I would want to use the white side with the grid for a background, but of course I wanted to be able to use these wonderful squares and rectangles. I saw the little to go cups and thought of my photos from Epcot and then I decided to do a grid type layout with squares and rectangles using my photos and the elements on this paper.


I cut the "let's go" from the "Let's just go" block and layered over flowers cut from papers and the green square block from the paper above. I punched the corrugated Starbucks logo from the coffee sleeve that I kept from my trip. I keep lots of little things from my trips and I am trying harder to incorporate them into my layouts.


I printed my journaling on a scrap of vellum from my stash and the trick with printing on vellum and having it dry properly is to use a thinner font and set your printer to plain paper on a medium or draft quality setting so that it doesn't lay down too much ink. It will dry very quickly.


I added the heart confetti pieces with foam tape for a little dimension and the red star and arrow clips add just the right amount of dimension and another media type. I hope you will try some of this "Happy Day" collection because it really is one of my favorite new collections


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The White Rabbit

I was shopping at Scraptastic Club Store and I just loved these Valentines papers: "Lucky in Love" by Echo Park Paper and "Hugs and Kisses" by Simple Stories, but I just don't have that many valentines photos. Then I remembered these gorgeous photos I got of the uber soft white rabbit at WDW. There were two queues there: one for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and the other super long queue for the White Rabbit. We really wanted photos with Dee and Dum so we waited for them and I snapped a couple of photos of this sweet character, he is one of my favorites.

Again with this layout I have some nice gold foil accents in the vellum, the mist, and the sequin stars but it just isn't showing in the photos.  I printed lines from the movie/song to use on my page. 

This cute little paper pieced white rabbit is a cricut cut file and I don't make them often but I am so glad I remembered that I had this one because it was fun to make and I love that he coordinates. 

Hurricane Hanna's Poolside Bar

This is just one of the most wonderful spots at any Disney Resort. It's the pool at Beach Club resort and its a beautiful spot for a drink before Dinner at the Cape May clam bake. For my layout I used a woodgrain background paper and teal patterned paper from Dear Lizzy, a light blue striped paper from Echo Park and several nautical themed papers from DCWV. 

I wish I could have taken a photo that would show you all of the gold foil accents on these papers. The shell design is all gold foil and the dots on the vellum as well. 

You might be able to see a bit of the gold in this close up. I hand cut the shells from a DCWV patterned paper.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scraptastic Club Store: EP Anything Goes & OA Saturday Mornings

Hello Everyone! So what are all of you working on while the weather has been so difficult across the country? I have been staying warm and dry indoors and getting several layouts finished with some of the new collections in the Store. I actually have a one page layout and a 2 page layout to share today!
First I created this one page layout with a couple of fun photos of my inlaws while we were out antiquing. Since the photos are busy, I chose white cardstock for the background and used the vibrant "Anything Goes" collection from Echo Park Paper. Also I had this one strip of woodgrain paper left from a layout I posted back at the beginning of the month so I used it to anchor the top of the page.

Supplies: Echo Park - Anything Goes - Fresh Flowers Paper, Echo Park - Anything Goes - Arrow Stripes Paper, Echo Park - Anything Goes -  Cool Cameras Paper, Echo Park - Anything Goes - Floating Feathers Paper, Echo Park - Anything Goes - Living The Life Paper, Echo Park - Anything Goes - Dots Paper, Echo Park - Anything Goes - Elements Stickers, Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips - Light Blue Long Arrows, Freckled Fawn - Paper Clips -Retro Star Clips, Simple Stories - Life Documented Scrapbook - New Bradz, Dear Lizzy - Serendipity - Soar Woodgrain Printed Chipboard Thickers Freckled Fawn - Enamel Dew Drops, Dear Lizzy - Serendipity - Phrases Date Stamp, Freckled Fawn - Washi Tape - Gold Polka Dot Small

I painted and splattered mist on my background cardstock and then layered the patterned papers behind my photos. Next for a little bit of extra embellishment, it's always fun to pull out some of the versatile embellishments from Freckled Fawn like the Star or Arrow Paper Clips, Enamel Dots, and Washi Tape. I especially love this tiny gold dot Washi tape because it adds a little something extra without drawing too much attention to that spot on the layout. I stamped the Phrases stamp from Dear Lizzy multiple times and it becomes an element of design for the background.


For another fun element I cut one of the journaling cards and punched two circles in it and then layered over the Cool Cameras paper and die cut a tiny Texas from the red patterned paper.


Now I have a "2 Pager" to share using the retro cute Saturday Mornings collection from October Afternoon. I haven't really created 2 page layouts much lately, but sometimes I have more photos that need to go together. I am better at one pagers, so I decided that I would share my new 2 page concept with you guys. I use the same products and create two independent layouts that have common elements.

Stay Tuned 2pg 600
Supplies: October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings - Journaling Cards, October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings -  Syrup Paper, October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings - Pancake Paper, October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings -Hash Browns Paper , October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings - Coffee Paper , October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings - Cereal Paper , October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings - Bacon Paper , October Afternoon - Saturday Mornings - Word Stickers, Freckled Fawn - Wood Chips - Stars and Such, Freckled Fawn - Enamel Dew Drops - Classic, American Crafts - Black Glitter Foam Thickers, Dear Lizzy - Phrases Date Stamp

Stay Tuned 600

For the first page I used the wood paneling paper for my background and then repeated a pieces of it for the second page. Then if you look at the blue and green patterned paper, I created a cut file that is similar in pattern and cut it out using cream cardstock on the first page and then used the same cream cardstock for the second page background.


Because the papers in this collection have such fun designs, I cut the oval elements from one patterned paper, chairs from another patterned paper, and this super cute tv from a third patterned paper. For a little extra dimension I added these perfect wood chip shapes which I painted with gold mist.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh Yeah! Scraptastic Store

Have you seen the new Simple Stories Life Documented Scrapbook collection? The Scraptastic Club Store has the papers, embellishments and several of the album options no matter your style of scrapbooking. The papers have wonderful primary type colors with stripes, notebook lines, iconic designs and florals which work really well for contrast on a layout.

My fav is usually the woodgrain in a collection because I like to use them as backgrounds. After layering some of these papers under my photos I added a couple of the silver Star Paper Clips from Freckled Fawn so the photos and things would appear to be clipped onto the notebook paper piece with a bit of vellum from my stash.

 Next I cut PS4 across the lower portion of the backgrounds and used some of my paper scraps to put behind. For a little more of a guy gamer page, I used some of the stamps from the March Sentiments Series V.5 Stamp Set HERE.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sweet! DCWV Candy Cane Lane

Yep, another holiday layout. I guess I figure that photos taken during holiday times or like these from vacation during holiday celebrations, will have to be scrapped after the holidays and with the numbers I have, probably for a couple of years so you can expect to see holiday pages from me thru the year.

For this page I used the DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack along with the Foiled Vellum 6x6 stack, and a couple of pieces from the Sparkling Holiday Stack. This page is way better in person, but for some reason I just could not get a good photo, partly because I kept angling the camera to try to show the gold accents. For the dots on the background I use a dotty DCWV stencil with some gesso and then splattered a bit of black and gold mist.

The tag is cut from one of the papers and then I added clear glitter to the snowflake shape and mounted a gold Castle piece of confetti from my trip in the center, then added a red DCWV Gem in the center. 

2 Layouts using the March Counting Stars Kits

Time to share two more pages using Scraptastic Club's March "Counting Stars" kit, Add on Kit, Stamp Set, and Print and Cut files. I really loved the cut file this month so I expect you will be seeing it alot more from me.

Instead of using the cut file (HERE) full sized for this page, I cut pieces to layer with paper, tags, die cuts, etc. I like the way it gives the elements depth without thickness. I really love these sheer plastic die cuts in this kit, so easy to machine stitch straight thru.

 Notice the alpha stamps that I used for Fig and Sav's names at the bottom - they are from the Counting Stars Stamp Set HERE - just super fun. I stamped and cut them out of scraps of patterned papers. And the little pink heart in the background paper was in a great spot for me to add the stamped phrase "sweet as can be" from the It Takes Two Stamp Set.

For my second page I used the MME rub ons and I wanted to remind you that you can use rub ons over several papers and stitching and tags and things and it still turns out cool. I actually applied the "love today" rub on here and then used the tip of scissors to break the line where the paper met so I could still bend up the edge of the paper there.

 this mickey label is actually one of the Print and Cut files and I applied the rub ons and then punched mickey from the center and mounted it with adhesive foam tape.

 a closer look at that rub on.