Monday, November 24, 2014

More Free Fallin' kit from Scraptastic Club

Its feeling a little more like fall and its almost time to make turkey! Is yours defrosted?! Mine get's brined tomorrow :)  I know you guys are in the mood for some yummy fall goodies and all things pumpkin! I wanted to share two more layouts that I created with the November Scraptastic Club Free Fallin Kit, Add on kit and Stamp set.

First I saw the little stamp that says "#PUMPKINEVERYTHING" and I knew I had to do a page about my love of those fall favorites. I stamped that word stamp on the note paper die cut and then stamped the "#APPLECIDER" one on the apple cider photo. Its not pumpkin but its a fall fave here.

I used the nice dark wood grain paper as a background and then cut pieces of "wood" out so that I could put orange checked paper behind.

For my next layout I wanted to use a bunch of the embellishments in this fall kit because there are just so many cute pieces! I decided to do a page using only the embellishments and one 4x6 panel cut from patterned paper. I almost kept going and filled the page with embellishments, but I decided it would be a bit overwhelming.

Hello Autumn - Scraptastic Club Store

Today I just have to share a layout using Bella Blvd's Hello Autumn collection from Scraptastic Club Store. I just love all the colors in this collection. It's even ideal for people like me who live where fall is mostly green. I actually decided it would be perfect for a photo that I took last week at a meal with Mickey since he was dressed for a fall harvest at the Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Falling Into Fall Paper), Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Gatherings Paper), Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn,Perfect Pick Paper), Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Time To Rake Paper), Die Cuts (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Paper Pieces), Enamel Dots (Gossamer Blue, Gramercy Road Enamel Dots),  Enamel stars (Gossamer Blue, On My Desk Enamel Dots),  ivory cardstock, thread

Now I have to share a little story...  this photo was taken almost a week ago while on vacation and it was my birthday so we had a super busy day planned. We were trying to get to a reservation for breakfast and I left the room without my camera bag, back up batteries, and my phone. I had my camera, my husband had his camera, and his phone. We had no time to go back all day so we just had to make the best of it. By evening when this was taken, my camera battery was dead, and this was the last photo taken on the other camera...and for the rest of the evening we had to use a phone!!! LOL - actually I was NOT laughing at the time but its funny now. So yeah - not the best photo

When I was looking at the collection, I found this paper "Falling Into Fall" and decided that it would be perfect for fussy cutting a bunch of leaves that I could scatter down the page.

Since I wanted the leaves to really stand out, I cut my letters from ivory cardstock for a more subtle title.

Gossamer Blue enamel dots and stars match perfectly!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

December Scraptastic Sneaks!

It's almost December - can you believe it?! We just got back from DisneyWorld where everything is already decorated and I am super excited to use this season's holiday collections. I also can not wait to decorate my house next weekend! Yes I know I have to get past Thanksgiving, but I am feeling festive for certain!
So here are some of the exciting new things coming December 1st to Scraptastic Club. First is the STOCKING STUFFER CLASS which is actually available for sale now!  You can purchase this class RIGHT HERE.  Here's a little more about our class: 

Now, onto those sneak peeks of the kits!

December 2014 This Life Noted kit

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - yes of course I am getting this one!!! I can't wait


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Scraptastic Store: Patterned Paper Backgrounds

If you haven't been over to Scraptastic Club's site in the past week or so, you may not have noticed that they now have a Store!!! I got some awesome new goodies and I just finished 2 layouts using the some of the gorgeous new Gossamer Blue products. Today I thought I would share my love for using patterned papers as backgrounds for my layouts. The key is to keep it light or to be sure you have good contrast to show off your photos. For both of my pages I used mostly the "Gramercy Road" collection. I love the very nice detailed papers that have great colors, but over all they read as lighter more neutral tones and they don't overwhelm the photos. There are several papers in this collection that make great background papers.

For my first layout I chose a lighter blue/grey pattern for the background and it has just enough of a pattern to keep the layout from looking as flat as it would with a solid paper. The light papers kept the page from becoming too busy because my photos are already busy and dark.  I also used one of the darker patterned papers to have nice contrast for my title. I used some old twine that I bought when I was antiquing to tie a double bow on the tag and then added a few of the die cut leaves to the ends.

Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Sheridan Place Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road West Seventh Paper , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Tupelo Ridge Paper ,Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Tags ,Gossamer Blue On My Desk Gold Foil Transparencies , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Enamel Dots , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Ephemera,

I have to point out the 3/4 transparency card from the "On My Desk" collection that I used behind my die cut tag, these cards are the perfect touch when your layout needs that extra something.

For my second layout I used a light wood grain paper from the Sweater Weather collection by Simple Stories and I may need 10 more sheets of this one! I wanted a more out door look for my safari photos. I thought it would be a great way to lighten up my animal photos. Often times, zoo or outdoor layouts are darker colors and the photos aren't the focus.

Simple Stories Sweater Weather Crisp Days Paper Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road West Seventh Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Tupelo Ridge Paper , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road The Third Ward Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Leaves , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Tags , Gossamer Blue On My Desk Gold Foil Transparencies , Fancy Pants Designs True Friend Sequins , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Skinny Labels, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Ephemera , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Enamel Dots ,

The package of tags and the package of die cut leaves helped me put together a very coordinated page in less time then my pages normally take. I added some white sequins to the leaves and straight stitched for a dimensional border.

Hashtag Fall - Nov Scraptastic Kit!

Can you believe its November?! Today I am sharing a layout that I made using the November Scraptastic Club Free Fallin Kit, Add on kit and Stamp set. I have to tell you guys that our leaves don't even fall til December around here, but when they do fall, my back yard looks all golden til the yard guy arrives and I wanted to take photos of my kitty with her fall colors in the leaves. She didn't want to do that, she just wanted to eat the leaves so I snapped a couple of photos and took her back inside.

 For this page I decided to use a light cardstock background to lighten up my darker photos. I used the "#LEAFPILE" and "#AUTUMN" stamps with gold ink and then brushed gold paint lightly on the background. The little leaves are cut from this cute October Afternoon patterned paper. Some are stitched, some are just adhered to the page and a couple are mounted with foam tape for dimension.

 and here is the super cute Free Fallin Stamp Set
 November 2014 Free Fallin' Stamp Set

 For my journaling I wanted a light grey but my grey marker is too bold so I used pencil. I find that I like the light grey journaling of a pencil alot lately.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Scraptastic Club November kit reveal!

Can you believe it's November 1st!?  I love the first of the month when I get to share the kit reveals :) Check out Scraptastic Club HERE for these great kits! Which ones are your faves? and what do you like best about them?

This Life Noted


FREE FALLIN' - This is the one I chose because although I don't get fall weather here in Houston, I love fall!








Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Scraptastic Club Store and Treats!

Did you know that Scraptastic Club now has a scrapbook store (HERE)!? I often get asked where I shop online for scrappy things now, who has the best customer service, fast delivery, newest products.... Well this is a brand new store so all the products are the newest and I may have placed more than one order. :)

I am also happy to announce that I am on the Scraptastic Club Store Design Team and today was my first blog post! The store Design Team will be posting at 2pm EST so visit the Scraptastic Club Blog every day for the morning posts by the Kit Design Team members and then again in the afternoon for even more inspiration from the Store!

Are you ready for Trick or Treating or maybe just treating? My guys will hand out candy, but they are grown up now, so we have our own little party with lots of treats. Have you seen the gorgeous Spooky Collection by Carta Bella Paper? These are nice thick textured cardstock that hold up beautifully when you make dimensional items. Don't forget that these papers and embellishments are perfect for not only your scrapping and cardmaking, but also when you need something extra special for entertaining.
CLICK HERE to see the full post with close up photos and details

 Carta Bella Spooky Collection Kit, Patterned Paper (Carta Bella Spooky Spooky Skulls Paper),Patterned Paper (Carta Bella Spooky Spooky and Scary Paper), Patterned Paper (Carta Bella Spooky Spooky Journaling Cards Paper), Stickers (Carta Bella Spooky Element Stickers), Die cuts (Carta Bella Spooky Tree Die Set)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic

This week was Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic Club Blog and somehow I missed sharing it here, but there is still time to play along for a chance to win! Click Here to see the fantastic layouts by some of the other Design Team members.

For my example I used the October Thriller kit, add on kit, and the cut file from the October This Life Noted kit. And the sketch is #134 from Sketch Savvy HERE. 

I used orange ink on the cute 31 wood veneer and then used clear embossing powder over that, it turned our really cool.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

November Scraptastic Club Kit Sneak Peeks!

Can you believe it's almost November! So lets get to it! Which are you picking?

Scraptastic Club Kit Sneak Peeks

First here is the November This Life Noted kit. I am loving the great wood veneers!

 Next is the Free Fallin Kit - This is the one I am getting! I love fall. I don't have fall here, but I do love it!

And Finally the beautiful Shake It Off kit!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Make a Sketch Your Own Part 2: Lettering *Scraptastic Club

Today I am sharing a couple of my example layouts for my blog feature on Scraptastic Club Blog HERE.

For my layouts I am using the October "Thriller" kit, add on kit, and stamp set.
First I will share the sketch that inspired the two layouts below. Sketch #133 from SketchSavvy HERE

 For my first example I have replaced the hexagon design area with a combination of my title letters to spell out "Halloween Ornaments" and some of the leftover alphas. This is a fun way to use up extra alphas that you have left in sets where you have used the most common letters. I especially love these glitter letters for a sparkly page element.

and here is a close up so you can see these great alphas and the cute flair and stamped images.

For my next example I rotated the sketch to the left, used 3 photos rather than the one, and for the long strip of paper I cut out the title "Halloween" about the same length and tucked it behind my photos. Also in the sketch there is a stitched line element that I have replaced with my journaling.

Now for a close up. I used the star cut file from the October This Life Noted digital cut file where the hexagons are in the sketch.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2 Thriller Layouts! Scraptastic Club

I know I shared a peek at the Thriller kit from Scraptastic Club, but look a little closer. Click here to see the Thriller kit, Add on kit, Thriller Digital Print and Cut Files, and Thriller Stamp set. Now I have to share a couple of layouts and a card that I created using these goodies! If you are like me, you looked at the kits and thought they would be great for trick or treaters photos.... but I don't have any cute little trick or treaters. I chose it because I do take photos on and around halloween of my grown up guys, my decor, and the treats we have during the halloween.

For my first layout I scrapped two photos of my halloween kitties who are not all that scary IF you give them treats. I love the woodgrain background! I used lots of the die cut stars for this one. Halloween should be sparkly and have lots of color so this kit was perfect for me.
Notice the little kitty? he is a wood veneer that I inked solid black and then sanded to reveal the woodgrain and the eyes. So cute.

For my second layout, about my son's Candy Corn addiction, I also used the Heart It Races digital Cut file, the tree and bats die by Carta Bella HERE, and I used the web stamp from the Thriller Stamp Set.

I layered the bat die cuts so they would have dimension. The square with the web is a wood veneer from the kit that I inked black and then sanded.

And finally...while I had papers out, I made this cute little card because I really wanted to use that owl die cut!


Sunday, October 05, 2014

New Eek - a - Boo Stack from DCWV

You know my boys are not little cute trick or treaters anymore, but we do love halloween goodies and handing out candy every year. We have treats and cocktails and watch classics like The Ghost and Mr Chicken, Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow...  Anyway, I have to share a layout and card I made using the new DCWV "Eek - a - Boo" stack, a DCWV circles stencil and mist, my fave stack - the DCWV gold and black Foiled Vellum stack, and also one of the black glittered papers for the title. I have to point out that the black elements of the papers are foiled (kind of glossy) and its really nice in person, especially on the little bottles that I cut out of one of the papers.

***If you are a Doctor Who fan don't yell at me - I know the Dalek pumpkin's eyestalk should have blue - not red. I was hurrying and couldn't find my darn metallic blue paper. LOL!***

Also while I had all the papers out, I decided to make a tag card with some of the bits.