Wednesday, August 24, 2016

XO

I have my third layout using the main kit from My Creative Scrapbook kit club. This week I decided to do something a bit different and go for a "clean" mixed media background. The colors in the photo and the embellishments were my inspiration for the mist colors that I used to color the modeling paste. The photo has been sitting on my desk for quite a while now. It is dark and has been somewhat challenging for me in choosing papers and embellishments. Once I decided to make my own background incorporating the colors of the tricycle the paper choices were easy.


Taping the stencil down to my work surface helped me to keep the colors separated while I was applying the paste through the stencil. I used Heidi Swapp mists to color the modeling paste, but you can use watercolors and acrylic paint as well.


Her sweet face and the expression is why I wanted to get this photo on a layout. It's just one of the many that tug at my heart strings :)


I kept the embellishments to a minimum since the background is fairly busy. Outlining the paper layers helps them stand out against the mixed media.


Here's a link to my process video if you'd like to take a peek.



Friday, August 19, 2016

Another Love Layout...

Today I have my second layout that I created for My Creative Scrapbook using their August main kit. I am sure that if I went through my albums and looked at the titles of the layouts that quite a few would be "love". It's generic, unoriginal, and so easy to put on a page, especially when it is on a chipboard sheet. So I did...and I will do it again :) For this layout I really wanted to showcase a mix of the papers that were included with the kit. The woodgrain is one of my favorites and it is such a pretty shade. 



The kit included the Fancy Pants flair and I thought that this one was perfect to pair with the clouds in this cluster.


The title is clustered on a gingham doily that can be found in the ephemera pack. I also cut a thin strip of the woodgrain paper and placed it underneath the title to cover the bit of "trapped" space under the letters O and V. 

Stitching adds the final touch to this layout. These papers somewhat reminded me of a quilt which inspired a layout that you will see in a couple of weeks. So I thought that it was only fitting to stitch on some of the paper layers.



I have a process video if you'd like to take a peek. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day!



Friday, August 12, 2016

Today's Challenge is Fancy Free

It's time for another Scrap the Challenge layout with Mari, and today we challenged ourselves to use the Fancy Free collection. I am so thrilled that Paige Evans has made it into the design world. I have always loved her layouts, so it was no big surprise for me that I loved her line. One of the things that I love most is that it is both masculine and feminine! When you have a boy and a girl it is nice to have one collection that truly can be used for both types of pages. 

I used a cut file from Hip Kit that was designed by Ashley Horton. The file is free for those who join their website. The heart was one of several cut files for the month. I did some messy stitching around the heart and thought that I was going to break my machine in the process! There was a grinding noise and the needle got stuck a few times....I'm sure that is not a good thing. Fortunately I made it through without breaking my machine.


I love these Thickers, even though not every thing can truly be the "best ever". While I would love to see other phrases included, I would rather have a phrase that I can use so I am in no way complaining.


 These colors are just magical together. I wanted to use more of the blues and the greens to give it a more masculine feel. I did sneak in a doily though to add a different texture. After I finished recording I looked back over the layout and felt like it needed a little something else. So I pulled out these clear sequins and scattered a few around the page. It was exactly what the layout needed.


Here's a link to my process video. Be sure and check out Mari's as well. Have a wonderful day my scrappy friends!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My First Official DT post for My Creative Scrapbook

Good morning my friends! Today I have my first layout for My Creative Scrapbook kit club using their August main kit. This kit is full of Fancy Pants with a bit of Illustrated Faith thrown in and is just gorgeous! This photo is of my daughter after I told her she could have one more gummy worm. This is what she pulled out of the package, and no I didn't allow her to eat that entire thing :) 

Just because I know someone is thinking it....I was in my neighborhood and stopped to take the photo. I don't like to use my phone and drive and above all I want to set a good example to my kids. 

 The background was looking a bit plain so I added some mists and used a bit of texture paste through a heart stencil. I did not want it to compete with the bright colors of the papers, so I purposefully kept the tones muted. 





This title is perfect for this photo :)


Here's a link to my process video. I hope you have a great day!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

8th Grade

For today's layout I decided to use my Felicity Jane Next Stop kit. I love the floral paper in the kit. I am a sucker for a beautiful floral and this one makes me so happy! The photo that I'm working with is one that I took on my daughter's first day of her last year in middle school...and my journaling reflects my feelings on this subject. Let's just say that this momma thinks her baby is growing up way too fast and I just want time to slow down just a bit.


 I fussy cut a few of the flowers so that when it came time to make this layout I could just choose a few and go with the flow. I fussy cut bits and pieces while I'm watching tv and want to do something scrappy but not make a page. These pearls have been in my stash for quite some time so I was happy to get some of them used on this page.



I love the stamps that come with the kit. At first glance I wasn't sure just how much use that I would get from travel themed stamps. On closer inspection though I found several phrases that were more generic and I felt like "for real?" truly fit my thoughts as I was making this layout. I used CTMH ink in Hollyhock and it matches perfectly. 


Here's a link to my process video. Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Exciting News!!

I have been asked by My Creative Scrapbook to be an official member of their design team. I am excited and thankful for the opportunity. As of right now I will continue to be posting my process videos for them on Wednesdays four times a month.

I have a process video to share as well with you today. This layout I created several months ago. I have been so behind in sharing my layouts and getting process videos done. Actually, the voiceovers are what slow me down. Trying to find a quiet time without the phone ringing or kids calling me has been a bit challenging with everything else that goes daily. So my goal is to get somewhat caught up during August and September.

I love my silhouette cameo and decided that one of my scrappy goals for this year was to use it more frequently. When I saw this cut file in the Cut Shoppe, I knew that I wanted to use it on a layout. I pulled out Amy Tangerine's Finder's Keepers collection to use and chose the pink watercolor paper to use for the cut file. The background was looking a bit plain so I used Shimmerz No Yolking for a splash of yellow behind the cut file. 


There really isn't any journaling other than the title for this page. The cut file and playing with pretty papers was my only goal, and I am so happy with the way that it turned out.


Irit Landgraf has a video in which she used rub-ons on craft foam. I decided that I would try that with the clear stickers and the rub-ons and this is most definitely a technique that I will use again. It made it so easy to move the stickers and rub-ons around the page for me to figure out their placement. Plus it looks a bit like a puffy sticker!! Puffy stickers are some of my favorite embellishments so this is definitely a win-win!


Here's a link to my process video. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions :) Have a wonderful day!



Friday, July 29, 2016

Scrap the Challenge: Stash Kit Summary

Today, Mari and I have a video up showing the leftovers from our stash kit, and the layouts that we created. Both of us were ready to move on to something else and use some different products so we decided to retire our kit. We made a total of five layouts with our original goal being four. Woot!! 

I definitely did not even come close to killing the kit, and I'm not even sure I injured it :) I was amazed at just how little it looked like I used from the kit when I felt like my layouts were fairly product heavy. However, I did manage to use up 4 whole sheets of patterned paper, two of which I pulled into the kit from my stash. Three of the four I used as backgrounds, and one of them I fussy cut the florals and used the florals on two of my layouts. The 6x6 paper pad that I included was untouched when I put it in the kit. While I still have more than half of it left, I did make a serious dent in it. I used both sets of Thickers that I added into the kit, but only once for each set. The embellishments that I used the most of were from the Project Life Notes and Things set. I used a ton of them, but I think that are like rabbits and multiplied when I was not looking. I also used four frames from the Notes and Things frames that I had not even opened. That right there made me feel like the kit was a success. 

I did learn a few lessons along the way when putting this kit together. A 6x6 paper pad is a great way to stretch your kit and when I do this again, I will most definitely add it into the kit. I like various alphas for my titles, so two sets of Thickers just wasn't enough variety. I may not pull more into the kit, but I will keep in mind that I am going to most likely pull in additional alphas, and I'm okay with that. In this kit, I pulled in a puffy alpha set and another Thicker set. Another lesson learned from this stash kit is that purchasing a mini Project Life kit that I love is well worth the money. I used so many little bits and several of the 3x4 cards on the layouts.

Here are the layouts that I created with the kit in order of the challenges:











The best part of this challenge was that I did find that it took me less time to create my pages because my kit provided a great jumping off point. I did pull things in from my stash as well, but hey...the whole point is to use the pretty things that we buy! My kit summary video is below and I'm going to link Mari's as well. Have a great weekend my friends!


Mari's summary