Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunshine and Happiness: Let's Scrap Sketches Design Team

Hey scrappy friends!! It's sketch reveal time again over at Let's Scrap!

Here is the sketch we are working with:

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And here is my take on the sketch:

I started with white card stock from American Crafts. All of my patterned paper is from the Simple Stories 'Sunshine and Happiness' collection. The majority of my embellishments are from that same collection.

These photos are 10 years old and feature my boys playing outside at their grandparents house. Such fun and such great memories.

For my title area, I made banners to go on both sides of my layout and added in a flower from the Doodlebug 'Fun in the Sun' odds and ends pack. The small frames that run down the sides of the layout are also from that pack. 

I used a scalloped border punch from Fiskars to add under each title. 

I decorated all of the little frames using stickers and chipboard. 

I did a little stamping using the 'Emeline' stamp set from Felicity Jane along with some teal ink from Heidi Swapp.  I  loved adding in all of the little bits and pieces around the layout.

I cut this cute heart out of one of the 3x4 cards that came in the collection pack. I added a camera die cut, a chipboard flower and then put a brad in the center of the camera.

This floral piece was another item that was fussy cut from a piece of paper. 

I used a few sequins from the 'Spring Mix' from Spiegelmom's Scraps. She has awesome sequin mixes if you are looking for some.

I hope you enjoyed looking at all of the fun elements on this layout. Join us over at Let's Scrap and maybe you could win a prize!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Be Silly: Clique Kits Guest Designer Layout

Hey scrappy friends!! I have another layout for you using the Jellybean kit from Clique Kits. And I know you will never believe it but it has MORE Snapchat photos!! Ha! What can I say, I love Snapchat!!

I used the ombre pink paper from Pink Paislee for the pink circles. The yellow circles are from a Bella Blvd. paper that is in the kit. I also used the polka dot vellum from the kit and some black card stock from my stash. 

Before placing all of the circles, I knew I wanted to add some mixed media to my layout. I started by using a gelato in the color called banana. I scribbled it on my background and then I used a baby wipe to spread it onto the paper. I used black, white and pink paint from Liquitex. I used a large dry brush and swiped the paint on. I wanted to see the brush strokes in the paint. I love the added texture!

Once the paint was dry, I placed down all of the circles, mainly using the pink ones and adding in the others for just a pop of color. 

I knew I wanted to use the black and white striped bag that some of the embellishments from the kit came in. I layered a doily from the kit on top of the bag and then added my pictures on top. I added some dimension to the photos by placing some craft foam under them. I sprinkled three of the Freckled Fawn foam words around my page and the word 'laugh' ended up on top of my photos. I mean how can you look at those silly photos and not laugh!! ;)  I added the 'she's crafty' flair from the kit and a bow from Bella Blvd. Under my photo area, I used that pink ombre paper again to make a tag. I added in some black and white twine from my stash.

I used the white alpha stickers from Elle's Studio for my title.  Around my title, I added a foam heart from the Freckled Fawn embellishments in the kit as well as a pink punched heart.

To finish up the layout, I used all of the hot pink and black hexagon enamel shapes. I love how they 
look mixed in with the circles.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and that you will stop over and check out all of the wonderful stuff that Clique Kits has to offer.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Snapchat Love: Let's Scrap Sketches Design Team

It's sketch reveal day over at Let's Scrap. Here is the sketch:

 And here is my take on the sketch:

Yes, I know--me and Snapchat, AGAIN!! What can I say? Those filters are just awesome!! And I like what I like! :)

I used a cut file from Paper Issues for the hearts. I watercolored some of them and on the others I used Heidi Swapp Color shine.

I cut out the gorgeous flowers from an Echo Park 'Just Be You' collection paper. I put a cluster of the flowers on each page of my layout. All of the patterned paper is from that same collection as well. I used a scalloped border punch from Fiskars to make the scalloped strip.

I added in some word strips around the layout that are from Simple Stories.
I used some gorgeous sequins from Spiegelmom's Scraps on the layout.

The alphas that make up my title are from Pink Fresh Studio and they are the 'Indigo Puffy Alpha.'

I also watercolored a few more hearts and placed a few beside the title and then a long strip of them across the top of both pages of the layout.

With a little sprinkle of some mist around the layout, it was done. 

I hope you will join us over at Let's Scrap and play along. You could win a prize for linking up your layout.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Love: A 12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout

How do you scrapbook? Are you inspired by your photos, your supplies or maybe the story?

I'm inspired by all three. For this layout, I had previously fussy cut some of the beautiful florals from the Starshine collection by Shimelle/American Crafts and those inspired me. I also knew I had the perfect picture to go with those flowers! Thus, this layout that I adore was created!!

The background yellow and the navy blue papers are from the 'Gather' collection by Maggie Holmes. The white card stock is from American Crafts. 
I hand stitched around my layout using some white embroidery floss. Although hand stitching takes time, I simply love what it adds to a layout.  I used papers from the 'Starshine' collection as my photo mats as well.

For the cluster on the bottom right, I cut a frame out of one of the Maggie Holmes Gather papers. I layered a heart from the 'Starshine' ephemera pack on top of it along with one of those beautiful flowers that I had previously cut. The flair is also from the' Starshine' collection. The puffy sticker is from the Pink Paislee 'Moonstruck' collection. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in navy blue and Heidi Swapp Color Shine in navy as well.

The cluster in the top right is simply a white tag inked in some spun sugar distress ink, a few more flowers and another flair button, a cut apart label from the Felicity Jane 'Emeline' kit and another puffy sticker from the 'Moonstruck' collection.

To the right of my photo, I added more flowers, a few more puffy stickers and a globe that was fussy cut from a Starshine paper. I did more hand stitching by giving the butterfly a little flight pathway.

Directly on top of my photo mat, I tucked in another tag and another flower. This one is actually a clear sticker that I placed on white card stock and cut out. The white card stock just helps the flower show up better. You can also see that I stitched around my photo mat.

To the top left of my photo, I added another cut apart label from Felicity Jane as well a puffy heart from the same kit. I added a butterfly that was fussy cut from a piece of patterned paper from the 'Moonstruck' collection.

I created another fairly large cluster in the bottom left corner of my photo. Once again, using goodies from all previous collections mentioned. 

Under my photo mat run two trips of patterned paper. One is just seen sticking out from the top of the photo area, while the other runs almost down to the bottom of the page and is cut into a banner shape. 

Scattered all around the layout are the navy Nuvo Crystal drops and the navy color shine as well as some beautiful yellow enamel dots from Freckled Fawn.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and I hope you scrapbook your memories using whatever inspiration you find.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Headphones On, World Off-A 12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout

If you have a teenager, you probably see them with headphones/ear buds on a lot!! My teenager is no exception!!


He loves music and watching YouTube videos on his phone or Ipad. I snapped these pictures back in September of last year and I wanted to document his love of toning the world (and probably his mother) out! ;)

I used a free cut file from the Paper Issues store. The file is called 'Slices of Life' and has several pie chart shapes and a few words as well. Paper Issues has lots of free cut files!! 

I cut the pie charts on my Silhouette Portrait  in different sizes and backed most of the pieces with patterned paper, leaving a few without. I used papers from the Bella Blvd. 'Addison' and 'Alex' collections. 

My background paper is just a white piece of American Crafts textured card stock. Once I had all of the pie charts backed with paper, I placed them in three clusters around my layout. I added some dimension  by placing a few of the pie chart shapes on some craft foam that I buy at Wal-Mart.  I backed my photos on some black card stock and placed them on my layout. 

I knew I wanted a fun and funky kind of font for my title. I went to the fonts in my Silhouette software and found one called 'Ethnocentric' and used that for the words 'headphones' and 'world.' The other words in my title are from a Bella Blvd. sticker sheet. I cut the font in black card stock and then outlined it with my white Signo pen. I outlined the gray letters in black. 

Then the fun part-embellishing!! I knew I wanted to add some music notes because like I said, he's always listening to music and finding new music and wanting me to listen to it. While we do share a love for some of the same music, some of what he listens to is not for me!!

The bigger music notes are die cuts and are from the Bella Blvd. 'Alex' collection. The smaller circular music note stickers are also from Bella Blvd. I added a few stars that I punched from the coordinating papers. I used a few clear stickers from the Simple Stories 'So Rad' collection. The word label stickers are also from Simple Stories

The circle with the headphones in it at the bottom right is another die cut from the 'Alex' collection. The music note tab is as well. 

I added in a few enamel dots from my stash, some journaling and some black splatters using some Heidi Swapp color shine.

I hope you will check out the cut files at Paper Issues and use them to document your memories. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

April Guest Designer for Clique Kits

A few months back Clique Kits had a design team call and I was chosen to be a guest designer for the month  of April. I'm so excited to complete some awesome projects for them using their amazing April kit called Jellybean. Stop by the Clique Kits website to see all they have to offer!

This is my first layout for them using the Jellybean kit. It's full of Bella Blvd. Make Your Mark papers and embellishments, some papers from Pink Paislee and a bunch of other fun embellishments from Freckled Fawn and Fancy Pants. 

I used the "Believe" patterned paper from Bella Blvd. for my background. The pictures on this layout are of my adorable but slightly crazy nephew, so I wanted to pull out the more masculine papers and embellishments. The paper I used for the circles on my layout is called "Make Time" and it's the backside of the strip that is above my photos that aptly says, "Make time for the things you love." These photos were taken on a "date night" with my nephew. We share a mutual love of Mexican food, so that is where we went for our date. As you can tell by these photos, he prefers the crazy faces and auntie has to beg for "one good photo!" Gotta love that kid!!

The green strip of paper that my photos are matted on is called "Magnifique" and it's also from Bella Blvd. The scalloped border paper is the backside of the "Daily Details" cut apart sheet from Bella. I made that scalloped border using a Fiskars border punch.  That cut apart sheet is where the blue card is from. I just adore that gold foiling!

My title is a cut file from the Clique Kits store and it will be available for purchase in April. Clique Kits offers exclusive cut files to their subscribers each month and they have files that can be purchased. I cut the file on my Silhouette Portrait using American Crafts white card stock. I backed the word "capture" using the lovely vellum that is in the kit. I outlined the cut file using black ink. 

For all three of my embellishment clusters, I have used a heart from Bella Blvd. Two of them are polka dotted and one is just plain gold. I also used a black foam heart and enamels dots in each cluster and they are both from Freckled Fawn and can be found in the kit. The "XO" strip in the bottom right cluster is cut from one of the cut apart cards from Bella Blvd. 

To add a little more interest to the background, I used a stamp from Sonshine Stamp Co. I stamped the circles using some Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black. 

The kit includes some plastic clips from Bella Blvd. as well. Honestly, I struggle using those clips. I decided to just layer the clip behind one of my photos instead of clipping it directly to the photo. 

I hope you will head over to the Clique Kits website and check them out. They have challenges and all kinds of fun stuff that happens each month. And stay tuned as I will be completing a few more projects for them using this amazing kit!