December 23, 2009
If you are ready for some springtime scrappin', head on in to Paper Pals and check out the new American Crafts Blue Skies line! A. Dor. A. Ble.
I had so much fun with these papers-- I had some photos waiting to scrap and these colors really worked well.
The layout of my niece was inspired by a Cathy Zielske who made a very similar hybrid page. I like the simplicity of her designs. It helps the photos you feature to really shine. Add a few paper flowers and brads, and you've got a layout!
I came up with my card concepts after being inspired by the great Remarks Journaling Stickers also by American Crafts.
Still to come-- another layout with these papers where I'll feature TWELVE photos on one 12x12 layout. Come back next week to see how to do it.
Until then, Christmas blessings to you and yours!
December 22, 2009
On the middle card I distressed/sanded the PP before putting it onto the CS. I highlighted with some rhinestones. Hey, a girl loves bling -- especially on Valentines Day. I topped the ric-rac border from the embellishment sheet with red ric-rac to provide texture & depth.
On the third card I again used the swiss dot red CS, the birds are from the embellishment sheet and also the half circle on the top left hand corner (it was actually a circle that I cut in half). I added the smaller circle (again from the embellishment sheet) and then added the black dots using a .05 marker.
The Love Me Do line makes card making easy. The papers are all reversible, fun to work with and the embellishment sheet tops it all off! Can't wait to see what you do with this line.
December 21, 2009
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December 8, 2009
The sleeve on the top were I placed the title is actually about 12 1/4 inches long. Since I was running out of paper I used my scraps of blue to extend it a bit.
December 5, 2009
December 4, 2009
Here's my take on these versatile photo sleeves. My sleeve contained (4)4x6 pockets and (1)5x7 pocket, and although I didn't have a 5x7 photo I wanted to use, I did have a lot to say, so I included my journaling there instead. I decided to use the whole thing like a traditional scrapbook page, and after matting my photos and including a few embellishments, the layout took only about 30 minutes start to finish. I really like the results. These sleeve pages would make short work of a lot of photos in an appealing way, for, say, a trip to Europe.
(Yes I'm still working on my albums).
December 3, 2009
But don't let that stifle your creativity! After I filled the slots in the page, I added lots of embellishments on the OUTSIDE of the pockets to connect them all together.
I also found it easy to go hybrid with these. I don't have a 12x12 format printer, so all of my hybrid work has to be narrower than 8.5". So 4x6 (or in my case 4x12) pieces of paper are easy to create on the computer and print to add to the pockets.
I got to feature photos of my son as "speed racer" with his favorite little tricycle. It's been retired now, but it's sure fun to look back at the time he spent driving that little "motorcycle" around!
So I love these sleeves since they follow the great grid rule of good design, but when you "think outside of the box" you're not limited to staying in them!
December 1, 2009
November 26, 2009
The page I chose was a 12x12 with 3 4x6 grids on the left side & 1 6x12 grid on the right side. I chose pictures from my grandson's, MJ, first birthday. Supplies: Bazzil CS, Creative Imaginations PP & buttons from my 'stash'. I used my Cuttlebug to make the First Birthday letters and my Xyron adhesive.
The fun thing about the grids is that a person could choose to put a picture on its own with no embellishments, cardstock or patterned paper into the sleeve. Or, as I did in a couple of pictures, I trimmed the photo, added CS & PP and a couple buttons & journaled. I didn't want to add too many embellishments as I wanted the focus to be on the simplicity & easy to use aspect of the Memory Keepers Grid pages. With the We R Memory Keepers Grid Pages, there are a wide variety to choose from.
I enjoy journaling in my own penmanship, so added a small 'blurb' at the bottom of the page -- using the Patterned Pattern to relay the Happy Birthday theme.
November 20, 2009
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October 20, 2009
And while I am certainly in a Glossy Accents and fine glitter phase, so I'm probably biased, I do think the extra dimension and sparkle that is added by these products is soooooo perfect for this holiday line!
October 16, 2009
When I issued the challenge, I had an advantage...I made this layout a month or so ago. This layout combines a few of my "loves":
- Scenic Route paper (this is last year's Halloween line). So sad they are going out of business.
- Harrison (my youngest)
- AWANA Grand Prix races (like Pine Derby races for Boy Scouts)
I adore the colors in this paper...using lime green should be "mandatory" for Halloween paper, don't you think? Sure, the other side of this paper has ghosts on it, but this side has stars, swirls, dots...all of which conveyed motion to me...perfect for racing pine derby cars!
I had some more of the BOO! to You! papers by My Minds Eye, and realized that in our household, Halloween is not the only scary time of year. My sweet 6 year old has learned that the big bad world outside of Mommy's care can be daunting. And she's learning how to cope with it.
So I created a layout that shares the feelings my 6 year old has. And one day she can look back and see how much she's grown and learned since that first day of kindergarten in 2008.
Again, it's a hybrid layout. I used Renee Pearson's high contrast photo effect in PSE and my title block with a faux finish brush. I printed the center photo/title square and then used papers and embellishements from the die cut sheet to finish out the page.
So, don't just assume halloween papers can only be used for events in October! Be creative.
And wouldn't ya know it, their halloween stuff for this year is just great! I was lucky enough to make a trick or treat box to add to the gable box parade at Paper Pals. All the ladies did such unique projects... how could I make mine different? I came up with adding windows (using the new Bazzill Clear transparency paper).
Sure had fun with this one!
October 15, 2009
I used last year's (or was it two years?) Christmas paper, Figgy Pudding, from Basic Grey to make this quick layout of my guy and me in the beautiful mountains of southern Germany. I painted all the edges and punched out the hearts from the paper too. The title letters are felt stickers from American Crafts.
Thanks Anita! That was fun.
October 14, 2009
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October 7, 2009
This is a scrap lift from a July 2009 issue of Scrapbooks etc. pg. 24. I did some stitching on my page which was fun. I like the quilt look of this page.
Another scrap lift which didn't really end up looking that much like the original. This one was from a Creating Keepsakes July 2008 magazine pg. 99. This is the kind of paper that is so cute you don't want to cover any of it up. I find that when I am given these kits to create with I become more creative. When I scrap with the paper I have at home sometimes I will not use it because I don't want to cut it up or don't know what to do with it even though I really like it. Then I end up saving things thinking I will use it one day. Therefore I have a bunch of paper that I love and don't use. So thank you Shawna and Karen for challenging me. It has really pushed me to be more creative.