Monday, November 27, 2017

Crate Paper | Good Vibes

Happy Monday!  It's always good to start off the week, with a fun new collection from Crate Paper!  The Good Vibes collection has some awesome patterned papers and embellishments and I used them to create a cute, girly layout with a photo of our daughters from a recent trip to Disney World.

The patterned paper that I chose for my background, did most of the work for me on this layout.  It already has a mixed media kind of look, and I loved the mix of colors too.  You could turn this paper in any direction and it would still look awesome!

The rest of the layout was really easy to put together.  I wanted it to have a free-form kind of design.  I decided where I wanted the photo and then went with the rest of the design from there.  The large ampersand from the Ephemera Pieces adds a great contrast and texture, being placed near the photo.  And I used it to complete the title of the layout.

I completed the look of the layout, by alternating different types of embellishments from the collection, such as ephemera, chipboard, and stickers.  I also placed pop dots behind some of the embellishments to add dimension. 

If you haven't had a chance to check out the Good Vibes collection, now's a great time...and just in time to put it on this year's Christmas wish list!! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Altenew October 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway)

Welcome to the Altenew October 2017 Release Blog Hop!  I am excited to join in with fellow Scrapbookers and bring you inspiration using the new "Our Family" Scrapbook collection.  You should have arrived here from the talented Erum Tasneem's Blog.  If you're just now joining in the Hop, you can also visit the Altenew Scrapbook Blog or Card Blog to get started.

I loved working with the new "Our Family" Scrapbook collection.  There are so many fun, bright colors and lots of embellishments to work with.  I used the collection to create a layout with a photo of our oldest daughter, from a recent weekend trip.

I loved the color and diagonal stripe on this patterned paper, so I knew it was perfect for my background paper.  It's always fun to follow a diagonal design, and I love the way it turned out on this layout.  I mixed some of the wood pieces, chipboard pieces, die cuts, enamel dots and stickers to complete my layout.  I love to mix a bit of everything!!

You can find the NEW releases HERE.

Our Family Scrapbook Collection
  • Description:
This scrapbook collection is right on trend with fresh colors, watercolored elements, geometric designs, and florals (of course!).  The papers and embellishments have been designed to help you document your precious family memories, but are versatile enough to use on any layout, journal, or card project. 
The kit contains: 
  • 18 sheets of premium 12x12 double-sided patterned papers (36 designs)

  • One 3"x4" photopolymer stamp set
  • 12 3"x4" watercolor journaling cards
  • One 8.5"x11" sheet of 20 cardstock stickers
  • One 8.5"x11" sheet of 15 cardstock die cuts
  • One 8.5"x11" sheet of 16 chipboard stickers
  • Two 6"x12" sheets of chipboard alphabet stickers
  • One 5"x6" sheet of 17 adhesive wood veneers
  • One 4"x6" sheet of adhesive enamel dots
  • One metal die (approx. 3.5"x4.5")
  • One roll of washi tape (15mm x 10m)

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, November 2nd for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, November 4th.

Now you are off to visit the talented Debby Hughes Blog. And just in case you get lost along the way, or need to start from the beginning of the Hop, here's the full Blog Hop order.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Crate Paper | Fun Times

Fall is my favorite!  And one of our favorite fall family activities is the fair!  The kids love the rides and the fair food is always so good...even if it isn't good for you.  The Crate Paper Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes, is made for documenting fair photos.  I combined it with a fun cut file, to create multi-patterned paper look on my layout, today.

I cut the cut file design in two different sizes, and then backed each of the open spaces with a different patterned paper.  Once I had that finished, I layered the two cut files, adhering the smaller one with pop dots for dimension.  I placed my photo near the bottom right-hand corner, and layered it with the title.  Then I tucked in a few other embellishments to draw attention to the photo.

I created a second cluster area at the top left-hand corner of the layout, to give the page balance.  Those cut flags from the chipboard sheet were a must have on the layout!  And I couldn't leave off the adorable ferris wheel chipboard embellishment!  I also worked in some of the puffy stickers, to add more interest to the layout.

When I thought I had everything finished, I spied the cute Sticky Note Banner Shapes and had to find a way to incorporate them.  The scalloped half circles fit right in, tucked under the edge of the outer circle, and I love the way it turned out!

You can also find ways to use the Carousel collection for everyday photos and special occasions.  It would be great for a girly themed birthday layout!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Crate Paper | Capture Today

The Crate Paper Gather collection by Maggie Holmes, is still one of my favorites for fall layouts.  The calendar says it's fall here, but our temperatures do not!  But I don't let that stop me from documenting my favorite season!

You can never go wrong with a wood grain paper for your background.  It gives you a great pattern and color, but it's subtle enough not to overwhelm the rest of your layout.  I had to have leaves, since the theme of my layout was fall, so I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.  Then, I backed the leaves with three different papers from the Gather collection.

For the design of the layout, I used the leaves on the cut file to create a visual triangle.  I placed my title at the top, an embellishment cluster to the center right and my photo at the bottom.  I added interest to each area with a variety of embellishments from the collection.

Whatever season it feels like where you are, you can always document your favorite with all of the Crate Paper collections, from Christmas to Halloween or special occasion to everyday!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pinkfresh Studio Boys Fort Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Boys Fort Blog Hop!  Today, the Scrapbook Design Team will share projects using the Boys Fort collection, which is perfect for the boys and men in your life!  You should have arrived at my Blog from the talented Amanda Baldwin's Blog.  Make sure you follow along the hop and leave a comment on each Designer's post, to be eligible for the Boy's Fort collection giveaway.

I love the mix of neutral colors and masculine colors in this collection.  I used a patterned paper for the background of my layout, that had a more subtle pattern than some of the others in the collection.  I wanted to add a large stitched title, and have it stand out by using Black embroidery floss against the neutral background.

When I started the layout, I printed a color photo and a Black & White photo.  Then I couldn't decide which one I wanted to use, so I ended up using both of them.  I loved the effect of the two different sized photos and the contrast of having one in color and one in Black & White.

I finished up the design, with different embellishments from the collection!


You must comment on each Designer's Blog to be entered in the Giveaway. 

Comments will close at 11.59pm CST on Friday, Sept 8th, 2017.

Winner Announcement : Wednesday, September 14th, 2017

Now, it's time to continue on the Hop.  You are headed to the talented Flora Farkas' Blog!  And if you're just now joining in the Hop, here's the full hop order for you to follow. 


Have fun visiting all of the Design Team Blogs, and don't forget to comment while you're there! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Crate Paper | Happy Together

I always love to create layouts, that include my favorite things!  Those favorite things include, hand-stitching, wood grain, my Silhouette Cameo, and the Crate Paper Chasing Dreams collection by Maggie Holmes!  This layout came together just as I envisioned it and it was quick and easy.

I started this layout by drawing a large ampersand with the Silhouette Sketch Pens on a wood grain paper.  Then I stitched over the lines with a dark Pink embroidery floss.  I wanted to add my photo and embellishments inside the ampersand shape, so I placed my photo first.

Next, I started adding a mix of embellishments from the Chasing Dreams collection to the layout.  I mixed chipboard, ephemera pieces, stickers, and buttons to fill in all of the space inside the ampersand.  I love the look of the bright colors from the collection, against the wood grain background!

What are some of your favorite things to do or use on a layout?  I always feel so much more creative when I'm working with techniques and products, that I really love!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pinkfresh Studio Design Team Line Up & Escape the Ordinary Blog Hop!

Hello, and welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Design Team Blog Hop!  I had the privilege of being on the first Pinkfresh Studio Design Team, and I'm so excited to be back.  I have always loved the unique designs of the PF embellishments and papers, and I look forward to sharing monthly inspiration with you!  You should have arrived here from the very talented Beata Valint's Blog.  Let's get to the Hop, and make sure you read all the way through for an awesome GIVEAWAY!!

Today the designers are sharing layouts and projects with the new Escape the Ordinary collection.  This collection is filled with embellishments and papers that can be used for feminine or masculine layouts.  I created a masculine layout for my post today.

The initial inspiration for this layout, was a geometric/origami heart shape.  I checked around on Pinterest for an origami heart tutorial and created mine from one of the papers in the 6x6 paper pad.  Once I had the heart folded, I used my sewing machine to sew a zig zag stitch down the center.

Next, I cut a large geometric shaped heart on my Silhouette Cameo.  Then I layered the smaller origami heart in the center of the larger one.  I mixed the Golden Foil and Leatherette Alpha Stickers to create the title for my layout, wrapping it around the outside edge of the heart.  

I finished the layout, by adding some of the puffy stickers, ephemera pieces and chipboard stickers.  All of the embellishments were perfect for completing the design around the rest of the heart.  I also layered a few other embellishments around the origami heart, to help draw the eye to the center of the layout.

We are giving away the entire Escape the Ordinary collection to one lucky winner and stamps/dies totaling more than $100.00 to one winner.

The Winners will be selected randomly from comments left on each of the DT Blogs.  YOU MUST COMMENT ON EACH BLOG THROUGHOUT THE HOP, TO BE ENTERED AS A RANDOM WINNER.

Comments will close at 11:59PM CST on Friday, August 18th, 2017.

Winner Announcement: Friday, August 25th, 2017

Now, it's time to continue on the Hop!  You are off to visit the talented Julia Stainton's Blog.  And here is the full Hop order, just in case you're just now getting started:

Thanks so much for joining in the Hop!  Make sure you are following Pinkfresh Studio and all of the designers on Social Media, for all of the inspiration you need using all of the amazing Pinkfresh products!   

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Crate Paper | Tickets Please

Happy Friday Blog friends!  I've got a new layout to share with you today, using the Crate Paper Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes.  And what better photo goes with the Carousel collection, than one of your kids on a carousel!!

As I was browsing through the 12x12 papers, I decided to use the fun Canopy patterned paper.  I really loved the burst design, and the rest of my design was based on the paper.  I placed my photo at the bottom of the page, and I wanted to create a half circle look with the embellishments to resemble a carousel.

I started adding embellishments, with the carousel zebra.  It's placement actually helped to cover up someone else in the photo, that ended up being reflected in the mirror of the carousel.  Layering an embellishment over a photo is a great way to cover up or disguise something that you don't want to show.  

I mixed other embellishments from the Ephemera Pack, Chipboard Stickers and Sticker sheet.  I used the Gold Foam Thickers from the collection for my title, and I love the pop of gold layered over the black & white photo.  Once I had all of the embellishing completed, I used my sewing machine to stitch along some of the burst pattern, for extra texture on the layout.

You can find the Carousel collection in some of your favorite online shops!  Head over and grab some of your favorites from the collection!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Crate Paper | Happy

I can honestly say, that I haven't met a Crate Paper collection that I didn't like!  The new Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes, is a collection that definitely falls in that category!  I LOVE everything about it!  There are so many whimsical images and I love the color scheme.  Today I have a new layout to share with you, using the Carousel collection.

Here's the story, on how this layout came together.  The flowers are cut from the Magical patterned paper using my Silhouette Cameo.  I originally planned to use the flowers on a different project, but I changed direction after I had cut the flowers.  I kept them on my desk and decided to use them on a layout instead.  For the layout design, I took inspiration from one of my previous Crate Paper layouts, which used a large covered initial.  This is the original layout:

Even though I used the same idea from this layout, you can see that I changed things up, to get a completely different design on the new layout.  It's always fun to take a previous idea and turn it into something new.

I wanted to keep most of the initial free from embellishments, so I clustered most of the embellishing around the photo.  The Ephemera Pack for the Carousel collection has a ton of adorable pieces, and it was hard narrowing it down to just a few for my layout.  I knew I wanted to mix the Ephemera with stickers, chipboard and the cute clips included with the collection.

To bring balance to the layout, I did decide to create a cluster on the top left-hand side of the initial.  I just had to work one of the cute fabric bows into the layout, and this simple cluster was the perfect spot.  

I hope you're looking forward to getting your hands on this gorgeous new collection!!  Keep an eye on your favorite online shops for availability.  And if you missed the full reveal of the collection, you can see it HERE on the Crate Paper Blog. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crate Paper | She Sells Sea Shells

Summer days are here, and the Oasis collection from Crate Paper is perfect for documenting summer memories!  We recently went on vacation to the beach, so I have a lot of photos to get on layouts.  The inspiration for this layout, started with my photo and a tongue twister that went along with the photo.

I wanted to use the She Sells Sea Shells tongue twister, since our daughter was holding up a shell she found on the beach.  I cut the title on my Silhouette Cameo from one of the papers in the Chasing Dreams collection.  I wanted a more subtle pattern for the background paper, so I could back each of the words with a patterned paper from the Oasis collection.  After looking through the Oasis papers, I couldn't find one that I thought would work for the full background, but fortunately the papers across the CP collections coordinate really well together.

Once all of the words were backed, I machine stitched with a zig zag stitch and a straight stitch.  I like the look the mix of stitches adds to the title.  I placed the photo in the center of the layout, and then started my embellishing, to create a collage look inside the circle.  I used a mix of the Oasis Ephemera Pieces, Chipboard, Stickers, Puffy Stickers and Buttons inside the circle created from the title.  I love having a mix of different kinds of embellishments filling in a shape.

I had a lot of fun with this layout design, and it came together really quickly!  It's important to balance your embellishments, when you're creating this type of design, so make sure you pay attention to the size, color and type of embellishment you're using when creating a collage look on your projects. 

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