Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Focus on Stickers / My Mind's Eye

Hello there :)  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  Today, I'm sharing my latest layout for My Mind's Eye.  It was up on the blog last week for Sticker Week.  I chose to make the stickers from the Just Sayin' collection as my focus.  This was a challenge  because all of the stickers are words or sentiments. 

I decided to incorporate a cut file that I found in the Silhouette store.  I wanted one that I could easily fit lots of the word stickers into.  This fun rectangle and square design was perfect.  I backed all the open spots with patterned paper and then added the stickers.  All of the words on this design are stickers.  I think it turned out really cool, and it was fun to create!

I pulled a few stickers from the Necessities collection.  They make perfect little details here and there...like days of the week or date stickers.

I just love the alphas in the Just Sayin' line.  The shadow effect is awesome!  I also added in a few gold glitter enamel arrows.

Here's a close up of the die cut and stickers.  I added in some stitching throughout the layout.  I just can't get enough of the sparkly gold!

I hope this inspires you to pull out your stickers and use them in a fun and different way.  I love a challenge, and I really enjoyed putting this one together.  You could do something like this with almost any type of stickers from any collection.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Creative Scrappers #284 featuring 17 Turtles!

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend and having fun preparing for the holidays.  If you have any spare scrapping time, here's the newest sketch from Creative Scrappers!  Today's reveal is awesome because we partnered up with 17 Turtles and the design team used one of Juliana Michaels' amazing cut files on our layouts!

Here's the sketch (also designed by Juliana).

Here's what I created.  I love the circles in this sketch, so I chose this awesome Swirl cut file to work with.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!  I used the Open Book collection from Crate Paper for this.

After I chose my background paper, I decided on using the book ends paper for another background element.  I focused mainly on the yellows, corals and pinks.  There are lots of green accents in this collection, so added in a bit of green watercolor and gelatos.  I punched several circles out of patterned paper and then cut my photos into circles.  I used pop dots under them to give some height, and this allowed me to easily add lots of thread under them, too.

Here you can see the depth created.  I just had to add more gold touches...I love that most CP collections lately have lot of gold in them!  I added some gold stitching here.

I've been waiting to use these amazing chunky gold glitter Thicker words....omg!  I want to stick them on everything in sight!  They are beyond beautiful.  And don't you just love this cut file?  I decided to leave it white.  Sometimes I paint them, but I like the way this stands out without being overpowering to all the other elements.

One more close up of the cut file and the layers.  Die cuts are so fun to play with!

You don't want to miss out on our awesome prize this month!  So play along with us and link up your layouts over on the inlinkz on the Creative Scrappers blog.

The prize is a $20 Gift Certificate to the 17 Turtles Etsy Shop!!  You can create a layout using Sketch 283 or 284 to be eligible.  The deadline to submit is December 31st at midnight EST. 

And for your shopping enjoyment, use the code CS17TURTLES25 to save 25% off any order from the 17 Turtles shop!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fall Favorites / My Scraps & More

Hey there!  Today I'm playing catch up and sharing a layout I did a few weeks ago for a Word Up Wednesday challenge over at My Scraps & More.  The challenge was to use the word "Favorites" on your layout.  I think any scrapbooker would find this really easy, since most of us scrap our favorite things all the time :)

These are photos from a few years ago.  They were intimidating to me for a long time because of the unique orange color.  I know there are certain colors that are just plain hard to scrap, and for me, this shade of orange is one of them.  But I made it work.  I decided to incorporate lots of blue into it to offset all the orange.  I used some older My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste for this, and even though none of the orange goodies I used match perfectly with her shirt, I think it all flows nicely together.

I love this blue ombre background.  I jazzed it up a bit by adding some modeling paste through a chevron stencil and then adding bit of blue gelato.  I did some stitching with white thread through the die cut hearts (from The Cut Shoppe) and added some orange gelato below the photos.  I just smudged it right over my thread.  I added in bits of chipboard, stickers and enamel dots here and there to finish it off.

I was so excited to try out the new Cameo sketch pens.  This was the first time I had tried them....and they're AWESOME!  You just use them in place of the blade, and they draw out your shape.  I hand cut it out afterwards and used a few blue watercolor pencils to shade it.  (You can see how I did this on another layout if you check out my previous post....I used the red pen for that one).  I stitched right through this chipboard flower.  If you machine stitch through chipboard shapes, just go slow and it will work fine.

I cut these adorable pie chart hearts for a previous project that I didn't wind up using, so I made them work for this layout.  I stitched over all the lines...I love this effect.  I also tied some floss around the cute little chipboard mason jars.

One more close up here of the left side....aren't those enamel dots just adorable?  Love the colors.

I hope this has inspired you in some way.  If you need more inspiration or just want to play along for prizes in challenges, come join us in the My Scraps forum!  Challenges every day, prizes each month, and lots of other fun things always going on!  The new team starts up in January, and I'm thrilled to be staying on.  I love the girls there....it's really like a family :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Merry & Bright / The Cut Shoppe

Hey there, friends!  I'm up on The Cut Shoppe blog today with a fun Christmas layout, and I used some of the cutest cut files!  All of the new Christmas cut files in the store have me so excited to scrap holiday photos!  It's really hard to select just a few to use on one page.  I narrowed it down to three different cut files to help create this layout--Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Captured and Winter Wishes.  I used mostly Elle's Studio goodies for this.

I cut the background on plain white cardstock after shrinking it down a bit.  I backed it with a light blue patterned paper to give it a subtle effect.  I wanted it to stand out, but not be overpowering.  I layered more patterned papers underneath my photos.  I cut a few of those adorable frames and used them as layering pieces.  Lastly, my title is a cut files.  I used my red sketch pen on my Cameo to trace the words, and then I cut them out and used watercolor pencils to shade in the color.

Here you can see the background cut.  I added a bit of watercolor here and there to add interest, and I love how that turned out.  I love that you can expand or shrink these files to fit exactly what you want.

I used pop dots to raise up my title, and I love the shadows and depth created here.  Shading this title was easy!  Watercolor pencils are very easy to use...you just dip the point into some water and it goes on so smoothly and blends really nicely.

Lastly, here's another shot of the title, one of the frames and the background together.  You really can mix and match a lot of these files together.  They're very versatile.

Here are the exact files I used:




I hope this inspires you to create something awesome using some of the Christmas cut files!  Get creative and try out the sketch pens...you'll love them!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Summer Mini Album in December / My Scraps & More

Hey there, friends!  I hope you're having a nice weekend so far.  We're heading out later on to get our Christmas tree!

Have you checked out what's on sale in the My Scraps Store lately?  If you're a mini album lover, then you MUST get your hands on one of these adorable little Fancy Pants Mini Brag Books.  They're only $4.99!!  And let me tell you, there are a TON of pages included in one.  I wound up taking out a lot of mine...I'll show you what I have left over at the end of this post!

I have SO many Summer photos of my girls in the pool, so I decided to showcase a few cute ones in this album.  I used lots of mixed media on lots of the pages and had a great time making this!  I pulled out the Good Day Sunshine  and DIY Boutique collections from Simple Stories for most of this album.

I wound up making way more pages than I anticipated...mini albums are addictive!  What I like about this FP book is there are blank pages, pages with journaling lines, clear protectors for 4x6 photos and protectors for 3x4s.  Perfect for pocket cards!  Some pages I added photos...some I just embellished...some I journaled on.  Whatever struck my fancy is what I did with this :)

Enjoy all the little pages!

Now, check THIS out.  This is what is left of the album pages that I DID NOT use.  Seriously!  There are a TON of possibilities with this.  I knew with adding paste and chipboard that my album would get thick and bulky fast, so I took out a lot of  pages.  You can use way more if your album is flat.  OR you could make another entire album with what's left over.  A GREAT deal for $4.99!

And the pages hold gesso and paste really well.  

I hope this inspires you to try making a mini...they're lots of fun!  There are a few different styles of this Fancy Pants album in the store HERE.  Go check'em out!!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Awesome Moment / My Scraps & More

Hey there!  I have a bright layout to share today.  I created this for a Friday Favorites challenge over on the My Scraps forum a few weeks ago.  This is where we choose a layout from a forum member to lift.  I chose an amazing layout from Brianna to lift.  She used some fun geometric shapes around her photo, so I used a geometric-type die cut and backed it with bright patterned papers from the Echo Park Creative Agenda collection.

I titled this one Awesome Moment because even though it looks like something very ordinary, it isn't.  My girls hardly EVER sit beside each other, and if they do, it's usually by mistake and lasts only for a few seconds.  This time it was a few minutes.  For me, it was very awesome to see them together!  I finally used one of the awesome wooden script words....I think from Studio Calico.  I inked it yellow.

I sort of went stitch crazy here....haha.  I can't help it...I'm in love with my sewing machine!  Isn't that flair pin so cute?  Love that EP has these now!

I created lots of layers here.  I wanted more pops of color, so I added in those numbered chipboard circles.  I picked them for color...not the numbers.  I even stitched on my photo...and I love the effect!

I was happy with how this one turned out...even though my background threw me for a while.  It was hard to jazz up such a dark color, but with the help of some gesso and gelatos, I made it work.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cookie Smile / My Mind's Eye

Happy Tuesday!  I really can't believe December is here...this year has flown by so fast!  Unbelievable how quickly it all goes. 

Today I'm sharing my latest layout created for My Mind's Eye.  I'm still getting lots of use out of the awesome Jubilee collections.  I used the Tangerine range for this page featuring my sweet Reese and her funny way of eating Vanilla Wafers :)  This layout was up on the MME blog last week HERE.

I really love the papers and colors in this line, and I wanted to use a few of them without it being too busy.  I chose the woodgrain, blue and white stripes and orange polka dots with a small strip of yellow.  This is a good example of seeing how adding gesso can blend and/or fade out some of the pattern and color.  Once I adhered the papers down, I decided where to place my photo.  Then I took some modeling paste and a stencil and created some triangles.  Gesso came next, which I just smudged with my finger.  Once that dried, I used some blue and green gelatos to create a blue "haze" around  my photo.  I love the effect it gives.

I used this circle die cut I had lying around in a stack of "stuff," and then I did some stitching.  I also added in some older MME decorative tapes.  I love that I can go back to older products and they match perfectly to the newer ones!

Lots of layering going on here.  I used one of the little frames in the 3x4 journaling cards package and painted it orange to place around the photo.  I also stitched on it to give it more intereest.  I dug into the Teals Necessities line for the WOW sticker and added a few brads and rubons as well.

Here you can see some of the paste texture...I love the subtle look of the triangles.  I also was excited to use this Smile chipboard piece...I just love it!

I hope this has inspired you somehow to throw in a little mixed media onto your projects...it's really not nearly as difficult as it looks.  Gelatos are a great way to start...they go on like butter and are very hard to mess up.  Very easy and lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!