Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Smitten With Your Smiles / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm excited to share the layout I created for National Scrapbooking Day over at the Hip Kit Club this weekend.  I created this for my challenge on our member forum to use acrylic paint on a layout.  I used the 2015 April Kits for this, and I pulled out some pink, teal and grey paints from my stash to help create my background.  It was very inspiring to see what some of the Hip Kit members came up with...there are some very talented gals on our boards!

You can check out my process video down below to see how I created this from start to finish, but I'll explain a few of the details.  I was inspired first by the colors in the papers & embellishments...grey, mint and pink.  I tore a big chunk of the mint cardstock and used it as a base for my photos and other pieces.  I used an old gift card to smear the paints down, and then since it was so bold, I used white gesso to tone it down a bit.  I added in some stamping, stitching and lots of chipboard.

Thicker overload...haha :D  Yes, all of these alphas come in the kits!  I mixed it up by using four different alpahs, including those small teal letter stickers from Elle's studio.  Those little sequins are from Crate Paper and were the perfect touch.

I've been wanting to use these gorgeous chipboard numbers, so I made them a big design element on this page.  I arranged them around my photo cluster and sewed them down with gold thread.  I love the mix of patterns and colors.

In addition to my paint, I also used a light pink distress ink through the circle stencil from the March kits to add a few subtle circles.  I tried using my finger to smudge white paint through the smaller circle stencil, but it didn't work as well.

One more close-up of my journaling, more stamping, sentiment stickers, paper layers, another chipboard piece and more paint.  I love adding those little details in!

I hope you got a lot of scrapping done for NSD...I got a few pages done for a few design teams.   They'll all be coming up soon :)

Here's my video if you'd like to watch the process.  Hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Paradise Memories / Hip Kit Club

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you are having an awesome National Scrapbooking Day / Weekend!  I'm busy working on a few design team assignments, so I have definitely been scrapping.  Today, I'm sharing my latest page for the Hip Kit Club using the 2015 April Hip Kits.

I was inspired to use that incredibly gorgeous green wood grain paper from Webster's Pages as my background.  I'm not a huge green fan, but that paper is just beautiful.  It was just begging for a tropical layout to be built on it, so that's what I did.  I pulled out an old photo of me and my husband in St. Lucia from 2003 and made a very bright and tropical layout.

I do have a process video down below if you'd like to see how I created this from start to finish.

I actually added my gesso and gelatos after most of the layout was put together.  At first, I didn't plan on adding any extra color to the background.  But the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to add some pops of bright blue.  I really love how that turned out.  I added some of the Prima Watercolor Pencils to that square wood veneer from Heidi Swapp, and that turned out wonderfully!  The wood took the color from the pencils really nicely.  I layered in some of the white Thickers down here at the bottom and finished it off with some of the cute Crate Paper flower sequins.

The very first thing I did on this page was give this "swiss cheese" dotted watercolor card some color.  I used the Prima pencils again to add pink, orange and yellow to it.  Next, I cut it diagonally and backed it behind my photo.  I also added a Freckled Fawn wood veneer word here that I backed with vellum.

Here's the right side of the page...layers of paper, wood, sequins and thread.  I really am glad I added the blue gelatos...it really pops.

One last close-up of the top layers.  This beautiful cut-apart piece just had to be used here because of the gorgeous tropical flowers on it.  I added some blue stitching at the top and a few Elle's Studio sentiment stickers here and there.

Here is my process video...enjoy!

I hope this inspires you to create something tropical and bright with your kits...this was so much fun to make!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Focus on Flowers / Chickaniddy Crafts

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!  (Or as my husband calls it...."every day that ends in Y"...haha!)  I can't argue with him!  I hope you get lots of crafty time this weekend!

Today I'm sharing my latest layout for Chickaniddy Crafts.  It's a Spring-inspired page that focuses on FLOWERS.  Nothing says Spring to me more than beautiful flowers, so I wanted to incorporate a lot of them onto my page.  Flowers are an embellishment I don't use a lot of, but I think they add such a pretty feel to a layout.  Of course, you know I love to go bold and bright, so I went through all of my Chickaniddy products and pulled flowers from the Jolly Good and Scrumptious collections.  I love the reds, pinks, yellows and oranges mixed together.  I wanted to add some blue flowers, so I used the flower stamp from the Jolly Good line and some blue ink to create my own.

Supplies Used:  Jolly Good--Sweater Weather JG140S04, Snow Play JG140S09, Sticker Sheet JG14EB01, Clear Stamps JG14ST01; Scrumptious--Home Sweet Home SC140S02, Check Please SC140S09, Hay Ride SC140S05, Friends & Family SC140S08, Sticker Sheet SC14EB02, Die Cut Tags SC14EB04, Alpha Stickers SC14EB02, Clear Stamps SC14ST01, Mini Brads SC14EB08; Faber Castell Gelatos, Brother Sewing Machine, Coats Thread, Silhouette Cameo, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, October Afternoon Date Stamp, Ranger Archival Ink, Sharpie Pen.

Here's how I created this layout:

1.  I wanted to use several of the bright patterned papers from these two collections, so I decided on a pie chart design.  I cut a large pie chart on my Cameo and used the cut outs to trace around each of the patterned papers.  Then I simply adhered them down and stitched around the edges.

2.  I wanted to add a bit of paint, so I used a few different colors of gelatos and colored them onto a piece of plastic packaging.  I spritzed it with water and then rubbed the plastic on to the paper.  It leaves a messy watercolor look.  Here's how I did that:

Draw some scribbles on the plastic.

Spray some water onto it (just a little bit) and smoosh the plastic together to mix it in.

Turn the plastic over and press it down onto the paper, kind of like a stamp.

Keep moving it around and pressing down on it until you get this messy watercolor look.

3.  I added some vellum and paper under my photos and used pop dots to raise them up.  Then I began adding the flower clusters.

4.  I added some machine stitching and mixed my title with a Cameo cut, some alpha stickers and stamps.

Here's a close up of the cute paper, mixed media coloring, stitching and thread.  I also outlined the pie chart pieces with a black pen to make them stand out a little more.

The flowers really pop all next to each other.  I love the bright colors!

I hope this inspires you to scrap something pretty with flowers for Spring!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Days Like These / Shimmerz

Hey there, scrappy friends :)  Today, I'm sharing a layout I created for Shimmerz using several delicious mixed media products.  It began as an experiment and turned out to be something I am very happy with :) (Go HERE to visit the Shimmerz Paint Store, and remember to mention my name when you check out and you can receive some free product!)

I began with white cardstock.  I added clear gesso to it first and then pulled out a few Dazzlerz in bright colors.  I used a Dylusions geometric stencil and a palette knife to spread multiple colors onto the cardstock.  I loved the mosaic look once I was finished.  I added some bright papers behind my photo.  I decided to use my Cameo to cut a really large title.  I decided to leave it white so it wouldn't compete with the Dazzlerz design.  The Dazzlerz go on so smooth and creamy...they were made for stencils!  I used my finger to smudge some Gummy Berry Blue onto the "days" part of my title.  Easy and fun :)

Here's a close up of the Dazzlerz.  They dry true to the color in the container, and they're very shiny.  If you're a bling and sparkle lover, these are for you!  I did use some plastic packaging and some Coloringz to add a bit more color.  This pink color is Pink Stiletto.

These paper layers are from Bo Bunny's Lemonade Stand collection as well some generic white tissue paper from my stash.  It makes great layering material.

I love the white-on-white look...very subtle and it doesn't get lost in the mix of all the other "stuff" going on throughout the page.  I added in some wood veneer hearts, which I colored with Coloringz and Vibez.  I also added lots of splatter drips, too.  Those yellow lines behind the title are Dazzlerz in Lemon Drop.  I added in some Coloringz in No Yoking on top of it.

One last close up the beautiful Coloringz and Vibez together....so pretty!  By the way, these liquids color wood veneer beautifully.

I hope this inspires you in some way to get creative with these products!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

Here is a video of my process creating this layout.  Enjoy!

Products Used:
Dazzlerz--Pucker Up Pink, Sour Apple, Gummy Berry Blue, Lemon Drop
Coloringz--No Yoking, Pink Stiletto
Vibez--Jeni B Bleu, Sunset Strip

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Awesome Sauce Photographed / My Mind's Eye

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Today I’m sharing a page I created for My Mind's Eye using the beautiful On Trend collection. If you haven’t seen this collection in person, you simply must get your hands on it! It’s so pretty and my favorite parts of it are the shiny gold elements, the fun overlays and the beautiful patterns on the papers and the Journal Cards.

I used some of the new Canvas Cardstock to build my page on and it’s amazing! This design was inspired by a few of the Journal Cards, so I used them as key elements on the page. I started with the Canvas Cardstock in Snowbound. It’s very sturdy and beautifully textured. I used a bit of watercolor on it, and since I used the plastic packaging technique, I didn’t use gesso beforehand. The cardstock took it very well and didn’t warp at all.

I used almost an entire pack of the Rub-Ons on this page! I just love them so much, and they adhere very smoothly. There are several fun designs, and I used them all around the photo and Journal Cards. The flower clusters are Rub-Ons that I fussy cut out. I love the texture it gives rather than just rubbing it directly onto to the paper. This also works well for layers so the rub-on doesn’t tear. I also added a bit of gold stitching.

I cut my title on my Cameo and paired it with more Rub-Ons. I really love the white-on-white look. Add in the pops of gold, and it’s just too pretty for words!

Isn’t that 'Awesome Sauce' circle SO cute?! I punched it out of a Journal Card. I just had to have that as a big element on the page because it’s just the cutest saying. I added some stitching through it and added pop dots under it. I just LOVE that gold and white striped journal card….too gorgeous!

One last close-up…the overlays in this line are awesome…I cut this circle out and layered it with a few strips of patterned paper. The date sticker is from the Fancy That line.

I think this collection is really pretty, and if you're a fan of GOLD, then I know you'll love it as well.  I love that I find ways to use the Journal Cards in other ways than Project Life or pocket page-style scrapbooking.  I think they are great tools for layouts.

I hope this inspires you in some way....thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

You Are My Sunshine / Hip Kit Club + a process video

Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend so far.  Today I'm sharing my latest layout for the Hip Kit Club using the 2015 April Hip Kits.  These products are just so pretty...I think this month has been my favorite so far.  The colors....just amazing.

For this, I started with some of the kraft cardstock and some of the squares from the Webster's Pages sheet included in the Embellishment Kit.  I cut out the ones I wanted and finally decided to do a horizontal design.  I added in a few more patterned papers and then came in with the gesso and paints.  I show this in detail in my process video down below.

The kits this month have a lot of Thickers included, so I was excited to be able to mix and match my title along the yellow strip of paper.  I think I also have trademarks now....haha.....tangled thread, watercolor and using vellum under my photos.  I think I do this on every single page nowadays!  I can't help it....I just love it.

Thickers and stitching!  I did have to go back and glue these letters down because of the gesso and paint...plus I pulled them up a few times.  I love these fonts and colors.

I wish I had several more packs of these round epoxy puffy stickers....they're awesome!  And I couldn't resist adding in some gold elements from Heidi Swapp.  I used a yellow gelato to color that Freckled Fawn wood word arrow.

This camera is originally white, so I used blue gelatos to color it blue.  I love how it turned out, and it was just what the lower half of the layout needed.  I added a few epoxy stickers, a wood tag, a few sentiment stickers and some thread to finish the cluster off.

These frames are very cool....you can staple and stitch through them easily.  They may great layering pieces.  And they come in delicious colors!

One more close up of this gorgeous gold....I just love it so much.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope this gives you some inspiration for using these kits!  Here is my process video....enjoy!

And stay tuned for next weekend.....It's National Scrapbooking Day, and there is a huge crop going on over on our Hip Kit forum!!

I hope to see you there!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I Am / My Scraps & More + a process video!

Happy Weekend, friends!  I feel like I haven't shared many projects lately.  That's mostly because I can't share what I've been creating lately.  But believe me...I have been a busy little bee behind the scenes!  Not a moment to spare as far as scrapbooking is concerned.  So many projects have to be completed in advance and then you can't share them until weeks later!  But they are coming :)

Today's layout is my latest project for My Scraps & More.  Our April Sketchathon is coming into its last week, and this is the third sketch I created for it.

I used the Simple Stories I Am collection, and it inspired me to create a page about ME and things that are important to me.  I did want to add a bit of watercolor to the background, but I didn't want it to overpower the layout.  So I pulled in some of the coordinating colors and made a subtle mess behind my layering.

This layout reflects my life of being an Autism Mom.  I felt that all the sentiments I added to this page are perfect for this theme.  I decided not to add any extra journaling because I probably would've written a book!  So as I looked through all the stickers and papers, these are the ones that spoke to me and made me say, "That's exactly what I feel right now."  This collection is so perfect for self-reflection.

These strips were part of a 4x6 cut apart sheet, and they describe me perfectly.  I am doing my very best for my children, and yes, we ARE on a journey.  I often ask myself if I'm going to be okay, and even though I have doubts, I know everything WILL turn out okay. I'm strong.  I'm going in the right direction, and I am lucky.  I did add some machine stitching.  I used some really old (REALLY OLD) Stickabilities alphas for "autism mom."  I just had to add that in because that is definitely who I am :)

I love all these little pops of gold (surprise...haha)!  I love the clear stickers and the sticky brads in this line....so fun and easy to use!

More of the same here.  I stitched through those little chipboard frames that I layered in and added in some tangled thread to my layers.  More fun stickers and sentiments as well.

One last close up of the title area...I used a chipboard piece, which I raised up with pop dots.  There are SO many fun word stickers in this line.  I did add a flair button from my stash...it was too perfect not to use.

Here's a process video showing how I created this layout from start to finish.  Hope you enjoy it!

I hope this inspires you to create a layout about YOU!  It was therapeutic in a whole new way for me.  And this collection is perfect for it.  Come on over and join us on the My Scraps boards...lots of fun challenges over there ALL the time!

Have a great weekend!