Tuesday, November 24, 2015

High Goofy Factor / My Mind's Eye

Happy Tuesday, scrappy friends :)  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for My Mind's Eye.  I wanted to use the My Story collection to create a layout about something I'm thankful for.  I saw these silly pictures of me and my husband and thought about how grateful I am that we have such a down-to-earth relationship.  We aren't afraid to be goofy and silly together, and I love that about us.  So I decided to create this really long title....and I used #311 because our anniversary is March 11.  And I've been struggling with how to use those typewriters...problem solved!  I love when I get an idea that actually turns out well...haha :D

I started with some of the My Colors Glimmer Cardstock in Polished Stone...I just love this beautiful light grey color.  I have really been inspired by Paige Evans for quite a while, and one of her techniques is using a square punch to create mix-matched chevrons out of patterned papers.  I tried it for the first time and LOVED it!  You just cut the squares diagonally in half and then arrange them into triangle rows.  I adhered them all down and then added some white gesso.  I also added in some spray inks and gelatos for a messy watercolor look.

These colors....swoon!  I added some gold machine stitching once everything was dry.  I just love this texture and color.

Aren't these typewriters adorable?  I love that there is space on the "paper" to write something.  I used some alpha stickers and some alpha stamps to type my message.  The pink one is from the chipboard sheet, and the yellow one is from the sticker sheet.

I love these black & white alpha stickers from the Just Sayin' collection.  I'm almost out...I need more!  I love the shadowed look.  I smudged a bit of gesso over them to give them a worn-in look.

This is probably the longest title I've created in a while.  I mixed and matched so many things...three different alpha sticker sheets, a die cut from my Cameo and some alpha stamps on a piece of transparency paper.  I love the effect of using different alphas and elements to make a title.  It just keeps things interesting :)

I hope this inspires you to create a layout about something you're thankful for....even if it is something small.  I think all of those small things really turn out to be big things in the end :)

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for visiting me!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Creating a Shaker Element on a Layout / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey, friends!  I'm so excited to share my newest Shimmerz layout with you today!  I decided to try something new and create a big shaker element on my page.  I didn't use any patterned paper on this page at all.  It's all cardstock and a few embellishments.

I began with white cardstock and some clear gesso.  I used the plastic packaging technique with Vibez Jeni B Bleu and Coloringz O Say Can U Sea.  I wanted to bring out the blues and teals in the photo so it would contrast with the pink.  I added a bit of pink to the background using Shimmerz in Magenta.  I also added a little bit of lighter blue and teals to the background with Inklingz in Blue Lagoon, Me & Blue and Spotlight White and some Creameez in Ride the Tide.

I took a big piece of plastic packaging from a chipboard sheet and cut a giant heart out.  I sewed most of it down and then created a bunch of confetti to put inside it.  I did that by using my confetti punch.  I used all the Shimmerz colors on a scrap piece of white cardstock and then punched through it.  I added the circles to the heart and then finished stitching it.

I used a cut file from Just Nick that I've had laying around for a while.  I love how it looks over the background and shaker heart.  I also added in some random buttons from my stash.  I love all those little confetti circles....you can see how I did that in my process video below.  I used embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Shine collection.

I decided to add some pops of yellow, so I added in some Coloringz in No Yoking.  I just LOVE how Shimmerz products look on white cardstock!

I love these pretty colors together.  I made sure all the blues and teals were dry before adding the Magenta here.  I added just a drip and then used my small acrylic block to smudge it around.

Here's a close-up of all those tiny circles...all colored by Shimmerz :)  You could still do this idea even if you don't have a confetti punch.  You could simply cut strips with your scissors and then cut them into teeny squares.  You'd still get the same effect.

Here's my process video if you'd like to check out how this layout came together.  I hope it inspires you!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!  You can also check out the Shimmerz YouTube channel for even more Design Team inspiration!

Products Used:
 Coloringz--Heidi Ho Blue, Oh Say Can U Sea, No Yoking
Vibez--Jeni B Bleu
Inklingz--Spotlight White, Blue Lagoon, Me & Blue, No One's Chrome
Creameez--Ride the Tide

Friday, November 20, 2015

Show Me Your Teeth / My Scraps & More

Happy Friday, friends!  Today I'm sharing a layout I created for last week's Pinspirational Crop over on the My Scraps & More boards.  One of the challenges I issued for the crop was based on this Abstract Art pin.  I love the idea of getting messy and then creating something neat and organized out of it.

I created this layout based on the messy punched circle idea.  I used the Basic Grey B-Side collection for this, and I was inspired by the beautiful bright colors in it.  I took a sheet of white cardstock and used some of my ink sprays to create a messy design.  I used a stencil and acrylic block as well as just spraying and splattering the ink down.  Then I took a circle punch and created a lot of circles from my messy background.  I arranged them on another sheet of cardstock, adhered them and then did some stitching.

I did layer a few patterned papers behind my photo as well as add a bit of washi tape.  I also used some Jillibean Soup stamps to create more circle embellishments.

 Aren't these colors gorgeous!:  I love how the black pops against them.  I used several die cuts and stickers from the B-Side collection here as well as another JS stamp.

I combined some of the BG small alphas with a Cameo cut for my title.  I added one of my favorite things, too....tangled thread :)

You can check out how I created this layout from start to finish if you're interested.  I hope you are inspired by it as well as the pin!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Always Butterflies / November CREATE Magazine

Happy Thursday, friends!  This week the November 2015 issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE Magazine was released, and there are over 200 pages of gorgeous layouts and projects inside!  I have one layout and one off-the-page project published this month.  You can go HERE to download your FREE copy!

I'm sad to say, though, that this is the final issue of CREATE.  Debbie's life has gotten even more hectic these days, and so she made the decision to close the magazine.  It has been an amazing year working with her and our very talented design team.  I want to give a huge thank you to her for asking me to be a part of the 2015 Design Team.

I was assigned the Journaling Challenge this month, and the challenge was to use or write a Thank You note or letter as your journaling.  I couldn't think of a better person to thank than my awesome husband, so I wrote him a little note on this page.  I found this amazing quote on Pinterest and went with the butterfly theme.

I used some die cut butterflies that I created on my Cameo and then adhered them to white cardstock.  I heavily coated it all with white gesso.  I used gelatos, watercolor pencils and various inks to paint all around the edges of the butterflies and create this awesome watercolor look.   I used a few rub-ons and die cuts from Crate Paper, some sequins, a die cut from Cocoa Vanilla and some washi tape from my stash.

I love this quote!  I wanted the look of airy light butterflies flying everywhere, and I was so happy when my page turned out better than I imagined!  I combined a rub-on with a die cut for my title, and I printed the quote on vellum.

Those grey leaves are from Cocoa Vanilla.  I just used a Martha Stewart heart punch for this yellow heart.  And as always, I added some tangled thread for more texture and interest.

Here's the bottom of the page...just a bit of striped washi tape, some sentiment stamping (Maggie Holmes Shine), another little butterfly, some stitching and a cute sequin.

I love the texture here!  The gesso really did a great job of making this look so neat... I really love how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the CREATE Magazine and see all the gorgeous projects inside!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hi Hey Hello / The Cut Shoppe

Hey there, friends!  I hope you're week is going well.  Today I am sharing my latest layout for The Cut Shoppe using three different cut files.  I used two older sets mixed with a newer one.  I used that fun brush stroke with the heart from the Doodle Dandy set and a few flowers from the Funky Florals set.  I used the Hi Hey Hello cut file for my title.  It's so fun to mix and match different cut files together!

I used the Pink Paislee Memorandum collection for this layout.  I was inspired to use it because of the purple color in my daughter's shirt.  The purple in this collection matched perfectly!  I used the purple patterned paper to cut a large brush stroke and used that as a big base for my photos.  I added a bit of floral paper to the bottom and top of the page and then made sure those colors were mixed in to the middle of the design.  I went through several layers of gelatos, spray mist and paint to get my title just the right color.  I used gelatos to color the die cut flowers and then added some buttons to the centers.

I started out coloring this die cut with different colored gelatos.  I didn't like how it looked, so I added a few different colors of spray mist.  I didn't like that, either, so I finally painted over it all with some blue acrylic paint.  I added pop dots under it since I raised my photos up as well.  I love this cut file because it can be used on any type of layout.

I fussy cut a few flowers from the floral paper and added a washi tape heart.  I also added splatters in a few different colors and some silver machine stitching.

These flowers turned out so cute, I think.  I haven't used buttons in forever!  I added some silver thread to the centers for a bit more detail.  I love these pretty colors together!

Here's a shot of the bottom of the layout.  I added in a few paper layers, a flair button, a washi tape heart and some machine stitching.  I like making sure all the colors from the center are represented in the lower and upper parts of the page.  Does that make me OCD?  :D

You can check out how I put this page together from start to finish if you'd like.... I hope it inspires you in some way!

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

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Love This Day / My Mind's Eye

It's the weekend....yay!  I hope you all are able to relax and get in some crafty time this weekend.  Today I'm sharing my latest layout for My Mind's Eye.  I'm still in love with the On Trend collection, and I decided to use it with a few bits and pieces from the My Story collection.  A lot of this page contains cut outs from the large frameables booklet.

I wanted this to be bright, airy and light.  The colors in the On Trend line just scream those things to me, so I didn't want to go too bold with my mixed media or my background.  I started with some My Colors Cardstock in Snowbound and the "Sweet" Scroll paper with all those pretty flowers.  I added a bit of white gesso so I could add just a little bit of color to the background.  I used the packaging technique and used some Shimmerz Spritz in Caribbean Sunset to add that light coral color.  Then I used Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine to add some gold splatters.  The big "love" and those flowers near it were all fussy cut from one of the frameables.

This cute little banner sticker is from My Story, and it matches perfectly.  I used another piece of a frameable to layer here (the green piece) and a piece of one of the 3x4 cards with shiny gold and white stripes.  Gold stitching was a must on this page :)  I think using black and white photos really makes everything really stand out without being overwhelming.

I love the texture of the My Colors Cardstock...it takes mixed media well, and I love how it looks and feels.  I added a few On Trend brads to the centers of these flowers.  MME always does such a beautiful job with brads!

Finally, I combined some of the round My Story alpha stickers with some Thickers from my stash for the title.  My journaling fit perfectly right under it.  I love the mix of these beautiful colors!

I hope this inspires you to create something light and airy...and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Merry Chrithmuth / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends! I'm SO excited to share my first layout using the 2015 November Hip Kits! They truly are one-of-a-kind and so gorgeous! There are so many exclusive pieces this month that you can only get in these kits. I decided to scrap this cute picture of my daughter from a few years ago at Christmas time. She was missing her two front teeth, and so my title reflects that...haha!

I started with a sheet of white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit and the striped Pinkfresh Studio paper from the Main Kit. I added some white gesso first and then used the exclusive stencil and Silver Metallic Paint Dabber from the Color Kit to create those little silver circles. Then I used a few gelatos from my stash to give a little bit of teal watercolor to the background. I used a few of the 3x4 cards from the Embellishment Kit as layers and several of the Pinkfresh die cuts. 

I absolutely love the mix of alphas this month! These awesome red October Afternoon letters look awesome mixed with the Pinkfresh Studio puffy alphas. Aren't the reds and teals so pretty together?

Here are some of the exclusive pieces from the kits. These silver glitter puffy stickers are just perfect for a Christmas layout. These acrylic die cut stars also add the perfect touch. 

I just had to use this cute little squirrel...something about him reminded me of teeth...haha! I thought of him using his teeth to eat an acorn, and it reminded me of Reese not having any teeth at the moment. Does that even make sense? :D I also loved the color of the squirrel.

Here you can also see those pretty silver circles from the stencil. I also used some of the My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots.  Finally, here's a look at the bottom cluster. I brought in each of the colors used in the top portion of the layout here. I just love these acrylic die cut pieces...they're so different than any other embellishment we've ever had! So unique and pretty.

Here's my process video if you'd like to see how I put this layout together from start to finish. I hope it inspires you in some way!

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