Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Looking at the pile of scraps gave me a new idea... what if I created my own scalloped border with the individual half-circles? Sure enough - it worked! I got the cool, scalloped border, but with a little more oompf since they could overlap. Placing them peeking out across the bottom of my paper and a few to accent on the top right kept it from looking too busy. I added a few Melissa Frances vintage buttons to finish off the layout.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I used a lot of distress ink on this layout. After inking the edges, I used a Tonic edge distresser all around my background paper. I mixed the in a bit of My Mind's Eye papers and alphas to bring out the red.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
This month I decided to try some very simple cards. For the "Wishes" card I used Complete Set paper from the Thrift Shop line by October Afternoon. I used the green side of Ice Cream as a border. The flower was made using Nestabilities. I used a Tim Holtz sentiment on Coordinations cardstock cut with Nestabilities. I used Diamond Glaze on the heart.
For the "Happy" card I used Coordinations cardstock as my background - run through my Cuttlebug. I then used a doiley and different sizes of flowers cut with Nestabilities. I used the "Happy" sticker from October Afternoon's word stickers. I cut a strawberry from paper scraps and covered it with Diamond Glaze.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
As I mentioned before, the October Afternoon paper line was a lot of fun to work with this month. I love the green gingham check paper. I added some of the pink dotted paper and bingo, I have a cute layout. I punched out some pink dot paper flowers and also paper butterflies just to make the page pop. One of the newest products sold at ScrapbookPlus is the beautiful 3-D flower ribbon. They have it in several colors. I used it in green for this layout. I thought it added just a little something to the page. Since the baby is wearing a big white flower with clear bling in it, I also used the same concept for the page. It's just fun!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
What would you add to liven up this layout? Leave me your comment on what you would do! Do these pages need help or are they fine left alone? I can't quite put my finger on it!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Here I used both the orange side and brown side of Picnic Table for the blocks flanking my photo. I added a mini border embellishment from My Mind's Eye on top of the brown. The reverse of Front Porch makes up the bottom block and a piece of brown twill underlines the photo and grounds the top pieces. I covered some chipboard buttons with scraps of patterned paper and sprinkled some buttons across the layout. I used a corner rounder on all of the corners except the top left.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
I started by Glimmer Misting the October Afternoon graph paper "Lemonade" with Tuscan Sun & Sherbet. Scrapbooksplus has a great selection of Tattered Angels product. Distressing the Tattered Angels Fleur des Lis screen with Rangers Spiced Marmalade gave this page a French feel & inspired the title. I also stamped Fleur des Lys with the same color & distress powder, on top, adding a layer of dimension. The flourish mask was sprayed with Tutti Frutti GMist in the top right corner then layered with dark, metallic, pink embossed swirls. Strips of the fun, colorful October Afternoon paper were distressed & added. The page was finished with Basic Grey Wilma letters for the title "I love you". The edge of the paper was distressed with Worn Lipstick to pull the page together.
We had a good time with this impromptu photo shoot. Now I am just waiting for all those dandelions to appear! Enjoy!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
American Crafts has a fabric paper as part of their "Dear Lizzy" line that's adhesive-backed which matches perfectly with this month's October Afternoon kit. A few months back I found an online tutorial on making flowers using sticky back canvas by Tim Holtz. So I tried it out with the fabric - and it works beautifully!
Here's the link to Ranger's tutorial. Download the pdf file and print it out. There's five different sized circles on the page to make five separate flowers. And you skip directly to step 10 to make just the flowers.
You can see a larger photo of the finished tag here.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
This month's paper by October Afternoon reminded me of the lazy days of summer. I decided to try something new - I spritzed my background papers (Fly a Kite and Front Porch) with water and crinkled them up. When they were dry I ran them through my Zutter distresser - very powerful and impressive, available at Scrapbooksplus.
I inked all my edges using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I cut the kite shapes from the Ice Cream paper. The flowers were made from circle punches - spritzed and then distressed. The premade flowers are from Prima.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of patterned paper, round edges using corner punch.
Adhere the journaling card to center of the card base.
Ink sentiment die cut and adhere to the top portion of the card base.
Tie ribbon below the sentiment die cut. Use a strong adhesive to secure the ribbon to the card base.
Adhere roses and leaves to the center of the ribbon where it is knotted.
Add a button below the center rose.
Place pins through the center of the large rose.
Punch butterfly and apply Stickles to the center. Adhere to top, right of sentiment die cut.
Patterned Papers and Journaling Card – October Afternoon
Flowers – Prima
Decorative Pins and Button - American Crafts
Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts
Sentiment Die Cut and Leaves- My Mind’s Eye
Distress Ink (Barn Door) and Glitter Glue – Ranger
Adhesive – Scor-Tape, Zip Dry, Glue dots
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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
To make my sun, I used one of the October Afternoon round stickers and cut out the rounded triangles around the edges of the Ice Cream paper (below). Then I just layered them over each other wrapping them around the edge of the sticker.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
This month, I wanted to feature photos from our trip to the orchard last year and when I pulled them out, there was my sign photo! I decided to print it off and carefully cut around only the sign. Then I added some text to my scenic photo and added a free digital flourish from Mary Ann Wise I downloaded years ago. It originally had butterflies flitting around it, but I carefully erased them off and flipped the shape around until if looked just like I wanted. To continue the "postcard" theme, I got out my handy-dandy deckle edge scissors and cut a white border around my larger photos. I always loved the deckle edge the best... no lining patterns up perfectly - just cut away and you're good to go!
Once I had everything laid out, I needed some red. The red in the sign is really a fire-engine red and the October Afternoon line has some red in it... but more of a raspberry red. Not working for me! I cut a couple strips of red cardstock to put under my orange paper "ribbon" strip cut from Strawberry Jam and tore a Jenni Bowlin journaling circle in half to add two more little pops of red. Some circles punched from Front Porch and buttons finished it off.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Metal is always fun! Holtz's ball chain, type charms, & word stick were used for the title, "Live Free". Beads & thread added some bling & dangles from the cage. The Prima flowers were glittered up using Kiwi Smooch & stickles. It was the first time I had used Smooch & it adds a strong & pretty shiny look, which you can see on the leaves. Most of these products can be found at ScrapbookPlus.
The edges of the paper were distress using Black Dabber paint. Adirondack Dabbers are a great product & so easy to use when you want to add some paint. No brushes or water needed, just dab away. To finish this layout a journal card from the October Afternoon line was added. Now this cute deer has a permanent home!
Friday, June 11, 2010
I loved working with the sketch and papers that Megan picked this month. For this page I used Picnic Table as my background page. I used Garden to cover "Beauty". For the strips of paper I used scrap paper, ribbon and a small piece of Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon from Scrapbooksplus. Thanks for looking.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Here I created a school days page for my son's album. I used 2 sheets of Lemonade, the gridded side, and a strip of the striped side of Dandelions. The alphabet stripe goes well with my theme. The Notes journaling card was the perfect embellishment to the page as was the cork paper I purchased at the store a few months back.
I added this library book pocket that came in a kit I bought a while back. To make one of your own all you need to do is make a template and cut it out of any double sided paper. To make your template mark the measurements for the body of the pocket at 4"x10". Measure 4" up from one of the ends and add 1/2"x4" wings on each side. The notch in the front could be made using a circle punch with the edge of the paper going only half way into the punch. Fold the end with the wings up and fold the wings under, unfold and add adhesive to the wings. Fold it up again and you have a great little pocket perfect for some hidden journaling.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
A two-page design like this lets you showcase that favorite pattern alongside your photos. I got to use a huge block of my favorite paper, which combined with the two strips on the left help balance out the photo blocks on the second page.
And while I didn't have a lot of journaling to add to this page, you could easily replace the "Sprinkles" text paper on the right with a long journaling box.
So grab that piece of paper that you've been saving for just the right photo, or just the right layout and start using it!
Friday, June 4, 2010
For this tag, I used the very versatile October Afternoon paper Sprinklers. I embossed it using the Holtz Bingo Texture Fades. These embossing folders make a deep impression & work great with thicker products like Grunge Board. After distressing the tag with Spiced Mustard by Ranger I added this very old photo of my brother. The bottom of the tag was die cut with Sizzix Alterations "Ornate". Under the Holtz Film Strip I put small index prints & attached them with Tiny Attachers. To make this easier use a small stretched glue dot, on one end of the strip, under the black line to position it. Put a small glue dot under each photo & slide them under the strip. You could also just put the photo on top but the strips are distressed & photos look better under.
The Alterations 'Heart Wings' were used with "Picnic Table" paper. I cut grunge paper wings, layered them with the dot paper & distressed with Colorbox Cedar Roan Chalk ink. The flower paper heart was covered with Rock Candy Crackle Paint which gives it a cool cracked look. Once dry it was lightly distressed with Ranger Vintage Photo. This brings out the cracked look even more. The heart was assembled using Tiny Attachers. I added the Mini Market Letter by October Afternoon & some fibers. The cool thing is this tag has 5 photos on it! So come on & make a tag!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The store is just full of items that coordinate with the October Afternoon collection: Fly A Kite. These pieces from the Quite Contrary collection by My Mind's Eye are a perfect match. I love this little bird. He is so cute! He was a little too tall for this particular card so I cut his legs down a bit. I think I might just have to get another one of these "Happy Birds" to use on a layout. There are several different title cards like this "Favorite Thing" title card that not only fit right in with these papers but are also a quick and easy way to add a title to your project.
Queen&Co. makes this self adhesive Felt Fusion loopy border that ties in perfectly with this line. It goes especially well with this background paper called Strawberry Jam which has a red loopy stripe in it.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The weather is warming up and soon we will have those long summer days to look forward to. That was the inspiration behind this month’s design team kit from October Afternoon's Fly A Kite collection. This collections features great colors ranging from the perfect strawberry pink in Strawberry Jam to the true aqua blue in Sprinklers and Front Porch. The green, yellow, orange and brown hues round out the color spectrum making this line of double sided papers very versatile.
The embellishments for this line are so much fun especially the Wild Cards and the Journaling Cards. The Word Stickers are great for inspiration and the Label Stickers are the perfect way to incorporate journaling on a layout. While the collection as a whole has a very summery look the individual products are not summer specific making this collection great for many different types of layouts and projects.