New Workshop for June

Friday, May 31, 2013

I'm excited to show off June's Scrapbook School Workshop. The workshop will be taught at Creations Galore Thursday, June 13th at 6 PM. I've pulled together an awesome kit, two new sketches, and some great techniques. If you're in the Green Bay area, I'd love for you to sign up. The workshop is perfect for beginner and advanced scrapbookers. Come down for an night of fun! For more details, visit here.

*Both pages above were created with We R Memory Keepers Happy Campers Collection.

From Start To Finish

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'm posting on the Creations Galore blog today with a step by step tutorial of a recent card. You'll see Copic blending, paper distressing, and spray ink splattering. Check it out here.

A Three Cup Day

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Are you a coffee drinker? I sure am! Not many mornings pass without sipping on a cup of this delightful liquid. But let's be honest... Some days call for more than just one!

Punches made this card an easy one to whip up! I stamped the cup of joe three times on the cream cardstock and adhered them to some bright blue cardstock. I used foam risers to the middle set of circles to add some dimension. 

Thanks for stopping by my humble blog today. May this card (and maybe even three cups) wake you up to enjoy this gorgeous day! 

Cardstock: Paper Cut (Cocoa, Cream), We R Memory Keepers (Blue Feelin' Groovy)
Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Feelin' Groovy Collection)
Stamps: Market Street Stamps
Ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa)

Sweet Strawberries

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hello! Summer has finally arrived to Wisconsin. I thought we'd have snow forever! The farmer's market and strawberry picking isn't too far away. With all of that in mind, I created this card below...

The strawberries were stamped on Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored with my favorite coloring medium, Copic markers. An easy but fun card to send off! 

Thanks for stopping by. Have the SWEETEST day ever!

Cardstock: Paper Cut (Kraft, White), Copic X-Press It
Patterned Paper: A Muse Studio (French Roast Gingham)
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers

G00, G02, G05
RV23, RV25, RV29

Drill #8 :: Sketchy Saturday

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Happy Saturday friends. I'm here this morning bringing you the newest Drill from SWAT - A fantastic sketch from our very own Becci! Take a look:

How fun is that?! There's a great prize up for grabs too. So don't forget to link up your own creation on the SWAT blog by May 28th!

Here is my take on the sketch! I had already printed my photos for this layout. Therefore, I clustered the larger photos in a similar way as the sketch. That's the best part of sketches - They're only a starting point for your creativity!

I just loved the stars scattered all over the sketch. I tried sequins, wood veneers, and die cuts, but I liked the look of spray ink splatters best. I placed a combination of A Muse Studio Splash and Heidi Swapp Color Shine to create the look.

Rather than a large pennent on my page, I used an Amy Tangerine sticker to create a large circle and extended the title to the right of the page. I added a 6x6 piece of patterned paper in replace of the cluster of tags in the sketch and plan to add some journalling in its place. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week - I can't wait to see your take on the sketch!

Spray Ink: A Muse Studio Splash (Winter Sky), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Gold)
Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Content), Echo Park (Sunshine), Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic 6x6 Paper Pad)
Stickers: Tim Holtz (Label Letters), Amy Tangerine (Goodness Thickers, Organize), Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic Accent & Phrase Stickers)
Supplies: Tim Holtz (Distressing Tool)

Practical Scrappers :: May Layout Sketch

Friday, May 17, 2013

Good morning! I'm here with a new sketch from Liz Chidester for Practical Scrappers, and it's a fun one. Take a look at the great sketch below.

And here's my take on the sketch:

Let me start off by saying that crazy face in the middle picture is indeed crazy. haha My friend, Anna, recently moved to Minneapolis. I headed there with her twin sister to visit, as well as celebrate my birthday. She took me to this fantastic restaurant, The Local. There were semi-secluded rooms and booths to sit in. The picture I snapped of her was her I-don't-know-what-to-order-stressed-out-crazy face. Now, let's break down the page...

I was crazy about the chevron background; however, it just didn't fit with how I envisioned the rest of the layout. So I added some paint splatters in the same pattern across the background paper. I positioned the three photos to mimic the three smaller squares in the sketch. The two black squares of the sketch inspired the square layers behind the photos. I distressed the edges of the patterned papers, but left the awesome Hambly transparency in tact. Rather than the strip behind the photos as shown in the sketch, I adhered a strip of washi tape, as well as a fun sticker border.

I replaced the two arrows in the sketch with these cute triangle cut outs from Ormolu. The stars in the sketch were also replaced with hearts cut out by my Silhouette Cameo. In the picture below, you'll see that I added an additional Ormolu triangle and die cut heart to the top right corner.

I finished off the layout with some fun embellishments in the same color scheme. I love using two different alpha styles on layouts. Magazines and ads are the perfect place for inspiring typography.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Head over to Practical Scrappers to see more layouts using this single sketch. There are so many great designs! If you're playing along with us this month, make sure to post your layout to our Facebook page. We can't wait to see what you create.

Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Bowtie Boulevard), Echo Park (Green Lace, Numbers),
Transparency: Hambly (Lattice-Antique Teal Blue)
Spray Ink: A Muse Studio Splash (Winter Sky), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Gold Lame)
Stickers: Crate Paper (Pretty Party Border Stickers), Tim Holtz (Label Letters), American Crafts (Amy Tangerine Goodness Thickers, Amy Tangerine OrganizeDear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Small Accents & Phrases)
Cut Outs: Ormolu (Made Pennants)
Washi Tape: A Muse Studio (Valentine Collection)
Cardstock: A Muse Studio (Sugar)
Die Cuts: Silhouette America (Silhouette Cameo, Circle Hearts)

You Can't Touch This

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Good afternoon, paper crafting friends. Today is the first Use It Tuesday challenge of May. Not only do we have a great challenge for you (we'll get to that soon), we also have a Design Team Call! Be sure to check it out! 

All challenges at Use It Tuesday call for you to use your hoarded supplies. In fact, a challenge requirement is that you tell us in your post what you used. This challenge goes beyond the hoarded items, asking you to use a beloved item that you love so gosh darn much you avoid using it at all costs. That's right - "You Can't Touch This!"

Now don't worry... I have faith in you. You can do it! Along with my fellow design team members,  I was able to dig into my own stash and find a collection of papers from BoBunny that I never wanted to use. The Country Garden collection is full of the most beautiful paper designs. How could I ever cut them to create a card... Or cover up its beauty with photos and embellishments?! Well I sucked it up, called myself ridiculous, and got over it to create this layout below.

The large background paper is from the Country Garden collection. I actually forced myself to create a few different layouts with the pieces that will be shared over the next few days. This layout documents the first time my mom and dad met my nephew. I wanted it to be soft, but to still have boyish elements. Therefore, I layered 6x6 patterned papers from the large collection of 6x6 paper pads I have laying around. Pulling together the oranges and light blue helped keep a masculine feel among the floral elements. 

I opened my May Studio Calico Project Life Kit right before starting this layout and found a few things to use right away, including this adorable paper clip with fabric flag. Included in the kit was a fun stamp set from Amy Tangerine. I used the ampersand stamp from the set and stamped it directly onto the page using Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink. I added some sticker alphas over the top. 

I stamped it a second time onto white cardstock and adhered it to the page. Using the cut out image allows me to layer the pieces and have added movement. A few additional embellishments from around my craft room complete the layout. I just love those bird shaped wood veneer's from Studio Calico! I had yet to open them, so I'm counting that as an additional hoarded item. I used two large birds and one small to stay within the theme of the page. I plan to make copies of all of my nephew-related layouts and print them off for my mom as a gift. Therefore, I haven't added any journaling yet. I'll let her add her own personal thoughts to each page. 

Thanks for stopping by to see my take on the challenge. We love looking through all of your fabulous entries, so please link up to the Use It Tuesday site by noon EST on Friday, May 24th. One lucky participant will be a guest designer on an upcoming challenge! 

Sketch It Saturday :: Ice Cream Love

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Welcome to Sketch It Saturdays with Unscripted Sketches. Unscripted Sketches posts a new sketch each week for you to flip, rotate, or use as is. Make a card, scrapbook page, or other item. There's no right or wrong way, as long as you use the Unscripted Sketch as the inspiration and basis of your creation. Let's take a look a this week's sketch...

I rotated the sketch and made it all my own, creating the card below. 

I pieced together two fun patterns from Pink Paislee and used a Spellbinders die to create the shape shown. The images are from a Cosmo Cricket rubber cling set. The ice cream image was stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Tombow markers and a waterbrush. His arms and legs were first stamped onto the kraft oval before adhering the watercolor piece. Because I flipped the sketch, I felt the card design was not balanced. The kraft banner was added to fix this. After a little faux stitching with a black pen and the addition of the raised speech bubble, I have an adorable card to send off!

Thanks for stopping by today. I can't wait to see what you create. Don't forget to link up your creation by Thursday at Unscripted Sketches!

Cardstock: Paper Cut.
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee
Stamps: Cosmo Cricket
Inks: StazOn (Jet Black), Tombow Markers, Waterbrush
Die: Spellbinders
Punch: Marvy Oval

New Workshop using BoBunny's Alora Collection

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hello friends. I'm so excited to announce the newest workshop I'm offering at Creations Galore. The monthly workshop, Scrapbook School, will be every third Thursday of the month, making May 16th the first one! Today on the Creations Galore blog, I shared the full picture of both layouts we'll be creating, and wanted to share it with you all. 

May's workshop will focus on distressing, embellishment clusters, and spray ink techniques. Each student will receive a large class kit, as well as page sketches and instruction sheets. Both layouts for the month of May were created with BoBunny's Alora collection. I've added in Doodlebug alpha stickers and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist as well.

I'll be working with each student to change up the layouts to fit their own photos and journaling. I can't wait for these workshops to start! You can save $5 by signing up for May's workshop before May 13th! To reserve your spot, visit us online here. Additional class kits with downloadable PDF's will be available in our online store after each workshop.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Project Life :: January Pages

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Good morning! You may remember a post where I used Project Life page protectors along with traditional 12x12 protectors to create a travel album. I loved working with the protectors so much that I've continued to use them to scrapbook older photos as well as the current year. I've been keeping up on the actual scrapbook; however, I haven't taken many photos or shared them here on the blog. Therefore, you can expect quite a few spreads per post until I catch up on sharing! I find it rather exciting!

If you're new to the idea of Project Life, I highly recommend you check out Becky Higgins' site. She's the creator of the Project Life brand and has a great video on the home page of her site explaining this form of documentation that has taken over the paper crafting industry.

For this album, I jumped right into the content sans title page. I guess you could say I created a title card instead! The 3x4 card was cut from patterned paper. I then added a piece of scrap cardstock, some journaling, and glitter Thickers. I used the smaller Design G protector.

I've chosen to include traditional 12x12 pages throughout the album; therefore, I'm not creating a 2 page spread for each week. As I collect photos, memorabilia, and memories, I have been adding it to the pages. Here's a look at the rest of the Project Life pages from January.

My mother brought over a vintage typewriter for me to try out. I used it a bit on the layout above. I found that some of my cards were too thick for this particular typewriter and went right back to writing my journaling by hand. I still need to sit down and play around with this new tool. I love the look it created, especially on the 3x4 month card from Studio Calico.

More Studio Calico cards were used in this page too! Before subscribing to their PL kit club, I picked up a grab bag of various cards. I love their style and the weight of the cards. This layout mostly focused on a few birthdays of dear friends. Food, crazy games, and some good lookin' ladies.

I've been adding chipboard elements, brads, and enamel dots to the outside of the page protectors. I've noticed the pages lay a little flatter than when I adhere the bling to the pictures.

This spread has a lot more jam-packed into the page-Breakfast at one of my favorite coffee spots, our annual craft rummage sale, a big snow storm, and the beginning plans of my sister-in-law's baby shower. I would have never created a full 12x12 page around that tile on the floor. But it was actually a special moment that I'm thankful this style of documentation allows me to record.

Thanks for checking out my 2013 album. Have you given Project Life a try?

On Trend :: Triangles

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Practical Scrappers' On Trend Team is exploring one of the hottest new trends showing up on scrapbook pages everywhere. To show the trend isn't just a part of scrapbooking, I created this card for the post. But silly, silly me forgot to upload the picture to the PS blog post in time. Make sure you head over to the PS blog to see the wonderful projects from the rest of the On Trend Team. They rocked this new trend.

I started with a piece of acetate cut to 5.5" x 8.5"and folded it in half. Next, I added a base to adhere all of my elements to the front and created a second piece for the inside, giving me something to write a special note on. To create the triangles, I cut 3.5" squares in half and layered them onto the card base. A simple sentiment was added, and it's ready to be mailed off!

Cardstock, Acetate: Paper Cut
Stamp: Peachy Keen Stamps (Smartie Owl)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)

Sketch It Saturday :: Hey Smartie!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

If you found your way here from SWAT, please keep scrolling. This is my second post for today. 

Hello again! Unscripted Sketches has a new sketch for you to try! 

And here's the card I created for the challenge: 

Rather than piecing together smaller pieces of paper, I stuck with two patterned pieces and a sheet of vellum. I trimmed the striped paper to add the sentiment below it, creating the illusion of the bottom block of the sketch. The owl and sentiment from Peachy Keen Stamps was stamped on Copic X-Press It paper and colored with my favorite Copic marker colors. Because I already stamped a sentiment onto the card, I decided to add just a splash of color along the top right of the card base. I took the spray nozzle off the bottle of Dylusions spray, and used the plastic straw of the nozzle to drop the mist onto the card. With this technique, you get chunky splatter rather than a fine mist.

Make sure to head over to Unscripted Sketches to see what the rest of the design team crafted up for today. And don't forget to link up your own creation using this week's sketch as inspiration. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Cardstock: Paper Cut, Copic X-Press It 
Vellum: Paper Cut
Patterned Paper: Pink Pasilee, Reminisce
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Dylusions Ink Spray (Bubblegum Pink)
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps (Smartie Owl)

Pinks: RV23, RV25, RV29
Browns: E31, E33, E35
Yellows: Y11, Y15, Y17, Y26
Blues: B00, B02, B05
Greys: C-0, C-1, C-3

Drill #7 :: Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Good morning and HAPPY NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY! Sadly, I don't have any layouts to share with you today. But I do have paper projects and a great challenge for you to enter! It's time for Drill #7 at the SWAT Blog! For the challenge, you'll need to pick a row on the tic tac toe board below. Pick three across, down, or diagonal. If you have trouble seeing the grid, you can click on it to enlarge the photo.

As always, there's a great prize package up for grabs! Link up your own creation... We'd love to stop by and give you some blog love. And one lucky winner will go home with this beautiful kit!

How about some inspiration to get you started? I chose the third row down: Stamping, No patterned paper, and Chipboard. I also chose to create a card rather than a page for this challenge. Here's the creation:

I inked just a small portion of the Vintage Music background by Market Street Stamps and stamped it onto my white card base. Not using patterned paper was a HUGE challenge for me. So I created my own patterned paper! I stamped the swirl background with VersaMark Watermark onto a heart I cut out freehand. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the image and used a heat tool to cure the powder, resulting in a light, glossy pattern. 

The letters were cut out of a 12x12 piece of chipboard using the AccuCut machine at my local scrapbooking store. I stitched a line through the letters onto the card base to keep them in place.

Thanks for stopping by today... I hope to see your creation linked up at SWAT.

Cardstock, Vellum, Chipboard: Paper Cut
Stamps: Market Street Stamps (Vintage Music), Tim Holtz
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), VersaMark Watermark
Embossing Powder: Ranger (Clear)
Die: AccuCut (Chunky Letters)
Extras: Tim Holtz Distressing Tool
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