Monday, April 14, 2014

Inspired by Patterned Paper / My Mind's Eye

Hey there!  I'm so excited about this project share's my latest layout for My Mind's Eye, and I love it so much!  It's up on the blog today.

As soon as I saw this sheet of patterned paper, I knew just what I wanted to do with it.  I was very inspired by all those frames.  I printed out small photos and used a craft knife to cut out the middle of each frame.  I adhered the photos behind it, just like you would a real frame.

This is the only 12x12 patterned paper I used on the entire layout.  The rest is embellishments from the Now & Then Mildred collection.

I love this large chipboard flower!  I wanted it to help the center photo be the focus, so that's where I put it.  That little Hello piece is one of the Sticky Notes...just like little Post-It Notes!  So fun.  I added a few pop dots to the Little Lady sticker to finish up my title.  I love when pre-made stickers make the perfect title.

I used more chipboard here, and I also fussy cut these little round flowers from a piece from the 6x6 paper pad.  The patterns are smaller, so they were perfect for helping to frame the photo.  I added some gesso around the page to give a faded look to certain spots.

I'm sort of obsessed with gold these days...shiny gold, glittery gold, you name it.  For a few of the empty frames, I painted gold glitter paint over a small circle stencil.  It's a fun and easy way to add some shimmer.  I LOVE these gold enamel hearts...oh my goodness!  It doesn't get any better than that!

Here you can see the layers I created with a few chipboard pieces and pop dots.  I added in a little bit of gold thread for some extra shine.

I hope this inspires you to really look at your patterned papers and be inspired by them.  Sometimes all it takes is just one paper to create something fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Creative Scrappers #266

Hello there, and Happy Sunday!  It's time for another awesome sketch reveal at Creative Scrappers.  This is a really fun sketch designed by the super talented Jenny Evans....check it out:

I used some of the new Elle's Studio products for this one...Love You More and Everyday Moments.  I love all the little bits you can add here and there.  A few of the circles I used were die-cuts, and a few of them I punched myself.  I added a few vellum circles and a few from patterned papers.  I used a few of the adorable wooden veneer pieces as well as an Elle's heart stamp.  I broke into my very old stash of colored brads and found the perfect matching orange :)

I know I say this about every one of my layouts, but I just love layering!  It creates such a fun effect, and I love having pieces peek out from underneath.  Pop dots work wonders, too!

I hope you're not tired of seeing my tangled thread everywhere because I love adding it to my projects :D  It's a fun, easy and cheap way to add interest and a pop of color.

Another angle of the circles, one of the wooden hearts, a flair badge, a brad...random little pieces all thrown together.

I painted this wooden heart...I wish I had a never ending supply of these!

Be sure to check out the BLOG to see what the rest of the team created and to upload your project.   Don't forget about our awesome sponsor this month...all you need to do is create a layout based on sketches 265 or 266 and upload them on the blog.  Deadline is midnight EST April 30.

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Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Think Happy Be Happy / My Creative Scrapbook

Friday has arrived!  Yesssss!  This has been a busy week...I'm finally getting time to post a layout.  This is a page I created using the April Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  I based it on Sketch #75 from My Scraps and More.  I wanted to keep this simple and sweet.  I love the pinks and reds together in this Pebbles collection.  I added in the touches of blue, and I think it turned out really nice.

The kit contains a huge pack of die-cut flowers and butterflies.  I added in a few of them, and I added in a few die-cut file tab pieces behind my photos.  I used pre-made tags in the other spots and added some cord.

Pop dots make something simple so much more interesting, I think.  It helps to create depth and shadows to an otherwise flat page.

I did add a bit of modeling paste to my background just to give it a little texture.  I also added in a few stamps.

More cute little flowers and paste dots next to the journaling :)

Here's last week's sketch over at My Scraps.  You have all of April to join in...and there's a new sketch today!  Every sure to check'em out!

You can go HERE to check out all the My Creative Scrapbook Kits, and HERE to see the Design Team's Gallery.  We have some amazing Guest Designers this month!

Thanks for taking a peek today, and enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Baskets / My Scraps and More

Happy Tuesday!  The layout I'm sharing today was created a few weeks ago for a Throwback Thursday challenge over on the My Scraps and More boards.  The challenge was to use a collection that is at least a year old, and use some vellum.  Vellum is definitely making a comeback.  I remember seeing it when I first started scrapping years ago, and I had no idea what it was for or how to use it.  You can do so much with it!

I used the very pretty & soft Sweet Day collection from Echo Park.  It's from 2012, but it's still gorgeous.  I decided to scrap some pictures of my girls with their Easter baskets.  I think the colors are perfect here.  I used vellum behind my patterned papers (I tore and inked the edges) and then I stamped hearts onto the vellum and embossed them with gold powder.  Then I cut them out and used them around the page.

I raised this cute sticker up with pop dots...I love that a little shadow is created underneath it.  You can really see the depth.

I popped up the banner, too, and added more thread.  I still love banners :)

A close up of the gold embossed hearts...this was so fun and easy to do!

I am just obsessed with gold these days!  I drew some circles with my gold pen and added some gold Color Shine drips.  

I hope this inspires you to get out the vellum and do something fun with it!  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook April Kit Reveal

Hello, and Happy Sunday :)  I hope you've been enjoying your weekend.  I can't believe it's already time to share the April kits from My Creative Scrapbook!  Time is just flying's crazy!  I got to work with the Main Kit this month, and it's full of Pebbles Garden Party.  It's very bright, springy and fun!  Check it out:

Here is the first page I created with the kit.  I used a Summer photo of my little Paige in the pool.  The colors worked well with it, and I threw in lots of blue.  My background was easy to create.  I wanted it to resemble water, so I took a plastic wrapper from a Crafter's Workshop 12x12 stencil.  I sprayed some blue mist all over it and then sprayed water over that and mixed it all together randomly with a brush.  Then I laid my white cardstock on top of it and smoothed it out with my hands.  This was the result...a nice splotchy watercolor effect.  Just perfect for pool photos :)

The kit is full of fun little embellishments, like these cute arrows.  I added in a few little things from my stash, like a bit of tape and thread.

I knew I wanted to use this fun Sunshine card as part of my title.  I outlined with a black pen and layered die-cut flowers and a butterfly around it.  I also used pop dots behind my photo so I could layer things underneath it.

More layers....papers and thread.  Another thing I love doing is inking the edges of all my paper.  I just think it gives it a finished and more dimensional look.

Here's a closer look at the watercolor.  Whether you use paint or mist, it's a really easy technique to try.  I like to hold my page upright when I use my heat tool to dry it.  It helps the paper not to warp.  I also dry the back of the paper as well.  If there is warping, I will lay the paper flat with something heavy on top of it for a while.  That always smooths out any bumps.

Be sure to check out all the different April kits HERE.  The Design Team Gallery can be viewed's just bursting with gorgeous designs and inspiration this month!

On a side note, I used one of my own sketches for this layout.  We're having a Sketchathon this month over at My Scraps and More.  Here it is...I used a mirror image of it.  You should come join us.  We have a new sketch every day this month!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Record It with My Mind's Eye

Hey there!  Friday is finally here...yay!  I hope you're able to squeeze in some scrappy time this weekend. 

Have you had a chance to play with the new Record It lines from My Mind's Eye?  They are simply amazing.  They are all so different and can be used on just about any kind of project you're making.  The layout I'm sharing today features mostly overlays and journaling cards from two of the new collections (Just Splendid and Follow Your Heart).  It was up on the MME blog yesterday.

The only patterned paper I used was from the Just Splendid 6x6 paper pad.  I cut those arrows out on the right side.  The rest of the layout is cards and embellishments.

This patterned paper is one of my favorites!  I decided to cut each chevron/arrow out and have it pointing towards the photo.  I lightly inked and distressed the edges.

These overlays may be my ultimate favorite piece from the Record It lines...oh my!  They are just gorgeous!  I used two of them, and I love that they're transparent yet have loads of beautiful color.  I layered them slightly, but you can still see the pretty color they provide.

I cut this cute camera out and added some watercolor and enamel dots to it.  I raised it up so I could add a little depth and some thread.

This "Say Cheese" piece was cut from one of the journaling cards.  It's just so cute!  I used more of the enamel dots and some buttons and brads...they all just coordinate so perfectly with everything!  I love adding little bits and pieces to my pages.

Here you can see some of the watercolor.  I wanted to add in more pink, and watercolors make that so easy.  I also added in some of the older MME stamps.  Sometimes they add just the right touch in a spot that seems to be missing something.

So don't be afraid of trying out all those journaling cards on a layout.  They actually help it come together quickly because they're pre-cut and ready to use.  They're easy to layer and tuck behind photos, and they're easy to fussy cut if you want to.  The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sweet as a Peach / Chickaniddy Crafts

Hey there, everyone!  I'm so excited to be sharing a fun layout with you today featuring the new Chickaniddy Crafts Twirly Girly collection!  I'm up on the blog today :)

For this page, I was immediately drawn to the fun peach image on the sticker sheet.  I chose this "sweet" picture of my daughter and knew I wanted to make my title "Sweet as a Peach."  I also really love this bright quilted patterned paper.  I decided to use a lot of it on the upper half of my layout and leave some white space at the bottom to show lots of contrast.

I used the soft pink alphas from the sticker sheet for part of my title and I cut the word "peach" using my Silhouette Cameo.  I traced around the edges with a gold pen.  I just love touches of gold on my pages these days!  I also created a fun banner using the triangle stickers.

Here I created lots of fun layers using various patterned papers, stickers, thread and a brad.  Creating layers gives you lots of depth and dimension behind the photo.

Here is that sweet peach!  I added a few pop dots underneath to raise it up, and I threw in some tangled thread and a little touch of washi tape.

Here is my mixed media bit on this layout.  I used a stencil, some modeling paste and some watercolors to create this look.  I like that it echos the triangles from the quilted paper and gives some color and interest to the white space at the bottom.  This is a fun and easy way to jazz up any plain cardstock and give your layout a custom look.

I hope this inspires you to not be afraid to try a busy patterned paper in big doses on your layout.  Just try a piece of it and create white space to give it some balance.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: TG140S10 Grandma's Quilt, TG140S12 Piggy Tails, TG140S08 Itty Bitty Ballerina, TG140S04 Keepsakes, TG140S07 This And That, TG14EB01 Alpha Stickers, TG14EB02 Sticker Sheet,  TG14EB03 Mini Sticker Banners, TG14EB04 Mini Sticker Tags, TG14EB05 Mini Sticker Sentiments, TG14EB07 Enamel Hearts, TG14EB06 Brads, thread, Recollections Washi Tape & Date Stamp, Golden Modeling Paste, Crafter's Workshop stencil, cord, Sharpie Black Pen, Pentel Gold Pen, cardstock, StazOn Ink, vellum, Recollections Gold Embossing Powder.