Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Issue of Life.Paper.Scrapbook.!

I am so excited that there is a new issue of Life.Paper.Scrapbook. out! Manda outdoes herself every single time and it is always such an honor to be included in this amazing publication! This issue is jam packed with 149 pages of goodness and inspiration! I loved the interview with Linda Townes, who made one of the funniest scrapbooking videos ever! Grab a cup of tea (or coffee), sit down, and enjoy all the inspiration the magazine has to offer! Just click the image below :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Twirly Girly Color Challenge

Hi there! I'm excited to be sharing my version of a color scheme using the Twirly Girly collection by Chickaniddy Crafts. Here is the color scheme I created with today:

Lately I've been in the habit of including pops of black in my layouts. I love the look it gives, especially with splatters of black mist! I was super excited to see this color challenge. Here is my take:

Chickaniddy Supplies: Paper (TG140S12, TG140S04, TG140S06, TG140S01, TG14S10, TG01S03), Stickers (TG14EB02, TG14EB04), Brads (TG14EB06), Enamel Hearts (TG14EBO7); Other Supplies: Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist in Black, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, Black Staz On Ink
 The mist didn't go on as nicely as I like it to, but I love that it's a surprise how it turns out every time! I love my family so much and was so excited to use the 3"x4" cut out from the Keepsakes paper as my title! Brads and sentiment stickers helped create a visual triangle. I also loved cutting out the flowers from Rosy Posy paper and mounting them on foam dots. So fun and a great and inexpensive way to embellish your projects!

There you have it! Be sure to stop by the Chickaniddy Blog today to see two other interpretations of this fun scheme from our design team! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Life.Paper.Scrapbook. April Sketch Challenge

April is one of my most favorite month because it means spring and birthdays for both Michael and I! I am excited to start the month off with this fun sketch for the Life.Paper.Scrapbook. sketch challenge!

When I saw the multiple photo layout, I knew I wanted to use these shots of my pup wearing his doggles! He's so cute!!! 

For the layers I used a mix of Dear Lizzy Daydreamer and Polka Dot Party. I love how they go together! 

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For details on how to enter this month's challenge, and to see other interpretations of this sketch from our design team, be sure to stop by the Life.Paper.Scrapbook. website! Thanks for joining me!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Terrific Twirly Girly

Hello everyone! If you know anything about me, you probably know that I am crazy for all things girl! Pinks, pastels, flowers, everything! I'm just a girly princess at heart, which is why I adore the Twirly Girly collection from Chickaniddy! I love the the girly colors with the splashes of green and grey. I think it's a gorgeous and unique take on a fun theme!

Chickaniddy Supplies: Paper (TG14OS11, TG14OS01, TG14OS02, G14OS06, TG14OS12, TG14OS10), Gold Foil Paper (CN14SP001), Stickers (TG14EB02, TG14EB05, TG14EB01, TG14EB03); Other Supplies: Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in Cherry and Blush, Lawn Fawn twine, Recollections vellum

Creating this layout was so easy! I simply took one inch strips of my favorite Twirly Girly patterns and glued the on the page in rows. I put two different patterns on each row, making sure to vary the patterns and where the two ends of the strips met.

I love the gold foil paper for adding an elegant touch to any project. I cut part of the title and a doily from the gold foil using my Silhouette Cameo. Another favorite product of mine are the banner stickers!! I love how easy it is to create a banner. I simply attached the top of the sticker to a piece of twine and it was done! No folding or cutting required, and it was so easy to stick on my page.

Thank you for letting me share my layout with you! I can't wait to use more of this lovely collection and to see your beautiful Twirly Girly creations!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

What I Ordered from A Cherry On Top

I always enjoy seeing what other people choose for themselves when they scrapbook shop, so I thought I would share what I got in my latest ACOT order. My mom sent me a gift card, which, combined with my cherries, I was able to get for just $10!! Her is what I got!

Lemon Lush Patterned Papers

Studio Calico Vellum, Fancy Pants As You Wish Paper, Studio Calico Wanderlust Patterned Paper

Maggie Holmes Styleboard (I got a few extras since I've been using this collection so much)

More Dear Lizzy Daydreamer, October Afternoon Girl Talk (extra cute in person)

Oh Darling Overlays, Polka Dot Party frames, Daily Flash Washi, Maggie Holmes Bows (My third pack of these! I can't get enough!), Maggie Holmes Vellum pieces (My second pack of these, I love them!)

Daydreamer Thickers (love the glitter), Plus One Vellum Letters and Thickers. I also got the brush script Thickers but they are back-ordered. 

6"x 6" Paper Pads (Oh Darling, Lemon Lush, MME Just Splended). I LOVE Just Splendid and wish it came in 12"x12"/

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Quilt Inspired Layout Tutorial

Hello there! Today I'm going to share my first tutorial with you. While browsing Pinterest today, I came across this pretty purple quilt. If I've learned anything from Paige Evans, I've learned that quilt patterns make great scrapbook page backgrounds! I thought this quilt would be perfect for a layout.

Image courtesy of Nikki Wheeler Art Studio
I didn't want my quilted background to take up the entire page (I thought it would be too busy), so I decided to make my quilt squares 2.5". I cut sixteen 2.5" squares with my paper trimmer.

Next, I cut a bunch of 3/16" strips from various pattern papers. I used an assortment of 6"x6" papers from Maggie Holmes Flea Market, Maggie Holmes Styleboard, and Carta Bella Hello Again. After I had a nice pile of strips, I began laying out my quilt squares.

First, cover your square in adhesive. Next, place a strip so that the sides of the strip touch the outer corners (hopefully this picture will help explain. I chose a yellow scrap in order to make it easier to see). The sides of the two main strips will align at the center of the square.

Once you have your main strips lined up, fill the square with more strips, until it's completely full.

Flip it around and trim the edges.

Repeat this same process with the remaining 15 quilt squares. Make sure that all the squares are identical, and the same patterns of strips are in the same place on each square.

Once you have all 16 squares, lay them out like a quilt and glue them down! At first I wanted a white background, but after I glued down the squares I decided that the white was too stark of a contrast, and went with a patterned paper background.

Embellish your layout and you're all done!! This was a special page, so I wanted to make it about someone extra special! Isn't my sister-in-law absolutely gorgeous? She is the most beautiful pregnant woman I've ever seen! We love her so much. Michael picked the title of the page :)

Overall, layout took me about an hour. It's so much easier than it looks!  I hope my instructions made sense. Thank you for checking out my layout and tutorial. I hope it was helpful and I would love to see any projects you make using this fun technique!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sketch Fun using Date Night by Chickaniddy Crafts

Hi there! Today I am excited to be sharing a beautiful sketch with you created by the talented Pam Callaghan for Chickaniddy Crafts! 

I was instantly drawn to this sketch because I'm crazy about hearts. Sketches don't have to be interpreted literally, but I loved it so much that I wanted to keep most of it as is, especially those hearts! I thought Date Night would be a perfect pairing with this sketch.

Chickaniddy Supplies: Paper (DN14OS12, DN14OS11, DN14OS03, DN14OS10, DN14OS06, DN14OS02, DN14OS01, ), Silver Foil Paper ( CN14SP002 ), Stickers (DN14EB04), Enamel Hearts (DN14EB07); Other Supplies: Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist in White, Studio G Chalk Ink in Grey, Halo Handletter font

I decided to tweak the sketch a little bit. I added in an extra photo, and moved the title to the bottom. I love that it keeps the feel of the sketch, but allows me to add a personal touch to it!

 Can we talk about the foil paper for a second? If you have a die-cutting machine, please drop everything now and go use it with the foil paper! I absolutely love elegant look the silver gives the title. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, just use the regular cardstock setting and it will cut like butter! The layered hearts were all cut with my Cameo, but punches would work just as well, or even hand cut hearts for a unique touch!

Because the colors I chose were on the lighter and pastel side, I decided to ink all the edges for some extra OOMMPH! It's been awhile since I'd done that technique and I don't know why I stopped. I'm very happy with the soft yet defined look it gave.

Thank you for letting me share my take on this fun sketch. I'd love to see yours!