February 14, 2018

CKC February Layouts

I really liked what I'd put together for my CKC mini kit for February and since I still had most of it left after I made my first page, I decided to keep working with it.  You can see the kit and layout here.  I was able to use up all the patterned paper I included with these two additional pages.

For the first page, I used an 8x8 photo against the bold watercolor stripes of the background paper:

I stitched a wavy line of punched circles on the right of the page and then added a favorite quote with black letter stickers. 

I like this page so much that I think I'll display it for the next few months until I can actually begin cutting flowers from my garden again.

Before I punched the circles, I trimmed that 12x12 paper to 8-1/2x11 so that I could use it as a background for my next page, which also has a floral theme.

I accented the page with lots of die-cuts and chipboard, pulling the black, white, pink and yellow pieces from the embellishments I included in my kit.  The journaling is on the white tag tucked beneath my photos.

I especially liked that cute banner and the two black & white frame die-cuts.

Since I've now used all the patterned papers in my kit, I'm calling it done.  I put the remaining embellishments back in my supplies to use another day. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

February 10, 2018

Elle's Studio February Reveal

It's reveal day at Elle's Studio and here's a look at the February monthly kit:

and the add-ons:

and the printables and cut files:

The kit has such a lively mix of colors and as for the add-ons, I just have two words: puffy stickers!!

The 3x4 purple floral card in the February kit caught my attention right away - it's so pretty and delicate! I had to use it on this page about how I was planning for spring during a blizzard we had earlier this year:

I was happy to see that the kit also had the same floral pattern on a die-cut tag so I used that as well, along with another 3x4 card with two tiny purple hearts.  I added some words and phrases to the cards using the All the Details Stamp Set.

Once I had all the components of the grid in place, I embellished with more of the kit's die cuts, a few pieces from the Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers and the heart stamp from the Icon Stamp.

I enjoyed using a big variety of products on my second page this month. I started by stitching an "envelope" from one of the 4x6 cards in the February kit and a paper from the XOXO Paper Stack.  Then I added photos and embellishments, making them look as though they had spilled out of the envelope:

The Cork Speech Bubbles and Wood Veneer Icons added a fun touch to the page and I sprinkled in bits from the Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers, the Twinkle Puffy Stickers, and the February Blank Label Stickers.

I used both the All the Details Stamp Set and the Icon Stamp to add some more words and phrases to the page and I placed the White Cardstock Alphabet Stickers as my title.  The whole layout is matted on a patterned paper from the Live Laugh Love Collection.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to head over to the shop to check out all the new products!

February 6, 2018

CKC February Mini Kit Reveal and Project

It's that time again - time for the reveal of my mini-kit for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.  We are using the luscious and very full Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris kits as our inspiration this month:

Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris Classic Kit

Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris Daily Diary Kit
There were so many lovely images and colors in these kits!  They really gave me a carnival feel and so I kept that image in mind when I chose the pieces of my kit.  My kit is a little larger than usual this month so I'm considering it more of an add-on kit than a mini:

The very first item I chose was actually a roll of black and white striped washi tape and then I pulled papers and embellishments that were light, bright and fun.  I've got four patterned papers, two stamp sets, some chipboard stickers and banners, a small pack of die-cuts, puffy camera stickers and black alpha stickers in a whimsical font.

Here is the first page I made with my kit:

I was excited to see that some of the chipboard banners matched the stripes in the patterned paper so I used them to "fasten" the black & white polka dot paper to the striped background.  And then I played "connect the dots" to make lines for my journaling:

I kept the  rest of the embellishments simple, just using a strip of that black & white washi and three chipboard "+" signs.

I still had plenty left in my add-on kit so I made two more layouts.  I'll be back in a few days to share them here.

In the meantime, you can stop by the CKC blog here and check out Leslie's mini kit.  If you play along with us this month, please add a link to your project on the CKC blog here.  You can also share on Instagram - we're @counterfeitkitchallenge there and you can use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcfebruary2018 to tag your posts.  We also have a Facebook community and we'd love to see you sharing there as well - we're the Counterfeit Kit Community. 

January 19, 2018

Intentional Shopping - My Experiment

It's always very tempting to do a little shopping for scrapbook product, isn't it?  I have a hard time resisting certain items (I'm looking at you puffy stickers...and stamps...and patterned paper...I could go on and on), especially when manufacturers release new lines.  I seem to want almost everything in the most-recent collections.

However, I have a very decent supply of products already.  And when I say "decent", I really mean that I could probably scrap for a couple years with what I currently own.  So how can I reconcile my love for shopping with the desire to use what I have?  I'd like to be able to indulge in just a small purchase that would satisfy my wish for something new but would also be budget-friendly.

Back in August, I got the idea to do a little "intentional" shopping.  I spent some time on scrapbook.com, and added products to my cart without regard to quantity or price.  Then, I examined every item in my cart, deciding whether it was something I just liked or was something that I'd actually use.  I'm sometimes lured by all the shiny, pretty things and then when I actually own them, I realize that they aren't my style and so they languish in a box or closet.  I was really honest with myself and removed anything that fell into the pretty-but-I-won't-use-it category.

So what was left? Christmas puffy sticker circles from My Mind's Eye, a few sheets of black & white striped paper, and five assorted sheets of patterned paper.  Not too bad, considering what I'd originally had in my cart. 

Before I clicked the "complete purchase" button, I took one more look at the patterned paper and tried to visualize how I would use each piece.  I wrote notes and made a couple of sketches of my ideas and then made my purchase.

I didn't save my notes but I would like to share the items I bought and how I used them.  

First up is this paper from Shimelle's "Glitter Girl" Collection:

"Keep Your Cool - B side" via Scrapbook.com
I was intrigued by the ombre pattern, though a little unsure about that busy pattern.  I thought that I could cover it with a cut-file to tone down the busy-ness and that's exactly what I did with this layout:

Next is a paper from Maggie Holmes' "Carousel" collection:

"Radiant" via scrapbook.com
I was interested in the "b side" which isn't completely visible here but it consists of large squares with letters that spell "love this day".  My plan for this paper was to cut apart the squares and reassemble them on a page.  Here is the layout I made:

I'd originally planned to use "love this" but ultimate chose "this day", which leaves me with a much more usable leftover in the word "love".

I also purchased this paper from the same Maggie Holmes "Carousel" collection:

"Festival" via scrapbook.com
In all honesty, I really didn't have to think too hard about this purchase.  I love labels so I knew I could make good use out of this one.  In fact, I actually started cutting out the labels but stopped to leave two rows intact to use as a border on this page:

I also purchased two more papers from Shimelle's "Glitter Girl" line.  I loved this paper with its rainbows, hearts, and clouds:

"Level Up" via scrapbook.com
My plan for this one was to use a circle punch and then stitch the circles into wavy lines covering the bottom two-thirds of the page.  Here's the result:

And the last paper was this one:
"Embrace Chaos" via scrapbook.com
This was such a cute and fun pattern and my initial plan involved punching out the circles and then using them to border a layout.  I used a variation of the plan and ended up stitching the punched circles in vertical rows to cover the background of this page:

As far as the two other items I bought are concerned, I've used a few of the puffy stickers and have stored the rest of the sheet with my December Daily supplies.  I'm pretty certain I'll use them up next year.  The b&w stripes are one of my favorite patterns to use for matting layouts so I'm confident I will make good use of them as well.  All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the results of my experiment.  I spent less than $20 including shipping, made five layouts and have plans for using the remaining items I bought.  

With all the new lines set to release and ship soon, I think I'll try this experiment again and I'll share the results in an upcoming post.

So how about you?  Are scrapping supplies hard for you to resist?  Do you have any tips to share about how you balance what you buy with what you already own?

January 10, 2018

Elle's Studio January Reveal

I am a little extra excited today - it's my first reveal as a member of the Elle's Studio Design Team!  Let's get right to the fun, shall we?

Here's a look at the January Kit and the fun extras available in the shop:

I love the rich colors! Elle's heart shapes are my favorite and there are plenty of them in this release.  And do you spy some puffy stickers, too??!

I saw a "My #1" piece in the Love You Die Cuts and that inspired me to make this "2017 year in review" spread for the ending page of my Project Life.  

I added photos and journaling to various cards in the January Kit, and then gave titles to each card using the black cardstock letter stickers and the white cardstock letter stickers

My introduction fit nicely on a ticket piece from the Love You Die Cuts.

I added some of the Hugs and Kisses Puffy Stickers,  a January label, a stamped heart from the XOXO Stamp Set, and a few star chipboard stickers.  

My second project for this release is a layout documenting some of my current favorites.  I like making these type of pages - things change and it will be fun to look back at what I liked in early 2018.

This month Elle has a new XOXO 6x6 Paper Stack and I chose three of the papers for the center of my page; the top one made a great place to write a list of the favorite items shown in my photos.  

I tucked more of the cards and die cuts from the January Kit around the trio of 6x6 papers, and included three of the Hand Drawn Acrylic Hearts.

I just had to include some of the Hugs and Kisses Puffy Stickers, too!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to head over to the shop to check out all the new products!