August 31, 2015

"The Little Things" Layout

Today's layout is based on the two inspiration pieces for this week from The Crafty Maven Getaway:

I love that quote and knew that I wanted to work with that idea somehow. Here's my layout:
The background paper reminded me a little of the colors in the first inspiration photo. I used tags, ephemera and rub-ons from my favorite Crate Paper line: "Notes and Things".
I layered bits & pieces under and around the photo and included a pale yellow doily, some cream trim, and a scrap piece of gold patterned vellum.
I added rub-on phrases and gold hearts here and there as well. I wrote a quote under the photo block and then included my journaling. My last touch was a stitched gold thread border all around the page.

August 29, 2015

Inspired by...

I've mentioned before that I enjoy watching scrapbook process videos on Youtube. I get a lot of inspiration from the wonderful scrapbookers who explain their design decisions and give a personal look at how they put together a particular layout.

Today I would like to share how I was inspired by one of my favorite Youtubers (is that a word?), Elisabetta. She is a young and very talented scrapbooker from Italy and you can find her blog here and her Youtube channel here. This layout in particular caught my eye:

See this layout on Elisabetta's blog and Youtube channel

I like how she wrote her journaling all around the photo, using the words as a photo mat. I also love the beautiful horizontal line of embellishments beneath the photo, including the vellum shapes. I've been itching to make a mostly monochromatic layout and thought that technique would be a good fit for this page.

I knew that I wanted to showcase a photo of my favorite spring flower on my layout. I've already made several pages about my love of lilacs and I probably couldn't fill the whole journal/mat behind my photo with my own words so I thought I would use a poem or quote instead. I searched "spring flower quotes" on Pinterest and found something I liked. The quote was short - just one sentence - so I decided to just repeat it over and over until I filled a space begin enough for the mat. I used my computer to type the phrase into a text box sized to the dimensions of my mat and then added a text box that was the same size as my photo over it to help me place the picture in the right spot.

I pulled a few shape punches: two different size circles, a butterfly and hearts. I also gathered some papers - since I was going with a monochromatic look, I wanted papers that had some design or texture to them to make the layout more interesting. I chose a plain vellum, a dotted vellum, a floral vellum and a white woodgrain cardstock. I'd found a lilac vellum and pulled that too but ultimately decided not to use it.

 I got to work with the punches and then started arranging the shapes beneath the photo.

I adhered the shapes and then it was time to work on the title. I started by trying a variety of white thickers but wasn't really happy with how they looked. Looking again at my photo, I decided to try some pale green thickers and they gave me the look I wanted.

I used a clear ruler to help me place the title. Normally I don't go to that much trouble but since there's so little on this layout, the title will almost be another focal point and I wanted it to be centered. I also matted the entire layout on a piece of green cardstock to pull out the green from the photo and the title letters.

At this point, I wanted to add just a sentence or two to the layout so I wrote on a piece of scrap white cardstock, cut out the strips and tried them out on the page.

I liked the result so I re-wrote the journaling and added it to the layout. Here is my finished page:

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and would like to thank Elisabetta for her inspiration. Please check out her blog and Youtube channel  - I know you'll be inspired too!

August 28, 2015

Layouts, Lately

Here's what I've been working on lately...

I used a couple of the August inspiration pieces from The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube channel.  (You can find more details here on their blog and on Pinterest). The bright and happy colors of this:

 inspired this layout:
 I combined these two inspiration pieces:
 into this layout:
I also made two more layouts using the supplies I pulled for Jill Sprott's stash-busting challenge earlier this summer. Here is one of them:

I still like what I have left in this kit and hope to make a couple more layouts with it before I retire it. 

So what have you been up to lately?

August 25, 2015

More Felicity Jane Layouts

Here are four more layouts from my August Felicity Jane kit.

I arranged a few of the cut-apart pieces into a grid, then added my photo on top.
I kept the embellishments to a minimum and wrote my journaling in the lower right block.
This cute little pink flair does make me smile!

The next page is also 12x12 and I was inspired by a layout posted on instagram by Sara M (@sara.scraps). She was using the same kit and she cut out several of the clouds from one of the papers and sprinkled them over her page. Such a great idea!
I'd already cut the center out of this yellow dotted paper when I made my very first layout from this kit. Now I decided to use the leftover piece on this layout. I placed a strip of the cloud paper across the center, both to disguise the earlier cut line and to provide a home for my photo and title. I tucked a couple of tags and an arrow die-cut on the left to offset the title on the right.

For a final touch, I added a few more clouds at the bottom right, along with a label (to get a little more orange on the page) and a flair.

Now on to a couple of 8-1/2 x 11 pages. My favorite paper in this kit was a bold floral pattern over a thin black stripe. I loved it but wasn't sure exactly how to use it - any photos I tried to pair with it just got lost. So I decided to cut it, although I'll admit I had to really talk myself into doing that! I was afraid that I'd ruin it and end up with nothing. But better to take a chance than to just let it sit there so I made the cut! I decided to trim some pieces to use as a border and then fussy-cut around some of the flowers to use on another page.

Here's the first page:
I added the branding strip to the top, printed the photo in black & white and then tucked a tiny leftover piece of the green patterned "B" side under the photo to add a little more color. I used the gold alpha included in the kit (it's a lovely book from Maggie Holmes but the letters do not stick on their own) and then sprinkled a few adhesive gold sequins in among the flowers.
My final layout is definitely my favorite. I revisited the reverse matting technique I mentioned here - I love how it frames the layout.

The black & white stripe matte beneath the photo was actually some packaging that I took apart and cut into a rectangle. The script "beautiful" came in the kit and I paired it with a die-cut label to serve as the title.
I cut a green polka dot label in half and tucked a piece at the top and the bottom. I wrote my journaling, drew the lines underneath the words and then added a few gold sequins and enamel dots from the kit.
I made seven layouts with this kit and while I do have a whole sheet of paper and some scraps left, I'm calling it done. September is almost here and I'm sure there will be plenty of fun in the black & white stripe box arriving at my house in a couple weeks!

August 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge August Members' Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge August blog hop! You should have arrived here from Tina's blog.

The August Challenges were:
Challenge 1: Blank Canvas - use white as your background on your project
Challenge 2: Gift Wrap Challenge - find some cool gift wrap and use it to inspire you
Challenge 3: Word Challenge - do a project based on the word friends

My layout today is based on the first challenge - blank canvas, and I also used my forged frames (you can read about how I made them here).

I had four of them left and was moving them around on a piece of white cardstock when I got the idea to use them all. I decided not to use a photo - I could definitely tell the story without it just using the travel-themed items in my kit. Here's the layout: 
The white space on the frames provided me with room for my journaling. I added a couple of rub-ons (the dollar signs and the light bulb) and my title across the bottom. 
I trimmed the layout and mounted it on a navy patterned paper from my kit and that was it - done!

Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed my layout. You can now hop over to Margie's blog and see her fun contribution to the hop. If you’d like to start at the beginning, you can visit the CKC blog.

Here’s a full list of the hop participants in case you lose your place along the way:

Happy hopping!

August 22, 2015

Felicity Jane Layouts

My August Felicity Jane kit arrived earlier this month. It's called "Here's the Scoop" and it's filled with beautiful, bright colors and fun embellishments. Here's a little peek at it:
The flair and that gorgeous floral paper on the right are my favorites items this month.

In keeping with the theme of this month's kit, my first layout focuses on the frozen treats found in our freezer this summer. We all seem to have our favorites!
I cut a piece of the yellow dotted circle paper and used it to anchor my photo and the title. The strip of ice cream cones at the bottom is a branding strip from one of the papers. 
 I cut a strip of white cardstock in a pennant shape to mimic the other pennants on the page and used it for my journaling.
My second layout was sparked by a conversation with my daughters while we were doing a little sight-seeing a few days ago.
Everything is from the kit except for the tiny gold letters I used as part of the title. 
 My favorite kit paper as a flair...
and a tag! Another branding strip covers the diagonal seam between the two papers.

The last layout features a black, white and pink color scheme.
The black and white mat behind the photo is actually a piece of acetate packaging from the kit.
Another flair at the top along with more branding strips - can you tell how much I like them?! The arrow is a stamp from last months kit.
More stamps and enamel dots, and a pink "hooray" from the kit's embellishment sheet.

I still haven't cut into that floral paper but I'm determined to use it soon. There are plenty of items still left in the kit so I should easily be able to make a few more layouts with it. 

This is only my second month as a subscriber but it's definitely fun to see that black and white striped box waiting at my front door. 

August 20, 2015

More Weekend Getaway Layouts

Here are a few more layouts that I made with my Weekend Getaway kit.

I used a 5x7 collage that I've had since we took this vacation in 2008 (sigh...). I usually make separate albums for trips and vacations but just haven't been inspired to devote the time and energy I'll need to get that project done. 
This layout will make a good introductory page once I'm finally ready to tackle that trip album.
Love these cute puffy word stickers from Evalicious!

Next up, a photo-less layout about one of the ways we kept ourselves busy on long car trips.
I used scraps of the number and alphabet papers to complement my topic. The vehicle embellishments are from an old sheet of Basic Grey rub-ons ~ they went on beautifully!
I made a very simple layout to highlight one of my favorite photos from a more recent vacation. I used my sewing machine and my "on-a-whim" heart paper as the outside border for this one. It's a reverse-matting technique that I learned watching this youtube video by Tracy Banks (known on youtube as MercyTiara). I really like how this looks:
Here's a close-up of the stitched border (I used gold metallic thread):
I added a thin double mat around the photo, the one word title and a few puffy gold and white stickers from Crate Paper.
The last layout is about how I love to go out to breakfast, whether or not we're on vacation. I'm not sure why that is but I think it's better to not question it and just accept it as fact!
I used a center design on this one and a few more of those Basic Grey rub-ons. 

When I assembled this kit, I didn't think I would get very much use out of it. I at first saw it as only being useful for photos of actual vacations. While I did scrap a few of those photos with it, I also found myself thinking beyond that category. I found memories to record that were connected to vacations, like the breakfast and license plate game pages here and the plane and getting home layouts in this other post. This kit has turned out to be much more versatile than I first thought!