October 25, 2015

Personalizing Pocket Cards - Felicity Jane October Kit

In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to use the stamps that came in the October Felicity Jane kit. I'd already used most of the patterned papers so I decided to work with the pocket cards that came on the cut-apart sheet. I still had a few paper scraps and embellishments left, and I pulled out the box in which I store all my leftovers from other Felicity Jane kits to see if I could use them as well.

I snipped and stitched and stamped, adding strips of paper and stickers here, some wood veneer and flair there, just playing until I was happy with the cards.
After I positioned the cards on a piece of white cardstock to take a photo, I started thinking that their arrangement was a nice basis for a layout. And so, with a little journaling, some Thickers and an outlined border, I ended up with this:
 Here are some close-up photos showing the details on the cards:
For the left card, I came upon that somewhat fussy-cut floral piece and heart veneer in my box of leftovers from earlier kits. That floral paper was one of my favorites so it was nice to use up more of it. The stamped sentiment is from the October kit. I love the look of stitching on paper and so I added some zigzag stitches to hold the little banner in place on the right card. I included more stitching on the bottom too.
This card came from the October kit, but the stamp and the floral sticker and black and white stripe paper are from previous kits. That's another thing I love about Felicity Jane kits - they all complement each other very well so you can mix and match pieces from several kits.
I punched some stars from my paper scraps and combined them with stamps, paper strips and some of the shapes (the tab and the pennants) from the exclusive printables that are emailed to subscribers every month. 
Personalizing these pocket cards was a lot of fun. I think this would be a great thing to do when you feel like you're in a creative slump. The cards are small so you don't have the pressure of working on an entire layout. You can treat each one as a little canvas and because of their size, you can move on to the next one before you get bored or overwhelmed.

I've now retired this month's kit. I've only been subscribing to these kits since July but this one was definitely my favorite.

October 23, 2015

More Felicity Jane October Kit Layouts

I can't seem to stop working with this kit! I tried to find ways to stretch the patterned paper so that I could use it on as many layouts as possible - I trimmed a few of the pieces to 8-1/2X11 so that I could use the large piece as a background and the remnants for strips or punched shapes. I also saved almost all my scraps, hoping that I'd be able to use the bits and pieces here and there on some pages, too.

I put a couple of the paper strips to work on this first layout:
I tucked some tabs under the journaling card and paired another tab with a gold-rimmed circle tag and a flair at the top right of the page. 
I was left with a little space on the card after I wrote my words so I stitched on a kraft feather to fill the empty spot.
To be honest, I'm not completely happy with those gold chunky glitter Thickers as the title but I was trying to use just the kit supplies for my pages and they were my only option. They're very pretty but they wouldn't have been my first choice on this page.

For this next layout, I used a circle punch on some of my paper scraps and smaller journaling cards:
 The little paper strips at the top and bottom of the page are leftover pieces as well. 
My sewing machine has been out on the table lately so I used it to sew some zigzag stitches to hold down the circles.
I heat-embossed the wood veneer script word to bring a little sparkle to the page. I'd never tried that technique on veneer before but I'm really happy with the end result.

I'm really getting down to the end of my kit. I have a few of the cut-apart cards, a couple small paper scraps and one 8-1/2x11 piece of paper left. I haven't done much with the kit's stamp set either, so I'll have to see if I can come up with a way to use it with the leftover pieces. 

If you subscribe to a kit, what do you do when you've used most of it but would like to make the most out of the little pieces left?

October 21, 2015

Two More Felicity Jane October Layouts

I'm back with two more layouts from my October Felicity Jane kit - "That One Day". Just like yesterday's post, everything on these two pages is from the kit unless otherwise noted.

First up is an 8-1/2x11 page featuring a black and white photo.
I trimmed just a bit off the edges of the colorful diagonal stripe and mounted the paper on grey cardstock. You know that I love those branding strips and this page has one of them in a vertical line down the left of the page. I used a 3x4" cut-apart card for a few lines of journaling and then added a very thin strip of blue and white patterned paper under that card and my photo. For my title, I stamped "routine" on a gold-rimmed tag, added a bow with a length of white crochet thread from my supplies, and tucked the tag under the script veneer "daily". The result - a clean and simple layout to balance that bold paper.
So what do you do when you pretty much love every single paper and little embellishment in a kit?? Well, you put as many of them as you can on a page and that's what I did here:
A grid was the perfect design to help me include a variety of papers and embellishments.
I sewed the squares of paper in place, and then went to town embellishing! I added kraft and vellum feathers, rick rack, a gold-rimmed circle tag, paper clip with ribbon bow, gold and bronze sequins, a flair, and all sorts of labels, tags and banners from the cut-apart sheet. Then I sewed those in place as well, and roughed up some of the edges of the squares.
I placed my photo in the center of the grid and added the title to the space on the left. The white cardstock and the tiny black and white letters are from my supplies.
As you can probably tell, I was very inspired by this kit! I still have plenty of pieces left and may make a few more layouts with it before the November kit shows up on my doorstep.

October 20, 2015

Felicity Jane October Kit

Oh, Felicity Jane - I just love your scrapbook kits! The October "That One Day" Collection is just beautiful. In fact, I thought it was so beautiful that I was reluctant to use it at first. I was hesitant to cut up any of the lovely patterned papers. Has this ever happened to you? Have you liked a paper or embellishment so much that you were intimidated to use it?

I eventually decided to just take a deep breath and dive in. And once I got started, I felt so inspired that I completed four layouts in an afternoon. I'd like to share two of those layouts today. Unless otherwise noted, everything on these layouts came from the kit.
I used the polka dot stencil in the kit along with some modeling paste to add a little design and texture to the kraft cardstock that serves as my background. I layered some paper strips and branding strips to hold my photo (which I actually "borrowed" from my daughter's instagram account).

I trimmed a rectangular-ish shape around the flowers on the cut-apart sheet and sewed it onto the kraft tag. (I'm calling it rectangular-ish because I cut the top of the shape on the diagonal - and yes, I'm making up words now.) It made a nice pocket for my journaling.
As a finishing touch, I added a few gold sequins and stamped some small stars (using a gold ink pad from my supplies) to coordinate with the chunky gold Thickers "Magic" in my title.
For the second layout, I matted my photo on one of the 4x6" cut-aparts and used one of the 3x4" cut-aparts as my title. A piece of white rickrack anchors the bottom of those elements.
I wrote my journaling on the white envelope included with the kit and slipped it behind my photo. I added one of the circle embellishments from the cut-apart sheet as a little tab to help pull out that envelope.
I added a branding strip of cute little hearts along the bottom of the page. The branding strips are one of my favorite features of the Felicity Jane kits - they are so easy to use and add such a sweet touch to a page. The remaining embellishments all came from the cut-apart sheet and I tucked and layered them in several places around the page.
 I'll be back tomorrow with the other two layouts from my inspired afternoon!

October 19, 2015

One More October Sky Layout

Each month, there are three challenges issued on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to help members use up the supplies in their kit. This month I decided to take on the third challenge: One Thing - use paper, photos and only one other thing on your project. Here is the layout I made:
 My "one thing" is the background I made with a stencil, modeling paste and paint. 
I first tried to tint the paste with mist but the color was too pale. The paint worked out much better - the modeling paste has a nice, shimmery golden glow. The paint is also much thicker than the mist so it doesn't thin the consistency of the paste either.

I then smeared the tinted paste over a stencil, carefully picking it up and moving it around to a few places on my white cardstock.
After the page dried, I trimmed a bit off the edges and matted it on a piece of patterned paper. I roughed up the edges of the white cardstock, folding and tearing randomly to give the paper a worn look. I added my photo and title and then wrote my journaling in the lower right section of the page in a spot I'd intentionally left when I was applying the stencil background.
Limiting embellishments to just one thing doesn't have to mean a plain and boring page. I have a lot of texture on my layout. The modeling paste and stencil gives the page a raised pattern. The cardstock edges are rough and have folds and tears. All this texture adds interest to the page.

Have you tried this challenge yet? What would be your "one thing"? 

October 17, 2015

October Sky Layouts, Round 3

We had several days of cold and rainy weather earlier this month  - perfect conditions to stay inside and spend some time with my October Sky kit. Here are two layouts I made while the rain fell.

I had a second sheet of Lily Bee pennant stickers in my kit (you can see how I used the first sheet in my Round 2 post) and I combined them with twine to make a garland across this page about the autumn decorations we've had in our front yard over the years:
I added a strip of pumpkin-colored paper to help the photos and pennants stand out a little more from the grey background paper. I stamped a few words at the top and bottom, and scattered some wood sequins around the page too.
The weathered wood paper, the twine and the wood sequins give a rustic, old-fashioned air to the page that I like.
 For the second page I relied on one of my favorite designs, the grid. 
This grid is a little playful - I outlined each of the squares and adhered them just slightly off-kilter. I also let the embellishments and journaling strips extend beyond the borders of the squares. 
I played with all of the different types of embellishments I had in my kit - I added little tabs, canvas ticket shapes that I misted with metallic and grey Heidi Swapp color shine, enamel dots, rub-ons, an arrow clip, a frame, wood veneer coffee cups and a script word. 

I think I enjoy grids so much because each component is like a separate canvas just waiting to be decorated. How about you - do you have a favorite design or a go-to technique?

October 11, 2015

October Sky Layouts, Round 2

Today I have two layouts to share that I made with my October Sky kit
For this layout, I mixed the chipboard flowers and buttons with hearts and flowers to make a border on the left side of the page. I purchased those hearts and flowers several years ago from an Etsy shop that is no longer in business, but I think they would be pretty easy to make with music-themed patterned paper, kraft cardstock and buttons.
The title is a combination of a Heidi Swapp script wood veneer word and thickers. I matted my photo on a page from one of the journaling pads I included in my kit. To finish the layout, I added a small cluster to repeat the embellishments from the left side and slid three decorative paper clips on my photo.
I made a vertical border of embellishments on the left of my next page as well, using the triangle pennants from one of the Lily Bee sticker sheets I put in my kit.
Another one of the stickers, lifted on pop dots, serves as my title. After I placed my photos and wrote the journaling, the page looked a little blah and flat to me so I included some of the enamel dots from my kit. I placed three large ones to the right of the top photo and randomly added a variety of sizes to the left border.
Did you make a counterfeit kit this month? Don't forget to link it up on the CKC blog here so we can see what you've made!

October 8, 2015

October Sky Layouts, Round 1

I've got a trio of layouts to share today and I made them all with my November CKC kit "October Sky".

A photo of autumn leaves was just what I needed on this page about change:
I layered some journaling pages from an old Making Memories pad under the photo, and sprinkled some Heidi Swapp gold color shine at the top right and bottom left. The gold letter titles are leftovers from a Felicity Jane kit. 

I put one of the 12x12 Lily Bee rub-on sheets to work on this next layout, using some of the phrases as a border around the page and two of the images as embellishments:
I like the vintage vibe those illustrations give the page about our traditional Thanksgiving foods. A row of chipboard buttons at the bottom completes the page.

I made a border of punched leaves, twine and stars for my final layout. I punched leaves from some of the patterned papers in my kit and then "drew" a vine of adhesive on the page edges using liquid adhesive in a bottle with a fine-tip applicator:
I positioned the twine over the adhesive and then added the leaves. I put them on pop dots to lift them over the twine and filled in some of the empty space with stars that I misted with Heidi Swapp bronzer color shine:
The completed layout looks like this:
The quote to the right of the photo is a download from Ali Edwards' blog. She's been sharing a hand-drawn quote every Sunday this year. You can find the one I used here.

What have you been up to lately?

October 6, 2015

CKC October Kit - Layout for Challenge #1

The layout I'm sharing today is in response to the first October Challenge on the CKC blog: Your Next Move - Do a project sharing what your next move in life is. What is a goal? What is a dream? What would you like to do if you could?

With a daughter who graduated from college last year and another who will graduate next spring, I've been thinking about what the next stage of our life will be like. My layout records three things I hope the future holds for us. 
The Heidi Swapp script veneer word serves as my title and it sits in a rub-on circle that also introduces the topic of my layout. I roughly drew three rectangles on a piece of blue patterned paper, outlining the rectangles twice to mimic the lines in the large circle. I mounted the blue paper onto a gold floral sheet to add a little color and then used some old alpha stamps to add the one word titles to each rectangle. I also stamped a little box next to each word and drew in the check marks with a black pen. Then I added my journaling, along with word stickers and tabs as embellishments. 
I dug out a messy circle stamp and stamped it randomly around the blue patterned paper that serves as the background for the page. I adhered the journaling piece and then placed a few word strip stickers and stamped hearts in some of the background circles to pull the page together.
I didn't use a photo for this layout. I had a lot of words to fit on the page and wanted to make sure I had enough room for them. I thought the addition of a photo would make the page too crowded. I don't think that every page has to have a photo - sometimes you can tell the story with just your words.

I hope you'll participate in this challenge - and don't forget to link up to your creation on the CKC blog here!

October 4, 2015

Forgery on the Fourth

This month's CKC inspiration kit was a little tricky because it doesn't have any physical items to forge. I did find a few possibilities in the evidence list:
I decided to try my hand at forging something metallic for a layout. I recently experimented with modeling paste and stencils and thought I could use these same supplies to make a metallic-looking background for my page.

I gathered a stencil (I'm not sure of the manufacturer - this was something I received in a prize package and there's no label on it), some modeling paste, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Bronzer, an acrylic stamp block and a palette knife. I spritzed some of the mist into the bottle cap and then dripped it onto a blob of modeling paste that I'd placed on the acrylic block. I used the knife to mix them together and added a little more mist until I was happy with the color.
I used washi tape to adhere the stencil to a piece of white cardstock and then smeared the mixture onto the stencil and smoothed it out into a thin layer using the palette knife. I didn't cover the entire stencil with paste - I wanted the edges to be a little uneven. I carefully peeled off the stencil and let the cardstock dry.
Here's a peek at the result - it's hard to capture in a photo but the modeling paste does have a bit of a shimmery, metallic cast to it. Now, on to the layout...
I trimmed a small strip off each edge of the cardstock and mounted the piece onto an orange paper from my October Sky kit. I added rub-ons at the top and bottom, and placed the photo toward the top 2/3rds of the stencil using some dimensional tape to give it a little lift. In keeping with the repetition of the rub-ons, I typed my title (which is also my journaling) in three repeating lines, and printed it on both white cardstock and then on the vellum in my kit. I cut the journaling into rectangular shapes, stapled the vellum strip onto the cardstock strip and added it under the photo.
While I like playing with the modeling paste and stencil and am pleased with the look it gives the page, I'm not thrilled with the way the medium distorts my paper. I'm going to place some heavy books on the layout and hope that it flattens it more. Using a heavier weight cardstock might also help prevent some of the warping - I'll keep experimenting.

Did you find something to forge this month? Share your creation on the CKC link-up here.