April 29, 2016

Felicity Jane "Chloe" Kit Layouts - Part 2

My last two Chloe kit layouts were both part of my Pinterest to page project. I'm trying to clear my inspiration boards by actually using all those pins - what a thought!

Here are the details for my first page...
What I pinned:
Why I pinned it: I loved this collage of instagram photos clipped to wires running horizontally across the frame. I could definitely see how this would make a fun scrapbook page to showcase several photos and embellishments.

What I made:
How I got from pin to page:
I had already printed out a collage of small square photos of the weekly bouquets I picked from my gardens last summer and I knew that they would pair perfectly with the Chloe kit. I cut out the photos and arranged them in three rows, leaving some space between the photos that I would fill in with embellishments from the kit. I added some tags, a few stickers and a larger square to hold my title and journaling. I moved all the pieces around on the swiss dot embossed white cardstock until I was happy with the arrangement. The next step was to use a small hole punch to make three holes on each side. I slipped a length of white crochet thread through each set and I anchored the edges to my table with washi tape. I didn't want to attach them to the back of the cardstock until I adhered the photos and embellishments in case something went wrong. I put everything else in place and added the adhesive to all the pieces. I used a tape runner for most of the hanging pieces and attached each item just slightly over the top of the thread.
I folded the stickers over the thread and then used a paper bow, flair and small chevron stickers to "clip" each item to the thread. Once everything was firmly attached, I wrapped the ends of the thread over the edges to the back of the cardstock and used washi tape to hold them in place. I then cut small pieces of thread and tied them into bows at the end of each of the lines.
This page makes me happy and I can't wait until this year's garden is in full bloom!

And now for page number two...
What I pinned:
Creative Scrappers
Why I pinned it: I liked it! I guess the better question is: why did I choose it for this layout? The answer is that I could use different scraps of the kit's patterned paper for the squares on the background. I was really trying to stretch the beautiful papers in the kit so that I could make several layouts from them.

What I made:
How I got from pin to page:
I had already cut out the center of that multi-color floral and used the one-inch border piece to frame the page. I cut triangles out of the scraps of the remaining papers, mixing in a few black & white patterns to offset all that color. 
I arranged them into four square pieces, added a tiny bit of adhesive and then sewed around the borders of the triangles as well as around the edge of the white cardstock. I matted my photo and placed it in the center of the page, then chose just a few embellishments from the kit and added them to each of the outer triangle pieces.
The final step was to write my journaling just under the stitching on the white cardstock.
I think this is my favorite layout from my kit this month. The stitching really makes it special - I need to get my sewing machine out more often and put it to use on my pages.

That's what I've been up to this month - what have you been working on?

April 27, 2016

Felicity Jane "Chloe" Kit Layouts - Part 1

I have a trio of layouts to share today, all made with the April Felicity Jane kit, "Chloe".

This kit is filled with beautiful colors and florals, like a fresh breath of spring:
Felicity Jane
My only regret - I didn't order the add-on of additional patterned papers! Since I only had one piece of each paper, I would have to carefully plan my pages to make the most of the designs. 

My first layout uses a sampling of circles and some of the exclusive puffy stickers and alphas:
I definitely get a little "dirt happy" at this time of year. I really look forward to digging in the dirt to plant my flower gardens.
I outlined the circles with a black pen to help them stand out a little more from each other and from the kraft background.
I got the design idea for my second page by a banner-shaped scrap left over from one of the circles on the previous page. 
 I used the stamp set for both my title and for the lines for my journaling.
I double-outlined the banners on this page to give them a little whimsical feel.
Cut-apart sheets usually leave me in a quandary - do I cut it or do I leave it whole and use the patterned paper on the other side? My solution this time - use the cut-apart side as a whole. Here is how it looks:
I covered the sentiments that didn't fit in with my theme with various pieces from the kit. Before I put the page together, I knew that I would place my journaling on the blue and white stripes on the 6x8 section of the sheet.

I made two more layouts from the Chloe kit - I'll be back to share them in my next post. Thanks for stopping by!

April 22, 2016

From Pinterest to Page - Two Layouts

My final two layouts using my April Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit were both inspired by Pinterest. As I mentioned in this post, I am trying to clear off my Pinterest inspiration boards by actually using what I've pinned to make scrapbook pages.

First up, this page about how my parents have enabled me (and my family) to see many wonders of the world:
And this was the pin that inspired this page:
Arch Daily
I used my favorite circle punch on a variety of patterned papers from my kit, and then arranged them in offset strips along the top of the page.
I then added my photo on a few layers including a transparency and a strip that I punched with one of the edge punches I included in my April kit.
My second page was inspired by this pin:
Finnabair on Flickr
I replicated the woven paper strips on my page:
I'll be honest - the weaving took a little patience, especially since I'd edged the strips with ink to make them stand out a little better and didn't want to end up with a smudged mess - but I think it paid off.

I limited the embellishments to just three puffy gold hearts, and put part of my title on the photo to fill up a bit of the white space there.
Two more pins deleted from my Pinterest boards - I have quite a lot left but at least I'm making a little progress!

April 18, 2016

April CKC Layouts

Part of the appeal for me in participating in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog is the "putting together the kit" part. I like looking through my supplies and finding just the right pieces to add to my kit.

So this month, as usual, I enjoyed assembling my kit but then when it came to actually using it, well...that was another story. I like how it looks, but it really isn't my style. At all. But I had an assignment to complete so I started with that first. Then I just looked at the kit for several more days - it sat there, mocking me, almost daring me to use it. So I took up the challenge. I was determined to get some use out of it and end up with pages that were "me", pages that would look consistent with the rest of my layouts, pages that told important stories or recorded important memories. 

I discovered that the best way for me to work with the kit was to use the papers in small doses and keep the embellishments simple.

This first page is based on this sketch from Citrus Twist kits from October 2013:
 Following my formula, this page has small strips of paper:
 and a small number of embellishments:
Here's another page from this month's kit:
Although I used larger pieces of the patterned papers, the layering keeps only a small portion of each of them visible.
I added just a few wood veneer shapes and wrapped twine around one of the edges.
Once I figured out the secret, I was able to make eight layouts. And I decided that this kit wasn't so bad after all. What do you do when a kit or papers or embellishments just aren't your style?

April 14, 2016

From Pinterest to Page: "What I See" Layout

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love all the inspiration to be found there but I hate that sometimes I can get too caught up pinning inspiration but not actually doing anything with it. I have not one but two boards holding pins that I want to somehow translate into scrapbook layouts. There are color schemes, quotes, pages to scraplift, design ideas from all sorts of non-scrapbooking sources, sketches...you get the idea. (I'd share these boards with you but I've made them secret so that I can include ideas for upcoming Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog assignments.)

It's time to finally do something with all those pins! I'm going to be getting those ideas off my boards and onto my pages. I've already shown some of them here and here and here, and I have another one to share with you today. 

What I pinned:
Why I pinned it: I liked the idea of all the little leaves combining to make a big statement. I thought I could easily replicate this look using a punch. I also liked the woodgrain background and the ombre look to the leaf design.

What I made:
How I got from pin to page:
I decided to make a frame from the punched shapes instead of making the large block in the inspiration piece. I'd recently re-printed this photo of my daughters as toddlers and thought it would be a great candidate to pair with a little EK Success heart punch I have. The page would also do double-duty as it perfectly fit Prompt #81 (inspired by paper punches) on the Whimsical Musings blog.

I first lightly traced around the border of my photo.
The pencil lines would be hidden under the hearts on my final layout - I just needed something to guide me in making my frame the correct size for my photo.

Next, it was time to punch hearts out of some of the papers in my April CKC kit. I do like this kit as a whole but the colors and design aren't my usual style. I've found that using small pieces of the papers helps me to work with the kit in a way that feels more "me".
I concentrated on using the black & white and pink/red colors in the kit and mixed patterns with solid colors. I also punched some hearts from the gold dot vellum but ended up not using any of them in the frame.

Then I started to add the hearts to the white cardstock, using a liquid adhesive in a bottle with a fine tip.
I just randomly grabbed hearts from the various piles and worked to fill in most of the empty spots until I was pleased with the shape. I'd periodically place my photo over the frame just to make sure I was getting the look I wanted. I didn't bother filling in the center since that would be covered by the picture.

Here's the finished frame:
Between punching the shapes and making the frame, this probably took me about 30 minutes to complete. This is a great activity to do while listening to a podcast or watching the latest episode of your favorite show. 

After I added the photo, I placed the title above and below the frame using two different size/style alphas. 

I hand-wrote a quote from a book under the lower part of the title and then added my journaling under that. I put two of the gold dot vellum hearts side by side at the lower right of my journaling block - I wanted to get a little gold at the bottom of the page and the pair nicely symbolizes the theme of my page and the two girls in the photo as well.

The layout just seemed to be lacking a little something to me at this point but I didn't want to add any more color to the page. I decided to trim the edges of the page and stitch the entire layout to another piece of white cardstock. The stitching and extra matting added just what I was looking for:
So there it is - one pin off my pinboard and onto my page. This was a fun page to put together and I'm already perusing my inspiration board to see which pin I'll tackle next.

April 12, 2016

April CKC Layout - Love This

Earlier this month I used Pinterest as the inspiration for the design of a scrapbook page.  I turned to Pinterest again to help me design a page using my Amethyst and Amber kit. 

I started with this pretty mural from Anthropologie:
Judarn Mural from Anthropologie
I was drawn to the curled and rolled edges of the mural and thought that I could use the patterned paper from my kit to get the same look. Here is my page:

I love how it looks! The rolled edges really make a nice design statement on the page and so I only added a couple of tags and brads. I slipped the journaling behind the photo.
I'll definitely be turning to Pinterest again to find some more fun techniques to try on my scrapbook layouts!

April 10, 2016

April CKC Layout - Happy

It's time for another layout from my "Amethyst and Amber" April CKC kit. The page I'm sharing today was inspired by this patterned paper wave I saw on Pinterest: 

If you'd like to give this a try, Stacy Cohen shared a tutorial for her technique on the My Creative Scrapbook blog here

I made two wave strips and placed my photo in between them on my layout:

I used a pre-made tag as a title, and I paired it with a butterfly I punched from patterned paper. Three wood veneer hearts and a scalloped border were all I needed to complete the page.
I used a dark brown chalk ink on the edges of the patterned papers, cardstock, tag and butterfly to help them stand out a little more.
It's not to late to join in the fun on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for April! Please share your projects on the link page here so we can all take a look at what you've been up to this month.