July 31, 2015

Three More Felicity Jane Layouts

I used my July Felicity Jane kit to make three more layouts that I'd like to share with you today.

The first one is an 8-1/2x11 page that was prompted by one of the wood veneer words included in the kit. I spent some time mulling over what photos would work well with the word "adventure" and then remembered a photo that I took at my older daughter's college graduation last May. She and her two roommates were walking in front of us, on their way to a special spot for some grad photos. I snapped a quick picture with my camera and then used the Waterlogue app to give it a watercolor look.

I cut a large piece of the "going places" patterned paper and matted my photo on it. The wood veneer, paired with more of those vellum letters, serves as the title.  A couple of phrases, a compass-themed flair and a hand-cut banner finished the center design. I matted the layout on a black and white patterned paper that was included in the kit. My white cardstock is somewhat thin so you can see a bit of the black and white paper underneath but I'm ok with that. For journaling, I just added their names and the date - I think the photo and title pretty much says everything else.

The second layout features those big vellum letters again (can you tell I really like them?) and most of what remains of that pretty coral fabric that I used on my first layout.

I cut pieces of the yellow polka dot and colorful striped papers into banner shapes. The confetti pieces between the photo and the title are tissue paper shapes that were part of the kit. The quote is something I found on Pinterest - a good reminder when I'm feeling a little down.
The last layout was inspired by one of the pieces on the kit's cut-apart sheet: a cute little bicycle. I used another centered design (I think this is becoming one of my "go to" designs) and then really just played with adding pieces of paper and tucking in some of the embellishments here and there. I had nothing in mind at the start other than the photos and topic.
The "bike" letters and enamel dots are from my own supplies; everything else was part of the kit. The black and white stripes and polka dots are actually part of the packaging. I love that little bicycle branding strip along the bottom.
So, that's five layouts so far from this kit. I don't have any whole sheets of paper left and used most of the embellishments. I may make one more layout using what remains but am happy with what I already got out of the kit.

I did decide to begin a Felicity Jane subscription - I'd been watching the kits she offered over the last several months and have really liked them. I've noticed that the kits have the same overall feel and seem to pair well with each other so even if I don't use every bit of this one, I'm sure I'll be able to the leftovers with another one. And now, on to August!

July 30, 2015

Gotta Use It Now!

I recently purchased a Felicity Jane scrapbook kit and wanted to share a couple of the layouts I've made with it. The kit is the July kit, "Going Places". I was so happy when the cute black and white striped box showed up at my door and loved unwrapping all the things in it. The branding strips on the papers are especially adorable!
The kit was so inspiring that I had to just dig right in and make a layout.

That gorgeous coral fabric strip in the kit reminded me of a recent instagram I'd taken of some flowers on our front porch. I adhered it horizontally across at the top third of the page and tied a little bow around it using the twine that was wrapped around the spool packaging.
I used another part of the packaging, the glassine envelope, as the mat for my photo and attached the "hello" flair. I scattered the confetti and wood veneer in the upper left and bottom right corners.
The title alphas came from my supplies. I added a few lines of journaling and I was done with the first layout - and it's one of my recent favorites!

The next layout I made features the vellum alpha included in the kit. I was pleased to see that there were several pieces of the "popular" letters - I hate getting alphabets that I can only use for one title before I run out of the letters I need.
The kit also includes a travel-themed stamp set. I'm not much of a stamper but it was easy enough for me to add a stamped border all around the page.
Here's a look at the complete layout:
I am definitely having fun with this kit! I've made three more layouts with it and I'll be sharing those in my next post.

July 27, 2015

Inspired by...

Today's layout was inspired by one of this week's pins on The Crafty Maven Getaway:

Dream Green DIY
I was inspired by the alternating squares of horizontal and vertical lines in the bookcase and decided I would try to replicate them with washi tape. I gathered a few rolls, trying to use the same basic colors in the photo:
I added strips of tape to a sheet of 8-1/2x11 white cardstock until the paper was completely full. It curls up a little at the sides but since I was planning to cut squares out of the page I wasn't too concerned.

I did think about using the whole sheet as it was for a layout but decided that I'd follow through with my original idea. I trimmed the sheet into squares, making sure that each one had all six different washi designs on it.
Once that was done, the rest of the layout came together pretty quickly. I picked four squares, turned a couple of them vertically and then arranged all four into a larger square on white cardstock. I placed my photo in the center of that square, then added some circular embellishments (older product from Evalicious that I've been hoarding for a while) along the bottom edge. A cork title, some journaling and a black pen border around the edges finished it off.

This layout was quick, fun and a great way to use up some of my washi tape supply.
The Crafty Maven Getaway shares all sorts of projects and inspiration on their blog, youtube channel, and pinterest. I hope you'll check them out and play along too!

July 26, 2015

I'm Done!

I've been busily working with my July CKC kit and I think I'm finally ready to retire what I have left. I thought I would share the last few layouts I made from it with you today.

I hadn't yet touched this Amy Tangerine paper and thought it was time to use it:
Jump Stitch from the Stitched Collection

When I selected it for my kit, I was pretty sure that I'd be cutting up those rectangles but I eventually decided to cut off just the top row and the right column and use the rest as a whole piece. Because the cut piece was smaller than 8-1/2x11, I mounted it on a sheet of white cardstock. I added my photo and wrote my journaling on a couple of those rectangles.

Since I wanted that background paper to stand out, I just added a few little die-cut embellishments - a camera, a yellow envelope and some hearts.
I stapled on two little pennant shapes that I cut from the branding strips from my kit papers and topped them with a heart. And I had a complete fan-girl moment when Amy Tan commented on my instagram photo of it - woo hoo!
Moving on...I still had most of this paper left and decided to see how I could use it on a page:
The Photo Frames vellum from the Ocean Melody collection by Adrienne Looman for Webster's Pages
I would usually just cut these and arrange them on a page but was getting thrown off by the insides of the frames - I don't really have a use for the "bonfire" or "s'mores" and wasn't really too crazy about most of the rest. The only ones I really liked were the "This" and "Hello" in the top row. My solution: just cut out the insides! I used my paper trimmer and scissors to carefully trim out the centers; I saved the two that I liked and got rid of the rest.
This photo (my husband and young daughters flying a kite at the beach) has been sitting out on my table for a while, just waiting for me to figure out what I wanted to say about it. I arranged the frames on white cardstock and added the photo. The frames hold written memories of my husband as a dad from that time in his life.

I added a couple of tags and some word/phrase stickers. For my title, I trimmed the "this" piece into a tag (to mirror the other tags on the page) and added "Daddy" with some Amy Tangerine stickers (not from my kit).
The next layout features another older photo and my design was inspired by a lesson in layering in Camp Scrap 2015.
The strip of patterned paper on the left was too short to run the length of the page so I trimmed the end to make it look like a banner. Then I just layered bits and pieces of the leftovers from my kit before adding my photo, journaling and title.
My final two layouts do not have photos but do have very specific memories that I wanted to record. Each page was prompted by a piece from Crate Paper's Poolside Collection chipboard sheet.

This layout is about my childhood memories of a specific beach.
All I had left of that pretty chevron paper was the triangular piece you see on the page - I didn't want to cut it smaller so I just built the rest of the layout around it, using washi tape to cover the seam between the two patterned papers.
The chipboard umbrella was the inspiration piece and I added the beach ball and flip flops to go with it.

The final layout uses the diver from that same chipboard sheet.
It's the perfect embellishment for a layout about my "aversion" to swimming.
I tore out some sheets from a very old Making Memories journaling pad and used them for my journaling.

A strip of blue vellum serves as the "pool" at the bottom of the page. I added a few tabs from an October Afternoon die-cut pack to the top to finish off the page.

Whew...this is a pretty long post - thanks for staying to the end! What have you been making lately?

July 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge July Members' Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge July Members' Blog Hop! You should have arrived here via Julene’s blog.
The July Challenges were:
Challenge #1: Picture This - use at least 4 photos on your project
Challenge #2: Old Tools - Dust off an old tool and get creative
Challenge #3: Project Altering Experience - include an altered embellishment

When I put together my kit for this month, this burlap and cream stripe paper from Crate Paper really reminded me of a bulletin board. Then I promptly forgot about that thought as I started using the kit to make scrapbook pages.
After I made a few layouts, I was flipping though the kit papers again and rediscovered that sheet. An idea started to form in my head - using brads and twine, I wanted to turn that paper into a French bulletin board like this:
Photo from Target
As a teen, I had a bulletin board with all sorts of things pinned to it - cards, ticket stubs, photos, pieces of memorabilia, postcards, etc. - and I wanted this paper bulletin board to hold some favorite memories of this summer (so far).
I grabbed my paper, a ruler, crochet thread, a pencil and the brads from my kit.
I started by turning the paper over, measuring and then drawing the intersecting lines. I then took a paper piercer and poked a hole through each intersection, still working on the back side of the paper. (The back side of the paper already featured a lined grid design; my lines are the ones on the diagonal.)
The front of the paper looked like this:
Time for the brads. I didn’t have enough of the same size in my kit so I just added what I needed from my supplies.
Then I inserted the brads, cut lengths of the crochet thread and started assembling.
I used washi tape to hold each edge in place on the back of the paper. When I finished making all my lines, I covered the prongs of each brad with washi tape as well to make it easier to put the page in an album. Here’s what the back of the page looked like when I was done:
And now came the fun! I printed some photos, cut some tags from another one of the Crate Paper sheets in my kit, and grabbed some stickers and chipboard from the kit. I just played, adding pictures to tags, tucking things in here and there and adding embellishments. Here’s how it came out:
This is exactly what I had imagined - a mix of photos and ephemera from our summer so far: food and flowers…
…James Taylor’s latest CD and a photo from when we saw him in concert a couple weekends ago (he has long been my favorite!)…
…a photo of the four of us off on a day trip, my messy scrapping area and more outdoor photos…
I’m very pleased with how this turned out - it definitely makes me happy!

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can now visit Laura 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 participants in case you lose your place along the way:

Happy Hopping!!

July 21, 2015

Inspired by...

I put together a really quick layout using my July CKC kit and this week's inspiration piece from The Crafty Maven Getaway. You can find it on their July 2015 Pinterest board:

Creative Juice

I love everything about this photo - it's so happy and fun! My kit had quite a few items in it that were a great fit - I had a full sheet of black and white striped paper and plenty of scraps in pink, blue, aqua and gold.

Inspired by the bold black and white stripes, the circles and the colors in the photo, I created this layout:
I just used a circle punch on the colorful scraps and then layered them in a vertical line on the left side of the layout. One of the cut-apart sheets in my kit had that "endless summer" card so I used it as my title and then cut the photos down to that same size.

I think the layout has a nice, dreamy quality to it, which definitely matched the mood of that morning and the youthful idea of an endless summer.

Thanks for stopping by today - hope you check out The Crafty Maven Getaway and find some inspiration there too!

July 20, 2015

Two Challenge Layouts

Here are two layouts I made for the challenges up on the CKC blog for July.

Challenge #1 is to make a page with no less than 4 photos on it. I enjoy making layouts that showcase photos over a span of time - it's wonderful to see a current photo and be able to tie it to one taken in the past. I had already pulled together a few photos of one of my daughters with the idea of someday making a scrapbook page about her adventurous spirit, and thought this would be a great one to tackle for this challenge. Here's my layout which features 10 (yes 10!) photos:

I used the pic stitch app to make the rectangular photos, printed them out on my Selphy and then arranged them chronologically across the page.
I kept the embellishments light to keep the focus on the photos and the journaling.

 The title is an A. A. Milne/Winnie the Pooh quote that I'd been saving just for these photos.
For my second layout, I decided to tackle Challenge #2, use an old tool on a layout. I tweaked this one a bit - I used a relatively new paper punch. I'm considering it a match to the challenge though because when I use punches, I tend to reach for generic shapes like circles and squares; I don't really use the special shape punches that I have very often. The punch I used for this layout is a leaf.
In my July kit I'd included a package of white rub-ons from Reminisce that were made in 2007. I had no idea whether they would be usable but thought I would try them on the background of this page. They worked beautifully - I had no trouble with them at all! I scattered them around the page, intentionally placing the largest square in the bottom left corner to hold my journaling.
I cut some of the pastel papers into squares and arranged them on the right side of the page to balance the photo and journaling block on the left. I added the title on one of the cute little mason jar pockets from Crate Paper's Poolside Collection. I adhered some phrases, along with a gold-edged tag, gold hearts and some pinked circles that came with the mason jars.
I punched the leaf shape out of vellum and then tucked them here and there among the squares as well.

You can find out more of the challenge details on the Counterfeit Kit Club blog. The month of July seems to be speeding by but there's still time to give them a try!