July 29, 2016

CKC July - The Leftovers

After seven layouts, I thought it was time to retire my July "Beach Party" kit. I was running low on patterned paper and was starting to tire of some of the embellishments - does that happen to you when you're using a kit?

As I started going through what I had left, I discovered that I had several of the blue and green squares from the patterned paper which had been the inspiration for my kit. I had a 12x12 sheet of navy tone-on-tone paper and a couple other blue patterned paper scraps left as well and used those and the squares to make one last page from my kit.
I converted a recent photo to black & white, then arranged the squares in a grid around it. For embellishments, I added a die-cut typewriter, blue camera and arrow clips, and a couple of words that I cut from one of the patterned paper scraps. I also included the number "9" (for the nine cousins in the photo) and cork circles on the sunburst patterns. There wasn't much space left on the page for journaling, so I punched a half-circle out of the top, made a little pocket to attach to the back and then slipped in a small tag with the story. And now I was definitely ready to call my kit "done".

I'd included several packages of die-cuts in my kit and used most of just one of the packs. I sorted what was left of that one into colors and placed them in my color boxes.  I put the rest of the die-cuts and pocket cards back in their original packaging and set them back into my supplies.
I used three complete packs of embellishments (sort of - explanation to follow) and was happy to throw the packaging away (yay!). I also had small scraps of patterned paper that were too small to keep so I disposed of those as well.

Although I threw away the packaging, I still had four (of six) canvas tags left and I had already stamped on them. Because I liked how they look, I decided to leave them out on my table and try to get them on pages soon. I've since gotten one of the floral ones on a layout so now I've only got three left. The clips went into the color boxes and the alpha set went back in to the rest of my supplies.
I also had most of a journaling notebook, a few scraps of paper that I thought would be usable and some leftover trim and ribbon. All of that went back into my supplies.

So that's the end of another kit, and just in time too - it's almost August 1st when we'll be revealing our next inspiration kit. Do you take apart your kits at the end of the month?

July 24, 2016

Felicity Jane "Happy Day" Kit

It was definitely a very happy day when the July Felicity Jane kit arrived at my door. There was an especially lovely cornflower blue color on many of the papers and embellishments that doesn't seem to show up in the scrapbooking world and I was excited to make some pages with it.

As a kit subscriber, I receive a set of exclusive printables each month. They coordinate very nicely with the kit and arrive via email before my kit ships. I decided to challenge myself to make a page using just the printables. I had a photo of my favorite summer wildflower which was a perfect match to the cornflower blue in the printables so I featured it on this page:
I actually printed the printable three times to get enough copies of "lovely" for my title but I made good use of the remaining items on the sheets on a few other pages this month.

Another of the papers in the kit features doodled words and sketches, many of which are cupcakes. This was another nice match for a page because one of my daughters has a great fondness for cupcakes. 
I fussy-cut around the appropriate words and drawings and arranged them around three sides of my photo, popping some of them up on dimensional adhesive to break up the flat look.
I used the yellow and pink striped pattern paper as a background and really like the whimsical look of the finished page.

I made a few more pages with this cute kit - I'll be back soon to share them. Thanks for stopping by!

July 20, 2016

Layouts Lately

I have a confession to make - I have a BIG sweet tooth. My flavor of choice is chocolate but honestly, I usually don't turn down a sweet dessert or snack. I recently purchased a cute set of sweet treat mini-flair from the Feed Your Craft Etsy shop and couldn't resist pairing them with some photos of my favorite indulgences:
I mixed in some food-themed cutouts from Elles Studio, and a few leftover bits & pieces from my May CKC kit. The donut and cookie flair were great substitutes for the two letter "o's" in my title.
And now my little secret has been recorded for posterity!

These next pages were inspired by lessons in the two online scrapbooking classes I'm taking this summer. I talked a little about the Layering Like a Boss class in this post, and here is another layout I made that was influenced by the class:
Layering paper strips has been one of my "go to" designs for quite a while and I pulled scraps and strips of blue and teal papers from my scrap box to use on this page. 
I've been drawn to bicycles lately - I took this photo on our recent vacation and thought it was perfect to accompany a little journaling on the subject.
I also made this layout after a few class lessons. I had just purchased a jar of 12 different washi tapes on clearance at Michael's and decided to use them all at once on a page.
 I "borrowed" the chipboard clouds from my July CKC kit and my journaling is written on the pink tag slipped under the photo and layers.

These final two pages were inspired by lessons in the "Make an Impact" Class from Jen Schow and Irit Landgraf. 
My favorite layouts are those that show a connection over time - I had several photos of my daughters at the ocean's edge which were taken over a few years. I converted them all to black and white to help them stand out from all the color on the page. I pulled all the embellishments from the color boxes I use to store some of my kit leftovers. 

This last page is a bit outside of my comfort zone in that it uses mixed media. I love the look of mists and inks and modeling paste on pages but I have a hard time actually working with them. 
I really struggled to figure out how to get that ombre pink modeling paste piece on the page. I'd used a 6"x6" stencil to make it and it just looked too "blocky" to me as I pushed it around and around the page. In a moment of desperation, I tore it in half and then it all fell into place. Turning the piece into a wide paper strip put me in my comfort zone and gave me a spot to anchor the photo and layers as well.
I'm very pleased with the results. I will be trying some mixed media techniques again - I think I just need to find a way to make them work with my style so that the page looks like "me" in the end.
Thanks for stopping by today and whether your summer includes sweet treats, flowers, bicycles or the ocean, I hope you're enjoying it!

July 18, 2016

CKC July Layouts

Hello! How has July been treating you so far? We've recently had some hot and humid weather here in New England, so I've been happy to stay inside where it's air-conditioned to spend some quality time with my July CKC kit. I'll be sharing two pages today.

This first page got started when I had the idea to use a stamp on one of the Pinkfresh Studios ombre canvas tags I included in my kit. I loved how it looked so I built the rest of my page around it: 

Here is a close-up of the stamped tag:

The photo on the page was taken during a bike ride on our vacation but the journaling talks about how adventure presents itself in all shapes and sizes. I've become very fond of bicycles lately and I think they're going to appear on a few more layouts before the summer is over. 
I finally used a couple of the specialty papers in my kit. These circles were punched from some old "Clear Cuts" made by KI Memories. They actually aren't completely clear but appear more so on the white background. They are thicker than cardstock but have a bit of a plastic texture. I recently replaced a broken circle punch with one that is made to cut through heavier material and it worked perfectly on these papers. I was very happy to get them on a page - isn't it nice when you can find a use for older supplies?

My second page is bright and colorful, just like the bouquet of flowers in the photo:

I mixed and matched some of the more vibrant papers in my kit and included a few black & white patterns as well to keep things from looking a little too out of control.

Cutting flowers from my garden is a favorite summer ritual for me and I'm happy to have this recorded on a scrapbook page. 

The forecast is calling for hot and hazy days later this week, so I hope to spend a little more time with my kit. If you're playing along at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month, don't forget to link your projects here. We love to see what you're working on - thanks for stopping by!

July 14, 2016

CKC July Layouts

Summer is in full swing around here and I recently created two layouts about one of my favorite places to be at this time of year: the beach. Actually, the beach is one of my favorites at any time of year but these particular photos are a great match to my July CKC kit.

This first layout features many of the blue, green and teal shades in my kit. I associate these colors with Newport, which is where the photos were taken.
Our daughters both went to college in this town and when our youngest graduated this spring, I wondered if we would still feel as at home there as we did when we visited them at school. When we took a day trip there in June I found my answer - absolutely! I think Newport will always be a special place for our family.

I used a frame stamp to mark off an area to place my photos, and then tucked a selection of 2x3 pocket cards and various bits and pieces around them. I am usually not a fan of glittered embellishments but these pretty teal nautical shapes were perfect for the page and I just had to include them.

The color scheme for my second page was inspired by the 2x3 card from Elle's Studio that serves as my title:
I used white cardstock for my background and picked out a couple of red, black and white pieces from my kit, including the chipboard clouds from October Afternoon. I placed a chipboard frame over my photo to draw attention to the subjects and then added a little stamp to the bottom left corner.  
Under the photo, I included a black & white branding strip along with a few more stamps. I have been getting a lot of use out of my stamps lately. They seem to be just the right thing to fill an empty spot or add something a little extra to the page. I'm making sure to include a few stamp options when I put together my counterfeit kit each month.

How about you - do you use stamps on your scrapbook pages or projects?

July 11, 2016

Felicity Jane "Next Stop" Layouts - Part 2

I'm back today with the second trio of pages from my Felicity Jane "Next Stop" kit.

This first page was inspired by a comment made by Jen Schow in this Youtube video.  She mentioned combining the stamp set phrases "from up here" and "from down here" with "the view" phrase, which got me thinking about a lovely view we found on our recent vacation. From that spark, I ended up with a grid of photos on my page, all accented with stamps from the kit:

I used the arrow stamp to guide the eye through our little adventure, telling the story with the stamps. The road trip flair was perfect for the page:
And you know how much I love the branding strips on the Felicity Jane papers so I found a home for a few of them on the bottom of the page.
I came up with the idea for my second page while on that same vacation. As we were enjoying a restful afternoon looking at the tropical-hued waters of the lake, I remembered a phrase my youngest daughter coined as a toddler, and it's now the title of this layout:
I was lucky to find a photo of her taken near the age she was when she used to "take a relax" and I like that her shirt echoes the floral of the background paper. I layered a piece of the vellum embossed packaging under my title:
 I thought the "rest stop" pennant was a cute and fitting addition to the page.
Sigh...I love pages that bring back sweet little memories.

My final page is about my favorite summer fruit, cherries. The page design is another grid but I've tilted the squares to give the page a whimsical feel.
I used some of the packaging again, layering a couple of polka dot squares under my journaling block.
I split my title into pairs of letters and placed them in the center of the grid. I've seen this title technique before, but I think this was the first time I've tried it on a page.
So, that does it for my Felicity Jane kit for June. The July kit will soon be here and I'm looking forward to creating with it. Thanks for stopping by!

July 9, 2016

CKC July Layouts

So, remember earlier this month when I posted my June kit, I mentioned that it didn't seem to be "me" and I was expecting to have difficulty working with it? Well I am very happy to report that my kit is growing on me. In fact, you could even say that I really like it and am having fun using it - hurray! It's a nice feeling to be getting use out of a kit after spending time putting it together.

I have two layouts to share with you today and both were inspired by an online class I am taking called "Layering Like a Boss". It was developed and is taught by Victoria Calvin and you can get more information about it through her blog here. Since it is a paid class, I won't be going into details here but I did want to credit her class as influencing my layouts.

The first page is about one of my favorite topics this time of year, the ocean.
The page features the Ali Edwards' beach stamp I added to my kit; I even stamped right on my photo, which is something I've been doing often lately. I placed different textured embellishments on the page - there's a canvas tag, a chipboard frame, a cork circle and various die-cut shapes. I especially like the nautical feel to the rope ties on the canvas tag.
I also like the yellow and darker red tones of the patterned paper against the deep blue sky in the photo.
My second layout uses a photo that I took on the same afternoon as the photo on my first page, and is about another favorite summer subject, ice cream. After our stop at the water's edge, we visited a local ice cream shop for an afternoon snack.
I cut the design edge off the Fancy Pants transparency I included in my kit and placed it at an angle on white cardstock. I then taped it onto the cardstock with strips of washi on both sides. For my title, I stacked a variety of brightly colored word and phrase die-cuts in the white space on my photo.
I balanced the design by adding a journaling card and more embellishments to the right side of the photo.
That ice cream was definitely delicious and seeing this page has me wishing for another cup of it! I should probably look for photos of healthier subjects when I'm hungry...

What are your favorite scrapbook subjects at this time of year?

July 7, 2016

Felicity Jane "Next Stop" Layouts - Part 1

Last month, I posted a vacation travelers notebook that I put together using the bits & pieces I've had left over from various Felicity Jane kits. I also made several layouts using June's "Next Stop" kit and would like to share them here today. Although the kit does have many travel-related embellishments and stamps, it was versatile enough for these three pages that are not travel-themed at all. In fact, of the six pages I made with the kit, only one is about a vacation; the rest are everyday life pages.

I don't own an electronic die-cut machine (yet - I'm hoping to get one eventually!) but was able to get a similar look by cutting several (well, more than several) open leaf springs with my manual die-cut machine and layering them into a wreath. I used a liquid adhesive in just one or two spots on each sprig to give my page a more dimensional look.
To add a bit of color and to anchor my title and journaling, I added a fussy-cut floral under the photo strips. Two black and white hearts and a black pennant were all I needed to accessorize the page, which I then mounted on a small-patterned black and white print to frame my layout.

The second page lists the things that say "summer" to me. It has no photos but features many of the labels, tags, die-cuts and printable pieces in the kit:

My doodled rectangular boxes provide homes for my journaling strips and embellishments. That little die-cut camera was one of my favorite pieces in the kit:
Filling in each block was fun - I liked moving items around and mixing and matching until I found just the right combination for each box. I even used some of the exclusive washi tape to fill the background of one of the rectangles.
The third page has a clean and simple design:
Centering all the elements is one of my favorite techniques and it helps me put a page together in very little time. I combined a wood veneer speech bubble with one of the subscriber printables to serve as my title:
Then I just added some paper strips, a branding strip, stamps, washi tape and a flair. I kept my journaling quick and easy too.
I made three more layouts with this kit, so stay tuned - I'll be back soon to share them!