Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hip Kit Club | We Were Here

It's time to share a new layout and card today, for Hip Kit Club, using the August 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits!  I think I could just get this kit over and over every month and be completely happy!!  There are so many amazing papers and embellishments in this one, and I loved using all of them!

You can't have an awesome piece of paper like the Studio Calico "Three Hour Tour" pattern and not do a vacation or travel layout! I wanted to use some of the photos from a cruise that we went on, back in 2007. This is also the first time I have used 5 photos on a layout in a while!! I wanted my title area to stand out, so I mixed the Globe from Shimelle's collection with the Shimelle letter stickers and American Crafts Thickers. This gave me the idea of where to place my photos on the page. After I had my photos where I wanted them, I used some of the Crate Paper ephemera pieces and enamel dots to embellish around my photos.

The Gold chevron Washi Tape in the August 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits, is perfect for adding a pop to your projects. I used the Washi Tape to create my card base, by adding strips over the White cardstock. I continued the Gold theme, by using products from Crate Paper and My Mind's Eye on my card.

You can stop by the Hip Kit Shop to pick up the August 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits!  And if you're ready to see what's coming for September, visit the Blog to see what's included in each of the September 2014 Hip Kits & Add-On Kits!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Always Bring Your Jedi Sword to a Photo Shoot

Last week, I decided to play along with the Society52 challenge on Instagram.  The challenge was to create a masculine page.  I had a photo in mind and the design for the layout came together quickly!

I told our Kindergartner that he could take a photo with his Jedi Sword, if he smiled for the other pictures during our photo shoot.  Great bargain, because it worked and I got some great photos of him!  But I just couldn't pass up scrapping this photo too.  I used my Cameo and Sketch Pens to create the title around the circle on the Adrienne Looman patterned paper.  And I used Thickers to add a subtitle to the smaller inside circle.  I cut some stars from the Counting Stars cut file in my Esty Store, The Cut Shoppe, to fill in the space in the circle.

If you want to play along with the Society52 challenges, make sure you check them on Instagram!  A new challenge is posted every Monday and on Thursday, there is a twist that you can add to your layout!

Supplies:  Patterned Paper:  Adrienne Looman; Counting Stars Cut File:  The Cut Shoppe; Color Shine & Ink Pad:  Heidi Swapp; Thickers:  American Crafts; Flair Button:  A Flair for Buttons; Wood Veneers:  Studio Calico & Elle's Studio; Chipboard Arrows:  October Afternoon; Die Cut Machine:  Cameo; Enamel Dots:  Recollections

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Echo Park | This Makes Me Happy

Today, I have a new layout to share that was up on the Echo Park Blog yesterday!  I love seeing the fun new collections that Echo Park puts out throughout the year.  The Fine and Dandy collection really caught my eye, because of the bright, fun colors!  There are also some fine Designer Dies and Designer Stamp sets with this collection.  Today, I am sharing a layout and tutorial using the Flower #1 Designer Die Set.

I started out by cutting 5 of the flowers out of vellum with my manual die cut machine.

Next I placed the vellum flowers in a polka dot embossing plate and embossed each of the vellum flower pieces.

After the vellum flowers are embossed, place your die on the backside of the Smoky/Pink paper and outline the inner and outer edges with a pencil.

Once the die has been traced, cut out the center of the flower.  Add some adhesive around the backside of the flower and adhere the vellum flower to the backside.

Then you can use a circle punch to punch 5 circles from the Green polka dot patterned paper, in the 6x6 paper pad and add a pop dot underneath to give some dimension to your flowers!


Look for fun, new ways to use the Designer Dies on your next project!  What about mixing them with the Designer Stamp sets, to create awesome looks for your projects!
Fine and Dandy 3x4 Journaling Cards Patterned Paper
Fine and Dandy Garden Party Patterned Paper
Smoky/Pink Patterned Paper
Fine and Dandy Turtles Patterned Paper
Fine and Dandy6x6 Paper Pad
Flower Set #1 Designer Die
Fine and Dandy Element Sticker Sheet
Fine and Dandy Alpha Sticker Sheet
Spray Mist
Wood Veneer

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hip Kit Club | This Is My Happy Place

Does it get much better than scrapbooking a photo of scrapbook supplies??!!  I say, no it doesn't!  :)  When my kits arrive each month from Hip Kit Club, I just have to take everything out and look at it, and it's always so pretty, that it deserves a photo.  So when I decided to use the Studio Calico Gold star vellum paper, I just had to use the photo of my August 2014 Hip Kits & Add-On Kit on my layout!

Vellum paper with Gold Stars? Yes please!! If you're like me and don't happen to own a sewing machine, and think how can I still use Vellum paper over my cardstock. Well, here's what I did...if you have an adhesive roller, just add a thin strip around the edge of the cardstock and then place your Vellum paper on top. If you don't have a clear adhesive roller, grab a Tiny Attacher or regular stapler and just staple once around each edge. And if you're feeling really brave, you could hand stitch around the edge of your Vellum paper. But whatever you do, it's definitely worth using! I love the look of the Gold stars over the White cardstock, paired with all of the gorgeous Shimelle, Crate Paper, Studio Calico and Freckled Fawn goodies, in the August 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits.

When I first got a look at the new Shimelle collection, I really liked it a lot. But once we received our August 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits, my like turned into L.O.V.E!! I love that it has a touch of shabby chic and pairs so well with the Crate Paper ephemera included in the kit. I just had to mix the two for a fun little card!

If you're thinking about ordering the August 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits, don't waste another minute!  I know the Add-On Patterned Paper Kit has already sold out, so make sure you don't miss out on any of the other goodies for this month's Kit!  Head over to the Shop to get yours!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Flair for Buttons | Love Captured

I have a new layout to share today, for A Flair for Buttons, using two of the Flair sets from the Etsy Shop!  If you're like me, then I am sure you love to embellish your layouts.  And Flair Buttons are perfect for that purpose!  You can add your Flair Buttons to other embellishments on your projects, for a one of a kind look!

I used the Flair Buttons to embellish the October Afternoon chipboard camera and the 3x4 Picture This Printable, from my Etsy store, The Cut Shoppe.  The Flair Buttons I used, are from the Krafty 1 set and the Number Phrases 1 set.  I love that the Buttons balance out my design, and blend in perfectly with the colors on my layout.  I only used one piece of patterned paper on this layout and let my other colors come from the photos, Flair Buttons, spray mist and embellishments.  And since I used a grid design on this layout, it wasy quick and easy to put together!

So next time you're looking through your embellishments, grab your Flair Buttons and see how you can liven up what you have on hand, and get those embellishments on a layout, card or project!

And don't forget to visit the A Flair for Buttons Shop, to check out the Flair sets, I used on my layout!

Supplies:  Patterned Paper:  Echo Park; Flair Buttons:  A Flair for Buttons; Counting Stars cut file & Picture This Printable:  The Cut Shoppe; Chipboard:  October Afternoon & Teresa Collins; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Wood Veneers & Stamps:  Elle's Studio; Enamel Dots:  Teresa Collins; Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pinkfresh Studio | A Whole Lotta Layouts

It's the beginning of a new week and I'm here to share three new layouts with you today, using my Pinkfresh Studio goodies!  I love that the Pinkresh products compliment any type of layout, whether you are using a solid background, a patterned paper background or a neutral background.

Let's take a look at my layouts, using each of these types of backgrounds!

My A Splash of Summer layout has a White cardstock background and I added color using some Pinkfresh products and Color Shine.  I layered one of the Transparent 3x4 Cards from the Fresh Inspiration Kit over my photo and mixed some of the Transparent Inline Alphas from the kit, into my title.  The Neon Brad Stickers added another pop of Blue, that tied in with my color scheme and the Stitched Canvas Tag with Pockets added a little bit of texture and fun to my layout!

Supplies: Fresh Inspiration Limited Edition Kit; Neon Brad Stickers; Everyday Sayings

It can be fun to work with a patterned paper background and make your photo stand out with layers and embellishments.  I used several of the Pinkfresh Color Block Wood Veneers to bring attention to my photo and also added some stamping with the new Stamp sets.

Supplies:  Think Less Live More Stamp Set; Fresh Inspiration Limited Edition Kit; Color Block Navajo Arrows; Neon Brad Stickers; Vacation Chips 

If you want a mix of a little pattern and a cleaner background, then choose a paper that has a small or faint pattern or a small border around the edges.  This background paper had a pre-printed mist pattern, but I used some Color Shine to add a little more of the look.  I embellished with a couple of the Studio Puff Borders and the Drop Stickers Label Frames.  And the Ocean & Gold Alpha Stickers worked great for my layout title!

Supplies:  Ocean/Gold Foil Printed Alphas; Fresh Inspiration Limited Edition Kit; & Hello Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you found some inspiration for using your Pinkfresh Studio goodies!  And don't forget to check out the Shop for new items that have been recently added!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Creative Scrappers Sketch 275 | Summer Scoops

It's reveal day for Creative Scrappers and we've got a great one photo Sketch, by Jenny Evans!  If you love layers, then this one is for you!  Lots of fun ways to create a layout based on the Sketch!


I mixed some Heidi Swapp and Dear Lizzy, and just went layer crazy!  HA!  It's fun to add different pieces of papers behind your photos and that's just what I did on this layout.

We would love for you to play along with Sketch 275, for the chance to win from our Sponsor, Pinkfresh Studio!  Make sure you link up on the Creative Scrappers Blog for the chance to win!

Supplies:  Patterned Paper, Bits, Thickers:  American Crafts; Die Cuts:  The Cut Shoppe; Stamps & Wood Veneers:  Elle's Studio; Flair Button:  A Flair for Buttons; Enamel Dots:  Chickaniddy Crafts; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo