Friday, August 28, 2015

American Crafts | This Makes My Heart Happy

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This week on the American Crafts Blog, the Design Team shared projects using our favorite photos.  Sometimes I have a photo, that just needs to be scrapped more than once.  And that's one of the great things about scrapbooking...there are no rules when it comes to what's right or wrong.  This photo has been used on another layout, but I love that I could use it again and create a totally different design.




How to: Cut the word "Heart" into a heart shape in the center of white cardstock, or hand cut large letters from patterned paper. Trim your white cardstock to 11.5x11.5" and mat it on a piece of patterned paper. Stitch with embroidery floss around the outer edge of the heart-shaped word. Add your favorite photo above the heart. Use a mix of Thickers to create a long title above and below the heart shape. Embellish with stickers, enamel dots, and epoxy stickers. Cover your photo and add splatters of black spray mist.

Supplies: Fine & Dandy (370078) - Sweetest Soiree, Fine & Dandy (370074) - Stay Awesome, Fine & Dandy (370069) - Make a Wish, Fine & Dandy (370076) - Oh Joy, Fine & Dandy (370083) - Charming Charade, Fine & Dandy (370082) - Gleeful, Fine & Dandy (370067) - Celebrate, Fine & Dandy (370073) - Bright Bows, Fine & Dandy (370075) - Stay Wild, Fine & Dandy (370087) - Printed Cardstock Phrases & Accents, Fine & Dandy (370091) - Accent & Phrase Stickers, Serendipity (369209) - Royal Thickers, Serendipity (369215) - Enamel Dots, Rise & Shine (370035) - Alpha Stickers, Rise & Shine (370034) - Epoxy Stickers, Thickers (366187) - Cordial

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hip Kit Club | Dream Big

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I’m back today to share a new layout with you, using the August 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits.  I decided to go big on this layout with a large photo.  One of the “big” advantages to using a big photo, is the fact that it’s a big time saver!  :)  A large photo adds impact to your layout, but gives you the freedom to feel less pressure in filling up your layout with lots of other stuff.  My normal time span for creating a layout is anywhere from 1.5 hours to two hours.  This one took me 45 minutes!  A time saver like that, gives you more time to start working on a second layout (because honestly, who wants to do housework and laundry!!)!


I wanted to have something in the background of the layout, but I didn’t want to use a busy patterned paper.  I decided to go with the Gold Dot Vellum from the August Paper Add-On Kit.  I adhered it to a piece of White cardstock from the August Cardstock Add-On Kit, by stitching around all of the edges.  I placed my photo along the right edge of the layout, and started out by adding my title and some embellishments over the White space in the photo.  I used one of the Flair Buttons from the August Embellishment Kit and some of the Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers from the August Main Kit.

 
I wanted to add a pop of color and define the edges of my photo, so I used several tags from the Crate Paper Wonder Bits & Pieces included in the Main Kit to add a long the top of the photo.  And I also mixed in some of the CP Bits & Pieces with one of the Pinkfresh Studio rubber charms to create an embellishment cluster at the bottom of the photo.  And I couldn’t resist playing with the Dylusions Paints included in the August Color Add-On Kit, so I used a large brush to paint the Bubble Gum Pink and Lemon Zest colors over the Gold Dot Vellum.


I love that there are endless possibilities to the designs you can create, using the monthly Hip Kits!  It’s always fun to see how everyone uses the same products in so many different ways.  I’ll be back next week to share another layout with you, using the August Kits and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new September Hip Kits that are coming soon!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

American Crafts | Fun in the Sun Cards

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Even though the school year has started back for almost everyone, I'm sure we all have lots of Summer photos that need to be scrapbooked.  If you're busy creating Summer layouts, don't throw away your scrap pieces of paper.  You can whip up some fun and bright cards, like these two that I shared on the American Crafts Blog for Fun in the Sun week!



How to: Cut a white cardstock base at 5.5 x 11" and fold in half. Cut the #Sunglasses patterned paper to 5.25x5.25" and stitch it to the front of your card base. Select a mix of die cut cardstock shapes and place them across the card. Add a cork sticker. Create your sentiment with one of the stickers from the journaling and phrase sticker book then adhere it with pop dots to add dimension to your card.

Supplies: #Summer (366955) - #Sunglasses, #Summer (366971) - Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, #Summer (366965) - Cork Stickers, #Summer (366963) - Jouranling and Phrase Sticker Book


How to: Cut a white cardstock base to 4.25x11" and fold in half. Cover the bottom half of the card front with a piece of scrap patterned paper. Stitch around the outer edges of your card. Create a sentiment with a die cut cardstock shape. Embellish your card with stickers and wood veneers.

Supplies: #Summer (366985) - #Summer Paper Pad, #Summer (366971) - Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, #Summer (366972) - Screenprinted Clothespins, #Summer (366964) - Wood Veneers, #Summer (366963) - Journaling and Phrase Sticker Book

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Illustrated Faith | John 3:16

In my last post on the Illustrated Faith Blog, I created a layout using the Bella Blvd. Whatever Is Lovely collection, and talked about child like faith.  And that post kind of led me to what I wanted to do for today's post!  Almost all of us that attend Sunday School as a child, learn John 3:16.  And I think I sometimes think of that verse as a "children's verse", but when you focus on it, it's the whole foundation of what we as Christians believe and what we are continually told throughout the Bible.


I wanted to use some of the Whatever Is Lovely 3x4s, to create a little flip book at the beginning of my Bible.  I started with the True Love card, and added some of the Say It stickers to add John 3:16 to the first card.  I thought having something like this at the beginning of my Bible would be a fun idea.  I have a focus verse on the "cover" of my flip book and then I have a few blank cards and the backside of the cards, that can later hold other verses or notes.






The flip book would be great for any of the pages in your Bible, that have White space.  You could use it for notes, prayers, or just to add some of your favorite verses. 

Supplies:
Bella Blvd. Whatever Is Lovely
Say It Stickers
Books of the Bible Little Bits
One & Only Stamp Set
You Rule Bible Mat
Sweet Cherry Color Shine
Watercolors


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hip Kit Club | Hello Little One

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I LOVE it when collection Bits packs are included in our monthly Hip Kits...especially adorable ones like the Crate Paper Bits in the August 2015 Main Kit!  I decided to look through the pack and pick out the square and tag shaped pieces to create the main design for my layout.  I started out by adding a large die cut heart to the background, cut from the Simple Stories Yellow/Wood Grid patterned paper in the Main Kit and the August 2015 Paper Add-On Kit.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/201045127/the-notebook-doodles-cut-file-includes-3?ref=shop_home_active_16

After the heart was in place, I used the Bits pieces to create a loose grid design and included my photo in the center of the layout.  I used puffy stickers and wood veneers from Pinkfresh Studio, included in the Main Kit and the August 2015 Embellishment Kit, to embellish the tags around the layout.  And I also had to use that cute "Now" Flair Button from A Flair for Buttons, also included in the Embellishment Kit!



I really like the mix of soft colors in the Kit, and thought they would look great with a Black & White photo.  And the grid patterned paper made it so easy to create the grid design on my layout!

If you're like me...still working with your August Kit, but excited about what's coming up...then you're in luck!  The September 2015 Kit Reveal happened over the weekend, so make sure you head over to the Hip Kit Website to check out all of the amazingness coming your way next month!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Flair for Buttons | Triple D Eats

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For today's layout, I'm combining two of my favorite things...scrapbooking and food!  My hubby and I are Triple D fanatics, and if you don't know what that is, it's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network.  :)  Anytime we take a road trip, our initial plans involve finding any restaurants that have appeared on Triple D, in that area.  And on our trip to Ohio back in May, we were lucky enough to find several yummy restaurants that had been featured on the show.


I love that Shelley always has the perfect Flair sets for any theme, in the A Flair for Buttons Shop!  I knew the Travel Phrases 2 Flair was the perfect match for my layout.  I cut the Scribble Scrabble cut file from The Cut Shoppe on my Silhouette Cameo and added three of the Flair Buttons from the set, to smaller circles around the large circle.



https://www.etsy.com/listing/243851277/the-scribble-scrabble-cut-file-includes?ref=shop_home_active_10

I also love to add clustering, so I used some of the embellishments from the new Finders Keepers collection from Amy Tangerine, to mix in with the Flair Buttons.  And I love that this Flair set is a Black & White set, which will coordinate with any product that you want to use on layout!

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So if you're looking for just the right embellishments for your next travel layout, make sure you visit the A Flair for Buttons Shop to check out all of the great designs that are available!

Supplies:  Flair Buttons:  A Flair for Buttons; Patterned Paper, Rubber Embellishments, Thickers, Washi Tape, Flair & Stickers:  American Crafts; Scribble Scrabble cut file:  The Cut Shoppe; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Bestamped Weekend Guest | So Many Reasons to Love You

Happy Monday...or maybe I should wait til the end of the day, before saying that!  Our first day of Home School starts today, so it might not be so happy once the day is over!  HA!  Over the weekend, I had a Weekend Guest spot on the talented Els Brige Blog and wanted to stop in and share it with you today.  Els has been a Guest Designer for The Cut Shoppe and she is also a fellow Team member on the A Flair for Buttons Design Team.  If you aren't familiar with Els work, make sure you head over to her Blog and check it out!  She is an amazing designer!  Here's a look at what I created for my Guest post!




https://www.etsy.com/listing/222789081/the-all-heart-cut-file-is-a-background?ref=shop_home_active_13

I was waiting on the gorgeous Wonder collection from Crate Paper, before I started my layout for the Guest spot, and I'm glad I did!  I LOVE IT!  I couldn't wait to use the cork numbers and wanted to make them a large design element on the page.  I also wanted a pop of color in the background, so I cut the All Heart cut file from The Cut Shoppe and layered the hearts over the background, before adding the numbers, photo and embellishments.

Thanks for stopping in today, and I've got more to come this week!

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