Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Big Picture Classes | Old Favorites with a New Twist Class

I am so excited to share some news that I've been keeping quiet over the past several months!  I have been invited to be a Teacher at Big Picture Classes!  Not only is this my first class for BPC, but my first class ever!  One of the goals on my list, has been to teach a class, so I jumped at the chance when I was contacted by BPC.  Right now, you will find information for the upcoming Old Favorites with a New Twist Class under Coming Soon on the BPC website.


In this class, we'll look at new and modern ways to use some of your older tools and ideas, when you're creating a layout.  We all love to learn new techniques, but that doesn't mean we have to abandon those old favorites, we started out with as beginning scrapbookers.  There will also be some cut files, available for download in the class, designed by me!

The Old Favorites with a New Twist Class will go live on Monday, August 10th!  If you already have a membership, with Big Picture Classes, I hope you will check it out.  If you aren't signed up for a monthly membership with BPC, you can start a Free Trial by visiting the Membership page!


Friday, July 31, 2015

Illustrated Faith | 1 Corinthians

I had a new post on the Illustrated Faith Blog yesterday, and wanted to stop in and share it here!  I love my family.  I love my home.  I love my church.  I love Jonathan Thulin’s Science Fiction album.  I love my SIlhouette Cameo.  But there’s a funny thing about love that’s based on emotion…it changes.  I will always love my family, but there are extended family members that I don’t show love to because of relationship circumstances.  One day, I could decide I need a bigger, better home or a different church family.  And my current music love or product love, could change when something new and different is released.

But I also know, that there is hope for love beyond our emotions.  Love in Action!  It’s easy to treat love as a noun, but things get a little more dicey when it comes down to treating love as a verb.  If we want to be content and happy in all things that God has blessed us with, we have to put love in action everyday, every hour, every minute and every second.  I know that to keep my family together, we have to choose to love one another, even if we have a fight or disagree on something, or whether the kids have destroyed yet another piece of furniture or stained the carpet.  I have to choose to love the home and church family God has placed me in, to remain content with where He has me right now.  And it’s okay to love the “things” in my life, but I also have to choose to love God more and be okay, if those things are taken away.

1 Corinthians 13 is a well known chapter by most of us.  It was included in our wedding ceremony, as well as in many weddings I’ve attended.  “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Because we are created in God’s image, we share in His characteristics of love.  I have to work on love everyday, but I am so glad that God’s love is unconditional, forever, never failing, enduring, all encompassing, forgiving, and for everyone.

Illustrated Faith Genesis Collection – Typed Hey Sugar Sugar, Mini Bless Her Heart, Typed Practice What You Peach, Typed One in a Melon, Big & Bold Hey Sugar Sugar, Wordfetti Black, Love It, You Rule Bible Mat


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hip Kit Club | Lunch @ Ralphie's

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I love the colors of the patterned papers in the July 2015 Hip Kits from Hip Kit Club!  And the patterns are great too.  Perfect for adding color to your layout.  I decided to use a mix of papers from the Main Kit and the July Paper Add-On Kit, behind a cut file, to bring in some color, without overwhelming the page.  The photo on this layout, is from A Christmas Story house, from our visit to Ohio back in May.  I thought the Hip2BSquare background cut file from The Cut Shoppe would go perfectly with the retro look in the photo.


I used the Backyard Lights patterned paper from October Afternoon, for the background paper.  I didn't want a solid background, so this paper was great, because it still had a pattern, but wasn't really busy.  Then I backed some of the open spaces of the cut file and left some spaces open, for the background paper to show through.  And I added one of the Simple Stories chipboard frames from the July 2015 Embellishment Kit, behind my photo, to help it stand out from the background.

I used a few more of the Simple Stories frames around the page, and added a mix of embellishments to the center of each frame.  The Elle's Studio wood veneers and Bits went perfectly with the theme of my layout.  I finished by adding a bit of Black Color Shine, for some contrast on my layout.

This would also be a fun technique to try with the scraps from your Kits.  Those small pieces of patterned paper are great for filling open spaces in cut files!  


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Flair for Buttons

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When I started this layout for A Flair for Buttons, I knew which Flair Buttons I wanted to use, but wasn't sure how I wanted to use them.  So I started building my page with the Heart Burst cut file from The Cut Shoppe and choosing my photo.  I used the negative of the cut file and layered my photo to the side of it.  At the center of the cut file, I had a large heart and wanted to fill it in with something...Light Bulb!  I decided to fill the heart in with two Flair Buttons and embellishments from the Crate Paper Poolside collection.


I started by adding the two Flair Buttons first.  I used one of the Black and White Words 1 Flair and one of the Summer Vibes Flair.  Once the Flair Buttons were in place, I filled in the extra space inside the heart, with chipboard, stickers, wood veneers and enamel dots.

This would be a fun idea for a larger shape too!  I've got plenty of Flair Buttons, so I might have to save the idea for a future layout!!

Supplies:  Flair Buttons:  A Flair for Buttons; Heart Burst Cut File:  The Cut Shoppe; Patterned Paper, Wood Veneers, Stickers, Wood Buttons, Chipboard & Thickers:  Crate Paper; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo; Enamel Dots:  Freckled Fawn & Teresa Collins


Monday, July 27, 2015

The Cut Shoppe & CSI | Best Smile Ever

I have a second layout to share this month for The Cut Shoppe and CSI Team Up!  When I saw Case File 171, I fell in love!  The colors were so cute and the perfect collections popped in mind, Cienna from Elle's Studio and Fine & Dandy from Dear Lizzy!



The Rosey Posey cut file from The Cut Shoppe is definitely one on my favorites, so I cut it as a large element for the background.  One of the evidence prompts included something transparent, so I used one of the Gold Confetti vellum papers from Dear Lizzy to layer behind the Rosey Posey cut file.  I machine stitched around the flowers, to secure the vellum in place.  I also used stripes and wood from the evidence prompts.  And I used the word celebrate in my journaling, from the testimony prompt.

I had so much fun designing with the CSI Case Files this month, and there's still time for you to play along!  Stop by the CSI Blog to check out all of the sponsors and The Cut Shoppe is offering a $20 Gift Certificate!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hip Kit Club | Life Is Like a Camera

This week, I decided to incorporate one of the Hip Kit Freebie Friday cut files (coming to you in the Hip Kit FB Forum, this Friday) on my layout.  I was inspired by the July 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits, to create a Pinwheel designed cut file.  The colors and patterns are perfect for your Summer layouts, and Summer always makes me think of Pinwheels.  I started my layout, by cutting the Pinwheel cut file on my Silhouette Cameo, from the Crate Paper patterned paper included in the July 2015 Main Kit and the Paper Add-On Kit.

I wanted some color behind the cut file, so I backed it with the bright striped paper from Fancy Pants.  Once my background was completed, I layered my photo over one of the cards in the Project Life Add-On Kit, and then decided to add my title along the circle shape of the cut file.  I used the Crate Paper Thickers and the October Afternoon letter stickers from the Project Life Add-On Kit to create the title.

There are so many fun embellishments in the July Kit, and I couldn’t decide what to use, so I went with a little bit of everything!  I love the Shimelle Cork Stickers from the July 2015 Embellishment Kit, and the Ampersand was perfect to add at the center of the Pinwheel.  I also used two of the clouds from the Cork Stickers, to create a diagonal line, with the clouds and Ampersand.  And the October Afternoon enamel dots are so fun, because of the mix of shapes.  I alternated the dots, hearts and stars around the Ampersand at the center of the cut file.  The Embellishment Kit also includes an October Afternoon phrase stamp, and I used it to stamp around the outside edges of the Pinwheel, in Black ink to add some contrast and define the outside lines of the cut file.


I also have a new Process Video, to go with my layout, so you can see how I put my page together!

If you haven’t had a chance to get your July Kits, make sure you visit the Hip Kit Website!  You definitely want to get your hands on the July Kits, before the August Kits start shipping, because I know you’ll love what’s coming up for August!  And make sure you check the Hip Kit Facebook Member Forum this Friday, to download the Plucky Pinwheel cut file!

And don’t forget about our new Subscriber offer!  You will receive a FREE Paper Add-On with your Subscription!  Just use the Code ashley, when you sign up for your subscription!



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

American Crafts | Clothespin Wreath

It's Desktop Essentials week on the American Crafts Blog!  Did you have a chance to check out this fun new collection?  If not, make sure you stop by the AC Blog and visit Monday's post and comment for a chance to win.  I wanted to stop in and share a tutorial for a fun project using the cute Clothespins in this collection.

How To:

1. Cut three 5" circles from chipboard or thick cardstock. Paint one of the three circles with black acrylic paint.

Tutorial 1

2. Use a hot glue gun or strong adhesive to adhere the three chipboard circles together. This will create a stronger base for your wreath.

Tutorial 2
3. Once the circles are adhered together, place a 2.5" circle in the center as a guide to place the first row of clothespins.
Tutorial 3
4. Place and adhere the first row of clothespins to the wreath base. Leave space in between each clothespin to leave room for the next two rows.
Tutorial 4
5. Continue filing in the next two rows of clothespins by placing them in the open spaces until you've completed a burst pattern.

6. Cut the word Hello from chipboard or thick cardstock and from one of the prints in the Designer Prints pack. Adhere the colored paper from the Designer Prints over the chipboard. Add a gold camera paperclip to the letter "L" and use hot glue to attach the word to the wreath.
Tutorial 7
You could create a variety of fun looks with this type of project and have it tie in to your current home decor!

Supplies: Desktop Essentials (370815) - Patterned Clothespins, Desktop Essentials (370816) - Patterned Clothespins, Desktop Essentials (370817) - Patterned Clothespins, Desktop Essentials (370818) - Patterned Clothespins, Desktop Essentials (370793) - Designer Prints, Desktop Essentials, (370822) - Gold Camera Paperclips