Monday, June 29, 2015

Authentique Durable: Scraptastic Store

Today I have two layouts to share using the "Durable" collection by Authentique from the Scraptastic Store. This collection is sort of a guys and vintage cars type of a collection but I don't have that kind of photos and I still love the papers. For my first page I used this collection but added a splash of red paper from the "Playful" collection by Authentique.

I also added a couple of chipboard buttons from "On Trend" by MME. The title letters are white with a grid on them but I wanted them to fade from red to grey so I added ink and then used my heat tool a bit to set them and then wiped them off so they would be lighter.

here is the finished title. I really like the more personalized look.

For my second page I wanted to scrap these photos of this amazing dude at Animal Kingdom. 
I used the same collection but added more of the teal colored papers and journaling card. 
I also added a light background paper from the "Grateful" collection by Authentique. 

 I wanted a touch of gold so I used these shaped antiqued gold paperclips by Amy Tangerine and a gold transparency frame from the Open Book collection by Maggie Holmes. So when you are looking at papers to go with your photos, look beyond the theme of the collection to the colors, because you may find the perfect unexpected papers to use.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sketchy Thursday with Scraptastic June Kits

Hop over to the Scraptastic Blog HERE to play along with Sketchy Thursday for a chance at the monthly prize ($20 GC) and to get inspired by the Design Team members who played along.
Here is the Sketch, its a fun easy one with so many options.

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I interpreted the sketch pretty literally, just flipped it a bit. I wanted to have a linear look for my photos.  I have used the June "Cant Go Home" kit , add on kit. , and Can't Go Home Stamp Set.
If you have not seen these kits, check them out, they are seriously FULL of goodies this month. I have so many pieces left that I can combine with my stash for tons of layouts. Best of all the kits are on SALE!

I saw this little tag and I really wanted to use the little car from the stamp set so I made sort of a background with the cars. Well, but look at the cute globe stamp! I had to use that too. :) I added the "always remember" stamp and it really finished off the tag. 

Can you even stand how awesome these huge acrylic pieces are?! I love the "GO" and the camera so much that I gave them their own block and stitched them to the page.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Early Start *June Scraptastic Kit

I have another layout to share using the June Can't Go Home kit, Add on Kit, and digital cut file from Scraptastic Club. These kits are just overflowing with amazing embellishments and best of all they are both on sale! 

For the date across the top and the time below, I added grey ink to the grid thickers and then rubbed the ink off so that it is like a grey stain. I used two shades of ivory cardstock from my stash for the background.

The little airplane is a wood veneer and I wanted it to coordinate with my title so I painted it white and sanded and inked it .

Monday, June 22, 2015

Scraptastic Store: Authentique's Classique Beauty

Today on the Scraptastic Store Blog I am sharing 2 of my layouts using Authentique's Classique Beauty collection. These papers have a very nice texture and the coordinating Life Cards are a perfect accent. For my first layout I used a piece of grey carstock from my stash and layered strips of the papers along the left edge.

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Supplies: Authentique - Classique Beauty - Beauty Three Paper , Authentique - Classique Beauty -Beauty Five Paper , Authentique - Classique Beauty - Beauty Twelve Paper , Authentique - Classique Beauty -Beauty Ten Paper  , Authentique - Classique Beauty - Beauty Seven Paper, Authentique - Classique Beauty - Life Cards, Dear Lizzy - Woodland - Thickers, Freckled Fawn - Enamel Dew Drops - Classic, February 2015 Counting Stars - Digital Files, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Black Enamel Doodads,
I used the journaling card to frame my title

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I hand cut flowers from the patterned papers to scatter on the page with the enamel shapes. I also used a digital cut file from the shop and cut it from a piece of white cardstock from my stash, then layered under my photo.

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My second layout is a Patisserie (bakery) in the France part of Epcot so I used the background paper that has the Eiffel Tower in the lower left corner.

patisserie 600Supplies:Authentique - Classique Beauty - Beauty Two Paper , Authentique - Classique Beauty -Beauty Five Paper , Authentique - Classique Beauty - Beauty Twelve Paper , Authentique - Classique Beauty -Beauty Ten Paper  , Authentique - Classique Beauty - Beauty Seven Paper, Authentique - Classique Beauty - Life Cards, Freckled Fawn - Enamel Dew Drops - Classic,Bella Blvd - Clear Cuts - Bell Pepper Confetti Transparency, Amy Tangerine - Rise and Shine - Mini Gold Shaped Paper Clips, My Minds Eye - On Trend - Sweet Chipboard Buttons, My Minds Eye - On Trend - Happy Paper, Pebbles - Cottage Living - Golden Color Shine
I added a touch of gold with the gold foil button and button banner from My Mind's Eye and an arrow paper clip from Amy Tangerine. For a bit of dimension I layered some flowers hand cut from the patterned papers, and layered a couple of the journaling blocks.


I cut my title from a scrap of black cardstock and layered over a piece of  yellow dot transparency, and splattered a little of the gold color shine mist.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Airplane Selfie - Scraptastic June Kits

4x6 photos? Do you prefer 4x6" photos and multiple photos on a page? This month at Scraptastic the members challenged the designers to use multiple 4x6" photos on a layout using this month's kits and I have to say the results are pretty impressive! I LOVE 4x6" photos and if you are reading this you know I do and that I also like to use multiple photos. I have to admit that four 4x6" photos would really challenge me but you just have to CLICK HERE to see all the amazing pages they created. Here's mine:

And it might be a bit of a cheat as I did overlap them, but there was alot of airplane wing in one of the photos. Also I used a blurry photo because the front camera on my old phone was kind of scary, but it's the only selfie we took on the way so it had to be used. I used the super colorful June "Can't Go Home" kit, Add on Kit, Stamp Set, and Digital Cut Files from Scraptastic Club. Seriously this kit is very very colorful and has so many embellishments, it was like Christmas morning opening it up. (If there are any left, you need one... just saying) I chose to go with this awesome background and mostly blues and greens and I really like the refreshing look with our somewhat dull photos so that they weren't overwhelmed.
The airplane tag is great as it is, but I used blue and green inks on the word " vacation" and it turned out pretty cute

Next I wanted my title to use these light graph Thickers but they sort of disappeared on this grid background so I used a couple of the little Prima inks that we have gotten in past kits, and I inked them and then wiped the excess ink off with a paper towel. 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Celebrate 50! Scraptastic Store

Today I want to talk about adding that extra something to your layout that makes it just a bit more special. Maybe its sparkle, shine, or a bit of texture without adding bulk. The Scraptastic Store is full of goodies that will take you page to the next level and I want to share some of my favorites with you today. I figured that since it was my 50th birthday photo, I could go a bit over the top with the gold this time.

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Supplies: Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Happy Day Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Surprise Paper, Echo Park - Anything Goes - Journaling Cards Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Mixed Ephemera,
Pebbles - Cottage Living - Golden Color Shine, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Music Background Embossing Folder, Becky Higgins - Project Life - Desktop Embossing Folder, Webster's Pages - #Happy - Gold Stars Foiled Vellum, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Happy Sequins, My Mind's Eye - Fancy That - I Do Sequins, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Sweet Chipboard Buttons, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Ice Enamel Doodads,

The title is a Maggie Holmes Confetti transparency and I cut the "50" from the glittery gold of THIS Confetti Patterned paper. The music pattern was perfect too so I added pieces of it as well.

I love the Webster's Pages - #Happy - Gold Stars Foiled Vellum, but it does want to photograph dark instead of gold, trust me, it's a perfect gold foil. I also added Pebbles - Cottage Living - Golden Color Shine for gold splatters. And I just love sequins and enamel dots, have you seen all the colorful star, heart, arrow shaped enamel from Bella Blvd?


And last but certainly not least, I have to tell you that I LOVE these 2 embossing folders: Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Music Background Embossing Folder, and Becky Higgins - Project Life - Desktop Embossing Folder,. I cut my background into 4" squares and embossed 4 blocks with the star folder and 3 with the music notes folder. White on white can be initimidating to me but I just love this look and I will have to try it again soon.


Monday, June 08, 2015

Pinterest Inspiration Monday *Scraptastic Club Blog

It's Pinspiration Monday on the Scraptastic Club Blog and Kathy Martin chose the most wonderful pinterest image to inspire our creations. Check out the blog to see her super cute card!

I was totally inspired by the typography, so I created a title using patterned paper along with the thickers in my kit. I used the super fun "Can't Go Home" kit and Add on kit. If you haven't seen all of this kit, you must check it out HERE, because it is just packed with colorful goodies! I also love the flowers so I used the floral paper from my kit.

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For my title I used my Silhouette to cut out the word "magical" so that it is welded together. Next I added the word "express" using the chipboard Thickers from the kit and I wanted to also add the word "go!" without it getting confused with the other words so I used one of my little Prima inks from one of our past kits to color the word. I also added gold splatter with Pebbles Golden Color Shine.


Also in the pinterest image there are square spiral holes and I just happen to have that punch so I had to use it along the edge of a tag that I made for the top left.


Sunday, June 07, 2015

a Recipe Challenge using Scraptastic June kits

Today I have a Scraptastic Blog Recipe challenge for you. No cooking I promise. Don't let the title scare you -- recipes can be fun, especially when they are scrapbook recipes! Jennie McGarvey and I created layouts using this fun challenge and you can check them out HERE and play along for a chance at the monthly prize. Seriously people no one has posted one yet so be the first! ;)

A scrapbook recipe is when you say use one of these, half of this, 4 of these, etc.  Do you get the idea?  Well, good!  Keep reading and we'll share with our recipe and what we created using these "ingredients".
Okay, so for your project make sure you use:
1 Cardstock
2 Photos
3 Die Cuts
4 Patterned Papers
5 Dimensional Embellishments (Flair, chipboard, acrylic, wood veneer, etc)

For my layout I used the awesome Can't Go Home Kit, Add on kit, and digital cut files. Here is the way I used the recipe: 1 white cardstock from my stash for the digital cut file airplane, 2 photos, 3 Die cuts (geotag, globe, and vellum camera), 4 patterned papers (one is the background light paper that looks like a piece of cardstock), 5 dimensional embellishments (chipboard stars, transparency star stitched on, chipboard arrow, and map brad. I also added my title in chipboard alphas.


I have to point out the super cool vellum die cut camera because there are several in the kit, as well as the acrylic version. I used patterned papers behind the cut file for the whoosh behind the plane.

and one more close up because I love this cut file. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

making it merry *Scraptastic Club Store

I want to talk about holiday layouts today. I know I take a million photos during the holidays and now I have even more photos with a holiday theme from a November Disney trip so I have been looking at all of these photos and although there are gorgeous holiday collections that work with many of the photos, there are those photos that just look better with other non holiday collections. This layout uses papers from "Fine and Dandy" by Echo Park Paper, with a background paper from the "Rise and Shine" collection by Amy Tangerine.

I love the honeycomb patterned paper and fun colors of this collection for Pooh and Crystal Palace Breakfast so I just added a Christmas block from a "Home For Christmas" collection by Pebbles and made holly leaves with one of these fantastic felt Bows by Bella Blvd.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Confetti and Color Chaos *Scraptastic Store

Today I have some inspiration to incorporate your titles into your design and hopefully also help you use up some of your alpha stash. We typically just add our title using one package of alphas for a nice uniform title, but mixing fonts and using larger or longer titles as a design element on your page can be really fun. I thought I would share a couple of pages using some of the newer collections from the Scraptastic store. For this first layout I used Maggie Holmes Open Book collection for a soft sleepy kitty look.

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Supplies: Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Gala Paper , Maggie Holmes - Confetti -Lovely Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Surprise PaperMaggie Holmes - Confetti - Blast Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Happy Day Paper, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Hooray Chipboard Thickers, Maggie Holmes - Confetti - Ephemera, Maggie Holmes - Open Book - OverlaysChickaniddy - Silver Surfer Silver Foil Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Chipboard Hearts and Stars, Bella Blvd - Clear Cuts - Silver Confetti Transparency, My Mind's Eye - On Trend - Party Enamel Shapes, Elle's Studio - Letters & Numbers Stickers - Dark Grey
My main title is Stuffed Animal Paws and I used the Confetti Thickers chipboard alphas along with letters cut from the silver foil paper. This silver foil is a perfect weight to cut alphas with your die cutting machines. After cutting them out I sanded the surface to give them a brushed look, but they are still so nicely metallic.


At the top of the page I added the a few pre-title words with little letters next to the embellishments. Since this page is about my very grey kitty, I used some of the grey, black and white chipboard embellishments from Bella Blvd's Color Chaos collection.


My second layout was super fun to create using the bright and cheerful Bella Blvd Color Chaos collection. I added the Chickaniddy Jolly Good brads because they are on sale in the store and coordinate so perfectly with the Color Chaos collection.

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Supplies: Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Ice Strandz Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Orange Strandz Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Peep Strandz Paper, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Chipboard Symbols, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Trinket Stickers, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Treasures &Text StickersChickaniddy - Jolly Good - Mini Brads
I divided my title to add embellishment in two places on either side of my photos. The black letters are such fun sticker letters that I mounted with foam tape for dimension for the first word and stitched down for the second word. The wonderful thing about this collection is that there are so many elements such as papers, stickers, chipboard, bows, transparencies, and enamel shapes so you can really coordinate easily and the colors work so well with other collections too. I can see this being one of my faves for mixing and matching. Check out the whole Color Chaos collection HERE.


I thought it would be fun to cut the last word in the title from my background white cardstock allowing the splatter pattern to show thru.


and one last close up photo of the upper right corner just because these little stickers are too cute. A little black paint splatter and the whole thing looks like very organized chaos to go with my silly photos.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

MOH Bouquet *Scraptastic May kit

I knew when I got this May Scraptastic Club Purple Rain kit, Add on kit and stamp set, that I would have to scrap a couple of photos from my sister's wedding. Her maid of honor wore plum and had purples in her bouquet. I wanted an overall wedding white page with pops of color so I used my Silhouette to duplicate the Purple Rain digi cut file so that it would be a smaller design but would go across the page. I love the look with just a couple of pieces of the patterned papers behind the opening.

I cut the title from the pearly bling cardstock and the little labels are also Purple Rain Print and Cut files. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fun with the Purple Rain kits - Scraptastic Club

Today I have two layouts to share using the May Purple Rain kit, Add on Kit, Stamp set, Cut File, and Stencil, as well as the Janglin Stamp Set. Since watercolor is such a hot trend right now, I played with my watercolors for these two pages as well. I am not a painter in any way, but its fun to add a little bit of color when using a white or light background.
For my first layout I used only the Purple Rain Main Kit along with some of the stamps this month.

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First I splattered pink mist onto my background before adding my 3 photos. I stitched the vellum "LOVE" die cut to my page and added a stamp as part of the title, then I painted 3 strips of color with my watercolors.  Also because I cut out honeycomb shapes, I had the negative pieces of paper and I placed them onto my page and used the mesh looking stamp to stamp thru the opening with black ink, and then watercolored some of the stripes in the design. It's very easy and very fast to add this accent. Just make sure to use permanent archival ink if you are planning to use watercolor or it may bleed.


My second layout begins with a white cardstock background. I used the hummingbird stencil from the Purple Rain kit, along with white paint mixed with heavy gel texture medium to add three hummingbirds to the background. They looked cute like that but while I had my watercolors out, I painted across the page and it highlighted the birds even more.


And here is a close up so you can see how I layered the texture medium with the stencil, watercolor, mist splatters, and stamping, allowing for drying between each step. Of course the little acrylic bird needed to be added as well, since he is the cutest.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Holidays??? *Scraptastic Club Store Sale

Happy Holidays!  Well, the holidays are long past, but if you are like me, you have plenty of photos that haven't been put into albums. I went on vacation in November and have Disney holiday photos stacked high as well. This is a good thing, because guess what? That gorgeous holiday paper that you didn't buy before Christmas is now on sale at pretty amazing prices in the Scraptastic Store! And that's not all, there are many items on sale in the Frugal Friday section of the store HERE. Today I am going to share a holiday layout using just one of these holiday collections, the Authentique Believe collection along with some gold accents from vellum, a photo overlay, and a chipboard alpha.

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Authentique - Believe - Collection kit, Authentique - Believe - Essence Paper, Authentique - Believe - Universal Paper, Authentique - Believe - Tidings Paper, Authentique - Believe - Cardstock Stickers, Chickaniddy - Goldie Lox Gold Foil Paper, Pebbles - Cottage Living - Imprint White & Gold Thickers, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Chipboard Hearts and Stars, Maggie Holmes - Open Book - Overlays, Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Bella Bows McIntosh, Websters Pages - #Happy - Gold Stars Foiled Vellum
I wanted a very festive title so I cut "Merriest" from gold foil paper by Chickaniddy. Its a nice thick weight that cuts out perfectly. I combined that with my current fave Imprint White &Gold Thickers. Then I thought the Bella chipboard heart would look perfect layered under the title. The decorative title just pulled the page together for me.


Because it's a holiday page, it needs a bow and don't you just love the new Bella Bows! The red bow is a perfect Christmas red. I layered it over one of the Maggie Holmes photo overlays, I know they are meant to go over photos but I usually end up using them like I would a die cut. I just love the gold. I also layered a blue cardstock sticker from this Believe collection.