Saturday, November 29, 2014

November Sketchy Thursday from Scraptastic Club

Happy Thanksgiving!
 I hope everyone has a wonderful feast planned for today. And then pull out your scrapping things and create a page for the November Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic Club Blog for a chance to win!  

Here is the Sketch

For my layout I used the Free Fallin' kit and Add on Kit.  I kept pretty close to the original sketch since I drew it, but I didn't have a big title and I wanted to use the little chipboard deer. I really like the way it turned out. I hope you will give it a try. I look forward to seeing your interpretation.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gold Accents from Maggie Holmes Open Book

Today I just have to share some sparkly gold goodies from Scraptastic Club Store. When I saw the new Maggie Holmes Open Book collection, my eyes went straight to the gold accents in papers and embellishments. I thought I would show you how I used these products on two of my layouts.

My first layout is about a funny moment on vacation with good friend and fellow Scraptastic Design Team Member Nancy Burke and it worked just perfectly for a page using the super cute bunny die cuts in this collection.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book "Recollection"), Patterned Paper (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book "Bookmark"), Patterned Paper (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book "Sweet Story"), Die Cuts (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, Ephemera), Vellum Die Cuts (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, Vellum Ephemera), Floral Die Cuts (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, Printed Flowers), Gold Foil Vellum Paper (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes Open Book Gold Foil Stripes Vellum), Enamel Dots (Gossamer Blue, Get Happy), Chipboard Alphas (Jillibean Soup, Wood Plank), Little Letter Stickers (Webster's Pages, All That Glitters, Little Letter Stickers Gold), (Webster's Pages, All That Glitters, Little Letter Stickers Mint), Twine

The "male" bunny die cut is gold foil and the "female" is vellum with tiny gold text. I punched the gold ticket under the bunny with a Mickey punch because I like to put a not so hidden Mickey on all of my Disney pages. The strip of gold striped vellum along the right side of the layout is cut from a 12x12 sheet of foiled vellum.

My second layout features papers from the Nest Collection by Websters Pages along with the Maggie Holmes Open Book embellishments. Behind the focal photo is a layer of gold foiled dictionary page print on clear vellum.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (Webster's Pages Nest Begin Anew Paper), Patterned Paper (Websters Pages, Nest, Special Places),  Patterned Paper (Maggie Holmes, Open Book, Chapters Paper), Patterned Paper(Maggie Holmes Open Book Gold Foil Dots Vellum ),Patterned Vellum (Maggie Holmes Open Book Gold Foil Newspaper ), Die Cuts (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, Ephemera), Vellum Die Cuts (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, Vellum Ephemera), Floral Die Cuts (Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, Printed Flowers), Enamel Dots (Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Enamel Dots )

The black patterned paper with the gold foiled dots is a perfect background accent, but I also used it to cut out my title and an Eiffel Tower. And the little gold Mickey punch in the upper right corner is the punch from the gold ticket on the first layout. I really like the foiled accents in this collection because they add that extra something without being overpowering to the layout.

Monday, November 24, 2014

More Free Fallin' kit from Scraptastic Club

Its feeling a little more like fall and its almost time to make turkey! Is yours defrosted?! Mine get's brined tomorrow :)  I know you guys are in the mood for some yummy fall goodies and all things pumpkin! I wanted to share two more layouts that I created with the November Scraptastic Club Free Fallin Kit, Add on kit and Stamp set.

First I saw the little stamp that says "#PUMPKINEVERYTHING" and I knew I had to do a page about my love of those fall favorites. I stamped that word stamp on the note paper die cut and then stamped the "#APPLECIDER" one on the apple cider photo. Its not pumpkin but its a fall fave here.

I used the nice dark wood grain paper as a background and then cut pieces of "wood" out so that I could put orange checked paper behind.

For my next layout I wanted to use a bunch of the embellishments in this fall kit because there are just so many cute pieces! I decided to do a page using only the embellishments and one 4x6 panel cut from patterned paper. I almost kept going and filled the page with embellishments, but I decided it would be a bit overwhelming.

Hello Autumn - Scraptastic Club Store

Today I just have to share a layout using Bella Blvd's Hello Autumn collection from Scraptastic Club Store. I just love all the colors in this collection. It's even ideal for people like me who live where fall is mostly green. I actually decided it would be perfect for a photo that I took last week at a meal with Mickey since he was dressed for a fall harvest at the Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Falling Into Fall Paper), Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Gatherings Paper), Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn,Perfect Pick Paper), Patterned Paper (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Time To Rake Paper), Die Cuts (Bella Blvd Hello Autumn, Paper Pieces), Enamel Dots (Gossamer Blue, Gramercy Road Enamel Dots),  Enamel stars (Gossamer Blue, On My Desk Enamel Dots),  ivory cardstock, thread

Now I have to share a little story...  this photo was taken almost a week ago while on vacation and it was my birthday so we had a super busy day planned. We were trying to get to a reservation for breakfast and I left the room without my camera bag, back up batteries, and my phone. I had my camera, my husband had his camera, and his phone. We had no time to go back all day so we just had to make the best of it. By evening when this was taken, my camera battery was dead, and this was the last photo taken on the other camera...and for the rest of the evening we had to use a phone!!! LOL - actually I was NOT laughing at the time but its funny now. So yeah - not the best photo

When I was looking at the collection, I found this paper "Falling Into Fall" and decided that it would be perfect for fussy cutting a bunch of leaves that I could scatter down the page.

Since I wanted the leaves to really stand out, I cut my letters from ivory cardstock for a more subtle title.

Gossamer Blue enamel dots and stars match perfectly!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

December Scraptastic Sneaks!

It's almost December - can you believe it?! We just got back from DisneyWorld where everything is already decorated and I am super excited to use this season's holiday collections. I also can not wait to decorate my house next weekend! Yes I know I have to get past Thanksgiving, but I am feeling festive for certain!
So here are some of the exciting new things coming December 1st to Scraptastic Club. First is the STOCKING STUFFER CLASS which is actually available for sale now!  You can purchase this class RIGHT HERE.  Here's a little more about our class: 

Now, onto those sneak peeks of the kits!

December 2014 This Life Noted kit

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - yes of course I am getting this one!!! I can't wait


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Scraptastic Store: Patterned Paper Backgrounds

If you haven't been over to Scraptastic Club's site in the past week or so, you may not have noticed that they now have a Store!!! I got some awesome new goodies and I just finished 2 layouts using the some of the gorgeous new Gossamer Blue products. Today I thought I would share my love for using patterned papers as backgrounds for my layouts. The key is to keep it light or to be sure you have good contrast to show off your photos. For both of my pages I used mostly the "Gramercy Road" collection. I love the very nice detailed papers that have great colors, but over all they read as lighter more neutral tones and they don't overwhelm the photos. There are several papers in this collection that make great background papers.

For my first layout I chose a lighter blue/grey pattern for the background and it has just enough of a pattern to keep the layout from looking as flat as it would with a solid paper. The light papers kept the page from becoming too busy because my photos are already busy and dark.  I also used one of the darker patterned papers to have nice contrast for my title. I used some old twine that I bought when I was antiquing to tie a double bow on the tag and then added a few of the die cut leaves to the ends.

Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Sheridan Place Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road West Seventh Paper , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Tupelo Ridge Paper ,Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Tags ,Gossamer Blue On My Desk Gold Foil Transparencies , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Enamel Dots , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Ephemera,

I have to point out the 3/4 transparency card from the "On My Desk" collection that I used behind my die cut tag, these cards are the perfect touch when your layout needs that extra something.

For my second layout I used a light wood grain paper from the Sweater Weather collection by Simple Stories and I may need 10 more sheets of this one! I wanted a more out door look for my safari photos. I thought it would be a great way to lighten up my animal photos. Often times, zoo or outdoor layouts are darker colors and the photos aren't the focus.

Simple Stories Sweater Weather Crisp Days Paper Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road West Seventh Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Tupelo Ridge Paper , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road The Third Ward Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Leaves , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Tags , Gossamer Blue On My Desk Gold Foil Transparencies , Fancy Pants Designs True Friend Sequins , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Skinny Labels, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Ephemera , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Enamel Dots ,

The package of tags and the package of die cut leaves helped me put together a very coordinated page in less time then my pages normally take. I added some white sequins to the leaves and straight stitched for a dimensional border.

Hashtag Fall - Nov Scraptastic Kit!

Can you believe its November?! Today I am sharing a layout that I made using the November Scraptastic Club Free Fallin Kit, Add on kit and Stamp set. I have to tell you guys that our leaves don't even fall til December around here, but when they do fall, my back yard looks all golden til the yard guy arrives and I wanted to take photos of my kitty with her fall colors in the leaves. She didn't want to do that, she just wanted to eat the leaves so I snapped a couple of photos and took her back inside.

 For this page I decided to use a light cardstock background to lighten up my darker photos. I used the "#LEAFPILE" and "#AUTUMN" stamps with gold ink and then brushed gold paint lightly on the background. The little leaves are cut from this cute October Afternoon patterned paper. Some are stitched, some are just adhered to the page and a couple are mounted with foam tape for dimension.

 and here is the super cute Free Fallin Stamp Set
 November 2014 Free Fallin' Stamp Set

 For my journaling I wanted a light grey but my grey marker is too bold so I used pencil. I find that I like the light grey journaling of a pencil alot lately.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Scraptastic Club November kit reveal!

Can you believe it's November 1st!?  I love the first of the month when I get to share the kit reveals :) Check out Scraptastic Club HERE for these great kits! Which ones are your faves? and what do you like best about them?

This Life Noted


FREE FALLIN' - This is the one I chose because although I don't get fall weather here in Houston, I love fall!