Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Mind's Eye Find Your Wings & Fly Wedding Layout

Today I'm sharing a wedding themed layout I created for a local scrapbook store challenge.

For this page challenge we were each given the following:

  • (1) chipboard key
  • 18 inches of jute cording
  • (1) My Mind's Eye 12x12 Sky's The Limit patterned paper
  • (1) Fancy Pants 12x12 coral corrugated paper

The rules for this challenge are that we must use a little bit of everything no matter how small it may be. We are free to mix in anything else of our choice.  I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to use some seriously old label stickers, flowers, brads and alphas from my stash!

I admit it. I'm a pack rat (aka hoarder) when it comes to parting with older papers and embellishments that I still love, but never got around to even opening.  Unfortunately it can feel overwhelming at times so it was fun going on a hunt in search of the perfect finishing touches for this one.

The heavy jute was a serious challenge for me to mix in with what was turning out to be a girly & romantic layout.  I decided to create a rosette by coiling it on a punched out circle with some liquid glue and a floral brad for the center.  It may not have been my first choice, but in the end I think it works and it was definitely fun getting outside my comfort zone.

If I'm being honest, the coral corrugated paper was hard for me too.  I started by die cutting my title with it, but it felt too bright with the other corals in my papers.  In the end I die-cut a flower and layered it with several other silk and paper flowers to help tone it down.  I actually like it now.  :)

For my title I paired the family cutting file with some ancient Making Memories alphas from their Noteworthy collection.  Do you remember that one?  I was so in love with that line when it came out in 2009 and yes, mine were still brand new in their package.

I still had that pesky key to incorporate so I decided to ink it up with some chalk ink and tie it around the letter S with some matching embroidery floss.

Well, there you have it.  Wouldn't it be fun to challenge ourselves to use random supplies from our own stash once a month?!  Not only would it make a dent in what we already have on hand, but I'm always amazed at the magic that happens when I am stretched creatively!

Thanks for hanging with me today.  :)

Supplies similar to the ones I used (available at Simon Says Stamp)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Doodlebug Monogram Washi Tape Wreath & Spring Banner

Doodlebug challenged us this month to create something that was inspired by Pinterest and I couldn't wait to create a spring project inspired by the amazing Shellye McDaniel!  I have been completely taken with her idea to cover an inexpensive wood monogrammed letter with washi tape for a long time now and I was excited to have the excuse to make one of my own!

Here's a peek of Shellye's amazing wreath (pinned HERE).  I love how easily her design translates to any season depending on the washi tape used.  I chose to tie my letter to the back of the wreath using Doodle twine making it easy to switch out with the seasons.

I wanted to make some big bows to secure my banner in place, but truth be told, I'm not usually very good at making them.  I was tickled to discover a very easy tutorial (shared HERE) which helped me create them with very little effort.  For my smaller sized bows I used (36) 3" lengths of ribbon per bow which means you will need 3 yards of grosgrain and 3 yards of sheer ribbon to make two.

One last tip I would recommend is painting your letter white beforehand.  Washi tape is obviously transparent in nature and this really helps keep the colors nice and vibrant.  :)

While I had my spring papers out, I decided to create a coordinating chipboard banner using the darling papers and craft kit from the Hello Sunshine and Easter Parade collections.

I kept it sweet and simple, but I can't help smiling when I see these adorable critters.  To connect the banner pieces together I created a loop with the same grosgrain ribbon, gluing them together in the back.  I then threaded a needle with some Doodle twine and sewed buttons onto the ribbon loops.

I hope I've inspired you to create some bright and cheerful projects for your home this Spring.  :)

Supplies Used (available at Simon Says Stamp)

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Create Magazine: Doodlebug Fruit Stand Spring Fairy Layout

Hello there!  I'm excited to finally be sharing a couple projects with you which are featured in this month's CREATE magazine.  If you haven't heard of this publication before, it is a completely free online magazine brought to you by the team at Scrapbook Generations.  :)

This month Doodlebug was the featured manufacturer so they asked us to play along with their darling sketches.

Up first I have a layout using a sketch designed by Debbie Sanders and Doodlebug's happy Fruit Stand collection.

There's a bit of a story on how I selected the collection.  I started my creative process with the sketch calling for a single vertical photo which led me to an old favorite photo of my daughter which I never got around to scrapbooking.  From there I needed a collection with Doodlebug's lilac color which I didn't realize until now is actually a bit hard to come by.  In fact the only one I could find in my stash was the darling Fruit Stand collection, however I decided fruit images didn't really fit for this particular page.  In the end I was able to carefully omit the fruit images using the "B" sides of the papers so I could focus on my flower fairy inspired theme and I think it works.  ;)

This collection has so many happy colors, but I made the design decision to keep my colors to Doodlebug's Lilac, Bubblegum pink, Bumblebee yellow & Limeade green as a compliment to my photo.

The sketch called for an embellishment of some kind in the top right corner, but after lots of searching I was unable to find just the right winged creature in my sticker collection to fit the space and colors.  An old Doodlebug die by Sizzix came to my rescue!  I love that with some basic patterned papers in my color palette, I was able to create my own that matched perfectly!

For the bottom corner grouping, I cut one of Lori Whitlock's tag and pocket cutting files on my Silhouette and grouped it with a die-cut title using the Olivier font (love this and best of all it's free).  For my flower cluster, I used a combination of flowers which I fussy cut from one of the patterned papers in collection and cutouts from the Hello Sunshine Kraft Kit.

My second project in the magazine is a birthday card using another great sketch by Allison Davis and Doodlebug's Hip Hip Hooray collection.  This is really a versatile sketch that I know I will be turning to over and over again--As you will see in the magazine, I love that there are so many different ways to interrupt it!

You can view more of this cool issue filled to the brim with inspiration HERE.  Also these fun sketches as well as a couple extras can be downloaded for free HERE.

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