Hello again! I’m super excited to be doing another blog swap with the lovely Michelle over at Hot Wheels and Glue Guns. This time around she put together a little kit of goodies that included some papers from Echo Park (that navy stripe is simply divine!) and some grey polka dot and stripe journal cards from the Midnight Project Life Kit from Becky Higgins and lots of super cute embellishments. She cut out the Lucky sentiment in both white cardstock and this awesome star patterned vellum and gave me a handful of sequins, veneers and washi tape. Here’s the layout:
I was pretty interested in all the circles that she included in the kit — the polka dot journal cards, the sequins and the bubble paper (the top strip)…and decided to take the journal cards and cut all those grey circles out and use them as a pattern on the top half of my layout.
To give the hand cut circles a little dimension, I added some doodles with my black Stabilo pencil and used a water brush to give it a painterly effect and darken some of the lines. I also grabbed some pink watercolor and added a little splash of color around some of the circles as well. I layered the circles with the sequins she gave me, and adhered them all with some silver brads (remember these? I used to have scads…)
I used the same pink watercolor (my Peerless Watercolor papers), I quickly colored in the “lucky” die cut, going for a slightly imperfect look. Layered over a Studio Calico doily and paired with some Thickers, my title was complete.
I didn’t want to cover up much of the navy blue paper, but I did want to get at least a little bit of journaling on the layout. So, I added just a quick little line in the bottom corner of the paper, and date stamped it. Complete. Start to finish, this layout took me less that 45 minutes (and that included me getting out my sewing machine.)
Thanks so much for some great product, Michelle! I have tons left over and am really looking forward to a layout using the vellum die cuts…maybe for St. Patty’s Day?? XOXO.
Thanks for stopping by – be sure to hop over to Michelle’s blog and see what she made with the same stash! Have a fabulous week.
Hello friends! I am so excited to share a layout today using the same materials that the very talented Michelle Bazeley also used to make a project. Here’s what we did: we each put together a kit of goodies to share with each other and then we each made a project using the same supplies. We’ll share one kit/project today and one next month.
Here’s what I did with my mini kit:
The products are a mix of papers from Close to My Heart, stamps from them as well as one from an Ali Edwards story stamp, embellishments from Studio Calico and of course, my Sharpie writer.
I hand drew and cut the title, outlining it with my sharpie. I also made some rosettes – something I haven’t done in a long while… and tucked some sequins and enamel dots in to them.
To check out what Michelle did with her kit, check out her blog here! Can’t wait to see what we each create in March.
One of the challenges in the Beyond the Digital Basics class I’m taking over at Studio Calico was to take some digital brushes and combine them to create your own custom file. I combined several wonky thought bubbles that originally had words in them and some stars from the class. Combining and cutting the file was really fun…taking one thing and creating another.
Certainly stretches the value of the digi files!
Once I had the mask cut out, a added the photo behind one of the thought bubbles and stamped XOXO on one of the others. You Shine was cut out using the silhouette – so I added some grey cardstock behind it to make it standout. When i had everything just so, I grabbed the sewing machine and stitched much of the mask down.
Can’t wait to try this technique again!
So…for as long as I can remember, I’ve said, “I don’t want to do digital scrapbooking.” I had lots of reasons…I sit at a computer all day and when I sit down to play/create – I don’t want it to feel like work. I don’t really love the way digital pages look when printed. I’m tactile – I like to cut, ink, sew and staple my papers.
And yet, with starting Project Life last year, I’ve eased into “digital” with elements I print and cut. Using stamps on photographs, or adding a bit of journaling to a photo before I print. And you know what? I kinda like it! So when Studio Calico announced their new class: Digital – Beyond the Basics, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. It’s taught by the incredibly talented Shanna Noel – and I’m only a week in to the class and have already learned so much.
The first lesson was all about taking a template and using it to cut elements out on the cameo (brilliant, really). Here’s my first pass:
This was so much fun to put together and super easy using the template. I added a bit of stamping, some stitching, a few buttons, sequins and bling to finish it off.
Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this class. Super inspired to try new things.
Have a great week!
I’m finally getting around to scrapping some of our trip to Portland last fall. We had such a great long weekend get-away. I’m taking the Color theory class over at SC and our first assignment was to find a color combination we liked and pull stuff from our stash. The second assignment (surprise!) was to create a layout with what we pulled.
Here’s the photo of my inspiration and the stuff I pulled from my stash:
My goal with the layout was to try and repeat the two chevron patterns and add a bit of floral. We went to Voodoo Doughnuts on Saturday morning. Mike wanted to get the giant glazed – just for the photo op (gotta love a husband who think in photo opportunities!).
I stamped some flowers using an old CTMH, hand cut some hearts and outlined them with my grey Sharpie.
I added some splashes of Mr. Huey’s. I dumped a little out on to my craft mat. With my waterbrush, I diluted the ink and splattered it across the layout. The muted effect is the exact color I was working toward for this color scheme. Had I used the ink at full-strength it would have been way to dark and intense.
I finished the layout with some journaling on a PL card, tags and sticker. I added some stitching and wood veneer to complete the look.
Hope you all have a delightful week!
I’m in a heart mood. And since I don’t have Valentine’s photos to scrap, I dug out this photo from Mother’s Day last year, my Gelatos and decided to create a heart background with my cameo. You can snag that .png file here.
I started out with some woodgrain white paper from Studio Calico and then added the rainbow background using my gelatos. Not familiar? They are an awesome little staple in my craft room by Faber Castell. And they are incredibly versatile – you can use them directly on paper, add water to them for a more transparent look, dissolve them in water to create mists…for this technique, I just colored a spot on my craft mat (Ranger), loaded up a wide paintbrush with water and grabbed the color and put a stroke across the page. Then I grabbed a smaller brush and splattered paint along the stripe.
For the black outline around the page and the lettering, I used my black NeoColor crayon. With the Life Scripted class going on over at SC – I want to make more cards with my handwriting – that bold black and white look is just so fun!
Enjoy your weekend – stay warm out there.
I love sketches, right? They offer great inspiration when you need that extra little push. A few weeks ago, I was totally inspired by a sketch over at the Studio Calico blog and I created this page based on that sketch.
It was a big leap for me:
- I used the sketch that week AND uploaded my layout to the challenge gallery (and won! by the way :))
- I incorporated digital elements onto my page. This is somewhat new for me – I’ve been using some digital elements in my project life pages – but using them on a traditional layout was new.
- SEWING!!! My dear friend Amy A taught me how to sew on pages the weekend before I made this page – and it was my first attempt at sewing on a page. I LOVE IT and am totally addicted. I’ve always drooled over pages with stitched elements but was afraid to try it. I’m not a seamstress! I don’t really know how to sew – and that held me back. But – NO LONGER! I now need to find space in my craft room to set up my machine permanently!
Here’s the rest of the page: