Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brand NEW Simple Stories

Simple Stories has some amazing new collections to share!  I made this page with the brand NEW Happy Day Collection.  It's all about birthdays and since my son turned 3 this summer I thought the Happy Day collection captured his personality and how he celebrated his big day perfectly.
These are the Happy Day materials I chose to highlight the versatility of the elements that come with this collection.  I chose three 4 x 6 journal cards and one Birthday Memories 12 x 12 patterned paper.
First, I chose this 4 x 6 jorunal card, because it mirrored the design in the 12 x 12 paper and I liked the sentiment on the journal card that is not in the 12 x 12 paper.  I decided to cut it out and pop it up over the design in the patterned paper.  See below...
It was a perfect fit over the design in the patterned paper and added a fun birthday sentiment.
Next, I took the cupcake 4 x 6 journal card and cut out the cupcake to make a cute embellishment.  It was easy to fussy cut and I just added a little chalk ink to soften the lines.
I also used a craft knife to cut the banner flags out of the patterned paper and then pop dotted them over the picture that would have covered this beautiful stream of banners.  The effect is very fun!
Finally, I took the bingo card and cut it in half and added some of it behind the 5 x 7 photo and some of it to matte the wallet-sized photo.

Happy Day collection Materials:
Birthday Memories #1504
Happy Day 12 x 12 Expression Cardstock Stickers #1503
4 x 6 Journaling Card Elements # 2 #1511
4 x 6 Vertical Journaling Card Elements #1512

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

CHA Sneaks - Little Yellow Bicycle

Wait until you see the gorgeous Hello Fall collection from Little Yellow Bicycle in person!  It is one of the prettiest collections that the talented Sharon Kropp has come up with and certainly one of my new favorites.  Below are a few projects I created.  I cannot wait for this to hit stores, because it is going to fly off the shelves!
I used the Hello Fall 10 Things Pocket in this collection to create a mini, mini album about a trip my family did to the pumpkin patch, also shown above on the two page layout.
The album is 6 pages front and back and easily slides into the pocket.  I used the 10 journaling strips as tabs for the pages and then including journaling cards from the collection  on the actual pages of the album.

This tree is such a beautiful motif in the Hello Fall collection.  It made a lovely focal point for this card and the added falling leaves from the Hello Fall Cardstock Stickers were a perfect addition.
I had this Printer's Tray lying around my scrapbook room and have been dying to use it.  I thought it was perfect for the Hello Fall 5 Things Envelopes, Canvas Border Strips and Cardstock Stickers.  It was an easy and fun project to put together.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHA Sneaks - Nikki Sivils

Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker has done it again with some brilliant releases for CHA Summer.  This page was created with her BRAND NEW School is Cool collection which has fun, vibrant colors and motifs.  Nikki has also added more stickers and punch outs to her already fabulous formula.  Please check out her collections at her newly updated website!
I love how Nikki kept her die cut idea but added it to a 12x12 paper.  The colors for this collection are so fun!  I had to do some pages about my daughter playing on the playground, because recess is her favorite part of school - LOL.
Nikki decided to do something a little different and created a Sympathy collection called Get Well Soon.  The colors are really fun, with just enough grunge to keep it interesting.  I used the collection to create this layout of my son napping, since he needed it to get over the dreaded grumps that a two-year-old struggles with - LOL.

Below are all of the collections that Nikki is releasing.  They are so fun.  Hope you will visit her website to see what they include.

Tomorrow I will share some Little Yellow Bicycle.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Did You Know????

Did you know that Doodlebug Design has started a blog???  So excited to see more of their beautiful products come to life on their blog.  Seems like there are some excitng things in the works for this wonderful company.  I also heard their newest releases are stellar.  I have always been a fan of their stickers, brads and buttons, but they make soooooo much more.

Be sure to stop by, check it out and become a follower...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Winner - Happy Harvest

The winner for all of my Happy Harvest collection from Imaginisce is Emily!  Please email me your information and I will get that out in the mail to you!

I'll be back soon with some sneak peeks from CHA - you are going to love what each of the MFGs I work with have in store for you....

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Simple Stories, Sketch and Tutorial

It's summer and people should be playing outside having fun and snapping a lot of photos.  It's not a good time to be stuck inside, trying to think of a design to scrap those fun photos.  How about a simple sketch to make the time fly by so you can get back outside???  I thought it would be fun to focus on a one-page sketch and layout all about a favorite summer activity like swimming.

100 Days of Summer is such a fun collection full on wonderful color.  I love the combination of the red picnic tablecloth pattern with the green polka dots.
This little sunshine from the 100 Days of Summer Sticker Sheet is such a fun element to add to a project.  I used some of the tiny alphabets to add a sentiment.
It's fun to layer the 4x6 element cards to create unique patterns and journal sentiments.  I also added some of the cardstock sticker elements to continue the message.

Use Up Those 4x6 Journal Cards Tutorial
I wanted to try something fun and unique with this beautiful 4x6 journal card element.  I liked the idea of using it for a photo matte, but then did not want the numbered journal spots to lose their punch, so I think I found a good compormise.  Just needed my x-acto, felt pen and some chalk ink.
First I added my journal sentiments to the card.  I tried to make them all serious and nature focused except for the last one, which sums up the photo on the page.
Next, I used my x-acto to around part of the journal spots so that they will overlap with the photo, so I can still use this card as a photo matte and have the sentiments stand out.
Then, I used the chalk ink to ink around all of the cut sides to smooth them out and add some dimension.
Finally, I slid the photo underneath all of the journal spots and attached the 4x6 card as the photo matte.  Super easy project with a unique twist to the cards.

100 Days of Summer Materials:
  • 12 x 12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers #1402
  • 12 x 12 Expression Cardstock Stickers #1403
  • Simple Pleasures #1407
  • Flashcards #1409
  • 4 x 6 Vertical Journaling Card Elements #1412

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