Sunday, October 27, 2013

A few more from Scrapbook Circle for October... sleeping bags and playground peeks...

It's gettin' near time to wrap up the month again!  I say it every month, but where did this month go???

I'm sharing with you two more projects from the October Scrapbook Circle kit.  I LOVE LOVE the colors in this kit...bright and fun!  And of course my favorite manufacturers', too!

On my layout below, I wanted to use some design ideas inspired by the sleeping bags my kiddos were in.

So I folded down the corners of the paper, much like the top of a sleeping bag gets folded before you snuggle into it!  Behind it, I just added a small scrap of the arrow paper, which gives some great eye movement across the page.

 I wanted to see if any of the exclusive wood bits fit on my page, and as I emptied them out of the bag, I thought to myself, WAIT, sleeping bags=canvas bag=perfect!  So I used the canvas bag as part of my page design instead!  It was a perfect spot to tuck a little journaling card!


Don't forget to use your bag, too!!!  You could use it as an "off the page" item as well.  I bet it would work great with the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamps to create a new design!

And finally this page I did based off of Diana Fisher's sketch for the month.  I just love that girls sketches!!!

The sketch has 3 photo, but I only had two, so I turned the third into a matching journaling area!   On the background, you can also see some light stenciling I did with the NEW exclusive stencils from the SBC kits.  Awesome!

I just layered some papers and a fabulous bright pink die cut from the Amy Tan Cut & Paste collection and then added the black arrows for movement.  There's a bit of stitching and I LOVE LOVE those Heidi Swapp sequin Rub ons!!!    Oh and how about the exclusive wood veneer die cuts.  Uh those, too!

I am working on my November kit right now and I can NOT WAIT to share it with you!  It is one of my favorites lately!

Stay Scrappy my friends!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Scraplifting Myself for Scrapbook Circle-"I Love You Froggy"

I love lifting myself! If you have a certain page that you love, why not recreate it over and over again??

Every year I do a photo of my daughter right before her birthday and use the same page design/layout from year to year, but just change up the papers. You can see them HERE.

Anyways, when going back through my Scrapbook Circle layouts (of which I have a TON), I finally narrowed it down to one of my favorites, with a page design that I thought was a bit different. I created this page last August (2012) when I was a guest designer at SBC for the month! My page used a lot of American Crafts Shoreline collection:

I recreated this page by going with a bit larger strips and centering the design on the page. I just started by cutting papers in this months kit that had similar hues, and ironically, they are very similar to the colors on my original page!

On my first page, I used a stencil and some modeling paste to give some texture, so I did the same on the background here with the exclusive SBC stencil.

I distressed the edges of my strips and stitched in between them, added a few mist splatters, my photos, and then spent some time cross stitching this heart from the Amy Tan Cut & Paste collection.

I love how you can tell my page is a lift, yet it still has different look and feel than the first! Hope you are inspired to lift yourself!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Friday, October 11, 2013

September Scrapbook Circle Projects (yeah..i know....its October)!

Can I tell you how happy I am to be a part of the Scrapbook Circle Team again????  I love love working with the kits!

Somehow, my post with my September projects never got posted, so here they are!

Here is my page of Kyler using the vacuum.  He LOVES the vacuum...whenever there is one out, he has to be using it!  I hope this continues through his teenage years!  :)   When we leave grandma's house, he even says goodbye to her vacuum!

Many times when I am working on a page, I try and use something from the photos to inspire my design and the products I use.

I thought of what a messy floor looks like when right before you vacuum it up (specifically, the area around my scrap space! HA!). Strings, and scraps and maybe a few drops of paint or mist splattered here or there. So those are exactly the things I used on my page!

I used a grungy stamp and some charcoal ink around the edges of my page in some spots, then just took some clusters of strings and layered them under my scraps of paper. I machine stitched over some of the strings to help keep them in place.

This was based on the Sept. sketch on the SBC blog.

This kit comes with an entire box of Fancy Pants cork arrows, which just add so much depth to a page. You can paint them or mist them to match your pages, too!  Here I wanted to do something creative with them.  Kyler turned 2 in July, and I wanted to use a big #2 on my page as a focal point.  I thought the cork stranding out against the black and white stripes made for good contrast!

I started by cutting a large #2 on my Cricut and then covered it with the small cork arrows.  Then I simply trimmed the edges of the arrows off by turning the number around so I could see from the back where the pieces were off.  I then inked the edges in black to make it stand out a bit more.

I matted behind the frame a bit by adding some strips of the grey washi tape in the kit. The rest of the page I kept pretty simple by added a banner with some brightly colored pieces.    This was about the 3rd or 4th birthday page I did of him, so I decided not to add any journaling this time.

Sometimes I find Polaroid frames challenging because my photos dont seem to fit right, so I used them to create an overlapping grid pattern on this page.  Charlotte actually took the photos of Kyler and I...he took my glasses and put them on and then gave me his.  And of course, Charlotte then wanted to switch, too...

I added a bit of depth with some tone on tone cork elements on the cork paper.  Lots of fun bits and pieces on this page!

And lastly, this fun fun page that was actually inspired by a TISSUE box that I bought for Charlotte's room!  You can read more about it HERE on the SBC blog.

I designed and cut the pattern with SCAL2 on my Cricut and then added patterned papers behind the cut outs.  Some of the cut outs I purposely left empty and instead popped some white cardstock from the back to give it depth.

Just a few other elements like buttons and twine.

And faux stitching to highlight some areas of the page.

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Stay scrappy my friend!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Come fly with me!

Do you have one of those collections that no matter how many pages you create with it, you still seem to have a ton left over???  I feel like I have been working with this Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm" collection for months (and I have), and I still have so much of it!  That's OK, though, cause I like it!  :)  I used today's sketch from the sketch blog at My Scraps & More for this page!

OK, so I have some embellies from a few other lines here:  The chipboard kite is from Crate Paper and the yellow doilies are from a piece of Fancy Pants papers.  The bow is from Crate Paper Maggie Holmes collection.  The colors on the kit weren't exactly the right shade for my page, so I cut out some papers that matched and popped them off the chipboard.

Layering some papers and stickers and die-cuts....also some fun swirly stitching in the background.

And my journaling pulls out from the side!

What collections are you trying to work through???

Stay scrappy my friends!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Have you Hugged Your Mum??? October Scrapbook Circle

September is over!  Where did it go?  It has been a gorgeous fall so nice and warm.  The trees are starting to show their true colors!  (Did you know that the colors are there all along?  In the summer, there is so much chlorophyll produced (which is green) that it covers up all the other colors?  Yup....former science teacher...)

Anyways, while decorating for fall, we got these gorgeous mums at the Farmer's Market.  The funny thing about these photos of Charlotte is that even though she looks so girly and cute with the flowers and the pink shirt, she was actually looking through the flowers and dirt for bugs!!  That's my girl!

I used the October Scrapbook Circle kit, which has the most gorgeous colors for fall!  I noticed that in the kit that many of the colors were part of the latest color challenge at ScrapFriends, too, so I focused on using those colors on my page.

For the background, I began by stamping with the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamp with Versamark and heat embossing with white powder.  The I went over it with some Gelatos and used water to blend.  Finally, there are a few green splatters and a lightly stamped Dear Lizzy chevron stamp.

I also used the exclusive "You Are" stamp, too.  I tried covering it with the Gelatos, misting it with water, and then stamping.  It worked OK, but I think it would be better with less detailed designs.  I outlined it with a black pen to make it stand out better.

I used some free leaf svg files i found online and cut them with my cricut.  Then I stitched down the center of each.

Lots of fun layering with papers, die cuts, envelopes, stickers, and sequins!

Here is a peak at the October kit:

Want a chance to win one???  Visit the Scrapbook Circle blog and leave a comment HERE!

Can't wait to share the rest of my projects with you this month!

Stay scrappy my friends!