Monday, April 6, 2015

This Is What Happened...

Hello and welcome to our new product blog hop! CTMH has just released the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and it is full of some great new products.  If you've arrived here from Kelly Janes' blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! Just continue hopping along until you end up back where you started, and prepare to be inspired by over 40 talented consultants.

The first set of items I couldn't wait to order from this catalog are the Jackson paper pack and complements. They have a nice rugged outdoor feel, and I couldn't wait to put them to work on pictures from last year's trip to South Dakota.

The adhesive complements make it super easy to create a fun layout in a short amount of time.

This title was whipped up quickly using two adhesive complements, stacked. Note that I trimmed the ends of the zip strip directly above it to mimic the banner shape of the title and tie it in to the rest of the layout.

I used one of the included complements to journal, and I used three small medallion complements to build some page accents.  I simply cut a coordinating shape from a shade of Teal Glitter Paper, using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and a slightly larger one from Barn Red cardstock. I finished each accent off with an adhesive sequin from the Oceanside Sequins pack.

If you'd like to see details or shop for any of these items, I have a picture list below. Links open in a new window so you can come back to continue the hop any time. When you're ready to hop along, let's go see what Kathleen Androlewicz has for us on her blog.

New Products:

Jackson Paper Packet
Jackson Complements
Oceanside Sequins

Other Products:

Teal Glitter Paper
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just My Type!

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month blog hop! This month's stamp set is Typed Note, a set of 19 stamps with a vintage feel, and a message for any occasion.  If you've arrived here from Donna Digby's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place!

I made a couple of different cards for this month:

I just love these stamps! I can't wait to use them on a scrapbook layout too, but they are perfectly suited to cards for anyone.

This monochromatic card has a slightly more masculine feel, which you can up even further by choosing a slightly darker color. I chose this Crystal Blue pattern from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment because the pattern has a slightly Art Deco feel that pairs well with the vintage stamp designs. The simple metal embellishments and black matting enhance the vintage and masculine look.

This more feminine version retains the black matting on the stamped image, with a much narrower border on the pattern paper made by drawing an alcohol marker along the edge of the paper. I used accessories from the Black Mini-Medley Accents, a Purple Glitter Gem, and some paper flowers from my stash.

If you'd like to check out any of the products I used, I have a picture list below. When you're ready to hop along, let's go see what Dana Kessler has in store for us this month.  I'm sure you'll have tons of ideas for this stamp set by the time we're  done!

Links open in a new window:

Black, White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Thistle, & Colonial White Cardstock
Stamp pads in Black, Crystal Blue, & Thistle
Sponge Daubers
Triangles Durable Studs
Mini-Medley Accents Black
Purple Glitter Gems
Shin Han Touch Twin Black Marker
How-To Books

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get Well Card With Mojo

I had a last minute request for a get well card, so I used this week's sketch from Mojo Monday to whip up a quick but pretty one.

I used the current Brushed paper pack from Close To My Heart for this card. Inspired by the design in the floral paper, I used a black Copic marker to line the edges of my papers, and created a black mat for my stamped image.

Since I was under the gun just a little, I didn't make test swatches to choose my  Copic marker colors like I normally would.  My image is a little brighter than I would have liked, but that kitty is super cute either way.  These particular stamps are discontinued, but I see that CTMH has some new ones, so check out those if you're a critter lover.

Products used in this card:

Copic Markers
Brushed Paper Pack
Cozy Cat stamp set (discontinued)
Dimensional Rose Ribbon  

Traditional + Pocket = Success!

Are you a die-hard traditional scrapbooker? Or do you stick tight to fast and easy pocket pages? Try combining both styles for a fun and stylish way to record your memories!

I'm a traditional girl first, so I started with this two-page layout based on a sketch:

The simple shapes and Cricut title makes this layout easy to replicate. I rounded all the corners to mimic the look of pocket page scrapbooking so I could combine the two styles and they look like they were meant to be together (because they were!).

I had several more pictures to include, so a pocket page slipped in the middle of a traditional layout is a great way to fit them all in. Here's one side:

See? Still looks like a great layout, and the pages flow together wonderfully! Now, check out the other side:

Simply using the same products and creating a similar style makes everything work. I think almost any layout design would work, you just need to carry similar elements across both page styles.  The rounded corners, similar photo sizes, and repeated elements tie it all together.

Interested in any of the products I used? Here's a list:

Hopscotch Paper Pack (avail. thru 3/31)

Hopscotch Complements (avail. thru 3/31)
Hopscotch Assortment (avail. thru 3/31)
Memory Protectors
Cricut Collections (Artiste & Artbooking used)
Flamingo Dots
Corner Rounder

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I Can't Use That For Boys! Can I?

One thing I hear frequently is how hard it is to find good products for "boy" scrapbook pages. Having a boy myself, I understand the difficulty, but I'm here to tell you that you can use all kinds of things that might seem "girly" on your boy pages.

Now I don't think this looks girly at all, but you might be surprised at the products I used to make it.

This Hopscotch paper pack may seem a bit girly, with it's pastel colors, flowery looking circles, and even a sewing pattern design on one of the papers. To make things "worse", I added this stamp set:

You might be saying, "Really? Flowers?! Can you get any more girly?" The answer, my friends, is to ignore the fact that this is a "flower" stamp set. A Happy Hello, the current stamp of the month, definitely has a flower vibe, but when you look at the pieces separately there are all kinds of possibilities. (Go take a look at your other "flower" stamps - you might find more!)

So, here's what I did:

First of all, I stuck to the paper patterns with a geometric look to them. Then I focused on the more boyish or neutral colors. Using the Ponderosa Pine cardstock for the page bases really grounds things, and the blue and orange are the main colors in my son's shirt here. I just laid my pictures on the different colors to decide which color would look best as the photo mats. I also think the orange really draws your eyes to the photos, which is just what we want!

For the stamps, I used the designs that were more geometric looking. I reinforced the look by using darker colors for the images that might be read as flowers. It also helped to only use half of the largest scalloped image so it seems even less like a flower.

Here, I used two of the stamps to create a "sun" to go with my title.  This also visually reinforces that these are not flowers. (The title is cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.)

Here's a closeup of my not-flowers on the other page. Design placement is another key to making the eye see what you want. Notice that on both pages, I treated these as geometric designs and completely avoided any grouping that might make them feel like flowers. I also avoided using any additional embellishments.

Now, in case you think this layout design looks a little familiar, you're right! The newest challenge over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is to use you favorite CTMH product. Mine is definitely our sketches in our How-To Programs, and this sketch from Make It From Your Heart volume 2 is my absolute favorite of them all! I have used this exact sketch at least 4 times, and it always looks different.

I hope today's tips were helpful to you! I'd love to know what you think, so be sure to leave me a little comment before you go.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Hello - February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from the fabulous Michelle Jones' blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place! In case you get lost along the way, you can open this list of all of our particpants right here. This month, our stamp set is A Happy Hello, a set of 15 stamps sure to have you dreaming of Spring blossoms.

I decided to get another scrapbook layout under my belt for this year, and I love how it turned out!

I stuck with Smoothie, Crystal Blue, and Sweet Leaf as my color combo, adding White Daisy for my neutral.  I used Smoothie and Sweet Leaf patterns from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy paper pack. (I used the tone-on-tone side of the Smoothie, so it may be a bit hard to see here.) I used a sketch pattern from the Magic how-to book to design my layout. I also used regular cardstock in Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy.  I stamped everything with stamp pads in Smoothie, Crystal Blue, and Sweet Leaf.

The photo mat called for in the sketch was 7x7, but I don't generally care for using odd photo sizes like 6x6. Instead I used the leftover area to create a little floral accent with several of the stamps in the set. I used 3-D Foam Tape to pop the flowers up off of the stems.

The flower designs were a perfect fit for the circle elements called for in the pattern.  I hand cut the Smoothie and Sweet Leaf flowers, and used a circle punch for the Crystal Blue ones. I used Flamingo Dots for the flower centers on the blue ones. (The middle shade is a close enough match to Smoothie for this use and adds a little punch of interest to the flowers.) I used more 3-D Foam Tape to pop up alternating flowers all the way around.  The Cricut title is cut at 7" using the Artbooking cartridge.

I'd love to hear what you think of my layout before you go! If you'd like to shop, all of the links above open in a new window so you can stay here to continue the hop. When you're ready, let's go visit the talented Lucy Kelleher and see what she has for us this time.


Today is your last chance to be "Smitten" with the National Papercrafting Month special from Close To My Heart. As promised, here is my second two-page layout made from this $5 kit (and I still have plenty of leftovers for a card or two).

Pictures are Copyright Apartment C Photography, Springfield, IL

I simply pulled out two more sheets of White Daisy cardstock to use as bases for the rest of the papers left in my kit.  I chose this sketch from Scrapbook Generation because it works so well with the CTMH sketch I used for the earlier layout.  I chose not to include a journaling area on this layout because I have a large area on the earlier layout.  I also still have plenty of candid shots that I took myself, so if I need to write more I can include it on those layouts too. I inked the edges on everything in this layout as well, using coordinating ink colors.

The Cricut cuts for my title area are all from the Artbooking cartridge. I resized them to fit my space and design.  The hearts were cut at 6" to work well with my focal 4x6 photo. I added foil heart stickers to accent. "Smitten" was cut from a scrap of Desert Sand cardstock, not included in the kit.

The banners are all cut by hand. I again used some discontinued gold polka dot washi tape, and I added a gold banner from the foil stickers included in the kit. I just trimmed it to the right length.  I also added some paper flowers from my stash, and used some of the gold foil circles for their centers. I used a foil heart to cover the seam in the striped paper, since it was only 6" wide.

The bottom border is made up of easy to trim rectangles.  I added pen stitching with a gold Signo Uniball pen to tie in with the foil stickers used in the flower centers.  I added more hearts as an accent, and to cover up the seam in the striped paper.

Remember today is the last day to purchase this beautiful kit! All of the details are in my previous post, and you can also see them on my website here.

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