Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Always & Forever

I finally broke out my Year Noted kit this week - it's the National Papercrafting Month special from Close To My Heart - and I had a lot of fun for only $5! Rather than order the mini album, I chose to use my kit for traditional scrapbooking.

Portraits copyright Apartment C Photography, Springfield, IL - see end of post for details

I still have plenty of paper left for a second two-page layout, but I'm a bit under the weather so I haven't gotten to it yet.  For this layout I also used This Moment, the January Stamp of the Month, some scraps of White Daisy and Desert Sand cardstock, and some discontinued gold polka dot washi tape. I based the layout on a pattern from the Magic how-to book, changing things up a little bit.


For this large plaque, I cut this shape from the Art Phiolosophy Cricut cartridge at 4" and the title from Artbooking at 15". I stamped one of the little "gumdrop" banner shapes from the Year Noted stamp set at each end. I sponged the edges with Desert Sand ink.


Here's a closeup of one of my banner sections.  In the original pattern, they called for stacked rectangles here. I turned them into banners for a fun updated look, and popped up my washi tape-covered cardstock with some 3-D Foam Tape. I added a stamped banner using the This Moment stamp of the month set and Smoothie ink. I sponged the edges of the banners with coordinating inks.


These are all stamped using the This Moment set, and I added a gold foil heart from the Year Noted kit. I used stamp pads in Smoothie, Glacier, and Desert Sand.


For the journaling area, I used stamps from the Year Noted kit to add a bordered edge and date stamp. More ink sponged edges on all of my papers.


Finally, I added a string of gold foil hearts that were in the Year Noted kit. I could not be happier with how this layout turned out, and I'm really looking forward to making the second one!

There are only a few days left to get this kit, so if you haven't ordered yours yet (or if you need another one!), be sure to do it before the end of the month.  Here are all the details:

During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 USD / $27 CAD) for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 USD / $37 CAD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! But the fun doesn’t end there—included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!

Photography details: Portraits used my layout were taken by Apartment C Photography in Springfield, IL. You can find their website here, and their Facebook page here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Use Up the Old and Add In the New!

The first challenge of the year over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is Old is New. We can play along any time during the month, so I'm finally jumping in with the layout I created for the challenge.


I had "snow" much fun mixing up old things with new things for this layout!  The two snowflake and word patterned papers are some old designs from Scenic Route, and I matched them up with old Spring Iris cardstock and a new Paper Fundamentals pattern from the Adventure Assortment plus some new Glacier cardstock.  I also tossed on some older glitter brads and American Crafts glitter ribbon. I used a sketch from one of the Make It From Your Heart volumes.


I made this great Cricut cut title with the Winter Frolic cartridge, and I added several snowflakes using my old favorite Snowflakes stamp set and coordinating Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. Ink colors are Glacier, Lagoon, and Pacifica.

I had a great time with this challenge, and loved using up a bunch of older products I had. I love how adding just one or two newer items updates the look of older stuff. I think this is one challenge I'm going to try to continue with throughout the year!

Have a little time, and some old stuff taking up room in your stash? Head over to H2H and play along too.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Family Celebrations - Magnetic Event Calendar

I searched for months for an easy and attractive way to keep track of special events. My family is rather large, and my mom sends cards for everyone's birthdays and anniversaries. I saw several examples on Pinterest, Facebook, and around the web, but none of them was quite right. I wanted something where I could easily add (or subtract) when babies and weddings (or divorces) come along, and I finally decided that magnets were the way to go.

After much thought, and trial & error, I ended up with this:


This was pretty easily put together using a Magnetic Chalkboard from Close To My Heart and some white vinyl cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  The magnets are assembled from Base & Bling Circle Glass Covers from Close To My Heart, Magnetic Sheets from Silhouette, and images printed and cut with the Silhouette Cameo.


The dividing lines for the calendar were created as part of the cut file, but to save vinyl, and probably be easier to place on the chalkboard, you could use graphic tape. Graphic tape is easily found in the art supply section of most craft stores and even office supply stores.


Here are some examples of the birthday magnets. The domed shape of the glass cover distorts the type just a bit, so I was sure to choose a simple font that would still be readable.  The glass covers are easily attached using Base & Bling Adhesive Dots, or Liquid Glass adhesive.  I chose the Adhesive Dots because I had so many magnets to make, and it is faster and less messy. The Liquid Glass adhesive is more time  intensive, and needs a little cleanup, but produces a slightly clearer result.






Here are a couple of examples of the anniversary magnets.  I put all of the magnets for each month in date order down the line, making it easy to have cards ready to go out in the right order. And I can easily rearrange them when the next new addition comes along this Summer!

Want to make one of your own?  Order your Magnetic Chalkboard from me, and I will provide you the cutting/printing files for free (for personal use only) for use with the Silhouette.  If you're interested in a commercial license, or a cutting file for the Cricut, please contact me.




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This Moment - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the January stamp of the month blog hop! If you've arrived here from the talented Vicki Price's blog, or if you're just starting out, you are in the right place. Just hop along until you come back to where you started. There is a complete list of hoppers right here that you can open in a new window in case you get lost along the way.

This month's stamp set is In This Moment, a set of 12 stamps that I will be using over and over again!  The overall theme of the stamp set is love, and I plan to use them for layouts, cards, little gifts, and more.  The trendy arrows and general phrases are useful for tons of other things too.

For today, I chose to scrapbook a two-page layout:


I combined the stamp set with the Heartstrings line from our Seasonal Expressions catalog to highlight these sweet pictures of my girls playing in our backyard when they were little. I also added an extra sheet of Hollyhock cardstock for the second page base.


Combining the stamped element with some sticker elements from the Heartstrings Complements pack makes a nice addition to the title area.


I used the target image on multiple size circles that I cut with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. A 2.25" circle holds the entire image, as shown, while a 1.75" and 1.25" circles will frame a partial image.  I used a badge button from the Heartstrings Assortment in the center of the full sized circle, and a light pink heart from the Stuck on You Puffies in the smaller target.


I balanced the layout using another target image on the other side. In addition, I added the "XOXO" sentiment to the corner, and used several stamped arrows in my journaling area.

If you are ready to shop, the links below open in a new window. When you are ready to hop along, we'll head to Judy Burger's blog and see what inspiration she has for us this month.

Stamp of the Month
Heartstrings Paper Packet
Heartstrings Complements
Heartstrings Assortment
Hollyhock Cardstock
Stamp Pads in Lagoon, Hollyhock, and Cranberry
Stuck On You Puffies
3-D Foam Tape
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
MyAcrylix Blocks
Artbooking Cricut Collection
Surecut Deluxe Paper Trimmer

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Masked Scrapbooker Saves the Day!

I'm not talking about a superhero, but rather a super ink technique! Masking tape backgrounds have become super popular in the cardmaking world, but why not use the technique in our scrapbooks too?


I used 2" wide painters tape and simply inked it up on a stamp pad, then lightly adhered it to my white cardstock. After peeling it off, the ink is transferred. Use a new strip of tape for each color, and you have a neat striped design. You could use different widths of masking tape, and cover more or less of your background. 


I love the graffiti style this gives to the background! Adding the doodle-y pattern paper and the casual title font is the perfect touch. I even allowed myself to get sloppy in my stamping, letting the black ink stay on the edges of my stamping blocks and transfer to the paper in places. The only thing I would change after looking at it some more is adding black ink to the edges of that pattern paper. Good thing there's Un-Do!

Want to see some more ink technique ideas?  I have the answers on my Ask CS Answers page! All of the products used here are from Close To My Heart, although some items are no longer available.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fall is Fun - Scrapbook Generation December Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for December. If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.


I chose a single page sketch this time. I love its clean and simple lines, allowing me to embellish to my heart's desire! I used the Pathfinding paper pack from Close To My Heart, along with the coordinating chipboard embellishments and decorative button assortment. The title and leaves are all Cricut cuts, from the Art Philosophy and Artbooking cartridges.  I inked the edges of all of my papers with coordinating inks, and I added some adhesive gold sequins for a sparkly addition to the Fall theme. Some of the elements are popped up using foam tape for added dimension.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out. Next on the hop is (enter the next blog in the list here, last person link back to SG), leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store.

The winner will be drawn on Monday, December 8th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog - http://scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
Ruth - http://scrapmachine.com/
Steffanie - http://steffanies.blogspot.com/
Devra -  http://mycreativeview.blogspot.com/
TinaGale - http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com
Lori - YOU ARE HERE
Lori S - http://loriannie670.blogspot.com
Cicily - http://www.pinkdalmatianscrapper.com
Pamela - http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com/blog
Katy - http://scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Laura - http://happinessequalscreation.blogspot.com/
Lyne - http://lynnseverydayideas.blogspot.com/
Penny - http://pennyscraps.blogspot.com
Laureen - http://mybusyscrapbookinghands.blogspot.ca/
Casandra - http://casandra-scrappinbliss.blogspot.com/
Sharlene - http://inspirationstationbysbe.blogspot.ca/
Corrina - http://anotherthingoffthelist.blogspot.ca/

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cutie Pie - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you came here from the fabulous Pamela Ellison's blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. If you get lost anywhere along the way, I have a complete list of participants posted right here.

This month's stamp set is Cutie Pie, a set of 11 stamps that I have completely fallen in love with! These images and sentiments would make great cards for all ages, would look sweet on some boxes from Artiste, and of course make awesome scrapbook pages. I chose to use them this month to make a single page layout.


I'm behind enough on "regular" pictures, so I certainly haven't done anything with the school portraits that have been layered behind each other in frames all these years. But this sweet little kindergartener is going to graduate 8th grade this year, so it's high time to get some of them back out of hiding again. (I'm also convinced the sweet faces will help me survive the teenage years.)


I created that snazzy patterned paper by stamping all four cupcakes repeatedly with Pixie ink on Pixie cardstock. I filled in any larger spaces left with the little heart stamp. I used the heart stamp again on a scrap and cut out a few hearts to scatter on the layout with some adhesive gold sequins. The banner sentiments are also from the stamp set, and I used Pixie and Flaxen inks to stamp them. Simple banner shapes are an easy way to add a little interest to the otherwise fairly simple design of this layout from Reflections, our original How-To pattern book.

I had planned to use our Bronze Shimmer Trim next, but I had used it so often, that I didn't have enough left. So what you see here is the wider (5/8") American Crafts glitter tape instead. Same color. I used the Flaxen paper from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment next - the glossy pattern side in the smaller strip, then the color/white pattern for the rest of the page background. Of course, as usual, I inked the edges of all of my papers.


Finally, to add a little balance, I added another heart and a few more gold sequins to the opposite corner of the layout.

I hope you like my take on this month's stamp set; I'd love to hear what you think. If you'd like to shop before we hop along, the links below will open in a new window so you don't lose your place. Now, I can't wait to head off to our next hop stop and see what the talented Dana Kessler has made for us this month. 

Cutie Pie - December SOTM
Paper Fundamentals - Whimsy
Cardstock - Pixie and White Daisy
Ink Pads - Flaxen and Pixie
Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Sequins - Gold Assortment
Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Sponge Daubers
Reflections How-To Program

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