Little Things, Big Days

Layouts Lately

I've been subscribing to Ali Edwards' Story Kits and Story Stamps since December and I realized that it's been a while since I shared any of the layouts I've made with them.  So let's catch up on some of my favorites over the past few months.

This first layout is about the Christmas ornaments I've made for my daughters. Last Christmas, I took a photo of all the ornaments before I put them away and Ali's "craft" kits reminded me that I still hadn't told that story.

A couple of the stamps I used were actually from the "heart" stamp set but they worked quite nicely with my story. I kept the page very simple to emphasize the ornaments and my journaling.

I think the "heart" story kit and story stamps were my favorite so far - the theme of love and the heart symbol are universal and can be used for so many stories and memories.  These next two pages were among the several I made from that set.

The CT and RI state stamps actually come from Close to My Heart. These two stamps have special meaning for me and the large acrylic "heart" from Ali's kit was the perfect piece to connect them. 

The second "heart" page records a sweet memory of a very special Mother's Day gift.

I've had that yarn and bead necklace in my jewelry box for over 18 years - I can't believe it's taken me that long to get it in my scrapbook!

The final page I'm sharing today holds a photo from long ago, combined with journaling from my perspective today. I used the "read" story kit and stamp (another theme that I love).

I like using the large acrylic words as my title (one less decision to make)And one of the "heart" story stamps makes an appearance on this page too - I told you they were my favorite!

I really enjoy my kit subscription - their contents spark stories that I don't think I would have come up with on my own, yet are still ones that are important to me.   

Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be back soon with a few more Ali-inspired pages!

CKC October Layouts

The third and final challenge for October is up on the CKC blog today and, in keeping with the Halloween season in my part of the world, we're asked to dress up our page with something special that takes it from plain to fancy.

Spoiler Alert: I should add at this point that I thought about titling this post "How I Learned That Heidi Swapp Color Shine Comes Off of Hardwood Floors, Furniture and Clothing". Before I get to that part of the story though, here is my challenge layout:

I've had that quote on a Pinterest board for a while and thought it would be perfect to use with my kit. I took a photo of a book I'm reading, along with a favorite mug, a candle I happened to be burning and a small vase with the last of the zinnias from my summer garden.

I knew that I wanted to stamp the quote as my title and I was concerned about stamping it directly onto the page - I was sure that I would either get the spacing wrong or would splotch some ink in a place it shouldn't be. I decided to stamp on a piece of patterned paper similar to my background paper and then cut each word separately and then attach it to the page.

My plan was a success and I was happy with the look of the title. I then slipped lots of ephemera pieces around my photo and in a little cluster at the top center of the layout.

At this point I thought I was home free and was feeling rather pleased with myself over the stamping success. Then I remembered that I'd intended to complete the challenge and, in my opinion, the stamping really didn't constitute something all that fancy. I first thought I'd stitch a border around the page but then realized that some of the ephemera pieces were very close to the edge of the layout and I didn't want to stitch through them.  So then I made the fateful decision to "just sprinkle a little bit of Heidi Swapp gold color shine" in opposite corners of the page. Famous. Last. Words.

I sprinkled a bit of the gold on the bottom and then when I went to repeat the sprinkles on the top, I knocked the bottle over. I watched in horror as the gold soaked into a big splotchy mess at the top of my layout. I honestly wasn't sure what to do first - save the layout or save the table (which was fortunately covered with an old tablecloth). In the process of cleaning up the damage, I ended up getting color shine on my hands, clothes, chair and floor. Fortunately, it easily wiped off everything. Everything but my page, that is. After I soaked up what I could from the top, I was faced with trying to recreate the accident at the bottom of the page. I used a paintbrush to add the gold but ironically I don't think it looks as good as the accidental damage at the top. Both edges are a little warped but at least I was able to salvage the page.

I think it will be a long time before I use any more mist!

I have another page to share today too. I started this one by just layering bits and pieces of paper beneath my photo and then built the rest of the page around that:

I used an Elle's Studio stamp to start each sentence of my journaling and added a few especially appropriate die-cut phrases from the Gossamer Blue package of ephemera I included in my kit.  I stamped a few stars and added one die-cut feather to complete the page.

I hope that you'll try the last challenge for yourself. Don't forget to link your project on our blog here. Oh, and be careful with that color shine! 

CKC October Layouts

The second challenge for October is up on the CKC blog today and since I'm responsible for the inspiration and challenges this month, I thought I would play along.

Challenge #2 is all about color balance on the page and a helpful guide to achieving that balance is the gallon-quart-pint method: use a lot of one color, a lesser amount of another and just a small amount of a third color. Here is the page I made for this challenge:

I used blue (gallon), yellow (quart) and orange (pint) to get a balance of color on this page about a special family dessert.

I have another layout to share today too. I challenged myself to make a page background and I was inspired by all the triangle-blocked papers I've been seeing lately. 

I used a page torn from an old Making Memories spiral notepad to hold my journaling and layered several Pink Paislee rub-ons to fill in the empty space after I finished writing.  The Crate Paper chipboard "memories" anchors it to the page.

The chipboard piece is a little worn but I think it works well with the theme of the page. 

Our third challenge will be posted on the CKC blog on the 16th, and I'll have another page or two to share here then. Thanks for stopping by! 

Felicity Jane "Felicity" Layouts

How can it be the first week in October already??? I guess things have been pretty busy around here and my favorite month is already passing too quickly. I've been spending plenty of time scrapbooking but I'm a bit behind in sharing. Today I have a few layouts from the September Felicity Jane kit, "Felicity".

There were some beautiful florals in this month's kit. Actually, there are always beautiful florals in the kit so let's just say that this month's floral was especially beautiful. I fussy-cut the large floral piece and circles with hearts from the cut-apart sheet and the smaller flowers from the subscriber printables and combined them into one lush embellishment that I placed right in the center at the top of my page.  I used the pale pink and white diagonal striped paper as my background:

I added a favorite photo along with the "Happy" acetate word, a few tabs, and other small bits from the cut-apart sheet. The bottom of the page is anchored with a phrase strip and a branding strip from one of the patterned papers. Here's a closer look at that gorgeous floral:

My second page also features flowers and pink - it might be autumn around here but apparently I'm still in summer mode as far as scrapbooking is concerned. I couldn't resist using the cute white pom pom trim from the kit as a little shelf on which to rest my photo and hand-stamped title card:

I filled in the spaces on the trim with some of the pennant pieces from the cut-apart sheet and printables, and then accented a few with the acrylic stars that were included in the kit. As a final touch, I stamped a few star clusters around the page using a pale pink ink.

I also made one more page (so far) with the kit, but it's been very gray and dreary around here lately and I haven't been able to get a decent photograph of it yet so I'll try and share it when the sun comes back out again.

Hope things are sunny where you are - thanks for stopping in today!

CKC October Challenge #1

It's time for the first challenge of the month and, in the spirit of pumpkin-carving, I'll be fussy-cutting on my page. It's the "Snip! Snip!" challenge: use your scissors to trim one or more designs or images from patterned paper and then use the cut image(s) on a project.

So, when I was assembling my kit, I found this piece of Bella Blvd. paper:

I really wasn't sure that I wanted to include it in my kit and was on the verge of putting it back when I remembered this challenge. Since my other paper choices weren't good candidates for fussy-cutting, I decided that I should add this one to my kit after all.

When it came time to work on my page, I just started cutting without any real plan for those leaves. After I'd cut a number of them, I selected a light blue tone-on-tone background paper from my kit and started moving the leaves around on it until I ended up with a circle. Here's the completed layout:

After I'd adhered the leaves in place, I realized that my wreath was slightly off-center so I wrote my journaling on the left side to balance the page. The acrylic "autumn", paired with a gold glitter-edged chipboard piece, made a nice title. I tucked a few vellum phrases in among the leaves and then added two gold chipboard hearts so I'd have a few more gold touches on the page.

So now it's time for you to sharpen your scissors and take up this challenge! Don't forget to add your project to our link here so that we can all take a look. Happy scrapping!

Counterfeit Kit October Reveal and Blog Hop

Happy October! It's time for new inspiration on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog and, while I'm usually excited for reveal day, this month is a little extra special because I chose our inspiration for the month. I hope you feel inspired by my choice! It's the "Indigo Hills" collection from Pinkfresh Studio. As soon as I saw this release, I was really drawn to the different look of the collection - it's got a beautiful color combination and some unusual designs with a few traditional looks mixed in. Here's a little peek:

You can see the complete collection on the Pinkfresh Studio blog here.

I took a good look at the collection and then wrote my shopping list:

My kit isn't quite as airy as Indigo Hills but I think I managed to include most of the colors in my paper choices.  Here is my October CKC kit, "Loveliest Smile":

(I named my kit after a favorite autumn quote: "Autumn...the year's last loveliest smile." - William Cullen Bryant)

Let's take a look at my paper choices first:

From left to right: Echo Park For the Record Collection/the "b" side of Journaling Cards, Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg Collection/Acorn, American Crafts Autumn Crisp Collection/Elm, Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride Collection/Pit Stop, Authentique (this was from a paper pad and I don't have info on the name), Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Collection/Rosemary, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road by One Little Bird/The 3rd Ward, My Mind's Eye So Sophie Collection/Possibilities, Bella Blvd. Family Tree Collection/Leaves of Ancestry, and SEI Madera Island Collection/Ramos.  The American Crafts paper was my first choice and I built the rest of my papers around it. I was a bit undecided about the bolder Bella Blvd. paper but chose to include it anyway since I really needed a larger print paper to match some of the papers from Indigo Hills.

I then added a sheet of Thickers from Maggie Holmes' Gather Collection, along with some very old labels from Autumn Leaves (remember them?), a set of rub-ons from an older Pink Paislee collection, and a stamp set from Elles Studio:

I finished with a selection of smaller embellishments, including the ephemera pack from Crate Paper's Open Book Collection, the Gramercy Road ephemera pack and some odds and ends from Freckled Fawn:

The white acrylic script "autumn" is a very recent purchase from Elles Studio.

So that's my take on the inspiration this month. Now it's time for the next stop on the blog hop. Please head over to Susanne's blog and see what she has put together for the month. Here is the complete list of all the stops in case you lost your place along the way:

I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to our Guest Designer this month, Kelly Barron. I've admired her layouts and lovely style for quite some time and was thrilled that she agreed to join us this month!

I hope you'll put a kit together and join us this month. Please post a link to your kit and your projects on the CKC blog here -  we'd love to see it!   

CKC September Layouts

Earlier this month I posted the items I forged for this month's kit. I made my own version of the branding strips and the vellum scallop pieces included in the Felicity Jane kit that served as our inspiration this month. Today I'd like to share how I used those items on two scrapbook pages.

First up - the branding strips. I like using paper strips as a page design, though I generally place them vertically on the page. For this layout, I used them horizontally:

I alternated my homemade branding strips with some strips of patterned paper. I stamped the title on a tag and placed it at the top, and then made a little pennant for my journaling to include at the bottom. I used circular embellishments to balance all the lines on the page.  

This was very quick and easy to put together and I think I'll be stamping on paper strips again.

Now for the scallop shapes. I used them in another of my "go-to" techniques: the center design.  This layout is also a mix of circles and lines:

I used my sewing machine to stitch the tissue paper scallops and vellum border piece (under the photo) in place on the page. I filled in the extra spaces with washi strips, a wood button, a flair and an epoxy circle. I stitched a border around the photo with gold metallic thread and added a die-cut banner and chipboard heart.

I really like the light and airy look of this page - I didn't want to cover up too much of the pretty constellation background paper. I'm also happy that I managed to use my forgeries too. They didn't really take that long to make but it's nice to have those homemade items on some layouts.

And that brings me to the end of my CKC kit for September.  October will soon be here and I'm excited because it was my turn to choose our inspiration for the month. So stay tuned for the big reveal on the first!

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