March 18, 2018

CKC March Challenge #2

The second challenge this month is to use this sketch as inspiration for a project:

Although the sketch is for a 12X12 page, I adapted it and made this 8-1/2X11 layout:

I also modifed the sketch by replacing the patterned paper triangles with white star embellishments.  

If you're looking to get a page made quickly, a sketch is a great place to start.  Head over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how some of the rest of the team interpreted the sketch.  Thanks for stopping by today!

March 10, 2018

Elle's Studio March Reveal

It's reveal day at Elle's Studio and March is an extra-special month! Before I explain why, here's a look at the March kit:

and the add-ons (look at that rainbow acrylic!! and the puffy star stickers!! and the vellum bunnies!!):

and the Happy Day Printables and March digital cut files:

There's definitely a lot to love in this March release! As for it being an extra-special month - well, it's Elle's Studio's 11th birthday! And what's a birthday without presents, right?  Every order will include a scratch ticket with a chance to win 10%, 20% or 30% off an order or a special birthday box full of Elle's Studio goodies! If you're a subscriber, you'll receive an Elle's Studio pen with your March kit. March is definitely going to be a month of celebration!

I have two projects using the March releases.  The first one is a spread in a traveler's notebook:

I stamped a line of hearts from the Happy Moments Stamp on the March labels, arranged them in rainbow order, and stitched them to make a vertical border on the left page of my spread. 

I punched a large circle from two of the 3x4 cards in the March kit, wrote my journaling on one and adhered it to the left page, and adhered the other to serve as my title on the right page.

For the finishing touches, I stamped "happy" from the Happy Moments Stamp several times on the left page and added another phrase from that set on the bottom of the right page. I slipped a black label from the March Kit underneath my photo, and then added three of the Big Moment Phrase Stickers on my photo.

My second project this month is an 8-1/2" x 11" layout:

I have an obsession with puffy stickers and I used plenty of the Puffy Star Stickers to stitch a little banner across the top of my page.  I added my title with the lovely Cerulean Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers, placing them in a playfully uneven line to match the flow of the banner. I completed the top of the page by placing a die cut star from the March kit just above the letters.

After I adhered my photos, I placed a 3x4 pocket card from the March Kit under my photos. A stamped phrase from the Happy Moments Stamp serves as an introduction to my journaling.

I finished the page by tucking a black die cut label from the March Kit beneath the journaling card and then placing a blue March Label on top.  The sentiment I stamped on the label is from the Happy Moments Stamp.  I matted the entire page on a rainbow-striped paper from the Family Fun 12x12 paper collection.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll head over to the shop and join in on the fun!

March 4, 2018

March CKC Kit / Forgeries on the Fourth

Since I selected and put together our March inspiration kit, I only thought it fair that I should try my hand at some forgeries this month as well.  To refresh your memory, here is the kit:

I chose to make my own versions of the wood grain patterned paper with the hearts, the metal-rimmed square tags, and the puffy sticker asterisks.  Let's start with my attempt at the paper first.

I thought the easiest way to duplicate the paper would be to stamp hearts in white ink on a wood grain paper.  I pulled out my supplies: three white inks (I wasn't sure which would be best), a 6x6 sheet of wood grain paper, a heart stamp and stamping block, and a white Jane Davenport paint over pen.

I tried all three inks and the pen and the hearts practically disappeared into the paper.  I pulled a darker wood grain and tried again.  The hearts were a little darker but there still wasn't enough of a contrast for them to be easily seen.  After digging around for a while to find another option, I found a white uni-ball signo broad pen and gave that a try - it worked! I drew the hearts by hand but you could use a heart stencil if you wanted more uniform hearts.  Here is the final result:

Now on to the tags...I started with a piece of a bright watercolor paper from Elle's Studio, a silver metallic Sharpie, some white crochet thread, a square stamp block, and my Crop-A-Dile:

I trimmed two 2x2" squares from the paper, then placed the stamp block (which was just slightly smaller than 2x2") on top of one of the squares, and then traced around it with the Sharpie.  To finish them off, I punched a hole and then added the thread.  Here is how the tags look:

I gathered a small star punch, the leftover paper from the above tags, and a bottle of Glossy Accents from Ranger to help me recreate the asterisk puffy stickers:

I punched a few hearts and then applied a light coat of glossy accents over the top of each one and let them dry:

They have a kind of dimensional look that is more like an enamel shape than a puffy sticker but I'm happy with the end result. 

I hope this sparks some ideas for you about how you might be able to create your own version of a scrapbooking product.  Stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for more ideas and don't forget to share what you make with us!

March 1, 2018

March CKC Kit

I'm not part of the "official" CKC reveal and blog hop today but I thought I would post because it was my turn this month to select the inspiration kit and I chose something a little different.

We usually focus on an existing kit club or current collection to inspire homemade kits but I chose to base a kit on the "stash-busting challenge" concept from Jill Sprott.  You can read Jill's post about her 2017 challenge on her blog here.  I thought it was a fun idea and so I assembled a kit from my scraps using Jill's formula, and my kit is serving as the CKC inspiration for March.  Here is my kit:

I thought I'd walk you through the Jill's formula and my selections.

1. Eight pieces of patterned paper scraps + four specialty/other paper scraps + 2 completely unused sheets of patterned paper

I don't know the manufacturer or collection for most of the papers since I pulled them right from my scrap box and the branding strips were already removed.  The two unused sheets of patterned paper are Felicity Jane (floral) and Heidi Swapp (striped).

2.  No more than one yard of ribbon or trim (gray and white twine)
3.  Sticker sheet with at least one missing sticker (puffy heart stickers from a Shimelle collection)
4.  Pre-2015 alpha set (Bella Blvd., 2010)
5.  One opened package of product (Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Collection die-cuts)

6.  One unopened package of product (Pink Paislee Fancy Free Collection puffy stickers)
7.  One roll of washi tape (source unknown)
8.  One item or package from a company that no longer makes scrappy products (sticker sheet from Basic Grey)
9.  Up to 10 journaling or Project Life cards/tags (assorted PL cards, white tag, and three very old watercolor rimmed tags)

10.  Two wild card items/anything you've been wanting to use (large wood veneer piece and puffy asterisk stickers; both included in old Studio Calico kits)
11.  A nearby item/something within arm's reach (white stars from Studio Calico)

And so there it is.  Please make sure to take a look at the CKC blog and hop along to see how the team and our guest designer interpreted my kit.  I hope you'll be inspired to play along with us this month.  If you do, don't forget to share your kit and projects with us on our blog, in our Facebook community or on Instagram.

February 24, 2018

Project Life - Catching Up on Several Months at a Time

I'm talking today about my 2016 Project Life.  That's right - 2016.  As I was cleaning up supplies from my 2017 Project Life, I discovered a huge stack of photos from 2016.  I'd completely forgotten that I'd ordered prints for almost the whole year shortly after I made spreads for the first couple of months - apparently I assumed that I'd just roll right through the remaining months.  But of course, I got distracted by other projects, set those photos aside and promptly let them slip my mind.

If I didn't have all those photos ready and waiting, I don't think I would have bothered to finish the rest of the year.  I had already made spreads for January through April, along with a couple of random weeks and the month of December.  Since the rest of the year's photos were just sitting there though, I thought I'd try and get them into pockets so they wouldn't go to waste.

I started my quest to finish by coming up with a plan.  My first step was to organize the photos.  I don't number or date my spreads and I'm ok with mixing photos taken during different weeks, so I sorted them into groups that I thought would readily fit the pocket configurations.

My next step was to pull pocket page supplies from just one manufacturer to give my pages a nice cohesive look.  Everything would coordinate and I'd have a variety of supplies (pocket cards, embellishments, stamps, etc.,) so I wouldn't waste time looking elsewhere to find a matching item or a particular type of supply.  I chose Elle's Studio products because some of them were already out on my table, I'd recently sorted their pocket cards by color, and they have embellishments like labels, puffy stickers and stamps which are the items I reach for most often.

Then I decided that I'd just do it - no waffling over card choices, no reprinting of photos, no second-guessing.  I wanted to get it done and told myself that I could make it work with what I had in front of me.  And while I generally try to include a lot of journaling, I resolved not to get too carried away or wordy this time around.  As long as I had some general information about the photos, I would be satisfied.  It was more important to me to get it done and include the basics than be so focused on adding every little detail that I end up abandoning the project.

And you know what? It worked!  And I also discovered another technique that made the process easier and faster and it's something that I'm carrying forward to my 2018 Project Life.

As I worked on my pages, I realized that they were following the same pattern most of the time: 4x6 pocket card in the upper left pocket that would hold a lot of journaling about the rest of the spread, photos in the three remaining 4x6 pockets, one filler or journaling card in one of the 3x4 pockets and three photos in the remaining 3x4 pockets.  Not every spread followed this formula but many of them did which definitely helped me work at a faster pace.

I'm happy to report that I finished and it didn't really take as long as I feared it would.  My 2016 Project Life is happily sitting next to my 2017 Project Life on the shelf.  Now it's onward to 2018...