Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Scrapbook Circle's Tiki Torch Add On

**If you are looking for my My Mind's Eye giveaway please go HERE.**

I find myself buying Scrapbook Circle Add Ons every month! Not that you HAVE to have the add on. There is plenty of goodness in the main kit to do plenty of layouts, but the Add Ons are ALWAYS so tempting! And who doesnt want extra goodies?! This month I bought Tiki Torch. My favorite item in the Tiki Torch add on was the Crate Paper Open Road Chipboard Frames. I decided to base an entire layout around them

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I love how their lighter, neutral colors really compliment the rich brights from the paper in Island Paradise, the main kit. Of course you can use the Polaroid and slide frames to house pictures. But they are also really fun for layering with embellishments. I used them as a design element so I even cut one in half to have it running off the page.

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The American Crafts flair fit perfectly inside the small slide frames.

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They are great with stickers and the Chic Tags wood veneer sequins too.

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Last, but not least, one larger frame I backed with patterned paper and used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamp on it.

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Can you tell I had fun with these frames? Scrapbook Circle add ons always have fun surprises so be sure to check them out!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guest Designing for....MY MIND'S EYE and GIVEAWAY!!!

I've been sitting on this BIG, GIGANTIC, crazy awesome news for a little while. I had the opportunity to guest design for My Mind's Eye! I have loved My Mind's Eye for a LONG time. Do you remember Wild Asparagus? Many years ago when I ventured away from Big Box craft stores and found a LSS I also found and adored My Mind's Eye. :) So getting to guest design for them was over the top exciting! :) I was given Teal Necessities and Market Street Nob Hill collections and I had a blast! Let's start with Market Street. I am a huge fan of Jen Allyson's designs and Market Street is well just STUNNING. You can use it for cards...
For pocket page spreads...
And of course for layouts...
Yikes, can't believe he was ever so tiny! I also used Market Street and combined it with the Silhouette Cameo's newest technology PixScan to create this layout.
With PixScan I was able to take a photo of the starburst patterned paper and open it in Silhouette's Design Studio Software. Then I traced several of the starbursts. I added circular cuts on other starbursts. Then I cut them out and backed them with mini black and white photos.
I am SO NOT patient with fussy cutting, so the PixScan technology is pretty much made for me!
I also loved working with the Teal Necessities and made this card...
And this layout.
Can you tell how much fun I had? If you want more info about any of the projects check out my posts on My Mind's Eye Blog HERE and HERE.
And now it is time to spread the love! Comment here for a chance to win some My Mind's Eye goodies from me! Follow this blog and leave me another comment telling me that you did or already do for an additional chance to win! I will keep it open all week - Good LUCK! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Simple Stories - Frankie and Friends

Hi Simple Stories fans Rebecca here! I LOVE Halloween. My kids LOVE Halloween. They are both still on the young side, so cutesy is the mainstay for their costumes. And that's ok with me! I featured two pictures of them in their costumes and went with a SIMPLE color block design.
When I am creating a color block layout, I pretend like I am dealing with a jigsaw puzzle and start with one piece that I know from the beginning where it is going to be. For this layout it was this un-matted photo.
I am not really big into measuring and rulers so I just do quick checks on the basics. The photo was 5" tall so I cut a piece of patterned paper to that height. Then I eye ball how much room I want inbetween the two pieces and how wide I want it to be (remembering to have a border around the whole page).
That block ended up housing a smaller matted photo. From there it is pretty easy to have two long blocks one for the top and one for the bottom.
Once you have the basic structure of your blocks, then it gets fun! I stitched around each block in black thread to pull them all together visually. Another way my blocks are consistent is that they are all polka dot patterns. I cut out a tag and journaled on it with my typewriter.
 Finally I used some Simple Stories Bits and Pieces, Brads, Cardstock Stickers and Chipboard stickers.

So if you are a Halloween fanatic like my family, you will definitely want to get every bit of Simple Stories Frankie and Friends and start having fun!

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories Frankie and Friends Collection
Collection Kit 5500
Bits and Pieces 5529
Chipboard 5528
Brads 5527
The Great Pumpkin 5505
Spooktacular 5506
Happy Haunting 5507
Monster Mash 5508
Page Elements 5515

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scrapbook Circle Winners and MY Winner!

Thanks so much for all the kind comments on the Scrapbook Circle blog Hop! The winners from the Scrapbook Circle drawing were posted HERE. I also had a giveaway on my blog and my winner is:
I love your LO!! the colors and embellishments look awesome together!!

Congrats Phillis! I emailed you!

I was up on the Scrapbook Circle blog recently focusing on the Cardstock Add on this month. I love the jewel tones that go along with this month's kit Island Paradise. Here is my layout.
You can see all the rest of the details on the Scrapbook Circle blog! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop with Pagemaps!

Welcome to the Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop! Scrapbook Circle has a new creative team, as well as a fabulous August kit, and we'd like to introduce you to both. You could win one of five August kits by commenting as you hop from blog to blog, meeting faces new and old to Scrapbook Circle. If you just left the lovely so-and-so's blog, you are in the right place. If not, I hope you'll join us for the entire hop by starting at the Scrapbook Circle blog, here.

Not only are we introducing a new team and a new kit, we are also worked with Becky Fleck to create this month's issue of PageMaps. Here is the fabulous sketch I got to work with.
And here is the layout I created based on the sketch.
I stuck very closely to the sketch except I added an additional photo and some additional elements on the vertical strips of patterned papers. I loved making the pinwheel :)
Remember  to leave a comment on my blog and all the design team blogs to be eligible to win a kit. 
The hop ends Monday, August 4th at 9:00 p.m. Pacific so be sure to leave all your comments by then.
I also will be doing an individual giveaway on my blog (just some fun goodies I had extras of or thought you all would like). To enter my giveaway, you can follow my blog and leave me a comment saying you followed or were already a follower. 

Now it is time to hop on over to Jamie's amazing blog to see what she has in store for you! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Scrapbook Circle - Our Adventure - Cut it Up

Some patterned papers just beg to be cut up don't they? Like the Elle's Studio Shine Collection paper Say Cheese from the July Scrapbook Circle Main Kit Our Adventure. Tons of cute polaroid shapes just waiting to be used. Of course you could use the whole thing as is, but it is also really fun to fussy cut the frames and use several on a layout.

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Some polaroid shapes I layered with photos and some I layered with stickers and die cuts.


Then, layering them haphazardly across the page, adding some droplets of white mist and a playful mixed font title (I especially love the American Crafts Thickers from the July Add on Happy Day), as well as some doodling and handwritten journaling and you have a quick and easy fun layout!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Simple Stories Sea to Shining Sea

I take tons of photos on the Fourth of July, and with the summer being so busy, I like to quickly get them into a layout. Simple Stories has a SIMPLE answer - the latest Sea to Shining Sea mini collection includes everything you need to get your 4th of July or other summer layout done in a snap!
I used 2 strips of 4x11.5 paper and one 3.5x11.5 patterned paper and stitched around each rectangle and adhered those down as horizontal blocks to create my background. I combined 15 photos into three 4 x 4 collages to use on my center strip of paper. I trimmed down the Original Summer Memories card so you could see more of the patterned paper and machine sewing behind it. Plus, I added some letter stickers for a title to it.
I trimmed down the journaling card so that it match in height to the Red White and Cute card and typed my journaling, adding a border sticker to take up some empty space.
 The large star was fussy cut from another card and then popped up with 3 dimensional adhesive.
Lastly, I love including tiny Simple Stories stickers right on my photos as a banner or in the case of collages right in the middle where the points between photos intersect.
Sea to Shining Sea is such a fun collection and could be used for a number of summer themes, but I loved getting my Fourth of July memories down on a page so quickly!

Supplies Used:
6063 Collection Kit
6064 Fundamentals Stickers
6065 Expressions Stickers
6066-6069 Celebrate, Ahoy, Sail Away and Stars & Stripes Cardstock
6070-6071 Elements 1 and 2