Friday, March 20, 2015

Simple Stories I Am Collection Simply or Not So Simply

Hi everyone! Rebecca Keppel here! I am here today to showcase the many facets of the beautiful I Am Collection. In my house every family member has albums dedicated solely to them. Then there are family albums that feature photos and stories of multiple people. My kids have amassed MANY albums to themselves. Sadly, my husband and I each only have a couple of albums between us. But with the I am collection I am beginning to fill up my album! The I Am collection can be very deep and introspective and let you document your most core beliefs and feelings. But it can also be playful. I found that you can use it to make very simple layouts as well as much more complex ones as well. Here is a simply layout.
Although I used many different pieces from the collection including Clips, patterned paper, stickers, Chipboard Frames, Epoxy Dots, and more, it is a relatively simple layout featuring one thing that I am...a soccer mom :)
I love how the typed stickers fit in so well with my typed journaling. The going to be heard sticker was the perfect touch since my oldest recently told me "not to cheer" lol!
The chipboard frames are fun for mini photos of course, but my favorite use for them is to house journaling or embellishments. On the flip side, here is a more complicated layout showcasing many things that I am right now...
This collection makes it so simple to tell your story, to let you define yourself in your layouts and to pass on to future generations little snippets of who you were.
Each of my small circular photos represents one piece of me and the photo is explained by a sticker title like, I am...healthy.
I love the bits of gold foil in this collection and the combination of dimension and texture available with the different embellishments like the chipboard and Bradz.
I hope many of you will also start to fill your own albums using this amazing collection! 

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories I Am Collection
4500 Collection Kit
4501 Simple Basics
4502 Fundamentals Stickers
4503 Expressions Stickers
4527 Brads
4528 Chipboard
4529 Bits and Pieces
4531 Enamel Dots
4532 Stickers
4535 Washi Paper Tape
4536 Clips4538 Chipboard Frames

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Scrapbook Circle - 3x4 Cards 3 Ways!

I love all the 3x4 cards manufacturers are making these days. Whether you use them for pocket page layouts or journaling on a traditional 12x12 layout, they add a nice touch. I like them so much, that I used them on 3 different layouts this month. I worked with the main March Scrapbook Circle kit (Here's the Story) and both Add Ons, On My Way and Tell Me.

For the first layout, I used one of the exclusive Scrapbook Circle 3x4 cards in a traditional way. I used a typewriter to journal on it and then I tucked it next to my photo:

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In the next layout, I used 3 different 3x4 cards as part of the layout design. I liked that the left hand one included a sentiment, the middle card featured an image and on the right hand card I adhered a photo trimmed down so part of the 3x4 card design was peeking out.

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For the final layout, I used a similar approach as above, but I also wanted to create an altered background. All you need to create this type of background is a piece of patterned paper, some gesso, a large brush, a few Gelatos and a mini mister filled with water.

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With the large brush, paint on gesso starting a thick application at the top of the page and gradually thinning out by the middle.

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Once dry, take the Gelatos and color a thick smudge at the top of the page where the gesso is the thickest.

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You can mix and match colors or use different shades of one color.

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Then spray the Gelatos with water and allow the color to drop. This won't work as well if you do not prime the paper with gesso first because the Gelatos will sink into the paper.

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Let dry and dab with a clean paper towel.

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Once my background was dry I started applying my photos and 3x4 cards. This time I mounted my cards on slightly larger pieces of patterned paper to make them really stand out.

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How are you using the 3x4 cards?

:) Rebecca






Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simple Stories Say Cheese II and Enchanted - 2 Sides of the Disney Coin

Last year for Spring break we went to Disneyland for the first time as a family. I still have about a billion photos that I want to scrapbook from that quick trip! I loved Simple Stories original Say Cheese collection and the latest Say Cheese II is just as awesome. 
 With the traditional red, black and white Disney colors, it was perfect for a ton of our Disney photos. The gold foiling in the die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack is such a fabulous touch! I also adore the wingless Bradz and the glittered gold epoxy dots!
 But some photos (think princess and the castle!) require a softer color palette. Lucky for us, Simple Stories heard the call for a girly Disney-inspired line and brought us Enchanted!
Of course, Disneyland and other theme parks work well with these lines, but they are more versatile than that. Check out my layout about a photo shoot I did with my less-than-cooperative daughter.
Both of these lines are so fun and playful, feature both cute and beautiful elements and can be used for a wide variety of paper crafting projects. Besides who doesn't love having another reason to get back to Disney? ;)

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories Say Cheese II
4300 Paper Kit
4327 Bradz
4329 Bits and Pieces
4331 Enamel Dots
4332 Stickers

Simple Stories Enchanted Collection
4400 Collection Kit
4401 Simple Basics Kit
4427 Bradz
4428 Chipboard
4429 Bits and Pieces
4431 Enamel Dots
4435 Washi Paper Tape
4436 Clips
4438 Frames

Saturday, February 7, 2015

To Theme or Not to Theme with Scrapbook Circle

Valentine's Day themed papers are my favorite themed papers ahead of birthday, Halloween and even Christmas. Why? Because they are so versatile. Sure you can use them for scrapbooking Valentine's Day or even creating a Valentine's Day card. I used the Scrapbook Circle February Kit Today is Beautiful and the add on Dream Big to create this card.

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But you can also use Valentine's themed papers and embellishments to create every day general love themed layouts like I did here.

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A gold foil vellum heart could absolutely work for a Valentine, but I love it tucked behind the navy paper and stitched down.

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In fact I used several pieces from the Crate Paper ephemera kit, including several for this cluster of embellishments here.IMG_1452
Do you prefer to use themed paper for themed subjects or do you prefer to work outside of the box?


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Therm O Web Deco Foils



I love the new Therm O Web Deco Foils and with Valentine's Day coming up they are perfect for decorating and creating cards for Valentine's Day!RK TOW Valentines-30
To create a gold foiled vase, start with a plan glass bottle and Therm O Web Glitter Dust Spray.

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Spray the Gold Glitter Dust into the bottle.

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Once it is dry, squeeze from Therm O Web Deco Foil Liquid Glue on a silicone mat.

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Using a foam brush paint the Deco Foil Liquid Glue onto the outside of the bottle. It is ok to create ridges, they end up giving the foil a wood grain look.

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Place the Deco Foil around the bottle and smooth with your fingers to transfer the foil to the outside of the bottle. Create pinwheeels on straws and place inside the vase.

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To use the Therm O Web Deco Foils new foam adhesive, die cut into a shape for a card.

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For a fun effect, peel off the top of the adhesive backing and place the foil down. Place foil and foam inside an embossing folder.

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Run the embossing folder through your die cutting machine.

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Peel off the foil to reveal the embossed and foiled effect!

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If there is more room on the remaining foil you can use it to create a polka dot foiled look for punched out shapes. The foam works with punches perfectly!

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After punching desired shapes, peel off the front backing and rub the remaining foil on top.

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Adhere all the die cut and punched shapes to a Valentine's Day Card.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

:) Rebecca


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW Simple Stories I Am Collection

There is an amazing new release from Simple Stories called I Am and every scrapbooker needs it. Why? Because we all scrapbook everyone else first. Our kids, our families, our friends, husband's boyfriends, siblings, and pets. For some reason we always come last! This new collection makes it a breeze to get YOU into the scrapbooks. Plus, it's gorgeous! 


New to Simple Stories are chipboard frames and FOILED pieces. Love them both!


I also loved the interactive pockets. This one had 5 flags with strings that fit inside. I added journaled word stickers as my journaling. I chose the ones that were appropriate for my layout, but seriously, does it get any easier than that?!

On this layout I typed my journaling, but the strip of patterned paper at the bottom also includes journaled sentiments in the I Am theme.
I can't get over the beauty of the foiled pieces like this die cut.
And with that in literally no time at all I had not one but TWO layouts about ME! I can't tell you how long it had been before this that I'd made a layout about myself. Grab this collection and get yourself in the books!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Layout, a Card and a Pocket Page - Oh My!

Most of the time, I use my Scrapbook Circle kits to make layouts. But this month I was inspired to use the main kit (All You Need is Love) and the Ad Ons Hello Love and Shine Bright to make layouts and a card and a base for a pocket page spread. Here is the layout:

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The add ons came with 6x6 pads so I was inspired to make card too.

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And finally I decided to make a base pocket page spread for when I print out my first of the year photos:

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I love all the goodies in the kits and all the options. You really can create whatever you can imagine with Scrapbook Circle kit!