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.


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!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scrapbook Circle OIW

The One Item Number I worked with this month for Scrapbook Circle were the Plastic Hearts by Freckled Fawn. They were so fun and look like candy! I used a bunch to frame this large heart on this layout:
Head over to the Scrapbook Circle blog to check out the details. And pick up your All You Need is Love kit today!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Therm O Web's NEW Deco FOILS!!

It can be super quick and easy to add a touch of trendy gold foil to your home with Therm O Web Deco Foils and Foam. Simple cut the foam on your Silhouette and adhere to a back ground (such as printed burlap) and insert to a large frame. The vellum feathers are adhered with Therm O Web Zots™.
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This layout includes NEW iCraft ™Deco Foils, NEW iCraft™ Deco Foil Foam Sheets and NEW iCraft™ Deco Foil Liquid adhesive (to make the raised gold dots on the TODAY die cut).

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Cut the title from the Therm O Web DecoFoil Foam Sheets. It is a double sided adhesive. Peel off the back of the adhesive and place down on the layout.

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Peel off the top layer of paper and place an iCraft™ Deco Foil sheet with the color side facing up. Then rub onto the iCraft Deco Foam with your finger. I have tried several other utensils to rub the Foil on, but I've found the softness of a finger tip actually works best!

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Peel back the Foil and voila! You have a shiny foiled title!

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It is also possible to cut the foam with a manual die cut machine. The gold stars were cut with wafer thin dies and We R Memory Keepers Evolution Advanced.

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It is super quick and easy to foil elements for cards too!

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If you're at CHA be sure to come and see us and learn about our iCraft™ Deco Foil line!