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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Scrapbook Circle - Circle Round Up

If you love recipe challenges and Venn Diagrams then the latest addition to the Scrapbook Circle blog series Circle Round Up is for you. Here is the Circle Round Up for this month.

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Basically, you challenge yourself to use something from the Scrapbook Circle kits to represent each circle in the Venn Diagram. Also the larger the circle, the more dominant on your layout that element should be. Here is my take on this month's Circle Round Up.

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This month I not only had the main Scrapbook Circle kit Our Adventure, but also the add on Happy Day to AND add on Away We Go to work with.  The largest circle calls for a yellow base paper which I used. The second largest green circle calls for colorful accents. I used two of the suggestions from here (Pink Paislee label sticker and Allison Kreft alphabet stickers).
For the third largest gray circle, I used the Elle's Studio transparent tags. And finally for the smallest brown circle I used a few American Crafts Thickers and Studio Calico stars.


How have you combined this month's kit and add ons?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Simple Stories and Kerri Bradford Studio Team Up

Hi Simple Stories and Kerri Bradford fans! Rebecca Keppel here to combine Kerri Bradford Studio's fabulous digital cut files with my current favorite Simple Stories collection Good Day Sunshine. The combination is absolutely addicting and I am willing to bet my next bunch of layouts will include the same! I started with Kerri Bradford's Enjoy the Sunshine cut and the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Basics to cut out a large sun.

The sun comes in two pieces and I love seeing the white background cardstock in between. I machine stitched around both to add texture. Next I cut out the "Enjoy" part of the file. The word comes in two parts, so I cut the Joy out with Simple Stories Blue Skies cardstock and the "EN" was cut with the Basics Beach Wood. I added the chipboard beach ball to the center of the "o" because it fit there perfectly ;)
I cut the last part of Enjoy the Sunshine with Simple Stories Carefree patterned paper. By turning the paper 90 degrees and cutting, I was able to see the entire rainbow of colors in the two words "the sunshine."

Last, but not least, I also used the Have a Great Summer cut. I removed everything besides the glasses and cut the frames from the Teal Basics and the lenses from the Beach Wood Basics.
This was my first opportunity to use Kerri Bradford Studio's digital cuts, but it will definitely NOT be the last! The KBS website is easy to navigate, the files are a breeze to download and use and they work so well with Simple Stories designs! 

Supplies Used:
Kerri Bradford Studio digital cut files (Enjoy the Summer and Have A Great Summer)
Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection
5800 Collection Kit
5801 Simple Basics Kit
5802 12 x 12 Fundamentals Stickers
5828 Chipboard Stickers
5829 Bits & Pieces
5831 Enamel Dots
4197 Summer SN@P Insta Squares and Pieces

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Get Inky with Scrapbook Circle Add On Take Note

I loved the summery, bright and fun June Scrapbook Circle kit Hello There. I just had to have the Add On Take Note too. There is an item in the add on that is so bold and fun, I think I used it in almost all my projects this month. The Heidi Swapp Color Magic Water Color Heart tags. Water color is such a fun, trendy look right now and these tags make it easy to achieve with minimal effort. You do not have to use water colors on them to achieve that look though. Check out this layout where I used the heart tag. The hearts are large and can be real show stoppers if you color them up.

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To color my tag I pulled together my supplies, which include the tags, some Tim Holtz Distress inks and a Tim Holtz blending tool. You could use any inks you have and a make up applicator too!


Start with the lightest color in the palette you choose and go around the shape softly covering the entire tag with a base color.


There can be some minor spots that aren't completely filled in because next you are going to choose a medium color and go over the tag again. If you use a light hand and focus on the outside you will start to achieve a layered effect.

Finally choose your darkest or brightest complementary color and ink again.


Check out that water color look and not a water color in sight!


The other techniques I employed in this layout were embossing the vellum.


And using the tiny glassine bag that house the wood veneer right on the layout.


Have you used the water color tags in your projects? How did you alter them?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Therm O Web Zots - Making a Simple Stories Layout from Start to Finish

Sometimes projects require an arsenal of adhesives to complete, but occasionally you can complete a papercrafting project from start to finish with just one type of adhesive. Therm O Web Zots come in handy for a variety of purposes and on this layout I adhered EVERYTHING with Zots and Zots alone!


To adhere colored patterned paper behind the die cut title use medium Zots in all the spaces not cut out.

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To make sure chipboard stickers stay put place them sticky side down on a small Zots. Since the Zots are on a roll of waxy paper the sticker comes off easily with the Zots in place.

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Die cuts are also easily adhered with Zots.

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You can choose the size of Zots depending on the size of die cuts you are using.

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Instasquares can be adhered with 2 Zots. Place them on diagonal corners for maximum staying power.

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It is also fun to add some dimension to die cuts. Use 3D Zots for that.

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I like to use 3D Zots in three places on my layouts to create a visual triangle out of simensional objects.

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My favorite tip for using Zots in layouts is to use them to adhere brads. Remove the brad wings by bending them back and forth.TOW Zots-8

Then place Zots behind the smaller brads and adhere to your project. The nice thing about doing brads this way is you don't have to create a hole and you can place the brads anywhere even on a die cut which is already popped up on a 3D Zots.

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For larger brads where the back has a deeper concave shape, TOW Zots-6

use 3D Zots to fill the entire back and adhere to the layout.

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I hope you can see how many purposes Therm O Web Zots can fill in your papercrating and that it is possible to make a layout from start to finish with Therm O Web Zots alone!


Therm O Web Zots (small, Medium and 3D)

Simple Stories (patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, brads and chipboard)

Bazzill (cardstock)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Scrapbook Circle Mood Board Inspiration

The Scrapbook Circle design team has decided that the Mood Boards are actually more like wish lists! Don't you just want everything from this Mood Board?

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Seriously, I love it all. Here is the layout I came up with using it as inspiration. I worked with the Scrapbook Circle June Kit Hello There and Add On Take Note.

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The patterned paper features hanging bulbs just like the hanging lights!

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I used 3 wood triangles to mimic the look of the necklace. I cut out brush lettering in the word awesome for the brush letters "XO."  The clustered flowers are represented by the Chic Tags rub ons and Basic Gray acrylic flowers. The bright orange flower led me to ink up the happy heart.

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The Simple Stories burlap heart represents the pillow and obviously I used die cut feathers for the feathers. And now I think I need to do some shopping!