May 26, 2014

My Favorite Things (Die-namics and Stamps) and Simple Stories Say Cheese

I had the pleasure of working with some super awesome Die-namics dies and clear stamps from My Favorite Things (designed by Laina Lamb) all with a Disney/theme park theme.
I had been hoarding a Simple Stories Say Cheese autograph book too. So it was time to put them all together and make a mini album about our trip over Spring break. I love how the large star die can be filled in with different designs of stamps.
On the inside cover I used a Simple Stories memorabilia pocket to house our tickets. On the right you can see the "Bring on the Fun" stamp (perfect for pointing to a fun photo!). I can't say enough about the quality of the stamps. They are that good quality acrylic that creates a sharp image.
On the left side here I die cut the Magical flag in black and red and filled in the black die cut with the red letters. The dies are great quality too and create nice crisp cuts. You're Quite a Character is a perfect stamp for all our character photos :)
My Favorite Things also has a coordinating alpha die set which I used to cut out the Pluto letters.
More stamps on dies and I did not fill in the die cut Magical flag here, just placed it over lighter paper to make it stand out. How cute is the "Never Grow Up" stamp?
Here I combined the This is My Happy Place Stamp and large Magic chipboard letters.
On the left page here I added two die cut stars over a film strip sticker and stamped I'm All Ears over that.
Lots more die cuts here.
I had never really stamped on a die cut before, but after using these stars I am hooked! Love the unique look you can achieve.
Can you tell how much fun I had working with these stamps and dies! Definitely check out My Favorite Things and Laina Lamb's Design - they are all so cool!

May 21, 2014

Simple Stories NEW Good Day Sunshine

I love everything about summer. From the warm sunshine to the relaxed schedules to the many, many dips in the pool. I have always been a summer person. So each year since Simple Stories first summer collection I have waited anxiously to get my hands on the latest and greatest scrapbooking goodies for summer lovers. Good Day Sunshine does NOT disappoint! It is loaded with amazing summer colors, deep rich wood grains, fun playful images and much more. I think the rainbow ombre paper might be my favorite. Check out the Simple Stories blog to see all the details and check out the whole line.
I usually hide some journaling or memorabilia in the Simple Stories Memorabilia pockets, but this time I added a strip of wallet photos.
I LOVED fussy cutting out a bunch of viewfinder circles and popped up some other fun circles on top.
I literally can't say enough about how much I love this collection. I guess it is fortunate that I will have about 6 months of photos to document with it (since our "summer" in Arizona is a long one to say the least)!
I also made a card based on a sketch from the May issue of Scrapbook Generation's Magazine.

Have you ever seen such a fun combination of ombre, rainbow, polka dots, hearts confetti, epoxy dots and more? Good Day Sunshine will be hitting the stores any day now, so run and scoop it up because summer is on its way!

Supplies Used:
-5800 Collection Kit
-5801 Simple Basics Kit
-5802 Fundamentals Stickers
-5808 Enjoy the View
-5816 Beach Wood
-5817-5821 Green, Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink Dots
-5825 SN@P Pockets
-5828 Chipboard Stickers
-5829 Bits and Pieces
-5831 Enamel Dots

May 20, 2014

Scrapbook Circle One Item Wonder

This month at Scrapbook Circle my One Item Wonder for the May Kit High Five is the Alison Kreft/Webster's Pages photo corners. I decided to use them to create a unique embellishment.
I lined them up in a row and cut off the additional paper or adhesive so they resemble an arrow.
But I didnt stop there! I covered them with a THICK layer of glossy accents to give them a 3-dimensional shiny look. Then I attach the whole thing on top of a cardstock card I cut with the free Scrapbook Circle cut file and layered some puffy stickers, sequins and Jillibean characters on top. The Heidi Swapp glitter polaroid frame pulls it all together.
I also loved the exclusive Scrapbook Circle kit that came with High Five and was sure to use that on every layout!
Do you have any clever uses for photo corners? I would love to hear! There may be a few High Five kits left, but hurry I am sure they are going fast!

May 19, 2014

Take 2 With Scrapbook Circle's High Five

Hi All! Rebecca here with this month's edition of Take 2 where the Scrapbook Circle design team has the opportunity for a second chance. And who doesn't love second chances? For my Take 2, I went WAY back to October 2011 Harvest Festival Kit! I know, right? I've always loved this layout and never done another like it so I figured it was high time.

rk fabulous fall sunset

I remember creating this layout and cutting a bunch of patterned paper strips into different lengths. I couldnt have imagined what an amazing tool the Silhouette cameo would become for me! I went to work using the Scrapbook Circle May Kit High Five, but instead of basic strips, this time I cut a variety of arrows and stitched those down.

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I also stitched around the border of the sold cardstock, added some Heidi Swapp epoxy arrows into the mix of stitched arrows and included some faux stitching with a white gel pen around the chartreuse arrows - I like the way the faux stitching and real stitching contrast. I even stitched through my title. (The cool thing about the Jillibean Soup alphas not coming with adhesive is that you can stitch through them without gumming up your needle!)

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Instead of a basic journaling card on the bottom left, I had fun with the Heidi Swapp template. I used a thick application of gesso and then stitched a Heidi Swapp clear die cut over it.

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I like re-doing old designs to see how different they can look with different colors, photos and kits. I think I am as pleased with the Take 2 as the original so I am encouraged to try this again. Do you ever lift your OLD designs?

May 15, 2014

Simple Stories and Scrapbook Generation Magazine

The Simple Stories Design team was given the opportunity to work with sketches from the May issue of Scrapbook Generation's magazine. Check out the entire magazine HERE, it is amazing and the feature on Simple Stories is so much fun! I was given a 12 x 12 sketch which resulted in this layout:
I mixed and matched bits and pieces from the Simple Stories Summer Paradise collection and the Simple Stories Summer SN@P sets.
I also had a card sketch to work with and for that I used the BRAND NEW about to be released Good Day Sunshine collection. 
I ADORE this collection. The colors and patterns are UH MAZ ING. You will want every bit of it!

Be sure to go check out the rest of the Scrapbook Generation May issue. It is chock full of sketches and inspiration!

May 10, 2014

Simple Stories DIY

Do you ever see something and wonder if it was made specifically for you? That is how I feel about Simple Stories DIY Collection. From the bright colors to the fun graphics to how versatile a collection it is, I feel like Simple Stories designed DIY for ME. I love it and keep using it and buying more. I am hoarding several sheets of the teal polka dots. ;) Here are a few layouts I made recently with DIY.

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May 3, 2014

Scrapbook Circle's High Five and Stamping on Layouts

Let me be up front with you all...I am not an amazing stamper. I am not a master at using my stamps. There. I said it. I constantly mess up, I often forget to use them, but I really do love them. I love how many different ways you can use them. Can you spot all the different ways I used stamping on this layout using the Scrapbook Circle May Kit High Five?

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I love the exclusive stamp in the Scrapbook Circle kit. First, in that bottom right corner I stamped the arrows 3 times in a row before stamping the date line. Using a single stamp repeatedly is one way to get more bang for your buck with stamps.

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In the lower left corner, on the other side of the heart point, I stamped the you and me words in a rainbow of bright colors that coordinate with the colors in the Heidi Swapp patterned paper. And this is exactly what I do love about stamping - you can always get the image to coordinate with your project by changing the ink!

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Finally, I stamped on the Jillibean Soup alphas here:

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And that is another thing I love about stamping - the fact that you can use different inks to alter elements like stickers, alphas and chipboard. Since the Beanboard alphas have a glossy surface I used Staz On ink and repeatedly stamped the arrows to make a fun pattern. Have you been using the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamps in any fun new ways? I would love to hear!

May 1, 2014

Fancy Pants Be Different

Like all moms to boys I am always on the look out for good boy scrapbooking product. I found it in the adorable Fancy Pants line Be Different. The colors and graphics are fun and new and I had a blast with it.