Friday, August 23, 2019

Elle's Studio | August Kit + Extras | TGIF Family Favorite | Traveler's Notebook

Hello!  Stopping in on this TGIF to share my second project using the Elle's Studio August Kit + Extras!  For this spread, I also used two of the August 2019 Digital Cut Files available this month.  I first cut the TGIF from the Magical Memories 6x6 Paper Stack using a paper with lots of color, but a simple pattern...stripes are always wonderful!  Then I cut the border cut file from white cardstock, adhering more of the Magical Memories papers that coordinated with the shapes behind it...really loved how the shapes from that paper lined right up to the cut file!

Before I adhered those cut files, I added some stamping in grey ink using the new Highlights From Today Stamp Set.  Then after adhering, I started adding more of the new embellishments adding onto the theme of TGIF with the new Days of the Week Wood Veneer and the Makes Me Smile Cork Circles.  For my journaling, I pulled up the August Print and Cut Labels in Photoshop Elements to type and print my label.

Then I added Everyday Goodness, Shapes and Dots as well as one of the die cuts from the Shine Die Cuts to help create more of a focal point to this side.

For the right side pockets, I printed a smaller photo to layer over one of the kit tags, and then added die cuts from the kit and stamping with the Highlights from Today stamp set.

I printed a full size 3x4 photo, leaving a small border to fill the bottom pocket, adding a kit tag and one of the new Be Yourself Phrase Stickers.

So happy with how this came out!  Hope you enjoy the August Kit + Extras and happy creating!!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

You Did It, Yes | JustNick | Cut Files | Traveler's Notebook

JustNick has been coming out with some gorgeous new cut files!  I decided to combine a new background and a new flower cut file to create my Traveler's Notebook spread that I am sharing over on the JustNick blog today.

I used the new Basketweave Background 2 and Botanical Flower Cluster 1 to create light layers on the left, full-size of my notebook.  A great way to use Background cut files in your Traveler's Notebook is either to use as is for your entire background or in this case, trim it down and add where you want it!  I first started with a solid pattern paper background for my left side.  Next, I selected a second pattern paper that would complement and give contrast to my background to use for my two cut files.  I used the multi-colored side of the paper (which had florals) for the Basketweave Background 2, trimming it and then stitching it to the top.  Then I used the more solid side of that same pattern paper for the Botanical Flower Cluster 1, turning it lengthwise.

The intricate look of both of these cut files were a perfect way to cluster photos and embellishments under and above them.  I trimmed the bottom of the pattern paper I used for the cut files to stitch next to the Botanical Flower Cluster 1 to tie it together even more.  Keeping the spread light, with a whimsical look, I turned the smaller photo at an angle and stapled it.  I kept with this playfulness by adhering my stickers for my title at the bottom in different directions, but used black and white which didn't take away from the spread and also balanced with the black and white on the right side.

For my right side, I used two 3x4 pockets with a photo at the top in black and white.  The whitespace on my photo, was another perfect spot to trim and adhere another portion of the Basketweave Background 2, and then layered more embellishment over it.

My bottom 3x4 card was for my journaling with another added embellishment in black and white and stamping the date.

Using cut files, especially background cut files, as is, is always beautiful, but hope this inspires you to try this idea again or try it for the first time for your next project.  Really adds texture, color and layers to your spread and your photos!  Stop by the JustNick blog to purchase these new cut files and enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Layered Stamps Technique + Video Tutorial | Elle's Studio

Hello Friends!  I don't know if school has started for anyone else, whether the kids or even the adults!  But it has here...for this Summer-loving girl, time with Emma, out of routine-part of me is very slowly getting my mind wrapped around the back to routine of school, ballet, and soon piano.  And Emma is now in 6th grade, Momma needs to pray MORE to keep her reactions of tween-age attitude.   And did I ever mention, chickadee wears contacts now...guess who puts them in and takes them out?  Yep, all I can say is thank you, Jesus, they went in on the first try this morning...a true miracle with the eye opening of my sweet girl being smaller than the actual contact!!!

Okay, so a great stress-reliever and well, escape is to dive into some creativity.  I always seem to get very into what I'm creating, and as I do that, things start to move, add or take away and just grow.  I have this Traveler's Notebook spread up on the Elle's Studio blog today using the new August Kit + Extras, but focusing on not just Back to School, but Stamping Techniques.  See the Elle's Studio blog here for more details.  Here are a few more close-ups to share here as well.

With Summer, so out of routine and busier than normal, I'm glad to have gotten a chance to video this process.  So if you are new to stamping or want to try some new things, like masking, stamping with more than one color, combining ink colors, and how I found the inspiration for this project, I hope you will join me in this video showing the steps and process.  Thank you for stopping by!!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Citrus Twist Kits | Hello, More of This | 6x8 | Pocket Page

Hello!  I have a post up on the Citrus Twist Kits Blog today!  This is the first full week of back to school and back to ballet classes, BUT so thankful to have the memories of Summer and a way to document and remember using the August Chasing Rainbows Life Crafted kit for my 6x8 pocket spread today.

To start my spread, I started with the full 6x8 side.  The papers in the Life Crafted album come already sized, so all I had to do was pick a paper from the kit to use as my background.  Next, I selected the Free Boho Heart Subscriber cut file.  As you get your monthly subscription, these exclusives really complement the kits beautifully.  I loved the look of the clouds paper with the Boho Heart.

I sized it just a tad smaller to fit my 6x8 background and then I tilted it, and added the acrylic, white Hello from the kit to look as though it was part of it.  Then I detail cut some flowers from more papers, and added some of the embellishments over and under it from the kit.  The "there is sun behind the clouds" is part of the pattern paper background, so I worked around that as well.  I really wanted to use more of the clear embellishments from the kit including the die cuts and the vellum tape stickers.  I also combined a sentiment from the stamp set with the Life Crafted kit and a sentiment from the Oh, Happy Day Stamp set onto labels I trimmed from the 4x6 card from the kit to layer over my photo and tuck right under one of the feathers.

Love the look of layering the vellum tape stickers with the acetate die cuts!  I just wanted a something light here, and was perfect.

My right side uses two 3x4 pockets and a 4x6 pocket.  I balanced this side with the left using the same soft colors, but with the slight pop of color from the acetate die cuts from the kit.  Using a 3x4 card from the kit, I layered the acetate die cuts over the ampersand from the design, it peeks through a bit, but I loved how the 'you' and 'me' banners flow from either side.  I layered a cork embellishment from the kit on top and used an ampersand from the add-on kit in July.

I have one full 3x4 photo next to that, so I printed a smaller photo for the 4x6 pocket to use with one of the 4x6 cards from the kit, added the "Chasing Rainbows" from the kit stamp set, which is so awesome in its retro detail, another cork and acetate die cut to frame my photo and typed journaling. It repeats the same products, colors, and feel of my left page and top pockets.

Thank you for stopping by!  You can see more inspiration and the products used on the Citrus Twist Kits blog.  Enjoy!!!

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Elle's Studio | August Kit + Extras | Travelers Notebook | Highlights from Today

Elle's Studio August Kit + Extras are up and available!  Lots of back to school, but still a touch of summer!  So I tried to capture that summer/school feel with this first project by using the Highlights from Today stamp set to create white heat embossing and then add watercoloring over it.

Next, I added more stamping with the new Back To School Stamp Set over it, along with the August Kit die cuts and the new Acrylic Sunglasses!  Then for the left side, I used one of the 4x6 tags from the August kit, but turned it vertically, stamped a sentiment from the Highlights from Today Stamp Set, and added a photo.

For my journaling spot, I trimmed a 3x4 tag from the August kit and sent through my typewriter to finish this up.

I'll be back with with a spread all about going back to school coming to the Elle's Studio blog soon, and then another more Summer focused spread using the same kit and goodies!  Hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, August 08, 2019

Vacation | JustNick | Cut Files

This has been the busiest summer I think I have ever had, even compared it to when Emma was a toddler LOL.  But it has been filled with some amazing memories.  We traveled to Orlando for a ballet competition, but after the competition dances and classes, we HAD to have some fun and make this a family vacation as well.  We spent one day at Magic Kingdom.  Although, I didn't take a ton of photos, it was probably the most memorable trip there, and mostly because Emma was old enough to totally 100% experience the park and remember it.  Oh, and walk the park too LOL!!!  Yep, always have gone with a stroller or carrying her, nope...not this time.  Let me just say, I do not have a ton of energy, but you drop me at MK, and you will eat my dust.  Hubby couldn't keep up with me.  So here is one pic at a favorite ride, the Magic Carpet...lots more memories to document without photos after this opening page.

We have seen a lot of the new re-done Disney movies, and I was totally inspired by Toy Story 4 with he clouds.  I used this older Clouds Pattern from JustNick to create my background.  You can see more details of how I did the background on the JustNick blog here.  I created a masked and stencil background using paler blue ink, which unfortunately does not show on camera, but you see the ink on the solid cut cloud I used as a mask that I also stitched into place.

I really wanted to use all the words from the new Travel Words cut file that just came out this week.  You can find it here now.  I love the font, the script, and the simplicity of them, and wanted them to not only create the vibe but to create more texture to my background.

Stayed with a lot of blue, but added the lavender, yellow, and pink to create more of a pop and contrast.  Stop by the JustNick blog for more details, and grab the new Travel cut file for your summer memories!

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Friday, August 02, 2019

Citrus Twist Kits | Life Crafted | August

The new August Chasing Rainbows Life Crafted kit is SOOO good!  I am such a fan of CTK stamps!  So inspired by the possibilities of the Oh, Happy Day stamp set, I couldn't wait to play.  And, as always, I love the neutrals and the brights available in the Life Crafted kits.  For this spread, I went with neutrals inspired by the pattern paper from the kit.  Pulling grey, brown, light aqua, and orange, I started stamping out my pattern using the set onto smooth, white cardstock.

To get a more peach color in my stamping, I did a second generation (inking image, stamping, not re-inking and stamping again).  You can see this in the stamp image, the one with the lines.  I rotated that image for each line using orange and brown doing the second generation.  For the images with the aqua dots stamped over them, I used a paler grey color ink.  So much fun with this set.  I used the edge of my ink pad along the ink and ran it across my background in areas to create an even more vintage look, and then finished it with the chipboard pieces from the kit.

Lots of transparencies in this kit this month!  I combined one of those and the Ampersand Love cut file for this month to create my title.  For the Ampersand Love, I did an offset in the Silhouette software to back my cut file using the papers from the kit.  Finished the top with more stamping, transparencies, and the new embellishments from the kit!

The right side is heavier with pattern paper as my background.  I created a loose grid of small photos, and then filled in with journaling and embellishments.  I LOVE the digitals that are always available here at CTK.   I used the August Printable Elements with the Oh, Happy Life.  The digitals from the Oh, Happy Life have the same sentiments as the Oh, Happy Day stamp set, but I loved using them here, because I could make them fit perfectly within the printable elements.  It is great having both options.

In the kit, there is a 4x6 of labels, I detail cut that out, and used one of the Travelers' Notebook Stamp Set stamps to stamp "and we're off..."  I used the the Page Protector #3 for this side.  

Still inspired by the possibilities of the Oh, Happy Day Stamp Set and the vellum stickers in the kit, I created another fun background for my next Life Crafted entry.  This time, I went with brighter colors from the kit and focused on a bolder blue ink for some of the semi-circle images from the stamp set.

To create this look, I first trimmed about a 1/8" strips from one of the 4x6 cards from the kit that is double-sided.  I alternated both sides, adhering them diagonally across my page, stitched them, then added the stamping, the vellum stickers, and my title, which is inspired by the the Oh, Happy Day Stamp Set.

I opted to add some small photos to this page, but wanted the design to be seen and have the title be the focus on this page instead.

For my photo on the right side using the Pocket Protector #2, I added some stamping with Oh, Happy Day, but HAD TO use the Simple Words v.2 for sentiments!  This set had me LOL, and was perfect for how I feel about driving my little zippy car around.  I finished that photo with embellishments from kit, and an enamel dot from the July kit.

For the top 3x4 pocket, I just added my journaling and another transparent embellishment.  Super easy, but adds just the right color and texture to complement the rest of the spread.

Just two ways using the Oh, Happy Day Stamp Set.  I hope you love this set as much as I have along with this months kits, extra stamp sets, and digitals!  Please share your creations with us in our Facebook group here so we can comment and see what you are creating! 

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