Sunday, May 01, 2016

Gossamer Blue May Kit Reveal

It's time for a new kit at Gossamer Blue.  The May kits are available to everyone now!  The kits inspired me to get messy.

Sharing one layout today that started with gesso, then watercoloring with Distress Ink.

A technique I haven't done in a long time is stamping in gesso.  And it did not execute properly at all. I tried doing this with the cactus stamp from the Life Pages kit, and the stamp is just too small for this technique to show.  But I did try to add a little more green in those areas.  The good thing about messy layouts is there really isn't any mess ups ;) just keep going.

The Fancy Free from Paige Evans 6x6 paper pad from the Bits and Pieces kit was used here and there on this layout.  Those little squares were just fussy cut from the pattern paper already blocked like that.  I added stitching to each little square.

Will share more soon.  Be sure to stop by Gossamer Blue to see what is available if you want to pick some kits up or start a subscription.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Workspace | RG

The Richard Garay team asked that the team share their workspace.  I will be honest and say it is not my favorite spot in the house.  When I started scrapbooking, I started at the kitchen table.  Then moved to a corner of the office, then the dining room, and now the old workout room (which is why the room is brown).  It has been on my wishlist to redecorate the room, and thankfully that will happen this year.  So until then, welcome to my space.

As you walk in, I have an office chair where my old eight-year old MacBook Pro sits along with a small Epson printer and the Silhouette cameo.  Further down on that table I have cubes from Target and Michael's.  On the top cubes, I have the new Richard Garay collections in a basket.  I save little pieces I've made for other projects.  Just never know when you can use it again.  I like to re-use things as much as I can too.

Then next to the basket I have the steel rule dies from the new collections.  To keep them covered and protected, I keep them in the packaging.  I cut off the top so that they will slide out easily.  

Then you turn to the right, and that is where I work.   Although, I am usually spread out all over the place ;)

This is leftovers of what I was working on last week for the pretty packaging project.

I use containers from Target that I found in the kitchen section to hold my inks.

I have another container to hold the first Celebra'tions collection.  Any team I have been on, I keep everything organized by collections.  But eventually I would like to separate them further by stamps and dies.

I keep my stamping blocks close so I can grab them when I need them.  I like to have things at arms length as I work.  I also keep the silks, washi tape, and the Bloom Tool in the same container.

I have a few more cubes on the shelf to the right of my desk.  This one holds the plates for the Fun Stampers Journey Platinum die cutting machine.  And that gives me some spots to hold my FSJ Journey Girl planner as well.

Soon I will be taking everything out of this room, painting it, and then ordering the Ikea furniture I have picked out already.  My daughter shares this room with me, so she and I both will have new desks and units to organize better, but most importantly, have a pretty space to create in.

Thanks for stopping by!  Looking forward to sharing my new space later in the year!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Gossamer Blue May Sneaks

Happy Monday!  Hope the weekend was great.  We had a fun and a productive weekend.  Seeing the China Lights at City Park, Church Saturday night, enjoying the beautiful weather being outside, and helping my daughter with her report and project for school.

In between, I sneaked off to go make something with the Gossamer Blue May kits.  These kits have the new Paige Evans collection, My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories, and some amazing exclusives.  I did two layouts, a card, and a mini album.  And got messy with them all using paints, inks, and mists.

I'll have this mini album on the Gossamer Blue blog.  I am really happy how it came out!  Did a lot of stamping with paint.  You can see a little more of that on the cover in the sneak above.

Gesso and watercoloring on this layout.  I really love seeing all of the flowers blooming, the weather can be so gorgeous and is a welcome after so much raining.

I created the entire background with gesso and paint for this next layout sneak.

The sneak of the card you can see in the first sneak.  As always, the stamps are my favorite, but I also loved the acrylic Shine from the kit.  Those buttons from Paige Evans...I need several packs!  Reveal will be soon.  If you subscribe, you can see the kits early.  They will be available to everyone on 1st.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pretty Packages | RG

About five weeks left of school!  This year has flown by.  Lots to celebrate and more to celebrate with May almost here!

I have always loved pretty packages, and I thought it would be nice to not only decorate boxes, but to make them.  So I pulled out my old scoreboard, and found patterns to make boxes.  I used the Richard Garay Celebra'tions papers and the Noteworthy papers to make my three boxes.  Then I decorated each one.

I gave each box a different look for different occasions.  This one uses the balloon die, twine, and enamel triangle from Celebra'tions.    I trimmed a piece of neutral cardstock to wrap a band around the package.  Any kind of celebration would be perfect for this gift box, birthdays especially.

For this box, I used the Lumberjack Days flower dies and rivets.  I used foam adhesive to give them more dimension, and used two foam adhesives on the fourth one to pop it up even more.  Would be a beautiful package for Mother's Day.

I did some stamping and embossing on this next one with the Celebra'tions collection using white embossing powder.  With graduations coming up, I could see this being a perfect gift box with the added color of the enamel stars.

From largest to smallest, the boxes I made are 4.25x4.25, 3.25x3.25, and 2x2.

Gifts make anyone's day, but there is something about how you package and present those gifts.  My husband and daughter walked in as I was making the boxes, and they stopped to see what I was doing.  My daughter wanted to make her own, but also wanted me to make her some.  Her eyes lit up holding that box in her hand.  Magical :)  And my husband was like, 'yes, we can make our own boxes!"

If you have a scoreboard, see if that company has tutorials on how to make boxes.  If you don't have a scoreboard or a tool of any kind to make your own boxes, decorate already made boxes!  You can still use your pretty papers to cover them.  Then pull out your supplies to dress them up!   Have them on hand when you need it!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

March Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

Hello!  I finally got caught up on March in my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner.  So I have the whole month in one post!

Here goes!  End of February, beginning of March.  Lots of yellow!  A little ephemera from Cultural day learning about England.

I used leftovers from the March Gossamer Blue kits.  The stamps were a nice touch, and loved the pops of yellow.

Was a very tedious, busy weekend with finishing up Emma's first narrative report with props :) We took breaks to McDonald's and she got her first library card!

I love the beach photos for this next week from meeting my SIL for her birthday.

Using more Gossamer Blue kit leftovers.  I painted that "Be Daring."  Went perfectly with Emma and her accident she had at school. ;(

Had a lot of photos I wanted to include, so did a collage in Lightroom, then used the WRMK Fuse tool to make my protector fit.

Always fun adding little details.  The Gossamer Blue kits are so full of die cuts, and I love the unexpected placement of them stapled to the protector.

For the back, I just covered it with pattern paper, and decorated with more die cuts.  Did this before I fused everything inside the protector.

This week uses the April Gossamer Blue kits.

Adding more fun details, like the layered stamping here.  I did a partial stamping of the polka dot pattern stamp, then stamped the lovely on top of it.  For the movie tickets, I layered them, and stapled them next to the photo.

The Gossamer Blue exclusives were my favorites from these kits, so wanted to use the wood 'this' veneer.  I used some washi tape and stickers to hold it.  Emma had her first piano festival where she had to play two memorized pieces in front of a judge.  She got a superior!  She worked hard...we both did ;)

And this is what I finished up this weekend.  I knew the Waffle Flower stamps and dies would be perfect for these two weeks and have to say, probably my favorites.  Had so much fun.

I used a combination of Waffle Flower's planner stamps (the numbers and the tabs), and then some stamps and dies that were Spring related.  Had to do the strawberry from the Claire set.   The eggs are from the Egg Hunt stamp set.  I used copics and chameleon markers to color the stamped images in.  I'm new to coloring and haven't found my niche with it, but I do love a more simple way rather than shaded.

I did a lot of little details on this week since it was leading up to Easter and I had a lot of photos.  Here, I wanted to include this photo, but didn't have enough room for the photo and the journaling.    So I added the journaling under the photo, adhered the photo with washi tape, and used one of the tabs from the planner Stay Focused Die to the bottom of the photo to lift.

I use more planner stamps here.  I liked the placement of the photo here rather than over to the left where I have the date.  So I ended up covering part of the stamp from the Storyboard stamp set, but it worked out great, because I had the spot to journal.  Then I used the Stay Focused stamp set for the 'school' and the 'morning.'

I got just about every single photo from Easter day and some from Thursday and Good Friday in this collage I did with Lightroom.  I trimmed it down, then fused it in a protector to fit in the binder.  Added a little shaker at the bottom using the 'Easter' from the March Gossamer Blue kits with some sequins.

For the back of the page protector, I did a scene using the Welcome Spring stamp set and die, Egg Hunt stamp set, and the Egg die.  I love how it came out with the wood veneer 'Easter' on the front, and then you turn it, and I stamped 'blessings.'

And I was really happy how the scene came out.

I used the Stay Focused die to make this little accordion insert to hold more photos from Emma's field trip.

I trimmed about an inch wide of cardstock to glue in between the top and the bottom (that is pattern paper like the top) to make it into an accordion.   Decorated it with more stamping and die cutting.

Here's a look at the back.  I just picked papers that were neutral.

To keep it closed, I just used the clip I had made from the previous week.

And the second page of that week.  I placed all the photos, stamped and die cut images first and then filled in my journaling.

And the last week of March.  I did bigger photos on this one, and let them overlap a little more. If a photo wasn't on that day, it was was Spring Break, so it all just flowed together. ;)

I used the planner numbers again, but also brought in some stamps and dies from the Willy and Friends and A Bunch set.  I did all the stamping and die cutting ahead of time for this week, printed all the photos at once, and then just placed everything.

I think the stamps worked so well with this spread.  Playful, whimsical, and fresh...  Our Spring Break wasn't as active as it usual is.  School has really warn us all out.  And when Emma gets a break, we all break.  But we also had lots of rain this week.  It was a much needed week with no agenda, except for a little Spring cleaning.

It was fun filling up the page with all these cuties.

And as of today, I still have not beaten Emma at the Pop and Race game.  LOL

My album is getting nice a full.  Really have enjoyed using it.  I will eventually do another Project Life spread, but for now, this is great at documenting, and really getting a lot more details I like the freedom in creating.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

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