Saturday, April 10, 2021

Elle's Studio | April Kit + Extras | Memory Planner


The Elle's Studio April Kit and Extras are so full of practical and pretty things.  I wanted to show the practical with a touch of the pretty to this release in this memory planner spread.  I first turned to my new favorite Parker Number Stamp set to add the dates to my calendar.  Then I selected photos, the size, and printed.

Once all of that was in place, I started adding stamping with the new The Details Label Stamp set, the Parker Alphabet Stamp to create larger but subtle words to fill up and create a grid, and then filling this up with the new Springtime Stickers, kit die cuts, cork hearts, and veneers.

I also pulled out the Good Times Tab stamp to add some sentiments to my pages or kit die cuts.  I used a light blue Friction marker for my journaling.  I love the look of the Parker Alphabet Stamp in the light grey ink.  It was a great start to my journaling.

I just continued with the same products to create balance and then added my journaling last.

This is a January entry, so these products are always so great for any time of year and everyday memory planning.

Thanks for stopping by!  Will share my second gallery project getting a little more creative with the tags from the April kit and maybe a new favorite of mine!

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

JustNick Studio | Spring Decor

Hello!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter if you celebrate!  I'm on the JustNick Studio blog today with a Spring project.  Spring and Fall always have me wanting to get crafty, and I will pick up things at Target for the season to alter, even if I don't know yet what I will do with it.  This was one of those times as I saw this paper mache egg and thought how fun it would be to do something with.  I saw JustNick came out with this new Basic Butterfly cut file for this week and knew it would be perfect with my egg.

Having the butterflies focused around the middle of the egg reminded me of the beautiful faberge eggs.  I picked spring pattern papers to cut several of the solid butterflies.  And for the detailed butterfly, I cut from plain white cardstock.  I backed the detailed butterfly with vellum in the center of the wings, and then added pattern paper to the outside of the wings and the body.  I layered and adhered this to the solid butterflies under it.  Then finished it with Tonic Nuvo Drops.

I layered three of the solid butterflies on either side with pattern paper using foam adhesive.  I made pom poms in white yarn with the Clover pom pom maker to add texture to the body of the butterflies.

To finish, I added more of the Tonic Nuvo drops to the egg itself.  Maybe it isn't a faberge egg, but I love how this looks on the mantle.

Hope you are inspired to maybe dabble in doing a DIY of your own for a fun spring decor project.  A banner would be super cute!  Have Fun!

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Monday, April 05, 2021

Elle's Studio | Make a Wish Stamp set | Traveler's Notebook

Hello Elle’s Studio friends!  So excited for Elle’s Studio turning 14 and creating so many amazing products for us to also celebrate through our memories!  One fun new product from the March release is the Make A Wish Stamp set.  It has so many amazing images.  I will walk you through a Traveler’s Notebook 3x4 pocket page spread using it to create my own custom cards.  I also have a process video to share with you at the end of this post.  So let’s start!

Supplies | Make a Wish Stamp, Parker Alphabet Stamp, Make a Wish Metal Die, Parker Alphabet Metal Die, Good Times Tab Stamp; Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die, Park; Mini Dated Stamp, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Purple Puffy Alphabet Stickers

For this pocket spread, I want to create my own customized cards using the Make a Wish stamp, but I also want to add journaling, so I use the Flip Up Metal Die to cut from white cardstock.  I use that same metal die set to cut out the smaller 3x4 metal die and then I die cut again, using the negative of that metal die, being sure to trim the outside to fit my 3x4 card.  I will be using both of these as masks.  Trimming the negative to 3x4 allows me to see where I place it on my customized card as I stamp.

I also want these two customized cards to be different.  I use the masks to stamp one with the balloon images.  Each mask is going to give me a look of balloons floating in front or behind.  I use the negative of the metal die to stamp the sentiment ‘hip!hip!hooray!’ on one of the cards in addition to the balloons.  To add enough color without being too bold I choose a peach, lavender, and pink ink.  To use the ‘birthday’ sentiment image, I need to use it vertically to fit my 3x4 pockets.  To start, I ink the image with two inks, then use the asterisk image from the Make a Wish set in the third ink color and stamp directly onto the inked image before stamping.  This technique is known as the ‘kissing’ method.  I use the coordinating Make a Wish metal die to do a partial cut and attach to the left of my first customized card.

To finish my pockets, I stamp extra balloons, the party hat, celebrate circle, and then use the Parker Alphabet stamp.  Once everything extra is stamped, I use the coordinating Make a Wish metal die and Parker Alphabet metal die and adhere to my photos and add more dimension and illusion of balloons in front and behind on my customized cards.

As you can see I used the Make a Wish stamp to celebrate the birthdays of my fur babies.  The stamp set really is perfect for all of our loved ones and friends.  So I hope you are inspired to grab the stamp to create your own customized cards using the masking technique, using multiple inks, using the kissing method (stamping or pressing another image to the inked image), and also grabbing the coordinating Make a Wish metal die to create a partial cut for a fun way to use in your 3x4 pockets!  

And for another look into my process, you can watch the video below or on my YouTube Channel here.

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Sunday, April 04, 2021

Citrus Twist Kits | Travelogue Kit and Stamp | Sunday Sketch


Happy Sunday and if you celebrate, Happy Easter!!!  Today brings another sketch from Citrus Twist Kits for inspiration and as always I love to draw inspiration from the sketch, but not following it exactly.  Here's how I interpreted this one.

I looked at this with the two sides divided and balanced.  One large cluster on each side, one small cluster on each side.  I didn't follow those clusters exactly, but they inspired me first by creating clusters on the left side using the new Travelogue stamp set and kit contents.

The pattern paper I used was from my wonderful stash of leftover CTK papers from exclusive kits.  I just trimmed to fit the pockets.  I have been wanting to use that large geotag image, and this was a perfect place for it as was the circle die cut in the center.  Because this is a continuation of my Disney Cruise album, I've used 'go' already, now that we are at our designation, I used the stamp image 'see'.   The fonts are amazing in this set.

The bottom pocket gets more layers, but I was able to keep them 'looking' like they were light by using the white cardstock cut file frame and palm and then using a die cut and sticker in the same color.    There's a perfect pop of yellow from the die cut under it and the arrow puffy sticker I used.

While I didn't create two clusters on this side as the sketch shows, I still created a cluster with the photo and the embellishments from the kit.  

Adding the cut palm, and the colors of the die cuts from the kit I chose, help to balance with the left side.  I used the same ink using the Travelogue stamp set for the no.1 no.2 no.3 for my journaling to finish.

Very inspiring sketch as always.  Hope you are inspired as well and maybe give adding clusters to your 3x4 pockets as I have done here. 

I have one more entry in this album that I didn't share here on the blog yet using this kit.

The right side is a digital TN from the Travelogue collection.  I didn't use the 'go' from the stamp set, but I used the die cut here as we were leaving.  Couldn't believe we actually made it on the ship and were headed out.  It took Emma awhile to adjust to all of the motion.  But in the end it was an amazing trip!  

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Elle's Studio | March Kit + Extras | Traveler's Notebook


Hello!  I'm back to share another project using the amazing new March kit and extras from Elle's Studio.  My first projects were two birthday cards, you can see those here.  I wanted this project to focus on the Spring and Easter elements from the kit.  Using the celebratory feel of the stamps and dies made it easy  for this Palm Sunday spread to come together.

Starting with this first tag from the kit is perfect, but how fun to use the confetti die from the Make a Wish die set and then back with the Celebrate Paper Stack papers.  It added to the little flowers and feel of my project.  I decided to get creative with how I added my date to this tag.  I used one of the new large acetate numbers, then used the new Parker Number Stamp set and coordinating die.  To finish the tag, I used one of the adorable bunnies from the new Tiny Acrylic Eggs and Bunnies.

I challenged myself on this spread to not use full 3x4 photos, but to instead use smaller ones layered on tags.  This striped tag is a nice clean design that adds movement to my spread.  I continued the idea of doing a date, but using the new Parker Alphabet Stamp and coordinating die layered over a kit die cut under my photo.

I love when product inspires me.  And the Make A Wish stamp set had my creative brain all over the place.  I used the 'ribbons' intended for the present image from the stamp set as a border on a plain piece of cardstock.  I used complementary colors to my other tags, and then used the Noted Vol. 2 Stamp set for a place to type my journaling.  I finished the tag with kit die cuts and a Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers.

For my last 3x4 tag, all I added was the stamped round 'celebrate' image from the stamp set onto Celebrate Paper Stack paper, detail cut and foam adhered it and a kit die cut on my photo.

Easter looked so different last year, but when I was looking back at photos, I realized how special we made that time being in lockdown.  We did a lot more to celebrate the season than ever before.  And this spread documents it beautifully with the March kit and extras from Elle's Studio.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

JustNick Studio | Fab | Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters

I love everything about this cut file, Floral Geode, I'm using today on the JustNick Studio blog.  From the large hexagon, to the cluster of flowers!  I used this cut file in the Heidi Swapp Storyline Scrapbooking insert without resizing the cut file.  I just adhered it across both of my pages.  

I tilted it a little bit taking advantage of the movement created with the lines from the hexagon.  Between the lines and the flowers tilted, they are all bringing attention to my main photo.  I used one pattern paper background that was a solid and used the two shades of that paper to create a little bit of an interest there.  I wanted the pattern paper I backed the flowers with to stand out but still be soft.

Then I added some pre-made die cuts and stickers directly to my cut file, and added my title.

The cut file is doing all the work of bringing attention to my main photo and smaller photo, all I did was add some journaling and embellishments, making sure to tuck another pre-made die cut under it to help balance the flowers on the left.

Gorgeous cut file to use for Spring or add some bold colors to make it very rich!  

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Citrus Twist Kits | Travelogue Kit | Sunday Sketch


Hello Citrus Twist Friends!  I'm excited to be on the blog today to share my interpretation of the Sunday Sketch and a look at how I'm using the Travelogue Collection to document the family Disney Cruise five years ago.

The first thing I notice about the sketch are the two main clusters with the sentiment on the left and the photo on the right and then the beautiful layers under it.  I flipped that vertically and used two cut files that go with the Travelogue collection to take the place of the two main clusters.  The Beach Life is from the Places We Go cut file.  and the Await is from the Vacation Memories cut file.  I backed the Beach Life with Digital TN paper printed onto vellum.

And for the bottom, I used a photo to back the Await cut file.  I also cut out tropical leaves from the Vacation Memories cut file, then used two shades of pink to add an ombre look to them.  I used those, and Travelogue die cuts and stickers to finish my page.  The Castaway Cay is from my stash of Citrus Twist Kits foam alphas.

The right side top pocket uses a digital card available this month for my journaling and stamping using the Travelogue Stamp.

The bottom pocket is a photo with Travelogue stickers and a die cut adhered to it.  I also used more digital TN papers and the available divider cut files available to stamp 'at the beach.'  I know my album will have activities on the ship and on the beach, so these cut files are perfect for this.  

So happy with how this is coming out.  You can see more of my album using all digital elements from the Travelogue collection on my blog here.  Thanks for stopping by!

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