Thursday, February 21, 2019

Altenew Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the Altenew Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be celebrating with Altenew and the amazing guests to share the newest Scrapbook Collection release called Live Your Dream.  You should have arrived here from the lovely and talented, Kymona Tracey's blog. This new collection is elegant, graphic, modern, and my most favorite...full of color!

The products inspired me to create a Travelers Notebook to document my daughter's journey in ballet so far. This is her first year being in the Company and doing competitions. I needed some Kleenex when I saw and remembered just how little she was when she started.

I covered two pieces of cardboard for my back and front of the album using the pattern paper from the collection.  The collection comes with 16 sheets of 12x12 double-sided patterns (2 of each pattern), great for doing projects like DIY like this.  I also used Altenew's Navy cardstock for the spine, and some black washi tape from my stash.  I trimmed down another piece of pattern paper to adhere to cover the inside of the chipboard cover.  The paper I chose for the front is one of the gorgeous bold floral prints, so I just used one of the coordinating chipboard stickers and Wood Epoxy Buttons to finish it.  Had to use that Dance Like Nobody's Watching die cut...hard to capture it in photos, but so perfect for this album.

As I went through the collection, I was inspired by the clear stickers.  I wanted to show off the transparency of them, so I trimmed down a smaller size front page of clear acetate, stitched pattern paper to one side, and then adhered the clear stickers to the front, I also adhered the Puffy Alphabet Stickers that come with the collection (love that font!).

When you turn that acetate page over, I love that you can see the clear stickers from the back as well!    For my second page, I trimmed down a piece of white cardstock to almost a 3x4 size tag.  To dress up the front of it, I used the die cuts, papers, and alpha stickers from the kit.

You can see in the video below that I had to wait a little bit for that stamping to dry.  I used a partial sentiment from the Painted Encouragement stamp set.  It helped build my title from the acetate page and also went so well with the font of the alpha stickers!

My typed journaling is on the back of that card.  I prepped a few sets of pages, but only added these far.  I want to really have more time to sit down and document the photos you see that I have printed that I share in the video.  To prep my white cardstock pages, I used a gel press, with Altenew Crisp Inks in Peach Perfect and Rouge, and a spray water bottle.  It perfectly matched the feel of the papers from the kit I selected as well as the album theme.

With the kit, this first page, came together so quickly.  I added a little more to my inky white cardstock background by stamping the Painted Flowers stamp set in Altenew Crisp Inks Desert Night.  I am very very inspired by cutting into pattern paper and using bits...which is exactly how I finished dressing up the background of this page.  I used the triangles I trimmed from covering my album covers, added some stitching to them before adhering them, one by the larger photo and one on the top left.

I just finished this first full page off with one of the chipboard piecesWood Epoxy Buttons from the kit, and a few Altenew Enamel Dots.

I love bold, graphic designs as much as I love the more frilly ones that I used in my album above.

The papers inspired me to document our arrival to Walt Disney World.  I also get a tropical feel from the collection which also works perfectly with the photos of palm trees and a Summer vacation.

This was such a fun pocket page to create.  I used a lot of 2x2 pockets and just simply trimmed some of the pattern papers to fit, adhering chipboard and the clear stickers to them for more texture.  I HAD to use that blocked pattern paper where I have the WDW alpha stickers and the criss-cross pattern paper next to our magic bands photo.  They caught my eye first from the papers, besides those gorgeous florals.  So for this spread, those were my bolder patterns, and the smaller 2x2 were more of the neutral pattern papers to complement.

These colors!  And that font of those letters!  You can't see in the photos because I used a really pale blue to put the dates we were there at the bottom by the enamel Mickey dots.

If I HAD to pick a most used and favorite product from the kit, it would have to be the clear stickers. They do not add any bulk, can be seen on either side of anything clear you use (so creativity has no limits), and can be layered so easily...for example on this pattern paper I used for this 3x4 card below.  Absolutely love that see-through look.  The sentiments "happy faces" and "funday" die cut embellishments are from the from the kit really help capture this memory so well.

You can watch my video below to see the process of how the pages of the album came together, prepping them, and the photos I have ready to document and dig into the kit more, as well as the process of creating this pocket page or you can watch it in HD on my YouTube Channel here.

Well, I am now ready for vacation and more memories to scrapbook with this collection.  Altenew does have each individual item for sale.  I've linked each product I have used throughout my post, and will list them at the bottom of this post.  Hope this helps!  But now onto the fun stuff for you!!!

I will choose a winner by Thursday, 2/28, from the comments on my post to receive a $30 gift certificate from Altenew!

Good luck!!!

Your next stop on the blog hop is to the lovely and talented Lydia Evans!

Supplies Used:
Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection
Individual Products Used:
Live Your Dream 12x12 Paper Set
Live Your Dream Chipboard Stickers
Live Your Dream Clear Stickers
Live Your Dream Die-cut Embellishments
Live Your Dream Puffy Alphabet Stickers
Live Your Dream Wood Epoxy Buttons

You can also purchase these bundles at 5% discount:
Live Your Dream Embellishment Bundle
Live Your Dream Sticker Bundle
Live Your Dream Dimensional Bits Bundle

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Elle's Studio | February Kit + Extras Reveal | Pocket Page

Rainbows always brighten my day after a rain.  They are a God wink of His promise to never flood the earth again.  Will never forget my Mom teaching me that.  Today marks 14 years since her sudden passing.  We gave Emma my Mom's name as her middle name to honor and remember the loss of my Mom that ended up giving us the opportunity to become parents.  Mom would have loved her.  That was a very dark time in my life, and I'm so thankful that God has blessed us with this sweet thing to brighten up my life.  So thankful He created color and inspired us to create so many beautiful things inspired by Him.  Elle's Studio had me gasping at this Rainbow Acrylic piece WITH a cloud!

I created a pocket page spread including a layout in one of my new favorite sizes of 6x8.  Inspired by that amazing rainbow, I used the new Oh Happy Day stamp set journaling lines, turned them to imitate rain, and stamped them in a blue ink across the top of my layout.  Then I used the little icon images from that same stamp set to stamp the umbrellas and the sun.

Then I just added some die cuts from the February Kit, the new Wood Veneer Confetti, Little Acrylic Stars, Die Cut Labels, and Real Life Phrase Stickers.  Then added my title in the places where there was no rain.  LOL  Notice the brand new Light Purple Puffy Alphabet Stickers!

You can see in the above picture, I used that same stamp set to do 'the best' ribbon.  This is a must-have stamp set in my opinion.  There are so many layering possibilities with the little icons, the double-circle stamp and this ribbon are wonderful.

For my 4x6 pockets on the right, I used the tags from the February kit.  I stamped the cameras from the Oh Happy Day stamp set in a few rainbow colors to tie in my full-page layout.  Stamped the 'moments like this' on white cardstock using the new Happy Heart stamp set from last month, trimmed, foam adhered, and added the acrylic star.

And for this card, that block of color on the left of this grid background did all the work for me.  I just added some stamping with Here + Now Stamp, using the little heart from that set to mark off the day of the week, added the date using the Mini Dated stamp set, and then foam adhered a die cut from the February kit.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Need to peek in the Elle's Studio Facebook group and see how everyone is doing and what you are creating!

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Altenew Guest Post for Scrapbook Blog

To say I am thankful and honored to be guest posting for Altenew's Scrapbook Blog just doesn't compare to just exactly how much I am thrilled to be guesting.  Have always loved working with the company and team there, as well as a huge fan of their products and style.  I was completely in my creative zone with creating these three projects for their blog.

I created some of my favorite documenting sizes using the same products on each one.  So I hope this shows you more than one way to use Altenew’s products in your scrapbooking or any papercrafting projects.  For my first project, I created a Traveler’s Notebook insert.  To color the flower design from the Charmed stamp set, I wanted to use the Artist Markers in a unique way.  The first way was to have a light hand while coloring horizontally in one color and then vertically in another color on both the flowers and the leaves.  The second way was to use the Sketched Lines stencil and the markers, also creating horizontal and vertical lines.

I used the Sunkissed Crisp Die Ink to sponge on color and texture to my background using the stencil.  The Reflections 6x6 Paper Pack is a perfect size for your TN.  Here I created strips for layering to creation motion horizontally and vertically.

The Charmed stamp set has so many great sentiments for scrapbooking, I used them and some of the other images to stamp onto my background and to create a sentiment.  I used foam adhesive to raise my photo and the flower on the left, and then added the enamel dots to create more texture and dimension.

You can watch how I did the flowers with the alcohol markers and how the TN spread came together by watching the video below or watching it in HD on my YouTube Channel here.

My second favorite way to document is using pockets.  Here I am using a 6x8 size protector with 3x4 and 4x6 sizes.  Just like in the TN, the Reflections 6x6 Paper size is ideal for this smaller format of scrapbooking.  I used the same products for my TN to create my customized cards for my Pocket Page spread, but focused on the colors from my photos.

For my title card with CHA, after stenciling onto the Reflections paper, I used the Altenew Bold Alphabet Die.  The Flower stamp was a great way to add more texture to the Reflections paper and to create dimension.

This stamp set is perfect for stamping directly onto your photos that have white space.  You can also add stamping to cardstock and then staple or adhere to your photo’s white space.  Creating your own cards for your pocket scrapbooking is the same as creating any project.  You can create them to fit your style or the theme of your photos.

You can watch the video below or watch it in HD on my YouTube channel here to see how this came together.

I still love to create layouts.  6x8 and 8.5x11 sizes are my favorite.  With this 6x8 layout, I used the alcohol markers in another fun way, directly onto my background to create a paint stroke look!

Chances are after stamping and coloring with your stamps, you have leftovers like me.  Before you clean up, make another project with them instead of saving them for later.  And because the stamping and coloring had already been done, this was a super fast layout to put together.

Besides punching squares from the Reflections paper, all I had to do was decide where to place my photo, flowers and additional stamping.  This layout has very little white space in contrast with my Travelers Notebook spread, but using the same products.  In all of my projects, I was inspired by the products first and then used them in different ways on each one.

This video was super fast, and you can watch that below or in HD on my YouTube Channel here.

The Altenew teams are always so inspiring, so I’m so grateful to be guesting here.  I hope you are inspired to use the Artist Markers in a unique way on your next project, stamping on your photos, or using the smaller TN or Pocket Page scrapbooking formats.  Please share, would love to see!

Thank you to Altenew for having me guest and thank you for stopping by!!

I do use Affiliate links in my posts.  By clicking on my links, you do not get charged any extra.  It would be the same as just clicking to their site to buy.  If you do use my links, thank you so much!  Most of all, I hope you enjoy using them!  Happy creating!

Products Used in These Projects:
Charmed Stamp Set
Warm and Cozy 4 Cubes of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks
Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
Evening Gray Crisp Dye Ink
Artist Markers Green Fields
Artist Markers Four Scoops
Reflections Paper Pack 6x6
Sketched Lines stencil
Altenew Bold Alphabet Die
Enamel Dots Rock Collection

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Elle's Studio | Puffy Icon Stickers | Travelers Notebook | February Kit + Extras

Hello! Have you seen the Elle's Studio February Kit + Extras reveal yet?  There were quite a few things that caught my eye right away, and the Puffy Icon Stickers were one of them.  I have this Travelers Notebook spread on the Elle's Studio blog today showing how it came together.   

As soon as I saw the Puffy Icon Stickers, I thought planners, but for my post today, I wanted to share another fun idea to try!  Use the Puffy Icon Stickers to document positive life-style changes, or even your new goals for 2019 in a Travelers Notebook format.  Having a visual of your accomplishments and/or goals I think is so important as we move forward. 

Using the images from the Puffy Icon Stickers, I went through my photos from 2018 and selected nine photos to go with nine of the Icon stickers.  I used the colors from the Puffy Icon Stickers or the photo to then create a photo mat in a coordinating color using the grid stamp from the Noted stamp set, and the new circle image stamp from the Oh Happy Day stamp set.  That circle image and the Puffy Icon Stickers go perfectly together!

Before adhering everything in place, I added and stitched pieces of the All My Heart 6x6 Paper Stack along the left edge to coordinate with the colors of the first Puffy Icon Sticker on each row.  Each row represents areas of improvement.  To help label and identify each row, I typed journaling explaining each row on the February labels, then foam adhered the labels and adhered everything in place.  The stamped photo mats are trimmed down to just a little over 1 1/2” x 1 3/4” with 1” photos to fit across my Travelers Notebook.

The last thing to complete this TN spread is to add my title and more embellishments.  I had stamped several of the circles, these worked perfectly for ‘MOMENTS’ from the Noteworthy Puffy Stickers as a title.  I also added another Puffy Icon Sticker to create a fun title of “Captured Moments.”  The new Wood Veneer Confetti are a perfect and fun way to use as bullets in your journaling!  Couldn’t resist adding one of the hearts to the center of the ‘O.”  

These Puffy Icon Stickers have been used quite a bit on my other projects, but this TN spread is such a great reminder of what I have accomplished, and what I want to continue to achieve.  As you think about your accomplishments or areas you want to change, use these Puffy Icon Stickers to create your visual inspiration.  You will have a beautiful reminder and visual to encourage you to continue moving forward!  

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Elle's Studio | February Kit + Extras Reveal | Travelers Notebook | Video

I think the new February Kit from Elle's Studio is Spring ready to burst out from those Winter Blues!  So much beautiful pops of colors mixed in with Elle's Studio signature neutrals.  You could create plenty of bright or neutral pocket pages, scrapbooks, and cards with just the February Kit, but if you want some amazing great additions, there's a HUGE variety of new Extras this month to choose from!

I pretty much gasped when I saw that rainbow and kept saying "wow" looking through this month's kit and extras.  I have an unboxing video to share that I have posted at the end or you can click here to go straight to it.  I also walk through my process of putting together this Travelers Notebook insert.  Elle's Studio always has great ways to document every aspect of life, including FOOD!  So let's dig in!  LOL

You will hear me reference this in the video, but I would not normally use two different patterned paper pages side by side for a Travelers Notebook insert, but using additional pattern papers from the Noteworthy 12x12 collection helped to balance the two-page spread, and create beautiful layers.  I love to mix up how I create.

The left side is where I started.  Inspired by the utensils icon on the tags, die cuts, embellishments from this month's kit and extras is what gave me the idea for this spread.

The numbers!!!  Elle's Studio has now added to the versatile Large Jane Alphabet stamp sets AND numbers stamp set to include stripes and polka dot designs.  You can use them by themselves, as I did here with the stripes design or add the outline alphabet or number stamp to it as well.  I wanted this to be a border to create just a little bit of extra layering and texture.

To create more balance on this TN spread, I used a smaller food photo for the right side.  That fruit was what I was most excited about on the left!  Turning 50 a couple of years ago with a 9-yr old, I got serious again about my health so did a program that eliminated fruit until weight was lost.  That fruit never tasted so good!!  The smaller photo helps to tell more of the story in my journaling.

I used this tag from the February Kit a little differently than its intended use.  I still journaled a routine, but made it more of a list or a to-do.  The new light purple puffy alphabet stickers and numbers also helps to identify it as a list or steps.  Elle's Studio has added the new Oh Happy Day Stamp set that is perfect for planners and creating lists, so I really added a lot to this tag, including a cluster of the new Die Cut Labels and Puffy Icon Stickers.

There's so much inspiration that will be going up throughout the month from the team, Elle's Studio, and the Elle's Studio Facebook group.  I have loved and been inspired by what I have seen, and looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this month's kit and the extras!  Would love to hear what is your favorite!

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Valentine's Tags | Elle's Studio | Video

I always like to make cards and/or tags to go with little gifts for family and teachers to make Valentine's special for everyone.  I love the versatility of Elle's Studio stamps, and I had those wonderful XO wood confetti, so I had some fun and did a video showing how they came together.

All of the tags are very simple, except I did a little bit more with the shaker tag.  I stamped the outline image of the heart from the Happy Heart stamp set onto the pattern paper, cut that out, then machine stitched one of the Heart and Star Acetate Die Cuts on top.  To make a secure seal for the XO wood confetti, I used foam tape around the edges.

On all of the tags, I colored all or part of the XO wood confetti pieces with a gel pen.

To make the trimmed pieces of pattern paper look more like tags, adding a little detail of stamping and using part of the January Blank Labels gives it a nice finished "tag" look.

Even if you didn't have a way to stitch the heart to make a shaker tag, you can easily create some fun tags using the other two ideas!

Here is my quick one-minute video with only music showing how these came together.  You can also click here to watch it on YouTube.  Thought I would start making and experimenting with doing one non-voice over movie a month.  Hope you enjoy!  Thank you for stopping by!!


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